In 2018, it would be safe to say that the Asia/Pacific nosed out the other continental regions in international male pageantry with wins courtesy of Seung Hwan Lee of Korea in Mister International, Prathamesh Maulingkar of India in Mister Supranational, George Reylor De Lumen of the Philippines in Mister Universal Ambassador and Brata Angga Kartasasmita of Indonesia in Mr. Universe Tourism (who took over the reign of another Asian – Ion Perez of the Philippines). José-Manuel Alcalde of Chile snatched Mister Model International and Anthony Clarinda of Curacao copped Men Universe Model. There are several other male competitions to cite, but you can also add the victories of Vietnam in Man of the World, Tahiti in Mister Grand International, the Philippines in Mister Model Worldwide and Nepal in Mister Model of The World to add up to the score card of AsPac.
For 2019, we have the two biggest international male pageants happening in our shores come February (Mister International) and March (Mr World). So there really is so much to look forward to this side of the tilts in the Year of the Earth Pig!
Happy New Year everyone!
This is the time to be merry. Ceasefire on negativity, intrigues bashings and all things unpleasant.
All our Queens (and Kings) – major or minor in title – have done their best to bring pride to our country. Let us continue to celebrate them instead of looking at where to nitpick or say something to pull down their hard work and dedication.
Merry Christmas to one and all!
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray
Miss Eco International 2018 Cynthia Thomalla
Miss Asia-Pacific International 2018 Sharifa Akeel
Mister Universal Ambassador 2018 George Reylor de Lumen
Miss Multinational 2018 Sophia Senoron
Miss Tourism Worldwide 2018 Zara Carbonell
Miss Landscapes International 2018 Karen Grace Atienza
Miss Summer World 2018 Kacey Coleen Lim
Welcome back to the Philippines, Mister Universal Ambassador 2018 George Reylor de Lumen! Our new international pride in pageantry – and a male winner at that – flew in at 15:00hrs earlier from New Delhi via Kuala Lumpur.
We are so proud of you! 🇵🇭🤴🏼👏🏼 #misteruniversalambassador2018
Below is the Press Release of his win:
After the Philippines placed in the Top 10 during the inaugural edition last 2015, moved up to 2nd Runner-Up position last 2016 and inched so close to the title with a 1st Runner-Up finish last year, the #1 spot was finally claimed by a Filipino this year. George Reylor de Lumen is Mister Universal Ambassador 2018.
George, a 23 year-old model, digital artist and illustrator from Marikina City, outclassed eighteen (18) other candidates to become the first Philippine winner of the international male competition that culminated in the Grand Finals last November 24 at the Arya Auditorium Des Raj in Arya, New Delhi, India.
Armed with a good height of 6’1”, youthful looks that bring out his undeniable millennial appeal, talents that showcase his love for music & the arts and the heart of a true champion, George wowed the judges, organizers and fellow candidates from the get-go. In fact, he practically dominated all pre-pageant segments including the tough speech challenge where he was awarded the Best in Speech Special Award during the Finals. If that’s not enough, he also amazed everyone in the National Costume Competition where he wore an “Ibong Adarna”-inspired masterpiece by Designer Michael Barassi. He likewise topped this part with two trophies to show for his efforts before finally rising up the ladder of judgment.
He initially made the first cut to Final 12 before taking a well-earned spot in the Top 6. From that point, he showed his speech skills by convincing the panel of his reasons behind wanting to win the title. That pushed him to the Final 3 where he picked a question that he answered in a straightforward no-nonsense manner. And the rest is history.
It was an ASEAN sweep for the Top 3 with Agung Wira Jaya of Indonesia and Chitsanupong Soeksiri of Thailand taking 2nd and 3rd placements, respectively.
Let us celebrate the victory of George Reylor de Lumen who fulfilled his promise of winning the title in India. Indeed, he is a captivating role model who wears the crown on his head and advocacies in his heart.
George with his ever-reliable Manager James Tiu
Mister Universal Ambassador 2018 George Reylor De Lumen (middle) is flanked by 1st Runner-Up Agung Wira Jaya of Indonesia (left) and 2nd Runner-Up Chitsanupong Soeksiri of Thailand
Mister Universal Ambassador 2018 is George Reylor De Lumen of the Philippines!
1st Runner Up: Agung Wira Jaya of Indonesia
2nd Runner Up: Chitsanuphong Soeksiri of Thailand
George was also awarded Best in Speech and Best in National Costume (created by Michael Barassi).
The Finals was held at the Arya Auditorium Des Raj in Arya, New Delhi, India.
Congratulations George! We Love You!
P.S.: Without a doubt, the late Col. Ricardo Nolasco Jr of Hannah’s Beach Resort & Convention Center (Philippine Franchise Holder of MUA) is smiling from up there and super proud of you!
George in his Michael Barassi NatCos which won our bet the National Costume award
Tonight is the night when we shall find out if all the hardwork, discipline and determination of Mr Hannah’s World Tourism Philippines and Mister Universal Ambassador Philippines 2018 George Reylor De Lumen will be rewarded with a victory during the Finals of Mister Universal Ambassador 2018 in Arya, New Delhi, India.
He performed well during the one-on-one interviews, displayed an acoustic singing talent that made the judges sit up and take notice (and even record), delivered a speech that propelled him to the Top 5 in this part of the competition, proudly presented a fantastic National Costume that elicited oohs and aahs from production and fellow candidates and blended well with everyone to show that he is more than a captivating role model not only to Filipinos but the rest of the world.
Here’s to a golden performance in the end game, George. You deserve to make it to the top! 🇵🇭💪🏻🤴🏼
Photos by Jai Murcillo
Suit by: Jhay Layson
Grooming: Shai Mejia
Stylist: James Tiu
Location: Lucky Buddha Photography Studio
Presenting to you the “Ibong Adarna”-inspired National Costume to be worn in competition by Mister Universal Ambassador Philippines 2018 George Reylor de Lumen in New Delhi, India for Mister Universal Ambassador 2018.
The entire ensemble is created by Designer Michael Barassi who gave us the inspiration and description of his masterpiece below:
George has started his quest for the title that came so close to being captured by our representatives the last three years. Alexis Martinez placed Top 10 the first edition, Andrea Biondo got 2nd Runner-Up the next and Paul Guarnes was named 1st Runner-Up last 2017. Could 2018 be the year that we finally finish on top?
Let us wish him the best in his mission! Finals will be on November 24 in Arya, New Delhi, India.
Additional credits for the photos:
Photographer: Jai Murcillo
Grooming: Shai Mejia
Location: Lucky Buddha Photography Studio
Last May 12, he was crowned Mr Hannah’s World Tourism Philippines 2018 at the Resorts World Manila. And as promised, he will represent the country in an international competition.
Officially now, the 23 Year-old 6’1” George Reylor de Lumen is Mister Universal Ambassador Philippines 2018 and will represent the country in this year’s edition of the male pageant in Jaipur, India this coming November.
More updates about his preparations for the big mission up ahead soon!
Photo credit: Raymond Cauilan / HMUA: Lenard Vasquez