In my senior year of high school, I remember how my buddy hosted a viewing party for the finale of—actually I don’t recall which America’s Next Top Model season it was because there are so many! What I do remember is the diversity of the contestants from Indian American Anchal Joseph to Korean American Gina Choe. With the ANTM series still ongoing with Cycle 16, Emmy Award-winning producer Michael Carandang is still holding strong with the AA community.
The model search show is a cycle of never-ending glam-o-rama and drama among the competing beauties. What has been in store for the current season, though? The Filipino American producer has helped to give exposure the first featured Filipino American designer Michael Cinco, among many other contributions.
Born in Batangas, Philippines and raised in Indiana, Carandang eventually worked as a production assistant for The Jerry Springer Show.
The Filipino American worked his way up to Hollywood after landing his current job as a producer for The Tyra Show and America’s Next Top Model.
With all his hard work, networking, and success, Carandang never forgets about his Filipino values, which include family and religion.
According to a March PhilStar interview, Carandang said, ”It’s got something to do with the ‘American Dream.’ I owe it to my parents who sacrificed everything to give us this opportunity. It would be crazy to throw it away. As an immigrant, I had no sense of entitlement. Here, if you want to be successful, you have to work hard for it. Generally, Filipino immigrants don’t take things for granted. We would take any job to survive. It doesn’t matter how big or small, we’ll do it well — and with dignity — because we want to impress and move up.”
Catch ANTM Cycle 16 of on the CW channel Wednesdays at 8 p.m.