SCARvivors: Inspiring Stories Behind Scars


We all had scars in our lifetime. Some already faded as if it never existed, but some remains as if it would be there for life.   If you have scars, your self-esteem is greatly affected especially when the scars are located to areas that are not or hardly covered by clothings. I can imagine how hard it can be to look different from everyone else, as though other people only see their scars. That everyday, when you look at the mirror, the scar would remind you of what you have been through.

However, scars are also a sign of healing wounds. Scars mean closure on whatever pain and tragedy has happened, and it is something that can be visually improved as part of the healing process. With this, Contractubex®, which contains  different ingredients that actively support the healing process of the skin created an advocacy that supports people with scars.


 Scarvivors, is an advocacy from the country’s leading scar management brand Contractubex® (Extractum Cepae + Heparin + Allantoin), in support of the burn  centers of the Philippines, and the Philippine Association of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons (PAPRAS) mission.


As part of the advocacy, Contractubex proudly shares inspirational and life-changing stories  from 6 courageous SCARvivors.

Meet the  6 courageous SCARvivors:


 “There were issues with those big scars, particularly after my first modified  radical mastectomy when I was just 28. Then, I realized It’s about getting well.  What you went through. And getting over that,” says Nikoy de Guzman, who has  undergone a double mastectomy.

Sherilyn Bruan

                   “Hindi ka lang scarred physically. Pati yung self-esteem mo natamaan. Nung  time na yun, I didn’t want people looking at my scars. Ngayon, I know there’s   more about me than my scars,” shares Sherilyn Bruan, a survivor of the Ozone Disco fire.


 “My scars are very big and my left leg was deformed. It was a very difficult  experience, but with the help of many loving people especially my Mom and  Dad, I am now on my road to complete recovery,” says Giboy Billena, a 13-year-  old bone cancer survivor.


 “Dahil sa scars, dati binubully ako. Sinusulatan yung libro ko ng sunog. Ganun.  Pero hindi ko hinayaang masira ang buhay ko,” says Rubylyn Cua Rodel, who  got burned in an accident.


  “My experience has been a painful struggle. But I didn’t let it hinder me from doing the things I wanted to do. I want others to know that you can be so much  more than your scars. Just trust yourself and your will to fight,” shares Dwight  Bayona, a racer who lost his leg in an accident.


     “Ang mahalaga, muli akong makabalik sa aking tungkulin. Dala ng paninilbihan  ang sugat na ito, nagbibigay sa akin ng lakas ng loob,” according to Richard  Tagapan, a PNP SAF officer injured in the line of duty.

I salute these scarvivors for their courage and bright disposition in life. They never let their scars affect their everyday living. They remain strong and positive no matter what other people say. They truly deserve to be  SCARvivors.

Please do visit the SCARvivor exhibit at Exhibit Space 3, UGF Building A, SM Megamall and show your support to the SCARvivor advocacy  by purchasing Contractubex®.


For every Contractubex® purchased, patients from selected burn centers will be  given their own SCARvivor Kit. This is in line with the commitment of  Contractubex® in helping patients manage scars, so that someday, being SCARvivors themselves, only their stories of hope and courage remain.

The SCARvivor exhibit runs from August 27, 2015 to September 3, 2015.

For more information about SCARvivors and it’s advocacy, you may visit

Or you may follow the following hashtags #StoriesNotScars #SCARvivor

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