#135: Daiana Menezes on FHM October 2011

I have to say that this month’s cover star has got to be the most Pinoy among the many Brazilian imports making their names on local entertainment industry. How can we not adore these Westerners? They are undeniably good-looking. Almost god-like. Just the right amount of  ‘mestizo’ most (but not all. I tell you) Filipinos are looking up to.

What sets Daiana Menezes apart from her kababayans is her surprising Pinoy appeal. It helps that her career jump-started via Eat Bulaga!. I mean, what can be more Pinoy than Eat Bulaga when we talk about the entertainment industry? And in case you haven’t noticed yet, she speaks our language like she has been using it all her life. She even sounds more Pinoy than other full-blooded Filipino.

Her humour is also undeniably that of the masang Pilipino. Loud and animated. She’s one bubbly character.

And if things stay as they are, I believe Daiana is in it for the long run. Undeniably mestiza features, cute Filipina accent, doll-like appearance, masa appeal and all that jazz made her win the hearts of every dabarkads.


The FHM covers for 2011 looks better compared to that of the yesteryears. The cover looks good although this one’s  not the best.

The cover photo itself looks over the top. Add to that the awkwardly positioned texts.


Daiana’s interview is short and sweet. I can say that she has totally embraced the Filipino culture, even the people, yes.

Her photos, are a bit disappointing, though. Her assets were not emphasized well. I mean her well-defined rear end was not, uhm, put into good use.

The photos with the silk cloth looked better compared to the latter layouts.

It wasn’t really that bad, it’s just that FHM has set the bar high with their previous issues and they have been out doing themselves more often than not as the year unfolds.

And I repeat my sentiment last month: put EB Babe Saida on the cover.


I have nothing much to say about the girls this month. Their photos look better compared to that of  last month’s. One thing noticeable though is the decrease of the number of photos for the girls’ spreads.

My favorite girl has got to be Chiaki Morita followed by Erika Bacani. The other girls are Kaiyar Trinidad and Mariel Sorino.

Jerico Montemayor and Paul Ticzon are among the newer FHM photographers I look up to. They have been doing an amazing job in presenting the girls. I’m just wondering why Jay Tablante has yet to do another cover shoot as of late. His last cover, I guess, was with Ehra Madrigal for the June 2008 issue.

This month’s incoming babe is named Barbie and the GF’s a cat lover named Apple.

This year’s Premiere vixen search is nearing its conclusion. I have to say that last year’s girls are better. I mean, they have made some sort of impact to the readers and their bunch is more diverse. Last year’s photo shoots for the Vixens are more impressive.

Ayumi Sogawa, Dorina Groh and Linda Persson are the top three Vixens of this year’s Premiere search. I thought Kyoko Amano would be the runaway winner, but I guess I’m wrong. I’m for Linda Persson. Or Ayumi Sogawa. Dorina Groh’s poses are amateur. And her body looks… yeah… Go last year’s Vixens!


This month’s reads are a mixture of entertaining, useful and mouth-watering.

The one about the Pinoy monsters (supernatural and fictional characters of terror) is very entertaining. The write-up is good and the illustrations are amazing.

The (very) useful one is about future-proofing one’s life. I haven’t read that one, otherwise I wouldn’t be blogging this one anymore. Yeah. The future can wait.

The mouth-watering one is about pizzas. Enough said. The visuals on this article are very, very convincing.


This month’s issue can qualify as one of those issues you may not purchase. It’s beautiful but not really special. But still, all of the covers for this year, so far, look promising. And Daiana is one lovable and funny girl. Lucky director, that director guy.

**cover image from FHM.com.ph

ano’ng zodiac mo?


12 Zodiac Signs

Ang kwela nung balitang nabago na ang mga zodiac signs. Well, hindi naman nabago per se, nadagdagan lang kaya naapektuhan ang nakararami. At ‘pag sinabi kong nakararami, ibig sabihin tayong mga Pinoy na bilib na bilib sa mga horoscope readings at kung anu-anong predictions at superstitious beliefs na hindi malinaw kung saan nagmula.

Malakas ang impact nito sa mga Pinoy dahil saklaw ng horoscope readings ang mga kinababaliwan nating aspeto sa buhay gaya ng swerte sa pera, pagnenegosyo, love life, love life at love life.

Isipin mo na lang ang frustration na madarama mo kung sa pagbasa mo nang paborito mong news source (read: tabloid) makikita mo na  maganda ang vibes ng iyong buhay pag-ibig sa araw na ‘yon tapos after mo kiligin for 5 minutes marerealize mo na hindi na nga pala iyon ang zodiac sign mo. O kaya naman, upon knowing your lucky numbers, tumaya ka sa lotto and then ma-realize mo na mali nanaman yung tinignan mong sign. At dahil sa sobrang pagiging dependent mo sa mga horoscope readings na yan, bumili ka ng shirt na nasa lucky color mo. Syempre mamalasin ka kasi mali nanaman ang natignan mong sign.


Singit pa kasi yung Ophiuchus na yan. (Hirap pa ng spelling at nakakaubos pa ng hangin pag sinabi)

Poproblemahin pa tuloy ng mga morning shows kung paano ang magandang division ng pag-ere ng mga horoscope readings kada commercial gaps (3-3-3-4? 4-3-3-3? 4-4-5? 5-4-4? 4-5-4?).

Magkakagulo pa ‘yan kung ano ang magiging official na tawag sa mga taong ipinanganak under the sign of Ophiuchus. (Ophiuchusans? Ophiuchusians? 0ph!uchuserzz? Ophiuchuseras?)

Malilito din ang ilanh sa spelling at pronunciation dahil sa iba-ibang paraan ng pagbitiw ng mga broadcaster sa AM radio. (‘F’ ba o ‘P’? May ‘H’ o wala? Double ‘C’ o single ‘C’ with ‘H’?)



Although hindi naman talaga malaking issue yang 13th zodiac sign na ‘yan, marami pa din sa atin ang “apektadong-apektado”.

Wala namang kaso kung susunod ka sa bagong division ng astrolgical signs na ‘yan o hindi. Malaking issue kung hindi mo babaguhin ang subscription mo sa Daily Horoscope sa Facebook (JK). Mas malaking issue kung meron na bang Ophiuchus dun sa application na ‘yun (LOLJK).

Kidding aside, mas malaking issue kung naniniwala ka ba  hindi sa mga bagay na katulad ng mga Zodiac signs at horoscope readings. O kung gaano at paano ka naniniwala sa mga bagay na ganito.

PS. Sa horoscope readings lang nito ako naniniwala nang lubusan.