Lovely Abella must have felt like she had just won the lot­tery when she was told she was go­ing to be on the cover of Fhm—solo.

FHM (Philippines) - - CONTENTS - AL­LAN P. HER­NAN­DEZ Act­ing Ed­i­tor in Chief al­lan.her­nan­dez@sum­mit­

When was the last time you heard a real rags-to-riches story? Prob­a­bly not in a long while. Read Lovely’s pro­file that goes with a pull-out-all-the stops 20-page shoot ex­trav­a­ganza and you’ll have one: a girl from a far-flung prov­ince who had dreamed of be­com­ing a star since she was eight; who only got her first break as an ex­tra when she was 15; got paid only P250 for a racket that lasted for 24 hours; where she wasn’t even seen on cam­era at all.

And then just as she was get­ting her first lit­tle taste of fame, but not yet get­ting the big break she had al­ways dreamed of, some­thing huge like this hap­pens. It’s the jack­pot.

I’m pretty sure she had been over­joyed just join­ing the other Bub­ble Gang girls, among them veteran FHM cover stars, for that spe­cial col­lab cover last year to cel­e­brate the gag show’s 22 years. But what we hadn’t told her then was that we were al­ready plan­ning ahead. To her credit, she did not dis­ap­point at all. We saw in her a real fire on shoot day; Lovely came on the set de­ter­mined to make her first solo cover the best thing she’d ever done in her life.

We’re al­ways proud that our cov­ers pave the way for a star’s rise to fame, and in the years that we have been around we have done many. I can tell you many of those suc­cess­ful cover stars were ini­tially hes­i­tant about do­ing it at all be­cause, for some rea­son, they were a lit­tle un­sure of them­selves. But that is un­der­stand­able. What is im­por­tant is the boost of con­fi­dence, and of fame, that she gets when her cover is un­veiled.

I hope Lovely gets her big break af­ter this cover. She de­serves it. I can also tell you this: ito ta­laga ang ibig sabi­hin ng kina­reer! And I mean that with all fond­ness for Lovely. You can’t not love her!

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