Saturday, September 28, 2013

When danger comes, a true gentleman must kiss his Mr. Nice Guy self good-bye. He must be ready for battle. A lady wants a dangerous gentleman at this point. And I hope I’m that dangerous gentleman.

International singer and matinee idol Christian Bautista wins the 2013
“Modern Filipino Gentleman” award

(Photo Credit : Czeasar Dancel/NPPA Images)
Said Christian Joseph Morata Bautista, more popularly known by his screen name Christian Bautista - a Filipino singer, actor, host, and model - after winning the “Modern Filipino Gentleman” award at the 2013 Elan Awards by McJim, held at 55 Events in Quezon City, southeast of Manila, Philippines, on 15 August 2013.

The news report by Maridol Rañoa-Bismark from Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom is accessibile on Christian Bautista's website under the title Christian Bautista the ‘dangerous gentleman’. 

Minutes after he received the award, Christian Bautista admitted that he had a little temper but, he said : "I expel that temper rather than keep it inside and let it out on a person". He applies anger management techniques he learned from an acting workshop.

The award is given by popular leather brand McJIM to the best role models for style and elegance among today’s Filipino gentlemen. The winner is selected on the basis of a popularity contest to be conducted through the Mc JIM Classic Leather Official Facebook Fan Page. All Facebook users in the Philippines and overseas are eligible to participate in the poll. According to McJim, the purpose of the awards is to inspire Filipino men to become true gentlemen of our modern times. 

A 5-minute video clip of the Award Function is availanle on you tube here.

A detailed report of the Award Night is also available here.

In a very recent interview with journalist Nestor Cuartero, published in Manila Bulletin of September 28, 2013, when asked at the end : "Is it still cool to be a gentleman in this modern age?", Christian Bautista gave the following reply :

In this modern age, being a gentleman isn't just required, it is needed. As the old poem by Ted Engstrom says, the world needs men.

The world needs men
who cannot be bought;
whose word is their bond;
who put character above wealth;
who possess opinions and a will;
who are larger than their vocations;
who do not hesitate to take chances;
who will not lose their individuality in a crowd;
who will be as honest in small things as in great things;
who will make no compromise with wrong;
whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires;
who will not say they do it “because everybody else does it”;
who are true to their friends through good report and evil report, in adversity as well as in prosperity;
who do not believe that shrewdness, cunning, and hardheadedness are the best qualities for winning success;
who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular;
who can say “no” with emphasis, although all the rest of the world says “yes.”

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