MODÈLE PHILIPPINES’ next go-see at F1 Hotel

As the reality search for the “New Models of Influence!” dubbed MODÈLE PHILIPPINES nears its final stretch, Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP) announces its next go-see on May 7, 2016 at F1 Hotel Manila, 32nd Street Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Capping its 29th anniversary, Professional Models Association of the Philippines  (PMAP), the country’s most esteemed models’ guild, recently launched MODÈLE PHILIPPINES. It is aimed at discovering and mentoring aspiring or experienced models with excellent potentials to become masters of their game, and reset the course of professional modeling in the Philippines. It is unique in the sense that famous personalities of modeling, all PMAP luminaries, will play mentor to the contestants. Twenty mentors from the ranks of PMAP will be matched to each of the 10 female and 10 male candidates. These mentors will groom the contestants, preparing them for the tough world that is modeling, present them to the general public (through television) and the judges to pick the first-ever MODÈLE PHILIPPINES winner.

MODELE PHILS.
MODELE PHILS.

The prestigious model reality search is presented by The Zen Institute, in partnership with Marco Polo Ortigas, DVO and Cebu, F1 Hotel Manila, Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila, Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Hertz, Seven Fridays, Business Mirror, Experience Travel and Living magazine,Village Connect, ANC 21, Jesttsetter Asia, SonshineTV.

For more information and updates, email modeleph@gmail.com, or like them on Facebook  /modelePH; Instagram @modelePH.

Meeting Mark Zuckerberg and My Facebook Friends Day Experience

Last January 31, 2016, Fellow Filipino Abby Asistioflewto San Francisco and had the wonderful opportunity of being chosen as one of the eighteen invited by Facebook on their 12th Anniversary Friends Day celebration with California-based Alopecia awareness advocate, Rachel Regal.  Alopecia is an autoimmune condition which results in partial or total head and body hair loss.  Abby Asistiohave had it since she was four while Rachel just developed it sometime in 2012, the same year she discovered that her 10-year-old daughter, Eliana, had it, too.  Six inspiring stories were picked by Facebook among its 1.64 billion users and Abby’s friends were all amazed when theye’ve found out that Abby’s Alopecia story was one of them.  Imagine that!

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Abby and Rachel met each other through the double A hand sign campaign that Aby started in 2012, and They’ve been “connected” since then.  Last year, Facebook Stories featured how these two were able to build a friendship, as well as campaign for disease awareness through Facebook!  And last February 1st, Abby and Rachel had the chance to tour FB headquarters in Menlo Park, San Francisco, meet and chat with the people behind Facebook (Founder & CEO Mark Zuckerberg, COO Sheryl Sandberg, CPO Chris Cox, and a whole lot of awesome people), get crazy cool gadgets and have one of the best experiences of their lives.

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Abby recounted that it was such a surreal feeling to be in the same room as the creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. Mark Z was wearing his trademark look (jeans, sneakers, shirt and a big smile on his face), and had such a friendly, approachable aura and demeanor about him.  Not at all intimidating!  He shared stories about how the company started, its mission-vision, the ups and downs that come along, and their future plans.  Those invited also had the chance to ask him questions. When Mark Z was asked about achieving success and life’s “impossibilities”.  He said, “There’s a difference between impossible and things taking a really long time. Even if you’re not going tobe able to do something in a short time period, if you care about something,you want to see the world to move into that direction… So the best thing to do is just get started and not be discouraged.  It’s tough because this stuff is hard, or else people would’ve already done it.”

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Abby Asistio got the chance to ask a question to one of the world’s 50 most powerful, successful women in business, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.  Aside from Alopecia awareness, Abby is also an active Real Beauty advocate with girls and women struggling with various insecurities, being so consumed by the world’s unrealistic and sometimes superficial standards of beauty. So Abby asked Sheryl about her perception of it. Sheryl said that beauty is just like success and that no one could really define it for you.  We are all unique.  We have different stories, dreams and desires. We should explore our own inner and outer beauty, believe and embrace that we are beautiful, and never allow anyone to tell us otherwise.

Mark capped off his talk by sharing their company philosophy with everyone present. Though already having over 1 billion subscribers, there are still 7 billion people all over the world without access to all the meaningful connections and information that Facebook brings. One thing that the company stands by is that “things are always 1% completed”. It keeps them grounded, reminding them that there is always so much work, growth and progress to be done, and so many people to reach out to and help.

Everything about the Facebook trip was overwhelming and inspiring according to Abby.  More than anything, it reminded her about “responsibility”.  We are all given our own platforms, in this case “accounts and connections”, to make a dent in this world. It is up to us to become complacent and take these vehicles for granted, or maximize the opportunities and use them to make a positive impact in this generation. Abby is grateful that Facebook has become a medium for her to communicate disease awareness and touch people beyond the confines of her tiny room and her country. Abby is also glad that she and Rachel are two out of millions of people choosing to recognize the importance of social media in contributing to making this world a better place, and actually doing something about it.

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Truly, God plans the best adventures and creates the most beautiful surprises.  Abby knows that she wouldn’t have been handpicked for this if it weren’t for Him, as well as the countless individuals who have cared and showed support for my advocacy.Abby would like to leave a positive thought to everyone that we should really take the time to search for and identify our “purpose” – that one unique, very specific calling that is the result of our talents, dreams, desires, passions and experiences.  Once you find it, be faithful to it no matter how long or difficult the journey towards its fulfillment may be. You’ll never know where it could lead to, how far it could go and how large it could grow. Abby is also thankful that her campaign continues to spread and reach new heights and she is particularly grateful to Facebook for giving her this opportunity and to Novuhair,Nature’s Answer to Hair Loss (www.novuhair.com), for always being so supportive of her advocacy and endeavors. Abby is proud and honored to have represented the Philippines and the Alopecia community in this once-in-a-lifetime, international event.

Abby’s friends day song https://youtu.be/8iV1nXdf4Do