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!

#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