Ikaw Na Ang Maganda: Dress Pure and Lovely by Malu Tiongson-Ortiz

Author, Malu Tiongson-Ortiz, now has two National Bookstore bestsellers in her Beauty book series!

Ikaw Na And Maganda: How to Be Beautiful Inside and Out (both original and English translation available in Kindle edition at Amazon)

Ikaw Na And Maganda Book 2: Dress Up Pure and Lovely

And later this year, at the upcoming Annual September Book Fair, a third installment is going to be launched:

Ikaw Na And Maganda Book 3: How to Be Fit and Fab!

I had a chance to talk to Malu about Book 2, Dress Up Pure and Lovely:
Hi Malu! Congratulations on the success of your Ikaw Na Ang Maganda books!
Can you please tell me what can the readers expect to learn from your new book?

Thank you! This book is about how to dress appropriately for every occasion, age,
and role. Imaging and Personality Development Coach, Ginny Gonzales, shared her knowledge on how how we can enhance and accentuate our personal style.

She gave clothing tips on the 5 different looks:

  1. Sporty look
  2. Daytime look
  3. Corporate look
  4. Elegant look
  5. Sexy look

Other topics included are proper posture, carrying ourselves well… Further in the book, we go deeper with purity.   In the pages ahead, you’ll find thoughts of some men who tell us why we need to be careful in the way we dress. Because men are very visual, the way we wear our clothes can lure them to sin.  Other topics tackled are materialism, shopaholism, and a word on narcissism and obsessive-compulsive personality disorders.

[Malu Ortiz discusses her book with the women at Grace Christian Church. She teamed up with Mary Kay Cosmetics’s Cherry Ramos who gave free makeovers to the ladies:]

What inspired you to write this particular book?
The first book, “Ikaw Na Ang Maganda: How to Be Beautiful Inside and Out” became a bestseller which made me realize how much women want to look beautiful.  Because of how well-received the books on beauty have been, I thought that the readers will enjoy a book on clothing to complete and enhance a woman’s total image.

The first book also became a Bible Study group material by a chain of a popular local salon — the employees from all their branches nationwide are studying the book!  I don’t mean to
boast or take the credit but it inspired me to write more books that will help women become the person that God wants them to be. The truth is, I still can’t believe how God has used my imperfections and mistakes and turned them into something good — using them for His glory.

How awesome is that!!! But you’re right, the Beauty series is so perfect for a beauty salon… and I guess for every woman.  Who did you have in mind when you were writing this book?
This book was written for women, young or old, single or married.

Generally speaking, are you recommending that as many body parts be
I am recommending in this book that we women should be modest in the way we wear our clothes.  We can fully cover our body but if it emphasizes our private parts, then it can still make men vulnerable to sin. It is our responsibility to safeguard our purity. It really goes back to the person’s motives.  Why do you want to wear sexy clothes?  I would like to quote Joy Tanchi:

“Dressing your best is about glorifying God and not yourself.  Your more important priority is drawing attention to the beauty in you that points to the Lord.”  — Joy Tanchi

Why is it ok for tribal people to be naked but in our setting we need to be
According to Dr. Adonis Gorospe, my professor at the Asian Theological Seminary, “From a cultural perspective, one cannot generally claim that wearing clothes causes men to sin.  We know for a fact that in some indigenous societies, frontal nudity for women is generally accepted as normal.”

However, men are men regardless of their race, or culture.  In my opinion, because we know that God wants us to dress up pure and lovely, we need to be modest in the way we dress…. because it is honoring to Him.

How about in our country where temperatures can go as high as 31 degrees Celsius or hotter, how can a woman dress conservatively?
Women are to dress appropriately according to the occasion and the weather.  In the Philippines where the temperature is hot most of the time, we can choose to wear clothes that are of light material.  We can wear sleeveless shirts and shorts as long as we do not look bastusin” or in a way that arouses lust.

What would you say to a woman who thinks conservative dress is boring, matronly,
or outdated?
By wearing conservative clothes, we can still look attractive and elegant.  Its about how we carry our clothes, our moves and our character that will make us attractive and beautiful.  At the end of the day, God looks at our hearts and our intentions on why we wear what we wear.  That should matter most.

How do you define modesty?
Dressing modestly does not mean looking old-fashioned, passé, or in poor taste.  From the biblical point of view, modesty has nothing to do with clothes.  It’s an issue of the heart.  In 1Timothy 2:9-10, Paul says, “I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness.”  What Paul meant was we women should not dress up to get other people’s attention.  We should not wear revealing clothes so that other men will look at us or to boost our ego.  The way we dress is our act of worship to the Lord.

Can you give suggestions for age-appropriate clothing?
There are five different looks you can find in my book: According to Ginny Gonzales you can do a lot of mix-and-matching, and create different outfits.
1.  Sporty look-  tank top, t-shirt, sweatshirt, hoodie, jeans, leggings, sweatpants, chinos, shorts, sneakers.
2.  Daytime look-  tank top, dress shirt, blouse, cardigan, jacket, scarf, jeans, mid-length skirt, casual dress, ballet flats or wedge sandals.
3.  Corporate look- tank top, dress shirt, blouse, cardigan, blazer, slacks, dress, leather flats, pumps, leather bag and belt.

4.  Elegant look-  tailored dress shirt, tailored blouse, formal pants, jumpsuit, mid or calf length skirt, cocktail dress, maxi or long dress, stripy heels, pumps, clutch bag, shawl.
5.  Sexy look-  tank top, blouse, tailored blazer, skirt, ankle pants, skinny jeans, cocktail dress, stripy heels, stilettos, clutch or sling bag.

Obviously younger women in their teens are appropriate for the sporty and daytime look.  Women above 20 will fit in all the 5 looks.

Oh, so there is a “sexy look” that is modest?
This “sexy” is appealing, interesting, and gorgeous without seducing men.  May dating at appeal pero hindi nang-aakit.  

Sa bagay, pwede palang balot na balot mula ulo hanggang paa but have ill intention … Is that what you mean by God looks at our hearts and it will manifest outwardly?

Yes in what we say, how we move, how we look at people, and what we wear. 

I think if you’re with your own husband, it’s okay to dress in a sexy way.  How do you define being “pure?”
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 says, “This is the will of God… that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion...”  Being pure is to keep yourself, your mind and your body free from sexual immorality. 

“Because we have been bought with a price, we cannot just do whatever we want with our bodies. Our bodies were sanctified by Christ for His purpose, so our motivation should be to honor God.”– Bishop Manny Carlos, Chairman, Victory Philippines.

What is the benefit of being pure?
1.  It honors God and when we honor Him, blessings will come. 
2.  It’s one of the best gifts you can give to your future husband.
3.  It’s a legacy that you can pass on to your children.
4.  According to Ptr. Peter Tanchi, you will enjoy sex up to your old age.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your latest book?
In this friendly and honest book, the sequel of the bestseller “Ikaw
na ang Maganda: How to be Beautiful Inside and Out,” you will see that
dressing up doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult– you’ll learn
how to look your loveliest, with a beauty that is God-given, timeless
and pure. Dress your best!  Learn how to be a woman of purity, not
only in the way you dress but also in the way you live.  Read this
book and bring out the beauty that is already there!

Where can this book be purchased?  Pls invite reader to read your book!
“Ikaw na ang Maganda, Book 2:  “Dress Up Pure and Lovely” is currently
in the top 10 Bestsellers of National Bookstore.  You can also find it
in all OMF, PCBS, and CCF bookstores.

Malu at a book launch in BGC:

Malu discusses her book at Seaoil’s office:

Malu discussing her book at Seaoil’s office.


Malu discussing her book at Escopa 2, Quezon City with the mothers who have children with special needs. (Malu also wrote the book, “Embracing God’s Purpose for My Child with Special Needs.”):


Malu also wrote the book “Ang Diary Ng Legal Wife” and “Embracing God’s Purpose for My Child with Special Needs.”


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