The Manila Times was emailed on Monday a digital copy of Summit Media’s July issue of Esquire Philippines with President Aquino on the cover.
The publishing company’s media relations associate, Jieneb Jamin Kho, said the men’s magazine is proud of the fact that Esquire’s latest edition is “the President’s first time to shoot for a magazine cover.”
The cover, shot in black and white, is headlined How To Be A Man by Benigno S. Aquino, which is the magazine’s theme for the month.
Esquire Philippines Editor-in-Chief Erwin Romulo said the magazine chose to put the President on the cover of the How to be a Man issue.
“Who better teach every Filipino how to be a man than the most powerful person in the Philippines?” Romulo said.
In the interview that accompanies the photo, the President talks about why he pushes for transformation, how he always remembers the bearer of false promises, which “perpetrators” he’ll be keenly watching, and where he’ll kick back after his 2016 reign.
In an excerpt from the interview, President Aquino says: “My critics will insist that [I decide important matters hastily]. I’m tempted to challenge them to a debate Why don’t you ask me how I made my decision and show me where my reasoning was faulty? So, if I have a critic, and he makes sense, then I will seek him out. I will try to get his positive point and incorporate it.”