SINGER, dancer and actress Vina Morales might be skipping some Janet Jackson-like choreography on the Sunday show, Asap, these days but this doesn’t mean she’s taking a leave of absence.
To begin with, it’s impossible to slow down when everything she lays her hands on is rising. Go with the flow, they say in show biz. She is currently working on a primetime drama that she admittedly enjoys the most while running a 10-year-old business, which is located all-over the Philippines.
After giving birth to her first child, Ceana, Vina is breathing life into another business venture in Cebu. So to say, her first Ystilo Salon branch in SM City Cebu is now ready treat those who seek emancipation from frizzy hair days, or for those who are just looking for the right excuse to catch the “Dance Empress” often.
“I hope the Cebuanos won’t be surprised to see me here,” says Vina during the opening on Thursday, Jan. 28.
“It’s my 37th branch, and I’ll be coming here often to check the operation and of course, get pampered. Going to the salon relaxes me.
“A lot of people have asked me about why I didn’t have a branch in Cebu, so I said, I was waiting for the right time and the right place—and here it is after 10 years. I am also planning on expanding to different hotels and resorts in Cebu. After all, my family is from here,” she continued, casually answering questions in fluent Cebuano, too.
Who could blame her? She comes from an all-female family of siblings (including young actress Shaina Magdayao) who love to pamper and fix their hair.
Vina’s sister, Sheila, underwent several trainings in hair treatment and styling in Hong Kong and Malaysia before launching the first salon in Fairview, Manila.
Out from the parlor, Vina goes straight to her taping of Agua Bendita on ABS-CBN, a primetime soap opera that will soon replace May Bukas Pa. She has nothing, but thankful words for playing one of the major roles.
And thus, her Cebuano genes might come in handy. “I am very excited because our lines are Bisaya. Of course, there’s Tagalog, but mostly, we will be speaking in Cebuano with subtitles so the audience can understand,” she relates.
Vina has scored big time in the capital city, but some good things have never lasted: Cebu’s lechon is her favorite dish, and she has an all-Cebuano pool of friends.
And still, her Cebuano accent is naturally emphatic, quite a surprise from someone who owns a set of diamond-studded fingernails.
Vina on style
· “I don’t have bad hair days. I like layered hair cut because it saves me from a bad hair day. I just put on gel, mousse, or (hair) clay, then it’s done,” says Vina on her favorite hairstyle.
· “I like everything, from manicure to hair dye. I’m spoiled when it comes to salon treatments.”
· “For 2010, I see that there will be an increasing trend in hair dye and hair extensions because they instantly change your look.”