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Forget Your Problems And Look At All These Beautiful People

Good looks were off the charts at the PMAP anniversary party. We checked for you.
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Riddle me this: If you are a very exclusive club of, say, that evolved species of human beings called models, how do you celebrate your 30th birthday? Do you stare into the mirror and count the baby wrinkles on your forehead? Do you go on an all-night bender with your best buds who are not models? Do you weep into your pillow and lament the sorry state of your life? 

If you are the Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP), the by-models and for-models organization, 30 is not that scary throw-yourself-over-a-cliff age, but a glorious moment that deserves a massive blowout. After all, it's been three decades since PMAP, the first organization of its kind in Asia, began its mission of professionalizing the modeling industry, so that the idols of page and screen can do their jobs and not worry about unreasonable working conditions and mystery payments.

Now, it's all good! So good, in fact, that last week's (black-white-or-gray-only) ball at the Peninsula Manila was, to say the least, epic. And who was there but the fashion family: the supers, including Tweetie de Leon Gonzalez and Apples Aberin, plus a bevy of beautiful ladies and dapper gents, all dressed to kill for a night of supreme partying. 

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Missed it? Don't worry. Esquire Philippines was on the ground to capture the best and coolest scenes for you.


Mika Lagdameo Martinez and Joey Mead King


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Every corner is an opportunity for a picture-perfect moment.


Two lucky gents, Josh Cordoves and Neil Wilson, with one gorgeous lady, Alexa Aguirre (and her leg).


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Jet Rai nailed it with his murdered-out suit.


PMAP president Raphael Kiefer in an unimpeachable white tuxedo


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OG model Tweetie de Leon Gonzalez


Even more OG models Ricardo Cepeda and Marina Benipayo


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Selfies, as seen here with Mia Ayesa, were an important part of the program.


During a selfie...


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...and after.


Two takes on shoulder baring: 1.) Go low with Kira Manansala


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2.) Or naked arms.


Tweetie in immaculate light.


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Izza Gonzales Agana aglow in the night's grand drama.


Apples Aberin looking like a boss with her take on the white tux.


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'Gonna take take the perfect shot...'


'...Got it!'


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Rissa Mananquil Trillo


Taking directions from a photographer is never difficult for a model.


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The fashion family


Joey Mead King takes center stage.


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Here's to 30 years!


A great shot of Apples and her killer tux


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Waiting backstage can be thrilling or nerve-wracking (see lady on left).


Done!


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And time to party!


Wilma Doesnt


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The Rigodon Ballroom packed with beautiful people


That's all folks!

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