If you decided to grab a bucket of water and spill it over the head of some stunningly gorgeous gal, you’d either get a slap on the face, a knee to your testicular region, or a tub of tears borne from embarrassment. But PBA courtside reporter Erika Padilla, who this month joins the FHM family in FHM.com,ph’s roster of columnists, couldn’t care less about soaking wet.
With every championship win, as champagne bottles are popped open and ecstatic hollering fills the dugout, her curvaceous body is treated to copious amounts of the cold liquid in celebration of victory. It’s a victory for fans watching on their couches too, and despite this playful act, she only thinks about getting the job done, looking mighty fine while at it.
This larger-than-life personality extends to her amiable way of answering our queries. We found out that none of the players she has interviewed have taken a pass at her (she thinks they think she’s butch). She’s also aware of the mesmerizing effects of her bountiful chest, chalking it up as something «instinctual for men and something they react to naturally.” She also loves sports and writing, and has a sultry sex appeal that permeates the lenses,
It’s for all these reasons and more that we’ve decided to draft the long-legged, surprisingly flexible Erika, Her achievements and outlook on life are worthy of medals.
And though it would have been easy for us to make this a wet shoot, we’ll leave that to the rowdy tradition of a basketball win. Take note, cagers: With Erika, you don’t need a bucket of water to see her at her best.
‘I think the sexiest part about being a courtside reporter is having the opportunity to exude that confidence in a field filled with men’
HOW DID YOU GET INTO COURTSIDE REPORTING?
I auditioned for it after my contract with ABS-CBN [as an artiste] expired in January of 2011.1 decided to take more opportunities outside of the network. I wanted to do a hosting job. It was coincidental because I’m into sports and fitness. Luckily, I got it.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT ATHLETIC MEN THAT WOMEN FIND ENDEARING?
Naku, eto na naman tayo ah Siyempre, the body! The same way a man finds a beautiful woman attractive, an athletic ripped body would be attractive for women. But more than that, if you’ll go deeper, I think when you see a man who takes care of himself, it shows a level of discipline and responsibility.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE QUALITIES A WOMAN NEEDS TO HAVE TO BE AN EFFECTIVE COURTSIDE REPORTER?
Based on my humble experience, I think you should love sports and have the understanding that men will be men. Don’t be too sensitive, but at the same time stand your ground. It’s always important to remember that people will perceive you based on how you carry yourself. Do your research as well. Know your stuff.
WHAT’S THE SEXIEST THING ABOUT BEING A COURTSIDE REPORTER?
When I define the word «sexy,» it’s not necessarily about the body, the curves, or the boobs. It’s a woman’s essence that captures men. I think the sexiest part about being a courtside reporter is having the opportunity to exude that confidence in a field filled with men.
‘I love to write, and now I get to write for you guys. I wanted to be in magazine, and here it is. Everything has been stitched together perfectly’