Filipinos In The Running For ‘Sexiest Vegetarian’ Title On PETAasiapacific.Com

Celebrities Show How Eating Healthy and Humane Vegetarian Meals Can Keep You Looking Good

For Immediate Release:

November 6, 2014

Manila — FHM cover girls Amanda Griffin Jacob and Geneva Cruz, model Sandra Seifert, and Binibining Pilipinas winner Mary Jean Lastimosa are among the Asian contestants who are in the running for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia’s annual Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity contest on Other contenders from the Philippines include musicians Lougee Basabas and Nityalila Saulo and actors Chin Chin Gutierrez and Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan. The contest coincides with World Vegan Month, which is celebrated each November.

Additional nominees include former U.S. President Bill Clinton, musicians Jason Mraz and Paul McCartney, talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres, and actors Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire, and Jared Leto.

Why are more and more trendsetters choosing to go meat-free? Healthy vegetarian meals can help reduce the risk of suffering from heart disease, cancer, and strokes. Plus, meat-eaters are nine times more likely to be obese than vegans are, making a vegetarian diet one of the easiest ways to stay slim and sexy.

“When I was eating meat, I had a lot of digestive issues,” says Jacob, who went vegetarian in 2007. “Now that I’m vegetarian, I feel wonderful both mentally and physically. Most importantly, I know I’m giving my children the best possible start in life.” Her advice to wannabe vegetarians? “Do it. Your mind and body will thank you for it.”

“When you look at the gorgeous celebrities in this year’s contest, it’s clear that eating vegetarian meals helps keep you beautiful inside and out,” says PETA Asia Vice President of International Operations Jason Baker. “Going vegetarian is the best thing that you can do for animals, the Earth, and yourself. Plus, everyone knows that there’s nothing sexier than someone who exudes both passion and compassion.”

The Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity contest runs through November 25. PETA will ultimately decide the winners—one male and one female—based on several factors, including the number of votes received.

For more information and to cast your vote to help PETA pick the winners, please visit