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At the Man of the Philippines-UAE pre-pageant on November 25, 2023.

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Man of the Philippines–UAE 2023: Top 3 in rave wear, summer wear, talent named

Man of the Philippines-UAE 2023 candidates showcased their show stopping talent and fashion flair at the pre-pageant and talent night on Saturday (November 25).

Prince Maristela, one of the crowd favourites, made it to the Top 3 in all the three categories at the packed pre-pageant at Celebrity District in Dubai.

Maristela and 16 other candidates impressed judges and fans as they took the stage for the Rave Wear, Summer Wear and Talent segments.

In the Rave Wear category, four candidates were named finalists after two tied in the judges’ scorecard. The finalists are Maristela, Ahmed Romero, Carl Jasper Panaligan and Dean Laban

Maristela and Panaligan also made it to the Top 3 of the Summer Wear category along with John Bonifacio. In the Talent category, Maristela, Ravegne Compasivo and Kristian Allen Gobria made it to the Top 3.

Saturday’s pre-pageant was judged by Mars Yabut De los Santos, owner of Expat Media Group; Noela Quizon, owner of UAE Kabayan Souq; Ramzy Hesham Villegas, Man of the Philippines UAE 2021; Brilliant Juan, TV & film director; Grace Alzate, owner of Miss Fab Jewellery & Diamonds; Russel Aguilar, educator and community leader, and Angel Villar de Jesus, owner of El Ange Couture.

Judges scored the candidates based on their style, stage presence and audience impact as the men strutted on stage with their outfits, including their stunning summer wear by Dubai-based Calivo Couture. The winners will be announced at the grand finals on December 10, said Gilbert Espiritu, pageant owner and director of Man of the Philippines-UAE. ICA/Expat Media

Candidates for Man of the Philippines-UAE 2023

John Eriq Bonifacio, candidate 1
Ravegne Compasivo, candidate 2
James Mariano, candidate 3
John Kenan Paul Palanca, candidate 4
Dranreb Trumata, candidate 5
Ahmed Romero, candidate 6
Maki Porquiado, candidate 7
Mark Lester Balahadia, candidate 8
Rashed Descalzo, candidate 9
Kristian Allen Gobrin, candidate 10
Prince Maristela, candidate 11
Al Mario Lara, candidate 12
Thirdy Ramos, candidate 13
Carl Jasper Panaligan, candidate 14
Dean Markley Padilla Laban, candidate 15
Nino Carl Gueta, candidate 16
Gemar Maza, candidate 17


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