Ever dream of becoming a model, but too shy and intimidated to go through all those go-see's? This is your chance! Solo, being a front runner of innovative ideas, invites you to its SOLO ONLINE MODEL SEARCH 2014.
The coveted modeling competition started back in 2009 and has been successful ever since. Yearly, close to 100 model poster entries are submitted to Solo's site , which allows viewers to vote for their fave model. The 2012 grand winners, Ganiel Krishnan and Derek Espinosa, both had the chance to play out their modeling dreams with last year’s Online Model Search featuring Tonton Young’s Pupung. Past featured collections include Tony Velasquez’s Kenkoy, Larry Alcala’s Slice of Life. Solo's Online Model Search is ingeniously launched with its Pinoy Cartoonist Memorabilia Series as contestants are tasked to wear one item from the featured collection and model it in their photo entries. Past featured collections include Tony Velasquez’s Kenkoy, Larry Alcala’s Slice of Life and Tonton Young’s Pupung. This year, it’s all about Manix Abrera’s Kikomachine. Men and women’s apparel ranging from t-shirts, collared tees and shorts are all dawned with graphic images of Kikomachine’s trademark cartoons and beloved characters.
Running on its 5th year, Solo's much-anticipated modeling competition starts on August 15. Contestants, male or female, should submit photo entries of themselves modeling one (1) item from Solo’s Pinoy Cartoonist Memorabilia Series featuring Manix Abrera’s Kikomachine while adhering to the theme: Street Life. Photo entries must also include at least one of the design elements found in the design pack which contestants can download at solo.com.ph. Contestants must then log on to Facebook and upload their entries, all of which will be screened by our moderators, through the Solo Online Model Search App/Tab. Entries can be submitted until October 15 but voting of all approved entries will last until October 27. The contest is open to Filipino citizens at least 16 years old. Contestants below 18 years old must submit a parental consent form before joining which they can send via e-mail. Remember to focus on creativity, photo layout, and styling! After the contest period, 20 finalists (Top 10 males and Top 10 females) will be chosen and invited for an interview. Solo is on the hunt for one male and one female with the most photogenic appeal and the best personality fit for representing the brand. These two individuals will be deemed as grand winners by our panel of judges and will each win cash prizes, gift certificates and of course, bragging rights as they see their images in all Solo stores! Their partner photographers/graphic artists will be receiving cash prizes as well. Model grand winners will also get the privilege to do two photoshoots for Solo’s 2014 campaigns with one of the best photographers in the business, Doc Marlon.
So do you think you have what it takes to be the next face of Solo? Let your inner model shine and join the Online Model Search 2013!
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ABOUT THE PINOY CARTOONIST MANIX ABRERA
Kikomachine Komix, one of the country’s best-selling comic strips to date, has captured the attention of many readers due to its relatable and hilarious presentation of everyday Pinoy experiences. To be able to gain a huge amount of avid fans with his quirky sense of humor, Manix Abrera is definitely one of the most talented cartoonists of his generation. A graduate of Fine Arts major in Visual Communication in UP Diliman, 31-year-old Manix started writing Kikomachine when he was still in 2nd-year college back in 2001. When asked what his main inspiration was behind creating the comics, he said it was from the experiences he had and the scenarios around him during his university life. “Sobrang dami kasing mga nangyayari at mga kwento na sobrang weird at wild, naisip kong pwedeng-pwedeng gawing komiks.” When he was still little, he loved reading and watching movies, thus the spark of creating stories ignited from him. Since then, he has developed his talent and interest in comic strip making. He even became a part of the Philippine Collegian, UP’s official school publication where he illustrated editorial cartoons and made a comic strip called “Iskololoy”. Apart from that, one of his biggest inspirations in becoming a comic strip artist was his father and award-winning cartoonist, Jess Abrera Jr. “Malaki yung influence niya talaga sa pag-drawing ko kasi lagi niyang sinasabi na wag ko siya gayahin sa mga drawing niya, maghanap ako ng sarili kong style.” Apart from creating comics, one of Manix’s main interest is music. In college, he founded a band together with his friends called Kiko Machine, the name where he derived Kikomachine Komix from. He is also into sports and outdoor activities such as diving, swimming, bike riding and climbing mountains.
ABOUT KIKOMACHINE KOMIX
Kikomachine is a comic strip showcasing the everyday life of your typical Pinoy featuring themes that are very common and relatable such as commuting, dating, college life and more. What makes them hilarious is that they are presented in an exaggerated manner, highlighting Pinoy trademark qualities as it goes along. As for the 8 main characters, they are a set of odd, lovable characters who are nameless but each with distinctive qualities such as the guy with the spiky hair, the girl with the shaved head, the guy with the glasses and goatee, and so on. Wondering how they refer to one another in the comic strip? They just simply call each other “pare”, “tsong” or “ano”. When asked why the characters he created are nameless, Manix said that he couldn’t think up of names, so he just left it as it is. Today, Kikomachine is compiled into 9 books and also appears daily in the comics section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. With his growing fanbase and continuous support from his fans, Manix continues to strive to make Filipinos laugh every day with his talent through Kikomachine.
ABOUT THE COLLECTION
Solo’s back with another exciting collection for its 4th year of Pinoy Cartoonist Memorabilia! This time Manix Abrera has joined the wave of well-acclaimed cartoon artists we pay homage to for Solo’s upcoming comic based collection. Following the success of the first three highly praised collections comes Manix’s Kikomachine, a hilarious comic depicting an average Pinoy’s everyday lifestyle and experiences, featuring a bunch of nameless University kids as main characters. The collection consists of men and women’s casual wear composing of tees, collared tops, and shorts, all decked with graphic images of humorously drawn characters and eccentric comic strip scenes from Kikomachine. It won’t matter if you’re already an avid reader of Kikomachine or if you’re just starting to get familiar with it because the collection’s prints are eye-catching and fun, definitely something that everyone can enjoy! Wear them anywhere for that casual, upbeat look and put that Pinoy humor in fashion. Get set for another whimsical and trendy fashion break as Manix Abrera’s Kikomachine collection is set to hit Solo stores this August!