For Jolo Berueco, first time was the charm during last Saturday’s 2021 Dee Clayton Classic at the Saipan World Resort.
The 21-year-old topped the men’s physique tall category after getting a perfect 9 points from judges Jonas Barcinas, Dan Chase, and Ferdinand Lagmay. Bernard Lopez received 5 points to finish runner-up with John Jimeno completing the Top 3 with 4 points. Jovie Tuquero won the teen men’s physique title with 3 points as the lone participant of the category.
“This was actually my first bodybuilding competition! I was pretty surprised because I really wasn’t expecting anything from doing my first show. I just wanted to join for the experience,” said Berueco, a Northern Marianas College graduate of business management.
He said he’s been training seriously for about a year now and for last Saturday’s show he dieted for 16 weeks.
“I took up bodybuilding because I found that it was really fun training and the idea of pushing your body to its limits and seeing how far you can go was really interesting. I would say the main benefit of bodybuilding is the discipline it gives you, you have to be disciplined to always be on top of training, what you’re eating, etc.”
Berueco, who is studying to become a personal trainer, said the COVID-19 pandemic was a hurdle whenever he tried to train, but thankfully the gyms eventually opened up and he was able to go full throttle.
He also dedicated the victory to all his family and friends and everyone who supported him while training for Dee Clayton Classic.
“I would like to especially thank my mom and dad—Malou and Julian. They helped me much more than I could ask for. I am very thankful for them.”
Results of the classic physique category of the 2021 Dee Clayton Classic will be published in tomorrow’s issue of Saipan Tribune.