Larry Martin named first Pinoy 'Biggest Loser'
|36-year-old Larry Martin lost 101 lbs. and was named first Pinoy Biggest Loser. File Photo|
MANILA, Philippines – After spending 125 days in the Biggest Loser camp, the 36-year-old Larry Martin was declared on Saturday as the very first Pinoy Biggest Loser.
Martin lost the highest weight percentage of 39.61% since ABS-CBN's "The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition" aired its first episode on May 30.
He entered the Biggest Loser camp weighing 255 pounds and lost 101 pounds.
He now weighs 154 pounds.
Martin took home P1 million, a condominium unit from DCMI Homes, a Vespa scooter, a 40-inch Sony Bravia Internet TV, Whirlpool appliances, P100,000 worth of salon services, and a lifetime gym membership from Fitness First.
Martin will also appear on the cover of the November issue of Men's Health magazine.
Martin was a police officer in Camarines Sur, but was relieved from his post for failing to meet the 34-inch waistline limit.
Second place went to Art Mendoza, who lost 129 pounds or a weight percentage of 37.83%.
Mendoza received P500,000, a Vespa scooter, Whirlpool appliances, P50,000 worth of salon services, and a 1-year Fitness First membership.
Raffy Tan, who came in 3rd, arrived in the Biggest Loser camp weighing 287 pounds and weighed 187 pounds on Saturday.
Tan also brought home P500,000, a Vespa scooter, Fujidenzo Home Appliances, P25,000 worth of salon services, and a 1-year Fitness First membership.
Angela Chico-Lupangco, who lost 75 pounds, finished in 4th place.
Rounding up the top 5 was Hazel Chua, who lost 68 pounds or a weight percentage of 33.01%.
ABS-CBN chairman and CEO Gabby Lopez was on hand for the show’s grand finale and surprised the top 5 contestants with the announcement that the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th placers will all receive P500,000 each.
The 31-year-old Ryan Razon, meanwhile, was declared the first-ever Biggest Loser home winner after he lost 119 pounds or a weight percentage of 40.61%. From his starting weight of 293 pounds, Razon now weighs 174 pounds.
|Biggest Loser home winner Ryan Razon lost 119 pounds. File Photo|
Razon received P200,000 and a 1-year membership from Fitness First.
He edged out Alan Choachuy, who finished 2nd place. Choachuy entered the camp weighing 309 pounds, and weighed 184 pounds during the final weigh-in.
Choachuy was 1-pound shy of beating Razon, losing a weight percentage of 40.45%.
The Fab 5 of Angela Chico-Lupangco, Art Mendoza, Larry Martin, Hazel Chua and Raffy Tan were joined by the 11 “at-home” contestants, namely, Destiny Duarte, JM Oloris, Edden Cruz, Eric Limatog, Joy Siy, Ryan Razon, Alan Choachuy, Eboy Bautista, Andy Gomez de Liaño, Winwin Cabinta and Leigh Villegas for the final weigh-in at the Ynares Stadium in Pasig.
After their stay in the Biggest Loser Camp, the 11 home contestants continued their quest to lose weight even without the help of trainers Chinggay Andrada and Jim Saret.
Biggest Loser host Sharon Cuneta opened the finale with a performance of Pink’s “Raise Your Glass”.
She was later joined by the show’s Game Master Derek Ramsay.
The show’s 16 contestants were presented to the crowd one by one, flaunting the results of 4 months of rigorous training.
Before the reality show’s biggest winner was announced, the Megastar serenaded the Fab 5 with Seawind’s “Follow Your Road”.
The contestants also performed Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You”.
A wellness fair was held at the Ynares fair grounds at 3 p.m., hours before the Biggest Loser Grand Finale.
The “Biggest Loser Wellness Fair” was aimed to promote healthy lifestyle by showcasing workout demonstrations facilitated by the Biggest Loser trainers Andrada and Sareth.
Biggest Loser resident nutritionist Nadine Tengco also gave a talk about health and fitness.