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Victoria Tambunting Alfonso on Compromise, Icons, and Her Worst Beauty Faux Pas

The finance and HR practitioner on beauty icons, her personal definition of beauty, and more.
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Tell us about your personal and professional background. What keeps you busy?
I am a wife to Ping and a working mom of Ines, Jacobo, and Katia. I graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the American College in London and have a master’s degree in Financial Economics from Boston University. I was a banker and human resources practitioner until a year and a half ago when I decided to retire from banking to be able to spend more time with my children. I still work full-time but my hours are not as long and crazy as before.  I handle the finance and human resources for a real-estate development company. Aside from work, I am busy with my children and their various activities.  I am also busy helping with the preparations for our Assumption Velada this October.


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What is your daily beauty regimen?
I cleanse with Cetaphil facial cleanser and Biore cleansing oil and moisturize with La Mer cream and Vichy eye serum. I use Chanel CC cream, Kanebo pressed powder, Fresh Tinted Lip Treatment, and Jo Loves Green Orange and Coriander perfume.

How would you define luxury?
At least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep.

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What inspires you? What challenges you?
I find inspiration in doing things that I know will make a positive difference in someone else’s life, no matter how small it may be. It is always a challenge to find a healthy balance between home and work life.

Some say first impressions are everything. What impression do you hope to leave through your personal look?
I hope it’s of someone who takes care of and values herself.

What other dreams are you in the process of fulfilling?
We are in the process of finishing the construction of our new home. I am looking forward to making many new happy memories with my family there.

What would you never compromise on?
My integrity.

What is your most memorable beauty faux pas?
Over-threading my eyebrows a week before my wedding day!

Beauty icons?
My mother, Margarita Ansaldo Tambunting, whose timeless beauty and elegance is something she shares with my late grandmother, Mary Whitaker Ansaldo. She is also extremely polite and well-mannered.

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Best beauty advice you’ve ever received?
Always practice good hygiene and dress appropriately at all times.

What is your personal definition of beauty?
A beautiful person is one who has the grace to accept herself for who she is, both strengths and weaknesses. She is passionate and tries to give her best in everything she does.

What is the biggest lesson working has taught you?
Working has instilled commitment and discipline in myself and has also taught me how to get along and interact with all kinds of people.

What are you grateful for?
I am grateful for my family and the grateful hearts of my children.

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