Hunk police officer Neil Perez of the Philippines bested 28 other contestants from around the world during the grand finals of the 9th Mister International pageant held at Inter-Burgo Hotel Ballroom in Ansan, South Korea, February 14, 2015.
And as promised to the Fallen 44 before he left for Korea, Perez dedicated his crown to to the Special Action Force commandos who were killed in a clash with armed groups in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, most of which were his batch mates from the Mabalasik Class in 2008.
Perez, whose real name is Mariano Flormata Jr., is a bomb and explosive technician with the PNP Aviation Security group.
For the question and answer portion of the pageant, Perez was asked on his biggest disappointment in life.
He said: “Unang una, ang aking disappointment sa buhay ay ‘yung hindi ko pag-galang sa magulang ko. Ngayon pinagsisihan ko ito dahil isang malaking bagay ang mahalin natin ang ating mga magulang dahil siya ang pangalawang utos ng Diyos para sa ating mga Katoliko.”
Mister Lebanon was named as first runner-up, followed by Czech Republic, Poland and Slovenia.