EX-PINOY BIG BROTHER housemate, Hermes Bautista of San Fernando, Pampanga won Mister Universe Philippines 2016, a ticket to represent the Philippines in the upcoming Male Model Universe 2016 in Dominican Republic later this year.

The 30-year old Bautista bested 23 other hunks from around the country during the final night of the controversial pageant held at Tanggalang Pasigueño on Thursday, April 14. Mister Philippines pageant is fresh from a one-year hiatus after a crazy intellectual property rights problem with rival male pageant, Misters of the Philippines now Misters of Filipinas.

Whether Bautista’s win is a desperate move for the pageant to create a noise after being eclipsed by other male pageants in the country that produced big winners in the recent years or not, it is up to the public to judge. One thing is clear, ABS-CBN, the owner of the PBB’s local franchise where Hermes was a contestant in 2010, is supporting the pageant. TV host Boy Abunda is part of the program, and conducted the talk show style casual interview to the semi-finalists.

Aside from the overall winner, two other titles were given to the chosen hunks.

Mark Louie Bornilla of Bulacan bagged the Mister Global Philippines 2016 title, giving him the chance to compete in the Mister Global 2016 contest to be held in Thailand on May 6. He will depart for the contest on April 27. Another title, Mister Tourism Philippines 2016 was given to Marikina’s Nico Angelo Dela Paz.

Other winners include:

Mister Philippines The Sun (First Runner-Up) – Ralph Otivar (Leyte)
Mister Philippines The Star (Second Runner-Up) – Isahia Thomas Anselmo (Mindoro)
Mister Philippines Star Teen 2016 – Hikari Sanshiro Arai (Isabela)
Mister Global Teen Philippines 2016 – Joaquin Rodolfo Rosallosa (Angeles City)

Mister Philippines 2016 winners
The winners of Mister Philippines 2016 during last night’s finals at Tanghalang Pasigueño. Will they bring pride to the Philippines?

Improved Yet Still Boring

So how was the pageant really go? We witnessed the almost 4-hour long competition, and below are the things we noted as things happened.

It had a slow, boring opening that started late at 10pm but the show managed to cope with the audience’s expectations as the boys show up on stage, and after the announcement of 15 semi-finalists. Bautista’s supporters are to be thanked for the noise. Without them, the show must have been really boring.

The 24 contestants first competed for festival costume, swimwear, and formal wear, and talent, all held in advance, but were presented, along with the announcement of winners during the first part of the show. On the second portion, the semi-finalists competed for swimwear and formal wear. A total copy of the Miss Universe format.

The 15 semi-finalists include candidates from Leyte, Pangasinan, Cauayan, Angeles, Baguio, Marikina, Isabela, Dasmariñas, Bulacan, Laguna, Mindoro, Cordillera, Nueva Ecija, and San Fernando.

Mister Dasmariñas Cristel John Rada advanced to the semi-finals after winning Mister Charity, with Misters Tagum and San Fernando winning silver and bronze, respectively.

The Dasmariñas lad also won Best in Festival Costume while San Fernando won Best in Swimwear and Best in Formal Wear. Mister Photogenic is Palawan, Mister Culture Asia is Cordillera, Mister Blackwater is candidate number 6, and Mister Sogo is number 9.

Mister Philippines 2016 Dasmariñas City Cristel John Rada
We managed to snap a photo of Dasmariñas City Cristel John Rada before the start of the finals night on Thursday, April 14. Rada won Best in Festival Costume in Mister Philippines 2016 .

Trimming 25 candidates down to 15 gorgeous hunks was easy, to our belief at least, but getting out of the semi-finalists’ interview part was harder. Talk show host, Boy Abunda took the stage for a casual interview that helped gauged the intellect and personality of the guys.

The questions range from love, life, and their favorite food, to homosexuality, gay love, HIV and issues on tax, and corruption. Being a pro as he is, the segment with Abunda is definitely the highlight of the show.

For a male pageant that seems to have forgotten, and failed to produce quality personalities in the past years, the help from celebrities like Abunda and gimmicks like this is a must.

Aside from Bautista, Mister Dasmariñas, Rada also made a name for himself for winning several special awards. Plus, his facial features gave him enough advantage.

Basing it on the casual Q&A however, San Fernando, Angeles City, and Laguna stood out while several others gave their honest, sincere answers worthy to note.

But as the final 7 is announced, the spots went to Leyte’s Ralph Otivar, Bulacan’s Mark Louie Bornilla, Mindoro’s Isahia Thomas Anselmo, Angeles City’s Joaquin Rodolfo Rosallosa, Isabela’s Hikari Sanshiro Arai, Marikina’s Nico Angelo Dela Paz, and San Fernando’s Hermes Bautista.

The final question and answer determined the winners. But if we are to based it on this, and/or from their overall performance, Mister Angeles City should have gotten a winning title, and should represent the country internationally.

Overall, Mister Philippines 2016 pageant somehow improved from the lousy pageant competition this organization conducted two years ago, but definitely a lot to improve on if to be compared with PEPPS’ Misters of Filipinas.

With the birth of several other male pageants like Mister United Continents Philippines, and Gentlemen of the Philippines, we can only expect a colorful male pageantry from now on. For sure, incompetent male pageants will have a hard time surviving to say the least.

Mister Philippines 2016 headshot
Mister Philippines 2016 contestants’ headshots.
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