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: Paul Guarnes Country: Philippines Height: 5’10” Eye: Brown Hair: Black
Paul is competing following a very strong representation of Andrea Biondo last year. While it might be difficult to replicate Andrea’s feat (due to a very limited time-frame of preparations), he does have the charms that could work to his advantage. Paul looks great with a lesser smile, he needs to dial down his smile so that his eyes don’t become to chinky and to control his smile to look less gummy. He looks great with his trademark smolder, he has sensual eyes and he should use that more often. All of this could have been addressed early on if there was enough time to polish him further… Nevertheless it’s not too late to dial up more heat in the like he did during the Gentlemen of the Philippines competition .
Assessment: A guaranteed semi-finals could be in the offering but he can definitely work his way up to a top 5 or even a runner up finish.
Congratulations to the winners of the recently concluded Gentlemen of the Philippines 2017!
Mister Universal Ambassador Philippines – Paul Guarnes Mister Model International Philippines – Kevin Hernandez Mister National Universe Philippines 2018 – Ralf Lao Best Global Model Philippines – John Alfred Bendana Mister Grand International Philippines – Manny Silvestre Quintos Mister Tourism World Philippines – Richard Angelo Adarlo Mister Teen International 2018 – Argel Saycon 1st Runner Up – Keny Ong 2nd Runner Up – Carlo Aquino
While I only was able to have six of the winners in my list, the surprise winners (including runner up) were nonetheless a refreshing addition to the bunch. Manny Silvestre Quintos was definitely one. Had some of the guys not flubbed the speech/ Q&A, I would have predicted that there would be more from my list who won. Ralf Lao was my darkhorse and to see him win Mister National Philippines proves that. John Alfred Bendana was among the guys I thought would be perfect for any of the modeling competitions thus his win as Best Global Model Philippines was justified. I am very much delighted with Paul Guarnes and Kevin Hernandez clinching two of the top titles. I had Paul as one of my Spoilers as he could easily fit into any of the titles up for grabs. Kevin’s 6’1″ height was perfectly fit in Mister Model International.
After publishing the first part on the guys that I feel to be among the heavy hitters in this year’s Gentlemen of the Philippines competition, this is the second and final part of the two -part blogpost.
Two Possible Spoilers – Paul Guarnes & Gerard Bonanza These two are undeniably among the sexiest guys in the bunch, and that is without even trying. They simply are just that hot hot hot… Paul is indeed one of the guys we can call a threat to any of the contestants. He just can’t seem to dial down the sex appeal. Gerard has that face that looks sexy when he pouts but turns up the charm when he smiles. His good looks very arresting for this criminologist…
Mister Tourism World – Keny Ong VS Miguel de Castro These two are among the guys with good physiques in the competition. Its doesn’t hurt that both stand at a respectable 5’10”- 5’11” heights respectively. Keny’s journey is what we can say admirable. He was an underdog who was on the chubby side and transformed himself to this physically-fit and successful entrepreneur. Miguel on the other hand is growing on me day by day, he’s a true definition of a darkhorse in GotPh2017. An OR Nurse by profession, Miguel gives us reasons to visit the hospital to be taken cared off by this good looking fella…
Mister Universal Ambassador – Kevin Hernandez VS Argel Saycon Arguably these two are among the well-rounded guys in the contest. Kevin stands at a veritable 6’1″ while Argel stands at a respectable 5’11”. They are just a couple of the favorites to win this year. Argel recently won the Darling of the Press award while Kevin bagged the Best in Swimwear at the preliminaries.
I’d have to say that these 12 guys (including the first six in part 1) are ones to look out for. I also believe that we should be on the look out as well for Kristian Sarmiento, Aaron Sangcap and Christian Castillo. These for me could possibly be the list of the semifinalists that could battle it out for the titles at stake…
Name: Jay Jay Olano Age: 20 Height: 6’3 Waist: 33 Shoe size: 45 1/2
How would you describe yourself… Would you tell us something that most people do not know about you… Maybe at first people might think that I am an unpleasant person. But the reality is that I am the kind of person who doesn’t show confidence immediately if I do not know person I have in front of me. I am actually a very sociable and open person, I do laugh a lot on jokes. I do jokes as well. But when it’s time be serious and focused, then I am totally into it. In your spare time, what hobbies or activities do you do? How often do you have time to do them? On my spare time I play basketball, volleyball and I love biking although I can’t always do them specially when it’s school period. I do them often during school vacations during summer.
What motivated you to join Gentlemen of the Philippines? Do you have some inspiration in joining the competition? I joined this pageant because I want to show to everyone but most especially to myself what I am capable to do. I am confident that this experience will definitely help to have more confidence and self esteem and also a good chance to gain more friends and meet different personalities. My inspiration like in everything that I have done and will do, will always be my family and grandmother who recently passed away. Through them, I have learned how to love without expecting nothing in return. They taught me also that when you love someone, you just need to show them through actions how you care for them and not with expensive gifts, and I strongly believe in that. How did you prepare for this competition? Gym or thru sports? Any personality development training you attended? My preparation for the competition is basically going to the gym 5 times a week following a strict training. Also, I am following all the tips and instructions from my mentors to be prepared and ready once the pageant starts this coming 31st of August.
Do you believe that winning a competition is destiny or it is something that you work hard and prepare for? I strongly believe that to win a competition, you have to be first committed to it and it takes a lot of sacrifices and hard work. And if you have these, then you are destined to win.
With his enviable height, he is a shoo-in for one of the titles. I am thinking that he might be perfect for the Mister Model International title. He would be a great follow up to the likes of Arcel Yambing who did us proud in the international competition. I do have some additional pointers for him in the competition, he should try to do more of his smoulder/ smize as he looks much better with it. Add to that is a shorter crop of hair, one that is short on the sides but longer on top to allow a wider variety of styling. Then workout more at the gym to add more definition to his bod, if he is able to do that, then he is undeniably the best bet to be sent to the Mister Model International competition slated in Miami…
Meet one of the guys that could possibly the next Gentlemen of the Philippines winner. John Alfred Bendana is one of the guys that I see as possible contender for the Mister Model International Philippines title. But upon knowing that he is still quite young, he might also fit well with the Mister Teen International Philippines title. He may just in fact be a good fit for a couple other titles as well.
Now on to the list of 8 Facts about him: 1) He was born on August 18, 1999 in Batangas but raised in England 2) Almost 5’11” and just turned 18 years young just last month 3) Took up Building Services at Harlow College of England 4) International Runway and Print model and can sing professionally 5) Can cook Filipino dishes like “sinigang” 6) A member of Harlow College Basketball Team 7) The very first Gentleman of the Philippines UK Grand Winner
Credits: Photography/ Ross Paris Creative Director / Shandy Montecarlo Lim Fashion Coordinator/ Jhong Sudlon Produced by Molly Malone Location/ Victoria Sports Tower
Time to start pumping up the noise for the following Gentlement of the Philippines candidates. So far, these guys have exhibited potential to be Philippine reps in international competitions abroad this year…
Two Darkhorses – Ralf Lao & Jamil Permigones These two names have suddenly popped into my list. Despite being just 19 years old Ralf has a certain Kit Harrington-vibe to him (that’s Jon Snow a.k.a Aegon targaryen for you Game of Thrones fans). Jamil has the bod, the face and a good voice to match. They weren’t originally in my list of possible strong contenders but as the competition progressed I am beginning to see how they are shaping up nicely in the running. My gut tells me to keep tabs on these gents they could easily spoil the competition for the more popular candidates.
Mister Model International – JayJay Olano VS John Alfred Bendana In modeling contests height is might so with JayJay (standing at 6’3″) and John Alfred Bendana (impressive at 5’11”) its gonna be an interesting match up between the two. JayJay is the tallest in this year’s batch and I am positively sure that he won’t walk away empty handed. All he needs is a proper styling and make-over to transform his boyish good looks into a more manly and masculine vibe. John Alfred on the other hand has a very clean look that makes him always looking fresh. I just have a little peeve on the baby hairs on his mustache as it makes him look pre-pubescent at times. But look at his bod and you see a hunk.
Best Global Model of the Year – John Berganio VS Jose Gabriel Aquino Height is a major consideration and with these two at around 5’11” they both could be a shoo-in for this title. And amazingly both guys have the magnetic masculine appeal. They exude raw masculine sexiness or in local terms ‘lalaking lalaki’. While both still need polishing on their looks to get into the international caliber level, it wouldn’t be too hard to prep them up as these two hunk have the goods… John has the high cheekbones and strong Filipino features that makes his face interesting for modeling. Jose on the other hand has his smouldering eyes and sharp edgy jawlines to his advantage. Part 2 on this link!
How would you describe yourself… Would you tell us something that most people do not know about you… I am a person with perseverance. I can describe myself as a Dream Chaser. I started in the lowest point. I was a bagger before I became a banker and a restaurateur. What motivated you to join Gentlemen of the Philippines? Do you have some inspiration in joining the competition? Never did I win a title back when I was in College for the 2 pageants I have joined at. Even if I get the Mr. Intelligence on a (50%looks 50%intelligence) judging point, never did they make me win. It was because I was too dark and too thin. Because of this experience, I was able to draw a motivation to improve myself. What is/are your personal advocacy/ social responsibility program for the competition? And how do you promote such cause? I am a band member and we have this organization called “ACAUSETIKEROS” which helps the less fortunate children for education materials be provided and also the old aged people thru “Balay Taripato” (Home of the Aged) being helped thru goods. But aside from that, I have signed up with UNHCR which primary advocacy is to locate the missing family members of the families being affected by wars and tragedies especially here in the Philippines. Being a family oriented person, I would also like to push thru this project.
What do you think is your advantage that sets you apart from the other candidates in this year’s competition? Everyone has his own advantage among others. For me, I see my life’s experiences as my advantage. I was not born with a silver spoon. Everything that I have now were brought by hardwork, perseverance and prayers. These experiences that I have had could also serve as an inspiration to others. As Gentlemen of the Philippines believes in more than good looks, I believe I am really more than that. What do you think you can offer as potential Gentlemen of the Philippines winner? Aside from the promise of being the pride of the Philippines in an international stage, I can say that I can live on GCI’s slogan More than Good Looks. My story, my passion and my dedication could inspire others to live their dreams too. What is/are the thing/s about the country (Philippines) that makes you proud the most and why? Being hospitable will always be the flag bearer among all the values that we have. And this makes me so proud as a Filipino. Regardless of how limited our resources are, we still give a good experience to our visitors, be it local or foreigners. That is why we truly live on IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES Do you believe that winning a competition is destiny or it is something that you work hard and prepare for? I believe that destiny comes with hardwork and perseverance. A competition is set to test who is most prepared and most deserving. Though, at times, I believe luck plays a role. So maybe above all, PRAYERS.
Do you speak other language/s? Can you say something in that language something for your followers/fans… Ilocano, Tagalog, English and a little Bisaya. Agyamanak kanyayo amin gagayyem ken kakabsat ti ayat ken suporta yu kanyak. Sa pay koma ta suportaan dak nga maala iti maysa kadagiti titulo ti Gentlemen of the Philippines. (Thank you for the overwhelming love and support. I hope that you are with me in prayers and hope to get one of the titles in Gentlemen of the Philippines)
Name: Kevin Hernandez Age: 21 Height: 185cm / 6′ 1 feet Chest: 106 cm Waist: 78cm Shoe size: 43 Europe / 9.5 US
How would you describe yourself… Would you tell us something that most people do not know about you… I’d describe myself as a survivor. Few years ago I was seen as the ugly duckling, where everyone used to joke about my aspect and one day after a check-up, the doctor diagnosed me a 2nd stage cancer and after a brain’s operation I fortunately survived. From that moment I started changing entirely my life becoming a better version of myself exceeding my limits. As a survivor I want to tell my story to everyone to inspire and motivate them to reach their goals and chase their dreams as I did and I am doing. In your spare time, what hobbies or activities do you do? How often do you have time to do them? I use to divide my spare time in few parts everyday. Every morning I thank God for all the things that he gave and still giving me. In one part I spend as much time as possible with my mom, dad and brother because for me the family is very important. In another part I train my brain reading books, science and technology magazines. And the last part I train my body doing some sports like basketball, swimming, volleyball and bodybuilding. What motivated you to join Gentlemen of the Philippines? Do you have some inspiration in joining the competition? How did you prepare for this competition? My goal motivates me, become a better version of myself, exceed my limits and inspire and motivate the other in doing good things for their lives. I’m preparing myself doing a lot of mental and physical practice. Mentally I reinforce my self confidence socializing with a lot of people, reading books and magazines. Physically I use to do some sport like basketball volleyball and bodybuilding
What do you think is your advantage that sets you apart from the other candidates in this year’s competition? Everyone has his personal reason why he joined this beauty pageant and thanks to it everyone has his personal advantages, for example advantages are persistence and determination, and these are omnipotent as the ex president of USA Calvin Coolidge said once “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.“ What do you think you can offer as potential Gentlemen of the Philippines winner? I can do whatever it takes, I can be whatever I want. Of course, remaining within good ethics. What is/are the thing/s about the country (Philippines) that makes you proud the most and why? The thing that makes me very proud of the Philippines are the Pilipino community that never surrender, everyone tries to change their lives in better no matter what. Being a pure blood they handed me over this beautiful characteristic. Do you believe that winning a competition is destiny or it is something that you work hard and prepare for? I believe that winning a competition is something that you have to deserve. To deserve it you have to become the very best version of yourself, to be so you have to do a lot of mental and physical practice.
If you have to rank the following criteria, how would put first to last: Confidence – Intelligence – Height & Body – Handsome Face In a beauty pageant I’ll rank as first the Height&Body because that would be the first thing that the judges and the audience will notice then the confidence, thanks to it the candidate will show his presence and walk then the Face and last but not the least the intelligence for the q&a. Do you speak other language/s? Can you say something in that language something for your followers/fans… “Vi ringrazio con tutto il cuore e tutta l’anima per il supporto che mi state dando, vi voglio bene!“ In English that’s “Thank you with all my hearth and soul for the support that you’re giving to me, I love you all!“