For several years, Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Inc. (TYKFI) sought out impoverished housewives from farming communities in the towns of Kayapa and Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya and Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur and equipped them with skills in Basic Cosmetology, in partnership with AngλHortaleza Foundation, Inc. (AHFI) This year, TYKFI gathered the past trainees again for Skills Enhancement Training for Basic Cosmetology dubbed as “Ganda Mo, Hanapbuhay Ko Level II” held at the TYKFI Multi-Purpose Building in Barangay Digdig, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija.
On February 2 and 3, 2019, trainers Marites A. Escalante and Roseshell P. Espedido taught the 19 cosmetologist-participants advanced male haircutting on latest styles and with the use of both clippers and scissors, advanced female haircutting with layering and thinning techniques, advanced nail art, with inclusion of review of hair coloring.
Every training session came with hands-on practice with models from nearby communities. Free haircutting, nail art with manicure and pedicure services were also given to local folks of Barangay Digdig and nearby barangays on the last day of training as part of the application and final practical evaluation of the trainees. The recipients were certainly happy for the treat.
During the program’s culminating activity, the trainers and AHFI’s program manager Jeneil Ezra B. Espiritu, TYKFI’s Valerie Tan and Hoira Dominguez, together with Ms. Saturnina Hernandez, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO) of Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur, awarded the certificates of completion to the participants. Special awards were also given to trainees with notable skills such as Best in Female Haircutting which was received by Gina G. Abat of Sta. Fe, N.V. and Julie Ann M. Hingangan of Kayapa, N. V.; Best in Male Haircutting to Norma L. Binay-an of Kayapa and Elma L. Peralta of Sta. Fe; and Best in Nail Art to Nerissa G. Lazaro of Sta. Fe and Liwa A. Pascua of Sta. Cruz, I.S.
It is the Foundation’s hope that by upgrading the beneficiaries’ varying skills, their livelihood may be enhanced and may better cater to the demands of their clients. It is through these continuous nurturing of relationship and skills that TYKFI aims to build on the welfare of families and communities as well as to aid them against the cycle of poverty.