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Rissa Mananquil Trillo talks untold truths about business and beauty in her first book

At the peak of her modeling career, Rissa Mananquil Trillo already had everything going for her: She was a leading figure in the modeling world, a respected beauty columnist for a major broadsheet, and a happily married wife and mom of three. But this multi-hyphenate still went ahead and built a beauty brand from scratch, not to mention pursued an Executive MBA degree while at it—proof that even with setbacks, as long as you have the drive, there’s no limit to how far you can go.

Now, Rissa is sharing what she’s learned in her journey to becoming the award-winning co-founder of local beauty brand Happy Skin in her first book.

Read My Lips: What It Takes to Build a World-Class Homegrown Brand is part-memoir and part-business guide: By rooting the conversation in her own experiences—from her failures to her successes, from her lowest moments to her brightest triumphs—Rissa inspires not just readers ready to rise to a new career challenge of entrepreneurship, but also anyone who wants to learn about beauty, business, and life.

Read My Lips is divided into two parts. In the first, Rissa answers questions about entrepreneurship, helping you start and run your own business, while fully understanding both the sacrifices and fulfillment that go with making the leap. In the second, she imparts lessons gleaned from her own life experiences that unfolded the path for opportunities in business and beauty, as well as values needed to survive in entrepreneurship.

Read My Lips also lets readers learn from the best by bookending each part with interviews with the biggest leaders in business and beauty. The first part offers a glimpse into the genius of prominent business owners such as Nanay Coring Ramos, Tessie Sy-Coson, Manny V. Pangilinan, Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Nedy Tantoco, Ben Chan, Anton Huang, Mariana Zobel de Ayala, Lance Gokongwei, Robina Gokongwei-Pe, Kevin Tan, Joey Concepcion, Rikki Dee, Donnie Tantoco, Vicki Belo, Paulo Campos, Margarita Forés, Anne Arcenas-Gonzalez, Amina Aranaz, and Krie Reyes-Lopez. Meanwhile, the second part gathers insights on life and inner beauty from Lucy Torres-Gomez, Heart Evangelista-Escudero, KC Concepcion, Kathryn Bernardo, Bianca Gonzalez-Intal, Liz Uy, Karen Davila, Myrza Sison, Apples Aberin, Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez, AiveeTeo, Say Tioco, Tricia Gosingtian, and Hannah Pangilinan.

Long before she co-founded Happy Skin in 2013, Rissa has been a foremost name in Philippine fashion and beauty. Besides being one of the country’s top models and serving as president of the Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP) for five years, she is a long-time beauty columnist for The Philippine Star. She later cemented her entrepreneurial success with accolades such as Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines’ Woman Entrepreneur in 2017 and Go Negosyo’s Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur in 2018. In 2018, she obtained her Executive MBA degree from the Asian Institute of Management.

Read My Lips: What It Takes to Build a World-Class Homegrown Brand will soon be available in bookstores nationwide for P450.

You can order Read My Lips (P450) at National Book Store now.

For updates and more information on the release of Read My Lips, follow @rissamananquiltrillo on Instagram.


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