Friday, February 20, 2009
A stocky guy with an interesting skinhead hairstyle is this year's Ginoong Filipinas-Metro Manila, one of the mini-male pageants held on Thursday Feb. 19 that serve as a teaser for the national search in May.
Ralph Mateo, as he introduced himself during the event, beat 20-plus young men for the title, which was supposed to have drawn 35 contestants before some backed out prior to the finals night. The show was cheesy, campy but less sleazy than in previous years. Interview questions for the finalists sounded like they came from the same set as in previous years, with a few exceptions ("Naniniwala ka ba sa tsismis na bading si Piolo Pascual?"..."Eh, si Kuya Germs?").
The first to fourth runners-up are Bryan Soriano (contestant number 35), Jordan Jardico (24), Mark Estrada (14) and Bryan Manzano (26), respectively. Julian Binarao (16), Justin Dizon (15) and Athlas Gonzales (17) are among the semi-finalists.