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Stylist: Diana L. Chan
Of the three ships Christopher Columbus used to set sail to the "New World", the Niña was said to be his favorite. The Pinta was faster but smaller, and the slower Santa Maria ran aground and was lost. The spunky little Niña not only made the entire First Voyage but two subsequent trips as well, and Columbus loved the Niña so damn much, he logged 25,000-plus pre-Industrial Revolution miles on the woody chassis and purchased a half share in her. Too bad he never got a chance to meet this Niña.
Residing in Los Angeles, by way of Manila, Philippines, Niña Mascuñana has a hotness that could launch a thousand ships. A self-proclaimed sex fiend and a lover of steak and Angelina Jolie, unlike the average model, mortgage broker or banker, Niña holds down a day job. A nurse, she's professionally trained to care for people, and only delves in serious relationships. Like a Honda, a partner with the clap or Columbus' ship, this is someone you're going to want to be in it with for the long haul. Like infected blankets however, beware! This is a girl who knows exactly what she wants in a man. In fact, she has an entire checklist. But not to worry, we've got Niña to divulge the map to her heart-the rest is up to how big your boat floats and the motion of your ocean.
How fun was it hanging out at Garage Boso?
It was my first time ever shooting at a garage and I had a blast. They had a bunch of really cool cars and all the guys were really nice. They even brought us sushi!
Ross and Frank are super cool. Plus all 20 guys hanging out at the shop didn't ogle-too much. [laughs] On to the Qs, let's start off by starting at the beginning; where were you born?
I was born in Manila, Philippines and moved here to the States when I was seven years old.
Ah, explains the slight-but-very-cute accent. Do you remember much about the homeland?
I remember everything! I visited the Philippines about three years ago, and one of my favorite memories was on this amazing island called Boracay. The one place that relaxes and helps me unwind is the beach, and Boracay's white sand, turquoise water and tropical setting is one of the most beautiful in the world.
What's a good pick-up line in your native Tagalog?
Actually, I don't speak Tagalog, I speak Visaya.
What's the difference between the two? Are they dialects or totally different languages?
They're different dialects. I was born in Manila where they speak Tagalog, but I grew up in San Jose and Dumaguete province and Visaya is what they speak.
So then, what's a good pick-up line in Visaya?
[laughs] I've actually never heard anyone try to use a pick-up line in Visaya so I don't know of any.
Boo! So you can speak it, but more importantly for us males, can you cook Filipino food?
I would be lying if I said yes. I can barely cook, but I'm always open to learn-in fact I want to learn!
What constitutes "barely" cooking?
I don't want to sound like I'm bragging here, but I can cook breakfast, rice and tilapia.
That's plenty good enough for us. What's your favorite food?
I am such a carnivore-I love steak and prime rib. My absolute favorite is a gigantic, soft, juicy and wet prime rib with lobster, and a side of mashed potato and gravy with an apple juice. Yummy! I'm starving just thinking about it.
Soft, juicy and wet. Best. Adjectives. Ever. What's your sign?
I'm a Scorpio.
Me too! Do you know the traits associated with us Scorpios?
Well, I'm into the whole zodiac sign thing, and I think a lot of what they say about Scorpios is legitimate-especially about us being amazing sexual beings and sex fiends. What about you Carter? Am I right, fellow Scorpio? [laughs]
Rawr. [laughs] Besides the sex factor-which I totally have, by the way-what do you look for in a guy?
I'm very picky. In fact, i have a list.
List? You mean like Santa Clause naughty-or-nice list or a full-on checklist?
[laughs] Yes, an entire checklist!
Word? What's on it?
Are you sure you really want to know?
Well, I like old-fashioned men-I love a gentleman who is respectful and treats me like I'm his everything. He has to be intelligent and have a good head on his shoulders. Unique, independent and humorous-I need to have someone who can put a smile on my face. I'm a complete joker myself. My man needs to be patient, understanding, sweet, thoughtful, spontaneous, very caring and honest. I can't stand men who are liars and who are fake to impress me. Be yourself and have the woman accept you for who you really are, and not for the person you're trying to be. Guys who do drugs, smoke cigarettes or are alcoholics need not apply.
Physical attributes that I like in a man are an adorable face with beautiful eyes and smile. Tall, with a nice-cut figure, too.
I have the perfect guy for you: Jesus Christ. If you're not into the whole beard thing, there's Gautama Buddha . . . sheesh, you weren't messing around with the list thing. If you had to pick six of the 128 listed, what would they be?
So you're asking me to drop my standards? [laughs] The most important would have to be: respectful, intelligent with a strong drive, no drugs, smoking or excessive alcohol, patient, understanding, and humorous.
That was more like nine, but I guess that works. Given your standards, are you a serial dater or a relationship kind of gal?
I'm definitely a relationship type of girl; I don't really date.
Didn't see that one coming . . . from left field, that answer was. Of the few you've had, what's the worst date you've been on?
It was with this guy who took me to a bar first and then to a club. And all night, all we did was disagree with one another so I ended up leaving him at the club. My number-one rule, in which he completely failed, is never to take me to a bar or a club on a first date.
Now there are rules on top of a checklist?! [laughs] So what's your idea of a perfect date?
A perfect date would be with an amazing person who would bring a dozen roses before taking me to a candle-lit dinner overlooking the ocean. Our dish would be from Lawry's Restaurant: prime rib, lobster, mashed potatoes and apple juice. After dinner, we would walk down to the beach and converse, laugh, watch the stars together and before the night ends we give each other a kiss.
All your story needs is the clock striking midnight, a wicked witch, a poison apple, glass slipper and a knight in shining armor and we can, like, totally sell it to Disney. Dreamworks, even. Besides hopeless romantic, do you have any other talents?
If you call sleeping for 16 hours straight a hidden talent. [laughs]
Alone, no. If you added "with a guy" to that statement, yes. To feed the romanticism, do you watch a lot of TV?
I don't really watch too much TV. I'm more of a movie person, the only show I really watch is the George Lopez show.
What are some of your favorite flicks?
I love The Notebook, Twilight, The Proposal and the first Transformers. The second Transformers, not so much.
Your thoughts on Megan Fox?
She's super gorgeous, but she's not my favorite. Angelina Jolie is. Angelina not only has a perfect body and is beautiful, but she's always helping out other people and seems like a good person overall.
Who needs personality when you're a fox? Wow, that was bad. Moving on, hobbies?
I love to dance, snorkeling, parasailing . . . What I really want to try is skydiving. Care to try?
About as much as I want to try self-crucifixion. I'll pass, thanks. What's the worst job you've ever had?
Before I became a nurse, I was a personal assistant/receptionist for this man who turned out to be a complete pervert.
He didn't touch me or anything but he was really flirtatious. He would say inappropriate things and he would look at me weird. I would ask him questions and he wouldn't answer. He would be totally distracted, staring at my body-do you know what I'm talking about? Carter?
Huh? What? Sorry, uh, you were saying . . . ?
Birthday: November 11th
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Thanks: I would like to thank my family who I love to death and who mean the world to me: Anna Mascuñana (mom), Bianca Mascuñana (sister), Dionne Mascuñana (brother), Chayanne Mascuñana (baby sister), Jessie Luague (dad), Seth Luague (brother) and Krystle Luague (sister). Also, I would like to thank Val C. for presenting me to Import Tuner and for doing my awesome makeup and last but not least, thank you, Carter, for choosing me to be in this magazine. You're super awesome!