RYZA CENON who was crowned as Starstruck’s ultimate survivor back in 2004 has really gone a long way from being that boyish princess of the dance floor transforming into the new fantasy of the male populace as she graces the cover of FHM Philippines this May.

When asked about what her feelings are with the probable extra attention that she’ll get particularly from the male species as a result of her decision to do the FHM cover, she said,

“It’s flattering actually, before kasi parang walang nagkakagusto sa akin kasi boyish ako, masungit at medyo suplada pero ngayon parang iba na ang tingin ng mga tao sa akin.  Parang lady na.  More mature.”

FHM Philippines’ May 2013 issue is Ryza’s glossy mag cover debut.  Here’s my signature copy of that issue:


It is true when Ryza said that the shoot was Rihanna-inspired.  And she nailed the poses like a pro!  She said that, the last time we talked before her scheduled autograph signing at Robinsons Galeria.  More on that story HERE.

I spoke to her again last Tuesday (May 21) and asked her a few questions about her experiences with the FHM cover project.


Ryza said that FHM gave her 10 days to prepare.  The hardest part of the project according to Ryza was not the actual shoot since she and friend Chynna Ortaleza has made it a habit to do a monthly photo shoot session just for kicks.  So she had a lot of practice.  The most difficult part she mentioned was the dieting.  During that 10-day period, Ryza removed rice in her diet and settled for just fruits and white meat.

“Di na ako kumain three days before the shoot, water lang konti kaya mainitin ang ulo ko nung 3 days na ‘yun.”

RYZA still has a 4-year contract with GMA Artist Center, her current project is INDIO where she played Isabel, the sister of Carlos Morales.  Aside from FHM, Ryza has no other upcoming projects and movie offers yet.

So what keeps the young Kapuso actress busy?

Well, Ryza said that she’s into the sport archery.  She’s getting some formal instructions and dreams of competing in an actual tournament in the near future.  She’s also into mountain climbing and when she’s not busy her real passion is cooking and baking.  Actually, Ryza co-owns a catering business in Quezon City called Rebel’s Kitchen and manages it together with two (2) Titas and a cousin.

With Party Pilipinas gone, Ryza is also now ready to leave dancing behind and said that she’s getting too old for the title ‘bad girl of the dance floor.’  But that’s not all that she’s leaving behind as I just found out during my interview with her last Tuesday.


Ironically, 7 months ago Ryza broke up with her non-showbiz dancer boyfriend.  They’ve been together for almost 6 years and the relationship just got to the point where the guy wanted to take the relationship to another stage but she already lost all her feelings for him.

“Ako ang nakipag-break, napagod na kasi ako at kahit na mag-effort talagang wala na talaga, wala na yung feelings at ayaw ko dumating sa point na magkasala ako at ako ang lumabas na masama kaya sinabi ko na sa kanya.”  

If they were able to last together that long there must’ve been something that she liked about her ex boyfriend so I asked her the things that made her fall in love with the guy.

“Mabait naman siya, sweet, thoughtful at mahilig siya mag-gift.”

He was Ryza’s 3rd boyfriend and first serious relationship after entering showbiz.  So what happened?

“Para kasing naging routine na lang ang lahat, nawala na yung love sa tagal.  Tapos may mga times na hindi n’ya ako sinusuportahan sa mga gusto ko gawin like yung sa archery, marami siyang excuses.  Napagod na lang siguro ako. ”


What are the lessons Ryza learned from all these?

“Nabigay ko kasi sa kanya ang lahat lahat, wala nang natira sa akin, wala nang natirang love para sa sarili ko.  Sobrang tagal ko itinali sarili ko.  Late ko na narealize na hindi pala kailangan ibigay ang lahat.”

Ryza however said that there are no ill feelings between them, she has moved on and him too.  The actress is now ready to face life, career and other challenges with a new light and fervor.  A wonderful transformation indeed.


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