The back story of this cover is that this should have happened 15 years ago. Can you tell us how that came to be?
Okay we’ll have to go back to the year 2000, I had short hair then, and I had just finished…that movie [she asked that we not talk about it because she did not want her kids to do some "research"]. I remember shooting ko na the following day and then biglang nagkahika ako—asthmatic ako, yun ang problema. So hindi natuloy; I was very, very sick. Hindi na siya naulit because shortly after that I got pregnant. Ang feeling ko it was not meant to happen then.
You said in our pre-production meeting that you wanted this cover as a gift to yourself for your 40th birthday.
Yes, I’m turning 40 on December 9. In my mid-30s I knew that I wanted to do something big on my 40th birthday; ang original plan ko was to do a shoot with Mark Nicdao for my personal portfolio lang. And then suddenly your offer came up—thank you very much! I’m very flattered, but I feel bad at the same time because for the past several years I had always declined your offer. I finally decided that if Mark was going to be the photographer, I’d do it.
Why did you always say no?
Eh kasi naman lagi akong buntis! Ha ha! I have five kids! So every, what, two years pregnant ako, from 2001 hanggang 2013. So walang chance di ba? I mean after giving birth I would spend about a year breastfeeding—wow, ang sexy ng topic natin ha ha! So there was no chance. And also during that time I felt that I was so motherly na kalokohan na’ng mag-pose for a men’s magazine. Ngayon ko lang siguro nakuha ulit yung confidence that I can still do it.
It’s strange that you’re having the confidence of a woman in her 20s now that you’re 40.
You know, bata pa lang ako I had always kept to heart what they say that life begins at 40. For the last 14 years I had dedicated myself to my kids, so now I’m doing this for myself.
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Photography Mark Nicdao Styling Bea Constantino Style Associate Monika Ravanera assisted by Antoneth Mangyao and Albeth Benipayo Makeup Marlon Suarez Hair Raymond Mateo assisted by Jonas Flores Special Thanks To Paula Punla and Ogie Rodriguez of Nailaholics