Mr Philippines, Janjep Carlos, was chosen as MR GAY WORLD 2019 on Saturday 4 May.
This followed a week of interviews by the panel of judges, written tests, social media campaigns, pop culture events, online voting, exercises, triathlon, soaking up Khayelitsha and long evenings of rehearsals.
At the grand finale in the Cape Town City Hall, all the finalists also appeared in a fantasy version of their country's national dress.
The 41-year-old Carlos is an athlete, traveller and a fitness enthusiast. He holds a degree in hotel and restaurant management from the Cavite State University and works in real estate..
His project is advocacy work in mental health, specifically spreading awareness about depression. He is partnering with Mental Health PH, an organisation that spreads awareness and provides assistance through social media.
MR GAY WORLD president and founder Eric Butter said the event was not a pageant but a leadership programme.
“It’s about enabling each other. It’s about removing stigmas, it’s about diversity, breaking barriers, inclusion and sensitisation.
“It’s an opportunity for all 22 countries to share their projects and to network. Bringing the competition to South Africa was a no-brainer because we were welcomed back for the fourth time to host Mr Gay World,” he said.
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