|Mr. Gay Puerto Vallarta 2008 Results|
Aaron Watson & Juan Ceja - PVNN
The Mr. Gay Puerto Vallarta 2008 Competition, which began at 9 pm on September 14th at the former Sr. Frog's Club on PV's South Side, stimulated the audience well into the night as they watched 9 handsome, and hunky men strutting their stuff in an attempt to claim the Mr. Gay Puerto Vallarta 2008 title.
|Congratulations to this year's Mr. Gay Puerto Vallarta, Alejandro Lamas Bogarín, who received $5000 pesos, clothing, jewelry, cruises, gift certificates and much more. |
Organized by and benefited local non-profit Vallarta Enfrenta el SIDA, A.C. (Vallarta Confronts AIDS in English,) the night began with charismatic dancers dressed as Roman warriors and an opening performance by special guest host Alejandra La Bogue.
Each contestant then participated in a choreographed opening dance, a swimsuit competition and a formal wear competition. From these three categories the 9 men were eliminated to 4 final contestants by a panel of judges, which included Alfredo Hernandez from the Latin American Health Institute in Boston and other community advocates.
The top 4 contestants were then asked an individual question concerning homosexuality and the world they live in. Based upon their answers, the judges determined the outcome of the competition. As a special guest, last year's Mr. Gay Puerto Vallarta winning contestant was there to christen this years winning contestant.
Congratulations to this year's Mr. Gay Puerto Vallarta, Alejandro Lamas Bogarín, age 22. He received $5000 pesos, clothing, jewelry, cruises, gift certificates and much more. This year's runner-up was Raúl Durán Resendiz who received $2000 pesos and in third place was Salvador Mascareñas Ruíz, who won $1000 pesos.
An after party was hosted by Paco's Ranch to wrap up the Mr. Gay Puerto Vallarta 2008 Competition. It was a night full of dancing and outrageous fun.
The Mr. Gay Competition is held in more than 20 countries throughout the world. This event was organized to help advance the concept of international equal rights and contributions of gay men to a healthy society where "gay" is not a stereotype.
Contestants should be 18 years of age, identify as a gay or bi-sexual man and represent the ideals of the competition. This is the second year that Mexico has opened its doors to the event. The International Mr. Gay (IMG) Competition network will bring these 20 contest winners together in February of 2009 to compete in the 4th Annual Grand Finale in Hollywood, California.
Mexico's Mr. Gay Competition will be hosted in various cities across the country, including:
• Wednesday, October 15th, México D.F., Lipstick Lounge & Bar
• Friday, October 17th, León, Guanajuato, Biza Club
• Saturday, October 18th, Villa de Álvarez, Colima, Glamour Disco Bar
• Saturday, October 18th, Veracruz, Veracruz, Vieu Carre
• Saturday, October 18th, San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, Blow Club
• Saturday, October 25th, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Parking Club
• Saturday, October 25th, Saltillo, Coahuila, Divas
• Saturday, November 15th, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Monica's
• TBA, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Karamba Bar
• TBA, Morelia, Michoacán, Salamander's
• TBA, Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Club Extasis
• TBA, Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Escape Club
For more information on the Mexico Mr. Gay 2008 Competition, visit MrGay.com.mx.
Puerto Vallarta's HIV/AIDS non-profit organization, Vallarta Enfrenta el SIDA, and CAPASITS, work together to provide high-quality medical care, counseling and psychological support, education and prevention programs, and outreach to at-risk communities in the Banderas Bay area. For information, assistance, or to volunteer or donate, please visit VallartaEnfrentaSida.org. To learn more about VES, click HERE.