Linggo, Enero 28, 2018

Anthology Architecture and Design Festival 2018 gathers top architecture and design professionals worldwide in celebration of Social Architecture

Anthology Architecture and Design Festival 2018 brings together top architecture and design professionals from all over the world in search of developing an architecture that promotes a network of inclusive barrier-free spaces that engage commuties and their people. This celebration comprising of lectures, workshops, seminars, competitions, and exhibitions will be held on February 9-11, 2018 at Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila.

Joining the festival this year are prominent figures in the industry including Kai Uwe Bergman of Bjarke Ingels Group, Chris Bosse of Laboratory for Visionary Architecture  (LAVA), Lyndon Neri or Neri & Hu, Takashi Niwa of Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Billy Kwan of One Bite Design Studio, Rachaporn Choochuey of all ( zone ), Raymond Hoe of Scott Brownrigg, Ben Duckworth of HASSELL, Erico Abordo of Architects of Accessibility, Twitee Vajrabhaya of Department of ARCHITECTURE Co., Dominic Galicia of DGA, Tobias Guggenheimer of SoFA, Chris Precht Fei Yi of House of Penda, Jinky de Jesus of Light Plan Inc., Yifei Li of Shenzhen University School of Art and Design, Florian Heinzelmann and Dallana Suryawinata of SHAU, Ivy and Cynthia Almario of Atelier Almario as well as World Architecture Festival 2018 winners Alexander Furunes, Sudarshan Khadka Jr. of Project Tagpuro, and Edward Ng of Chinese University Hong Kong among others.

Launching this year is the 2018 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence ( MADE ) Anthology Architecture Awards that showcases the year's best architecture. Its mission is to increase awareness about architecture and promote a more meaningful architecture that creates a more positive social impact. The MADE Anthology Awards are presented by the Metrobank Foundation and Anthology Festival in partnership with the United Architects of the Philippined, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. All shortlisted projects shall be featured in the 2018 MADE Anthology Awards Journal that will be distributed by Shelter Magazine and released on the festival.

Anthology Architecture and Design Festival is an annual three day event that showcases architecture and design within the Philippines and the southeast Asian region. The festival serves as a platform to bring together various practitioners and stakeholders and aims to increase awareness about the relevance of architecture and design in our urban societies. We anticipate the attendance of over 100 leading local and international practitioners 7to lead the lectures, workshops, talks, design competitions and dialogues for an audience of over 6,000 architects, designers, developers and students.

Anthology began in June 2016 with over 2,000 guests in dialogues on " Stories About Architecture " ; It was hosted by 65 leading built environment practitioners from seven countries including the Philippines, Hong Kong, South Korea, France, The Netherlands, United kingdom, and Canada. On its second year, Anthology 2017 saw an exponential increase of attendees with over 4,000 guests and 83 lectures speakers and exhibitioners from eleven countries, now including Japan, Singapore, China, Thailand, Belgium, Denmark and Vietnam. The festival was rooted in the theme " Context and Intent ", with lectures, dialogues and design competitions simultaneously taking place, resulting in multi- disciplinary and multi-cultural discourse which seek to explore new and better ideas.

The festival is organized by WTA Architecture and Design Studio and is made possible by OMNI Electrical and Lighting, Rapid Steel Builders Inc., TOSOT Philippines, Pacific Paint ( Boysen ) Philippines, Metrobank Foundation Inc. as Festival Partners; Landlite Philippines Corporation, World Home Depot, Atlanta Pipes and Fittings, ABC Innovation Building Materials, Emerald Vinyl Corporation, Creative Solutions and Innovations Phil., Inc. Biowood, DeLab Collaborative, Wilcon Depot and Othmann Incorporated as Festival Sponsors; and Intramuros Administration, City of Manila, Embajada de Espana en Filipinas, Instituto Cervantes, Embassy of Denmark Manila, Escuella Taller de Filipinas Foundation Inc., Manila Biennale, Kaya ng Pinoy, and Philippine Heritage Mapping as Cultural Partners

Anthology Architecture and Design Festival is an annual non-profit event organized by WTA Architecture+Design Studio Proceeds shall be used to sponsor projects of the Intramuros Administration and a chosen charitable institution within the area.

For more information, please visit or or contact Arch. Dianne Naval, Festival Manager, info@anthologyfest, or Arvin Pangilinan, Press Manager/Project Organizer

Sabado, Enero 27, 2018

One Championship




26 January 2018 – Manila, Philippines: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), sent the Mall of Asia Arena crowd into a frenzy last Friday night in Manila, with another thrilling evening of authentic martial arts action. The absolute best in local and international martial arts talent took to the ONE Championship cage at ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES to showcase their incredible skills. In the main event, Geje Eustaquio walked out of the arena to a roar of adulation and with the ONE Interim Flyweight World Championship around his waist, defeating former world champion Kairat Akhmetov.

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In the main event of ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES, Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio of Baguio City, Philippines clinched the ONE Interim Flyweight World Championship, edging Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov by unanimous decision in an exhilarating five-round title tilt. Although Akhmetov managed to showcase his wrestling, it was largely ineffective against Eustaquio, who was far superior in the striking department for the majority of the bout. Eustaquio repeatedly connected on Akhmetov with crisp, clean combinations throughout the championship contest. In the end, all three judges saw the bout in favor of Eustaquio to win by unanimous decision.

Geje Eustaquio, ONE Interim Flyweight World Champion, stated: “I don’t know what to say. This belt is not mine to take, it’s ours. Thank you to my family who was always there from the start, coach Mark Sangiao, and the entire Team Lakay who never doubted me and always believed that one day I would stand here holding this belt. I am proud to represent this flag all throughout the world. Here is your world champion from the Philippines. Adriano [Moraes] I know you’re there. I got a belt! Give me one more try and I hope to give you a better challenge this time.”

In the co-main event of the evening, 22-year-old Joshua “The Passion” Pacio unveiled an improved grappling game, submitting China’s Lan Ming Qiang via rear naked choke in the very first round. Pacio started off with his world-class wushu, operating from range with fast and powerful kicks. After taking the action to the mat, Pacio effortlessly took mount and pounded on his foe who soon gave up the back. With the body triangle locked in, Pacio sunk his forearm underneath Lan’s neck and secured the bout-ending maneuver.

Rafael “Indio” Nunes of Brazil made a triumphant return to the ONE Championship cage after two years away from competition to defeat Filipino featherweight veteran Eric “The Natural” Kelly by second-round submission. The 30-year-old Muay Thai specialist kept Kelly on the defensive with his striking before taking matters to the ground and sinking in a deep d’arce choke to score the finish.

In the first ever traditional Muay Thai bout inside the ONE Championship cage, multi-division Lumpinee World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao emerged triumphant against WBC Muay Thai Super Bantamweight World Champion Joseph “The Hurricane” Lasiri. Gaiyanghadao showcased his trademark power to dominate from start to finish, winning by technical knockout.

A grueling flyweight showdown between “The Southern Eagle” Ma Hao Bin of China and Sotir Kichukov of Bulgaria transpired inside the ONE Championship cage. Neither of the two would give each other any quarter for three whole rounds, as they traded their best offense all throughout. Although Kichukov would have his moments on the feet, most of the action took place on the ground where Ma enjoyed a  tremendous advantage. In the end, Ma turned in another well-rounded performance to claim victory via unanimous decision.

Japanese grappling prodigy Hayato Suzuki placed himself back on the winning track, pulling off a first-round submission victory over former world title contender Yago Bryan of Brazil. With 57 seconds remaining in the opening period of the strawweight contest, Suzuki latched onto a wrenching rear naked choke to force the tap, notching his eighth submission win as a professional.

Emilio “The Honey Badger” Urrutia of the United States continued his impressive run in ONE Championship, knocking out Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Bruno Pucci in the first round. Urrutia stifled Pucci with crisp boxing combinations, making it difficult for the Brazilian to bring the action to the mat. Urrutia secured the statement-making finish by connecting on a sensational left hook past the midway point, sending Pucci crashing to the canvas.

Filipino featherweight standout Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly delivered a sensational first-round knockout of opponent Meas Meul, dropping the Cambodian with a high kick merely seconds into the bout. At the opening bell, Kelly engaged Meul at the center of the cage and connected on a quick three-punch combination before delivering the final blow that sent Meul face first into the canvas.

Jomary Torres of Manila, Philippines scored the most impressive win of her young career, authoring a swift knockout finish over Team Lakay atomweight ace April Osenio. Torres left a lasting impression in her third trip to the ONE Championship cage, driving Osenio to the mat with a high-impact slam before putting the final touches with follow-up ground strikes to claim the knockout.

Rajinder Singh Meena of India captured his first victory inside the ONE Championship cage, defeating highly-touted Chinese lightweight prospect Zhang Ze Hao by way of first-round submission. Determined to break into the winner’s column, Meena needed just 42 seconds in the opening round to put Zhang to sleep with a guillotine choke.

Kicking off ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES was a riveting strawweight encounter as Indonesian dynamo Adrian Matheis squared off against the debuting Eddey Kalai of Malaysia. Matheis weathered a gutsy opening sequence from Eddey, who effortlessly pummeled the ONE Strawweight Indonesia Tournament Champion with his superb boxing. The complexion of the contest took a drastic turn when Matheis gained leverage on the mat, catching Kalai with a rear naked choke to force the tap.

Official results for ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES
ONE Interim Flyweight World Championship bout: Geje Eustaquio defeats Kairat Akhmetov by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 5 rounds
Strawweight bout: Joshua Pacio defeats Lan Ming Qiang by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:01 minutes of round 1
Featherweight bout: Rafael Nunes defeats Eric Kelly by Submission (D’Arce Choke) at 1:31 minutes of round 2
Muay Thai bout: Sam-A Gaiyanghadao defeats Joseph “The Hurricane” Lasiri by TKO (Strikes) at 2:30 minutes of round 2
Flyweight bout: Ma Hao Bin defeats Sotir Kichukov by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Strawweight bout: Hayato Suzuki defeats Yago Bryan by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:03 minutes of round 1
Featherweight bout: Emilio Urrutia defeats Bruno Pucci by Knockout (KO) at 3:33 minutes of round 1
Featherweight bout: Edward Kelly defeats Meas Meul by Knockout (KO) at 0:21 minutes of round 1
Women’s strawweight bout: Jomary Torres defeats April Osenio by Knockout (KO) at 0:40 minutes of round 1
Lightweight bout: Rajinder Singh Meena defeats Zhang Ze Hao by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:42 minutes of round 1
Strawweight bout: Adrian Matheis defeats Eddey Kalai by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:15 minutes of round 1

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About ONE Championship™
ONE Championship is the largest global sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, ONE Championship is the home of martial arts. The world’s most exciting martial arts organization hosts the largest sports entertainment events across Asia, featuring some of the world's best martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. In addition to its digital platforms, ONE Championship broadcasts to over 1.7-billion potential viewers across 128+ countries around the world with some of the largest global broadcasters, including Fox Sports, ABS-CBN, Astro, ClaroSports, Bandsports, Startimes, Premier Sports, Thairath TV, Skynet, Mediacorp, OSN, and more.

Media Contact:
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Food and Hotel Expo Manila 2018

The Food Service industry in the Philippines continues to expand as more shopping malls and new hotels are being opened throughout the country. The influx of foreign-branded restaurants coupled with the growing affluence of Filipino consumers has also contributed to the growth of the HRI sector. This growth in the food industry provides greater opportunities for exports of U.S. food and beverage products to the Philippines.

Last week, the Food and Hotel Expo Manila held its press launch at the Bay View Park Hotel.Industry participants who were present on the launch were:
Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc. (AFFI) – represented by VP Josephine See

PAGASA (Phil. Amalgamated Supermarkets Association – represented by Pres. Steven Cua

Snow Village represented by Ms. Lydia Wang, Owner

Weyland Meat Shop represented by Raf Galon

Orange and Crane Innovations, represented by Jiggy Lopez

The singing chef,  Chef Ruben Cariño Ignacio Jr,Chef Thadu Magadia of Cafe Estrella, andMs. Raisa Ver-Bibal of Globe My Business are also present during the launch. 

FHEM 2018 aims to deliver unparalleled access to business network opportunities where the industry player can come together, interact and share their view in promoting and strengthening the food, beverage and hotel sector locally and globally.

Moreover, the event convenes distinguished topics from a set of speakers and panelists who will shed light in the opportunities and challenges of the food & hotel industry while showcasing the latest food services, equipment and technologies available as far as F&B sector is concerned.

The Food and Hotel Expo Manila aims to be the most important and biggest food and hospitality Expo in the Philippines, setting a new trend as far as food, beverage and hospitality industry is concerned. The show is made up of 2 specialized event namely Food Expo Philippines and Hotel Expo Philippines.

Orange and Crane Innovations has develop a mobile app "Yuki" for this event. Yuki is an engaging app that rewards you with discounts and points which you can exchange for reward items. Yuki also has incentivized games and activities to complete, so download this app now! 

There will be Cooking competition, Dessert Making Competition and Flair Bartending set to happen in this 3-day event.

Cooking Demo and Forum will be spearheaded by notable chefs like Ruben Ignacio, Thadie Magadia, Ahyee Tobias, Giezcel Mendoza, Benilla Legaspi, and Viva Salvacion Reyes.

250 exhibitors are expected to be participating in this Expo, from the Food Service Industry, Equipments, Services & Supplies, Interiors, Clean & Hygiene, Engineering, Technology, Consultants & Contractors.

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Join the most anticipated Food and Hotel Expo here in Manila, on February 16-18, 2018 at the SMX Convention Center Manila!  Connect and learnwith the different featured chefs and other industry partners.
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Linggo, Enero 21, 2018

Pasig River to Cavite Superferry service to ease worsening MM traffic

A superferry service connecting the Pasig River to Cavite will soon ease the worsening traffic condition in Metro Manila and provide ease in transportation among commuters. This is after the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission ( PRRC ) and the Intramuros Administration ( IA ) have entered into agreement with a private operator for the Cavite-Pasig River Ferry system on January 19, 2018.

In its concern to facilitate and provide ease in transportation among its constituents through the construction, maintenance and operation of a ferry terminal along the Pasig River banks in Intramuros, PRRC has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Cavite Super Ferry transport Inc., ( SFTI ) for the said project. For its part, IA has agreed to cooperate with the operation and purpose of the said project in line with its function to preserve, develop and administer major cultural landmarks for the perpetuation of Filipino Heritage and enhancement of our national identity.

PRRC Executive Director Jose Antonio Goita said the establishment of a reliable, affordable, and efficient Pasig River Ferry System is crucial for commuter transport and disaster response and will contribute to a more sustainable Metro Manila. To kick off the project, PRRC, IA and SFTI signed a Memorandum of Agreement ( MOA ) at Plaza Mexico, Intramuros.

Under the agreement, PRRC shall extend to SFTI pertinent assistance in securing the necessary authorizations, apprivals, licenses and permits from cencerned government agencies for the early and expeditious completion of the project. In addition, PRRC shall assist the SFTI in availing of any incentives or privileges or the like provided under the law such as the Philippine Omnibus Investments Code. SFTI, for its part, shall fund the construction of the ferry terminal in accordance with the ferry station design requirements that will be provided by IA. It is also in charge for the maintenance, insurance, overhead, miscellaneous, permits and taxes. In addition, SFTI shall operate and maintain the ferry terminal in accordance with, and under the supervisory control of the IA. It shall also construct, retain, control, and own the Ferry pontoons in the ferry terminal in accordance with, and under the supervisory of the PRRC. As its investment protection, SFTI will have its " Pioneering Status " for the ferry route and ferry docking area. The SFTI will also support the advocacy of PRRC's " Puso para sa Ilog Pasig " to help clean up and rehabilitate the Pasig River: While IA shall provide SFTI land by way of lease, and the exact location where the terminals will be constructed. The IA shall also secure and encourage operators of Elec tric Tricycle ( ETrike ) to place ETrikes within the vicinity of the ferry terminal for the easy access and convenience of the passengers. In cooperation with the operator, IA shall be responsible in bringing in tourists to try and experience the ferries. In the same vein, IA shall assist to further the efforts of the Department of Tourism ( DOT ) by promoting the Cavite - Pasig River Ferry Station.

Sabado, Enero 20, 2018

" Seeing Beyond " photo exhibit opens at Solaire

Six photographers whose intent is to get the viewer to pause, go a level deeper and " see beyond " are running a photo exhibit-cum-fund raiser at Solaire's The Shoppes Artway until January 25, 2018. This is for the benefit  of the ERDA Tech Vocational Luminaries from business, photography and art worlds including Metro Pacific's Manny V. Pangilinan and Mike Toledo, Meralco's Oscar Reyes and Alfredo Panlilio, and ERDA's chairman Charlemagne Yu graced the exhibit's ribbon cutting and cocktail reception last January 10.

The six photographers - Angela Panlilio, Bern Wong, Jeff Dytuco, Michael Olivares, Fred Tiongson and Tony Rivera - are friends who have been in travel and photography escapades but wanted to go beyond postcard - pretty pictures.

The works are in black and white or muted colors, and range from still life to landscape, which highlight a variety of journeys that include spiritual or corporeal reflection, pensiveness, struggle, and joy... all leading to pause that sees beyond.

Biyernes, Enero 19, 2018


Welcome to Bayview Park Hotel Manila world of endearing contrasts. Budget - friendly, yet first class accommodations, facilities and amenities. Steeped in historic significance, now elevated to modern, international boutique hotel standards; Romantic, but sensively pragmatic and practical; A discreet sanctuary, at the hub of world renowned entertainment, artistic and cultural venues; Serene and venerable, still hospitable and comfortable.

In its over 75 years of existence, Bayview Park Hotel Manila has held sway as one of the longest enduring, sought after destinations for both business and leisure travelers in Manila, offering very affordable and friendly rates, while providing unparalled service and exclusive privileges for the most discriminating guests.

Steeped in the traditions of a graceful era gone by, yet designed to exceed the demands of contemporary lifestyles, Bayview Park Hotel Manila offers all the modern functions and conveniences of freshly renovated, " personalized " boutique hotel. Stylish and welcoming accommodations, function driven facilities and amenities, guest friendly rates, and a level of service that can only be described as Filipino hospitality at its best.

A distinguished destinatination in itself for nearly eight decades, Bayview Park Hotel Manila is situated just minutes away from other historic and renowned landmarks including Luneta Park, the Manila Cathedral, the walled city of Intramuros, and the vibrant art and entertainment milieu, Malate. Across it, towards the bay are the U.S. Embassy, Manila Yacht Club and further on, the CCP Complex, the country's premier cultural hub. It's proximity to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, a mere 20 minutes away, offers extra convenience much desired by the travel - weary visitor.

With the complete satisfaction of its cherished client ever in mind, Bayview Park Hotel Manila has prepared special packages for almost any occasion, be it for once in a lifetime debuts, themed children's parties, momentous milestones and anniversaries, and that dream wedding you've always longed for. Thoughtfully planned and creatively executed by our events professionals to suit your personal preferences, requirements and budget, Bayview Park Hotel Manila packages are designed to ensure any event's success, without the usual accompanying stress and worries.

Besides splendid accommodations and its noted hospitality, Bayview Park Hotel Manila is best known for its value wedding packages that leave newlyweds with all the best lasting memories. It has become the preferred hotel of soon-to-be-married's who want their special day to be celebrated with elegance and grandeur, yet with the right balance of practicality.

For corporate needs such as business events, launches, sales rallies, seminars and conference, Bayview Park Hotel Manila offers functionally designed rooms with complete audio visual and other technical facilities. There are 15 function rooms to accommodate every particular requirement, with the Manila Bay Ballroom having a maximum seating capacity of 300. All your needs will be attended to promptly by the hitel's courteous staff, with our friendly and experienced Banquet Sales Team working with you at every stage to help make your corporate functions as productive and output driven as possible.

Hospitable, dependable, modest, respected, distinguished. Words meant to be lived by. It's simply the Bayview Park Hotel Manila way.

Huwebes, Enero 18, 2018

Fitness Trends 2018: Stick with Old, Add in the New

By John Agwunobi, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H.

In the health and wellness field, this idea of ‘exercise is medicine’ has been found to have a significant impact on our health. Getting in shape, staying fit, keeping up a regular regimen of exercise and physical activity are as important to healthy living as your diet, nutrition, and food choices. Indeed, maximizing the number of minutes of physical activity and minimizing the number of calories are two sides of the same coin. All of it is complementary and mutually reinforcing.

So we are always interested in what’s new on the fitness front. And we asked our expert, Samantha Clayton, and a handful of members of our Fitness Advisory Boards (FABs) for their outlook for 2018.

What the Experts Say

Sam’s Take: Traditional Fitness Meets New Methods & Technology
Samantha Clayton, Senior Director, Worldwide Sports Performance & Fitness

The field of fitness and exercise in the 21st century remains a mix of new approaches and old. New classes, programming, and choreography, in hopes of keeping it exciting and fresh, enhance traditional training methods. Running and cycling are still popular, but the past year saw the return of the 1980s rebounder trampoline craze, the continued expansion of High Intensity Training (HIIT) protocols, and growing participation in competition-based fitness like mud runs, 5Ks, and triathlons.

At the same time, as in pretty much every facet of life, society and the economy, technology is a constant driver of the exercise revolution – especially as more wearable devices come online and a wider array of apps appear on our smartphones, all of them offering people simple and easy ways to monitor their activity day by day, minute by minute.

For now, though, let’s highlight three trends that we expect to progress, emerge, or burst on the scene in 2018.

First, cross training styles are here to stay—it’s simply too effective of a way to seamlessly blend building muscle with working on your cardio all at once. It remains suitable for beginners or experienced exercisers. It can be tailored to each individual’s goals. It is a recognized strategy for everything from weight loss to weight maintenance to sports performance.

And that’s before people become more and more aware of the positive metabolic and body composition results sparked by these workouts. Suffice is to say, this dynamic and versatile regimen will keep trending upward year after year into the foreseeable future.

Salvatore Nocerino, Herbalife Nutrition Fitness Consultant

Second, as noted by Salvatore Nocerino, an Herbalife Nutrition fitness consultant and FAB member in Italy, the ABC style of training will keep growing and thriving, in Europe and around the world. Short for Athletic Body Conditioning, ABC combines body weight training, weight lifting, and choreographed movements using a single step and other simple equipment. It’s high-energy and highly stylized, with workouts that rely heavily on music of momentum, rhythm, and results. It emphasizes the importance of stretching, developing muscle, building a strong and stable core, and improving coordination.

Perhaps most important of all, ABC training is fun, well rounded, and effective – and its reach is expected to expand in 2018 and beyond.

Chappy Callanta, Herbalife Nutrition Fitness Ambassador

Third, Chappy Callanta, another Herbalife Nutrition FAB member and fitness coach, believes that online and distance coaching will see a steady climb in demand, popularity, and usage in the year ahead. Technology is simply making these kinds of interactions easier, so you can find the coach you want and the guidance you need, wherever you are. Not only that, but this approach to coaching is likely to include a more holistic form of mentoring, taking into account people’s physical, nutritional, and psychosocial goals at the same time. It’ll help them recognize and alter their daily habits and utilize motivation techniques to facilitate behavioral change for the better. All of which will be key, in 2018 and long past that, to a sustainable, healthy, and active lifestyle.

No matter which trend you choose, one thing is for sure: the “exercise is medicine” movement is fast becoming a fact of life. The medical community is on board. So are top health care experts. They see it as a positive public health initiative for preventative care and disease risk management.

So if nothing else, the trend toward greater fitness as a pathway to health will continue.

Dr. John Agwunobi is the Chief Health and Nutrition Officer of Herbalife Nutrition.


Martes, Enero 16, 2018

Aqua Play Parks launches new water park

Just last month, Aqua Play Parks, a specialized manufacturer of inflatable play structures and obstacle courses launched its newest water park in Kamia Bay Resort which has proved to be a huge hit . 

The long-awaited water fun facility covers an area of 3,000 square meter that features all of the comforts you would expect to suit for families, corporate travellers and large group bookings. Created and designed by Peter Appleton, CEO and Owner,  Aqua Play Parks has been built in close collaboration with Kamia Bay Resort.

Speaking at the opening, Peter Appleton said, “We designed and built this unique aqua park following international standards. It has been designed for maximum fun and allows for approximately 150 persons to enjoy it per hour. It includes a wide array of obstacles to slide, climb, walk, crawl, swing, balance and jump. The highlights are the massive Slidezilla Cliff Slide and  Trampoline Volleyball.

Thinning hair problem? 5 ways to deal with your hair loss dilemma
Losing lots of hair each day? Starting to have bald patches on your head? One of the most fearsome thoughts for both men and women is the prospect of thinning hair. Though hair loss occurrence is higher among men, women are not exempted from this problem. According to studies, roughly 30 percent of the adult population suffers from some degree of hair loss, which can lower one’s confidence and cause anxiety. If hair is one’s crowning glory, balding hair can be a real nightmare. But worry no more. We made a list of ways for you to cope with major or minor hair loss:
1.      Cut it short. Ask your hairstylist about what haircut will best flatter your look.  Short hairstyles can minimize the appearance of thinning hair and make baldness less apparent.
2.      Style it right. Use volume-enhancing products that will make your hair stand up from the scalp to give it a thicker appearance. Avoid using greasy hair products and putting heavy hairsprays as they will flatten and clamp your hair together, thus emphasizing your bald patches. For women, layering and locking your hair in large curls can give an illusion of volume. You may also opt to blow dry your hair for extra volume.  
3.      Try topical treatments. There are plenty of shampoos and scalp lotions that claim to help re-grow hair. Look for a good over-the-counter topical treatment available in the market and use it rigorously. Watch your diet closely and make sure you eat plenty of iron-, protein-, and zinc-rich foods.                                                                                                                                         
4.      Look for an appropriate wig and toupee. If you want to flaunt a full-head of hair without using any topical treatments or products, invest in a good hair dress like wigs, toupees or hair extensions. With this option, you can style your hair the way you want without fear that your bald patches might be exposed. You can also pick and change your look with less hassle.
5.      Go for the long-term and permanent medical treatment.  If you want to grow your own hair naturally, and permanently, a hair transplant procedure might be the best for you. MAXiM Hair Restoration, a 12-year old American hair transplant company that has a branch in the Philippines, offers the advanced no-stitch, no linear scar technique called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) as well as the conventional hair transplant technique known as Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT). Both enable clients to grow back their hair via hair transplantation. It also offers a non-surgical method called Scalp Micropigmentation that produces a short buzz-cut look without the client undergoing an actual transplant.

MAXiM’s expert doctors are registered plastic surgeons who are skilled in surgery and aesthetics as well. Happy clients include professionals, international models, entertainment personalities and sports celebrities, most notably PBA Legend Alvin “The Captain” Patrimonio, who was the latest addition to the list of happy celebrities who have undergone MAXiM’s hair procedure. Balikbayans and overseas workers also choose to have hair transplants from MAXiM, which is super-specialized and focused on hair restoration and nothing else, for job and professional advancement.

MAXiM, offers complimentary hair transplant consultations in their office or via Skype. Interested parties may email their photos to MAXiM to get an estimate number of grafts and quotation.

For more information about hair restoration, go or call (02) 818 6000 or 813 3001 for a FREE consultation.  OFWs and those residing outside Metro Manila can avail of Skype consultations.   
Mar Sabillo
MAXiM Hair Restoration

Tessa Jazmines
Larc&Asset PR

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Larc&Asset PR
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