All the candidates went by code names (men’s cologne scents in this case) but it really didn’t matter to the judges because the objective was to find the most deserving gay man to become the winner of the Thirteenth Annual Search for Mr. Fahrenheit 2015. Together with my fellow jurors (Miss Global Philippines 2014 Catherine Almirante, Slimmers World Miss Bikini Philippines 2014 Hazel Ortiz, noted photographer Gelbert Aplal and Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014 Kris Tiffany Janson), your blogger scored the 25 candidates according to how well they presented themselves in sports wear, swimwear and formal wear and the all-important Q&A that definitely made the eventual winners shine.
The contestant who went by the name of ‘Zorro’ (Christian Lacsamana in real life) was one of the top leaders all throughout. He even got Best in Swimwear. But it was during Top 10 and Top 5 where he clearly stamped his class as he delivered answers that were both articulate and well-thought of. When he quoted an article in the Philippine Constitution for his answer about LGBT discrimination concerns in the country, the title was practically in the bag. And I was no longer surprised that the 29 year-old did well, being a MAPEH Grade 7 teacher at San Juan High School in Mexico, Pampanga
Four other finalists – 1st Runner-Up ‘Calvin Klein’ (Jhapett Raymundo), 2nd Runner-Up ‘Perry Ellis’ (Kenneth Balboa, who got Best in Sport Wear and Formal Wear), 3rd Runner-Up ‘Prada Milano’ (Jose Diaz) and ‘Hummer’ (Jose Ricamonte Karganilla) stayed in the hunt till the wee hours of Sunday morning.Congratulations to all the winners, as well as to F Philippines’ CEO & Founder Wilbert Tolentino, Publicist Ryan Soto and Director Rodgil Flores (of KF) for a successful holding of the search.
It was a full-packed venue that had a lot of ‘clans’, supporters and followers coming in droves to witness the whole event. :-)