The kind of “sexy” that Jessy Mendiola sells

Running through the highlights for the month of September 2016 would seem incomplete without mentioning Jessy Mendiola’s being on the cover of FHM (For Him Magazine) Philippines. It also looks like she’ll be making the cover of Cosmpolitan PH for its October 2016 issue. My colleague Ilda wrote about Jessy last July, in the context […]

Police chief Alan Purisima in utter denial of the Philippines’ crooked police force

If it weren’t for all the “positive thinkers” that inhabit social media, one would see the reality for what it is: the Philippines is on the verge of anarchy. Perhaps it already is in a state of anarchy. But it is a strange kind of anarchy — one where the peace (by Third World standards […]

FHM Model Alyzza Agustin caught in ‘Please assist’ scandal!

Lol! Lesson for the day, don’t trust a ditz with your personally-autographed “privilege” cards. In the Philippines, it is common for motorists with connections with top military and police officials to have an autographed business card of one of these contacts tucked beside their drivers’ licenses in their wallet so that in the event that […]

What Marian Rivera’s being the Philippines’ sexiest woman means

Another SMS voting contest, another so-called winner. So Marian Rivera is this year’s “sexiest” woman in the Philippines according to the results of a popularity contest organized by men’s magazine FHM. Congratulations, Ms Marian. I suppose one can be considered to be “sexy” when there is enough of yourself routinely publicly exposed for the highly […]

Filipinos cry racism over Bela Padilla FHM cover

The most recent cover of FHM Philippines — a popular men’s magazine that features scantily-clad women as its main selling feature — made global waves after it featured starlet Bela Padilla posed in a brightly-coloured bikini surrounded by black models in black bikinis. The tagline at the bottom screamed “Stepping out of the shadows” in […]