Now officially part of the Pond’s family! I’ve been using Pond’s products for as long as I can remember, and I often consider the brand as my first ever introduction to skincare and beauty.
Last July 10th, Pond’s Philippines held a “Beautiful Story” gala at The Peninsula Manila Hotel in Makati to launch the newest Pond’s endorser, as well as to show snippets of the Pond’s girls’ transformation stories.
It was such an honor to stand on the same stage as the 16 other Pond’s ambassadors, especially since I used to just admire them from afar! I never imagined that I could be part of this roster in my lifetime. Thanks to Pond’s for emphasizing that there is a place for different kinds of beauty in this world.
One of the things I love about Pond’s is that it’s out there to prove that beauty is attainable, and that real beauty also includes inner beauty. They never make it seem like it’s intimidating, like there is only one mold for someone to be considered beautiful. Even a quiet, geeky girl like me can find a place to belong!
Of course, I couldn’t let this special event pass without taking any photos!
With my loves Angie and Ogie! I’ve worked with them before as a photographer, so it was really fun and interesting to be the one sitting on the make-up chair this time.
Soft smokey eyes was the peg for the night! I wish I could do this kind of make-up on myself. Like, how awesome were these eyebrows?
Ogie’s masterpiece! They decided to put my hair up since I always have it down for my OOTDs.
Rhoy worked on pretty Patricia’s hair!
Time for touch-ups with Kryz!
This is what dreams are made of. The decors reminded me so much of Elsa’s castle in Frozen.
We look like characters from Guardians of the Galaxy! Here I am with my good friend, Ms. Beauty and Sparkle, Nicole.
Thanks to Reese Rubin for styling us for the event! Had a few outfit changes before this, but the high neck + simplicity in this one pretty much hit the mark for me.
One of the rare moments I wore backless to an event. Or to anywhere.
Preview and Candy represent!
Dinner time. The menu was all sorts of perfect!
I had some fancy sea bass.
Le boyfriend had some foie gras steak.
Pond’s blogger ambassadors! All white with Patricia, Kryz, Nicole and Laureen.
After dinner, they started showing our photos on the revolving stage. ”I used to be just behind the scenes, but now I found the confidence to stand in front of the camera.”
To those who have followed me since the beginning of time (i.e. deviantART or even Livejournal days 10 years ago), I’ve really come a long way, huh? I used to always cover my face and never talk in public because I was shy and afraid of so many things. Once, I was so set on never showing my face, and just settling for behind the scenes forever.
I’m still the same awkward girl, but I’m no longer scared. :)
With Patricia Prieto, Heart Evangelista and Laureen Uy for Pond’s Flawless White.
Agoo Bengzon, Chesca Garcia-Kramer, Kelly Misa-Fernandez, and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo for Pond’s Age Miracle.
Tweetie De leon-Gonzales, Charlene Gonzales-Muhlach, Apples Aberin, and Hindy Weber-Tantoco for Pond’s Age Miracle.
Thank you remarks by Apples Aberin. To her left (our right) is the newest endorser of Pond’s, Toni Gonzaga. I’m really happy that she was chosen as the new face of Pond’s because her beauty is really off the charts! Backstage, she also seemed so sweet and friendly, and I think I spent a good few seconds just admiring how perfect her skin was!
Toni shared the beautiful story behind that beautiful face we often see on our television sets. It was all too familiar. It was a story that all girls can definitely relate to. Toni used to go to auditions and feel discouraged whenever she was surrounded by beautiful women. But her drive and talent persevered, making her beauty shine like no other.
With Mr. Rohit Jawa, Chairman and CEO of Unilever Philippines.
With all the Pond’s girls! From top left: Charlene Gonzalez, Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, Apples Aberin, Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez, Agoo Bengson, Patricia Prieto, Tricia Gosingtian, Toni Gonzaga, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Nicole Andersson, Kryz Uy, Kelly Misa-Fernandez, Laureen Uy, Heart Evangelista, Julia Barretto, Cheska Garcia-Kramer, Hindy Weber-Tantoco.
Thank you for calling us “The Philippines’ Most Beautiful Faces” <3 We all share the same dream to inspire Filipinas that they too can be more beautiful than they ever imagined.
Stay tuned for our personal transformation videos soon. Discover the #BeautifulStory behind every beautiful face, and you might just discover yours.
Last May 15, 2014, seasoned and aspiring models got the chance to show that they had what it took to be a part of TRESemme’s 2014 Runway Show.
I swear by TRESemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner! Who wouldn’t try out the one and only brand used and trusted by professionals?
Unfortunately, I was in the US during the actual/main show, but I’m glad I was still able to attend the biggest casting call in the country as their official event correspondent.
I’m no professional host, but I tried my best to get the inside scoop on what it was like to get tressed-up with the latest hair trends to hit the runway. Here at TRESemme’s pop-up salon, I asked Victor Ortega different questions, including what TRESemme hair products we should use to achieve that salon-smooth effect!
With Lourd Ramos outside the TRESemme Style Bus! Inside was a pimped out functioning salon! Who would’ve guessed?
Me, Lourd Ramos and Jing Monis with TRESemme Brand Manager Ann Esteves.
My bb Samantha Gomez!
The show was hosted by Raymond Gutierrez and Kelly Misa. Really loved Kelly’s outfit! I finally got to meet her in person and I was so starstruck! I pretty much grew up seeing her in all my local teen magazines!
The judges - TRESetter, stylist and author Liz Uy, sought-after fashion show director Robby Carmona, and supermodel, PR maven (and one of my ultimate life pegs) Apples Aberin. They were on the lookout for those with looks that can adjust to various fashion styles, as well as those who can emulate high street glam and couture styles for the main fashion show.
Over 700 hopefuls tried out for this event, but only 200 were chosen! Here were some of my personal faves. Not sure if they were all able to make it to the final show, but I seriously caught a bad case of hair envy when I saw these models walk the runway!
With all the TRESemme ambassadors on stage. L-R: Raymond Gutierrez, Kelly Misa, Liz Uy, Lourd Ramos, Victor Ortega, me, Jing Monis
Overall, it was a fun event that only made me want to stop cutting my hair shorter! One day, I’ll really get my super long hair back! In the meantime, I’ll take care of what I already have with my favorite TRESemme hair products.
Mid-April, I was very fortunate to be included in the roster of media people sponsored by Unilever Philippines to attend the Clear Technology Expo in Shanghai. It was an event held at the Unilever Research and Development Center and around 60-70 people from 7 different countries were there to witness the revolution that is New Clear.
Did you know that Filipinos have the highest hair washing frequency? Yet 77% still complain of scalp problems. Clear has discovered a breakthrough technology to solve this, thanks to the concept of total scalp care and Nutrium 10, a blend of resistance boosting vitamins and minerals that works on the inside to strengthen and rebuild the scalp’s natural resistance to scalp problems. And what’s even nicer about this is that not only does it stop at the roots, but it’s also a good hair care shampoo for the tips which are also prone to damage.
The press kit included 2 booklets, one about New Clear and the other a complete guide to a perfect scalp. The endorser on the cover is Xiao S, an absolutely gorgeous actress and singer who somehow makes me want to dye my hair black to look all sexy and vampy (but we all know how out of character that would be!).
Agoo looking chic in her oversized sunnies and matte red lips and Jessica seriously reading the morning paper.
Reggie from Style Bible and Kelda from Unilever Philippines.
Here are the people I went with and was lucky enough to meet because everyone’s just unbelievably talented and kind. Team Philippines: Charmagne, Kelda, Jennifer, Reggie, Agoo, Cheche and Jessica.
Most of the morning of the expo was spent for presentations and introductions. Francois Renard, the global vice president for Clear, shared insights on the paradigm shifts regarding the scalp. Victor Hugo Jr., the global brand manager (who is Filipino!) of Clear, introduced substance as the founding pillar behind the new mix. Dr. Graham Turner, a Discover category project leader, talked about the importance of scalp health. Amit Jayaswal, the global R&D director, introduced the breakthrough technology that is Nutrium 10.
After that there were important lab tours that provided some interesting inside information such as the formulation of the new technology behind New Clear, as well as a live demonstration of how Clear users have less hairfall and breakage compared to other brands.
(I was the only one in the bunch with really light brown hair, besides Agoo who had a slightly dark brown shade. We shared a few laughs on how they used my exact same hair color in their hair swatches as an example of damaged hair! They placed healthy hair and damaged hair in a basin and the damaged strands sank so fast it made me a little sad about the health of my own hair. Yikes!)
Back at the Swissotel Grand where everyone stayed, there were cocktails and brand immersion activities.
Francois Renard and Dr. Graham Turner answered some questions at panel.
Brand manager Paul Katimbang did a scalp test on Charmagne and she managed to get a pretty high score! After determining your scalp’s grease quotient, the program instantly recommends the best variant of New Clear for you. Was too scared to have mine tested because of the insane amounts of chemicals used in achieving my current hair color. Hair suicide much!
French fragrance expert Gaelle Clement showcased the winning fragrances used in New Clear. One interesting thing I learned from her was that Clear smells different depending on which country you go to and the fragrances are loosely based on existing local favorites and preferences. Clear Men here in the Philippines takes its inspiration from Clinique Happy!
Thanks Clear and Unilever. ‘Til next time, Shanghai!