If different, why have your ideas about beauty changed over the years?
Pacita: Well, the make-up has changed and improved. And one thing, I just love perfumes. My mother too loved perfumes.
Teresa: And I did too. But it was too expensive. I just couldn’t afford it.
P: Before I got married, I became a stewardess for Northwest Orient Airlines, based in Japan. I got tired of acting and I had made enough money, so I told my mother that it wasn’t my cup of tea. I was an independent actress because I would refuse to go to bed with the producer or director so I could be in a film. So if people knew that Pacita Francisco had a film going, it was because of her acting and nothing else.
T: We were brought up very strict.
P: My rule was that I wouldn’t have anything to do with people that I work for. I’d rather go out with people that I didn’t work with. That was my standing rule. Another thing my mother always said, “If you’re going to accept being an actress, make sure you give 100% or nothing.” That stuck in my mind.
T: The only man in my life. I was 15 when I married him. He was 24. I got married young because of the War. We thought we were going to die.
P: My father had to write a letter of consent for the priest because she was a minor.
T: But even with Papa’s letter, they wouldn’t. So my husband said, “We get married in court, and then we go to confession.” And that’s a mortal sin. So we did. I was married January 6 in court. I was 15, and he was 23 ½. Then we went to confession and “Oh! Que barbaridad!” And my mother said, “You are not husband and wife in the eyes of God.” So I had to sleep with her in the bed. Then the priest married us on the 26th. We got married in Church and after that, it was okay.
P: But they had to move out of the house because I was so innocent. I thought, “What is this man doing here with my twin sister? “
T: Pacita would always come with us.
P: I was the chaperone. (laughs) I took care of her, you see? I just couldn’t accept it. Then my mother really got worried, so she told my brother-in-law, “You and Teresa had better go because Pacita’s getting out of hand.”
And do you have any beauty secrets you use now?
P: Yes, when you clean your face at night, wipe away all the make-up and everything and just leave it as it is. This climate here is horrible for the skin. It’s so dry. People here have wrinkles because of the weather. In Asia because of the heat, natural oils come out. Don’t put any more skin freshener (astringent). Just leave it as it is.
Teresa Hampton’s regimen…
Vitamin Skin Rev-ver Upper (“like a multi-vitamin supplement”)
Mineral Powder Foundation
Comforting Milky Cleansing Cream
Absolue Eye Precious Cells (under eye)
Absolue Night Precious Cells (for face)
She did not mention the cream for 50 times of scrubbing.
She thought that you wanted to follow her regimen, so she recommended you go to the mall to get the right color of foundation…