MU 2014 Miss Jamaica brouhaha: Trump Universe not ready for short-haired queen, poor listening skills

Fans and self-proclaimed beauty pageant experts are still debating on social media that Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell was robbed of the Miss Universe 2014 crown that went to Miss Colombia Paulina Vega.

Paulina Vega Crowning MomentMiss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler of Venezuela crowns Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega of Colombia

“If she’s not Miss Universe she should be the 1st Runner-Up,” said one enthusiast.

“She’s the People’s Queen,” said another.

Some people who were at the venue – Florida International University in Doral, Florida, USA – on coronation night reported that there was a loud boo when Miss Jamaica was named 4th Runner-Up. She also reportedly made the thumbs down sign and candidates gathered around her, expressing disapproval of her placement in the finals.

Miss Jamaica Swimsuit1Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell

Sifting through the predictions and forecasts, Miss Jamaica was in Top 5 by SOME but never was the top pick to win the crown.

(See related stories in this blog: Pageant aficionados, forecasters right in predicting Colombia’s Miss Universe 2014 win and Philippines’ MJ Lastimosa in Top 6 bettors pick to win 63rd Miss Universe crown; Colombia, USA, Venezuela, India, Spain lead poll

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Right after the preliminaries on January 22, many thought Miss Jamaica got a good chance to enter Top 5 but also cautioned that Miss Universe Organization or MUO (owned and ruled by Donald Trump) is not ready for a short-haired queen. Not only because of beauty product sponsors, particularly for hair grooming, but most notably long hair is a symbol of femininity which the Miss Universe is all about as against short hair as manly.

In the Q & A of the five finalists, Miss USA Nia Sanchez was not sure if she fully understood Manny Pacquiao’s question. Miss Netherlands asked Judge Giancarlo Stanton to repeat the question thru co-host Natalie Morales. Miss Ukraine was helped by an interpreter.

On Miss Jamaica’s turn, Judge Emilio Estefan gave his question. “One or three women will experience a violence in her lifetime. What can be done to get that number down?”

Miss Jamaica answered: “I, I’m sorry I did not understand.”

“Well, that happens a lot,” (then laughter).

Mr. Estefan repeated: “One or three women will experience a violence in her lifetime. What can be done to get that number down?”

She then answered with the live crowd erupting in applause and noise.

Rob Dyrdek’s question was interpreted for Miss Colombia. She answered in Spanish but the crowd obviously got delighted by her answer.

Click link for the Q & A clip

In simplest terms, both Miss Netherlands and Miss Jamaica have either poor understanding or not so excellent listening skills.

Miss Universe 2014-Miss Jamaica Long Gown1Miss Jamaica in her Long Gown

The Miss Universe Pageant is also a job application. Those shortlisted have all the chances in getting the job depending on the outcome of the interview. And asking an interviewer to repeat a question is a display of poor comprehension in a job application. The candidate is either not proactive or the mind is not totally engrossed to the process.

In the field of sales and customer service (particularly for phone voice accounts), asking the caller or customer to repeat a question would merit the lowest possible score in an evaluation.

For sure, it was tedious for the judges to repeat their prepared questions and the seemingly clueless candidate could not be ranked #1 by any of them. Sympathy of the other judges would go to their fellow judge who asked the question.

And that’s why Miss Jamaica was placed last.

End of story.

Photos from Official Miss Universe Facebook Page


Pageant aficionados, forecasters right in predicting Colombia’s Miss Universe 2014 win

This could be the year that beauty pageant experts, forecasters, bettors, oddmakers and predictors came solidly for naming the winner of the Miss Universe Pageant even before coronation night on January 25 (January 26 morning in Manila and other Asian key cities) at Florida International University in Doral, Florida, USA.

Miss Universe 2014 crowning moment1Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega

Some may have missed in their Top 5 placements, but 99% pointed to Miss Colombia Paulina Vega as the 63rd Miss Universe. She handily won and how!

She was the first to be called for the Top 15, followed by Italy, India, France, USA, Indonesia, Venezuela, Spain, Philippines, Argentina, Jamaica, Ukraine, Brazil, Netherlands, Australia.

Miss Universe 2014 Top 10 first 5First half of Top 10

After the Swimsuit Competition, first to be called for the Top 10 was Jamaica, followed by Colombia, Ukraine, Argentina, Philippines then Spain, Netherlands, Venezuela, Australia, USA.

Special Awards were then given out. Miss Congeniality was Nigeria; Miss Photogenic was Puerto Rico and Best in National Costume (voted by viewers via Twitter) was Indonesia.

USA was the first to be called for the Top 5 after the Evening Gown Competition, followed by Netherlands, Ukraine, Jamaica and Colombia.

Miss Universe 2014 Top 5Top 5

After the Q & A, the judges declared Miss Colombia as the new Miss Universe succeeding Gabriela Isler of Venezuela, Miss USA Nia Sanchez as 1st Runner-Up, Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha as 2nd Runner-Up, Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen as 3rd Runner-Up and Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell as 4th Runner-Up.

This is the first time in five years that Philippines did not enter Top 5.

In 2010, Venus Raj was 4th Runner-Up. Shamcey Supsup was 3rd Runner-Up in 2011. Janine Tugonon almost got the crown by placing 1st Runner-Up in 2012. And in 2013, Ariella Arida was 3rd Runner-Up.

Gabriela Isler MU 2013 beautiful picMiss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler

Looking at the predictions, Miss Netherlands was considered the dark horse as she was never among the Top 15 or even Top 20 picks.

Global Beauties ( came out with their final leaderboard after the preliminary competition on January 22 and put Miss Colombia as the frontrunner with a perfect 5.00 from their own set of judges.

Miss Spain, who was leading before the preliminaries, ranked 2nd; Miss Ukraine jumped to 3rd place from #15; Miss Jamaica was 4th and Miss India squeezed to #5.

The rest of Global Beauties Top 10 were Mexico, Argentina, USA, Australia and Venezuela. Miss Netherlands was at #23 and Miss Philippines was at #24.

Missosology’s ( Final Hotpicks placed Colombia as winner, followed by Philippines, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Ukraine making up the Top 5.

The rest of their Top 15 were USA, Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica, India, Czech Republic, Spain, Indonesia, Venezuela and Brazil.

Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega official photo shoot with crown1The new Miss Universe living the dream

Online betting company NicerOdds ( was right on target in their 1-2 predictions: Miss Colombia at #1 and Miss USA at #2.

The rest of their Top 10 were Venezuela, India, Spain, Philippines, France, Costa Rica, Mexico and Russia. Placing 11th to 20th were delegates from Brazil, St. Lucia, Angola, Australia, Indonesia, Guyana, Ukraine, Haiti, Kosovo and Puerto Rico.

Colombia got its first Miss Universe crown in 1958 with Luz Marina Zuluaga. For three consecutive years (1992-1994), its delegate almost got the crown with 1st Runner-Up placements. A Miss Colombia was again 1st Runner-Up in the 2008 Miss Universe.

The Philippines has two Miss Universe titleholders – Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margarita Moran in 1973. The other 1st Runner-Up was Miriam Quiambao in 1999.

Interestingly, the Philippines never got 2nd Runner-Up placement but has four 3rd Runner-Ups (Rosario Silayan in 1980, Desiree Verdadero in 1984, Shamcey in 2011 and Ariella in 2013). Rose Marie Brosas was 4th Runner-Up in 1975 and Venus in 2010.

See related story in this blog: Philippines’ MJ Lastimosa in Top 6 bettors pick to win 63rd Miss Universe crown; Colombia, USA, Venezuela, India, Spain lead poll

Photos from Official Miss Universe Facebook Page

Philippines’ MJ Lastimosa in Top 6 bettors pick to win 63rd Miss Universe crown; Colombia, USA, Venezuela, India, Spain lead poll

Before midnight on Sunday, January 25, 2015 (Monday morning in Manila) the new Miss Universe replacing Gabriela Isler of Venezuela would have been named.

The Miss Universe Pageant is always a big event for bettors, gamblers and oddmakers.

MJ Lastimosa MU swimsuit2Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa

In this 63rd edition of the most prestigious beauty contest, Miss Colombia, Miss USA, Miss Venezuela, Miss India, Miss Spain and Miss Philippines are consistently the top picks to win the coveted Nexus crown among the 88 contestants.

NicerOdds (, which claims to have the best offer to placing bets in the current Miss Universe contest held in Doral, Florida as they cover the top betting sites online to guide gamblers, have come up with the top picks with corresponding Highest Odds and Lowest Odds numbers.

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Miss Colombia leads, followed by Miss USA, then Miss Venezuela, Miss India, Miss Spain and Miss Philippines.

Miss France, Miss Costa Rica, Miss Mexico and Miss Russia make up the rest of the Top 10. MU 2014 Miss USAMiss USA Nia Sanchez

Placing 11th to 20th are delegates from Brazil, St. Lucia, Angola, Australia, Indonesia, Guyana, Ukraine, Haiti, Kosovo and Puerto Rico.

MU 2014 Miss SpainMiss Spain Desiree Cordero Ferrer

After the preliminaries on January 22nd though, where the candidates paraded in their National Costume, Swimsuit and Long Gown, MsUniversePageant Hotspot ( came up with the Top 15 performers and ranked #1 is Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa.

MU 2014 Miss India gown1Miss India Noyonita Lodh

“Her performance in the preliminary competition was sublime. It goes to show that she really is more than prepared for the deathmatch. We’re not digging the style of her gown as it didn’t accentuate her figure, but sure did in the swimsuit round! She’s our top bet in swimsuit. Whew! Her body figure is what we are envious of,” says the blurb why the Filipina beauty tops  them all.

MU 2014 Miss ArgentinaMiss Argentina Valentina Ferrer

Ranked #2 is Miss Argentina Valentina Ferrer.

Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell is ranked #3, followed by Miss Mexico Josselyn Garciglia at #4 and Miss Colombia Paulina Vega at #5.

MU 2014 Miss VenezuelaMiss Venezuela Migbelis Castellanos

Sixth is Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha, Miss USA Nia Sanchez at #7, Miss Costa Rica Karina Ramos at #8, and Miss Guyana Niketa Barker and Miss Russia Yulia Alipova at #9 and #10 respectively.

The rest of the Top 15 are Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Castillo, Miss Ecuador Alejandra Argudo, Miss Spain Desiree Cordero Ferrer, Miss Indonesia Elvira Devinamira and Miss Kenya Gaylyne Ayugi.

Choosing Miss Universe 2014 are judges Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao, musician Emilio Estefan, model-actor William Levy, NFL great DeSean Jackson, skateboarder and reality TV star Rob Dyrdek, baseball pitcher Giancarlo Cruz-Michael Stanton, fashion journalist Louise Roe, British author and movie and TV personality Lisa Vanderpump, fashion designer-actress Kristin Cavallari and Marie-Claire creative director Nina Garcia.

MU 2014 Miss MexicoMiss Mexico Josselyn Garciglia

Meanwhile, Miss Universe Philippines 2013 and 3rd Runner-Up Ariella Arida serves as the correspondent for On The Scene, a web series on the Miss Universe YouTube channel, taking fans to behind-the-scenes as the 88 contestants prepare for exclusive events leading up to the big night including Preliminary Competition, National Costume Show and Contestant Rehearsals on the official Miss Universe channel

Last year, it was Miss Universe Philippines 2012 and 1st Runner-Up Janine Tugonon who did the task. The previous year it was Miss Universe Philippines 2011 and 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup.

This is also the fifth time that a Filipino, in the person of Manny Pacquiao, sits as judge in the Miss Universe.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Carlos P. Romulo was the first Filipino to sit as judge in the prestigious contest when it was held in Manila in 1974 won by Miss Spain Amparo Munoz.

In 1989, fashion designer Josie Cruz Natori was one of the judges who chose Angela Visser of Holland as Miss Universe in Cancun, Mexico.

Then in 1991, singer Kuh Ledesma sat in the panel in Las Vegas, Nevada that chose Miss Mexico Lupita Jones as the new Miss Universe.

Manny-PacquiaoManny Pacquiao: 5th Filipino Miss Universe judge

In 2011, Broadway star Lea Salonga flew to Sao Paulo, Brazil to judge the contestants with Miss Angola Leila Lopes winning the crown. Lea later said in an interview that she had Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup ranked #2 in her sheet. Shamcey placed 3rd Runner-Up.

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Beauty pageant aficionados lament holding of Miss Universe 2014 in January 2015

For the first time in 63 years, there’s not going to be a Miss Universe Pageant held this year. Instead, it will be held on January 18, 2015 in Doral City, Florida, USA.

Donald Trump with Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela IslerMiss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler and Miss Universe owner Donald Trump

Miss Universe Organization president Paula Shugart announced in Moscow, Russia that Miss Universe 2014 was to be held in Brazil.

Apparently the deal with the city of Fortaleza did not pull through.

Other places were considered. One was China, the other was Philippines.

Paula Shugart with Gabriela Isler and BPCI Chair Stella Marquez AranetaMUO president Paula Shugart with Gabriela Isler and BPCI Chair Stella Marquez Araneta in Manila

Ms. Shugart even came to Manila along with Miss Universe 2013 Gabriella Isler and entertainer Emin to choose Miss Universe Philippines 2014, won by Mary Jean Lastimosa.

The holding of Miss Universe 2014 in Manila could have been the third time every 20 years for the Asia-Pacific country that produced two winners – Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margarita Moran in 1973.

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Miss Universe 1974 was held in Manila with Miss Spain Amparo Munoz winning the title. Twenty years later in 1994, Miss Universe was again held in Manila with Miss India Sushmita Sen crowned as successor to Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres of Puerto Rico.

Filipinos have high hopes in MJ Latimosa even if the pageant was to be held in the country. Same for the 2015-2016 candidate if ever it’s going to be held in Manila.

It’s not unusual for the home country delegate to win the crown as already proven with the wins of six Miss USA (Miriam Stevenson in 1954, Carol Morris in 1956, Linda Bement in 1960, Sylvia Hitchcock in 1967, Brook Lee in 1997 and Olivia Culpo in 2012) and a Miss Puerto Rico (Denise Quinones in 2001) when the pageants were held in their own turfs.

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Miss Universe 2013 was held in Moscow on November 9, which means it’s just around the corner if it was to be held within the same period.

As the beauty pageant is a big business with tycoon Donald Trump at the helm, a franchisee would not have enough time to gather funds and contract sponsors to recoup the investment in so short a time.

Considering all aspects, the tourist city of Doral, Florida agreed but apparently asked for more time, that’s why the most spectacular event in the Universe the last 62 years is happening in January instead.

So, will the new Miss Universe the titleholder for the year 2014 or 2015?

MU2014VenezuelaMigbelisCastellanos2Miss Venezuela Migbelis Castellanos

Beauty pageant aficionados all over the globe are up in arms against MUO, their tirades aimed at Mr. Trump, but could not do anything but wait and watch in the sidelines until the Big Night when they will be rooting for their favorites.

“How could you do this, Mr. Trump?” one avid follower of Miss Universe expressed his dismay.

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Another said that people would think that British-rooted Miss World is now more credible as Miss Universe actually had become Trump Universe when the media-real estate mogul bought the rights and took the reins of the prime beauty pageantry ever known to humankind.

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Miss Universe is business. Reportedly, the City of Doral paid USD500K contract signing acceptance, USD1M advance payment in December, and USD1M by February 1, 2015, for a total of USD2.5M. MUO then will work to get sponsors in the next three months and the city government will get its share of 15% from the revenues.

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Nonetheless, the Miss Universe in Doral, Florida is touted as one of the biggest, if not the biggest, as it boasts of more than 90 delegates participating. The average number of competitors the last two decades had been 80.

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Mayor Luigi Boria announced on Twitter his city’s agreement with MUO on September 12:

“Great news!#MissUniverse2015 is coming to our great @Cityofdoral @doralfriends @InSouthFlorida @MiraTVMiami”

Around 70 countries have selected their representatives so far and among them are frontrunners Miss Philippines, Miss Venezuela, Miss South Africa, Miss USA, Miss Colombia, Miss Costa Rica and Miss Mexico.

MU2014Indonesia1Miss Indonesia Elvira Devinamira

Other strong contenders are the delegates from Panama, Peru, Netherlands, Russia, Australia, Angola, New Zealand, Thailand, Indonesia, Italy, Ukraine and France.

Manila will be much readier to host Miss Universe in late 2015 or early 2016, especially that the world’s largest indoor arena, the Philippine Arena, has been operational since July this year.

Philippine Arena inside pic1Inside Philippine Arena

The 50,000-seating capacity architectural showcase is owned and operated by the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ), erected for the centennial celebration of the influential religious organization with roots in this side of the Far East.

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MU2014 Watch: US vs PH reprise seen; Thais push delegate to online votes lead; Latinas and Europeans coming strong

Some 46 countries have already selected their delegates to the Miss Universe 2014 Pageant. Others are still in the process of sifting the chaff from the grain as to who should be sent to contend for the Nexus crown after Gabriela Isler of Venezuela.


Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa

USA holds the record of having the most Miss Universe wins (8 – 1954, 1956, 1960, 1967, 1980, 1995, 1997, 2012), followed by Venezuela (7 – 1979, 1981, 1986, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2013), Puerto Rico (5 – 1970, 1985, 1993, 2001, 2006) then Sweden (3 – 1955, 1966, 1984).


Miss USA Nia Sanchez

The Philippines is one of only four countries from Asia and Oceania with two winners – 1969 and 1973.

The other three are Japan (1959 and 2007), Australia (1972 and 2004), Thailand (1965 and 1988) and India (1994 and 2000).


Miss USA and Miss Philippines were 1st Runner-up and Miss Universe respectively in 1973

In 1973, Miss USA Amanda Jones was First Runner-Up and Miss Philippines Margarita Moran became the second Filipina Miss Universe after Gloria Diaz in 1969. USA was in Top 15 when Gloria won.


Miss Philippines and Miss USA were 1st Runner-Up and Miss Universe respectively in 2012

In 2012, Miss Philippines Janine Marie Tugonon and Miss USA Olivia Culpo were the last two girls standing before the announcement of the new Miss Universe. Everyone knows that Olivia won and Janine was First Runner-Up.

Although there had been rumors that the American beauty was two months pregnant on the day she was to crown her successor (and if it was indeed true then Janine should have been given the crown) in Moscow, Russia no dethronement happened and Olivia finished her reign without missing a second.

In 1999, Miss Philippines Miriam Quiambao and Miss Botswana Mpule Kwelagobe were the two left standing on centerstage at the Chaguaramas Convention Center in Trinidad and Tobago. Miriam was First Runner-Up and Mpule became the fourth Black woman to win the title after Miss Trinidad and Tobago Wendy Fritzwilliam in 1998, Miss USA Chelsi Smith in 1995 and Miss Trinidad and Tobago Janelle Commisiong in 1977. Kwelagobe was the first Black African to win Miss Universe.

By record, the Philippines is by far the only country that entered the Top 5 for four consecutive years – Venus Raj 4th Runner-Up to Miss Universe 2010 Ximena Navarrete of Mexico, Shamcey Supsup 3rd Runner-Up to Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes of Angola, Janine 1st Runner-Up to Olivia in 2012 and Ariella Arida 3rd Runner-Up to Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler of Venezuela.


Miss Peru Jimena Espinoza

Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa is among top picks of beauty pageant aficionados worldwide (including Latin powerhouse Venezuela) except in Peru where their own candidate is their pick to wear the Nexus crown next and MJ is not even in their Top 16.

With the crowning of Miss USA Nia Sanchez of Nevada, many see that there could be a reprise of what happened in Las Vegas in 2012 or in Athens, Greece in 1973.

Second chances and more

Both MJ and Nia are believers and shining exemplars of second chances, or even more.

The first time she joined Binibining Pilipinas (the springboard to Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Supranational and Miss Tourism Queen International), MJ placed 2nd Runner-Up. The second time she joined she was only in Top 15. Then this year, already at 26, supporters pushed her to try again the third time – and so she won, with no less than MUO (Miss Universe Organization) president Paula Shugart among the judges and Gabriela Isler with Ariella Arida crowning her.


Miss Russia Yulia Aripova

Nia was said to have joined Miss California three times but did not make it. She secured a place in Nevada and fulfilled residency requirement then joined the state pageant on the way to the Miss USA crown. She’s 24.

Both professionals and tempered by experience, MJ and Nia are touted to be the most ripe for the 2014 Nexus crown.

Let’s take a look at how the Philippines fared in the other years when Miss USA became Miss Universe and how each placed when the pageant was held in the Philippines two times.


Miss Colombia Paulina Vega

USA first won the crown in 1954. PH did not place (representative was Blesilda Ocampo). In 1956, the second time USA got the crown, the Philippine rep (Edith Nakpil) chose not to go. USA got its third crown in 1960 and PH had no delegate. In 1967, USA got its fourth title, and Miss Philippines Pilar Pilapil did not place.


Miss Puerto Rico Gabriela Berrios

In 1980, USA got its fifth crown with Shawn Weatherly and Miss Philippines Maria Rosario Silayan was 3rd Runner-Up. In 1995, USA got its sixth Miss Universe title through Chelsi Smith. Joanne Quintas did not place. In 1997, Brook Lee won USA’s seventh crown and Miss Philippines Abbygale Arenas was Miss Photogenic.


Miss Panama Yomatzy Hazlewood

In 1974, Manila hosted the pageant with Miss Spain Amparo Munoz winning the crown. Both USA (Karen Morrison) and PH (Guadalupe Sanchez) made it to Top 12.

Twenty years after first hosting the event, Sushmita Sen of India was crowned Miss Universe 1994 in Manila. USA (Lu Parker) and PH (Charlene Gonzales) were in Top 6.

Thais propel candidate to online voting lead

If Thai people can topple their governments they, too, can pressure their beauty queen to resign, which was what happened to Weluree Ditsayabut.


Miss Thailand Pimbongkod Chankaew

Upon proclamation as Thailand’s official candidate to Miss Universe 2014, 1st Runner-Up Pimbongkod Chankaew immediately was propelled to the #1 spot dislodging Miss Philippines in both Beauty Pageant Grand Slam (BPGS) and Missosology’s Miss Universe People’s Choice Poll online voting.

In 1965, Thailand got its first Miss Universe title through Apasra Hongsakula. Miss USA Sue Downey was 2nd Runner-Up and Miss Philippines Louise Aurelio was Top 15.

In 1988, Portnip Nakhirunkanok won Thailand’s second Miss Universe crown. Miss USA was in Top 10 and Miss Philippines Perfidia Limpin did not place.


Miss Indonesia Elvira Devinamira

Another candidate getting strong support in online voting is Miss Indonesia Elvira Devinamira, who’s third in both polls.

Latinas, Europeans coming strong

Latinas and Europeans almost always dominate world beauty pageants. As in previous editions of Miss Universe, this year is no different with the candidates from these continents coming strong: Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, France, Netherlands. Italy will choose its delegate on July 6.


Miss Ukraine Anna Andres

South Africa, Angola, Australia and New Zealand are also making noise or drawing a lot of attention among beauty pageant aficionados.

Date and venue TBA

Miss Universe 2014 was first announced to be held in Brazil (which hosted the pageant in 2011) in Fortaleza but by late March, MUO said the pageant would not be held in said city anymore.


Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss

One of the reasons seen why Paula Shugart came to Manila to attend the crowning of Miss Universe Philippines 2014 was the possibility of Manila hosting the event again. But Filipino fans have been saying they don’t like the idea of their candidate winning the crown in the host country if ever.


Miss New Zealand Arielle Garcillano

China is considered as possible host country, but Miss Universe may also go back to Las Vegas, Nevada (home state of Miss USA).

The date is said to be sometime in November.


Miss France Flora Coquerel

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Of International Male Pageants And The Filipino Man

There used to be only one acknowledged international contest for men, and that was Mr. Universe – a bodybuilding competition that produced winners and eventual screen heroes Lou Ferrigno (Incredible Hulk) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Conan, Terminator).


Mr. World Philippines 2014 John De Lara Spainhour

In the ‘90s, the game changed. There came a proliferation of male international pageants. If there is always a celebration for woman pulchritude, why not for the dominant species of the human race?

In the Philippines – in campuses, barangays and towns – if there is maganda (beautiful), there is the corresponding makisig (handsome). They come out and are displayed during fairs, foundation day celebrations, fiestas and Santacruzans.

Spearheading national male pageants was Ginoong Filipinas. However, it was (and still is) seen as display of the male body to satisfy the ogling eyes of the gay population.

Then came other pageants of international scope, like Manhunt International which started in Singapore in 1993. The inaugural competition was won by Mr. Germany Thomas Sasse. Mr. Philippines Aaron Small was 3rd Runner-Up and also won Mr. Physique.

In 1994, Greece won and Philippines did not place, same as the following year when South Africa won the title. There was no pageant held in 1996.

In 1997, New Zealand won, and Philippines ended 2nd Runner-Up with Vincent Pinto, who was also adjudged Mr. Talent. In 1998, Sweden won; no placement for Philippines.

In 1999, Mr. Venezuela won and Mr. Philippines Alexander Judilla could only bring the Best National Costume award. Australia won in 2000, with Philippines bannered by Richard Stewart ending no placement. India won in 2001, and Philippines’ Rick Cayzer was adjudged Mr. Personality. No placement for the country in 2002 when France won. There were no contests in 2003 and 2004.


Manhunt International 2012 Winner June Macasaet with his Runners-Up

In 2005, Turkey won and Philippines’ Ronald Brent Javier winning a special award as Mr. Internet Popularity. In 2006, USA won and Philippines’ Iago Raterta making it to Top 15.

China won in 2007, with no placement for Philippines. In 2008 Morocco won, with Philippines’ Marvin Wijangco making it to Top 15 and adjudged Mr. Personality. There was no contest in 2009.

In 2010, Slovak Republic won; Philippines’ Carlo Morris Galang did not place. China won the title in 2011, with PH’s Ron Marvin making it to Top 15.


Manhunt International Philippines 2013 Jamiel Ventosa

2012 was the biggest year for the Philippines when June Macasaet of Batangas got the New Urban Male special award and the Manhunt International title held in Bangkok, Thailand. No contest was held in 2013.

Jamiel Ventosa, a 6’2” tall hunk from Sta. Rosa, Laguna is the country’s bet to the next contest, which should have been held in China during the first quarter of 2014 but still no word from the organizers about the exact date. It can be a back-to-back win for the Philippines.

Mr. World was started by the Miss World Organization in 1996 as a biennial contest.


Mr. World 2014 Nicklas Pedersen and Miss World 2013 Megan Young

Held in Torbay, England last June 15, Nicklas Pedersen of Denmark won the Mr. World 2014 title with Mr. Nigeria Emmanuel Ikubese as 1st Runner-Up and Mr. Mexico Jose Pablo Minor as 2nd Runner-Up.

Pedersen was also Sports Challenge winner and Ikubese winning Mr. Fashion & Style.

The Multimedia Challenge was won by Mr. Netherlands Demian Overduijn, with Mr. India Pratik Jain in 2nd place and Mr. Denmark in 3rd.

Extreme Sports Challenge was won by Mr. Moldova Valerie Gutu. Declared Mr. Talent was Mr. Curacao Zuemarik Veeris.

Mr. Philippines John Spainhour did not make it to Top 10, but was Top 10 in the Extreme Sports Challenge and member of the Blue Team that emerged group champion in the challenges.

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Mr. World 2012 Francisco Escobar and 1st Runner-Up Andrew Wolff

2012 was the biggest year for the Philippines in the Mr. World Pageant when Andrew Wolff ended as 1st Runner-Up to Mr. Colombia Francisco Escobar. Mr. Philippines was also the winner in the Multimedia Challenge. Mr. Ireland Leo Delaney, the Sports Challenge winner ended 2nd Runner-Up.

The first Mr. World was Tom Nuyens of Belgium. Christopher Celis was the first Mr. World Philippines. In 1998, Sandro Finoglio of Venezuela won the title; the Philippine bet was Rico Lee Miguel.

In 2000, Mr. Uruguay Ignacio Kliche became the third Mr. World. A full-blooded Igorot, Roderick Dilla Salvador, represented the Philippines.

Mr. Brazil Gustavo Narciso Gianetti won the title in 2003. Marco Antonio Tamayo was Mr. Philippines. In 2007, Juan Garcia Postigo of Spain won the title. It was Emmanuel Balon Mago who represented the Philippines that year.

In 2010, Kamal Ibrahim of Ireland was declared Mr. World. Alvin De Joya represented the Philippines in the pageant held in South Korea.

(Cory Quirino’s CQ Global Quest took over the Miss World and Mr. World franchises from Binibining Pilipinas Charities in 2011.)

In this year’s Mr. World Pageant, the event was hosted by Miss World 2013 Megan Young of the Philippines and last edition’s Mr. World Talent Frankie Cena of Canada. They took over the chores from British media personality Myleene Klass and Kamal Ibrahim.

Mr. World boasts of turning contestants from boys to men after two weeks of rigorous challenges, especially in extreme sports held at Royal Marine Commando Training Centre.

Next in prestige and longevity is Mister International organized by Mister Singapore Organization in 2006.


Gil Wagas

2013 was the best placement for the Philippines when Gil Wagas, a former UE (University of the East) Red Warriors basketball player from Cebu, ended 4th Runner-Up to Jose Anmer Paredes of Venezuela.

In the debut staging of the contest, Mr. Philippines Ken Escudero made it as semi-finalist and was adjudged Mr. Photogenic. In 2008, Jeff Surio made it to Top 10. Raphael Cruz Carlos also was semi-finalist in 2010. In 2011, Fhrancis Oliver Lopez of Las Pinas was Mr. Internet Popularity and Top 16.


Mark John Gutoman

In 2012, teacher Mark John Gutoman from Marikina City represented the Philippines in the pageant held in Bangkok, Thailand. It was won by Mr. Lebanon Ali Hammoud.

An international male pageant called Mister Universe Model started in 2008 in Dominican Republic. It has been renamed Men Universe Model in 2013.

The firs winner was Ivan Cabrera Trigo of Spain, then followed by Joshua Day of USA. In 2010, winner was from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Tarik Kaljanac. In 2011, Mr. Venezuela Juan Pablo Gomez was the winner. It was only in 2012 when the Philippines joined, but Jhon Marlon Marcia did not place or win any special award. The winner was from the home country, Erik Jimenez Sabater. Mr. Riviera Maya Rafael Armando Chavez Velazquez won the title in 2013 with no delegate from the Philippines.


Mark Glenn Del Rosario

This year, held just recently, Mr. Brazil Bruno Mooneyhan won the title with Mr. Philippines Mark Glenn Del Rosario getting the Best National Costume award and also declared Mr. Popularity. He did not, however, make it to the semis.


Alvin De Joya

Mr. World Philippines 2010 Alvin De Joya represented the Philippines in Mr. Asia 2013 and ended 2nd Runner-Up.

The first edition of Mr. Global was held in Thailand last March 27 and was won by Mr. Myanmar Marco Myat Thuya Lwin. Mr. Philippines Wilfred Placencia Jr. was 4th Runner-Up.


Mr. Global 2014 winners

Another male pageant, Mr. Tourism International, with its seed germinating in Panama, was first held in 2001. The contest died after its second edition in 2002 and got resurrected in 2010. Philippines sent its first representative to the contest held this year on May 31 in the person of an OFW in the UK, Erwin Mateo Trinidad, who made it to Top 9 and awarded Best Fashion Style. Winning Mr. Tourism International 2014 was Mr. Brazil Andrio Frazon with Mr. Spain and Mr. Venezuela as 1st and 2nd Runners-Up respectively.


Erwin Mateo Trinidad

When the Miss World franchise was acquired by CQ Global Quest in 2011, its first winner, Miss World Philippines 2011 Gwendoline Ruais, placed 1st Runner-Up to Ivian Sarcos of Venezuela.

The following year, Miss Philippines Quennierich Rehman managed to get to Top 15 and #5 in the Performing Talent Challenge. It was held in China and won by Miss China Yu Wenxia.

2013, as everyone knows, was the biggest year for the Philippines in beauty pageantry when Megan Lynne Young became the first Filipina Miss World in the 63-year history of the contest.

(See related story Beauty powerhouse Philippines ends 2013 with a big bang, starts 2014 with aplomb

Relating that to Mr. World, for the first time in 2012, the Philippines made it to Top 10 with Andrew Wolff ending 1st Runner-Up. This year, in the second edition of Mr. World under CQ Global Quest, though the delegate did not make it to Top 10, he was actually #7 in the Extreme Sports Challenge.


Mr. World Philippines 2015 Sam Adjani

Mr. World Philippines 2015 Sam Adjani has a lot of time to prepare. Supporters saw that it’s not enough to get the highest number of Likes on Facebook or get the highest number of views of the Intro video on YouTube. It’s more than that, as shown by the work of Mr. Netherlands who won the Multimedia Challenge. Also, just a little tweak on the suit can win for the delegate the Fashion & Style nod from the judges as Mr. Nigeria showed this year and Mr. Vietnam last year.

Mr. World is not just a contest for male pulchritude but also of strength, stamina, energy, willpower and intelligence. Yes, indeed it is the contest for The World’s Most Desirable Man. And Sam Adjani be better ready for it in 2015.

(NOTE: For those questioning the eligibility of the country’s representatives to international pageants or sporting events, the Philippines [and most of Asia and Europe] is governed by jus sanguinis or nationality law of the blood – where citizenship is acquired when one or both parents are of Filipino citizenship. Other countries, like the USA and Canada, are governed by the jus soli principle or law of the soil. It simply means that citizenship is automatically acquired when one is born within the country’s territorial jurisdiction. So enough of those uneducated [or maybe just miseducated] bashers who swear to high heavens when Miss Philippines or Mr. Philippines has a foreign-sounding name. As long as the mother is a Filipino national then this should not be an issue at all.)

Fil-Am model John Spainhour happily banners Philippines in Mr. World 2014; Reigning Miss World Megan Young to co-host Pageant

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


Miss World 2013 Megan Young

The Miss World Organization (, 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.

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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