Stars, Supermodels and Socialites launch the Jing Monis Salon

Superstar endorsers Judy Ann Santos and Sarah Geronimo top-billed the slew of celebrities who helped inaugurate the new Jing Monis Salon at Greenbelt 1 last October 12.

Superstar endorsers Judy Ann Santos and Sarah Geronimo top-billed the slew of celebrities who helped inaugurate the new Jing Monis Salon at Greenbelt 1 last October 12. Monis, the favorite hair and makeup artist of Santos, Geronimo, as well as other celebrities, top models, photographers, stylists, designers, editors, TV commercial directors and advertising creative directors, has been in the business for 15 years. He has helped create some of the most groundbreaking images in both magazine editorials and ad campaigns and has been a key force in elevating the art of hairstyling and makeup to a whole new level since then.

"He’s one of the best," says top fashion photographer Mark Nicdao. "His level of professionalism is on another level-he has taken his craft to a level where everyone looks up to him. Whether in makeup or hairstyling, he has mastered [the art of enhancing] people’s faces. At the same time, he’s fun to work with!" he adds. "He has the eye," says Liz Uy, Preview fashion editor. "He knows what’s best for each talent. And he knows what’s ’now’ and what’s not."

Monis’ partners at their original Propaganda salon, Juan Sarte III, Cristine del Valle, Marlon Rivera and Jay Lozada have now given him full creative and operational control of his eponymous salon. "Expect even better and more professional service, as well as more updated styles and techniques," Monis says. "The salon will use the Schwarzkopf line of earth-friendly, organic hair products, which are safer for clients especially those with sensitive scalps," he adds.

The newly renovated 120-square-meter area on the third floor of Greenbelt 1 now sports a Modern Mediterranean look, with splashes of color livening up the formerly spartan space. Interior designer Roan Espino mixed vintage and modern pieces accented with tropical greenery, giving the salon a relaxed yet chic feel.

The salon was transformed into a runway-cum-club during the launch, with muses Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez, Joann Bitagcol, Mandy de la Rama Santos, Vicky Herrera, Judy Ann Santos and Brazilian-Japanese male model Daniel Matsunaga modelling Monis’ latest looks. Joey Mead emceed the show, even getting all choked up and speechless as she introduced the man she and her generation of models lovingly call "Dad." Friends from the fashion, beauty and entertainment industry were all there to show their love and support.

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Photos by Michelle Lee.

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