"This is definitely more than just sheer luck."
This is how Summit Media, which publishes FHM Philippines, describes Sam Pinto's come-from-behind victory over Angel Locsin in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll in 2012.
Locsin, girlfriend of Azkals superstar Phil Younghusband, led the poll for two straight weeks last May, with Sam in second place. But Sam found enough supporters toward the end of the polling period in June to edge out Locsin from the top spot.
It was a back-to-back win for the Kapuso star, who joined the ranks of Locsin and Katrina Halili as the only celebrities who have won the title twice.
"This year, it was indeed a battle between the Kapamilya star Angel Locsin and the reigning Sexiest Woman Sam Pinto, as Angel garnered a total of 1,131,505 votes against Sam’s 1,249,189 votes," Summit Media said.
Over 17 million votes -- online, text and print ballots -- were cast this year. Summit Media described the number of votes as "nothing short of staggering at the end of the campaign."
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The FHM 100 Sexist Women in the World Victory Party was held last July 12 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Here, fans were able to get a closer look at the Philippines' sexiest women.
There were also games, food and drinks, performances, and a fashion show.