Ricky Reyes (hairdresser)
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|Born||Ricardo Enriquez Reyes, Jr.
April 12, 1950
Ricardo Enriquez Reyes, Jr. (born April 12, 1950), commonly known as Ricky Reyes, also known as "Mother Ricky" is a Filipino hairdresser, philanthropist and businessman. He is the owner of Ricky Reyes chain of salons and host of television programme "Gandang Ricky Reyes".
The money he earned from sweeping floors was used as capital for his first beauty parlor in 1970. Reyes now has a 44-branch network of Gandang Ricky Reyes salons.
Reyes’ philanthropic work began in 1984 when he initiated the “Isang Guntíng Isang Suklay” ("one scissor, one comb") programme which gave free livelihood training to the people of Dasmariñas, Cavite. “We started with giving free haircuts,” says Reyes, “but then I remembered the lesson about teaching people how to fish...” This led to the foundation of the Ricky Reyes Learning Institute (RRLI) where he makes education accessible to youth unable to afford college education. The vocational school offers a range of courses in hotel and restaurant services, as well as technical courses in cosmetology conducted by TESDA-certified professionals.
In 2010, Reyes was cited by Forbes Magazine as one of the 48 Heroes of Philanthropy list in the Asia-Pacific region. He was selected for his work on health care and job training, particularly involving CHILD Haus (Center for Health Improvement and Life Development), a halfway house for poor, cancer-stricken children from provinces who are seeking treatment in Metro Manila hospitals and for leading a team of volunteers in feeding about 50,000 victims of Typhoon Ketsana for two weeks in 2009.
- Beauty School (RPN; 1989–1994)
- Beauty School Plus (RPN; 1994–2005)
- Gandang Ricky Reyes (Q 2005–2011; GMA News TV 2011–present)