Chat Almarvez wins the Super Model of the World Philippines 2009!!!
NOTE: CHAT WENT ON TO WIN 1ST RUNNER-UP IN THE SUPERMODEL OF THE WORLD CONTEST IN BRAZIL! CLICK HERE TO READ THE STORY…
Congratulations and warm warm hugs to Charlene “CHAT” Louise Alagon Almarvez, the female skyscraper who won the right to represent the Philippines in the Super Model of the World competition which takes place in the US Brazil this January. (If anyone can tell me what her last name is, please drop me a note in the comment section!) (Thanks to Aina and Karl for Chat’s complete name!) Although I prefer the build-up of excitement in traditional beauty pageants, I enjoyed the laid-back presentation of haute couture and the heart-felt speeches given by the organizers Joey Espino of Runway Productions’ and Katie Ford of Ford Models.
Joey Espino, who started his career as a talent scout and choreographer, talked about how his dream came true – making it BIG in the fashion industry. If I wasn’t mistaken, Joey got a bit teary-eyed at one point of his speech but was able to keep his emotions in check. I remember working with Joey Espino in several fashion shows – he was (and still is) small but terrible!!! All the models, even the senior ones would do their best NOT to get his knickers in a twist or else they’d never hear the end of it. But we ALL loved him because behind that tough veneer was a soft heart.
Joey, together with his brother Audie Espino are the moving forces behind Philippine Fashion Week and the Super Model Philippines franchise.
Katie Ford, whose parents founded the famous Ford Models, shared her passion too – the fight against Human Trafficking, also known as SLAVERY. The Philippines, she said, was the third largest “supplier” of migrant workers and therefore is vulnerable to such abuse. Katie Ford also talked in great length about Visayan Forum, a group that helps people who have suffered in the hands of unscrupulous “employers”. This is an issue that is also close to my heart; I treat my house-helpers like family and have even rescued a few girls from bad situations.
Congratulations to Katie Ford and Joey and Audie Espino and the team behind Runway Productions for a VERY successful Super Model of the World Philippines 2009 presentation at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia on October 23, 2009!!!
Here are photos of the presentation, I hope you enjoy them!