Bela Padilla Removed From FHM Cover After “Racist” Fiasco. Replaced by “Much Experienced” Actress.

MANILA, Philippines — After receiving flack for the sneak preview of their March issue, Summit Media and FHM decided to removed Bela Padilla entirely from the issue and the cover, and announced today that the revised issue is already available in news stands.

The editorial team of the men’s magazine has also decided not to use the photo on the cover of FHM Philippines’ March 2012 issue as they “take the side of sensitivity.”

“When FHM hits the stands in March it will have a different cover. We deem this to be the most prudent move in the light of the confusion over the previous cover execution. We apologize and thank those who have raised their points,” FHM Philippines said in the statement, which was released on the magazine’s website. (from ABS-CBN News)

They also decided to remove Bela Padilla’s likeness and interviews entirely from the issue, as the actress has requested them to do so. “We respect her decision and understand that she needs space after going on an emotional roller coaster the past week,” said Dave Castillo, a writer for the publication.

Bela Padilla, niece of action star Robin Padilla, was wearing a bright red swimsuit in FHM Philippines’ March 2012 cover, which had the caption: “Bela Padilla stepping out of the shadows.”  (from ABS-CBN News)

FHM worked overtime to find a last minute replacement for Padilla and drawing inspiration from past cover girls like Eula Valdez and Dina Bonnevie, chose actress Bella Flores, who just turned 76 last Monday (February 27).

Remedios P. Dancel in real life, or better known as Bella Flores, is a FAMAS award-winning Filipino film actress best known for her “iconic” portrayals of film villains.

Flores was signed by Sampaguita Pictures. She was cast in Roberta as the cruel stepmother of Tessie Agana’s titular character, despite her being all of 15 years old.  The film’s success elevated Flores into the upper tier of stars, and typecast her in villainous roles.

Flores has appeared in over 100 films. She received the 1967 FAMAS Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Ang Kaibigan Kong Santo Niño.

She is has also reigned Queen of playing Villain to hit Blockbuster Stars Superstar Nora Aunor, Star For All Seasons Vilma Santos and Diamond Star Maricel Soriano. (from Wikipedia)

“For years, our readers have clamored us for more of these timeless beauties, and this issue would be our way of saying thanks to the support, as well as sorry to everybody who got offended with the Bela Padilla cover. We hope you will enjoy this issue,” said the statement.

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