Aspiring Filipino designers are vying to become Asia’s next interior design superstar in The Apartment: Passion for Design, which returns to Sony Channel starting March 22 at 9pm.
For the first time, there are three Filipino contestants in one season who are all out to show off their design prowess in the biggest design reality series in Asia. Fil-Kiwi model and beauty queen Stephanie Dods, interior decorator Jesy Cruz, and interior designer Eugene del Rosario are determined to provide stiff competition to nine other talented contestants from various backgrounds for the chance to win the biggest prize in the series’ history – the deed to a luxurious UMLand apartment at D’Lagoon, located in Iskandar, Malaysia.
Introducing: Stephanie – born in New Zealand and worked in Australia as a fashion buyer and designer. She is a creative individual and draws her inspiration from the places she’s visited and the culture she’s experienced and infuses them into her work #TAstephanie #TheApartmentTV #passionfordesign #TA6
Introducing: Eugene – who is a huge travel and adrenaline junkie. He’s travelled to over 51 countries and is inspired by the diversity of cultures that he applies to his design work. He started his career by designing for a limited number of clients and wants to make a name for himself #TAeugene #TheApartmentTV #passionfordesign #TA6
Introducing: Jesy – who might surprise you because he’s partially colour-blind, but that doesn’t stop him from experimenting with colour-centric designs and prints. His work has been featured in multiple interior design magazines in the Philippines, highlighting designs for numerous residential and commercial spaces #TAjesy
The three are also making a bid to be the next Filipino to win the prestigious competition, after Cebu-based interior designer-best friends Deankie Latonio and Tiara Sison won the third edition in 2013. Like the winning pair, they believe that The Apartment will be a stepping stone for them to showcase their innovative talent in interior design and make a name for themselves in the industry.
“Filipinos are renowned for their exceptional talent and tend to do really well in reality series where their creativity and survival skills are put to the test under high pressure situations. The Amazing Race Asia and Asia’s Got Talent on AXN are two wonderful examples of Filipinos making the country proud. Now with the The Apartment: Passion for Design on Sony Channel, the Philippines will show that the country can also excel in interior design,” said Armi Malaluan, Director and Business Head of Sony Television Networks, Asia.
This season, Filipino interior designer and media personality Cat Arambulo joins The Apartment as one of the two new judges, together with Tyler Wisler, one of New York’s most influential and dynamic designers. International superstar Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is the principal judge, while award-winning designer and author Jamie Durie returns as host and mentor.