FOR many people, their idea of a perfect vacation is white
sand, crystal clear waters, the sun and the surf. Relaxation.
Just enough of a burn to show that you went to the beach
this summer. The best beach to go? Why, Boracay, of
Today, April 28, 20 young men and women who just
happen to have great sets of pecs and abs, will be doing
precisely that. Although one doubts if they will be anything
but relaxed throughout their stay at the beach. These 20
men and women are going to the Pearl of the Pacific Beach
Resort to vie for the top prizes of the Boracay Body Search
2001, so relaxation is not on the top of their agenda.
The 20 finalists of the Boracay Body Search 2001 were presented to the media
last April 18 at the Grand Boulevard Hotel on Roxas Boulevard. This is the
contest's second year, after a very successful tilt held last year.
According to the organizers, they are looking for men and women who possess
well-toned physiques that have been untouched by medical and surgical
alterations. In other words, no visits to Dr. Bello, no doses of steroids to attain
those bulging muscles. Everything must have been gained through sheer hard
work at the gym, rigorous dieting, or any other natural health regimen.
The contest stresses this because the organizers want to focus on the natural
beauty that the human body can attain. Besides, what is the point of celebrating
the human body, if it has been tampered with by medical science?
The rigorous eliminations were held at Hard Rock Café‚ last April 2, Mas Y Mas
last April 4, Limits Disco on April 5 and at Two Bistro Bar last April 6. After this
series, the organizers came up with these 10 men and 10 women, who will
The male finalists are Ronald Villar, Frederico Nepomuceno, Tristan Supelena,
Gerald Navarro, Jefrey Navarro, Joel Tarca, Oscar de Guzman, Jonnel
Custodio, Joel Esmeralda and Edward Bantegui.
The female finalists: Natalie Tuazon, Midsy dela Cruz, Rocele Bergonia, Paula
Tesoro, Arlene Son, Mary Grace Lacson, Eliza Raymundo, Precy Pinaroc ,
Estephanie Centino and Kimberly Gonzales.
This batch of contestants was not bad-looking at all. All the male contestants had
beautifully maintained bodies. It turns out, a few of them work as gym instructors
as well. And there are no chicken-legged candidates! The male contestants all
had well-proportioned bodies, with leg sizes appropriately matching their chest
sizes. Press favorites were candidates who possessed not only a beautiful
physique, but a beautiful face as well.
In the male category, the press rushed to interview candidate No. 4, Gerald
Navarro, who with his boyish appeal is a Onemig Bondoc look-alike. Candidate
No. 7, Oscar de Guzman, is into rapping, and comes out on "Keep On Dancing."
Candidate No. 8, Jonnel Custodio and dusky Joel Esmeralda, Candidate No. 9,
a graduate of Physical Therapy from UST, were also favorites.
Both Joel and Jonnel are ramp models. It was quite obvious who among the
candidates have had modeling experience as they knew how to carry themselves
and project an air of confidence.
The female candidates were all quite gorgeous (unlike in some contests). Press
favorite was candidate No. 6, Mary Grace Lacson, who not only has the looks,
but possesses the fullest figure among all the candidates. She is a veteran of these
contests, having joined the Calendar Girl contest on TV, placing third in the finals.
Candidates No. 3 (Rocele Bergonia) and 4 ( Paula Tesoro), walked down the
ramp with attitude, indicating past modeling experiences. Candidate No. 5 Arlene
Son, also a former Calendar Girl, also caught people's eyes.