Phiem Alcalde is the new Man of the Philippines-UAE.
PHOTO BY JONATHAN YBERA/EXPAT MEDIA
DUBAI – Following the resignation of male pageant title holder Ian Giron, new Man of the Philippines-UAE Phiem Alcalde said he is excited to take on the new role.
The 25-year-old Alcalde, who was first runner-up in the pageant held in Dubai in September, automatically assumed the title after Giron resigned due to conflicts in his work schedule.
Alcalde will now represent the Filipino community in the UAE in the grand pageant of Man of the Philippines in Manila later this month. Alcalde will be joined by Man of the Philippines-Dubai Kevinson Pineza De Ocampo.
Speaking to expatmedia.net, Alcalde said he has mixed feelings in taking on the title. “I feel overwhelmed and pressured at the same time because I need to prepare physically and mentally, with just a few weeks to go [before the grand pageant],” he said.
The native of Abra in the Philippines wowed judges in the September finals with his representation of his home province; choosing to wear a native Abra attire in the creative national costume category.
“Having the crown means greater responsibilities so I need to push myself to be better than the Phiem who was first runner up,” he told expatmedia.net.
Alcalde, who works as a maintenance coordinator in Dubai, said he has a lot of work to be done in such a limited time.
“I am preparing myself 200 percent now because I only have a limited time. I need to prepare my body and mentally because I’m still new to the pageant world and I will be competing against veterans in the field,” he said.
Alcalde said win or lose, he will continue to use his position as Man of the Philippines-UAE to promote healthy living among Filipino expatriates in the UAE.
“I plan to promote healthy living as I always do, but now I need to push harder because I will not only be reaching out to friends but to Filipinos in the UAE who are suffering from body shaming, which leads to depression. I want to promote healthy living for the body and mind,” he said. ICA/Expat Media
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