Win perfumes by Iban songbird Melissa Francis at BPIEF 2016!

By Jude Toyat
judetoyat@theborneopost.com
@judetbpseeds

Melissa Francis hands over the perfumes and album to BPIEF activity manager Jude Toyat.

Melissa Francis hands over the perfumes and album to BPIEF activity manager Jude Toyat.

Iban songbird Melissa Francis will be giving away her latest album and her newly launched perfumes for the lucky draw at the Borneo Post International Education Fair (BPIEF) 2016.

The album entitled ‘Happy Sampai Pagi’ contains six tracks that include ‘Happy Sampai Pagi’, ‘Sepenuh Nyawa Ku’, ‘Andau Pengerindu’, ‘Ila Nuan Beraie’, ‘Perasa Ketegal Rindu’, and ‘Sulu Ambai Mata’.

No stranger to the Sarawak music scene, Melissa is one of the leading artists in the Iban music industry who started her singing career as early as 8 years old. After more than a decade in the local music industry, Melissa decided to take on entrepreneurship.

Melissa showing the Pengerindu Tua perfume.

Melissa showing the Pengerindu Tua perfume.

“Being in the music industry for 13 years has encouraged me to venture into business and start my own clothing line named ‘Melissa Francis’.

“I took the risk of opening a business and was grateful that it was well received,” she said.

After such a successful venture in the fashion industry, Melissa eventually collaborated with her best friend Siti Faezah better known as ‘CT Projam’ to start a perfume business.

“It took a year for us to plan on starting the perfume business, and finally we were able to produce our very own perfumes and named them after the titles of my songs, ‘Pengerindu Tua’ for women and ‘Raja Sapu’ for men.

“We have been selling these perfumes since December last year and I feel really proud that I finally have my own brand of perfumes, the first two with Iban names,” said Melissa, adding that she is thankful that after two months of sales, the perfumes received tremendous response from her customers who are mostly her fans.

Popular local model Yvonne Ashley Lewis holding the perfume by Melissa Francis.

Popular local model Yvonne Ashley Lewis holding the perfume by Melissa Francis.

Melissa is currently planning on producing perfumes in bigger quantities, from the current 15ML to 30ML for its special edition.

“I am very thankful for friends and fans who have always supported me and my career,” she added.

In 2003, she started to record albums under the auspice of her own record company Platinum World Network Sdn Bhd. Later in 2012, Melissa is widely known as the first Iban artist to win the ‘Anugerah Bintang Popular’ in the ‘Artis Paling Stylo’ category.

For more information, contact 016-6690086.

11951968_914488495284745_8780106449431165222_n.jpgBPIEF 2016 will be held from Feb 27 to 28 from 10am to 6pm and it will feature at least 80 local and international higher learning institutions at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) with many lucky draw prizes to be won.

For more information on BPIEF, log on to www.bpief.com.

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