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First PACCD CPD Activity – A Journal Review on Rosacea

On August 15 ,2017 – 80 PACCD members and non members attended a  symposium involving a critical analysis of the journal: “Rosacea is Associated with Chronic Systemic Diseases in a Skin Severity-Dependent Manner: Results of a Case-Control Study”.  The venue was at the OSHC (Occupational Safety and Health Center) located in North Ave. corner Agham Road, Quezon City. This project yielded for the audience a more thorough understanding of the etiology and pathophysiology of the disease Rosacea; as well as introduction to the latest in management approach, especially with the use of vasoconstrictors like brimonidine. The event was ably supported by Dr. Sonia Baluyot, Dr. Angelina Aquende, Dr. Rosario Divina Perez, Dr. Ma. Victoria Lantin, and Dr. Vinson B. Pineda.

– Ramon Briones, M.D.


CPD Seminar

55 PACCD members were present at a seminar held in Max’s Restaurant on Roces Ave. last Thursday Aug. 10, 2017.  The topic was on that prickly subject of earning CPD points.  The speaker is Eleanor B. Almoro, M.D.,FPOGS, a member of the Professional Regulatory Board of Medicine, PRC. Dr. Sonia Baluyot was the emcee; Dr. Marivic Lantin delivered the opening remarks; Dr. Almond Derla introduced the speaker; and Dr. Vinson B. Pineda gave the closing address. The event was lively, and proceeded with none of the drama  first witnessed during the PMA Convention’s presentation of the same subject.

- Ramon Briones, M.D.


Le Mieux Product Presentation

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2017 saw another PACCD activity held at the Alex III Restaurant at Tomas Morato. Although the weather was  rough,  the 24 attendees were rewarded to a festive brunch, as well as a welcome introduction to a rather luxurious U.S.- manufactured skincare line.   Dermaceauticals, Inc. regaled our members with a discourse on the “serum authority” Le Mieux ( French for: The Best). Dr. Sonia Baluyot played M. C. to their speaker,Mr. Rex Macatangay, RMT, MBA, the business development manager of this sponsoring company.

Le Mieux was the pioneering cosmeceautical line to use epidermal growth factor in their products. They take pride in the superior quality of their merchandise, which uses encapsulated time-release  technology which ensures accurate delivery of stable bioactive ingredients to  targeted cells.  As of that date, only four products are legally available in the Philippine market:  Phyto Nutrient cleansing gel, Essence toner, Vitamin C Serum, Eye Wrinkle Corrector and Biocell Rejuvenating Cream. The latter was not a constraint since the event closed with almost all of those in attendance making a happy purchase.


6th Scientific Symposium 2017

July 6, 2017, Thursday saw 55 PACCD members attend a symposium entitled “Zinc in Skin Repair at a Cellular Level.”  This event was sponsored by Mega Lifesciences PTY, L.T.D., distributor of Skizin , and held in Cocoon Boutique Hotel at Scout Tobias St., Quezon City.

Dr. Pramod Ramchandra Mane, the Company’s Medical Director, gave an exhaustive lecture on the physiologic features and Medical importance of Zinc.  The latter mineral, due to its being a component of 300 different enzymes – is required in successful wound healing, post-surgical recovery, as well as convalescence from certain parasitic diseases.

Skizin is unique in the market because its’ zinc is methionine-bound, thus increasing its bioavailability; and has incorporated Vitamin C and E, plus natural mixed carotenoids and chromium –further amplifying its anti-oxidant and immune-enhancing capacity.

Although the supplement had innumerable indications (i.e. atopic dermatitis); our members were interested in its dosing for Acne Vulgaris.  The dose is 1 cap three times a day for 12 weeks, with improvement seen in the second week  –then, eventually, 1-2 times a day as maintenance.  It is adviseable to give this capsule after meals, because it may cause gastric upset. Tetracyclines and Quinolones are contraindicated.

The other Dramatis Personae for this occasion were Drs. Becca Sanchez, who gave the invocation; Ma. Victoria Lantin, who gave the opening remarks; Sonia Baluyot, who served as the emcee; Angelina Aquende and Cheet Perez, who presented the plaques of appreciation.  Also acknowledged were Mr. Hrishikesh Pradhan, Mega Lifesciences Managing Director; and Mr. Christopher Nevarosa, Regional Sales Manager.

And of course, the real star of the day: Dr. Vinson B. Pineda, who turned 81 years young.  To whom, we greeted with flowers; a delicious caramel cake — and toasted with an Australian Merlot! Happy Birthday, Sir!

– Ramon Briones, M.D.

Mini Workshop and Forum on AGAS

May 25,2017, Thursday, from 9-12nn saw GurLavi Corp. organizing a Mini Workshop and Forum of experiences in using AGAS whitening concept. An almost jampacked function room at Max’s Rest. in Quezon Ave., Quezon City saw the attendance of 56 PACCD members. Main highlights of the forum with Dr. Sonia Baluyot as speaker centered on the Melanocyte and how it can somehow be “reset” to decrease Melanin secretion thereby resulting in a fairer and lighter skin tone especially in patients with Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation and Melasma. A “hands on” demo on the application of AGAS starting from: 1. cleanser; 2. whitening activator; 3. whitening gel exfoliator; 4. whitening boosting mask; 5. whitening nourishing cream showed how luxurious and relaxing the procedure is. The 2 main ingredients: Dunaliella Seaweed and Gigawhite promises skin whitening, rejuvenation and improvement of skin clarity and texture in as short as 1-2 months time.



4th Scientific Symposium

 beautiful, sunny Thursday, June 1, 2017, saw 34 PACCD members converging at Torre Venizia Suites at Timog Ave. Quezon City for the Pink Intimate System Symposium organized by GurLavi Corp. with Dr. Ma. Victoria Lantin as speaker. Our dear president Dr. Vinson Pineda was also in attendance.  The system boasts of being the best non-invasive solution to regaining youthfulness and firmness with the added advantage of whitening and lightening of the private parts. It was noted that with ageing, vaginal changes lead to atrophy and hyperpigmentation. Decreasing levels of Estrogen leads to thinning of the lining of the vagina—> decreased glycogen release—> decreased acidity—> increased incidence of bacterial infection and consequently irritation and inflammation. The very small number of subjects included in the study (40+), including reliance on the subject’s subjective notion of improvement/lightening leaves a lot of room for more objective, more scientific data to show effectivenes of the product. However, the product does have promise and potential in treating the sensitive/intimate areas. Marketing and promoting the use of this product remains challenging.



14th Annual PACCD Dermatology Conference

Title: 14th Annual PACCD Dermatology Conference
Theme: Global Concept of Beauty in Dermatology
Date: October 5-7, 2017
Venue: Edsa Shangri-La Hotel, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City, Philippines

PACCD First Scientific Symposium 2017

The event, entitled: “The Role of Caviar as an Anti-Aging Supplement,” was held on March 23, 2017 at the Omakase Restaurant at the Il Terrazo Mall in Tomas Morato, Quezon City.  41 Doctors were present during this affair, which was sponsored by Suisse Laboratories Cell Therapy, Inc., and emceed by Dr. Sonia Baluyot; supported by Dr. Ramon Briones who led the Invocation, and Dr. Marivic Lantin who gave the welcoming remarks.

Our speaker was Dr. Jennifer Marie B. Jose, Head of the Urogynecology Departments of Makati Medical Center and St. Luke’s Global City.  She presented  data on a cocktail of anti-oxidants – whose scientific nomenclature is LD-1227, but available commercially as “caviarlieri.” The supplement has been shown to enhance cognitive functions, as well as the integumentary character plus the glycemic profile of its regular consumers. What excited our more mature audience members was this medicament’s natural capacity to relieve joint pains via its faculty to increase formation of chondrocytes.

In summary:  due to the superior  expertise of the Swiss pharmacists; the group has managed to combine the cumulative benefits of fish oil, chondroitin, coQ10, amino acids, vitamin B12 and peptides into a single efficient supplement; and that is “caviarlieri.”

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POSTSCRIPT: This successful event was repeated at the Omakase Restaurant in the Molito Mall at Alabang, Muntinlupa last Friday, April 7, 2017. Sixteen of our colleagues from the South attended this symposium, and once again sang praises to this supplement.


2017 First Product Launch

Last April 18, 2017, twenty-one PACCD members descended on Alba Restaurant at Tomas Morato, Quezon City to attend Medinova Pharma Inc. product presentation.  This Indian company would be launching their products into the Philippine market in three months; so Dr. Sonia Baluyot served as a conduit so that our organization would be one of the first Dermatologic groups to learn more about the products that will be available in the market.

Pharmacist/Executive Director I. K. Sinha introduced each product, with a short explanation about their  medical advantages . In summary, they were: Uvel sunscreen gel,  Climbac-NF anti-dandruff shampoo, Cica’Rid scar gel, D’Wite depigmenting agent, C-Glos vitamin C serum, Stella foaming wash, Glyclin glycolic wash, Zinclaire oil-free moisturizer , et al.

We also wanted to thank the owners: Sanjay Bhagia and Vinay Panemanglor, for gracing the launch.

                                                                                                                        Ramon Briones, M.D.


PACCD at the PMA 110th Annual Convention

Being an affiliate society of the Philippine Medical Association; PACCD members showed their support by descending onto this year’s annual convention, held last May 16 – 19, 2017 at the Manila Hotel.  Being also the first year that a percentage of CPD units earned  from PMA-organized activities  became obligatory in order to earn one’s license; the number of attendees surged to a record tally of 3600.

Our sprightly President, Dr. Vinson B. Pineda continued his duty to call attention to our existence as a force in the medical community by attending the Governors’ Ball in the evening of May 16; marching during the Opening Ceremonies the next morning, and circulating among the officers during the Fellowship Night.  His status as a Medical Icon was not lost during the latter activities because his presence were always respectfully acknowledged.  Aside from attending the various lectures; the majority of the PACCD Board members dutifully took turns monitoring the PMA Business Meetings during the General Assembly, ensuring the security of our status within the Organization.