Pioneering Golden Girl

Pioneering Golden Girl

The model I’ve chosen for this issue is a pioneer member of the Winnipeg Filipino community. Tita Che (she is my aunt because she is married to my dad’s brother Billy) was one of the first batches of garment workers to come to Winnipeg in the late 1960’s. When she arrived to Winnipeg, the province’s Filipino population was approximately 1,500 compared to its large 60,000 plus population today. True to her pinay spirit, Tita Che came to Winnipeg in search of a brighter future and to help support her parents and siblings back home. She has helped her siblings, relatives and their families by sponsoring them to Canada so they too could have an opportunity for a better life. Tita Che is a living roll model showing us that you can always build a bright future for yourself and your family if you have vision and combine that with hard work ethic and dedication.

Now in her 60’s after living in Canada for more than 40 years, she is newly retired, enjoying the freedom of not having to routinely get up at 4:30am in the morning to do family duties and go to work. She is a proud mother to her two children, Lisa, who is an interior architect in Vancouver, and her son Ariel who is completing his journey man studies. Tita Che happily spends her days with her husband, Tito Billy roaming the shopping malls, visiting friends and family and planning well deserved vacations.

On behalf of The Polvorosa’s, and the Winnipeg Filipino Community, CONGRATULATIONS on your retirement and best wishes to enjoy your golden years!!!
That being said, read on and we’ll show all you golden gals how to look sensational at sixty something.

Model: Grace Beltrano Makeup: Anthony Polvorosa Written by: Anthony Polvorosa, Alana Klein Photos by: Alejandro Jose,

Anthony’s image-consulting firm, PROVICI, has attracted a loyal following in the entertainment and business communities. He has recently styled individuals for print media and live entertainment, and for awards shows such as the Junos and the Grammys.

Check out Anthony on Shaw TV channel 9 on Tuesday evenings, and Wednesdays before noon. Kung meron kayong questions, comments or suggestions send an e-mail to He welcomes your questions and is available for personal appointments.

Just log onto or visit Anthony at PROVICI Cosmetics, now located at 233 Mc Dermot Ave. or call (204) 957-1544 for more info.

Bring this article to the PROVICI Cosmetics studio located at 233 McDermot Ave, in The Exchange District and receive a pair of FREE Eyelashes, when you book your Holiday Party makeup appointment. Call 957-1544 or email If you’d like to capture any of your special moments, book with Ruby Pearl Photography and save 30%off all services with a fantastic additional 25% off on all ordered prints. Contact AJ at 297-9544. Offer expires Monday, Jan 17, 2011. Not redeemable for cash, based on availability.