It was supposed to be just another typical Saturday for me last April 27, 2013. There I was, seated in front of my computer and all of my attention and energies were focused on my Brickleberry animation scene (our show back then). Until my friend, Adam Reyes made that Saturday more exciting with a sudden phone call. He became brief with the call, since he was running out of load at that time, with the information that Playboy Philippines had a “Meet and Greet Session With the Playmates of 2012” at around 3 pm at Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall. I had to admit, I was a little bit uninterested and hesitant at first and I just wanted to finish my animation work but this statement of his changed my mind that day; and I quote Mr. Reyes with: “Dude, you can do cartoons all of your life but events like these come once in a lifetime, these are the hottest and smartest babes in the Philippines”. I realized that he was right, this would be a wonderful opportunity to see some beautiful creatures once in a while and it was summer back then, so might as well cool off little a bit. So I shut down my computer, took a quick lunch, showered then headed to Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall.
This was were “Filipino Time” benefited me, I arrived at the Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall Activity Center around 3:30 pm, damn; I was 30 minutes late for the event; but luckily the event was moved; it would then start two and a half hours later. I had plenty of time to refresh myself and relax a little bit. An April 2013 Playboy Philippines Magazine served as a ticket for two persons for the event, and Adam already secured a copy earlier that day to avoid complications. While waiting for the event to start we were able to meet some interesting people on the venue. There were these two wacky and cool buddies named Abdul and Saito, who I categorized as celebrity chasers. Since during our conversation with them, they couldn’t help it but show to us their collection of different actors, actresses, models and even politicians that they had taken their pictures with on their cell phones, psp and their autograph book with various signatures from celebrities. There was also this guy whom Adam chatted with who happened to be a close friend of Playmate Gray Gomez. Around 5:15 pm, we saw the Playmates arrived one after another at the venue and headed to their dressing room before taking the spotlight.
The event started past 6 pm with a hot and sexy female host (sorry I forgot her name) coming out from the back stage and greeted us with her high energy and charming personality. The spotlight then focused on center stage, the music was loud and clear and she called on the Playmates of 2012 who entered the stage doing a ramp model type of thing. In order of entry were: Bunny Red, Bunny Black (two hot models dressed in a bunny suit), . It was sad to learn that couldn’t make it due to their hectic schedules. Nevertheless, there they were, after around 15 minutes of hot ramping, all of the guys and girls in the venue were stunned in amazement and mesmerized with their charms, fine clothing and voluptuous body curves.
After the ramp thing, the female host questioned each Playmate on how it was like to work with Playboy Philippines. Every Playmate gave an interesting answer to the question, most of them said they were honored to unleash their passion and craft in this primer men’s magazine and how fun, unique and professional Playboy Philippines was. Playmate Gypsy and Bella showcased their singing prowess by serenading the crowd with their version of Rihanna’s “Diamonds”. The singing was just an appetizer as these Playmates prepared a “Bring me contest” afterwards in which me and Adam participated in. Abdul, Saito and the friend of Playmate Grey entered the stage earlier when asked upon the things for the contest. The host then asked who had the biggest shoe in the venue, and I stood up and showed the crowd my size 13 sneakers while Adam was quick to his feet when asked to bring a cellphone on stage. All the guys who participated in the contest were partnered with a Playmate, I was lucky and honored to be with Playmate Ayesha while Adam and Mae Li composed the last team. The female host added a new twist to the contest: we had to dance the “” with our Playmate partners. I have acting and theatrical experience with me, so I really tried to perform well to the delight of the audience, plus, I really wanted to impress Playmate Ayesha during that time too. Not bad, as our team was one the crowd favorites. Adam rendered a martial arts type of dance steps with Mae Li . The audience’s cheers became the measuring stick on who would win the dance contest and in the end it was Saito and Playmate Bella’s team that grabbed victory. It was fun, and the opportunity that we got to dance with a Playmate by our side was truly memorable. For our prize, all of us were given two pieces of Playboy Philippines April 2013 issue and Playboy stickers as well.
Before the event neared its conclusion, each Playmate took turns in thanking her supporters and the jam-packed crowd who stormed the event. Each one of them also informed the crowd on how to get in touch with them via their social media accounts. It was the “Meet and Greet” part finally were guys and girls all lined up to have their April 2013 magazines signed up by these gorgeous ladies. The line was long, everyone taking turns in getting the autographs of their favorite Playmates and some pictures as well. Adam and I lined up last to have our magazines signed by the Playmates and had our pictures taken with them for additional souvenir.
I also gave my wonderful dance partner: Playmate Ayesha a quick pencil sketch of herself before we left. And in return she gave me a friendly hug and the permission to give her a friendly kiss on her cheek too. We left the activity center with big smiles on our faces and the intensity of the event lingered in our memories as we headed back home.
This was surely a memorable event for me this 2013 and I realized that there was more to it than these ladies posing without any clothes in a men’s magazine. It mirrors their passion and dedication to their craft. As an artist I appreciate the “nudity through art” more in Playboy Magazines. These Playmates give more color to that term in their posses. It also opens up a new perspective on things once you get to read the write-ups on these ladies on their respective issues and on the internet as well, their journeys; how they tend to improve more in their career; places they dream of visiting, stuff like that. Aside from modeling, all of them also have other extra-curricular activities in the field of sports, music, acting, martial arts and participation in community services to help our less fortunate countrymen. Women like them can also be a motivating factor in influencing people in our society to stick with their passion no matter how difficult things are and to live life to the fullest.