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!

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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

#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.