Who will be the 1st Man of the World?
The Man of the World international pageant is set to crown its inaugural winner in a glitzy presentation to be held at One Esplande at the SM Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City on Friday, July 28.
The 28 official candidates vying for the title are: Ali Mansour Nawruzi, Afghanistan; Ahmed Merdoukh Fahd, Algeria; James Carne, Australia; Daniel Jose Da Luz Da Gracia, Cape Verde; Junjie Huang, China; Christian Hernandez Ruiz, Colombia; Mostafa Galal Mophammed Elezali, Egypt; Habib Mohamed Ali, England; Kaido Matson, Estonia; Felix Bothen, Gibraltar; Jake Edward Limtiaco, Guam; Ifnu Viqri Al Krani, Indonesia; Tasuya Furuyama, Japan;Jung Goo Young, Korea; Iven Mercieca, Malta; Victor Suiu, Moldova; Aung Ko Ko, Myanmar; Shree Ram Chand, Nepal; Abou Sahyoun Wassim, Palestine; Chistopher Dulagan, Philippines; Enrique Antonio Santana Perez, Puerto Rico; Ikhwan Risydah Nasuha Bin Sapi'ee, Singapore; Marc Torres, Spain; Damith Chandima Bandara Wijayatunga, Sri Lanka; Abdullah Srayddin, Syria; Nooltribut Phiratthaphong, Thailand; Nguyen Huu Long, Vietnam; and John Mwila, Zambia.
The pageant aims to select the best man for the advocacy of spreading educational awareness by forging partnerships with schools and promoting tourism, said PEPPS President Carlo Morris Galang, during an interview.
Last Wednesday, July 26, the 28 candidates took part in the preliminary competition at House Manila on Newport Boulevard in Pasay City. They competed in three categories - casual wear, high fashion and formal wear.
No winners were announced in each of the three categories. But those with highest combined scores in the three categories will comprise this year's semifinalists. This year's semifinalists will be announced during the finals.
At the preliminaries, three special awards were handed to lucky contestants.
Mr. Philippines bagged the special corporate awards for Mr. Kojie San Men and Diana Stalder Facial and Skin Care Center.
The candidates also took part in the national costume competition in Dumaguete province. Their official photos were taken by famed photographer Raymond Saldana.
For the first time, male candidates from Syria and Palestine are taking part in an international pageant for men.
But Mr. Syria Abdullah Srayddin missed the press presentation at Icon Hotel in Quezon City when he arrived in the country hours after the show last July 20.
Asked about the security concerns for the Syrian bet, Zohaib, anchor for dubaifashion.tv, said: "There's nothing to worry about the security for Abdullah. Actually, he is a Syrian who lives in Dubai."
Zobaid is also the handler of Abdullah and nine other men taking part in the male contest.
Mr. Palestine Abou Sahyoun Wassim said that this is the first time that his country is joining a male pageant. "It's my first time in Manila and I love it!"
Police Inspector Christopher Dulagan, the Philippines' bet to the pageant, welcomed the international delegates to the contest. "I hope you will enjoy your stay here and thank you for joining Man of the World."
Asked about his chances in the pageant, Dulagan said: "We will make it! If I will not win the title, I am proud to say that this contest will surely help me in honing my personality. I will really treasure this moment." - ROBERT REQUINTINA