It’s true. You don’t go searching for love and end up with slim pickings in the process. You wait for love to find you and the first encounter might just develop into something more meaningful and worth entering into a relationship.
Mr. Gay World 2016 2nd Runner-Up Christian Lacsamana and Mr Gay World Philippines 2016 Top 5 Finisher Leo Andrew “Lei” Ponce knew each other prior to the national competition that culminated in the Grand Finals last Sunday at the UP Theater. But their closeness got stronger as they coasted along the highway of love in the weeks that preceded the pre-pageant activities and all.
Christian knew that he could not publicly declare their relationship in volumes yet so as not to cast a shadow of doubt on his intentions – he being the reigning titleholder and Lei being one of the contenders for his title.
But now that Mr Gay World Philippines is finally over, Christian and Lei do not mind coming out with their relationship status more proudly. In fact, I met up with the two right after the show and were discussing in jest what title I would give this blog post just to make it more sweet and love-filled.
I am a hopeless romantic underneath and came up with a play on their names, specifically Lei’s because he is like a colorful garland of orchids that can be placed around the heart (not the neck this time around) of Christian to signify the bond that has leveled up. They truly love each other, regardless of individual quirkiness, shortcomings and the like.
After all, an imperfect relationship provides the needed learning curve to make things work to near perfection, if at all possible. Christian and Lei are ready for the hurdles and sandtraps along the way. And so, the love story continues as they return to the reality of their personal and professional lives.
Keep the love burning alive, lovebirds! 😉