Gearing up for its tenth anniversary next year, FHM marks a milestone this September by releasing the first-ever Philippine edition of FHM Collections, a men's guide to style featuring Robin Padilla on the cover. This makes the "Bad Boy of Philippine Cinema" the first man to grace the cover of FHM Philippines.
FHM managing editor and project editor of FHM Collections Allan Hernandez says, "FHM Collections wants to capture men at their best. How they deal with the ever-evolving changes and challenges that they face. It's about maturity and cultivating character."
Editor-in-chief Allan Madrilejos adds, "FHM Collections is a new special issue that joins the grand scheme of annual special issues like the 100 Sexiest and the Ladies Confessions Special... It is also a validation of our manhood not in the usual company of women, but in the league of very distinguished gentlemen." Of their first male cover, Madrilejos says, "We can't think of any other Pinoy man who best represents our aspirations than Robin Padilla."
Robin leads FHM's pick of 20 Pinoy Men of Style, which includes Eddie Garcia, Dolphy, Joseph "Erap" Estrada, Richard Gomez, Vhong Navarro, musicians Rico Blanco and Raimund Marasigan, and more. Hernandez says, "Robin Padilla and these 19 more FHM Pinoy Men of Style have the singular attitude worthy of emulation; they are not about bragging rights, but quiet, solid achievement."
FLIP COVER. FHM Collections comes as a flip-cover execution with FHM's regular issue this September, which features Philippines' Finest Cristine Reyes on the cover. Two years after her FHM debut, Cristine is ready for the daring pictorial that takes place at the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) in front of hundreds of motorists.
Madrilejos says, "Since SCTEx opened last year, we've dreamt of doing a shoot there and we were really reserving this shoot for Cristine Reyes's FHM comeback, regardless of her ranking in the 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2009 campaign."
As it turned out, Cristine was declared this year's Sexiest Filipina, which convinced the FHM team even more to push through with the SCTEx shoot. "We wanted to celebrate her victory with a smashing, traffic-stopping pictorial, and we figured it was the best way to capture the journey that has been Cristine Reyes's life and career so far," adds Madrilejos.
"Compared to my debut... I'm more confident now," Cristine says, whose confidence goes as far as her willingness to stand atop the steel fence smack in the middle of SCTEx, "This time, when you ask kung puwedeng tanggalin yung strap nung swimsuit and lingerie ko, game ako."
HONORED. As for Robin, he says he is very honored being chosen as the country's top men's magazine's first male cover. "Naku, umaapaw po ako sa kaligayahan!" enthuses Robin.
Although when it was first offered to him, he admits he thought his manager was kidding him. "Ang sabi ko, 'Baka naman nagkakamali sila? Baka naman si BB [Gandanghari, Robin's older brother, former Rustom Padilla] ang gusto nilang kunin?' Pero niliwanag naman sa akin ni Betchay na, 'Hindi, ikaw talaga.'"
The shoot, although fun, was not easy, Robin says. "Nag-meditate pa 'ko. Hindi naman kasi po talaga tayo sanay na magsuot ng amerikana. Kaya talagang inisip ko, na si Robin Padilla ay mag-a-amerikana. Hindi katulad sa mga pictorial sa pelikula na kapag nag-pictorial na kayo, alam mo na ang character mo, dahil nga sa role mo, alam mo na ang gagawin mo. Dito, iba talaga. Si Robin Padilla, naka-amerikana!"
QUEENIE IS NEXT? Now that he has already done an interview and photo shoot for the popular men's magazine, will Robin allow his daughter, Queenie, to be featured also in FHM.
"Nasa tamang edad na po si Queenie. Siya ay 18 years old. At kung kaya naman niyang ipagtanggol ang kanyang desisyon, nasa kanya na po iyon. Kung ano po ang ikaliligaya ng anak ko, doon ako. Hindi ko na po saklaw kung ano ang gusto niyang gawin. At bilang isang Muslim, alam na po niya kung ano ang tama," says Robin who converted to Islam during his incarceration from 1994 to 1998.
See more of sharply-dressed Robin and Cristine's traffic-stopping photos in the September issue of FHM, available in newsstands and bookstores nationwide. For more of FHM online, visit www.FHM.com.ph.