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- Rissa M. Samson -

Hi Rissa!

Lucky girl, you! As Benetton girl, you’ll get to be exposed internationally, you can wear cool clothes and keep them (plus you get paid), you meet interesting people and... you spend more time with Tim Yap. Oh, he’s one cool cutie! If I could be transformed into a guy, I’d like to be him! Hot Tim Yap! Can I be his girl? He! He! I think it’s impossible kasi hindi kami bagay. The only similarity we have is we both look Japanese. Other than that, no more!

Oh please, Genie Rissa, grant my wish. Please feature the man, Tim Yap. Thanks a lot! – Moon

Dear Moon,

Yeah, I must admit, being chosen as one of the faces of Benetton and being New York to shoot the spring/summer 2002 catalogue and international campaign sure is great!

As for Tim, I’m no genie but yes, I will grant your wish. Here’s more about the fashionable eventologist, the man with endless energy and creativity, and the person who throws the best parties.

Full name:
Tim Yap


January 17


Trademark clothing item:
Jackets (layering and clashing colors)

I will never be caught dead wearing...
sando tucked in briefs.

I wish I never bought...
this oversized white winter jacket that made me look like a Chinese Baby Spice.

I only shop ...
everywhere and anywhere.

Fab fashion find of the moment:
Russ and Sanrio stuffed animals as accents

Cheapest fashion item I own:
P30 to P50 vintage finds from Bambang and Ukay Ukay in Baguio

Most expensive fashion item I own:
Alain Mikli reversible robe

Favorite designers:
Local – Michele Sison, Rajo Laurel and Rhett Eala

– Dries Van Noten, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto

Favorite brands:
Local – Human, Sari Sari and Anonymous

Benetton, Zara, H&M, D&G, Costume National, Comme Des Garcons

The fashionable few are
... Patrick Reyno, Robbie and Marco Antonio, Ricco Ocampo, Carlo Rufino of Paul Smith, Leica Carpo, Tina Maristela-Ocampo, Wendy Puyat and Celine Lopez.

The fashion industry is...

Filipino style today...
needs to be promoted more internationally.

If I were a cartoon character, I’d be...
a cross between The Little Prince and Astroboy.

If I were an actor, I’d be...
Daniel Radcliffe so I can play Harry Potter.

If my life were a movie, it would be...
Temptation Island.

I love...
my work, Antonio and Sandy Arando’s yoga classes and Jon Jon Rufino’s cooking.

I hate...
it when the sun rises before I hit Hap Chang.

I wish...
I can have a closet like Tessa Prieto Valdes’, the writing flair of Clinton Palanca, the business acumen of Ben Chan and the charisma of Virgie Ramos.

I look up to...
people who have been there, done that, yet still continue to make a difference in the scene – Louie Ysmael, Freddie Panicucci, Maurice Arcache, Inno Sotto, Ben Cabrera, Joe Salazar and Atom Henares.

At 10 a.m., you’ll find me...
in never never land...

At 10 p.m., you’ll find me...
in never never land (go figure).

I never leave the house without...
fixing my hair and having an entire week’s wardrobe in my car!

On a three-day trip, I would pack...

While in the bathroom, I read...
my texts, newspapers and magazines.

My phone bill is large because I always talk to...
Atom Henares, Mons Romulo Tantoco and Kara Tolentino.

But if I had an hour of his/her time, I’d talk to...
Andy Warhol and Steve Rubbell.

Look of the moment:
Eclectic, from prep to punk, anything goes hip couture

Controversy of the moment:
Nothing, just petty intrigues

Person of the moment:
Sarah Meier – she is our answer to Chloe Sevigny

Best party I’ve attended:
Club Pacha in Ibiza and my nephew’s birthday party

Worst party I’ve thrown:
In downtown Manila, the product manager called me last minute and I wasn’t involved in the creative process – boring!

On Saturday nights, I’m...
painting the town RED.

And on Sunday morning, I’m...
still painting the town RED!

The best thing about being Tim Yap is...
all the friends I make.

The worst thing about being Tim Yap is...
people misinterpreting my fun.

My parents have always said...
to always be a good boy and follow the traditional route.

But I say...
live according to your own beliefs and party on.

My last meal would be...
full of the fattening things I deny myself.

God should take me in heaven...
because the goal of my life is to make others happy...plus even God enjoys a good party.

All I want for Christmas is...
a trip to Italy...and world peace.
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