Nomer Yuzon
 Six hours before Manny Pacquiao fights Floyd Mayweather Jr. inside the boxing ring of MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 3, Sunday (Philippine time), another Filipino will first take up the challenge of “knocking out” 21 gay men from different countries on stage at the Knysna Mall Exhibition Area in South Africa, to be the first-ever Filipino Mr. Gay World titleholder. His name is Nomer Munar Yuzon, an educator who hails from Occidental Mindoro. Early this year, local franchise holders Noemi Alberto, Mr. Gay World for Asia regional director, and Mac Bordallo, Winnstruck Productions president handpicked him due to time restrictions. But the 42-year-old, 5-feet-10-inch native of Occidental Mindoro is no stranger to beauty pageants. He was David Noel Bosley’s second runner-up in the Mr. Gay Philippines 2009 tilt, also winning the Darling of the Press and Best in Formal Wear special awards. He also represented Hawaii in Manhunt International 2006 world finals staged in Jinjiang, China.

“This will be my last (international) pageant, and I really hope that ’this is it’,” he said in an interview with Outrage Magazine at the Mr. Gay World Asia Regional Office in Pasig City. ”I’m the (oldest candidate) in Mr. Gay World this year. (But) I consider my age as an edge, since I have more experiences (in life) which made me a stronger, more matured and disciplined person that I am today.“ Yuzon is the fifth and youngest child of the late Mariano Yuzon from Batangas, and the former Peg Munar, a retired school teacher who hails from Pangasinan.

He completed his bachelor’s degree in mass communication at the Far Eastern University and pursued his postgraduate studies in development communication at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. He left for the US in 1997 where he worked as hotelier at the Holiday Inn San Francisco, part-time model and then flight steward for the United Airlines for 14 years. After grabbing an early retirement package from the airline company, he entered the academe last year. He started teaching airline business and public speaking subjects at the Lyceum of the Philippines University and Asia Pacific College, respectively. He also works as a part-time actor and appeared in ABS-CBN’s fantasy-comedy-drama TV series Inday Bote where he portrayed the role of an investor recently. Yuzon is also a member of the Maharlika Drakon Dragon Boat Racers under the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation.

NOMER’S NEMESES The global competition aimed at inspiring and empowering gay men to come together in a public performance that will showcase the world that being gay encompasses a broad spectrum is back after eight months. Its founding president, Eric Butter, is again on the lookout for the successor of Stuart Hatton Jr. of the UK, who will also advance gay human rights in his country and throughout the world. Now in its seventh year, Mr. Gay World will be held in Knysna, a town in South Africa renowned for its wildlife, magnificent oysters, and golf courses, between April 26 and May 4. It’s also the first time that delegates will join the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival street parade on the day of the finals. ”I don’t want to think of the pressure, I’d rather focus on the excitement. I was a flight attendant for so many years, but I’ve never been to South Africa or the African continent on the whole. I’ll have new friends (there) for sure and I’ll do my very best, of course,” he said.

HELP ADVANCE THE FILIPINOFilipinos all over the world can help Nomer Yuzon win the Mr. Gay Popularity special award to possibly advance in the semifinal round by clicking MGW 2015 and voting once every 24 hours until 6 AM of May 1, Friday (Manila time). The Philippines is a very promising non-winning country in Mr. Gay World, with five consecutive top-10 placements: David Noel Bosley in 2010; Marc Ernest Biala, also awarded Best in National Costume and Mr. Gay Popularity in 2011; Carlito Rosadino, also adjudged Best in National Costume and Mr. Gay Popularity in 2012; Erimar Ortigas, named Mr. Gay Popularity in 2013; and Randolph Val Palma, sixth place overall in 2014.

Hence, the pressure to equal if not exceed the feats of his predecessors is definitely on for Yuzon. “If I would become Mr. Gay World, it will be easier for me to network. As an educator, an ’openly gay’ teacher, I believe that I have the responsibility. I can easily reach out to a lot of students. I want to spearhead a project, ’It’s OKAY to be GAY,’ because a lot of young gays still find it hard to come out these days.There’s still widespread discrimination in our society (also due to our traditional beliefs) that being gay is a disease, (or) it’s a shame. It’s just one of the things I want to change,” he concluded.

Erimar Ortigas
 Erimar Ortigas failed to clinch the crown but still made his presence felt at the 2013 Mr. Gay World pageant held recently in Antwerp, Belgium. Ortigas, a Business Administration graduate from the Lyceum of the Philippines-Manila, placed among the top 10 contestants and also received a special award ”Mr. Gay Popular” in the tilt participated by 25 countries. The 29-year old Ortigas who is also employed as a manager for a business process outsourcing office, said he entered the pageant to meet different people from around the world.

He added that his participation in the global gay competition allowed him to show that gays in the Philippines are happy and never stop fighting for gay rights. The Belgium event is the 5th edition of the Mr. Gay World pageant. Previous winner Andreas Derleth of New Zealand crowned his successor Christopher Michael Olwage also of New Zealand.

Go for broke in Mr. Gay World 2014

Meet Randolph Val Palma, a six-footer and 31-year-old Davaoeño, who will carry the Philippine flag to the upcoming Mr. Gay World, a global competition that goes beyond beauty to find the "most inspiring and compelling gay man in the world", to be held in Rome at the end of this month.

Mr. Gay World is not a usual beauty contest. At least in the dictionary of Eric Butter, the pageant's co-founder and president, it is defined as "the toughest job interview in the world." It is based on the visionary pillars of friendship, diversity and respect, and the winners chosen year after year will serve as role models and ambassadors for young gay men of the world. The sixth edition of the pageant will be held in the southern part of Eternal City, in Rome, Italy, from August 25 to 31.

Randolph Val Palma will be the Philippine envoy to this year's competition. The 31-year-old and six-footer native of Davao City was appointed by Mr. Gay World for Asia regional director Noemi Alberto and Winnstruck Productions president Mac Bordallo, the local franchise holders of the global search. No local competition was held this year due to time constraints. Palma was actually first runner-up to eventual titleholder Carlito Rosadiño in the Mr. Gay World Philippines 2012 tilt.

Val works as a part-time runway model, and a team leader for JP Morgan Chase & Co., a global financial services firm. He completed his bachelor's degree in industrial technology, majoring in technology teacher education, at the University of Southwestern Philippines, under a scholarship program of the Department of Science and Technology. He passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers in 2004. He is the son of the late Randy Palma, a military police, and Gene Digal, a retired nurse.

The pressure is on him as he will try to equal, if not surpass, the previous good standing of the Philippines in Mr. Gay World. David Noel Bosley was semifinalist in 2010; Marc Ernest Biala was semifinalist, Best in National Costume and Mr. Gay Popularity in 2011. Carlito Rosadiño was semifinalist, Best in National Costume and Mr. Gay Popularity in 2012. And Erimar Ortigas was also semifinalist and Mr. Gay Popularity last year.

But the Mr. Gay World crown still remains elusive to the Philippines.

"I am not thinking of the pressure (anymore). I just maximize whatever time is left for me to prepare. I was only informed by the organizers two months ago. I've been dieting and going to the gym (since then). Seeing my co-candidates' pictures online (honestly speaking), I cannot totally compete with their well-toned bodies. (You see), it's impossible for me to have six-pack abs in a short period of time, he said with a smile in an interview with Outrage Magazine.

"But I think my competitive edge is my working knowledge of various issues confronting the LGBT community here in our country. Even before joining Mr. Gay World Philippines two years ago, I was already helping the LGBT community. I am part of the 'Take The Test' project. During my free days at work, I volunteer in providing adequate information about HIV and AIDS through screening and pre-test/post-test counseling. It's my little way of making everyone a responsible owner of their own sexuality."

When asked how excited he is in his ultimate pageant assignment, Val said: "Very excited! It's my first time to travel in Europe, and my mom (who has just retired) will be coming with me! Her presence and guidance in my forthcoming journey will be my immense source of strength."

By: Giovanni Paolo J. Yazon

MR. GAY WORLD PHILIPPINES 2012 Teaser
  

  

  

 

 
Veteran male pageant titlist wears the Philippine Sash to the Mr. Gay World 2012
 Crowned as Mr. Gay World Philippines 2012, the 27 year old renowned coffee shop barista, Carlito Rosadiño, Jr., will represent the country to the Mr. Gay World 2012 competition, in the rainbow nation, South Africa this coming April.

He won at the local search - Mr. Gay World Philippines produced by Winstruck Events, held last November 18, 2011 at BED Manila.

Carlito, who grew up in Tondo, is a passionate dancer who studied Art Studies at the University of the Philippines, Diliman Quezon City.

He is now busy in the preparation of the competition, not only in his physical training, but also mainly in his knowledge of the gay community globally as being Mr. Gay World would entail him to be an ambassador and role model for the said community.

Accompanying Carlito to South Africa is the Director for Asia of the Mr. Gay World, Noemi Alberto and President of Winstruck Events Mac Bordallo. The competition, which will commence on the 4th of April, will be attended by 25 delegates from all over the world. The delegates will enjoy a luxurious stay at the five diamond Fairway Hotel & Spa while in Johannesburg. A week-long 'judged' activity will test the delegates' composure, camaraderie, leadership skill and intelligence given the different tasks and challenges. Their stay would be highlighted by a visit at the Askari Lodge where they will have the 'Safari Experience.' The Finale night proper will be on the night of April 8 at the Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg. - where they will also be judged in National Costume, Swimwear, Formal Wear and the Final Q&A

Carlito is actively involved with Ladlad Partylist and the Love Yourself Project.

Ladlad Partylist is one of the organizations who has been helping him to gain more knowledge about the gay community in our country.

While the Love Yourself Project consists of a group of volunteer educators and counselors, including him, who aims to propagate ideas and practices that encourages one's self to DARE to be oneself, to CARE for oneself, and to SHARE oneself as a way to multiplying joy.

While many considers Carlito as one of the strongest competitors this year, a huge pressure is toiled upon him as almost all the Philippines delegates who competed in the International competition have been winners in their own way.


Other Information:

Winstruck Events Production & Marketing is the producer of the annual MR. GAY WORLD PHILIPPINES (2007-2012), a pageant that aims to send the most deserving Philippine Representative to the annual Worldwide Competition - Mr. Gay World. The competition is designed to challenge the preconceived notions of gay men held by the society. It also holds Mr. Gay World's mission which is to raise the visibility of gay men, humanize gays in the media, create a positive role model and confront homophobia in today's culture.

We have sent candidates to Oslo, Norway in 2010, Whistler Canada in 2009 and Hollywood, USA in 2008.
The Philippines proudly hosted the Mr. Gay World event last March 9-14, 2011 held at Club Mwah!

The first Mr. Gay World Philippines was held on March 2007 at Metro Bar in Quezon City where Ray Allen "Earth" Cachero was hailed as the very 1st Mr. Gay World Philippines. It was produced by Noemi Alberto, the only female member of the Board of Directors of the Mr. Gay World Organization. She was also appointed as Director for Asia and MGW Youth Program.

Other members include pilot, businessman and philanthropist, Eric Butter, President of MGW and Chairman of the Board; Dean Nelson, Director of North America; Tore Aasheim, Managing Director, Noemi Alberto - Director for Asia; Coenie Kukkuk, Director for Africa and Alfredo Ferreyra, Director for South America.

Just last year (March), the Philippines hosted the 3rd Mr. Gay World where our representative, Marc Ernest Biala was able to be part of the Top 10 delegates. He also bagged the Best in National Costume and Mr. Popularity award.

In February 2010, David Bosley, MGWP2010, placed in the Top 10 at the annual Mr. Gay World Competition held in Oslo, Norway together with 2 Asian representatives - Hong Kong and China who ranked 2nd and 3rd Runners-up respectively. While Mr. Gay World Philippines 2009 Wilbert Tolentino, competed last February 2009 at the Mr. Gay World 2009 in Whistler, Canada, home of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. He bagged the special awards for National Costume, Formal Wear and Mr. Popularity. He was also part of the Search & Rescue Operations team who won in the series of events conducted during the 4-day competition. MGWP 2008 First runner-up, Mark Arthur Dimaguila, represented the Philippines at the Mr. Gay International in Hollywood, USA on January 2008.

The Philippines continues to be the pioneer Asian country that participates in the World competition yearly and helps other Asian countries to be able to bring a delegate in the World competition like Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Vietnam and India and thus be able to share the culture of gay life in Asia to the whole world.

 
Marc Ernest Biala is All-Set to Compete at the 2011 Mr. Gay World in Manila
 Manila, Philippines – The 5’8” tall, registered nurse, Marc Ernest Biala is all set for the big day of his life as he competes with other gay men representatives in the 2011 Mr. Gay World on March 13 at Club Mwah, (one of the most outstanding theater-clubs in Asia) in the Tiger City of Mandaluyong. The momentous event will be hosted by Philippine King of Talk Boy Abunda along with one of the country’s top models Wilma Doesnt and 2005 Miss International Precious Lara Quigaman.

Biala is one gay man, who is an inspiring individual to young gay men and is determined to make a 'difference' and be an effective spokesperson for other Filipino gay men in the country. He is a magna cum laude graduate from St. Mary’s College in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. He is currently finishing his Masters of Science in Nursing and is writing his thesis focusing on family caregivers for the mentally-ill patients and is a candidate for another magna cum laude award . He also authored a nursing reference book titled ‘Psychiatric Nursing’ which is already distributed nationwide. Given all the credentials Biala has under his belt, MGWP is confident that he is the ideal country’s bet to represent in this prestigious tilt, which will commence on March 9th and will end on the 14th of the said month.

Delegates from different countries will start arriving on the 7th and 8th. A press conference will be held on the 9th and candidates presentation will be on March 10 at Bed Manila in Malate. Along with that, delegates will be busy with other bar tours and an outreach program with Gawad Kalinga.

Macoy, to most of his friends, hopes to contribute in boosting the country’s tourism industry as he serves as the Philippines’ ambassador of goodwill for the duration of his reign and in the competition’s five-day long activity.

“Our country is full of beautiful people and places as well as rich in its culture,” says Biala as he beams with ‘positivity’ about the Philippines.

Tickets for the grand finale are at Php2,500. Ticket reservations or bookings are now available online via MrgayWorld.org. Also, for more details, visit MrGayWorldPhilippines.com

 

Who is Mr. Gay World Philippines
Mr. Gay World Philippines is the Twenty First Century pageant where the delegates vie to represent the country as the best spokesperson and embody the spirit of the Philippines.   

The delegate chosen to represent his peers on a global stage will not only have the inner beauty of confidence, self assurance, charisma and natural leadership abilities but he will also take care in his outward beauty.  The delegate will treat his body as his temple and will be active and outgoing.









 


 

During the stage competitions and particularly in the personal interviews, the jury will focus on the delegate who:

  • shows an interest in the world and people around him;
  • displays patience, has a compassionate and considerate nature;
  • embraces change, or things and people different from his own frame of reference, experience or cultural background;
  • can articulate his thoughts and conduct an intelligent conversation;
  • has a basic innate charm and sparkle;
  • is special, and authentic;
  • has poise and is secure with himself, without coming across as arrogant;
  • is the ambassador that his nation and local community is proud of;
  • can be a diplomat of goodwill;
  • has natural leadership skills;
  • he inspires his peers and people around him;
  • is willing to take risks and become something larger than he had imagined;
  • is willing to have fun, push his personal comfort zones, and meet many wonderful people around the globe and be part of a very select and special group of men;
  • he is Mr. Gay World Philippines who will represent the country on a global competition for the Mr. Gay World
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