Sharing with you now the video of the 4th Episode of Pageantry Norms titled “The Kings & I: The Kings of Philippine Pageantry” aired earlier on TPP TV via The Philippine Pageantry.
In this afternoon’s 4th episode of Pageantry Norms, the spotlight will be on five of the Kings of Philippine Pageantry led by Andrew Wolff who placed 1st Runner-Up during Mr World 2012. He will be joined by George de Lumen, our first-ever Mister Universal Ambassador who won last 2018. Misters of Filipinas JP Ocat who was Man of the World 2019 4th Runner-Up, Ginoong Pilipinas 2019 Erik Visser and Mr World Asia Pacific 2019 JB Saliba will complete the panel.
Join us in the discussion at 4pm later on TPP TV via The Philippine Pageantry.
Please watch the #3rdepisode of #PageantryNorms this coming Sunday, July 12 at 4pm where my guests will be the #UnsungHeroes of the Backstage and how they survived the long quarantine period:
Live Events Director Rodin Gilbert B.flores
Hair & Makeup Professional Nix Soriano
Celebrity Stylist Francis Chee and
International Fashion Designer Bea Bianca
And as a teaser for my #4thepisode on July 19, I will have four (4) of the Kings in Philippine Pageantry from four (4) different male competitions. This one will be titled “The Kings & I”:
Mr World 2012 1st Runner-Up Andrew Wolff
Mister Universal Ambassador 2018 George De Lumen
Misters of Filipinas and Man of the World 2019 4th Runner-Up JP Ocat
Ginoong Pilipinas 2019 for Mr Universe Tourism Erik Lennart Visser
All this and more on TPP TV via The Philippine Pageantry!
During yesterday’s Press Presentation of the Mr. World Philippines 2018 Official Candidates, we were all expecting to see just fifteen (15) contenders based on earlier reports. But lo and behold, a 16th name was added on the PR list. And he was a pleasant surprise during the introductions.
Candidate #9 Ameen Sardouk of Parañaque City is a 27 year-old Fil-Lebanese who studies Export Management at the DLSU-College of Saint Benilde. He is a competitive basketball player who stands 6’4”. You will remember him as a Finalist of Century Tuna Superbods 2016 (watch video below) when he was 25.
Ameen is expected to provide a tougher competition to the original line-up of candidates. Aside from a towering height, he has this pleasantly engaging personality — not as effervescent as Andrew Wolff but with the right amount of charm to leave a good first impression in both public events and pre-pageant activities. What’s more, his athletic ability on the hardcourt could be a major plus factor if compared side-by-side with the other comers.
Watch out for more of Ameen Sardouk!
Last night, Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters co-hosted the Carrier AC-XP 2018 event along with Mr. World Philippines 2012 Andrew Wolff at the Sunlife Ampitheater, Maybank Performing Arts Center.
During yesterday’s product launch of My Daily Collagen Drink at Solaire Resort & Casino, the presence of both Andrew Wolff and Sam Ajdani (it would have been if John Spainhour was also around) got me into thinking about the possible staging of the next edition of Mr. World Philippines – the future winner of which is expected to banner the country’s representation in UK for 2018.
We all know that Arnold Vegafria (along with General Manager Bessie Besana) is in the midst of finalizing preparations for the formal launch of Miss World Philippines 2017. And knowing that the same individual now holds the Philippine franchise of Mr. World, plans for holding the search for the successor of reigning titleholder Sam Ajdani will follow suit – maybe not soon after, but either very late this year or early next. Mr. World 2018 will definitely happen in the May-June period so our next bet should be chosen a few months before.
So after Andrew Wolff, John Spainhour and Sam Ajdani, who could potentially be next? 🙂
It was a well-attended product launch at Solaire Resort & Casino that gathered Queens – Miss World Megan Young, Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters, Bb. Pilipinas Grand International Elizabeth Clenci, Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International Leren Mae Bautista, Bb. Pilipinas International Janicel Lubina, Mutya ng Pilipinas Janela Joy Cuaton and Mutya ng Bohol Glyssa Perez – and Kings – Mister World Philippines titleholders Andrew Wolff and Sam Ajdani (the brand endorser) – for My Daily Collagen Drink which is a 100% Japan-made product that has hit the Philippine market for the first time.
Cristian Imazu of Nizona Japan and Ana Perez of Global Wellness Enterprise partnered to give us the everyday collagen drink for health and beauty. It is formulated to promote a firmer, youthful and radiant skin, as it is fortified with Collagen, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, Elastin and Royal Jelly. It will be made available in wellness shops and health/beauty counters of popular outlets very soon! A 100ml bottle costs only P149.00 each so it is the most reasonably-priced collagen drink available right now.
Everyone had a pleasant time during the launch as even the Japanese partners introduced their other products that will definitely be hits in the local market. If you want to be one of the first to give them a try, visit http://ph.buyjapanproducts.com
In the meantime, here are more photos from the said event.
Last night, the swimsuit competition of Miss Global Philippines 2017 was held at La Carmela de Boracay with Mary Ann Mungcal (left photo) nosing out the other ladies to be named Best in Swimsuit. Jacqueline Mayoralgo and Dianne Santiago joined her for a Top 3 podium finish.
Earlier, the ladies spent the day doing fun activities on the beach before preparing for the night event that is considered an important segment of the entire pageant.
Here are more photos taken by my coverage partner Joy Arguil.
His advocacy? “I want to focus on helping towards the ongoing battle of eradicating poverty in Philippines by working alongside established charities in whatever way possible and I’m especially interested in being able to do some volunteering.”
While he is no Andrew Wolff or John Spainhour in terms of hype and celebrity status, Adam is certain that he can represent the Philippines well internationally, while further exploring his Filipino roots in the process. That is, if he ends up winning one of the titles.
It is not in my nature to point fingers after a less than successful pageant performance is in question. Instead, I try to look at where our candidate may have fallen short and from there, use the learnings for the next representative to work on and hopefully build a better gameplan that will yield the desired results.
In the case of Mr. World Philippines 2014 John Spainhour, there are several points to consider and zeroing in on just the last-minute selection will only open the proverbial can of worms that should be dissected and sanitized with care and understanding.
Let’s start with the most obvious, of course – the extremely rushed preparations. For starters, both John and Sam Ajdani were presented to the media less than a day before departure for London. And during the same event at Glorietta 5 Atrium, it was a puzzle to everyone present why there were only two high profile guys in attendance. I, for one, had the understanding that at least a dozen potential winners will be judged by the Ayala Malls team plus the duo of Ms. Cory Quirino and Arnold Vegafria.
So when the announcement was made that John will be for Mr. World 2014 and Sam for Mr. World 2015, it was met with applause and approval but accompanied by an underlying sense of trepidation on my part. My fleeting sentiment was further bolstered after knowing that the former will already be flying to Torquay early morning the following day.
How can John – under reasonable human conditions – cover all bases of representation in just a fraction of a day’s worth? It could be possible that he was already hinted of being the chosen one a day or two prior (travel arrangements may have already started being processed then). But my hunch is that his plane ticket was only issued right after the selection, with his wardrobe selected and packed into the night. And in the morning of May 30, he boarded the flight that brought him to London, and Torquay eventually.
So given the whirlwind run of things, what and how much can we really expect from our rep? On top of his good looks, we pretty much relied on whatever past and present credentials he had to offer – the training with the US Marines and the professional modeling experience that should have served him well in the areas of Extreme Challenge and Fashion & Style. But did we ever consider his real personality and how it will adapt to the other important demands of the competition?
In Multimedia, for example, we gradually discovered John’s naturally shy and self-effacing qualities. To be fair, he did his best – given the limitations of his grown-up traits – to constantly update his fans and supporters. But then again, he never reached out to the point of online interaction on a more personal level. It’s like he preferred giving readers bullets of activities that instantly satisfied the visitors, but left them wanting for more. Kudos should be given for the tens of thousands of likes. But full credit goes to the fans for that.
And when it was time to do the strength-depleting tasks at Lympstone, it really didn’t dawn on us that his training with the US Marines happened many years back. Constant gym workouts would have helped the cause, but he himself admitted on his page that he only realized after the commando training how much he has ‘rusted’ and that he was just too happy to have made it to Top 10 before starting the decisive mudflat finale where he finished 8th.
When the actual finals show started last night, I was already clued on what fate awaited him. Exposure was very minimal and there was little display of him goofing/bonding with the rest. He looked mighty fine during the live broadcast. No question about that. But the judges must have gazed their eyes beyond the handsome face and searched for someone who offered more than skin-deep endowments. Keep in mind that the people running the production would also feed crucial feedbacks on how the candidates behaved and blended. John must have initially registered well, but somehow lacked the long-term spark and interest to step into the Mr. World shoes with effervescence and a heartfelt joie-de-vivre.
At this juncture, let us not compare him to his predecessor Andrew Wolff who had a relatively longer (even if that isn’t really saying much) prep time because he was appointed many days before being presented to the Press. He was also an active player with the Philippine Volcanoes at the time and he only needed to continue with the show of tiptop physical force that never left his body before, during and after all the challenges.
Some might ask, whatever happened to our much talked-about coaching and pageant trainings? Well, he never got that. Besides, we train ladies better. Aside from the lack of time, there really is no polishing fully dedicated for male international pageant participants in the first place.
So what have we really learned from the John Spainhour experience?
1. Preparation is the first key – physically, emotionally and mentally.
2. Personality coaching is the second key – there is no room for “take me as I am” when the external character shows a profile entirely different from pageant dictates and practices. Behavioral adjustments can be made without breaking out bad.
3. Perseverance is the third key. In pageants, you have to want it to win it. The strategy may not work for all, but that is exactly where the elements of good luck and destiny fall into place. John may have wanted to win or place at very least. But the efforts may not have been enough, especially in the eyes of those who mattered most.
Dear readers, please don’t take this loooong post – in any way – as a show of my displeasure with how John Spainhour handled the whole thing in Torquay. I love the guy to bits. Seriously. But if something significant can be squeezed out of all this, then his sacrificial lamb role should help groom our next Mr. World into a well-rounded candidate more justifiably deserving of the country’s first victory in the same. 🙂