Newly-crowned Mister Gay World 2019 Janjep Carlos returned home to a rousing welcome Monday night following his successful stint in Cape Town, South Africa last Sunday.
Carlos, 41, a businessman, was welcomed by his mother Loida, his partner Richard, Kagabdahang Flores trainer Rodgil Flores, and friends from the LGBT community.
“I want to dedicate my victory to all Filipinos, especially the LGBT community, to my family and my supporters,” Carlos said.
Carlos was accompanied in South Africa by Mister Gay World Philippines national director Wilbert Tolentino and his glam team.
During a brief press conference at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City, Carlos said that he will push for his advocacy “illness to wellness” which aims to fight depression.
During the competition, Carlos said that his roommate was Mr. Chile who he described as a nice person and they got along well.
Prior to the finals, Carlos said that his biggest rival for the crown was Mr. Spain. Tolentino thought it was Mr. South Africa.
Asked if he would encourage his partner to join the gay competition, Carlos smiled and said: “He’s a shy person. I don’t think he is ready for that.”
“I love you,” said Richard who kissed Carlos upon arrival at the airport. Then Richard gave Carlos flowers and balloons.
Abroad, Tolentino noticed that Carlos was a bit homesick. “When I see him like that, I always remind him to focus on the competition.”