During last night’s post-announcement of the Misters 2015 The Pageant winners onstage, the outgoing titleholders posed for a souvenir group shot with their respective successors. And they could not have been prouder of the individuals taking over their place.
Of the four, Mister International Philippines 2015 Reniel Villareal invites the biggest pressure with Neil Perez as the reigning Mister International. It’s not like going for a back-to-back win is impossible, but the odds are heavily stacked on the side of the Pagbilao, Quezon native, host delegate and all.
As for Mister Global Philippines 2015 Rick Kristoffer Palencia, the overseas mission to win the country’s first Mister Global victory is not any easier. But at the very least, he has no unnecessary strain going into the competition early next year, knowing that he has equal fighting chance as the rest, unlike the representative of Vietnam who will go for broke in following his compatriot’s victory last year.
Mister Model International Philippines 2015 Arcel Yambing has different concerns to deal with. First, his contest in Miami, Florida is already scheduled for November 9. He needs to apply for and successfully get a US Visa within the next few weeks. And to top it all, he may need to reinvent himself as a reliable runway and photographic model to bring in a more improved version of himself.
Lastly, Mister Tourism Philippines 2015 Willan Pagayon will need all the patience he can muster to wait for his turn to compete internationally. Judah Cohen will still banner the country’s participation in Mister Tourism International 2015 next month. So the ever-smiling Ilonggo will have to bear with another year-long cycle before being fielded in 2016. But hey, it will afford him a longer training period, and lots of potential pageant judging stints and personal appearance bookings in between.The prospects may not be as crystal-clear at this point for all four (4) Misters, but I trust that they will have the drive and commitment to train and conquer their respective assignments with pride for the Philippines.
The passing of the baton is now complete. The next lap has just started. And the run will be long and demanding. So all I can do for now is to ask them to take a much-needed rest first before plunging into preparations. Lord knows they need a short break to recharge their batteries and fine-tune their altered states pounded during the past three weeks. 😉