MANILA - Actress Nadine Lustre is leading the online poll for the "FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2016," according to partial results released by the local men's magazine on Saturday.
The "On the Wings of Love" star is ahead of last year's winner, Jennylyn Mercado, and Kapamilya actress Jessy Mendiola. "Pilipinas Got Talent" judge Angel Locsin is in fourth place, while actress-singer Rhian Ramos rounded up the top five.
Fans of Lustre on Twitter responded to the initial results with both excitement and humor. They urged actor James Reid, the boyfriend of Lustre, to "stay strong," recalling an interview wherein Reid said that he disapproved of Lustre posing for sexy photo shoots.
The FHM Philippines poll will end on June 15. Last year, Mercado trailed both actress Andrea Torres and "Pasion de Amor" star Ellen Adarna in the days before voting concluded. She, however, overtook the two and was named as the sexiest woman in the country for 2015.
The 22-year-old Lustre placed 49th in last year's poll. Her surprising jump to the top of the list this year may be attributed to the popularity boost she received after the successful run of the primetime series "On the Wings of Love," which concluded in February.