My second Press Presentation for the week took place at the Spring/Summer Ballroom of Ace Hotel & Suites where the Official Candidates of Mr. Republic of the Philippines were introduced to the media. Wearing their casual outfits by Whoops! and swimwear by Arielle Agasang, the twenty-five good-looking men showed their individual turns for the audience, followed by an open Q&A where majority of them took to the microphone and gave their replies to an assortment of questions – both easy and tricky. Two sponsors’ special awards were also handed out – Mr. Blaze to Benedict Tan and Mr. Whoops Apparel to Niño Allain de Ocampo.
A closed-door pre-judging followed where the contestants were further scored to find the ones who will make the semifinalists who will comprise the first cut during the finals scheduled for March 6 at the Maynila Ballroom of The Manila Hotel. Below is a photo grid of the candidates in swimwear action.
Since there will be three (3) titles – Mr. Worldwide International Philippines, Mr. Model of the World International/WCOPA Philippines and Mr. Runway Model of the World International Philippines – with two (2) runners-up each, I thought it best to share my promising nine below, with the potential winners highlighted in the upper part as #1, #2 and #3. Hence, the gentlemen I would like to see as titleholders are Wilfred Placencia Jr. for Mr. Worldwide, Archie Severino for Mr. Model of the World/WCOPA and Julius Buenviaje for Mr. Runway Model of the World.
Mr. Republic of the Philippines 2015 is produced by AA Pro Couture Frontliner Timeless USA/Phil. Inc. together with Presentors Dermaworld, David’s Salon and Tupperware Brands and Co-Presentors Ace Hotel & Suites, RCBC and Total Image.