Michael Carandang: Filipino behind the limelight

Michael Carandang talks to Rappler about Tyra Banks, Filipino designers, and Jessica Sanchez.

LET THEM SHINE. Michael Carandang helped open the doors to Michael Cinco and Oliver Tolentino in America's Next Top Model. But he will always humbly say, "It's because of their talent."

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – “Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan, hindi makakarating sa paroroonan.” 

If there is one person who perfectly expemplifies this, it would be Emmy-award-winning Filipino producer, Michael Carandang.

After graduating with a degree in telecommunications from Indiana University in 2000, Michael worked as production assistant for iconic reality talk show, The Jerry Springer Show. In 2005, when the show was about to end, Jerry himself recommended Michael to the team that was going to launch American supermodel Tyra Bank’s talk show. And when The Tyra Banks Show ended in 2010, Michael was transferred to become one of the producers of the worldwide phenomenon, America’s Next Top Model.

In the country for a series of projects, Michael visited the RAPPLER office, fresh from blogging for us his thoughts on Jessica Sanchez, also to tell us about his current projects. On the week where two hopefuls will be eliminated in American Idol, what does Michael think are Jessica’s chances? Kai Magsanoc interviews. – Rappler.com

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