Raspado bested 35 other candidates from different parts of the Philippines and was named Mr. Gay World Philippines 2016 at the University of the Philippines Theater in Quezon City.
John, 35, is an entrepreneur engaged in online marketing. He is the grand winner of It’s Showtime’s I am Pogay. He loves to cook and he is a food enthusiast. He loves trying new dishes and unique delicacies. A gym rat and engaged into adventure sports. He loves the outdoors and considers himself an adrenaline junkie.
Zamboanga del Sur’s Khalil Vera Cruz was named second runner-up, while Pangasinan’s John Bench Ortiz was named first runner-up.
Raspado also won other special awards, including Best in National Costume, Best in Casual Wear, and Mr. Gay World Philippines Popularity.
Back in May 2014, Raspado won the title of the first-ever “I Am PoGay.”
Raspado will be replacing his first runner-up in “I am Pogay,” Christian Lacsamana, who won second runner-up in Mr. Gay World 2016 last April.
Mr. Gay World is a global competition that aims to inspire and empower gay men by giving hopefuls a venue to “demonstrate that both inward beauty and physical appearance are equally important as is leadership and confidence.”
The following are the candidates who made it to the Top 15, the Top 10, and the Top 5:
TOP 15: John Jeffrey Carlos, John Raspado, Ronald Lamson, Jesse Regin Nacilla, Jessie Quitevis, Frankie Chiu, Ronaldo Ramos, John Bench Ortiz, Sycris Brown, Jerome Lacsa, Ian Roy Paderanga, Godofredo Dela Cruz Jr., Leo Andrew Ponce, Khalil Vera Cruz, Raffy Gavina.
TOP 10: Jesse Regin Nacilla, Khalil Vera Cruz, Godofredo Dela Cruz Jr., Raffy Gavina, John Bench Ortiz, Leo Andrew Ponce, Sycris Brown, John Raspado, Ronaldo Ramos, John Jeffrey Carlos.
TOP 5: Leo Andrew Ponce, John Bench Ortiz, John Jeffrey Carlos, John Raspado, Khalil Vera Cruz.
Special Awards Winners:
Mr Gay World Social Media: Cavite, John Jeffrey Carlos
Mr Popularity: Baguio City, John Raspado
Best In Natonal Costume: Baguio City, John Raspado
Best in Swimwear: Pangasinan, John Bench T. Ortiz
Best in Formal Wear: Zamboanga del Sur, Christian Khalil Gorospe Vera Cruz
Best in Casual Wear: Pangasinan, John Bench T. Ortiz
Best in Talent: Baguio City, John Raspado
Photographer’s Choice Award: Baguio City, John Raspado
Mr Congeniality: San Fernando, Rolando Asban David Jr.