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  • By John Legaspi On its second run this year, the Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival (PMFF) served runway looks that celebrated Filipino artistry through innovations. To cap off the milestone on its fifth year, the PMFF showcased a series of fashion and beauty events, including style and beauty talks, a search for the face of the Philippines, and runway presentations. These make the PMFF, whose vision is to see the Philippines with a fashion sensibility on par with the world’s fashion capitals, among the most sought-after events of every Filipino fashion savant. “What we’ve done over the years is to make dreams happen,” said CEO of Art Personas Ronnie Cruz. “This is a platform for dreams to happen. We’ve helped a lot of designers over the years and it is amazing to see what we have accomplished. We’re not just celebrating fashion, we are

  •  By Lee Min-young Hazel De Leon won the EDGC grand prize at the 2020 Asia Model Festival "FACE of Philippines with EDGC" on Thursday (local time) at the Shangri La Hotel in Manila. There were 19 contestants in the running for the grand prize. The first runner-up was Christian Pauco, the second runners-up were Regine Bulac and Paul Etruiste and the third runners-up Beulah Gatdula and Nico Tolentino. However, only three ― De Leon, Pauco and Bulac ― will compete in the FACE of Asia finals slated for June 2020 in Seoul. The judges included EDGC Marketing Director Ahn Seung-ki, GTG Wellness President Kim Tai-hyun, Exyai designer Kim Hak-seon and modeling agency Art Personas creative director and Chief Operating Officer Rene Dominguez. "I hope that Korea and the Philippines can further expand cultural exchanges, especially in terms of fashion and beauty through the FACE

  • At PMFF’s fifth-anniversary showcase, there’s something for everyone The saying “different strokes for different folks” is best embodied in fashion. As a deeply personal and subjective art form (or utility, depending on how you see it—again, whatever floats your boat), The Self™ can never be separated from one’s fashion choices and biases. Luckily enough, there seemed to be something for everyone at this year’s Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival (PMFF). After five amazing years of shows and talks, PMFF still manages to keep things fresh and varied—just as fashion should be. From the slick shapes of John Pe Larlar to the punchy pieces of Renan Pacson to the fresh patterns of Yong Studio by Yong Davalos, fashion enthusiasts and industry leaders bore witness to a complete spectrum of style. Even among the wildly diverse Wonder staff, everyone found something to love. Everyone found a unique top pick to gush over—and gush we

  • Behind the glitz, glamour and rose-tinted glasses   At Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival, the long-awaited four days fly by pretty quickly. For the designers who showcase their collections here, this entails riding an emotional roller coaster of sorts. Blood, sweat and tears, sleepless nights and crucial months: they all add up only to culminate at a runway show with a five to 10-minute runtime. Then, just like that, it’s over. The truth of the matter is: what is seen on the runway can generate a surface-level appreciation of what goes into mounting a fashion show. But the nitty-gritty? The aforementioned months of (physically, mentally and spiritually taxing) work? Everything that comes before the actual presentation of a collection? They require getting to know the not-so-glamorous side of the industry, the designers themselves and their process. Because really, what goes behind the scenes of the

  •  The fourth day of Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival 2019 was the last, yes, but it certainly wasn't the least. Here, spy snippets of all the designers who showed their fresh, fun takes on timeless threads. Edgar Buyan It’s a mod, mod world, says Edgar Buyan, sending your way bright, painterly hues in haphazard geometric blocks fit for a pop art gallery. In other words, these are vibrant, kaleidoscopic versions of what would otherwise be modest silhouettes. Dodjie Batu Dodjie Batu's myriad of rainbow madras checks and zany polka dots lay juxtaposed against sombre, muted plaids—this is the traditional barong Tagalog made extra fun. Marichu Tan Enter Marichu Tan's prom queen with attitude: She craves gothic romance but is a tough cookie about it, she wears black but absolutely refuses to melt into the background. And how on earth could she, with all that frothy noir lace? Windel Mira Sweet dreams, bids Windel Mira, whose cloudlike, nightgown-esque pieces

  • Panasonic Manila Fashion Fest day 3 brings us a taste of the freshest looks from the street. On the runways, we're treated to a feast of punk-inspired looks rendered in statement jackets, crazy patterns, and interesting silhouettes. Scroll down to see our top picks and all the collections! Benjie Panizales Benjie Panizales says weaves can also be worn by a modern urbanite. His latest collection features sophisticated silhouettes that come in a spectrum of colors accentuated with touches of Filipino-inspired patterns and weaves. Kaye Morales Kaye Morales' show proves that the designer is just as gaga over prints as we are! She spruced up the local streetwear scene in coordinates you can wear with your SO. Kaye's Gemini collection is filled with graphic prints, digitally-rendered patterns, and deconstructed statement jackets that will definitely make you stand out from the crowd. Exyai If you're looking for new closet staples to