Professional Models Association of the Philippines

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It is the very first of its kind in Asia, and probably the world. The Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP) is the only organization of models run by models themselves, each confident of their own talents, abilities and capabilities to manage and plan their modeling careers. Established on February 11, 1987 the PMAP aims to "uplift, protect and professionalize the modeling industry in the Philippines, and to develop and stabilize, national and international awareness, participation, involvement and competition in the field of modeling." The PMAP served as a key force in the development and upgrading of the local modeling industry, with the firm belief that as a united group, modelscan band and work together for their own protection and progress.

Contrary to some beliefs, the PMAP is not an agency but a cross between an association and a union of models. "As a union we are vocal with our rights, as an association, we have a vision of what we want to become in the future," says one of the original members Tina Maristela-Ocampo, who co-founded the organization with co-models Ronnie Asuncion and Robert David in 1987 in response to what they believed were conditions that should be professionalized. They sought for reasonable working hours and standardized compensation for model bookings. Succeeding members of PMAP have sought to maintain and improve these standards, seeking the professional services of legal and financial consultants.

The organization's first project, a successful fashion gala in 1988 called "PMAP and Friends," harnessed its members' production talents in bringing together and fostering unity among all sectors of the fashion industry at the time. In 1990, PMAP co-produced another gala called "Halo-Halo, Sari-Sari" with the Sari-Sari Store and PRO Masters, Inc. PMAP has also been instrumental discovering, training and giving career guidance, advice and protection to its new models. For its tenth year anniversary PMAP produced Rajo Laurel's first gala show at the GSIS podium on February 1997. In June 24, 1998, the association staged a benefit fashion show to help raise funds when one of its members, Lucia Santiago, met a car accident from which she fully recovered. In July 19, 1999 PMAP presented its 12th Anniversary Gala at the Grand Ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental, Manila.

Despite the many controversial stands it has taken through the years of its existence, PMAP has managed to survive, strongly united to protect its members from those who sought to undermine their rights.

Members who served as PMAP President include Ronnie Asuncion, JB Abesamis, Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez, Den Abesamis, Apples Aberin-Sadhwani, Grace Molina, and Baba Parma. Rissa Samson is the current president.

Past officers and members have included the best in the modeling industry who continue to prove their excellence in their current field of expertise: Tina Maristela-Ocampo, Alta Tan, Izza Gonzales-Agana, Suyene Chi-Sia, Lawrence Pineda, Lala Flores Magpantay, Jan Garcia, Desiree Verdadero-Abesamis, Tetta Ortiz-Matera, Annette Coronel, Bea Recto-Agnir, Cassandra Romero, Vivian Veloso, Trixie Chua, Eric Quizon, Boyet Sta. Maria, Lingling Gonzales, Anna Lingad, Maribel Lastimosa-Steinmann, Robert David, Ping Federis, Susan Africa, John Borromeo, John Gaddi, Leo Rabago, Marina Benipayo, John Estrada, Calvin Millado, Sara Jane Paez-Santiago, Abbygale Arenas-de Leon, Marilen Espino-Mendoza, Gem Padilla, Patty Betita, Lou Bunyi-Pareja, Malou Gonzalez-Hafner, Patricia dela Cruz and Myrza Sison.

The organization's founders and original members have expressed satisfaction and joy in seeing their vision form and thrive, and that throughout the years its succeeding members have continued their legacy of being united to fight for the rights of models, not only for themselves, but for future generations as well.

The organization's first project, a successful fashion gala in 1988 called "PMAP and Friends," harnessed its members' production talents in bringing together and fostering unity among all sectors of the fashion industry at the time. In 1990, PMAP co-produced another gala called "Halo-Halo, Sari-Sari" with the Sari-Sari Store and PRO Masters, Inc. PMAP has also been instrumental discovering, training and giving career guidance, advice and protection to its new models. For its tenth year anniversary PMAP produced Rajo Laurel's first gala show at the GSIS podium on February 1997. In June 24, 1998, the association staged a benefit fashion show to help raise funds when one of its members, Lucia Santiago, met a car accident from which she fully recovered. In July 19, 1999 PMAP presented its 12th Anniversary Gala at the Grand Ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental, Manila.

Despite the many controversial stands it has taken through the years of its existence, PMAP has managed to survive, strongly united to protect its members from those who sought to undermine their rights.

Members who served as PMAP President include Ronnie Asuncion, JB Abesamis, Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez, Den Abesamis, Apples Aberin-Sadhwani, Grace Molina, and Baba Parma. Rissa Samson is the current president.

Past officers and members have included the best in the modeling industry who continue to prove their excellence in their current field of expertise: Tina Maristela-Ocampo, Alta Tan, Izza Gonzales-Agana, Suyene Chi-Sia, Lawrence Pineda, Lala Flores Magpantay, Jan Garcia, Desiree Verdadero-Abesamis, Tetta Ortiz-Matera, Annette Coronel, Bea Recto-Agnir, Cassandra Romero, Vivian Veloso, Trixie Chua, Eric Quizon, Boyet Sta. Maria, Lingling Gonzales, Anna Lingad, Maribel Lastimosa-Steinmann, Robert David, Ping Federis, Susan Africa, John Borromeo, John Gaddi, Leo Rabago, Marina Benipayo, John Estrada, Calvin Millado, Sara Jane Paez-Santiago, Abbygale Arenas-de Leon, Marilen Espino-Mendoza, Gem Padilla, Patty Betita, Lou Bunyi-Pareja, Malou Gonzalez-Hafner, Patricia dela Cruz and Myrza Sison.

The organization's founders and original members have expressed satisfaction and joy in seeing their vision form and thrive, and that throughout the years its succeeding members have continued their legacy of being united to fight for the rights of models, not only for themselves, but for future generations as well.

The organization's first project, a successful fashion gala in 1988 called "PMAP and Friends," harnessed its members' production talents in bringing together and fostering unity among all sectors of the fashion industry at the time. In 1990, PMAP co-produced another gala called "Halo-Halo, Sari-Sari" with the Sari-Sari Store and PRO Masters, Inc. PMAP has also been instrumental discovering, training and giving career guidance, advice and protection to its new models. For its tenth year anniversary PMAP produced Rajo Laurel's first gala show at the GSIS podium on February 1997. In June 24, 1998, the association staged a benefit fashion show to help raise funds when one of its members, Lucia Santiago, met a car accident from which she fully recovered. In July 19, 1999 PMAP presented its 12th Anniversary Gala at the Grand Ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental, Manila.

Despite the many controversial stands it has taken through the years of its existence, PMAP has managed to survive, strongly united to protect its members from those who sought to undermine their rights.

Members who served as PMAP President include Ronnie Asuncion, JB Abesamis, Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez, Den Abesamis, Apples Aberin-Sadhwani, Grace Molina, and Baba Parma. Rissa Samson is the current president.

Past officers and members have included the best in the modeling industry who continue to prove their excellence in their current field of expertise: Tina Maristela-Ocampo, Alta Tan, Izza Gonzales-Agana, Suyene Chi-Sia, Lawrence Pineda, Lala Flores Magpantay, Jan Garcia, Desiree Verdadero-Abesamis, Tetta Ortiz-Matera, Annette Coronel, Bea Recto-Agnir, Cassandra Romero, Vivian Veloso, Trixie Chua, Eric Quizon, Boyet Sta. Maria, Lingling Gonzales, Anna Lingad, Maribel Lastimosa-Steinmann, Robert David, Ping Federis, Susan Africa, John Borromeo, John Gaddi, Leo Rabago, Marina Benipayo, John Estrada, Calvin Millado, Sara Jane Paez-Santiago, Abbygale Arenas-de Leon, Marilen Espino-Mendoza, Gem Padilla, Patty Betita, Lou Bunyi-Pareja, Malou Gonzalez-Hafner, Patricia dela Cruz and Myrza Sison.

The organization's founders and original members have expressed satisfaction and joy in seeing their vision form and thrive, and that throughout the years its succeeding members have continued their legacy of being united to fight for the rights of models, not only for themselves, but for future generations as well.

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