By Excel V. Dyquiangco
Preparing for a beauty pageant, whether local or international, can be undoubtedly nerve-wracking. For first-timer David Simon Reyes, hailed as the Mister Grand International Philippines recently held at The Crossroads Center, Quezon City, he is both thrilled and pressured – simply because the country is once again hosting the international tilt.
“With the Philippines hosting the international side of the competition, it gives me a heavier responsibility and a fiercer desire to win for God’s glory,” he says. “I’m trusting God to guide me again. Whether I win or lose, God is still good. But to be honest, seeing my very ripped and muscular opponents in the competition threatens me in the swimwear segment as it is one of the critical segments to make a statement in the competition. The Q&A portion is also something I’m very much worried. I mean, who knows what kind of questions would be asked to us in the coronation night.”
In preparation for this international league, David has decided to lose weight despite his buff physique, cutting his usual diet from 3000 calories a day down to 2200. In line with this, he has also prioritized protein in his nutritional intake. Foods rich in sugars and sodium are something he tries to avoid despite his fast metabolism.
When it comes to his skin care regimen, he is all natural. Drinking water regularly, avoiding sugary and starchy food, and getting enough sleep are some of his best-kept secrets. Of course he also invests in facial cleansers and uses organic products for his hair and body.
“For those with dry skin like me, goat milk-based works the best in my opinion,” he says. “I avoid any sulfate-based products. For my hair, I use a coconut-oil based shampoo complemented by a Gugo-based conditioner. This combination helps in giving my hair the volume that it needs reducing my hair loss, and cleans it without being harsh to my sensitive scalp.”
To add to this, he also gives much attention in improving his speech. “More often than not, I make Q&A campaigns with my followers on Instagram, asking them to give me questions for me to answer right away. I also try to answer questions from different pageants whenever I get the chance to watch or attend,” he says.
He is mostly confident, though about his interpersonal skills. Having the competition hosted by the country gives him the privilege to welcome his fellow candidates to the beauty and warmth of the place and culture.
“I plan to continue on my journey as an actor and model in the future, while establishing businesses with trustworthy partners along the way,” he says. “I ought to create more awareness about Depression and Anxiety which I am advocating to overcome. I want to help and lead people out there who are struggling with it by leaning on to the true source of joy and comfort which is Jesus Christ alone.”
The coronation night of Mister Grand International is on Sept. 29 at Crossroads in Quezon City.
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