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AUG UST 2016

#fhmSolenn

THE
EVE R-CHANG I NG
MOODS OF

SOLENN

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E LY B U E N D I A
W I L L S AV E O U R
MUSIC

ASS E M B L E
A WEAPONS-G RADE
T O O L B OX

August 2016

CoNTENTS
F E AT U R E S

64 E LY B U E N D I A
His new record label,
Offshore, could get
you to buy a real
album again
70 S E x Y
SELfIES
Teach your girl some
pro tips on how to
take the perfect selfie
78 T o o L S o f
ThE TrADE
Build up your toolbox
with the seasons best
power tools
84 E A r T h
SPIrIT
Angelee Delos Reyes
wants you to follow
her lead

PHOTOGRAPHY: MARK NICDAO

COVE R
STORY

SOLE N N
H E U SSA F F
Heres how her next
chapter beginsits a
beautiful life

August 2016

CoNTENTS
GENT

PULSE

1 4 MAg h U N o S
D I LI kA!
Revisiting the
forgotten art of
Balagtasan

22 B UT
Th EY r E A N
I N vE S TM E N T!
Defend your toys from
your woman

2 6 o LY M P I C S
Here's who to root for
in the Games

18 k N oCk oU T
YoU r ATTAC k E r
I N A S N AP
Six ways to
immobilize anyone

24 S T E A M I N g
hoT
Sarsas Chef JP Anglo
shares his ingredients
for sexy time

20 CoMIC STrIP:
rAP ShoWDoWN
The gang is going next
level with their rap

25 T h E A L L - N E W
SEx DoSSIEr
It satisfies all sorts of
cravings

2 8 g IA N N I N A
o CA M P o
Getting passionate
offstage
3 2 T h E h oT T E ST
BA DA S S
Suicide Squads
Harley Quinn is here!
34 f B L I v E !
Broadcast (citizen)
journalism is a thing
35 P A r A D I S E
rEvEALED
That gorgeous patch
of beach is closer
than you think

FITS

91 T h E
MASTErS
Timeless works of art
in clothing form
94 D I f f E r E N T
WAv E S
How to express your
dress sense in words
to your bewildered
parents

BOOST

1 00 S AU SAg E
MAkE r
learn how to make
the perfect sausage
sandwich

1 02 PA r E S !
To k N E N E N g!
f I S h BA LLS!
We spill street food
vendors authentic
trade secrets
1 04 r oA D T r I P
2.0
Six ways to level
up your barkada
bakasyon grande
1 06 S SAN gYo N g
T Ivo L I
A budget Korean
crossover that
rides like you have
money
1 08 PAg E
ENDEr
Driving Manilas
streets in a beat-up
lancer box type

PHOTOGRAPHY: ARTu NePOMuCeNO, DAIRY DARIlAG, JONATHAN BAlDONADO

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FROM THE EDITOR

In this issue, Solenn wants to


make one thing clear: She got
married. So what?!
After you take in her stunning photos, grateful that it happened when she
said it wouldnt ever again because she was done with magazines of our kind,
move on over to her profile and read about what compelled her to take back her
words and do FHM for a second time, and in more tempting fashion. It tells
you exactly the kind of stuff Solenn is made of.
She said she was getting all these questions and remarks to the effect that
now shes married, her life as a celebrity must be over. It pissed her off and
so, to make people shut up, she wanted to say no, Im not over, with this: A
provocative cover and 26 pages inside only for Solenn, where she absolutely
outdoes herself. Damn right shes not over.
Its the rebel in her at work.
Its also probably the rebel in Ely Buendia thats working to make his new
venture happen, Offshore records (The Man With the Plan to Save our Music,
p. 64). So now hes not only a musician but a record label co-founder as well.
Knowing full well that this is the business side of his industry and he works
best on the creative side, he is candid enough to admit that Offshore could be a
recipe for disaster. But hes doing it anyway.
From Offshore we expect vinyl albums to come outI know I need a real
album whose jacket or sleeve I can touch and hold and look at while I listen
to the stuff in it. Also, its not retro; its because the best-sounding music isnt
compressed in files, its pressed on good old resin. That is why vinyl is making
a comeback. Ely himself will tell you that.
From Solenn and Ely we learn a very important lesson: If everyone says you
cant do it, do it. Shut them up.

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August 2016

REACTIONS

ANG MAMATAY NANG


DAHIL SA YO

I have a suggestion as to how you can make


Jessy Mendiolas coronation as FHMs
Sexiest for 2016 a bit more memorable: have
her wear only a barong! Since the definition
of sexy is changing beyond the physical,
why dont we introduce a more nationalistic
spin on things? More power to FHM , Jessy,
Duterte, and the whole Philippines!
Joshua Daluz, via Facebook

of convincing and execution, right? Marketing


strategy, right change is coming, right?
History in the making, right? Please think
about it. Its a very wise business decision!
Elizabeth Triumfo Flores, via Facebook

FROM COVER TO COVER

Jennylyn Mercado deserves to win this year


because [of] all her achievements in movies
and magazine covers! Hope there will be a
back-to-back sexiest title for her. I just love
her that much. I love her freakin hot sexy
figure and her amazing personality.
JP Tan Tolentino, via Facebook

I'm a huge fan of Rhian Ramos and we were


quite disappointed with her ranks in the 100
Sexiest for the previous years. But we never
gave up because she deserves to be on
top. Weve been clamoring for her to grace
your cover and she finally did it and it was
beautiful. What really astonished me more
was when I found out that you had Mark
Nicdao as the photographer and that it was
shot it in France! This is surely FHM at its
best. Congratulations, this is one of the best
covers you've given us.
Kim Maniscan, via Facebook

THE MOST EXPLOSIVE


ISSUE EVER

SLIGHTLY OFF COURSE ,


CAPTAIN

JUST POINTING IT OUT

This is some unsolicited advice from a


die-hard fan of Jadine. If you really want
an explosive issue for your magazine, try to
convince Nadine Lustre to pose for you and
include her protective, gorgeous, and very
sexy BF, James Reid in the cover. So kahit
naka two-piece si Nadine, James will just
cover what needs to be covered. That will be
a sold-out issue for sure! It's [just] a matter

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Im writing in reaction to the Star Trek article


in your July issue where you showcased a
variety of Federation starships featured in the
franchise, you identified the USS Enterprise
NCC-1701-Aas the one featured in the
1960s TV series and Star Trek IIV; and the
NCC-1701-D as being featured in Star Trek V:
The Final Frontier and VI: The Undiscovered
Country and in the movies First Contact,

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Insurrection, and Nemesis.


Id like to respectfully point out that the first
iteration of the USS Enterprise was as NCC1701. This was used in the original series
and used in the first three movies. This ship
was blown up at the end of Star Trek III: The
Search for Spock . This Klingon ship was
the same ship they used in Star Trek IV: The
Voyage Home.
For the next two movies (V and VI), the crew
used a newly built Enterprise NCC-1701-A. At
the end of Star Trek VI, they received an order
to go back to port where the NCC-1701-A
would be decommissioned. As for NCC1701-D, it was destroyed in the 1995 movie
Generations. A new Enterprise (presumably
NCC-1701-E) would be used in the next
three movies: First Contact, Insurrection and
Nemesis.
According to a technical manual, in between
NCC-1701-A and NCC-1701-D, there would be
two iterations, NCC-1701-B and NCC-1701-C,
which had a different crew. Who knows? These
two versions could be the subject of future
series or movies. Thanks for listening!
Bong Damot, via email
ERRATUM
Just a couple of minor corrections in our last month's
bookender, Lebron is Legend: We unintentionally
took away one championship each from Robert Horry
(he has seven) and Tim Duncan's (he has five). Gotta
count them rings better next time.

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Laglag
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MaraMi aNg NagsasaBiNg aNg
BaTTle rap Daw aNg NagsisilBiNg
BersyoN Ng BalagTasaN sa
paNaHoN NaTiN NgayoN. NguNiT sa
DaMi Ng KaNilaNg pagKaKapareHo,
MasasaBi Ba Talaga NaTiNg iisa
sila Ng piNagMulaN?
WORDS: CHISE ALCANTARA
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HOW TO SOU N D

R EAL SMART
Edited by CHISE ALCANTARA
chise.alcantara@summitmedia.com.ph

Kahit maaaring
masabi na mas
mapangahas
at personal
ang mga banat sa battle
rap, kadalasan hindi ito
nauuwi sa pagkapikon
ng mga emcee. Ngunit sa
Balagtasan, may mga awaybati na nagtatagal ng ilang
dekada katulad ng dalawang
pinakasikat na magkaribal
na sina Corazon de Jesus at
Florentino T. Collantes.

Mas pinapahalagahan
ng Balagtasan ang
sukat at tugma ng
mga linya kaysa sa
battle rap dahil ito at ang tono
ng boses ang nagdadala sa
bawat linya. Datapwat sa battle
rap, may elemento pa ito ng
flow o ang ritmo ng bawat
linya na maaaring pabagu-bago
sa haba at bilis ng pagbigkas.

Halatang mas
pormal ang
tanghalan ng
Balagtasan
kaysa sa battle rap. Kung
ihahambing mo naman ang
barong ng mga makata
sa mga nagsisilakihang
T-shirt ng mga emcee sa
battle rap, wala naman yata
roong contest. Ngunit hindi
natin kayang husgahan ang
pagkalehitimo ng dalawang
sining base lang doon dahil
magkaiba talaga sila ng
estetika.

Verge
EXPLAI N E R

balagtasan
aNg NawalaNg KasaysayaN Ng TiKas

Irog, pumaroon tayo sa


Escolta. may balagtasan
daw ang mga hIpstEr

16 FH M AUGUST 2016

SAAN ITO NAGMULA


DupLo

Isang uri ng
panulaang pagbigkas
na ginagamit
madalas bilang
pampagaan ng loob
sa mga naglalamay
sa patay. Pinarami
ng Balagtasan ang
paksang pwede
nitong pag-usapan
katulad ng politika,
pag-ibig, relevant
events, problemangbahay, atbp.

Kung aakalain ninyong


clich lamang ang
pagsulat ng tula sa
ilalim ng puno, lubos
na nagkakamali
kayo. pinauso ito ng
magkaribal na Jose
Corazon de Jesus at
Florentino T. Collantes
noong binubuo at
nagpapraktis pa
sila ng kanilang
mga scripts nang
sabay bago pa
umasim ang kanilang
pagkakaibigan.

SAGUPAAN SA
ENTABLADO
Ngunit dahil malaya ang mga
mambabalagtas na mag-adlib
at lumihis sa script, may mga
oras ring nagkakapikunan
sila. Dahil dito, nagkakaroon
ng mga sinusubaybayan
na pagtutunggaliparang
Mayweather versus
Pacquiaopero nagtutulaan
sila nang pasigaw dahil wala
pang mga microphone
dati. Parang artista ang
mga makatainiidolo,
sinusubaybayan,
hinahangaan.*

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Ginanap ang pinakaunang debateng


Balagtasan sa isang pulong ng
Kapulungang Balagtas (Balagtas
fan club) isang hapon noong Marso,
1924 sa Tondo, Maynila. Iminungkahi
ni Lope K. Santos na baka gusto raw
nilang mag-experiment sa bagong
uri ng duplo para raw naman maging
special yung celebration nila sa
kaarawan ni Balagtas.

PROSESO

PAGSUSULAT
Kahit mukhang on-the-spot ang
mga makata kapag nagdedebate,
madalas mayroon na silang
isinusulat na di-tapos na bersiyon
ng Balagtasan.* Ibinibigay na rin
kasi ang paksa at panig ng bawat
mambabalagtas bago pa magsimula
ang kanilang pagdedebate upang
mapaghandaan nila ito nang mabuti.

PAGPILI SA NANALO
Kahit mayroong piling mga hurado
sa bawat laban, mahalaga [rin] ang
papel ng manonood sa balagtasan.
Hindi sila pasibong tagapanood
lamang. Pinahahalagahan ang
kanilang opinyon na naisakonkreto
sa kanilang paghatol.*

BUNTOT AT
ALINGAWNGAW
Sa sobrang ganda minsan
ng laban sa balagtasan, pati
yung mga tagahanga ng mga
mismong nagbabalagtas nagiging
professional analyst na kung
magbigay ng komento sa laban.
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CoNTRARY
To popuLAR
bELIEf

Walang anumang
kinalaman si
Balagtas sa
pagsulpot ng
Balagtasan maliban
sa isinunod ito
sa pangalan niya
at inimbento
ito kaugnay ng
paghahanda
sa pagdiriwang
ng kaniyang
kaarawan.*

isa sa pinakasikat
na Balagtasan
na naganap ay
sa pagitan nina
Huseng Batute
at Collantes. sa
Balagtasan na
iyon, napanalunan
ni Huseng Batute
ang titolong Haring
Balagtas. May
8,000 hanggang
15,000 katao
ang sumaksi sa
balagtasan[g]* ito.

HYPE
Tulad ng mga modernong
kaganapanparang mga
pelikulang box office
hitnakikisakay rin sa
kasikatan ang ibang mas
maliliit na laban sa mga
malalaki na laban.

sa Balagtasan sa radyo,
ipinahayag ng madla
ang kanilang opinyon
sa pamamagitan ng
pagtawag sa telepono
o kaya pagpapadala ng
liham; sa Balagtasan
sa pahayagan, sa
pamamagitan ng
pagpapadala ng kupong
naglalaman ng boto.*

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* Balagtasan: Kasaysayan at antolohiya ni galileo s. Zafra. Quezon City: ateneo de Manila university press, 1999. 281 pages

Parang ang hirap


nang makahanap
ng matinong kausap
ngayon. Hindi naman
nakakagulat ito
kung isipin ninyong
kaya nang tapusin
ang lahat ng away,
pakikipagtalo, at
malayang diskurso
sa isang simpleng
pagbigkas ng
katagang edi wow.
Para sa mas
nakababatang
henerasyon, tila ang
hirap isiping meron
palang punto sa ating
kasaysayan kung
saan may pumuna
sa galing ng bigkas
na salita. Hinangaan
ng sambayanan ang
kakayahan ng isang
makatang magtahi
ng mga katagang
nakapagpabagabag
sa puso at isip ng
kanyang ka-debate.
Ang tinutukoy
namin ay ang sining
ng Balagtasan. (Hindi
ito ang Linggo ng
Wika performances
ng mga kaklase
ninyong naliligo
sa pawis habang
nakabarong). Nais
naming bigyan kayo
ng mas malawak na
pagkaunawa ukol sa
paksang ito upang
ibangon muli ang
dulas at talas ng
ating mga dila.

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S

A wimps
knockout guide
When, FOr OnCe, FlighT is nOT a
aCCepTable respOnse, Then FighT

You say you can't fight. We can understand thatjust


the thought of it turns your knees to jelly and you
can't help but cower and weep. but what if you have
no choice? if getting maimed (or worse) was your
next logical conclusion, knowing a few crucial selfdefense tricks might save your ass.
We consulted Owen sire, Kiko Matos's coach
in his match against baron geisler in the Universal
reality Combat Championship (UrCC) last June. he
says wits and proper fight knowledge can win over
brute force. learn.

P i P e C h o k e / Str i k e
TargeT: Wind pipe
aTTacking: Fist
How To do iT: sire says: The throat
is one of the most vulnerable parts
of the human body. even a slight
effort to hit it could be really painful
for the receiver because it is where
the larynx or wind pipe is located.
Your strike doesnt even have to be
strong; as long as you do it quick
enough, it will still temporarily halt
your opponent.

rear Naked Choke


TargeT: Whole neck
aTTacking: arms (biceps), hands,
and fingers
How To do iT: Wrap your dominant
bicep around [your attackers] neck.
place your other hand on the back
of his neck to tighten your grip even
more. squeeze his whole body close
to yours so he loses his balance and
you maintain full control. Then gently
choke him to sleep," sire says. note:
being naked is completely optional
when performing this maneuver.

Sta N d i N g S t o m P
TargeT: Upper leg
aTTacking: Foot
How To do iT: When youre about
to kick, make sure that youre doing
a downward motion before finally
pounding the sole of your foot on
the muscle, sire says. This is best
used when youre too afraid to get
close to your opponent but still want
to immobilize him before running
away, er, we mean, repositioning
yourself.
WORDS: JON CHRISTOFFER R. OBICE ILLUSTRATION: TONIO MAICON
SPECIAL THANKS TO: UFC MANILA, SHERWIN YAOS JUAN AGAINST BULLYING, AND UNIvERSAL REALITY COMBAT CHAMPIONSHIP

18 FH M AUGUST 2016

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N o S e ta k e d o w N
TargeT: nose
aTTacking: Fingers
How To do iT: Wait for the perfect
time when youre behind your
opponent, says sire. stick out two
fingers, insert them into his nostrils,
and pull his body weight downward.
Using your other hand, push his
chest down to make him lose his
balance. Once he's fallen, its your
chance to unload on other parts of
his body (or slather his booger on
his face).

r i b d i S l o C ato r
TargeT: hanging rib
aTTacking: hand and fingers
How To do iT: The hanging rib is the
lowest portion of your chest, near
the stomach. The tissue surrounding
this area is soft and sensitive, which
makes it a prime target. Curve your
four fingers (point, middle, ring,
pinky) in a hooked position, says
sire. as you hit the hanging rib of
your attacker, make sure to align
your hooked hand to it, as if youre
snatching the last baby back rib at
dinner when no ones looking.

VulCaN NerVe PiNCh


TargeT: side of neck
aTTacking: hand and fingers
How To do iT: if youve managed to
grab a hold of your attacker's neck,
pinch it with your fingers with ample
force, targeting the nerves in their
neck, says sire. in this position,
you can easily block the circulation
by applying pressure on the veins of
his neck even with just two fingers.
it can stop the blood supply to the
brain, [making] the person pass out,
sire says.

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UFC
returns to
Manila

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COM ICS

Cabin
fever

Art: MELVIN CALINGO

the cabin hood


dropping it like it's hot

#6

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Mad
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W O M a n

The toy
collectors
arsenal of
excuses
Dont go Down
without a fight!
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if youre a toy/comic book/gadget/etc collector, youve


probably heard this threat from your girl once or twice: You
waste your money on all those thingamajigs that You Dont
EVEn taKE out of thE BoX! Choose now: is it them or me?
Before you say, nice knowing you, pause a bit. Maybe
you can talk your way out of this. theres no sense in throwing
away a chance to score tonight just because you cant part
with your lovely action figures. (Yes, admit it: youre a fucking
chauvinist pig.)
to save your ass, weve come up with imaginary arguments
between yourself and your bae involving your collectors
lifestyle. Pick the appropriate one, practice, and be ready to
recite when ultimatum day comes.

YoUR LInE

im noT calling you


ouT on your dozens
of designer shoes and
bags. donT Talk Trash
abouT my beloveds.

i used up all your college fund for this.

This one needs some


preparation to make it extra
effective. On a day when your girl
is out, make an inventory of all
her shoes and bags; Google their
prices, and add it up. Youll be
surprised at the sum of money
that sits in her closet, in all its
leather glory.
So whEn YoUR GIRL
REBUTS wITh: My shoes
and bags are nowhere near
as expensive as your toys and
comic books!
YoU SAY: P20,000 for two
pairs of shoes, Mrs. Imelda
Marcos!

YoUR LInE

YoUR LInE

These are invesTmenTs.


When Were old, sick,
and poor, We can sell
Them for Thousands,
even millions of pesos.
Of course you can. Especially
if you own rare toys, such as
1960s G.I. Joe figures, whose
going rate online is around
$4,000. Ask your babe to think
of it as paintings (girls like that
art stuff). Art collectors have
paintings that they just hang on
walls. They never even play with
the artwork. And look where

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these collectors live: in mansions


worth lots of money.
BUT whEn YoUR GIRL
REBUTS wITh: You
BORROW money to buy these
toys. And its not wise investing
if all you pay off your credit card
bill is the minimum.
YoU SAY: Its all part of a
long-term plan. Trust me, babe.
Youre in good hands. With
such confident words, who
wont forgive your irrational
spending? (But, dude, if shes
right and all youre paying is the
minimum due, youre in for a lot
of heartache money-wise. Shape
up your investment strategy.)

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my comic books are


sTored very neaTly in
closed bug-free boxes.
raTs, cockroaches, and
anTs canT breed ouT
of Thin air inside boxes
ThaT are sealed.
Yes, you dont have to comment
on her lack of knowledge in
zoology. Focus on the more
relevant point:
your comics are
not strewn about
your place like your

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underwear. Youve, in fact, made


a major effort in organizing them
according to author and genre,
and storing them in sturdy boxes
that no four- and six-footed pest
can penetrate.
BUT whEn YoUR GIRL
REBUTS wITh: Okay (so
she must know some zoology,
at least), but your comic book
boxes are an eyesore. Theyre
so ugly to look at! Cant you put
them somewhere else?
YoU SAY: Ugly boxes are
better than my comic books
all over your makeup table,
amiright?

YoUR LInE

youre jusT jealous


because i spend more
Time in my man cave
WiTh all my Toys Than
WiTh you.

Thats right, when all else is lost,


it never hurts to get down to
the level of 10-year-olds. Make
her question her self worth, Am
I really so insecure that I get
jealous of inanimate objects?
BUT whEn YoUR GIRL
REBUTS wITh: Im not
jealous. I run my own business,
Im fabulous, and youre lucky to
have me.
YoU SAY: No, Im not! Yep, let
her know whos the grownup in
the relationship.

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Gent

Naughty
kitchen

WHAT I
KNOW
ABOUT

WO MEN

According to Sarsa Kitchen+Bars


owner and chef JP Anglo, its
easier to have one thing lead to
another if you begin with a sensually
sumptuous meal. The right menu
could mean a sizzling time in the
bedroom. Here, the Ilonggo chef
correlates food to great sex, giving
tips on how to score some pogi
points with the right ingredients and
a great technique. Boys, take notes!
Use food to score. Lutuan mo lang
and everything will follow. Kapag
nagluluto ka sa bahay, home court
mo yan. Everything is under one roof:
may kusina, couch, kama. So pwede
kayo kumain, pwede kayo mag-chill,
pwede kayo magpahinga. It starts
in the kitchen. And if you do well,
[you] will end up in the living room or
somewhere else.
Trust in your talent to get the
girlsbut dont try too hard. When
you try too hard, it actually works
against you. These days, I cook at the
beach because I surf a lot. Ang mga
siga sa tubig are the locals and the
pro surfers. They get all the girlsthe
chikababes in their T-back bikinis. Eh
ako, hindi naman magaling mag-surf.
So I wait in the sidelines and think,
Tikman niyo muna ang pagkain ko;
baka magbago isip niyo.
Cooking together may lead to
MOMOL. Pero para sa akin, hindi
instantslow cooking yan, eh. I would
recommend cooking beef stew.
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It uses red wine, so while you are


cooking, you can start on the wine.
Tumatawa kayo, have a conversation,
and before you know it, may
connection na kayo in every aspect.
Hopefully leading to making out.
Girls with big appetites are a
turn-on. I once dated a model.
Maganda, matalino. I bring her to
Sarsa, and she tells me that she is a
pescatarian, meaning she only eats
fish and vegetables. Eh puro pork
ang niluluto ko. So, needless to say,
there was no second date.
Aphrodisiacs are real. Its about
conditioning the mind. Oysters have
this silky smooth texture, reflective of
our body organs, or to be direct about
it, the vagina. It is salty, although
there are sweet oysters from France.
Caviar is the same in texture and
taste. A banana [is an aphrodisiac,
too.] When a girl eats a banana, she
becomes playful.
The best place to do it: solid
tops. Use a firm countertopor
look for a table with strong legs. A
wooden table will give you that earthy
feel while marble and granite give a
feeling of luxury.
Alcohol releases inhibitions.
Alcohol can break down barriers,
even underwear. I would recommend
cocktails because you get to
appreciate different flavors. Even a
good scotch has all those flavors and
notes, if you know how to drink it.

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Eating away a broken heart


doesnt only feel good; its
necessary. But a dadbod may
be inevitable. You want to feel
good eh, [so may weight gain yan].
Maybe go for a good steak, without
carbs. There are those that go for
P500-600. But the really good ones,
mga isang libo. Go for it, anyway.
Kailangan ng heart mo yan.
Cooking techniques are great at
making your woman fall for you.
Yung hard-to-get, nilalaga para
lumambot. Yung easy-to-get, prituhin
mo lang, malutong na. May feisty
ihawin mo para mausukan sila. Meron
din mabaityou steam them gently,
parang yung balat ng pritchon. Meron
naman na kailangang dumaan sa tatlong
proseso para magkagusto sa iyo.
Promdi chefs rock in the love
department. I am Ilonggo and I
am proud to be from Bacolod. Plus
factor din sa lalaki ang marunong
magluto kasi it shows you can
provide and nurture; that you can
take care of your partner. I think a
good mantra [to live by] would be,
Magluto, magdasal, at magmahal.
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INTERVIEW mAAn D'Asis PAmArAn ; PHOTOGRAPHY: JonAthAn BAlDonADo

Chef JP Anglo tells us why men who


know how to Cook get All the girls

Sex

Gent
D O S S IE R

Starstruck
or how to hook up with a hot celeb
Rachel Morada, 23

he asked me on one of those occasions.


Arent you supposed to be dating that girl?
He rolled his eyes. Thats all an illusion.
But shes so hot!
But we dont talk! he retorted. Id rather have someone I can talk to.
Wait, are you saying Im not hot?
Im saying have dinner with me.

Just got home from the gym.


Still thinking about that.
Taguig
12:30 a.m.

Step 1: Ignore him.


My gym buddy, Aaron, invited me for birthday drinks at a gastropub. His
best friend, Damiena rising artistawas there to celebrate with him,
surrounded by girls. He was definitely hot, but I dont have a thing for
high-profile guys. He was also dating his co-star. So, I was happy just to
sit there, enjoying my beer.
Soon, Aaron and Damien were pouring shots for everybody. They
approached our table just as I was checking my phone. Next thing I knew,
Damien was seated beside me. Busy ah, he said.
Oh, hi, I said, startled. I raised my beer to Aaron. Happy birthday,
babe!
Thanks, babe! Damien, this is Rachel. Shes my gym bae, said Aaron.
So who are you texting? teased Damien, pretending to sneak a peek
at my phone.
Nobody important, I replied.
Seemed important enough to ignore my boys birthday shots, he
challenged.
Sorry na, I said, taking the shot glass he held in front of me.
He chatted me up and, a few minutes into the conversation, said,
Hey, a bunch of us are heading to my house in Tagaytay in the morning.
Join us.
I laughed. Um, no.
Aaron, who was within ear shot,
exclaimed, Grabe, pare, hinihindian ka na
ngayon!
Damien looked unsure how to proceed.
Itll be fun! he said.
I have to work.
Its Saturday! he said incredulously.
Yeah. I work weekends sometimes.
Ditch it, he said, giving me a sexyas-hell grin. Ugh. So much for not being
attracted to him.
Tell you what, I said. If you can tell me
my name, sasama ako.
Silence. Aaron let out a guffaw.
And with that, Im out, I said, standing
up. Enjoy your birthday, babe. And I
walked out of the pub.

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Step 4: Give in.


My dilemma: Did I want the distinction of being The Girl Who Said No
To Damien? Or did I want to experience sleeping with one of the hottest
people alive? In the end, my baser instincts won.
He called on a Saturday and again asked me to go to Tagaytay with
him. I asked him who else was coming. Just me, he replied.
I was quiet for a few seconds before saying, Okay.
He picked me up in an hour. On the drive to Tagaytay, I could feel the
nervousness and excitement in the air. He barely spoke, but as soon as
we got to his empty house, he shut the front door and pinned me against
it, his tongue urgently finding mine. My fingers became entangled in his
hair as he worked his way down, hitching up my dress and pulling off my
panties. As he put a finger inside me, he smiled.
You are so fucking wet, he said.
Its been too fucking long, I said.
He undid his pants and whipped out
his rock-hard dick, which was just as
perfect as the rest of his body. He picked
me up and rammed into me, fucking me
hungrily, furiously against the door. When
he was done, he set my feet back down on
the floor, burying his face in my neck and
breathing heavily. Release.
Whats my name? I teased. He
laughed before picking me up and carrying
me to the sofa. This time he peeled off
all my clothes, and all of his, and I got a
front-row seat to his million-dollar abs. The
second time was slower, more sensual,
the sense of urgency and the weeks-long
sexual tension finally relieved. We explored
each others bodies all weekend, fucking
in every room of his vacation house. I
worshipped his impossibly perfect manhood
with my mouth, practically sucking him dry.
I lost count of how many times we had sex
over the span of two days.
ILLUSTRATION borG SibaNaN

Step 2: Make him work for it.


Come na.
A message from an unknown number.
He got my number from Aaron, I guessed.
Im assuming this is the superstar, I
texted back. Then my phone rang.
Youre still up, he said. Rachel,
he added pointedly. And that began an
hour-long conversation. I still didnt go to
Tagaytay, but he called me when he got
back. Over the next few weeks, he would
call and text, always asking me out. But
I only agreed to meet up when it was a
group thing.
Why wont you have dinner with me?

Step 3: Get your head together.


So I did. I even let him kiss me at the end of it. And that just left him
wanting more.
A big reason I held off was I was trying to figure out what his deal was.
He could have pretty much anyonewhy me? Was he really that starved
for good conversation? Did he really see himself with me? I didnt delude
myself. Deep down, I knew he was in it for the chase. I knew the minute
I gave in, it would be over. I guess I wanted the ego boost to last a little
longer.

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Step 5: Move on.


I knew things would change after that. He
would still text me every few days, which
turned into every few weeks, which dwindled
into nothing. I was a little sad when it was
over, missing the attention, but I went into it
with eyes wide open. To paraphrase a pop
song: No regrets, just lust.

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TUNING IN
Since we are 11 hours
ahead of Brazil, expect
matches airing in odd
hours. Good news
is TV5 has exclusive
rights to broadcast
the happenings in
the Olympics. Gather
round your friends and
kapitbahay for an exciting
viewing party at home.

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YO U R G U I D E tO
EVERYtHING

Ian Lariba
Event: Table tennis
Ticket to Rio: Winner
at the womens
ITTF-Asian Olympic
Qualification Tournament
in Hong Kong, claiming
the final slot to the
Olympics at her event
Claim to fame: First
Filipino table tennis
player to make it to the
Olympics

tRENDING
Edited by PONG M. CASTILLO
pong.castillo@summitmedia.com.ph

OR TAKING THE
ROAD TO RIO
Brazil waived their
visa requirement for
Pinoys for the Summer
Olympics. But just how
much do we need to
witness history in the
flesh?

The FHM
2016 Summer
Olympics
Guide for
Dummies
Now is the time to be the
biggest fAN of the gAmes

While our shot at making it to the FIBA


World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was
cut short during last months qualifiers
in Manila, the excitement towards the
Summer Olympics is far from over for
the Philippines. This year, 10 world-class
Filipino athletes have qualified to compete
in their respective events, earning us a
chance at adding a medal or two to the 18
we have won through the years. Although
you may or may not have already booked
a ticket to the worlds biggest sporting
event, weve prepped you a quick rundown
of everything you need to know. Read
throughstat! the show is about to start!

Hidilyn Diaz
Event: Weightlifting
Ticket to Rio: Three
bronze medals in
the International
Weightlifting Federation
World Championship in
Houston, Texas, USA
Claim to fame:
Gold medalist at the
first SEA Weightlifting
Championship, threetime Olympian

Average direct
roundtrip flight
price from Manila
to Rio de Janeiro in
August 2016 =

P205,000
At least

P25,000

Total: At least

to watch a game of
each of our Pinoy
delegates in the
Olympics, prices
of which highly
depend on whether
the match is a
victory ceremony.

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Miguel tabuena
Event: Golf
Ticket to Rio: Top 37
in International Golf
Federation (IGF) for
Olympic participation

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P230,000,

still sans food, incity transportation,


and accommodation
expenses. But hey,
if you can afford it,
then why the heck
not? Take one for
the team and cheer
on our national
delegates live.

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Nestor Colonia
Event: Weightlifting
Ticket to Rio:
Conferred by
the International
Weightlifting Federation
Claim to fame: 2015
Asian Weightlifting
Championships winner

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Eric Shauwn Cray


Event: Athletics, 400m
hurdles
Ticket to Rio: 48.98s
IAAF World Challenge in
Moratalaz, Madrid, Spain
Claim to fame: Gold
medalist and SEA and
Philippine National
record holder in 400m
hurdles

Mary Joy tabal


Event: Marathon
Ticket to Rio:
2:43:29 clock-in at
the Scotiabank Ottawa
Marathon in Ontario,
Canada
Claim to fame: Silver
medalist in womens
marathon at the 2015
Singapore SEA Games

Jessie Khing Lacuna


Event: Swimming
Ticket to Rio: Clocked
1:50.82 in the 200m
freestyle, 3:55.34 in the
400m freestyle, 2:00.89
in the 200m butterfly
and 200m Individual
Medley with 2:02.24
Claim to fame:
Won 26 Gold
medals in Philippine
Olympic Games and
seven in SEA Age
Group Swimming
Championship

UP FOR GRABS
Aside from lifetime fame
and glory, what else are
these superhumans in for?

The obverse side of


the medal features
Nike, the Greek
goddess of Victory,
and symbols
of ancient and
modern Greece,
the Panathinaiko
Stadium in Athens
and the Acropolis.
Gold medals
are made up of

Marestella torresSunang
Event: Long jump
Ticket to Rio:
6.72-meter jump at the
Kazakhstan Open in
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Claim to fame: SEA
Games Long Jump gold
medalist and Southeast
Asian and Philippine
National record holder
in long jump, three-time
Olympian

gold produced
completely without
mercury.
The silver and
bronze medals are
made of 30 percent
recycled materials.
Each medal weighs
500g. Not much to
bear for a superathlete, dont you
think?

CHA-CHING!
We wont really know the value that other
countries give out to their winning athletes
this year, but for what its worth, heres how
much their medals cost*:
Gold = about $600 or almost P27,000
Silver = about $300 or almost P14,000
Bronze = about $10 or almost P600
*Value estimated according to the recent
prices of minerals used for the production of
medals.

Kirstie Elaine Alora


Event: Taekwondo
Ticket to Rio: Silver
medalist at the womens
taekwondo category of
the Asian Qualification
Tournament in Manila
Claim to fame: Twotime bronze medalist in
the Asian Games

Roger Ladon
Event: Boxing
Ticket to Rio: Silver
medalist at the Asia/
Oceania Olympic
Qualification Tournament
Claim to fame:
Silver medalist in the
Singapore Southeast
Asian Games 2015

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Charly Suarez
Event: Boxing
Ticket to Rio: Silver
medalist at the Asia/
Oceania Olympic
Qualification Tournament
in Qianan, China
Claim to fame: Gold
medalist at the 2009
and 2011 SEA Games

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Jasmine Alkhaldi
Event: Swimming
Ticket to Rio: Clocked
56.10 seconds to finish
third at the womens
100m freestyle at the
25th SEA Games
Claim to Fame: Twotime bronze medalist at
the 25th SEA Games

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Pulse
Giannina loves theatre.
If you want to take away
something from this piece about her,
thats it. In an age where the term
work-life balance seems like an
oxymoron, theres just something so refreshing
about working with someone who just genuinely
loves what she doesits infectious.
I got into theater after I had just quit my
corporate job [management trainee, Unilever],
so it was really about doing something out of the
box, about doing things that I knew I loved but
never had the chance to do. It just so happened
that I got bitten by the theater bug pretty hard,"
says Giannina.
Ever since Giannina finished her adult acting
workshop with Repertory Philippines shes been
taking up roles left and right and has made quite
a name for herself in the musical comedy scene.
I started late [in theatre]. Ive only been acting
for about six years. I still have so much to learn.
In those six years, she has taken up
primarily comedic roles in plays like Repertory
Philippiness Leading Ladies and Boeing
Boeing. She confesses that it doesnt take much

B R EAK
A LEG

Leading lady
STAGe TheSpiAn GiAnninA OcAmpO
TrieS A differenT AcT

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PHOTOGR APHY
ARTU NEPUMUCENO
INTERVIEW
CHISE ALCANTAR A
ST YLING
MEG MANZANO
MAKEUP
JANINA DIZON
HAIR
GEORM IMPERIAL

I've never done drugs but


everythIng they say about It,
the hIgh,
that's what I get from the
theater

we wanted her to portray during the shoot made


us so, for the lack of a better term, kilig.
Kilig at the fact that she was kilig. One of
Giannina's many talents is making her audience
feel what she's feeling. Theater is a twoway relationship between the actors and the
audience. The energy that the actors get from
the audience is so palpable, it's like drugs. Ive
never done drugs, but everything they say about
it, the high, thats what I get from the theater,
Giannina explains. And it felt like we were
watching her show.
Even though Giannina gets complimented
for being a natural actress, she believes that
acting is just like any [other] skillthe more you
practice, the more you do your research, the
more you observe and understand the character
and situation, the better you become. I think
you kill the comedy if you try to be funny. The
comedians are the ones who are so comfortable
at laughing at themselves. You have to find
humor in everyday life, in everything.
So how close is the actual Giannina to
the characters she portrays? I find myself in
situations and emotions that the character feels,
that way I can act more genuinely, which I think
is a very important part of the storytelling were
doing. I think thats the part of Giannina thats in
all of my characters.
Everyone has a chance to touch people
in ways that could make them think and act
differently. Giannina is an actress but she
doesnt need a stage to make people feel her
passion, and as cheesy as it sounds, neither do
you. Every day we get the chance to show other
people different perspectives of the world by
putting enough of ourselves in things we are
passionate about. Im just so blessed that Im
able to do what I love. How many people can say
that about their profession? says Giannina.
Too few, Giannina. Too few. FH M

to make her laugh. It was pretty obvious during


our shoot when shed suddenly laugh whenever
the atmosphere would get a bit too serious. I
laugh very easily and Id like to think that Im
pretty good at making other people laugh. I find
humor in a character Im portraying and in the
situations the characters are put in. Rightly or
wrongly, that's maybe the first thing I notice in
the characters I play or the scripts I read, says
Giannina.
Gianninas main concern when acting is that
she should be able to convey the feelings of
her character in a genuine way, which makes
her want to try participating in more straight
plays and dramas. Its sometimes hard to fully
empathize with the feelings of your characters in
comedies since their emotions change abruptly
as each scene dictates. The dramatic scenes
can only last so long until you need some humor
to lighten up the atmosphere. Out of all the
plays Ive been in, Red Turnips Time Stands Still
really affected me the most. It was so beautifully
written, and I empathized with my character so
much, recalls Giannina.
Watching her slip in and out of the characters
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Yasss, Quinn!
Actress MArgot robbies HArLeY
QUinn is tHe new poster-girL for
bAdAss Anti-Heroines
words: Anton d. UMALi

All the attention for DCs


Suicide Squad movie
seems to be on Australian
actress Margot Robbies
Harley Quinn, the semipsychotic (and hot as hell)
ex-psychiatrist-turnedsidekick to the maniacal
Joker. Being cast alongside
industry heavyweights like
Will Smith, supermodel Cara
Delevingne, and the alwaysintriguing Jared Leto as one
of the members of a ragtag
troop of villains corralled by
the government to execute
possibly fatal missions can
easily dampen any ingnues
shot at standing out. Not for
Robbie. Not for Harley Quinn,
whose own solo film outing
is already in the works, where
the actress herself is serving
as an executive producer.
After breaking into the
scene as one of Martin
Scorseses infamous blondes
in 2013s The Wolf of Wall
Street opposite Leonardo
DiCaprio, Robbie quickly
ascended into the top tier of
Hollywood. Her stone cold
beauty and icy demeanor
are reminiscent of Sharon
Stone and Cathy Moriarty in
their heyday (both Scorsese
blondes themselves). Shes
played Jane in The Legend
of Tarzan, lent her talents
to thrillers like the con flick
Focus and comedies like Tina
Feys Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,
and done her fair
share of indie
productions. But
its putting on
the punk rock
clown getup of
Harley Quinn
thats going to
seal her fate as
an icon for both

moviegoers and comic book


geek-boys the world over.
Harley Quinn is following
in the footsteps of Wonder
Woman (Gal Gadot), another
DC heroine whos getting her
own movie. But Harley is the
antithesis of Diana Prince,
a composed goddess with
super strength and divine
powerseasy to love for the
deity she is. Harley Quinn,
on the other hand, is crazy,
unpredictable, mortal, and
above all else, criminal. She
embodies societys fear of
the untamed womansmart
but on the verge, cute and
dangerous all at once. Like
the masks of Greek theater
her face paint alludes to,
she is the epitome of both
comedy and tragedy. She is
complex.
In that sense, the
character is trailblazing
and redefining the mold
of the superhero (or is it
supervillainess?) movie.
Gone are the days when
all-American aliens like
Superman ruled the box
office, or only brooding males
haunted by parental issues
like Bruce Wayne got to play
the vigilante and save the day.
The zeitgeist demands that
powerful women, whether
theyre perfect, damaged, or
everything in between, get a
piece of the action, too.
When it comes to
representing the
modern day antiheroine, Harley
Quinn doesnt
clown around, and
as shell prove
to her legions of
adoring fans, this
is no laughing
matter.

SUICIDE
SQUAD IS IN
THEATRES
ON AUGUST
4, 2016

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1992
Batman: The
Animated
Series

2008
Batman: The
Brave and
the Bold

2009
Batman:
Arkham
Asylum

2015

Mad love
HArLeY QUinn HAs
gone tHroUgH soMe
crAzY wArdrobe
cHAnges, bUt sHes
stiLL tHe sAMe crAzY
vixen At HeArt!

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Knight

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Pulse
B ETTE R
FOLLOW
NOW

Breaking news: watch


it on FacebookLIVE!

WORDS : Anne MARi ROnquillO ; illuSTR ATiOn : WARRen eSpejO

Is thIs the advent of cItIzen journalIsm?

We used to read
our news in the
morning with
coffee on the
side. At first it
was on paper. Then, busy lives
favored the speed and brevity of
television and radio. even busier
lives now require the mobility and
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in one hand, and a to-go cup in


the other. The way we consume
news had evolved, but what we
consume is still edited.
That is precisely why the
addition of Facebook live into
our feeds is akin to cutting the
middleman out and getting a
better deal. The raw deal.
Take Diamond Reynolds, a

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woman who took to Facebook


after her boyfriend, philando
Castile, was shot by a Minnesota
cop four times. Most people
would only grab their phones
to call for help, but when the
supposed help is the one
endangering your lives, things
get desperate. Reynolds started
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Facebook live, showing a bloody


Castile holding on to life as the
cop kept aiming the gun.
The tumult in the uS
surrounding police brutality
against black people had been
up that week, with the shooting
of Alton Sterling just the day
before, which again was captured
on video, albeit not streamed live.
The following day, snipers raided
a peaceful protest in Dallas that
addressed the recent string of
murders. Five Dallas cops were
killed as well as a protester. This
time, Michael Kevin Bautista livestreamed the shootout between
police and snipers.
When media such as
periscope and Facebook live
came in, most of us thought
that their practical use was for
catching live content on the go.
pres. Dutertes first SOnA was
streamed live by multiple media
sources last month, eliminating
the need to scramble and run
to a television screen. people
who usually couldnt get involved
due to restrictions of office and
commute hours are given the
benefit of live programming.
Facebook has acknowledged
that their live service could be
a powerful tool in a crisis. in
Reynolds case, she stated that
she wanted to get the truth out
so the world could witness. She
spoke to an audience of you and
me through the screens of our
phones.
its no question that Facebook
is becoming the medium of
choice in terms of disseminating
local news often accompanied by
our personal, heartfelt opinions.
perhaps its because we know
that on Facebook, someone is
always watching, scrolling through
the feed waiting to find a likeable
post, or at least a thoughtprovoking one.
The astounding number
of recent extrajudicial killings
of alleged criminals in the
philippines has prompted citizens
to wonder why there could be so
many and if all of the accused
deceased were truly guilty. if
every citizen is afforded the
means to access services like
Facebook live, will we see a
change in the way we see the
murders?
Facebooks promise not to
censor live-stream videos will
benefit citizen journalism. For
a good while, we will be talking
about the medium as we do now,
but soon this will become the
new normal: you and me virtually
knowing everything real-time.

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Madarang Boulevard, Pundaquit,


San Antonio, Zambales

HOTSPOT

the beach
a secret spot revealeD
(anD geotaggeD)

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You might have noticed that the deserted


beaches of Zambales have been the
backdrop for our super Instagrammable
and Snapchat-worthy alone-in-the-wild
summer shoots. And you say, But, FHM!
The Zambales I know is filled with people
wherever I go!
Were not greedy vacay spot hoarders,
so well let you in on our secret: Aplaya
Caarusipan. Situated on the edge of
Pundaquit, Aplaya lets you see the crowded
beach down the coastline while you sit
smugly in your serene double-decker kubo.
Capones island, within viewing distance,
and which sits offshore, gives the whole
thing a Bond villain feel.
Hurry. The surf swell is returning, so
greet it in this paradise. You may or may
not decide to share it with others. We did,
for a while, when we didnt tag it in IG and
delighted at people going, WHERE IS
THIS?
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S
O
Screw the

Ste r e otyp i cal


f a i r y ta l e

S to ry l i n e .

Solenn heuSSaff-Bolzico
i S ta k i n g c h a r g e
aS th e author

o f h e r o w n S to ry

HIGH
FANTASY

P H OTO G R A PH Y

MARK NICDAO

WOR D S

ANTON D. UMALI

M RS . BOLZ

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SPECIAL THANKS TO MR. LEO DOMINGUEZ AND MS. REENA DIMACULANGAN OF LVD MANAGEMENT

Solenn Heussaff-Bolzico (better known as Sos to her BFFs)


did not invite us to her wedding. The ceremony happened
in Brittany, northwest of France, in a castle where
oysters and langoustines and rich pastries we can barely
pronounce were served to the 167 guests in attendance.
Thats okay.
We wouldnt have known how to conduct
ourselves properly anyway. Were just glad
that post-nuptials, Solenn was cordial enough
to surprise us with a sophomore cover
appearance that feels more like our own
personal honeymoon than anything else.
I hate the term wife, she says.
Truthfully, I think it sounds a bit old.
If we were being honest ourselves, we
hate that title, too, only because were not the
ones going home to Solenn after a stressful
workday, she preparing a hot meal to stave
away the anxieties of an awful day at the
office. Oh, to dream.
But Solenns reasons for disliking the
traditional concept of what it means to be a
wife are not superficial or self-serving, but
rather, rooted in a passion to break free of the
limiting parameters that societal stereotypes
impose on a woman.
I think some people perceive marriage
as something that will lock you down, she
explains. They think that once they tie the

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knot, thats it. They cant do this. They cant do


that. For me, thats the most annoying thing.
When people interview me now, they often ask,
Ngayong nagpakasal ka na, titigil ka na ba sa
trabaho? Marriage is not supposed to be the
end of your life. Marriage is not supposed to be
suicide. People need to know thatif they do
get married, you and your spouse still need to
respect each others own lives.
Solenn, without a doubt, loves her husband
(damn you, Nico!). But everyonethe man
she vowed to spend the rest of her life with
includedshould be aware that she is quite
the creative force not to be reined in. Not only
is she a popular actress, but shes also a model,
endorser, singer, painter, makeup artist, and
author. Wife is actually the least interesting
aspect on her long list of life achievements.
I consider myself as more of an artist,
she says. My brain is scattered everywhere
and I get bored really, really fast, which is why
I always need to do something new. Im always
constantly searching for the next thing.
Even when I paint, Ill paint every day for six
months straight, then Ill stop for a year and
a half because Ive lost interest, before getting
back into it sometime in the future. But of
course, when I stop, I need to find something
else to do. If not, Id just be at home reading
my books, feeling like I could be doing so
much more with my life. Thats why I need to
keep myself busy.
Among the projects currently taking up
lease in her already-hectic schedule is GMAs
fantaserye, Encantadia, a television show
thats being dubbed as the years most-awaited
remake. In it, she plays Cassiopeia, the first
queen of Lireo, a role she inherits from former
FHM covergirl and one-time Sexiest in the
Land winner Cindy Kurleto.
Solenn admits that high fantasy isnt a
genre she is all too familiar with, and even
feels the pressures of having to speak both
Tagalog and Enchanta, the made-up language
created for and spoken by the characters of the
famous series.
At first, when they told me that there was
a possibility that Id be playing a part in the
remake of Encantadia, I started freaking out,
Solenn remembers. I did a fantaserye before
called Indio and my lines were so malalim!
When I started doing my research for the
role, I saw that Cindy Kurleto played the role
before, who like me, baluktot yung dila to
death! I told myself, kung kaya niya, kaya
ko rin! And when I saw the script, she didnt
have a lot of lines because the character uses
telepathy. I told myself, This is definitely my
role! Ha ha!

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I THINK PEOPLE PERCEIVE MARRIAGE


AS SOMETHING THAT wILL LOCK YOU
DOwN. FOR ME, THAT'S THE MOST
ANNOYING THING.

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AS S O C I ATE S TYL I ST

ST Y L I N G MAITA BAELLO AND MELVILLE SY OF QURATOR STUDIO


SHARK TANAEL AND ALEX CASTILLO MA K E U P ROBBIE PIERA HA I R RJ DELA CRUZ

S ET D E S IG N

JUSTINE ARCEGA-BUMANLAG OF SASO GREENHOUSE DESIGN STUDIO

Part of Solenns undying charm is in her


rock and roll demeanor.

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She has that certain je ne sais quoi that


they say French women seem to possess in
charming amountsa simultaneously strong
and sensual self-awareness that is dangerously
seductive and appealing to the masses.
And yet, despite her indubitable confidence,
Solenn is keen to recognize her shortcomings
and weaknesses. Once shes locked them down,
she puts in the blood, sweat, and tears needed
to improve on them. This allows her to grab
opportunities as they come, have fun, and just
run with ita philosophy that is carried over
to her professional career, apparent in the
manner in which she elucidates both the joys
(and pains) of the fantaserye grind.
It was amazing seeing everyones tweets
about how excited they were to see Encantadia
coming back, she says. But I also felt a lot
of pressure because I wanted to give the role
the justice it deserves. Its a big challenge for
someone like me because theres a big cast. If I
mess up my lines, Im not just in front of one
person, its an entire village of people.
But then I never get bored [on the set of
Encantadia]. I studied fashion design so I love
that everyone is in costume. You really feel
and get into character because its like youre
in a different world, and when paired with
the amazing sets, its like youre in a dream. I
love the whole thing. They wanted to level up,
so there are a lot of fight scenes as well. Its
very action-packed. Right now, I really dont
know what people are expecting of me. Im just

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doing what I feel is right for the character.


Feeling right is a principle she lives by.
So much so that shes actually written a book
about it titled Hot Sos, her solo as an author,
which will hit the newsstands and bookstores
this month. In it, shes taken it upon herself
to share her fitness journey with her legions
of adoring fans. And just by looking at this
fantastical spread of photos you have in
your hands, hers is a voice (and a body) that
commands authority on the subject matter.
But, as with any self-respecting author
of a fitness and wellness book, she made it
a point to edit the tips and tricks she doles
out so that her potential readers would not
think them unattainable. Hot Sos can be best
described as a tome of Solenns workouts,
recipes, and overall lifestylea sneak peek
into her world that your sister, girlfriend,
or wife would want on their coffee tables as
a quick reference before hitting the gym or
whipping up a meal.
Ive been on this fitness journey for a while
now. But Im not an obsessive-compulsive
fitness freak, Solenn assures. I eat my fair
share of lechon and I go out drinking once in a
while. Im not the type who
just eats kamote and tuna.
I want to teach people how
to enter this lifestyle and
not be pressured to look a
certain way. The book aims
to make people feel good,
because I really noticed a
change in the way I am as
a person when I started
feeling good about myself.
Its about attaining
that healthy lifestyle, while
still knowing how to have
fun. So this book contains
a little bit of everything. It
also has photos of me from
the past, because people
might say it was easy for
me to achieve this lifestyle
because I had the means. I
want to show people that
Im just like everyone else
and anyone can do it if they
put their mind to it.

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I REALLY NOTICED A CHANGE


IN THE wAY I AM AS A PERSON
wHEN I STARTED FEELING
GOOD ABOUT MYSELF

By now, its pretty obvious that Solenn knows


what she wants and how to get it.

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Hit television show: sitcom show, travel show,


reality show: check. Solo book outing: check.
A husband who, we must reluctantly admit,
seems like a pretty cool dude: check.
But why is she gracing the pages of FHM
again after five long years? Its a legitimate
query, considering she was once quoted in
mainstream media saying she would never
pose for a mens magazine ever again.
Dont get us wrong, gents. Were not
complaining. Were all hands on deck any time
a fine specimen of a woman such as Solenn
is willing to express her creativity in such a
scintillating manner. Yet, in true Solenn form,
she provides us with an answer that isnt only
eloquent and intelligent, but also hinged on
shattering a celebrity myth.
No offense to the FHM team, but I said
I would never do a sexy magazine again,
especially if it was for a magazine whose
main readers are men. Theres just always
a different connotation when its a mens
magazine. Its not that I dont like the
magazine, but I only said those things because
I felt Ive done it once and Im okay with that.
I never said I would stop sexy shoots because I
love doing them.
But the minute I got engaged, people
started asking me all these ridiculous
questions, Are things going to change now
that youre married? Are you going to ditch
your career? I felt that all they were doing
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married. Its just a status thats part of my


personal life and it doesnt need to be the main
point of discussion. So I decided to break away
from how people perceived me by just doing
it! I told myself that Ill do another FHM cover
shoot tapos itotodo ko so they can just effin
shhussshh, she laughs.
So consider this Solenn raising her middle
finger to those pigeonholing her into a certain
mold. And boy, what a point she makes. All
this, however, isnt done in a gesture of spite,
but more in an effort to tweak the way women
are recognized in an industry where theres
a possibility that success and choices are
compromised by personal relationships.
I feel that in Asian countries, when a
woman in show business gets hitched, the
publics perception of her changes. Its not that
you want it to change or welcome that change
when youre settledit just happens.
For example, since shes gotten married, it
would be strange to have her in a love team.
Some followers here, if someone in the pairing
has a real-life boyfriend or girlfriend, husband
or wife, magagalit sila. Acting is a fantasy
world, and youre supposed to be able to
explore as many characters as possible. I just
want to break the stereotype
that, once youve tied the
knot, you cant host this
show or do a certain project.
Marriage shouldnt be a
burden in your life. It should
be something thats personal,
spiritual, and legal. Im
lucky that Ive found a
good partner. Were both
very open-minded people.
You know, women can be
powerful, and have been
powerful and successful in
the past, and it shouldnt
change when you settle
down. All women should
know that.
We couldnt agree more.
In fact, Solenn, were more
than happy to help you get
the message out there. FH M

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BEA VALDES NECKPIECE; DENNIS CELESTIAL CHAIN CHOKER; ADDIE TORES BODY CHAIN;
BEA VALDEZ NECKPIECE USED AS UNDERWEAR; ALBERTA FERRETI SHOES

THE MANTO W

PLAN
OUR MUSIC
ELY BUENDIAARTIST, MUSICIAN, AND NOW
CO-FOUNDER OF NEW LABEL OFFSHORE MUSIC.
WHILE HE DOESNT STRIVE FOR WORLD DOMINATION
(ALTHOUGH HE WILL SELL PINOY MUSIC TO THE
WORLD), ELY HAS A FEW IDEAS ON HOW TO BRING
BACK VALUE TO THE PRODUCT, BEGINNING WITH
GETTING YOU TO BUY AN ALBUM AGAIN

WITH THE

SAVE

WO RD S

LOU ALBANO

PH OTO GRAP HY

SHAIRA LUNA

DO WE WANT MORE?
Ely Buendia eggs the
crowd after Apartel, the
two-month-old band that
he co-fronts with another
music veteran, Jay Ortega,
finished its scheduled
one-song encore. Do we
want more?! He repeats,
clearly feeling good.When
he heard the response he
was looking for, the band
launched into the nights
second encore, which
included a fun rendition of
Michael Jacksons Rock
With You. The usually
stoic, poker-faced front man
even did a mean moonwalk
to introduce the song.
As it would turn out,
Ely Buendia and company
wanted so much more. That
Saturday night, Apartel
performed not just two,
but three encores. And by
the way, the gig we are
referring to, the one at Craft
Rockn Grill at The Fort
Strip in Bonifacio Global
City, is the third party the
soul band has thrown to
launch its debut single
and just its single Is
it Hip? That night, Ely
was especially having fun.
He danced, belted out his
famous falsetto, danced,
interacted with the crowd,
and danced, bringing out
the kind of energy people
dont particularly attach to
his name.
Just to underscore Elys
current wave of creativity:
Apartel comes after The
Oktaveswhich is, by
the way, still very much
active in the scene, as his
other band Pupil. Pupil,
in case youve forgotten,
is the second incarnation
of The Mongols, the
band that spearheaded
his comeback after the
abrupt disbanding of The
Eraserheads. But thats not
all. Ely, as we all know, has
also started dabbling in
record production. He was
at the helm of The Cheats
debut outing, as well as
the upcoming album of
rockabilly outfit Hilera.
But here is the kicker:
Ely is now also a record
label owner. Well, a record
label co-owner. As they
were forming Apartel, Ely
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conversations over beer. And as in most talk saddled with inebriation, it birthed something else
and something new entirely. Enter Offshore, the aforementioned record label that Ely co-owns
with Jay (plus four other partners). We told you the guy is insatiable.

ONE A GRAY AFTERNOON IN JULY, FHM

visited Ely Buendia at The Bunker, his homecum-studio in Paraaque that security guards
of the gated subdivision like to describe as parang barko. Its Brutalist and angular exterior
will (1) inform the regular passerby that its homeowner is special and certainly creative, and; (2)
validate those in the know that Ely is a man of style.
Its not just how he looks doing all the things he does, but how he does all the things he does.
Out on the third floor roof deck, a barefooted Ely sits on a lawn chair, relaxed and comfortable.
He looks like a well-off slacker, with nothing to do but contemplate the world around him. But we
couldnt be farther from the truth, because Ely Buendia is swimming in projects. At the moment,
hes telling us about how he got himself into Offshore.
I think every artist or musician has harbored ambitions on having his or her own label.
Marami naman who have already done that, and the reason why I havent gotten around to doing
it, is, yun nga. It takes too much work, I guess, he laughs. Its the same with forming a soul
band. It takes a lot of work. So it helps that theres someone helping you out.
And that someone is Jay Ortega, singer for Gnash, a businessman and audiophile. They were
at Spin Caf in BF Homeswhich Jay incidentally ownstalking shop, once again, when the idea
for a record label was floated. At this point, Apartel was already in place, We needed a place to
put the band in. [So we were like] How about we put up our own label? It didnt occur to them
to sign with any of the current existing labels because we can
do everything ourselves now. Medyo control freaks din kami, so
might as well [put up our own].
OFFS HOR E I S A
The way Ely describes Offshore music, however, is anything
but controlled. To be honest, it sounds like a lax and relaxed
B E S POKE R ECOR D
and mighty flexible yogi. We dont even know if we want to
LAB E L TAI LOR-MAD E
sign a contract with anyone, he admits. They envision Offshore
as a bespoke record label tailor-made for the artist. It sounds

FOR TH E ARTI ST.

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like Grade A baloney, but


theres more where Ely is
coming from. We want
to be a label thats handson, he continues. Were
producers in our own
right, we are musicians, so
we want Offshore to be a
collaboration between [us]
the label and the band or the
artist.
Ely knows all too well
that bands and/or artists
already at least have an idea
or a vision when they come
into a recording studio.
And ako naman, ang gusto
ko lang is whatever they
want to put on record, I
will help them do it. Im
not really the type of guy
who has a clear vision. My
vision, as a producer, is to
make the best sounding
album [for the artist].
He clarifies that the
idea of a record label is
Jays. Its good that he
had imagined all this in
his head, Ely says. When
the idea was brought up,
Ely jumped on board and
started pitching to Jay his
ideas on the kind of label
I wanted to put up. And
thus, Offshore was born.
Theyre six partners in all,
with each of the partners
bringing something
essential to the table. Jay
and I, were like the A&R
[artist and repertoire]
guys, the producers. And
then we have a partner
who is in charge of legal,
another who is in charge
of merchandise, and so on.
So yeah, I think were good
to go.
The plan is that Offshore
music must come up with a
really good product and
by a really good product,
C L O C K W I S E F R O M L E F T : E LY A N D H I S H O M E I N PA R AA Q U E; W ITH
Ely means a really good
H I S C AT P E R C I VA L ; W IT H O F F S H O R E C O-C O N S P I R AT O R J AY O RTE G A;
album. If its just one
T H E A PA R T E L FA M I LY (L-R STA N D I N G) : B U D DY Z A B A L A, D O N N A, PAT
album [with one artist], fine.
S A R A B I A , L O U I E TA L A N, J AY, E LY, R E D G E C O N C E P T I O N, R J P I N E D A,
We dont want to sign you
R A M O N N E , D E E J R O D R I G U E Z . F R O NT : B R A S PA S PA S
and force you to do three,
four albums, Ely says,
pointing out the common
and age-old business practice of record labels getting artists to sign things like a three-album
contract. He continues: We really just want to concentrate on one good product. Artists wont
be encumbered by the contract that they will have to fulfill, and the same thing with us. He
says this is exactly what theyre planning to do with Apartel, the first artist in Offshores roster.
We dont even know if we want to do another album. We might, we might not. But when we
considered this project, ito na yun. In terms we can all relate, Offshore operates a lot like an
open relationship. Its on a-per-project basis. If, at any time before, during, or after the project,
the artist wants to sign and/or work with another label, its all cool. If they want to do an album
with somebody else, fine, Ely says coolly.
He calls it, a sort of handshake type of deal. And then he considers: Siguro recipe for
disaster ito.

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IN THE HIGHLY
FLEXIBLE SETUP OF
OFFSHORE,

Ely and Jay look to a few


unwritten guidelines for
their new roles as the labels
A&R guys and producers.
As a bespoke record label,
they dont plan on having
a long roster of artists,
emphasizing that theyd
much rather be about
quality over quantity.
Ely adds: And we dont
approach the artists. The
artists approach us. While
that may make him sound
like the biggest snob, it
is worth noting that its a
philosophy that puts the
artist front and center, a
philosophy guided most
specially by Elys vast
experience as an artist.
Artists dont come in
not knowing what to do,
he says. We want to give
them the benefit of the
doubt that they already
know what they are doing.
My responsibility as a
producer is to make sure
that it happens. Now, if they
need something from me,
if they need my opinion for
instance, then I will give it.
But first and foremost, its
the artist.
It's also about creating
the right environment for
them, something he picked
up from Robin Rivera,
producer extraordinaire
of all Eraserheads albums.
[Robin] really set the stage
for us to play around in the
studio and we got really
comfortable with him. So its
really all about creating the
right environment.
But the most important
and admirable of Offshores
objectives? To return the
lost value of recorded music.
We want every project to
be special talaga, Ely says,
adding that they will be
pulling out all the stops for
every release. For the labels
debut project with Apartel,
he points to Radioheads
game-changing bold move
in 2007. The British band
released In Rainbows
primarily in vinyl, with
the MP3 and CD formats
standing only as an add-on

AUGUST 2016 FH M 67

to the vinyl product. In the


similar way that Radiohead
sort of forced their audience
to rethink the value of music
for them, we kind of want to
do that too, [especially] with
the Apartel release.
In terms of
the physical
NA -D EvALu E
product,
Apartels 12ANg M uS IC. I
song album will
only be released
TH I N K ITS TH E
on vinyl. Apart
from getting
R E S PON S I B I LITy
it pressed in
OF TH E M uS IC
Japan, they
boast it will
I N D uSTRy TO PuT
also be the first
45 rpm double
vALu E BACK I N
disc vinyl in the
country. Theyre
wHAT wE DO.
also releasing
it as a double
record another first in the
country because the songs
are long and doing it on
double vinyl will ensure the
best quality.
But while the band will
completely forego the CD
format everybodys
downloading and burning
them into CDs anyway, Ely
reasons it doesnt mean
they intend to make without
digital. The single is already
downloadable on iTunes and
is available for streaming on
apps like Spotify.
Hindi [kami galit sa
digital]. Ely reiterates. Our
philosophy is, if you really
care about the music, you
will shell out [money]. Its
almost as if Ely Buendia
discovered a sweeping
solution to the industrys
decade-long and still-ongoing
slump. Its true, he admits.
Na-devalue ang music. I
think its the responsibility
of the music industry to put
value back in what we do.
Ely acknowledges that its
no easy feat. Musicians are
often left with no choice,
getting caught in the
middle of things. They
either go with the flow or
our partners. We dont know what will happen. But we can dream right? We can put value back in
get left behind. It really is a
music.
delicate balance. And if we
Apartels debut album incidentally Offshores as well will be made available in August.
may add, a long and uphill
battlenot to mention a
really expensive one. Here
of the most influential band of the decade, and way
is technology making all
before he smashed into the scene and redefined
things free and accessible.
the industry, Ely Buendia had already had his hands in producing records. From the very
And here is Offshore trying
beginning, way back in college, I was already producing my songs, he quickly shares. He says
to give recorded music back
becoming a record producer isnt exactly on his agenda, but that he certainly finds the process
its value. Its a complete
fun. More than two decades into his music career, and with him taking in more and more gigs
and total risk. This is new
as a producer, its tempting to say that Ely Buendia has gone full circle. But with a record label to
ground for me and Jay and
his name, perhaps the more apt thing to say is that Ely Buendia has spiraled up to another level
of his artistic pursuits. And now its time to get down to business and have more fun.FH M

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EJAY LEUNG
of

CHISE ALCANTARA

Midnight Bonkers

TAKE

PERFECT

selfie

MAICA PALO

Not that you needed any help with looking pretty, honey!
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elfies have
never been a
guy thing to
talk about. But
theyve become
so popular
that its almost impossible to
not spot at least one while
scrolling down your newsfeed.
Sadly, not all selfies are that
aesthetically pleasing to look
at. Even worse, some of these
less presentable selfies are
posted by your close friends,
family members, or even your
girlfriend. Thats why were
giving you a few tips thatll help
you and your loved ones look
awesome online.

Woke-uplike-this
selfie
The Good Remind her that
washing her face is key to not
looking so cranky. Taking your
time to find some good lighting
goes a long way. Ejay Leung,
professional photographer
says, Natural light works best
to give her skin a softer look.
Okay, we might be cheating a
tiny bit, but at least she wont
look like a hungover Sadako
reject.
The Bad We must reiterate:
stop her from taking selfies the
second she wakes up because
99 percent of the time, shell
regret it anyway. Bad angles +
bad lighting = bad picture. There
is no reason to take this selfie
unless shes checking for bats
inside the cave.

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Mirror selfie

Oh Snap!
The Good: Our generations interest
summed up into a handy little app. Its fun,
quick, and easy. Therefore, the picture
produced should not be overcomplicated
(its not rocket science). Tell your girl to just
have fun with it, and maybe even send you
a naughty private snap your way so youll
finally have a reason to open the app.
The Bad: Your girl should keep away from
overly used filters. Even though theyre cute,
no one really wants to see a rainbow-puking
orgy. She doesnt really have to make herself
look weirder by contorting her face since
thats what the app is for. It would be pretty
sad if they mistook her face for a new filter.

The Good: People take mirror


selfies so they can get a better
and wider angle when they want
to show their whole body, says
Leung. Its one of the most honest
selfies a person can take since
most of the time, its taken from
a level angle, which lets other
people see how that person
would look like if they were
standing in front of them.
The Bad: Overcompensating in
selfies can really make a person
look desperate for attention. Hence
the birth of the ever cringe-worthy
duck face. Tell her to just act as
naturally as she can and people will
appreciate her baby-I-was-bornthis-way-outlook vibe.

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The Groufie
The Good Most people
think that the only person
they have to be concerned
with is themselves. They
dont know that the people
theyre with also shows a lot
about who they are. Make
her friends look presentable,
too, by using a monopod
(selfie stick). This allows her
to angle the camera in a
way that everyone fits inside
the shot.
The Bad One of the most
important tips to consider
when taking groufies is to
make sure that everyone
is on the same page when
you take the selfie. This
is to lessen the chance of
people asking for retakes
Ang taba ko dyan!, Hindi
ako nakatingin, ano ba?!

Butt selfie
The Good Theres a reason why our photographers dont take
just cleavage shots all the time. Leung says, its important to try and
bring out the models assets, but thats mostly the photographers job.
Instead of overselling her features, she should just practice her facial
expressions to make them look more genuine in photos.
The Bad Remember: theres nothing slutty with showing a bit of
skin in photos. (See: If ya got it, flaunt it!) But theres a difference
between showing off what yo mama gave you and just being
downright KSP. Begging people for attention by posting pictures of
just her boobs just makes her look desperate. Believe us, our eyes will
naturally focus on your assets by themselves.
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Shower
selfie
The Good Utilizing more
features of the camera/phone
is the key to taking really sexy
and really well-produced selfies.
You actually have a lot to work
with when you consider using
the different elements of your
environment; in this case, the
steam and misty glass to add to
the feel of the picture.
The Bad We cannot stress
this enough, please dont let
her ruin her camera by bringing
it inside the shower. Just tell
her to set the camera on a
sturdy surface and set its timer
so she doesnt have to actually
hold it. This allows her to pose
properly for that money shot.

1 The hair check


selfie These are the
selfies you NEVER
post and delete
immediately after
youve confirmed that
your hair doesnt look
like shit.
2 The fancy selfie
When youre like
most guys who dont
usually dress up for
anything, you might
as well document the
momentous event
when you actually
wear your fancy digs.
3 The travel selfie
How will you prove
to your social media
followers that youve
scaled the Great Wall
or climbed Mt. Everest
if you wont post
pictures? FH M

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THE ONLY
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01

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HOT METAL

BUILD
A
WEAPONSGRADE
TOOLBOX

LeveLer
1000

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#1

#0

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1.4 2.0 2.4 3.0


mm mm mm mm

When a hammer and a screwdriver just wont


cut it anymore, its time to beef up your tool
arsenal. Remember: real men use real tools.
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th i s Pag e
avai L aB Le at

03 stanLey
Precision
screwdriver set,
P325
Now that youre grown,
stop buying screwdrivers
piecemeal. Get a whole
set. Not all screws are
created equal. This set
has six bits, each made
for a specific screw.

06

04 arrow gun
tack, P2,499
Organize those spaghetti
cords and cables with
this industrial staple.
This staple gun can
penetrate plastic sheets
and even soft plywood.
That upholstery project
youve been putting off?
Consider it done!
05 makita hammer
driLL, P3,799
Spare your digits from
unnecessary strain. Let
this electric drill do all
the work on your small
DIY projects. Whats
even cooler about this
tool is that its lightthat
considerably eases the
stress on you.

07

06 dremeL
eLectric
engraver, P1,400
Once you invest in
quality tools, make sure
to mark them. When
your names on there,
your friends will surely
think twice before trying
to pass off as theirs the
tools borrowed from you.

They say you become a man when you wake up one


morning and you discover that the night before, some
fuzz went and sprouted on your upper lip.
In our book, a boy becomes a man the day he
decides his toys are things better stored in a tool box.
He becomes a real man when toys are tools and
theyre powerful, high-tech tools. Granted, these toys
arent cheap. But youre in the big leagues now, son.
Its time to come of age and build up your weaponsgrade toolbox.

01 Bosch Laser
LeveLer*, P9,700
Arent wobbling chairs
and tables irritating?
Them manufacturers
surely skimped on their
levelers. This tool allows
you to measure lines
through visible lasers,
ensuring a level plane on
your project.

02 Bosch Laser
measuring tooL*,
P9,900
This precision instrument
lets you do away with
guesswork when it
comes to measurements.
Measure twice, cut
once, say the experts.
And thats what this
efficient tool does.

07 dremeL rotary
sPeciaLiZed tooL,
P3,500
Dremel is the go-to
brand for rotary tool
requirements on various
projects. Fortunately
the brand is now
available locally. This
tool comes in handy for
both professionals and
hobbyists. It is versatile,
can replace several
tools for small-scale DIY
projects, and therefore a
must inside your toolbox.

* Available in selected Handyman outlets only

TOOL TIPS

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Before handling power


tools, make sure you read
the operators manual.
These sets of instructions
have a purpose other than
as packaging filler. Avoid
accidents: follow what the
manuals say.

08 gardenia
garden scissors*,
P2,149.75
This rainy season make
sure you keep a wellmanicured lawn. You
wouldnt want creepy
crawlers surprising you
from underneath shinhigh shrubbery. Cut away
with this lightweight pair
with a rubber grip.
09 BLack+decker
hammer driLL*,
P2,499
For those hard-to-drill
surfaces (e.g. marble,
cement blocks), you
will need a heavy-duty
hammer drill. This one
is kinda like a mini jack
hammer. Make sure you
wear goggles when you
fire up this baby.
10 stanLey jigsaw*,
P5,199.75
Woodand ceramic tile
and metalprojects need
not be constrained to
right angles. With this
jigsaw, you can make
more intricate designs
curves, small circular
holes, stencils.

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TOOL TIPS
Wear protective clothing,
use safety equipment. This
means, when appropriate,
wear safety glasses, ear
plugs, steel-toed (or at
least closed) shoes, a dust
mask, and gloves.

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11

TOOL TIPS
Before plugging in the tool,
make sure its turned off.
Likewise, before adjusting
settings or changing
accessories, turn off the
tool and unplug it from the
power source.

13

11 Lotus driLL Press*,


P7,399
For projects that need
precision drilling you will need
a press. This one, for example.
You can change the drill bits to
suit the required dimensions
of your project.
12 dewaLt choPsaw*,
P10,999
Get a chopsaw as a safer
alternative to cutting wood. This
chop saw is powered by a 15
amp motor that wont overheat.
With this one sitting on your
work table, your studio gets
instant street cred.

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13 Lotus Bench
grinder*, P3,299
Working with metals? A bench
grinder is what you need. Buff
out metal parts, cut abrasive
materials, sharpen lathe tools,
shape pieces into what you
needthis grinder does all
that.

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TOOL TIPS
Invest in a work table that
can handle your workload.
When you work, make sure
the surface is sturdy, welllit, and free of unnecessary
clutter. Have enough space
on there for your tools.

14 Power8 workshoP*,
P32,995
This portable workhorse is a
veritable swiss army knife of
tools. It includes a hammer
drill, circular saw, jigsaw, and
flashlight. As if that werent
enough, it can also charge your
tools on the fly. FH M

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AVATAR
PhotograPhy

J E R I C O

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M O N T E M A Y O R

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ow do you impress a Miss Earth? Luckily for us, Angelee


Delos Reyes, the 2013 queen does not require giving up meat,
living in the woods, or other intense ways of returning to
nature such as throwing away all our clothes. Simple acts of
following as I do will be impressive for me, [in my case thats]
practically reduce, reuse, recycle. I remember when a guy
showed me a tissue core he turned into an improvised speaker.
It really made me like him more!
We can do that. But living in the woods and throwing away
all our clothes with her doesnt sound so bad either.
ash Mahinay

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MASTE R
YO U R L O O K
Edited by ASH MAHINAY
mikeyashlie.mahinay@
summitmedia.com.ph

Trendless
these will define you
as a classic

PHOTOGRAPHY
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STYLING
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Boots
P10,299

Waterproof jacket
P10,999

Leather jacket

P26,599.30,
timberland at sM
Megamall, sM
Marikina, shangrila and Glorietta 5

Leather satchel and


backpack
P4,200,
Mono at
www.mono.ph

the items weve got


on display here are
the kinds of things
you dont just buy,
but acquireyou wear
them, they become
weathered as they
ride out the years,
and then they become
you. this is real style,
gentlemen, outside of
any damn trend they
invent.

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GROOMING
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In case you missed it, we


actually have clothing memes
now. Its helpful in a waynow
you know how to articulate
your desire to get a certain
look (on that Kanye tip),
explain styling choices (my
joggers stacking is perfect),
and pass off being debatably
underdressed as coziness.
Being a meme lord doesnt
happen overnight though, so if
youre still building, let us show
you some waves to follow.

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Topman

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This is real sausage


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el pAGoS Are mAde from ScrATch, noT


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St ep one: K n ow yo ur
s au sage facts

THE EXP ERT

These sophisticated hotdogs came about because of an


abundance of scrap horse meat. It was a long winter in Europe,
and horses were dying, says Buck Pago, owner and sausagemaker at El Pago Sausages. So to make use of the meat, people
ground them up, nilagyan ng sodium nitrate para hindi halatang
double dead yung meat. Also, this was the time before refrigeration,
so preservatives were necessary.

Buck Pago,
the sausage
guru
When Buck got into
cooking shows in 2011,
he didn't just sit and
watch.
naisip ko, bakit
hindi ako gumawa ng
sarili kong sausages?
he says. pero hindi
ko naman alam kung
ano yung laman ng
hungarian sausages,
German sausages. So
gumawa ako ng sarili
ko from scratch, using
a manual grinder. Trial
and error yon. Basically,
I used science, common
sense, and cooking
books to learn.
Smoking and
grilling ang approach.
pero ang pag-grill
naman, palusot lang
yan ng mga mister para
makainom at makagawa
ng dIy projects.
el pago Sausages
opened a year ago in
new manila, Quezon
city with an advocacy:
We use all local
ingredients. not a bad
excuse at all for a BBQ.

El Pago Classic
sausage with
caramelized onions

El Pago Sausages, 56 Lantana cor. New York Sts. Cubao,


Quezon City. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 4 PM 9 PM.

Pag meron kang maalat at


medyo spicy, para tumingkad
yung flavor, put acid. Doon
papasok yung pickles, says Buck,
who makes his own pickles, too.
To add sweetness, Buck tops
his sandwiches with caramelized
white onions.
Ketchup lovers have to make
an extra effort when eating at El
Pago, though. Kung mahilig ka
sa ketchup, says Buck, magdala
ka ng sarili mo.
El Pago offers four kinds
of preservative-free sausages:
original, garlic, chicken, and beefbacon-cheese. For variety, there
are also smoked pork belly and
pulled pork sandwiches.

Step four: Don t


for get th e
b r ea d.

Our bread is outsourced


to a bakery. I developed
the recipe and the baker
made some technical
changes to it, says Buck.
His sandwiches use the
basic pan de sal formula,
but elongated.

St ep f ive :
Store we l l

You want your meat to stay fresh


for long. Store your sausages
in vacuum packs, says Buck.
Without oxygen, there will be no
oxidation; no chance for bacteria
to live.
Freeze your sausages, too.
Wala kaming preservatives,
says Buck. Pero tatagal pa rin
yung sausages kung frozen.
Sabi ng FDA, after three months,
unti-unting mawawala na yung
lasa, magde-degrade na [yung
product]. Pero technically kung
frozen at vacuum packed, hindi
siya masisira.

St ep two: Know
what ta ste s good

Back to basics tayo: Paano sasarap yung


sausage mo, considering youre using scrap
meat? Buck asks. Syempre, gumamit ka
ng fresh na main cuts of meat.
He uses Boston butt cuts (pigs
shoulders) for his pork sausages. Thats
the tastiest cut of meat because its
well-exercised, says Buck. Because of
all the movement and exercise, theres
more oxygen in those muscles. The more
oxygen in there, the tastier it is.

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Boost
Crispy
tokneneng
and Kwek
Kwek

Anyone can boil an egg


or grill chicken feet.
But when you try to
make it like how your
suki street vendor does
it, why can you never
come close to their
mouthwatering fare?
We picked the brains of
some street vendors,
and after some
wheedling, they gave us
a peek into what they
do to make their food
so addicting. It turns
out that the secret is
not always in the sauce.

Tokneneng (chicken or
duck egg) and kwek kwek
(quail eggs) get their
unmistakable orange hue
from the food coloring
added to the breading.
This breading owes its
dose of extra spice to
Ginisa Mix. The dip has
vinegar as a base but
the addition of chopped
cucumber balances
the sour with a bit of
refreshing sweetness.
Then theres the chopped
onion and red chili, and salt
for added zing.

WoRdS
MaRi-an C. santos
phoToGRAphy
KURt alVaReZ

Perfect
Pares

illUSTRATioNS
JaMes anDRes

There are actually three,


not two, elements to the
perfect pares: lean beef,
broth, and rice. The beef
imparts a lot of flavor
to the broth when it is
boiled and cooked to
perfection. Add the spices
and Manongs secret
ingredient, MSG, and
all the flavor points are
heightened.

G R U B

#Gastrokanto
ReplicATe yoUR fAvoRiTe STReeT
food pickS like A boSS

banana cue

The name is misleading because banana cue may be on


a stick but it is not grilled. Doesnt make it less delicious,
though. It is made by deep-frying slices of saging na saba
(plantain), then sprinkling brown sugar over the plantain
slices. To make the sugar stick to the bananas better, a
bit of water is added to the oil.
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Manongs
fishball sauce
Ingredients
(measure to taste):
Soy sauce
brown sugar
Water
flour
chili (optional)
packaged seasoning
like Maggi Magic
Sarap

Procedure: Mix soy


sauce, brown sugar,
a little water, and the
packaged seasoning.
let simmer for a few
minutes. dissolve
flour in a little water;
add to the simmering
mixture when flour is
completely dissolved
and stir until the
consistency is thicker.
Add chili, if desired.

ReFResHinG
sCRaMBle
What is better than halohalo on a hot, sunny/
rainy day? Scramble! The
icy dessert is made from
shaved ice and a mixture
of skim milk (wow,
healthy!), strawberryflavored powder, and
banana essence. (The
powder and essence are
available in supermarkets,
usually in the baking
goods section.) But to
make it extra special, add
marshmallows, candy
sprinkles, condensed milk,
and chocolate syrup.

Savory
Goto

What makes goto just so


good? Aside from it being
served hot, like an internal
hug, it perfectly exemplifies
the very definition of slow
cooking. The ox tripe is
cooked in broth for hours
until it is soft and supple.
Plus, there are so many
condiments you can add:
toasted garlic, red chilies,
fried tofu, boiled chicken
egg, green onions, along
with additional meats like
ox brain, cow eye, cow
heart, and pork fat.

Juicy
chicken skin

Many people make the


mistake of frying chicken
skin directly without prior
preparation. The best way
to make sinful chicharon
out of chicken skin is
to, first, cook the skin
in boiling water. Once
cooked, you'll need to
dehydrate them in the
refrigerator overnight.
Deep fry the skins the
next day and you'll get
that perfect crunch that
only chicharon can give.

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All things grilled

CRUnCHy
CalaMaRes
The deep-fried squid
rings is achieved by
rolling fresh squid in
flour, then dunking it in a
batter mixture of baking
powder, flour, water, and
Ginisa Mix! Deep fried in
fiercely boiling oil, these
are drained and served
hot. The dip similar to the
vinegar-based one for
tokneneng and kwek kwek
is a perfect complement.

Isaw (either chicken or pork intestines), adidas, atay, baga,


balun-balunan, helmet, and walkman (pig ears)all these
mouthwatering wonders owe their bright orange color to
the atsuete (achiote) added to the basting sauce. But the
best street vendor knows to first cook the meatsmuch like
the signature adobobefore skewering them and grilling,
occasionally basting with the now-orange marinade.
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T R A V E L

Bakasyon grande
Six wAyS To level Up yoUr USUAl roAd Trip
How predictable are your barkada
road trips?
Pre, kita tayo sa Petron sa
SLEX ng 5:30. Dun na tayo
mag-breakfast. Tapos convoy na
tayo papuntang Nasugbu. Sino
magdadala ng cooler? Dun na
ba tayo sa palengke bibili ng
pulutan?
Sure, that sounds like
comfortable fun. But doing that
every long weekend might get a
tad routinary, yes? So heres our
challenge: pick a long weekend
six months from now and plan
an epic time. Do something
different, at least for the sake of
your coworkers who can recite
your vacation itinerary verbatim
every Monday morning (complete
with links to your corresponding
Instagram posts).
Heres what you can do:

Invest in a posh membersonly beach resort. Youll have


dibs in all the cool amenities the
resort has to offer. And you get
to have unique photos
on social media
because how many
of your friends
can actually
afford to buy a
membership at
a beach resort?
Try Kawayan
Cove on the
Batangas coast.
Its secluded
(perfect for some
night-time skinny
dipping with the ladies)
and has a view worth 500
likes. Its got an eternity pool, and,
among many other perks, youll be
served drinks at the beach if you
so desire.

Ditch the ro-ro and go out on


the sea in style. This is the plan:
every payday, squirrel away P500
toward your self-love fund. When
youve saved enough, pitch
in with your squad
to rent a boata
catamaran, if your
friends are rich,
or a speedboat,
if your friends
are not so
rich. Spend a
long weekend
lounging in that
most exquisite of
vessels, moving to
the next island when
you get sick of the view.
Forget domestic; do
international. If youre a frequent
flyer because of business trips,
patiently accumulate your miles
and one day, take your girl and fly

off into the sunset. Anywheres


good as long as youre together
(like Hallmark says). And if Lady
Luck smiles your way that day, you
might even get a free upgrade to
business class. We hear the mile
high club is recruiting.
Amp up the danger level of
your vacation. Bungee jumping
and sky diving are so 2000. Go
cliff-diving; eat something youve
never had and cant pronounce;
cross a glass bridge; hook up with
a stranger. Remember, though: be
adventurous, but not stupid.
Try total immersion. Go to
a place and live like the locals.
Forego the hotel; find a native
place to stay in. Have a local
show you around; youll see and
experience more than if you
stick to the tour bus. Eat their
food, party their way, and have a
morning-after where its totally
legit to wake up and have no idea
where you are.
Do a tour of the red light
district. Itll be like watching 5D
porndepending on the country
you choose to visit, that is. Keep
your hand on your wallet, rubber
in your pocket, and your corny
lines silent.

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M OTOR
EDITED bY

ALLAN P. HERNANDEZ
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Take a
look at it
ITS CAllED ThE TIVOlI. ITS MADE bY
KOREAN CARMAKER SSANGYONG. YES,
ThEM. ON ThE STRENGTh Of ThIS CAR
AlONE, YOUR MEMORIES Of ThEIR GRAY
MARKET DAYS ShOUlD bE lONG GONE

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PhOTOGRAPhY: MARK JESAlVA

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You probably first


saw SsangYong
vehicles on our roads
with the Musso, an
SUV, and the Rodius,
a van. They were gray market
cars that, though they had their
audience, didnt quite capture the
imagination of the general carbuying public because, well, they
looked a bit odd.
The Musso looked rugged,
like an SUV should, but having
known just now from the General
Information Office (the goog)
what musso means in Korean
rhinocerosin hindsight it might
have taken on too much of the
gruff of its namesake.

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The Rodius (the first gen we saw,


at least) has had it much worse from
design critics, bluntly calling it ugly.
Seen from the side, it had a sloping
line from the roof down to the rear.
But then the roof really goes all the
way to the back, before dropping
down almost perpendicularly to
complete the vans form. Slapped
with windows curving down and
pointing up, it seemed like a visual
confusion of a box and a tail. It was
supposedly inspired by the design of
a yacht, which is a boat.
And this leads us to the Tivoli
crossover. Does it look odd? No. Is
it beautiful? Yes. For a while there,
did it look like the Range Rover
Evoque? Yes, almost.

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This is the new SsangYong,


and suddenly it doesnt seem
odd to get one now. They have
other new cars in their lineup,
but the Tivoli appears to be the
rock star. The bigger story is
that the Tivoli is the first product
after Indian carmaker Mahindra
acquired the Korean car brand.
Now, India is slowly gaining a
foothold on the global car market
as a maker of cheap cars, giving
you the valid next question: how
much is the Tivoli?
It starts at P785,000 for the
base manual transmission model
and tops out at P1,080,000 for
the all-in Sport R version.
Thats the price of a
subcompact on the low end, and
a sedan on the high end. but you
get a classy crossover across the
entire spectrum. That is not a bad
deal.
but does it drive cheap?
Amazingly, no. Man, does it drive
like you have money.
The unit we tested, an AWD
diesel, long body variant-Tivoli
XlVi had a Comfort-Normal-Sport
drive selection. Even on Comfort,
when the engine works for
economy and smooth and early
gear changes, it can accelerate
pretty fast. On Sport, the engine
gives back as much as you
demand from it, and in a snap.
Across all drive characteristics,
the steering feedback is so light
it can be too much fun.
Inside, the first thing you

will probably fuss over is the


touchscreen on the dash.
In brochures, its a 7-inch
touchscreen DVD/MP3 player,
but really its a tablet. You
can connect with your mobile
network and basically do what
you do on tablet computers
Google, YouTube, and all other
else. There are built-in apps on
the screen, with an interesting
one being its GPS. When you
tap it on, itll show bar graphs
and a map of the globe,
showing your exact coordinates.
It had the promise of Mission:
Impossible, but we never got to
learn it.
Overall, the Tivoli offers a
premium ride, something that
people have come to expect
from cars now with all the
technology going around. So its
the price that is the real selling
point here. The challenge for
Ssangyong is in convincing who
they say their market isthe
young professionals and middle
management executivesto
buy into the brand and forget
the gray market reputation.
So we asked SsangYong
Philippines top guy, Mr. David
Macasadia, managing director,
how he would sell the car
if he were a salesman in
their showroom and a
guy comes in checking
the Tivoli out, but is
having doubts about
buying because he

DRIVES lIKE

You have money


fEElS lIKE

A steal.
Because you get
premium car on a
tight budget
lOOKS lIKE

A Range Rover
Evoquefor a bit
of a second there
bUY AT

P157,000P249,000 at 20%
downpayment,
without promo
deals
AVERAGE MONThlY
PAYMENTS fOR 60
MONThS

P19,000

remembers the brand from the


gray days.
The fact that the customer
is in the SsangYong showroom
means they are curious about
the branddont know much
about it, at bestand probably
want to know more, Macasadia
says. I will give him the facts:
SsangYong is one of the largest
Korean automakers. It has over
60 years of history and has
presence in over 115 countries.
In short, SsangYong is not a
run-of-the-mill vehicle. Its big,
its global, it has history, it has
heritage.
Then Ill ask him to just
take a look at it. Were in the
showroom anyway. SsangYong
may not be a mainstream brand
(yet) but the vehicles speak
for themselves: our styling
is arguably better, and our
technology is at par with the
most popular brands. In other
words, inside were as good as
your mainstream brands, but we
look better.
Then Ill say we are
competitively priced and that
our dealers are fully equipped
to handle their service
requirements.
Just take a look at it. Thats
how you really begin buying
cars. On this part, SsangYong
looks like theyre up for it.

Nissan GT Academy Season 2


NEW SEASON, NEW CAR TO DRIVE
Running until this monthwith the
grand finals in Septemberthe Nissan
GT Academys recruitment events
will let digital drivers get behind the
wheel of the shiny new PS4-exclusive
Gran Turismo Sport before its actual
November release date. If youve ever
thought that I could buy a racing wheel
and seat setup for my mancaveif only I
could test drive it! this is for you.
And if youve ever thought that your
EDSA laptimes qualify you for a seat in

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an actual racecar, this search for the


next generation of video game-trained
racing drivers is for you as well. Pull off
a top six finish and Nissan will be flying
you to Silverstone Circuit in the UK for
a race in some real metal against the
fastest contenders from Asia.
Our advice is to start laying down
some serious laps in Gran Turismo right
now, because judging from the finish
times we saw at the launch last July, weve
got some very fast hands in the country.

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B O O K E N D E R

I learned to drive in 1993 on a pine


green 1983 Lancer box type. It had
a player where my dad would play
Mario Lanza and Pavarotti cassettes
(side A and side B) on our many road
trips to Ilocos. Its glove compartment
popped open whenever I passed over speed bumps.
With battery breakdowns a common occurrence,
taxi drivers on their lunch break taught me how to
jumpstart the box. Before I stupidly realized that
wheels needed to be changed before they show their
threads, I learned to change a flat tire on busy Edsa,
with laughing truck drivers throwing matchboxes my
way, yelling, Sindihan mo na yan, Miss!
Also, the Lancer had no passenger side mirror.
Four years after I started driving, a friend asked how
I could drive without a sideview mirror. Only then did
I realize that all cars needed a mirror on both sides.
Until that day, I thought some models were made with
just one side mirror.
Learning to drive in that Lancer is one of my
favorite memories.
But then, the more I drove, the more I
encountered asshole drivers. They were the ones
who made me doubt the capabilities of my beloved
Lancer; the ones who made me worryfor the first
timeabout the Lancer breaking down in the middle
of the road, blocking all of humanity. They could be
nasty, those vultures.
They were also the drivers who taught me that
there are motorists out there who, apparently, think
female drivers are second-class citizens on the road.
I get it, guys. I know there are some women drivers
who drive too slow or who cant parallel park. Ive

seen women drivers straddle two lanes. Some drive


at 50 kph on the left lane, and overtake on SLEX
with just two inches between bumpers.
Those drivers do deserve some kind of telling off
for desecrating the art of driving.
But, see, some male drivers do the same thing.
Ive driven next to jeepney drivers who stop in the
middle of the road to let passengers off. Guess
what? They were all men. Some male drivers block
the intersection just because. And Id ridden with
a male friend (who shall remain nameless) who
thought nothing of parking on a pedestrian lane or
next to a PWD ramp.
How do I pluck you out of the 19th century and
explain to you that there is no gender exclusivity to
idiocy and, more importantly, to idiotic driving? You
could castigate a female driver for swerving into
your lane without enough space or signal, but keep
your castigation to the driving offense. Dragging
her chromosome count into your argument not only
weakens your point but also makes you less of a man.
Thats why its gold, this driver-shaming (and
also, on occasion, driver-praising) practice on our
brother mag Top Gear Philippines Facebook page.
Regardless of gender, the wrath is consistent. The
praise is consistent.
The war is against stupid driving habits, not just
stupid driving habits of women. And quit blaring your
horn at people whose cars have broken down on the
road. The noise wont make their cars magically fix
themselves, will it?

on the

ROAD
A le s s o n o n g e n d e r e q ual i t y
w h il e d r i v i n g Ma n i la s craz y
s t r e e t s i n a Mi t s u b i s h i
c la s s i c

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