What Happens Inside Rogue Magazine #48 with Anne Curtis

Let me share a little story.

As you all notice, I have a thing about magazines. And for the past 8 years or so, I have been reading FHM. It was actually my sister who somehow introduced me to that rag. Our oldest FHM issue was the March 2003 edition. Then my brother took the ‘responsibility’ to make the collection grow. By that time I was busy collecting K-Zone, a kiddie magazine. Then a couple of years forward, I find myself doing the FHM duty. 5 years ago, I decided to drop my K-Zone collection because I am starting to lose the connection with the magazine. So it was FHM from then on.

Every single month, I try my best to purchase a copy or two of FHM. I make time to update my collection and buy issues I missed. FHM has become a staple and I have grown to know how the FHM team do their thing.

But over the past couple of months, I have been very curious on how other magazines present their materials. Maybe I just wanted to see things from the other side. I try to find outtakes of other magazines from the internet just to know what I am looking for.

It was only this month that I decided to try something new, alongside this month’s FHM of course. In choosing the material, it’s a battle between the inaugural issue of Esquire Philippines and Rogue Magazine.

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Rogue Magazine never fails to impress me with their covers. I am very curious on how they do their job and what is their target market. I have always referred to them as an art magazine.

I then realized that I would love to see artsy photos. Fashion magazines are out of the question because they tend to be too cluttered and, you know, too girly. So Rogue would be a good choice.

My first peek on a Rogue issue was from their November 2010 issue. I downloaded a digital copy because I’m a fan of Jennylyn Mercado. I was impressed then. I never read the articles though. From then on I always check on their Facebook page because they put outtakes there.

I never thought that this month’s Rogue issue would get a lot of buzz. Well, for one thing it was Anne Curtis on the cover. Then there’s the cigarette.

I must say that Anne Curtis really has a strong market ability. I remember buying an old issue of the old UNO Magazine with her on the cover. And then this Rogue Magazine.

That controversial Anne Curtis cover is just one-third of the October 2011 covers. I really prefer purchasing the one where Anne’s covering herself with the white dress but I didn’t bother asking for that one because it already took the store keeper tens of minutes to hand me a copy. Filbar’s SM Marilao, read this.

There’s nothing much to say about Anne’s 36-page spread. It’s a given that it is amazing because  A) it’s Anne,  B) it’s Mark Nicdao, C) it’s in Paris, and D) it’s Rogue. Anne Curtis has got to be the biggest, brightest star of this generation and there’s no stopping her.

Another thing why I purchased this particular edition is because it is Rogue’s entertainment issue. I really have to, at least, relate to the articles for me to really enjoy the magazine. This one’s the best choice because I’m really not sure if I could relate much had this issue  been dubbed as the ‘Style Issue’ or ‘Appetite Issue’.

The articles are amazing in a more amazing way than just the plain amazing. The Mother Lily feature and Jose Javier Reyes’ article are my favorites. It’s also commendable that they featured the movers of the entertainment scene: Eugene Domingo, Chris Martinez and Marlon Rivera among others.

Rogue costs more than FHM but it’s thicker, bigger and more substantial. The additional damage on the pocket is worth the damaging. I’m really not sure though if I can make Rogue a regular thing for me. Even if it is of superior quality, I don’t know if I can drop FHM for Rogue.

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*Anne Curtis Rogue outtake from fasionmediaph.blogspot.com

Rogue Cover images, Jennylyn Mercado outtake from Rogue Magazine Facebook page

#133: Niña Jose on FHM August 2011 + FHM 3D 2.0

I remember my very first magazine in 3D. It wasn’t FHM August 2010. It was a K-Zone magazine released eons ago. Yes, I used to collect that kiddie magazine before. Not strange. Then I decided to drop that rag and just collect FHM.  I used to collect K-Zone AND FHM at the same time until I realized that it’s awkward to go to a magazine store and purchase those magazines. Not to mention the countless times when my age was questioned by the cashier.

Oh how I miss the kiddie stuff present on K-Zone. But then again, who said that FHM is short with ‘innocent’ stuff? I mean young, innocent-looking babes. Take or example this month’s cover star, Niña Jose. That tall, sweet-looking one half of anniversary cover girls three years back with that Hazel Mendoza.

Also available this issue are 3D glasses. This is FHM’s second issue in 3D. This made us see girls (in lingerie) like they’re real as they  can be  but untouchable, still. Almost everyone in this issue is wearing those, as Wikipedia puts it, fashionable and possibly alluring undergarments designed to be visually appealing or erotic called lingerie.

Ah. Sweet-looking lasses, in lingerie, in 3D. Could this issue get any better? Of course. It was Xander Angeles and his team from Edge of Light did majority of the shoots. Knock-out? Yes, indeed.

THE COVER.

Oh yes, it’s awesome. Niña Jose looking every inch of a sexy lass. Very unlike her cover of 40 months back. This time it’s classier, sexier and short of awkward pose and exposure.

THE COVER GIRL.

Niña Jose’s feature this month is miles away from her FHM debut. This time, miss Jose has more oozing sex appeal. And her sh0ot with Xander Angeles has nary an awkward pose nor a grainy photo. The styling was superb (studded corset, anyone?) and her eyes were piercing and sexy.

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Evident (or not) though, is Niña Jose’s weight gain. Go check her BTS video at fhm.com.ph. Check 1:40. Of course it’s forgivable. You know, there is something about tall, cute-faced and lean girls.

FHM in 3D

3D-fied babes this year are: Joyce Jimenez, Jennylyn Mercado, Assunta de Rossi, Aubrey Miles, Francine Prieto, Rufa Mae Quinto, Maureen Larrazabal, Katrina Halili and Maggie Wilson.

My favorite photo has to be Aubrey Miles’, just because…

This year has got to be the better 3D issue because more parts of the magazine were 3D-fied. More babes in 3D means more uses for the 3D glasses and more fun.

INSIDE BABES

Saicy

Starter Babe Jaycee Parker (with awkward looking hair) appearing two-months in a row with a single photo; GF Ayumi Sogawa; Korean sensation Jinri Park (in less clothing); Saicy Aguila with looking more mature compared to her March 2010 appearance; Macau hottie, Iwa (not Moto. Not pale); Reality star Savannah Lamsen (with big hair); and color-crazy Mexican host Vanessa Leon.

Iwa

In a nutshell, featured girls this month are looking mighty fine in lingerie + each one of them with a 3D picture to boot.

Whoa. Whoa. Just Whoa!

UPDATE!!!
I’ve got nice Jinri Park photos from her fan-page on Facebook. You’re welcome.

*the last one’s an unpublished photo

FEATURED READS

I have only read the article about the Php500 in 5 days challenge. It was cool. Surviving 5 days with only 500 pesos in tow is feasible, but not easy. And yes, that amazingly morbid feature about the art of torture.

Other articles this month include a guide to doing household chores successfully, a guide to living an immortal life and a guide to scoring a date or two with your lovely office mate.

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Lovely issue, as always. AWESOME in a walking-around-with-3D-glasses-on way. Ok. It’s awesome, period. AWESOME.

*images from fhm.com.ph and Jinri Park on Facebook

#132: Eula Valdez on FHM July 2011 + The 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2011

The day has come. I have finally made my FHM 100 SEXIEST 2011 aka the July 2011 issue (with no less than Eula Valdez on the cover) purchase. The story of how I ended up buying this issue only a couple of hours back is rather complicated and boring. And I strategically planned not to buy the June issue just to catch the early release o this issue, but fuck plans. As the FHM Sexiest season comes to a close, I would like to call this entry my last ‘hurrah!’ for the year of sexy that was 2011.

 July 2011 ISSUE


My, oh my. It’s THE Eula Valdez on the golden cover of FHM. She and the dripping water on the background. She and her leather boots. She and her breasts, defying the laws of nature.

Having Ms. Valdez on the cover for the FHM’s sexiest (and biggest) month is a wise move. Fans will surely buy the magazine with delight while cynics will be left with no choice but buy, then become a fan.

Is it just me, or  is there an unconscious urge to compare the July 2011 Eula to the May 2006 Eula. I’m talking about her photo shoots, eh. Of course, signs of her aging are quite visible (let’s admit it). But 5 years is 5 years. And she has aged gracefully. Some shots are just, WOW! While others seem to be lacking something (OR maybe these photos were overdone), everything’s still beautiful, though. I think both Eula’s FHM pictorial were amazing.

As or this month’s featured girls, all their pictorial were wonderful. Linda Persson’s looked like it was done for Rouge (sorry, FHM. Their photos are classier and artsy-fartsy-er). Nathalie Bee looked fantastic. Everything’s fine with a girl of intelligence and beauty. Jed Montero looked like the love-child of Gaby dela Merced and Jef Gaitan should they decide to hook up and defy science. If she always looked like that, then forgive me. I’m not into volleyball and Willie Revillame. She and her photo shoot were beautiful, though.

The articles, I haven’t read thoroughly. Although the one about female imperfections was a good one. The driver’s guide was relevant, though not everyone (including me) can relate to it. And the illustrations on the course about rescuing are way too cute.

It’s a nice issue, overall. Hot cover girl, nice set of photos for all the girls, informative articles, thick issue. You get your money’s worth.

FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2011

Oh yes, the sexiest list on the land. After two and a half months of voting and after over 30 million votes cast, FHM presents the 100 sexiest women in the land as seen on the supplementary booklet covered by Korean model, Jinri Park.

Ok, FHM, the layout was tacky. Some photos are smaller beyond belief and a lot of photos were used over and over. We understand that the turn-out was overwhelming and all and producing this booklet is no easy job. Make the booklet better next year. You are still everyone’s favorite.

Allow me to comment on some girls. May be it about their photo, their rank, or just simply about them.

(My predictions were right!)

100. Mercedes Cabral – You should’ve, at least, squeezed her photo together with the others. Nakakapanibago.

99. Jem Milton
98. Gwyenth Ceridwen
97. Mocha Uson
96. Nadine Samonte
95. Ryza Cenon – she needs an FHM cover to boost her lukewarm career.
94. Chariz Solomon – her brand of comedy is too slapstick-y.  I like Sheena Halili’s better.
93. Maui Taylor
92. Jamilla Obispo
91. Alex Gonzaga – the funnier and prettier Gonzaga
90. Kylie Padilla
89. Kitty Girls
88. Alodia Gosiengfiao
87. Saicy Aguila
86. Rufa Mae Quinto
85. Jessie Mendiola – a better photo of her should’ve been used.
84. Jen Rosendahl
83. EB Babes – TIP: dissolve these girls on the list, give EB Babe Saida a solo feature, the world will become better.
82. Sheree
81. Maegan Young – one of the prettiest
80. Sheena Halili


79. Jinri Park
78. Maria Ozawa – everybody understands the Maria Ozawa adoration. But I guess this pot should belong to girls other than Maria.
77. Bela Padilla
76. Alyssa Alano
75. Abby Poblador
74. Alessandra De Rossi – LARGER PHOTO PLEASE
73. Paw Diaz
72. Julia Clarete
71. RR Enriquez


70. Aze Sasaki – I don’t know why I ended up Googling Ase Sasaki during the past few days. Oh, I wanted to know how she looks apart from her FHM photos.

69. Isabelle Daza
68. Jahziel Manabat
67. Andi Eigenmann
66. Rachel Ann Go
65. Jennica Garcia
64. Maureen Larrazabal
63. Regine Velasquez – this year’s worst dropper. (Dropping from the 8th spot last year)
62. Stef Prescott
61. Shaina Magdayao
60. LJ Reyes – her photo looks the smallest. ugh. I guess her full-page photo last year made up for this.
59. Paulene So
58. Karylle
57. Jean Garcia


56. Rachel Donaire – heartbreakingly small photo.
55. Megan Fox
54. Jacq Yu
53. Wendy Valdez – heartbreakingly small photo.
52. Paloma
51. Niña Jose
50. Carla Abellana – posing for FHM won’t hurt her goody-two-shoes image. She started out as a mature actress plus people would love her more should she decide to do us an FHM cover.
49. Kristel Moreno
48. Jef Gaitan
47. Janna Dominguez
46. Eula Valdez
45. Iza Calzado

44. Daiana Menezes

43. Georgina Wilson -FHM material. Beauty, brains and body. And yes, you should’ve used a better photo. (The photo above should be the one)
42. Gwen Zamora – Beautiful but surprising rank, still.
41. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

40. Pauleen Luna – She should pose now. Remember that awful photo of hers on the 2009 booklet (Check that photo above) and how it was strategically placed next to Bangs Garcia’s magnificent May 2009 outtake. We know she could show more, she just have to do it while she’s still relevant.
39. Rich Asuncion
38. Erich Gonzales
37. Sarah Geronimo
36. Maja Salvador
35. Bea Alonzo
34. Aubrey Miles
33. Carla Humphries
32. Misa Campo – HIGHER!!
31. KC Concepcion


30. Ornusa Cadness – one of them real models. Beautiful, exotic and mysterious. I Google her to find out how she really looks like.
29. Toni Gonzaga
28. Priscilla Meirelles – highest climber despite a not so flattering photo shoot for the August 2010 issue. (last year’s number 96)
27. Kris Bernal – yes, Kris Bernal fans, too high. Fandom – 1 : Better Judgment – 0
26. Mariel Rodriguez
25. Michelle Madrigal < Ehra. hehehe.
24. Heart Evangelista


23. Diana Zubiri – Oh, the intriguing photoshopped Diana Zubiri photo. We were fooled. Or FHM should be more careful.
22. Kim Chiu
21. Bianca King
20. Rhian Ramos – I thought she would be gracing FHM based on the write-up for her last year. Everybody’s looking forward to that day.

19. Regine Angeles
18. Bianca Manalo
17. Anne Curtis – Again, she failed to re-enter the top 10 this year despite the hefty amount of exposure’s she’s getting. Could it be that people are getting tired of waiting for her?
16. Iya Villania – I still don’t get it, she said yes to a liquor calendar, but not FHM.
15. Lovi Poe – another lady taking her time before she says yes to FHM. You can ogle her anywhere other than FHM: billboards, movies and other magazines but not FHM. Well, not yet.
14. Valerie Concepcion
13. Angelica Panganiban
12. Ehra Madrigal – the casualty of my prediction. I still root for her, though. Lose weight and go back to shape, then we’ll see her 2012.
11. Bangs Garcia


10. Ellen Adarna – Virtually unknown before her GMA stint, NOT REALLY. 2010 Cover of the Year as voted by the same people (including me) who placed her on this year’s top 10.


9. Jackie Rice – Her FHM debut is still one of the best and most successful. Her sun-kissed Boracay photos saved her from the cusp of being a forgotten pretty face.


8. Iwa Moto – The heir-apparent to Katrina Halili when everything seems to go down for the then prime contravida. Her piercing eyes have it but her palengkera quips and bad acting were oftentimes off. As of late, she’s been dragged by her whirlwind affairs. Hopefully she picks up. And hopefully, she would look ‘healthy’ the next time she decides to grace the cover again.

7. Jennylyn Mercado – Her FHM standing is somehow a reflection to her career. She entered the list in 2004 on the 9th spot, then she dropped a spot the following year. Her career skyrocketed on 2006 as she peaked at number 6 on the list, she kept her strong hold on the top 10 when she nailed the 8th spot the following year. Everything went downhill after her unexpected pregnancy, she then dropped to the 14th spot and reaching her all-time low in 2009 when she ranked 17th. Her career started to pick up last year and now she’s back to the top crust, a place where someone as strong as Jennylyn belongs.

6. Katrina Halili – The only woman who made her mark by being synonymous to FHM. She holds the record of being the back to back Philippines’ finest. When everybody thought she’s bound to just be forgotten, FHM rallied behind her and consistently place her among the top babes of the land.

5. Solenn Heussaff  – Although I’ve said that I’m good as long as either Sam or Solenn tops this list. I lied, it was Solenn I was looking forward to see on top. But Sam’s fine. Maybe Solenn is just too busy being her multi-faceted self that she didn’t find too much time campaigning. That, or maybe Solenn just couldn’t care too much about her rank. She’s too busy being 2011’s breakout star. Or put it this way, Solenn knows what she’s got that she needs no verification from her fans just to prove her greatness. Solenn, herself is one, if not the finest, specimen of a woman.

4. Cristine Reyes – She’s a dream. She’s unreachable. Despite all her ‘regular human being’ characters on her shows, there’s a glow that sets her apart from the others. Some people may call her catty or bitchy on some instances, very human of her. Very imperfect of her. Very normal but immaculate, still.

3. Angel Locsin – It’s hard to imagine Angel going down. It’s hard to picture her forgotten by many. She has been a household fixture for only God knows how long and she looks like she’s here to stay. It’s hard to imagine primetime TV without that Angel Locsin who started it all. Not even weight issues can bring her down.

2. Marian Rivera – It’s actually a love-hate thing with Marian. I’m either turned off by her brashness or totally impressed by her honesty. It takes a lot of composure and a strong support group for a person to come out unscathed by all that negative press. That’s enough for her to gain respect.

1. Sam Pinto – THE QUEEN. This year’s sexiest. I voted for her not because she told me so, I voted for her because she’s beautiful. If some of you are not convinced by her, then watch her TVCs then be converted. All the possibilities are in Sam’s favor from now on. She knocked on stardom’s door, and we happily opened it for her. All I could see for Sam now are nothing but possibilities bigger than big.

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images used are property of FHM.com.ph