Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - You da man



You da man

You da man

The You’re The Man! National Challenge, which took place at Angkor Gyeongju Park in Siem reap, has been deemed a big success by its organisers.

About 5000 people attended the four day event ending Sunday, July 18, and 967 men applied to partake in the challenge. This was shortlisted to 200 men who auditioned over the first three days.

Ten men were then selected to compete in the final game challenge on Sunday evening and, ultimately, three winners were selected to appear at the grand finale of the challenge in Phnom Penh from August 12-15.

Siem Reap winners were 23-year-old university student Sorn Ravy, 20-year-old student Deum Sovanda, and 36-year-old married tuk-tuk driver Yem Seyhak.

Winners were selected based on who was the most clever, the most healthy, and the most collaborative, and who stood out during the organised debates. Tests were based on physical, mental, personality and talent criteria, but it was the notion of what makes a “real man” itself that was the real challenge.

An important part of the challenges were the debates, which focused on proposals such as “real men have to support what women say and listen to their ideas and opinions”, and “real men don’t have to drink to keep their friendships”.

These sparked much animated intervention from the audiences according to Sokhon Sea, from Family Health International, an organisation that is behind the show with funding from USAID. He said, “People went crazy after the debates; there was lots of fun, lots of interaction with the audience. Most of them were for the proposition.”

Contestants were also encouraged to take part in “women’s work”. Sokhon Sea said, “Khmer culture traditionally says that men mustn’t do housework. We want to change that negative norm into a positive norm and say that this is work for everybody, not just for women.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Hong Kong firm done buying Coke Cambodia

    Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, on November 25 announced that it had completed the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Co’s bottling business in Cambodia, as part of its ambitions to expand into the Southeast Asian market. Swire Coca-Cola affirmed

  • Cambodia's Bokator now officially in World Heritage List

    UNESCO has officially inscribed Cambodia’s “Kun Lbokator”, commonly known as Bokator, on the World Heritage List, according to Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona in her brief report to Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of November 29. Her report, which was

  • NagaWorld union leader arrested at airport after Australia trip

    Chhim Sithar, head of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees at NagaWorld integrated casino resort, was arrested on November 26 at Phnom Penh International Airport and placed in pre-trial detention after returning from a 12-day trip to Australia. Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge

  • Sub-Decree approves $30M for mine clearance

    The Cambodian government established the ‘Mine-Free Cambodia 2025 Foundation’, and released an initial budget of $30 million. Based on the progress of the foundation in 2023, 2024 and 2025, more funds will be added from the national budget and other sources. In a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen

  • Two senior GDP officials defect to CPP

    Two senior officials of the Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) have asked to join the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), after apparently failing to forge a political alliance in the run-up to the 2023 general election. Yang Saing Koma, chairman of the GDP board, and Lek Sothear,

  • 11th Chaktomuk Short Film Festival draws to close

    Cambodia's 11th Chaktomuk Short Film Festival wrapped up successfully on November 28 after a four-day run, with the film “Voice of the Night” awarded top prize for 2022. Sum Sithen, the organiser of the short film festival, told The Post that the number of attendees to the