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.
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?
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.
SPECIAL AWARDS 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 WINNERS’ COURT 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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