A couple of months after John Raspado (left photo) was named as the country’s very first winner of Mr. Gay World, the President of Mr. Gay World Philippines Organization – Wilbert Tolentino – dropped a bombshell when he resigned from the post citing personal reasons that will prevent him from fulfilling the demanding duties and responsibilities of the job. Ever since, the position has remained vacant.
Rumors floated that he will be succeeded by some familiar individuals soon after. But to no avail. Even the President of Mr. Gay World himself – Eric Butter – has not yet found a suitable replacement for Wilbert and continues to woo the latter to reconsider his decision.
Wilbert remains non-committal, but extremely grateful of the trust that the bigger group has given him. After all, he is like a Boss Chief like no other as people look up to him with such trust and admiration. He is truly one tough act to follow.
In the meantime, let us see where the wind blows right after the busy Holiday Season. Who knows, things might just work out according to everyone’s expectations by 2018.
Credits for the “White Indian” pictorial in this post:
THE TRADITIONAL NATIVE CANADIAN COSTUME I WORE IN THIS PHOTO WAS INSPIRED FROM THE COUNTRY I COMPETED IN WHISTLER CANADA AS THE FIRST FILIPINO MR. GAY WORLD 2009.
I DEDICATE THIS PHOTO TO THE CREATIVE PEOPLE WHO TIRELESSLY SUPPORTED THE MR. GAY PHILIPPINES THROUGH THE YEARS.
TO Gio Lazaro Flores FOR MY MAKE UP TRANSFORMATION, Jay Patao FOR 30 MINS GEOGRAPHY MODULE TRAINING. TO Jojo Mangalino & Georgette Garrido FOR MY CATWALK TRAINING, STAGE PRESENCE & POISE.TO DENNIS ARCERO FOR 1 HOUR PHOTOSHOOT TRAINING, David Isaac Buenaventura FOR Q&A KEYWORD, Francis D. Calubaquib FOR HIV/AIDS ADVOCACY TRAINING MODULE. Karen Ostrea FOR PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT & PAGEANT POINTERS & STRATEGIES. Nap Brandon FOR 1 WEEK NATIONAL COSTUME AND SPECIALLY TO THE ONE AND ONLY BEAUTY KING AND BEAUTY QUEEN MAKER OF THE COUNTRY DIREK RODGIL FLORES.
IN LESS THAN 45 DAYS AFTER MY APPOINTMENT BY OUR BELOVED NATIONAL DIRECTOR NOEMI ALBERTO, YOU HAVE TRANSFORMED ME INTO A MORE CONFIDENT AND DRIVEN CANDIDATE, YOUR TEAM HAS OPENED MANY DOORS WITH IFINITE POSSIBILITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR MY PERSONAL GOAL AND PROFESSIONAL ASPIRATIONS. MY HEART IS GRATEFUL. THANK U DIREK RODGIL. I HAVE BEEN A PROUD KFamila MEMBER FOR A DECADE NOW.
AND DESPITE OF MY FATE IN THAT PAGEANT YEAR, I AM STILL HONORED TO BE AWARDED WITH NUMEROUS ACCOLADES. BEST IN NATIONAL COSTUME, MR. GAY WORLD POPULARITY & BEST IN FORMAL WEAR FOR INTERNATIONAL PAGEANT AND 5 AWARDS FOR NATIONAL PAGEANT AND LANDED 2ND RUNNER-UP.
THANKS TO YOU CANADA FOR THE EXPERIENCE. I DEDICATE THIS MASTERPIECE TO THE NATION THAT HAS STOMPED FOREVER IN MY HEART AND IN MY MEMORIES.
TO Eric G Butter, MR. GAY WORLD OWNER/CEO, THANK YOU FOR ENTRUSTING ME TO CONTINUE THE LEGACY OF FULFILLING THIS CAUSE IN SUPPORTING THE LGBT + COMMUNITY. I AM PROUD PHILIPPINES NATIONAL DIRECTOR FOR MR. GAY WORLD PHILIPPINES 2016 & 2017.
PHOTOGRAPHY l Erich Caparas
STYLING l Domz Ramos
GROOMING l Mary Letim Ponce
HAIR l Jp Parcero
DESIGNER l HITOMI BY Richard Barretto
ASSISTANTS l Royal Kalel & Jeffray Abadiano
PHOTO ASSISTANTS l Ronald Garcia & Randy Formaran Jr.
MODEL l Wilbert Tolentino, Wilbert Tolentino II, Wilbert Tolentino III, Wilbert Tolentino IV, Wilbert Tolentino V