I typically would want to commit to posting my results reaction article within 24 hours after the pageant has ended.  But since we dealt with a triple whammy of major international pageant finals being held on the same date (along with all the sleep sacrificed to deliver those homestretch review articles), there are limits to what an adrenaline rush could provide, and my body wound down a bit as a result.

Now that I recovered a bit, I have to note that even if the conduct of the finals seem to harken back to the scaled down editions of 2000 and 2003, I felt a rush of euphoria as I followed the updates on this pageant–partly because I learned that they brought back the shirtlessness, as their opening number featured the 48 contestants parading shirtless in jeans.  Of course most of them do deliver the goods.

I think the bulk of the evening turned into a talent show, as all ten Talent challenge finalists performed their talents.  England (Roland Johnson) performed with a full band (he probably was already part of a band before he competed in pageants), and I learned reading in a messageboard post on a popular (though controversial) website that Czech Republic (Milan Nevosad) used to perform his hip-hop dance for children–so my “children hugging a sequoia” reference in my homestretch review may not be too far-fetched after all.  The judges liked pop music after all, so Canada (Darren Hayes… oops, I mean Frankie Cena) beat the more classical stylings of Mongolia (Daniel Dae Kim… oops, I mean Enkhbold Erdenetuya) in this challenge.

Host Mylene Klaas with the 10 Talent finalists
England with band. Nope, the other bandmates are not Mister World contestants.
Pop (Canada) vs Classical (Mongolia): Pop prevails!
Sequoia dancing: Czech Republic performing his hip-hop number. Is he doing Gangnam Style?

I was surprised on who was shortlisted in the Multimedia challenge:  I thought South Africa (Andrew Govender), Turkey (Barış Aslan), and Venezuela (Jessus Zambrano) would be in the running, but they were nowhere to be found.  Instead, we have Belgium (Gianni Sennesael), Canada, Colombia (Francisco Escobar), Netherlands (Bas Gosewisch), and the Philippines (Andrew Wolff) shortlisted.  Again, this challenge is dominated by members of the Blue team.  Surprisingly, even if he was not able to upload his video during the Canterbury tour (only a couple of days afterwards), the Philippines won.  Good thing that the judges did not take it against him that there were internet connectivity issues during the Canterbury tour and judged based on the finished product (which is well-made, and packed with great information) and the amount of interaction with the fans.

Mylene Klaas with the five multimedia finalists

Apparently they changed the rules a bit for the Fashion & Style challenge.  Instead of selecting a Top 10 who will then undergo a makeover with stylists, this challenge is now simply all 48 contestants wearing their most fashionable outfits and determine the winner from there.  Well, it’s so obvious that Vietnam (Trương Nam Thành), who sported a gold suit and brown boots for this round, would win based on the new rules.  I wish the organizers thought about how to more properly implement this challenge more thoroughly and factor in real-life criteria in what the fashion world looks for in a male model–it might come to the point that a guy wearing drag or sporting an outré Lady Gaga style would win this in subsequent editions!

Fashion & Style winner Vietnam

I completely expected Croatia (Vanja Grgeć) to win the Extreme Sports challenge and Ireland (Leo Delaney) to win the Sports challenge.  Now I find it too brutal that after the challenge winners are accounted for, there are only five slots remaining for the rest of the finalists.  Two of the challenge winners, frankly, would not be finalist caliber if it weren’t for their challenge wins.  Especially with the caliber of contestants this year, they need to have opened up more slots (if you ask me, five more, but two more would’ve also been acceptable).  So many awesome guys are left out as a result.  Most pageant fans and pundits are particularly upset at the exclusion of Mexico (Enrique Ramírez Mayagoitia)–with all the expectations by several pageant fans and pundits of him clinching the title, he deserves to be granted the Lucas Malvacini award.  I personally lament at the exclusion of Spain (Alvaro Villanueva Santos)–he still remains my Beefcake Behemoth in this contest.

Lucas Malvacini awardee: Mexico
Beefcake Behemoth: Spain

I got 6/10 semifinalists in my “fearful” forecast, but the four I did not get, they were always in serious consideration and were in my “Bubbling Under” list, so I’m satisfied with their inclusion.  It’s interesting how the three Manhunt 2011 semifinalists (Belgium, England, and Vietnam) all made the final cut in this contest, too.  Also, notice that the Top 10 is again dominated by the Blue Team, which occupied 6/10 slots.

The Top Ten

I know four men from this roster are in serious contention for the Final Three spots, and though I’m sad Croatia failed to advance further, I am totally pleased with the final three of Colombia, Ireland, and the Philippines.  I don’t even care how they ended up ranking as for me whatever combination would still yield an excellent result.  Any one of them would make a worthy winner.

I know we’re supposed to focus on the three guys in front, but I can’t help but look at the row behind them, especially the guy on the far right–isn’t he so… ridiculously photogenic?

So the final results had it with Ireland taking 3rd place, Philippines 2nd place, and Colombia winning the title.  Though I patriotically wanted my countryman to win it, the mere fact that he forged a breakthrough for our nation in this pageant and ranked as high as he did amidst a bevy of extremely competitive and handsome contestants brought my heart glee–the first words in my head are “Happy Happy Joy Joy”–see snippet of that Ren & Stimpy song below:

I couldn’t help resist that if Andrew would have this moment re-enacted in a local TV drama, I have the perfect actor to play Francisco Escobar–Carlos Agassi!  All Carlos would need to do is slim down a bit (because Francisco is more lean and sinewy than beefy and muscular) and sport a nose prosthetic and they would be perfect deadringers!

Modeling photos of Carlos Agassi and Mister World 2013: notice the resemblance?

On a parting note, I wanted to embed the new Mister World’s own video showing all 48 contestants saying hello and introducing themselves as he filmed them.  Most of the 48 contestants post-pageant had expressed that though they might be disappointed at not winning, they would not forget the friendships they have forged.  I salute all 48 of them, but of course, congratulations to the worthy new Mister World!



The Top Two. Blue Team rules!!!

All images courtesy of Mister World unless otherwise indicated.


I never would’ve scored a perfect score in my “fearful forecast” for Mister International–this is because I forgot that they are selecting a Top 16, not a Top 15!  Anyway, whatever the case, I had a good batting average this time:  I got 10 out of the 16 correct!  And three of the guys in my Top 5 made it, including the winner so I’m mighty pleased.  Four of those I missed are in the “Bubbling Under” list, so in my book I also did pretty well.

Still, I found baffling why one of my Top Three frontrunners, Ireland, totally missed the cut.  Sure, his skin color is pasty white, but you can still see definition in his physique even with the pale color.  Seriously, are the two “headscratchers” truly better than him?

Lucas Malvacini awardee: Ireland

Let’s discuss the two “headscratchers” who made it, starting with China.  Okay, he redeemed himself a bit by cleaning up his stubble and looking better than expected.  But still, seriously, him over Ireland?

Even more baffling to me is that Malaysia, who I rated as among the bottom of the pack, went even further and landed in the Top 10.  Sure he has a buffed physique, but so is Mr. Ireland and Ireland has a better looking face than this guy.  But looking at the final night pictures, it suddenly dawned on me–he looks like a very special person in my life, that if his voice sounds like smoked hickory, I would probably break down and weep.  Still, I would rather see, say, ex-Manhunt contestants like Costa Rica and Spain making the cut instead of him.

I’m glad redemption from a Manhunt non-finalist came to France.  I just only hoped that besides Ireland, Costa Rica and Spain joined him, too.


I was surprised Mr. Slovak Republic went as far as becoming 4th runner-up.  I only placed him in my “Bubbling Under” list.  Still, I’m okay with his placement.  There are some pageant fans who hated seeing Singapore in the Top Five.  Considering he garnered a special award prior to the proceedings, I sensed that he would do well, but I didn’t expect that he’ll beat the likes of Brazil and Slovenia to become first runner-up.  Still I’m not really violently objecting and just put it as a difference in taste.  There were similar objections over the Top Five placements of Indonesia and Vietnam last year, remember?

The winning court: Brazil (3RU), Singapore (1RU), Lebanon (winner), Slovenia (2RU), Slovak Republic (4RU)

Congratulations again to Lebanon for his well-deserved win.  He possesses that killer mix of handsomeness, sex appeal, and charisma characteristic of winners in this pageant. Job well done!



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Flanked by the two most recent Mister International winners: Ryan Terry of Great Britain (L), and Cesar Curti of Brazil (R)

All images courtesy of Julio Rodriguez of Belleza Venezolana unless otherwise indicated.


I will probably be semi-vague about my sentiments as I’m planning to prepare a full-fledged review on this pageant’s finals (probably will be posted in a week or two).  I was at the venue of the live finals (after a long ride going there since I rarely venture into the Alabang area and live very far from there) and I think the intention of holding this pageant again outdoors in front of an elegant country club facade was to recapture the magic of the 2006 finals, when it was held in front of the National Museum.  There was a swimming pool right in front of the facade, where they installed a curving catwalk, plus stairs and a platform.  It does make for an interesting effect, to say the least.

The overall program was fast-paced in general, especially since it was broadcast live on Star World.  It was almost glitch-free, and there was only a brief overrun of about 5-10 minutes for the scheduled two-hour program (it was mostly brief and barely noticeable extended lulls that caused it, so subsequent rebroadcasts in this cable channel would probably be able to shorten the program to their typical 1 hour and 40 minutes with commercials).

Hosts Marc Nelson and Sandra Seifert

Admittedly I was very off in my “fearful” forecast, only getting seven of the actual Top 16, but with the exception of one, the rest were in my “Bubbling Under” list anyway, so it’s not bad in my reckoning.  There is one thing that I was glad I was wrong about in my “fearful” forecast–the gorgeous Miss Brazil  made the final cut (and how!) despite not medaling.  Turns out the medal scores do not carry as much weight as I (and most pageant fans and pundits) have presumed.  Conversely, I was shocked at the exclusion of some erstwhile medal leaders like Turkey and Thailand (the latter could be easily explained away after I took a closer look after the pageant, but I’m still a bit baffled by the former even if I learned from a member of the prejudging panel that she “lacked spark” during that round).  Many of the ones I missed are refreshing additions so I don’t have serious objections, with the exception of one or two, whom I would rather replace with the aforementioned two medal leaders.  But I wished there was a black girl in that roster (I was of course hoping for Kenya, but it’s again a shut-out for her…).

Most of the Top 16 semifinalists after being called.
Boy, I was glad I was wrong! Brazil made it!
Wonder what happened to her in prejudging?
Playfully mock-weeping about her non-placement: Miss Thailand with a fan after the pageant (image courtesy of Cuizon-Alinsug Ko-Ko)
No room for a black girl?

As the night wore on, I felt that though despite some merits, it seems to be mostly set up for one particular delegate to advance, and maybe win it all.  As the final results were announced, it was mostly a mixed, bittersweet emotion I felt.  But I’m unequivocally glad about one thing: they selected an absolutely gorgeous lady as the winner.

There seems to be a common link between 2009, 2011, and this year, if you see the triptych I created below.  I hoped for a fresh mix, but that wasn’t realized this year.  Nevertheless, it seems based on the spontaneous hugs amongst all the delegates behind the scenes prior to the announcement of results, the delegates themselves were satisfied with the outcome.  I still respect the final decision and am relieved that I do not need to subtitle my upcoming review as “Homeland Glories (Part 5)”.  All hail Tereza Fajksova, Miss Earth 2012!



Can you figure out what they have in common? The Miss Earth elemental courts of 2009, 2011, and 2012. (2009 courtesy of Jory Rivera for OPMB Worldwide, 2011 and 2012 sourced from

Images courtesy of Jory Rivera and Bruce Casanova of OPMB Worldwide unless otherwise indicated.