Fine, you all win again. We will not ask how or why. What we will do instead is stand back, concede, and officially announce the following: Rufa Mae Quinto and Luis Manzano are FHM's cover stars for the month of September, also known as the fifth FHM Collections and our first Special Double Comedy+Style issue!
Behold the fruits of your guessing prowess, FHM Nation. You deserve it. You really do.
For those who aren't keeping count, this is Rufa Mae's fourth FHM cover appearance, having previously graced it back in January 2001, April 2003, and February 2010. See, we go way back! With the exception of her comic timing and sex appeal, we know a lot has changed since we last worked with her. So, Rufa Mae, darling, how different is your latest cover shoot from the past ones?
"Madaming pagbabago. It’s 2013 and the past is past. Ha ha! Before, I didn’t know how to model, yung tipong feel na feel. Ngayon, nasanay na ako sa pictorials and sa mga high-fashion covers. With each peg and each concept and each edition of FHM, it’s always something new and different. Nagkaka-depth. There’s evolution and revolution! O, di ba? So yun ang maganda–may posing, may bending, and showing of everything I’ve got all the way!"
As always, putting Rufa Mae and Luis on the cover was just one of the many things we did to make this month's Comedy+Style issue extra special, for we also: Went babe spotting at a number of universities and tried our best to do small talk with them; hung out and played dress-up with Ely Buendia's new supergroup; discovered the many typhoon-proof gears that's been here all along; and debated with Abby and Jahziel on whether it is better to be aggressive than passive in the bedroom, just to name a few.
On our flip cover is Luis, who has been an advocate of our magazine way before we started working together. For one, the Minute To Win It host unintentionally gave us some free plugging when he posed for a photo of him ogling girlfriend Jennylyn Mercado's FHM cover last June. This is exactly the kind of persona we were looking for from this year's FHM Collections cover guy: someone who is equal parts handsome, witty, and funny.
And hey, it turns out he ain't alone in that department! Joining Luis are our country's New Breed of Pogi: Jun Sabayton, Tanya Markova, Sef Cadayona, Ketchup Eusebio, Alwyn Uytingco, Ramon Bautista, Bogart D' Explorer, and Empoy, among others. We did tell you it's a comedy issue, right?
Our September 2013 issue will be available in newsstands and bookstores everywhere this Saturday, August 31, and digital copies will soon be downloadable at www.summitnewsstand.com.ph/fhm.
In the meantime, click here to watch the teaser video for our latest issue and keep on swinging by FHM TV for a behind-the-scenes look at Rufa Mae's and Luis' cover shoots.
Now hit the gallery below to see more of this month's cover stars!