Filipino-American model John De Lara Spainhour finds that the most supportive country ever known is the Philippines, and he’s glad to represent the country he grew up in and his present residence in the Mr. World 2014.
John, whose mother hails from Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, was Century Tuna Superbods 2012 winner and Bench image model.
He served in the US Marine Corps as sniper in Iraq for five years. He moved to Manila after completing his service in 2011 and his international standard looks got him modelling stints immediately one after the other.
John was the first delegate to be interviewed by the organization how he got involved in the Mr. World experience.
John Spainhour with Ms. Cory Quirino and Mr. World Philippines 2015 Sam Adjani
“Actually, the Manila bloggers and people in the industry had been throwing my name out there for who they wanted at Mr. World. The word was spreading around, so I entered the competition in Manila and I ended up winning it,” the amiable Fil-Am model said.
At the selection of Mr. World Philippines 2014, Ms. Cory Quirino of CQ Global Quest, franchise holder of Miss World and Mr. World in the Philippines, also announced the country’s representative to the next competition – 23-year-old 6’3” tall Sam Adjani, a Filipino-Iranian-Japanese ramp and commercial model like John.
Clink link to view John’s intro video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0Otg-1Xh40&feature=youtu.be
Miss World 2013 Megan Young
The Miss World Organization (http://www.missworld.com), the same organization that runs Mr. World, announced that the Mr. World 2014 Final is to be presented by reigning Miss World Megan Young of the Philippines and Mr. World 2012 Talent Competition winner Frankie Cena of Canada.
It will be held in Torbay (the English Riviera), the United Kingdom on June 15, 2014 live across the planet on the Mr. World YouTube Channel.
John’s first selfie in Torquay posted on Facebook
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Megan and Frankie will take over the hosting chores from English singer and media personality Myleene Klass (herself a half-Filipina) and Mr. World 2010 Kamal Ibrahim of Ireland.
Before becoming a beauty queen, Megan had been an active TV and movie actress who also dabbled as host.
“I’m so excited to be hosting again! I have missed it so much that I’m excited to do my first ever international hosting gig. Looking forward to meeting the guys and seeing who has what it takes to be the next Mr. World,” the beautiful Miss World from the Philippines said of her new role in the organization.
John poses with a group of Filipinas he met in England
John admits he’s a little bit pressured not only because of compatriot Megan Young’s win as Miss World last year but more so of Mr. Philippines Andrew Wolff’s second place finish to Mr. Colombia Francisco Escobar in the Mr. World 2012.
“Yeah, I feel a little bit of pressure, not only from Megan Young but from the past Mr. World contestant, Andrew Wolff. He set the bar pretty high for me, coming in as first runner-up at the previous Mr. World. So, yeah, I have a lot to live up to,” he said.
John happy on his 27th birthday
Nonetheless, John said, “I’m really relaxed. I’m really chill. I like to goof around but I know when to use my gifts where they should be. Please support me and the rest of the contestants on our journey, and I hope the best man wins.”
Mr. World is a biennial contest that started by Miss World Organization in 1996. First winner was Mr. Belgium Tom Nuyens. It was followed by Mr. Venezuela in 1998, Mr. Uruguay in 2000, Mr. Brazil in 2003, and Mr. Spain in 2007. There were years that the contest did not happen as planned. However, since 2010 it became biennial again.
John celebrated his 27th birthday last June 6. The outpouring of support from the Philippines and from Filipinos all over the world made him say:
“I just want to let everyone know that it’s very obvious, amongst everyone here, who the most supportive country is.
PHILIPPINES!!! Thank you everyone, for all the awesome support, likes, and comments you all are giving me. You guys are great!”
John with the rest of Blue Team
The candidates get additional points for the Likes on their official Facebook pages and YouTube videos. Although Mr. Philippines is leading in both categories, supporters of other countries work as hard as Filipinos.
Click link to be counted https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mr-World-Philippines/1556386714587963
Then US Marine John with mom Josefina De Lara Spainhour
More facts about John De Lara Spainhour
- He was born in South Carolina, USA but grew up in Manila, Philippines
- In his spare time he likes to be in the outdoors, going camping, snowboarding and hiking
- He is also a scuba diver and likes to play video games
- He is the youngest of three brothers. One brother also works as model in Thailand
- He’s a fan of all genres and styles when it comes to pop culture
- He describes himself as disciplined, hardworking and dedicated
- His personal motto is “Find something that makes you happy”
The official candidates of Mr. World 2014 at the Sailing Event
Photos from the Official Mr. World, Mr. World Philippines and Miss World Facebook Pages