You can call it title-switching or better yet, a shuffling of pageant assignments. There are some pretty significant changes at Mr. Republic of the Philippines 2015. And everything’s looking good so far.
Now I can fully understand why three (3) runners-up were named for each of the original titles. It all made sense during the Thanksgiving and Victory Party hosted by AA Pro Couture Head Arielle Agasang at Finio Cafe and Restaurant in Tomas Morsto, QC.
First off, the organization acquired four (4) new male pageant franchises, namely Mr. Mundial Universe, Mr. Tourism Intercontinental, International Best Male Model World and Mr. Diversity Culture International.
As a result, there are also three (3) new titleholders. So officially, the six (6) Mr. RP representatives will now be as follows:
Mr. Mundial Universe Philippines 2015 Archie Severino for Mr. Mundial Universe 2015 to be held in Arequipa, Peru.
Mr. Runway Model of the World Philippines 2015 Wilfred Placencia Jr. for International Best Male Model World 2015 to be hosted in Benadorm, Spain.
Mr. Model of the Year International Philippines/WCOPA 2015 Ian Barrett for the World Championship of the Performing Arts/Model of the Year International 2015 in Long Beach, California.
Mr. Tourism Intercontinental Philippines 2015 Carl Lagaña (formerly 1st Runner-Up) for Mister Tourism Intercontinental 2015 happening in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic this coming July.
Mr. Worldwide Philippines 2015 John Raphael Camitan (formerly 3rd Runner-Up) for Mr. Worldwide 2015 in Florida, USA.
Mr. Diversity Culture International Philippines 2015 Benedict Tan (formerly 1st Runner-Up) for the Mr. Diversity Culture International 2015 in Malaysia come December.
In addition, there are four (4) runners-up – Allain de Ocampo, Marc Paulo Noces, Vincent Loga and Ronald Kim Legaspi – who might join Ian Barrett in Long Beach for the WCOPA stint pending the acquisition of their US Visas and travel requirements.
Best of luck in your training and preparations, guys! 😀