• A Heart of beauty in ‘This Is Me, Love Marie’

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    Heart Evangelista holds up a copy of her beauty guide book

    Heart Evangelista holds up a copy of her beauty guide book

    She is one of those women who never has a hair out of place, never sweats, and never breaks out. And besides her extremely good looks, she has a talent for acting that has made her famous, as well as a gift for painting that has allowed her celebrity to transcend art forms.

    Still, Heart Evangelista is likeable as she is enviable, especially since she is trying to make this world a fairer place for womankind by releasing a book of her beauty secrets in This Is Me, Love Marie.

    Published by Summit Books, the GMA Network star describes writing the title much like writing her diary.

    “It contains 30 years of everything I’ve learned [in beauty], and I’m sharing it with everyone,” she excitedly said at her book launch-cum-signing event at Glorietta in Makati City.

    Touted as the very first beauty guide authored by a Filipino actress, Heart—who was born Love Marie Ongpauco—is certainly credible in this department as one of the country’s most beautiful faces.

    The book is filled with the 30-year-old’s philosophies about beauty, her top make up tips and tricks, skincare suggestions, as well as her personal picks from the flood of beauty products in the market today. A sure come-on for fans of the actress are the step-by-step demos that photograph the author herself.

    Led by her husband Sen. Chiz Escudero (second from right), Heart’s in laws come in full force to support her latest endeavor: (from left) the senator’s mom Evelyn, sister Bernadette Quirante and her husband Jet (extreme right), and their children

    Led by her husband Sen. Chiz Escudero (second from right), Heart’s in laws come in full force to support her latest endeavor: (from left) the senator’s mom Evelyn, sister Bernadette Quirante and her husband Jet (extreme right), and their children

    “I’m really excited about this book, and I also hope to inspire women on not just looking good but feeling good about themselves, through my little notes and messages throughout the book,” Heart added.

    On to politics
    No matter what the agenda is at Heart’s every interview these days, she cannot seem to avoid a discussion about 2016’s national elections, what with her husband Sen. Chiz Escudero running as vice president to Sen. Grace Poe.

    Ever gracious in answering questions, Heart indulged questions regarding her mother Cecil Ongpauco’s latest statement that she is supporting the presidential bid of Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago.

    It will be remembered that it was in fact Santiago who played cupid to Heart and Escudero, setting them up a few years back.

    “Ang tagal na naming friends ni Tita Miriam and she’s like a mom to me. She’s my mom’s mentor. We knew about it, we talked about it and it was perfectly fine for all of us,” the actress claimed. “It’s not a problem because we’re all entitled to who we want [to support].”

    Heart said she even talked to Santiago about supporting Sen. Poe’s bid. “Tita Miriam said, ‘You know, it’s right that you stand by your husband. And I respect that.’ [Even with this], we’ll always be friends. Even if we don’t talk, or we talk after how many years, friends don’t forget each other. So, wala kaming problema.”

    Moreover, the actress revealed that even Sen. Poe understands her mom’s decision to vote for Sen. Santiago. “She said, ‘I understand her sentiments. I only met her maybe a month ago, samantalang matagal na niyang kilala at mentor niya si Senator Miriam’.”

    Beauties campaigning
    Heart also confirmed talks that she and her best friend Lovi Poe will be active in campaigning for Senators Poe and Escudero around the country by 2016. Lovi is Sen. Poe’s half-sister.

    Heart clarified, however, that her husband has never pressured her to campaign for him, since he has always respected her independence in her career.

    “If anything he wants me to prioritize my career since we’ve always agreed it will be good to go home and have different worlds to talk about and learn from. Niloloko din niya ako na baka pagusmama ako sa kanya, ako lang daw ang pansinin ng tao!” Heart ended with a loving laugh.

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