Whistler, Canada will host the very first Mr. Gay World competition happening on February 04 to 08, 2009.
Twenty-four gay candidates are expected to arrive and will compete to become the 1st Mr. Gay World winner.
There are only two Asian contenders enlisted, the 33-year old businessman Wilbert Tolentino from the Philippines and 28-year-old choreographer Bhavin Shivji Gala of India.
Canada is the 4th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, thus a perfect venue for a pageant like this.
CONTESTANTS LIST ARGENTINA, Victor Marcelo Benitez AUSTRALIA, Ben Edwards AUSTRIA, Michael Fröhle BRAZIL, Edson Lopes BULGARIA, Deyan Kolev CANADA, Darren Bruce CHILE, Roberto Andres Alvarez Alvarado COLOMBIA, Francisco Javier Ortega CZECH REPUBLIC, Jakub Stary GRAN CANARIA (Canary Isles, Spain), Dempsey Saeedian INDIA, Bhavin Shivji Gala IRELAND, Max Krzyzanowski KWAZULU NATAL (South Africa), Andrew Venter LITHUANIA, Arturas Vipas Burnickis MEXICO, Pico Velasco Michel NEW ZEALAND, Reece Karena NORTHERN IRELAND, James Ciaran Smallman NORWAY, Kai Thomas Ryen Larsen PARAGUAY, Alexis Cespedes PHILIPPINES, Wilbert Tolentino SOUTH AFRICA, Christian de Jager SPAIN, Antonio Pedro Almijez USA, Doug Edward Repetti VENEZUELA, Juan Jose Bracho
MR. GAY 2009 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Wednesday, February 4, 2009 Arrival to YVR International Airport - Transfer to Whistler 4.00 PM Delegate Check in to the Marriott Hotel in Whistler 5.45 PM Meet in Lobby 6.00 PM Welcome Reception/The Oslo Dinner 8.30 PM Fittings & Walk-through for Fashion Show 12.00 AM Back to Hotel
Thursday, February 5, 2009 7.00 AM Breakfast at Marriott Hotel 8.00 AM Show & Tell - delegates show costume 9.00 AM Morning Workshops with Guests 10.30 PM Whistler's Pink Flight & Lunch on Blackcomb 2.00 PM Rehearsal for Fashion Show 6.00 PM Swiss Reception at Bavaria House 8.00 PM Doors open - Silent Auction 9.00 PM FASHION SHOW 11.00 PM Back to Hotel
Friday, February 6, 2009 7.00 AM Breakfast at Marriott Hotel 8.00 AM Workshops: Public speaking & media 10.30 AM Eco Challenge 1.30 PM Lunch 3.00 PM Afternoon Talk: Equality, Respect, Life; What does it mean to be MGW? 4.30 PM Shopping; Dinner Challenge; 7.00 PM Dinner 8.00 PM Photo shoots & Free-time
Saturday, February 7, 2009 7.00 AM Breakfast at Marriott Hotel 8.00 AM Photo Shoots & Interviews 12.00 PM Lunch 1.00 PM Awards Rehearsal; 4.00 PM Photo Shoots & interviews 6.00 PM Dinner 8.00 PM MGW Grand Finale Award Show 10.00 PM SNOWBALL after party with DJ Ana Paula (Rio)
Sunday, February 8, 2009 10 AM Breakfast at Marriott Hotel 11 AM Wrap Up Chat MGW 2009; Delegates depart for Vancouver