Hailing from Subic, Zambales, Philippines, Martin Domingo Sardiña, 21, has been crowned Mister Icon World 2019. It was the second edition of the international male beauty pageant founded by Mohammed Nagaman Lateef.
The Mr. Icon World 2019 coronation night took place in Mumbai, India on November 25, 2019. In the final question and answer portion, he was asked why should he be the next Mr. Icon World.
“Being an icon to the world does not mean that you only look good, being smart and have a great physique,” Sardiña answered. “What the world needs is a person with a good heart willing to help the poor and the oppressed. We need to be the catalyst of change.”
“I believe that if I can’t be the light, just let me be the spark,” the Zambales native continued. “Just like what Mother Theresa said, ‘If you can’t feed a hundred people, feed only one,’ and that’s the beginning of one’s love to humanity.”
Aditya Nandkishor Atpalkar of India was named Mr. Icon Asia 2019. Runner-up was Amar Singh Lhayo Magar of Nepal, who also won the Best in National Costume award.
During the national costume photo shoot of Mr. Icon World 2019, Sardiña wore a modern barong designed by James O’Briant. It featured the Immaculate Conception with the iconic Arabian Sea, a region of the northern Indian Ocean, as the background.
Sardiña left the Philippines via Cathay Pacific Airlines on November 20, 2019 for Mr. Icon World 2019. He was Mr. Grand Philippines 2019 first runner-up.
Originally, the Philippines was supposed to be represented by Michael Ver Comaling in Mr. Icon World 2019. However, he is representing the country in the Southeast Asian Games 2019.
The SEA Games 2019 will take place in the Philippines from November 30, 2019 to December 11, 2019. A pentathlete, Comaling will compete in five sports competitions.
Comaling will represent the Philippines in Mr. Icon World 2020, according to Mr. Grand Philippines national director Meg Perez. The venue has yet to be announced.
Like Comaling, Sardiña is also into sports. The newly crowned Mr. Icon World 2019 is studying Business Administration majoring in Operations Management at the Kolehiyo ng Subic in Zambales.
“I’m an athletic person and I engage through different sports like basketball taekwondo and soccer,” Sardiña told Manila Bulletin. “When I heard that I will be the one who will compete for the crown of Mr. Icon World, I felt excited for the opportunity to embody an icon for people of today and the youth.”
Crowned in 2018, the first ever Mr. Icon World was Kaung Pyae Lwin, 23, of Yangon, Myanmar. During his reign, he visited Dubai, United Arab Emirates with Lateef.