During the Dahican Beach photoshoot at Mati’s Menzi Beach Park and Campsite last September 3, the thirty (30) Official Candidates of Misters 2015 The Pageant had a particularly long day with photographer Khalel Zantillan. The sun was high and mighty. Sunblocks were consumed to the last drop. It was scorching hot. The sand made everyone’s feet reach boiling levels. The waves, while not raging, served its purpose of keeping some of the candidates off-balance. Some of the props took a lot of beating. But through it all, happy and fulfilled faces filled the venue, especially now that the final edits have been released.
I grouped the Misters according to their respective themes above. The over-all title given by Khalel is “Natural Habitat”. I just took the liberty of putting sub-titles for each of them to add a little more oomph.
I hope the images pass your discerning standards because we practically went through a lot of challenges before the day was done.
If you like to see the solo images of all thirty (30), please visit my Facebook page or that of The Image District by Davao-based photographer Khalel Zantillan. 😉
Four of the five male Bodyshots Philippines 2014 candidates during the last Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2014 (Photo credits: stylebible.ph and Dencio Natividad)
Someone in the better know can correct me if I missed someone else, but I counted at least eight (8) candidates of Bodyshots Philippines 2014 who were able to book gigs during the recently-concluded Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2014 at the SMX Convention Center (I was told that there are ten more.). In this post, five of them are guys, namely, Christian Arbasto, Nathan Wilson, Christopher Matecki, Arcel Yambing and Patrick Magtanong. On the distaff side, Eds Agustin was able to join the Eric delos Santos fashion show, just as Jinlyn Talacod and Elle Hollman had theirs. Could this possibly hint us on the running favorites in the ongoing model search? Not a remote assumption since the eventual winners will take to the ramp as a profession.
Two more Bodyshots Philippines 2014 candidates during the last Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2014
And yet, two more Bodyshots Philippines 2014 candidates during the last Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2014
In a model search like Bodyshots Philippines 2014, there is always a side premium given to the freshest and most promising faces. Since the eventual winners will possibly become the next big thing on the local ramp – courtesy of the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines (FDAP) – it is inevitable for the judges and organizers to give way to young upstarts in the modeling scene. But this doesn’t mean that the ones who have already dipped their feet in the water have no chance but to just fill numbers. They simply have to prove more than the next amateur wannabe.
In this year’s roster, there’s more than a handful of possibilities among the forty (40) finalists who are unknown today, but highly-marketable aspirants for the future. Take for example the young ladies in contention. The likes of Hilda Ronato, Aira Inoue, Angelica Bernardo, Jinlyn Talucod and Analita Vizcarra are samples of potentially strong entries who could nail the demands of a fashion model’s life given the right training and exposure. They may still be raw and unpolished, but can be groomed for the more exacting demands of the craft.
Photo credit: Edmund Chua/Fab Manila
Looking at the guys, there are no slim pickings as well. Some of them may still lack the perfect stance and posture to project a more arresting image of their confidence and verve. But actual training and experience will prove to be good teachers in gaining the pluses needed to make them more ramp-savvy. The group of five which includes Patrick Magtanong, Archie Severino, Christopher Matecki, Arcel Yambing and Christian Arbasto should find themselves ahead in the field if they continue to show the promise, aside from having the right attitude for the profession.
Photo credit: Edmund Chua/Fab Manila
Let’s see if these ten (10) hopefuls will live up to my personal expectations. 😉
These are the men vying for the title of Bodyshots Philippines 2014. First off, there are really no quick recall names or faces among the twenty (20) candidates. However, there is a handful of potential winners who could become the next big ramp models in the country.
I am indicating the six (6) guys who caught my eye during yesterday’s Press Presentation now. There is Indian Karan Singhdole, athlete Christian Arbasto, one-half of identical twin brothers Nathan Wilson, cutie hunk Archie Severino, former Manhunt finalist John Marcia and skinhead Rommel Cardiente. One of them could be the winner this year.
My six early favorites