A former rocket scientist from England soared high after he was crowned Mr. World 2019 during a three-hour worldwide telecast of the pageant held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City Friday night.
Englishman Jack Heslewood, 27, beat 71 other contestants to capture the title of the world’s most desirable man.
Fezile Mkhize, a doctor and TV presenter from South Africa, was named first runner-up, while Brian Faugier of Mexico was adjudged, second runner-up.
Delegates from Brazil and the Dominican Republic completed the top five finishers.
JB Saliba from the Philippines was named Continental Winner from Asia and the Pacific. So far, no Filipino has won the Mr. World title.
Other continental winners were:
Alberto Nodale of Austria, Europe; Alejandro Martinez, Dominican Republic, Caribbean; Brian Faugier, Mexico, Americas; and Fezile Mkhize, South Africa, Africa.
During the show, the 72 candidates were narrowed down to 29. Later it was trimmed down to seven candidates, and then the final 5.
Fast-track winners in the competition were South Africa, sports; Ireland, extreme challenge; Tonga, talent; Nepal, multimedia; and Mexico, top model.
Heslewood, who is passionate about music and technology, was actually not the original delegate of England to the competition.
He was only first runner in 2017. However, for still unknown reasons, the former rocket scientist replaced the original winner, reports said.
At 21, Heslewood earned his degree in Aerospace Engineering from Kingston University in England.
Heslewood was a former rocket scientist at the Marshall Aerospace and Defense Group at the Cambridge International Airport.
Held every two years, it was the first time that prestigious international male competition was held in the Philippines.
Earlier, Arnold Vegafria, national director of Mr and Miss World Philippines pageants, expressed disappointment over the lack of local support in staging the international competition.
“Male pageants are still not fully accepted because of the stigma and stereotypes. There is something wrong with the general perception of male pageants and this double standard is something that I want to eradicate,” Vegafria said.
Vegafria, who is also the business manager of Senator Manny Pacquiao, said that Mr. World pageant was an effective venue to promote Philippine tourism.
In this year’s edition of Mr. World contest, it had 72 contestants “who are respectable, talented, and well-rounded professionals,” he said.
The roster of delegates included a rocket scientist, doctors, engineers, businessmen, teachers, musicians, actors, models, university scholars, among others.