Today at 7:50am, Gentlemen of the Philippines – Universal Ambassador 2016 Andrea Biondo will depart for Bali, Indonesia via Malaysian Airlines to join more than sixty (60) other delegates in what is being called by many as the biggest international male pageant assembly ever – Mister Universal Ambassador 2016.
Last Sunday afternoon, Andrea was feted to his Official Send-Off at Icon Hotel Timog where members of the Press plus friends and supporters gathered to give him words of encouragement and advise that will sustain the high spirits that he already has in preparation for the big challenge up ahead. He also displayed his Golden Sarimanok-inspired National Costume made exclusively for him by Tacloban-based Nick Guarino of Festivali Costumes and Designs. He wore a suit by Rafael Louis Gonzales (paired with Nere Ku shoes) while answering questions from the media and shared that his formal wardrobe will come from Designers Simon Ariel Vasquez and Ulysses King. Casual attires will be provided by Folded & Hung (Thanks Arvin David!) and swimwear from Pegarro Swim by Julius Jaguio and Domz Ramos.
This is such an exciting and much-anticipated journey for Andrea who will show his uniqueness in the competition – the heart of a Filipino, the passion of an Italian and the cultural mix of strong family values and resilient attitude – with a dash of the naturally fashionable flair that he effortlessly exudes. He has also been trained well in Q&A, public speaking and current events (partly by yours truly).
Full steam ahead!
All photos courtesy of Joy Arguil.