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OCTOBER 27, 2022

I recently chanced upon Manos, a new nail salon that is hands down a top pick for innovation and creativity. It’s the brainchild of three friends who wanted to create a unique spa experience—one that offers more than just pampering and relaxation, but also promotes social and environmental consciousness.

Situated in the posh Burgos Circle at Bonifacio Global City, the nail spa welcomes customers with a café by the reception area. Here, one can sit and choose their preferred service from the huge blackboard mounted on the wall. The seats, laid out side by side, are designed to encourage a round-up of friends for some catching up while getting a service.

Those who want to go solo can have private pampering in their window-seat lounge chairs, with a view of the park outside. Wi-fi lets those running on a tight schedule send out e-mails or surf the internet.

Local industries

Manos’ services are meant to showcase and support different local industries. Manicure technicians, for instance, are sourced from Gawad Kalinga, then trained to give service with the highest standards in cleanliness and care. The spa treatments use Filipino products made of 100-percent natural ingredients, while the nail lacquers are toxin-free.

The interiors, furniture and other decorative items are all sourced locally to reduce the salon’s carbon footprint, and eco-friendly designs such as LED lights and energy-saving appliances are incorporated into the architecture.

Manos (“hands” in Spanish) evokes age-old Filipino values, foremost among them pagmamano—the kissing of elders’ hands as a sign of respect. That respect is reflected in this salon’s efforts at giving back to the community, environment and country. Manos just makes it easier by incorporating it into the kind of pampering every woman loves.

Manos’ Classic nail service includes a soak, clean, express massage and polish or buff (45 minutes) for as low as P190 for mani, P240 for pedi and P420 for mani+pedi; or a premium spa treatment, which includes a soak, exfoliating scrub, clean, and polish (60-75 minutes) for a range of: P380 mani, P450 Pedi, P800 mani + pedi.

Manos nails salon is at  Unit 2-1, Crescent Park Residences, 30th St. corner 2nd Avenue Ave, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Call 4784057, 0915-1842120; e-mail [email protected], visit

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