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It was a hunky affair at Alkaff Mansion Ristorante where the 30 finalists for Manhunt Singapore 2015 and Senior Manhunt Singapore 2015 were unveiled at the high-tea press event.
The annual event was organised and managed by Beam Artistes in collaboration with presenting sponsor Phyto Singapore who put together a stunning display of men with both brawn and brains. Singapore’s longest running and most prestigious male pageant has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a male model contest 28 years ago to where it is today.
The finalists, 20 contestants from the junior category (age 20-30) and 10 from the senior category (age 31 and above) put on quite a show as they strode down towards centre stage, each showing off their clear masculine physique. Don’t be fooled by their suave demeanour and good looks, behind each contestant are surprising profile facts worth noting.
Take 26 year-old Muhammad Imran Nedunchelian for example. Behind this towering figure (1.85cm) with well-defined muscles is an individual who is passionate about cooking. He is currently studying at At-Sunrice Global Chef Academy where he is a full-time student.
Another contestant, 27 years-old Raphael Chen, is a full-time sports marketer who has worked with sporting bodies such as Badminton World Federation and Liverpool Football Club. But no one could tell from first glance this well-built individual initially dreamt of becoming a professional pianist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra during his school days!
Another surprising fact among contestants came in the form of a father-son relationship where for the first time in the competition’s history, both contestants Poon Weng Kee age 48 (father) and Ryan Poon age 24 (son) will be participating in the same event.
And who could forget contestant Muhammad Hanafie Bin Ali Mahmood age 26, who became widely known to Singaporeans as the “MRT Hero” when he stood up as a lone voice against a bully on the train who was harassing another passenger.
Such is the diversity of each contestant’s profile and their intriguing background that will ultimately make this year’s Manhunt event a must-watch. Judged not only based on appearance but a set of positive male attributes that holistically embodies the “ideal man”, Singapore can look forward to its next male star model for 2015 at the grand finals on 5 December 2015, held at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway.
*Tickets for the grand finals will be available for sale at: http://www.globaltickets.sg/manhunt-singapore-2015