2010 FHM Top 20 - The Review


I’ve done reviews for movies, and I’ve ranked several things sports-centered.

Now I’m checking out my favourite mag.

Since April 2003, I have been a victim of the FHM bandwagon. While I had the Anna Kournikova August 2002 issue, the first FHM I bought was Maui Taylor's teeny bopper image decimation. It stopped a couple of years back, but it returned when I noticed that it’s improving (thanks to trips inside barber shops). One of the reasons why I entertain this mag is because if there would be a magazine that would suit my character, then this is it! Sure, there are a lot of chicks in this mag but with the way they write their articles, or with the way they voice their opinions regarding matters with great importance is pretty much how I view it as well.

FHM is ranking the most sought after Pinays again.

Yehey.


(Note: some of the photos here were scoured from the internet. I took the daring yet less "raunchy" pics because I don't want to end up like those sleazy sites. Wait... do they get more readers? Ehem...)

There came a point that I was in the process of switching to either Maxim or Pump (Eric Ramos had a hand in making those mags). Clumsy articles, repetitive poses, and overly and wrongfully Photoshopped women opened my eyes to visualize myself bolting out! This was the stage where most of the women are doing their sophomore covers without anything new to offer.

But then, the other brands died. One thing FHM had that others didn’t have was loyalty. I still doubted the credibility of their pages… until the new innovations bettered the mag.

One very important detail they improved on was the importance of their cover babes. Consumers are swayed on buying the issue in accordance to the attractiveness of the cover. Be it FHM… or hell, even Cosmo or Men’s Health. Previously, the cover babe is only good for six stills. If the cover is a group pictorial (Sexbomb, EB Babes, etc), the shots look like glorified underdressed class pictures because they are just bent on showing the ladies without highlighting any pizzaz. The current format triples the photos of the previous format which makes the cover girls the real stars of the issues. Also, the featured cover babes have concepts in their shoots. They are not merely modelling half-naked... and people are actually brainstorming on what they can “do” with the girl. Finally, the content has improved. Sure, they still offer some of the same shtick, but they offer actual news actual men like.

I noticed that some articles seem to be created by chicks then... which makes the standpoint they utter, laughable and witless… as if they don’t understand how the mind of a boy reacts on certain values. While it still features that... at least it doesn’t look like a Cosmo rip-off where they take the original article, jumble the paragraphs, put the cursor on a particular word, and right-click the mouse to scour for available words to make the content “original”.

Anyway, they have revealed their tabulations of the 2010 version of the 100 Sexiest Women. I’m just going to say a few lines which would either point a photo shoot concept, a rave remark, a rant, a career-defining moment, and perfect FHM usage.


GRADING SYSTEM:

I guess every chick pointed here deserve their rightful place in the rank. However, I believe some chicks were ranked too high or too low. If I agree with the placing I’ll just give it an “A” and if I don’t I’ll just slap it with a “B”. The more “A’s” or “B’s” I put means I’m merely emphasizing my emotions.

Yes, the grade system is indeed sloppy but I don’t want people to maim me for my opinions.

By the way, I can’t believe Isabel Oli, Sheena Halili, and Lia Cruz didn’t make the list. Lia Cruz is one reason why people watch the halftime report of the PBA! She is also one of the reasons why the 30-seconds segment in BTV became insanely popular. Sheena reminds me of Korean star Jang Nara (cute and funny) while Isabel should have gotten slack for her role in Full House. An overall remark I could give about this batch is that there are too many homegrown talents placed in the field. I wish they featured more women seen on TV but hey, the people have spoken. I’m glad that groups were batched up in this rank however I believe there are individuals in a group that are well-known. I like the fact that the stats are given.

What was the highest rank Kristine Hermosa ever got?

Personal picks – If I had a say then I’ll find a way to put Bea Alonzo, Heart Evangelista and Daiana Menezes inside the Top 20. Sarah Geronimo too. What??? What’s wrong with that??? I won’t get laughed at by people that were commanded to watch Twilight: Eclipse!

… Although I revere men who watched the movie in cinemas without disposing of a single cent.

MABUHAY KA, PINOY!

HOORAH!


THE TOP 20:

20 BIANCA KING – She’s been in the top ten for several years now. This year, she’s slipping. Before she drifts away to the middle of the pack, she needs to grace the cover anew and this time, be a little more daring. Then again maybe she just needs to have a critical acting break... possibly top-billing something that could haul ratings like what Mulawin did for her at the start of her career.
GRADE: A

19 KC CONCEPCION – She was in this bracket (11 to 25) last year and while I hated this rank last year, it seems kind of right for this year. The impact she brought waned when her TV exposure became sporadic. She needs more TV exposure and it’s not the kind where she hosts gossip shows made for women. A top-rating soap could give her top-tying status. I don’t see her posing for the mag this year though.
GRADE: A

18 ANNE CURTIS – I want to be unbiased... but no. This seeding is crappy! She should be higher! She did a lot of great things during June ’09 to Jun ’10! She has a top-rating noontime show as well as a slew of acting rakets and modelling projects. Her presence single-handedly made Ginebra classy (even if this is GSM Blue) and RR Herrera popular again (even if he’s the uncredited deliverer of punch lines in the TVC’s). Plus, I remember a lot of people checking out her wardrobe malfunction! Contrary to other notions, this didn’t destroy her rep! She kept mum and apologized with regards to the incident! She has the looks and news to go behind it and all this could do to her is land her at 18??? AND OF ALL THE HOT COSMO COVERS SHE GRACED, WHY THE HOLY FUCK IS SHE LOOKING LIKE A WHITE MOTOWN GIRL???
GRADE: BBBBB

17 RHIAN RAMOS – She reminds me of Donita Rose... but with better acting opportunities. Donita was launched in sitcoms... and those Redford White movies before hitting big time thru MTV Asia (we seriously need to revive sitcoms). Rhian is poised to take the same path... only her acting chops was honed by starring in top-rating soaps doing local and foreign hosting chores. I can see her doing FHM but she’ll likely do what Angel Locsin did during her first pictorial (when she was still the boyish chick from Click).
GRADE: A

16 DIANA ZUBIRI – It’s like when Amanda Page left showbiz – it was sudden… with many questions surrounding it. I like her... but what’s with the high rank? She’s hibernating somewhere for almost two years now and she’s still prominently figuring in the rankings? Her “tag team partner”, Francine Prieto is in the middle of the pack and she’s still seen on TV (even if thru DZMM Teleradyo). Sure, her antics are undeniably sexy but this all happened a couple of years back! And what’s with the high rank???
GRADE: BB

15 MAJA SALVADOR – Little by little, she’s slowly taking the showbiz world by storm. Unlike last year, she has been given quality roles in well-produced soaps that are bent to send her to the A-list scene. It would help if she’ll be paired up with an established actor. It won’t hurt her image if she poses for the mag but she needs a pretty good excuse to do so(for example, to plug for a more daring role, etc.).
GRADE: A

14 KIM CHIU – She has endorsements, she has soaps, and she has a love interest. I just enumerated three basic requirements to claim an insane fanbase. However, unless she grows a bigger set of you-know-what, it’s hard to see her inside the Top 10 (since most of the girls usually seen in that spot have tendencies to dare and bare). But hey, pre-K Pop star Sandara Park did this on Uno so that means she can do this if she wants.
GRADE: B

13 JENNYLYN MERCADO – She took the Sharon Cuneta route to stardom (getting pregnant and returning with a bang) and she has the acting tools to back this up. Her second cover shoot were ton loads better than her over-photoshopped debut “pictorial”. It’s also nice to see her bag mature roles in soaps. Becoming a respected hot mommy certainly boosted her stock. It won't hurt if she can do a good indie film and get an acting award because of it.
GRADE: A

12 ERICH GONZALES – For almost a year, she owned the 6 to 7 timeslot of her network. She is the femme figure behind that timeslot’s vaulted love triangle. Her frame looks a lot like Maja’s and just like Maja, she can pose for the mag if she wants to level up on her acting chops (meaning: do mature roles). She needs to get paired up with a popular actor though to boost further her stock.
GRADE: BB

11 JACKIE RICE – She is the perfect example of wisely using FHM as a marketing tool. She was in the doghouse (for her erstwhile delinquencies) and her handlers need an avenue for her to revive her popularity. Posing for Maxim meant she is ready to bare but “covering” FHM meant that she’s bent to succeed in her industry. Her stock jumped significantly since she posed for the mag – even to the point of starring in a weekly series. Business is starting to pick up for this chick!
GRADE: A

10 EHRA MADRIGAL – She has the body men like and chicks envy. She figures well as a host but I hope she evolves further in her next shoot. Her latest cover fails in comparison with her original. Maybe to boost the ratings of her noontime show, she could pair up with Grace Lee? No man has any right to diss a buffet of beautiful hotties! I think that would be awesome!
GRADE: A

9 BANGS GARCIA – I saw Gokada while Youtube surfing and I still think it was a bad idea to unceremoniously cancel the show (it was patterned from the Korean sitcom Nonstop). She played a hot chick whose eyes were covered by her hair (hence the name Bangs). She would often wear two-piece outfits, unheard of in the realm of teen barkada shows, and crack double-meaning jokes to her salivating male buddies. After Gokada, she made a lot of heads turn as a kind-of-Bond girl in a network’s action soap... this time with her eyes seen. She still plays the part as the token hottie on a soap opera but she could land a break in the near future. I bet she’ll be a token hottie on a sitcom in her next project.
GRADE: A

8 REGINE VELASQUEZ – It’s shocking to find out that this diva has figured in 10 of 11 “Sexiest” polls. Here’s the thing: It’s not that I don’t find the Songbird hot since she is at her age. The problem is that she was ranked too high. The Top 10 is often reserved for those chicks that can still wear two-piece suits in front of a photographer and to those that can still (or will) do extremely passionate love scenes. If this was during her “Mariah Carey” phase then this would have been elementary. It’s as if a slew of fans voted her to make her the first and only 35+ woman to be voted inside the Top 10.
GRADE: B

7 KATRINA HALILI – Except for Kris Aquino’s marital mishaps, no other actress graced the pages of broadsheets last year like Katrina Halili. Sure, Hayden Kho was the star of that steamy MP4, FLV, WMA, MOV, AVI, Quicktime file or whatever type of file you had when the scandal broke loose, but it was Katrina who triggered the influx of eyes watching those “careless whispers”. Overplaying the victim part has its pros and cons though. PROS: Feminists, rallyists, politicians and even random water-throwers rallied behind her. CONS: If she wants to be taken seriously in her fight for justice, she needs to do away with daring photo ops because it could brand her as a hypocrite. Thankfully, a Maritoni Fernandez villain route looms for this hottie.
GRADE: A

6 ANGELICA PANGANIBAN – Ever since Santa Santita, the cute girl from the kid flicks of then transformed to become the voluptuous vixen with good acting skills of now. Her face alone can make people forget of her slightly visible baby fat. Sure, she had one ad “photoshopped”, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t pretty. Aside from her close-to-midnight soap, she gained fame by mimicking Kris Aquino. Beauty and brains usually leads to success.
GRADE: A

5 IWA MOTO – I wonder why she hasn’t posed for a mag as a geisha, ninja, or a seductive anime chick a la Mai Shiranui, those Dead or Alive, Soul Caliber, or Virtua Fighter chicks, the LA Blue Girl ninjas, or whatever character because it would suit her. I am beginning to think that she should always be part of every sexy dance number that people should see on TV.
GRADE: A

4 MARIAN RIVERA – FHM had it right to call her the Maricel Soriano of this generation with the way she speaks and acts. If I’m the editor-in-chief of FHM, I’ll vehemently ask for some sort of a tie-up or X-deal just for her to grace the pages of the mag. Sure, FHM is not a match for the goody-two-shoes role she’s portraying in her current soap... but it never seizes to amaze me how can FHM pass up a potential deal when she was playing a superhero, mermaid, hot thief, and Marimar! While she has yet to do FHM, she has the capability to be daring. Play with that thought and ask the execs for a X-Deal!
GRADE: AAA

3 CHRISTINE REYES – I remembered when I first saw the soap version of Eva Fonda. I liked the part where we can see her chest on that batalan (the outside loon) scene where she only wore an almost see-true nightie while putting water on herself. My friends keep on telling me that they always get thirsty whenever they see her… and I don’t know why. Anyway, she not just Ara Mina’s younger sister anymore. It’s easy for her to land in their cover pages because she looks good in any paper they try to print their mag into (which is why she was last year’s number one). By the way, I noticed that all the hot parts of the Va-Va-Vroom TVC were edited out. If the reason for this is because it’s too hot, then the ad is guilty. Very, very guilty.
GRADE: AAA

1B MARISA MILLER – FHM top chick of the planet is a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. While she’s hot, I know little about her. By the way, funny how FHM Philippines could say the name of the mag since Sports Illustrated is now a property of ABS-CBN Publishing. Maybe now we can see the word “Maxim” in their pages?
GRADE: BB

1 ANGEL LOCSIN – I compared Marian to Maricel Soriano and Judy Ann Santos is basically the prettier version of Nora Aunor in this era. Angel Locsin though is this generation’s Vilma Santos, and it’s not just because she once dated her son. She had a nice run as a teen star, became Darna, had a string of top-rating and box-office hits, and when she thought the time is right, she gradually moved to the sexy route. The Folded and Hung pictorial was a perfect example of a tie-up. Angel modelled their swimsuits and someone smart thought of sending it to FHM. This was a bold move that paid rich dividends. Sure, she’s not that visible compared to the time when she was her original network’s most important star, but she’s climbing up. I remember when I did the billboard article and a ton of Angel fans stormed my site and that alone is reason to believe that her supporters are still there. Her third Top One citation could be enough to catapult her back to her former awesomeness.
GRADE: AAA


I bet my balls that people should expect shockers in next year’s roster of chicks. Hopefully new blood will storm the ranks but then again, only the extra popular girls could nail the spot inside the Top 20.

As for the mag itself, I hope they do a special about romantic getaways because I find it hard, scouring the net, to look for interesting destinations without dollar signs attached next to it.

An inexpensive day tour package would be nice.

Until then...

GAME OVER!

44 Awesome Critics:

2 b honest, i think you're insulting maricel soriano ... comparing her to marian rivera☻

Anonymous
July 6, 2010 at 12:53 AM comment-delete

hi. maybe you have a point here. after all, we all are entitled to our opinions. maybe the best reason why i agreed with FHM about their comparison was because "maria" and marian have similar "palengkera" modes.

marian's brashness is very evident with maricel's earlier works like inday bote, taray teroy, inday sa balitaw, horsey-horsey, tigidig-tigidig. among others.

i agree, in her current awesomeness, marian has yet to claim "the diamond star" status but i think she has conquered maria's "taray queen" side. :)

July 6, 2010 at 2:24 PM comment-delete

yeah! i totally agree! maricel soriano is no doubt 20x smarter than that "psychology".....hmmp! im fan of maricel soriano and i really dont want you comparing her to my maricel!

Anonymous
July 6, 2010 at 5:34 PM comment-delete

thats true......maricel soriano is jolina magdangal but not to marian rivera.....marian has no breeding.....

Anonymous
July 6, 2010 at 5:34 PM comment-delete

i think so too!

peace out!

Anonymous
July 6, 2010 at 5:42 PM comment-delete

yes... maricel soriano has a class... shes elegant... Marian is palengkera and a hooker...

Anonymous
July 6, 2010 at 5:44 PM comment-delete

You got some of your photos from UNO, which is a rival mag of FHM.

James Ty III
July 6, 2010 at 5:46 PM comment-delete

i like your writing :}

Anonymous
July 6, 2010 at 6:09 PM comment-delete

Ms.Maricel Soriano is definitely incomparable to Marian...
Regarding to Anne Curtis she should be on top 5.She's more talented,smart and sexy compare to those new girls..and she accomplish and prove herself already

Anonymous
July 6, 2010 at 6:41 PM comment-delete

maganda clang lhat

Anonymous
July 6, 2010 at 7:05 PM comment-delete

i'm so happy that ANGEL LOCSIN made it to the top...She really deserves it.. :-D

Anonymous
July 6, 2010 at 7:16 PM comment-delete

Maricel Soriano is witty, intellectual, graceful and has class and breeding. As for Marian, oh well.

Anonymous
July 6, 2010 at 7:48 PM comment-delete

pwede

Anonymous
July 6, 2010 at 8:46 PM comment-delete

more pics! :p and i question the validity of any list that doesn't have Marian Rivera as #1, so boo on fhm, boo.

July 6, 2010 at 8:47 PM comment-delete

HEY PEOPLE, CALM DOWN!

Hehehe!

First of all, I'm beginning to think that Angel Locsin has millions of minions inside cyberspace. Good minions though, it's nice people rally behind their idol.

It is actually evident on the way my billboard article erupted and with the way i see a lot of "marian bashing".

i do hope that you'll stop because well... regardless of what you think, I have to give her credit on what she has done in the industry. And in some ways, angel was the reason why marian soared.

sure, maricel and marian, in MANLY terms, is basically like people dissing kobe bryant or lebron james as the next michael jordan.

I get this angst but again, i was pointing on MARICEL's TARAY IMAGE.

marian needs to get good film roles because that was how maricel was groomed in the first place.

sadly, admit it, but with the exception of regine velasquez, none of these "kids" can draw box-office takes by sheer talent alone.

for angel: i'm hoping she'll step up and find a movie a la vilma santos, dawn zulueta, and dina bonnevie during the 80's and early 90's.

for marian: hopefully she'll break away from the "love team" genres and perhaps pray that she'll have a "baler"-like movie. while baler wasn't a perfect movie, it gave anne curtis enough tools to score acting accolades.

wow. too many persons visiting my site! I'm kind of happy.

and one more thing...

NO ONE SHOULD TRY TO PUT STUPID NETWORK WAR CONTENT HERE!!!

July 6, 2010 at 8:58 PM comment-delete

^ james ty III

yes, i placed uno pics here because like i said, fhm is just starting to put concepts on their shoots.

shot-wise, uno has better lighting and better-looking.

but that will change if fhm keeps up what they're doing right now. :)

July 6, 2010 at 9:00 PM comment-delete

i like to vote angel locsin kaso huli na pero masaya ako kasi sya ang no.1 kasi sexy naman tlaga sya....

she deserves to be no.1....

July 6, 2010 at 9:03 PM comment-delete

Tama!!!angel rules...shes an angel thats why people love her not only bec.shes sexy and beautiful!Your great.

Anonymous
July 6, 2010 at 9:16 PM comment-delete

true, marian has no breeding,poor girl,pwede cya palengke queen...

Anonymous
July 6, 2010 at 9:26 PM comment-delete

hmp...buti nlang si angel nag top 1, hindi si marianditang solotera,
kakainiz kasi si marian, lumake na ulo nya porke sumikat lng.
taz nag mumura pa yang marian na yan, buti pa si angel angel na angel talaga, kasi mabait...

am i right???

Ampalaya Anonymous, awayin nyo kaya yang marian nayan...

Anonymous
July 6, 2010 at 9:49 PM comment-delete

mas maganda pa rin si angel locsin kaysa kay marian lalo na sa pag-uugali....peace po sa lahat! Angel has always been humble.

Anonymous
July 6, 2010 at 9:52 PM comment-delete

ya.. Maricel s far ahead of this marian... she just has her face

Anonymous
July 6, 2010 at 10:11 PM comment-delete

the best talaga ang idol ko!

Anonymous
July 6, 2010 at 10:13 PM comment-delete

im happy for angel locsin! manalo matalo loyal ako kay angel! go angel

Anonymous
July 6, 2010 at 10:15 PM comment-delete

maricel soriano is maricel soriano,angel is angel.....i loved it.

Anonymous
July 7, 2010 at 12:03 AM comment-delete

bakit maraming nagcocomment about marian rivera wala bang kwenta ibang artista diyan? hehehehe iba talaga pagsikat noh!

ENDLESS LOVE
July 7, 2010 at 3:57 AM comment-delete

they are all beautiful, karapat dapat lang kyo sa
fhm. i like you all, lalo na k angel ko. vry sexy.

Anonymous
July 7, 2010 at 8:12 AM comment-delete

i like it..angel on top

Anonymous
July 7, 2010 at 11:31 AM comment-delete

.,i want angel locsin to ba a hollywood actress because she's a good acterss and pretty

Anonymous
July 7, 2010 at 12:08 PM comment-delete

angel locsin deserves it

Anonymous
July 7, 2010 at 12:12 PM comment-delete

THe toP 2010 FHM ToP 20 izzzzz,,,, deserving bcause they HaVe a seXy n aweSomE body!!!!,,congratzzzz...

Anonymous
July 7, 2010 at 2:08 PM comment-delete

i can't say anything basta ako forever and ever ANGEL LOCSIN!!!!!!

Anonymous
July 7, 2010 at 3:33 PM comment-delete

^^ jejemon?

July 8, 2010 at 8:17 AM comment-delete

UNO has changed its format and is under a new editor. Their price has increased to P200 so I decided to stay loyal to FHM.

There was a time when I read Maxim but it became too much of an FHM copycat. And when FHM improved its format, that's when Maxim died.

James Ty III
July 8, 2010 at 12:20 PM comment-delete

^ hey. I saw your name in the firequinito site! you do sports things! awesome!

anyway, yeah. i heard rj ledesma say this during the rock ed show on nu107 (man i miss the men's room).

anyway, maxim got the nod for me during those times because they had awesome pictorials to tie up with their writing.(especially when they had distinct issues like the swimsuit issue, comedy issue, sports issue, etc.)

i had a tough time liking uno because it targets the class a male readers (plus too many foreigners).

so if rj ledesma has uno... what happens to rogue?

(angel locsin had a hot shoot with rogue a couple of years back)

July 8, 2010 at 12:37 PM comment-delete

CONGRATULATION ANGEL!!

Anonymous
July 8, 2010 at 2:25 PM comment-delete

SEXIEST! NOT NICEST OR MOST TALENTED... wtf are your criteria... angel deserves to be number 1 nakaka asidente ang billboard nya...

Anonymous
July 9, 2010 at 3:45 PM comment-delete

The theme is SEXIEST... not nicest nor most talent... paseksihan... mga tanga...

Anonymous
July 9, 2010 at 3:47 PM comment-delete

Ang Ganda talaga ng idol ko....
cristine reyes your d'best..:))

Airmax54
August 16, 2010 at 4:28 PM comment-delete

hehe. nayari tuloy kayo nung isang anonymous! :)

September 28, 2010 at 8:01 PM comment-delete

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October 4, 2010 at 8:40 PM comment-delete

maricel is a diamond star...marian....?????who is she anyway????palengkera, mahadera, solotera..in short lang breeding...
dont compare a stone from a diamond..hahahaha

Anonymous
October 26, 2010 at 11:32 AM comment-delete

^ she is still sexy though. :)

October 27, 2010 at 9:01 PM comment-delete

Ingat ka kasi sa sinasabi mo pare hahaha

Anonymous
November 26, 2010 at 5:58 PM comment-delete

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