This is Joanna Tuazon-Mendoza. She's our absolutely amazing Features Editor. She is such a great writer. She's also so professional. She has a keen eye for grammar and spelling and facts. Her favorite thing to do is give us grammar refresher lessons! She always sees my writing mistakes (which are few, to my credit, but they're there) and very tactfully corrects them.
She's also a mommy of two boys and I seriously don't know how she's able to juggle work and family life. I know people tell me I juggle so well. Actually, I don't. I've been a mess this entire year! But Joanna, she's my peg of the woman who can make it all work!
To Joanna's left (and to your right) is Sandra Pineda, our editorial assistant. I hired her just before the other department heads could snap her up. Whew! She is the perfect combination of beauty, breeding and brains. She's so hardworking and has the most admirable work ethic and attitude. She will do anything without complaint and with a big smile. Nothing, absolutely nothing breaks this girl's spirit. She is a ray of sunshine all day, every day.
Those are Mary Love Siy (red) and Fran Haw Ang (purple), OK!'s publishers. They're in charge of making sure OK! gets ads, gets promoted and marketed, and reaches the newsstands. They're basically my bosses. Haha! They've been really great this past year in trying to push OK! out there. Thanks, Fran and Mary Love!
Oh, Fran and Mary Love are bloggers, too. Food bloggers! Fran is also known as the woman behind Frannywanny and Mary Love is the author of Glutton Shopper.
Sam Gamgee. OK! will collapse without her.
As for Joanna, I think it was at this very shoot that she first got drunk. Joanna's a quiet girl. She's only talkative when she's lecturing us about our grammar and when the she talks about her favorite star/movie/TV show. But at the shoot, for no reason at all, she found everything funny! She was drunk alright!
In ravishing red is Kabbie Rodriguez Alipio, our Associate Fashion Editor. She has worked miracles on our fashion pages! Kabbie can walk into any store—high end or low end—and put together a smashing outfit even if all I see are rags. It's a talent, folks. Not many of us have it! Kabbie makes Hollywood celebrity fashion fun and, most importantly, she makes it attainable for lesser beings like us!
What I also admire about Kabbie, actually what I most admire about her is her spirit. She is a good woman and you can't put a good woman down. Believe me. I tried. She just kept throwing back the punches and when she fell down, she just got back up, dusted off her stylish self, and became better. Kabbie is an inspiration!
I plucked Elaine from marketing. She was really young then (actually, I hired these kids when they were about 21-23 years old) and seemed overly bubbly. But I saw a determined gleam in her eye when, during her interview, I asked the standard "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"and she replied, "I'll be the editor-in-chief of OK! magazine." Some bosses would be threatened by that but I loved it! I saw a girl who was ambitious and will work hard and learn well because she's eyeing the top prize.
So now you know why my job seems easy. It really isn't but because I have the most talented people on board, working in OK! feels like I'm paid to eat chocolate. I am beyond grateful.
Okay, enough drama. Let's do fluff! I'll talk about the outfit details on Topaz Fashion. That's tomorrow! See ya back here then!