Spending a day at the cover shoot location, Loreland Farm Resort, was like discovering a hidden village that is free from the worldly hassle. Bohemian-printed robes covered spa-goers, who basked in the warm morning sun while doctor fish nibble on their dead skin cells (feet). The backdrop of a grandiose mountainside put the finishing touches to this relaxing atmosphere.
The best part about all this, though was how the raw vibe brought out our covergirl's exceptional glow. Lensman Artu Nepomuceno caught the exact moment when the soft radiance enveloped Roxanne Barcelo, who quietly owned the moment.
Getting Roxanne on the cover was always the plan (working with her back in the day as Roxee B was a lot of fun); we just didn't know when. FHM wanted a favorite to grace the front of the July issue, and it happened that so much has been going on in her life right now. You can say everything just fell into place.
Roxanne goes all out in every endeavor, which is evident whenever she poses for us. "What is consistent with me when I do all these projects? It's that I do things a hundred percent. At the end of the day my only goal has always been to work and perform, in everything I do I go into it with the idea that I should be giving it my hundred percent. If I'm a children's show host, I get into it with everything I have. If I’m a pop star, I do the same thing. When I commit I go all out. It's the same thing when I’m in love, I go all out. Either I say goodbye or I stick with you throughout. I tried to be a half-hearted person once, but it’s not the way I was built."
Her aggressiveness is what makes Roxanne the ideal colleague. Despite the struggles that comes with trying to stay relevant in show business, Roxanne has grinded and earned her spot in the limelight for years to come. "I'll tell you the truth, every time I felt like quitting, something good would come along. This industry can break you. It broke me several times. Dreams are constantly shut down in this industry, and if you let it get to you in can really break you. I even broke down when I was in PBB, and people saw that. I don’t regret that they saw that."
Following her arduous journey as charming host, then bodacious diva, to what you see now, was nothing short of motivating. These days, Roxanne exudes confidence and sensuality that can only be achieved through years of hardwork and determination. This is her time and she's done enough to deserve it.
Along with Roxanne's gorgeous photos, the June issue has other substantial portions waiting to be consumed. Ever wondered how sexually literate Pinoys are (2017 National Sex IQ)? Having trouble staying clean but afraid of tokhang (PlansTo reform Addicts)? All that and more!
FHM June 2017 will be available in the following days in supermarkets, convenience stores, newsstands, and bookstores nationwide!
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Photography Majoy Siason