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Pin Antonio, Owner of Salon de Manila.Pin took a maternity leave when she was in 3rd year college at UST."I never got the chance to go back to school because I gave birth at 20.I just worked in our salon, which I really enjoyed."
All of them dropped out of school for one reason or another.Some out of choice, others out of necessity.Yet, no one can contest the fact that they have achieved a measure of success that equals or even surpasses that of those who finished school.
This also served as a challenge for Pin
."Because of what happened to me, I became more determined to achieve what I am enjoying now," says the 38-year-old hairstylist, who now owns and operates five branches of Salon de Manila
."The most important thing is for you to have a goal.My parents instilled in me the importance of having goals, the importance of dreams.Marami nga riyan nakapagtapos nga, pero wala rin, di ba?"For Pin
, that meant learning all about hair and makeup on the job, while also teaching herself the rudiments of managing a salon.She
was only 20 then and was already raising a family to boot.Since then, Pin
, who recently won the top prize in the Davines World Style Asian Competition, has never stopped learning.She
goes abroad twice a year to train at Vidal Sassoon Academy
to make sure her
salon remains in the cutting edge of fashion and beauty.
In Wally's case, it was his
knowledge of the ins-and-outs of the music industry that earned him a post at Sony Music Entertainment
."Your diploma is very, very important to you when you get out of college but after a couple of years, it doesn't mean that much anymore.I guess when you get past the age of 27 or 28, people start looking for accomplishments."
Salon De Manila's Founder, the ...
Salon De Manila's Founder, the late Rubylinda Tubig discovered his talent and through the continious efforts of Pin Antonio, Salon De Manila's Creative Director and sister of the founder, Jong has reached his potentials and is presently the Team Leader of one of Salon De Manila's six branches in the prime spot in Makati.
Salon De Manila
Pin Antonio Creative Director
Salon De Manila
Pin Antonio captured by Sara Black.
...Stylist Pin Antonio, who is also Creative Director of Salon de Manila arrived from London where she attended the avante-garde TIGI Academy under Master Anthony Mascolo, Pin is the pioneering Asian student to attend the Academy.Pin
brought home the latest trends and styles she
learned from the TIGI Academy
also made a side trip to Moscow for the yearly convention of an Organisation Mondiale Coiffure, dressers based in Paris.She
was one of the country's representatives.
Last year, Pin
traveled to Milan and Rome where she
updated herself from such experts as Jean Pierre Cazaux of France, Anthony Mascolo of Italy, Robert Cromean of United States, Trevo Sorbie of England, the latest in trends and techniques in hair fashion.
For more than 23 years, Pin
guided Salon de Manila
as one of the country's top hair salons.Pin believes her work as hairstylist is a collaboration between her and the client.
adds: "To other salons, don't pirate.
recently opened a hairstyle exhibit that featured celebrity style icons as models.The exhibit entitled Hair Pin which opened Nov. 17 is on view at Glorietta 1 Ayala Center beginning Dec. 27 until Jan. 9, 2007.Pin
, a force in celebrity hairstyles since she
opened Salon de Manila
26 years ago, has been at the forefront of hairstyles, trends and hair technology.Pin
goes abroad to keep her
updated with current hair trends and styles."You can't be wearing just one hair style in your lifetime," she
says.A good haircut she
adds is "one that character and confidence to the wearer."
Among the celebrities who modeled for Pin
were Rica Peralejo, Bing Loyzaga, Danita Paner, Amy Perez with son Adi
, Ariel Rivera and Gelli de Belen with sons Joaqui and Julio, Mariel Rodriguez, Erik Santos, Tessa Prieto Valdez, Eula Valdez, Rep.