BAGUIO CITY – Norbert Paz emerged as Mr. Panagbenga 2018 and Over-all Champion while Nerrena Tejares won Ms. Fitness of the Mr. Panagbenga & Ms. Fitness 2018 muscle showdown and open invitational bodybuilding championships held at the Easter College gymnasium, here, last March 2, 2018.
Also winning are the champions in the eight division bodybuilding tilt: Mr. Fitness ( Medium Division) – Paolo Vergara of the Altitude Gym, Baguio City, Mr. Fitness (Tall Division) – Renz Murphy Alimorong of BFC Gym, Baguio City, Novice Division – Ian Bautista of Benguet Fitness Gym, Baguio City, Fly Weight Division – Paolo Vergara, of Altitude Gym, Baguio City, Bantam Weight Division – Eljul Camunay of LMA Fitness Gym, Caloocan City, MS. Figure (women’s fitness Division) – Nerrena Tejares of the YMCA of Baguio BBC and Quick Gym, Tacloban City. Light Weight Division – Julius Atam of Altitude Gym, Baguio City, Open Weight Division – Norbert Paz of Badjhang Fitsquad, Vigan City.
Paz was unanimously voted by the board of judges as Overall Champion after comparisons of the different division champions.
According to United Bodybuilders of Northern Luzon, Inc. (UBNLI) President and PFBB vice president for Northern Luzon Engr. Troy A. Mencio, this year’s competition participated in by more or less seventy bodybuilding enthusiasts from as far as Manila and Vigan Ilocos Sur
Mencio also said this year’s competition, co-sponsored by UBNLI and the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation, Inc., has given new insights as far as bodybuilding competitions are concerned
He added that the innovations of the competition especially the addition of a physique division for young bodybuilders and a fitness division for women bodybuilders, where the eyes of the audience was obviously glued on stage in awe how the women did it, gave inspiration to young and aspiring future bodybuilders. He added that the competition is not only a show of muscles but the discipline and the hard work of each bodybuilder in achieving their goals of utmost health.
Mencio extended his gratitude to the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Inc. and all the sponsors for the competition, participants and bodybuilding supporters who made the success of the Mr. Panagbenga and Ms. Fitness 2018 showdown possible.
By: BOBBY VINLUAN