Pinay Exposed 
unveiling the beauties and success of Pinays... 

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Pinay Exposed aims to unveil the beauties and success of Filipino women. The Philippines is described to be a nation of strong women, who directly and indirectly run the family unit, businesses, government agencies and haciendas.

Although they generally define themselves in the milieu of a masculine dominated post-colonial Asian Catholic society, Filipino women live in a culture that is focused on the community, with the family as the main unit of society. It is in this framework of Philippine hierarchical structure, class differences, religious justifications, and living in a globally developing nation wherein Filipino women struggle for respect. Compared to other parts of Southeast Asia, women in Philippine society have always enjoyed a greater share of legal equality


"The average woman would rather have beauty than brains, because the average man can see better than he can think."

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Successful Filipino Women Abroad

Loida Nicolas Lewis is a lawyer by profession, a businesswoman, an author, a philanthropist, and an active leader of the Filipino community in the United States. She was honored as the first Filipino as well as the first woman to be inducted into the Asian Hall of Fame in Seattle.

She is one of the richest Filipinas living outside the Philippines. Business executive, chairwoman and chief executive officer of TLC Beatrice LLC and TLC Beatrice China and Philippines, she is on the board of directors at TLC Beatrice International Holdings Inc., a conglomerate of 64 companies in 31 countries.

Josie Natori is the founder and chief executive officer of the Natori Company, a US$500-million New York-based corporation dealing with the design and manufacture of women's fashion and accessories.

In 1977, with no experience in fashion and manufacturing, she began her fashion empire selling hand-embroidered nightshirts at Bloomingdale's. She worked out of her living room at first, then eventually set up her first design shop cum showroom from an 11,000 square-foot loft on 34th Street. She went full scale into designing and manufacturing lingerie and quickly became known for the signature detailing, embroidery and applique work which she brought from her native Philippines to the international market.

Diane Monique Lhuillier is a leading bridal couturier and Filipino fashion designer based in the United States. Monique Lhuillier was born of French and Cebuano descent and came from a prominent family in Philippine high society. The Lhuillier family owns a chain of pawnshops currently operating in more than a hundred cities in the Philippines.

A favorite among top fashion stylists and editors, Lhuillier has dressed many celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, Meg Ryan, Britney Spears, Sharon Stone, and Teri Hatcher. Others, like Sarah Jessica Parker, Janet Jackson, Jessica Simpson, Tyra Banks, Megan Mullally and Debra Messing (stars of Will and Grace), Marg Helgenberger (of CSI), Natalie Imbruglia, Jennifer Connelly and Mariah Carey, have also been seen wearing her creations.

Rozita Villanueva Lee was born in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. In 1929, her father Eugenio Villanueva immigrated from Pangasinan to Hawaii as part of the recruited labor force for the Hawaii plantations. Rozita%u2019s professional work has taken her from the Canadian Pacific Airlines industry in Hawaii, to PBS Television, to Nevada. She has been Vice-President of Nevada Economic Development Company, Special Assistant to the Governor of Nevada, Co-Founder of the Asian Pacific Forum, Asian Chamber of Commerce, NaFFAA (Las Vegas, Nevada), and President and CEO of her own company, Drums of the Island.

She was able to successfully coordinate national conferences for minority business entrepreneurs, rallies for political events, fund raising, workshops and seminars. She has also motivated Filipino youth to form the Philippine American Youth Organization and has acted as an adviser to UNLV Filipino Student Association. Her advocacy for the Asian Pacific American and Filipino population in particular has taken her to Washington, D.C., New York City, and Los Angeles. She has spoken about Asian Pacific American concerns and issues at various APA and Filipino meetings and conferences held by NaFFAA, the Asian Pacific American Institute of Congressional Studies (APAICS), and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA). In 1995, she was named to the Nevada Clark County Asian American Commission, receiving numerous awards and certificates of appreciation from many organizations.

Dr. Rosario B. Tigno was the first doctor from the Philippines to practice in the United Arab Emirates. Filipinos in Dubai refer to her as a medical beacon within the Filipino community and a doctor-at-large who is always on call whenever needed, exemplifying the bravery, industry and zeal of the Filipino migrant.

She was born in Vigan, Ilocos Sur and was able to fulfill her dream of becoming a doctor by obtaining her medical degree from Manila Central University  in 1972. She worked for four years in several hospitals in Iran, before going back to the Philippines and practicing medicine for more than 13 years. An opportunity came for her to be able to work again in Dubai. In 1992, she gained the distinction of being the first Filipino doctor to be issued a license by the Department of Health and Medical Services of Dubai. Since then, she has devoted herself to helping Filipinos there, especially the underprivileged.

Dr. Tigno founded the Filipino Health Care Provider in 1999, spearheaded medical missions and initiated "Share Blood, Spare A Life," a blood donation drive and information campaign. In recognition of Dr. Tigno%u2019s notable achievement in the field of medicine and her service to the Filipino community in Dubai, she was chosen as one of the Ten Filipino Achievers in 2001 by the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

Cristeta Comerford is the current White House Executive Chef. She is the first woman to be selected for the post, and also the first of Filipino descent.

She attended the University of the Philippines, Diliman in Quezon City and majored in food technology. However, she did not earn her degree because she left school to immigrate to the United States at the age of 23. Her first job was at the Sheraton Hotel near O'Hare International Airport. She also worked at the Hyatt Regency hotel.

After Chicago, she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked as a chef at two restaurants. She also spent six months in Vienna, Austria as a rotating chef. Comerford was recruited by executive chef Walter Scheib III in 1995 to work in the Clinton White House.

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Pinay Celebrities

Angelica Panganiban was born in Payatas on November 4, 1986. Her mother is a Filipina who died in 2008 and buried in Singapore while her father is an American from Iowa, United States.


Anne Ojales Curtis-Smith, also known as Anne Curtis is a Filipino-Australian actress, model, television host, singer and VJ currently active in the Philippines.


Ellen conquered the internet by storm with her gorgeous looks, but now she's out to prove that she can conquer the world of showbiz as well.


Katrina Halili is a Filipina actress, commercial model  and music producer. She made her screen debut via StarStruck, but did not gain popularity...


Iwa Moto is a Filipino Japanese actress, model and teen star. She was one of the Final Four in the 2nd season of StarStruck, a reality-based talent search show of GMA...


KC Concepcion  is a Filipina actress and singer and who is currently a National Ambassador Against Hunger of the UN's World Food Programme.


Maja Salvador is one of the latest in line of the illustrious show biz clan of the Salvador family. She is now making her own identity and mark as the Dance Princess of the Philippines...


Marian Gracia Rivera, more popularly known as Marian Rivera (born August 12, 1984 in Madrid, Spain) is a Filipino actor and Commercial Model.


Marie Pauleen J. Luna is a Filipina actress and television personality. She appears on the GMA Network, particularly as one of the regular hosts of the long-running Philippine variety show Eat Bulaga!


Maria Venus Bayonito Raj is a Filipina beauty queen. She was crowned Binibining Pilipinas (Miss Philippines)-Universe on March 6, 2010 during the pageant's Grand Coronation Night at the Araneta Coliseum.


Miriam Quiambao is a beauty queen from the Philippines who has competed in the Miss Universe pageant. She was supposed to represent the Philippines in the Miss World 1999...


Shamcey Gurrea Supsup is Filipino beauty titleholder and landed as third runner-up in the latest Miss Universe beauty pageant held in Sao Paolo, Brazil on September 12, 2011.


Fil-Am Celebrity

Raquel Gibson is an American model and actress of Filipino and Italian descent. Gibson was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for November 2005.


Great Filipina Heroines

Melchora Aquino - commonly known as "Tandang Sora"

Patrocinia Gamboa - popularly known as the "Heroine of Jaro"

Gregoria de Jesus - wife of Andres Bonifacio

Hilaria (del Rosario) Aguinaldo - the first of the "first ladies" and founder of the Philippine Red Cross

Trinidad Tecson - the "Mother of Biak-na-bato"

"Generala" Agueda Kahabagan - the "Tagalog Joan of Arc"

Maria Josefa Gabriela Cariño Silang - the wife of Diego Silang


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