The boys of Camp Nivea celebrate after being awarded a Smart Bro kit each, for winning most of the games in the camp.

Photo: Noel B. Orsal

Thirty young stars took part in Camp Nivea, a three-day event that featured crash courses in modeling, fashion, disc jockeying, and other skills that a rising star would need.

Held at Punta Fuego in Nasugbu, Batangas last March 5 to 7, the list of celebrities included 16 young men, namely, Ian Batherson, John James Uy, Manuel Chua, Marion de la Cruz, Jommy Teotico, Alvin Alfonso, Brian Poe Llamanzares, Fred Payawan, Ruben Gonzaga, Franco Daza, Jaco Benin, Kazuo Nawa, Albie Casiño, Daniel John Padilla, Lance Christopher and RJ Calipus.

Fourteen gorgeous young women also graced the beaches of Punta Fuego—Regine Angeles, Nicole Uysieuseng, Bea Saw, Beauty Gonzalez, Gee-Ann Abraham, Janeena Chan, Mara Montes, Vangie Martelle, Hannah Flores, Marlann Flores, Thara Jordana, Kaye Miranda, Chiya Yulo, and Jessy Mendiola.

Camp Nivea offered only the best teachers for the various crash courses. Fashion director Robby Carmona helmed modeling, while Sassa Jimenez taught fashion. DJ Mike and DJ Mars Miranda taught the craft of disc jockeying, and Niccolo Cosme taught the basics of posing for photos.

TV host Reema Chanco and radio DJ Tony Toni were the event's camp masters.

DAY ONE. Camp Nivea's participants were expected to have fun in between the lessons. To stress the point, the campers first activity was to play a giant version of a Filipino game called Dr. Quack-Quack.


Afterwards, the campers headed to the DJ clinic with DJ Mike and DJ Mars Miranda. The campers had fun taking their turns at the turntables, while trying to mix their own music.

The first boys versus girls game followed. It was a relay where participants had to pass several obstacles while running, jumping and crawling on the beach. Not surprisingly, the boys won the round.

The intense game, however, injured one of the male campers. Be Bench finalist John James Uy scraped his right foot on the sand.

"I guess I got really into the game. I was running very fast and I slid in the sand, and I scraped all my skin on my foot. Hapdi! Actually I can't really walk straight," John James said.

Camp Nivea's Day One ended with a beach party, where the young stars had time to bond with each other.

The night's best dancer was Ruben Gonzaga, the winner of Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition Season 2. His wacky moves inspired everyone to get up and dance.

"Siyempre, gusto ko laging nagpapatawa para masaya lagi," Ruben said.

StarStruck V finalist Ian Batherson felt a little hesitant to interact with the other teen stars in the camp. He was the only Kapuso talent in Camp Nivea.

"Everyone here is comfortable with each other... I'm talking to them naman pero, of course, not as close as... you know? But everyone is so nice here. Everyone is so friendly," he said.