For the past 22 years, Rissa Mananquil-Trillo has made a mark as multi-hyphenate achiever, establishing her expertise as an entrepreneur, a beauty expert, a journalist, and a professional model.
Writing was Rissa’s first love, and it was with this medium where she developed in-depth consumer knowledge on beauty and fashion. She was granted a teenage lifestyle column with national broadsheet Philippine Daily Inquirer in 1994. For over 10 years now, Rissa's popular beauty and fashion advice column Style S.O.S has been running weekly on national broadsheet The Philippine Star.
In 2000, Rissa professionalized her modeling career, joining the Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP). Her leadership skills lead her to serve nine years as board member for PMAP, with five years as its president spearheading professionalism, during which she instituted significant reforms in the modeling industry. The policies she implemented have become standard practice in the industry today. She was later given an award at the 1stPhilippine Fashion Ball for her outstanding leadership and significant contribution to the industry.
As a recognized beauty authority, she took on a beauty expert campaign in 2007 with global beauty brand, Pond’s, where she was later asked to come on board as consultant to the brand. She has been recognized by Cosmopolitan Philippinesas one of the “30 Power Pinays”, while Mega Magazine acknowledged her as one of the “30 Women Shaping Style & Changing Culture.”
A graduate of BS Management from the Ateneo de Manila University where she was a Dean’s Lister, she further honed her business skills at the Asian Institute of Management, taking part in Strategic Brand Management and Marketing Distribution Management post-graduate courses. With her passion for brand building and expertise in the beauty industry, she became a business owner in October 2013 and launched Happy Skin—the Philippines’ favorite homegrown brand of skin-caring makeup—together with co-founder Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez.
In a span of two years, Happy Skin has set up 80 counters across the country, won 20 beauty awards from top fashion and beauty glossies, was awarded by online news giant Rappler as a brand leader in social media, was hailed by Ayala Malls as the Most Promising Retailer for 2015, and garnered Watsons Philippines’ award as the Most Promising New Cosmetic Brand for 2015.