Menchu Antigua-Macapagal is the Cebuana model/beauty queen who moved to Manila to pursue a career in broadcasting. She started off by modelling, and transitioned into hosting small events, which eventually got her noticed by talent scouts. In 2001, she joined the Miss Philippines Earth Pageant and emerged as 1st runner up. After years of experience in the hosting industry, she became the accidental dj—after a guest appearance on the now defunct 103.5MaxFM. Currently, She is the anchor of “Solar News Cebuano” and Entertainment host for “Solar Network News” and “Solar Nightly News” on The Solar News Channel. She’s recently returned to her original frequency, 103.5 which has just been reformatted back to its original name KLITE and co-hosts the “Morning Buzz” with her new partner, veteran DJ Sonny B.
Menchu is a wife, dog-lover and soon-to-be mom.
My day starts pretty early and tends to end rather late so I like to keep my “beauty regimen” (if you wanna call it that) simple. For day, I use Olay Regenerist with SPF 15. I love it coz it’s really light and has built-in sun protection. As soon as I get home, I whip out the ever-reliable Ponds Cold Cream. It’s the only product that removes ALL the layers of makeup and dirt from my face really quickly… even the most waterproof of all eyeliners and mascara. Before hitting the sack, I smooth on Lierac Coherence cream and dab some Dior Eye Cream. My facial skin takes such a beating with all the makeup and studio lights on a daily basis, and it seems like these two products really keep my skin looking and feeling fresh.
When it comes to my hair, I go through blow-drying, curling, straightening… in short, my hair goes through torture… and I don’t have too much time to go to the salon. That’s why I love Bed Head’s Peppermint Hair Mask and L’Oreal Total Repair Night Essence. Once a week, I slather on Bed Head’s Peppermint Hair Mask, leave it on for 5 minutes, rinse and just towel dry. The mint makes it a really soothing experience and it deep-conditions my hair too. During the week, I use the L’Oreal Night Essence. I love it coz it’s a quick conditioning treatment. I just apply it to shampooed, towel-dried hair and leave it overnight. Fuss-free, and my hair is nice and soft the next day.
One of my favorite beauty buys would have to be this set of makeup brushes. I found this complete set at a bazaar last year and it only cost me 1,200 pesos! Definitely a steal!
More of my favorite things are 1. Neutrogena Body Oil: I love how it goes on light and the smell always makes me think of the beach. 2. Lucas Papaw Ointment: My sister got this for me in Australia. It’s great for burns, cuts, cracked skin, and a whole lot more, but I use it as a lip balm. Dry lips? Never a problem for me… And now I hoard this stuff! 3. Revlon Skin Lights: It’s a bronzing powder that I use as a cheek contour or even a body shimmer. I love it coz it’s not too shiny, and gives me that instant “healthy” glow.
as told to divasoria
Thank you, Tammy, Cecile and Therese for leading me to this wonderful story from the Wall Street Journal.
photo by Tammy David
In Philippine City, Salon’s Revival Signals Hope after Haiyan
Some Residents of Storm-Ravaged Tacloban Are Rebuilding Their Lives, Despite Long Odds
By Chun Han Wong
TACLOBAN, Philippines—Typhoon Haiyan wiped out a lot of businesses when it barreled through this port city in November, including Rosita Imperial’s 27-year-old beauty salon in a downtown shopping mall.
Just eight weeks later, she opened a new location in a tiny storefront across from a funeral parlor. By February, her receipts were almost back to where they were before the storm.
The quick turnaround in Ms. Imperial’s business is a reminder that for all the devastation in Tacloban—more than 2,500 of its 220,000 residents were killed—many residents are finding ways to rebuild some semblance of their former lives, despite long odds.
Much of the city still lacks electricity, while construction snags have slowed a government push to relocate displaced families in semipermanent homes. More than 12,000 businesses are idled or closed for good. Some Filipinos have questioned whether Tacloban will ever fully recover.
But some residents, through a combination of ingenuity, grit, and raw necessity, are getting on with their lives. Dozens of banks and restaurants have reopened, and hundreds of small street-side stalls have sprung up.
In some cases, store owners such as Ms. Imperial are getting a boost from residents seeking simple pleasures that remind them of life before the storm.
“People still go to the salon because when they look at the mirror and find themselves looking haggard—that will add to their problems,” said Eunice Julian, a 59-year-old retired civil servant and longtime regular at Ms. Imperial’s salon, after walking in for a pedicure.
Ms. Julian’s husband of 32 years, Oscar, died from medical complications caused by diabetes four days after the typhoon. She believes he would still be alive if proper medical care had been available at the time.
“It feels good to come here and meet friends,” she said.
By her own admission, the 57-year-old Ms. Imperial, known as “Rose” to her clients, and her family were among Tacloban’s luckier residents. Her house survived the typhoon with only its roof blown off.
But her “New Rose Salon,” previously housed in a dank, aging shopping mall downtown, was trashed by churning storm waters. When Ms. Imperial returned a day after the storm, she found the floor caked with putrid sludge, furniture smashed, appliances useless, and her stock of hair products all but washed out.
“I felt despair. My salon was my sole source of income,” recalled Ms. Imperial, who opened the store in 1986 after about five years in apprenticeship at a local beauty parlor. “But I didn’t cry. All I could think of was where I could get capital to restart my business.”
New Rose Salon had been her life. It helped raise her three children and two nieces, and paid for her house. And, as she soon realized, others in her community also had a stake in the salon.
A month after the typhoon, Ms. Imperial received a call from a friend and regular customer. “I’d like to get a manicure and have my hair colored. Could you come by my office?” asked the friend, Carmen Soan, Ms. Imperial recalled. The beautician promptly agreed.
Caring for one’s appearance is “a way of moving on from the typhoon,” said Ms. Soan, an administrative officer at the Department of Health’s regional office in Palo, a neighboring city of Tacloban. “My white hair was starting to show and my nails were getting very dirty,” she said.
Soon after that, Ms. Imperial said, requests for house calls started rolling in, roughly two to three times a week. Encouraged by the demand, she pushed harder to reopen her salon.
Failing twice to secure relief funds from a Taiwanese charity, Ms. Imperial in mid-December turned to the Perpetual Help Credit Cooperative Inc., a local credit union, and borrowed 20,000 Philippine pesos ($450). Every penny would go toward rebuilding her salon, because she “couldn’t spare a thought for anything else,” not even her damaged house, she said.
Ms. Imperial then found a new storefront—a rudimentary 3-by-3-meter space alongside a busy street in downtown Tacloban near an upmarket hotel. Although the rent–at 8,500 Philippine pesos a month–is somewhat pricey compared with her old store, “the location is great for pulling in walk-in customers,” she said.
Her husband, Floro Gerona, objected because it was too close to a funeral parlor. But “I told him if we’re not taking this space, I’m going to go to Cebu and open a salon there,” she said. “And he gave in.”
Soon after she agreed on a lease in early January, Ms. Imperial installed an electric fan, mirrors and a wash basin retrieved from her old shop. She also bought a small generator for the lights using money borrowed from a friend. She used the electric fan to dry customers’ hair at first because she no longer had blow dryers (though she later bought some supplies during a trip to Cebu).
Yet almost immediately, the new New Rose Salon was pulling in clients as word spread that Ms. Imperial was back in business.
“Maybe it’s because I don’t charge ‘Yolanda prices,’ ” she said, referring to large markups that some other businesses have resorted to since the storm, which is known locally as Typhoon Yolanda.
“Maybe people just want to look good and feel better about themselves.”
—Tammy David contributed to this article.
Such an inspiring story of Filipino hope and perseverance! As women, we all know the power and confidence that beauty and wellness contribute to one’s self. Tammy had a brilliant idea of helping out Aling Rosita by donating our unused beauty tools and products. She is planning to send out a box full of these precious products to Tacloban.
The response has been overwhelming with just a few posts on facebook and now we are taking this to you, fellow glossy girls!
If you want to continue to help to the rebuilding of Tacloban after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, consider putting together your unused beauty products or old but working styling tools such as hairbrushes, hair dryers, curling/straightening irons, etc.
For coordination, kindly email me through firstname.lastname@example.org
Danella Yujuico Yaptinchay came back to the Philippines after nine years of living and studying abroad and started two companies dedicated to servicing the startup and entrepreneurial scene here in the country. She is managing director of a services company providing backend support to small businesses called Full Suite. Recently, she started a media company called Homegrown with some like-minded and awesome individuals, which produces multi-media content for and about startups in the Philippines.
Although I like pampering myself, I usually go for the most straightforward routine possible with the most natural products I can find.
Who doesn’t love a good shower? I am currently loving the coconutty-buttery smell of Organix’s Brazilian Keratin Therapy shampoo and conditioner — not to mention how great my hair feels when I dry it after washing. I also use Nature’s Gate Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner on some days to keep my scalp cool and soothed.
For my body, I alternate between Zenutrients’ Cotton Mint & Tea Tree soap, which keeps me squeaky clean, and Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castille Liquid Soap in Peppermint which leaves me tingly in all sorts of places (this is one of my all-time favorite products! Divasoria’s note – MY FAVE TOO!).
My skin is on the dry side, and Cetaphil Lotion does the job of keeping me moisturized after I shower. My other trick, which I discovered only recently, is taking Himalayan salt with my water daily. I noticed that my skin is so much more hydrated– my face feels so much more supple now than it did a few weeks ago. My secret weapons for dealing with irritated skin (face) are the Avène Soothing moisture mask (which I leave on at night, it just gets absorbed) and a Hydrating Mask for Sensitive Skin by The Laboratory of Flowers. The second one is from a line of essential oil products which I learned about from my aromatherapy teacher.
When getting ready, my regiment for my face is fairly simple: I use the Creamy Eye Treatment from Kiehl’s then use Kiehl’s Clearly Corretive Dark Spot Solution for the areas kissed by the sun, after which a layer of Sensitive Skin Face Oil (at night) or Cream (in the morning), both from The Laboratory of Flowers also. Of course, I use sunblock every day. I like Neutrogina’s Ultra Sheer sunblock. I use the Kiehl’s Skin Brightening Exfoliator about twice a week to give my face a little scrub.
At the end of the day, I remove makeup with L’Oreal’s Gentle Lip and Eye Makeup Remover and wash my face with a Soap-Free Wash I buy from my dermatologist.
Makeup-wise, I get a lot of my tips and tricks from my sister Iya, who’s a makeup artist (check out her site: tintediya.com). The products I can’t live without are my tweezers, eyelash curlers, mascara, blush and basic lipstick. I use Tweezerman to clean my brows in-between grooming from Browhaus. My eyelashes are very straight, so I use a Shiseido eyelasher curler specifically made for Asian eyes and/or a heated eyelash curler to keep them curled all day. I am addicted to this drugstore brand of mascara I bought in Japan called K-Palette 1 Day Lash Perm; I do use Maybelline mascaras as well. For blush, I’m currently using the Bobbi Brown Pale Pink Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks — it stays on all day! My absolute favorite lipstic is Antigone from Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine line. It’s very, very light and natural-looking.
When I’m feeling blah, I use Laura Mericier’s Tinted Moisturizer to even out my skin tone and bring some color to my face. I also use Bobbi Brown Bronzer and some eye makeup, but you can see from my palette that the colors I use are very basic! I use the Bobbi Brown Long-wear Gel Liner in black to help enhance my eyes. I try lipsticks from time-to-time, but I can’t use the matte or heavier colors very often because my lips chap very easily. Currently in my stash are Chanel, Tom Ford and Nars.
I get my nailpolish influence from my sisters. My staples are the Chanel and Essie lines, along with Seche Vite for the base and top coats.
I am very sensitive to smells, and like the lighter, cleaner scents for myself. My all-time favorite scent is the Green Tea with Mint fragrance from L’Occitane — problem is, it’s been discontinued so I’m rationing it! The close backup for this is L’Occitane’s Eau Universelle . I also use 4711 as a nice day fragrance and Annick Goutal’s Petite Cherie for the evening.
as told to divasoria
*Danella is wearing a dress from Exhale Manila – Check them out!
The Manila concert scene continues to surprise me! It was a month ago when we had Phoenix grace our shores and now, in a few days, Brooklyn-based, Ohio-bred indie superstars The National will be here. I AM DYING!
Just in case you weren’t sure if I’m a The National fan – let me give you a quick briefer:
1. I interviewed the band’s bassist a few years ago for the Philippine Star.
2. I travelled to Singapore just to watch their concert
I assure you that they are AMAZING live.
For tickets, check out ticketworld. See you there!
I will come clean – my last Louis Vuitton purchase was way back in 2009! It was the second time LV came out with a Stephen Sprouse limited edition pieces.
It’s a speedy 30 and I still LVoe until today! You know what, I should take it out for a spin one of these days. <3
I'm still lusting for a navy Sofia Coppola bag and I'm trying to figure out how to finance that(it's effin' crazy!) or decide to just go to Paris to buy one. LOLs! But during a recent visit to the store in GB4 I saw something that caught my fancy!
The grand old house continues its quest to offer their A-list clientele with elegant and unique bags via the made-to-order luxury of "Haute Maroquinerie".
Now until February 23rd, Louis Vuitton offers you the chance to have a bag that is truly YOURS. Offering tailor-made bags from some of the House's iconic designs such as the Lockit, Noe and Triangle to newer pieces the Neo-Steamer and Milaris.
Noe(I WANT ONE!!! such a classic)
A travelling trunk makes its way to Manila containing a wide variety of bag details and components you can choose from.
You choose 8 of the finest leathers made available ranging from supple, firm and exotic and a total of 27 colors to choose from, all of which can result in 40,000 possible combinations!
Enhanced further by a personalized patch with the name of the owner, making every design unique and distinct.
The Haute Maroquinerie collection demonstrates Louis Vuitton’s savoir-faire in creating the finest leather handbags with impeccable details, enhancing the House’s made-to-order service to a whole new level.
What are you waiting for? Haute Maroquinerie will be featured at Louis Vuitton Philippines located in Greenbelt IV, Makati City until the end of February 2014. For inquiries, please contact (632) 756 0637.