There are thousands of stories to tell on women who have helped build this city into a home for all members of the society.
Here is an example of a woman, Sabrina Ho Chiu Yeng, that has taken on the role of “superwoman” in her field and has pursued her dreams and passions.
SABRINA HO CHIU YENG
Sabrina Ho Chiu Yeng has been drawing on every surface available to her since she was just a little girl. The tables and walls of her house were all canvases for her colourful works in pencil, pen and paint, and her parents quickly accepted that her life would be in the arts.
Ho graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Hong Kong, in pursuit of her dream, even though she knew that she might eventually follow in her parents’ footsteps and go into business.
Today, Ho’s name is a staple in both the Hong Kong and Macao art scene. Recently, she has been focusing more on dedicating the greater part of her energy to projects here at home.
As the daughter of casino mogul Stanley Ho and Angela Leong, Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer of Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, S.A., Ho admits she feels pressure from her parents, friends and society at large to be successful and continually produce new work and complete new projects. “When people have high expectations of you, it adds even greater pressure,” the 26-year-old admits.
When the family bought the former Regency Hotel Macau in Taipa, Ho decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to bring together the best of both her worlds: hospitality and art. “Revamping a hotel is more difficult than creating it from scratch. However, I saw the ideal place to create a space that provides young local creators an opportunity to exhibit their work and those interested in art the opportunity to see something different.” The hotel was thus placed in the hands of the 26-year-old and transformed into the Regency Art Hotel, the city’s only arts hotel.
Ho, who inherited and is inspired by her mother’s energy and drive, divides her time between Macao, Hong Kong and other international cities with strong art and fashion scenes. “Although I lived in the country when I studied in England, I became quite a city girl.”
Ho has many dreams and desires, and if she could have dinner with one being, living or deceased (or magical), she would choose the Genie in Aladdin’s lamp so that she could have three wishes granted.
Ho has been invited to be a member of the Committee of Cultural Industries of the Government of Macao SAR; she is also the founder of Chiu Yeng Culture Limited as well as the co-founder of the auction house Poly Auction Macau Limited. As a young woman with great responsibilities, Ho is not at all daunted by her position of power, but she admits that being a businesswoman “in a still-traditional society where women are expected to stay home” remains a challenge. But we are not worried: Ho seems quite up for the challenge.
TEXT Catarina Mesquita
PHOTO Leong Sio Po
(Issue N.39, March 2017)