Mr. Philippines Wins Mr. Gay World 2019 on the wings of his Anti-Depression Advocacy

Philippines wins 2nd Mr. Gay World title in South Africa!

John Jeffrey Carlos from the Philippines wins the 11th Mr. Gay World Title in Cape Town, South Africa on May 5, 2019

Cape Town, South Africa | 41-year-old hot entrepreneur John Jeffrey “Janjep” Carlos from Cavite, Philippines bagged the Mr. Gay World 2019 title in the 11th pageant held in Cape Town, South Africa, on the early hours of May 5. He is the second Filipino to win the title after John Raspado’s win in 2017.

Mr. Gay World 2017 John Raspado (left) and newly-crowned Mr. Gay World 2019 John Jeffrey Carlos

Winning Answer

Asked what he will do with the title if he wins Mr. Gay World, Janjep gave this winning answer:

“It will both be an honor and privilege to become the next Mr. Gay World 2019. But with that distinction comes a tremendous role to be the next global ambassador for the LGBTQI community. I will stand for Inclusivity, Understanding, Tolerance, and most importantly, Mutual Respect for every individual regardless of religion, race, color, background, and gender identity.

“I will use my title as Mr. Gay World 2019 to promote my advocacy in a global scale which is ‘Illness to Wellness’ that centers on depression. Depression is affecting the people worldwide. Yes, we should know that we have to reach… reach out to these people that suffers from depression. Because together, we can turn this ‘Illness to Wellness’. Thank you.”

John Jeffrey with Mr. Gay World Philippines National Director Wilbert Tolentino who predicted his ward’s win

As predicted by his own National Director, Mr. Gay World Philippines 2010 Wilbert Tolentino himself at the Send-off for the new LGBTQI International Ambassador, Janjep bested more than 20 other candidates from around the world. He succeeded Australia’s Jordan Bruno and also won the Best National Costume award.

Congratulations, Janjep, and to the Mr. Gay World Philippines Organization, MABUHAY!


Mister Gay World – Philippines, Janjep Carlos

1st Runner-up – Spain, Francisco Alvarado

2nd Runner-up – Hungary, Oliver Pusztan

3rd Runner-up -Thailand, Cjayudhom Samibat

4th Runner-up – Belgium, Nick Van Vooren

Top 10:

Australia – Rad Mitic

India – Suresh Ramdas

Brazil – Raphael Dos Anjos

Ireland – Guilherme Souza

Japan – Tiger Shigetake

Mr. Gay World 2019 John Jeffrey Carlos’ Winning National Costume


As Janjep promoting his Mental Health Advocacy focusing on Depression wins the 11th Mr. Gay World Title, reports of another suicide from South America surfaced at the same time. Brazil’s Miss Ilhéus 2018 Gabriela Mendes Viegas was found lifeless in her apartment apparently a victim of suicide.

Brazil’s Miss Ilhéus 2018 Gabriela Mendes Viegas

In 2014, William Philippe Melchor Balasa, Mr. Fahrenheit 2010, succumbed to depression and was also a victim of suicide. This loss in the organization prompted the newly-crowned Mr. Gay World 2019 to carry this torch as his advocacy when he flew and competed for the international title in Cape Town, South Africa’s oldest city.

What Is Depression?

Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.

Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:

Feeling sad or having a depressed mood

Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed

Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting

Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much

Loss of energy or increased fatigue

Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speech (actions observable by others)

Feeling worthless or guilty

Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions

Thoughts of death or suicide

Symptoms must last at least two weeks for a diagnosis of depression.

Also, medical conditions (e.g., thyroid problems, a brain tumor or vitamin deficiency) can mimic symptoms of depression so it is important to rule out general medical causes.

Depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults (6.7%) in any given year. And one in six people (16.6%) will experience depression at some time in their life. Depression can strike at any time, but on average, first appears during the late teens to mid-20s. Women are more likely than men to experience depression. Some studies show that one-third of women will experience a major depressive episode in their lifetime.

How Is Depression Treated?

Depression is among the most treatable of mental disorders. Between 80 percent and 90 percent of people with depression eventually respond well to treatment. Almost all patients gain some relief from their symptoms.

Before a diagnosis or treatment, a health professional should conduct a thorough diagnostic evaluation, including an interview and possibly a physical examination. In some cases, a blood test might be done to make sure the depression is not due to a medical condition like a thyroid problem. The evaluation is to identify specific symptoms, medical and family history, cultural factors and environmental factors to arrive at a diagnosis and plan a course of action.

Self-help and Coping

There are a number of things people can do to help reduce the symptoms of depression. For many people, regular exercise helps create positive feeling and improve mood. Getting enough quality sleep on a regular basis, eating a healthy diet and avoiding alcohol (a depressant) can also help reduce symptoms of depression.

Depression is a real illness and help is available. With proper diagnosis and treatment, the vast majority of people with depression will overcome it. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, a first step is to see your family physician or psychiatrist. Talk about your concerns and request a thorough evaluation. This is a start to addressing mental health needs.


American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), Fifth edition. 2013.

National Institute of Mental Health. (Data from 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.)

Kessler, RC, et al. Lifetime Prevalence and Age-of-Onset Distributions of DSM-IV Disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2005;62(6):593602.

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