#FashionFridays: Luong Gia Huy in an Asiana-themed Fashion Spread

Mister Universal Ambassador 2017 Luong Gia Huy is quite an in-demand model in his home country of Vietnam. He got hist break from the Vietnam Supermodel contest in 2015. The 22 year old model, who stands at 5’11”, was initially compared to KPop superstar Choi Siwon for his looks.

Luong Gia Huy is a veteran model in Vietnam…


#MANicMondays: Manhunt International Philippines has a new ND

Manhunt International Philippines has a new  national director in the person of Jonas Gaffud of Mercator. This was announced officially on his Instagram account. Below is his IG post… 
Aside from searching for the best girls to train for next year’s pageants, we are also on the lookout for the next important male model to represent the Philippines at Manhunt International 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand on November 27. Details soon.
#manhuntphilippines2017 #manhuntinternational2017

Manhunt International started in 1993 as a modeling competition and is considered the oldest male competition of its kind. It attracted its largest participants in 2006 and 2012 with 53 countries joining. The Philippines won the title for the first time in 2012, with June Macasaet winning in Thailand. Despite having been in absentia from 2013-2015, it still is one of the biggest international male competitions. This year Thailand will once again host the competition on November this year.
Who do you think will be the next Philippine rep to Manhunt International?

Mister Universal Ambassador 2017 Winners!

For the second time in a row, I have predicted the winner of Mister Universal Ambassador!

After predicting Aleksa Gavrilovic of Serbia last year, Sashes&Scripts once again predicted the win of Vietnam’s Luong Gia Huy in this year’s competition. The 5’11” soft-spoken “Mister Nice Guy” bested 18 other candidates in the pageant held in Makassar, Indonesia. In a competition where the English-speaking candidates were favorites, the Vietnamese model held his ground and cemented his win in the crucial closed-door personality interviews. This year, the organizers were not only looking for good looks and role-models, they were actively seeking a winner with good personality as well.

Gentlemen of the Philippines winner Paul Guarnes, who was one of the org’s favorites, was named 1st runner up. Paul was a latebloomer in the contest but came along victorious alongside India and Vietnam who were the early frontrunners of the competition. Candidates from Uzbezkistan, Nicaragua, Hungary, Malaysia and Thailand completed the top 10 semi-finalist. 

Mr Universal Ambassador Oceania – Australia, Nathan Howe
Mr Universal Ambassador Europe – Hungary, Andris Varga
Mr Universal Ambassador Africa – Algeria
Mr Universal Ambassador Asia – India,  Rohit Jakhar
Mr Universal Ambassador America – Nicaragua, Elvis Murillo
Mr Photogenic – Uzbekistan, Shakhboz Makhmudov
Mr Congeniality – Malaysia, Anas Dzulkefflee
4th runner up – India, Rohit Jakhar
3rd runner up – Indonesia, Gilbert Pangalila
2nd runner up – Sweden, Johannes Leonidas
1st runner up – Philippines, Paul Guarnes
Mister Universal Ambassador 2017 – Vietnam, Luong Gia Huy
Out of the winners,  I have predicted the correct placements of Vietnam, the Philippines and India. I got 4 out of the top 5 and 8 out of the top 10 semifinalists!


My Faves for Mister Universal Ambassador 2017

On the rare occasions that I am not able to join Sash Factor’s deliberations during the SashPicks, I would usually do my own predictions. This is the case for my list of possible winners for Mister Universal Ambassador 2017. And guess what? My faves are a bit similar to that of the SashPicks albeit some rankin differences. 

Who’s hot enough to win Mister Universal Ambassador 2017?

Here is my list this year…
10. Sweden,  Johannes Leonidas
9. Australia, Nathan Howe
8. Nicaragua,  Elvis Murillo
7. Malaysia,  Anas Dzulkefflee
6. Mexico, Erick Bolivar
5. India, Rohit Jakhar
4. Uzbekistan, Shakhboz Makhmudov
3. Indonesia, Gilbert Pangalila
2. Philippines,  Paul Guarnes
1. Vietnam, Luong Gia Huy
Yes, it is going to be an Asian domination this year as the reps from Asia came in prepared and polished for the competition. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see anyone in the top 5 list winning the coveted title.

Nathan Howe for Mister Universal Ambassador 2017

Name: Nathan Howe
Country: Australia
Height: 6’3″
Eye: —
Hair: Brown

Tall, hunky and masculine jawed Nathan Howe of Australia is one of the lesser talked about guys in the competition. Despite that, this Manhunt Australia 2017 3rd placer has an imposing presence in him that can be at times a little intimidating. He is one of the more ‘bulkier’ guys in the contest, perfect for swimwear shoot but difficult to book for runway shows. 

Assessment: Entering the semis would be easy and if he manages to crack the top 5 or 6 of the competition, he can breeze thru an easy top 3 placement.

Elvis Murillo for Mister Universal Ambassador 2017

Name: Elvis Murillo
Country: Nicaragua
Height: 5’11”
Eye: Brown
Hair: Brown

He is one of the hottest candidates this year, no doubt about it. He was supposed to compete for next year but we’re glad that he was sent this year. His chances of winning is quite high. He is scorching hot, he can dial up the charm and he can manage to look good in long or short hair (though I prefer him with long hair). 

Assessment: He could be the spoiler candidate this year and could romp away with the MrUA title.

Favorites for the Mister Grand International 2017

With the inaugural Mister Grand International happening in the country, I have listed below several gents whom I believe could be the first winner of this pageant.

Top 12 (alphabetical order)
Ecuador, Abel Diaz
India, Debojit Bhattacharya 
Korea, Jin Stewart
Malaysia,  Kian Ching
Mexico, Ever Tellez
Vietnam, Nguyen Tien Dat

Top 6 (alphabetical order)
Australia, Michael Angelo Skyllas
Peru, Renzo Vitteri
Thailand, Ratchata Hamphanhon

My Top 3 Best Bets
3. Dominican Republic, Blachy Abreau
2. Spain, Victor Haro
1. Germany, Hamid Zimmermann

IMHO, any of the top three guys should be equally deserving to win the title. I am specially rooting for Hamid and Victor for the title.
Special mention to Pegarro Swim for the swimwear & Ahleks Fusilero for the photography