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space, spend­ing time with close fam­ily and friends, and go­ing to farm get­aways. The city it­self is beau­ti­ful. My cousins took us to this quirky re­sort called Takatuka, a lodge and dive re­sort. We re­ally had fun.

What dis­tinct Ilonggo char­ac­ter­is­tics do you think you have?

My slow man­ner of speech, I’m very touchy feely, and can be very laid back as well.

As a fash­ion buyer, what does your work en­tail?

It en­tails every­thing from try­ing to de­ci­pher the de­mands of our cus­tomers, sourc­ing out their needs, ne­go­ti­at­ing with ven­dors and meet­ing with them sev­eral times a year, over­see­ing mer­chan­dise dis­play at the stores, and mar­ket­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for the brands and con­cepts that we in­tro­duce. I’ve been a fash­ion buyer for as long as 12 years. And right now I’m busy with the Ladies and Young Adult’s Fash­ion. We just launched a new con­cept store for our Young De­part­ment called STUFF.

What’s a typ­i­cal day for you like?

I al­ways make it a point to have break­fast with my son. I start the day early at 7a.m. with morn­ing cof­fee. Af­ter I’m done check­ing my email, I go through the day with meet­ings and store vis­its. And just as how I started my day, it’s im­por­tant that I al­ways have din­ner with my fam­ily. Af­ter I put my son to bed, I go back to check­ing my email mes­sages and make some calls to for­eign sup­pli­ers.

Have you al­ways been into fash­ion?

I guess I was, but I wasn’t aware of it. Grow­ing up with four older brothers, I was a bit of a tomboy. As I got into my teens, I be­came more and more con­cerned about what I wore. My per­sonal style is still easy and re­laxed; I like mix­ing fem­i­nine out­fits with edgy, tomboy pieces.

What do you think are the must-have fash­ion pieces ev­ery woman must have in her closet?

A clas­sic watch, di­a­mond ear­rings, a per­fect clas­sic swim­suit, a nice pair of shades, white tees, jeans, train­ers, a black dress that can be worn to dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions, and a pair of nude heels.

What can you say about the busi­ness side of fash­ion?

It’s ex­tremely, ex­tremely chal­leng­ing. It’s not all about the glitz and glam­our, like most peo­ple per­ceive it to be. It’s also hard work. But at the same time, it’s also fun and it be­ing chal­leng­ing is what makes it all the more in­ter­est­ing.

Tell us about your fam­ily.

It’s just the three of us—paolo, who I’ve been mar­ried to for five years, and my son, Xevi, who’s now four years old. We spend a lot of time to­gether by the pool, hang­ing out at home, and we love go­ing on week­end get­aways.

How do you bal­ance your time be­tween work and fam­ily?

It’s al­ways the tough­est bal­anc­ing act. I’m still try­ing to fig­ure that one out (laughs).

What do you do to re­lax and un­wind?

Once in a while I like to get mas­sages; and I spend time with my sis­ter Bea for a re­lax­ing day. I also prac­tice Reiki heal­ing and mu­sic ther­apy. Bond­ing ac­tiv­i­ties with my fam­ily in­clude movie nights, beach get­aways, lunches, din­ners, and Sta. Elena week­ends.

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