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June 27, 2012

Project Runway Philippines Finale airs this July 1st on ETC

Breaking the Project Runway tradition, Project Runway Philippines Season 3 will showcase not just 3 designers for its finale episode on July 1 on ETC, but 4 aspiring young designers from the different parts of the county will battle it out to be hailed as the grand winner of Project Runway Philippines Season 3!


In a twist none of the contestants expected, Milka Quin Redoble, Cheetah Rivera, Nel Claveria, Jr., and Amor Albano will show-off their greatest collection for this season's finale.

Milka Quin Redoble

Milka, a 34-year old online fashion entrepreneur from Pasig City, established herself as an early favorite when she wowed judges with her “butanding-inspired” dress and elegant jumpsuit to win the first and third challenges. Then in episode nine her dessert inspired dress won her, her third challenge and immunity, something that came in very useful when she failed to deliver an avante-garde creation. Having started on a high, Milka enters the finale having placed in the bottom group of designers for the past two challenges; will she be able to redeem herself at the Final Runway?

Cheetah Rivera

Cheetah, a 24-year old fashion designer from Manila, had a rocky start on the show as she learned early on that time management is crucial in the competition when she broke the 15-minute shopping rule while getting materials. In the food inspired challenge Cheetah found herself for the first time in risk of elimination only to bounce back to win the next three challenges and a spot in the finale. Her ingénue with material, out of the box design aesthetic and winning streak makes her a favorite entering the Final Runway.

Nel Claveria, Jr.

Nel, a 30-year old overseas based fashion designer from Camarines Sur, impressed judges to score his only challenge win in the second episode of the season with his binakol made dress. After that he found himself facing the judges as part of the bottom group of designers three more times prior to earning his spot in the final four. Swinging from top to bottom constantly, Nel is the only finalist out of the four to have won only one challenge. With a strong technique in construction, what surprises does Nel, the season’s dark horse, have up his sleeve for his Final Collection? 

Amor Albano

Amor, a 28-year old fashion designer from Laoag City, was struck by home sickness early on in the competition as she appealed to the judges to let her go home. Refusing to let her leave as they saw potential in her work, Amor then continued on in the competition to win the men’s clothing challenge with her futuristic hoodie vest. Having started off emotionally weak, the judges have proven to Amor that her plea to quit would have been a big mistake as she would have ultimately missed out on the biggest moment of her career, a chance to show a collection at Project Runway Philippines Final Runway.


I was invited to the final runway show, which took place at Sofitel Plaza Manila a few days ago, and I must say that every collection has this very stunning and unbelievable appeal that I never imagined to see on this year's show. And even though they didn't announce to us that day who is the new Runway Royalty, I know that the judges composed of Rajo Laurel, Apples, Aberin and host-judge Tweetie de Leon had a hard time deciding who's the best among the four.

I'm placing my bet on Cheetah for I've seen a truly world-class designer in his collection, though, I know that Milka, Nel and Amor's collection are running so close too - it was really a great, great show!


So, for all of us to find out who’s in and who’s out, let's all tune in on July 1, Sunday at 8PM on ETC for the final showdown to find out who will be the next Runway Royalty.

ETC is seen on free TV RPN-9, Sky Cable Ch. 14, Destiny Cable Ch. 14, Cable Link Ch. 12 and Cignal Ch. 14 in Metro Manila.

Advance congratulations to this season winner! :-)





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