Misters of Filipinas 2016 officially launched

Prime Events Productions Philippines Foundation Inc (PEPPS) formally launched Misters of Filipinas 2016 in front of partners, sponsors and the media last April 22 at House Manila, Remington Hotel in Pasay City.

Carlo Morris Galang, president and CEO od PEPPS, said the trade launch was held to show that “we are one pageant, one team and one advocacy.”

The titles at stake for this year’s competition are: Mister Globe Philippines, Man of the Year Philippines, Manhunt International Philippines, Mister International Philippines and Man of the World Philippines.

PEPPS president Carlo Morris Galang

Karan Singhdole (Man of the Year Philippine 2015), Don McGyver Cochico (Manhunt Philippines 2015), AR Dela Serna (Misters 2015 first runner-up), Nicko Dela Cruz (Misters 2014 first runner-up) and Christian Mark Galang (Mister Asia Philippines 2014) were present in the event.

PEPPS, through its director for legal affairs Richard Montoya, also clarified certain issues facing the organization.

A fashion show and party titled Midsummer Night followed the launch. The show featured the Resorts World Manila Collections as well as the creations of Outkast Paradigm, San Diego Fab, Xioti Chiu, Jacob Casem, Bobby Galang, Santino Rivera and Olan Roque.

Philippines to host 10th Mister International pageant

Neil Perez after being announced as the new Mister International during the pageant held in Korea earlier this year

Neil Perez, the first Filipino to win the Mister International title, will be crowning his successor in his homeland.

The Philippines will be hosting the 10th Mister International pageant on November 28. The announcement was made on the pageant’s official Facebook page on Wednesday, May 20th.

“With strong support from the many pageant fans, the Philippines has become internationally recognized for its outstanding accomplishments in the pageant industry,” Alan Sim, Mister International Organization president, said in a statement. “Philippines is a symbol of success and holding the Mister International pageant here will amplify its reputation as a worlld showcase country for pageants.”

The country is “ready to set the stage for this glamorous event, and we look forward to showing the contestants the exciting and vibrant culture of our beautiful country,” said Carlo Morris Galang of Prime Event Productions Philippines Foundation (PEPPS), the same organization that produces the search for the next Mister International Philippines.

Nearly 50 candidates from around the world are expected to compete in the pageant’s 2015 edition. They will be judged in three categories: swimwear, evening wear and interview.

Philippines’ Neil Perez cops Mister International title

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Police officier Neil Perez was declared as the 9th Mister International during the finals night held Saturday, February 14, in Seoul, South Korea. He is the first from the Philippines to win the title.

First runner up was Lebanon’s Rabih El Zein, 2nd runner up was Czech Republic’s Tomáš Dumbrovský, 3rd was Poland’s Rafał Maślak, and 4th was Slovenia’s Mitja Nadizar.

Perez, who dedicated his win to the 44 members of the PNP-Special Action Force who recently perished in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, went all Filipino in the competition. His Dinagyang-inspired national costume was designed by Edwin Uy while his formal wear was from Olan Roque. He also chose to answer the final question in Filipino.

The top 10 finalists were: Brazil’s Matheus Martins, Japan’s Masakazu Hashimoto, Korea’s Youngho Park, Mexico’s Alejandro Valencia and Thailand’s Vittawat Srikes.

Completing the Top 15 semifinalists were: Colombia’s David Angel, Guam’s Richard Johnson, Indonesia’s Kevin Hendrawan, Myanmar’s Aung Chan Mya and Puerto Rico’s Christian Ortíz.

Mr Colombia was named Mister Congeniality, while Mr Korea was named as the Most Stylish. Mr Japan was awarded Mr Photogenic while the Best in National Costume Award went to China’s Shi Yu Quan. Mr Poland won the Missosology People’s Choice Award after topping the pageant website’s online poll.

Videos and photos from Missosology

Mr International 2014-15: Fearless predictions

After postponements, withdrawals, and financial issues that rocked the organization, the 9th Mister International pageant will finally have its 2014-15 winner tonight.

A total of 29 contestants from around the world will battle it out in the annual pageant in hopes of being declared the world’s “distinctively handsome” gentleman. After careful scrutiny, here is my final predictions:

Mister International: Czech Republic
1st runner-up: Mexico
10968409_1047848558564741_962795169643626681_n2nd runner-up: Philippines
10984081_1047848618564735_4161094678010878021_n3rd runner-up: Lebanon
65786_1047848488564748_7538855795996504399_n4th runner-up: Poland

Top 10

6: Brazil
7: Slovenia
8: Colombia
9: Japan
10: Korea

Top 15

11: Indonesia
12: Thailand
13: Turkey
14: Sri Lanka
15: Singapore

‘Mamang Pulis’ Neil Perez is ready for Mr International

10940562_395467750634133_1296761452772194395_nPolice officer and Mister Philippines titleholder Neil Perez is now on his way to Seoul, South Korea to compete in the 9th edition of the Mister International pageant.

All set for the competition, Neil has been hitting the gym regularly to keep his body on top shape.

He will also go all-Filipino with his wardrobe for the pageant. His formal wear was designed by Olan Roque, while he will be showcasing a Dinagyang-inspired costume by Edwin Uy.

Neil also intends to speak in the native language and use an interpreter should he make it to the Q&A round of the competition.

People’s Choice Poll
You may also show your support to Neil by voting for him on the official Mister International People’s Choice Poll, organized by pageant website Missosology. Click here to VOTE. As of press time, Neil is leading the poll with 31% of total votes cast.

The finals will be held on February 12.

Photos: Fab Philippines FB page

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.

More photos from the event below:



Misters of the Philippines 2014: Final Review and Fearless Prediction

Tonight, four new ‘kings’ will be crowned at the conclusion of this year’s most awaited male pageant in the country, Misters of the Philippines 2014. But before that, let me present my final review on some of this year’s candidates.

Last Wednesday, I fortunate to have witnessed the pre-pageant competition. That has help a lot in separating the men from the boys, the front-runners from the underdogs.

EAT OUR DUST. The front-runners, the leaders, the potential winners – these guys lived up to the hype and are expected to battle it out for the the four titles at stake.

CaloocanCALOOCAN CITY – Joseph Doruelo
I said this before, I’ll say it once more: Joseph has one of the best faces in the competition. He’s got it all – looks, body and the brain. He could be sexy in his trunks and dashing in his suit. He is one of the most prepared candidates. One can’t deny that Joseph is in the game to win the game.

NavotasNAVOTAS CITY – Mark Andrew Baron
A real contender stands out, no matter how hard you try to ignore him. This rings true for Mark Andrew who managed to prove his mettle as the pageant progressed. He may not be the very manly handsome type of guy, but his cuteness and magnetic aura makes him standout.

SaranganiSARANGANI – Ichin Daclan
Ichin’s modeling and pageant experience and his good physique are his greatest advantages. One can’t deny that this man is in the game to win the game. He is so much prepared for this. Height might play a disadvatage, but who cares? He is bankable.

TondoTONDO, MANILA – Neil Perez
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.

Drop-dead gorgeous is the best phrase to describe Adam. He boasts of a well-sculpted body and towering height. He excudes so much charisma and natural sexiness that are just hard to ignore. He is the most marketable among the candidates because of his looks. Ragged or formal, he remains exquisitely handsome.

WAIT ‘TIL WE HIT THE STAGE. No heavy favorites, always in the safe zone, but these guys could definitely give the front-liners a run for their money.

AklanAKLAN- Elvin Tiel
As the first guy to come up on stage, Elvin surely sets the bar high! With a good body and tantalizing stares, he will definitely be there in the semis. He is the competition’s silent killer.

BocaueBOCAUE, BULACAN – Niño Allain De Ocampo
With his youthful aura and pretty face, Allain surely makes heads turn. He may not be as heavily favored as the others but his consistency makes him a strong contender.

CompostelaCOMPOSTELA VALLEY – Mario Esquierdo Jr.
The proud pedicab driver is surely one of the faces to watch out for in the finals. He is very attractive and exudes so much positive aura. He also commands attention on the catwalk. He is peaking at the right time in the competition.

Sta CruzSTA. CRUZ, MANILA – Nicko Dela Cruz
Nicko has a very sexy face, the body and the height advantage. His experience in modeling surely polished his walk because he was breezing through both swimwear and formal wear rounds in the pre-pageant. She has all the goods and could make the cut.

THE VULNERABLE. Much were expected of these guys but they were hits-and-misses throughout the competition. They still have potential to place, but need to work on their weaknesses.

CebuCEBU – Alvin Arranguez
Admit it, Alvin didn’t live up to pre-arrival expectations. He is tall, has a charming face but lacking in winning aura. At the moment, she is being overshadowed by stronger candidates. I don’t see a back-to-back victory for Cebu this year.

Davao del SurDAVAO DEL SUR – Bap Nograles Petel
Bap has the height advantage but his downfall is his not-so-pageant-ready body. He also needs to loosen up a bit in the formal wear, as he seems a bit stiff on stage. Nevertheless, he easily gets noticed when side-by-side the rest of the candidates.

San LuisSAN LUIS, PAMPANGA – Glenn Suba
Glenn was one of the early favorites during pre-arrivals, but his absence during the press presentation surely played to his disadvantage. Even during the pre-pageant competition, he was lackluster and just drowns when beside the others. He needs to bring more energy on stage.

He has the face, the height and the communication skills, add to that an impressive academic and corporate background. He was among the Top 5 Best in Swimwear, but I seriously think Judah needs to hit the gym ASAP.

NOT OVER ‘TIL IT’S OVER. The underrated boys in the competition who could be pleasant surprises come finals.

MabalacatMABALACAT, PAMPANGA- Alexis Francis Martinez
Tall with a nice body frame and a winsome smile, one would easily get smitten by Alexis’ charm. Not among the most talked about candidates, but could easily pull off an upset tonight.

PaombongPAOMBONG, BULACAN – Bernard Joseph Sumera
He was ignored at first because he didn’t have the facial advantage. But when Bernard hit the stage and started to showcase his dancing prowess, I started to notice this guy. He needs to add more fire to his presentation on stage to boost his chances.

SemiraraSEMIRARA ISLAND- Dennis Montero
Dennis may not have the face of a debonair, but he has a body of desire that will surely command your attention. Surprisingly, he gave a good performance during the pre-pageant.

 After much contemplattion, here’s my FINAL PREDICTION for tonight:


Mister International Philippines: TONDO, MANILA – Neil Perez

Mister Global: CALOOCAN CITY – Joseph Doruelo
Mister Model International: UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN – Adam Davies
Mister Tourism International: STA. CRUZ, MANILA – Nicko Dela Cruz

5: SARANGANI – Ichin Daclan
6: NAVOTAS CITY – Mark Andrew Baron
7: AKLAN- Elvin Tiel
8: BOCAUE, BULACAN – Niño Allain De Ocampo
9: COMPOSTELA VALLEY – Mario Esquierdo Jr.
11: MABALACAT, PAMPANGA- Alexis Francis Martinez
12: PAOMBONG, BULACAN – Bernard Joseph Sumera
13: CEBU – Alvin Arranguez
14: DAVAO DEL SUR – Bap Nograles Petel


Photographs from Misters of the Philippines website and FabPhilippines FB page

Misters of the Philippines 2014: Top 10 best bodies

The judges' picks: Best in Swimwear
The judges’ picks: Best in Swimwear

Misters Caloocan City, Tondo Manila, Saranggani, USA and Great Britain emerged as the judges’ Top 5 Best in Swimwear at the conclusion of the Misters of the Philippines 2014 Fitness in Swimwear competition held last Friday at Club Balai Isabel in Talisay City, Batangas.

While I respect the judges’ decision, I believe there are some other guys who deserve to be noticed for their pageant-ready bodies. Here is my list of the Top 10 Best Bodies in the competition:

Bocaue, Bulacan
10. Bocaue, Bulacan
Navotas City
9. Navotas City
Ilocos Norte
8. Ilocos Norte
Semirara Island
7. Semirara Island
Santa Cruz, Manila
6. Santa Cruz, Manila
Caloocan City
5. Caloocan City
4. Bukidnon
3. Saranggani
Great Britain
2. Great Britain
Tondo, Manila
1. Tondo, Manila

Photographs: Events2images FB page

Misters of the Philippines 2014: 10 favorite Festival Costumes

The judges’ picks

The Festival Costume Competition of Misters of the Philippines 2014 was held last Sunday in Fisher Mall, Quezon City.

After the presentation, Misters Batangas, Navotas, Samar, Quezon City and Tondo were named Top 5 Best in Costume by the judges. The winner will be announced during the finals on September 7.

After seeing all the candidates’ photos, I chose my 10 favorite costumes in random order. My criteria includes creativity, the cultural relevance of the costume to the candidates’ hometown and the wow factor.

Santa Cruz, Manila
Santa Cruz, Manila
Quezon City
Quezon City
Davao City
Davao City
Tondo, Manila
Tondo, Manila
Caloocan City
9. Caloocan City


San Luis, Pampanga
San Luis, Pampanga
Compostela Valley
Compostela Valley

Photos from Events2images and Misters of the Philippines official FB pages