by - December 16, 2011

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Solo Announces Online Model Search 2011 Finalists!
From almost a hundred creative submissions to Solo’s Online Model Search Contest Year 3, Solo reveals the finalists who will vie for the Grand Winners title and become the next faces of Solo for 2012!  
Solo Online Model Search is the first ever model search in the country and it gets bigger and more exciting each year since it started in 2009. This year, the contest highlighted the second installment of the well-loved Pinoy Cartoonist Memorabilia Series which features no less than the greatest work of the father of Philippine Cartoons, Tony Velsquez’s  KENKOY. The contest ran from September 1-November 30 where entries showcased their creativity in clothes styling and graphic design don in a 1940’s Glam theme.  Check out all the entries at: www.solo.com.ph/modelsearch2011 (see Gallery tab).
Top 20 Finalists who have been judged and selected by the judges based on the criteria: Voter’s Choice 30% and Solo’s Choice 70%. Meet our finalists (in random order):
Top 10 Male Photo Entry Finalists
  • Soloista, Mark Joseph Miranda & Gil Van Pilicarpio
  • About a Young Boy, Ross Joseph F. Bernabe & Ethan Cordero
  • Guy in the Mirror, Meljohn Magno & Samuel Mangubat
  • Memories of World War II, Rene Escandor & Dennis Espineli Salcedo
  • Lucky Strike, John David Ponce & Jay Balagot
  • Vintage Pop, Al Adeep Moulhiem & Jan Ramirez
  • The Last Bachelor, Edward Angelo Espinola & John Reyes
  • Mr. Hotshot, Kenneth Chua & Rose-Ann Grace Mascariña
  • An Ode To My Last Summer, Mark Vincent  Denosta & Wilcon Phillip Layag
  • Man in the Mirror, Gelo Luna & Ed Siason
Top 10 Female Photo Entry Finalists
  • The Photographer, Dane Felisse Marasigan & Paul Alex Nocum
  • Shipping Out, Sophia Balagat & Loel Lamela
  • Unica Hija: Perfect Solo: Arizza Tamayo
  • Cariñosa, Lovernie Evangelista & Ansherina Banzon
  • Glamorous Rosing, Karen Sepe & Erick Camps
  • Glamorously Kenkoy, Stephanie Anne R. Saraos & Fernan Fajardo
  • Glimpse of the Past, Emmie Abe Javier & Alexis Fusilero
  • Time Traveler, Ma. Laviet Joaquin & Ed Siason
  • Leaving, Jamaine Brainard & Ed Siason
  • Apat Dapat, Arra Jeuneze Corpuz & Tami Ballesteros
We’re few steps closer to discover the new faces of Solo for 2012! The model finalists will have a go-see and interview with the judges to prove themselves that they are worthy of the coveted title and become the ambassador s of the brand.  Who will be next in line to Jaggy Tallada and Jhoanna Flor and Mehran Khaledi and Phoebe Rutaquio who have graced the walls of Solo stores and EDSA billboards, and will take home cash and product prizes?
The grand winners will be officially unveiled in early 2012. Visit www.solo.com.ph for updates. Catch more exciting buzz, Like us on Facebook facebook.com/mySoloOnline and follow us on Twitter twitter.com/mySoloOnline

Having a cup of your favorite drink from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® just got easier as the famed coffee shop opens a new branch right at the heart of Manila.
Set to open its doors in a new location right across the American Embassy, the new The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® on Roxas Boulevard will be ready to serve everyone with their specialty coffees and teas beginning December 10. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® has been serving up a full selection of internationally-acclaimed signature blends to Filipinos for 8 years now.
“We’ve decided to open a branch along Roxas Boulevard to cater to the growing demands for the brand in the area,” shares Walden Chu, President of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®. “Our goal at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® always has and will be to provide Filipinos with the best coffee and tea available out there. That’s why all our stores are located in strategic areas to make sure that we cater to as many people as we possibly can.”
Located in Avenue of the Arts along Roxas Boulevard, the new The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® shop is nestled amid a quintessentially Filipino setting that boasts of historic architectural structures and the world famous Manila Bay -- allowing everyone to enjoy their perfect cup of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® drink while enjoying the sunset.
In line with its debut, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® branch in Avenue of the Arts will be holding a special promotion that will run from December 10-17, 2011. During the promo period, customers can come to the store from 12:30 to 1:30 in the afternoon and purchase the Regular Mocha, Vanilla and Caramel Ice Blended Drinks for only Php 50.

That's all the announcements for now. Wishing you all a great Friday!:)

x A.F.A.

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