PEOPLE say "follow your dreams" but don't follow through. Clint Holton P. Potestas meets someone who did, and is now on top of this world.

IT MAY sound a little superstitious to interpret dreams, but this man of the arts has actually believed in the prophetic message of somnolent visualizations: A single dream weaves success. Then, the reality sets in: Triumphs are driven by unyielding determination.

To surrender is not an option for Dexter Alazas. He might pause to give way for emotional crossover, but he will soon get back on track. It is the kind of fighting spirit that he wants to inculcate in the members of AD Models Homme et Femme, a Cebu-based modeling agency.

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After completing his degree in Nursing at Southwestern University, he took and passed the nursing licensure examination. But when he was still in high school, he was already exposed to performing arts at Cebu State College (now Cebu Normal University).

“Ad Models was conceptualized after I graduated from college. When I was starting out as a fashion designer in the 90s, I searched for models to carry my label,” starts Alazas, the managing director.

“The look of a model, for me, is the beauty that people look up to, like a celebrity or more of a personality, rather than lanky runway mannequins. A model should represent any form of idealism in terms of beauty inside and out,” he expounds.

He began with three remarkable finds. He first discovered brothers Joe France and Joe Vince Cañizares. The latter now appears as a commercial endorser for Penshoppe and Greenwich with actor John Lloyd Cruz. During their debut on the runway, Verna Buckley was then introduced before she became the Ford Supermodel of the World, an agency based in New York and Paris.

But as the group turns 11 this month, 13 male and 17 female models have pledged their loyalty. Thus, they all would constantly undergo a series of rigorous training on posture and character internalization. While a few of them may have the luxury of fast metabolism, Alazas suggests daily exercise at the gym and a sensible diet.

His guidance did pay off. For three consecutive years in Ms. Cebu pageant, three of them garnered the top spot: Loise Angelique Tan in 2007, Sian Elizabeth Maynard in 2008, and Kris Tiffany Janson in 2009.

He also assisted Kirstie Babor, a former Weekend cover girl, when she was crowned first runner-up in the recently concluded Ms. Philippines 2009. She is considered as one of the newest additions to the group.

The triumph of Karla Paula Henry as Ms. Earth 2008 elated him and validated the eligibility of the local fashion business. In the same year, Jam Libatog claimed the title of Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism.

On the entertainment corner, he offers Nikki Taylor, the host of Behind the Scene on RCTV and the current local endorser of PLDT MyDSL.

“Bring Cebu to better heights. Aim to be more than just a model, be a personality that people look up to. Be proud when you are already on top, but look back to where you came from,” he shares his advice to all his talents.

'And most of all, follow your dreams.”