How Male Pageants Helped Mr. Supranational Philippines 2018 Marco Poli
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, November 27, 2018 4:59pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
It cannot be denied; Filipinos are one of the biggest fans of pageantry. From big international pageants to small local ones, expect that pageant enthusiasts will support their bets as much as they can. Winning beauty competitions is really a big deal for the country.
But in a pageant-loving country such as the Philippines, male pageants are not as big of a deal as the female ones. Now, Mr. World Philippines—which also holds the titles of Mr. Supranational, Mr. Eco International, and Mr. Multinational in the country—plans to change that. In fact, they are starting to build the image of the country’s male pageantry as a "clean" competition, void of any harassments that would make the contestants uncomfortable. Arnold Vegafria, Miss and Mister World National Director, said that the pageant looks not only for representatives but also for ambassadors of goodwill.
For this year, one of the chosen representatives is Marco Poli. He will be the country’s bet for the Mr. Supranational 2018. This competition focuses more on modeling and the candidate’s personality and talent. Marco would be the third Filipino representative for the pageant, following Yves Campos in 2017 and AR de la Serna in 2016.
The Fil-Italian pageant, a chef by profession, said that joining male pageants, especially Mr. World Philippines, helped him improve his personality.
"Personally, when I joined this pageant, I have a lot of difficulties, but 'yun nga, I was an introvert as well. But you have to try something new, go out of your comfort zone," he said.
He expressed that Mr. World Philippines is a “legit” organization that does a lot of charity and advocacy works and events, and he is more than proud to be a part of this pageant. Plus, he got to meet new “brothers” who will also soon compete in other international competitions.
Fun fact: Marco used to play football in his childhood days and is advocating sports and health awareness among kids. This would teach kids to be more proactive and responsible, according to him. He can use his title to promote this advocacy.
"If you have a vision, just follow it and you can use [Miss and Mr. World] as a platform," he said.
Marco will leave the Philippines soon for the Mr. Supranational competition on December 8. He trains hard to win the title for the country and if he would win, his victory might pave the way to change the perspective about Philippine male pageantry.