John Raspado from Philippines is Mr. Gay World 2017
John Fernandez Raspado, 36, won Mr. Gay World 2017 during finals held in Spain. Runners-up were Candido Arteaga (Spain), Raf van Puymbroeck (Belgium), Alexander Steyn (South Africa) and Marco Tornese (Switzerland). He won five of the 12 special awards at stake: Best in Swimwear, Best in Formal Wear, Best in Interview, Mr. Online Votes and Mr. Social Media.
John wrote a heartfelt Facebook post celebrating his win.
“Thank you to the people behind MGWPO (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,” Raspado writes.“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!”
Raspado will now serve as an ambassador for the global LGBT community with a focus on HIV advocacy. India’s Darshan Mandhana made it to the Top Ten.