For starters, it has accumulated nineteen (19) Official Candidates so far and they all come from various provincial and international searches. From Lucena to Zamboanga City, from Davao to Bohol, from Pampanga to Cebu, from General Santos City to San Pablo City, from Siquijor to Cabanatuan City, from Gold Coast in Australia to London UK and from Rome to Sicily. The interest and branding for this competition had considerably risen the past couple of months. And the list doesn’t stop there. In the pipeline are Cagayan Valley, Abra, Tarlac, Dumaguete, Leyte, Ilocandia, Bicol Region and NCR. The line of interested joiners has just gotten longer and it is close to impossible sticking to just thirty (30) participants.
Back in Cebu, the media reps from SunStar News and The Freeman asked your blogger why and how Gentlemen of the Philippines will be different. As Media Head and Publicist, I always tell them that everything starts from good intentions. And with the right blend of advocacies, career-driven candidates and respect for the individuality (or dignity if you will) of each one, how can the organization go wrong? Male pageants may not be mainstream yet, but it can go that route provided that the usual impressions of many about the questionable goings-on behind the scenes are totally removed. It won’t be easy but the effort should start somewhere sincere and trustworthy. Only the most jaded will remain filled with doubts, while we strive to elevate the image of this type of competition in the country.
We have already started the branding and social/print media spread for Gentlemen of the Philippines. It’s up to you to believe in our vision and support us. 🙂