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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Asia’s Next Top Model 2nd Cycle -phase 1 search for Filipina model to represent the Philippines

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Aug 9, 2013 – I have my own favorite of models whenever I attend and cover fashion events, I start to look for my top fave female models, and also male models, Its weird that I like male models too, but that’s for fashion ramp photography for my blog and I’m just amazed that some models are fit into the right style when it comes to their physical and natural features. The Filipino models are top notch and there are a lot of proof already that Pinoy and Pinay models stand out whenever they go head to head with other foreign models, thanks to these reality tv series and contest like the America’s Next Top Model show that inspires many people on how to fulfill their dreams to be a model up to a top notch model. I sometimes watch this reality show whenever I caught this airing in cable tv, and it’s a good educational material for models and also photographers to learn on how things work behind the curtain in the modeling industry.


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From its Asian version, the Asia’s Next Top Model 2013 just finished last February 2013, that’s the 1st Cycle (or season 1 of the reality tv show) and we are so proud that we have a Filipina model named Stephanie Retuya that won 2nd place and according to this news in GMA NEWS, she’s a mom at 23 years old, and doing part time in modeling for 2 years and never been outside the country to travel or do gigs ever since, and look at her now, she landed 2nd place and almost won the grand prize and now going some gigs as an international model.

Now fast forward to 6 months after the airing of the 1st cycle, the people and production behind Asia’s Next Top Model announced that they are now preparing for the 2nd cycle of the reality tv model search here in Asia, and then last August 9, 2013, the 1st phase just started here in Hyve club, in W Global Center, Bonifacio Global City, they organized a go-see session to search for the best female model to represent the Philippines. Only one model will be selected and will fly overseas to compete with other participants from Asian countries. (but according to the producers, there might be a possibility that one country can have 2 representative)

It will be a long month of search to get one participant each coming from Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, China, Vietnam and Philippines. They will start shoot the episode after the model search and most episodes will be done in Singapore, and expect that some episode will be shot here too in the Philippines.

The next target date of the premiere of Asia’s Next Top Model 2nd Cycle is on January 8, 2014 and that will be aired here in Star World. One winner will walk the ramp taking home a $100k SG cash prize, a new car and a modeling contract.

Let’s cross our fingers once more and hope that a rep. from the Philippines will bag the 1st place for the 2nd cycle of Asia’s Next Top Model.

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I got invited to have an interview with Joey Mead, one of the judges of Asia’s Next Top Model,but I received a news that day that she can’t make it for the go-see event and also interview with the media and bloggers. Fox International Channel group organized instead of an interview with Fox International Channel territory head Jude Tuarcuato and Eddy Tan, one of the producers of Asia’s Next Top Model.

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Jude Turcuato of Fox International and Eddy Tan of Asia's Next Top Model production meet us after a session of go-see with pinay model applicants, as I enter the venue, I spotted lots of beautiful pinay models waiting outside, all dressed up nicely, they are tall and got the Asia’s Next Top Model complex, but according to Eddy Tan, all models will cross a live interview them, answering some questions and all of it are video recorded for review. Model applicants should be between 16-27 years old and come from the Philippines, at least 170cm tall and strike a fierce pose.

Eddy Tan mentioned that they are looking for model to represent their own country, that has a great smile, attitude and with a drama in their life, something that can tell a story that will make an interesting approach for tv viewers. Bec. it’s a reality tv show, everyone who is part of the show should bring their own story.

I also learned that each selected participant will go psychological test.

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I asked a question to Mr. Eddy Tan if they allow any body modification from a model application or participant, like a boob job or facial lift or any cosmetic surgery. Eddy said that if the cosmetic modification really fits on the model participant and has a body curve and well presented, there won’t be a problem from them if a model got a nice boob job for the competition.

I also asked a question too for Jude Tuarcuato about any possibility for another set of production inspired from the America’s next top model for males, he said that if that in the American version is already successful but it will take more seasons of the show in order to have an Asian counter part. It will depend on the decision of the Asian production but still its possible.

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“As for Fox Intl Channel’s role, We're trying to localize everything and promote the show locally like the last season. “ - Jude Tuarcuato

“I have met so many Filipina model participants, all of them are very good, each has their own personality and a story to tell. The show will teach each participant on how to be a model and this will help them change themselves by using all those new knowledge from the show.” – Eddy Tan

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After the interview session, they invited us to view a mock up interview with a pinay model applicant for Asia’s Next Top Model 2nd Cycle go-see

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here’s a participant that showed up and she introduced her to the go-see interview – Jude, Eddy and another guy from the production.

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The mock up interview looks real and even if the girl do all crazy things infront of them just to show off their real personality, the panelist are focus on the interview and carry on the next phase.


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they are so serious ha…

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here are some of the scenes…. the girl answered some questions coming from the panelist. Everything is recorded and the interview is in English.

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I got surprised here that the girl took off her shirt and showed her body wearing a part of a bikini, she told the panelist that she’s game in anything.

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That’s me at the W Global Center going up to Hyve
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inside the lobby of Hyve

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Azrael Coladilla is the blogger of Azrael's Merryland. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is a full time blogger and photographer and freelance events organizer, social media specialist and marketing consultant. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves traveling, eating, watch movies, meet new people, photography and collects Transformers toys.


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