A peek into the beginnings of Designer Chan Moya
Maxine Medina wearing Chan Moya
When Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina appeared in that pre-65th Miss Universe photoshoot for Aces & Queens and Mercator wearing the flaming red gown that elicited oohs and aahs from pageant followers, many wondered which designer was responsible for the eye-catching garb. Actually, I already blogged about his name months back when it came out. But this is an extended feature on Christian “Chan” Moya from Batangas.
I had an early exposure at an early age in my home town of San Juan, Batangas. My mom is also a designer. I guess it runs in the blood. Mama Renee Salud is a relative. I usually stayed at our workshop and made comments on my mom’s works, giving suggestions and all but never did it cross my mind to go into fashion designing as a career. I am a registered nurse (local and in the US) and even practiced for 3 years at Asian Hospital in Alabang. I was also able to take masteral units and nearing completion. Then I started missing the work that my mom does so I enrolled and completed several courses at FIP before starting to accept clients one at a time. I met Stylist Patrick Henry and he somehow opened doors for me to dress up beauty queens which started with Miss Tourism Metropolitan International 2016 1st Runner-Up Janela Cuaton that led to the red Maxine Medina gown.
Miss Universe Norway 2014 Elise Dalby, Janela Cuaton and Ferica Medina in Chan Moya
I always go for and find pleasure in designs that are simple yet elegant. And in incorporating my client’s vision with my own taste and aesthetics, I learned to trust my judgment when it comes to designing and thinking out of the box from what I had used to see back in my moms workshop. I make sure that there will always be drama in my works that will capture the audience. I always make sure to deliver the best versions of themselves whenever they wear my creation.
While I may have specialized in women’s fashion and bridal creations, I have also started exploring men’s fashion. Hopefully, I can combine all three in an upcoming project this coming July that will be my grandest as a Fashion Designer so far.
Watch out for more about Chan Moya as he starts creating noise in the fashion scene from here onwards. 🙂
Tonight on ABS-CBN right after GGV (Gandang Gabi Vice), don’t forget to catch the ABS-CBN Primer of Bb. Pilipinas 2017: The Road to the Crown. It will feature all the forty (40) Binibinis during the journey that will culminate in the Coronation Night on April 30. Part of the program will show their out-of-town workshop in Subic as well as some delightful segments on Q&A. It will also include introductory clips about each of them. Below is the teaser.
courtesy of ABS-CBN
Come rain or shine, nothing will stop the parade from hitting the streets around Araneta Center this afternoon!
At exactly 4pm this afternoon, all roads will lead to the Bb. Pilipinas 2017 Grand Parade of Beauties which will start around the Kia Theatre lobby, traverse the streets surrounding the Araneta Center and end at the Gateway Mall Pavilion where a short program will be held.
Be there, come rain or shine! I was informed that the 40 ladies will be wearing – apart from their swimwear – something very nice to wrap around their waistlines to make them look more refreshingly different this year. That’s one interesting detail to look out for.
See you at the parade! 😀
Your Binibini 2 is very serious about winning a Bb. Pilipinas crown this year
“It’s not about how much I want to win, but more about the amount that I can give from winning. I seek to give my full 100% energy and dedication in representing our country, the Philippines, with pride and honor. I don’t perceive winning as the end goal; rather, it is the start of an amazing—and perhaps universal–journey!”
Those are statements given to me by Arienne Louise Calingo when I asked how much she wants to win Bb. Pilipinas. And she is one not to give just the usual reply. Now if you really want to see how seriously spontaneous she can get, the determination to win is even more strong. Her answer can be very targeted. But that’s something that she shared with me in confidence so I’d prefer to skip the part first.
Your #Binibini2 is proud of her linguistic skills – with Thai, Spanish and Arabic as three of the six tongues she can converse in. And she is aware that this can be a good edge if she plays it up the right way. Watch her video below promoting the Miss Photogenic online voting in Thai.
Setting aside her facility in several languages, though, there is still an intense fire in her belly to prove that she is as deserving as everyone else to do well in the finals. She may not be as tall as the rest, but her might can be seen in areas where the others are not as good in. Her expressiveness can be quite reassuring. And when she tips on the smart keys, her overall aura can turn convincing. She walks the walk, just as she talks the talk.
Let’s see how far your #Binibini2 can bring her fight for a crown. In just a little over a week from now, we will know if all her efforts have handsomely paid off. 😉
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach
By now, you will have already read the news item
regarding the alleged complaints of a Brunei-based Filipina businesswoman against Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach during the latter’s visit to Brunei with her boyfriend Marlon Stockinger.
As it is wont to my nature not to give premature judgment on the issue, I decided to post the initial reaction of Jonas Gaffud regarding the matter first:
To those who are reading or have read news about whatever happened in Brunei, stay tuned. We will give our statement soon. Don’t believe everything you read. People love to gossip and spread rumors but we are prepared to answer allegations such as this. Thanks to everyone who always believe in Pia Wurtzbach. ❤❤❤
We have evidence to show that somebody took advantage of Pia.
Angelique has waited long enough. Could 2017 be her winning year in Bb. Pilipinas?
Angelique de Leon is one of two three-peaters in Bb. Pilipinas 2017 (Liezel Ramos is the other one). And from the two years that she was handled by R-L’s Angels, will the move to a bigger camp (Kagandahang Flores
) spell the big difference?
This Binibini has paid her dues quite handsomely from where I stand. From the time that she made a splash in the nationals alongside Aiza Faeldonia, she moved on to take solo flight last year – the time when everyone was expecting her to nail a victory or a good placement at the very least. And she is not lacking in the looks and curves department, just as her English communication skills cannot be taken for granted. Is 2017 the right time for her to finally move up several notches, make Top 15 and possibly go for the jugular with a hard-earned win?
Gut-feel is telling me that this could be her best performing year. But as to what rank, it will all be revealed come April 30. Will the hashtag #AngeliQueen finally be sealed in stone?
Your inputs, dear readers. 🙂