MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The Philippines is making history with the launch of the first Miss Gay Manila in the nation’s capital.
Having a gay beauty pageant is far from being a first. What makes Miss Gay Manila 2015 one for the record is that the pageant is sponsored by no less than the government. Now that would make Miss Universe Pageant owner Donald Trump nervous and threatened.
At today’s press presentation of the candidates, Manila Mayor (and former Philippines president) Joseph Estrada was on hand to give a kiss to each aspiring beauty queen.
The grand coronation will be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on May 20, 2015.
“The most energetic, witty, optimistic and confident candidate can get a chance to be crowned as the first ever winner of this prestigious pageant that promotes equality among all genders,” Estrada told reporters.
Estrada received a thunderous applause when he announced that the winner of this pageant will represent the City of Manila in the next Miss Philippines contest to choose the country’s representative to the 2016 Miss Universe Pageant.
Prizes at stake are P500,000 cash for the Grand Winner of Miss Gay Manila 2015, P200,000 for the First Runner-up and P100,000 for the Second Runner-up. The prize winnings will be exempted from local government taxes. However, they will be subject to national government tax by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), according to BIR Commissioner Kim Henares.