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DREAMS do come true, as Clint Holton P. Potestas learns from a Cebuano who’s now an icon in the beauty industry.
“Hala, na wala gyud imong kilay, Mommy, (Your eyebrows have
disappeared)” a surprised Rogelie Catacutan, 2011 Aliwan Festival Queen,
beams. It sounds like she is not very familiar with the miracle of
stage make-up, observing Jessie Glova (in sward speak, “Mommy Jessie”)
concealing his natural eyebrows with liquid foundation to draw another
set – Tina Turner-ish: sharp, thin, emphatic.
Hours before I arrived, he was in his working clothes: dropped and
draped crotch harem pants, a cotton t-shirt, Roman sandals, and a scarf
wrapped around his neck.
Constricting clothes in the afternoon would only make him
uncomfortable, especially now that he has newly launched the Jessie
Glova Style Salon that solves your need for change: haircut, nail paint,
hair color, hair extensions, all secrets of a celebrity makeover.
Still on the second floor of Pacific Square Condominium in Panagdait,
Mabolo where the Jessie Glova Make-Up Studio is also located, the salon
is distinctive in all-white vintage Victorian interior.
It is a dream come true, a benchmark among the many lines he has
invested in. Under a self-titled label, his own cosmetic brand is
distributed in select stores nationwide.
Then he built a career in personal coaching in cosmetology and skin
care and introduced Hollywood’s air-brush make-up (say, the Photoshop of
The Top Brand recognition he received at the Technowave Celebrity
Forum in Manila last Sept. 15 has fortified his staying power in the
industry. The Wedding Digest, a sister publication of Reader’s Digest,
awards the country’s premiere brands based on trusted surveys, research,
“I don’t know really. It’s just so overwhelming. Well, I felt very
honored that my contribution and hard work has been recognized by a
prestigious award-giving group,” he recalls the time he knew about the
news on-line. “And I’ll take this as a challenge in providing first
class quality services and another challenge for me as a make-up artist
on how to keep up, and I am seeing it as another level of great
responsibility in setting high standard in make-up artistry and salon
“You know, it was the age when I didn’t want to listen to my
parents,” Jessie, who is now in his 30s, recalls with a sudden change of
his tone. “So I made use of my talent to support my education.”
“I was an Adelante member when Val San Diego was searching for male dancers. I
auditioned and thankfully, he accepted me. His wife Luz taught me
ballet,” Jessie goes on. “Aside from choreography, I helped in the hair
and make-up preparation.”
Unlike before, he has assistants to help him prim his clothes, weave
his wigs, and more often, make him laugh. But posted with a probability
that he’d go back to square one, he’s quite optimistic – exactly how he
rose to fame. “Believe that dreams do come true.”
Does it not sound like a Disney princess’ pragmatism?