Paul wearing his Philippine Eagle-inspired NatCos made by Edwin Uy for the competition
Photo credit: Andy Cayna for Sash Factor
For a national male pageant titleholder, Paul Guarnes had one of the shortest and most stressful period of preparations for his international competition. Just imagine this. He won Gentlemen of the Philippines 2017 last September 9, and was given only up to September 25 to ready himself for the trip to Mister Universal Ambassador 2017 in Makassar, Indonesia. The two short weeks leading to his September 26 flight to the host city was crammed with an endless string of deadlines to meet – homecoming victory visit to his home province of Iloilo, fitting and coordinating with several fashion designers for his wardrobe, more training and coaching to fully polish his presentation skills, making himself available for Pilipinas Men’s Fashion Week, doing Charity Work with Belmeré for the wounded soldiers from the Marawi City crisis and continuing his fitness regimen at the gym. If there is one thing that needed the least of concern, it was his innate ability to fluidly articulate himself in public or interviews – be it in a plain or profound manner. That is his biggest ace, and what actually sealed his win in the national level.
Right now, Paul is in the thick of international competition, and early feedback is saying that he has easily warmed up to both the locals and the organizers who have shown fondness for his ever-smiling presence. Quoting our representative, “I was thinking of bringing everyone to the Philippines. But then I realized, no, I will bring (the) Philippines to everyone.”
That is exactly what he has been proudly displaying to everyone. He is showing off our culture and naturally warm disposition.
It is still too early to make a definite forecast as to how he will eventually place in the finals. But Paul is not the type to back down from an imposing challenge. His objective remains clear, just like the guiding acronym L.I.N.A.O. (Losing is not an option) that keeps him steadfast on the right track.
I may no longer be part of Gentlemen Charities Inc (GCI), but my support for Paul and any other titleholder wearing the Philippine sash in an international pageant remains firm.
Thank you to Designers Edwin Uy, Jun-G Candelario, Adam Balasa, Rafael Louis Gonzales, Julius Pegarro Jaguio and Don Cristobal for all the the support. Thanks also to Shandy Montecarlo Lim, Jed Velasco and Hep Benitez for precious help during the preparations.
Best of luck, Mister Universal Ambassador Philippines 2017! Do the country proud! 🙂