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The Mister United Continents Philippines 2015 Finals Night: A culmination of hard work and love for pageantry

Since its inception last year, the Mister United Continents Philippines conducted numerous screenings around the country for young and distinguished gentlemen to represent the Philippines in international pageants. Most of them are already local titleholders and were representing their own city/municipalities. The rest were from Metro Manila who underwent the rigorous screening process. After several months of callbacks and assessment, 35 gentlemen were finally chosen as official candidates. They were competing in a pageant where physical beauty is not the only major component but the advocacy as well.
The 35 official candidates of Mister United Continents Philippines 2015
1. DANILO MAGTOTO JR. (ANGELES CITY, PAMPANGA)
2. REYNALDO RUIZ CATALUŇA III (ANGONO, RIZAL)
3. MARK GIBSON ABERION (ANTIPOLO CITY, RIZAL)
4. JULY ESPINOSA (BACOLOD CITY, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL)
5. JOHN HENRY PESCADOR (BAGUIO/BENGUET)
6. RUBEN GARCIA (BARCELONA, SORSOGON)
7. ADRIAN SATO (BIŇAN CITY, LAGUNA)
8. ROLLY OPORTO (CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, MISAMIS ORIENTAL)
9. JAYSON LA TORRE (CALAMBA CITY, LAGUNA)
10. RICKSON LOGASPI (CORDILLERA ADMINISTRATIVE REGION)
11. RICARDO DE JESUS (CANDABA, PAMPANGA)
12. JERIC GINES (CANDON CITY, ILOCOS SUR)
13. JOVEN TOLEDO (CAVITE PROVINCE)
14. HANZ VELANO (CEBU CITY)
15. CHRISTOPHER JOSHUA IBAŇEZ (CONSOLACION, CEBU)
16. ALJON BUENAFLOR (DAMASRIŇAS CITY, CAVITE)
17. COCO SALVACION (DAVAO)
18. DAVE KEVIN CABRILLOS (DIGOS CITY, DAVAO DEL SUR)
19. MICHAEL JOHN LUMIBAO (FILIPINO COMMUNITY OF USA)
20. VICTORIO BOTE (LAGUNA PROVINCE)
21. JAY MONASTERIAL (LIGAO CITY, ALBAY)
22. ALEXIS FRANCIS MARTINEZ (MABALACAT CITY, PAMPANGA)
23. KIM KENNETH CRISTOBAL (MANGALDAN, PANGASINAN)
24. AHMER TIMOTHY MANALANSANG (MARIKINA CITY)
25. ARCEL PACAIGUE (MARINDUQUE PROVINCE)
26. KEVIN DALE JOVELLANO (MIDSAYAP, NORTH COTABATO)
27. RONELLE LUTCHING (MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL)
28. JAY BALASCOPO (MISAMIS ORIENTAL)
29. BON EDOUARD QUINTO (NAGA CITY, CAMARINES SUR)
30. PAOLO CRUZ (NAVAL, BILIRAN PROVINCE)
31. MARK ANDREW BARON (NAVOTAS CITY)
32. CRIS EDWIN NAVARRO (NUEVA ECIJA)
33. LANCE JASON GO (PASAY CITY)
34. NIKKO ABDUL (SUTAN KUDARAT, MAGUINDANAO)
35. EDVIRO FUENTES JR. (TACLOBAN CITY, LEYTE)

The candidates underwent personality development workshops, went to sponsor visits and were groomed to perfection. They were presented to the public via a Press Presentation and a Festival Costume Show last April 7 and a Fashion Gala on April 8. On April 12, a Preliminary and Talent competition were held where they competed in swimwear and formal wear rounds, while the Top 12 in the talent audition performed much to the public's delight. Their scores in the Preliminary competition plus input from Blue Circle Management, the organizers of Mister United Continents Philippines, would determine the Top 20 semifinalists.

Last April 14, 2015 all roads led to the Tanghalang Pasigueno in Pasig City for the finals night of the inaugural edition of Mister United Continents Philippines 2015. 35 young and gorgeous gentlemen from all over the country were chosen to battle it out for the 4 major titles at stake: Mister United Continents Philippines, Mister Universal Ambassador, Mister Real Universe and Mister Global International.

All 35 contestants paraded in their swimwear and formal wear designed by noted designers Rikki Molina, Olan Roque, Rodell Salvador, Edwin Uy and Robert Dimacali, after which 20 semifinalists were chosen.

Prior to the finals night 5 candidates were already fastracked to the semifinals for winning the 5 major subcompetitions:

BEST MODEL - Danilo Magtoto, Jr of Angeles City, Pampanga
BEST IN TALENT - Joven Toledo of Cavite Province
BEST IN SOCIAL MEDIA - Coco Salvacion Evangelista of Davao City
BEST IN ADVOCACY VIDEO - Mark Andrew Baron of Navotas City
BEST IN PHYSIQUE - Ronelle Lutching of Misamis Occidental

The other 15 semifinalists were:

Reynaldo Cataluna of Angono, Rizal
Cris Edwin Navarro of Nueva Ecija
Ricardo de Jesus of Candaba, Pampanga
Hanz Velano of Cebu City
Michael John Lumibao of Filipino Community of the USA
Bon Edouard Quinto of Naga City
Alexis Martinez of Mabalacat, Pampanga
Joshua Ibanez of Consolacion, Cebu
Nikko Abdul of Sultan Kudarat
Jeric Gines of Candon City, Ilocos Sur
Timothy Manalansang of Marikina City
JB Balascopo of Misamis Oriental
Rickson Logaspi of Cordillera
Jay Monasterial of Ligao City, Albay
Rolly Oporto of Cagayan De Oro City

The top 20 once again competed in another round of swimwear and formal wear where the judges will get to choose the Top 12 Finalists. The Top 12 Finalists were:

Reynaldo Cataluna of Angono, Rizal
Cris Edwin Navarro of Nueva Ecija
Ricardo de Jesus of Candaba, Pampanga
Hanz Velano of Cebu City
Michael John Lumibao of Filipino Community of the USA
Bon Edouard Quinto of Naga City
Alexis Martinez of Mabalacat, Pampanga
Joshua Ibanez of Cosolacion, Cebu
Nikko Abdul of Sultan Kudarat
Jeric Gines of Candon City, Ilocos Sur
Danilo Magtoto, Jr. of Angeles City, Pampanga
Mark Andrew Baron of Navotas City

The Top 12 finalists answered the very tough final questions with flying colors (sorry youtube, no viral Q and A fail videos will come from this contest) and the judges had a really tough time choosing the winners but as they say, you win some, you lose some. Here are the official results:
Mister United Continents Philippines 2015 - MUCP Angono Rey Cataluna
Mister Universal Ambassador Philippines 2015 - MUCP Nueva Ecija Cris Edwin Navarro
Mister Real Universe Philippines 2015 - MUCP Navotas Mark Andrew Baron
Mister Global International Philippines 2015 - MUCP Candaba Ricardo de Jesus
1st Runner-up - MUCP Angeles City Danilo Magtoto, Jr.
2nd Runner-up - MUCP Cebu City - Hanz Velano
3rd Runner-up - MUCP Fil. Community of the USA Michael John Lumibao
4th Runner-up - MUCP Naga City Bon Edouard Quinto
Mister Luzon - MUCP Mabalacat Alexis Martinez
Mister Visayas - MUCP Consolacion Joshua Ibanez
Mister Mindanao - MUCP Sultan Kudarat Nikko Abdul
Mister Metro Manila - MUCP Candon Jeric Gines

There was a profusion of special awards that we lost count already. Needless to day, everyone went home happy.

As a media partner from the screening up to the finals, TPQ was a witness to the hard work and dedication of the Blue Circle Management team who made it all possible.

Mister United Continents Philippines is truly a culmination of hard work and love for pageantry. Thank you MUCP and Blue Circle for the trust, and you will always have TPQ's full support even in the winner's campaigns in their respective international competitions.

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