David Gandy for SM Men’s Fashion

British male supermodel David Gandy has officially been named as the face of SM Men’s Fashion’s soon-to-be-launched campaign in the Philippines. SM Men’s Fashion brings together the best of both worlds as it flies in Western fashion’s most recognized male personalities to represent one of the East’s largest men’s apparel brands.

An Icon and a well known highest paid male model in the world, Gandy’s partnership with SM Men’s Fashion is testament to the brand’s global thrust. It is also indicative of SM Men’s Fashion’s active pursuit of taking its collections beyond the local fashion industry in terms of innovations, designs and following.

Towering at 6’3, David is a Goliath of the international fashion scene. The blue-eyed, chiseled model from Essex, United Kingdom first catapulted to international stardom after headlining a series of high profile campaigns. The most notable of his works are for Dolce & Gabbana’s “Light Blue” fragrance and Johnny Walker Blue Label. He is the also the only male model who walked the ramp at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

The 33 year-old British gentleman is also fashion royalty – as knighted by some of the world’s most noted style authorities. He has been dubbed as British GQ’s “Most Influential Man in Britain,” Cosmopolitan’s “Sexiest Man of 2013,” and Spanish Glamour’s “Most Beautiful International Male Face” in 2008. He has also been named as the world’s “Third Most Successful Male Model” by Forbes in 2009, and was one of London’s “Most Influential People” in 2011. Gandy was also nominated as “Model of the Year” in 2012.

One of the most in-demand faces – and bodies – on print, David has also graced the cover of 47 magazines, including the international editions of Vogue, Details, GQ, Elle Men and Men’s Health among others. He has also published – in cooperation with Dolce & Gabbana – his own 280-page photographic coffee table book, which has grown into a collector’s item for many fashionistas around the globe.

A real fashion coup, Gandy’s partnership with SM Men’s Fashion has created a buzz in recent months, with speculations of his arrival to Philippine shore being a hot topic among fashionistas and netizens all over the country – even before this announcement was made. “Finally, the secret is out. We are glad to announce that David (Gandy) is officially part of SM Men’s Fashion, and we invite everyone to stay tuned to our future campaign, where our latest endorser will exemplify how it is to be a sensible and stylish man of the modern times,” says Ayen Florendo, SM Men’s Fashion assistant vice-president for marketing.

For more on David Gandy, you may like SMMensFashion on Facebook, or follow @sm_mensfashion on Twitter and Instagram. You may also hashtag your tweets with #GandyforSMMEN and #smmensfashion.

Sharks and Rays Encounter at Manila Ocean Park

After my face-to-face whale shark aka Butanding encounter last July, the idea to engage again in animal interaction interest me when my wife invited me to join her at Manila Ocean Park.

This time, we were excited to see yet to hold sting rays and shark at the Acquatica area – an outdoor pool where marine creatures which said to be wild and dangerous can be as gentle and friendly to swim with.

With Manila Ocean Park’s newest and most engaging animal interaction to date, a go beyond aquarium wall adventure is a must-experience.

The Sting Rays half-body encounter is a personal face to fin contact where one can hold yet carry them. Sharks were also swimming around. From there, all the misconceptions that they will do harm to humans were corrected and one will be fearless to be with them.

To those who do not like to take a dip, Dry Encounter is also available. There’s no need to get wet or change clothes. There are marine life trainers that would give basic information about these sea animals. One can reach them thru acrylic panel, to touch and feel contact with them that would heightens your appreciation to care for the ocean and its inhabitants. This is ideal for school tours and large group bookings.

There is also a specialized CSR program focusing on sharks and rays encounter by persons with disabilities and special needs. They can get the chance to hold and pose for pictures with the sea creatures under the supervision of trained divers. Advanced booking is required for this offering.

Fee is P 800.00. You can also call 567-7777 loc. 153 for information and reservation. The attraction is in Acquatica near the entrance of Manila Ocean Park located behind Qurino Grandstand in Luneta, Manila.

For more details, visit their:

Website: Manila Ocean Park

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/pages/Manila-Ocean-Park