Unintentionally, this interview came in two parts—the first as seen above at the studio, while the latter came about purely by sheer coincidence almost a year later during another assignment I was covering.
The original issue theme focused on dermatology/cosmetic surgery for a sister magazine where we ended up featuring Phoemela Baranda. So after the story I wrote on Sam got shelved for two ensuing issues, a vacant cover story fortunately put it back in the lineup. After failed attempts at rescheduling a follow-up interview for what would be the mother's-day issue, the situation seemed hopeless.
I happened to be on an overnight assignment covering the newly developed Ponderosa Leisure Farms by Landco Pacific Corp, when during one of the stops at a beachfront resort I noticed a big-budget shoot was going on (there were huge skrims, too many grip boys to count, and several fresnel lights). On the way to our group's cabana, I recognized the hair and makeup artists from previous shoots we'd done. I asked who the talent was, and the rest, thanks to my trusty Nokia's recorder feature, helped finished up the article below.
Side note: This was a year before Sam went on to become FHM Philippines' Sexiest for two years in a row in 2011-12.