A few weeks ago, I was commissioned to style some of Cebu’s top personalities for a campaign called “Cebu Smiles”, hosted by Metro Dental. I was also asked to be one of the personalities featured on the exhibit, to be shot by world renowned photographer, Xander Angeles. (Trivia: Xander has shot all of my ads under Elite Models Manila, including the huge Block and White Billboard on EDSA!) How do you say no to that?
Above is the photo Xander took of me. It was printed on a huge canvas which will soon be mine after the exhibit ends (wonder where in the world I’m gonna put it!) Of course, I had to ask for a soft copy of the photo so I could share it with you guys. I mean come on, it’s not everyday you get to work with Xander Angeles!
Iwearsin blazer, Meme Dakay necklace, Devereaux leotard, Esprit belt, Casio watch, WAGW cutoffs
See, that’s my huge face (with extra blinding white teeth!) and Xander, the whitening master, during the exhibit’s launch last September 1. I got so conscious being beside them, and ended up smiling with my mouth closed!
My photo was mounted beside some of Cebu’s top designers. I feel so out of place! But I have to say, it is such an honor to be here!
Cary Santiago (my favorite!), Jun Escario (who designs most of my MTO dresses) and Arcy Gayatin
Part of the list are some of today’s hottest Celebrities- all Cebu born and bred. Paul Jake Castillo (PBB), Kim Chiu and Paolo Pascual (Azkals)
The big guns- Glenn Soco (Coffee Dream, Vice Governor candidate), Dr. Yong Larazabal (Cebu Doctors Hospital and College), and Jay Aldeguer (islands Group) were a pleasure to style. Read: come as you are. No need to mix and match!
The change makers: Kenneth Cobonpue (who needs no introduction and had the best fitting clothes), Amale and Noy Jopson (Cebu’s fittest couple), and Brian Lim (young CEO of Pyroworks)
Charlene Go hosted the event and was also a part of the exhibit. Here she is together with Kate Anzani (Anzani and Bellini) and Carla Yeung (who is stunning in a Gaultier dress at 3 months with child!)
John Gonzales (lawyer and journalist with a taste for Gucci and fine leather oxfords), Jake Maningo (ABS CBN Cebu star) and Drew Sarmiento (eventologist that I don’t have a photo of 🙁 ), were also part of the exhibit and a breeze to work with! It seemed like they mastered the art of smiling naturally before they came to the shoot!
And here’s me again. Just so happy with how all the photos came out. All the personalities practically gushed and hired Xander for future projects on the spot! I’m so lucky to be a part of this group of amazingly exceptional individuals!
The Cebu Smiles exhibit will be up until the 8th of September on the 2nd floor of SM Cebu Northwing, outside Metro Dental.