Two thousand and twelve was the year when two of the world's biggest male beauty pageants, Manhunt International and Mister International were staged in Bangkok, Thailand. I was working in one of the international hospitals in Bangkok back then so attending the said events wasn't an uphill task. I have just started my blog when I was given the free VIP ticket from the Manhunt org to cover the pageant so it was really a great opportunity for me as a pageant blogger/fanatic to meet and talk with the world's most desirable men on a professional level.
Given the quality of the contenders that year, coming up with the final ten wasn't a walk in the park. They're all gorgeously stunning in still photographs more so when you see them in person. However, my impressions changed when I got to know them well upclose and heard them talk.
1. Peter Jonsson of Sweden, Manhunt-International 2012 First Runner-Up
|Mr. Sweden 2012 Peter Jonsson with your blogger during|
the Swimwear Preliminary Competition in Bangkok
2. June Macasaet of the Philippines, Manhunt-International 2012 Grand Winner
|Mr. Philippines himself with your blogger|
during the Preliminary Competition held in
When he won the national search to represent the country in the manhunt international edition, I know from then that he'll do well in the competition and he just did far exceed my expectations. I was sitting at the hotel lobby together with the Thai press staff during the arrival of the candidates when I first spotted June. He's a real experienced pro yet very approachable and down-to-earth, he isn't pretentious and was naturally genuine and warm unlike some other candidates who were trying hard to impress the press. His towering height, gorgeously toned muscles, and handsome Asian features made him more noticeable when he stands head-and-shoulders with the blondes.
3. Lee Stram of Australia, Manhunt International-Australia 2012
|Lee Stram (Australia) - Manhunt International-Australia 2012|
|Mr. Australia 2012 with me during|
the pageant's swimwear pictorial in
I was rooting for this Aussie hunk model to penetrate the winning circle but I was sad when he didn't even land in the semi-finals. I thought that with his valuptuous bombshell curves and exceptionally-handsome buffy frame and not to mention his adorably-carefree personality he could break the leaner and slender Manhunt prototype. I was greatly disappointed when Australia wasn't called in the top 15 because there were a few candidates who didn't deserve the spot and I felt that my bet was ruthlessly robbed! I immediately approached him backstage to console him but good thing he's a better sport than me. I found it amusing though realizing that I was way more affected and quite depressed with his defeat. Lee Stram would always be remembered in the pageant history as one of the world's hottest male contenders from the Land Down Under!
4. Jimmy Perez Rivera of Puerto Rico, Manhunt International 2012 Third Runner-Up and Mister International-Puerto Rico 2013
|Jimmy Perez (Puerto Rico) - Manhunt International 2012 Third Runner Up|
|Post grand-coronation photo with the third runner-up|
winner, Mr. Puerto Rico 2012
5. James Murphy of Ireland, Mister International-Ireland 2012
|With the adorable Mr. Ireland|
on the eve after the pre-final
event in Bangkok, Thailand