I Am PoGay Grand Winner is John Raspado from Baguio City

'I Am Pogay' Grand Finals was held earlier on "It's Showtime". 23 candidates competed in this 1st ever TV search that targeted "pogi" or handsome men who happen to gay.

Launched only last January succeeding "That's My Tomboy", a contest for lesbian women, "I Am Pogay" has now concluded and crowned its 1st ever winner. He is John Raspado, 33, from Baguio City.

John won a cash prize of P300,000, plus another P20,000 for winning a special award.

Only a wildcard finalist, he was a heavy favorite for the title. In fact, he also topped during the Top 10 Talent Round which determined the Top 10. I agree with judge Mary Jean "MJ" Lastimosa, Miss Universe Philippines 2014, that John best defines "PoGay" - looking and acting manly, yet gay. That's why he was the one who won the Brusko Day Award or the most manly-looking among the 23 grand finalists.

John's ex-boyfriend is Wilbert Tolentino, Philippines' representative in Mr. Gay World 2009. Wilbert also joined 'I Am Pogay' but didn't make it to the grand finals. Don't be surprised if John also joins Mr. Gay World Philippines and represent the country internationally.

Another favorite was the Adam Levine lookalike Sycris Brown, who was one of the runners up and awarded Best in Formal Wear.

His unimpressive response during the Visual Question and Answer Portion may have cost him the crown.

Also making it to the Top 10 but not to the Top 5 was Jay dela Cruz, a familiar face for some noontime viewers. He was a finalist in "TV Idol: You're The Man" on 'Magandang Tanghali Bayan' 10 years ago when he wasn't "out" yet. The contest was won by "The Legal Wife" actor Ahron Villena, with AJ Dee as his runner-up. Marc Cortez, who also outed himself as gay in 2007 also joined said search and finished in the Top 5.

Candidate #6 Erimar Ortigas, who already represented the Philippines in Mr. Gay World 2013 and finished as a Top 10 finalist, failed this time to enter the Top 10.

Aside from MJ, other "hurados" tasked to pick the winners were Lani Misalucha, Richard Gomez, Vicki Belo and resident judge Jhong Hilario.


I AM POGAY GRAND WINNER - #23 John Raspado, 33, from Brgy. Lualhati, Baguio City
1st Runner Up - #7 Christian "Tian" Lacsamana, 28, from San Fernando City, Pampanga
2nd Runner Up - #11 Marc Gregory "Oreo" Gajasan, 23, from Imus, Cavite
Runners Up - #3 Peter Leary 'Sycris' Brown, 23, from General Santos City and #12 Rinz Alton "Ton" Villaruel, 23, from Negros Occidental

#21 Alcar John "AJ" Fullido, 20, from Angeles City, Pampanga
#15 Edmer "Francis" Tamo, 33, from Aurora Hills, Baguio City
#16 Dindo "Bodz" De Guzman, 29, from Camp 7, Baguio City
#1 Godofredo 'Jay' dela Cruz Jr., 27, from Valenzuela City
#17 Kristian Agrie 'Kris' Alcantara, 27, from Urdaneta City, Pangasinan

#23 John Raspado - 9.4
#7 Tian Lacsamana - 9.0
#3 Sycris Brown - 8.8
#11 Oreo Gajasan - 8.6
#12 Ton Villaruel - 8.2
#16 Bodz De Guzman - 8.0
#21 AJ Fullido - 7.8
#17 Kris Alcantara - 7.8
#1 Jay dela Cruz - 7.6
#15 Francis Tamo - 7.0

Most Manly-Looking / Brusko 'Day Award - #23 John Raspado
Best in Formal Wear / KumuCouture Award - #3 Peter Leary 'Sycris' Brown
Mr. Talent / Pamintalent Award - #5 Benjamin "Bench" Tinao
Mr. Friendship / Beks Friend Award - #12 Rinz Alton "Ton" Villaruel

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