Filipino man John Raspado has been crowned Mr Gay World 2017 at the annual gay pageant event.
The 36-year-old entrepreneur is the Philippines’ first ever winner, and believed to be the first south-east Asian to win Mr Gay World.
Like previous winners, Raspado serve as an ambassador for the global LGBTI community, and has said that he would focus on HIV advocacy.
He celebrated his victory with a message on the Mr. Gay World Philippines Facebook page, writing: “Thank you to the people at [Mr. Gay World Philippines], especially to Wilbert Tolentino, for always guiding me on my journey to success and to those who helped me backstage and my fellow candidates. Especially the delegates of Belgium and Venezuela, who were my roommates.
“This is is not only for my family but also for the gay men like me who have principles and a purpose to fight for. Thank you, Lord God!”
— Mr.GayWorld™ (@mgworg) May 10, 2017