MANILA, Philippines – Nearly 20 celebrities in the Philippines have been included in the list of nominees for this year’s “sexiest vegetarian” contest organized by the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia.
Some of the female celebrities in the country who are vying for PETA Asia’s “sexiest vegetarian” title include models Alicia Mayer, Amanda Griffin Jacob, Julia Sniegowski, Isabel Roces, Raya Mananquil and Jinri Park; actresses Yasmien Kurdi, Juliana Palermo, Chin-Chin Gutierrez and Meryll Soriano; singers Geneva Cruz, Nityalila Saulo, Cynthia Alexander and Lougee Basabas; TV host Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan; and former senator Jamby Madrigal.
Former beauty queen Sandra Seifert, who was named the Philippines’ “sexiest vegetarian celebrity” in 2012, is also part of this year’s list.
Male nominees from the Philippines, meanwhile, include actors Raymond Bagatsing and Rocco Nacino.
“When you look at the gorgeous celebrities in this year’s contest, it’s clear that eating vegetarian meals makes you beautiful inside and out,” PETA Asia vice president of international operations Jason Baker said in a statement.
“After all, going vegetarian is the best thing that you can do for animals, the earth and yourself,” Baker added. “Plus, everyone knows that there’s nothing sexier than someone who exudes both passion and compassion.”
Nominees from the Philippines are listed alongside celebrities from different parts of the world such as TV host Ellen DeGeneres, actresses Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway, and actor Tobey Maguire in this year’s “sexiest vegetarian” contest.
PETA Asia encourages Internet users to vote for their “sexiest vegetarian” celebrity on their website (PETAAsiaPacific.com) until June 18.
The group said the winners – one male and one female – will be determined based on several factors, which include the number of online votes they have received.
PETA Asia claims that healthy vegetarian meals lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and stroke, adding that meat eaters are nine times more likely to be obese than those who only eat vegetables.