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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Christi Lynn “Ashley” Landrito McGarry - RP's Top Model bet

Even before she could compete in the forthcoming Mutya ng Pilipinas contest as the US East Coast delegate, New York-based Christi Lynn “Ashley” Landrito McGarry was tapped by Roberto de Venecia, Mutya ng Pilipinas Inc. president, to represent the Philippines in the 17th Top Model of the World Search held in the State of North Rhine Westphalia, Dortmund, Germany last Sunday, Feb. 21.

“I helped train Ashley,” said Felix Manuel, member of Funfare’s “beauty experts,” who is working in New York. “She will be formally crowned as Mutya ng Pilipinas-US East Coast next month.”

According to Felix, the Top Model of the World is an international search for the ultimate model who is independent, talented and fashion conscious. It was first staged in 1993 in Miami by the Globana Group before the venue was moved to Germany. In 2005, it was held for the first time in Asia (China). In 2006, our very own Michelle de Leon placed second and later assumed the title after the winner resigned.

From Felix, Funfare learned that the 19-year-old 5’11” morena stunner was chosen by De Venecia as RP’s Top Model bet through engineer Danilo Pagsambugan’s Maharlikang Pilipino-USA Pageant based in the East Coast. Ashley is the daughter of Victoria Alba Landrito from Bicol and former PBA Magnolia player and model Christopher McGarry.

Added Felix, “She was valedictorian in her grammar school, Our Lady of Victories in New Jersey, where she was the president of the student body and captain of the girls’ basketball team. Ashley attended the Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School, the academically-ranked No. 1 high school in the state of New Jersey and the 27th in the nation. She was a four-year varsity starter and MVP for her high school girl’s volleyball and basketball teams. Aside from excelling in sports, she was an active member of the Philosophy Club and president of the Varsity Club. Her passion for art and writing won numerous awards and contests in poetry, essay writing, prose, and illustration or painting, and attended a prestigious visual and performing arts program at New Jersey City University.”

A model, Ashley has a string of beauty titles: 2004 Miss Teen Philippines-USA, a search sponsored by Nena Kaufman’s Philippine Hearts and Hopes Society; in 2006 as US ambassadress who helped needy children in Bohol; first runner-up at the Miss Teen New Jersey-USA with over 120 contestants; and one of the USA’s Five Prettiest Filipina-Americans for 2007-2008.

Ashley had to sacrifice a full scholarship at PACE University in Manhattan (major in Marketing and Accounting) for a crack at both the Top Model and Mutya searches.

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