The Blackout Models: A decade of trend setting style

A DECADE of fuelling the industry. A decade of style advocacy. A decade of mentoring, training and molding. The Blackout Models is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this 2019.

For ten years, The Blackout Models have dominated the modeling industry in the City of Smiles. Established in 2009, The Blackout Models have managed to solidify and redefine the industry by cutting off dirty appendages attached to the “used and abused” name of modeling. Blackout stayed clear away from promodicing, bikini open competitions, escort servicing and the like, despite many enticing proposals. Through the years, we have been striving to achieve our vision of elevating the modeling industry in Bacolod City.

When The Blackout Models started out, market was limited and seasonal.

Personally, I have been inspired by our La Salle professors when they said, “When there is no market, create a market.” We started with a bang with the help of friends from various industries all over the city.

Backed by national designers, the agency was able to kick-start with a bang.

Despite the initial success, our flagship experienced ups and downs, as well as betrayals and successes. All these made us a tougher force to be reckoned with.

We spent our first two years of sheer hard work and ridiculous expenses with zero cash inflow. Chris Darmstadter, Lin-ay Sang Negros Mona Gail D’Angelo, Dhee AmrHein, Jason Jochico, Giah Sumalde, Angel Cañal, Kevin Ibañez, Carlo Acosido, Rinzel Jose-Sy , Stephanie Varela, Bryle Ibanez, Alton Muyco, Gabriel Hollero, John Patrimonio, Foxy Zayco, Nicky Ramsey Pataytay, Cathleen Yap, Angelo Araneta & Masskara Queen Angelique Robles-Araneta were some of those who stuck with us through thick and thin.

We even met colorful people along the way, who instead of catapulting us up were pulling us down. Experiences with them made us stronger and tougher. Eventually, some of our homegrown talents soared higher by achieving a feat others could only dream of. Such names as Chanel Morales (Artista Academy Winner, Miss World First Princess & now a full-fledged actress and a Regal Baby) and Vickie Marie Rushton (Mutya Ng Pilipinas Titlist, PBB Housemate & Bb. Pilipinas) made us really proud.

After solidifying our roster with Blackout Elites Camille Ambrocio, Jen Descalsota, Glaiza DelaCruz, Elvy Castro, Jolly Ann Jiao , Ren Jandinero, Faye Kymberly Fernandez, Kristine Ayson, Tin Guinoo, Cj Docuyanan , Joyce Santillan, Trisha Federizo , Hayeon Kim, Carmela Hong, Diana Mindermann, Metala Yandall, Dutch sisters Daphne & Stephanie Molenaar, Arriana Demi Montealegre, Cate Antoinette Pirote, Raxee Gonzales, Corinth Chua, DJ Michelle Murphy, Patricia Po, Lorje Singson, Kryslyn Dolorfino, Venus Claver, Shaz Gemina, Ellaine Fernandez and Jacky Javellana, we have achieved uniformity & solidarity on and off the runways.

Blackout Homme was fortified with the wonder twins Kenneth & Kevin DelaCruz, Maki Severino, Chris Villagracia, Hernan Bacatan, Brian Tagamolila, Eric Fernandez, Koy Quimsing, Kieth Gloriani, Bronwyn Geriane, Emjay Antonio, Mj Cabaruby and Vj Quijano. They were later joined by the dynamic 6-footer quartet of Michael Angelo Batayola, Elijah Nolasco, Hiroyuki Ogawa, and a revamped Gershom Gaston. Projects and offers came here and there.

GMA Kapuso Network paved the way for The Blackout Models to work even with celebrities. Eventually, a younger wave of Blackout Models, spearheaded by Karchedel Allyssa Concepcion, Roy Jaime Hautea, Princess Bitanga, Christine Concepcion, Kylo Legaspina, Renz & Tristan Villanueva, JP Philips, Lucky Flores, Michael Lim, Michelle Murphy & Ino Zijlema, explored new heights on a larger scale.

After achieving such greater heights, The Blackout Models flagship now redirects its focus on starting the kids young. Starting a Modeling School can be tough, but with the resilience of the ever stylish & brilliant brain of Joy Pauline Bangero, and with the grace of God, everything is possible and plausible.

Now, The Blackout Models have expanded to Dumaguete City, La Carlota City, San Carlos City, Kabankalan City, Cebu City, Antique, Aklan, Roxas City & Iloilo City. (Heiz Hofileña MacAiran)


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