MANILA TRAVEL DIARY: Electrosurgery on My Milia and Flat Warts

My sister, Dr. Belen Lardizabal Dofitas, dermatologist extradordinaire
My sister, Dr. Belen Lardizabal Dofitas, dermatologist extradordinaire

TRAVEL DIARY: March 7, 2016 – No pain, no gain! My dermatologist-sister, Dr. Belen Lardizabal Dofitas, made me “Plastic Woman” by putting cellophane tape over the facial anesthesia applied to areas of my face and neck. The tape was placed so that the anesthesia would be absorbed for an hour before she performed electrosurgery, zapping my many “milia” on my face (those tiny white bumps are cysts made of keratin) and flat warts on my neck. This particular procedure was almost painless, that is, you could smell some minuscule burnt skin, feel some slight needle pricks and heat as she zapped the milia. Afterwards, she placed antibiotic on all the zapped areas and told me not to wash my face and neck until noon tomorrow (24 hours after the procedure). The total waiting time from anesthesia to electrosurgery: Possibly three hours, not including the traffic.

Lorna, Plastic Woman
Lorna, Plastic Woman

You can see some redness on my face. In a couple of days, I will see some dots (scarring) which will then just fall off. The milia inside those dots will also jut out and fall off. The others will be easy to scrape off during my next facial (just like blackheads and whiteheads). My sister had used a needle on one of the larger and harder milia above my left eye. My gain is that I can now put on my eye make-up without having tiny bumps. The only downside is that I have to keep wearing sunscreen (SPF 50 to SPF 70) forever.

Lorna, after electrosurgery
Lorna, after electrosurgery

This procedure was done at QualiMed, FMAB Building (Faculty Medical Arts Building) at PGH (Philippine General Hospital). The cost? It is easier to estimate it this way: Zapping up to 10 milia is PH1,000. So, if you have 20 milia, it is PH2,000 (or $42.55, PH47=US$1). It could be less. This is just a good ballpark figure to remember.

I will have more work done during my next trip this October. I need to tighten my chin and my neck so this means saving PH20,000 to PH30,000 ($426-$638.30). Belen would like to use laser on some of my darker freckles so they would look lighter.

Pricing, as always, is subject to change without any notice.

Does anyone want to join me for a skin care medical tourism journey this late October/early November? This is a personal invitation since I am such a believer…

There are many doctors to choose from — depending where you will be staying. Belen has many dermatologists she can recommend us to — especially since most of them are her former students.

There are other clinics such as Clínica Manila (Dr. Hernan Delizo’s “baby” and the visionary behind the ONE HEALTH CARD) that can help you. I have experienced the services of Clínica Manila and QualiMed — and I can share with you that medical tourism in the Philippines is such a good experience with value-packed pricing.

I look forward to what Cebu has to offer!

One day after Lorna's electrosurgery
One day after Lorna’s electrosurgery

TRAVEL DIARY: March 8, 2016 – One day after the electrosurgery on my face (performed by my dermatologist sister at QualiMed-FMAB at PGH) to zap the tiny milia (the cysts made out of keratin). The scabs will fall off before I leave for the US next week.

You need to know how to walk with confidence. I wasn’t even aware that people were staring at me politely. I bet you they couldn’t decide if I had chicken pox scars, right? LOL

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The Basics of Backpacking for Women and Girls

As a real road warrior, lessening the “carbon footprint” is a matter of necessity. I travel by plane, train, bus, and automobile. One of my mentors say, “You get to see places many of us don’t!” It’s true!

I hope you enjoy this content curation!

Ro Khanna – The Book, Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America’s Future

The first time I met Ro Khanna was sometime in early 2012, when NaFFAA Region 8 was busy helping out in a Santacruzan event at Seasons Marketplace at Landess. I recall meeting a gentle, personable young man who was interested in helping us, Filipino American advocates, make this cultural event a success. I have some of my small videos on this event somewhere in my files. When I make the time, I will include them in one of my blogs.

I have yet to have my book (I bought it at autographed by Ro.

Google+ Hangouts is a PLUS for Meetings, Conferences, and Online Broadcasts

In preparation for Federation 2013, I reminded Noel S.V. Omega, the FPACC Vice President for Conferences, that using Google+ Hangouts would work well with the planned panel discussions. Noel has been busy experimenting with fellow Filipino American Chamber members. I promised him that we would host our own google+ hangout and chat about his passion, VOICE OVERS.

In the meantime, check out what I’ve curated.

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Sulu and Sabah: A Peaceful Request Turned Deathly for the Messengers

An Island in the Archipelago of Sulu

Yolanda Ortega Stern: From the Moro Art Contest for Peace (2004)Our special blogger for this posting is Yolanda Ortega Stern (“Manang YO”) of the One World Institute, a private health and education foundation that provides humanitarian services to areas in conflict, where no one dares to go and help out. I have been moderating a community blog for OWI since late 2010. Please watch out for updates in this posting. The newest update will be the first entry after this introduction.

For a look at Manang YO’s educational columns, please read her opinion-editorials in her MINDANAO SERIES embedded below. Manang Yo told me that her columns will be a historic chronicle of failure — and intentionally waited before writing a new one. Now that a few predictions have come to pass, please read her columns. We look forward to a new one.


I have also started Yolanda Ortega Stern’s content curation about the Philippines-Sulu-Sabah-Malaysia situation, taken from her Facebook postings. This allows many newbies to learn more about the situation through Manang YO’s real-time OP-EDs and compilation of news sources. Quotes from her Facebook commentaries are also included.


Sulu, Philippines: The men at Lahad Datu are standing up for their poor families. Photo: Circa 2013 AP (After Peace) They feel they have no country.

An Island In Sulu Archipelago: Where People Dream of Peace

Dr. Yolanda O. Stern, Charter President of the Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce (FPACC) signs a Memorandum of Agreement with Nur Misuari, Chairman of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) after the signing of the Peace Pact between President Fidel V. Ramos and Chairman Nur Misuari. (1996)