Swede named 1st runner-up at Manhunt Int’l 2012 in Bangkok

The Philippines’ representative to the 16th Manhunt International male beauty pageant was crowned winner at the finals night held on Nov 9 in Bangkok, Thailand.

June Macasaet, 29, bested 52 other international contestants, with Sweden’s Peter Bo Jonsson placing 1st runner-up; Macau’s Martin Wang, 2nd runner-up; Puerto Rico’s Jimmy Perez, 3rd runner-up; and Singapore’s Jason Chee, 4th runner-up.

According to Globalbeauties.com, Macasaet’s victory over crowd-favorite Jonsson was a tight one – only 1 point separated the winner from the 1st runner-up.

An engineering student of Uppsala University, Jonsson had stated in an interview that he would focus completely on studying if he did not win the title.

“I’m writing my master thesis in engineering right now so I’m planning to get a technical master grade and a bachelor grade in economics next year,” said Jonsson.

Special awards were also handed out for Best in National Costume (Hongkong), Face of the Year (Puerto Rico), Best Runway (Latvia), Urban Male Award (Philippines’ June Macasaet), Best Physique (Macau), Mr. Personality (Bahamas), Mr. Photogenic (India) and the two fast-track-to-Top-15-honors of Mr. Internet Popularity won by Singapore and Mr. Friendship taken by Denmark’s.

Said to be the first male model contest in Singapore when it started in 1987, Manhunt became international in 1993, when contestants from 25 countries joined the competition.

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