Gwen unfazed by comments on ‘enhanced face’

Posted on March 29, 2011



By Dale G. Israel, Reporter



There was nothing to be upset about over a Manila singer’s remarks about her appearance, Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said yesterday.

Revealing that she underwent non-surgical “Thermage” treatment to smoothen out wrinkles in the face, Governor Garcia said she had no problem with the supposed “slur” on her looks made by Rico J. Puno, a few weeks ago when he sang at a hotel event.

She said enhancing one’s face is no longer taboo in modern society and that she was familiar with Puno’s antics.

Contrary to what a columnist said about the incident, Garcia said she took no offense over Puno’s remarks. (The singer complimented her as the “most beautiful governor” then followed up with a wisecrack asking whether she was a client of Belo or Calayan, two Manila-based cosmetic doctors.)

Garcia said it was not true that she walked out of the dinner held at a hotel opening in Mandaue City.

“We left because the performance was too long,” she added.

The governor told reporters that she had her face treated with thermage locally. Pointing to her body, she said “This one is natural…I haven’t undergone liposuction and this one (pointing to her face) is enhanced,” said Garcia as she posed for photographers.

“Many women and even men resort to enhancement to look good to the public and maybe more importantly to feel good about themselves.”

The governor said her only beef with Puno is why he limited the choices to Vicki Bello and Manny and Pie Calayan.

“We have very many good, reputable cosmetologists and doctors here in Cebu. I could recommend a very good one to Rico because I think he really needs one,” she said.

According to the website, Thermage is a safe, non-invasive, radiofrequency (RF) cosmetic procedure that’s clinically proven to help smooth, tighten and contour skin for an overall younger looking appearance.

Garcia said she would undergo Thermage treatment for her eye wrinkles.

“Why make an issue out of it? Unless there are others who would deny undergoing enhancements but their faces are so stiff due to an overdose of Botox,” Garcia said.

Provincial Board Board Member Arleigh Sitoy and co-author Ribomaphil Holganza withdrew their resolutions which earlier sought to declare Puno as “persona non grata” in Cebu over the reported “slur”. Sitoy said the issue was too small and the term persona non grata may only be applied to diplomats or foreigners.

Garcia said Sun.Star columnist Bobby Nalzaro “ hose to make it an issue so I thanked him for defending me because he thought I was insulted. If he was the subject of commentary on any cosmetic enhancement he may have, if any, I will also defend him,” Garcia added.

Garcia said she was with Rep. Ramon “Red” Durano VI of Cebu’s 6th district and Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes who can attest that she did not walk out of the program and even said her goodbyes before leaving.