Body Talk with Bodyshots Winners


Posted at Jun 20 2008 04:54 AM | Updated as of Jun 20 2008 12:54 PM


Besides the TV talent searches/contests, sports and beauty contests, another rich source of showbiz potential is the Bodyshots contest sponsored by the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines (FDAP).


The Philippine Star

Besides the TV talent searches/contests, sports and beauty contests, another rich source of showbiz potential is the Bodyshots contest sponsored by the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines (FDAP).

Between 1986 when it started and 2004 when it went on a hiatus, Bodyshots has produced the following gems:

Males: Winners Leo Rabago (1986), Michael Alfers (1987), Randy Salvino (1988), James Pareja (1992), Alain Sia (1993), Reggie Curley Jr. (1995), JR Valentin (2000), Lauren Novero (2001) and Gerry Gonzalo (husband of Pia Pilapil, 1989); and contestants/runners-up Benedict Aquino, Bong Regala, Romano Navasero, McDonald de Joya (who became a PBA player), Randy Ramos, Richard Nazareth, Rod Nepomuceno, Eric Quizon, Ricardo Cepeda, John Estrada and TV/film director Laurenti Dyogi.

Females: Francine Prieto, Wilma Doesnt and Jan Garcia (now a US-based top fashion designer); beauty queens Marina Benipayo (Bb. Pilipinas-World winner, 1988), Patti Betita (Bb. Pilipinas-International), Gem Padilla (Bb. Pilipinas-Universe), Lorna Legaspi (Miss Asia-Pacific), Rachel Soriano (Bb. Pilipinas-World) and Joana Peñalosa (Bb. Pilipinas-International); and Elite Look of the Year candidates Lou Bunyi, Rollen Caralde, Lucia Santiago (winner, 1995) and Kuku Trinidad (winner, 1996).

Last Friday the 13th at a full-packed affair at The Tent of Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Bodyshots 2008 (again sponsored by FDAP and produced by Vince Reyes) added two more to its growing roster of notables, Hazelyn "Hazel" Santos and Jose Bernardo "Jobo" Roa, who bested more than two dozen other hopefuls.

A Libran (Oct. 4, 1988), Hazel is an International Relations junior at Lyceum of the Philippines. She’s the eldest of five children. She stands 5’7", weighs 110 lbs., measures 32-24.5-35, and wears small-sized shirt and size-9 shoes.

Also a Libran (Sept. 23, 1987), Jobo was a Civil Engineering junior at Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City when he stopped schooling. He’s the youngest of — hold your breath — 16 children (one full sibling and the rest, half-siblings from both his mom’s side and his dad’s side). A six-footer, he weighs 155 lbs., and wears medium-sized briefs (waistline: 30") and size-11 shoes.

How did you prepare for the contest?

Hazel: Besides going on a crash diet, I had to learn how to walk on the ramp, how to "project."

Jobo: I prepared mentally. Positive thinking, you know. Aim for it! I also had to work harder in the gym.

What’s your regular diet?

Hazel: None. Actually, I eat anything, basta healthy food. I take three square meals a day. But I don’t gain weight easily because my metabolism is fast.

Jobo: I also eat anything, mostly protein-rich food and vegetables. I eat and eat, and slow down only when I notice that I’m getting fat. After the contest, I started eating a lot again. My metabolism is also fast.

What vitamins do you take?

Hazel: None. But I should.

Jobo: Multi-vitamins.

What’s usually for breakfast, lunch, dinner...and snacks in-between?

Hazel: For breakfast, I sometimes take only bread with milk. For lunch, wow, talagang rice with ulam! For dinner, still rice with ulam. For snacks, whatever is available basta not too sweet.

Jobo: For breakfast, I take oatmeal and eggs, with milk. For lunch, usually chicken or beef, or whatever is on the table, with rice. I’m not choosy. For dinner, moderate meal lang, also with rice and viand. For snacks, cookies or whatever chichiria is there. I’m fond of sweets. I stay away from oily and fatty food at ‘yung malansa. You know what, I’m fond of street food.

Food that you always crave for.

Hazel: Pork barbecue.

Jobo: Food cooked by my mom, like kare-kare.

How much water do you take per day?

Hazel: Eight glasses. No soda for me. Coffee, yes.

Jobo: A lot. I always bring mineral water as baon.

Do you take hard drinks?

Hazel: No.

Jobo: The hardest to take is beer.

What kind of workout do you do?

Hazel: Since I go to school and I don’t have time to go to the gym, all I do is sit-ups at home. Or I run up and down the stairs. On weekends, I go to the gym.

Jobo: I’m fond of sports. I play basketball in the morning in our barangay; I lift weights at the gym thrice a week.

Hazel: I play volleyball. I used to be a member of our high school’s (St. James Academy in Malabon City) volleyball team.

What part of your body do you think needs improvement?

Hazel: My arms. They’re somewhat thin.

Jobo: My shoulders. They have to be firmed up.

What part is most vulnerable?

Hazel: My lower back. It aches when I stand too long.

Jobo: My eyes. They turn red when I’m tired, like they did during the contest.

And what part is your favorite?

Hazel: My eyes. They are hazel-brown.

Jobo: My eyes, too. Very expressive daw, sabi nila.

What part of a guy’s/girl’s body do you notice first?

Hazel: The face. But I don’t like a guy with a very pretty face na mukha nang girl.

Jobo: The whole body. I look at her from head to foot, and stop at her butt. My mom has a nice butt.

How much sleep do you get per night?

Hazel: Six hours.

Jobo: I try to get eight hours per night. Otherwise, I make up for lack of sleep by taking power naps.

Favorite sleep wear?

Hazel: Pajamas or shorts.

Jobo: Shorts.

Do you snore?

Hazel: I don’t.

Jobo: I wouldn’t know; I sleep alone in my room. But they told me that when I’m asleep, my eyes are half-open.

Do you walk or talk in your sleep?

Hazel: I don’t sleepwalk but I talk daw.

Jobo: I don’t. But I have a nephew who delivers karate kicks in his sleep.

The last thing that you do before you go to sleep?

Hazel: Take a bath and comb my hair.

Jobo: Take a bath and pray. I thank God for protecting me during the day.

And the first thing that you do when you wake up?

Hazel: I pray.

Jobo: I go to the comfort room and pee.

How do you cope with stress?

Hazel: I rarely get stressed out because I look at my studies and my work as fun. Otherwise, I get a massage.

Jobo: I listen to music, ‘yung mellow and R&B; I read magazines.


Hazel: None. I seldom attend parties.

Jobo: None. I’m a homebody. Every now and then, I stroll at the SM North Mall which is near our house.

Love life?

Hazel: None. My mind is focused on my studies.

Jobo: None. I have no girlfriend.

Do you have any role model?

Hazel: My mom. She raised us on good values such as fear of God and respect for others.

Jobo: Same mom. She has gone through a lot and she has survived beautifully.

Name three women you think have nice bodies.

Hazel: Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé Knowles and Lucy Torres.

Jobo: Angelina Jolie, especially her luscious lips and sexy butt. Ashley Judd. Alessandra de Rossi.

And three men...

Hazel: Brad Pitt, Brad Pitt, Brad Pitt! Hehehe!

Jobo: George Clooney, Will Smith and Usher.

Using only body language, how would you make a guy/girl know that you admire him/her?

Hazel: I stare at him and if he stares back, I smile at him.

Jobo: I use my expressive eyes.

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