GLENDALE, California – It was a battle of super bodies. In the end, 18-year old student Joshua Lubrico and 26-year old registered nurse Michelle Magno emerged as Mr. and Ms. Century Tuna Superbod USA.
"Amazing, it holds a lot of responsibility and I'm happy that I won," said Magno.
Lubrico said, "It feels amazing! It feels great. I was so nervous when I was on stage and when I heard my name, I was the finalist, my heart sank."
Century Tuna held its first US Superbod Super Challenge 2014. Winners get a trip to Boracay where they will compete against other winners for the right to be ambassadors of the popular Filipino tuna.
While Century has held the contest for five years, this is the first time they are opening it to US candidates.
They also plan on expanding their search to other countries.
"We want to bring some buzz for Century Tuna here in the US and with the overseas Filipino community. It's a big part of our successes," said Century Tuna's Jack Lumaban.
A total of 31 contestants competed in a beauty pageant-type competition complete with a question and answer portion.
The winners will receive a thousand dollars in cash prizes as well as an all-expense paid trip to Boracay where they will compete in the Century Tuna Superbods finals.
For Magno, it will be a homecoming. She moved to the US just 3 years ago from Paranaque City. While for Lubrico, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, it will be his first chance to visit the Philippines.
The US winners will leave this month for Boracay where the stakes will get higher. On the line is also half a million pesos and a year's supply of tuna as they become brand ambassadors.