Philippines’ Next Top Model to strut, impress on TV5

Twelve (12) ladies will strut their way on the catwalk but only one will become the Philippines’ Next Top Model on its new home on TV5.

TONIGHT at 8:15 p.m., the spotlight search will be finally on for the new cycle (“season”) of Philippines’ Next Top Model.
The upcoming season – subtitled as the Philippines Next Top Model: High Street – will mark the return of our local Next Top Model franchise after a decade on its new home on TV5 as part of the network’s “Choose Courage” campaign.
Hosted and heading the panel of judges by Maggie Wilson, twelve (12) aspirants were chosen through walk-in and online auditions last year as they will be tried and tested in the catwalk to impress the other members of the panel, including model-mentor Miss International 2016 Kylie Versoza, Rainer Dagala and Rafael Keifer.
The twelve contestants are as follows:
  • Adela Marshall: 19, Makati City (5’9″)
  • Aivie Phan: 21, Muntinlupa City (5’6″)
  • Angela Lehmann: 25, Makati City (5’8″)
  • Blaise Buendia: 20, Manila (5’7″)
  • Ina Guerrero: 23, Daraga, Albay (5’8″)
  • Jan Villanueva: 24, Norzagaray, Bulacan (5’9″)
  • Janelle Olafson: 26, Manila (5’7″)
  • Janilyn Medina: 20, Quezon City (5’5″)
  • Kim Valies: 21, Bacolod (5’8″)
  • Petche Anne Vale: 20, Tagbilaran, Bohol (5’9″)
  • Sarah Edwards: 23, Angeles City (5’7″)
  • Shekie Quah: 23, Binan, Laguna (5’7″)
This new edition will premiere exactly 10 years after their inaugural season this month. At that time, it was aired on RPN 9 under Ruffa Gutierrez where Grendel Alvarado bested as the top winner among the 14 contenders. Their international destination was in Victoria, Hong Kong.

The second franchise under Solar was supposed to be aired in 2012 but it was cancelled after a year due to production delays.

There was a plan that was announced in 2012 called Top Model Philippines by ETC. VJ Sarah Meier-Albano would’ve hosted and headed the panel of judges. Sean Armenta (model-turned-photographer) and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo (model mentor) would’ve composed in the panel. Former America’s Next Top Model producer Michael Carandang would’ve been the Creative Director for photo shoots and their international destination would’ve been in London. A year later, the Solar Entertainment management, owner of the ETC channel, decided to suspend the production of the show, citing delays and timing concerns that led to eventual cancellation.
That said, it’s safe to say that the upcoming edition on its new home on VHF will officially be counted as the second season of the series. Given the constant skepticism and criticism within their programming grid, would this new incarnation stand firm and impress the critics?
PNTM: High Street airs every Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. on TV5, right after Supergirl.


Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons/TV5/orangemagazine.ph
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