Aside from their good looks and personality, and well-defined physique, the main reason why they won in the international competitions is the fact that both candidates are down-to-earth and equipped with good attitude.
Last week was one of the highlight of male pageantry in our country as two of our candidates won the title in their respective international pageants. The two pageants were – Mister Star Model Universe 2018 (won by Baron Andrews), which was held in Lima, Peru, and Mister Universe Tourism (won by Iion Perez), which was held in Pasig City, Philippines.
Early last week, Baron competed in the Mister Star Model Universe 2018 pageant held in Lima, Peru. He competed against representatives from other parts of the globe and won. His runners-up were the representatives from Peru and Mexico. I personally believe that his brown-colored skin that is very Filipino made him stand out among all the other candidates. Also, he has a very down to earth and friendly character that would make him win the heart of the people. Baron wore a tribal national costume inspired from the Tiboli tribe of Mindanao made by yours truly.
While last Tuesday, Iion competed in the Mister Universe Tourism pageant held in Pasig City, Philippines. He competed against 20 other candidates from different countries. The Top 5 were Mr. Thailand, Mr. India, Mr. Guam, Mr. Indonesia and Mr. Philippines. I was given a privilege to be one of the judges in this international pageant and the judges were unanimous in choosing Mr. Philippines, Iion as the winner.
The other winners were Mr. Indonesia (1st runner-up) and Mr. India (2nd runner-up). The candidates of Mr. Universe Tourism 2018 also wore the Barong Tagalog created by some members of the Designer Circle Philippines (DCP) in one segment. And I was given a privilege to dress up Mr. Philippines, Mr. Thailand and Mr. Guam who all made it to the Final 3. In the interview portion of the Top 5, Iion used an interpreter and answered the question on his native dialect, Kapampangan. It somehow helped him express his answer well and made him win the title.
One common factor both Iion and Baron have is that they are both down to earth. I find them both very nice and without any bad attitude at all. I believe winning their respective pageants was not just because of their good looks and well defined body, but also having a very good personality and attitude which helped them achieved their dreams of becoming international title holders.