Not too many people were surprised to see Marian Rivera regain the top spot in FHM Philippines’ 100 Sexiest Women poll.
That doesn’t mean there are no pleasant surprises in this year’s list. There are. One of them is the debut of TV5 primetime princess Ritz Azul, who debuted at a very impressive No. 28 overall in the final tally.
“That is pretty high for a new entry,” FHM Editor-In-Chief Allan Madrilejos told InterAksyon.
Madrilejos added that Ritz garnered a total of 549,696 votes out of over 16 millions votes—online, SMS, and print ballots—that were amassed during the 65-day polling period. Majority of the votes garnered by all the 100 winners came from online votes. FHM.com.ph was visited by 1.7 million unique users, generating 62 million page views for the duration of the campaign that ran from April 1 to June 5.
As new entries go, Ritz, who was on the cover of FHM’s November 2012 issue, is also the second highest-ranked newcomer in the list after April 2013 cover girl Empress Shuck (No. 10).
What makes Ritz’s achievement even more remarkable is that she is actually ranked ahead of more established names and fellow lead young actresses like Bianca King (No. 33), Erich Gonzales (No. 34), Carla Abellana (No. 35), KC Concepcion (No. 40), Shaina Magdayao (No. 44), Bea Alonzo (No. 48), Andi Eigenmann (No. 49), Toni Gonzaga (No. 53) and Julia Montes (No. 57).
Now dubbed as TV5’s virgin bombshell in reference to her famous declaration that she hasn’t had a boyfriend since birth, Ritz is expected to show more skin as the lead star of TV5’s sexy drama mini-series, “Misibis Bay”.
Ritz said she is now ready to show her sexier, bolder, and mature side as she plays the role of Maita Ramirez, an ambitious and driven woman who hopes to provide a comfortable life for her ailing grandmother even as she one day dreams of avenging her parents’ murder.
One of the show’s early highlights shows Ritz performing a lap dance for Christopher de Leon, who plays the tycoon who falls for her.
Aside from Ritz, fellow “Misibis Bay” cast member and former Viva Hot Babe Andrea del Rosario also made FHM’s Most Sexiest List (No. 63). Other Kapatid stars in the list are Niña Jose (No. 70), Danielle Castaño (No. 72), Erika Padilla (No. 87) and Arci Muñoz (No. 99).
Meg Imperial, who started her career with TV5, is also a newcomer in the list at No. 37 while Rufa Mae Quinto, who was one of the leads of the fantaserye “Enchanted Garden”, remains a staple at No. 74.
The complete list will be showcased in a supplement of the magazine’s July 2013 issue, due out this weekend.
Ritz, along with everyone else featured in the poll, is expected to grace the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2013 Victory Party scheduled this coming July 10 at the World Trade Center where Marian Rivera will be officially crowned as the Philippines’ Finest.