RESULTS REACTION: MISTER UNIVERSAL AMBASSADOR 2016

In my reckoning there were a couple of big surprises at this year’s Mister Universal Ambassador: one a very welcome and pleasant surprise, and the other a slight headscratcher.  Still, many of the favorites made the final cut and in general the Top 15 is very satisfying.  I got 11 out of 15 correct, with three that I missed in the “Bubbling Under” list and one in “Striking Distance”.  I also got seven of the Top Ten and three of the Top Five, though I have to also note that the guys who ended as my Top Two were only in my “Bubbling Under” list.

The closest thing to a “headscratcher” in the Top 15 was Azerbaijan (Joseph Jafarli) but then again, he’s an experienced model and he’s good-looking enough to be worthy of the final cut.  Still, I felt his slot would’ve been better served by a whole slew of other worthy guys like India (Parmeet Wahi), Japan (Ryo Arizumi), Korea (Park Su Min), Kyrgyzstan (Sengenas Valstis) and Netherlands (Cas Winters).  Needless to say, Parmeet and Cas missed the final cut yet again despite being strong contenders.

14485022_1247187422010846_3014376443592897426_n
Biggest surprise semifinalist: Azerbaijan (Joseph Jafarli).

There are two winners of the Lucas Malvacini award for this pageant, one the popular choice and the other my personal choice (based on my own forecast).  The popular choice would be Bosnia & Herzegovina (Sinan Subara)–there was a significant amount of fans rooting for this cutie, but somehow he fell short.

 

14494654_1067859623332484_6527694045409045156_n
Lucas Malvacini award–Popular choice: Bosnia & Herzegovina (Sinan Subara) (image courtesy of Sash Factor)

My own personal choice for the Lucas Malvacini award would be Colombia (Jose Oswaldo Ramos).  I thought hsi buffed physique is Top Ten worthy, but I do understand that his features (a mild resemblance to actor Benicio del Toro) may not be everyone’s cuop of tea.

14440811_173504676390252_2104444236428684631_n
Lucas Malvacini Award–Personal Choice: Colomiba (Jose Oswaldo Uribe)

For some pageant fans and pundits, one of the biggest shocks was Spain (Cristian Perez Llorente) missing out of the Final Five, as he’s the favorite to win it all.  I think what did him in was his rather too-casual styling during the Top 15 fashion parade, and his barely-impactful speech during the Top 10 round where they spoke about why they should become the next Mister Universal Ambassador.  I’ll discuss more on this in my full-fledged review.

14492383_1330517830326136_5124275104560501779_n
From big front-running favorite to mere Top Ten placement: Spain (Cristian Perez Llorente)

Two guys who I pegged in my “Bubbling Under” list ended up as the last two standing.  For the 2nd placer who got the title Mister Asia International, Vietnam (Truong Ngoc Tinh), I found his very high placement a tad puzzling, as I felt his slot would’ve better served by, say Dominican Republic (Alejandro Martinez) or Peru (Jesus Becerra Cerna) but then again, the Mister Asia International title wouldn’t be a good fit for those two Latinos, right?  Anyway, I have to remind myself that I am not the sole arbiter of taste, that perhaps the combo of judges that night simply liked him so much that they ranked him as high as he did.

14492430_1072416466210133_63457251299328419_n
Last two standing: Vietnam (Truong Ngoc Tinh) and Serbia (Aleksa Gavrilovic)

I realized I should’ve placed a lot more faith in Serbia (Aleksa Gavrilovic) than I had, as I thought placing in only one shortlist may hamper his overall standing.  But l know he deserved to fare very well as he does have a potent combination of good looks, buffed physique and strong communication skills.  Those qualities indeed served him well, and I was actually delighted he exceeded my expectations to the point that he ended up the winner.  All I can say is congratulations to him and may he have a nappy, productive reign ahead!

JUST ME!

JOSEPH

14492480_1072194182899028_2890322790666899514_n
Serbian pride: Mister Universal Ambassador 2016 Aleksa Gavrilovic of Serbia
14484661_1072247022893744_6463551751624213282_n
The final five: 2nd runner-up Philippines (Andrea Biondo), Mister Globe International 2016 Peru (Jesus Becerra Cerna), Mister Universal Ambassador 2016 Serbia (Aleksa Gavrilovic), Mister Asia International 2016 Vietnam (Truong Ngoc Tinh) and 1st runner-up Dominican Republic (Alejandro Martinez)
Images courtesy of Andy Cayna for Sash Factor unless otherwise indicated.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s