Philippines’ Pioneering Lipo and Laser Dermatologist and CEO of Belo Medical Group, Dr. Vicki Belo, returns to Los Angeles via dinner-lecture – “Dr. Vicki Belo on SPOTLIGHT” presented by Ms. Pen de Leon Manahan’s SPOTLIGHT MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT

By Oliver Carnay

The dinner event “Dr. Vicki Belo on SPOTLIGHT,” inviting and encourages Filipino balikbayans to visit Belo Medical Group clinics, was held at Anaheim Hills Golf Course last Sunday (June 11, 2023).  It was spearheaded by well-known L.A.-based concerts and events producer Ms. Pen De Leon Manahan through her Spotlight Media Entertainment production company ( 

Ms. Pen de Leon Manahan, also known in the Fil-Am community as “L.A.’s Patroness of the Arts and Media,” is one that promotes “beauty,” and supports the “media” in greater Los Angeles.  

“Ms. Pen,” as everyone calls her, is known for displaying great affinity for anything that exudes beauty and charismatic flair.  She mounted a “Media Event” honoring the press media in L.A. before the pandemic, a first in Los Angeles.  Ms. Pen was the CEO and owner of SPOTLIGHT, an Asian Magazine distributed via online and print, in Orange County, San Diego and other parts of Los Angeles. 

She has produced concerts such as Angeline Quinto with Budhakel for the Anaheim-leg of Angeline Quinto’s “10Q U.S.-Canada Tour”, the tandem of Arnel Pineda and Bamboo in 3 key-cities (Las Vegas, San Jose, Los Angeles), and the very successful “Threelogy: Live in Anaheim” (with Erik Santos, Christian Bautista, and Morisette).  Upcoming in September 2023 is the U.S. Tour of “OPM HITMEN HITS AMERICA.” For the first time, the OPM Balladeers group: Renz Verano, Richard Reynoso, Rannie Raymundo, and Chard Borja, will join together to have their first U.S. Tour.  The tour is set for different key cities starting in Los Angeles (September 16 at City National Grove of Anaheim), Las Vegas, Sacramento, San Diego, Bay Area, Seattle, and Hawaii.

Dr. Vicki Belo’s first introduction to U.S. patrons was via a “Beauty Day with Dr. Vicki Belo,” which was held sometime in 2006, and was followed in 2008 via a Bridal Expo in Pasadena where she conducted another lecture.  In 2011, Dr. Belo opened a Belo clinic in Los Angeles, but later closed. BeloMed continues to support concerts in the U.S. through sponsorships but It was only with the production company, and encouragement of Ms. Pen de Leon Manahan, that the beauty guru Dr. Vicki Belo was convinced to do another lecture session in Los Angeles after a long time — with the theme such as “Come Home To Belo Medical Group.” 

At the live session hosted by Hollywood actor-writer-producer Mark Labella with singer-chef Marvin Cabaysa Aritrangco, with special performance by “L.A.’s Star for All Genders” – Joseph Gelito, the famous “Celebrity Dermatologist to the Stars,” introduced the current non-invasive and invasive methods and latest modern machines Belo Medical Group offers.  From hair loss, facial contouring, skin rejuvenation, injectables, and laser treatments, including acne, skin pigmentation, skin revision, to body contouring, skin tightening, vein treatments, among many others.  She mentioned that it is important to have a thorough consultation first with her or her team about what specific problems a patient wants to correct, so she can give the best method or advice.  From facials, and peels to surgical procedures, she can best explain the right procedures they can provide, including the downtime and aftercare for proper results. 

At Belo Medical Group, they know the latest surgical and non-surgical breakthroughs in aesthetic medicine. Belo now has its own BELO thick & Shiny shampoo and conditioner products.  For non-surgical treatments, popular ones are the V CONOUR, ONDA COOLWAVES, and EMSCULPT NEO.  BELO EXOSOMES is a treatment for thin hairs.  They also have PICOSURE PRO for hyperpigmentation problems. REVLITE and ADVALIGHT are procedures for shattering unwanted pigments, freckles, melasma, uneven skin tone, for four or five treatments.  They use BLUE LIGHT VIVACE for RF Microneedling and radio frequency treatments where you can see full results in one or two weeks.  The 360 degrees LIPOSUCTION surgery is popular for reduction of body fats in all parts of the body.  This is done by certified professional plastic surgeons.  Belo also does RHINOPLASTY (Nose Thread Lift) and BLEPHAROPLASTY for upper and lower eyelids.  

Dr. Vicki Belo, who pioneered liposuction and laser techniques in the Philippines, has been conducting lectures all over the world. She regularly attends and have won awards namely: Best in Botox & Fillers (Future of Aesthetics by Allergan Aesthetics); Best in Aesthetic Thread Lifting (The Mulberry Silk Awards by; Best in Thermage; Best in Vivace & VirtueRF; Best Energy-Based Treatment Award at Authentic & Anti-Aging Medicine World Congress 2022 (AMWC), among others, and has attended the International Master Course on Aging Science in Paris, as well as the Annual Conference of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery in Arizona.

Dr. Belo took her Bachelor of Science at the University of the Philippines and completed her Degree of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Sto. Tomas.  She later got her Diploma in Dermatology from the Institute of Dermatology in Bangkok, Thailand and furthered her studies in Dermatologic and Laser Surgery in California, at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, and at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in the University of California in San Francisco.

She first opened her clinic in 1990 at the Medical Towers in Makati and managed to expand her clinics until in 2014, she had the Belo Building in Greenhills, San Juan City.  From there, she managed to expand her business by putting up Belo Medical Group, which for 32 years, has been providing Beauty Expertise in the Philippines, also pioneering six state-of-the-art  ambulatory cosmetic comprehensive medical surgery centers, which were certified by the Philippine Department of Health, working with an expertly trained group of doctors.

The Belo Medical Group now currently has 14 clinics that can give customers and patients world-class beauty services.

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