Visionary, Pioneer, and a Woman of Wisdom: Remembering Sari Yap
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Visionary, Pioneer, and a Woman of Wisdom: Remembering Sari Yap

Visionary, Pioneer, and a Woman of Wisdom: Remembering Sari Yap

Special Features | September 9, 2022
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Years after her passing, we fondly look back at the vibrant life of One Mega Group Founder Sari Yap and the many lives she’s touched.

One Mega Group (OMG) founder Sari Yap is remembered by many as a woman with high hopes and big dreams. And rightfully so, as she is the founder of the country’s first-ever fashion glossy: MEGA Magazine.

Many years after, more titles have joined the roster: high society brand Lifestyle Asia, architecture and design brand BluPrint, parenting title Modern Parenting, and of course, fashion mogul MEGA—where it all began. But even so, Yap had bigger plans in mind—one set on the digital mainframe this time.

Thus the advent of OneMega.com—a website that promised a coming together of great minds and industry experts. “Sari was one of the visionaries for OneMega.com,” shares editor-in-chief Marga Tupaz. “She wanted to get a group of experts under one roof providing content firsthand.“

Her Life Story in Fashion and Media

As a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication, Yap has always been a staunch supporter of Filipino fashion and design. “She wanted a magazine that would cater to Filipino women, to inspire them with fashion and style,” shares MEGA editor-in-chief Peewee Reyes-Isidro.

In 1994, she launched the MEGA Young Designers Competition, which produced the country’s biggest names in fashion: Rajo Laurel, Ivarluski Aseron, and Patrice Ramos Diaz. Likewise, she spearheaded the annual MEGA Pinoy Pride Ball and MEGA Pinoy Pride Awards—both prestigious events in Philippine fashion.

Broadening her horizons, Yap took her master’s in Navarre, Spain. And during her return, she built MEGA—the country’s first fashion magazine and brand. While other glossies have folded or shifted to a purely digital mainframe in the wake of modernization and the pandemic, MEGA stood its ground as one of the remaining Filipino print magazines today.

“Sari believed in the power of creating a multiplatform product that is true to its DNA and, at the same time, adaptive to cultural shifts. That is why MEGA is stronger than ever. With her life and legacy, she was truly a force to be reckoned with,” Isidro reveals in an interview with Inquirer Lifestyle.

Valuable Life Lessons from a Mentor

Amid her many successes, Yap also faced challenges in her pursuit of excellence. From navigating the turbulent waves of the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997 and even her sickness, she never looked back—choosing only to set her sights forward. What’s more, she used her time to connect with people, inspire them, and teach them valuable lessons.

“What do I remember about Sari Yap? Well, she always spoke her mind and never minced her words,” shares Modern Parenting editor-in-chief Marga Tupaz. “Her standards were high and she knew what she wanted. I am talkative, but she was way more talkative! Our Mancom meetings used to last eight hours or longer.”

“People either feared her, detested her, or admired her. She was undoubtedly ahead of her time—having founded the Philippines’ best fashion magazine and building a media empire. I didn’t get to know Sari as the ‘dragon lady’ I was told she once was. She was tough, yes, and she called everyone out. But this time, she was more awakened, and ultimately, she became my healer,” she adds.

In her pursuit of excellence, her passion shines through as she has touched many lives with her wisdom, her kind heart, and her personality. And even after her passing, her legacy lives on in the hearts of many.

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ONEMEGA EDITORIAL TEAM

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Marga Medrano-Tupaz
JR ASSOCIATE EDITOR Diane Nicole Go
GROUP CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jann Pascua
GROUP ART DIRECTOR Marc Pagdilao
MULTIMEDIA ARTIST Denielle Carag
GROUP PUBLISHER Janine Recto
BRAND ASSOCIATE Pilar Angliongto

CONTRIBUTORS

FASHION Amina Arañaz-Alunan Jojie Lloren Robby Carmona Patty Ang Candy Dizon Francis Libiran | BEAUTY Dr. Vicky Belo Kim Reyes-Palanca Marie Lozano Firas Abboud Jude Hipolito and Rose Velasco (JuRo) Jigs Mayuga | LUXURY Bianca Salonga JP Tuason Jeanette Ipapo-Tuason Marlon Stöckinger | TRAVEL Vern Enciso Ferdi Salvador Marie Field-Faith | TECH & GADGETS Carlo Ople Enrique Miranda Gerry Sy | HOME & DESIGN Geewel Fuster Kitty Bunag Tessa Alindogan Vianca Favila | BUSINESS & CAREER Franco Saycon Venus Navalta Eric Dee Dr. Z Teo Pinky Tobiano Atty. Connie Aquino | ENTERTAINMENT Girlie Rodis MJ Marfori G3 San Diego Georcelle Dapat Sy / G-Force | FOOD & ENTERTAINING Aüa Chino Hernandez Happy Ongpauco-Tiu Nina Daza-Puyat Robby Goco JJ Yulo | PARENTING Cat Arambulo-Antonio Paulyne Fermin Michelle Aventajado Jerika Ejercito Aguilar Celine Gabriel Lim | FITNESS & WELLNESS Nadine Tengco Harvie de Baron Sara Black Arnold Aninion Teresa Herrera Anthon Tanya Aguila Simon Greatwich | WEDDINGS Marbee Shing-Go Amanda Tirol Charisse Tinio Jason Magbanua Gideon Hermosa Robert Blancaflor | YOUTH Chris Nick Milka Romero Miko Tiu Laurel Janeena Chan

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KEY ACCOUNT MANAGERS Chloe Tapucar, Jasmine Co Leng, Ivan Panganiban
ACCOUNT MANAGERS Lexi Malongga, Yna Sison, Nykhole Cruz
Advertising implementer and coordinator Victoria Vedana, Jessa Mae Sicat

MARKETING AND ADVERTISING SERVICES

Marketing Communication Manager Pam Rodriguez
Copywriter / Social Media Associate Rowan Palomares
Social Media Associate Kyla Nicole Taal
Multimedia Artist Agatha Romero

CREATIVE SERVICES

Creative Services Manager Kristoff Sison
Jr. Art Director John Paul Talapian
Multimedia Artists Gari Sy, El Pereira,
Niel Jhed Ibay
Copywriters Peaches Garcia, Roanna Alonzo, Chad Losanta, Christina Zabat

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Production & Logistics Manager ERICA LUNA
Booking Associate Mae Talaid, KZ Francisco
Pull Out Coordinator & Production & Logistics Assistant MJ Almero

STUDIO & IMAGING

Production and Studio Manager Ed Simon
Photographer Kieran Punay, Excel Panlaque
Final Artists Eric Gallego, Eric Clarete
Cameraman JR Ramirez

SOUND AND MOTION

Sr Video Editor Jasper Bermejo
Video Editor / Producer Regina Aceron
Video Editor Miguel Lim

EXECUTIVE OFFICE

AVP for MARKETING & PUBLISHING Marga Medrano-Tupaz
VP for CONTENT Peewee Isidro
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Archie Carrasco

ONE MEGA GROUP, INC.

CHAIRMAN Archie Carrasco
FOUNDING CREATIVE DIRECTOR Lorraine Belmonte
FOUNDER Sari Yap

SALES

AVP - Business Development Carmelli Daet

CONSUMER MARKETING AND CIRCULATION

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Newsstand Manager Piero Talag
Consumer Marketing Associate Champ Bersales
Firm Sales and Subscriptions Associate Jorean Ann Flores
Multimedia Artist Hilrey Batolan

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Events Manager BRENT CASTRO
Production Manager EIPRIL BURCE, ELISHUA BALINTON
Video and GFX Editor ANDREW CIUDAD


HUMAN RESOURCES

HR Manager Mairen Buan
Organizational Development and HR Tech Supervisor Lorenzon Miguel Barbeyto
HR Supervisor Vanessa Orpilla
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Recruitment Associate Michelle Grace Flores, Dorothy Gail Santos

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Web Developer Supervisor King Villarta
Jr Web Designer Jen-Lyn Dumlao


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Sr Office Support Associate STEPH URBANO
Company Driver Bernard Dela Cruz
Motorized Messenger Marwin Navarra

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Project Manager Archt. Romeo Zurita

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OIC-Corporate Legal Avy Lagarto

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Finance Supervisor Janin Tabora
Credit & Collection Supervisor Nainine Buenaobra
Senior Treasury Associate Maileen Capilitan
Senior Accounting Associate John Dela Torre
General Accounting Associate Ruffa Dela Pena
Accounting Associate Zarah Mira

CORPORATE AFFAIRS and BUSINESS EXPANSION

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Copy Chief Andrea Eliza Santos
Creatives Associate Alecs Beltran

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Chief Operating Officer Ma. Cecilia Ngo
Executive Assistant to the CEO KAREN DE CASTRO
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