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Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer | Happy Skin

Ms. Rissa Mananquil-Trillo is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Happy Skin - the first Philippine cosmetic brand to actively combine makeup and skincare, providing innovative, high-quality products that are made in beauty capitals such as Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. The brand has won 40 beauty awards from top fashion & beauty glossies and is also the first local cosmetics brand to collaborate with international juggernaut, Disney.

She made a mark as multi-hyphenate, establishing her expertise as a professional model, beauty expert, journalist, and entrepreneur. She was first granted a lifestyle column with the Philippine Daily Inquirer in 1994 and later started writing for The Philippine Star covering fashion & beauty where her advice column Style SOS has been running for over 10 years now.

In 2000, Ms. Trillo professionalized her modeling career joining the Professional Models Association of the Philippines. Her leadership skills lead her to serve 9 years as board member, with 5 years as its president spearheading professionalism, during which she instituted significant reforms in the modeling industry and was later honored at the 1st Philippine Fashion Ball for her outstanding leadership & contributions to the industry.

She was awarded by Ernst & Young as Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 for Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines and SGV & Company. She was also recognized as one of Go Negosyo’s Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs for 2018. She was invited by CNN Philippines to speak in its inaugural women’s summit focusing “Breaking Barriers & Going Beyond Stereotypes” in beauty and business.

A Dean’s Lister and graduate of BS Management from Ateneo de Manila, Ms. Trillo further honed her business skills at the Asian Institute of Management with post-graduate courses on Strategic Brand Management & Marketing Distribution Management.

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