Over the last 6 years, the rise of the Filipino photographer has been an unstoppable phenomenon in the UAE and the larger Gulf. What with the unprecedented popularity of photography as a hobby and the growth of photography groups, the community has spawned a new breed of lensmen that have promoted Filipino creativity in a new niche.
With Western and Arabic models dominating the local world of advertising and fashion, and Southeast Asians a rare sight whether on media or on the runways, it is truly amazing to see a handful of Filipinos make a breakthrough in the local style scene.
Name a fashion designer who could talk to you about nuclear medicine, comic books, and haute couture in equal measure and gusto. This designer will likely be Yen Ab. It will not be far-wrong to call him a polymath, because everything that he does, he does astonishingly well.
Since Rocky Gathercole has left the Middle East to replant his roots back into Philippine soil, but it won’t be right to do this list without the eccentric designer – especially since he has left such a controversial and divisive mark on the face of fashion in the UAE.
Patrick Fronda is a multi-awarded filmmaker based in the United Arab Emirates. Mario Cardenas has a distinction that Photography has provided Mario with a lot of high points in his life.
Dubbed as one of the hottest Filipino personalities in the fashion industry, Michael Cinco shines brightly with an amazing array of achievements. From dressing royalties to celebrities, Michael Cinco has made it to THE list as one of the most influential Asians in the global fashion industry.
With a career in Dubai that spans 7 years, Kaz has built a reputation as the city’s premier diva – a one-woman tour de force that has captured the hearts of Filipinos and foreign audiences alike.
The Cebu-born talent, whose career in fashion began in winning MEGA Magazine Young Designer of the Philippines Award in 1994, has certainly gone a long way from being an intern at Josie Natorie’s atelier. Now, Furne One co-sits in the triumvirate royalty of couture designers in the UAE through his very own fashion house: ‘Amato Haute Couture’.
From lending his sartorial talent to top fashion houses in Saudi Arabia and Dubai to establishing his very own haute couture brand EZRA that is now considered as one of the most esteemed high fashion labels in the region, Ezra Santos has indeed made an illustrious name for himself.
Ambassador Alfonso Ver likes to interact personally with the Filipino community, oftentimes mingling directly with the clients at the Embassy and helping out any way he can to get a first-hand assessment of what they think and feel.
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