IN LATE 2011, THE TEAM HAD A LABORIOUS TREK TO THE LAHAR-SWAMPED SACOBIA RIVER IN PAMPANGA.
It had been 20 years since the cataclysmic eruption of a nearby volcano, yet the aftermath was still apparent in the barren landscape. Under the scorching sun, everyone walked. Half the team collected blisters along the way; the other half nearly collapsed in exhaustion. Yet our muse still managed to look beautiful despite the suffering, which she had to endure for eight endless hours. Sam Pinto had always been the professional model. We’d known it the first time; we weren’t about to be disappointed the second time. Five years later, the same woman is again braving the heat, only this time she isn’t suffering. Instead, she lets the sun kiss her skin amorously and doesn’t mind getting sand between her toes. She is, after all, in her natural habitat. While it seems that she is simply frolicking and not taking us seriously at all, we realize that she’s actually nailing each of the eight prepared layouts in record time. She’s not in a hurry, no. She’s just such a professional that she manages to make everyone’s job easier. She smiles genuinely, lighting up an already blazing beach. The entire shoot is done in a heartbeat—at least it seems like it. “Tapos no agad?” we collectively sigh. But that’s how pros do it: they get the job done, efficiently without compromising quality. Exactly what we would expect from Sam Pinto.