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Metro Exclusive: Michael Cinco Shares Story Behind Piolo’s Menswear Looks In Metro Cover

Hear from the designer himself about this stellar collaboration.

There’s a certain charm attached to the astounding city of Dubai. From its towering skyscrapers, vibrant nightlife, to its lavish shopping malls, Dubai is home to dreamers and connoisseurs alike. 


When Piolo Pascual’s team came to Dubai, it was only fitting to collaborate with the phenomenal Michael Cinco, a Dubai-based Filipino icon who has long established his designs in the fashion industry. In this Metro exclusive, we asked Michael how this collaboration came about, what it’s like to work with Filipino talent on a global scale, and why Piolo is the perfect man for this creations.

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Metro Exclusive: The Story Behind Piolo Pascual's Michael Cinco Menswear Looks For His Metro Cover

The shoot took place at the luxurious Atlantis The Palm where Michael is currently based. Atlantis The Palm is an iconic luxury hotel resort located at the apex of the Palm Jumeirah. Dubai-based architect and producer Ryan Banks and photographer Rozen Antonio reached out to Michael to dress Piolo for Metro’s cover shoot. The editorial concept centered around showcasing Michael’s menswear pieces while highlighting Piolo’s sense of style. It was the ultimate collaboration! 


Piolo was at his most dapper for the shoot. Dressed in impeccable tailoring and high-shine glamour, Piolo showed off his incredible physique through these masterpieces. “The looks that were worn by Piolo are a combination of my ready-to-wear pieces and couture menswear from my Impalpable Dream of Japan collection which I presented in the last season of Dubai Fashion Week,” says Michael. The looks featured wool jacket and pants, a striking liquid satin long coat, and a glittering menswear top that is sure to catch eyes.

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Photo Courtesy of Michael Cinco | Piolo photographed by Rozen Antonio for Metro
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Photo Courtesy of Michael Cinco | Piolo photographed by Rozen Antonio for Metro

When asked to define the Michael Cinco man, Michael confidently answers that “he is a man who appreciates the finer things in life and is not afraid to make a statement with his sartorial choice.” The designer is no stranger to impeccable craftsmanship and attention to detail. His works are meticulously created to enhance the wearer’s natural features and bring out their distinct personality. “The Michael Cinco man is not limited by traditional gender norms and is not afraid to experiment with bold colors, textures and silhouettes. He is a global citizen, confident in his own skin, and embodies the fusion of tradition and modernity.”

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Photo Courtesy of Michael Cinco | Piolo photographed by Rozen Antonio for Metro

This collaboration is a symbol of style and individuality, qualities both Michael and Piolo embody in their lifestyle and work.


In Michael’s words: As the Philippines continue to grow as a major player in the global market, our talented individuals are making their mark in various industries all over the world. From music and film to technology and fashion. Filipinos are showcasing their skills and creativity on a global level.


Working with Filipino talent means not only getting quality work, but also supporting our local economy and promoting the Philippines on an international platform. By investing in our own people, we are not only helping them succeed, but also helping our country’s economy and reputation flourish.


Read Piolo's cover story here.