Empty words. But in the job I’m in, they’re sweet music to my ears. A polite, and often unassuming, “hello po” by which a stranger acknowledges our message of invitation to “try doing a photo-shoot for FHM.” “Hello po”: An endearing gesture that, even if unaccompanied by a cute emoticon, opens up a whole new world of possibilities, like that of us plucking the next big FHM homegrown star out of obscurity and/or sheer Facebook newsfeed popularity. “Hello po”: Is just a beautiful woman’s shy way of saying, “Okay, let’s talk.”
This week's blogger is FHM Features Editor and unofficial "Starlet Questor,"
Alex C. Paita. Here he is doing his best umi-emo pose...
To slightly paraphrase Randy Crawford’s words: It all starts with one “Hello po.”
My decade-long love affair with FHM mostly involves turning bright ideas into colorful glossy paper that you can actually read and appreciate, which includes the delicate task of producing feature articles and scouting models and celebrities-in-the-making for the magazine’s inside pages. That means I, we don’t get the job done unless we get our regular dose of “hello po” from the ladies you see in the magazine.
Now while we don’t claim to have discovered them ourselves, we are quite proud of the fact that we have been able to give these homegrown FHM babes the extra push they needed to get to where they are now. Allow me to name some…
We saw Paulene had the makings of a true Premiere Ultimate Vixen back when she was still part of our now-defunct Girl Next Door (GND) tilt in 2006. You know why. Got her for a homecoming shoot for the magazine in 2009, where we shot her au naturelle in our web editor’s 50-hectare lupain in Morong, Rizal. When Premiere bosses sought our help in finding contestants for their first-ever Vixens search in 2010, we didn’t think twice about endorsing Paulene. And the rest is history.