Ikaw na ang Maganda: How to be Beautiful Inside and Out (Book Review)


Being beautiful has been an obsession of women all over the world. But I wouldn’t that far, dito lang sa Pilipinas, in fact sa Metro Manila pa nga lang, our eyes are bombarded everyday with “Tips on how to look younger”,  or what shampoo to use to make your hair softer and shinier. Gusto nating mga babae lagi tayong maganda, diba?

Kapag weekend, lagi puno ang mga salon. Yung iba nagpapa-straight ng hair pero yung iba naman nagpapa-perm. Ang gulo ‘no? We don’t know what we want 🙂 Sa Facebook naman, our news feed is flooded with selfies, selfies and more selfies. That’s probably why the acronym GGSS (Gandang Ganda Sa Sarili) was coined by some witty and pained social media users.

Let’s admit it, we do want to look good, gorgeous pa nga eh. Seriosuly, is this really want women want? Maging maganda lang ba talaga ang goal natin sa buhay? Medyo mababaw naman ata yun girl. I’m not against putting on makeup or enhancing what God has already given us but to be consumed by it is dangerous. Have you heard of horror stories of plastic surgeries? I hope we won’t go that far.

Sabi nga nila “Beauty is skin deep”. Wala naman yan kung anong color ng nail polish mo or ilang oras ka nakakababad sa salon para maging straight lang ang buhok mo. I mean, we spend half a day and more money making ourselves look good but have we seriously spent time enhancing what is in us, our hearts? What is more important outer beauty or inner beauty?

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In the book “Ikaw na ang Maganda: How to be Beautiful Inside and Out”, Malu Tiongson-Ortiz, amused me first of all with her relaxed style of writing. She opted to write in Taglish (Tagalog-English) which is down-to-earth and relatable. She speaks to the readers as if she was having a conversation with them over coffee. That’s one thing I liked about her book.  Kaya nga I decide to write this review in Taglish too, para maiba lang. Nosebleed din kasi minsan kung super English.

I haven’t been formally introduced to Malu but I’ve seen her a couple of times. May “K” siya to write about beauty because she is an attractive woman, na-enhance pa ang beauty niya with make up. Nag-aral pa nga siya on how to apply make up and that’s what she shared in the second chapter of her book. I’m amiss when it comes to properly applying make up but she generously shared her tips on putting on make up and what tools to use. I can’t wait to update my so-called make up kit after reading this part and practice at home.

I agree with Malu when she said that looking good is important to any woman. Our personal appearance is what other people see first. Before we even open our mouths to speak, we are first scrutinized by what we are wearing and how we present ourselves. which to me is medyo unfair. Pero ganun talaga sa society but we can change that perception. Malu shows us the best solution to not only looking great but to feel like a beauty queen inside. Take note, si Ms. Miriam Quiambao-Roberto pa ang sumulat ng foreword ng book ni Malu, galing diba?

You will not only learn how to apply make up, use with right tools but this book highlights the most essential beauty tip and that is how to radiate beauty from within. The primary source of all beauty in this universe is the Creator himself.  The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:11,  “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” The fountain of youth, the true source of lasting beauty that reaches the heavens is God himself. Malu calls us to come to God so that He can cleanse and purify our hearts then we will be truly be beautiful inside and out.

Get this book for yourself, your girlfriends, gym buddies, bible study group mates, your cousins and even your children’s teachers in school. Lahat ng babae na gustong gumanda has to get this book! Get your copies at all OMF Lit bookstores nationwide for only 75 pesos! Don’t have time to go out? Check out Malu’s book at the OMF’ online store and have a copy delivered to your doorsteps.

How about you my beautiful readers? What makes a woman truly beautiful? Share mo naman 🙂


**Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from OMF Literature Inc. as part of their Book Worm Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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