Globe Thanks Customers with Exciting Surprises on 09.17


917 Day is held each year on September 17, and is one of the most special celebrations of Globe. 0917 after all is its first and most iconic mobile prefix.

This year’s celebration gets even bigger since September 2017 only happens once in this millennium! For this whole 917 month, Globe Rewards launches its biggest line-up of partners for all customers to enjoy perks and freebies from some of the best names in dining, shopping, travel, and entertainment.

“We are grateful for all the support of our customers throughout the years. We strive to make our services better, treat our customers right and ultimately deliver a wonderful connected experience. Through a bigger roster of partners, we look forward to give everyone the simple joys just by being a part of the Globe family,” says Albert de Larrazabal, Chief Commercial Officer of Globe.

Foodies are in for a treat with promos from the country’s top restaurants such as Figaro, Italianni’s, Jamba Juice, and Friday’s. They can also shop their hearts out and indulge in retail therapy with discounts from their favorite retail brands such as Topshop, Topman, Burton Menswear, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge, Forever 21, Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Sunnies, and Globe Apparel. Special discounts for beauty and wellness products are also up for grabs at Watsons and Beauty Bar.

Jet setters can book their next destination with much-awaited seat sales from AirAsia for their next adventure, while getting around the city is made even better with exclusive promo codes.

Movie and theatre buffs are also in for a treat with premium deals to enjoy the latest titles and famous theatrical shows. Gamers can also extend their playing time in Quantum– they can get extra tokens or game credits with every purchase.

All of these are in the palm of every Globe customer’s hand. By downloading the Globe Rewards app, customers can be updated on the wonderful surprises that are coming their way. This year’s 917 Day celebration is about to get bigger, and all Globe customers can be part of the fun! For the latest updates on Globe Rewards and other exciting surprises, like Globe on Facebook, or follow @enjoyGlobe on Twitter and Instagram.

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AirAsia’s Red Hot Sale is Back, Fly from as Low as P17!



Up to 5 million promotional seats are up for grabs now at!

Book seats via or the AirAsia mobile app from 11 to 17 September 2017 for travel between 1 March to 21 November 2018 to enjoy fares from as low as P17.00* for flights from/to Manila, Clark, Cebu, Davao, Palawan, Bohol, Kalibo, Caticlan/Boracay, Tacloban and Iloilo.

Also up for grabs from as low as P1,290* are promotional flights to international destinations from the Philippines to Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Incheon/Seoul, Canton/Guangzhou, Shanghai, Macau, Singapore and Hong Kong.

AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said, “Now is the perfect opportunity for our loyal guests and Filipino travellers to connect from many places conveniently as we continuously add new routes and increase frequencies into our network. Exciting red hot deals await those who would like to travel overseas to over 120 destinations across all Asean countries, Asia, Australia and beyond.”

AirAsia is set to fly between Manila and Iloilo starting October 1 while direct flights between Davao and Kuala Lumpur will commence on December 21.

Promotional flights from the AirAsia group’s hub in Kuala Lumpur to Australia, Japan, Maldives and other destinations are also available.

BIG Members get to enjoy priority access and will be able to make bookings on and redeem flights starting from 0 BIG Points, exclusively via the BIG Loyalty mobile app from 10 September 2017 (0001h GMT +8). It’s free to sign up as a BIG Member via or BIG Loyalty mobile app to redeem promo flights during this promotion.

AirAsia Group Chief Commercial Officer Siegtraund Teh said, “AirAsia continues to grow with more flights to even more destinations, making travel easier. We want our valued guests to be able to take full advantage of our unparalleled frequency to new, exciting places, so it is our great pleasure to offer up to five million promo seats in our biggest campaign ever to help them on their way.”

For latest updates on promotions and activities, please follow AirAsia on Twitter ( and Facebook (

* One-way base fare excluding taxes and fees. Terms and conditions apply


About AirAsia Philippines:

AirAsia Philippines is a wholly owned subsidiary of AirAsia Inc. which is a joint venture company among Filipino investors Antonio O. Cojuangco, former Ambassador Alfredo M. Yao, Michael L. Romero, Marianne B. Hontiveros, and Malaysia’s AirAsia Berhad.

AAP operates a fleet of 17 aircraft with domestic and international flights out of hubs in Manila, Cebu and Kalibo.  The airline operates several flights to/from Manila, Davao, Cebu, Kalibo, Caticlan(Boracay), Tacloban, Tagbilaran (Bohol), Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Clark and Iloilo in the Philippines with international flights to/from Shanghai, Taipei, Incheon (Seoul), Hong Kong, Macau, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, and Singapore.

AAP is part of the AirAsia Group that has been awarded the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for nine consecutive years running by Skytrax since 2009 to 2017.

About the AirAsia Group

AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, services the most extensive network with over 120 destinations. Within 15 years of operations, AirAsia has carried over 350 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 170. The airline is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, India and Japan, servicing a network stretching across all Asean countries and beyond. AirAsia was named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline in the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax for nine consecutive years from 2009 – 2017. AirAsia is the first airline globally to collaborate with INTERPOL to implement the I-Checkit system to screen the passports of all its prospective passengers against information contained in the world police body’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database.


* Source: Press Release 

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Win Free Tickets for Iloilo-Manila From AirAsia



Starting October 1, 2017, AirAsia Philippines is adding another domestic route, the Iloilo-Manila route, making AirAsia the latest airline serving the city and its neighboring  provinces. In less than a month, Ilonggos can now fly to Manila with 3x flights daily!

In partnership with Air Asia Philippines, I’m happy to announce that you too can win free roundtrip tickets for Iloilo-Manila and be one of the first to fly with AirAsia from Iloilo! Tickets are transferrable, therefore you can join on behalf of your family and friends!


Win one (1) Iloilo-Manila-Iloilo ticket from Airasia! Here’s how:

1. Like the following on Facebook:

2. Like and leave a comment on this post answering the question What do you want to see or do in Manila?” End with the hashtags #AirAsiainIloilo & #AirAsiaxValCaulin

3. Contest ends on Sept. 28, 2017 and the lucky winner will be announced on Oct. 1, 2017.

*Tickets are transferrable

*Ticket valid for the next 6 months.
Join now to win and fly with AirAsia!


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AirAsia Wins ASEAN Business Award for Tourism

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Asean Business Advisory Council chairman Joey Concepcion, Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes, Philippine Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez


AirAsia has won this year’s Asean Business Award for Priority Integration Sector – Tourism.

The award recognises outstanding performance in the Asean priority integration sector of tourism.

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes accepted the award on behalf of the company at the Asean Business Awards (ABA) 2017 ceremony held in Solaire Resort and Casino here last night.

The award was presented by Asean Business Advisory Council (BAC) Chairman Joey Concepcion, witnessed by Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Philippine Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez.

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “Asean integration is about people as much as it is about policies. It’s not just about having a community on paper. It’s about experiencing first-hand how others live, it’s about creating new jobs in travel and tourism, it’s about forming new supply chains by connecting places that have never been connected. Air travel does this and more – AirAsia carried 13.4 million people within Asean last year – and we are proud to do our part to bring the region closer together.”

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AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes with AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador at the Asean Business Awards 2017 where AirAsia won this year’s award for Priority Integration Sector – Tourism

The ABA was created by the Asean BAC in 2007 to recognise outstanding Asean enterprises, serve as a platform to spread information on the Asean Economic Community, and spotlight SMEs that have the potential of becoming global economic players in their respective industries.

In addition to tourism, Priority Integration Sector awards were given for achievements in 11 other sectors – fisheries, electronics, e-Asean/ICT, textiles, logistics, wood-based, rubber, agri-foods, healthcare, automotive and retail.

Also up for grabs were awards for SME excellence, women entrepreneurs, young entrepreneurs and inclusive businesses, as well as the Friend of Asean Award and the Legacy Award.

Keep updated with AirAsia’s latest promotion and activities via twitter (@AirAsiaFilipino), Facebook ( and on Instagram (@AirAsiaFilipino).

Source: Press Release 

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Samsung’s Soundbar Festival Nationwide Promo

 Last chance to raise the bar of home entertainment with Soundbar Festival Nationwide Promo



Imagine going home where your family is all set for another binge-watching night. You have agreed what food to order. The playlist is ready. Your pillows are waiting to be cuddled during those heart-stopping scenes. While this seems exciting, you should know by now that a sub-standard entertainment system simply will not do.

Get the ultimate home entertainment package by taking home your very own Samsung Soundbar through their Nationwide Promo until September 17. You have a few days left to complement what you see on screen with outstanding audio quality while saving big time.  Samsung is offering discounts of as much as 40% on its premium-grade soundbars to bring cinema perfection closer to your home.

On top of the huge markdowns, Samsung’s Soundbar with Dolby ATMOS (HW-K950) comes with free items such as the Wireless Audio 360 speaker and a Blu-Ray player. Meanwhile, get free wireless rear speakers when you purchase select soundbar models HW-MS751, HW-MS650, HW-M4501, and HW-M550.

Being number 1 in global sales year on year, Samsung Soundbars promise to raise the bar of your home entertainment as you watch your favorite films, stream music, or play a video game. Its multiple built-in speakers, each with dedicated amplifiers, are crafted to make stunningly realistic multi-dimensional audio achieving theatre quality in the comfort of your own home. It also delivers the right level of bass so that whatever you hear through the soundbar is exactly how the artists and filmmakers intended it to be. Lastly, with the consumers in mind, the Samsung soundbars champion wireless connectivity to freely connect your TV and smartphone conveniently via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Grab your chance to experience sound like never before! Get to know more on how to raise the bar of your home entertainment system by checking out the lineup of high-quality Samsung soundbars when you visit the Samsung Facebook page or


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Globe joins DENR’s “Bike. Plant.Hike 2017 Reforestation Initiative


Tree Planting at Mt. Arayat
Tree Planting at Mt. Arayat


Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom has joined the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in showcasing the beauty of Philippine forests and in encouraging the public to be part of responsible tourism and proactive reforestation.

Globe employees took part in DENR’s Bike.Hike.Plant 2017 tree-planting initiative organized by the Forest Management Bureau to celebrate Arbor Day and the 154th anniversary of the Philippine Forestry Service.  The event was conducted to inspire various stakeholders to take care of the forests as well as widen the network of forestry champions to include bikers and hikers.

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Globe bikers prepares for the bike, hike, and tree planting event.

The volunteers participated in a 30-km bike and trek activity that runs from the DENR Region 3 Office in Government Center, Maimpis, San Fernando City, Pampanga up to Mt. Arayat National Park. Over 1,000 participants biked around the city and hiked up to the chosen area to plant seedlings of various indigenous and agroforestry tree species.

At the same time, Globe provided Libreng Charging stations during the event to serve everyone who joined the celebration.

“Environmental sustainability is one of the immediate responsibilities of Globe especially in the face of global warming.  Thus, aside from reducing and managing the impact of the company’s business operations on the planet, Globe also invests on environmental protection and partners with various organizations, particularly on reforestation programs to reduce our ecological footprint and mitigate the drastic effects of climate change,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe SVP for Corporate Communications.

Earlier, Globe volunteers also supported DENR’s Earth Month activities such as the coastal clean up in Las Pinas Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA), the mangrove tree planting activity in Calatagan, Batangas, and watershed ecosystem awareness in Norzagaray, Bulacan.

In 2016, Globe has invested P2.371 million on total environmental protection such as reforestation programs, solid waste manage, and hazardous waste disposal and treatment.  It has also donated P1.4 million as initial grant for 13,500 seedlings to non-profit organization Hineleban Foundation which advocates environmental conservation and livelihood development.

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The Mansion: Going Beyond Hotel Rebranding



When I was in college, it was hard not to look back at Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center as you pass by. After all, a decade and more years ago, this hotel was then an imposing structure in Iloilo City. Grand and big where “it” crowd parties ( then called, ” disco” or “clubbing”), and its restaurants, where couples to enjoy romantic dates, were named as one of the best in the country. The hotel was then the only choice for those who want to stay in a luxury hotel in Iloilo and where  companies used to hold their conventions and events.

Along the way topped with new competitions, the hotel may have lost a little of its grandiose reputation. Still, it is undeniable that the name still rings a bell and people choose to remember its upscale appeal.


The Mansion redefines customer value

Bringing not just back its old glory but setting the bar higher, Brightside Properties and Resorts, Inc acquired the property in early 2017 promising massive developments for the next 3-5 years. The family behind Brightside Properties and Resorts has been in the steel industry for half a century and The Mansion is their first ever venture in the hospitality industry.

Our hotel will redefine customer value, where comfort is premium and everybody is relaxed and at ease; where engaging service is synonymous to an all-around pleasant and singular experience,” said Mr. Noel Sinclaire P. Sy, Chief Operating Officer of Brightside Properties and Resorts, Inc.

The Mansion was formally launched last August 17 in the newly refurbished Kalantio Hall. The new name was a thrill and I personally like the name, The Mansion. After all, the city of love is home to old mansions and heritage homes. Purple and gold colors dominate that night symbolizing how the new management wants their guests to be treated –  with luxury and royalty.



More than a change of name

I have seen the major facelifting operations the night before the launch when I attended a school event in one of their function halls. More than the renovations, it was easy to spot the changes one of them was the food served during our parents’ assembly, the good impression continued during the launch with yes, great food all 300 guests devoured that night.

A quick media tour around the property where renovations and refurbishing operations are continually taking place. The lobby was given a minimalist modern look.


As a convention center, The Mansion has seven function halls and three boardrooms. See the Chinese-Filipino interiors of the renovated boardroom.


During the press conference following the brand launch, Noel Sy shares the impeccable team behind The Mansion coming from luxury hotels and top names in the industry.  What can we expect from The Mansion? Sy states that it will be ” a 3-star hotel with 5-star service“.

From the initial changes of the structure and food and seeing the team behind The Mansion, I am looking forward to what lies ahead. I’m looking forward enjoying their pool over great food and continuously patronizing Freddy’s now Freddy’s Bar + Kitchen.

Most of all, I’m looking forward spending a staycation in one of their renovated rooms, blogging about it as well as recommending The Mansion as hotel of choice for my family, friends, and you, dear readers.

For more information on this new hotel in Iloilo

The Mansion 

101 General Luna St., Iloilo City, Philippines

+63 33 335 1021 & 27

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Hey Sugar! Confession of a Waxing Virgin



No, I’m not talking about Brazilian wax. Not yet. I’m talking about the usual waxing procedures like underarm and legs.

Hair used to be a big part of human body. Body hair was our natural coat for cold weather, thick eyebrows against dust and sweat. But with modernity, we practically don’t need our human hair that much. More than cosmetics, getting rid of our excess hair has become part of grooming.

I’ve tried waxing once using a OTC product marketed for home use but it was a total disaster that I succumbed to the big innovation of the 1700s-1800s – the razor. Tweezing doesn’t work for me and I think it is not advisable as it causes ingrown hair. Besides, I certainly don’t have time to pluck! So I was enslave by Mr. Razor from my eyebrows to my legs for decades…not until Hey Sugar! came.


I’ll never shave again

Hey Sugar! Waxing Salon is named after sugar-based products they used especially for their wax. One of the reasons why most people don’t wax especially in the Philippines is we get intimidated by the thought of waxing. And then the usual question, “ Does it hurt?“.

No it doesn’t. Especially for kikay girls who have been martyrs for the so-called ” tiis ganda“, waxing and even eyebrow threading is painless. The decor of Hey Sugar Waxing Salon strips away any notion that waxing salons are house of horrors. Pretty right?

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Our friends from Hey Sugar Waxing Salon invited me along with my fellow Iloilo bloggers to get waxed. The dainty interiors I think helps in settling the nervous nerves of waxing virgins that you’ll be looking forward to your service.

The salon has private rooms where I had all of my services – underarms, legs, eyebrow threading, and  eyelash perming. Yeah, I totally indulged! This is no torture room. I haven’t heard anyone screaming from the other rooms either.




These chairs are for eyebrow threading, facial hair waxing, etc.



Eyebrow Threading

One of the most popular services offered by Hey Sugar!, all girls should have a regular appointment for eyebrow threading. I know the new trend of microblading, I would love to have that but it is really costly.

I have mastered forming my eyebrow and maintenance like eyebrow threading accentuates the shape.



Painless and the shape was different. I shape my brows with a small eyebrow razor and even trim it with small scissors but the shape that threading gave was different. I took this photo after my threading with my eyelash perming – which is a another service to try!


Hey Sugar eyelash perming means I don’t need an eyelash curler. One application of my trusted mascara and viola! Thick, ready-to-party lashes. I will write a Hey Sugar Eyelash perming review next time.

Going back to eyebrow threading, I love how my brows looked that I went out without using my eyebrow pencil. Natural kilay is “lifer”! Unpainted eyebrows, made me feel that I looked younger. 😀

If you really want to focus on your brows, check your nearest Happy Brows.

Stripping it off

Those unwanted hair – underarm and even the legs. Do girls still pluck their kilikili hair? I’m cringing right now. Sorry. It is not advisable, ladies and what a waste of time!I know the benefits of waxing over shaving and with Hey Sugar.

I know I will be in good hands. NSFW alert!



Before your appointment, let it grow. I know, it is yucky with bushy armpits, but it will be less painful ( for those with low pian tolerance) and easier for the staff to strip off.  The girls were meticulous, after waxing, they thread the hair that was left. I love watching my kilikili after!

Now for the legs. I’m not into shaving my legs because, luckily, my strands are not thick. But I tried it at Hey Sugar! for smoother legs.

Try the hot wax. It is not hot but lukewarm. The cold wax they say is for those with tiny hair but I think cold wax takes longer. Again, not painful. The white substance is baby powder. They apply it to see the hair. Again, they thread any unstripped hair.




It was day of pampering. Waxing at Hey Sugar and had my nails and foot spa at Nailaholics that same afternoon. Oh, I was such a happy mama!

It was weeks ago since I had my waxing and I did see thinner hair growing back. I felt less of a monkey. hehe.I’ll be back on my next waxing appointment this week and I can’t wait to be hair-free again.

Head to your nearest Hey Sugar! Waxing Salon now. For those in Iloilo, visit them at theLower Ground Floor of SM City Iloilo ( new wing), beside Nailaholics. Ms. Rachelle and her team will take care of you.



Get a complete list of Hey Sugar waxing salon menu by visit their site and social media.

Hair Sugar Waxing Salon

Hey Sugar! Facebook page



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Manila Symphony Orchestra Set to Perform in Iloilo



Music like it has never been played before will soon be heard in Iloilo with the coming of the Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO).
This 55-piece world-class ensemble conducted by Prof. Arturo Molina,  is set for  two performances with a diverse repertoire in its premiere with the Iloilo crowd.
Slated on August 25, 2017, the orchestra will present “Sweet Symphonies: Bach vs. Beatles” at Molo Church while the concert dubbed as “Soundtracks and Symphonies” is scheduled on August 26, 2017 at the Iloilo Convention Center.  Ilonggos will have an inspiring experience of orchestral music that features soundtracks from American and Filipino hit movies.
“Iloilo was once the center of culture and the arts in the Philippines. We have started promoting our visual arts and now, we will focus on the performing arts,” according to Sen. Franklin Drilon, an Ilonggo senator who is a major catalyst in the on-going rapid developments in the city and province.
This musical treat of international standards aims to spark the interest of the local talent pool and a move towards a grander vision for Iloilo and the Ilonggos. It collaborates with the advocacy of the MSO as a vital contributor to the appreciation and enjoyment of music by people from all walks of life.
MSO was established in 1926 by Viennese conductor Alexander Lippay. It is one of the oldest orchestras in Asia and continues to enrich the Filipino’s vibrant cultural life through fine music.
Inquiries about the concerts may be directed to ILED office (33) 335-0333 and 337-8341.
Source: Press Release
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Me Time at nail.a.holics



Do you know why moms flock every salon in town? More than beauty, salons provide us with temporary respite from the hustle and bustle of motherhood. From hair to nails, these salons are sanctuaries and retreat spaces for us.

A nice manicure and pedicure is a lovely treat and we are lucky that these services are affordable in the Philippines. However, these services are not regulated especially when it comes to hygiene. I had my own experience of enduring an excruciating ingrown in my big toe from a bad service and heard horror stories of clients getting fungal infections from dirty tools.

Thus, you have to choose more than a nail expert but a trusted name in the industry. Find a nail salon with a name they themselves take pride and cherish to stay on top of the industry hereby providing nothing but the best from hygiene to over-all experience.

When it comes to nails, nail.a.holics is the name to trust.


With almost 10 years of experience under their belt, nail.a.holics is no doubt the country’s go-to-urban nail and spa destination. Finally, the nail expert has arrived in Iloilo with their spacious and Hamptons-themed nail salon at the Lower Ground Level of  SM City Iloilo.

The trademark interior of nail.a.holics


You will love the space. Even if you are beside someone else, you don’t feel someone is trespassing your personal space. If you are with your bff, mom or spouse, this is your best spot.


With freelance writing, kids, and a spouse who often goes on out-of-town business trips, pampering sessions are things I can’t say no. Because, hey I deserve it!

” Your hands and feet never take a day off so take care of them” – Tammy Taylor 


nail.a.holics offers more than manicure, pedicure, and foot spa. This is the advantage of going to a nail salon rather than the generic beauty salon as they specialize in nails. When you visit your nearest nail.a.holics branch or check out their website, you will be impressed with the different options when it comes to services and packages that will suit your specific needs.

I picked Lush Lagoon, a package of manicure, pedicure, and foot spa with foot massage.  A big advantage of going to nail.a.holics is their staff – well-trained and professionals. My nail technicians were Anjil and Rechel.


It has been eons since I had a foot spa, you can just imagine the callus I had. The hand massage was soothing for me who types all day. At this nail salon, they use a Korean brand nail polish and for a small additional fee, you can have OPI nail lacquer.


Always look for the steriliser in every nail salon you go to. I like how nail.a.holics show you that they are sterilizing the exact tools they will use for your service.


I chose OPI for my nail polish. Next time, I will try their gel manicure and write a separate review. And maybe not very soon, I will try nail art – I never tried this nail trend.


My package took an hour and a half and it was soothing. Even if they didn’t turn off the lights, the seats were soft and I truly had a quick nap and relaxed my busy mind. I took this photo while I had my leg waxed at Hey Sugar.


As a one-stop shop for anything about nails, you can purchase and use other products like Zoya, famous for being a formaldehyde-free polish.


Other products you can buy at nail.a.holics are these product line of Argan Oil.


Thank you nail.a.holics for the pampering time and for the beautiful nails. It is hard to find a nail salon you can trust and I’m glad you are here in Iloilo.

Visit any of the more than 50 branches all over the country. For the latest news and promos, follow them on Facebook and Instagram! Visit their site for the the complete list of services and prices.

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