Cebu’s Larz Kent Dawson who represented the Philippines in Mister Universe Tourism was first runner-up in the pageant’s 2024 edition.

The finals was held at the Bali Nusa Dua Theater in Bali, Indonesia.

Dawson’s predecessor, Erik Lennart Visser from the Philippines, turned his crown over to Taiwan’s Chien Yu Chen who was also best in national costume and best in swimwear. 

Dawson who wore a Harley Ruedas ensemble was best in formal wear. 

The second runner-up, India’s India’s Chitrakanan Singh Thoudam, was most photogenic. 

Dawson earned the right to represent the Philippines after winning Ginoong Pilipinas in 2023.

He is an entrepreneurship student of the University of San Carlos and advocates for sustainable entrepreneurship.

"Congratulations to our very own Larz Kent Dawson for winning 1st runner-up in Mister Universe Tourism 2024!! We at Admire Models Philippines are all proud of you, as always. More journeys to embrace and challenges to conquer," writes Dexter Alazas, managing director of Admire Models Philippines, Dawson's modeling agency.

Mister Universe Tourism promotes tourism through digital marketing in the new normal era, according to the pageant's Facebook page.