Man of the Philippines-UAE 2019 Brian Rudolph Samson.


Filipino from Sharjah eyes Man of the Philippines crown


DUBAI – Ahead of the national pageant in the Philippines on Friday (November 28), Man of the Philippines-UAE titlist Brian Rudolph Samson shared his thoughts about being a newbie in the industry, his happy place, secret dreams and more.

The 18-year-old Filipino from Sharjah, UAE will be competing with 20 other contestants for a shot at the title of Man of the Philippines in Tanghalang Pasigueno, Pasig City in the Philippines. He is reportedly among the crowd favourites in the pre-pageant competition held earlier this week.

Is he confident of bringing home the crown? In a Truth or Dare challenge with at Novotel World Trade Centre, Samson hopes for the best, saying he is ready to take on whatever life throws his way, with or without the title.

“I have made a lot of friends through Man of the Philippines. We treat each other as family. It is not just about winning but building relationships,” he says.

Accidental pageant star

The charismatic young Samson said he never thought he would be thrust into the pageant world—far from his familiar ecosystem of Science and books. But he has surprisingly taken to it with suave, even winning his first major pageant in the UAE by bagging the title of Man of the Philippines-UAE.

Furne One crowns Brian Rudolph Samson as Man of the Philippines-UAE 2019
Celebrity fashion designer Furne One crowns Brian Rudolph Samson as Man of the Philippines-UAE 2019.

Samson said it was a talent scout who visited his school in Ajman who convinced him to join the pageant. “He said he could see a lot of potential in me. So I gave it a shot. It just so happened that I also won!” Samson said in Filipino.

Apart from the crown, Samson also went home with the Man of Social Media award, powered by votes from his growing number of supporters, as well as five other awards: Best in Festival Wear, Best in National Wear, Best in Formal Wear, Best in Advocacy and Ambassador of Mr. Teriyaki Boy.

Big goals, secret dreams

Samson wants to be a supermodel someday, “if given the chance”. But his bigger goal is to run his own business.

“I want to be a chef and run my own restaurant,” he says. Samson admits that food is his secret passion, saying it is the one thing he can’t resist. He used to weigh 106kg before losing his baby fat to settle at his ideal weight of 68kg.

He is now more conscious about what he eats. “More vegetables and proteins, less carbs,” he says as he took forkfuls of Caesar salad, which he downed with a bottle of water after our interview.

He unwinds by watching YouTube videos or spending time with his parents at Majaz Park in Sharjah. He wants to travel to the UK to see the Big Ben when he gets the chance. “I only get to travel between the Philippines and the UAE so far,” he said.

His secret dream? “Seeing my crush in a special place,” he says, grinning. “I am very shy when talking to girls,” he adds.

When he is on stage, however, he completely transforms. “You must always be confident in yourself, no matter what people say,” he advises pageant hopefuls.

His beauty secret? “I sleep for more than eight hours,” he says. He’s not very much into fashion but is happy to have “anything decent to wear”.

No “weird talents” either, he says, declining Expat Media’s dare to do the moonwalk. “I’m not a singer, I’m not a dancer either. But I’m good at delivering a speech,” he says.

Samson says he is excited to see where the future will take him, adding that come what may, he will always follow his father’s advice: “No matter how high you reach, always keep your feet on the ground and be thankful to the people who were with you from the start”. ICA/Expat Media


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