Neil Perez of Tondo wins top plum in Misters of the Philippines 2014

Neil Perez (second from left) with Mister Singapore 2014 Andy Wong, Mister Singapore Organization owner Alan Sim and Mister International 2013 Jose Anmer Paredes of Venezuela ALL PHOTOS BY DREW FRANCISCO

Neil Perez, the 29-year-old police officer from Tondo, Manila, won the Mister International Philippines title during the finals of the Misters of the Philippines 2014 pageant held Sunday, September 7.

He also bagged the lion’s share of special awards, including Best In Swimwear, Mister Photogenic and the Fitness Challenge fast track that earned him an automatic spot in the semi-finals. Neil will represent the country in the Mister International 2014 pageant to be held next month in South Korea.

From left: Joseph Doruelo (Global), Adam Davies (Model International), Neil Perez (International), Judah Cohen (Tourism International) and Nicko dela Cruz (1st runner-up)

Joining him in the winners’ circle are Mister Global Philippines 2014 Joseph Doruelo of Caloocan City (who also won Best in Talent earning him a spot in the semis), Mister Model International 2014 Adam Davis, of the Filipino Community of United Kingdom, Mister Tourism International 2014 Judah Cohen of the Filipino Community of USA and first runner-up Nicko dela Cruz of Sta Cruz, Manila.

Pageant Focus correctly predicted the placements of Neil, Joseph and Judah and a total of 12 out of 15 semi-finalists. Check out the prediction list here.

Completing the Top 9 finalists were: Elvin Tiel of Aklan, Alvin Arranguez of Cebu, Bap Petel of Davao del Sur, and Mark Andrew Baron of Navotas City (who was also fast tracked to the semis for being the fan vote winner). The rest of the Top 15 finalists were: Glenn Suba of San Luis, Pampanga (Fashion fast track winner); Gran Rego Atay of Siquijor; John Israel San Luis of Sta Maria, Bulacan; Alexis Francis Martinez of Mabalacat, Pampanga; Ichin Daclan of Sarangani and Niño Allain De Ocampo of Bocaue, Bulacan.

Edviro Fuentes Jr. of Samar won Best in Festival Costume, while Aklan’s Elvin Tiel was voted by his fellow candidates as Mister Friendship.

The finals night, held at the University of Makati Grand Theater, was hosted by Chico Garcia, Carlos Agassi and Angelee Claudette Delos Reyes. Attending the event were Alan Sim, the owner of Mister Singapore Organisation and Mister International pageant, and reigning Mister International Jose Anmer Paredes and Mister Singapore 2013 Andy Wong.

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