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?

MALE PAGEANTRY AT A GLANCE

Mister World – established in 1996, this is one of the oldest and longest running male pageants around. The competition is originally held every other year. So far the competition has 10 winners since it was established.

Manhunt International – is the oldest existing male competition established in 1993. The annual competition has skipped 7 editions in its 26 year history.

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.

SASHES&SCRIPTS’ TAKE

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?

Ho Chi Minh City will Play Host to Manhunt International!!!

HO CHI MINH VIETNAM – 23 MAY 2018 – Manhunt International Executive President,
Rosko Dickinson, today announced the Manhunt International 2018 World Final. It will be held in Ho CHi Minh City Vietnam with delegates from over 40 countries on March 2019 and will be televised on HTV, the leading Television Station in Ho Chi Minh and streamed live worldwide.

The first ever Manhunt International World Final was held in Australia in 1993, when Rosko Dickinson and Alex Liu joined forces with a dream to offer the men of the World a platform to showcase their talents. Continue reading “Ho Chi Minh City will Play Host to Manhunt International!!!”

#MANicMondays: Manhunt International 1999 Ernesto Calzadilla

The first and only Manhunt International winner from Latin America (so far) is Ernesto Calzadilla, and he is the featured hunk in today’s #MANicMondays post.


Born Juan Ernesto Calzadilla Regalado, the 6’1″ tall looker won the Mister Venezuela title in 1998. His Mister Venezuela predecessor, Sandro Finoglio, was also Manhunt International 1st runner up in 1997 and was the then reigning Mister World 1998. Their multiple international wins in Mister World and Manhunt International, as well as Nadir Nery Djiukich’s victory as Grasim Mr. International 1999, was then heralded as an amazing feat. (Note: back in the days those three were the biggest international male competitions. The Grasim Mr. International pageant ran from 1998 to 2003 was based in India. The now known Mister International competition started in 2006 is based in Singapore.)


Ernesto was originally intended to compete for Mister World the same year but since the pageant is only held every other year, he was sent to Manhunt instead. He was only 24 years old when he won the Manhunt International 1999 title, besting 42 other candidates in Manila. He was a favorite to win the title with his  brown-haired, brown-eyed charismatic looks and his charming ways of winning over the judges in Manila.


After his reign he continued modeling and became a sought out actor in Latin America. He has had a string of telenovela hits and has at least 9 telenovelas under his name. He is now based in Colombia working as an actor.

#MANicMondays: Mister World 1998 Sandro Finoglio

The second man to win the Mister World title is the 6’0″ tall Sandro Finoglio. I consider him as one of the winning-est male pageant winner in the history of male pageants having won 1st runner up in Manhunt International 1997 and Mister World 1998.

Sandro in a couple of magazine covers…on the left he is pictured with Miss World Venezuela 1998 Veronica Schneider…


Born Sandro Finoglio Speranza to Italian immigrants in Venezuela, he was only  24 years old when he won the Mister Venezuela title in 1997. His parents traces their roots in Rome and in Pisa.
At the 2nd edition of Mister World pageant, he beat out 42 other candidates for the title. Puerto Rico’s German Cardoso won the first runner-up title and French Gregory Rossi was 2nd runner up. While Kinte Thelwell from Jamaica, Enrique Miranda Garcia from Spain and Daniel Weaver from United States were the other top 6 finalists. The Mr. World pageant took place at the Troia Peninsula, Grandola, Portugal on 18th Septermber, 1998.

Sandro during the Mister Venezuela 1997 contest. He was candidate #11…


After his reign, he became a sought after model having done Versace, Giovanni Scutaro, Armani, Gianfraco Ferre and Dolce & Gabbana during his prime. Sandro also did several soap operas, one of his most notable was Gata Salvaje. He is currently an entrepreneur and runs a restaurant and a franchise of churros in the United States.

#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?