Hunk cop wins beauty pageant

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 08 2014 11:34 AM | Updated as of Sep 08 2014 07:34 PM

Police officer Mariano Flormata Jr. is the winner in this year’s Misters of the Philippines. He joined the pageant as Neil Perez. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA – A 29-year-old police officer from Tondo won the title of Mister International Philippines on Sunday night.

Mariano Flormata Jr., who joined the Misters of the Philippines pageant as Neil Perez, is a police officer under the Aviation Security Group of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Aside from the Mister International Philippines title, Flormata also won Best in Swimwear, Mister Photogenic and Mister Multidestination, as well as the Mister Unisilver and Mister Informatics sponsored awards.

He is set to represent the Philippines at the Mister International 2014 pageant to be held in Seoul, South Korea next month.

Flormata during the swimwear competition. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com

Nicko Cruz of Sta. Cruz, Manila finished first runner-up. Judah Cohen of the United States received the Mister Tourism International 2014 award, while Adam Davies of the United Kingdom and Joseph Doruelo of Caloocan City bagged Mister Model International and Mister Global Philippines, respectively.

Flormata during the formal wear competition. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com

Flormata, who became an overnight sensation because of his pageant stint, earlier said he hopes to promote the healthy lifestyle of police officers.

The PNP previously said in a statement that it supports Flormata, calling him “an epitome of the true Filipino gentleman.”