CHIQUI HOLLMANN OF SHOWBIZ, suggested May 11, 2002
One of the most beautiful stories in the Guerrero clan is that of Chiqui Hollmann, and I wish I could tell it better than anyone else, specially Chiqui herself. It is a story that must not be missed. It is an inspiring story. Present generations are eyewitnesses and they should preserve the story for our younger and future generations. It's a story of achievement and fame.
I am personally proud that I belong to a clan that produced a showbiz personality. It's something that do not occur often in other clans. It's a story that I know my children and grandchildren will enjoy reading.
This is just a start. This is open for continuation, by whomever and however.
ARTICLE: DOUBLE L DOUBLE N GIRL.....
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Double L, double N girl
Posted:11:33 PM (Manila Time) | May 22, 2003
By Leah Salterio
Inquirer News Service
CHIQUI Hollmann-Yulo's daughter was only 2 when Chiqui left show business in 1988. So today, the girl, now a pretty 17-year-old, is clueless as to what, or who, "Double L, Double N" refers to.
"Double L, Double N" refers to the spelling of the name of Chia's mom, Chiqui Hollmann. It was how the "Eat Bulaga" trio of Tito, Vic and Joey introduced the former Baron Travel Girl, who became a household name when she became a co-host of the popular noontime show.
Chiqui Hollmann-Yulo is still as pretty, if a bit heavier, as when she was on noontime TV. When told that "Eat Bulaga" will mark its 25th anniversary next year, she exclaims, "My gosh, that's how long it has been?"
Many loyal viewers of "Eat Bulaga" will still remember the articulate, stylish Chiqui with her raised collar and her Ricky Reyes-styled, wavy cropped hair dyed light brown.
Chiqui bowed out of the limelight after she married businessman Prandy Yulo.
"Things and priorities change and you have to make a decision," says Chiqui. "It was initially hard when I left show biz because I was earning my own money. But the kids were growing up and I didn't want to be away from them."
The Yulos moved to New York, but later decided to return to Manila.
No regrets, Chiqui says. "I always see the good things in life. If bad things happen unexpectedly, you learn from them. I have made both wonderful and stupid choices. But I've learned to live with them, learn from them and grow.
"I have learned to become more flexible. I realized things don't always happen the way you want them, but you just make the most of what you have with your talents, skills and God-given opportunities."
Chiqui and Prandy have two children, Chia and Chino. Chia is short for Marie Helene, after her mom, who is Helen Marie. Chia, a new graduate of the University of the Philippines High School, will be a freshman at the University of Asia and the Pacific (UAP).
Chino is 20 and is a 4th year entrepreneurial management major also at UAP.
Over lunch at Morita's Restaurant owned by her aunt Helen Roces (Pioneer corner Sheridan in Mandaluyong), Chiqui recalls her show biz stint with fondness.
In the late '70s, she came from New York, where she lived for 16 years and took a degree in fashion merchandising and marketing from the New York School of Interior Design. In Manila, she was hired as a Rustan's manager, until a friend asked her to do a sideline as one of Ariel Ureta's "promo girls" on TV's "For the Boys."
"All I did in that show," says Chiqui, "was pose with the prize to be given away that day and tell the viewers before every commercial break, 'We'll be right back, don't go away.' I earned P500 every week. At that time, that amount was big."
In 1979, TV producer Tony Tuviera spotted her and asked Ariel and "For the Boys" director Johnny Manahan if he could get Chiqui to host "Eat Bulaga" with Tito, Vic and Joey.
Chiqui does not hide her short-lived romance with Vic Sotto.
"It was a very good love team that brought in lots of money for the show and made a lot of people happy," she says. "Two years ago, I hosted a show in Hong Kong with Arnel Ignacio and some Filipino domestic helpers were looking for Vic. They were shrieking and screaming when they saw me and I was so surprised by their reaction. I told them Vic and I are both fine, pero may kanya-kanya na kaming pamilya at anak."
Chiqui also ventured into the movies.
"I did forgettable movies," she admits. "But I didn't know I could earn that much from making movies."
But she is most proud of her TV career.
"I realized you're only good as your last show," she allows. "I studied my craft. I went to the studio early and made sure I talked even to the little people behind the scene."
From "Eat Bulaga," Chiqui moved to the rival program on Channel 7, "Student Canteen," which eventually became "Lunch Date." When Jeanne Young left the game show, "Spin-A-Win," Chiqui took over as host.
Even after she left show business, Chiqui maintained her Chiqui Hollman Fashion Studio, a familiar sight along Aurora Boulevard in Quezon City. But that closed shop after a time.
Today, with her two kids grown up, Chiqui refuses to be idle. After her mother died in 2001, Chiqui was inspired by a friend, Dita Sandico-Ong, to try a new hobby-making jewelry out of beads and stones. It helped Chiqui get over the loss of her mother.
"I didn't know if I was coming or going after my mom died," she says. "I took care of her for three years when she was sick. She was having dialysis five times a day. But I learned to pick up the pieces and move on.
"I'm lucky to have a wonderful husband, who said it is a privilege to take care of your parent. So whatever ambitions I had then, I put them on hold. I have no regrets. God gave me strength to do what I had to do. I was like on automatic pilot."
Eventually, Chiqui turned jewelry-making into a business. Her jewelry is now sold in a boutique on the second floor of Morita's Restaurant (631-9620).
"I get the beads from Nepal, India, China, US and even Divisoria," Chiqui says. "Either I go myself or I ask friends who go there to buy them for me. I also have suppliers."
Chiqui is also a wedding planner. The December 2002 wedding of Jamby Madrigal and French gentry Eric Jean-Claude Dudoignon-Valade at the sprawling Madrigal farm in Quinta de Lucsuhin in Calatagan, Batangas, was Chiqui's work. For 30 days, she was "Jamby Junior" as she prepared for a grand wedding with 800 guests. There were no hitches.
Chiqui even took care of choosing the gifts for the bridal registry. Some guests flew in from France and Chiqui put them in Batangas vacation houses and later sent them to Boracay.
"Mine is more of a hand-holding program with the bride," Chiqui offers. "I plan with you, laugh with you, cry with you, panic with you. It's like being a sister to the one who's getting married to make sure everything will turn out smooth and wonderful."
Chiqui also does personality development training programs for private corporations.
"I design specific programs for the companies," she grants. "What the client wants, the client gets."
Occasionally, she does pro bono work, like when she joins Ricky Reyes in the beauty specialist's outreach program in Metro Manila and the provinces.
"If I can touch one person's life and I can teach a woman to love herself, I'll be more than happy," Chiqui says. "I don't have money to give, so I devote time to training people for free."
Two years ago, Ricky convinced Chiqui to come out of her "retirement" and return to TV. On Ricky's weekly show, "Beauty Plus" on RPN 9, Chiqui hosted the "Lifestyle, Home and Garden" segment, featuring celebrity homes and sharing tips on being a happy homemaker.
"I learned a lot from my segment," Chiqui asserts. "I used to think there were only 20 varieties of rice, but when I featured the restaurant of Mina Gabor, I found out there are more than 200!
"People also opened their homes to me and I saw the other side of the celebrities."
Chiqui the mom used to drive Chia to UP High for the girl's 8 a.m. class. She also cooks for her kids. Chia says her mom's lasagna, with six different cheeses, pesto, walnuts and bacon is "to die for."
Chiqui has gained weight since she stepped out of the limelight. She has to battle hypothyroidism, which makes it difficult for her to shed those excess pounds.
"Sabi nga ng daughter ko, huminga lang daw ako, I would easily gain weight," Chiqui says.
The former TV host breeds dogs, too. In the morning, she walks her Boston terrier, her Labrador or her Chihuahua.
What else does she want to do?
"I want to drive my Jaguar," she retorts. "The problem is, I don't have one."
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