Images said to be that of Angelica Panganiban have been circulating on the Internet. They show a plump, flabby Angelica wearing two-piece bikinis—a far cry from the very sexy Angelica that appeared on a men’s magazine and the official 2007 calendar of a famous gin brand.
Are these images proof that her published sexy images were fixed—or photo-shopped, as the process of enhancing photo subjects is known in the business? Or is this just another Internet fraud attempting to destroy the image of a sexy star?
Angelica has not reacted vehemently to the issue. In public, at least.
“Kung ano yung totoo, yun yung ilalabas namin. Pati ba naman katawan ko, lolokohin ko pa ba naman sarili ko,” Angelica said in the “Chika Minute” segment of GMA-7’s 24 Oras on November 24. She added that she had prepared herself for this issue.
In a separate interview aired on the GMA-7 show biz talk show Startalk the following day, Angelica said: “Pag lumabas ka na ganun, syempre may mga tao na hindi maniniwala. May mga taong matutuwa, may mga taong maiinis.”
Angelica insisted that her body is unscathed by surgery. “Confident ako sa kung ano meron ako na wala akong pinapaayos. Wala akong pinapadagdag. Eto na yun, so happy ako. Ganda lang."
The former young star is currently being repackaged as a sexy star. She will have more daring roles in her upcoming film projects and is already being compared to an actress taking the same route—Katrina Halili. The two belong to the two biggest competing networks: Angelica is with ABS-CBN; Katrina is with GMA-7.
“Kung ano yung ginagawa niya, nagkakataong ino-offer din naman sa akin. Bakit naman ako tatanggi? Maganda yung karera ng isang tao kapag kino-compare ka rin sa iba," Angelica said, acknowledging the comparison to Katrina. "Siguro, magiging proud ako dahil isa siya sa may pinakamagandang katawan sa industry. Nakakatuwa na sa kanya ako inihahambing.”
Indeed, Angelica graced the maiden issue of Maxim; Katrina appeared on the cover of FHM.
In a separate Startalk interview, Katrina said: “Wala namang kompetisyon sa amin. Kung ano man yung lalabas na isyu, isyu lang yan.Hindi ako nate-threaten sa kanila, dahil unang-una, hindi naman ako nakikipag-compete sa kanila o kahit kaninong tao. Wala e, tinanggap ko lahat ng trabaho. Wala akong plinano.”