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SkinStation Opens in SM City CDO

SkinStation opened its newest branch in SM City Cagayan de Oro on June 27, 2015. They presently have 23 branches all over the Philippines and will open more soon as they aim to address the growing skin care needs of urban sophisticates all over the country. Whether you are considering laser treatments or any of their signature facials, its goal is to provide customers with personalized treatments to reveal your best skin.

Skinstation SM City CDO

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SkinStation is a skin care company that utilizes science to give you the best value in skin and body solutions. They are proudly the Number 1 clinic in painless Diode Laser, the Gold Standard in hair removal service, backed by over 30 Diode lasers in our 23 branches nationwide, with over 25,000 diode patients treated. The latest in cutting-edge technology are available at SkinStation and our discerning clientele get to enjoy the latest in skin care innovations through our treatment procedures, from slimming to anti-aging, whitening and firming, to our highly popular diode laser hair removal treatment, all at affordable prices and with guaranteed results.

Formerly known as Godiva Skin Station, the popular clinic chain has undergone rebranding to SkinStation under a new corporate ownership, My Sanctuary Wellness Center, Inc. Following the sale of their Godiva skin care business in 2010, founders Fred and Carleen Reyes have formed My Sanctuary Wellness Center, Inc. to run and manage the new and upgraded SkinStation.

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Aside from state-of-the art equipment, SkinStation offers DERMAX Professional, their exclusive skin care product line. DERMAX Professional is formulated by SkinStation founder and CEO Fred Reyes, an award-wining chemist and recipient of the 2008 Achievement Award conferred by the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies, and 2011 Outstanding Professional Award in Chemistry from the Professional Regulations Commission.

“As a professional line, DERMAX uses only the best, the latest and the safest ingredients at clinical strength, definitely at par with the world’s best skin care products. Before, we had cost limitations to contend with when formulating mass-market products. Now, with DERMAX, we have no such cost constraints as our only aim is to delight our customers,” declares Fred Reyes.

Overall design of SkinStation branches is tasteful and minimalist to promote relaxation, soothe the senses and calm the mind. It has individual treatment rooms for utmost privacy, which their discriminating clientele require. Courteous and friendly front desk personnel receive clients at the reception area. Doctors are available for consultation and doctor’s services. Aestheticians are well-trained and have years of experience in providing the best service every client deserves. Checkout their new branch now at the second floor of SM City Cagayan de Oro.

The First Miss CDO Beauty Queen in National Pageant

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It started with the ambitious idea of sending a Miss Cagayan de Oro beauty queen for the first time in a national pageant. Previous groups who handled Miss CDO pageant all wished the same way – but it proved to be more complicated than just sending an official representative because apparently it will take not just money to elevate the idea, but sending the right girl with the right attitude, potential and commitment is another thing.


Miss CDO organizers JCI Senators Gigi Go and Gean Cesar both agree that it should begin with the lady who wants it, not just taking the opportunity because it was presented to her. And so Bea Alvarez- Miss CDO 2014 has that. She asked and worked hard for it. She has to give up a lot of her time with family and friends, to focus in physical training, runway coaching, mentoring and a lot more. She even have to hold off her employment plans just to focus on the Miss Philippines Earth 2015 pageant.


Well, okay- we have the right lady now for the slot. But apparently that was not enough. A dedicated team is needed to give her the right mentoring and the resources needed for the pageant. There came the two women behind the success of Miss CDO- JCI Senators Gigi and Gean- both successful in their own field, took the initiative to carry on the task of sending a representative of Cagayan de Oro to national pageants- even if it means having to finance its related financial requirements. Thanks to the City Tourism Council headed by its Chairperson Mdm Dorothy Jean Pabayo and Kagay-an Festival Chair Eileen San Juan – the plan took off without significant concerns. Bea went on to audition for Binibining Pilipinas and Miss Philippines Earth.




Thereafter, #teamcdo was created whose core members are loyal supporters of Miss CDO- Dennis Almazan (runway coach), Albert Rivera and Mark Christopher Yaranon (Oro Fashion Designers Guild), Juniel Doring (Designers Assembly), Emmanuel Mulawan (artist and costume designer), Sheldon Frias (hair and make-up), Phillip Vallespin (photography) and the Mags team (casual wear). Just recently, Bea won 2nd place in pre-pageant major event of Evening Gown Competition, while Mulawan designed the enchanting eco-gown, Doring is responsible for the Cultural wear which will be featured during the Coronation night along with his white gown for the opening production number. Rivera designed Bea’s official Coronation Night gown.

JCI Senator Gigi admits, it was not an easy breeze considering that going to national pageants entails a lot of preparation through training, mentoring and focus by the candidate. In doing so, the support team should be equally committed to provide all the necessary logistics support the candidates need. Go continues, “ going to national pageants is not for everybody who aspires. She has to have the heart and mind to focus on it because bringing the name of your city is a delicate task”. JCI Senator Gean on the other hand, who provides 24hr mentoring said “ it can be very stressful at times for both the candidate and the team coz theres a level of expectation that you want to achieve. Our participation is not a walk in the park- it’s a responsibility that we take seriously. Our goal is to bring global awareness to the eco-tourism situation of the city and of course to bring home the crown.”
Bea with her environmental advocacy of organizing earth warriors in universities and young professionals with its hashtag #whosaidyoucant, is looking forward with so much excitement and anticipation as the Coronation nears. “ I want to inspire others to chase for their dreams in whatever opportunity there is. They should not wait for things to happen, but make sacrifices for these dreams to happen”.


Bea and 40 other candidates from all over the country will vie for the title of Miss Phils Earth on May 31, 2015 at SM Arena. This is will be aired same night by ABS-CBN by 10pm.

Give Your Skin Some Love this Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s day is coming near as we are now in the month of February and no greater gift is there than love. And for the love month, there’s no greater gift than giving your man a more beautiful, more desirable, and more confident version of yourself. Achieve this through innovative, science-based, and technology-focused skin care products and procedures from DERMAX Laser Center.

DERMAX Laser Center provides science-based skin care product line, the DERMAX Professional. DERMAX Professional products are formulated by award-winning chemist, DERMAX Laser Center Founder, Chairman and CEO Mr. Fred Reyes. He is the recipient of the 2008 Achievement Award conferred by the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies, and the 2011 Outstanding Professional Award in Chemistry from the Professional Regulations Commission.

They offer clinical-strength products such as So Gentle Gel Cleanser for your sensitive skin that is Sulfate-Free, Paraben-Free, and Fragrance-Free; NanoWhite Night Essence that helps even out discolorations on the face and neck; and Pink n’ Pout that creates youthful, smoother, fuller lips with lasting results though a combination of two multi-awarded and patent-pending innovations that add volume and improve the contour of the lips.

To know more about their offers, visit their branch at the Level 3, Centrio Mall, C.M. Recto Avenue, Cagayan de Oro City or contact them via email at [email protected]

DERMAX Laser Center Opens Its First Branch In Mindanao Here in CDO

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DERMAX Laser Center held a press conference today (January 8, 2015) at MESA Restaurant in Centrio Mall to launch its very first top-of-the-line clinic concept store in Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City. Local media editors, reporters, FM radio DJs, as well as lifestyle bloggers and members of the Cagayan De Oro Bloggers Network attended the press conference.

After the presscon we proceeded to the DERMAX Laser Center’s place at the 3rd level of Centrio Mall for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and blessing which was graced by Centrio mall management, among many other VIP attendees. DERMAX Laser Center CDO marks the skin care company’s first ever branch in the country.

Now, CDO locals can get to experience the latest in skin care innovations through DERMAX Laser Center’s technology-focused treatment procedures as well as DERMAX Professional science-based skin care product line. They offer specialized treatment procedures such as anti-aging, skin whitening, tattoo removal, and their highly popular Diode laser hair removal service.

To know more about DERMAX Laser Center and DERMAX Professional products, visit their branch at the Level 3, Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City or contact them via email at [email protected] for more details and appointments. You may also check out their website at

Miss CDO 2014 Swimwear Competition

Check out the Miss Cagayan de Oro candidates in their official swimwear attire held last saturday at the Limketkai Luxe Hotel.

Who will be this year’s Miss Cagayan de Oro Best in Swimwear? Find out on the Coronation Night at Limketkai Atrium, August 23. Live Telecast over Parasat Chan 45 on cable and non cable tv residents. Special Thanks to Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Coco Cabana and Gibi shoes. Photos courtesy of Phillip Vallespin – Miss CDO Official Photography team. Don’t forget to use the official hashtag #HigalaayCDO on your social media updates of the festival events.













Ms. CDO Beauties on a Tribute Rafting Adventure


Even before the tragic white water rafting incident that took place a couple of weeks back, the annual candidates’ river rafting adventure was already planned way ahead as their adventure appreciation tour. But it took the organizers- JCI Bai Lawanen, various consultations with the local officials and city tourism council head Dotty Pabayo- who are in unison to say that the event should not be cancelled but preparations should be thought really well.

Ms. CDO Chair Gean T. Cesar and Vice Chair Gigi Go, took the initiative to call the parents of each candidate to ask for their go signal-surprisingly all said yes as long as safety precautions are in place and strengthened.


City Mayor Oscar Moreno on the other hand said, although the candidates have parental consent- he wants to make sure that the rafting outfitters will provide substantial number of river guides to go with the group. Great White Water Rafting and Kagay Journey talked about the safer route that the candidates will take and assured that additional river guides will come along.

Photographers Kim Zaldivar and Phillip Vallespin with videographer Robert Gunayan from Parasat Cable TV joined the candidates to capture the thrill and excitement the candidates experienced- braving the sudden rain, strong current and their fears last saturday, June 28, 2014.


Promote CDO President Ralph Paguio expressed that this river rafting event done by candidates- proves that rafting is still the most exciting adventure event in the City but emphasizing on the importance of the community’s vigilance in calling for stricter safety measures.

The event was also held in loving memory of Aizza Mae Calipusan Balbin- whose adventurous spirit lives on in the hearts of Kagay-anons.

Photos credits by: Kim Zaldivar

Ms. CDO 2014 Candidates All Set to Meet the Press and Public


Kagay-an Festival 2014 is approaching and one of the core event of the festival is the Miss Cagayan de Oro Pageant. This coming Sunday, the 12 official candidates of Miss Cagayan de Oro 2014 will finally be presented to the Public and Local media and bloggers as part of the City Government’s celebration of the Charter Day, 4pm at Limketkai Rotunda.

This batch of candidates are considered to be a battle of title holders: two are previous winners of Miss Kauswagan, a reigning Miss Lapasan, last year’s Miss PRISAA, another one who represented the City to the 2014 Miss Bikini Philippines in Manila and one candidate- a recent winner of a local beauty contest of a hair product. Others are also beauty title holders outside Cagayan de Oro.

The organizers, JCI Bai Lawanen headed by JCI Sen. Gean Tulang-Cesar and JCI Sen. Gigi Go has adequately prepared the candidates to face the local media as the Darling of the Press candidate will be chosen on Sunday. They have been through a series of seminars on News and Current events, speech and grammar including Personality development and runway coaching.

There will be a mini fashion show featuring the collections from island Souvenir, Natasha, Ororama and MAGS. The event will also launch the Miss Flawlessly U campaign which will be done for the first time this year. This will be hosted by Ms. Grey Mendoza, Miss CDO 2012 and special participation by the Next Moves Dance Company. See you all there!

Parfois in Centrio Mall


Parfois boutique (pronounce as Parfua) is now open in Ayala Centrio Mall located on the Ground floor just beside the west side entrance of the mall.

The shop specialize in ladies accessories like trendy bags, watches, shades, trinkets and more that is very fashionable and really look expensive but checkout there prices and you will be surprise that its quite affordable. There products are mostly sourced out from Europe, India and other parts of the world that’s why there designs are quite unique in designs.


Fashionable ladies out there and gentleman’s who are looking for gift, don’t forget to drop-by this shop and you will not regret it.

Shop for a Cause at Spruce


The Tamparong sisters, the trio behind the fashion brand Spruce, were quite shaken when their mom, Maridel, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. Maridel was a healthy, energetic woman who ate right and exercised regularly – it didn’t make sense that she had cancer. The family quickly realized how randomly and mysteriously this disease picks out its victims.


To give back and Fight Against Cancer

They had time on their side, however. The cancer was detected in the early stages, and treatment was prompt and successful. Maridel Tamparong has been cancer free for three years now. The ordeal has created within the Tamparong women an overflowing sense of gratitude for life, family, and the advances in medical science, which compels them to give back and do their part in the fight against cancer.


The story behind every footwear

This is how Spruce came to be a passionate advocate for cancer awareness and this is how Spruce’s PINKed Collection came to be.

A percentage of the proceeds of each pair purchased will help fund THRIVE, Cagayan de Oro’s breast cancer awareness group, which has made it it’s mission to remind and encourage the city’s womenfolk to be more vigilant about their health and to have their breasts checked regularly.



To know more about THRIVE group visit their facebook page at

Flawless Beauty now in CDO

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Last friday afternoon, December 14, 2012 Flawless Beauty opens its branch here in Cagayan de Oro at the Ayala Centrio Mall with a big bang held at the Centrio Mall’s atrium. The affair includes a mini fashion show showcasing the works of noted fashion designer, Gil Macaibay III; games where winners have received special gift packs containing some of Flawless’ best-selling products; and a pocket concert featuring national rock scene’s latest all girl sensation, General Luna. The event is graced by Flawless’ top management including its Business Manager, Drew Donnovan-Mendoza, and some of the regional hub’s bright luminaries.

Keeping true to its promise of making it easier for Filipinos to have access to world-class yet affordable beauty solutions, the country’s preferred clinic for face, body and aesthetic services, Flawless, is expanding its national footprint and opening a new clinic right in the capital of Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro. The new clinic is located on the third floor of the newly opened Centrio Mall and offers the brand’s full selection of signature services and celebrated beauty products.

“We are very excited to finally bring the Flawless experience here in Cagayan de Oro,” shares Rubby Sy, CEO of Flawless. “For years, we’ve searched for ways to enter this part of the country, and we’re so happy that we are now able to do so.”

Powered by Skin Professionals, at the very heart of Flawless is an acclaimed roster of well-trained aestheticians and medical doctors that are stationed in every clinic to ensure that all procedures—medical or non-medical—are carried out properly and with utmost care. With 35 strategically-located clinics nationwide and 11 years worth of experience, the clinic has built a reputation as the go-to place for people looking for solutions to a wide array of beauty concerns, including celebrities like Mark Herras, Lorna Tolentino, Divine Lee, General Luna and Jasmine Curtis Smith.

“It is not unknown to all that we strive to provide everyone with top-of-the-line products and services that are borne out of extensive medical studies,” adds Sy. “We do this because we like to show—rather than tell—everyone that we really take our business seriously. All the solutions that we provide are at par with those offered by top clinics in the United States, Europe, and Japan.”

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In addition to the new clinic, Flawless is giving everyone more reasons to be merry this December as it celebrates its 11th anniversary with a month-long promo dubbed “mother of all beauty promos”—1 + 1 beauty blowout.

For the entire month of December, Flawless is doubling the value of its patients’ money by giving everyone an additional service package with every purchase of most of the brand’s beauty bundles. In other words, purchasing one five-session package of Nano Power Peel will give you 10 sessions and buying one five-session package of Shape and Sculpt will earn you 10 sessions.

“This is the first time that we’re doing a promo of this scale and we can’t be more excited about it. We started the tradition of National Flawless Day back in 2008 to express our heart-felt gratitude to everyone for our seventh anniversary, and we’ve been doing it annually since, but somehow we feel like we can do more, and that’s when we thought about the concept of National Flawless Month. I guess you can consider this as our grand treat for everyone,” Sy ends.

Join Flawless as they make December the most beautiful month of the year with National Flawless Month. Starting December 1, 2012 to January 1, 2013, every purchase of most of Flawless’ packages gets you a complimentary package of the same kind—free. For more information, visit or like and follow