- Senator Loren Legarda posted a 1977 throwback photo on her Instagram
- She was just 17 years old at the time and posed for a Pond’s print ad
- A commenter politely asked a photo of her in bikini and Loren replies “will look for one”
We see her in the news as a senator; yes, she’s a household name, so to speak. But younger people probably didn’t know that she was a former broadcast journalist and worked for known Filipino channels RPN-9 and ABS-CBN. But pushing back the years a little bit farther, maybe only a few are aware that she was once a fresh-faced teen beauty, modelling for print ads and TV commerials.
Really? Yes, it’s true.
The female senator shared on social media on Friday a photo of her 17-year-old self in a vintage print ad released in 1977.
She wrote on her Instagram post: “This print ad was released in 1977 when I first broke into the scene as a fresh-faced 17-year-old Pond’s girl. That’s how long I’ve been in front of the camera, in the public’s eye. I am grateful to @ponds for giving me the break that opened many doors for me. At 58, people ask about my skin care regimen and I tell them I still use this product until today.”
This print ad was released in 1977 when I first broke into the scene as a fresh-faced 17-year-old Pond’s girl. That’s how long I’ve been in front of the camera, in the public’s eye. I am grateful to @ponds for giving me the break that opened many doors for me. At 58, people ask about my skin care regimen and I tell them I still use this product until today. ? ? by Dick Baldovino #flashbackfriday #skincare #pondsgirl @pondsph
On the comments section of the Instagram post, Loren’s friend Toby Tiangco, a legislator, iconoclast, businessman and politician asked her for a bikini photo and here’s how the conversation goes:
toby.tiangco: ma’am pls post your [bikini emoticon] photo hehehe
iamlorenlegarda: What photo Toby?
toby.tiangco: bikini photo. hehehe joke lang ha. [peace hand symbol] peace
iamlorenlegarda: Will look for one [smiley]
toby.tiangco: okay very good! show them your ageless.
Looks like we have some waiting to do.
Loren was born on January 28, 1960 in Malabon as Lorna Regina Bautista Legarda. According to Wikipedia, she treats Antique as her home province.
Her maternal grandfather was an editor of the pre-Martial Law newspaper, The Manila Times.
She attended Assumption College from primary to high school, where she graduated as valedictorian.
She graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines in 1981 with a Bachelor’s degree in broadcast communications and was President of the UP Broadcast Administration. Loren also pursued post-graduate courses on special studies towards professional designation in journalism.
Loren is a staunch environmentalist and a cultural worker. (Read more: Loren receives “Knight in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic” award)
And if you’re feelin’ “bitin” on her youthful glow, here you go:
And who would forget about these commercials?
Thank you @peopleasia magazine for featuring me for the cover story of your latest issue. As always, it was a pleasure working with my longtime friend, Editor-in-Chief @joanneraeramirez, photographer Jun de Leon and Art Director Ramon Joseph Ruiz. Kudos to the fabulous @ericmaningat25 for my hair and make-up. Of course, I must give credit to the creative indigenous weavers and artisans who created the textiles and accessories I wore during the shoot: Kinaray-a weavers from Brgy. Bagtason, Bugasong, Antique, for my 122-year-old wild cotton indigo patadyong; Gaddang artisans from Mountain Province for my embellished belt; Ifugao weavers for my poncho; @tish21 for my Marikina-made shoes, and J.E.R. Shellcraft Creation from Cebu for my nito earrings. ? We had a great photo shoot at the nostalgic @thehenryhotel in Manila as well. This year, I celebrate my 58th birthday and 20thyear in public service. In the article, I gave the readers a glimpse into my life’s triumphs, challenges, aspirations and romances. ? Get your copy today! @deleonphoto #indigenous #fashion #LoveLocal