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INTERVIEW: VALERIE DE GUZMAN
PHOTOGRAPHY: JAKE VERZOSA
STYLING: PATRICIA CORONADO OF YUNIKWITA
MAKEUP: OMAR ERMITA OF SHU UEMURA

So you’ve been spending your time traveling and such—how is that coming along?
Well, I love traveling and I’m very independent. Last year I was lucky enough to have racked up tons of miles by visiting Europe and North America (US and Canada). Last year I went to the French Riviera and walked the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival and Paris. It was amazing because I am a complete Francophile and can read, write, speak French, so to be given that opportunity was absolutely mind-blowing. I finally got to speak French in France!

Wow, the Cannes Film Festival! Who were you with?
I went to Cannes with Tim Yap and Bianca Valerio because Bianca and I were the top-placers at last year’s Ms. Mouton Cadet 2006, organized by Tita Trillo of Titania Wines. Bianca was Ms. Mouton Cadet and I was the first runner-up. We were invited guests of Baron Philippe de Rothschild and were given VIP treatment throughout our three-day stay in Cannes.

You must have been drowning in luxury.
Well, walking the red carpet is a crazy experience. The energy level is extraordinary and I was obscenely nervous. It was kind of an out-of-body experience. I was dazed. The three days we were there was a whirlwind of VIP parties and encounters with celebrities like Penelope Cruz, Chloe Sevigny, Domenico Dolce and Steffano Gabbana, Rosario Dawson, etc. After I got back to Manila from that trip, I wondered how on earth I could top that.

For the full interview, read the August 2007 issue of FHM

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