Meet PH’s Bet For Mister Gay World 2016
Philippines has already proven its worth in the beauty pageant arena winning the big 4 pageants (Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss Earth, and Miss International). It even boasts its successes in minor yet international beauty pageants like Miss Supranational (which I believe is said to be joining the Big 4 to be the Big 5 pageants), Miss Globe, and so on. Moreover, the Philippines show off more crowns, not just in the female category but also in men’s and transgender’s. (Philippines won Manhunt International title (2012) and one Mister International title (2015) and Miss International Queen titles on 2012 and 2015).
But we are yet to win the elusive crown for international gay beauty pageant which is the Mister Gay World.
Mister Gay World started on 2009. Its mission to create a global competition that would inspire and empower gay men to come together in a public performance that would show the world that being gay encompasses a broad spectrum. The mission to demonstrate that both inward beauty and physical appearance are equally important as is leadership and confidence. It was the organization’s hope that by bringing these men together they would share their experiences to open both each others’ as well as the public’s eyes that in many regions on our planet being gay is a challenge and a fight for basic human rights.
And just last night, the Mister Gay World Philippines Organization headed by Mr. Wilbert Tolentino, MGWPO National Director and the very first rep of PH for the said pageant, had a Press Conference for the man of the hour that will try to win the very first elusive crown for the country. Please meet Mr. Christian Lacsamana.
Christian is a 30-year old HS teacher who hails from Pampanga. You may find him familiar. Well, you’re right. Prior to winning the said title, he was also the 1st RU of It’s Showtime’s “I Am Pogay.” Apart from that, he was the winner of last year’s Mister F Universe pageant which earned him also the chance of being appointed by the same organization to represent the Philippines for Mister Gay World 2016.
Mr. Wilbert Tolentino, National Director of Mister Gay World Philippines Organization and the very 1st rep of PH for the said pageant.
Christian is positive enough that he will be able to earn the coveted crown being the first Asian and Filipino Mister Gay World since the contest’s inception in 2009.
He will compete in Mister Gay World 2016 at Malta from April 19-23, 2016.
He has been very active in various LGBT-related events and even HIV-awareness advocacies tied up with Philippines’ biggest HIV testing, education, prevention, and support group, LoveYourself Inc. He is even taking part in the said organization’s fund-raising event this March, “Cherry Poppin, The 2nd Comin'”, for the future projects in curbing the rise of HIV in the country. Obviously, he is Pia Wurtzbach’s counterpart in the gay scene in the spreading of awareness about HIV/AIDS in the country.
By the looks of it, Christian has been really doing well in his assignments and preparations that must be made in the competition. That includes being trained by Rodgil Flores, the owner of Kagandang Flores Camp which provides competitive ladies for national and international pageants, Mr. Wilbert Tolentino himself, and physical training to have the perfect body for the said competition. He is also knowledgeable enough about LGBT issues that are very timely right now. And yes, that includes the homophobic statement of boxing champ, Manny Pacquiao, that may be in his favor that he can raise during the competition. Further, he had himself checked for his HIV status encouraging everyone to know their status especially with the HIV epidemic happening in the country.
Mister Gay World Philippines 2016 and Mister Gay World Philippines Organization
When asked about his message to our brothers and sisters who are part of the LGBT community, he said that “my message of hope is that we must push our lives as we push our dreams because no matter what happens, there is always a rainbow after the rain.”
On behalf of the HIV advocates, Filipino LGBT brothers and sisters, and we here at BaklapoAko.com, we wish you all the best in the competition and may God bless you with the wisdom and strength that you need to give us the very first crown for Mister Gay World.
Yours truly and Christian
Check out his life story here:
Meet PH’s Bet For Mister Gay World 2016
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