MANILA, Philippines - After Michael Cinco, another Filipino was chosen as a featured designer in hit fashion reality show "America's Next Top Model."
Oliver Tolentino's creations were worn by model-contestants during the "Fierce and Parade Fashion Show" of "America's Next Top Model."
Seven out of 15 contestants also donned his couture gowns in a previous episode.
The Hollywood-based Filipino designer, known for incorporating indigenous materials such as abaca in his designs, said he is happy to be part of the show.
"Nakakatuwa nga kasi sabi ng producer ng show talagang napakarami daw ng nanonood ng 'America's Next Top Model' sa Pilipinas. 'Yung rating talaga nila sa Pilipinas ay napakataas. Nakakatuwa naman na mapanood ng ating mga kababayan sa Pilipinas ang gawa ni Oliver Tolentino sa 'America's Next Top Model.' Nakakataba ng puso," Tolentino said.
"I'm so blessed na napili nila 'yung mga creations ko para i-present sa kanilang TV show," he added.
Asked if he will be part of the show on a more regular basis, Tolentino said, "Sana! (Laughs) But you'll never know, kasi alam mo naman ang competition dito sa States, ang competition very stiff."
Meanwhile, Tolentino said Filipino designers may have an advantage over others this season.
"Right now, when you see the red carpet, everyone is like, bling-bling. Everyone's shining on the red carpet. And it's an advantage for Filipino designers because we're known for doing very intricate beadings," he said.
Among the celebrities who wore Tolentino's creations are Jenna Ushkowitz, one of the cast members of "Glee."
Tolentino also been chosen as this year's icon for MetroWear, which is dubbed as the biggest fashion event in the country. -- Report from Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America Bureau