MANILA, Philippines – "Mission accomplished, mga kapatid!"
That pretty much captures the mood at FHM Philippines when the popular men's magazine announced its cover girl for its 150th issue on Sunday night.
After nearly five years, actress Marian Rivera finally agreed to pose for the men’s magazine.
|Marian Rivera on the cover of FHM Philippines's January 2013 issue
"This is us crossing a major one off our magazine's bucket list," the magazine said on its website.
The actress, who rose to fame for her role as Marimar in the remake of the hit Mexican soap of the same title, appears on the cover of FHM Philippines’ January 2013 issue.
This is her second magazine cover for the month, the first being on Women’s Health Philippines.
Rivera was photographed by ace lensman Mark Nicdao wearing a red and black bikini top, with her long brown hair swept to one side.
“Siguro it’s time na rin na may bago akong i-offer sa mga nagmamahal sa akin na matagal na nilang hinihiling,” the actress, who was once hailed by FHM Philippines as the sexiest woman in the country, said in an interview with the magazine.
“A lot of readers have been wondering why I still wasn’t doing the cover, so now ibibigay ko na sa kanila,” she added. “Siguro masasabi ko na this time buo na ang loob ko.”
Rivera’s cover on FHM Philippines instantly drew raves on Facebook, with the photo getting more than 13,000 “likes” and over 1,000 “shares” as of writing.
“Hot and beautiful!” said Facebook user Razil dela Virgen.
“Napakagandang pambungad ng taon ito!” said Rhea Steer.