Grand but meaningful party for Felix Amparo’s 75th birthday | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

JUNNIE Amparo, Carina Amparo, Felix Amparo and his wife Tessie, Kinny Amparo. Photo by Alex Van Hagen
JUNNIE Amparo, Carina Amparo, Felix Amparo and his wife Tessie, Kinny Amparo. Photo by Alex Van Hagen

Businessman Felix Amparo isn’t fond of big gatherings. But having been blessed with good health, staying happily married with Tessie de Jesus for the past 46 years, and with two wonderful children, Junnie and Carina, the patriarch decided to celebrate his 75th birthday surrounded by famille and friends.


Everybody appreciated Carina’s meaningful speech for her dad. There was also the memorable video produced by Felix’s niece, Net Vizconde. Song numbers by Jack Salud and Fame Flores drew applause, and so did Aliana Neri’s rendition of “The Lord’s Prayer.”


Acting as hosts were Junnie and his wife Kinny Salas-Amparo, who got the guests busy dancing to the music of the Marcy David Band.

JUN Leonor,Noel Bautista, celebrator Felix A., Yahoo Borromeo, Francisco Cervantes, Junjun Dayrit. Photo by Alex Van Hagen


But the night’s head-turning sight was Tessie Amparo in her one-shoulder flowy chiffon gown accented by some dazzling bling.


Happy with one’s skin


Women like to flaunt their figures while concealing their ages. But they know that maintaining one’s beauty means paying close attention to skin-caring makeup.

CONS Guerrero, Baby Gloria, Tessie Amparo, Carmiña Mantecon, Brenda Reyes. Photo by Alex Van Hagen


At the recent Happy Skin 2014 Summer Collection launch, top lifestyle writers and editors renewed their love for the beauty brand.


Happy Skin co-founders Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo introduced the limited-edition summer makeup collection that will help keep Filipino women happy with their skin, palangga.


Happy Skin’s Japanese partner developers, led by marketing head Etsuko Kosuge and executive chief engineer Satoshi Horiochi, no less, talked about beauty trends as well as special skincare ingredients in makeup today.


NENA Mewshaw, Dr. Belle and Dr. Tony Oposa, Justa Tantoco, Dr. Loi Ejercito. Photo by Alex Van Hagen

The event was made exciting with the summer theme, complete with “island-hopping,” dahlings—each guest “traveling” from one “beauty island” to another to experience “happiness on their skin.”


Dermatologist Anna Palabyab-Rufino elaborated on the new Happy Skin products.


Jacqe pointed out that more women are appreciating “the philosophy of makeup that cares for your skin.”

TESSIE Briones, Baby de Jesus, Pitang Tiongson, Nonie Basilio, Tessie Rodrigo, Nenuca Blardony. Photo by Alex Van Hagen


Rissa added: “Truly good makeup should be your ally, not your enemy, in making you look and feel more beautiful. All the best skincare products in the world will be put to waste if you don’t use good-quality makeup that also takes care of your skin.”


But, as they say, a woman’s best beauty aid is a near-sighted man. Amen to that, palangga!


Happy Skin is available at Rustan’s Makati and Shangri-La, Beauty Bar, and Plains & Prints boutiques. Visit; follow @happyskin_ph on Instagram and Twitter. You can also buy Happy Skin products via

VICKY Cadungog, Daisy Payumo; Fanny Blanco, Fortune Ledesma, Estela Lopez. Photo by Alex Van Hagen


What ‘Chicdriven’ means


Women movers and shakers took center stage at the “Chicdriven Women Empowerment Expo” held recently at Alabang Town Center.


The three-day event, timed in celebration of International Women’s Month, focused on the different roles women take and how they make “having it all” look effortless.


LILI Adina, Carrie Bautista; Evie Costa, Linda Pastoral, Sen. Cynthia Villar. Photo by Alex Van Hagen

Presented by Inquirer, Zest Asia and Alabang Town Center, in cooperation with Bridgestone and Toyota Philippines, “Chicdriven” gathered women who participated in seminars on road safety, auto maintenance, health, wellness, fashion, beauty, hepatitis B awareness, parenting, cooking, child safety and other home matters.


Other sponsors included Electrolux, BYS Cosmetics, Standard Insurance, Marie France, Brabantia, Safety First and Tuason Racing School.


MARISSA Fenton, Criselda Lontok, Beng Fores, Cynthia Cervantes. Photo by Alex Van Hagen

Speakers included chef and Electrolux brand ambassador Bruce Lim; creative design duo Anton Barretto and Marissa Lopa; car racing champion and my palangga JP Tuason; and Chalk’s Michelle Katigbak-Alejandro.


Chicdriven started as a column in the Motoring section of Inquirer, authored by Jeanette Ipapo-Tuason who explained motoring jargon to women.


She teamed up with Issa Litton to organize the three-day “Chicdriven” in honor of women and their struggles, empowering them further with different knowledge and skills.

MELY Parungao, Maureen Soong, Yvone Kuan, Menchu Pascual; (standing) Sue Ann Nolido, Janet Zulueta, Irene Barcelon, Brin Panlilio, Marie Segura. Photo by Alex Van Hagen


Jeanette noted that “Chicdriven” reached out to more than 2,000 individuals who got involved in the seminars and workshops.


Highlighting the event was the Parent and Child Fashion show sponsored by Guess and supported by Fringe Salon, Fitness First, Melissa and Doug, Ogalala, Safety 1st, Pigeon, Dole, Nurture Wellness Village, Gluta White and Has Travel.


Other media partners were Metro, Working Mom, Chalk, Lifestyle Network, E! and


That’s the way to go, gals!


E-mail [email protected]; visit www.facebook/chicdriven





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