Meet the contestants of Philippines' Next Top Model Cycle 2

by Mari-An Santos Miguel Nera
Mar 21, 2017
Philippines’ Next Top Model: High Street airs every Tuesday night on TV5.

The second cycle of Philippines’ Next Top Model, the local version of America’s Next Top Model, is finally making its way back to TV screens after ten long years exclusively on TV5 every Tuesday night starting March 21, 2017.

Bb. Pilipinas-World and The Amazing Race Asia Season 5 winner Maggie Wilson-Consunji will host PNTM.

Miss International Kylie Verzosa, who is also a professional model, will be their mentor. The panel of judges is composed of: Rapha Kiefer, president of Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP), winner of Best Model of the World Philippines 2003 and MTV Fashionista-Best Model of the World Philippines 2004; and Rain Dagala, Meg Magazine editor-in-chief.

Chot Reyes, TV5 Network President and Chief Executive Officer and Media5 Marketing Corp. President, got the idea of tapping reality shows when he assumed his presidency in October last year.

“We knew that the reality genre was one thing that we wanted to tap into and, of course, PNTM is right here in that genre.

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“When I went around, one of the first things I did as the president of TV5 was go around our partner advertisers and companies and quite a few have voiced the desire to have the Philippines’ Next Top Model franchise and so we went on and got it.

“We made sure that we got the PNTM.”

After winning The Amazing Race Asia Season 5, Maggie Wilson-Consunji was offered the job to be PNTM Cycle 2 host by Reyes himself.

“I thought she had the perfect personality for the show. It fits the show exactly, perfectly. She is an established model, she is a beauty queen and she’s also, you can term her ‘The Reality Queen’ as well because she just won The Amazing Race Asia so you know, it was the perfect congruence of a lot of things.

“What people don’t know is I have an idea for work ethic because we had produced a nice little digital property couple of years back called Bloom and she was one of those. So, I’ve had the experience of working with Maggie and I knew that her work ethic is tremendous and I thought she was a perfect fit for the show.”

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Maggie feels extremely honored to be chosen as the host of this cycle’s competition and she considers it as an opportunity to make a comeback on Philippine television after being absent for six years.

“You know, I’ve been in this industry for fourteen years and I’ve done it all. I’ve done modeling and from modeling, I moved to TV. I was an actress and I became a host for MTV Philippines and then I became a beauty queen and then so on and so forth but I feel like this is kind of like me coming full circle.

“I was absent from local TV for six years and now, this is kind of like a coming back to TV so extremely honored that I was given the opportunity.

“You know, it was Coach Chot, the CEO of TV5, who offered me the job. He just sent me an email asking me if I would like to be the host. I didn’t have to audition for it. Of course, I immediately said yes.”

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Although Maggie was a beauty queen ten years ago, she wants to be seen as a host and as a mentor as the competition progresses.

“Well, for the show, I’m trying to steer clear from being a beauty queen.

“I’d like to think that I’ve moved on to bigger and better things but with that said, you know, my pageant life in 2007 and 2008 was a big part of my growth as a host and as a person so I am very very thankful for that experience.

“Moving forward, because this is Philippines’ Next Top Model, talagang minake sure ko that you won’t see the beauty queen Maggie.”

Here are the official candidates of Philippines’ Next Top Model: High Street:

1. Khelly Gail Welt-Magrantay is a 23-year-old social media influencer from Tanay.
2. Kimberley “Kim” Naomi Valies is a 21-year-old Filipino-Surinamese Tyra Banks look-alike from Bacolod.
3. Angela Lehmann is a 25-year-old Swiss-Filipino from Bicol who was diagnosed with scoliosis.
4. Aivie Mai Duelas Phan is a 21-year-old musically inclined girl from Alabang who grew up in Canada.
5. Petche Ann Vale is a 20-year-old girl from Bohol who has already been modeling for two years.
6. Jan Helen Villanueva is a 24-year-old athletic breadwinner from Bulacan who joins pageants to support her family.
7. Adela Mae Marshall is a 19-year-old Filipino-British who grew up in United Kingdom and moved to the Philippines with her mom in order to explore Filipino heritage.
8. Emma Jane Ribot Ekberg is a 19-year-old Filipino-Kurdish from Sweden who has a voluptuous body.
9. Shekinah “Shekie” Danquah is a 23-year-old model from Cagayan De Oro who had been bullied for her dark skin color.
10. Katrina Garcia is a 22-year-old girl from Antipolo who sees modeling as an art form.
11. Pauline Thea Ann Esguerra Ibuyan is an 18-year-old girl from Quezon City who is still in high school and plays basketball.
12. Koleen Angela Mercado is a gamer, musician and a composer.
13. Alex Santos is a 20-year-old girl from Calamba who joins pageants.
14. Anna Angelica Sotto is a 25-year-old writer, journalist and newscaster from Davao.
15. Janine Barnedo is a 23-year-old morena from Albay who won in a whitening brand’s competition.
16. Ina Dominica Guerrero is a 23-year-old afrohead who lived a part of her life in the Bahamas and started joining pageants at the age of 17.
17. Gracia “Ciacia” Elizabeth Mendoza is a 19-year-old third year college student from Batangas.
18. Janelle Bianes Olafson is a 27-year-old radio disc jockey from San Diego, California.
19. Janilyn “Jani” Medina is a proud 20-year-old bisexual, mother, and commercial and events model.
20. Blaise Marie Zuraek Buendia is a 20-year-old Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion cheerleader from Chicago.
21. Reicheliue Emory Pascual Santos is a 21-year-old licensed commercial pilot and swimmer from Pasig.
22. Krizzaleen Mae Valencia is a 23-year-old girl from Davao who was a law and pre-dentistry student but graduated as a Mass Communication student.
23. Sarah Jane Montilla Edwards is a 24-year-old commercial and event model from Manila and she is also the smallest model in the cast, standing at 5’4” tall.

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