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Company Profile

From a backyard hobby of its founder Flord Nicson Calawag, Tibiao Fish Spa Co. emerged in the fourth quarter of 2009 through the efforts of Flord and two of his friends in the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Despite the busy schedule in school, the three pooled their talents, funds, and spare time to come up with the concept, technologies, and strategies for the successful operation of Tibiao Fish Spa (TFS). Valuable input was also provided by the UPV Marketing Society, Inc. and other UPV students in business management courses who willingly formulated business and marketing plans for TFS.

Fish spas are a form of ichthyotherapy that use small fish to clean the skin. Fish exfoliate the skin by feeding on the dead layers of skin cells. This method is safe and totally free of pain. In fact, the distinct tickly sensation produced by the skin-nibbling fish adds to the cleansing benefits and relaxing ambience of fish spas that made them popular in many Asian countries.

TFS stands out from conventional fish spas because of its affordable rates and novel offerings. While most fish spas use imported Garra ruffa fish which are expensive to acquire and maintain, TFS uses several species of fish sourced from the highlands of Tibiao in the province of Antique to provide the fish spa experience in a uniquely Filipino setting.  Because of this, Tibiao Fish Spa has arguably become the most affordable fish spa in the world.

To date, thousands of guests from all walks of life have dropped by TFS conveniently located along the national highway in the town of TIbiao, Antique. Over a dozen nationalities have experienced the services of TFS delivered by its 10 part-time staff. These services now include foot and hand fish spa, body fish spa, traditional massage, and manicure/pedicure.

In December 2009, Tibiao Fish Spa also began to offer Katahum Tours (www.katahum.com) that takes guests around the different attractions in the town of Tibiao to experience nature trekking, kayaking, pottery making, lambaklad (modern fish corral) fishing, kawa (iron tub) hot bath, and much more as a complement to the fish spa experience.

Since its conception, TFS has appeared in several regional and national television shows, broadsheets, and tabloids.  The news has also spilled over to a magazine and a newspaper in Thailand and several blogs and websites.

Tibiao Fish Spa made the bold move of opening an exhibit in SM City Iloilo in April 2010. The company’s fish spa concept was the first of its kind to be ever approved by the top management of SM.

Because of the encouraging reception by Ilonggos, on October 20, 2010, Tibiao Fish Spa opened its permanent outlet in SM City Iloilo offering expanded services such as VIP Fish Spa, Full-body fish spa, as well as a range of massage and reflexology services.

Mission

To provide a unique venue for recreation, relaxation, and spa treatment at affordable prices.

Vision

To be the leading provider of fish spa services including treatment, product development, and marketing.

Objectives

  1. To provide affordable fish spa services to its customers at affordable prices
  2. To develop technologies for the production and maintenance of fish spa systems.
  3. To promote the tourism industry in the town of Tibiao and the Province of Antique.

Leadership

Partner/General Manager

Calawag, Flord Nicson J.

BS Fisheries (UP Visayas 2008)

Licensed Fisheries Technologist (8th place 2008 PRC exam)

Partner/Operations Manager

Dianala, Rex Delsar B.

BS Aquaculture cum laude (UP Visayas 2007)

Partner/Technical Manager

Ferriols, Victor Marco Emmanuel N.

BS Fisheries magna cum laude (UP Visayas 2008)

Licensed fisheries technologist (1st place 2009 PRC exam)

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From a backyard hobby of its founder Flord Nicson Calawag, Tibiao Fish Spa Co. emerged in the fourth quarter of 2009 through the efforts of Flord and two of his friends in the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Despite the busy schedule in school, the three pooled their talents, funds, and spare time to come up with the concept, technologies, and strategies for the successful operation of Tibiao Fish Spa (TFS). Valuable input was also provided by the UPV Marketing Society, Inc. and other UPV students in business management courses who willingly formulated business and marketing plans for TFS.

Fish spas are a form of ichthyotherapy that use small fish to clean the skin. Fish exfoliate the skin by feeding on the dead layers of skin cells. This method is safe and totally free of pain. In fact, the distinct tickly sensation produced by the skin-nibbling fish adds to the cleansing benefits and relaxing ambience of fish spas that made them popular in many Asian countries.

TFS stands out from conventional fish spas because of its affordable rates and novel offerings. While most fish spas use imported Garra ruffa fish which are expensive to acquire and maintain, TFS uses several species of fish sourced from the highlands of Tibiao in the province of Antique to provide the fish spa experience in a uniquely Filipino setting. Because of this, Tibiao Fish Spa has arguably become the most affordable fish spa in the world.

To date, thousands of guests from all walks of life have dropped by TFS conveniently located along the national highway in the town of TIbiao, Antique. Over a dozen nationalities have experienced the services of TFS delivered by its 10 part-time staff. These services now include foot and hand fish spa, body fish spa, traditional massage, and manicure/pedicure.

In December 2009, TFS also began to offer Katahum Tours (www.katahum.com) that takes guests around the different attractions in the town of Tibiao to experience nature trekking, kayaking, pottery making, lambaklad fishing, kawa hot bath, and much more.

Since its conception, TFS has appeared in several regional and national television shows, broadsheets, and tabloids. The news has also spilled over to a magazine and a newspaper in Thailand and several blogs and websites, a list of which may be found in the TFS website www.tibiaofishspa.com.

Mission

To provide a unique venue for recreation, relaxation, and spa treatment at affordable prices.

Vision

To be the leading provider of fish spa services including treatment, product development, and marketing.

Objectives

  1. To provide affordable fish spa services to its customers at affordable prices
  2. To develop technologies for the production and maintenance of fish spa systems.
  3. To promote the tourism industry in the town of Tibiao and the Province of Antique.

Leadership

Partner/General Manager

Calawag, Flord Nicson J.

BS Fisheries (UP Visayas 2008)

Licensed Fisheries Technologist (8th place 2008 PRC exam)

Partner/Operations Manager

Dianala, Rex Delsar B.

BS Aquaculture cum laude (UP Visayas 2007)

Partner/Technical Manager

Ferriols, Victor Marco Emmanuel N.

BS Fisheries magna cum laude (UP Visayas 2008)

Licensed fisheries technologist (1st place 2009 PRC exam)

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