Bodybuilding in the Philippines

Bodybuilding in the Philippines refers to the bodybuilding sport practiced by Filipino bodybuilders in the Philippines to be able to compete in local and international bodybuilding competitions. According to Filipino sports reporter Bill Velasco of The Philippine Star newspaper, the Philippines has a "long-standing history of bringing glory to the Philippines".[1]

Notable Filipino bodybuildersEdit

Notable pioneering Filipino bodybuilders include:

Arsenio "Boy" AgpoonEdit

He is also an actor/stuntman who appeared in several films(much like action movies) in the late 90's and early 2000's as a goon or henchmen.

Tomas “Tom” M. OrtegaEdit

Founder of the Philippine Bodybuilder Federation. He served as the President of PBF for several years, collaborating with Ben Weider in establishing Mr. Olympia. [2]He created the “Systomor” workout system-promoting bodybuilding in Philippines.

Manuel "Manny" A. CabigasEdit

Manuel Arce Cabigas was a 7 time Mr. Philippines and Mr Universe most promising body builder. He also serve in the United States Naval Special Warfare.

Stan CarbungcoEdit

Stan Carbungco was a former Mr. Philippines in the local bodybuilding contest and a former president of Bodybuilding Sport.[3] After his competing days in the field of bodybuilding, Carbungco became the first manufacturer of weight training equipment in the Philippines.(Velasco) Carbungco died on March 10, ??? when he was 80 years old.[3]

Roland DantesEdit

Roland Dantes was a third runner-up competitor during the 1969 Mr. Universe competition, the year when he competed against Arnold Schwarzenegger. After the competition, Dantes went on to become an actor in local and international cinematic films. He appeared as an antagonist in a Tagalog film title Durugin si Totoy Bato (literally "Knock Totoy Bato Down"), a classic movie by Fernando Poe, Jr. about the sport of boxing.[1]

Roman CortunaEdit

Roman "Dondon" Cortuna won the world championship in bodybuilding to become Mr. Universe two years in a row. Cortuna first won in 2008. He won again in 2009.[1]

Luzviminda McClintonEdit

Filipino female bodybuilder Luzviminda McClinton won the FAME World Championship competition in 2010.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Velasco, Bill. "Bodybuilding finally unified". THE GAME OF MY LIFE, SPORTS HUB. (February 18, 2012). Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  2. ^ Weider, Joe; Weider, Ben; Steere, Mike (15 September 2006). Book. ISBN 9781596701243.
  3. ^ a b "IN MEMORIAM Let us remember our former President of Bodybuilding Sport and Mr. Philippines STAN CARBUNGCO, who passed away March 10 at the age of 80. His remains lie at Funenaria Paz, Araneta Ave., QC. Internment on Thursday march 15". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.

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