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Lose Weight, Gain Life

Posted in event coverages, press launches, tv shows, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 16, 2009 by planetchuckie

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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.

 

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Talk about fighting spirit. I really do hope she gets in.

The Biggest Loser Asia. Coming soon on Hallmark Channel.

It’s Fashown!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2009 by planetchuckie

I’m really not what you would call an “Embuh” person. I wouldn’t be caught dead gyrating to the beats of “tugz tugz tugz” in a sea of sweaty, inebriated clubbers. But last Friday, I found myself doing just that in the controversial club, when ETC held the press launch for Project Runway Philippines Season Two.

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Filming the premiere plug with host Teresa Herrera

Despite the larger venue, the launch wasn’t really as full-blown as last year’s. There were no afternoon cocktails, no special preview of the contestants’ sample designs, and no press conference. This year’s event was just one huge gala, comprised mainly of interviews and a sneak preview of the first episode which could have gone a lot smoother.

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Event host Tracy Abad “having a little chat” with mentor Jojie Lloren

DSCF4013…And judges Apples Aberin and Rajo Laurel

But at least the technical problems did not distract from the real highlight of the event, which was the introduction of the 13 designers:

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Top (from left to right): Cherry Veric, Hanz Coquilla, Hazel Sta. Ana, Jas Cristobal; Middle: Manny Marquez, Meann Santos, Patrick Galang, Pau Geronimo, Randy Leano; Bottom: Richie Bondoc, Russell Villafuerte, Santi Obcena, Tracy Dizon.

Project Runway Philippines Season Two premieres August 12, 2009. Wednesdays at 10:00PM, Exclusive on ETC!