Police officer is Mister International Philippines

Neil Perez, the 29-year-old police officer who represented Tondo, won the title of Mister International Philippines and Best in Swimwear and Most Photogenic at the finals night of the Misters of the Philippines pageant on September 7.

He also took home the Mr Unisilver and Mr Informatics sponsored awards, as well as the Mr Multidestination Global Link Travel award.

He made it to the top 15 early on in the evening. Here are the rest of the winners:

Neil is scheduled to compete in the Mister International Pageant scheduled in Seoul, South Korea in October.

26 candidates representing areas all over the Philippines competed in the male pageant. 

Netizens were abuzz with curiosity after news surfaced that Police Officer 2 Mariano Perez Flormata Jr or “Neil Perez” from the PNP’s Aviation Security Group joined the Misters of the Philippines competition. 

The ‘model’ cop gained fans who admired his moreno good looks, which many said would work in his favor for the international pageants. 

The popular pageant-centric blog Ang Haraya, maintained by Rappler contributor Drew Francisco, pinpointed Neil as being one of the frontrunners of the competition. 

The blog says: “The face of the competition, 'Mamang Pulis' definitely is the front-runner in this competition. He is clearly the choice of the mob, not just of the media mileage he got but because he really prepared for the pageant. His consistency and rigid preparation makes him a strong contender for the title. The tag ‘Distinctively Handsome’ perfectly fits him.”

The blog later predicted that Neil would take the top title of Mister International Philippines. 

Via his Facebook fan page, here’s a look back at some of the moments from Neil’s Misters of the Philippines journey. 

Festival costume competition at the Fisher Mall Activity Center 

Post by Neil Perez for Misters of the Phils 2014.


Misters of the Philippines – opening outfit (Photo by Ross Paris)

Post by Misters of the Philippines - Official.


At the talent competition (Neil sang "Crazy for You")

Post by Misters of the Philippines - Official.


Men’s Fashion Show 

Post by Neil Perez for Misters of the Phils 2014.


Photo shoot (Photo by Kahlel Zantillan)

Post by Neil Perez for Misters of the Phils 2014.


At a pre-finals event 

Post by Neil Perez for Misters of the Phils 2014.


In a statement back in August, the PNP hailed Neil as a model for other police officers. 

“Promoting the healthy lifestyle of the PNP personnel, PO2 Flormata serves as a model to all police officers who want to be fit and healthy while protecting our community from different crimes,” said the PNP in a statement last August 12.

Neil is a BS Criminology graduate from the Manuel L. Quezon University-Manila and has been in the police force for almost 6 years, said the PNP.

What do you think of this model cop? Do you think a modeling career should be in the pipeline for this pageant star? Let us know in the comments below. – Rappler.com