The first Mister Pilipinas Worldwide (MPW) pageant was launched recently at Ascott Hotel, BGC, organized by Empire Philippines, led by Jonas Gaffud and Voltaire Tayag, Oxin Films, headed by Xion Lim and celebrity shoe designer Jojo Bragais.
The pageant aims to bring together three prestigious male searches under one roof, namely, Mister Pilipinas Supranational, Mister Pilipinas Manhunt Supermodel, and Mister Pilipinas Global.
“We’re putting the three male pageants together under one umbrella,” Gaffud said during the launching and press presentation of the nineteen official candidates.
The appointment of Joshua de Sequera, Manhunt International Supermodel 2022 first runner-up, as MPW national director was announced during the event as well.
The candidates are Joseph Pesay Valler (Bohol), Rei Aldrich Gregorio (Bulacan), Gilmer Galaros, (Cavite), Kenneth Estopace (Camarines Sur), John Tanting (Cebu City), Lorenzo Isip (Cebu Province), Oliver Dalman (Dipolog), Johannes Rissler (Davao Del Norte), Karl Maristela (Ilocos Sur), Gion Layug (Laguna), Joshua Dinio (Naga City), John Dave Apostol (Nueva Ecija), Ken Stromsnes (Mandaluyong City), Adrian Paulo Araneta (Pampanga), Drigo Francia (Rizal), Van Aikon Ignacio (San Jose City), Christian Annipot (Sorsogon), Jefferson Bunney (UK Filipino community), and Tyler Gaumer (USA Filipino community).
Who will take home the three prestigious titles at stake? Find out on coronation night on May 6.
Philippines 2023 kicks off
Meanwhile, 43 of the 55 candidates of Mister International Philippines 2023 were presented to the press at One Esplanade in Pasay City. The event ended with the announcement of the Favorite of the Press winners.
Quezon City’s Austin Cabatana, a student in Marketing Management at De La Salle College of Saint Benilde won first place, while Cebu City’s Nataniel Tiu, and Palawan’s Jay Mark Omolon, were second and third, respectively.
The MIP organization also announced the appointment of Ameer Gamava as its new national director.
The Grand Coronation Finals is set on June 28 with five titles at stake, namely, Mister International Philippines 2023, Mister Global Philippines 2023, Mister National Universe Philippines 2023, Mister Tourism International Philippines 2023, and Caballero Universal Filipinas 2023.
NGO volunteer named Mrs. Philippines International 2023
In pageants for married women, Irma Payod-Bitzer, a 39-year-old, mother and native of Ormoc City won over 21 other finalists for the Mrs.
Philippines International 2023 crown held recently at Okada Manila.
Payod-Bitzer, an entrepreneur and volunteer of Bukas Palad Foundation, an NGO that provides sustainable development, education, livelihood, and healthcare strategy to children, the elderly, the urban poor, and victims of natural calamities, will represent the country in next year’s Mrs. International pageant.
“I hope to translate the vision of Mrs. Philippines International, to inspire people by sharing my life story of triumph over adversity,” said Payod-Bitzer.
In an unprecedented move, 3Stars Productions, headed by Aries Concepcion and Maan Cueto Aries, gave out separate crowns and titles to all the other thirteen finalists, as follows, Mrs. Philippines Planet 2023 Evangeline Pulvera, Mrs. Philippines National Universe 2023 Princess Joesel Bajamonde, Mrs. Philippines Global Classic 2023 Liz Tagimacruz, Mrs. Philippines Grand International 2023 Honeylane Labang, Mrs. Philippines International Global 202 Grezza Day Rosales, Mrs. Woman of the Year 2023 Mary Jade Luna, Mrs. Philippines International 2023 Analyn Roxas, Mrs.
Philippines Earth 2023 Vernelie Diane Babasa, Elite Mrs. Philippines International 2023 Vanessa Magbojos, Mrs. Philippines Earth Classic 2023 Elma Lavajo, Mrs. Philippines Worldwide Woman 2023 Ruvigene Labong, Mrs. Philippines World Classic 2023 Maria Concepcion Mirabuena, and Mrs. Philippines World Universal 2023 Maria Lezylda Quadra.