Hottest gay men in the country to slug it out in UP on Sunday

Inquirer Libre - Davao - - PANGUNAHING PAHINA - Text and photo by Armin P. Adina

ANOTHER police officer is planning to make a splash in the pageant scene, but in a different kind of male contest this time.

Hoping to follow the footsteps of fellow cops 2014 Mister International Neil Perez, 2015 Manhunt International-Philippines Don McGayver Cochico and 2016 Man of the World-Philippines Christopher Dulagan, PO1 Jessie Quitevis has his eyes on another title-the Mister Gay World Philippines crown.

Jessie is representing Taguig City in the revival edition of the annual search for the country’s representative to the international Mister Gay World pageant.

“I want to show people that one’s sexual orientation is irrelevant when it comes to serving the people,” the cop told media scribes during the presentation of the 36 official candidates held at Club 690 in Quezon City earlier this month.

I Am PoGAY

But he faces tough competition from the stronger and more popular aspirants in this year’s search, including Baguio City’s John Raspado, who won the top prize in the I am PoGAY search of the noontime show It’s

Showtime on ABS-CBN. After a four-year hiatus, the national competition is back, and is now under the helm of the Philippines’ first representative to the Mister Gay World pageant, Wilbert Tolentino.

“For the past seven years, Noemi Alberto has been the national director. This year I was able to acquire the franchise,” Wilbert told INQUIRER LIBRE.

The last national contest was staged in 2012. Since 2013, the Philippines’ representatives to the Mister Gay World pageant have all been appointees.

“When I got the franchise, there was very little time to stage a pageant to select the representative for the 2016 international contest, so I just appointed Christian Paul Laxamana,” Wilbert shared.

Mister Fahrenheit

Christian, John’s I Am PoGAY runner up, was the winner of “Mister Fahrenheit,” a contest for gay men conducted by a gay night club operated by Wilbert.

He finished third in the 2016 Mister Gay World pageant held in Malta.

“The winner for this year’s national contest will be sent to the 2017 Mister Gay World pageant,” Wilbert explained.

“It took us two months to look for candidates, the search was nationwide,” he said. “We first conducted online application, and then invited the applicants for an interview.”

“We are looking for someone who can travel and can serve as a spokesperson for our advocacies, who will push for HIV awareness and early detection program, someone who has charisma and confidence,” Wilbert said.

The 2016 Mister Gay World finals night will be staged at the UP Theater in the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines in Quezon City on Oct. 2.

Paolo Bediones will host the ceremonies, together with 2008 Miss Earth Karla Henry and former Mutya ng Pilipinas Tin Caballero-Aplal.

THIRTY-SIX gay men from all over the country will compete for the Mister Gay World Philippines title. The contest’s winner will represent the country in the international Mister Gay World contest.

JOHN Raspado (second from right) topped the poll for ‘Darling of the Press.’ John Bench Ortiz (left) and John Jeffrey Carlos (second from left) tied for second place. Jessie Quitevis placed third.

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