AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2016


When you hear “AirAsia”, one would unlikely think of fashion, let alone a designer search. I mean, you’d probably think of low air fares, Malaysia, and of course, beautiful ladies clad in red immediately! Little did I know that this leading and largest low-cost air carrier in Asia has landed onto the world of fashion too!

A few weeks ago, I was invited to the Philippine leg of the AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2016 where  3 out of 185 aspiring designers were chosen to represent the country in Kuala Lumpur this August. But before I do the big reveal, let me take you through my first ever blog coverage!


We arrived a bit early so we had ample time to laze around and take photos in the hotel.

How cool is this logo???


No waiting game has been played without taking any selfies (at least in my case) Haha. I was fixing my hair because I don’t usually part my hair in the middle and it was all over the place!


Finding my angle. :))


After x number of selfies, we were asked to proceed to the event area where the panel of judges were introduced!

(from L-R) Captain Rolando Ching, Chief Pilot for Training, Philippines AirAsia, Andrew Tan, Founder of Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready To Wear, Patrick Galang, Fashion Editor of L’Officiel Manila and Vivy Yusof, Founder of FashionValet.

After two rounds of deliberation and careful and rigorous selection from 185 participants, Mary Camille Veloso, 24, Bea Samson, 28, both from Slims Fashion and Arts School and Ron Santos, 24, from Fashion Institute of Design and Arts – Davao emerged as the top three who will be representing the Philippines in the AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2016 Grand Finale in Kuala Lumpur this August.


These three designer hopefuls now have the chance to walk away as “Air Asia’s Most Promising  Young Designer 2016” and win at least P4 million worth of prizes including a confirmed show segment to showcase his or her full collection at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week RTW team, at least P250, 000 to produce a capsule collection to be sold on sponsored by FashionValet and 150,000 AirAsia BIG points sponsored by AirAsia BIG, AirAsia or AirAsia X flights and more that would be revealed soon!

Here I am interviewing the top 3!



When asked what their game plan was for the grand finale, they shared that they would like to highlight the filipino culture through their designs and present the best collection they can possibly create to show the international stage what the Filipino talent can offer. #PinoyPride!

Of course, no AirAsia event would be complete without giving away free flights! Four lucky winners were given away with a free trip to Kuala Lumpur to attend the grand finale! Unfortunately, my name was not drawn but it’s all good. Haha. Congratulations!


It was such a happy experience!! (as you can tell from the very blurry and candid photo below) Thank you, AirAsia for inviting us and for creating a platform for young aspiring designers to showcase their talent in the international scene. Good luck to all the contestants! Go, Philippines!!


*Special thanks to Anna Pangalangan 🙂