112508: Pageant Tidbits

Asians were highly favored in the recently concluded Mister International pageant.

The Top 3 winners are from Asia (Vietnam, Lebanon, China) and five others made it to the semi-finals: India, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan (ROC).

Pageant fanatics are not generally in favor of the results.

Nothing to wonder though, because Mister International is organized by Mister Singapore Organization and was held in Taiwan.

The host candidate won two special awards, Mister Photogenic and Best National Costume other than placing in the Top 15.

Mister Vietnam Ngo Tien Doan was a Manhunt International 2007 Top 15 semi-finalist and took home the "Mr. Physique" award.

Mister Belgium Koen Van De Voorde, who placed in the Top 10, represented Luxembourg in Manhunt International 2008 last May and there he finished 13th.

Unfortunately, Mister Angola Claudio Furtado was 4th Runner Up in Manhunt International 2008, but he failed to make it to the semis of Mister International 2008.

Other favorites who didn't place in the finals were the representatives from Luxembourg, Malta, Latvia, Honduras, Nigeria and Bolivia.

For three years, Lebanon always ends up in the Top 5. Lebanon was the winner in 2006, 4th Runner Up in last year and 1st Runner Up this year.

It's the third consecutive time for Lebanon, Greece, USA, Venezuela and Singapore to place in the Mister International finals.


Last Saturday, November 22, the 20th Miss Model of the World was held in Guangdong Province, China. Miss Ukraine Mariia Lakimuk won the title with Miss China Wang Hongmin and Miss Turkey Serap Tunc as the runners up. The other two in the Top 5 were Greece and Kazakhstan.

Special awardees included: France - Miss Friendly; Venezuela - Best in Swimwear and Hungary as Miss Talent.

Over 60 models vied for the title.


In Miss World 2008, the Beach Beauty finals, one of the 5 fast-track events, will be held this Saturday, November 29. The other five fastracks are: Miss World Talent (Dec. 1), Top Model (Dec. 2), Miss World Sports (Dec. 4) and Miss People's Choice and Beauty with a Purpose, to be known on the finals night (Dec. 13).

About M.I.

Mykiru is an entertainment blogger, having been named as one of the Top 10 Pinoy Showbiz Resources in the Philippines. For a decade now, Mykiru.ph has been delivering the latest, the hottest and most trending issues in the country.

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