MANILA, Philippines – Actress Kaye Abad has finally agreed to appear on the cover of popular men’s magazine FHM Philippines.
Described by the magazine as “our favorite Pinay girl-next-door,” Abad was shot against a brown field, wearing what looks like a white cape of shredded fabric that barely covers her breasts, paired with a white bikini bottom.
The magazine said the pictorial’s setting is a nod to her popular afternoon series “Tabing Ilog,” which also starred a young John Lloyd Cruz as her leading man.
“We thought it would be brilliant to have Kaye donning the most un-Eds-like clothes (or, um, lack thereof) in a familiarly tranquil pastoral scene that reflects her equally calm and collected state of mind,” the magazine said on its website, referring to Abad’s character Eds in the ABS-CBN teen drama.
The magazine also said Abad proved to be a sport during the shoot, despite the heat.
“There she was, never once complaining about the heat, laughing daintily at our warnings about horse-poo booby traps and itchy grass,” the magazine said.
“She says she’s nervous as heck but we don’t see any of it in her twinkling eyes,” it added.
FHM readers eagerly welcomed the actress’s decision to grace the cover of the magazine for the first time.
“Wow! Dati ‘Tabing Ilog,’ ngayon sarap na dalhin sa tabi ng ilog,” wrote Gerald Gabad on the magazine’s Facebook page.
“Crush ko talaga sya since the ‘Tabing Ilog’ days.. Can't wait to grab this issue,” commented Jeftee Ordillo.
“Finally natupad din ung pangarap at request ko.... ASTIG!” ocampo21 wrote on FHM’s website.
Abad took to Twitter to announce her FHM cover on Tuesday. “Lumabas na po ang June issue ng FHM. Ako po ang cover. Thiz izzit!!!” she said.
“Nakabili na mommy ko. Hahaha! Sana bili din kayo,” she tweeted on Wednesday.
Abad’s celebrity friends also congratulated her for the cover.
Kim Atienza told the actress via Twitter, “Susme ang pic Kaye! Bibili si (Ryan Bang) ng 1,000 copies!”
Ahron Villena tweeted, “Naks FHM! Ikaw na Kaye Abad! Bibili agad ako nyan sa June 1.”
“Bibili ako (Kaye Abad) ‘di dahil kaibigan kita,” Jason Abalos told her via Twitter.
Abad’s former boyfriend Parokya ni Edgar frontman Chito Miranda apparently also sent a tweet message to the actress, who replied, “Haha! Bukas pa yata lalabas eh. Salamat germs!”
Abad on Tuesday also announced that she will be joining the sequel of the hit afternoon series "Angelito: Batang Ama."