13 Pinoys in running for ‘Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity’

Posted at 04/26/2012 2:57 PM | Updated as of 04/26/2012 9:02 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Thirteen Filipinos have been nominated for the title of Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), an animal rights group.

They are sexy cover girls Alicia Mayer and Geneva Cruz, former beauty queen Sandra Seifert, actresses Yasmien Kurdi, Chin-Chin Gutierrez and Juliana Palermo, actors Carlos Agassi and Raymond Bagatsing, singers Lougee Basabas and Nityalila Saulo, models Isabel Roces and Raya Mananquil, and columnist RJ Ledesma.

The Filipino vegetarian celebrities were placed alongside international stars and politicians such as Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire, Jared Leto, Anne Hathaway and former United States President Bill Clinton.

Internet users may vote for their favorite celebrities at PETAAsiaPacific.com until May 15. PETA said the winners will be based on the number of votes received, the celebrity’s attractiveness and commitment to vegetarianism, as well as their personality.

The Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity contest is part of PETA’s efforts to encourage people to stop eating meat.

The group claims that healthy vegetarian diets can help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and stroke.

Russell Brand and Kristen Wiig were crowned sexiest vegetarian celebrities last year.

In the Philippines, the award was given to Geneva Cruz, who became vegetarian at age 15.