Man of the Philippines-UAE candidate Phiem Alcalde (centre) shows his dance skills.


Man of the Philippines-UAE candidates wow Dubai crowd with talent show


DUBAI – It was a full house at Tantra Club at Fortune Hotel Karama at the recent Man of the Philippines-UAE talent night, with 13 candidates dazzling the packed crowd with their performances.

Amid huge cheers from supporters, candidates took centre stage with some unique entertainment that included a powerful Broadway performance by Luigi Smith Morris.

The audience were also treated to a graceful interpretative dance by Christopher Valenzuela, a comedic puppet dance by Chivas Regala and a much-applauded contemporary spoken word poetry by Kevinson Pineza De Ocampo, who drew the most cheers for his Filipino poem on failed love.

Candidates also thrilled the crowd with their energized dance moves, with Ian Rowe Giron, Phiem Alcalde and Roland James Delgado showcasing their modern dance routines.

Meanwhile, Ashley Wayne Villar, John Aris Garcia, Larry Glen Palejaro and Mohammad Espinosa took the microphone to woo the crowd with their vocal prowess from pop rock to ballads.

Two others surprised the crowd with more out-of-the-box performances: stand-up comedy by Filipino-Sudanese contestant Ahmed El Sharif and a solo piano performance by Nikko Vincent Baniaga.

“You can tell how the crowd loved the individual performances. The applause and cheers were deafening and the venue was literally packed, which really charged up the atmosphere,” said Jonathan Gulmatico, one of the organisers.

“It was a great night showcasing the individual talents of the 13 gorgeous Man of the Philippines-UAE candidates. I have organized and judged several male pageants in the past but so far this has been the best event in terms of variety and execution,” Gulmatico added, “even the contestants were applauding each other – showing a true sense of camaraderie and friendship.”

Finalists of Man of the Philippines-UAE will compete in a pre-pageant competition on September 14 at Tantra Club, before taking the stage for the September 28 finals at the 5-star Carlton Palace Hotel.

The winner will then be flown in an all-expense paid trip to Manila for the finale on December 1 where 60 candidates from around the Philippines will be competing for the international titles National Universe, Man International and Man of the Universe, as well as four national titles.

Cash prizes total P200,000, with Asia tours for two international title holders and a US tour for the grand title holder. The winning candidates’ charity of choice or advocacies will also be funded.

Man of the Philippines-Dubai is organised by Expat Media and is supported by Kiwanis Club Dubai, Eventologist Dubai, Shuttereality, Pinas Music Zone and Tatak Pinoy, and sponsored by KBH Group, Ace Sagario Hair & Beauty, Calivo Couture, Jojo Lapore Couture, Michael Diaz Gent’s Salon, Tantra Club, Fortune Hotel, Treppan Hotel & Suites by Fakhruddin, Petals by Carmille, Ortego’s Grill and Inasal House. Text: GAD/Photos: Jonathan Ybera/Expat Media


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