MANILA -- Twenty-eight-year-old Japanese businesswoman Naho Oue had set her sights in the Philippines to open a new stem cell clinic that promotes regenerative medicine. The procedure promises to slow down the aging process for both men and women to give them better skin cells.
Dia Lumina will open this June in two locations – Makati and Quezon City. Oue initially wanted to have the clinic in casino hotels, but couldn’t get an ideal location.
“I am starting small, but I hope to open the clinic in other places around Manila by December and even next year,” said Oue, who hails from Osaka.
Although stem cell treatment is not yet popular in Manila, it is being practiced in other countries like Japan, Russia, Germany and the US. Oue attests the procedures and treatments that Dia Lumina will offer are guaranteed safe.
Oue is set to bring in doctors and skin experts from the Japan Society of Aesthetic Regeneration Medicine to train her team in Manila for the opening of her stem cell clinic.
“Japanese experts will be here to work with the doctors, nurses and staff at Dia Lumina before we open,” Oue shared. “We want to make sure we will have the best team.”
Dia Lumina will offer stem cell nutritional fluid, as well as beauty injections, facial beauty intravenous dip and blood cleansing, according to Oue. The clinic will also cover slimming spa treatment and even laser hair removal.
Moreover, Oue boasts Dia Lumina will introduce to its local patients the garlic injection, a procedure said to relax stressed muscles.
Oue is also philanthropist who has been helping the children in Tondo, Manila. She first came to the Philippines two years ago only for a visit. At that time, she fell in love with the Philippines.
She saw the children in the slum area of Tondo. Since then, Oue has pledged to help the children in Smokey Mountain and Del Pan. To date, she holds feeding programs for the children.
“We visit twice a month,” Oue offered. “We bring them food and old clothes. In the future, we can ask Japanese companies to help the children, too.”
Oue also plans to put up a Japanese restaurant in Malate within the year. In Osaka, she used to manage a restaurant business. She was also into the modeling business in Japan.
Oue, who first name literally means “food” (Na) and “rice” (Ho) in Japanese, stands 5-foot-8 with a 22-inch waistline. She admits she eats a lot, but she hardly gains weight. “Many rice, but no gulay,” she said.
Her favorite Filipino dishes are adobo, nilagang baka and even lechon.
Even as she is preoccupied with her soon-to-open stem cell clinic in Makati, Oue is a proud single parent who takes care of her son, Shion, who will turn five next month.
The boy, who will soon attend an international school in Manila, is also learning how to speak in Tagalog and can utter a few words when talking to people around him.
Eventually, Oue also wants to join showbiz. She sings, dances and can do comedy roles. She hopes to be in the movies, too.
Oue cites the successful career path taken by South Korean talent Ryan Bang, who hardly knew a Tagalog word when he first came to Manila to join “Pinoy Big Brother” in 2010. Bang, to date, is a successful TV host, movie star and even commercial model.
Oue is crazy about Daniel Padilla and hopes to meet the actor soon. “Sobrang pogi,” she said of Padilla. “I watched ‘She’s Dating a Gangster’ on Netflix. I liked him after that. He’s my biggest crush.”
She also idolizes Vice Ganda and is very fond of the TV host.
Oue is taking Tagalog lessons daily and hopes to be able to speak fluently. She can readily say “Oo,” “ayoko” or “Diyos ko, Day!” when talking to Filipinos.