Century Tuna holds first US Superbod Super Challenge

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

March 31, 2014

GLENDALE, Calif. – It was a battle of super bodies. In the end, student Joshua Lubrico, 18, and registered nurse Michelle Magno, 26, emerged as Mr. and Ms. Century Tuna Superbod USA.

“Amazing,” Ms. Century Superbod USA Michelle Magno said. “It holds a lot of responsibility and I’m happy that I won.”

“It feels amazing, it feels great,” Joshua Lubrico, Mr. Century Superbod USA, added. “I was so nervous when I was on stage. When I heard my name I was the finalist, my heart sank.”

At Century Tuna’s 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,” Jack Lumaban of Century Tuna said. “With the overseas Filipino community, it’s a big part of our successes.”

Thirty one contestants competed in a beauty pageant type competition complete with a question and answer portion.

The winners will receive $1,000 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 three years ago from Paranaque City. Meanwhile 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 in April for Boracay where the stakes will get higher. They’ll compete line for half a million pesos and a year’s supply of tuna as they become brand ambassadors.
You can contact Steve Angeles for steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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