Maricel Feliciano Servo has much to look forward to as a new mom with a young career in teaching. What better way to start than with a makeover?
“I am 26 years old but I look 40,” says Maricel. She laughs it off but admits that she doesn’t have time to fix herself each day. Like most teachers, she is busy with the demands of school and a 10-month-old son named Jhomar who she proudly breastfeeds.
After Maricel completed her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, she went on to teach grade five Aeta students. Two years later, she decided to try it out in Manila. Now she teaches grade two students at CP. Sta. Teresa Elementary School.
A fairly new teacher, Maricel teaches the last section of 33 boys and 12 girls. Though it is not an easy section to teach, Maricel copes by giving them several activities. At the same time, if she feels she is beginning to lose her temper, she just steps out of the classroom and counts to ten. When she returns, her students are quiet and ready to behave. Even if they are a challenge to teach, she says, “Mababait sila at magaling maglinis. Maalahanin sa teacher.” They always greet her whenever they see her and are very sweet.
Currently beginning work on her masters degree in Educational Management, Maricel believes that as a new teacher, it is important to do everything to “improve my talents and my skills and to grow professionally.” At the same time, “dapat lagi kang friendly at lagi ka humble. Always keep your feet on the ground.” And listen to what the older and more experienced teachers have to say.
Maricel looks forward to the day when it will be her turn to help out new teachers and give them advice the way her more experienced co-teachers have done for her.
Before: Maricel is always trying to find ways to get her students’ attention. Can the makeover team give her a transformation to make them stop in their tracks with awe?
The Outfit: Maricel doesn’t really bother to fix herself up. So we dressed her in clothes that weren’t only stylish but youthful as well, to celebrate her bubbly and sweet personality.
The Hair: Because Maricel had her hair rebonded last year, she couldn’t really do much with it in terms of style. So Miss Letty gave her hair layers for more body and a fresh, young look.
The Face: Miss Letty suggests taking good care of your skin even if you’re still young. Maricel has good skin, but it is important to begin putting sun block every morning to protect it from the sun. Then a dusting of powder will keep your face fresh and oil-free.
Tip 1: A wrap dress is flattering on almost every body type. Pick a printed one (it helps camouflage bulges!) in a pretty pastel color and accessorize with a simple, classic string of pearls.
Dress from The Flower Collection. Necklace, stylist’s own.
Tip 2: Choose a pencil skirt in a neutral shade to keep your look professional, but feel free to have fun with a cheerful floral top in a sheer material. A braided belt is the ultimate outfit-saver—wear it with dresses, jeans, or a top-and-skirt combo.
Top and skirt from The Flower Collection. Belt, stylist’s own.
Tip 3: The butterfly print on this blouse is young, feminine, and definitely on-trend! Pair it with slacks or dark jeans, then amp up your outfit’s playful vibe with a bright aqua necklace.
Top and slacks from The Flower Collection. Necklace, Anagon Collection.