MANILA - Just like last year, Nadine Lustre emerged as the early frontrunner in the online poll for the annual "100 Sexiest Women in the World" list of FHM Philippines.
The "On the Wings of Love" star lunged ahead of 2-time winner Angel Locsin and actress Rhian Ramos.
Jennylyn Mercado, who won the poll in 2015, sits in fourth, while fellow ex-titleholder Marian Rivera is currently fifth.
Completing the Top 10 are Anne Curtis, Angelica Panganiban, Toni Gonzaga, Bea Alonzo and Arci Muñoz.
Jessy Mendiola, the 2016 winner, did not make it to the initial list.
The FHM Philippines poll will end on June 1. Last year, Mendiola trailed Lustre in third before eventually overtaking her as voting closed.
After winning, Mendiola became a target of several body-shaming insults. It prompted her to speak up, saying: "My body may not be perfect but that will not stop me from being confident with myself."
Other influential women like Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and Broadway star Lea Salonga also came to her defense.