Since its inception in 2006, the annual Chalk Bright Young Manila Campus Hotties competition has become the go-to campus idol search when it comes to finding trendsetters in fashion and lifestyle, with participants embodying the "live young, love hard, and look good" mantra of the magazine. Indeed, Chalk Bright Young Manila has come a long way—and we can say the same thing for all of its contestants. Many have come and go, but Chalk is proud to present these Bright Young Manila alumni who have made it big in their respective industries and are continuously achieving and living up to Chalk’s brand of stylish and outstanding individuals.
1. Richard Juan (2014)
Aside from being the first ever Male Grand Winner of Chalk Bright Young Manila Campus Hotties in 2014, Richard rose to even more fame when he joined Pinoy Big Brother 737 as a housemate. After graduating cum laude in Broadcast Communications in UP Diliman, the PBB alum is now enjoying a successful career as a TV host, model, and entrepreneur. He was on ABS-CBN Sports + Action in Season 78, hosting the pre-game show Upfront at UAAP. You can see him getting busy also with his online store Funsies Factory–check it out for some cute onesies!
2. Tricia Gosingtian (2010)
Even before the rise of bloggers and influencers, Tricia Gosingtian was already paving the way with her impeccable taste in fashion and mad photography skills. After graduating with honors with a degree in Information Design and working as a photographer for various shoots in different publications, the recently-married 27-year-old maintains her status as one of Asia’s top influencers, thanks to her blog Tricia Will Go Places.
3. Chino Lui Pio (2012)
Stepping into the scene and being more known as Hale frontman Champ Lui Pio's younger brother at first, this De La Salle University alumnus sought to carve a name for himself, starting with a VJ stint on Myx, where he had an awesome eight-year run. Currently, Chino still dabbles in TV and events hosting, and is busy with his newest business venture, Junction 88 Bar in Plaridel, Bulacan.
4. Jay Kim (2016)
This 20-year-old Korean cutie from De La Salle University took his BYM fame to great heights when he tried out for the first season of Pinoy Boyband Superstar. And who can forget his audition? He made girls kilig by declaring his love for them in different languages (did you know he can actually speak seven?), and caught Sandara Park's eye when he brazenly sang 2NE1's "Fire" in front of her and the other judges. He's a talented singer, for sure, with an affinity for rap music. While he's building his artist portfolio and dabbling in modeling and hosting, Jay also recently became a part of The Palace Manila as one of its influencers and hosts.
5. Ganiel Krishnan (2015)
2015 was a great year for Ganiel—she was one of the finalists of Chalk Bright Young Manila plus the courtside reporter of FEU for the UAAP. 2016 was even better—she ventured into the world of pageantry and joined two consecutive beauty pageants—successfully placing in both! She was the second runner-up at Miss Manila 2016 and was also crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific International last year (she went on to win second place at the Miss Asia Pacific International pageant). With her sharp wit, intellectual smarts and classic, morena beauty, we’re sure that Ganiel has a bright future ahead of her.
6. Samantha Lee (2012)
UP Film and Audiovisual Communication graduate Sam released her first film Baka Bukas in 2016, winning the Audience Choice Award at the Cinema One Originals Film Festival that same year. You can say this up-and-comer is on her way to making it big in local cinema, but did you know she almost didn't make it to film school? Her parents were against their only child studying in UP (her dad even made a list of reasons why she should go and study at the Ateneo instead!), but that, of course, didn't stop her. She recently finished her Masters in Communication degree at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and is currently working as the multimedia manager of CNN Philippines. Impressive!
Do you think you or someone you know has what it takes to be the next Bright Young Manila Campus Hottie? Get ready 'cause we are officially opening the nominations TONIGHT for this year's batch of #ChalkBYMCampusHotties!
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