December 1, 2010

La Manille: The First & Only Esthetics School in the Philippines Opens Its Doors

We see spas sprouting all over Manila.  I've tried a lot of them, and I can honestly say that only a handful have high standards.

This is why I am so excited about La Manille - the country's first and only esthetics school.  The school aims to provide education in this field at par with institutions in Paris and New York, and will open its doors to the public on January 2011.

The basic program consists of half-day classes from Mondays to Saturdays for three months.  The curriculum is nothing to be taken lightly.  Students can expect to learn:
  • Infection Control
  • General Anatomy and Physiology
  • Basics of Chemistry
  • Basics of Electricity
  • Basics of Nurtition
  • Physiology and Histology of the Skin
  • Disorders and Diseases of the Skin
  • Skin Analysis and Skin Care Products
  • Hands-on classes which include Basic Facial,Body Treatments, Facial Massage, Use of Facial Machines, Waxing and Basic Makeup

It doesn't end there, though.  The school provides guidance on business skills to those who want to venture into or already are in the beauty and wellness industry.  They are also planning to offer an International Licensure Program in the future, which allows La Manille's students to work in over 30 countries worldwide.

During the launch, we were shown the textbook that was going to be used (Milady's) and I softly squealed with delight because I recognized it as one of the books used in the top esthetic schools in the US.  I would enroll just to get my hands on that book!

Left to Right: Sylvia Cancio, Seven Brown and Lanie Aquino

La Manille is the brainchild of three lovely and charming ladies - Sylvia Cancio, the owner and founder of La Manille; Seven Brown, a renowned esthetics educator in New York, will serve as the school's Lead Educator; and Lanie Aquino, former top model and salon owner, will be the school's Directress.

Confession time: I was closely looking at the skin of the folks behind La Manille.  Let me tell you, the pictures above do not do them justice.  I was in awe on how beautiful their skin looked... I want to have skin that great when I'm their age.

Seven Brown explains to the media the Microcurrent Procedure

If you don't have time to take classes at La Manille, you can still benefit from their services as they will be operating the SkinWorks Facial & Body Center.  The spa will be providing services such as Skin Peels, Microdermabrasion, European Facials and their specialty, the Microcurrent Procedure.

Microcurrent Therapy is more popularly known as the non-surgical facelift, where a device sends electrical stimuli to the muscles in the face.  The muscles become tighter over a period of time,  enabling younger and more radiant looking skin.  It helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improves puffy eyes and dark circles, promotes better complexion, and evens out skin tone. 

I had the pleasure of experiencing Microcurrent Therapy when they asked for volunteers for a demo (I'm not the one photographed above).  The procedure was painless.  Actually, it felt like my face was just getting massaged and I almost fell asleep.  I immediately felt the tightening effect on my cheeks right after - and that lasted for well over a day.  The demo lasted for only about 10 minutes - I can just imagine how much better it would be had I gotten the full treatment.  According to Ms. Cancio, a treatment usually lasts about an hour and the effects can be seen and felt for up to 3 weeks.

Once the spa opens, I'm definitely dropping by for some Microcurrent love.

One of the things I've always wanted was to get a facial from the world-famous Tracie Martyn... but she's half a world away. And now that La Manille is here, I think I can put that dream away for the time being ;)

La Manille will be opening two schools this year - the first along Pasong Tamo in Makati, (where PSID was located) and the other along Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City.  For more information, please contact Ms. Campos at 0917-835-2102 or Mr. Jamias at 0917-892-2240.

A press visit was provided for editorial consideration.

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