The gorgeous Puerto Rican hunk is back to the Philippines for the 4th time (Photo credit: Joy Arguil)
Earlier this afternoon, Mr. World 2016 1st Runner-Up Fernando Alvarez of Puerto Rico was honored in a Presscon hosted by Psalmstre Enterprises Inc (PEI) for its brand ambassador of Placenta for Men. With PEI Head Jaime Acosta and Marketing Manager Maryo Copon heading the activity, several members of the media from entertainment and pageant showed up to ask a variety of questions as well as to appreciate the hunky presence of the handsome Puerto Rican who is on his 4th visit in the country.
This time around, Fernando will do more than just appear in print ads and billboards. He will undergo intense lessons to learn how to speak Tagalog with the mid-term objective of getting a big break in one of our teleseryes or perhaps the movies. And given his drive to succeed, I bet we will see more of him in the weeks to come with a gradual knowledge of conversational Tagalog already being put into good use.
By the way, Fernando already enjoys classifying himself as a “Pinoy-Rican” by now. He loves the Philippines so much that he already considers it his 2nd home.
Sandwiched by Mister Universal Ambassador 2016 2nd Runner-Up Andrea Biondo and Mr. World 2016 1st Runner-Up Fernando Alvarez, your blogger is happy being.
P.S. Mister Universal Ambassador 2016 2nd Runner-Up Andrea Biondo (from Gentlemen of the Philippines) also attended the same presscon. He will also become one of the signed brand ambassadors of Placenta for Men soon! 🙂
Tomorrow night in Surabaya, Mister Universal Ambassador 2016 will be named. He will be the 2nd in the two year-old male pageant that has managed to rise up the ranks in terms of popularity. From a mere nineteen (19) candidates in 2015, it has assembled forty-eight (48) in this batch – quite an impressive jump in terms of the trust given by National Directors from all over the world.
So as is customary in my blog, I will give now my Final Predictions for the Top 15. The video above had the choices presented in alphabetical order. Here now are my picks arranged from 1-15 (top to bottom):
In all honesty and objectivity, I can see a three-way battle for the top spot with Christian Llorente of Spain, Alejandro Martinez of the Dominican Republic and Andrea Biondo of the Philippines fighting tooth and nail to be #1. The rise to pole position won’t be easy, as I know that the IMP (Indonesian Male Pageant) Organization will make it doubly hard for the contenders to slug it out considering that the next winner will have big shoes to fill in the person of Christian Ortiz of Puerto Rico. In the end, I can see a winner who will not only be a “Captivating Role Model” (the pageant’s tagline), but also a committed brand ambassador who can help make Mister Universal Ambassador become the best male competition anywhere in the globe.
As for the potential qualifiers outside of the trio above, I can pick Eric of Puerto Rico, Jesus of Peru, Marcello of Brazil and Mazi of Algeria as strong spoilers. This quartet can individually zoom to higher placements if the breaks go in their favor.
All told, this batch has unleashed a really strong group of entries from Latin America and Spain – the Spanish-speaking countries if you will. But if the organization is looking at gaining more solid grounds into Europe, then a toss between Christian Llorente and Andrea Biondo would be ideal as both of them can connect the brand to the said continent effortlessly well. And between the two, our bet has a slight edge because he still has that solid link to Asia where Mister Universal Ambassador still needs to sustain its popularity.
Mister Universal Ambassador 2016 will have its Grand Finals at the Governor Hall in Surabaya Carnival Jawa Timur where Mister Tourism International Philippines 2015 Willan Pagayon will be the Master of Ceremonies.
Best of luck to all candidates! 😀
Andrea will be off to Bali today
Andrea speaking during his send-off last Sunday afternoon
Andrea wearing his Golden Sarimanok-inspired National Costume created by Nick Guarino of Festivali Costumes and Designs
Andrea during his “Run for the Win” Heart of Ambassador Project last Saturday morning
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!
Photos from Andrea’s send-off last Sunday
All photos courtesy of Joy Arguil.
Andrea will be one of the two covers for New York-based Presko Magazine which will be released September 25
BTS shot from Andrea’s high fashion photoshoot | Suit by Rafael Louis Gonzales | Shoes by Nere Ku | Photographer: Erik Esperat | Stylist: Patrick Henry
Busy as a bee. That is how Andrea’s days will be till he leaves for Bali on September 20
Gentlemen of the Philippines – Universal Ambassador 2016 Andrea Biondo’s preparations for Mister Universal Ambassador 2016 are – quite literally – hectic nowadays. From gym workouts to skin treatments to dental appointments to clothes fitting to product launches to new endorsements to TV/Radio guestings to media interviews to dance talent training to Q&A sessions – name it. The past week and a half saw him doing all of these activities. And the schedule won’t be free in the upcoming days ahead leading to his departure for Bali, Indonesia on September 20.
Andrea will have more personal appearances soon. He will hold his Heart of Ambassador Charity Project – “Run for the Win” – this coming Saturday at the Quezon City Memorial Circle for the benefit of Barangay Pansol Youth Organization (BPYO) which will be his main cause/advocacy for the international competition. He is going for Health & Fitness for the Youth. And on the night of the same date, he will be showing up in the Pre-Pageant judging (along with yours truly) of Mr. Gay World Philippines at the Trinity University of Asia Theater together with Mr. Model International Philippines 2016 Job Abogado. And on Sunday, it will be his intimate send-off to Bali where the whole team of Gentlemen Charities Incorporated (GCI) including fellow titleholders and candidates-brothers from Gentlemen of the Philippines will mix with members of the Press plus sponsors and friends who truly support him.
With the help of the Aldub fans, Aldub Maiden Nation, Comedian Allan K and Eat Bulaga, Andrea jumped from #8 to #1 in the website voting!
Please keep sending love for him in the three areas of Mister Universal Ambassador voting: Popularity
via the pageant’s Facebook page, Official Voting
via the pageant’s website and via Instagram @misteruniversalambassador
. This is going to be the biggest male competition this year after assembling sixty-two (62) confirmed delegates so far. Your back-up will be much appreciated.
All for the love of our Gentlemen of the Philippines – Universal Ambassador 2016
All for the love of Andrea. 😉
Like the Mister Universal Ambassador FB page first before liking the image of Andrea below (from the Online Popularity Album) then share it
Click above to go straight to Andrea’s photo in the album which you can like and share
The Road to Mister Universal Ambassador 2016
has started for Gentlemen of the Philippines – Universal Ambassador 2016 Andrea Biondo
. And with that, the online popularity voting poll has officially began as well.
The steps are quite simple:
1) Like the Mister Universal Ambassador Facebook Page.
2) Look for Andrea’s photo in the Online Popularity Album and like it as well.
3) Share the photo (straight from the album) on your Facebook account.
The photo of Andrea above is for the Official Website Voting. Click on the image to vote!
You can also go for the Official Voting
on the website
of Mister Universal Ambassador itself. You will just need a valid email address for this.
Note: You may also share the photo on your Instagram account after doing the steps above. Just make sure you follow @misteruniversalambassador first! 😉
Our Gentleman needs your whole-hearted support before he finally leaves for Bali/Surabaya on September 20.
And if you’re up to it, join the “Run for the Win” Heart of Ambassador Project of Andrea on September 17 at 7am. This is a charity fun run that will happen at the Quezon Memorial Circle. Main beneficiary is the Barangay Pansol Youth Organization.
“Run for the Win” on September 17, 7am at the Quezon Memorial Circle
The launch will have high-end sponsors as listed above
Andrea on the cover of Vatican Bespoke Magazine
Andrea getting styled and fitted for his photoshoot
When Gentlemen of the Philippines – Mister Universal Ambassador 2016 Andrea Biondo (who is currently on his homecoming vacation in Italy and Freiburg
) returns to Manila by the first week of September to resume his training for the big international competition in Bali/Surabaya, he will also take part in the splashy launch of Vatican Bespoke White Meringue at the City of Dreams Manila which will likewise see him landing the cover of the limited edition Vatican Bespoke Magazine that will be handed out to the VVIP guests coming all the way from Macau, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Singapore and Milan.
The big night will take place on September 8, to be hosted by Hennessy Philippines, Moet et Chandon, Nobu Manila and Smart Telecommunications. And our Gentleman – along with image models from Korea, Brazil and the Philippines – will take centerstage as they wear the uber high-end Vatican Bespoke White Meringue line of Designer Ulysses King that will be lined up with other brands such as Hermes, Goyard, Dior, Fendi and Frank Mueller watch.
Speaking of Andrea, his wardrobe for Mister Universal Ambassador 2016 is now being assembled. Aside from wearing the creations of Designers Simon Ariel Vasquez and Ulysses King, he will also bring with him pieces from Fendi Roma, Moschino Couture and Bershka (plus shoes by Balenciaga) to give him that very fashionable look while competing in Indonesia from September 21-30.
The wardrobe of Andrea for Mister Universal Ambassador 2016 will be provided by the listed Designers and Designer Brands above