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Kate Moss @ 40

The longevity of Kate Moss’s career is astounding. She is not particularly tall to be the ideal supermodel nor the most beautiful and yet most of the supermodels she started with have now been “retired” but Kate is still going from strength to strength.

She is still a regular cover of magazines, she is as visible as ever in any party circuit, she is still a favourite muse on music videos.

Kate has a checkered past but she seems to have a teflon ability. No matter how heinous and destructive the gossips are about her or what is actually happening to her, Kate just gets up and dusts herself off and away she goes again as if nothing much had happen.

Kate is uber-cool, her waif-like beauty is so beguiling.

At 40, Kate still got it, whatever “it” is. She is Playboy magazine’s 60 years anniversary cover and it seems they made the right choice. Kate is simply stunning.

GlobalGranary wishes Kate Moss a Happy 40th!!!

Kate Moss @ 40


Most Beautiful Filipinas – Past & Present

I have been told several times that Filipinas are considered the most beautiful women of Asia. They have a certain unique countenance that differs them from others in Asia.

It has probably something to do with Philippines being a melting pot of races, which produced these truly aesthetically superior beauties.

I have left the Philippines in mid-80s and have not really followed the Philippine movies, which produce new batch of fresh drop-dead gorgeous celebs in almost every waking-moment of the day.

With celebrities, we can never truly know what is inside them, how they really feel. We can never know whether they are truly good people inside and out.

Entering show-business or becoming a public figure allows one to wear a mask, leaving behind close doors one’s real self. I supposed this is the only way to keep oneself sane and to have a bit of control.

Anyway we will leave the psychology of it all and just concentrate on the physical beauty of Filipinas.


Most Beautiful Filipinas – Past & Present


My List which is a work in progress is not in any order. It includes the following (so far):



Amalia Fuentes

In her heyday Amalia was known as the most beautiful woman in Asia.  The Liz Taylor of the Philippines.

Obviously because of her beauty, she became a product endorser and she was the very first Filipina Lux soap model.

Amalia is multi-talented.  She acts, she writes scripts, she directs as well.

Sadly, life has not been always kind to her.  Her only biological daughter died recently which caused Amelia to have a very public breakdown.

Hope she finds solace somewhere!




Imelda Marcos

Imelda Marcos has always been a real beauty. ¬†She’s called the Rose of Tacloban, having won a beauty pageant when much younger and an ingenue. ¬†Imelda Marcos life story came straight from the pen of Jose Rizal.

Imelda’s grandmother was a product of a friar’s dalliance with a Filipina in a la Maria Clara story.

Despite being a Romualdez, with their perceived fabulous wealth, Imelda’s life was one of rugs to riches story. ¬†She grew up in the garage of the big house, where the children of her father’s first marriage lived. ¬†She knew what poverty was like. ¬†This might have been the factor that pushed her to reach the top and stay there and amassed the fabulous wealth she now enjoys which she can only dream of as a child.

Imelda, is probably the original ‘World Class Filipina, which the Philippine media is spouting about! Imelda is now known around the world for her gargantuan collection of shoes!

KC Concepcion


  • I’ve just read somewhere that Amalia Fuentes, top above, considers KC Concepcion to have the most beautiful face in today’s crops of goddesses in Philippine showbiz.

We thought so too.

KC, despite the silver spoon in her pretty mouth, has remained down to earth.   Sharon Cuneta, her mother, brought her up well.  And I supposed it has also to do with life experiences KC has had.  Firstly being conned by an ex-boyfriend, whose alleged sexuality is questionable!  Then also the death of her maternal grandmother, whom she was very close to and lately a very surprising contretemps with her saintly mother, Sharon Cuneta.  Reading between the lines (I really hope I am misreading the lines LOL) it seems KC is a bit of a rebel and rather ungrateful to all the sacrifices her mother did on her behalf!

Sharon was also apparently concerned with how KC is clothing herself lately – very miniscule, to say the least. ¬†I supposed she is a young lady, who has something to show. ¬†If you’ve got it ….. flaunt it.


Liza Soberano

Liza Soberano is the new face of Philippine cinema.  She has now constantly appear on national as well as international polls of the most beautiful women in the world.








Lorna Tolentino

I remember Lorna Tolentino as a natural beauty, really beautiful face and had the most enviable body and most shapely legs in the 80s and 90s.  The mole on her upper lip became rather famous as well.

She was so popular that her name was abbreviated to just her initial LT or Lorna T..

Lorna was a beautiful child actress who grew up into a very accomplished and multi-awarded actress.







Marian Rivera

Marian Rivera

Marian Rivera is one of the most beautiful faces in today’s Philippine showbiz. ¬†From what I saw in YouTube, Marian is charming and full of vim. ¬†She can dance pretty well and can sing a little. ¬†But there is something about her that is shiny and bright. She is near perfection but not quite, Marian is not confident with the English language preferred by the snobby world of Philippine showbiz. ūüėČ She is not a bimbo (she is in fact a BS Psychology graduate) but English does not come naturally to her. ¬†She just had a baby and it seems motherhood had changed her. ¬†She has become ultra conservative and a fount of information about child rearing.

Marian also has the most fabulous collection of designer bags, shoes and clothes.  Her collection is well documented via instagram, FB and twitter as well countless magazine coverage.



au Pijuan

Aurora Pijuan is the second Miss International winner from the Philippines.

Aurora, also known as Au Au married a basketball coach, Tommy Manotoc, who came from a rich and influential family.

Her public life became more controversial when her husband became her ex.

Tommy married Imee Marcos, the eldest daughter of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos.

Aurora remains beautiful inside and out.  She is now busy doing charity work, mainly for the Gawad Kalinga.



Rhiann Ramos

Rhian Ramos is currently garnering credits and kudos for appearing as Jade Tanchingco in the latest GMA televison soap, The Rich Man’s Daughter, which I think is loosely based on a real-life story of the lesbian daughter, Gigi Chao, of a Chinese billionaire. ¬†The Father offered gazillions of money as a dowry to a man that could make his daughter heterosexual again. LOL

Rhian herself is not a stranger to controversy.  While much younger, scandalous videos of her with her then boyfriend DJ Mo Twister appeared.  It was also reported that she had undergone an alleged abortion, which of course was so shocking to the Catholic country of the Philippines.

Just so glad my compatriots are so forgiving.

Kuh Ledesma



When I was growing up, I secretly wished I was Kuh Ledesma. She was the most popular chanteuse in the early 80’s. She has an exotic beauty, almost androgynous but she looked so sophisticated and so intelligent.











Lovi Poe 3Lovi Poe is the daughter of Fernando Poe, Jr from an affair.

Lovi is lovely with her morena (kayumanggi) complexion.  She is a good dancer and a very convincing actress.

I actually love her.









Angel Locsin


Angel Locsin was the most popular actress for a long time in the Philippines when she is much younger. But people, her fans, are pickle. They can’t take so much controversy from their idol, who seems to crawl out from one to the next.
Back in February 2016 in Manila, she was a regular feature of the tabloid newspaper ‘Bulgar’ after she broke up ‘again’ from her boyfriend Luis Manzano.



Dawn Zulueta









Kristine Hermosa













Pilar Pilapil











Vilma Santos










Bessie Badilla



ANNA THERESA LUY LICAROS (born August 10, 1984 in Mandaluyong City, Philippines), nicknamed Tere, is the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 2007 titleholder.











Loren Legarda

LOREN LEGARDA is a Filipina broadcasting journalist, environmentalist, and politician of Visayan ancestry, notable as the only female to top two senatorial elections (1998) and 2007).


















Maricel Soriano

(born Maria Cecilia Dador¬†Soriano¬†on February 25, 1965), also known as The Diamond Star, is a critically acclaimed Filipina film and television actress. She has starred in many films covering different genres including comedy, fantasy (Inday series), horror, suspense, action, romance and drama. She has appeared in hundreds of films and has scored a number of blockbuster hits.¬† She’s known for being feisty (Taray) in her films and real life.







Sharon Cuneta

Sharon Cuneta is a known as the MegaStar of the Philippine cinema.  She is the mother of KC Concepcion with Gabby Concepcion.

Sharon earned her Megastar title by always having a blockbustre films.










A true list of real Filipina beauties will not be complete without a mention of the tragic Stella Strada.


Lea Salonga


Lea Salonga is a kosher broadway queen and even a west end queen at one point with Miss Saigon.  I remember Lea Salonga as a child.  I used to watch her sing on television.  I was completely enchanted on how she enunciate every word of songs, thus her lips are very mobile.





Susan Roces


Gloria Romero


Zsa Zsa Padilla


Maja Salvador

Maja-Salvador2This girl has something special about her.  She has lots of sex appeal.  During a drama scene against the beauteous Angel Locsin, Maja was able to hold her own and shown!









Celeste Legaspi

Celeste Legaspi

Celeste Legaspi

During her heydey, back when she was known more as a very accomplished songstress rather than an actress, Celeste was gorgeously sophisticated.  She has grown more beautiful and had become a very accomplished actress.

One of my favourite Tagalog songs that always makes me happy is Manang Sorbitero (Mr Ice-Cream Man) was sung by Celeste.












Maricar Reyes

Maricar Reyes is not only a real beauty but brainy as well. ¬†This stunning woman is multi-talented and multi-skilled as ¬†an actress, and a model but also as a General Practitioner (GP). ¬†Yes folks our Maricar is a medical doctor. ¬†Maricar’s career and personal life were almost derailed by a salacious scandal (her sex-video with Haydon Kho, who has a penchant for recording sexual acrobatics with women which often end up on the internet, was one which got downloaded online).

However, Maricar is now married to Richard Poon and her career is still stellar.






kris-aquino-olay-mainKRIS Aquino to me is not just a pretty face (she has Belo on her cellphone, lol) but she is also beautifully honest in her opinions to the point of being tactless and sometimes even rather rude.

She wears her heart on her sleeve.  Many a time, she can be found crying on television, to let everyone know her side of the story (there had been many and I expect more to come.)  I like that! LOL

She seems to be a very good mother; a faithful sister, a good cook, fairly good actress, a generous friend by all account and a confident host on television.

Despite her many blessings, love РREAL LOVE, seems to evade this beauty.  Good wishes to her from US.



Louise De Los Reyes

louiseThis girl is a natural beauty.  She has charisma.

1 June 2015 – Something seems to be happening to Louise. ¬†A few weeks ago, a random woman came out to claim that she was Louise’ s real mother. ¬†She can’t show solid proof aside from having given her child, allegedly Louise, to a friend of a friend to take care of, as they can’t look after baby Louise for not lack of love but of money.

Strangely, Louise seems to encourage the woman to go on with her ‘delusion’?!!!




Charito Solis

charito solisCharito Solis was a premier actress in the Philippines.  She was consistently nominated and won countless awards in drama.  She was beautiful and feisty.

Unfortunately her stellar career was slightly dimmed by some salacious unfounded rumours.  Allegedly, the death of the popular Manila mayor, Arsenio Lacson was due to a fatal stroke from over-excitement while making love to the young and beauteous Charito in a hotel room.





Bianca Umali

Bianca Umali

She is so pretty.  She reminds me of Kendall Jenner.







Hour Glass Figure Girls

Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce has a beautiful hour glass figure.

Hour Glass Figure Girls

According to studies & research conducted by Harvard University, women with large breasts and narrow waists find it easier to fall pregnant. It  has been found that the classic hour-glass figure has on average 26% higher level of hormone of E2 and enhanced level of progesterone.

Jessica Rabbit

Jessica Rabbit

Both the E2 and progesterone are linked to fertility in women. The finding was published in the Royal Society journal imaginatively titled¬† article entitled ‘Proceeding B’.

Kelly Brook

Kelly Brook

Christina Hendricks

Christina Hendricks of famed Mad Men television series is much admired for her hourglass figure.


Scarlett Johansson


Kim Kardashian





Red Lipstick – Red Lippy Brigade


Red lipstick is my favourite. ¬†Somehow it is the only shade that makes me look alive. ūüėČ

I tried wearing the nude lipstick when I went home to the Philippines.  My mother was forced to opine that I looked like death warmed up.  That is my mother, she never mince her words.

Apparently if you are wearing red lipstick, you should minimize the eye¬†make up especially during the day, otherwise you’ll look like a clown.

Vice versa, strong eye make up would require paler lipstick.

Anyway the Cannes 2013 film festival has brought celebrities in their droves to beguile us with their most engaging red pouty look.

Awards ceremonies usually bring in the usual suspect of divine beauties wearing the lippies in various shades of red.

Here are the celebrities who are members of the Red Lippy Brigade


Did you know?

Red lipstick will make your teeth look whiter and your skin to appear clearer. Just make sure the lipstick is applied neatly without smudges and most importantly, not half of it on your teeth! ūüôĀ

History’s Famous Hairstyles


There have been men and women who became famous because of their haircuts or hairstyles. So famous that the haircut became their trademark or named after them or the character they portrayed.  Sometimes their hairstyles are still talked about whilst their bodies of works had long gone, forgotten.

I remember my mother would ask the hairdresser to give me a twiggy haircut when I was 6 or 7.   I know of the twiggy look but not really sure who was Twiggy then, but I do now!!!

In high school I sported the Farrah Fawcett hairstyle. ¬†It was the 70s where everyone in tune to Charlie’s Angels.

I became known for my Farrah style throughout third and fourth year high school.  I had really straight long hair and the only way it can be given the Farrah treatment was to put my barnet fair* in rollers every time I was not at school.  I often slept in my uncomfortable foam rollers at night.  During lunch break when everyone would hang out in cool places and have a laugh, I would be running back home to put my hair in rollers.

In London’s East End famous Cockney rhyming slang, hair is called ‘Barnet Fair’* or shortened to ‘Barnet’ by many native Londoners ūüôā

But the thing was I would be in a jeepney going back to school after lunch and people would look at me and admire my precious Farrah locks. ¬†It was like in the television commercial of a one famous shampoo in the Philippines called “Gee, your hair smells terrific!”. ¬†Really that was the name of the shampoo. LOL ¬†They would really whisper to each other how beautiful my hair was. ¬†The same thing at ¬†school. ¬†By the way¬†I was also using that shampoo and it was gloriously, deliciously fragrant that my classmates would like giving me a hug to have a sniff at my hair. ¬† I was really proud of my beautifully scented bouncy Farrah. ¬†When I met some of my schoolmates in Facebook, I just have to say that I was the girl with the Farrah Fawcett hair and they remember me immediately.

History’s Famous Hairstyles

Here are some celebrities and people of history with famous barnet.