“I’m really thankful to all the people who supported me, especially with the return of Face of the Year search. I’m here to continue what I have started, to discover and provide opportunities to all young Filipinos who aspire to become models and eventually join showbiz.” – Jojo Veloso, Philmoda
A few days ago, the grand finals of Philmoda’s Face of the Year 2018 (FOTY) search was finally staged at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium (RCBC Plaza), and it was a tremendous success. Tagged as the re-birth, after years of hiatus, Jojo Veloso, the founder of the search, happily said that FOTY is definitely back.
During the search, 40 candidates (20 boys and 20 girls) were presented to a good crowd, including the supporters of the candidates. The show was hosted by Robi Domingo and Arci Munoz. The search will be aired on ABS-CBN this Sunday night.
Prominent people in the modeling world and entertainment industry were invited to sit as judges, led by film director Jeffrey Jeturian, Tony Reyes (film director), Neal Tan (film director), Carlos Morales (former Face of the Year winner and award-winning actor-director), Agnes Valencia (line producer), Michael Pizarro (successful interior designer), Divine Beceril (Face of the Year 2008), Mark Savino (Founder and CEO of Kandi Realty and former model), fashion designer Ronaldo Arnaldo (FDCP), socialite and entrepreneur Aiza Diuco, Onin Mas (of Miss Asia-Pacific Quest), Dr. Andy Diokno Marahat of Montage, Lindsey Warren Dimen (Viva Artist Agency Assistant Manager), Bench Ortiz (Gold’s Gym Corporate Manager), Justice Elvi John Asuncion, top stylist Ness Astilla, and Biliran’s Representative Rogelio J. Espina (chairman of the board of judges).
Face of the Year 2018 winners were: 4th runner-up (Jaymark Sanchez and Jammel Rose Magallano), 3rd runner-up (Jounard Valerio and Andrea Anne Marjorie Pama), 2nd runner-up (Omar Wency De Bangco and Riza Loren Carillo), 1st runner-up (Miguel Villasis and Chula Jo Catana), 2018 Model Discovery of the Year (Bernice Charles Lagunilla and Vhea Marie De Leon Reyes), and 2018 Face Of The Year (Polo Laurel and Jeanne Catherine Talania).
Guest Performers were The Brat Boys, Young JV Ron, Henley Makata, Duncan Ramos, and PH Dance.