Lose Weight, Gain Life
Yesterday, I went to Fitness First Megamall for the Philippine leg of The Biggest Loser: Asia auditions.
No, not to take part, just to cover. (Although I would have joined if I weren’t a Solar employee – given the astronomical cash prize. LOL!)
The Asian franchise of the successful reality show will bring together 30 overweight individuals from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines for a chance to win a hefty $100,000 cash prize, be a spokesperson for the campaign against obesity against Asia, and of course, earn the distinction of becoming Asia’s first Biggest Loser champion.
True to the show’s original premise, the contestants will be taking part in complete health workshops, daily challenges, weigh-ins and group interactions. These activities will then be faciliated by two trainers who will guide them in changing their health habits, and ultimately, their lives.
Hundreds of hopefuls of different sizes and different walks of life flocked to the Philippine audition. An impressive turnout, I must say. We were quite surprised! There were those who were legitimately obese, while there were also those potential (m)anorexics. (Joke’s on them, though. You need to be at a certain body mass index to qualify. That’ll teach them to be more sensitive to actual fat people. HA! :-P)
We also spotted a handful of recognizable faces including local celebrities Ruby Rodriguez and Ryan Yllana and two former finalists from Jack TV’s Laffapalooza. Although, the real standout for me was this emotional young woman from Surigao, who tearfully shared to the crew her long arduous journey from Mindanao to Manila – all for the sake of fulfilling her goal.
Talk about fighting spirit. I really do hope she gets in.
The Biggest Loser Asia. Coming soon on Hallmark Channel.