What are you currently busy with?
I am a wife and a mother. I am also busy in the manufacturing and distribution business of shirts and bags nationwide.
You started a social enterprise.
Yes, my partner Liza Crespo and I put up Tali Handmade. Tali offers hand-woven bags for women made by women in impoverished rural areas.
Lessons your work has taught you?
My job requires getting my hands dirty. I’m not a sit-behind-a-desk kind of
girl. I was always one to do something with my hands and I am always glad to see designs come to life. I have learned many things from production, but the one thing that stands out is flexibility—doing what it takes to cater to clients’ needs, design-wise and deadline-wise. Sometimes 24-hour shifts are in order. Sometimes doing tasks beyond my scope is what it takes to finish a job. But being a mom is the most important—it’s taught me that we are just caretakers of our kids; we don’t really own them. We guide and cheer them on their way to being their best selves.
What other dreams are you in the process of fulfilling?
Giving more to the Tali women. I’m really excited for what is in store for Tali Handmade. Our dream is to make it global. Filipinos have so much to share in terms of crafts and I really feel that this is the right time.
“My rules are simple: wash, exfoliate, moisturize.”
What impression do you hope to leave through your personal look?
Of someone who’s simple yet classy, clean, and approachable.
Your most memorable beauty faux pas?
Accessorizing too much. I used to overdo it and also made the mistake of
Sk-II Facial Treatment Essence, sk-ii.com; Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream, Greenbelt 5; Laura Mercier Body Butter, Rustan’s Makati; St. Ives Apricot Scrub, leading department stores; Zo Oilacleanse, zoskinhealth.com; Philosophy The Microdelivery Triple-Acid Brightening Peel, Beauty Bar, Greenbelt 5
The beauty icons that you look up to?
I love the elegance of Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, the fun and clean look of Olivia Palermo, and the eloquence and grace of Jackie O.
What color palette do you prefer?
I am a fan of the neutral palette since you can go from day to night just by changing accessories. Once in a while, I like a pop of color but this really depends on my mood.
Best beauty advice you've ever received?
Moisturize early. Always wear a smile.
What is personal definition of beauty?
Beauty for me is being content and at peace with who I am and where I am. It goes beyond what the eyes can see and what can be felt tangibly. It is something that amazes because it gives joy and serenity at once.
This story was originally published in the May 2017 issue of Town&Country.