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Abranean assumes new role as Man of the Philippines-UEA 2018

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Cordillera - Abra native Phiem Alcade has taken a new role as Man of the Philippines-UAE 2018 according to

2018Alcalde said that he is excited to assume role as the new Man of the Philippines-UAE after the resignation of Ian Giron, who was the original title holder, due to conflicts in his work schedule.

Alcalde was first runner-up in the pageant held in Dubai in September but will now represent the Filipino community in the UAE in the grand pageant of Man of the Philippines in Manila in late November.

The 25 years old Alcalde and a native of Abra impressed the judges during the September finals when he chose to represent his home province with his native Abra attire in the creative national costume category.

Having  mixed emotions in taking on the title, “I feel overwhelmed and pressured at the same time because I need to prepare physically and mentally, with just a few weeks to go,” Alcalde said while talking with

“Having the crown means greater responsibilities so I need to push myself to be better than the Phiem who was first runner up,” he added.

Alcalde is working as a maintenance coordinator in Dubai, and said that he has lots of things to do in such a limited time but “I am preparing myself 200 percent now because I only have a limited time. I need to prepare my body and mentally because I’m still new to the pageant world and I will be competing against veterans in the field,” he said.

Alcalde is determined to continue to use his position as Man of the Philippines-UAE to promote healthy living among Filipino expatriates in the UAE win or lose.

“I plan to promote healthy living as I always do, but now I need to push harder because I will not only be reaching out to friends but to Filipinos in the UAE who are suffering from body shaming, which leads to depression. I want to promote healthy living for the body and mind,” he said

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