Stephen Harold Lilley Jr. from Sablan, Benguet was crowned Mr. Great Man of the Universe Culture and Tourism 2022, one of the 10 titles conferred during the coronation night of the Great Man of the Universe 2022 held at Novotel Manila on November 13.
Lilley emphasized on championing the environment and rainforest protection in his speech during the Top 10 Speech category where each candidate spoke about how they can be a “Man and a Gentleman despite all the negative things happening around the universe.”
The Benguet representative also received the Best Model Award, Best in Runway Challenge Award, Hotness Overload Challenge Award, Nanostix Award, and the Genix Award.
Lilley and the other nine candidates in top 10 will be representing the country in their respective international competitions in 2023.
Meanwhile, three other Benguet representatives made the province proud for showcasing the culture and tourism of Benguet in the national stage of pageantry. They are Kapangan representative Lucas Empiso who made it to the top 20 and was also awarded as winner of the Sports and Wellness Challenge, Itogon’s bet Delefher Comising who entered the top 30 and was chosen as one among the top 10 best in National Costume, and La Trinidad’s Miguel Jarrel Bas-ilen who bested over 60 other candidates after making it to the top 40 in this national pageant.
Ephraim Paul Eral Paran, Regional Director of the Great Man of the Universe-Cordillera, thanked Governor Dr. Melchor Daguines Diclas for showing support to the Benguet representatives and for being part of the success of the recent candidates’ visit to the province.
The four Benguet Great Man candidates together with the entire team Cordillera have earlier paid a courtesy visit to the governor before they started their journey in the said pageantry.
Great Man of the Universe Team Cordillera is composed of Paran; Joel Noah Quinto, production head; Ayra Longsiab, fashion designer; Craig Cole, videographer/ editor; Glomark Pahignalo II, photo/ video editor; costume designers Shiva Rivera, Pharcy Pugong, Ricca Amaranto, Renren Indas, Evets Mendoza; and the team driver Chrizler Paran Angelez. By SAP Jr.