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Natural body building in the Philippines

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Manitoba couple, Chris and Maria Cecilia Byrne, recently established a branch of the world Natural Bodybuilding Federation (WNBF) in the Philippines and on June 9, the organization held its first annual championships. The event was held at the Johnny B. Good Restaurant in the Ayala Centre, Makati City.

With the theme “Likas na Natural,” 21 drug-free athletes from the Philippines, Taiwan, and China submitted to polygraphs and urine testes for banned substances in order to compete in eight different categories. WNBF affiliates from Korea, China, and Mongolia were also there to watch the event.

WNBF Philippines President, Maria Cecilia Byrne, aka “Mitch” was born in Paombong, Bulacan and moved to Canada in 2003. She is a fitness instructor and personal trainer in Thompson, Manitoba, as well as an Olympic Taekwondo coach with a third degree black belt. Mitch also competed in the 2010 Miss Earth Canada beauty pageant in Montreal. She represented the Philippines in the Miss Latina del Mundo 2011 in the Dominican Republic and placed in the top seven. In 2012 she received the Miss Congeniality award at the Miss Universe Canada pageant.

Watch for another WNBF Philippines event right here in Winnipeg on October 6, 2018 and October 27 in Makati City.