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.
Later on, he would grow closer to his peers. One of GMA-7's newest male stars has found new friends.
DAY TWO. Day Two of Camp Nivea featured fashion and modelling lessons, a headshot clinic, a pool game, and the much-awaited finale party.
Fashionable tandem Robby Carmona and Sassa Jimenez coached the young stars on how to pick the right clothes and how to flaunt them. A multi-awarded fashion designer, Sassa instructed the campers about the different body types, and what clothes go well with each one.
Acclaimed fashion director Robby Carmona, on the other hand, trained everyone how to mix and match clothes together, and the proper way to model them.
In the afternoon, the young stars were taught how to pose for photos in Niccolo Cosme's headshot clinic. Each participant also had his/her photo taken, to judge who was the most photogenic.
After the headshot clinic, the participants headed to the pool relay for the next game. It was a close fight, but the boys also had to take this one.
The finale party featured a red carpet, an awards ceremony, and a special concert by Callalily.
The young stars entered the party venue wearing their best look for the night. Robby Carmona, Sassa Jimenez, magazine editor JR Isaac, and Nivea brand manager Vanessa Venturina judged who among them was most fashionable.
Before the much-awaited awarding ceremony, Pinoy band Callalily played their hit songs "Liwanag," "Sanctuary," and "Magbalik." At one point, band frontman Kean Cipriano was disappointed with the seemingly uninterested audience, saying, "Para kaming live videoke dito."
But as the night progressed, the young stars stood up and sang to Callalily's songs. Special mention goes to Franco Daza, Lance Christopher, Brian Poe Llamanzares, Ruben Gonzaga, and Albie Casiño, who emptied their lungs out singing "Magbalik."
AWARD WINNERS. After Callalily's performance, camp masters Reema Chanco and Tony Toni took the mike and announced the names of campers who won awards in Camp Nivea.
The participants unanimously voted Ruben Gonzaga for the Best Buddy award. The oldest and wackiest camper, unsurprisingly, was the friendliest and the most helpful.
The Couple of the Night award went to Franco Daza and Janeena Chan while the Teen Stars of the Night award went to Fred Payawan and Gee-Ann Abraham.
John James Uy and PBB Teen Edition Plus finalist Nicole Uysiuseng were judged to be the Most Photogenic. They each won Picsio digital cameras from JVC.
Nicole said she was happy for the recognition. "I did not expect to win," she said.
Camp Nivea's top scorers were Jommy Teotico and Beauty Gonzalez. Regine Angeles was awarded for her "amazing" leadership skills. Cheerful Jessy Mendiola was awarded the Little Miss Sunshine award, while laid-back Jommy Teotico won the Ice Ice Baby award. Lastly, Janeena Chan was the Most Fashionable female, while RJ Calipus was the Most Macho participant.
For winning most of the games, the boys took home one Smart Bro kit each. The girls were each given a box of Enervon capsules as consolation prize.
After the awards ceremony, Rica King, Nivea's marketing director, thanked the young stars for attending Camp Nivea. "It would never be as successful without you," she said.
The night then evolved into another beach party, and the young stars danced like there was no tomorrow.
Camp Nivea's Day Three allowed the young stars to further explore Punta Fuego, before the inevitable goodbye.
Will Camp Nivea make a mark? Yes, it would. The three-day beach event may not be life-changing enough, but it taught them that there are friends willing to accompany them along the tough and treacherous road to fame.