THIS March, Ayala Malls Central Bloc celebrates Women’s Month by putting the spotlight on five inspiring Cebuanas who, despite the pandemic, have continued to thrive and succeed in their chosen industry.
Meet five resilient women and girl bosses behind some of the brands at Ayala Malls Central Bloc:
Raissa Alexandra Ong Oh, owner of Dara Beauty Market
Dara Beauty Market, located on the second floor of Ayala Malls Central Bloc, started in 2014 in a small cafe in Lahug and has now evolved into a brand acknowledged by Filipinos nationwide. The brand works tirelessly to provide affordable Korean skincare, hair care and makeup beauty products.
What empowers Alex are people who feel enthusiastic about their job, family and life. “Women’s Month is the time we dedicate to appreciate and celebrate women who have the ability and willingness to be selfless. Hopefully through this gesture, inspiring women will know we value them because most often they don’t realize they have such a great impact on our lives.”
Marie Feline David Soria, owner of Let’s Stylize
Let's Stylize started online in 2012 and set up its first physical store in 2018, followed by its second store the year after at Ayala Malls Central Bloc’s Trading Bloc on the second floor.
For Feline, Women's Month is the time to promote gender equality, inspire women to be agents of change and is about empowerment of all women without exemptions. “I have always believed that one of my purposes in life is to empower other women and other people around me, especially those I closely work with by being my best self, as a leader and an entrepreneur. This purpose keeps me going and sets my soul on fire.”
Trina Mikaela Go, owner of My Lash Salon
My Lash Salon started out as Winked in 2017, offering cosmetic eyebrow tattoos and introducing Yumi Lashes, all in a 2x2-meter space as a side hustle to show how beauty can be made simple. Today, Trina does it full time with a team in a prime space at the Wellness Zone on the third floor of Ayala Malls Central Bloc.
On what empowers her, “It’s true what they say that nothing is more empowering than being empowered by other women. It is being around those who are strong and successful, those who hustle hard, encourage and share knowledge—this is what inspires me to be a better version of me. Also, a good pair of brows and lashes always helps. Anything that makes you feel good inside and out can change the way you carry yourself.”
Vanessa Elaine Gajudo, founder of Beauty Getaway Aesthetics
Vanessa trained in Aesthetics at the Canadian Beauty College and started the brand in May 2017 in her own house then moved to a commercial building in Lahug. After two years, together with her partners Ivy Pilapil and Gail Lim, they expanded to Ayala Malls Central Bloc. Beauty Getaway is located at the Wellness Zone, on the third floor.
Vanessa and her partners are driven to empower women through their services by making women feel more confident and beautiful. She also shares, “Women’s Month is a month to celebrate and appreciate women all around the world, may they be successful women in business and career or simply successful homemakers. There are a lot of strong and independent women and it’s nice that we get to celebrate the beauty of it every year.”
Mary Rose Dakay, chief executive officer of Macao Imperial Tea
Macao Imperial Tea, located on the fourth floor, is one of the fastest-growing cafe chains. People love it for its profoundly rooted approach that highlights a mix of the rich Macanese culture and a personalized experience.
For Mary Rose, the thought that “anything a man can do, a woman can do too” is what keeps her going and empowered. Women’s Month to her is an opportunity to debunk the age-old thinking that women are underdogs, and inspire the young generation of today by shining a light on significant contributions that women worldwide have made.
Alex, Feline, Trina, Vanessa and Mary Rose are five of many young, modern, Cebuana entrepreneurs today who show that women never fail to prove that their potential to do great things is limitless, for as long as women are there to empower one another. Being a woman is no easy task, but a well-deserved fashion and beauty treat for oneself at Ayala Malls Central Bloc can help slay the day.
Those who will treat the ladies in their lives can get up to 70 percent off when they shop at the Trading Bloc from March 16 to 22 with the mall’s “What to Wear: Fashion Sale.”
One can catch the online “Fashion Show: What to Wear” live on the mall’s official Facebook page on March 15. For more information and updates, one can follow Ayala Malls Central Bloc on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AyalaMallsCentralBloc/, @AyalaMallsCentralBloc on Instagram and join the Viber Community for real-time announcements at https://bit.ly/ayalamallscebuviber. (SPONSORED CONTENT)