Monday, February 25, 2013


I have always admired her classic and sophisticated beauty that has probably captured the hearts of many with her undeniable charm and kind heart? Who doesn’t know former Tarlac Governor Margarita "Tingting" Cojuangco? For the longest time, she was the eye candy of glossy mags, an undisputed icon of beauty here and abroad. This statuesque, elegant woman of substance was also a model, among other things, in her youth (as early as 16 years old) and was once adjudged one of the “World’s Most Beautiful Women.” I have always regarded Ms. Tingting Cojuangco as one of my most admirable women in the country. I have also grown to admire her daughters especially Mikee Cojuangco, an equestrianne ASEAN Gold medalist. 

Apart from being a fashion and beauty icon, an entrepreneur, a respected political figure or wife to former congressman and now Philippine Sports Commission President, Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, “Tingting” is also an advocate of safety in all aspects. She’s been trained in the best educational systems to be security conscious, and her public safety advocacy has well become her very own lifestyle and yardstick in making important choices and recommendations. 

 Even the modern-day menace of criminals “riding in tandem” has been a subject of Dr. Margarita Cojuangco’s studies that seek to assess the capability of our law enforcement system in dealing with such menace, which shows how well substantiated and articulated she is. After all, she has a doctorate in Philippine History from the University of Sto. Tomas and two other doctoral degrees: Criminology from the Philippine College of Criminology and Officer Senior Executive Course from the Philippine Public Safety College. She earned her masteral degree in National Security Administration from the National Defense College and Philippine History from UST. Her collegiate degree in Philippine (Oriental) History was from Assumption.
Her  glowing and impeccable educational credentials are perfectly matched by grace and beauty that can only come from a buena-familia-bred colegiala whose kind of classic beauty is the kind that art immortalizes not just on canvass or camera but in real life. Thus, applying one’s best to preserve beauty, youthfulness and great curves is but a natural propensity. And with advances in body sculpting, skin rejuvenation, wellness lifestyle and the like in this modern-day world, there are loads of options to choose from.

But even in her strict beauty, health and wellness regimen, she always emphasizes on absolute safety. She won’t just walk into a beauty and wellness clinic and allow any doctor to touch her, nor take any pill or concoction. She lives what she preaches, and is very discriminating with life’s choices, especially when it comes to her very own body and household. Only expert hands can touch her face and body and only the best and proven-and-tested aesthetic medical breakthrough can be done to her. “No experimentations on my face and body, please, she declares. “How can I go for less than the tried and tested when I have been eating and breathing safety-enhancing solutions for decades now?”  

For Tingting, this mindset of safety, just like beauty, comes from within. This is why she lauds The Zen Institute and Dr. Maryjane “MJ” Torres for always observing safety for her clients' benefit, and always aspires for perfection. Topmost is Zen’s being a center of only non-surgical, non-invasive aesthetic interventions, whether the holistic approach or individualized procedures that combines state-of-the-art devices and the expert hands of Dr. MJ,  who makes it a point she gets the latest on aesthetic solutions in her yearly travels.
When it comes to aesthetic procedures, she considers as imperatives trust and confidence, which should be on a high level before one could entrust the fate of her face and body to someone. “You need to trust and be confident of your doctor, especially for the face and body,” she expressed. With her discriminating taste and meticulous safety insurance procedures, Tingting has only good words for the Zen Institute and Dr. MJ Torres. Whatever treatments Zen advises, Tingting will surely trust and embrace them for her ageless beauty to shine a long, long time.
The Zen Institute is located at the Ground Floor, Bonifacio Technology Center, 31st Street corner 2nd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City (856-2027), with branches at 69 Scout Rallos St., Tomas Morato, Quezon City (441-1712; 412-2528), or at the St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center, Maharlika Highway, Barangay 2, Sto. Tomas, Batangas ((+43) 778-4811). For more about The Zen Institute, visit

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