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Mr. Pogi 2019 is a segment that premiered on 22 July 2019 and concluded on 3 August 2019. It is the 2019 edition of Eat Bulaga!'s iconic male talent search for the next ultimate heartthrobs who are talented, witty, and good-looking.

Since its inception in 1987, Mr. Pogi has become an important stepping stool for male teens who aspire to enter the Philippine entertainment industry.

This 2019 edition only had a short two-week run. It is part of the show's 40th anniversary resurgence of its "Tatak Eat Bulaga!segments, such as Little Miss Philippines, Bebot, and Maid in the PhilippinesThe short-lived revival of these segments is meant to give the new generation of Filipinos an opportunity to get a taste of the show's several iconic competitions. These segments are done in "limited engagement" only. 

Oscar San Juan, Jr. II, the "Jericho Rosales" of San Pedro, Laguna, was proclaimed as the grand winner of Mr. Pogi 2019. Elias Point of Iligan City was declared as the first runner-up, while Reynaldo Nicolas, Jr. of Tondo, Manila was hailed as the second runner-up of the competition.  

Overview

Registration and audition

The talent search was open to male teens and young adults who are between 15 and 25 years old. Auditions were held at APT Studios. Alternatively, aspiring contestants may send their audition videos to a specific email address provided by the show.

Daily rounds

The daily rounds occurred from 22 July to 2 August 2019. They were hosted by self-proclaimed Mr. Pogi Jose Manalo.

There were a total of nine daily rounds. Each daily round featured three new contestants who must compete against one another. The contestants must first show their talent in the talent portion and then test their wit and intelligence in the interview portion.

The regular panel of judges may include Pia Guanio, Maine Mendoza, Ruby Rodriguez, Luane Dy, and Pauleen Luna. The criteria for judging were as follows:

  • 50% – Nakakakilig na looks
  • 30% – Nakakagulat na talent
  • 20% – Swabeng diskarte sa pagsagot

The winners of the daily rounds received a cash prize and advanced to the prejudging round of the competition.

Prejudging round

The prejudging round was held on Friday, 2 August 2019. Hosted by Pia Guanio and Luane Dy, it was live streamed on the official YouTube channel, but was not broadcast on television. From the ten winners of the daily rounds, the prejudging round determined the Top 6 contestants.

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The ten daily round winners

The prejudging round was similarly formatted with a talent and a question-and-answer portion. The contestants may either provide the same exact talent or have a different performance for the talent portion. Their wit and intelligence were then tested in the question-and-answer portion with the panel of judges providing a different question to each of the ten contestants.

The judges included actress Janine Gutierrez, fashion photographer Shaira Luna, Miss Universe 2010 fourth runner-up Venus Raj, and Mr. Pogi 2006 winner Edgar Allan Guzman. The criteria for judging were as follows:

  • 50% – Nakakakilig na looks
  • 30% – Nakakagulat na talent
  • 20% – Swabeng diskarte sa pagsagot

No decision was immediately announced at the end of the round. Announcement of the Top 6 contestants was made the next day during the grand finals.

Grand finals

The grand finals of Mr. Pogi 2019 was held on Saturday, 3 August 2019. The talent and question-and-answer portions were hosted by Jose Manalo and Alden Richards.

The judges included actress Rhian Ramos, actor Jason Abalos, Miss International 2018 first runner-up Ma. Ahtisa Manalo, actor Rocco Nacino, and Eat Bulaga! host Maine Mendoza. The criteria for judging were as follows:

  • 40% – Nakakakilig na looks
  • 40% – Nakakagulat na talent
  • 20% – Swabeng diskarte sa pagsagot

For the final time, the ten contestants took their introductory walk during the opening presentation of the pageant.

Announcement of prejudging round results (Top 6)

After their introductory walk, the ten finalists were immediately narrowed down into the Top 6 based on the results of the prejudging round that occurred the day before. The Top 6 finalists were Adam Joseph Libunao, Oscar San Juan, Jr. II, Elias Point, Paulo Mandap, Reynaldo Nicolas, Jr., and Carl Dave Musni.

Final results

The Top 6 finalists underwent a talent portion and a question-and-answer portion. The contestants may either provide the same exact talent or have a different performance for the talent portion. Their wit and intelligence were tested in the question-and-answer portion with the panel of judges providing a different question to each of the six finalists.

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Mr. Pogi 2019 grand winners

Oscar San Juan, Jr. II of San Pedro, Laguna was hailed as the grand winner of Mr. Pogi 2019, taking home ₱100,000. He then competed in the "Tatak Eat Bulaga!" grand showdown against the winners of other revived segments.

First runner-up Elias Point of Iligan City was awarded ₱30,000. Meanwhile, second runner-up Reynaldo Nicolas, Jr. of Tondo, Manila took home ₱20,000. An additional prize of ₱10,000 was also awarded to the Online Favorite, Reynaldo Nicolas, Jr., after receiving over 9,000 likes on Eat Bulaga!'s official Facebook page.

Hosts

Below is a list of hosts who have handled the segment at some point in its run. This includes main, co-, substitute, and one-time presenters.

  • Jose Manalo
  • Ruby Rodriguez
  • Pia Guanio

  • Alden Richards
  • Maine Mendoza

  • Luane Dy
  • Pauleen Luna


Results

Daily rounds

The daily rounds were held from 22 July to 2 August 2019. Each daily round featured three new contestants who must compete against one another. The winners of the daily rounds received a cash prize and advanced to the prejudging round of the competition. The daily rounds were hosted by Jose Manalo.

Week of 22 July–26 July

Date Contestant Origin Celebrity Look-Alike Result
Monday
22 July 2019
John Nicholson "Nico" dela Cruz Tanza, Cavite Paulo Avelino Eliminated
Jeffrey Velmar Esplana Caloocan City Kristoffer Martin Winner
Gil Galang, Jr. San Fernando, Pampanga David Licauco Eliminated
Tuesday
23 July 2019
Kielce Xean "Kiel" Aguilar Malate, Manila Ken Chan Eliminated
Ralph Ryan Simon Sta. Rosa, Laguna Rayver Cruz Winner
Vernon "RV" Relox, Jr. Rodriguez, Rizal Mikael Daez Eliminated
Wednesday
24 July 2019
Jeonoel Neo S. Toledo Olongapo City Kobe Paras Eliminated
George Domantay, Jr. Pasig City Iñigo Pascual Eliminated
Adam Joseph Libunao Bacoor, Cavite Tom Holland Winner
Thursday
25 July 2019
Paul Sebastian Cyrus Carmelo Paras Quezon City Miguel Tanfelix Eliminated
Francis Joseph Grey Samar Province Jake Vargas Winner (tied)
Oscar San Juan, Jr. II San Pedro, Laguna Jericho Rosales Winner (tied)
Friday
26 July 2019
Briant Scott Lomboy Biñan, Laguna Enrique Gil Eliminated
Erikson "Erik" Gudelano, Jr. IV Taytay, Rizal Clint Bondad Winner
Ezekiel "Ezzy" Algabre Sta. Rosa, Laguna Dennis Trillo Eliminated



Week of 29 July–2 August

Date Contestant Origin Celebrity Look-Alike Result
Monday
29 July 2019
Joseph Daniel "JD" Aliazar Quezon City Justin Bieber Eliminated
William C. Fernandez, Jr. Olongapo City Matteo Guidicelli Eliminated
Elias "Eli" Point Iligan City James Reid Winner
Wednesday
31 July 2019
Maynard Fullido Tagbilaran City, Bohol Martin del Rosario Eliminated
Gary Romeo Soriano, Jr. Pagsanjan, Laguna Zayn Malik Eliminated
Paulo Mandap Macabebe, Pampanga André Paras Winner
Thursday
1 August 2019
Roland John "Jhay" Torres Cainta, Rizal Jak Roberto Eliminated
Jan Kim Vergel Occidental Mindoro Mike Tan Eliminated
Carl Dave Musni Sampaloc, Manila Ruru Madrid Winner
Friday
2 August 2019
Raven Roy de Jesus Mandaluyong City Xian Lim Eliminated
Marlon Mendez Malate, Manila Ejay Falcon Eliminated
Reynaldo "Nico" Nicolas, Jr. Tondo, Manila Enrique Gil Winner



Prejudging round

The prejudging round was held on Friday, 2 August 2019 after the live show. It was live streamed on the show's official YouTube channel, but was not broadcast on television. The ten daily round winners participated in the prejudging in order to be narrowed down into six grand finalists. Announcement of the Top 6 was made the next day during the grand finals. The prejudging round was hosted by Luane Dy and Pia Guanio.

Date Contestant Origin Celebrity Look-Alike
Friday
2 August 2019
Jeffrey Velmar Esplana Caloocan City Kristoffer Martin
Ralph Ryan Simon Sta. Rosa, Laguna Rayver Cruz
Adam Joseph Libunao Bacoor, Cavite Tom Holland
Francis Joseph Grey Samar Province Jake Vargas
Oscar San Juan, Jr. II San Pedro, Laguna Jericho Rosales
Erikson "Erik" Gudelano, Jr. IV Taytay, Rizal Clint Bondad
Elias "Eli" Point Iligan City James Reid
Paulo Mandap Macabebe, Pampanga André Paras
Carl Dave Musni Sampaloc, Manila Ruru Madrid
Reynaldo "Nico" Nicolas, Jr. Tondo, Manila Enrique Gil



Grand finals

The grand finals was held on Saturday, 3 August 2019 at APT Studios. The show was broadcast live on television. It was hosted by Alden Richards and Jose Manalo.

Grand Finalists
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Adam Libunao
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Francis Grey
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Oscar San Juan
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Elias Point
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Announcement of prejudging round results (Top 6)

The ten finalists were immediately narrowed down into the Top 6 based on the results of the prejudging round. The six remaining finalists then competed for the last time in the final talent and interview portions.

Top 6 Finalists
Contestant Origin Celebrity Look-Alike
Adam Joseph Libunao Bacoor, Cavite Tom Holland
Oscar San Juan, Jr. II San Pedro, Laguna Jericho Rosales
Elias Point Iligan City James Reid
Paulo Mandap Macabebe, Pampanga André Paras
Carl Dave Musni Sampaloc, Manila Ruru Madrid
Reynaldo "Nico" Nicolas, Jr. Tondo, Manila Enrique Gil



Final results

The Top 6 finalists underwent a talent portion and a question-and-answer portion. The contestants may either provide the same exact talent or have a different performance for the talent portion. Their wit and intelligence were tested in the question-and-answer portion with the panel of judges providing a different question. In the end, Oscar San Juan, Jr. II of San Pedro, Laguna was hailed as the grand winner of Mr. Pogi 2019.

Contestant Origin Celebrity Look-Alike Result
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Oscar San Juan, Jr. II San Pedro, Laguna Jericho Rosales Grand winner
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Elias Point Iligan City James Reid First runner-up
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Reynaldo "Nico" Nicolas, Jr. Tondo, Manila Enrique Gil Second runner-up
  Special Award
Award Contestant Origin
Online Favorite Reynaldo "Nico" Nicolas, Jr. Tondo, Manila

Trivia

  • The grand finals of Mr. Pogi 2019 was replayed in full on Wednesday, 15 April 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in the suspension of all live shows, Eat Bulaga! opted to replay throwback videos of some of its most iconic segments and other special presentations from way back in the past.

List of contestants

A total of 27 contestants competed in the 2019 edition of Mr. Pogi. The contestants are listed in alphabetical order based on their last names.

Full List of Contestants
Contestant Origin Celebrity Look-Alike
Kielce Xean Aguilar Malate, Manila Ken Chan
Ezekiel Algabre Sta. Rosa, Laguna Dennis Trillo
Joseph Daniel Aliazar Quezon City Justin Bieber
Raven Roy de Jesus Mandaluyong City Xian Lim
John Nicholson dela Cruz Tanza, Cavite Paulo Avelino
George Domantay, Jr. Pasig City Iñigo Pascual
Jeffrey Velmar Esplana Caloocan City Kristoffer Martin
William C. Fernandez, Jr. Olongapo City Matteo Guidicelli
Maynard Fullido Tagbilaran City, Bohol Martin del Rosario
Gil Galang, Jr. San Fernando, Pampang David Licauco
Francis Joseph Grey Samar Province Jake Vargas
Erikson Gudelano, Jr. IV Taytay, Rizal Clint Bondad
Adam Joseph Libunao Bacoor, Cavite Tom Holland
Briant Scott Lomboy Biñan, Laguna Enrique Gil
Paulo Mandap Macabebe, Pampanga André Paras
Marlon Mendez Malate, Manila Ejay Falcon
Carl Dave Musni Sampaloc, Manila Ruru Madrid
Reynaldo Nicolas, Jr. Tondo, Manila Enrique Gil
Paul Sebastian Cyrus Carmelo Paras Quezon City Miguel Tanfelix
Elias Point Iligan City James Reid
Vernon Relox, Jr. Rodriguez, Rizal Mikael Daez
Oscar San Juan, Jr. II San Pedro, Laguna Jericho Rosales
Ralph Ryan Simon Sta. Rosa, Laguna Rayver Cruz
Gary Romeo Soriano, Jr. Pagsanjan, Laguna Zayn Malik
Jeonoel Neo S. Toledo Olongapo City Kobe Paras
Roland John Torres Cainta, Rizal Jak Roberto
Jan Kim Vergel Occidental Mindoro Mike Tan
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