Mister International Philippines 2014 Neil Perez of Tondo, Manila (Photo credit: Jory Rivera/OPMB Worldwide)
Last Sunday night during the finals of Misters of the Philippines 2014, Mister Tondo, Manila Neil Perez was such a crowd-pleaser that he elicited the loudest cheers and applause (aside from having the biggest group of supporters) everytime he appeared onstage. And when he started winning special awards left and right (Best in Swimwear, Mister Photogenic, Fitness Challenge Fast-Track plus a string of sponsor awards), there was no question in most everyone’s mind on who will end up as the big winner. The only guess left to be speculated upon was what exact time he will take his spot as Mister International Philippines 2014. It came right about the stroke of midnight.
From hereon now, the Police Officer – a Criminology graduate whose parents finished the same course in college – will be more than just the unofficial poster boy of the PNP (Philippine National Police). He is officially a representative of the country to Mister International 2014 which will take place in Seoul, Korea starting next month.
Just after being announced top winner of Misters of the Philippines 2014 (Photo credit: Jory Rivera/OPMB Worldwide)
Neil during the Top 15 swimwear competition (Photo credit: OPMBWorldwide)
So for those who missed reading his online bio
in full prior to victory, below are his answers to the questions posed by the organizers to all the Misters:
Why did you join Misters of the Philippines?
– Misters of the Philippines pageant can bring additional opportunities for me in terms of exposure which will eventually help me financially. Through this pageant, I can also show to other people that I can do more aside from being a Police Officer.
What is the importance of pageants like Misters of the Philippines in our country today?
– When the pageant still has relevance, their existence in our society is still important. This pageant can provide so many positive things to male participants which can further boost their self confidence.
During the Top 15 Formal Wear competition. (Photo credit: OPMBworldwide)
What is your advocacy? Tell us something about it.
-My main purpose in joining Misters of the Philippines is to promote what I am really passionate about which is healthy living and how it can positively affect others.
What is the best thing about being a Filipino?
– The best thing about being a Filipino is that we are resilient even when faced by tragedies. I am proud to say that we do not easily get affected by negativity that is why Filipinos are known and loved by other nationalities.
What is your ambition in life?
– My ambition in life is to have my own business and at the same time provide for my family and my future. I am a very ambitious person and I think it’s good that you set your goals in life in order for you to fight and survive in this ever changing world.
Mister International Philippines 2014 Neil Perez (middle) with the other winners (left to right): Mister Global Philippines 2014 Joseph Doruelo, Mister Model International Philippines 2014 Adam Davies, Mister Tourism International Philippines 2014 Judah Cohen and 1st Runner-up Nicko dela Cruz (Photo credit: OPMBworldwide)
Good luck in your preparations for Mister International 2014, Neil! By early next month, you’ll be the first to wage battle abroad. Give us more reasons to be proud of you. We know that you will shine bright in Seoul. 😀