I have never been attracted to the borta (buffed) guys. Unless of course they look like Piolo Pascual or Enchong Dee. I never thought that it was plus points for anyone average or below average to have those bulging muscles. But that's just me. The only way I like my hipon is buttered and not delusional to believe that muscles equate to being goodlooking.
Of course I am not here to judge. People are entitled to their own choice of seafood. But on the matter of worth in artists, I have seen a lot of posts from reputable people over the last few months dissing an actress for having gained too much weight. Insults like "Ang taba na nya kasi kaya laos na sya," and other versions of that statement were posted on the web. For me, this translates to - if you are no longer visually pleasing, then your talent and achievements no longer matter. Worse, it also implies that fat people are ugly and sexy (read svelte) people are automatically better looking.
Having gained a few pounds myself, I take offense in this notion. Firstly, in whatever universe, I think, a chunky Aga Mulach is still better looking than Manny Pacquiao and his abs; and second, being fat has never stopped Aretha Franklin nor Oprah Winfrey from being excellent in their respective fields. So an artist can be laos for other reasons but it should never be because they got fat. The only acceptable exception is if they were a Viva Hot Babe or a porn star.
When TV5 posted their latest ad for Sharon Cuneta's daily talk show, my heart fluttered. Instead of promising to make her "better" by losing weight as implied in The Biggest Loser, they embraced what she is and focused on what they perceived as her strength. Add up that the "Magpakatotoo na tayo," tagline is a brilliant spin for her infamous Twitter meltdown (Read about it here).
At the end of the day, most people will still confuse talent with good looks as evidenced by some of the more popular stars today. For some, good looks will still be confused with bulging muscles like in this popular mobile social discovery tool called Grindr. I have given up hope that people will see the difference. As for me, I will still only take my hipon buttered.