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Sep 1, 2016
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We have August Cover Girl Solenn Heussaff to thank for making Ghost Month less ghastly.

Her sultry yet sophisticated presence not only warded off bad spirits but also put those longing for her FHM cover comeback stint in high spirits. Until next time, Solenn.

Moving forward, the feeling of elation couldn't be more fitting as we welcome the first "Ber" month. Especially here in the country, where Christmastime is felt prematurely through parols and Jose Mari Chan.

The new month also signals one more thing—a new Cover Girl. And in the spirit of Christmas, we've decided to give you an early present.

This year's Finest in the Land, FHM Sexiest Woman in the Philippines Jessy Mendiola, is our muse this September. Her "Sexiest" win has finally culminated to an appearance on the pages of the magazine.

It has been a whirlwind year for the 23-year-old actress, who blew up social media with those beach photos, until eventually rising through the ranks of the country's sexiest.

Jessy's reign so far hasn't been entirely peaceful. Since the day of the fateful announcement, she has been hit by a wave of criticism online. The worst part about it, according to Jessy: "Most of them are [from] women."

Bewildered, she asks, "Why do we want to pull other people down instead of helping each other up, and especially among women? Can you not look at it in a very superficial way? Don't we already live in the year 2016? What happened to the 'change' that everyone says is coming? Let's make it happen."

Jessy knows the cost of fame and how harsh show business can be. Whereas she could handle a couple of negative comments, she admits that it's possible to falter from a few too many.

"Parang nakikita mo yung words, they all float in your head and in front of you," Jessy says of the hateful comments thrown her way. "But then you plant yourself on the ground again, and look at the people around, who are there to support you, and they tell you your strengths and weaknesses, they build you up again. And I think for me, that's where I get my strength."

Indeed, a woman like Jessy who sticks up for herself in the face of adversity (body-shaming) is more than deserving of the honor. Perhaps that quality was what compelled 589,792 people to vote for her.

Apart from Jessy, things take a serious turn in this month's issue, as we touch on matters of national relevance, bannered by an exclusive interview with Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa.

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FHM September 2016 is now available in supermarkets, convenience stores, newsstands, and bookstores nationwide!

You can score digital copies in the following days through the FHM app on Apple App Store (http://bit.ly/fhmphapple) and on Google Play (http://bit.ly/FhmPHandroid), Buqo, and the Summit Media Newsstand (http://bit.ly/fhmmagph)!

In the meantime, here are a few photos from Jessy's FHM debut:

 

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