BEAUTY & STYLE
It’s easy to be confused by the gorgeous features of teen star Taki Saito, whose screen name is simply Taki. Is she Pinay, Japanese, or Spanish? Is she tisay or tsinita?
As it turns out, she’s all of the above. The perfect example of a multiracial beauty, Taki has a mix of Japanese, Brazilian, Spanish, and Filipino blood flowing through her veins. “Si Mama is half-Japanese, half- Spanish, at may konting Filipino,” she explains. Her biological father is Brazilian-Japanese. So that makes her around 10 percent Filipino, she says. “Pero at heart, I’m 100 percent Pinoy!” she proclaims.
Indeed, the 17-year-old newbie, feels right at home on Philippine soil. Though born in Japan, she initially lived in the Philippines until age 5, and then moved to Paris, where she stayed for eight years. After her mom gave birth to Taki’s baby brother, the family moved to Manila in 2013. Initially, the plan was to stay for just a little while. Four years later, they’ve found themselves settled in quite nicely, with Taki finding herself under the showbiz spotlight—and thoroughly enjoying the experience.
Director Dominic Zapata, a family friend, saw Taki’s potential and introduced her to Antonio Tuviera’s talent agency, Triple A, where Taki is now under contract. “Direk Dom was able to show me around tapings,” Taki recalls, “and doon ko po narealize na ‘Ay, parang gusto ko po [ mag-artista].”
She started with a stint on TV5’s teen horror-comedy series, #ParangNormal Activity, which was followed by GMA’s family comedy- drama series, Calle Siete. Her biggest breaks came when she became part of the longtime noontime show Eat Bulaga! and when she was cast as the lead star in Trops, a teen-oriented show, also on GMA. All this in a span of two years!
Often mistaken for her fellow celeb Coleen Garcia—which she considers a major compliment—Taki is blessed with similarly stunning features: porcelain skin, perfect nose, delicate lips, big and expressive eyes. But while Taki may appear picture-perfect on screen or on her Instagram posts, she admits that she suffers from acne breakouts, just like any regular teen. “Hindi ako gaano ka-blessed with my skin,” she says, lamenting the fact that she didn’t inherit her mom’s complexion. “It’s really hard… Brazilians are known to have not very nice skin!”
Despite this, she says she’s very lowkey when it comes to her skin care regimen: “I just regularly wash my face with soap.” When her skin gets dry, she uses a moisturizer that she got from Japan. That’s about it. “Hindi po talaga ako high-maintenance.”
This simplicity also extends to her personal makeup routine. Her essentials: powder, blush-on, and lipstick.
And on days when her skin isn’t acting up, Taki actually prefers to go barefaced. She confesses she can’t live without lipstick, though. Currently, she owns around 30 tubes. “I like light shades, mga peach, pink. My favorites are Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit in Koko K and Happy Skin’s The Morning After. Pag wala akong makeup, lipstick lang, picture-ready na.”
And who’s her ultimate beauty peg? “Selena Gomez, all the way! Lahat ng music videos niya, I dream to have something like that.”
Taki, it goes without saying, also loves singing and dancing. Truth be told, going the Selena Gomez route is not a very far-fetched dream for Taki, given her talent and charm. But for now, she just hopes she gets to stay in show business for as long as she wants. •