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Linda Jean is not your typical blonde barbie.

While most of these present-day princesses prefer to strut around the city in short dresses, killer heels, and with a New York state of mind in tow, Linda is a blonde cut from a different strand. Instead of the fast-paced life of the metro, she'd much rather lie down on the sand and enjoy the sun at her dear province, Romblon.

Yes folks, Linda Jean is a golden-haired probinsiyana at heart.

Go tell them, Linda. “I love my province, Romblon, so much. My province is untouched, so the rainforests there are really intact and beautiful. I can swim at the beach, the rivers, and the food there is really good—the fish, even just sinangag, dilis, even lugaw!”

We're not saying though that Linda’s a manang in the making. Because even though she loves being a (hot) province bumpkin so much, she's also quite masterful at being a complete tease--a task only made easier when you’re a creamy mestiza such as her.

To prove our point, she opens the summer for FHM.com.ph as the 100% Hottie for March, stripping away the clothes from that bikini perfect bod, making our summer a total scorcher as if it isn’t already hot enough.

So before clicking on these photos, grab an ice-cold cola, a juice, a shake, a beer below zero or whatever; dehydration is a bitch after all.

Hi Linda! It still boggles us a bit that we don’t have any idea what your surname really is.
My full name is Linda Jean Stevens, and I’m 22 years old. I’m half-Filipina and half-New Zealander. My dad is from Auckland and I’ve been living in Australia since I was 15 years old. I just came back to the Philippines in 2010.

Do you miss Australia?
I miss Australia. I miss the people there. I love the Philippines but I think the people in Australia understand me more. I miss the beach, the cleanliness, but don’t get me wrong; I love the Philippines more than any other places.

And what are the things that you love here?
The people, definitely. Everyone here is very friendly, very caring. Every time you walk to their house, they’ll welcome you and offer you food, always trying to help you out and they always see if you get home safe. And I love my province, Romblon, so much.

That’s new! We never thought such a blonde would love the simple and quiet life in the province. What made you fell in love with Romblon?
I’ve been going there ever since I was a baby. My family and I would go there directly after spending a couple of days in Manila every time we’re here. I made a lot of friends there and most of the people there know me ever since I was a child.

I also live along the beach, so I really have a beautiful front yard. My province is untouched. There are really no tourists there, just maybe like 3-4 tourists in a week. So the rainforests there are really intact and beautiful. My community is really close. I remember every time we have a fiesta, we always come together. And I must say that the food there is really good—the fish, even just sinangag, dilis, even the lugaw!

Were you also such a country girl back in Australia?
The difference there is that when you hit 16 or 17 years old, you have to live on your own. So even if my mom was also living there, I still have my own place which I rent for about $180 a month. I did bartend for one the popular bars in the Gold Coast for years.

Another thing is that back there, you always work, work, and work. The only days you can go out is on Friday and Saturday, and you rest during Sundays. Here at the Philippines, there’s always something happening everyday.

And we heard you just commute going to Romblon?
Yes, and it’s pretty funny because every time I go to the port in Batangas, there are like 20 people there that’ll drag me to Puerto Galera!


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PHOTOGRAPHY: BORJ MENESES; ASSISTED BY: AMOR DAVID, ARNEL GUECO, AND YOKI AQUINO
INTERVIEW: RON JAY EDUVAS
STYLING: STEPHANIE CUDAL
MAKEUP: CHA MONTENEGRO
HAIR: XANDER FLORES
SWIMSUITS BY BADJ GALIAS-GENATO FOR BADJ SWIMWEAR AND COUTURE
SHOT ON LOCATION: TERRACE HOTEL,SUBIC.
SPECIAL THANKS TO MR. MIN KYUNG, AND MS. LIZADEL RIVERA OF TERRACE HOTEL WWW.TERRACEHOTELSUBICBAY.COM; DAVE SAMBALI
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