Filipino contestant has been crowned Mr. Gay World 2017, snagging the Philippines’ first win in the pageant.
John Fernandez Raspado bested over 40 contestants to win the competition, which took place in Madrid and Maspalomas, Spain.
The 36-year-old entrepreneur will now serve as an ambassador for the global LGBT community, focusing on HIV advocacy.
John also celebrated his victory with a message on the Mr. Gay World Philippines Facebook page: “Thank you to the people behind MGWPO (Mr. Gay World Philippines), especially to Wilbert Tolentino, for always guiding me on my journey to success and to those who helped me backstage and my fellow candidates”, he wrote.
“This is is not only for my family but also for the gay men like me who have principles and a purpose to fight for”, he added.
Mr. Gay World 2017 with 1st and 2nd runners