Last Friday night, Quezon’s Top Model Quest 2016 – the grandest modeling search in the whole Quezon Province – culminated in the selection of its top winners after a big production that transformed the Quezon Convention Center into a runway venue. Early favorites Ian Anthony Tan and Charisse Gutierrez were named as the best questors from a field of forty candidates. They were followed by First Runners-Up Jush Rosales and Yzabelle Gonzaga Urdaneta, and Second Runners-Up Ali Mohammad Imran and Aira Elloso. The other questors who were named in the magic circle are 3rd Runners-Up Ramil Permigones and Melofe Gaa with 4th Runners-Up Nhiel Borja and Vanessa Sumocol.
It was a starry night with the world-class performance of Asia’s Got Talent winners El Gamma Penumbra opening the show (with a second act done towards the announcement of winners) and the presence of a judging panel headed by Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa alongside Bb. Pilipinas International 2015 Janicel Lubina, Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 2 Runner-Up Jodilly Pendre, Designer Albert Andrada, Mister World 2012 1st Runner-Up Amdrew Wolff, FDAP President Digna Rosales, top male model Kirst Viray, ABS-CBN’s Mario Dumaual, GMA-7’s Lhar Santiago and yours truly. Hosts were ABS-CBN’s Robi Domingo and Miss Philippines Earth 2013 Angelee delos Reyes.
The designers who lent their creations deserve to be cited as well – Edwin Uy, Sony Boy Mindo, Dave Lee Aguirre Reyes and the Pegarro Swim/Pegarro Men duo of Julius Jaguio & Domz Ramos.
What made the whole proceedings extra special for your blogger is the selection of a Miss Model of Beauty (Yzabelle Gonzaga Urdaneta) and the very special award of Mister Model Gentleman which automatically makes the recipient the 1st Official Candidate of the upcoming Gentlemen of the Philippines 2016. He is half Pinoy-half Pakistani Ali Mohammad Imran of Lucena City who was awarded by Honorary Gentleman himself Reniel Villareal.
All in all, Quezon’s Top Model Quest 2016 was a resounding success. It is a production fit for a national finals. And I can only say kudos to Mr. Jaylo Pizarra, CEO of JOP/Galaxy Production and Events Management plus his hardworking team of professionals who made everything possible.
Congratulations to all the winners and the first Official Candidate of Gentlemen of the Philippines 2016!