Friday, February 14, 2014

Summon saccharine summer with Saturday’s Sweet & Candy fashion show by Modelo Bikolano

Modelo Bikolano
Catch the models of Modelo Bikolano as they hit the runway tomorrow during Sweet and Candy: A Forecast to Summer fashion show at SM City Naga. (PHOTOS: Ongen Photography / STYLIST: Anjo Santos / MAKEUP: Anjo Santos, assisted by Danilo “Barbie” Bondocoy Jr / PR MANAGER: Tess Mendoza.)
Get ready for a sensory feast as the first and hottest organized modelling group in the Bicol region treats you to a spectacular sartorial prelude to the summer season.

Modelo Bikolano, the official Bicol arm of the prestigious Megapolis/Tycoon Events and Artists Management, presents  “Sweet and Candy: A Forecast to Summer” fashion show this Saturday, February 15 at SM City Naga. There will be two shows on such date: a matinee show at 4 PM and a gala show at 6 PM.

Organized by Modelo Bikolano founder Anjo Santos and PR Manager Tess Mendoza, the show features homegrown talents who have undergone rigorous training under the tutelage of Santos himself.

Said talents will don the designs of Rhowel Velasco, Rose Lee, Havaianas, Folded and Hung, Poly Lagyap, Rommel del Valle, Cocoi Ebio and Modelo Bikolano.

The Sweet & Candy fashion show is sponsored by Hon. Luis “LRV” Villafuerte, Havaianas, Biggs, SM City Naga, Tugawe Cove Resort, Bicol Standard, NELIT’Z Facial Care and Beauty Salon, Lucky Educational Supply, Zora Tokyo Fashion, Mr. Michael Cajeda, Ms. Meline Ngo, Sugar Rush by Danine, Villa Caceres Hotel, Red Ribbon, Vina’s Flower shop, and Ronald Rebutica Cinematography.

Roots of success

Modelo Bikolano began in September last year when longtime pageant trainer, makeup artist and talent scout Anjo Santos set out to discover new potential talents in the fields of entertainment and fashion.

A true visionary, Santos was not content with other informal groups which fail to truly hone the talents of its members.

“I wanted a professional organization that would represent talents and models, one that would facilitate their learning and give them a real taste of the fashion industry,” Santos said in an interview with BICOL STANDARD.

With this goal in mind, Santos formed what was initially a small group of like-minded dreamers. Along with four other people, including PR Manager Tess Mendoza, the group designed a training program that would nurture the interest of young people in modelling.

But as luck would have it, Modelo Bikolano soon took off, eventually launching its first workshop in November. Said workshop, which catered to children, acquainted the participants with the basics of modelling.

By December, Modelo Bikolano had grown enough to host its Grand Holiday Fashion show at SM City Naga. The show featured 35 regular and teen models, as well as 60 child models who hit the runway with the creations of respected local designers.

The group was also invited to do a gala show at The Village at San Bernardino last December.
Since its launch around five months ago, Modelo Bikolano had already been able to train three batches of models.

Professionalism and discipline

Santos is a staunch believer in professionalism and discipline. These values, he maintains, are what will ultimately open opportunities for models in the real world.

During his training sessions, Santos emphasizes that hard work is as important as interest in modelling, something that young models may forget at this early stage of their career.

Santos conducts daily training sessions of the agency’s regular models from 5:30 to 9PM at his residence at Bagumbayan Norte, which now also serves as the Modelo Bikolano studio.

Don't miss: Modelo Bikolano's roster of talents

Future plans

Although Modelo Bikolano has undoubtedly already achieved success, it is determined to take its triumphs further.

Modelo Bikolano’s future plans include special training for non-regular child and teen models starting February 17.

It also continues to offer trainings on basic modelling, hair and makeup, personality development, and pageants.

There are likewise plans for a fashion summer camp and a summer workshop for teens and kids this April.

Sweet & Candy: A Forecast to Summer fashion show
Sweet & Candy: A Forecast to Summer fashion show
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