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Feb 3, 2014
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Heads up, brothers: Lhea Bernardino is celebrating her birthday this February, and she's planning to give us a hell of a birthday treat, courtesy of this month's FHM 100% Hottie shoot!

Though the 19-year-old model/student is only about to bid farewell to her teen years, it's pretty apparent that she's already got her life all figured out. “I grew up independent. At an early age, I learned how to decide on my own," Lhea tells us. "Natutuhan ko rin agad yung responsibilities ko sa family ko at sa sarili ko.” Not to toot our own horns, but posing for FHM's one of the wisest decisions she's ever made. Good for you, darling. Good for you.

Going back, we know you’re all excited to finally see Lhea in her birthday suit. But for heaven's sake, before you click away, greet her first, will you?

That was quite a long shoot. Were you exhausted?
Okay naman. Actually, medyo nakakapagod nga but I had fun naman and nag-enjoy talaga ako doon sa mga sour candy canes.

Just so you know, they were the same candies used during Abby and Jahziel’s FHM Online Babe feature.
Yeah! Ejay [photographer] told me that they were the same candies na ginamit as props last December.

We’re totally glad we kept them.
Nagkataon lang na na-attract ako sa kanila. Lalo na, because we’re shooting, hindi ako pwedeng kumain masyado tapos nakita ko bigla may sweets… Sweets! Pangpa-boost ng energy! Sabi ko, “Ay, pwede 'to!” Tapos tinikman ko siya hanggang sa I didn’t notice na naka-tatlong sugar cane na pala ako.

How young are you, Leah?
I’m 19.

Barely legal!
Baby face din!

And yet you’re so much of a daring already. How did these all start for you?
I’m a Mass Comm student , so medyo na-introduce na ako sa entertainment/media, lahat ng related about this field. Nag-OJT din ako sa ABS-CBN, but sadly hindi ko siya natapos. While I was doing my training, nakuha ako as extra sa mga shows, then nagpatuloy na siya into modeling. I still plan to finish my degree, sayang naman kasi one semester na lang. Mag-lie low muna ako [sa modeling] then I’ll finish my studies.

Don't tell us this is your farewell shoot.
Hindi pa, I’m still enjoying kasi. And I think medyo peak pa ng modeling career ko ngayon.

We agree. You’re getting more and more famous by the day. How are you taking it? 
At first, talagang natakot ako kasi I have difficulty trusting people. Especially in this industry, ang hirap magtiwala sa isang tao. Then may maririnig ka pa na mga bagay about sa isang tao na kilala mo. Sa akin parang ang hirap maniwala agad. Also, hindi naman sa totally mag-isa lang ako sa buhay, I grew up independent.

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Why don’t you find a partner then?
Bata pa ako,
ha ha!


Photography Ejay Leung of Midnight Bonkers Styling Debra Bernales Makeup Janina Dizon Hair Georm Imperial
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