Last November 2008 I had the privilege to go to Guangzhou, China & Hongkong together with Ricky Reyes (which in our industry we all call Mother Ricky) as one of the Philippine delegates for the 12th APHCA Hair & Make-up International Competition.
The delegates of the Philippines for the said international competition wearing “barong” and “filipiniana.” The ones wearing black are the competitors representing our country. The rest of us are assigned to judge specific categories that do not have Philippine competitors to avoid bias. I was amazed by the reaction of delegates from other country because they liked our “barong and filipiniana” and even pose for a picture with us.
Mother Ricky is the current President of APHCA (Asia Pacific Hairdressers & Cosmetologists Association). As a filipino I’m very proud that from the rest of the participating Asian countries the President of the said Association is from the Philippines.
The competition day a lot of competitors from different countries joined. Each category is only given 30 minutes to finish example evening make-up, the models are in their gowns already but the make-up is done right there in the stage.
Here are some of the photos of other competitors from different countries:
It was an eye opening experience for me because there I saw a lot of people from different countries and we were all connected on one thing the “beauty industry.” I met delegates from Australia, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Macau, China, Korea, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Taipei and Japan.
Our hair style and make-up are not far away from that of the other competing countries we have the trophies to prove that. But by attending that international event i gained new and interesting knowledge about our industry. I have learned new techniques in make-up, hair extension and eyelash extension that i brought back here in our home town General Santos City.