As the search continues for talented Dabawenyos, Davao Eagle Online gets to have a one-on-one talk with one of the rising models in the city. Meet Abdul Mali.

A promising young model, 18 years old and tourism major at the University of Mindanao, Abdul Mali never imagined he’d be discovered while just walking around his school campus. Now, he’s one of the sought-after new models of Glam Model House.


Photographed for an exclusive Davao Eagle portrait/editorial session by photographer Patet Fermin, for his ‘The Boys From the South’ series.


Who is Abdul Mali?
Abdul Mali came from a small island in Tawi-Tawi, went to Davao for studies.

How were you discovered?
I just walked around the campus and my handler approached me.


How would you describe your (fashion) style?
Simple basic.

Your personal passion or hidden talents? 


Ten years from now (you will be…)?
I will become a steward/cabin crew someday

Favorite word?
Saying the name of “Allah”


What’s not fun?
Being broken hearted

Name the famous person you’d most like to meet?
Daniel Matsunaga


Current “eye candy”?
Nina Dobrev

Favorite movie?
Mostly horror like “Insidious”


Your dream modeling job?
To sign up in a big modeling agency that can enhance my skills.

What’s on your current playlist?
Ed Sheeran songs particularly “Photograph”


What’s your beauty secret or essential grooming routine? 
Just sleep on time and taking a bath 3 times a day and eating a lot of nutritious foods.

A quote that sums you up:
Beauty is not just enough without intelligence.


Why Davao?
Because I know Davao is the safest and one of the cleanest cities in the Philippines and the world.

The Boys From the South Editorial 01

“Boy Almighty”

Photographed by Patet Fermin
Grooming by Roben Jatico
Featuring Abdul Mali of Glam Model House
Words by Richard Diongson & Pat Maruhomadil