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INTERVIEW: LOU ALBANO
PHOTOGRAPHY: CHESTER DY


All amplifiers can only go up to volume 10, which is really nothing special. In the painfully funny mockumentary, This is Spinal Tap, however, Nigel Tufnel introduces a special kind of amp. “These go up to 11,” he says of his favorite gear. The quote still elicits the loudest laughter, with the special amp and number 11 becoming esoteric symbols of power.


Eleven is quite a number for Kooky Ken de la Cruz, this month’s girlfriend. Kooky will gamely tell you she landed in the 11th spot of this year’s Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant. She will also tell you the story of how she almost didn’t make it as a contestant, arriving at the screening at 11PM. “Na-interview na sila, nakarampa na, nakahilera na silang lahat,” she says. “So ako, sumingit na lang sa dulo. Hindi ko ine-expect na makukuha pa ako. Eh binigyan ako ng score.” Even the judges called her to confirm she made it as a finalist after all.


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