Three years, one month and one week – that will be the exact length of the reign of Rohit Khandelwal as Mr World by the time he awards his successor on August 23 at the Araneta Coliseum. He is happy to be back in the Philippines but will be promptly flying back to India the day after the proclamation night to jumpstart his Bollywood career.
I had a brief one-on-one with Rohit where he answered three questions during the Presscon held at the Anahaw Function Room of Novotel Manila Araneta Center earlier. Watch below.
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!
Five Asian winners in the international pageant stage for 2016 so far
Even in male pageants, Asian men are not lagging behind
Thailand won Miss Tourism Metropolitan International as well
To date, 2016 has been a harvest-filled year for Asians in the global pageant stage – both female and male categories. Miss International, Miss Supranational, Miss Grand International, The Miss Globe, Miss United Continents and Miss Tourism Metropolitan International have reigning winners from the continent courtesy of Kylie Verzosa, Srinidhi Shetty, Ariska Putri Pertiwi, Dimple Patel, Jeslyn Santos and Chalisa Amanda respectively.
On the other side, Mister World, Mister Model International, Mister Tourism World and Man of the Year are also now being held by Asians via Rohit Khandelwal, Narapat Sakunsong, Okkar Min Maung and Karan Singhdole respectively.
And the year is not over yet. With three more finals coming in soon – Miss World, Miss Tourism International and Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International – I bet the number will increase.
And mind you, I did not even include Miss Asia which has a Filipina titleholder as this contest is continent-focused.
Truly, Asia is in its best year of performance in international pageantry. 🙂
2014 for John Spainhour, 2015 for Sam Ajdani (Photo credit: enchos.com)
Photo credit: Jory Rivera
It’s not like the Philippines is wanting for world-class Filipinos to represent the country in Mr. World. But when we are served with such outstanding mixed-race hunks like John Spainhour and Sam Ajdani, there’s no other choice but to become our most submissive selves. Truth be told, their formal selections as Mr. World Philippines 2014 and 2015 respectively have become causes for constant shouts of joy and adulation. Not only do they give reasons to hope for our very first Mr. World victory, they could also pave the way for a back-to-back top finish in Julia Morley’s desirable male caravan.
John Spainhour of the Philippines (first row, crouching, 2nd from left) with the other Mr. World 2014 candidates in Torbay.
John (extreme left) in a selfie with three other Mr. World 2014 hopefuls.
And if John Spainhour starts his campaign in Torbay on the right foot (as I assume he will), we could be on another pageant roll and extend the winning streak of 2013 even more.
My excitement is unbridled. Let the games begin! 😀