Joshua represented the Philippines at the modeling competition's 14th edition held on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at Okada, Manila.
Lochie Carey of Australia won the title.
Meanwhile, USA's Elijah Van Zanten finished 2nd runner-up, Vietnam's Tran Manh Kien was 3rd runner-up, and Netherlands's Cas Hagman was 4th runner-up.
On September 28, 2022, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught up with Joshua and talked about his preparations for the modeling competition during their sponsor visit to Blackwater's headquarters in Caloocan City.
"I have an edge because I've been doing this for a while," the 24-year-old property specialist said.
He continued, "What I would improve siguro, add more confidence. I'm already confident myself, but I just want to add more.
"I want to add more spunk to it. When I pose, I want to make everyone feel like 'Whoa! Joshua De Sequera!'"
Joshua also admitted to feeling a bit pressured by the facts that his mom Marina is a known supermodel and beauty titleholder in the country.
Marina won the Binibining Pilipinas Maja International title in 1992 and represented the country at the Miss World 1992 pageant.
He told PEP.ph, "Of course, it does because we're talking about the Marina Benipayo, my mom. But again, there's added pressure, of course, because she has accomplished a lot of things in her career."
The former volleyball athlete said his goal is to step out of his mom's shadow.
"Of course, I want to make a name for myself as well. I don't want to be the guy who's only known because I'm the son of Marina Benipayo.
"I wanna be known as Joshua De Sequera, supermodel-slash-the-guy-joining-this-pageant. I want to make a name for myself here, and I believe I'm starting to make a name for myself."
HIS WIFE'S SUPPORT
Meanwhile, Joshua is also a proud family man, and is grateful for the support of his wife Judy Takeuchi.
He said, "Grabe, all of my posts sa IG, because I don't have the time, all of us don't have the time. It's very stressful what we're doing right now. Stress in a good way. of course.
"All my pictures, I've been sending it to her then she's been putting the captions. She's very supportive."
His only worry is that she has been alone taking care of their son Jacob because of the pageant.
"She's taking care of my son by herself right now. I know that's super-super hard to do... it's very stressful because he runs around, all over the place.
"He's two years old already and he's pretty heavy."
THANKFUL TO FANS
Toward the end of the interview, Joshua also thanked his supporters, especially those who have been following his family's journey on TikTok.
Before joining the competition, Joshua and his wife have started gaining followers, thanks to their adorable videos.
Asked about his reaction to the comments on his wife's TikTok posts, Joshua said, "Natutuwa naman ako siyempre. It's funny. Filipinos are natural-born comedians talaga.
"And I'm pretty sure some of them, they don't really mean what they say.
"But it's really funny, it makes me laugh. Just keep the comments coming, it keeps me entertained.
"And in this world full of negativity and stress because of the pandemic and other situations that we're put in, I think, I kinda need the laugh.
"I kinda need the nice comments. Even if it's a bit inappropriate, if you attack it with your funny bone, not with your personal ano, it's fine."
MANHUNT INTERNATIONAL 2022
Aside from the first runner-up title, Joshua also took home several special awards, such as Best Commercial Model, AQ Prime Streaming King, and Mr. Blackwater Sports.
For his part, Lochie won the Face of AQ Prime and Mr. Blackwater Bossing. He was also the overall digital challenge physique winner.
Aside from being the second runner-up, USA's Elijah Van Zanten also won the Digital Challenge Runway.
Vietnam's Tran Manh Kien was the Best Swimwear Model.
South Africa's Marcus Max Karsten was named AQ Prime Entertainment King and Mr. Blackwater Men.
Daniel Jares of Peru won the Mr. Blackwater Deo special award.
Other special awards winners are:
- Sri Lanka's Supun Maduranga - Mr. Face of the Year.
- Canada's Samuel Albert - Mr. Personality.
- South Korea' Junhyeok Chang - Mr. Friendship.
- Brazil's Hendson Baltazar - Mr. Photogenic.
- Indonesia's Deo Nikolas - Mr. Popularity.
- France's Cedric Cabane - Digital Challenge Casting winner
- Singapore's Darren Kessler - Mr. Physique
- Venezuela's Jose Luis Trujillo - Best Fashion Model
During the modeling competition's finals night, the distinguished panel of judges consisted of Thai businesswoman Pawina Bamrungot, fashion photographer Jose Raymond Lontok, fashion designer Albert Andrada, Manhunt International 2012 Jun Macasaet, Blackwater brand representative Kevin Chua, Okada Manila Sales and Marketing Vice-President Cielo Ortega-Reboredo, actor/entrepreneur RS Francisco, and lawyer Honey Quiño.
Former Miss Universe Philippines Beatrice Luigi Gomez and reigning Miss Universe Philippines Tourism Michelle Marquez Dee served as the hosts of the event.