Will a Filipina finally win ‘Asia’s Next Top Model?’ | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

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Three Filipinas will try to do what other local models failed to achieve in the last four seasons: Win “Asia’s Next Top Model.”

Anjelica Santillan, Jennica Sanchez, and Maureen Wroblewitz are the country’s bets in the fifth season of reality TV modelling competition.

They will be up against 11 other contenders from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, and Taiwan.

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was named the season’s guest judge. Other judges for the season are host Cindy Bishop, creative director Yu Tsai and model mentor Cara G. Mcilroy.

READ: Pia Wurtzbach to appear on ‘Asia’s Next Top Model’

In an interview with ABS-CBN’s “Bandila,” Wurtzbach said that the tricky part is not to be biased, and she was never biased.

“Honest ako sa kanila, kapag maganda, sinasabi ko talaga, kapag may nakita akong pwede pang i-improve, sinasabi ko rin,” she said.

(I am honest to them. If they do great, I tell them. I also inform them where they need to improve.)

Take a look at the thee Philippines representatives who are competing this season, and some facts about them from the Asia’s Next Top Model website:




Anjelica Santillan, 22, enjoys a laid-back lifestyle and wakeboarding.  She aims to win so she can afford a new home for herself and care for her family. If modeling doesn’t work out for her, she is considering a career as a flight attendant or lawyer.




Jennica Sanchez, 20, has over 77,000 Instagram followers. Exuding an outgoing personality, she enjoyed encouragement from her followers as she auditioned for the modeling tilt. If modeling doesn’t work out, she said that she dreams to be a performer as she thinks the stage is where she belongs.




Maureen Wroblewitz, 18, grew up in Germany but moved back to the Philippines to pursue amodeling career. She said that she wants to be an actress if modeling doesn’t work out.

In previous seasons, Filipinas Monika Sta. Maria, Julian Flores, Jodilly Pendre, Katarina Rodriguez, and Stephanie Retuya came close to winning the competition but fell short.

“Asia’s Next Top Model” cycle 5 will start airing on April 5. EMB/IDL

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