MANILA, Philippines -- She may have been overtaken by relative newcomer Sam Pinto, but two-time No. 1 "sexiest" woman Angel Locsin is still clearly in the minds of FHM readers as one of the country's hottest women.
|Angel Locsin and Sam Pinto
Out of the 17 million votes cast online, through text and on print ballots, the two actresses were neck and neck in the nationwide poll for the sexiest women of 2012.
According to the official website of men's magazine FHM on Thursday afternoon, the former "Pinoy Big Brother" housemate finished first in the yearly poll with 1,249,189 votes, while the "Unofficially Yours" actress came in second with 1,131,505.
Pinto said she did not expect to achieve a repeat after taking the title last year.
"I wasn't expecting it to happen today, so I still can't believe it!" she said when FHM surprised her with an impromptu announcement at a restaurant.
In 2003, Locsin made her top 10 debut in the popular annual list. She has since been a staple presence in the yearly poll results, clinching the No. 1 spot in 2005 and 2010.
Locsin, along with Pinto, will make an appearance in the July issue of the men's magazine, where the full list of the "world's sexiest women" will be unveiled.
Meanwhile, the top ten will be released on Sunday on FHM Philippines' official website.