Two Cebuanos to compete in Mister Grand Philippines 2019

By: Michelle Joy Padayhag August 29,2019 - 08:14 PM

Rejee Rusell Manatad (left) and Jan Andre Suico will represent Lapu-Lapu City and Mandaue City respectively in the Mister Grand Philippines 2019 in Manila in September. | Contributed photos by Nico Liu

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Two Cebuanos officially make it to the official roster of Mister Grand Philippines 2019.

Rejee Rusell Manatad and Jan Andre Suico will represent Lapu-Lapu City and Mandaue City, respectively in the national competition.

Both confirmed that they will fly to Manila on September 8 to start their national quest. 

Manatad told CDN Digital that he is honored to wear the sash for Lapu-Lapu City in his first national competition. 

“In every hard work and dedication, there will always be a reward waiting for you,” he said. 

The Lapu-Lapu City native assures Cebuanos that he will bring home the title. 

Manatad, 18, is a senior high school student from the Asian Learning Center. 

He has two titles under his belt which includes Mr. San Nicolas 2017 and Mr. Gaisano Grand Mall 2017 second runner-up. 

For his advocacy, the young pageant enthusiast from Lapu-Lapu City wants to promote sports for the youth. 

Being active in different sports will help young people to divert their attention from vices like drugs, smoke, and alcohol. 

“We call the youth as the hope of our nation and it is important to lead them on the right things to do,” he added. 

For Suico, he admits the pressure is on in representing Mandaue City in the national stage, but the support he got from everyone keeps him going. 

Suico, 19, is a freshman student taking up Aircraft Maintenance Technology at the Flight Dynamics School of Aeronautics in Lapu-Lapu City. 

He is promoting education in this national competition. 

“Education is a right, not a privilege. I want to use this (Mister Grand Philippines) as a platform to promote the importance of education,” he said. 

Suico wants to use his influence to encourage the young people to study. 

Just like Manatad, Mister Grand Philippines 2019 is Suico’s first national pageant. 

Other titles he earned are Mr. Gaisano Grand Mall 2018, Mr. Governor’s Cup 2018, and Mr. UCLM 2017.

Mister Grand Philippines is a pageant for men who are athletic, competitive in nature, at any given sports, and ambassador for tourism. 

This year there are 40 official candidates who make it to the official roster.

Coronation night will be on September 19 in Quezon City./dbs

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