The Philippines's bet AR dela Serna is now currently in Nowy Sacz in Poland for the 1st Mister Supranational pageant, to be held on December 3 (December 4, Philippine time) at the Miejski Ośrodek Sportu i Rekreacji (Hall of Sports).
AR, 23, hopes to become the country's first Mister Supranational titleholder.
AR has arrived in the city of Krynica-Zdrój in Poland last Wednesday night (Nov. 23, Thursday morning, Philippine time) for the pageant's preliminary events and activities, such as top model runway, photo and video challenges.
Mister Supranational-Philippines 2016 AR dela Serna,
our bet in the Mister Supranational pageant,
is now in Poland deadest on bringing home the country’s f
irst Mister Supranational title. Courtesy: AR dela Serna
"It is very cold here," AR told VRS on Facebook chat.
And it gets even busier. In the coming days, AR will participate in a number of much-anticipated events such as the talent show, preview and contestant interviews. Preliminary competitions will be held also in Slovakia on Nov. 27-29.
AR said he is ready for the pageant. In the weeks after he won Mister of Filipinas’ Mister Supranational, AR underwent courses on personality development and public speaking, attended Polish language classes, did rigid gym workouts, fielded incisive questions during interviews, took up good-grooming lessons and took (pieces of) advice from colleagues and mentors on how to keep that “winning/fighting” spirit up.
“I've been training for quite some time. I'm only gonna be showcasing who I am. As I represent the country. I assure everyone that I am prepared to represent the country,” AR said.
AR, the first Mister Supranational Philippines, is among pageant enthusiasts' favorites to enter the Mister Supranational.
“I've set my life towards the goal. I've kept a very healthy lifestyle,” he said.
The live televised event will be held at the Miejski Ośrodek Sportu i Rekreacji (MOSIR), Krynica’s main events venue with capacity for 3,000 people. The production promises to be a total success.
(Note: To help AR to win the premier edition of Mister Supranational, you need to download the MobStar app. If he gets the MobStar People’s Choice Award, he would easily advance in the semifinal round during the finals night!)
‘Pinoy Aquaman’ swims Bohol to Leyte
Harold Bernales didn’t miss the chance to witness the historic swim of environmental- triathlete lawyer Ingemar Macarine, also known as the “Pinoy Aquaman,” on Sunday morning (Nov. 20), on his attempt to cross the Canigao Channel.
Bernales, 14, said he heard about Macarine’s feat on open sea swimming here and abroad.
“It was my chance to see him,” he said.
He accompanied his father, Paquito, who was the boatman of the escort boat.
Macarine’s attempt to cross the Canigao Channel was organized by Ubay Mayor Constantino Reyes.
He aimed at raising awareness of the need to promote clean seas and Ubay tourism.
“I am promoting tourism in Ubay Bohol, and for clean seas and beaches,” Macarine said.
After applying sunblock lotion, he took time to pray Psalm 23.
|Pinoy Aquaman with Leyte residents at Guadalupe Port. /Leo Udtohan|
At 6:06 a.m. on Sunday, Macarine started his swim from Barangay Tugas in the island municipality of Pres. Carlos P. Garcia (CPG) to Maasin City, Southern Leyte, which is part of the Canigao Channel. The swim would cover a total of 17 kilometer distance.
He said strong waves and currents kept pulling him off course so he had to change direction.
“The first 10 kilometer was a very rough swim while the last seven kilometer was swim against strong current,” said Macarine.
At 12:30 p.m., Macarine reached the Guadalupe Port in Maasin City, a total of six hours and 37 minutes swim of the 17 kilometer distance between CPG and Maasin City.
“I hope this swim will inspire our kababayan from Maasin City and from Bohol, and of course, all over the Philippines to take care more of our marine environment,” Macarine said.
At Guadalupe Port, he was met by residents to have photo ops with him.
Resident Elizabeth Ibale, 66, said it was his first time to know that someone could actually swim from Bohol to Leyte.
|Lawyer Ingemar Macarine is the first person to swim from Bohol to Leyte. /Leo Udtohan|
“Bilib ko sa iyang abilidad nga first ko nakakita og tawo nga grabe ang langoy tiaw bang harang layua..grabeh oi,” she said.
Macarine said he plans to return to the United Kingdom to swim the English Channel which was aborted last August due to bad weather.
“I will be back to do the English Channel this coming September 2017. Last August 2016, this year, I was in UK for two months but I was not able to swim the English Channel because of the bad weather. I hope next year, to try again. So, this is actually part of my training,” he said.
He said he will swim Camiguin to Balingoan, Misamis Oriental on January 17.
Macarine has conquered seas in the United States of America and Philippines. He was selected as one of the three Heroes of the Environment for 2015 by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF).
Macarine, 40, who hails from Surigao, is currently the election officer of Tubigon, in Bohol province.
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