America's Next Top Model Cycle 19 on ETC!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

School starts in the US but these ladies are suiting up for different reasons as America's Next Top Model Cycle 19 premiers August 29, 2012 for the "College Edition". Watch as 13 ladies from different parts of the US ages 18-23 strut it out on the runway in the hopes of becoming the next winner of this season.

Who will win the fashion spread of a leading magazine, 100,000 dollars and an exclusive modeling contract from one of the most reputable agencies in the world? We still don't know but we should always should stay tuned as Tyra Banks, Kelly Cutrone, and Rob Evans choose who's in it or out of it plus see how you fit into the puzzle as popular Filipino blogger Bryanboy gets to be the Social Media correspondent and gets the say of the people as a fourth judge, isn't that amazing?

America's Next Top Model Cycle 19 will air on ETC at 8PM sharp! Don't you dare miss it!

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8 Artists x Bench x Dimensione x Secret Fresh x Magis

Art is subjective, and so is interior design. Honestly, I'm not an expert on the subject because my standards are pretty high. When I see something nice it'll have the credit its due but in all the right places; it must be special. That's why I always want to be in Dimensione. They've literally given us a choice and a taste of what modern European aesthetic is.

Now this "Wonder Puppy" over here has been an iconic piece for Magis and they did a spin on it via the artists listed above. We have very talented people; and seeing our work instilled on pieces like this would just be proper. The artists themselves believe that this has been a great collaboration between them, Dimensione, Secret Fresh and Magis. We were up for a big surprise later on. I even saw some interesting items on the store so I had to take tons of photos!

These are actually chairs. Pretty cool stuff if you had this on your garden or maybe on your own room. It has this psychedelic vibe.

For people who love cats, isn't this a neat bunch? :) I already want one hehe

This I gotta have! It's uber cute and you have to sit on top of him which surprisingly is comfortable. I thought it was gonna be awkward but no!

I love the transparent pieces too that look like glass. Some of them (MAGIS brand from Italy) you can only find at their store.

These are stunning pieces all available at Dimensione in Bonifacio High Street and who couldn't resist looking at those accent/big pieces that's all made of plastic. Aren't they just cute? Plus this ladder looking storage cabinets look really good, I'd want to have some on my home.

 I also met some of my favorite Fashion blogger friends. Of course some of us had fun in the space too because the chairs were really awesome!

That's besties Jacob of and Angel of on the great spinning top chair. You can tell they were having fun!

Arnie of, Ana of, Raiza of, Paul of and Paxieness of That was a mouthfull LOL!

She's April (sorry I don't know her blog), Hezron of, Jacky of, Angel and Jacob again, Verge of and the lovely Rovie of I'll have to really get to memorize their names after this post hehe. (More photos here)

Back to the event, Patty Laurel hosted. She's so simple and nice no? I should have talked to her but she was busy doing this gig. She also introduced people from Magis and Secret Fresh.

They very much explained the brand and how the collaboration came up. They tapped esteemed artists from around the country just so they could get different looks. Imagine how they jazzed up the ordinary white puppy!

When the curtains came up there was a huge display of the puppies! Imagine the smile on everybody's faces when we saw the artworks! Each piece is also for sale, and I think there are some more in their store. You should definitely get a hold of these!

This is the Magis Wonder Puppy which is made into "The Anti -Monochrome Puppy" by Tripp 63. He's a self taught artist. His previous work and art pieces involved graffiti and spray painting. Colorful eh?

This one is from Electrolychee. I hope you can still see the etchings on the puppy itself. It's quite nice since he drawed inspiration from agimat, or charms via computer generated vector art. It's quite symbolic in execution. You should see the details personally the photo just won't do justice. This one is entitled "Upong Otso Singkwenta Lamang"

This gorgeous one is called "Sta.Cruz" by Wesley Valenzuela. This is his homage to the Philippine Jeepney and his hometown Sta. Cruz in Manila. He does mixed media and a lot of things on his artwork. We'll need an encyclopedia to discuss what he's done lately but you get it right? Isn't this nice? :)

Shiny and galactic this piece is entitled "The Green Guardian" by Farley Del Rosario. He's won awards and had some of his work featured abroad. No doubt this was one of the nicest pieces I've seen in the event. Maybe this implies the planet we live in and this hero will probably be protecting it. Nice eh?

 I saw this lady in high heels come in while the event started, I didn't know she was the artist who made this whimsical piece that's got toy soldiers all around it. It was really nice to look at and you won't see the soldiers when you're far looking at it like this. You need to look closely and know the reason why she named it "Rally". Mimi Tecson is into art crafts and had made pieces that had symbolism and sentimental value for her. She's done a lot of reconstructive ones that made her work a bit fancy. Isn't this nice? =)

Among all the pieces I loved this monsterized piece by Nemo Aguila. He's done several pieces in the past and he's doing a lot on this style. Shocking, very unique and quite astounding. I love the eyes and the mouth on front and on both sides. He called this one "Ponkan". It's funny, weird and I like it!

This one was made by Whoop. As you can see it's quite a piece for women and children. It's soft and the color palette followed a group that's totally different I could imagine teletubbies would love this. It would be perfect for a kids or maybe a babies room right? Whoop loves pastels, candies and things on this genre. It's definitely an eye catcher now.

They say you can never go wrong with re-interpretation if you did something from the ground up, so this piece made of the same wood Sto. Nino's are made of was designed by Janus Design Studios. They call this "Stray" which appropriately stands for going out of the line, or going out of the box. I guess they proved their point and got this awesome woodsy art piece that was in the center of it all. They had a fan club when the exhibit opened too! =)

Here are the artists and the birthday boy himself Mr. Ben Chan! Congratulations on the Magis Wonder Puppy - Secret Fresh and Dimensione collaboration! This truly spelled a great meeting of minds and talent. This is what you call success!

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PS I swear this could have been the time I would meet Ms Daphne, but she was stuck in traffic in South Superhighway and didn't get to the event. Hopefully soon! :)


Second Artista Academy Kickout: Jon Orlando + Julia Quisumbing Drops Out Too!

Monday, August 27, 2012

This just in. It's confirmed that the second Artista Academy Kickout is Jon Orlando. OMFG!

Although I hate to say this but it must be the last performance that did cost him these low grades. The piece was a little awkward. He tried to cry that time but it made him look a little weird and honestly the name he mentioned in that monologue was too corny for convenience. I thought he would still end up in but because of the low text votes, this huge catastrophe struck us all by surprise. 

Aside from that, Julia Quisumbing also had been dropped out of the competition because of her absences. Now that just hurt me twice... Julia, no matter how this ends I'm sure you've got so many things ahead of you. You'll be full time an artist of TV5 and I can't wait what shows are going to be lined up for you! Oh Artista Academy, I only have one bet left in your competition and I hope he'll eventually win this.  
So make sure you guys vote for your favorites, otherwise it'll be the end of them come Final Exams night. Just look at what happened to front runner Jon Orlando when we all thought he was at the head of the pack.

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Artista Academy Expels Chris: The Countdown Continues

Friday, August 24, 2012

Chris Leonardo just became the first ever scholar booted out of the Artista Academy, its official!

TV5 and the country's biggest Artista search with a whopping 20 Million pot prize could have changed his and the rest of the 16 hopefuls life but of course there will be someone who had to go. We were able to interview most of them after their live show a few days ago. Imagine they didn't know who was gonna get voted out at this time and we were asking them who deserved to go out first. One name surfaced but it wasn't Chris Leonardo. So it must have been so shocking he had to go that evening. He was one of the guys who never wanted to tell who he thinks would get voted out which I remember quite vividly. Oh my.

This Saturday is again going to be another day for live exams and the only thing they are worried about is how to do good in the tasks assigned to them. Some of them are no triple threats and are having difficulties acting, dancing or singing. They are giving it their best but will it be enough to impress the judges come crunch time?

In hindsight they kinda know that nobody is safe because a few weeks ago it was even Alberto Bruno, Stephanie Rowe and Jon Orlando who were in the bottom 3. This week was also more bizarre when Brent, Benjo and Chris who apparently they thought were front runners just became the three lowest ones.

Brent Manzano kinda knew almost all his compatriots wanted him to be eliminated last week but he insists he's just doing his best in both acting and singing and he's got to practice a lot which the others probably find annoying. Even with this in their mind Brent says he's just going to do his part and he said he knows its nothing personal with the other scholars.

The ladies are actually front runners believe it or not. They've got some of the most number of followers in social media compared to the boys. They too had their own people who they think should be in the bottom two. We kinda squeezed it out of them as well. I was also kinda disappointed about how the Marvelous - Alberto love team ended up. I talked to Alberto and he told me he just ended it with her because he doesn't want to continue something that means nothing to him. Marvelous and Alberto are still friends but they haven't talked in a while she says. When I told her about what Alberto said she looked kinda disappointed. I would have loved to see these guys get developed. They guy really had spunk and Marvelous is kinda sweet. If they end up together pretty soon tell me I'm right okay? =)

This guy was a treat the last time I saw him in a press conference. He was naturally funny and he didn't even know it. When asked about who his idol was he said Michael V without batting an eyelash. To the amusement of everyone there, he was dead serious. When I told him that he had that Robin Padilla vibe with him he said thanks but I was quite surprised he didn't really know him that much. I had a hard time interviewing him in English because he either understands Filipino and Italian, I was turned off by that but that's okay. He's still good in my books.

Julia, oh Julia.. She's Julia Quisumbing and she's my bet to win Artista Academy. I find her very sincere. She talks quite classy, smart and she really wants to learn. She was so eager to even learn tagalog so she could better relate to everything Filipino. She can act obviously but she can understand most of it if its in English. She's a very good dancer and she wasn't lagging behind when it comes to that and singing when they held these live exams. She was a model before she came into this competition and guess what she knows my Sensei Xander Angeles; a world class photographer from New York. It was a small world and I wanted her to know I'm rooting for her. I'm sure she'll win, but even so if she doesn't she's got one of the best faces in the industry which TV5 can use as leverage since she's in this Academy now.

Top Artista Academy scholar Mark Neumann just celebrated his birthday. He was so humbled by the fact that he's got the highest scores so far and hopes it continues. He's my bet for the boys. Just look at him. He's got the nicest face of them all. Lips are gorgeous too. Don't get me wrong but I just find him physically perfect for the title. Talent wise he's learning really fast. Although he needs to improve on Filipino so he can relate to the masses. He's got a lot of time on his hands and I hope he wins this tilt.

Benjo is probably third in my books as far as the guys are concerned. I was really disappointed to hear he got into the bottom three. This guy is obviously worth more than that and he's got one of the nicest bodies in the batch. His throng of fans must not be too complacent because voting is tough. You need to do that in order to get counted. He's good at dancing when I saw him the last time. He probably had better acting than the others and I hope people find that in him soon enough so he stays in the academy and not get kicked out.

Among the guys, I find Jon Orlando the most telegenic, eloquent and intelligent. He's the most confident when it comes to facing the camera. When they did a video when the competition started he was the only one that wasn't shaking and totally understood how serious this competition is. He is ready and if there was someone I hoped to win among the boys, he comes a close second. He's very smart and once you get to know him you'll never get tired of talking to him, just ask Rod Magaru coz he's got an in depth interview with him LOL. We were not able to talk to him because Rod loved him too much (to interview I mean!) haha!

Vin Abrenica is one of the front runners too. Although I heard from some of my peers that he was rather a little too safe in answering some of the questions. He wasn't that spontaneous but don't get me wrong I find that very mature for his age. He's got the body of a demigod and he's making his own mark now and not being overshadowed by his more famous brother. He's so thankful for the people who had been sternly supporting him, even the fans of his brother are behind him and why not... he's definitely got everything that an Artista should be. He's a good boy, got good looks, great body, confidence in singing and probably is every girl's dream guy. I don't have to promote him really because as far as I know, you guys know him now a lot better. Am I right? :)

He's got the nicest demeanor and one of the guys who had the best online presence. I don't blame them though because Akihiro is probably the ladies favorite. He's young and good looking plus the eyes tell it all. Girls go gaga with chinky eyes eh? He's one of the nice ones who felt also so comfortable talking with people and the press. He was so far contented with what he did in the last exam and he hopes to maintain what he believes is his best so he can become the winner pretty soon. I'm sure he'll be one of the few who'll end up in the top but in order for that to happen he needs all the help we can give him. Make sure you vote for him alright? =)

Artista Academy will be having their Live Exams again tomorrow, that's a Saturday in Manila and for all the nice things I've been hearing so far with this competition I'm sure TV5 will surely have gorgeous ones lining up on their artist roster when the time comes. Stay tuned to TV5 at 9:30PM and watch their adventures daily Mon-Fri @ 11:45AM & 9:00PM. Who's gonna win the coveted 20 Million Pesos? We'll know soon so make sure you watch everyday or else! Capisce?! =)

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