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ON THE COVER Olivia Quido-Co

owns the popular O Skin Med Spa in Los Angeles, California. With a glittery client list which includes international celebrities and beauty queens Ms. O shared the details of her humble beginnings and her rise to success.

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Keep the Holidays Stress- Free

Get a massage, give gifts that feed the soul, there are many ways to stay relaxed in the festive season.

Spiritually Enlightening Holiday Tips

Be a blessing to others and plan your life for 2019.

Black Diamond for Belo

The prestigious beauty medical center bagged major international awards.

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Cool Mayor Martin Villamor

The mayor invites readers to explore the attractions at Carmen, Cebu.



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Unique Dining at the Social Place

Have a taste of Australian-based dishes transmuted with Filipino, Mexican and Spanish influences.

Sustainable Responsible Tourism

The Philippines can be a global sustainable tourism destination.

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Bella Collection brings out utmost sophistication for plus-size women.

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Prim Nolido; Essential Traveler

For the busy CEO travel is important because it opens the eyes to global trends.

Holiday Sanctuary

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Cover Story: Beauty and Blessings

The O Skin Med Spa of Los Angeles owner Olivia Quido-Co shares the story behind her successful international business.

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Vine’s Bride

Vine Holistic Medical Aesthetics can help you look radiant on your special day.

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The A. Venue Hotel: A Cozy Dwelling In Makati

Guests can enjoy pure relaxation in the midst of the bustling district.

Beauty Sanctuary in the city

Enjoy all types of pampering treatments sans the prohibitive price tag.

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Publisher’s Note Every issue of Experience Travel & Living is not bereft of challenges. Nothing or no one is perfect, right? But whatever we encountered in our journey, we faced them all with a smile, a fervent heart, and a passion to make every issue simple yet exceptional, and that alone was already an achievement. This is the reason why for this issue, we endeavored to make it impactful despite its simplicity, just like the spirit of the holidays: simple, joyful and meaningful. For this, we profusely thank our advertisers and supporters and more importantly, our readers. And this 2019, we look forward to another better and prosperous New Year for Experience Travel and Living, while we pray and hope to contribute to make the Philippine tourism and travel industry remain vibrant and dynamic and soon, get to make this home-grown magazine, either in print or online, bring local news and happenings to an international audience. I’d say it is very much doable. Watch out for it this 2019!

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Editor’s Note Like a child, I look forward to all kinds of holidays, because it’s a good excuse to get together with family and friends. Such gatherings are like bright lights at the end of the tunnel. Amid all of life’s challenges, deep inside I know that things will always get better, because there will always be opportunities for love and laughter. No matter what happens the sun will always rise tomorrow, marking the beginning of a new day, a new hope for every one. I have come to realize that even at the darkest hour, the light will eventually come. Amid the nonstop parties and the gift-giving spree, the holidays always send a very strong message of hope. For some of us, it may not be the best of times. Yet the joy of the season is so strong and contagious, problems are put aside to make way for good tidings. Apart from the feelings of hope and happiness, it is also a season of miracles. This issue is extra special because we attempted to capture the spirit of giving in the next few pages. The joyful season may have ended, but thanks to the magic of printed word, it can stay in our lives for as long as we want. Every time we pick up this issue, we remind ourselves that hope is very much alive. And if we live by this spirit every day, then we can look forward to a happy and fulfilling 2019. Peace & Prosperity to all!

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Wonderful treats and whimsical thrills at

Resorts World Manila

(Php3,995) features a fruitcake, artisan coffee, a chocolate Christmas wreath, Christmas cookies, Christmas bread, pasta, pasta sauce, parmesan cheese, and wine. Set D (Php4,995) is loaded with fruitcake, wine, a chocolate Christmas tree, stollen bread, fruit jam, Christmas cookies, parmesan cheese, pasta, pasta sauce, and tea. Also available are assorted baked goods like fruitcakes, Christmas cakes, lebkuchen cookies, Christmas Stollen bread, pistachio and cherry white chocolate cupcakes, leche flan, and gingerbread trees. Chocolate lovers will love the chocolate Christmas trees and wreaths, Christmas tree and candy cane lollipops, Santa boots, egg-shaped Santa, and Santa on a sled. Pots of artisanal Chicken Liver Parfait and Pork Liver Pâté are also available. Santa Claus and the UP Singing Ambassadors will spread the Christmas cheer every weekend at 6PM until Christmas Day. To make observing religious holiday obligations convenient, RWM will be holding anticipated Simbang Gabi and Christmas Day Mass services. The anticipated Simbang Gabi will be held daily at 6PM starting from December 15-23 at The Plaza. The Christmas Day High Mass will be held at 11AM on December 25 at The Newport Performing Arts

Theatre. Guests can also enjoy the free Christmas Day concert featuring the OPM Hitmen at 6PM at the Plaza. To bid farewell to a great 2018 and to welcome an even greater 2019, RWM’s Grand Countdown at the Marriott Grand Ballroom (MGB) features a star-studded lineup of entertainers headlined by the country’s premiere pop star Sarah Geronimo and hosted by saucy comedienne Giselle Sanchez. The doors to the Grand Countdown open at 7PM on December 31, following the New Year’s Eve Mass at the Ceremonial Hall of the MGB at 6PM. In addition to spectacular entertainment, the Grand Countdown features a scrumptious banquet prepared by the Manila Marriott Hotel culinary team led by multi-award winning Executive Chef Meik Brammer, and raffle draws throughout the evening where everyone goes home a winner. Children will feel right at home with the Grand Countdown Kidzone filled with special treats and activities to keep them entertained. A free New Year Countdown featuring Ely Buendia & The Ransom Collective will be simultaneously held at The Plaza. A New Year’s Day Mass will also be celebrated at The Plaza at 4PM on January 1.

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esorts World Manila welcomes Christmas with a dazzling combination of grand experiences and whimsical thrills. Café Maxims, RWM’s signature brasserie, makes holiday gift-giving both impressive and hassle-free with its set of holiday hampers. The Savory Specials sets are fit for the Noche Buena feast, with a scrumptious selection of Pinoy Porchetta (Php5,495), which includes a roll of Cebu lechon-style porchetta; Festive Turkey (Php6,695), featuring a whole roasted turkey; Premium Corned Beef (Php5,195) which comes with mustard-rubbed US corned beef; and Roast Beef Delight (Php8,500 ), which has a perfectly roasted slab of USDA top sirloin beef. Each hamper is good for 10 persons and comes with complementary starters and sidings, and a Christmas pudding for dessert. Go beyond grocery brands and make your gift a grand gustatory experience with Café Maxims’ Holiday Baskets. Set A (Php1,995) contains fruitcake, artisan coffee, Santa-on-a-sled chocolate, Christmas cookies, pasta, and pasta sauce. Set B (Php2,995) includes fruitcake, stoll en bread, a gingerbread Christmas tree, fruit jam, artisan coffee, and wine. Set C

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BU LL E TI N Celebrate a timeless Christmas and an elegant New Year at

Dusit Thani Manila

Feel the timeless message of the season in the most joyous and elegant way at Dusit Thani Manila. Indulge in a heartwarming staycation, festive dining, fun-filled entertainment and enchanting moments for children and adults of all ages. Christmas Rush Room Package Create a memorable holiday experience in a relaxing accommodation with rates starting at PHP 6,000++ in a Dusit Room inclusive of buffet breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children, 20% discount on F&B outlets, Devarana signature massage discount voucher, Upside Down museum ticket and a special Christmas gift.

Royal Treats at Benjarong Spoil your palate this season and celebrate authentic Thai flavors to match the holiday spirit. Benjarong is all set for an extremely satisfying treat for its guests with set menu for Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas Day lunch and New Year’s Eve dinner.

Joyous Delights at UMU Put on a sparkle to the celebrations with luscious Japanese culinary treasures perfect for holiday gatherings. Delight in an exciting feast of festive a la carte menu for Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas Day lunch and New Year’s Eve dinner.

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of togetherness than to bond over a wide selection of great food? Experience the joy of the season with The Pantry’s buffet for Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas Day lunch and New Year’s Eve dinner. Dusit Lifestyle members get 20% discount for a minimum of 10 persons dining.

Holidy Hampers Keep the stress at bay this holiday season and accomplish your Christmas gift list faster with our selection of festive bundles. From decadent chocolates to gourmet delights and premium baked goods, there’s a perfect gift that everyone will love. Get one FREE hamper for every 10 hampers purchased. Enjoy complimentary delivery for a minimum order of 10 hampers or for a minimum purchase of PHP19,000 worth of hampers. (Applicable within Metro Manila area and one destination point only)

Festive Activities Add a sense of excitement and magic to your joyous celebrations with Santa Claus Meet and Greet on Christmas Day. Adding to the festive ambiance, the hotel lobby will be filled with beautiful Christmas carols from different chorale groups on VO L. 5

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December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25. Reflect and give thanks during the Holy Mass on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve Lobby Party Cheers to a new year and celebrate a fresh start with a grand bash featuring a sumptuous culinary spread, overflowing drinks, and exciting live performances at Dusit Thani Manila. Kick off the celebration with an elegant feast in any of the hotel’s restaurants - The Pantry, Umu and Benjarong. Guests availing of the New Year’s Eve Dinner at Benjarong, Umu and The Pantry are entitled to free access to the New Year’s Countdown. And what better place to ring in 2019 than the hotel’s iconic lobby? Set-up with screens displaying time zones across the world, party in style from 9:00pm to 2:00am with unlimited drinks and party favors. Walkin rates start at PHP1,500 nett per person. As you wait for the clock to strike midnight, the countdown will be accompanied with an upbeat band performance. Dance the night away with DJ performances as the party continues until the early hours of 2019.


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The Story Of Christmas at

Raffles and Fairmont Makati

cookie decorating activity on December 9 and 16 for the young and young-at-heart as part for Sunday Brunch at PHP 2,810/ person. For families and friends, celebrate Christmas Eve via a festive dinner buffet at PHP 3,920/person. On Christmas Day, savor a delicious lunch feast at PHP 3,390/person or dinner at PHP 2,980/person. Those gathering for New Year celebrations may also enjoy these offers at Spectrum. At the Writers Bar, enjoy a bookinspired Christmas Classic Afternoon Tea at PHP 1,400 for two throughout December, with a tower of freshly-baked scones, pastries created after all-time favorite Christmas tales, and delicate tea sandwiches amid enchanting and festive music. At the Fairmont Lounge, embrace the well-loved Christmas pastime of merienda cena with Filipino favorites like sapin-sapin, ensaymada, crispy pork chicharon, spring rolls, suman, and other native delicacies— served creatively on a traditional sungca game board. Perfect for two, enjoy this delightful-tasting fare with a festive cocktail

or mocktail at PHP 1,120. Finally, hand-crafted cocktails by expert mixologists and bite-sized canapés are available at the legendary Long Bar on December 31, or revel as you usher the New Year with a minimum consumable of PHP 8,400 for a table of four and PHP 11,200 for a table of eight. Guests can also celebrate the remaining hours of 2018 at the Fairmont Lounge and enjoy the countdown with exquisite dishes, fine wine, and live celebrity DJ entertainment. Take a breather from the holiday craze with a 90-minute Holiday Refreshing Retreat at the Willow Stream spa, a full-body pampering with cinnamon bark and reviving peppermint oil at PHP 3,500 to exfoliate and nourish the skin. At Café Macron, spread the holiday cheer with sweet and savory offerings courtesy of the hotel’s master chefs via holiday hampers fondly named William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. The Shakespeare hamper comes with bitesized Christmas cookies, chocolate biscuits and Christmas trees, and traditional panettoncino cioccolato, plus gourmet pieces like Delverde Rigatoni, Barilla Ricotta pasta sauce, A L’Olivier Vinaigre Balsamique Truffle oil, savory Jamon Serrano Gran Reserva, and a premium bottle of red wine, all for PHP 6,200. The Dickens hamper, meanwhile, comes with a medley of all-time favorite treats and a fine bottle of wine, all at PHP 4,900. The hotel also supports The Center for Art, New Ventures, & Sustainable Development (CANVAS), a non-profit organization that shares a likened love for the literary arts by promoting children’s literacy and the fine arts by deepening the nation’s appreciation for Philippine paintings, crafts, and culture. The Raffles and Fairmont Makati are honored to help further children’s literacy nationwide by partnering with this esteemed foundation.

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affles and Fairmont Makati celebrate the story of Christmas inspired by Raffles’ literary heritage and the literary arts. For December, the hotel’s décor, offerings, and activities center on the love for Christmastime, books and literature. The Raffles Makati holiday package starts at PHP 12,900, with breakfast at the elegant brasserie Mireio, afternoon tea for two, and evening cocktails at the Writers Bar. Families can also experience a 15% discount when dining in other food and beverage outlets, along with a 25% discount off treatments from the Willow Stream spa’s a la carte menu. Fairmont Makati’s special room package starts at PHP 6,900, with buffet breakfast for two at the all-day dining buffet restaurant Spectrum; a PHP 1,000 food and beverage and spa credit per stay, additional 15% discount at the other food and beverage outlets, plus a 25% discount off treatments at the Willow Stream spa. Finally, at the Raffles Residences, their seasonal offer starts at PHP 8,900 with a minimum stay of 5 consecutive nights, with breakfast for two at Spectrum, a 15% discount when dining in restaurants and bars, and 25% off at the Willow Stream spa. At the hotel’s various dining destinations, savor the flavors of Provence and France at Mirèio, spend the evening of December 24 with a festive five-course menu at PHP 6,220/ person, or Christmas Day brunch at PHP 3,200/person. For the New Year, avail a special five-course dinner fête at PHP 7,730/person on December 31 or brunch at PHP 3,200 per person on January 1. You can greet the New Year at the Mireio Terrace with a minimum consumable of PHP 2,800/person and enjoy an exciting countdown, tunes by a celebrity DJ, and an unobstructed view of the city’s spectacular show of fireworks. At Spectrum, there is a gingerbread

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plify Philippines launched the 1st Beauty, Health, and Wellness Conference at the ballroom of The City Club, Alphaland Makati. Dubbed “360-Degree ME!,” highly-respected industry experts tackled interesting aspects of beauty, health, and wellness focusing on the complete 360-degree care of ourselves– our bodies, our customers, and our businesses. The highly talked about “360-degree ME!,” event was the brainchild of Mplify Founder and Managing Director Miguel De La Rosa, who shared that the conference aims to educate attendees on industry best practices, updates, and trends. The goal is to help them become better business owners and / or employees as they work within their organizations. He added that it would also provide a venue for networking and possible collaborations among industry practitioners. Co-presented by Dermcare, Bioessence, Browlab, Vine Aesthetics and Barlico, in partnership with Adsprint Digital, Kantar Media, OutTrack, Bond Fitness Gym, Mafae Management Consultancy, and sponsored by Nail it, Purtier Placenta, White Palace Spa, De Sillage, Security Bank, Salad Bar, Primal Ape Crossfit Gym, Cyclehouse, Color Ads, Coco Line Naturals, Prettiserie Salon, AcquaSuisse Parfums, and Mrs. Fields. The event was also supported by reliable media partners, Global News Network, GSat, Asenso Pinoy, Chinoy TV, Business Insight, Business World, Manila Standard, ManilaStandard.net, Women’s Journal Magazine, People’s Tonight, People’s Journal, The Daily Tribune, The Manila Times, Experience Travel and Living Magazine, Inspire Ph, and Katooga.ph About 100 business owners and employees from the Beauty, Health, and Wellness sectors took part in the momentous event with Children’s Hour as beneficiary. For more information and updates about events and conferences, check out MPLIFY at www.mplify-ph.com.

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Is Better than Ever with Globe At Home Get free 6 months access to HOOQ with a Globe At Home Plan Globe At Home has committed itself to elevating home entertainment by providing world-class content through their partnerships with top streaming services and their high-speed internet. Starting this November, new Globe At Home subscribers will get FREE 6 months subscription to HOOQ. The streaming app returns with a wider collection of local titles ranging from romantic-comedy blockbusters such as Sid & Aya, Walwal, The Breakup List, Never Not Love You, My Ex and Whys, and Forevermore. The list goes on—from classics to contemporary, from heavy drama to heavy comedy, from TV shows to movies, from indie to mainstream—if it’s a Pinoy favorite, we’re bringing it to you on HOOQ. It’s now so easy to #PlayItRight and stream your fave Pinoy hits from safe and legitimate sources, anytime and anywhere you want. This promo gift is worth P149 per month, available for two concurrent users, plus a bonus of free monthly rentals for freshly released movies and access to the latest episodes from the Arrowverse series (on the same day as their US telecast!). Globe At Home subscribers will receive an email that contains instructions and redemption link for HOOQ within 48 hours after broadband plan installation. Go big, go home! Sign up or upgrade your existing broadband subscription to Globe At Home GoUnli Plan with speeds up to 100mbps at no data cap, plus enjoy your free 6-month subscription HOOQ, as well as DisneyLife and FOX+. Promo ends January 31, 2019. For more info, visit shop.globe.com.ph/broadband. EX PER I EN C E T R AV EL AN D LI VI N G

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Light and stress-free holiday By Tet Defensor

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H OLI DAY WE L L NE S S The Pinoy Porchetta hamper of Resorts World Manila comes with starters, sidings and Christmas pudding.

Schedule a pampering session in between that busy shopping calendar Include a luxurious spa session in your to-do list this holiday season. Those mall trips and party nights can be very draining. It is important to feel refreshed amid all the Christmas frenzy. Besides, everybody deserves a break, especially during Christmas.

Avoid the rush, check out weekend bazaars and online stores Instead of facing the mall mob head-on, why not check out weekend bazaars and online stores? The bazaar scene is more laid back, although it is still safer to come early to avoid the crowd. Most of the time the booths are manned by the owners, so you can always negotiate for deals. Online stores are perfect for a stress-free shopping, simply fill up your virtual shopping cart, check out, choose the payment mode, and wait for their courier to deliver your goods.

FIVE STAR RELAXATION. The Dusit Room inclusive of buffet breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children, 20% discount on F&B outlets

Order out and avoid kitchen stress Instead of spending hours preparing Christmas dishes in the kitchen, why not order dishes from your favorite hotel or restaurant? Most establishments have party packs or gourmet hampers, which can make your holiday spread extra special. Go ahead enjoy your favorite wine as your guests feast on the culinary treats prepared by the country’s top chefs. Gatherings are meant to make you feel good, not stress you out.

Holiday Staycation Treat yourself to a well-deserved break by spending the night in your favorite hotel. Sometimes we need to escape from our usual routine environment in order to refocus our thoughts and energize our minds. Too much activities at home can lead to sleepless nights, something we cannot afford during the busy season. Enjoy the perks of sleeping late and savoring a quiet breakfast at your own pace. If you are in the mood to indulge, then reserve the Presidential Suite and have a royal weekend. For the budget-conscious, there are cozy city hotels

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where you can unwind and relax for a few days, before you resume your Christmas activities.

Take home Lola Virginia’s Chicken Relleno from Romulo’s Café in Quezon City, Jupiter st. Makati or Alabang.

Don’t forget your workout routine You will need to burn all those rich holiday treats. Apart from staying fit, a physical activity can give you that much-needed mental relief from all the Christmas chaos and stress. There are gyms that stay open during the holidays. You can also check out those fun Christmas workouts online. Maybe you can do your High Intensity Interval Training to the tune of “All I Want For Christmas.”

Give gifts that feed the soul Instead of the usual gifts, volunteer or give a donation in the name of your friend or family member. You can donate to your friend’s favorite cause or charity. Local chapters of World Wide Fund (WWF) or United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund allow online donations. It has been proven that the act of giving, no matter how big or small instantly boosts our mood. According to research, giving is related to reduced blood pressure and enhanced sleep.

Listen to instrumental holiday music

ORTIGAS STAYCATION. Stay at Bleu Hotel sfor as low as 2500++ a night.

The season is marked by festive music, but have you tried listening to the instrumental version? Music certainly soothes the brain. In fact, slow tunes can reduce heart rate thereby allowing the body to relax. Try including instrumental tunes on your play list to free your mind from stress. Pleasurable listening also releases Dopamine which helps the brain function.

Binge watch Christmas movies Drown all your stress by watching romantic Christmas comedies. Everybody loves a happy ending and Christmas movies are known to be filled with love, laughter and happily ever after. Netflix and Hallmark channels are showing nonstop Christmas movies all throughout the season. Take a break from the hectic party scene and have a dose of light romance. This will give you a good reason to stay home and relax.

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Take it slow. Don’t run with the rest. Spend more time with yourself, meditate and reflect on the reason for the season. Lest we forget, Christmas is all about love, peace and forgiveness. It’s fine to join the bandwagon of smart shoppers but at the end of the day, try to look at the gifts, the more important part is how you will give it. It’s the giver, not the gift.

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Care to customize. Shop around and go for tailor- fit gifts. Create one if you have the time. Take advantage of extra hours and use your creativity in appreciating the people who made your year right. Pay back, in whatever sweet way you can.

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Choose memory over money. Spend generously and celebrate. Memories are forever, moments aren’t coming back so go, spare more time and energy with your loved ones. Eat, laugh, get drunk with the ones you love.

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Write how the year went and how you envision the next 12 months. Guide your soul by clearing your mind. What went well and what went beyond expectations? Jot them down and reflect on it. Discover how you can respond to the evolving needs of your family and society. Let your past experiences be your ammo for a better you.

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Pig it out, but let it all out. Be mindful of what and how much you eat and what you burn after. Eat anything in moderation. It’s party time, everyone’s feasting and you can’t be anti- social to resist high fat, high sugar gastronomic moments. Make sure you burn those calories. Walk around, jump, stretch, run or play.

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Shortlist your master list. Focus on what’s relevant, behavior changing and inspiring. Use your energy wisely by choosing activities and friendships. Party hard but learn to discern and say “No” if needed. Your body needs enough rest. Remember SEED lifestyle. Sleep, Eat right, Exercise, De-stress.

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If you will travel, travel light. Don’t complicate by doing a lot of activities. Simple relaxation and exploration will do, so you have enough space to breathe in/ breathe out. Choose off peak days to enjoy the tour. Tap the unexplored but make sure to read reviews and testimonials on comfort and safety.

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Tech Savvy? Engage and connect. Find time to reach out to old friends and relatives, classmates and former office mates. Search and surprise them with “thanksgiving wishes” waves and hellos. It is always sweet to know that someone remembers us, even if they are

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Keep your cool. The more patient you are, the more beautiful life gets. With horrendous traffic and limited parking lots, fully- booked restaurants, it is so easy to get upset and dismayed. Don’t lose your

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Be a blessing. Donate something, talent and energy to charity. Try to figure out institutions that may need your help. Refill your love tank by establishing connections to the less-privileged and use your network to bridge gaps and build stronger lives.

Delight yourself, look at the best days, wrap up this Christmas season. Of all the days and holidays, this is the time to give thanks and praise, dance and rejoice. Healthy holidays start from within, so take time to re-shape 2019 and design your strategy now that you’ve extra time out of office or routine. Don’t consume all the days shopping, allocate time for self- awareness and alignment of purpose. This is the best time to offer yourself to God’s amazing blessings by looking back at how the years have been, and how you should move on and claim more breakthroughs. As we joyfully do the right but seemingly uncomfortable things, we submit ourselves to His pleasant surprises. Slow down and feel the magical moment, the birth of Jesus Christ.

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Belo Medical Group

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Oroderm, second runner up; Facial Care Centre, third runner up; and House of Obagi, fourth runner up. Aesthetic centers like Victoria Sports, Glow Skin, The Aivee Group, Kamiseta, Oroderm, The Aura Ruz and Luminisce all received the plaque of authenticity for Thermage. “The Black Diamond Award is the most coveted and much-awaited recognition in the field of aesthetic science in the Philippines,” said Christopher R. Cachuela, head of marketing and senior sales and marketing manager of Solta Medical, which provides products such as Thermage, Fraxel, Liposonix, Clear and Brilliant. Solta Medical provides innovative, effective solutions for patients, each designed to enhance and expand its partner-physicians’ medical practices. Solta Medical is a division of Valeant Aesthetics.


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Great skin, greater confidence DR’s Secret is a breakthrough skin detox concept. The innovative non- surgical treatment keeps the skin healthy and beautiful. It eradicates all your skin troubles with miracle formulas that will transform your skin. Developed specially for Asian skin, DR’s Secret range of products produces synergistic effects, to restore a youthful radiance.

“My struggle with acne and sensitive skin began 13 years ago. I was working as a nurse in a dental clinic and one of our regular patients introduced me to DR’s Secret. Within just a month I noticed a positive change in my skin condition! My family and my patients would ask me about my skin transformation and it’s all because of DR’s Secret.” -Tsai Mei –I, 41, Taiwan “After giving birth, I was suddenly plagued by serious pigmentation problems. Then I was introduced to DR’s Secret, and that cleared up my pigmentation problems entirely. That made me unbelievably happy and relieved. I’ve never stopped using DR’s Secret ever since!” -Candy Ng, 49 Singapore “It was clear that I was struggling with my skin condition. I would never venture out of home without first piling on thick make up to hide my pigmentation woes and uneven skin tone. This changed with DR’s Secret. My skin underwent a total transformation and I was ecstatic that it wasn’t just blemish free, it was radiant. I know when my skin care works for me when no one believes my true age!”

-Felicia Tan, 47, Singapore “My struggle with pigmentation problems began 20 years ago. I was fortunate enough to have found DR’s Secret, and it took only a month to see pronounced improvement. I’ve become a loyal convert of DR’s Secret T series after it was introduced three years ago. I like how my skin feels healthy and hydrated, and I’m proud of the way I look! -Edna See, 53, Singapore “Like most men I paid little attention to my skin when I was younger. Inevitably that laziness resulted in big obvious pores that made my skin look rough and filled with numerous acne scars. After joining the health and wellness industry I was envious of how good others looked. I started to use DR’s Secret diligently and the results started to show. My skin looked firmer and smoother. People were commenting that I looked younger and they are amazed that I still don’t have fine lines at my age. This is all made possible by my DR’s Secret regimen!” -Ace Toh, 50, Singapore “Applying DR’ s Secret is very easy and convenient. With this product you can go without make up but still manage to look radiant and blemish free, just put on the lipstick and you’re good to go.” -Janine Budlong, 25, Philippines For details, call or visit: bwl- DR’s Secret Philippines, Robinsons Equitable Tower, Unit 3205-05, Poveda Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City / Marketing: 02- 3971713/ 09291273303.

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Martin Villamor: Cool Mayor of Cebu’s Nature Haven With its vast fresh water supply, lush vegetation and soon-to-open theme park, Carmen is set to be the top weekend getaway in Cebu By Ruby Asoy-Lebajo

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ayor Martin Gerard Villamor has fulfilled his vision for the town of Carmen, Cebu. Composed of 21 barangays the town’s assets lie on its forests teeming with springs that support the endangered bare back fruit bats, nocturnal cats and other flora and fauna. Now on his last term and eighth year in office, Villamor realized that he can’t do everything. “I still have a lot of unfinished business,” he shared during an exclusive interview with Experience Travel and Living magazine at the Carmen municipal office. His topmost agenda is to make Carmen a top tourist destination in the province of Cebu by focusing on ecotourism. “We are halfway there with the opening of Cebu Safari, the establishment of several monasteries for faith tourism, and the development of a road network leading to these destinations.” He will also set up the Carmen Marina that will cater to yachts and small boats, hopefully all these will turn the town into a first-class municipality. The town will also be the home of the biggest Aqua Intergalactic theme park owned by Bantigui Leisure Resort. Located in Barangay Luyang, Carmen, the 5-hectare development project will boast of inflatable facilities for swimming and other sports activities. The park is expected to be completed in two years’ time.

Classroom shortage has been addressed, thanks to the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation.

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Despite being an agricultural town, Villamor said a good food security plan has yet to be implemented. “We try to maintain our town to be green, with lots of agricultural lands to plant crops such as corn for food security.” Aside from fishing and agriculture livelihood, employment opportunities are now available for the people of Carmen with the growing number of businesses in the area.

He advocated for wider roads 20 years ago but unfortunately, land prices have gone up. However, he proudly claimed their barangay roads are better than most towns in Cebu. Education is also a focal point. He

stressed that the lack of education can hamper the town’s growth. Classroom shortage has been addressed already in most barangays. “To date we only lack 10 or 20 classrooms, thanks to our partner, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation.”

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challenge is his ability to relate to people of all types. “As mayor you have to say yes. I seldom say no, I want to please everybody as much as I can. To be frank about it, I want to be real and truthful as possible with many people as possible.”

Heeding the call of politics

Mayor Villamor is always happy to welcome visitors at Carmen.

Last year, the town placed second among communities with high incidence of malnutrition. This year Carmen went down to 22 or 23. Villamor is happy with this development and has since then assigned a dedicated health unit to monitor the issue. Another concern to be resolved is water availability. “Many wanted to have water but don’t pay their bills so I decided to look for a private supplier to supply water to everyone,” he said. Right now, they have a grandstand near the plaza, partly funded by the water company. They built a sports facility so people will not be involved in bad activities.

Trust and Confidence As he sets the vision and pace for the development for Carmen, Villamor has learned to trust the people around him. “They know how to do their job. Because of the trust, I seldom call for a meeting. I only call them when they have problems to report to me,” he quipped.

The down-to-earth mayor is adamant in pursuing a “zero-corruption” policy in his office. The “Transparency Seal” has been posted in the municipality’s website indicating its compliance. “When state auditors come here, I always tell them that they should dig deeper.” He is known to be very approachable. He’s at work almost every day, answering questions and addressing barangay problems from the town plaza and not from his office at the municipal building. He signs papers in the morning and attends to several meetings. He usually keeps his afternoons free. His management style is unconventional. His simple manner of dressing reflects his laid-back approach to life. “My routine is almost the same every day with my glass of beer that helps me unwind,” he laughed. “What people love about me is that ‘this is who I am, they know that I’m gay, that I drink beer.’” Definitely the people will credit him for the town’s development, but the biggest

Villamor took up architecture at the University of San Carlos and became a successful businessman. He had a gasoline station, and was also involved in construction and distributorship. But he gave them all up to be the campaign manager of his dad, Virginio, when he ran for mayor in Carmen. His dad was the municipal mayor for nine years, vice-mayor for three years, and the mayor again for five years. Villamor had no plans of being in politics because of his temperament. He is very strict, a trait which is not exactly acceptable in public service. But as the years pass he learned to adjust. He is the 12th mayor of Carmen, “hopefully not the 13th,” he quipped, saying he now wants to give other people a chance to serve the town. He is looking to run for councilor to help protect his legacy and other projects. He is the eldest of seven siblings, with two adopted kids. “They (siblings) look older than me. My secret there is that when I get mad, I throw everything. All out ‘yan. After that, I will be fine. I don’t sleep on it. My staff would check on me if ‘may sapot pa ba si mayor’ (is mayor still mad)?’” But unlike most of his other siblings and friends he does not travel much. He wants to experience traveling from Saint Petersburg to Vladivostok in Russia by train. But for now his heart remains in Carmen, Cebu. “I don’t want to make Carmen a city because the land taxes will get higher. I want it to remain a small, but a first-class municipality no less,” he concluded.

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t’s one of the new places in Bonifacio Global City where you can have quality dining at affordable prices. Just a few blocks away from SM Aura, Martin Place Social is the perfect place to wine and dine after a busy day. The restaurant may seem like an ordinary dining place but it is actually one of the few places in Bonifacio Global City that offers reasonablypriced dishes. The dishes are Australian-based but transmuted with Filipino, Mexican and Spanish influences, thanks to the chef and his students

dishes before were brought straight from the supermarket. But those were the early days of operation. Now every dish served is made from scratch. No powder flavorings, the ingredients come from sustainable sources, the kitchen staff bakes the breads and every recipe is tried, tested and consistent. Diners also have the option to sit either near the bar or the kitchen. What’s on the menu? The main offerings of Martin Place Social include baked Atlantic salmon (served with red rice, corn relish and corn puree), organic grilled chicken breast (with gnocchi, shiitake mushroom and sweetcorn), Bogan beef burger using Aussie wagyu beef, and grilled lamb shoulder. For dessert, they have cheescake, panna cotta, creme brûlée, brownies and even pancakes - all made from scratch. While the main dining place has a fixed menu, the second floor houses the Ausphin International Institute Philippines and the Sydney Room, a learn-and-dine area. The menu varies depending on the chef ’s preference. The chefs can set up a small kitchen there and cook the dishes in front of the guests. One unique feature of the Sydney Room is that it allows customers to bring the meat of their choice, and ask the chefs and the students to prepare a special dish. Chef Golding said this gives students the opportunity to prepare premium ingredients like foie gras or steaks. Grilled Lamb Shoulder with Mashed Potato “I won’t charge them for the protein,” Chef Golding said. “They’ll be charged who work hand-in-hand to maintain quality for the vegetables, sauces, other ingredients, the consistency. beverages, the wine and the dessert. You won’t “What’s lacking among Filipino chefs is find that offer anywhere else. It’s not about me but consistency. You can try a Bicol Express today and the people working here and the students. If the its taste would be different tomorrow or in the next customer liked the dish that we did and they want few days. That’s the challenge here aside from the it again served for a group of 20 on this date, then students being in the line, cooking and making there’s still a margin for me.” things,” said Chef Philip Golding. Chef Golding takes pride in both the chefs When he was tapped by the owners to and the students working at Martin Place Social. intervene with the operations, the chef admittedly One of his goals is not just to run the place to saw a pretty much failed restaurant. Despite earn but to produce Filipino chefs who will have the good location, the ingredients used for the consistency in their culinary skills. EX PER I EN C E T R AV EL AN D LI VI N G

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The future is bright for

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ravel Business Exchange (TBEX) Pilipinas 2018 tackled the issue of sustainable tourism in their annual 2-day seminar this year. With the theme “Creating a Responsible Travel Business Line,” the highlight was the seminar entitled “The World Begs for Sustainability, The World Needs You.” Seminar speakers were former Secretary of the Department of Tourism (DOT) Dr. Mina Gabor, a staunch advocate of responsible tourism, who spoke about the country’s readiness in addressing the issue. Rodne Galicha, Country Manager of The Climate Reality Project Philippines and world-renowned protector of the earth, shared his views on the importance of sustainable tourism, and Randy Durband, Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Tourism Council, discussed how the Philippines can be a global sustainable tourism destination.

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Robert Lim Joseph, Chairman of the Network of Independent Travel Agencies and Allied Services (NITAS), said that responsible and sustainable tourism was initially led by the private-sector, but now several communities have developed their own programs to support the call for the protection of the enviroment. He shared his plans for a massive Manila Bay cleanup, with the help of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the water companies in order to get the attention of government. He believes everyone will benefit from the clean-up. “I want to recommend that the President (Duterte) do something about the informal settlers along the city’s waterways like the rivers, esteros. If this can be done within the next three years developers can build the appropriate infrastructure. There will be rules and regulations so that the garbage will not be thrown in the water. Even the settlers will be taught

waste segregation, composting and other activities designed to reduce waste and help save the environment,” he explained, adding that responsible and sustainable tourism cannot be done by a few. “It took Europe a long time,” he said. “Because of what was done in Boracay, there are now efforts to make waterways and sewage systems cleaner. Now, hotels and resorts have put up their own sewage treatment systems. Everything has to be
a concerted effort among stakeholders, especially in the provinces. With sustainable tourism, we can use and re-use. For example in farms animal wastes are reused as fertilizer for organic and chemical-free produce.“ “With responsible tourism, we can implement what we have only dreamt before, and the Manila Bay project will be the starting point. It’s a monumental project, but if we can dream, why don’t we dream big? We don’t just put these dreams on paper; we put them into action,” said Joseph, who is also a diplomat, author, motivational speaker, event organizer, and wine connoisseur. He is the Chairman of the Philippine Wine Merchants and its retail arm, Ralph’s Wine Merchants, and Columbia Transport. TBEX Pilipinas 2018 also gathered suppliers and local buyers on the second day for a Business-to-Business (B2B) meeting to promote tourism products and packages. It was headed by Angel Ramos Bognot, Project Director and Afro Asian World Events president and also a

Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE) expert. The buyers included retail and wholesale travel agents while the sellers were local and foreign airlines, hotels, restaurants, resorts and spas, hospitals, and transport operators. “What we love is that these mediumsize companies can easily organize bigvolume tour packages that can fill up airline seats quickly. We’re happy that they all came and established networks with buyers as they all geared up for expanding their business horizon and create productive and long-term partnerships,” Angel pointed out. Through the workshop, companies were made aware of the impact of sustainable tourism on their businesses, while advocating promotion of Philippine culture, heritage, food and destination. “These are all part and parcel of sustainable tourism. We all show our love for the environment and create a future for responsible and sustainable tourism in the country.” The 2-day event culminated with an exciting Gala Night that included the presentation of the 2018 Travel Girl and announcement of the preliminary plans for TBEX Pilipinas 2019. For more about Travel Business Exchange Pilipinas 2019, visit Unit 202 Z & H Apartelle, 545 Arquiza corner J. Bocobo Streets, Ermita, Manila or call (+632) 523 7501, (+632) 523 6537, or email tbexpilipinas@gmail.com.

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or jewelry designer Ivonne Pedragoza Ricaña of Ivona Fine Jewelry, nothing is more elegant and esteemed than jewelry pieces made of pearls, diamonds and other gemstones. For the former paralegal who loves to draw and learned the rudiments of jewelry design on her own, jewelry is practically life itself. Ivonne started by creating fashion jewelry and accessories that combined several crystals. After some time she shifted to natural South Sea pearls because she believes pearls are timeless and very versatile. It can be paired with anything, for any occasion. “Even if you wear a simple dress, a simple pearl stud, it will make it very beautiful and elegant.” Eventually she moved to custom jewelry. “For my designs, I always create something special or emotionally uplifting that will set a happy mood, or even healing using gemstones like amber and ruby. But I am very partial to pearls because they

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gemstones. Natural diamonds are about 60 percent more expensive than the cultured ones, but the quality is different, same with pearls. “Natural ones last longer than cultured. They take several years before they are formed, unlike cultured ones that take only 6 months to a year to create. Same with natural South Sea pearls that have no fixed number of years before they are harvested, so only a few are produced,


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which makes it more expensive.” She collaborated with a British jeweler, a diamonds specialist, to create designs unique to Ivona, mostly South Sea pearls with natural diamonds. “We wanted Ivona to be known for natural diamonds and South Sea pearls that are not grown in any laboratory or cultured in any way. Those who know their jewelry know the difference. We also sell natural rubies, blue sapphire, emerald, and onyx.”

Pearls of the Orient Pearls come in sizes like perfect round, oval, baroque, button, drop. She said if it’s baroque, it can still be made into a necklace. They are naturally formed and very solid so if they break, it’s not natural. Ivonne said Philippine South Sea pearls are natural and exceptionally beautiful and very marketable globally because of its authenticity and high quality. They are naturally abundant here. “I

used to buy in Hong Kong but moved to Zamboanga or Tawi-Tawi. When it comes to authenticity of South Sea pearls, nothing beats the Philippines.” She admired the fact that majority of local farmers are honest and will never sell fake pearls. “When you buy from them, you can see the smile in their eyes, that they sold something really special aside from the earnings.”

Exciting trends Trends in 2018 are the statement pieces like earrings, rings, bangles, anklets, layered necklaces. The most saleable pieces are big pearl earrings ranging from 15 mm to 18 mm, and layered necklaces, or big diamonds with gemstones as centerpiece (wedding or engagement rings). “For 2019, we’re looking at more artistically designed pieces to be the trend, or those that show empowerment like pearls, which is hard and durable, to show one’s strong will and resolve.”

The jewelry business is very lucrative but very challenging, yet it continues to flourish as Philippine design and craftsmanship continue to earn global praise. Ivona pieces are passionately and skillfully crafted by local artisans working closely with her foreign partner to ensure that they follow international standards in terms of perfection in design and quality. “When you buy Ivona, you only get the best in terms of standards of quality because we follow the best global standards,” Ivonne emphasized, and also revealed that they are now in negotiations to open a new store to be located at one of the five-star hotels in Makati. Ivona Fine Jewelry is located at 2/3 Mid-level East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City. Call (+63) 917-6365120. For inquiries, you can email info@ivonafinejewelry.com, sales@ ivonafinejewelry.com. You can also go to www.ivonafinejewelry.com.

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very bride radiates in beauty on her wedding day. And to make sure she shines like a star as she walks down the aisle, Vine Holistic Medical Aesthetics will prepare the bride for the special moment. For the women who will tie the knot, Vine Holistic Medical Aesthetics has a special face treatment package for the bride-to-be, bridesmaids, her parents and her relatives. This affordable package will not punch a hole in their wedding budget. In fact the bride will have a memorable experience she will forever cherish with the friends and family members close to her heart. The “Tight and Contoured” Face Treatment Package from Vine Holistic Medical Aesthetics comes with Lift and Tight and Ultrasonic Facial Contouring. The package starts at P2,500 per person (minimum of 10 persons), P2,200 for a minimum of 20 persons, and P2,000 for a minimum of 50 persons. The package is Vine Holistic Medical Aesthetics’ way of breaking the traditional bridal shower or pre-wedding activities, as it gives the bride and her group an interesting bonding moment. By the way even the groom can enjoy that much-needed pampering session. Dra. Emehly Sevilla, Vine Aesthetics owner believes that aside from showing the best smile, the bride needs to have a radiant and smooth skin when she meets her groom. “Beauty radiates from

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and lifts the skin and removes pores. We also offer slimming and body contouring so she could fit perfectly in her gown without those excessive bulges coming out. Skin cleaning and clearing is also vital to let her

makeup blend well and even without makeup her skin would still look clear and clean,” explains Dra. Sevilla. Vine Holistic Medical Aesthetics provides a comprehensive range of medical aesthetic treatments, with minimal or no downtime. This includes laser, skin treatments, non-surgical facelifts, fillers, botox, peels, facials, non-invasive body contouring and many more. Vine Holistic Medical Aesthetics’ main branch is located at Unit 2H Mezzanine Level, The Grand Hamptons Tower II, 1st Avenue corner 31st Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. For appointments, call (+63)9178599642; (+63)917-6315883 or (+632) 217-2687, (+632) 843-3023. Its other clinics are located at SM Light Residences, EDSA corner Madison Street, Brgy. Barangka Ilaya, Mandaluyong City, (+63)977-8438847 or (+632) 805-2678; Suite 2019 Phoenix Wellness Lounge, Golden Phoenix Hotel, Oceanaire Bldg., PEA Road, 23 CBP, D. Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City, (+632) 683-2888 Ext. 2019, with direct line at (+632) 838-2983, (+63)917-5398697. Dra. Emehly Sevilla’s clinic hours are 3 pm-9 pm TuesdayThursday-Saturday (Taguig); 9 am – 2 pm Monday-Saturday (SM Light) and 3 pm – 9 pm, Monday-Wednesday-Friday (Golden Phoenix Hotel). For more about Vine Holistic Medical Aesthetics, visit www.vineaesthetics.com or follow them on FB & IG at vine aesthetics.



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Beauty and blessings By ROBERT R. REQUINTINA

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or beauty queens, movie stars and even Hollywood celebrities, there’s only one name they trust in health, wellness and beauty practice: it’s O Skin Med Spa, owned and founded by licensed aesthetician Olivia Quido-Co. The skin spa has two outlets in Los Angeles, California. O Skin’s glittery client list includes Miss World 2013 Megan Lynne Young from the Philippines, 2012 Miss Universe 1st runnerup Janine Tugonon, 2013 Miss Universe 2nd runner-up Ariella Arida, Kapamilya stars Dimples Romana and KC Concepcion, and A-List Hollywood celebrities Patti Austin and Telma Hopkins. Even 2015 Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach follows Miss O on Instagram. Lovingly called “Miss O,” Olivia recalls her humble beginning when she emigrated to the US to study cosmetology, which led to more advanced aesthetician courses. In 2003, Ms O rented a small room with one bed at Lody’s Styling Center in a strip mall. She called it O Skin Care. Center owner Lody Garcia was amazed at the young aesthetician who worked very hard every day. “The owner charged such a small rent; I’m sure she spent more cooking food and feeding me almost every day” Olivia says. “She was like a mother to me.” While running her business Ms. O completed several courses to complement her Business Administration degree from De La Salle University, Philippines. She found time to take post-graduate courses from the American Institute of Esthetics, International Dermal Institute, Visual Changes Academy, and John Robert Powers International. In time Olivia opened two O Skin Med Spa outlets in the Los Angeles area: Cerritos Mall at 369 Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos, CA 90703; and Eagle Rock Mall at 2700

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HO L I DAY ST YL E Colorado Blvd. Suite 103, LA, CA 90041. The O Skin Med Spa offers services such as O Skin Signature Facial, Luxury Whitening Facial, Luxury Gold Facial, Oxygen Facial, Bio-Light PDT Treatment, 3D Eyebrow Sculpting, FF Depigmenting Treatment, Fractionated Laser for Acne

Scarring, IV Glutathione Injections, Foot Peel, Paraffin Infusion Treatment, Dermal Fillers & Injectables, Ultherapy, Stem Cell Rejuvenation, Liposuction, Medical Weight Loss, KybellaTM Chin Profile Injections and Red Carpet Facial. The spa also sells products such as acne

solutions, whitening and lightening cleansers, moisturizers, treatments, sun protection, body products and supplements. Her best-selling products are “Secret Glow” that helps the skin retain its moisture and elasticity, while making it amazingly white and bright in just one night; there’s the “Secret Radiance,” which reduces pigmentation, lightens and brightens, revitalizes and rejuvenates, moisturizes, pampers and protects the skin; and “Secret Gold 24K Mask,” a luxurious, lightening and tightening mask that helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a youthful-looking complexion.

To God be the glory Olivia owes all the blessings in her life right now to tithing, which is the practice of giving to the church 10 percent of one’s income. She said that when she started, her space was so small, like a kitchen or stock room. Then she said the Lord taught her about tithing. “The Lord says, if you want to be blessed, then follow me.” “I had doubts about it. And I asked myself ‘is this for real?’ Malachi Chapter 3, Verse 10 says: ‘Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.’” Olivia says she couldn’t understand tithing at first when she became a Christian but she still followed the principle. She practiced tithing for a year, but nothing happened. She still earned U$500.00 dollars and really worked hard for seven days. She said the Lord wants us to be a cheerful giver. Over the years she realized that a cheerful giver is someone who doesn’t wait for anything in return. Olivia says: “I am so thankful that the Lord taught me on the aspect of tithing. And I learned, only 3 to 6 percent of churchgoers practice tithing. Finally from US$500 a week, it became U$1,000 a week. And then it grew more.” Tithing has become a habit for her that she even told her accountant never to commit a mistake in tithing. She always reminds her EX PER I EN C E T R AV EL AN D LI VI N G

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accountant that it’s okay to commit mistakes in accounting but not in tithing, where she pledged to the Lord that she will tithe her whole life. Olivia says that the Lord tells us to rest on the seventh day so she promised the Lord not to work on a Sunday and offered the day to Him. But since she is so hardworking there are times when work would lead up to Sunday. But when she gets home, she would still feel empty despite the additional income so from thereon, she promised not to work on a Sunday. “I think the Lord does not want us to be in the middle. It’s either you are for me or against me.” But the challenge to work on a Sunday did not stop there. A friend called her up and told her that a powerful person wants to try facial and wants it on a Sunday. “Oh no!” says Olivia. She had no choice but to turn it down. She made lots of excuses, saying that it’s quality time for her family. She put down the phone and asked herself if she did the right thing, considering the money it will pull in. “But I told myself it’s for the Lord. I cannot really work on a Sunday anymore.” It takes a lot of obedience before you are blessed, says Olivia, who adds that sins block blessings so people really have to pray to the Lord for help in work and how to be good people. She emphasized that when one trusts the Lord, everything will turn out fine. Ask and you shall receive so every day, people need to pray to the Lord every detail of our heart’s desires. Olivia reveals that she and her husband Jason waited for five years before they got a baby which, for many couples, is a long time. But they patiently waited and prayed for a child every day. Out of the blue, the couple bought diapers and after a week, she got pregnant, 44

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and named their baby “Faith,” and then their second baby “Timothy.” “You have to put your faith first. And then He says ‘prepare a room.’ It simply means to prepare yourself for His blessings. Sometimes we don’t believe. We had to believe first before we see it,” says Olivia. She said that if people will hold to His promise, it will come because the Lord will never disappoint anyone. “The Lord will just bring you from glory, to glory, to glory. There will be trials of course. But if you will surpass that, the Lord will bless you a hundred fold.”

Olivia also encourages people to offer their confidence to the Lord. She narrated that one time, she had a 40-something client who had many pimples on her face and whom she treated every two weeks for the next six months, yet nothing changed. Prior to that, she treated clients for several months and their pimples were gone in one, two or three months, except this one. So she prayed to the Lord, the first time she offered a patient to Him. After one week, the patient called and told her that her skin has improved. She did not believe it at first, but when they finally met, she only had two pimples! Since then, Olivia has offered her patients with serious skin problems to the Lord, for Him to please take care of everything, that He’s just one prayer away.

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Beyond business, Olivia is so thankful for the Lord’s intervention when their marriage was in crisis, which she said was already dead. She mentioned that they were in a relationship for 16 years and 13 of those years were husband and wife. To many people, they may look okay, she said, but they are not aware of what really happened in the past. She believes that God can really resurrect the dead so if one has a dead marriage, He can resurrect it and even if one has a dead business, He will resurrect it. He’s not telling us to read the Bible for two hours every day. All He wants is to have a personal relationship with us. For more details, visit or call Olivia Quido-Co at Skin Med Spa located at CERRITOS MALL 369 Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos, CA 90703 (tel. Nos. 562.897.1445 I 562.865.2030 I 562.865.2036) and EAGLE ROCK MALL at 2700 Colorado Blvd. Suite 103, LA, CA 90041 (tel. nos. 323.258.8888 I 323.258.8889 I 323.317.0025)



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ormer software engineer Aimee Woodside believes that women can always look stylish and sophisticated regardless of their body shape or size. This has always been her mantra. Unassuming as she is, Aimee’s goal is to exude her best fashionable look regardless of what she wears. This is the story behind Bella Collection, a fashion line that defines her life inspiration- utmost sophistication for plus-size women.

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Her very own clothing brand allowed her to mend her engineering skills with her fashion sense. Bella Collection is also a tribute to her daughter Bella, which means “Beautiful” in Italian. After working for Information Technology companies for 10 years, she quit her job and focused on designing clothes. “I lamented the fact that I can’t find the clothing style and quality that I want. That was my dilemma, and I realized, ‘why not try to enter the fashion industry and come up with my own?’ And that started it all,” says Aimee.

Proudly Filipino made Aimee, who holds a degree in Computer Engineering, said her Bella Collection is fully home grown, all made in Las Piñas City. Her collection is apt from petite (small) to plus-size (5XL) women,

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or in US sizes Size 2 to Size 32 with an average price range of Php 700-Php 800. “We made our products very affordable for women of all shapes and sizes. We made sure it is within reach of the Filipino shoppers’ budget. We even have outfits designed for individuals in the corporate world.” What makes Bella Collection different from other plus-size clothing brands? She averred that her collection boldly embraces curves by flattering their figures to make them as beautiful and slender. “We employed a revolutionary approach to women’s fashionable wear by offering innovative clothing designed to flatter all female body types. We made our apparel accessible to all women, from the Petite to the Plus sizes, from Slender to Curvy.” Bella Collection offers fashionable pieces for women of all sizes and shapes, but they are very popular in the Plussize market.

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For now, Aimee said Bella Collection outfits are sold exclusively online through their website, www.bellacollectionclothing.com. The brand is currently working on expanding its selling platforms through e-commerce websites and big mall retailers. She also plans to conquer the global apparel market. “Our plan is to expand distribution so that it will cover the entire country, and perhaps even the global market. But we will do it slowly, as in one country at a time.” For more about Bella Collection, visit www.bellacollectionclothing.com. You can also follow them on Facebook via www.Facebook. com/bellacollectionclothing, on Instagram through bellacollectionclothing, via Twitter (@bellacollectio1, or email them at support@ bellacollectionclothing.com.

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less Okiniiri Japanese Restaurant opened its newest outlet at Vista Mall Molino, Bacoor, Cavite with a spectacular fashion and entertainment extravaganza. The audience loved the Japanese dance by Pilipinas Got Talent runner up Julius Obrero and Rhea Marquez and the unforgettable performance of Malaysian singer Min Yasmin. The highlight of the event was a fashion show featuring Jessie Maloles, Bless Okiniiri Japanese Resto and Bless Amare Group of Companies Chief Operating Officer. Wearing the creation of Ryle Baile and Marlo Javier, Jessie’s presence on the ramp elicited so much cheer and applause from the audience. The Ms. Asia International 2014 runner-up was also joined by A-list models Pauline Evora, Hanna Iglesia, Justine Gabionza and Eloisa Jauod. The show ended with the models and designers joining Jessie and Bless Amare Group of Companies CEO Nelson Mendoza on the ramp, marking the success of Bless Okiniiri’s grand opening. The family-oriented Japanese restaurant offers more than 50 choices of maki, salmon, sushi and sashimi. It also serves kani mango salad, beef yakiniku, chachan fried rice, pork tonkatsu, kana kirai, salmon head misone soup, chiken teppan and many more delectable Japanese cuisine at very affordable prices. It is owned and managed by the Bless Amare Group of Companies, which started its journey in the restaurant and hospitality industry back in 2016 under the leadership of Jessie Maloles and Nelson Mendoza. EX PER I EN C E T R AV EL AN D LI VI N G

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Prim Nolido:

The essential traveler By Carlo S. Suerte Felipe

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he current boom in the real estate industry is challenging the creativity and innovation of developers like Pueblo De Oro Development Corp. (PDO). For company President Prim Nolido, the key is to constantly bring in fresh ideas. A change of scenery, or a new experience can do wonders to the busy mind. This is the reason why Prim loves to travel. Travelling is not just a way to escape the stress brought about by the corporate world. So far, Prim has visited five continents and it’s not because he’s the company’s head honcho. Apparently work follows the president everywhere he goes. And so when Prim travels abroad, work doesn’t stop.

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“Travel is important in real estate because you’re able to get ideas from other countries. You bring home the knowledge from those experiences,” he explained. For example, Prim shared how communities are developed abroad. In the past, township designs in the Philippines were very similar to Spain. The church is the center and is surrounded by the market, plaza and other commercial areas. “In the newer townships we’re developing right now we see different kinds of master planning,” Prim explained. “In some areas, it’s very similar to the US where the government is at the center and it’s surrounded by businesses. There are also developments like New York City - Central VO L. 5

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Park is at the center, and the commercial value of properties around it are very high. It’s somehow applied by subdivision developers - the basketball court, park or club house is at the center of the residential spaces. He also revealed that about 30 percent of the sales of Pueblo De Oro come from overseas Filipino workers. “OFWs tend to acquire properties with a design they are familiar with - it’s either they’ve seen that particular design abroad or maybe they worked or stayed in that particular type of house.”

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the developments of PDO in Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Batangas and Pampanga every month. Then, trips done out of the country are usually done with his two daughters. “I make it a point that I travel outside the country two to three times a year during my breaks - usually during the Holy Week, during the semester break of my kids (by the end of October up to first week of November) and during Christmas break. The trip is usually longer around these times. However, if it’s a long weekend or a short holiday, I’d still travel but in Asian countries.” Prim schedules most of his trips during long holidays which is also considered peak season for travelers. Planning

ahead by booking plane tickets and hotel accommodations early is his key to a hasslefree trip. To maximize the time spent for each trip, he would join tour groups and visit the best tourist spots. “Do a partial research of the places you’re going to using any available travel apps,” he explained. “And join tour groups because it somehow maximizes time you spend on each area.” Another travel tip from Prim is to always bring an extra empty luggage. He usually brings one when he travels to make sure he has that extra space for gifts or souvenirs that he’ll bring back home. And since he needs to document the places he visits, he brings a dual-

SIM smartphone where he can use an international data SIM that will keep him connected to his office in Manila.

Travel while you’re still young Prim’s travel advice would be to travel while you’re still young and embrace the culture of each place you visit. Get out of your comfort zone and make the most out of each trip. “Try the local food and drinks and go where the locals go.” “Travel while you’re still in shape,” Prim explains, “when you’re already too old, you might find it tiring and you will not appreciate the experience anymore.” Feast your eyes on your new surroundings by walking around the area.

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The A. Venue: Cozy dwelling in a bustling district

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akati Avenue has long been regarded as one of Metro Manila’s popular nightlife destinations. Tourists and locals like visiting its bars, clubs and restaurants. But in recent years its popularity has been given a boost due to its proximity to the upmarket Rockwell Center and the cool, hip Poblacion district. It is no surprise therefore that more hotels are being built here to accommodate the growing number of foreign and local visitors who want to fully immerse themselves in this area. But despite the growing competition, The A.Venue Hotel has managed to remain in the lead in a class all its own. For the past ten years, The A. Venue has established a reputation as one of the premier hotels in the area. Unlike other dwellings the 290 guest rooms are spread out in three interconnected tower blocks. The studio rooms are spacious and equipped with microwave ovens, wifi, flat screen TVs and rainfall shower heads. In fact Eden Abella, the hotel’s marketing manager, says “That is the reason why we get a lot of bookings from groups like families and foreign tourists. They feel like they are staying in an upmarket condo in the middle of Makati.” Aside from tourists and locals, the hotel is very popular among business travelers due to its proximity to the Ayala Business Center. To accommodate their

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leisure activities. There are two gyms, indoor and outdoor pools and kiddie pools for those who want to maintain their fitness routine. For those with children, there is a children’s playground and two children’s pools to keep them happy. For those who prefer to pamper themselves they can check out the Toccare Spa near the pool area. Aside from massages and beauty treatments the spa offers a steam sauna and jacuzzi. Once they are done and they think they need a new outfit to show off their new look, they can just walk over to the nearby Century Mall or if they prefer take a taxi to the Rockwell Mall. If all these physical activities leave the guests hungry, the hotel has three restaurants located on the fifth floor. The Azzuro Restaurant,

Granvia Café, and the pool bar. But if they want something more, there is a wide variety of restaurants just within walking distance from the hotel. Aside from Filipino and various types of Chinese cuisine, they can try out Middle Eastern, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Thai and even Mexican food. Aside from the guest rooms the hotel has seven function rooms that can accommodate any event from twenty to two hundred guests. Whether it is a seminar, wedding or a debut, the hotel’s event team will make sure that everything will go as planned. With its location and guest rooms, you probably think that it would cost a fortune staying here. Not really. The published rates per night range from P9,500 in a studio room to P15,000 for a two-bedroom Suite. This is definitely a good reason to have a The A.Venue staycation.

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A beauty vacation in the city By Rory Visco

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my experiences, the joy I feel,” she said. Balajadia admits that the spa business can be very competitive that’s why she makes it a point to offer unique services to her clients. To address the problems of the younger generation she sought inputs from her millennial staff. “Most of them said dark underarms and acne. They also said they don’t know where to go to address these problems. Some even think it’s expensive. And so these became the



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cornerstone of Mecca. A spa that caters to the young generation without breaking the bank. I want to be able to provide topquality yet inexpensive services.” Growing up, Balajadia knows that skin problems can affect one’s confidence and self-esteem. When she built Mecca, her objective was to help her clients build their confidence. With services like acne treatments, underarm whitening, slimming, even a simple massage she wants everyone to feel at home upon entering Mecca. She didn’t want the clinic to be intimidating. Even her staff are extra attentive. They make sure that every client is given extra special care. “I envision Mecca to be a beauty 56

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paradise where you can come in and have a beauty vacation. When you leave you feel relaxed, refreshed, or at least be a better version of yourself.”

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lifting machine from Italy. Mecca is the only one in the Philippines that offers this treatment. The machine follows a fourstep process that melts body fat, tones the skin, and contours in just 7 days. They also have RevLite for underarm whitening and acne marks, RF Microneedling for stretch marks and acne scars, Hifu, the latest technology for lifting, and the Aqua Peel that eliminates blackheads and whiteheads minus the painful extraction. Since it’s a beauty vacation, they offer massage treatments like Brazilian Hot stone, Indian Mandara, even the traditional Filipino hilot. Mecca Flow, the signature massage, is a combination of all. “I want the massage to be a little bit of Swedish, Shiatsu and other popular massages, the Indian Head Massage, and foot reflexology, which became Mecca Flow. We even use Dagdagay sticks from Baguio to target pressure points. This 90-minute massage is really, really relaxing.” This early, Balajadia is excited with the expansion opportunities. She plans to open another branch in the 2nd quarter of 2019. Hopefully she can have more branches around Metro Manila and, even outside the country. “I know it’s going to be tough because it will entail a lot of work.” So if you want to relax without having to leave the country, why not go to Mecca Aesthetic Clinic and Spa? Enjoy their wide range of head-to-toe services. Mecca Aesthetic Clinic and Spa is located at 238 Scout Bayoran corner Tomas Morato Extension, Quezon City. Visit their website, www.meccaaesthetic. com or call (02) 794 5036. Follow them on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/ meccaaesthetic) and Instagram (@ meccaaesthetic).



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When bad looks good Bad Lab has a full range of grooming products that satisfies a man’s desire to look good like Caveman Cleaner 3-in-1, an All-in-One cleanser for hair, face, and body is perfect for those who prefer to keep things simple. Use one product for the hair, face and body and you are good to go. The Lean, Mean Machine Sculpting shower gel not just cleanses the body but also eases the muscle. It is formulated with Methyl Salicylate that relieves body aching. Bad Lab’s hair styling products, like pomade and clay, are water-based and contains Fluidipure™8G, an active ingredient that neutralizes body odor and controls dandruff. To complete the skin regimen, Bad Lab has facial cleansers, scrubs, and

moisturizers and three variants of antidandruff shampoo. Bad Lab products contain natural ingredients like Dragon’s Blood extract, from a plant resin from the Amazon that helps skin rejuvenation; Silver Citrate,

an anti-acne ingredient that inhibits inflammation and infections; Blue Stone, reveals the skin radiance and provides natural nutritive minerals; and Cronodyn™ fights skin fatigue because it tones and firms skin.

Total beauty from natural earth-friendly products the hair, body and face, all naturally manufactured with no animal-derived ingredients. Habbatus Sauda or “The Seed of Blessing” Black Seed Oil is found in

Good Virtues Co.™ aims to bring peace, love and joy everyday through their natural earth-friendly products. Made in Malaysia, the company has a wide array of natural formulations for

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all Good Virtues Co.™ products. This purifying organic component is recognized for the richness of its natural nutrients, minerals and anti-oxidants. Good Virtues has a complete regimen for facial care that is safe to use every day. The line includes Day Cream, Night Cream, CC Cream, Facial Cleanser, Facial Scrub, Toner, and Make Up remover. The body care line is composed of Shower Cream, Hand and Body Lotion, Body Scrub, Feminine Wash, and Deodorant. For hair care the brand offers Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hair Serum. Follow Good Virtues Philippines, on FB, GoodVirtuesco_ph – IG, goodvirtuesco_ph. Good Virtues products are available online thru lazada.com or shopee.com or www.beautymnl.com



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Legend Walker

now rolling in Manila every luggage, travelers are sure that all belongings are safe and secure. Another product that puts Legend Walker at a high standard is its Travel Meter. A winner of the Red Dot Award, the self-weighing suitcase is a convenience for heavy packers. Make your adventures more memorable with Legend Walker. Make a “legend of travel” together. Legend Walker is available at select stores in Metro Manila. For more information, please contact 0920 959 5548.

Legend Walker has arrived in Manila and is now ready to take travelers on an epic adventure. Legend Walker’s Blade series is the company’s flagship set. Its bold style and sturdy framework is a win for every Filipino traveler. The Blade Series has a front opening pocket which gives the convenience of pulling out your stuff instead of opening the entire baggage. Its aluminium frame type provides durability that can take an impact resistance of about three layers of luggage and is 100% polycarbonate. The series’ high-quality, multifunctional interior is a steal for any traveler looking for a bag with wheels. And speaking of comfort, every Legend Walker has four spinning casters made from Hinimoto. These wheels are grease-packed and can achieve a smooth and silent mobility. With a TSA-approved lock for

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The all-time Pinoy favorite Leche Flan: Masarap, Malasa, lalo na with Vinamilk Condensada.


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“Bag It or Drop It” Game Winners

Four (4) winners brought home a combined total of more than P700,000 worth of appliances during the “Bag It or Drop It” game event at Robinsons Place Antipolo. The four winners —from Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao— bagged various appliance showcases. The game was the culmination of the “Bag It or Drop It” raffle promo organized by Robinsons Appliances for its loyal Robinsons Rewards Card members. The happy winners were Loida Lanzaga, ( entertainment showcase worth P110,000), Ria Palafox (appliance show62

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announced that Robinsons Appliances will be having the second set of its “Race to a Minute” raffle promo this November. The “Bag-it or Drop-it” game was held in partnership with Robinsons Appliances’ trusted partner brands. At present, Robinsons Appliances operates close to 100 branches in key locations nationwide. For more details about Robinsons Appliances and its array of home appliances and other products, visit www.robinsonsappliances.com.ph or follow them on their official Facebook page www.facebook.com/ robinsonsappliances.ph




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