YES! (Philippines) - - In This Issue - text bY elaine na­tivi­dad reyes pho­tos bY cyrus pan­gani­ban

There’s more to break­out star Mikee Quintos than that an­gelic face and the nat­u­ral act­ing chops.

The 19-year-old Ka­puso ac­tress, who starred as the young Lira in GMA-7’s re­cently con­cluded fan­tasy TV se­ries En­can­ta­dia, isn’t just ac­ing the show­biz game; she’s also thriv­ing as an ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Santo To­mas.

A self- con­fessed “artsy” type, Mikee de­cided to pur­sue her pas­sion for the arts be­cause, though she comes from a fam­ily of doc­tors and lawyers, she just couldn’t see her­self in ei­ther of those pro­fes­sions. Plus, she loves math. “I’d rather study math. May artistry pa din [ sa ar­chi­tec­ture], pero you’re a pro­fes­sional,” she said in an in­ter­view with GMAnet­work.com.

While jug­gling fame and aca­demics surely is no easy feat, this mes­tiza teen makes it look ef­fort­less. But of course, she makes sure to swap her flashy di­wata cos­tume for more class­room­wor­thy out­fits when it’s time to switch to stu­dent mode.

Be in­spired to ace your style game, too, with her back-to-school looks.•

lOOK 1 Skip the pleated skirts! School­girl plaid can look chic, not ju­ve­nile, when you wear them on form-fit­ting pants. Pair it with a plain-col­ored top to pro­vide con­trast, and fin­ish off with sleek heels.

lOOK 2 Give your ba­sic jeans an edgy up­date by trad­ing it for a dis­tressed pair, which eas­ily has more char­ac­ter. Bal­ance it out with more cov­er­age up top. Try a but­ton-down shirt paired with a denim jacket for a cute retro vibe.

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