Los Angeles, California (April 1, 2014) - Century Tuna, the leading Philippine brand canned product from the Philippines (now distributed in the U.S.), in cooperation with V Entertainment, announced on Sunday (March 30), the winners of the first U.S. 'Mr. and Ms. Century Tuna Superbods 2014' contest held at Hilton Hotel-Glendale.
Photo: (Clockwise from top left) James Curry - 1st runner-up with this writer; Michelle "Mishi" Magno" - winner, and Joshua Lubrico - winner.
Filipino-Americans JOSHUA LUBRICO and MICHELLE "Mishi" MAGNO took away the titles to become the first Male and Female Century Tuna SUPERBODS 2014 -- "I am in shock .. I wasn't expecting this" Lubrico said in an interview, while a composed Magno only could smile in disbelief after announcing her name.
Photo: (clockwise from top left) Pacific Rim Video host/reporter Chris Trondsen with contestant Dil Querido; winners Josh Lubrico and Michelle "Mishi" Magno; Josh Lubrico, (L-R) Holly Ann Olalia (1st runner-up), Josh Lubrico (winner), Michelle "Mishi" Magno (winner), and James Curry )1st runner-up.
All the contestants were given at least five questions during the Q&A portion gauging their intellectual abilities.
'Century Tuna Superbods Challenge 2014' is the first ever U.S. wide model-search that seeks to raise the profile of young people who are into an active, healthy lifestyle and show it with a winning combination of physical beauty, stamina, confidence, intelligence and teamwork. It also seeks the best and brightest young Filipino-Americans who can become enthusiastic ambassadors of Century Tuna as it spreads its message of health and fitness -- as well as its award-winning high quality canned tuna -- to the U.S. audience.
Both will receive cash prizes of $1,000.00, free airfare and hotel accommodation to Manila and Boracay for 8 days, $1,000.00 worth of Body Sculpting treatments courtesy of LILA Body by Leila Aquino, $1,000.00 worth of Acu-Pampering services courtesy of Gandi Wellness Center, ShapesmeWell shirts courtesy of LILA ShapesMeWell; and $200.00 cash.
The winners will also have a chance to compete in the 'Century Tuna Superbods SuperChallenge 2014" to be held in Boracay, Philippines and win a PhP 500,000 pesos cash and one-year supply of Century Tuna products.Two runner-up winners were also announced: namely JAMES CURRY and HOLLY ANN OLALIA who both received $500 worth of Body Sculpting treatments courtesy of LILA Body; $$500 worth of Acu-Pampering services courtesy of Gandi Wellness Center; ShapesMeWell shirts courtesy of LILA ShapesMeWell; and $200 cash.
The event was hosted by former beauty queen, actress and model Ms. Anjanette Abayari and singer Angeline Vibar while singer Tanya Varona provided songs numbers for entertainment.
In attendance were Century Pacific executives Gregory Banzon and Jack Lumaban, who flew in from Manila for the event.
Among judges include Janet Nepales (HFPA member/journalist), fashion designer Alan del Rosario, entrepreneur and Hotel manager Leila Aquino, influential Asian business leaders Susie Fung (CFO of Asian Commodities and Arko Foods), and Tohru Okuhara (Trade Marketing Manager of Japan Food Company who is also in charge of distributing Century Tuna to the mainstream U.S. U.S. consumer market).