1. Rosario Juan
Rosario Juan may not be a famous name, but her baby Commune is well-known among Manila's coffee connoisseurs. It’s a little café along Polaris Street in Makati, which Rosario has envisioned to be a place where friends can meet, much like Central Perk, the famous coffee shop in Friends. Commune has lived up to Rosario’s vision, becoming a staple for coffee enthusiasts who want a good brew while catching up with friends. Aside from being a coffee shop maven, Rosario is also a forerunner in the world of social media. She is one of the organizers of TweetUp Manila, a community of netizens known for organizing relief efforts during calamities through hashtags. They also hold events for social media enthusiasts such as Social Media Day and Twitter festivals.
2. Martine De Luna
Martine de Luna started out with The Dainty Mom back in 2010, a blog that encouraged "practical inspiration" among mothers everywhere. Now, she runs Make It Blissful and helps other women and entrepreneurs find their place in the digital world. Despite her success, Martine remains a loving mom to her two kids, proving that it's really possible to have a balanced and fulfilling work and family life.
3. Rose Fres Fausto
Rose Fusto is a columnist, wife, and mother to three boys. Her husband, Marvin, is the founding president of the Fund Managers Association of the Philippines (FMAP). They are strong advocates of financial literacy among Filipinos and are active in conducting seminars that help other Filipinos increase their financial quotient. She believes that helping your children understand the value and importance of money will be advantageous for them in the near future.
4. Yessa Yu
Yessa Yu-Caparas is a Fashion Marketing graduate of Parsons The New School of Design. After finishing her studies, she became an assistant buyer for an international luxury fashion brand here in the Philippines. Back then, she was already into fitness, and fast forward to 2015, she decided to embrace her first love. She is now an instructor at Electric Studio, BGC, an indoor cycling gym that conducts classes with calorie-burning and strengthening cycling workouts. Can you say, #Fitspiration?
5. Dr. Aivee Teo
This stunning dermatologist is the medical director and president of the Aivee Clinic and has quite an impressive list of celebrity and high-profile clients, still, she doesn’t forget to care for people in other statuses since she also has a charity clinic at Las Piñas Doctors Hospital. “ I give my full care and attention to every patient who needs my help, regardless of status. I like reaching out to different kinds of people. It’s a very enriching experience.”
Recently, she was given the People of the Year Award 2016 as being one of the most influential personalities in the Philippines; as well as the “Ultherapy Visionary Award three years in a row from 2012 to 2015” in acknowledgement of being one of the world’s leader in administering the Ulthera treatment.
6. Rosenthal Tee
Balanced is the right word to describe fashion designer Rosenthal Tee and her work. It's feminine, but not prissy. They flow with subtle opulence. She uses clean lines and plays with angles and curves to bring out the best in the wearer's body, whether it's for a wedding gown, a slinky dress, or casual frock. All this she learned as a fashion student abroad—at Instituto Marangoni, London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins, no less—after graduating with a Management Economics degree in Ateneo de Manila University. Her strong business sense and inherent creativity have captured the attention of the fashion world, culminating in her very first New York Fashion Week show for Fall/Winter 2016. Mark our words: This is just the beginning for this talented woman.
7. Chantal Mercado
Filipinos find chubby kids cute and adorable, but that changes once puberty strikes. Chantal Umali-Mercado, the phenomenal child star we once saw in a popular hotdog commercial, admitted that she took the easy route in her quest to shed excess pounds via yo-yo dieting and other risky behavior. Decades later, she’s now an awesome wife to her husband, a doting mom to her kid, and a woman who transformed her physique and lifestyle through yoga. Her journey from chubby to fit and fabulous proves that with determination and discipline, we can all the body we can be confident about.
TEXT: Marianne Salazar, Erika Pascua, Victoria Marquez, Charlene Gonzales, Ana Pascual, Jennifer Chan, Ira Nopuente
PHOTOS: Liz Rañola (Juan), Martine De Luna (De Luna), Facebook (Fausto), Instagram @yessayu (Yu), Aivee.ph (Teo), Instagram @rosenthaltee (Tee), Instagram @chantalmercado (Mercado)