3 Pinoys join Asian design reality show


Posted at Mar 14 2018 06:34 PM

(Left to right) Eugene del Rosario, Stephanie Dods, and Jesy Cruz are the three Filipino contestants in “The Apartment: Passion for Design.” Handout photo

MANILA – For the first time, there will be three Filipino contestants in the reality show “The Apartment: Passion for Design.”

Filipino-Kiwi model and beauty queen Stephanie Dods, interior decorator Jesy Cruz, and interior designer Eugene del Rosario are joining nine other contestants in the series, which will be shown on Sony Channel starting March 22 at 9 p.m.

The winner will get a luxurious UMLand apartment at D’Lagoon in Iskandar, Malaysia.

“Filipinos are renowned for their exceptional talent and tend to do really well in reality series where their creativity and survival skills are put to the test under high-pressure situations. ‘The Amazing Race Asia’ and ‘Asia’s Got Talent’ on AXN are two wonderful examples of Filipinos making the country proud,” said Armi Malaluan, director and business head of Sony Television Networks Asia.

“Now with ‘The Apartment: Passion for Design’ on Sony Channel, the Philippines will show that the country can also excel in interior design,” Malaluan added. 

Meanwhile, Filipino interior designer and media personality Cat Arambulo will sit as one of the show’s two new judges. The other is Tyler Wisler, one of New York’s most influential designers. 

International superstar Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is the principal judge, while award-winning designer and author Jamie Durie returns as mentor and host.