The FHM Year That Was 2011

FHM has played an integral part in my life and now, on my blogging. Most of my sites’ views are either from incoming search terms regarding FHM, referrals from FHM Bullboard and Jinri Park.

2011 has been a good year for FHM. They had 10 new cover girls and 3 returning cover muses over the past twelve months. Their articles have been better than ever. The 100 Sexiest campaign vote turn-out was overwhelming. And their covers for this year are impressive altogether.

I actually scored 11/12 issues, only missing the June 2011 issue with Stef Prescott on the cover.

Below is my review (nitpicks) for the issues FHM released this year in a nutshell.

#126: Carla Humphries on FHM January 2011

“Desert Fox”

PH: Doc Marlon Pecjo

HIGHS:

  • Nice cover shoot concept
  • The 2011 Forecast

LOWS:

  • A not so explosive start for the year
  • Thin issue
  • The inside babes
  • The free calendar

#127: Misa Campo on FHM February 2011

“Happy Camper”

PH: Xander Angeles

HIGHS:

  • Misa Campo’s almost impossible cover appearance
  • The stunning cover
  • The articles (47yo Virgin, Philippine History myth busters)
  • Inside babes (Sachie Sanders, Aya Alonzo)

LOWS:

  • The cover price increase
  • Thin issue

#128: Solenn Heussaff on FHM March 2011

“Bon Vivant”

PH: Mark Nicdao

HIGHS:

  • Solenn’s photos
  • Tourism via the Bikini Special
  • The articles (Death of Pinoy Rock, Dog Breeds)

LOWS:

  • The cover
  • An underwhelming anniversary issue
  • That crazy Premiere Condom page

#129: Regine Angeles on FHM April 2011

“Total Recall”

PH: Xander Angeles

HIGHS:

  • Some of Regine’s Photos
  • The articles (Myth Buster about certain body parts, Azkals)
  • Given Teves

LOWS:

  • A less daring Regine Angeles
  • The cover

#130: Rich Asuncion on FHM May 2011

“Packed”

PH: Doc Marlon Pecjo

HIGHS:

  • The cover
  • Jinri Park
  • Nika Madrid’s photo shoot
  • OPM Songs

LOWS:

  • Rich’s underwhelming photo shoot

#131: Stef Prescott on FHM June 2011

PH: Doc Marlon Pecjo

#132: Eula Valdez on FHM July 2011

“Full Circle”

PH: Xander Angeles

HIGHS:

  • Eula’s photo shoot
  • Inside babes (Nathalie Bee, Linda Persson)
  • Female Imperfections
  • Thick issue

LOWS:

  • Eula looking ‘mad’ in most layouts
  • The 100 Sexiest Women supplement’s layout

#133: Niña Jose on FHM August 2011

“Super, Super, Super Nice”

PH: Xander Angeles

HIGHS:

  • Niña’s face
  • More 3D pages
  • Lingerie Special
  • Articles (Php500 in 5 days challenge, the art of torture.)

LOWS:

  • Niña’s noticeable weight gain
  • PhotoShop

#134: Lovi Poe on FHM September 2011

“Her Royal Majesty”

PH: Mark Nicdao

HIGHS:

  • The cover
  • Some of Lovi’s photos
  • Articles (The 90’s, Super Pinoys)

LOWS:

  • Some of Lovi’s layouts
  • The inside babes
  • The FHM Collections

#135: Daiana Menezes on FHM October 2011

“All Yours”

PH: Xander Angeles

HIGHS:

  • Pinoy Horror Death Match
  • Inside babes (Chiaki Morita, Erica Bacani)
  • Pizza

LOWS:

  • The cover
  • Daiana’s photo shoot

#136: Ornusa Cadness and Sanya Smith on FHM November 2011

“Deconstruction”

PH: Doc Marlon Pecjo

HIGHS:

  • Sanya Smith
  • The interview with the cover girls
  • The comedy feature (Ramon Bautista, Jason Gainza, Tuesday Vargas)

LOWS:

  • The cover girls’ solo spread
  • Inside babes

#137: Sam Pinto on FHM December 2011

“Future Perfect”

PH: Xander Angeles

HIGHS:

  • Sam Pinto
  • The photo shoot’s concept
  • Thick issue
  • Act Your Age

LOWS:

  • Other articles
  • Some inside babes

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SPECIAL MENTIONS

Photographers who did the covers for this year were Mark Nicdao (March, September), Doc Marlon Pecjo (January, May, June, November) and Xander Angeles (February, April, July, August, October, December).

Cover of the Year:

Lovi Poe’s cover looking not like FHM. The cover looks expensive and oh, so exotic. The composition of the photo is very commendable as well as the positioning and the colors used on the texts.

Lovi Poe’s body, the elephant, Thailand and FHM. Whoa!

Inside Babe of the Year: Jinri Park

It’s a big deal when FHM features you on their pages. BUT it is a BIGGER deal when two months after they feature you, they feature you again.

Korean model Jinri Park first appeared on FHM in the May 2011 ish. Then she covered the 100 Sexiest supplement released on July of the same year. Her second spread then appeared the following month.

No wonder that she was voted number 79 sexiest woman of 2011.

She is now currently spreading love on the airwaves via Monster Radio RX93.1 late night show with DJ Tom Alvarez.

BEST ISSUE OF THE YEAR:

Stunning cover. Equally stunning cover muse and story. Interesting articles. Hot lineup of inside babes…

FHM’s February 2011 issue is their most loaded one this year. Although along with this issue wass the 15 pesos price hike in six years, FHM set the bar high on this issue.

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Here’s for a bigger, better 2012 for FHM!

MORE INTERESTING COVERS AND ARTICLES FOR 2012! I am hoping for fresh faces and long-time highly requested babes to pose for the country’s leading magazine. More risque concepts, too. And more traffic for my blog here.

See you next year!

#134: Lovi Poe on FHM September 2011 + FHM Collections with Derek Ramsay

I know I have been posting FHM related blogs later than what is expected from eager bloggers (yes, I just called me a blogger). But this month’s post went over the top when it comes to the lateness of a review. Well, let’s just say that people around our household have been very, very busy, hence the lack of time for the internet.

Forgive me, dear readers. I know there are 10,000+ page views on my blog and I just gave myself an obligation to post some more (I just really need to say that my blog is 10k views strong)

Elephants are amazing creatures. Other than their notable physical attributes and humongous appearance, there are many special things that make today’s largest living earth mammal amazing, pathetic and an object of envy all at the same time.

FACT #1: Elephants cannot jump…

…because the bones in an elephant’s foot are too closely packed together hence the lack of flexibility and spring mechanism to enable them to enjoy skipping ropes and imitate Super Mario.

FACT #2: Elephants don’t forget

Scientific researches proved that ‘elephants can certainly build up a memory over the years and hold on to it’. It helps that they have the most well-structured brains amongst mammals of all types.

FACT #3: Elephants are well-loved in Thailand.

Not only because they are very useful as assistants to manual laborers, but also because they are important religious icons in Buddhism. According to legend, Buddha’s mother dreamt of a white elephant prior to Buddha’s conception. Ganesh is an elephant, too.

So the elephant sharing FHM September 2011 cover with Lovi Poe is very lucky and deserving. First, he will never EVER forget that a scantily clad Filipina actress once caressed him on all the right places. Then, of course, a god-like creature (and a trained actor) like this elephant deserves an equally god-like muse to join him in his FHM debut (or the other way around). Too bad he can’t jump and rejoice because if I were him, I certainly would.

COVERGIRL

Lovi Poe’s pictorial looks very nice. One look at the cover and you would think that it is not FHM you are seeing. I have to say, best cover of 2011 so far. I have to disagree with others who say that the photos were too high fashion. Yes, it looks classy but not too fashion-y as to not qualify as a men’s magazine material.

Lensman Mark Nicdao also did the same with Solenn’s FHM debut earlier this year, and it looked really nice. Kudos to FHM for trying to up the ante and venturing into more artsy and risqué concepts. Lovi looked better here compared to her Rogue Magazine photos last July. But the last two photos of Lovi didn’t look coherent with the others because of the treatment. But everything looks fine in general

Pam Quinones did well in styling Lovi. The armor and the black dress looked good on Lovi.

Lovi Poe is very deserving to be on FHM. I mean, she has shown us in more ways than one that she has a rockin’ bod and the natural appeal to back it up. Having a buzzed about pictorial is just a bonus and not really important.

FEATURED GIRLS
The line-up of this month’s girls (and their photographs) is not impressive. DJ Sarah Robertson did it with disco balls; Jenny Xen in a pool (which looked good) and a bowtie, red undies and nothing more in another layout. Jen Bustillos… meh pictures.

The girls who caught my fancy were September GF Arra Pascual

and starter babe Yuri Okawa.

I hope they would return with more photos and hotter concepts.

Also featured in this issue is a 5-page spread for the remaining 6 Premiere Vixens. Their photos are electrifying. Not only do we see their goodies, everybody registered striking faces in all photographs.

(Kyoko Amano, Aya Alonzo and Linda Persson)

(Bridget Suarez and her cheeky pals…. with Dorina Groh and Ayumi Sogawa)

FEATURED READS

I haven’t read any of the articles but I know that there’s one about painful medical procedures. Ah, the mental images we get. AT least it has no graphic images compared to last month’s article on the art of torture.

I look forward to reading the article about REAL super Pinoys.

FHM COLLECTIONS

On the flipside of this issue is Derek Ramsay covering the yearly FHM Collections where they feature men in good-looking but theoretically hard to wear clothing. Of course they have stories to tell, too.

This year we have sports greats like Atoy Co, Paeng Nepumuceno, James Yap, et cetera.

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Overall, it’s not a bad issue. Not a knockout, but most definitely not the worst.

Oh, and people are guessing that Daiana Menezes of Eat Bulaga! would be next month’s cover. I hope she tags EB Babe Saida along. One Caucasian beauty, one Asian.

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*Cover images, Yuri Okawa, Arra Pascual photos from FHM.com.ph

**Other images are from my digicam. Please lang.

#130: Rich Asuncion on FHM May 2011 + FHM 100 Sexiest 2011 Partials

I know, it’s better late than never. I wasn’t really all giddy about buying this issue. Maybe it’s due to the mixed reviews I read about this one from the FHM bullboard. But I bought it, anyway. And it wasn’t really a knockout. Part of this judgment is due to the fact that I bought books along with this magazine. I’m more excited with the fact that I have new books.

I was actually hinting about Rich Asuncion gracing FHM for May on my last FHM post. Her camp released publicity reports of her doing an FHM shoot in Boracay. Oh, well.

COVER

The cover is stunning. It has the same effects as Misa Campo’s- simple, crisp, clean. This issue’s good as far as the cover’s concerned. Yes, better than last month’s cover.

COVER STORY

May is the last month of summer and FHM decided to end summer on a beach, with Rich Asuncion, nonetheless.

Rich is beautiful, no questions about that one. She actually looks like a much younger Dawn Zulueta.But the concept used on her is overused and bland. Her poses are redundant. There are girls who can pull-off a good beach pictorial, but Rich didn’t. Her photoshoot could have been better, a-la Jackie Rice’s FHM cover. Sayang lang.

I get that they chose colorful articles of (non)clothing and a calm back drop to get a mabango and malinis effect. They achieved that. I just feel like Rich is not well-motivated. I mean her poses and facial expressions are bland.

Her interview’s fine. She knows what she has and what she can do with it. Rich also knows what she want. I have always admired her wisdom. And yes, she’s talented- more talented than her Starstruck contemporaries Kris Bernal and Jewel Mische.

It wasn’t really that bad, it’s just that they can do WONDERS with Rich. Again, sayang. Hope she’ll do FHM once more to make up for it.

FEATURED READS

One for the Donaires, one for basketball, one for OPM and one for vegetables.

I never thought I would enjoy reading about the Donaires, but for some reason, I did.

Nonito is a good boxer. Intelligent boxer nga daw. He and his wife has good communication skills, evident to some TV interviews they had.

FHM did well on covering not just Nonito’s boxing life, they also presented him as a photography enthusiast. It’s just saddening that his issue with his family was blown out of proportions.

The basketball article was good, as well as the vegetables. Those article were accompanied by nice illustrations. It’s fun to know more about the bahay kubo.

The one about OPM songs was almost good. They should have given that one more space. The lay-out of the article itself was a bit tacky. Warren Espejo, on the other hand, did well on the collage. He’s responsible for the good artworks on spot.ph.

FEATURED GIRLS

These girls own a star on this issue. Their photoshoots are better than the cover girl’s. It would’ve been better had FHM made Rich do a concept like any of these girls’ photoshoot.

Jinri Park, oh Jinri Park. She is just lovely. Chinita, silky smooth skin, nice lips. Plus she’s a full-blooded Korean with Filipino values, like radio and tv godesses Sam Oh and Grace Lee. Lovely.

I think she appeared on GMA’s Comedy Bar. She’s one of those ‘beer-gins’ who sheds clothes before serving food and drinks to live studio guests.

FHM veteran Nika Madrid made a splashing comeback on this issue.

Need I say more? I really hope that FHM do a cover with this kind of concept. It would be amazing even if the cover girl would want some ‘cover’ on.

Other babes featured are Bench Body model Barbara Baretto and Tahiti Cora as the May Girlfriend.

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It wasn’t really a good issue, not also a bad one. It’s the type that won’t make you really worried if you failed to purchase. The featured girls are the best part of this issue.

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It has been almost two month’s since FHM opened the voting for the 100 Sexiest for 2011. Unless you are living under a rock, you probably know that FHM releases updates every week via their newsletter called the Bullpen. Showbiz news reports also uses the same FHM updates to inform non-FHM readers and subscribers about the ongoing poll.

Here’s the rundown of the updates:

UPDATE 1

UPDATE 2

(Cristine Reyes takes the 3rd spot.)

UPDATE 3

UPDATE 4

UPDATE 5

It’s always a neck to neck battle on the top 5 of every partial results to date. It has always been the same names in there.

Angel Locsin grabbed the top spot  on the first update which covers the first nineteen days of voting. She has since failed to maintain her standing up until the most recent unofficial tally.

Marian Rivera grabbed the lead from Angel on the next update which covered an additional 10 days after the first one. She has maintained her lead up until the 4th update.

Cristine Reyes, although considered a strong contender, has yet t grab the top spot on any of the updates.

Sam Pinto has shown a strong potential during the first four updates. And she even grabbed the top spot on the most recent update. Kudos to Sam and her fans.

Solenn Heussaff (and her fans) seems to be a little quiet about this poll. She peaked at number 4 during the 3rd update but she holds the 5th spot on the other updates. I hope her fans would pull off a surprise and provide more votes for Solenn on the weeks to come.

Jennylyn Mercado has been on the sixth spot for four consecutive weeks until Valerie Concepcion grabbed the spot on the recent update. I am still surprised that Valerie has been on the top 10 for three weeks now. I never knew her fan base is that strong. It helps that she’s appearing on two TV networks.

Ellen Adarna is considered as an underdog on this list. She is well known by FHM readers and netizens but not  by the greater mass. Still, she holds a firm position on the top 10.

Katrina Halili‘s fans still love the two-time sexiest woman, although not with the same flare as before. She has been on the bottom of the top 10 for 3 weeks but still holding on, while contemporaries Iwa Moto and Ehra Madrigal figured in on the 29th and 24th spot, respectively, on the third update. (Ehra figured in on the 10th spot during the first update)

Non-FHM cover girls Rhian Ramos, Anne Curtis and Lovi Poe also figured in on the top 10 at some point. With Rhian staying on for three weeks, peaking at number 7. Anne Curtis entered the top 10 on week 2 at the ninth spot and has yet to appear on the updates that followed.  Lovi, on the other hand, holds the ninth spot on the two most recent updates.

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I am glad that Sam Pinto grabbed the lead this week. That opened up the opportunity for someone new to be the Philippines’ Finest. I mean Angel, Marian and Cristine are sexy in their own ways but it’s about time to have someone new up there. Enough of making history like three-time sexiest, two-time sexiest without posing for FHM and the like. I am still for SOLENN and SAM. They might pull off a surprise in the weeks to come.

Voting is open until June 15th. Yeah, vote wisely.

**images from FHM.com.ph and FHM’s Facebook