MISTER UNIVERSAL AMBASSADOR 2016: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (PART 2)

GREECE – Spyros Papakonstantinou.  He’s very handsome, but he has not figured in the shortlist of any challenge event.  He could be an underrated gem that deserves better notice.

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HONG KONG – Pei Zhi Kiang.  There are strong, formidable Asian contenders in this batch, but this one is one of the weaker links.

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INDIA – Parmeet Wahi.   My favorite beefcake behemoth during the 9th edition of Mister International, I’m rooting for him to gain vindication in this pageant.  He seems on track, as he got shortlisted in sports, but I’m a tad worried he’s not shortlisted in swimwear–I’ve noticed he seemed a tad too lean during the swimsuit competition, albeit his physique is still enviably rippled.  I know communication is not his strongest suit, but I hope his other qualities would be enough for him to advance.

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INDONESIA – Eka Wijaya.  He was short-listed in two “homely” categories, sports and talent (he’s a singer).  But actually, he is good looking and appealing, and remember he is the host contestant, so we should consider him a shoo-in.

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JAPAN – Ryo Arizumi.  In international pageantry lately, this country is in the headlines for sending mixed-race contestants–obviously Miss Universe 2015 Top Ten semifinalist Ariana Miyamoto started a big trend, as this was followed by the Mister World representative (half-Australian Yuki Sato), the Miss World reprersentative (Priyanka Yoshikawa) and now this guy, who is half-Pakistani.  He was shortlisted in sports and is one of four contenders for Mister Photogenic.  Looks like an inside track to the Top 15 are in the cards for him.

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KOREA – Park Su Min.  Though there are other Asians generating heavier buzz, he holds his own and earned a shortlist in swimwear.  With the right styling, he is a strong semifinals possibility.

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KYRGYZSTAN – Sengenas Valstis.  The pageant sites Sash Factor and Missosology are all agog over this guy, and I understand his appeal–in our shores, we do dig his Asian-boyish features.  He’s also one of the four contenders for Mister Photogenic.  Can he parlay that appeal to garner a semifinal spot?

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LEBANON – Keven Martin.  Lookswise, he seemed to be in serious contention, but he only got shortlisted in sports.  I think one quibble that might prevent him from sustaining that long Lebanese tradition of making the cut is that he went a bit overboard in the “steam” factor, like in his formal wear photo below (he’s the only one baring his chest, if you notice).  This would work if he was competing in the Dominican Republic, but this is Indonesia, and the pageant format is a tad more conservative (though the swimsuit competition made one want to fan oneself from the blazing heat).

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MACAU – Yan Chuan Qi.  Of the Chinese contenders in this year’s pageant, he’s the one who’s most likely to make the cut, judging from his shortlists in speech and swimwear.  He does have strong appeal and worthy of belonging in the final cut.

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MALAYSIA – Jason Ganesan.  Like Macau, he made the cut in both speech and swimwear.  He is not conventionally handsome, but he does ooze with a smoldering, manly appeal that he’s likely going to make the final cut.

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MEXICO – Eduardo Marquez.  He’s cute, but it looks like he’s overshadowed by sterling contenders out there.

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MOLDOVA – Dubceac Petru.  Just like Bosnia & Herzegovina, he exudes a cute, boyish appeal (without the scruff), but his skinny frame may put him out of contention with this formidable group.

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MONTENEGRO – Muhamed Berisa.  I think his 5th place finish in the sports competition is achievement enough for him as he doesn’t seem to exude much charisma to make serious inroads.

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MYANMAR – Thet Paing.  He is not conventionally handsome but he does have some appeal, especially with his beefily muscular physique.  Still, he’s simply middle of the pack with the wealth of stellar contenders out here.

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NETHERLANDS – Cas Winters.  Just like India, I’m rooting for this 6’3″ behemoth to gain some vindication here and make the final cut.  Hope his half-Indonesian heritage will work to his advantage here.

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NORWAY – Romush Hiseni.  This guy has the most boyishly handsome face in this batch.  I’m wondering about his heritage as his name sounds Middle Eastern, not native Norwegian.  Is it Persian like Eurovision 2012 singer Tooji?  Anyway, I think we should consider his sports shortlist placement as his highlight as I don’t see him in serious contention for the finals–he doesn’t have a buffed physique.

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COMING UP:  PANAMA to VIETNAM plus the “FEARFUL” FORECAST

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