It's a Monday, which means we're supposed to feel all miserable and bleak.
But we aren't, and it's all thanks to the weekend's best Filipino, Manny Pacquiao. Yes, the ring icon—in a matter of 600 punches or so to the beautiful face of New Yorker Chris Algieri—brought pure pride and happiness to every rank-and-file Pinoy over the weekend. The end result: Monday doesn't feel too bad.
But to make it even better, below are some of the coolest tidbits that got our arm hair standing up during the weekend, which we collectively call FHM's Best Of The Weekend!
1) JUST WHEN WE THOUGHT WE WERE OVER DINOS: The Jurassic World teaser trailer comes out!
No '90s childhood was complete without the predators of Jurassic Park making us pee our pants. Eventually, zombies and world-ending tidal waves replaced these reanimated reptiles in our brain's fear bank.
That's about to change again though as the T-Rexes and the velociraptors are all set to make yet another comeback in 2015's Jurassic World. In the fourth Jurassic film, the theme park is finally up and running...until disaster strikes yet again. Its teaser trailer was released over the weekend, with the full clip to be released later in the week:
2) ALSO IN COMEBACK CINEMA NEWS: Penelope Cruz is in Zoolander 2
Just as Jurassic Park taught us that it's sometimes better to leave the past untouched (especially if it concerns man-eating animals), Ben Stiller's 2001 comedy, Zoolander, taught us that you can get filthy famous and rich for having a killer duck-face.
The franchise (and Stiller's trademark "Blue Steel") is set to make a return to the big screen at a yet specified date, but one thing has been confirmed: our favorite film Latina, Penelope Cruz is set to star in it.How about a yes!
3) MORE SEXY GIRLS UP AHEAD: Manila Auto Salon's crowd-drawing car-show girls, photographed!
The weekend's biggest gearhead gathering, the Manila Auto Salon took place at the SMX Convention Center from November 20 to 23, FHM and Topgear.com.ph were there to cover it. A convention for the industry's aftermarket scene, there were of course, pretty rides:
Crowd-funding site, Kickstarter, has an interesting project called Blood Sport. It's not a revival of the Jean Claude Van-Damme franchise though. Instead, it's a program that, get this, collects some of your blood whenever your in-game avatar gets hit.
The collected blood will then be donated to a blood bank. Talk about a hobby sucking you dry!
While we have qualms over forking money over for a gadget that sucks our blood, we've no problem at all handing our cash to legendary PBA big man Mon Fernandez for his jerseys.
The former Toyota superstar is putting up his signed jerseys for auction at BuyandsellPH.com. The first one is a 1982 Toyota jersey, which he wore when he won his first MVP award while the other is a 1989 San Miguel jersey, which he wore when he won his last MVP award.
6) WHOA! WE DIDN'T KNOW THAT: Guess which National Artist Ginebra Gin sent to an art school in Madrid
Hey buddy, get that empty Ginebra bottle under the kitchen sink. See the drawing of Archangel Michael subduing the devil? That piece of art was apparently drawn by National Artist Fernando Amorsolo, commissioned by Ginebra tycoon Don Enrique Zobel during the artist's youth.
The Don was impressed enough that he sent Amorsolo to an art school in Madrid, Spain. #TagayTrivia
7) FOOD PORN AHEAD: Food And Wine Festival holds "color-based" food competition
If you're serious about food, we think we know where you were all weekend: at the 2nd annual Food and Wine festival held at the Mall of Asia grounds. At the event, there was no shortage of tongue-teasing delicacies, but one of the biggest highlights was the cook-off amongst Manila's top food figures such as food writer Erwan Heusaff, restaurateur Marvin Agustin, and other top chefs.
They competed in the event's "Colorful Food Truck" challenge, which had the participants cooking a dish based on their assigned color. First to sell everything from their food truck wins. Our favorite, looks-wise, was this black burger from team Erwan:
9) FHM's FAVORITE PAC-ALGIERI MOMENT: The Post-Fight Interview
Okay, so there were so many wicked moments in Pacquiao's fight last Sunday that we could make a number of articles for those (and we'll do so). But if we were to pick one, it would be this: The moment Manny Pacquiao straight up told the people that "I'm ready to fight him."
"Him" refers to Floyd Mayweather Jr. of course, but what's so great was that this was the first time that Pacquiao actually said it out loud after a fight. That got us truly pumped. The ball is now in Money's corner, and how he responds is going to be a career-defining moment.
10) COLLAB OF THE WEEKEND: The Gab Valenciano X Beyoncé music video
Did Bey rip off Gab's Super Selfies? Apparently not. Beyoncé saw Gab's Super Selfies, and then had her management talk to Gab to get him to help with the creative process for the pop star's "7/11" music video. How awesome is that? From Pacquiao to Paolo Ballesteros' make-up transformations and now this, it's cool to see fellow Pinoys making an impact.
He first became known in the interwebs as "Bunot," until professional sleuths (aka the media) found him in Cebu. Now dubbed as the "Michael Bolton of Cebu," 36-year-old fisherman Ronald Abante joins the ranks of Pinoy YouTube singing sensations—and if the current online buzz is true, Pinoys who were asked to guest on Ellen DeGeneres' show.