Is There a Need for a Male Alpha Pageant List?

Back in 2016, in our old Sash Factor blog, we have written an article regarding the Alpha pageant for male pageants. That concept didn’t fly with the fans.

It was discussed that male pageantry does not command the same level of respect as the more established female pageants; hence an Alpha list is too difficult to sell. As compared to female pageants, male pageants are fairly young as most male pageants were borne in the late 90s and early 2000s. There were numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, crown-buying and fixing, cash prizes never awarded, and shady business practices that marred the male pageant industry. And these are possibly the reasons why an Alpha status doesn’t stick with male pageants.

But is it time for everyone to reconsider having a list for the Male Alpha Pageants?


Mister International – the annual male pageant was established in 2006 and has been consistently held until it skipped a year in 2017. Paul Iskandar reigned from 2016-2017 until he passed his title to Seung Hwan Lee in April 30, 2018.

Mister Supranational – one of the youngest established male pageants but certainly one of the glossiest in terms of its finals. The competition was established in 2016 and has 4 winners so far.

Mister Global – established in 2014 the Thai-owned pageant has had six editions so far.

Mister Gay World – this male pageant is exclusive for gay males and has been around since 2009.


Personally, there is no need to create an Alpha list for male pageants, at least NOT YET. Here’s why.
First is that male pageants need to clean up its act. If a long running male pageant has allegations of ‘fixing the winner’ to their favorites, or if another long running male pageant has alleged sexual favors being exchanged behind the scenes, then you know that the male pageant industry as a whole need to be run honorably and as clean as possible. There have been allegations of winners not receiving their cash prizes long after their reigns are over. There are also rumors of male pageant winners who did not sign their contracts with international orgs due to unfair compensation.

The male pageant industry still has long ways to go in terms of having a respectably run male pageant that is both consistently staged and with enough post-coronation activities for the winner. Mister Supranational is on its way in terms of how the pageant is run but there are areas still in need of improvement and inclusion. Among the male pageants currently in existence, the Mister Supranational is perhaps comes on top of the list in male pageants despite it being around for only 4 years. Mister World has been held inconsistently held and is deemed as a poor brother to the Miss World pageant. It is also unclear how they are judged during the finals night to bring about a winner. Manhunt International’s long hiatus in between its staging has damaged its popularity when it used to be the top male competition in the late 90s to early 2000s.

All of this contributes to our opinion that an Alpha status for male pageants is yet too early and premature.

How about you? Is it time to revisit the idea of creating a Male Alpha Pageant list?

Tallest Binibining Pilipinas Winners

They say that height is might in pageants, so we listed down the tallest Binibining Pilipinas winners. Since its inception in 1964, the Binibining Pilipinas pageant has attracted ladies of various shapes and sizes. Its minimum height requirements have ranged from 5’4″ to 5’6″ throughout the years, although no maximum height requirement is ever imposed.

It has been months since we started the research on the heights of the Binibining Pilipinas winners which was borne out of a request from one of our social media followers. And finally we have been able to create the list of the tallest winners of the Binibining Pilipinas pageant.

L-R: Germelina Padilla, Anthea Robles, Rachel Soriano & Catriona Gray

Disclaimer: We only included in this list those that we are able to get reliable sources on the heights of the Binibining Pilipinas winners. Those that we are doubtful of their heights we didn’t include on the list.

– Binibining Pilipinas International 1988, Maria Anthea Robles
– Binibining Pilipinas Universe 1991, Germelina Leah Padilla
– Binibining Pilipinas Maja 1992, Marina Benipayo
– Binibining Pilipinas World 1998, Rachel Soriano
– Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2009, Pamela Bianca Manalo
– Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2012, Elaine Kay Moll
– Binibining Pilipinas International 2014, Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti
– Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2017, Chanel Olive Thomas
Miss Universe Philippines & Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Elisa Gray

L- R: Bianca M, Elaine, Chanel and Bianca G.

There are also a number of BBP winners whose reported heights are inconsistent depending on the news articles we’ve read. Height padding was not uncommon in pageants so there should be no surprise that there are some inconsistencies on the heights of some past winners.
Some reports have mentioned that Binibining Pilipinas World 1993 & Miss World 2nd Princess, Sharmaine “Ruffa” Gutierrez stands at 5’10” while others say she’s 5’9″ or 5’9 1/2″.  Binibining Pilipinas Universe 1995 Joanne Quintas is also reported to be 5’10” tall while some sources put her at 5’9″. Resigned Bb. Pilipinas World Janina San Miguel is also being reported to stand between 5’9 1/2″ to 5’10 1/2″ tall.

L-R: Georgina, Caroline, Marilen, Marina and Melanie

If it is rare to have Binibining Pilipinas winners standing at 5’9″- 5’10” more so for those who are at 5’11” and taller. However, we have listed four Filipinas who were able to compete and won in the BBP pageant.
– Binibining Pilipinas International & Miss International 1979, Melanie Marquez
Binibining Pilipinas World 1994, Caroline Subijano – 5’11”*
– Binibining Pilipinas International 1999, Georgina Anne Sandico
– Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2015, Christi Lynn McGarry
* There are those that say Cara Subijano’s height is at 5’11 1/2″ and this would place her as one of the two tallest Binibining Pilipinas winners.

Binibining Pilipinas World 1992, Marilen Espino – 6’0”
It is so heartbreaking that the tallest BBP winner we ever had wasn’t able to compete in any international pageant. Weeks before leaving for the Miss World pageant in Sun City, South Africa, Marilen contacted chicken-pox and wasn’t able to compete. Instead, Marina Benipayo was sent to Miss World. Marilen was then to compete in Miss Maja International but the pageant was cancelled that year. Marilen was a Supermodel of the Philippines winner much like other BBP winners (Abbygale Arenas, Caroline Subjano and Melanie Marquez for instance).

Miss Supranational

The Miss Supranational pageant is an annual international beauty pageant that is run by the World Beauty Association.  The World Beauty Association (WBA) is based in Panama although the Miss Supranational is annually held in Poland and is produced by Nowa Scena.

Every year contestants from almost 80 countries participate in the contest which focuses on grace and natural beauty among its contestants. This was a far cry from its first edition that gathered 36 candidates a decade ago. The pageant’s motto is: Glamour, fashion and natural beauty.

The first Miss Supranational competition began life in 2009 held in the beautiful city of Plock, Poland. Over the years Miss Supranational has become associated with high standards of television production, stage design and entertainment. The pageant was usually held in the months of August or September of each year, but starting 2014 it is held during the first week of December.

2009 – Oksana Moria, Ukraine
2010 – Karina Pinilla, Panama
2011 – Monika Lewczuk, Poland
2012 – Katsyarina Buraya, Belarus
2013 – Mutya Johanna Datul, Philippines
2014 – Asha Bhat, India
2015 – Stephania Stegman, Paraguay
2016 – Srinidhi Shetty, India
2017 – Jenny Kim, Korea
2018 – Valeria Vazquez Latorre, Puerto Rico
2019 – Anntonia Porsild,  Thailand


Year Date # of Participants
2009 September 5 36
2010 August 28 66
2011 August 26 70
2012 September 14 53
2013 September 6 82
2014 December 5 71
2015 December 4 82
2016 December 2 71
2017 December 1 65
2018 December 7 73
2019 December 6 78

Executive Producer: Gerhard Parzutka von Lipinski
Creative Director: Andre Sleigh
Project Manager and Production: Pawel Dudek
Project Coordinators: Paulina osiewicz, Bartek Osumek
International Licensing Director:  Marina Fusquine
Partner TV Station: POLSAT


No Miss Universe Pageant for 2020!

That is what Miss Universe Puerto Rico National Director Denise Quinones has confirmed in an official statement on the MUPR website.

The Covid-19 Pandemic has made such disruption that the Miss Universe pageant is the second Alpha pageant to cancel their 2020 finals. Initial rumors circulated that the original pageant date eyed was on December 6th in the US but with the mounting cases of Covid-19 related deaths and infections in the US, this is probably for the best. It is rumored that Miami is to host the next MU edition sometime mid-2021. What is confirmed though is the cancellation of this year’s finals to next year.
This would make Zozibini Tunzi’s reign as one of the longest Miss Universe reigns alongside Leila Lopes, Gabriela Isler, Natalie Glebova and Pia Wurtzbach.

Below is the statement from Denise:

¨Unfortunately, this situation has affected all areas and our contest is no exception. Our priority is to maintain the health and safety of all pre-candidates and our team. We have kept in touch with them to find out how they are and let them know that we will give them more information soon. So far, the Miss Universe organization has not offered an official statement about the international pageant or the selection process, however, they told us that the event will not be held this year and that they are evaluating dates probably for the first quarter of 2021. This will allow us to have more time for the selection and preparation of the candidate from Puerto Rico. As soon as we receive instructions from the Organization we will be able to evaluate the available options. We trust that, As we have done for the past years, the decision made will be positive for our representation. We appreciate all the interest, support and affection that our followers have expressed in this process. We will keep in touch to let you know the next details of Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2020¨.

The End of Philippine Supremacy in Miss Universe?

After a long 10-year run of continuous placements in the Miss Universe pageant, should Filipino pageant fans be worried that our luck might be thinning out?


In just 10 years the Philippines has scored 2 Miss Universe titles, 4 runner-up wins and 4 semifinalist placements. As the proverbial saying goes “what goes up, must come down”.  Has the Philippines used up its pageant luck in the last decade? What does this mean for our coming pageant queens and MU reps? That is exactly what we are going to be talking about in today’s blogpost.

Change is constant and nothing is permanent. The Philippines has enjoyed a renaissance in pageantry in the last decade winning one title after the other from different international pageants: Miss Universe, Miss Earth, Miss International, Miss Supranational, Miss World, etc… To think that this will not change anytime soon is naivety. As we know, there is a changing landscape in the Miss Universe pageant that we are seeing reshaping what it means to win the title. Let’s enumerate the changes we are seeing so far in the pageant that could affect how the Philippines’ chances are affected.

  1. Focus on Speaking Ability – with the pronouncement that the Miss Universe is looking for a spokesperson, everyone has to calibrate how they are selecting a national winner. This was quite clear in the latest edition of the pageant. No less than 5 instances where a semifinalist has to speak during the finals. This implies that a candidate has to have a strong command of the English language to be noticed in the competition. Fluency in English is now a strong requirement to be able to win the title.
  2. More Business-like/ Financially-driven MUOrg – this is so far one of the stark changes we’ve seen in the pageant over the last three years. Older franchises are dropped in favor of new pageant orgs that can offer higher franchise fees. This means that newer organizations are more aggressive to prove their merit. Anyone who can bring in more money to the organization is potentially given a positive spotlight. Does it have a bearing on the pageant scoring? Definitely not. But any positive spotlight can be worked to an advantage if the org and the pageant girl know how to play the game.
  3. Opening of Other Pageant Markets in Asia – after the MU pageant held in Bangkok in 2018, the MU found another cash cow country in terms of business opportunity and expansion. Vietnam is also opening in terms of opportunities for hosting. Both countries could offer other business opportunities such as endorsements and sponsorships. Even Indonesia’s annual hiring of the MU winner for an energy drink brings in revenue to the pageant. The Philippines has been able to bring in a Filipino swimsuit and skincare sponsor in the 2019 edition of the pageant. And with Nepal aiming to hold the Miss Universe 2022 edition, the field is getting more and more populated…
  4. Philippines’ Winning Record Creating “Crown Envy” – the Philippines has to be the winning-est country in the last 10 years of the Miss Universe pageant. That too glossy a record has definitely attracted a bevy of haters and envy fans questioning is the MUOrg is favoring the Philippines too much? In the interest of fairness, any pageant organization would start to diminish the chances of winning for that particular country just to preserve the delicate status quo.

With all of these factors in mind, a Filipina’s chances of winning the MU title has increased in terms of difficulty. No less than a tall, facially strong, physically proportioned and fit, advocacy-driven, impeccably dressed, determined and articulate Filipina has to be selected to represent the country in Miss Universe. In short, a Filipina rep has to cover all of these bases to be able to say her placement is warranted and earned – and perhaps for her not to be denied a spot in the semis.

The change in the direction of the wind means that a sailor has to adjust his sails. That is exactly what the Philippines have to do. How long do you think can the Philippines sustain winning in Miss Universe if we don’t recalibrate to the whims and wants of the organization? With how the country has performed in the past decade, the changing of the tides to favor new emerging markets could spell that the Philippines being the apple of the MU eye is over. Thailand, Vietnam, Puerto Rico, Colombia and other pageant crazy countries are emerging to take over. If we are to maintain our supremacy in the competition, then the Philippines have to be one step ahead of the competition.

Countries That Won All Alpha Pageant Titles

Only 5 countries have won all four Alpha Pageant titles – Brazil, Venezuela, the Philippines, Puerto Rico and just last year, the United States.

There are only four international pageants that is commonly ascribed as the international competitions of note: Miss Earth, Miss International, Miss Universe and Miss World. Winning a title in any of these four of the most popular, prestigious and respected pageant is a feat in itself. Winning in all of them is a prestige limited to just a handful of countries.

The first country to win all four major international pageant titles was Brazil, when Priscilla Meirelles won Miss Earth in 2004. Overall the country has six victories spread out between the four pageants:
Miss Universe (1963, 1968)
Miss World (1971)
Miss International (1968)
Miss Earth (2004, 2009)

Venezuela is the undisputed queen of the pageant world with a whopping 130 placements and 23 wins.
Miss Universe (1979, 1981, 1986, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2013)
Miss World (1955, 1981, 1984, 1991, 1995, 2011)
Miss International (1985, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2010, 2015, 2018)
Miss Earth (2005, 2013)

The country has the longest winning streak (six years), having held the titles of Miss World 2013, Miss International 2013, Miss Earth 2014, Miss Earth 2015, Miss Universe 2015, Miss International 2016, Miss Earth 2017, and Miss Universe 2018.
Miss Universe (1969, 1973, 2015, 2018)
Miss World (2013)
Miss International (1964, 1970, 1979, 2005, 2013, 2016)
Miss Earth (2008, 2014, 2015, 2017)

Puerto Rico is the fourth country to join Brazil, Venezuela, and the Philippines after their 2019 victory at Miss Earth.
Miss Universe (1970, 1985, 1993, 2001, 2006)
Miss World (1975, 2016)
Miss International (1987, 2014)
Miss Earth (2019)

5. USA (15 WINS)
With the Miss Earth win of Lindsey Marie Coffey in 2020, the US became the fifth country to complete the Alpha pageant wins.
Miss Universe (1954, 1956, 1960, 1967, 1980, 1995, 1997, 2012)
Miss World (1973, 1990, 2010)
Miss International (1974, 1978, 1982)
Miss Earth (2020)

Mister Supranational

It may be one of the youngest male competitions out there but the Mister Supranational pageant is making a mark in the world of male pageantry…

Mister Supranational aims to revolutionize the industry, being the first competition of this nature to have a super modern and high fashion television production. 36 countries and territories competed in the contest’s first edition in Poland. The idea is to discover new talent for the modeling and television industries and to produce instant celebrities.

WORLD BEAUTY ASSOCIATION, S.A. – Based in Panama, the World Beauty Association (WBA), S.A. has developed a trusted reputation for over twenty years of experience in the event industry and beauty contests. WBA S.A. is the proud organizer of Mister and Miss Supranational beauty contests.
NOWA SCENA – A global leader in event production, Polish-based Nowa Scena is the partner production house for the execution of the Miss Supranational TV Show, as well as its distribution and logistical support.


Mister Supranational 2016 – Diego Garcy, MEXICO
The first ever Mister Supranational was elected on December 3rd, in Poland, and he is Diego Garcy, from Mexico. Diego is 26 years old,  6’2 1/2″ tall, hails from the city of Zapopan and has a BA in Business Administration.

Mister Supranational 2017 – Gabriel Correa,  VENEZUELA
Gabriel is a former baseball player and Mister Venezuela 2015. He is currently a model and actor in Venezuela. During his reign, Gabriel traveled to Korea, Hong Kong, China, Poland, Brazil and the United States.

Mister Supranational 2018 – Prathamesh Maulingkar, INDIA
Prathamesh Maulingkar from Goa, India was named the third Mister Supranational in December 2018. During his reign, Prathamesh became actively involved in beach cleaning drives with world renowned environmental activist, Afroz Shah. He also traveled to Thailand, Vietnam, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Mister Supranational 2019 – Nate Crnkovich,  USA
24 year old Nate is from Omaha in Nebraska, United States. The 6’3″ former college footballer player graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. He is currently working as an ER and Trauma nurse in California. In his free time, he enjoys reading, snowboarding, riding motorcycles and spending time with his family and friends.

Nate, who is of Polish, Irish, Croatian and German descent, plans to obtain his license as a paramedic, so he can work as flight nurse and medic. During his reign, he hopes to offer his skills for humanitarian mission. He would also like to use this platform to address issues that young men face in the world. Nate would also like to explore the worlds of modeling and acting.

Señorita Colombia 2020, Maria Fernanda Aristizabal Will NOT go to Miss Universe

Just when we thought things have been settled, this new development appears!

Señorita Colombia 2020 Maria Fernanda Aristizabal will not be able to compete in the Miss Universe pageant at all. This was clear after the new Miss Universe Colombia organization posted an announcement on their social media that a selection of a new Colombian rep to Miss Universe will take place this year.

After failing to reach an agreement with the Concurso Nacional de Belleza, the new owners of the MU – Colombia franchise have decided that they will choose a representative, who must be registered on the Miss Universe website by November 1, according to the regulations of the pageant. It was also posted that the MUC organization gave a deadline for an answer from CNB last Saturday or they will make decisions on how they will proceed.

At first it was said that the possibility was considered that María Fernanda would be her country’s representative in Miss Universe. There were even reports that CNB President Raimundo Angulo was in talks with the new MUC organization that the CNB has allowed the participation of Mafe to the MU pageant. It was reported in the El Universal newspaper that both parties are in talks and is working with the CNB Board of Directors to approve Mafe’s participation. In a recent El Universal statement, he clarified further that “No (official) communication has reached me about it, but if they are going to do a contest in Barranquilla, perfect. They are free to do whatever they want. I don’t have to make any statement about it.

When we earlier posted that the two organizations are working things out for Maria Fernanda to be able to compete, we were ecstatic and hopeful. However learning that no official communications were made and that there were allegations that it was CNB who did not respond, made this situation all the more confusing. On CNB’s defense, we understand that calling for a Board of Directors meeting during this time of pandemic might have been difficult and hence wasn’t able to meet the deadline. MUC is also in a rush as a representative must be selected be November 1st. And there might not be enough time to hold a national search during this pandemic…

We are just sad that we will not be seeing Mafe in Miss Universe as we think she would have made Colombia proud. It is unclear if she will be sent to the Miss International competition next year as CNB usually selects a new Colombian queen every September of the year.

More on this on the following new articles from El Universal and El Tiemo:



Mister Gay World Philippines

The Mister Gay World Philippines | Mister Fahrenheit competition selects the annual representative of the Philippines to the Mister Gay World pageant.
Since the international pageant’s inception in 2009, the Philippines only failed to join just once in 2018.

Our mission is to look for the best Filipino representative to compete for the Mister Gay World pageant every year that will carry the Mister Gay World Philippines Organization’s platform which are Mental Health Wellness/and HIV/AIDS/PreP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) Awareness.
Our vision is to be taken as a serious entity as global influence towards its mission to provide information and programs under the law for the LGBTQ+ community, and to work hand and hand with various organizations and institutions that share the same causes for an effective delivery of its message.

2009 – Wilbert Ting Tolentino
2010 – David Bosley, semifinalist at Mister Gay World
2011 – Marc Earnest Biala, semifinalist at Mister Gay World
2012 – Carlito Rosadino Jr., semifinalist at Mister Gay World
2013 – Erimar Ortiga, semifinalist at Mister Gay World
2014 – Randolph Val Palma, semifinalist at Mister Gay World
2015 – Nomer Yuzon
2016 – Christian Lacsamana, 2nd Runner Up at Mister Gay World
2017 – John Raspado,  Mister Gay World
2018 – no local competition held, appointed to compete was Gleeco Magpoc
2019 – John Jeffrey Carlos, Mister Gay World
2020 – Lenard Kodie Macayan (competition date still not known)