Alpha Girls: 18 of Manila's Most Stylish, Influential Young Women
An Alpha Girl has more to offer than style and grace–she makes waves and influences the rest of society. Here, we've rounded up Manila's most accomplished and talked-about young women of substance.
The Skinny: One of three of Tina Maristela Ocampo and Ricco Ocampo’s daughters. She shares the title of creative director at stylish footwear brand Daily Schedule New York with sisters Betina and Juliana.
Bragging Rights: After graduating from high school at International School Manila, Ocampo enrolled at Eugene Lang, the liberal arts college of The New School in New York City. She later cross-enrolled at Parsons to pursue a dual degree.
Natural Habitat: Manila House, the exclusive members-only club, where she works under the direction of chef Gilbert Pangilinan.
The Skinny: Saguil finds inspiration from her fashion designer mother Anne Marie Saguil. She says, “My mom always encouraged us to pursue our passions. Sounds cliché, but it’s true. She is creative herself, and her love for what she does inspires me to not be afraid of being a little unconventional. She also taught me style, how to balance between being trendy and timeless.”
Bragging Rights: She graduated with an English degree from Georgetown University in 2016.
Natural Habitat: New York where she works as an account manager for MATTE Projects—building brand identities, crafts digital content, and oversees all moving parts of projects for the likes of Chanel, Balmain, Fendi, Jill Stuart, Dom Pérignon, and Adidas.
The Skinny: The Boston College graduate is the daughter of Iñigo and Maricris Zobel.
Bragging Rights: She is the chief of marketing and business development of ZP (Zobel-Parsons) Lifestyle Trading.
Natural Habitat: LANAI, the café, boutique, and flower shop she owns with Bianca Zobel-Warns and Maria Parsons.
The Skinny: Like mother Lisa Ongpin-Periquet, she’s drawn to arts and culture. “I’ve always shared my love for literature with my mother,” she says.
Bragging Rights: Periquet attended University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and finished with an MA in the Classics.
Natural Habitat: Mostly Manila, as she works as a market analyst for Globe Telecom.
The Skinny: The daughter of Serge and Bettina Osmena is a full-time pre-school teacher and part-time tutor.
Bragging Rights: She’s part of Slate Manila, “an art administration, whose main goal is to build exposure for up-and-coming artists.”
Natural Habitat: Her classroom at International Center for Beginning Beginners as a math and reading teacher.
The Skinny: Gabrielle Antoinette “Gabbi” Floirendo is the daughter of businessman Antonio R. Floirendo, Jr. and Ballet Philippines’ Margie Moran Floirendo.
Bragging Rights: Floirendo graduated cum laude with a double major in Politics and French from Brandeis University. In 2009, she made headlines after she raised P2.2 million for international non-profit Christian ministry, Habitat for Humanity Philippines during her 18th birthday.
Natural Habitat: Manila and Davao, where most of her family’s enterprises are located.
The Skinny: The creative director of The Olive Tree, a full-service linen company that
Bragging Rights: In addition to being a creative director, Olives is also a photographer, graphic designer, and textile designer. She graduated from De La Salle
Natural Habitat: On Instagram, where she documents her life behind the lens.
The Skinny: An environmentalist, Marianna Lopez Vargas— the daughter of Vincent Vargas and Cedie Lopez—finished Environment and Development Studies at University of New South Wales with a goal of “helping those who will be most affected by climate change.”
Bragging Rights: Vargas holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Affairs.
Natural Habitat: The Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation where she manages the Partnerships Unit.
The Skinny: The photographer, designer, and artist daughter of furniture designer Carlo Pessina and Mercedes Zobel.
Bragging Rights: She recently collaborated with Len Cabili’s Filip + Inna for a capsule collection of utilitarian pieces.
Natural Habitat: Though mainly based in New York and Manila, Pessina frequently travels around the world. Currently, she has her eye set on Bali for extensive workshops to improve her craft.
CAMILLE AND NICOLE TANTOCO
The Skinny: Rustan Commercial Corporation's next generation, the twin daughters of Donnie Tantoco and Crickette Yu Tantoco.
Bragging Rights: Nicole graduated from Ateneo de Manila University, while Camille finished at Enderun Colleges. The two are consistently included on Manila’s most stylish lists.
Natural Habitat: Rustan’s headquarters, where the two are helping take the luxury retail company into the future.
The Skinny: As an art history graduate, she followed in her conservationist father Jose L. Acuzar’s footsteps to found Bellas Artes Projects. The non-profit foundation “is centered on supporting the production of contemporary artists, providing a space
Bragging Rights: She heads her non-profit while working at her family’s real estate business as a Business Development Officer.
Natural Habitat: Bataan, the site of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar and Bellas Artes Projects.
The Skinny: A Fashion Institute of Technology-educated public relations maven.
Bragging Rights: She did internships with Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs. She says, “My first PR-related internship was for PR Consulting in SoHo, which housed brands such as Jil Sander, Proenza Schouler, and Versace. Then I eventually worked with the PR departments of Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs. It was such a learning experience to work with prestigious editors and talented stylists, dressing up celebrities for events, planning for Fashion Week shows.”
Natural Habitat: Beauty Bar where she handles marketing, PR, and events. When she's not at work, you'll find her relaxing through “intimate gatherings with close friends, great food, a good night’s sleep, peaceful surroundings, basking under the sun, at the beach, or sitting on a plane anticipating departure for my next destination.”
The Skinny: After graduating from Parsons School of Design in New York, Betina Ocampo—the daughter of former fashion model Tina Maristela Ocampo and businessman Rico Ocampo—put up her eponymous brand BETINA.
Bragging Rights: As a fashion designer, her debut line of luxury handmade T-shirts was exclusively picked up by Barneys New York. Since then, she’s been featured in magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Cosmopolitan. In 2015, Ocampo was included in ELLE’s Most Stylish Women of New York.
Natural Habitat: Ocampo shuffles between New York, California, and Manila as creative director for BETINA, as well as stylish footwear brand Daily Schedule New York with sisters Selina and Juliana.
PALOMA URQUIJO ZOBEL
The Skinny: She founded PIOPIO, a “bohemian, free-spirited, and contemporary” line of clothing, accessories, and homeware.
Bragging Rights: In 2008, she became the first Filipina to participate in Paris’ Le Bal des Débutantes. She graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BBA in Business Administration, Strategic Design
Natural Habitat: The artisan village of Lio in El Nido, Palawan—a sustainable development her family is building.
The Skinny: A DJ, partner at Third Culture Music, director at Wonderfruit Festival, and heiress to Filipino billionaire businessman Enrique Razon.
Bragging Rights: She was recently given a stage to discuss feminism and general equality/equity at Forbes’ Under 30 Summit.
Natural Habitat: Los Angeles. And Instagram where she posts about causes she cares about—animals and the environment.
The Skinny: The daughter of
Bragging Rights: After finishing Communication at Ateneo de Manila University, she traveled to Europe to earn her Master’s Degree from Istituto Marangoni.
Natural Habitat: The LCP Boutique where she heads PR and marketing.
The Skinny: The daughter of entrepreneur Ton Concepcion and artist Karen Concepcion is following in her mother’s footsteps.
Bragging Rights: She finished at UP Diliman’s College of Fine Arts where she took up classical art forms, primarily painting (oil, watercolor, and acrylic), drawing, sculpture making, and printmaking. She shares, “Art is seeing someone’s soul put out into the world, and that’s beautiful. Furthermore, art is for everyone: women, men, children, of all races and cultures. Everyone has the ability to create and add a bit more perspective on the world. I’ve met the best people, working as artists, from all walks of life. It’s truly an honor to be surrounded and inspired by extremely passionate and talented creatives.”
Natural Habitat: The studio, as she’s currently working on a group show called Tagaytay Art Beat 3. “It’s where different artists and musicians come together at the Museo Orlina, Tagaytay to showcase their works,” she says. “Next year, I’m planning to have a show at Artist Space at Ayala Museum. My mom, Karen Concepcion, has exhibited there a couple of times, so I’m excited to have my first one-woman show there.”