FHM posted this photo of athlete Rachelle Anne Daquis on its Facebook account
MANILA, Philippines – Filipina volleyball star Rachelle Anne Daquis was delighted to receive positive feedback and good reviews after she made her debut appearance on the cover of local men's magazine, FHM Philippines.
Daquis, a UAAP champion with Far Eastern University (FEU), finally agreed to appear on the cover of FHM, and made her debut on the magazine's October 2014 issue.
"Matagal na akong inaawitan ng FHM, nag-yes ako (ngayon) kasi maganda 'yung naging usapan namin," Daquis revealed. "They were very flexible sa kung ano 'yung gusto ko. Kumbaga, kung ano 'yung peg na gusto ko, nasunod, kaya pumayag ago."
Daquis reported that she has received positive reactions to her FHM cover, which sees her posing in a two-piece bikini while clutching a volleyball.
"Natutuwa ako kasi lahat ng feedback, positive," she said. "Walang malicious na nasasabi. Lahat positive, and good comments."
Daquis made it clear that she wanted to show off primarily her "sporty" side in the FHM cover – and not just her "sexy" side.
"Doon sa result ng shoot, hindi siya malicious, kumbaga sporty talaga siya," Daquis said. "Hindi din naman ako papayag na iba 'yung peg para sa akin, kasi hindi naman 'yun ang personality ko."
"Ang personality ko, siyempre sporty, siyempre conservative. Kumbaga, naging sexy-sporty lang," she added.
Daquis is also hopeful that she can inspire people to leave a healthier and more active lifestyle.
"Pinakita ko lang kung ano ang naa-achieve ng isang tao na naka-ano sa sports, kumbaga, nagiging fit," she said. "Gusto ko ring maka-inspire ng mga tao na pumasok sa sports para ma-achieve 'yung ganoon na katawaan, na healthy."
After her collegiate career, Daquis won championships in the Shakey's V-League and in the Philippine Super Liga. She was the Most Valuable Player in the recent V-League Season 11 Open Conference.