Mitch Montecarlo Suansane wins Miss Q&A 2019

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Posted at Feb 23 2019 04:17 PM | Updated as of Feb 23 2019 07:17 PM

Mitch Montecarlo Suansane was named Saturday as the second winner of 'Miss Q&A,' an 'It's Showtime' segment dedicated to highlighting transgender comedians across the country. Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

(UPDATED) Beneath all the fun and silliness of the "Miss Q&A" grand finals this Saturday was a tinge of frustration --that LGBT community members continue to be maligned.

There was eventual winner Mitch Montecarlo Suansane, who is gay, asserting that they have a place in society and that no one has the right to shun them, adding all are all equal in the eyes of God. 

It was during the final Q&A round where he said this and argued that "bakla" stands for "bahagi ng lahat," after being asked about the one major factor keeping gays, lesbians, and transgender people from being fully accepted by Filipinos. 

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This won him the title from Juliana Parizcova Segovia --last year's winner-- beating Czedy Rodriguez and Chad Kinis Lustre-Reid, who finished first runner-up and second runner-up, respectively. 

For their answers, Rodriguez shared that he was scared to come out to his own family, fearing judgement, while Lustre-Reid delivered an impassioned speech about it's wrong to think that one can either only be a male or a female when it comes to gender.

But perhaps it was way earlier than the final part where the slightly angry tone of the contest was established --the moment Vice Ganda stepped out in a bright yellow gown that had the words: "You don't gain anything from hating us." 

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The LGBT icon performed a string of empowering songs like "We Will Rock You," "Brave," and "Fight Song."

This was their chance, their moment, their catwalk to change things was what Vice Ganda appeared to tell the contestants --and the top three, especially the winner, certainly tried. 

The finals was held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. 

Suansane won several prizes, including a brand new car, P2 million, and an all-expenses paid trip to South Korea. 

Check out some of the photos from the finals below: 

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