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Get the latest rundown on one of the metro's coolest fashion design institutions.
Sofa For Pefta Get the latest rundown on one of the metro's coolest fashion design institutions.
There isn't a better time for the fashion-minded to learn all about the art and craft of fashion than today. Among the crop of schools that offer an education in fashion is the School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA), helmed by Amina Aranaz-Alunan and Loralee Baron-Soong. SoFA is one of the four fashion schools that is participating in this year's Preview Emerging Talent Awards (PEFTA), and two of this year's finalists are its attendees—Tipay Caintic and Vince Tolentino. Learn more about this too-cool school in our little reviewer below.

Educating students about fashion since: 2007  

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Founding directors: Amina Aranaz-Alunan and Loralee Baron-Soong  

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Known for: Design Thinking and Innovation   

Notable faculty: Danilo Franco, Loida Hunter, Gian Romano, Gerry Katigbak, Marina Benipayo, Luis Espiritu, Richard Papa, Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Raymund Isaac, Jackie Aquino, Dean Arch Tobias Guggenheimer, Ivy Almario, Cynthia Almario  

Notable alumni: Noelle Llave, Kaye MoralesCamille CoMark Tamayo, Fold Canela, Kirby Cruz, Geoffrey Zordilla, Vania Romoff 

Thoughts on the PEFTA platform: We love that Preview is supporting and honing young design talents. We believe that through this competition, their design skills are tested and developed even further. It definitely supports our philosophy in providing [a] real-world style of education. PEFTA is a great platform for any young designer to showcase their creativity and the result of their education.

SoFA students who have participated in PEFTA:

2010 (handpicked): Noelle Llave, Vania Romoff, Camille Co

2011 (top 10 finalists): Dan Duran

2012 (handpicked): Danika Navarro, Daniel Concepcion , Tipay Caintic, Vince Tolentino 

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School's latest developments: New and improved campus, offering Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, signing on of Academic Dean Tobias Guggenheimer 

Course schedules: Mondays to Saturdays, 3 hours per class. To know more about their programs, click here

Enrollment begins: This year, term begins in September (enrollment ongoing). Starting next year, every June and November.     

For more information, call (02)4784611 or 22, visit www.sofamanila.com, or visit them at G/F Enzo Bldg., 399 Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City.

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