Reported by Celso De Guzman Caparas
28-year old Joel Rey Carcasona, a registered nurse from Cebu, won as Mr. Fahrenheit/Mr Gay World Philippines 2021 during the virtual finals on August 8.
Also known as Clive Christian, candidate no. 7, he advocates for health, wellness and rights of the LGBTQI+ community.
Carcasona's final question was:
“A mother is often described as the light of the home; the father as the pillar of the home. How would you describe the role of the gay person in the family?”
...and his witty reply that sealed his fate was :
“A gay person in the family has the same role as any other siblings. We give care, we give love to our parents. That’s why I want to participate in this competition because I want to get the crown. Because a crown is a symbol of empowernment. If I will be a titleholder, I will be able to encourage everyone who struggled and worked hard for societal acceptance that they can contribute something to their family. At the end of the day, if I’ll be able to get this crown, it’s not just the crown I want to wear, but also a crown I want to share.”
He currently works as a finance associate in a foreign bank.
Runners-up were Jhapett Raymundo, 1st (no. 10, Jaguar) and Gerald Regidor, 2nd (no. 6, Bulgari Extreme).
The remaining 21 most influential and inspirational gay men and bisexuals across the nation and abroad representing their chosen perfume were :
#01 AQUA POUR HOMME
Name: Marc Chester Santillan
Name: Guillbert M. Besin - Mr. Talent ('Ginoo' TikTok Challenge & Top 12 Finalist)
Real Name: Jay Ron Comia - Mr. Advocacy
Real Name: Warren G. Parra
Real Name: Daniel Vhon Fuentes
Real Name: Mark Joshua Garcia - Top 12 Finalist
#09 ISSEY MIYAKE
Real Name: William Manabat - Best in Swimwear and Top 12 Finalist
#11 JO MALONE
Real Name: Emerson C. Cosme
Real Name: Rustap De Jesus Flores
Real Name: Mark Joseph Cruz - Top 12 Finalist
Real Name: Joseph Christian V. Rueda
#15 PACO RABANNE
Real Name: Rey M. Cabug - Top 12 Finalist
#16 POLO SPORT
Real Name: Jhon-Jhon Camacho Lopez
Real Name: Aristotle Flores
#18 SALVATORE FERRAGAMO
Real Name: Edmar David - Top 12 Finalist)
#19 SAUVAGE DIOR
Real Name: Erik Jan L. Apartado - Mr. Congeniality
Real Name: Rodolfo Casas Jr. - Top 12 Finalist)
Real Name: Mhel Gezer Ramos
Real Name: Jessie Moran - Top 12 Finalist
Real Name: Jasper Jan C. Adorador - Best in Formal Wear and Top 12 Finalist
#24 212 MEN
Real Name: Manroe Solito
Voted as Pageant Media Favorites were Carcasona, Regidor and David.
Carcasona succeeded Leonard Kodie Macayan, 2020 winner. They will compete in a separate virtual competition of Mr. Gay World 2020 and 2021, a week apart this September.
Meanwhile, the Mr. Fahrenheit 2021 official song entitled “Ginoo” – a collaboration between one of the Board Members of MGWPO Ryan Soto and Hip Hop artist RNDP, was launched during the Press Presentation on July 23.
The Board of Judges included certified beauty queens Samantha Bernardo, Emma Tiglao, Angelee delos Reyes and Roxie Baeyens.
Special guests were some of the country's top influencers : Chad Kinis, Lassy Marquez, MC Muah, Angelica Yap, Jelai Andres, Donalyn Bartolome and Zeinab Harake.
Former beauty queen Kristine Caballero-Aplal ably hosted the Press Presentation and Finals, both virtually.
The 19th Annual Search for Mr. Fahrenheit – The National Search for Mr. Gay World Philippines 2021 is produced and organized by F Club Philippines and Mr. Gay World Philippines Organization headed by National Director Wilbert Tolentino (a leading LGBTQia personality, social media influencer (fb/ig/twitter/lyka/tiktok @sirwil75), vlogger (Wibert Tolentino Vlogs with almost 1.2 M subscribers).
MGWPO has produced two Mr. Gay World winners : John Raspado in 2016 and Janjep Carlos in 2019.
The Press Presentation and Finals were written and directed by the founder and WWhead of Kagandahang Flores Pageant Camp Rodgil Flores.
Photos courtesy of Mr. World Philippines Org.
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