Being Marina Benipayo

Marina Benipayo becomes the dress she inhabits like an actress in a role. She wore the finale in Michael Cinco’s show for the benefit of Red Cross at Makati Shangri La Ball room last October 16, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Thaddeus L. Bautista

The moment she walks in all eyes are on her. Marina Benipayo isn’t a model walking down the ramp, she’s a bride made flesh from the fertile mind of the designer. In this case it is Michael Cinco. She walks slowly, almost floating. She takes the time to look at different directions. When she makes eye contact, it feels like she’s looking at you, knowing you, through you.

Marina Benipayo becomes the dress she inhabits like an actress in a role. She wore the finale in Michael Cinco’s show for the benefit of Red Cross at Makati Shangri La Ball room last October 16, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Marina Benipayo becomes the dress she inhabits like an actress in a role. She wore the finale in Michael Cinco’s show for the benefit of Red Cross at Makati Shangri La Ball room last October 16, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

At the end of the ramp she leans back almost like a dancer. But instead of moving at a dizzying speed, she allows us all to soak it all in, seeing the dress, the details, the ruffles, and the shapes.Marinabecomes the personification of the dress. She uses her hands to highlight her face and frame her torso towering the long bridal train.

Marina Benipayo becomes the dress she inhabits like an actress in a role. She wore the finale in Michael Cinco’s show for the benefit of Red Cross at Makati Shangri La Ball room last October 16, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Marina Benipayo becomes the dress she inhabits like an actress in a role. She wore the finale in Michael Cinco’s show for the benefit of Red Cross at Makati Shangri La Ball room last October 16, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

In a rare interview with Michael Cinco, he concedes that Marina was the only one who could pull off the finale. Without the interview I already knew that Marina Benipayo is definitely a peerless model elevating her craft to an ever higher level. She is also a PDI columnist, PLDT endorser and one of the leading members of the PMAP (Professional Models Association of the Phil.). Everything came together at the plush Rizal ball room of Makati Shangri-La. The crowd was mesmerized with the creations of Cinco personified by Marina Benipayo.

Marina Benipayo becomes the dress she inhabits like an actress in a role. She wore the finale in Michael Cinco’s show for the benefit of Red Cross at Makati Shangri La Ball room last October 16, 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

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