First impressions last for a reason.
There is just something about experiencing someone for the first time that puts a stamp on a new acquaintance. Whether based on outward or inward appearance, how an individual will be viewed for the rest of his or her life is mostly defined by a first meeting.
That seems to be the case with our March cover girl, the tireless and timeless Ina Raymundo.
The eternal goddess returns just in time for FHM's 200th issue and 17th anniversary. Marking such milestones with Ina's sophomore stint is only fitting, given the similarities she and the magazine share.
Followers of FHM, despite the rebrand, are still clamoring for "classic" photos, a year's worth of issues later—the inevitable price of being established as the authority when it comes to everything women. Meanwhile, fans of the now-41-year old still regard her as one of the country's finest, especially with the recent reboot of the iconic commercial that allowed her to enter public consciousness.
“It felt so good,” Ina says, explaining how shooting the new Sabado Nights promo felt, her hazel eyes lighting up. “It just used to be this fantasy I’d have. I used to think, ‘What if magkaroon ng sequel yung Sabado Nights?’ And now it’s happened. It was so much fun because they were playing the Sabado Nights song over and over again. It felt like I’d just finished shooting the original a week ago, and now, we’re shooting a new one and there was no time-lapse in between. I felt so young.”
Starring alongside her is another ageless prominent figure, Vic Sotto, together with PBA players Marc Pingris and June Mar Fajardo, and a trio of younger male models. In the midst of this predominantly youthful crew, Ina exudes a glow that puts her younger castmates to shame.
Of course, maintaining all the right curves in all the right places takes more than workouts and a proper diet. In order to stay in touch with her body, the iconic actress and commercial model nurtures her innate sensuality.
“I’m so in touch with my inner sexuality,” she claims. “I’ve always had it since I was a little girl. I’m not kidding. I’m a very sexual person, but I manage it. I’ve always been aware of it. I feel like the more I age, it becomes stronger. It’s in me. People notice my sensuality in the way I move or in the way I flip my hair, even when I’m not totally conscious of it. It’s definitely not a weakness. That is a kind of power. I’ve never been in denial of it. But remember that you always have to use it wisely. Don’t abuse it, but don’t ignore or feel ashamed about it [either]. You can have that power and no one even needs to know that you’re in possession of it.”
Similar to the FHM brand, Ina doesn't have to be blatantly erotic to espouse sultriness. Two hundred issues later, FHM has aged like fine wine, but still has that sexual oomph, only presented in a more sophisticated way. And just like this month's cover girl, the magazine is the same old, irresistible entity it always was, only better.
Aside from Ina Raymundo's spectacular glow show, this issue contains visionary features about how things will work in the near future. Hopefully, a sneak peek of her photos will compel you to grab a copy of the 17th anniversary and 200th issue.
FHM March 2017 will be available in the following days in supermarkets, convenience stores, newsstands, and bookstores nationwide!
You can score digital copies—which will bear the alternate cover below—through the FHM app on Apple App Store (http://bit.ly/fhmphapple) and on Google Play (http://bit.ly/FhmPHandroid), Buqo, and the Summit Media Newsstand (http://bit.ly/fhmmagph)!