In an unintentional blocking onstage before the announcement of the winners of Mister International 2015 last night at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila, my photographer-friend Joy Arguil got a shot of the four candidates above standing side-by-side – Reniel Villareal of the Philippines, Rafael Angelucci of Venezuela, Fernando Alvarez of Puerto Rico and Daniel Barreres. They are some of the heavy favorites to make up the magic circle alongside Pedro Mendes who was eventually named as the night’s most victorious contender.
The image was taken during the last assembly of the Top 5 with all the candidates. We all know by now that the Spanish hunk managed only a Top 15 finish, with the rest reaching only as high as Top 10. The Puerto Rican entry was obviously the most disappointed of not getting further up the ladder. I was told that he actually shed some tears over it, which was expected because the pressure was running high on his back. After all, his fellow compatriots won their respective male pageants in other parts of the world. But it is what it is – a competition where there can be only one #1.
At any rate, these four (4) individuals really gave their absolute best all throughout. They should still hold their heads up high after the final results have been judged and made public. Moving on should be the next most logical thing to do. And with departures happening today, my hope is that they enjoyed their time in the Philippines. Host delegate Reniel Villareal became close to most everyone and his bow in the Top 10 is no mean achievement considering the high quality of participants this year. 🙂