Merz Tala Awards 2022: Stepping Back into the Light

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The global beauty industry has been one of the most shocked by the COVID-19 crisis.

Lockdowns led to widespread closures and sales were shockingly low with people staying at home. The easing of restrictions in 2021 helped fuel the recovery with the Philippine aesthetic industry responding positively to the crisis. With the world re-opening at a positive pace, Filipinos have started focusing again on beauty and well-being. After almost 3 years of uncertainty, we are finally stepping back into the light.

After a one-year hiatus, medical aesthetic industry pioneer Merz Philippines, held its annual prestigious 2022 Tala Awards again to recognize the outstanding performance of their partner dermatologists, plastic surgeons, aestheticians, and beauty clinic owners all over the country. Dressed in their best black and white Filipiniana ensemble held at The Shangri-La at The Fort last September 8, it was a beautiful way to honor the partnership with Merz. Through the darkness of the pandemic, the partner centers helped men and women reclaim their confidence. Their achievements truly deserved to be celebrated.

Host Issa Litton kicked off the evening with an eye-opening talk show led by no less than Miss Universe 2015 and Ultherapy® ambassador Pia Wurtzbach. Together with Dr. Edgardo Tolentino, MD, FPPS and Dr. Beverly Amoranto, MD, FDPS, they tackled the current issues that Filipinos face. 

Pia, who started her yearly Ultherapy sessions in 2017, bravely shared the struggles behind her triumphs as she openly painted a picture not of a perfect beauty queen, but of a real person with real-life experiences. More importantly, she spoke of what it took for her to overcome her challenges, from self-care practices like getting Ultherapy® treatments to seeking traditional help. “I always strive to be better than I was yesterday, in everything I do, because confidence is beauty. Self-care is very personal and being consistent is key. Mental and physical health go together. Body positivity is about learning to accept, understand and celebrate yourself at every angle. Treatments like Ultherapy® not only enhances physical appearance but also boosts your confidence.”

This was validated by psychiatrist Dr. Ed Tolentino, that aggravated by the pandemic and other factors, everyone had their fair share of challenges and their own healthy way of coping. Dr Ed shared with fellow doctors and aesthetic practitioners, tips on how to spot patients whose self- care treatments have turned unhealthy and how to help them. He advises emphasizing on self- love. “Our reality is that there may be people who may not be ready to love their body the way it is, and this new term body neutrality, promotes working on it and loving our body for what it does or its functionality. You can find ways to enhance yourself, and if there is something you could do and you have all the resources available why not start caring for yourself. If you care for yourself, want to be happy, and want to be beautiful, there should not be any guilt. If we do not take care of ourselves, who will?”

With the launch of Ultherapy® x Pia’s campaign, ALL IT TAKES IS U, board certified dermatologist Dr. Beverly Amoranto talked about how her patients find it soothing to get aesthetic treatments because they look and feel better afterwards. And with the increasing me-too treatments out there, one key reason her patients keep on going back for Ultherapy® treatments is because Ultherapy® is a tried and tested treatment with a treasure trove of scientific evidence to back it up. 

More than 2 Million treatments worldwide with over 95% patient satisfaction one year after treatment rating, Ultherapy® is the only non-invasive ultrasound treatment that allows you to SEE below the skin’s surface, promoting safe and effective treatments. That is why Ultherapy® remains to be the Gold Standard in skin lifting and tightening. “In the past two years, self-care has been reinforced, and taking care of ourselves is not a luxury anymore. It is actually essential to your health and well-being. Patients now come to us after doing their research and one of the treatments that they ask for is Ultherapy® because it delivers results. It is not just for the mature patients who want to rejuvenate their skin, we are now seeing younger patients who want to preserve their youthfulness.”

The night shone even brighter with the recognition of Merz partner clinics who have helped many Filipinos step back into the light through self-care. The biggest star of the night was The Aivee Clinic, taking home the highest and most prestigious Overall 7-Star award given by Merz Asia Pacific Regional Associate Vice-President, Regional Commercial, Raymond Ong. “This day is truly stepping into the light for all of us through Ultherapy®. I read that Filipinos are resilient, and I see it, and all it takes is U. Merz Philippines is proud to present the 2022 7-Star Overall Awardee. This clinic is a shining example of excellence amidst adversity. They are a true partner to Merz, and we are so grateful for their unwavering commitment to beauty and empowerment.” 

With their exceptional performance, Dr. Aivee and Dr. Z Teo also took home the 7-Star Ultherapy® TD Award, 7-Star Merz Pure Anti-Wrinkle Treatment Award and 7-Star Merz Easy Adapt Hyaluronic Acid Filler Award for the night. Dr. Aivee and Dr. Z Teo went onstage to accept the award and dedicated it to their team of doctors, nurses, and staff as well as to their patients who have trusted them through the years.

It was a night of celebration as awards were given out to partner centers, including 7-star awards for Aivee Clinic for Merz Pure Anti-Wrinkle Treatment, Merz Easy Adapt Hyaluronic Acid Filler and Ultherapy® TD, Luminisce Holistic Skin Innovations for Merz Versatile CaHa Filler and Toledo Medical Companies Inc. for Merz Versatile CaHa and Easy Adapt Hyaluronic Acid Filler.


Merz Aesthetics® Philippines, General Manager, Jorge Libanan, congratulates all the winners for the 2022 Tala awards and looks forward to strengthening the partnership further. This continues to be driven by the company’s purpose to fuel the confidence and help Filipinos look better, feel better and live better.

For more details, here are the rest of the winners for the 2022 Merz Aesthetics® Tala Awards.

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