Filipino gay rep makes mark at world pageant

 

Erimar Ortigas failed to clinch the crown but still made his presence felt at the 2013 Mr. Gay World pageant held recently in Antwerp, Belgium.

Ortigas, a Business Administration graduate from the Lyceum of the Philippines-Manila, placed among the top 10 contestants and also received a special award “Mr. Gay Popular” in the tilt participated by 25 countries.

The 29-year old Ortigas who is also employed as a manager for a business process outsourcing office, said he entered the pageant to meet different people from around the world.

He added that his participation in the global gay competition allowed him to show that gays in the Philippines are happy and never stop fighting for gay rights.

The Belgium event is the 5th edition of the Mr. Gay World pageant.

Previous winner Andreas Derleth of New Zealand crowned his successor Christopher Michael Olwage also of New Zealand.