Vandave Paragas, 20, has been crowned Mister Tourism and Culture Universe Philippines 2019. Originally from Bayambang, Pangasinan, the model who stands 5’11” is currently based in Pasig City, Metro Manila.
On September 21, 2019, Paragas competed against 21 other Filipino bachelors in Misters of Filipinas 2019. It was the seventh edition of the Philippine male beauty pageant.
Hosted by Binibining Pilipinas 2007 candidate Erika Ibasco Pangan, 31, and Miss Asia Pacific International 2016 second runner-up Ganiel Krishnan, 25, the Misters of Filipinas 2019 coronation night took place at the Fill Oil Flying V Center in San Juan City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Among the judges were actor Rafael Rossell, 36, Miss Universe Cambodia 2019 Somnang Alyna, 18, and Miss Eco International 2019 runner-up Maureen Montagne, 26.
Representing Pasig City, Paragas won the fourth highest title, Mister Tourism and Culture Universe Philippines 2019. He also won three special awards namely Mister David Salon, Sha-Wraps’ Video Challenge Winner and Mister Go Hotel.
Paragas is the first one to win the title under Misters of Filipinas. Mister Supranational Philippines 2017 Yves Campos, 26, of Cebu was appointed Mister Tourism and Culture Universe Philippines 2018 and was crowned Mister Tourism and Culture Universe 2019 in Yangon, Myanmar on August 31, 2019.
Aside from Paragas as Mister Tourism and Culture Universe Philippines 2019, four other titleholders were crowned. They were Man of the World Philippines 2019 Tommy Penaflor, 25, of Bataan, Mister International Philippines Levin Arguelles, 22, of Tarlac City, Mister Model of the Universe Philippines Kevin Jay Secoya, 22, of Cebu City and Mister Model Worldwide Philippines 2019 Gianluca Lanta, 21, who is based in Italy.
Joseph Xavier Pili, 24, of Tabaco City, Albay was first runner-up. Bonjour Veloso Adasa, 20, of Misamis Oriental was second runner-up.
Born on April 12, 1999, Paragas has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Transportation. In 2018, he competed in Mr. Travel Ambassador of the Philippines 2018 but was not able to win the title.
Watch the full Misters of Filipinas 2019 coronation night here: