See pageant policeman Neil Perez's Mister International national costume

PROUDLY FILIPINO-MADE. Neil Perez poses with designer Olan Roque during his send-off. Olan is one of the designers of Neil's outfits for the Mister International in Korea. All photos by Alexa Villano/Rappler

PROUDLY FILIPINO-MADE. Neil Perez poses with designer Olan Roque during his send-off. Olan is one of the designers of Neil's outfits for the Mister International in Korea.

All photos by Alexa Villano/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Mister International Philippines 2014 Neil Perez recently presented the national costume and suit he'll be wearing at the Mister International pageant in Seoul, South Korea, set for February 12.

"Sa amin kasi malaki yung lesson [regarding Miss Universe]. Kaya nag-prepare kami nang maigi. Nung nakita namin yung Miss U, nag-prepare nga kami, eto nga yung costume pinakita namin sa inyo –all Filipino designers talaga ang gumawa," Neil said during his send-off at One Esplanade, Tuesday, January 27.

(It was really a big lesson for us [regarding Miss Universe]. That's why we really prepared. When we saw what happened in Miss U – we prepared everything, the costume and suit that we are showing to all of you. Filipino designers made them.) 

Neil's national costume was made by designer Edwin Uy, while Olan Roque did the formal wear.

The country's bet to the Miss Universe, Mary Jean Lastimosa, entered the Top 10 but failed to make it to the Top 5. Many pageant followers criticized the white gown by Colombian designer Alfredo Barraza as being one of the reasons why she didn't make it. Her national costume by the same designer was also controversial. (READ: Stella Araneta defends MJ Lastimosa’s national costume)

Festival-inspired 

"I was inspired by the Dinagyang Festival. I wanted something na medyo smashy nang kaunti (a little)," Edwin said of the costume.

"Its basically formal wear. To my mind, I wanted something printed inside the shirt. Black tuxedo which will suit the personality of our candidate," Olan said of the suit.

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