Bryan Castillo is this season's "The Biggest Loser" Photo by Michael Bagtas
MANILA - After being named this season's "The Biggest Loser" and gaining renewed confidence in himself, Bryan Castillo is looking forward to life after the reality competition as he aims to be a "better Bryan for the future."
In an interview shortly after his win on Saturday, the 22-year-old confessed that he is still in a state of shock and, honestly, couldn't believe that he lost more than half his previous weight.
"Ine-expect ko lang talaga maka-lose ako ng 100 pounds lang. Yung feeling na magaan ka lang. Makakilos ka lang para magawa yung dating hindi mo nagagawa, yung mga gusto mong gawin makapaglaro, makatakbo ng maayos. Hindi ko talaga aakalain na aabot dito," he said.
Castillo scored the highest weight loss percentage of all four finalists, clocking in at a total of 52.56%, nearly 2% higher than the show's runner-up Kayen Lazaro.
He took home P1 million, along with a lifetime gym membership from Gold's Gym, Whirlpool appliances, P100,000 worth of sporting goods from Toby's Sports, and a Fruitas Franchise.
"Hindi pa po nagsi-sink in sa akin lahat ng nangyayari. Sobrang saya ng feeling na nakuha ko 'yung title. Siyempre ang hiling ko lang naman ay mapasaya 'yung pamilya ko. Gusto ko lang laging masaya," he said.
Bryan then dismissed claims about reverting back to his former weight after the competition, saying that he would always be thankful for "The Biggest Loser" for teaching him "discipline."
"Ngayon, tumatayo ako sa inyo dito na wala ng takot, hindi ako na tatalikod. I'm looking forward to a better Bryan for the future," he added.
Bryan, who is one-half of team Magkapatid, then thanked his sister, Ikya for accompanying him throughout the competition.
The Castillo siblings entered the Biggest Loser camp together but Ikya was booted out of a place in the top 4.
"Sa kapatid ko na walang sawang sumuporta sa akin. Hindi niya ako iniwan, hindi niya ako pinagbayaan, sa hirap at sa ginhawa. Sobrang alam namin yung isa't isa," he said.
To which his sister replied, attesting to the change in Bryan: "Ibang iba na si Bryan ngayon. Sobrang matigas ang ulo niyan dati tapos ngayon, changed person na talaga siya."
"Panalo niya, panalo namin, panalo ng buong pamilya namin," she added.
Asked about his message for overweight Filipinos, Bryan said: "Maraming dahilan ang mga Pilipino eh. Hindi natin maikaila yan. Pero once na simulan mo at nagustuhan mo yung ginagawa mo, magagawa at magagawa mo na siyang lifestyle."