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
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
Stephie Venice Zanoria Cabahug of Cognizant is the first-ever BPO Queen during the finals held at Mall of Asia Arena last night.
1st Runner-Up is Nicole Silvestre of Concentrix, with 2nd Runner-Up Khloe Candy of E Performax.
BPO Queen is the pageant dedicated to transgender candidates working in the Business Process Outsourcing Industry in the Philippines. Among the judges are actress Jef Gaitan, showbiz media writer Jojo Panaligan, Palanca Award Winning Scriptwriter Eric Cabahug, Designer Eddie Baddeo, Mr Hannah’s World Tourism Philippines 2018 George Reylor de Lumen and yours truly.
Watch the winning answer of top winner Stephie of Cebu to the Final 3 Q&A.