Text and photos by Drew Francisco
After months of screenings and regional competitions, the official contestants of Misters of Filipinas 2017 were finally introduced to the members of the media on September 17 at Matrix Creation Events Venue in Quezon City.
This year’s roster of contestants from around the country and Filipino communities abroad  is composed of models, engineers, nurses, entrepreneurs, among other occupations. They are all setting their sights in winning one of the coveted titles and representing the country in international pageants.
The contestants are:
1 #MestizongNurse of CAMARINES SUR | Clint Karklins Peralta
2 #ReligiousSon of CAPAS, TARLAC | Ion Perez
3 #MisterIndependent of CEBU CITY | Vann Ramos
4 #NegosyantengModelo of CITY OF MANILA | Rosky Perez
5 #HunkyMarino of CONCEPCION, TARLAC | Ryan Guiao Hernandez
6 #FitnessAdvocate of DAVAO CITY | Bap Nograles Petel
7 #MultiracialEngineer of FILIPINO COMMUNITY OF GERMANY | Rubi Kust
8 #IndependentRN of FILIPINO COMMUNITY OF HAWAII, USA | Yves Campos
9 #BigDreamer of FILIPINO COMMUNITY OF ITALY | John Joseph Hipolito
10 #ModelBalladeer of LAGUNA | Jeffrey Camus
11 #HottieIT of LAOAG CITY | Carlo Pasion
12 #PrinceofHiphop of MABALACAT, PAMPANGA | Raven Renz Lansagan
13 #MaginoongBulakenyo of OBANDO, BULACAN | Chris Capistrano
14 #SportsEnthusiast of OCCIDENTAL MINDORO | Renz Cutanda
15 #PromdiArtist of ORIENTAL MINDORO | Joe-Mharr Padilla Mangi
16 #RowingEngineer of PALAWAN | Julio Paolo Evina
17 #WonderSon of PANGASINAN | Neil Erwin Regis
18 #ComebackPrince of SAN JOSE DEL MONTE, BULACAN | Jonathan Maniquis
19 #AchieverGuard of SORSOGON | Amir Don Abbo
20 #AspiringEngineer of TARLAC PROVINCE | Andrei Acorda
21 #PropertyConsultant of TAYTAY, RIZAL | John Marben Segui
22 #EarthWarrior of TERESA, RIZAL | Mark John Mancenido
23 #OFWHunk of BUTUAN CITY | Aki Cerro Montibon
24 #AspiringChef of SAN MATEO, RIZAL | Kit Gonzales

Carlo Pasion of Laoag City was voted as the Media’s Choice at the conclusion of the event, which saw the contestants parade in official Misters shirts, resort wear, and swimwear by Lemuel Rosos.
A string of activities that is aimed at developing the skills and characters of the contestants has been scheduled by organizer Prime Event Production Philippines (PEPPS) Foundation Inc.
Last September 16, the contestants had their official swimwear and formal wear shoots with lensmen David Fabros and Raymond Saldana. They will also have their fitness challenge, ethnics costume and talent show before travelling to Laoag City in Ilocos Norte for the preliminary competition. The finals is set for September 30 at One Esplanade in Pasay City.
As Misters of Filipinas marks its fifth year, PEPPS president Carlo Morris Galang reiterated the organization’s slogan of “Masculinity With Responsibility”.
“More than having a handsome face and a gorgeous body, every man who has passed through Misters of Filipinas and Man of the World should have developed a sense of community and have evolved in becoming the best versions of themselves so that they contribute to society,” Galang said.
Check out photos from the media presentation:




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