got an email from calcarrie's philippines that ford's supermodel of the world finals will be today in sao paulo, brazil. this international competition has been going on since 1980 (remember when it used to be known as "face of the 80s" and tweetie de leon was the first representative from the philippines?) and this year the philippines' representative is a gal named charlene "chat" almarvez, a lass (not a barrio lass ha) from laguna who goes to school at the college of saint benilde. she stands 5'9.5" and was chosen in the national finals last october. good luck, chat!
(photos courtesy of calcarrie's philippines)
UPDATE, jan 16, 2009: last night while having dinner out, one of our friends received a text message that chat won first runner-up! congratulations!! can't wait to see all of the wonderful work that will come chat's way! (the top prize went to karlina of latvia.) (photo below courtesy of supermodeloftheworld.com)