Miss World Philippines Organization head Arnold Vegafria (right) with his wards (from left) Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez, Miss Multinational Philippines Kimi Mugford, Miss Eco Philippines Maureen Montagne, and Miss World Philippines Katarina Rodriguez. (Photo by ARMIN P. ADINA / Contributor)
PH staging of Mister World pushes through – for now
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ staging of the Mister World pageant will push through in June, according to talent manager and events organizer Arnold L. Vegafria, head of the Miss World Philippines Organization.
“We’ll be busy in June,” Vegafria told media men who attended the send-off press conference for Miss Eco Philippines Maureen Montagne at the Sabor Bar de Vinos of Novotel Manila Araneta Center in Quezon City on Monday afternoon.
Montagne will compete in the Miss Eco International pageant in Egypt on March 29 and will try to inherit the title currently held by Filipino queen Cynthia Thomalla.
The Mister World contest in the Philippines, technically the 2018 edition of the biennial global competition for “the most desirable men in the world,” was originally set for August 2018, but it was later moved to the first quarter of 2019.
Earlier this year, the local organizing committee announced that it would be rescheduled for June 2019.
Vegafria also said the organizers of the Mister Eco International contest had asked him if he could help them hold their global contest in the Philippines.
“But I told them it’s too much for me after Mister World in June. Maybe next year. Let’s target back-to-back male pageants in the Philippines,” he said.
The organizers are eyeing an August staging for its maiden edition.
“But they may also hold it in January,” Vegafria added.
He also said that the first edition of the Mister Multinational contest will take place alongside the Miss Multinational pageant in January next year.
JB Saliba, a Sports Science degree holder from the University of the Philippines, won the Mister World Philippines contest last year. He will be the host delegate for the international contest in June.
His co-winner, Marco Poli, finished in the top 20 in the 2018 Mister Supranational contest in Poland in December.
Robin Hanrath was proclaimed Mister Eco Philippines, while Denver Hernandez received the Mister Multinational title. /atm