With colorful confetti falling from the rafters to the catwalk, sexy young actress Katrina Halili made her triumphant return as the Philippines' Sexiest Woman for 2007.
For the second year in a row, Katrina bested 99 other equally sexy celebrities to take home the prestigious honor given annually by the country's leading men's magazine, FHM (For Him Magazine).
"Flattered ako. I wasn't expecting talaga na mananalo ulit ako this year," an elated Katrina told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), moments before she took the stage in front of sea of people, mostly cheering men, who trooped to the World Trade Center in Roxas Blvd, Pasay City to witness the grand event last night, July 12.
Sexy women graced the entire evening as even the sponsors paraded their own models to keep everyone on their toes before the actual program.
There was no letting up as soon as things finally start rolling.
Hosting the event was FHM columnist, Asia Agcaoili, who boldly donned a skimpy black two-piece with naughty leather straps reminiscent of pin-up legend Bettie Page's mischievous whip portrait. Incidentally, Asia occupies the 19th spot in this year's tally.
The guest bands—Sandwich, Itchyworms, Kamikazee, and The Dawn—rocked the evening while gorgeous women paraded down the ramp. Kamikazee frontman Jay Contreras upped the ante by teasing the models as well as the crowd with his cheeky antics that completely egged the crowd on. The audience could hardly decide whether to pay attention to the comic singer or to the hot ladies strutting down the long podium.
FHM August 2007 cover girl Cristine Reyes surprised everyone with her new found confidence—a far cry from the indecisive young lady before her debut sexy pictorial a few weeks back. Cristine showed off her flawless beauty and impressive curves, which made all droolers look forward to FHM's August issue.
Joyce Jimenez reminded everyone that she's dubbed as the original "Pantasya ng Bayan" through a sizzling dance number that had everyone in awe. Many couldn't help but notice Joyce's much sexier frame compared to her figure before.
"If she can keep it at that until next year, I think she'll move up beyond her current No. 36 ranking," uttered one viewer, completely mesmerized with the sight of his "childhood fantasy."
New crowd favorite Ehra Madrigal elicited one of the loudest cheers from the audience when she was presented during the later part of the program along with other top placers. The sexy Pinay beauty nailed the No. 5 spot this year and even engaged fellow Lupin co-star Katrina in a close fight for the crown.
"I'm totally happy with my ranking and feel very honored and grateful sa lahat ng bumoto and sumuporta sa akin this year," Ehra happily said when PEP bumped into her backstage.
Aside from the honor itself, Ehra said that gracing FHM's pages greatly did wonders for her career.
"Mas napansin ako ng mga tao because of the magazine and nakatulong ng malaki para ma-boost ‘yung career ko," she beamed sweetly.
Despite the stiff competition this year, last year's winner, Katrina, defied the odds with an unprecedented feat, clinching the title back-to-back.
Katrina's two stiffest local rivals for the honor this year, Angel Locsin (No. 2) and Angelica Panganiban (No. 3), both failed to show up last night due to personal reasons.
Proving that she deserves her crown, Katrina confidently took the long catwalk after a production number, while relishing the cheers and stares of the male audience. Multicolored confetti rained down from the rafters, sealing her victory and signaling the end of this year's contest.
When asked backstage about her secrets for staying sexy, Katrina once more uttered her famous pointers.
"Dapat lagi kang feeling sexy, kahit ano pa ‘yung mood mo. It helps to feel and look confident always," she candidly said, before adding with a laugh, "Once you go out there dapat pakiramdam mo diyosa ka."
And this year, certainly, she is.