The Professional Models Association of the Philippines(PMAP) recently celebrated their 25th year anniversary with a Grand Reunion at the Marriott Hotel in Newport City. It was a celebration of a quarter century on top of the modeling industry featuring the country’s top models of the last 25 years as well as the models who will continue to be the apogee of fashion in the years to come. The event, dubbed as the fashion event of the year, is a testament that will define the hallmark of Philippine fashion industry and modeling.
The past, present and future of professional modeling in the Philippines on one stage at the PMAP’s 25th Anniversary.
PMAP takes pride for being the only non-profit organization established by models and run by models in the country. The organization has continued to aspire in protecting, uplifting, and professionalizing the modeling industry, as well as highlighting the best that the country has to offer. Putting the spotlight on the amassed triumph of the organization and its affiliates, a fashion show evincing PMAP’s next generation of models and designers, as heralds of said proclamation, will be the paramount spectacle on this regal night.
PMAP’s future generation of models walked on the runway wearing the designs of the celebrated Filipino designers.
Celebrated director Jackie Aquino directed this premiere event. Designers includes: Eric delos Santos, Jerome Salaya Ang, Pablo Cabahug, Joel Escober, Chris Diaz, Maureen Disini, Vania Romoff, Christel Yulo, Martin Bautista, Mark Tamayo and Niño Angeles. PMAP’s future models includes Kara Gozali, Ann Abesamis, Jairus Ferrer, Sam Adjani, Miko Raval and a long list of talented Filipina and Filipino models.
One of the segment in the fashion show featuring the menswear collection of Niño Angeles worn by PMAP models.
Combining glamour, style and creative innovation, the event also showcased a photo exhibit unveiling the beauty of Filipinos and Filipinas across generations by top photographer Jun de Leon together with his team; Jim and Miguel de Leon also known as the Three Visions. The exhibit features PMAP best and internationally recognized models: Tweetie de Leon-Gonzales, Apples Aberin, Wilma Doesnt, Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, Ornussa Cadness, Marina Benipayo and more.
PMAP’s current president, Phoemela Baranda, is also featured in the photo exhibit at the Lobby of Marriott Hotel.
Established on February 11, 1987, PMAP aims to “uplift, protect and professionalize the modeling industry in the Philippines, and to develop and stabilize, national and international awareness, participation, involvement and competition, in the field of modeling.” Contrary to some beliefs, PMAP is not an agency, but a cross between an association and a union of models. Despite the many controversial stands it has taken through the years of its existence, PMAP has managed to survive, strongly united to protect its members from those who sought to undermine their rights.
Joining Phoemela Baranda in the current PMAP Board are: Mikaela Lagdameo-Martinez (Vice President), Mia Ayesa (Secretary), Raphael Kiefer (Disciplinary Officer), Angel Agustin (Treasurer), Ornusa Cadness (Public Relations), Sanya Smith (Special Projects) and Kara Gozali (Junior Board).
SUPERMODELS. Ford’s Supermodel of the World Danica Magpantay wears an Eric delos Santos creation while former PMAP President Tweetie de Leon-Gonzales wears a gown made by Patrice Ramos-Diaz.
THE NEW BREEDS. This is what PMAP’s new breed of male models wears off the runway Sam Adjani, Miko Raval and Vince Velasco.
EDITORS-ON-DUTY. Cosmopolitan’s Editrix Myzra Sison wears an Eric delos Santos creation and a cuff by Joyce Makitalo. MadHouse MNL’s intern and a fashion blogger Firas Abboud wears a Roccobarocco suit. Preview Magazine’s editor Eunice Lucero wears a gown made by Mark Tamayo.
BNW. Tim Yap wears a suit made by Francis Libiran, on the background is Cristalle Belo. Mother-and-son tandem, Tessie and JP Singson.
[On JP: jacket by Margiela, CDG shirt, Bruno Pieters trousers and ACNE shoes. On Tessie: jacket and trousers by Jil Sanders, another jacket and a shirt by Izzue, shoes by Rad Hourani and a Neil Barren clutch.]
AND IT’S BLACK. PMAP’s Aya Abesamis wears a gown by Mark Tamayo. Designer Herbert Custodio wearing his own creation. Lifestyle blogger and stylist Jenni Epperson wears a black kaftan from Ramp Crossings and a Louis Vuitton clutch.
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PMAP celebrates 25 Years with a Grand Reunion at Marriott Hotel