That's the word to describe the newly-opened Belo Medical Clinic at The Residences at Greenbelt in Makati City, last Friday, February 18.
Designers Ivy and Cynthia Almario did an impeccable job with the interiors, done in golden hues. Guests felt they were in a posh hotel than in a clinic.
Dra. Vicki Belo, who was clad in gold from head to toe, was beaming. "All the branches are all white and now we're changing the color to gold. This is very different," she said.
The clinic is her 10th branch, and is definitely the "most expensive."
"It's the most sosyal in a sosyal building. I've been dreaming for so long of a branch wherein you can get out of your car, and you're there na, kasi most of the clients want privacy.
"And I have been dreaming na kapag dumating ang mga foreigners, mawa-wow sila. So that's why all the beautiful stuff, we put them all here... " the famous beauty doctor related in a tone that's far from condescending.
Pointing to a wall in the reception area, she told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal): "That's what I'm most proud of because it cost the most—the mother-of-pearl wall. I mean... mother of pearl, that's mahal, so imagine if it's a wall."
When asked about the cost of her new clinic, she smiled and just shook her head. "Napakamahal niya! Let's just say ito na yung pinamalaki kong investment in terms of a clinic."
According to an online store of gemstones, a 4-millimeter mother-of-pearl costs $26, so, if the wall is about 7 feet x 15 feet, the approximate cost in pesos would be close to 7.4 million!
"Huwag na lang tanungin yung cost," Dra. Vicki pleaded. "They deserve the best. They want a beautiful clinic. They want a secret entrance and exit where they don't want to have to go through an elevator. Ito na yun!"
STAR-STUDDED NIGHT. But the guests weren't shy about being seen at the clinic on opening night.
Even Dra. Vicki was surprised, "I didn't expect this. Only 150 said they're coming, pero about 400 yata showed up!"
Celebrities added more glitter to the affair. Spotted were Zsa Zsa Padilla, Ruffa Gutierrez, Donita Rose, Phoemela Baranda, Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano, Maritoni Fernandez, Bianca Manalo, Joanna Ampil, Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Georgina Wilson, and Bea Valdes.
Even the gentlemen made time for the event. Present were Randy Santiago, Mateo Guidicelli, Fabio Ide, Will Devaughn, Tim Yap, John James Uy, JM Rodriguez, and Azkals team captain Aly Borromeo with teammates Anton del Rosario and Yannick Tuazon.
Ara Mina arrived with her businessman boyfriend Raymond Ilusorio-Yap, while Angelu de Leon dropped by with husband Wowie Rivera.
The mom-daughter tandems of Bing Loyzaga plus Alyssa and Liezl Martinez plus another Alyssa were also there.
Overwhelmed by the great turnout, Dra. Vicki exclaimed, "It's a combination of [members of] high society, the youth, the Azkals, and the stars."
Of course, her son Quark and daughter Cristalle didn't dare miss the party. Both were very happy and excited about Belo's new haven and each gave this simple message to their mom: "I love you."
Dra. Vicki's ex-husband and good friend, Atom Henares, was also present, quietly observing on the sidelines.
A SPARKLING RING? The cosmetic surgeon's link to Hollywood, Dutch model Yolanda Hadid—who is the fiancée of David Foster—cut the ceremonial ribbon.
The very friendly Yolanda gamely posed for the photographers, and squealed a discovery about her new friends: "They're engaged. Look at the ring!" The blonde beauty was referring to the huge diamond ring on the pointer finger of Dra. Vicki, who just smiled and whispered sweet nothings to Hayden Kho Jr.
The lady, whose business was cited by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the top businesses of the decade, prefered to keep her love life a secret — for now.
She's got more important things to talk about such as "improving medical tourism in the Philippines" and "bringing Belo right to where they are."
Dra. Vicki shared, "The clinic in Paris opened last year. I'm learning French... We'll be in Glendale, California in May... And this will be the peg for the future renovation of the other clinics."