Yam Concepcion , FHM Philippines – September 2015 , Five people, composed of key persons from the FHM editorial staff, Summit’s video group, and the day’s am. il jaw handpicked to accomplish one daunting yet strangely rewarding task: Fan this month’s cover muse, Yam Concepcion, from different corners of the studio as the camera clicked away. All to get her hair blown away in a manner oon signal No. 2 could effectuate. Sore wrists, elbow tendonitis, sweaty armpits, and all, the band of fanners—it was hard to resist calling ourselves Yam’s Official Fans Club, har har—flapped large illustration boards for three layouts, or close to a full hour, with maybe about five minute rests in between. Hey, if it’s not painful, it’s not art, right? The rewarding part? We got the dark, mysterious buhaghag hair effect we’d been going for. We had the perfect excuse to get as close as we could to Yam during the shoot, without breaking societal norms. And even more so, we earned praises from the lady herself. “Ang babait niyo, sobra yung support ng FHM,” she said. “It’s so sweet of you to do that para lang maging maganda yung shoot natin. Mga ganitong malilit na bagay hindi naman magagawa na yung photographer or ako lang, but the whole team. That means a lot!” It does. Because normally two large electric blower fans could’ve done the job. At FHM, we choose to do it with cardboard scraps and 10 pairs of flimsy arms. This is how we survive in the digital age. But yes, please do consider it our small token of appreciation for this come-backing gesture of yours, Yam. It’s been, what, three years? We missed you so bad and we thought it was about time we stopped wondering when we could have you on the cover again. So here… *flaps cardboards harder*
We remember asking, “Who are you?” on our first meeting. Sorry about that! There’s no need for an elaborate introduction now, is there? Bakit mo naman nasabi yun? Ha ha! Everyone knows who you are and what you’re capable of doing. So how has life changed? It’s still the same. I’m still my old self. But now I get more recognition from people, at nakakataba ng puso. You see that they recognize your work. Whenever I go out, somebody would just approach me and have a photo with me. Yung ganun ka-simpleng gesture ng tao, nakakatuwa. What’s the weirdest place a fan has stopped you for a photo-op? Recently I went to New York for a
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vacation. I was there for a week, then after I went to Washington DC to watch the Foo Fighters’ concert. Dream kong panoorin sila nang live at natupad na yun… Dave Grohl came up to you! Ha ha, no! While I was walking around Brooklyn Bridge, may Piny na lumapit. Sabi niya, “Artista ka di ba? Ikaw si Yam!” So parang, naks, yabang ko! Ha ha! Ang sarap ng pakiramdam. I don’t think it’s weird but it’s quite surprising because even in another country nakikilala na rin ako. We’d have believed you if you said the Foo Fighters frontman did recognize you, you know… Aaarrgh! But were you able to meet the man? Hindi ko siya na-meet kasi he had a broken leg because of their European
tour. So yung pinaka-last concert nila hindi na niya tinuloy. After ng European leg nila, ang first concert nila ulit was Washington DC, which was their 20th-anniversary blowout. So 20 years as a band and it was Fourth of July nung tumugtog sila. Sobrang big event siya in the States. How would have it been like if you’d met him? Wala siguro akong masasabi, sa sobrang respeto ko sa tao. Kaya ako nag-drums dahil sa Nirvana, dahil kay Dave Grohl. He can play the drums, he’s a good songwriter, kumakanta, nag-gi-gitara, bass, everything. He’s the epitome of a true musician. Sa first album ng Foo Fighters, he did everything himself. Sino bang makakagawa nun di ba? Sobrang saludo ako sa kanya.