Christian Bautista Bags the The 2013 Elan Awards by McJIM

In McJIM Classic Leather's search for the Modern Filipino Gentleman, one name emerged as the top from 10 finalists who are vying to be the first awardee of this first-ever online competition. And garnering the most votes of having the qualities of the Modern Filipino Gentleman, international singer and matinee idol Christian Bautista topped the list.

Held last August 15, 2013 at 55 Events Place in Scout Rallos, Quezon City, after months of rigorous campaigning and online polls, the first-ever competition for the epitome of Modern Filipino Gentleman has finally come to an end. McJIM Classic Leather has finally concluded the prestigious online competition with Christian Bautista raising from the rank of the listed Modern Filipino Gentlemen from their Facebook Fan Page.

And together with the whooping cash prize of Php100,000, Bautista also took home the 2013 Élan Man trophy, which is designed by acclaimed contemporary Filipino artist Igan D’Bayan; along with a year’s supply of McJIM Classic Leather products. Christian, together with The Élan Awards committee, also donated Php100,000 to his chosen charity, World Vision.

Bautista was picked from among twelve stellar finalists. His co-finalists included Senator-elect Sonny Angara; actor and director Dingdong Dantes; celebrity food blogger Erwan Heussaff; actor Xian Lim; acclaimed actor Coco Martin; actor and producer Piolo Pascual; singer and businessman Richard Poon; actor and fitness enthusiast Derek Ramsay; actor and singer Jericho Rosales; professional basketball athlete, businessman, and TV host Chris Tiu and AZKALS member Phil Younghusband.

The finalists were chosen by a celebrity panel of judges that included society columnist Tim Yap; actor and top male model Victor Basa; and radio and TV personality Sam YG based on three criteria: a. Elegance of Style; b. Refinement; and c. Accomplishment.

“The Elan Award is a celebration and a challenge: it reminds us of our calling to be Filipino gentlemen wherever we are - to be proud of being Filipino, to be stylish, refined, and to accomplish great things for ourselves and our nation,” 2013 Élan Awards Project Head Chris Cahilig

Bautista, on the other hand, extends his gratitude to all his fans, here and abroad, for the trust, love and support they have given to him through all these years and promises to serves a role model to more Filipino men all over the world.

The eleven other Élan Awards finalists will receive certificate of recognition and a six-month supply of McJIM products.

Congratulations, McJIM Classic Leather and Christian Bautista! May you guys keep on inspiring more Filipinos all over the world! Mabuhay kayo!

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