Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Michael Cinco – Trailblazer


Fashion Designer


2016 saw Michael Cinco shedding tears at the Jardin de Tuileries after mounting his very first show at the Paris Haute Couture Week – a dream fulfilled, with the support of the Asian Couture Federation where the designer is a founding member.  It was not just another milestone.  It was THE milestone – the achievement of the ultimate aspiration, within the stellar career of this world-renowned designer.

The last decade has seen Michael Cinco’s unstoppable rise into both local, regional and international prominence, with his brand of haute couture gracing runways and red carpets around the world, his extravagant creations worn and sought-after by royalty, the elite and Hollywood A-listers.  His involvement with America’s Next Top Model, as well as Asia’s and China’s Next Top Model has also made Michael a household name adored by fashion fans across the globe.  The awards he’s received through the years, including one for Breakthrough Designer at the WGSN Global Fashion Award in New York and the Philippine Presidential Medal of Honor, well, those are just the proverbial icing on his already uber rich cake.  He says of his ride to success so far, “My career journey is at times giddy, other times calculated. But mostly impalpable and beautiful.”

Looking back on his wins, the hardworking designer shares thoughtfully, “Being a Filipino in the international fashion arena is a challenge, though a little clichéd. But I made it work for me.  So, be the best that you can. I can, therefore, you can. We can.”


Special thanks to – Giordano, Nikon, Liali Jewellery, Lulu, Mitsubishi and Western Union.

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