May 21, 2024

More employees of the provincial government of Benguet have shed some pounds after joining the second staging of the “Biggest Loser Employee Challenge.”
Sixty employees – 18 males and 42 females – underwent six weeks of weight loss regimen. The final weigh in of the challenge was held, Dec. 15.    
Provincial Sports Coordinator Dean Mark Monang said winners were determined through the weight loss percentage formula, which is pounds lost divided by starting weight, then the result is multiplied by 100.
Thirty-eight participants returned for the final weigh-in, while some opted not to return due to their weight gain. 
Monang said there were more participants this year compared to last year and many of them have lost weight.
Last year, there were 18 male and 33 female participants.
The winner was Rosemarie Guida with 8.96 percent weight loss for the female below 70-kilogram category followed by Lina Mayos with 6.93 percent and Leslie Carias with 6.26 percent.
Season one winner in the 65-kg. and above, Joyce Tibao, settled in sixth place with 5.43 percent while 2020 second placer Connie Contero was as a runner-up with 2.93 percent weight loss. 
Elizabeth Tininggal ruled the female 70-kg and above with 4.55 percent weight loss followed by Maryjoy Atayoc with 3.88 percent and Annalyn Calado with 3.02 percent.
Season one winner Christian Bay-an showed up again as this year’s biggest loser in the below 85-kg. category with 6.78 percent weight loss followed by Cyder Urban with 6.25 percent and Edgar Calias with 4.91 percent.
2020 second placer, Avelino Cayat, Jr., went up to first place in the male 85-kg. and above with 3.58 percent weight loss followed by Peter Canggat with 3.19 percent and Camilo Alumit with 1.40 percent. 
Monang said they will maintain the program, which is held in time for the Adivay Festival, subject to availability of funds. – Ofelia C. Empian