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Proudest moment

Michael Cinco is renowned all over the world hav­ing dressed some of the world’s most popular celebri­ties including the likes of Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Sofia Vergara and Bollywood’s Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

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But did you know that it was only until he cre­ated Kris Aquino’s yellow gown in the movie “Crazy Rich Asians” that he felt “proud to be a Filipino designer?”

He told The National, “While dressing up these famous international (stars) has really been a dream come true, dressing up one of the biggest celebrities from the Philip­pines gives me a different feeling – it makes me proud to be a Filipino designer.”

On her part, Aquino thanked the Samar-born-now-UAE-based designer for her gown.

“Thank you to ‘the’ Michael Cinco for mak­ing me a gown truly befitting a princess,” she said. “Based in Dubai, Michael is our very own – he originally came from Samar. This movie gave me that special opportunity to make us Filipinos feel good about ourselves and our contribution to the global workforce.”

Cinco moved to Dubai in 1997. He launched his eponymous couture house in 2003. (Neil Ramos)