Barbie turns 60
By Jane Kingsu-Cheng
Everyone’s favorite doll celebrates her 60th birthday this month with an inspiring Saturday afternoon at SM North EDSA The Block. The official distributor of Mattel Toys, Richprime Global Inc., awarded outstanding Filipino women from different fields last March 9. They were chosen for their achievements, serving as inspiration to little girls all over the world.
These 10 women were presented with awards given by Richprime Global Inc. President and CEO Myrna Yao, along with her daughters Richprime’s Managing Director Liza Yao and Vice President Jane Yao. Along with the awards, each of the ladies also shared an inspiring quote to empower little girls:
“Don’t forget to play and have fun. Being passionate doesn’t mean you have to be serious all the time—it means you must enjoy what you do while pursuing your goals.” —Vicki Belo-Kho
“Love yourself and be yourself.” — Charo Santos-Concio
“Dear young girls, Make the most of your God-given talents to make your life, most especially the lives of people around you happy and pleasing to Him. When the source of everything that you were, and you are and you ever will be! Always stay beautiful like Barbie. God bless you always!” — Chef Jessi Sincioco
“The day you start believing in yourself is the day magic starts to happen.” —Alice Eduardo
“A doctor Barbie, a journalist Barbie, an engineer Barbie, and yes, a beauty queen Barbie! The choice is yours, the stage is wide open, if you just put your hearts and minds into it.” —Joanne Rae Ramirez
“Don’t be afraid to try something different, something new. Believe in yourself and things will happen for you.” —Armie Jarin-Bebett
“It’s destiny. If it’s destiny, it’s yours. If it’s not yours, it’s not yours.” — Cynthia Villar
“Climbing mountains and crossing vast seas gives us opportunities to conquer our own self-doubts and fears, and to go beyond our self-limits. We, as mountaineers and adventurers, never aim to conquer the power and might of Mother Nature. Instead, we go there to enjoy its beauty, pay respect, give care and help to preserve it. Kaya ng Pinay!” — Carina Dayondon
“May we all e a source of inspiration, courage, strength, and hope to other women.” —Mayor Lani Cayetano
Part of the program included a fashion show with little girls dressed in the many possible dreams they can be when they grow up. A Barbie doll exhibit was showcased that afternoon, along with doll house installations for different personalities for the little girls to enjoy, make believe, and do role play.
As an added treat this month, the whole country celebrates the iconic Barbie’s 60th birthday with pink illumination lights around the metro. Landmarks such as the Rizal Park, the Dancing Fountain, the City Hall and the Post Office in Manila, the Quezon Memorial Circle and the Dancing Fountain in Quezon City, the City Hall (People’s Park in Valenzuela City), pedestrian lanes inside Eastwood City, and the SM Mall of Asia Globe Centerpiece will be dress up in pretty pink lights.
Richprime Global Inc. continues to deliver offerings for children, giving joy to the whole family as one of the top distributors of toys, baby products, and children’s branded shoes.