Manila X: Where music and fashion collide

by Angelica Cruz


Rock band Kwjan performs while models strut the runway.
(Photo by Sonny Espiritu)

Filipino festivalgoers witnessed the merging of music and fashion through bold runway shows scored by world-class musical performances at the Globe Circuit Event Grounds.

Welcoming the crowd were catchy beats from DJ Jess Milner. Drilling down the different strands of music were Pop Rock Princess Yeng Constantino and Kiana Valenciano.


Top DJs (clockwise) Jessica Milner, Tom Taus and Curse & Bless serving some cool beats
(Photo by Sonny Espiritu)

Live musical acts, intensified with the presence of various artists and celebrities, had the crowd dancing and singing the night along. One of the crowd favorites was Gloc 9 whose album Sukli under Star Music was launched recently in ABS-CBN’s variety show ASAP. Also the headliners in the fest were some of the country’s much-anticipated and well-received bands like Kjwan, Up Dharma Down, and The Juans. They cruised through their original hit songs while fashion models stun the audience with their impeccable style.

Once everyone was prepped up, hip online retailer Zalora filled the runway with bold tribal prints and romantic night out pieces, pumped up by performances from up and coming band The Juans and singer-songwriter duo Thyro and Yumi. This was followed by stylist John Paul Dizon’s sleek-themed show, with ensembles worn by his models and celebrity clients and friends.


Jake Ejercito (left) walks for fashion designer John Paul Dizon (right)
(Photo by Sonny Espiritu)

The energy was brought back up by stylist duo Rain Dagala and Em Millan through youthful, editorial, street looks in their sportswear-dominated show. It was complemented by powerful, collaborative performances from Gloc 9 and DJ Badkiss.

With Bang Pineda’s flair for menswear, the stylist/designer went forward with a show presenting a legion of men imbibing the grunge spirit. Completing the vibe was a high-dosage rock performance from Kjwan led by vocalist Marc Abaya. DJs Marc Marasigan and duo Curse & Bless spun in between shows to keep everyone on their toes. To end the festival with a bang, DJs Tom Taus and Ace Ramos spun their best beats, making the crowd dance the night away.

Directed by Paolo Valenciano, this revolutionary merging of music and fashion came from the aspiration of Founder and Creative Director, stylist John Lozano to give every Filipino access to fashion and styling, and ultimately help realize and embrace individuality through the merging of runway shows and musical performances.

Sponsored by make-up label BYS, and powered by Zalora and TaskUs Philippines, the fastest growing startup firm in the country, Manila X is the first of its kind in the Philippines — and proudly local event where music and fashion collide.