At the TRESemme Runway Ready Backstage Fashion Show Year 2 last Wednesday at the Sofitel Harbour Garden Tent, three (3) designers – Rajo Laurel, Francis Libiran and Rhett Eala – plus three (3) hair professionals – Jing Monis, Lourd Ramos and Victor Ortega – presented their latest collections and hair stylings, respectively.
In particular, Rhett Eala’s segment was interesting because five (5) of his models on the runway are very familiar faces to all of us here. There are Bb. Pilipinas 2015 Official Candidates Kylie Verzosa, Anja-Vanessa Peter and Alaiza Malinao. You can also add to them two (2) of the three (3) Philippine contenders in the currently-running Asia’s Next Top Model Season 3 – Monika Sta. Maria and Franchesca Lagua.
Check out their pictures below courtesy of Bruce Casanova.
Monika Sta. Maria
Aimee, Monika, Franchesca and Amanda enjoy Boracay outside of the show
You’d think that just because they took part in a TV reality search, lasting friendships cannot be genuinely formed. But not in the case of these Asia’s Next Top Models Season 3 contenders.
Monika Sta. Maria, Franchesca Lagua and Amanda Chan – all Filipinas – together with Aimee Rose Cheng-Bradshaw from Singapore are spending the long Labor Day weekend in Boracay where they continued their being best buddies long after filming of the 3rd season of the modeling search was over. Of course, we’re still approaching the halfway mark on cable TV and only one of them has been eliminated so far (Franchesca). Be that as it may, the four ladies have formed a strong bond among themselves and are now like true sisters.
By the time all ladies return to their normal lives by Tuesday, the good times may no longer be in full swing. The ties they have linked in between will remain tight, however.
And my lips are super-tightly sealed as to who the eventual winner of Season 3 really is. 😉
These ladies have gotten real close during the taping of the show and after
Monika Sta. Maria got best photo again for Week 5
While Franchesca Lagua becomes the first Filipina casualty in the show
Since Asia’s Next Top Model S3 is a competition with only one winner in the end, weekly eliminations are inevitable. And it was only a matter of time before the first of three (3) Filipinas in the show will be shown the exit door. Episode 5 became the curtain call of Franchesca Lagua, the first to be booted out from Team Philippines.
And while another Filipina – Monika Sta. Maria – continues to slay the others by winning Best Photo for the second consecutive week, the removal of a best friend has left her in tears.
This episode was all about close-up shots and somehow, the catalogue-ish appeal of Franchesca spelled doom for her right from the start of the hour. In the end, she was actually in the bottom two together with another Filipina, Amanda. The latter, however, showed guest judge Daniel Mananta her true anger (which the Indonesian celebrity was forcing out of her in an earlier challenge) that pushed the utterance of the ‘F’ word while she was unleashing a mouthful. Interestingly, that reaction saved her from getting the ax.
In anger, Amanda (right) mentioned the 'F' word while bursting out in anger at the judges. It worked in her favor as Franchesca (left) was left out in the cold.
Episode 6 will be about running out of luck and having an age crisis. As to which girls these phrases will be attributed to, you’ll need to watch tonight. 😉
Below is a teaser of the next.
courtesy of AsNTM
If you want to watch the entire episode, click HERE.
You may have already watched all the first four (4) episodes of Asia’s Next Top Model Season 3 on Star World (or other sources if you don’t receive this channel in your cable line-up) so far. Here now are some “quickie” videos about the show and some of its contestants that may have escaped your viewing pleasure. Amanda of the Philippines is particularly fun to look at and listen to in a few of them.
Click them now.
All videos courtesy of the YouTube channel of Asia’s Next Top Model Season 3.
courtesy of ABC-CBN News
Shareeta of Malaysia was the first to be eliminated
Did you watch the Global Premiere of Asia’s Next Top Model Season 3
last night? I wanted to post a vid of the same, but it is still unavailable online. I’m just glad that the show has returned to Singapore. The Lion City gives it a more dynamic feel, unlike Season 2 in Malaysia which somehow stepped back in overall appeal.
At any rate, the three (3) Filipina contenders in the series – Monika Sta. Maria, Amanda Chan and Franchesca Lagua – are starting to show a lot of promise. Monika, in particular, has already impressed host Georgina Wilson and mentor Joey Mead-King so far. In my opinion, she could do very well in the long stretch, alongside Barbara Akemi Katsuki of Japan and possibly Ayu Gani of Indonesia.
Watch out for next week’s K-Pop-inspired episode. 😉