The candidates of Gentlemen of the Philippines 2016 were presented to the media on Saturday, July 23, at The Sulo Riviera Hotel in Quezon City.
Andrea Biono from South Italy emerged as an early favorite after he was voted as the Darling of the Press. He was also awarded Mr New Placenta.
Kian Sumague of San Pablo City and Mohammad Ali Imran Atendido of Lucena, Quezon were the Darling of the Press runners-up. Jason Martin of Gold Coast, Australia was named Mr Hea Watch.
The Gentlemen Charities Inc organizers traveled around the country all the way to the Filipino communities of Italy, UK, Germany and Australia to gather the most advocacy- and career-driven men who will comprise the inaugural set of contestants for the Gentlemen of the Philippines 2016 competition.
These 30 men will compete for six titles at stake in the pageant and for the right to wear the “Philippines” sash in Mister Model International, Mister Universal Ambassador, Mister Tourism International, Mister Worldwide, Mister Tourism World and Mister Teen International.
Mr Tourism International Philippines 2015-16 Willan Pagayon hosted the event. Mr Model International Philippines 2015 Arcel Yambing, Mr Worldwide Philippines 2015 Jolo Dayrit and Honorary Gentleman Reniel Villareal were also in attendance.
The finals night will take place on July 31 at the Trinity University of Asia Theater in Quezon City.
Get to know the 30 gentlemen here (profiles from Gentlemen of the Philippines website):
GENTLEMAN 1 | KIAN SUMAGUE | SAN PABLO CITY, LAGUNA
A 21 year-old Tourism major who enjoys cross-fit training and swimming. He is also an avid player of soccer and basketball.He speaks fluent Italian (after living in Florence for more than ten years) and conversational French.
GENTLEMAN 2 | JULIUS CEASAR CHIO | GENERAL SANTOS CITY
This 18 year-old Medical Technology major of the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University (NDDU) stands 5’10” and held the title of Ginoong Heneral Santos 2015.
GENTLEMAN 3 | CHRISTIAN LUMASAG | CEBU CITY
Always smiling and with a sunny disposition, he is like your grown-up boy scout who lends a helping hand whenever he can. He wants to make his fellow Cebuanos proud by doing well as a Gentleman.
GENTLEMAN 4 | MANUEL ALVIZ JR. | ANGELES CITY
An 18 year-old looker who is in his Junior year at the City College of Angeles where he is taking up a Bachelor degree in Information System. He stands 5’10” and is an all-around sports enthusiast who plays basketball and volleyball. He is also an avid biker who has conquered road trails from Pampanga to Bulacan.
GENTLEMAN 5 | REX PETER CALIMBAYAN | TAGBILARAN CITY
A 21 year-old Nursing graduate who plans to pursue Medicine Proper after hopefully passing the Nursing licensure exam next month. On the side, he is an enthusiast of free diving and waterfall jumping.
GENTLEMAN 6 | GEM ANDREI SALVACION | LEYTE
Andrei is 23 years old and stands 5’11”. A self-supporting student, he is currently in his final semester at ACLC College Tacloban and is on course to finishing a BSBA degree major in Human Resource Development Management before year’s end.
GENTLEMAN 7 | KARL MIKHAEL BALDERAS | SANTIAGO CITY
This 21 year-old is a 4th Year Civil Engineering student at the University of La Salette. He stands 5’10” and is a self-confessed singer and dancer. He is also what you might call a water baby. He loves swimming and would not waste the chance to take a dip (or make a splash) whenever a pool (or the beach) is nearby.
GENTLEMAN 8 | MOHAMMAD ALI IMRAN ATENDIDO | LUCENA, QUEZON
A 21 year-old Computer Engineering student from Lucena who can speak five different languages – English, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi. He is half-Filipino, half-Pakistani and stands 5’10”.
GENTLEMAN 9 | JHON HERNANDO VICTORIO | TARLAC CITY
Aged 19 years and standing 5’11” tall, he is studying a course in Hotel & Restaurant Services at PWU-CDCEC in his home province. A Target Shooting enthusiast, Jhon is a former Governor’s Cup junior champion of the Tarlac Shooters Club. He also sings as a talent.
GENTLEMAN 10 | CARLO ROY ROSLINDA | PROVINCE OF BOHOL
A 27 year-old Boholano who works as an Events Host while studying for his Doctorate degree in Nursing where he is majoring in Gerontology. Prior to this, he graduated Summa cum Laude when he completed his Masteral degree in the same field, with focus on Surgical Nursing. He stands 5’10.5″.
GENTLEMAN 11 | MARK JOSHUA MARQUEZ | NORTH ITALY
18 year-old Mark Joshua Marquez is 5’11” and is proud of his 100% Pinoy descent. His father hails from Nueva Ecija, while his mother is a native of Batangas. At the moment, he is in his 5th and final year of Latin and Greek Literature studies at the Liceo Classico Dante Alighieri.
GENTLEMAN 12 | JOHN KRISTOFFER DESUYO | TUGUEGARAO CITY
This 20 year-old electronic dance and acoustic music lover from Tuguegarao City stands 6 feet tall and is studying towards a degree in Hospitality Management at St. Paul’s University. A son of OFW parents based in Kuwait where he was born and raised, JC is now a far more Cagayanon version of himself and believes that he can be a better Gentleman with the opportunity to compete in the nationals.
GENTLEMAN 13 | ROLAND WILLIAM DE DIOS | CABANATUAN CITY
A 25 year old Gym Buff, stands 6 feet tall and is currently a Political Science major of Phinma Araullo University where he is part of the Debate Club and Captain of the Basketball team in his college. He is a serious gym buff who used to compete in several athletic events like marathon, shot put and javelin throw before semi-retiring from the sport.
GENTLEMAN 14 | JASON MARTIN | GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA
Hailing all the way from Gold Coast, Australia, this 6 feet hunk of a boxer and piano player has his fighting spirit and musically-inclined self intact. He has a personality that proudly embraces his Filipino roots and would do anything to make that side of him bear good fruits as an outstanding Gentleman.
GENTLEMAN 15 | DANIEL SUBAGAN JR. | ILOCANDIA
He is 23 years old, stands 6’1″ and a BS Tourism undergraduate who took up a Tour Guiding NC II course from TESDA. He is from Banayoyo, Ilocos Sur but is actually a full-blooded Igorot as both his parents originally hailed from Sagada in the Mountain Province. He will represent Ilocandia. Dan is the youngest of eight children.
GENTLEMAN 16 | JOHANNES DULA RISSLER JR. | GERMANY
The tallest in the batch at 6’2″, Johannes is an aspiring actor and professional model. He plays basketball as a sport and wouldn’t mind showing off his talents in dancing and singing upon request. Academics-wise, he graduated from Maryknoll High School in Panabo City and is still contemplating on what course to take in college.
GENTLEMAN 17 | JOB ABOGADO | CAMARINES SUR
Job stands 6’1″ with looks that are so (gentle)manly and appealing. He started taking up a course at the Philippine Maritime Institute prior, but had to stop in order to find work. He accepted runway and print modeling jobs in order to make ends meet. On the side, he is active in the church and continues to serve Sunday masses on a regular basis.
GENTLEMAN 18 | RAYVEN PANLICAN | CAVITE
A 22 year-old graduate of Clicks Culinary Arts School from GMA, Cavite. He stands 5’10” and plays basketball.
GENTLEMAN 19 | RONEL GONZALES | SIQUIJOR
Gentleman of Siquijor. He is 19 years old and stands 6 feet tall. Currently, he is a Junior taking up BS Marine Transportation at the Siquijor State College (SSC) and is actually the reigning Mister SSC.
GENTLEMAN 20 | DR. JOHN VINCENT PUA | QUEZON CITY
There’s a Doctor in the house. John Vincent Pua, M.D. is here. This 26 year-old took Nursing in college before completing his degree in Medicine from the Cagayan State University. He recently finished his Post-Grad Internship at the Adventist Medical Center and is currently reviewing for the Board Examinations. He is representing NCR-Quezon City.
GENTLEMAN 21 | PAUL RENZO VELO | LONDON, UK
He is all of 23 years and currently taking an undergraduate sandwich course of Aerospace Engineering at the University of the West of England where he is an active basketball player and Captain of the 2nd team.
GENTLEMAN 22 | PAUL BENJAMIN ABAL JR. | MANDAUE CITY
21 years of age and stands 6 feet tall. He is a former cadet of the Philippine Military Academy who is currently at a crossroads in his career. One thing very clear, though, is that he wants to compete for and become a true-blue Gentleman titleholder which can help launch his advocacy for climate change adaptation.
GENTLEMAN 23 | ANDREA BIONDO | SOUTH ITALY
A very good-natured young man, Andrea is excited to go back to the Philippines. His last visit to Tarlac (where his mother is originally from) was 15 years ago so this is a big homecoming of sorts for him.
GENTLEMAN 24 | MIGUEL ALEXIS MALIWAT | CITY OF SAN FERNANDO
Migs is 20, 5’11” and a senior Civil Engineering student who doubles as a Fitness Instructor. He was recently named one of the transformation stories during the Century Tuna Superbods Nat10n finals.
GENTLEMAN 25 | RAY FERDINAND GARCIA | ISABELA
A 19 year-old Ray is a refreshingly youthful native of Aurora, Isabela who is tall at 5’11”. He may be studying Management Accounting at Centro Escolar University (Malolos Campus), but his heart fully belongs to Cagayan Valley. Ray is very much into folk and indigenous dances, inspite of admitting that he is not the best when it comes to executing graceful moves and the like.
GENTLEMAN 26 | SAMUEL JOSHUA ARNONOBAL | ZAMBOANGA CITY
Sam is aged 20 and recently completed his Computer Engineering degree from Commtech Institute. What’s interesting in him is that he bakes as a hobby and sells his yummy chocolate cakes and brownies for added income. He is 5’10”.
GENTLEMAN 27 | RODOLFO ALABA | LEGAZPI CITY, ALBAY
You don’t mess with a marksman like Rodolfo “Rj” Alaba from Legazpi City, Albay. But that’s just a starting pitch to show you the special skills of our 4th Year Criminology student from Bicol College in Daraga. 21 years old and standing 5’11”, he describes himself as a simple guy who excels in sports like swimming, basketball and shooting. He placed Top 3 in the Inter-Criminology held in CamSur.
GENTLEMAN 28 | MICHAEL MENDOZA | SARANGANI
A Notre Dame of Salaman College graduate with a degree in Business Administration-Financial Management. He is currently involved in the family merchandising business. Skills-wise, he is an artist who can do portraits in charcoal and other medium. This 5’10” hunk plays basketball to keep himself fit, with singing and dancing added to his list of talents.
GENTLEMAN 29 | JUSTIN ANDREW NADRES | CANDELARIA, QUEZON
24 year-old Justin Andrew Nadres is the 4th Official Candidate of Gentlemen of the Philippines. He was Ginoong Quezon 2015 and will now represent Candelaria, Quezon in the competition.
GENTLEMAN 30 | SONU SINGH | NUEVA VIZCAYA
A 22 years old and standing 5’11”, he is what you may call an entirely “Filipinized” guy. Born and raised in the country, he completed an Associate Degree in Restaurant Management and loves cooking, especially Indian food. Outside of work in the family business, he plays basketball and hanging out with friends.