Vincent Issen Christopher Jarina, 22, was one of the winners at Misters of Filipinas 2016 on Sept. 18 at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City, Metro Manila. He was named Mister Asian Philippines set to represent his home country in the inaugural Mister Asian 2016 in Manado, Indonesia, but since the postponement of the competition in November 2016, nothing was heard about it.
But recently, Jarina was sent to Kaohsiung, Taiwan to represent the Philippines in another inaugural male beauty pageant, Mister Ocean 2017. In a statement exclusively obtained by Conan Daily, he said the most memorable experience he had in Mister Ocean 2017 was the day he and his fellow candidates went to a charity event.
During the charity event, the Mister Ocean 2017 candidates had lunch together with children, according to Jarina. They also enjoyed playing at the Ice Sculpture Exhibition in Kaohsiung, among other activities, he said.
Including Jarina, there were 49 candidates who competed for the Mister Ocean 2017 title. Among them, the Filipino candidate’s closest friends were Mister Republic of Congo Dylan Rouffet, Mister Nigeria Ayoola Olatunde and Mister France Victor Simon Andrea Lombardi.
Rouffet, Olatunde and Lombardi did not make it to the semi-finals. However, Lombardi won the Best Talent award while Olatunde was Best Body second runner-up.
On the other hand, Jarina was runner-up to Mister Argentina Javier Palermo as the Best National Costume winner. Both Jarina and Palermo made it to the semi-finals but did not advance to the finals.
Jarina stands 6’2” and he loves sports, particularly basketball. Hailing from Cadiz, Negros Occidental, he is a member of the varsity team in Trinity University of Asia where he is studying Business Administration.
At this point, Filipino beauty pageant fans already know who to root for in Mister Ocean 2018. On Sept. 30, Jarina passed his title as Mister Ocean-Philippines to Carlo Pasion, who represented Laoag City in Misters of Filipinas 2017 at One Esplanade in Pasay City.