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The Model’s Model

Looking for something to do this summer? Let two supermodels teach you how to walk and pose like a professional


By Liza Ilarde

@ilardeliza on Instagram


Last November, supermodels Ria Bolivar and Rachel Santillan held the graduation show of their first modeling workshop called Passion For Fashion. Held at SM City Iloilo, the show featured the collections of Ilonggo designers, as well as local brands.

Both Ria and Rachel were born and raised in Iloilo but had never met. Rachel did most of her modeling in TV commercials around the Asian region. Ria, meanwhile, once she was discovered by designer Bo Parcon while working at Robinsons Place Iloilo, dove head first into runway and editorial work in Manila. Their paths crossed when they both did a fashion show in Australia, where Rachel had already migrated to. Their shared interests and background led to a conversation about holding modeling workshops in Iloilo.

The timing couldn’t have been more perfect because Rachel had decided to go back to her hometown, while Ria, having given birth to a baby boy a year and half ago, wanted to raise her son surrounded by family.

The first Passion for Fashion modeling workshop was so successful that once the graduation show was over, they immediately started planning the second one, which will be held April 26-28, 1-5pm. Registration is ongoing. And like last year’s workshop, it will be divided into different age groups—for kids, teens, and adults (10 years old and above). The graduation show will be held on May 5 at SM City Iloilo again.

“It’s really more than just a modeling workshop,” said Ria. “Even if the girls don’t end up in the industry, joining this is a way for them to boost their self-confidence. I remember one girl who joined last year. In the beginning she was so shy and wouldn’t talk to anyone. By the end of the workshop, she and the other girls were like best friends!”


Passion for Fashion Modeling Workshop: Introduction to Modeling for Teens & Adults will be held April 26-28, 1-5pm at The Mansion, Iloilo City. To enroll and for more information, call/text (+63917) 533-3883 or (+63977) 877-1626, or email

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