Thankfully, he didn’t have an attitude.
Mauro Lumba, this year’s male winner of the Century Superbods competition, is far from the stereotypical male with abs of steel and biceps of stone. He is not full of himself, aggressive or vain.
In fact, the towering 22-year-old, as The Manila Times discovered, is one sweet boy—polite, unassuming, and actually quite shy.
Mauro sat down with broadsheet entertainment editors on Wednesday, almost two weeks after the highly successful Superbods competition in Boracay on April 26. There, he won a P500,000 cash prize and an endorsement deal among other prizes.
Asked how he felt to be side by side with major celebrities Anne Curtis and John Lloyd Cruz as the tuna brand’s endorser, he humbly replied, “I’m just so honored I was chosen to win the competition. I’m so happy na nagbunga lahat ng mga pinaghirapan ko during the competition. If you look at the finalists, lahat sila deserving manalo.”
While he admits he has always been blessed a good physique, Mauro revealed he still had to work hard to win the Superbods tilt.
“I made sure I had dedication and discipline,” he shared. “Even before the competition, I made a New Year’s resolution to look my best this year, so I’ve been living a healthy lifestyle by going to the gym regularly, sleeping at least eight hours a day, and eating the right kind of food. Mas lalo pa nung sumali ako sa competition.”
He explained he was emotional when he was declared winner because it made every sacrifice he put in for his transformation worth it.
“Naisip ko yung pamilya ko na nag-inspire sa akin to be the best version of myself,” Mauro shyly disclosed, as a senior member of his management company, Boy Abunda’s Backroom Inc., convinced him to talk about his mom.
“I’m very close to her. She has MS [multiple sclerosis]and she couldn’t see me win because nasa bahay lang siya because she can hardly move around and always needs help. I called her first when I won.”
Enough to make any girl swoon with his sensitive side, Mauro is also gifted with a talent for showbiz, which he began to explore as part of NYOBG, Backroom’s current set of young artists.
“Before the competition, I’ve had bit parts in some soaps [his last was in ABS-CBN’s Moon of Desire],” he shared. “And thankfully, maraming mga opportunities na nagbubukas para sa akin.”
With his huge billboard soon to tower over the metro’s main thoroughfares for Century Tuna, Mauro Lumba is sure to have bigger breaks coming his way. And if he keeps his good-natured ways unaffected, his career will definitely go further than his reign as Mr. Superbods.