The rainy season officially started last week.
Thankfully, we were lucky enough to take FHM July 2015 cover girl Valeen Montenegro to one last beach trip for her much-awaited cover shoot. All the waiting, prodding, and praying to the gods for good weather was worth it. And now we can all snuggle in bed with a copy in hand, Valeen keeping us warm with her company.
If you ask Valeen what took her so long to say yes to us, she'll offer a straight answer: “I wanted to be ready.” And if having a super-fit bod rocking hardened abs is what she meant by "ready," then she prepared very well.
Just before our 6 a.m. call time, the FHM staff witnessed how Valeen works out her winning bod. She was up and running (literally), sweating the nerves out and packing on needed adrenaline even before sunrise. By the time we asked her to bask under the sun, she was ready to bare her assets in tiny red bikinis for the camera.
Thankfully for this FHM-cover rookie, she was quick to be at ease during the shoot, even cracking self-deprecating jokes in between takes. “Ungguy-ungguyan lang ang peg?” she says while we were doing the cover photo beneath a tree. We already know that she's a natural comedienne based on her stint at comedy sketch show and her Instavids (follow her @valeentawak, stat!), but seeing this side of her in the flesh left us "Hot damn, Valeen!"
Apart from having a showbiz royalty on the cover, our July issue is always special as it also celebrates the country’s 100 Sexiest Women. Also in this issue: the results of the latest FHM man-survey, our own guide to surviving a Hollywood apocalypse, and a manual to the first-ever FHM Bro Con.
But first, let's celebrate the reason we're all thinking beach in July! Click on the gallery below for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what went down at Valeen’s FHM cover shoot!