DAVAO CITY – Homegrown retail chain NCCC Department Store will present this year’s 20 charismatic, good-looking and confident young aspirants who will vie for the title of Teen Model Search grand winner during its grand finals on Saturday, October 28, starting at 4 p.m. at NCCC Mall Activity Center in Ma-a, Davao City.
Two winners, one male and one female, will each receive P30,000 in cash plus P60,000 worth of apparel from Freshgear, while first and second runners-up will take home P20,000 and P15,000, respectively.
“This homegrown model search aims to aid in the personality development of teens and also up their fashion experience,” according to Mia Flor Parais, NCCC Department Store Sales and Marketing Manager.
She said the finalists will undergo workshops on make-up and grooming, ramp modeling and personality enhancement.
The search is the longest-running of its kind in Davao City and has produced a number of local personalities, like Chinoy TV host Janelle Tee and Hashtag member Tom Doromal.
Here’s the top 20 finalists who bested 297 other hopefuls from all over Davao Region:
At the young age of 15, Carl Jasper Arbis sees to it that he gets enough sleep so to “maintain my body healthy and young.” Despite being body conscious, Carl admits eating chocolates and drinking soft drinks are his guilty pleasures.
Hospitality management student, Josh Neil Rhyme Dale Melodi, apparently loves cooking and mixing drinks. His love for food even translates to his dog by naming him Kimchi. Josh, 19, is more of an eater than a sleeper.
It does not come as a surprise that Mark Joseph Tunacao, taking up AB English, is best at public speaking. The 19-year-old says he does not eat much carbs but is fond of trying out products offered in free taste booths.
Aside from doing push-ups every morning, John Lloyd Tejano, 18, drinks milk and eats a lot of fruits to maintain his bod. When not in school, the business administration student can be found at home bonding with his family.
Carl Michael Arthur Porras, 18, cannot live without sports. In fact, he spends his free time playing basketball and training for swimming. He is proud to say that he was “never a hard headed kid.”
Finance student Joshua Kareem Thompson admittedly sleeps late however; he believes that getting proper sleep is key in keeping his good looks. He does not have pets because he thinks that “animals should be free.”
Before going to sleep, Yuki Ung rubs ice on her face for a glowing skin. Books, phone, family and friends are the things that Yuki cannot live without. At 17, she likes to dress in trendy clothes.
Irra Loise Nebrada is currently taking up Tourism in Philippine Women’s College. She is a member of the volleyball team and stays in shape through training. She describes her style as classic and sophisticated.
Princess Floree Aluiz enjoys eating “because food is life” but disciplines herself to consume only healthy and protein rich foods.
For Princess, 18, dancing and modelling are her forte. Artist Wean Ahmed, 18, loves to sketch. She goes on a diet to achieve her desired figure although in between confessed to eat extra burgers than allowed.
Being a varsity player doing physical training four times a week helps Kathleen Dela Pena stay in shape. She also keeps away from stress by getting some snooze. Kathleen, 18, spends most of her free time in the library to find peace.
Proper and diet and exercise are some of Christelle Joy Caldazo’s beauty regimen. She believes in the importance of intelligence “because beauty will fade but knowledge is forever.” Christelle, 17, is comfortable in casual clothes.
Chef in the making Trixie Cabiles has a handful of pets, nine to be exact. She says that she wants to be someone whom the youth of today could look up. Optimism is her mantra and turning negative vibes into positive is what she’s good at.
The five things you can find inside the bag Arianne Charl Almaden are eyebrow pencil, phone, body lotion, water, and lip tint. Arianne, 17, limits her soda intake to be fit. Her style preference is casual, edgy, and sophisticated.
Completing the top 20 are Alexis Gapuzan, Justine Monteiro, Abraham Yahya, Francisco Bonguyan III, Al John Lawrence Bana-ay, and Nhill Charl Barol. (Nelson C. Bagaforo/PNA)