Manage Acne with Papulex!

I am a fan of committing skincare sins, I love eating nuts, I sleep in a wrong way I love to squeeze my pimples and most of the time I am lazy of washing my face. I admit that at one point or another I am guilty of gross habits that aggravate my skin.

Kicking Out Bad Skin Habits

I admit that I am guilty of committing skincare sins and need to be aware of such habits in order to prevent acne from getting worse.

Im vain, I love eating nuts, I sleep in a wrong way and I love to squeeze my pimples. I realize that I have a lot of bad skin habits.

Here's a list of bad skin habits that should be kicked out:

Gel products on your forehead
Most people say that I have good skin, what they don't know is I often get acne on my forehead because I would always apply gel on my hair until some of it goes to my forehead. After a few days acne arises. Tip: Don't rush putting on gel.

Nuts can make you nuts
I love nuts, especially nuts sold in the bus. "Mani, mainit, may bawang, bagong luto...bili na!" vendors would shout.

I've heard advices from friend that one cause of acne is too much eating of nuts. Sometimes it's true sometimes it's nut. Tip: Try greaseless nuts

Irregular change of pillow case
I sleep before 12 midnight lying face down on my pillow every night.
what they don't know about my pillow? I seldom change it's case and it's full of my saliva. :-) Obviously bacteria goes to my face until it aggregates acne. Tip: Regularly change your pillowcase

Squeezing pimple
I love squeezing when I have pimples and I know it's tempting. The act of squeezing a pimple pushes the bacteria deeper into the pores, causing inflammation, infection, and scarring. This is the worst thing that I do. Tip: Avoid temptations

With all these bad habits I still manage to have a good skin because I use a brand that helps me prevent skin acne.

Soon to be revealed!

Weird remedies don’t work for Acne

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Problem: Acne is one of the hardest thing to manage.

When acne arises you will do everything just to clear it off. Even the most weird remedy that you can think becomes a great idea and somehow there was a time that you would like to try it .

Acne Sucks! But it is a problem that can be managed

Studies show that Acne is one of the problems that everybody would usually encounter during teenage years. It did happen to me but thank God it didn’t showed up for long. I asked some of my friends about their experiences, some of them experienced it early some of them experienced a bit late.

13,000 Runners to Own Manila in the Nike We Run MNL 10K


 On Sunday, 2 December, close to 13,000 runners will be up bright and early to take part in the Nike We Run MNL 10K race. It will flag off at the SM Mall of Asia activity area, at the corner ofSeaside Boulevard andBayshore Avenue. The runners will be part of Nike’s global We Run race movement which will see a total of 395,000 runners from 32 cities participating, forging a new global community of runners through Nike’s most connected race series yet with innovative Nike+ technology.




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Nike’s We Run MNL 10K race will bring the streets of Pasay City to life with 13,000 high energy runners expected to make tracks all over the SM Mall of Asia’s grounds. Set against the remarkable view of Manila Bay, the race will see runners pass through the commercialized area of the Mall of Asia with the SMX Convention Centerand the latest icon of the area, the eye-shaped SM Bay City Arena. Runners are set to leave the urban commercial scenery and head towards the fields along Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, before taking a turn on Pacific Avenue to race back to the finish line.

 

At the finish line, runners can look forward to completing their Nike experience at the race village located at Seaside Boulevard, connecting with fellow running enthusiasts and athletes to celebrate their running achievements. Runners can also recharge and relax at the massage booth, as well as enjoy the refreshments from the juice bar.  There will be a concert, hosted by Nike influencers Drew Arellano and Mia Bayuga, featuring bands such as Chicosci, Never The Strangers and Spongecola to keep the adrenaline pumping after the run.

 

All finishers will receive a Finisher’s T-Shirt to commemorate the event and their running experience. Adapting the global We Run design, and customized for the Philippines, runners are identified globally with the black Nike Dri-Fit race tee featuring a distinct volt green collar piping and a striking graphic in volt green. Runners who complete the run will also receive a finisher’s tee to proudly wear their achievement.

 

In line with this, the race kit collection will be on November 27 to 30 from 10 am until 10 pm at the Bonifacio High Street activity grounds in front of Nike Park Fort,Bonifacio GlobalCity, Taguig. Runners are reminded to bring their IDs and a printed copy of their confirmation slip to collect their race packs.

 

 

The Nike We Run race series is Nike’s most connected race series yet with innovative Nike+ technology. The race series kicked off on September 1 in Prague Czech Republic, and will conclude on December 15 inRio de Janeiro,Brazil.

 

For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/NikeRunningPH or follow us on twitter via @NikePH.

Tipco Veggie Juices: Drink up for Good Health

 


It is a fact that vegetables are one of the foods that should be a constant in our diet, mainly because of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals from them. It has been proven that a diet rich in vegetables does not only bring overall wellness to the body but also helps reduce the risk of heart disease, some cancers and stroke. For kids, veggies help a great deal in strengthening their immune system. This is why it is ideal for us to have three to five servings of veggies a day or simply put, half of our meal plate should be fruits and vegetables.


Enervon invites OnAndOners to join the Ultimate OnAndOn Challenge Round 2

Enervon invites OnAndOners to join the
Ultimate OnAndOn Challenge Round 2


Kailangan mo ba ng beach break with your barkada?

Unilab’s multivitamin brand, Enervon, invites you to join the Enervon Ultimate OnAndOn Challenge Round 2! Just visit www.Facebook.com/EnervonPH and take on the set of photo challenges developed especially for today’s OnAndOn individuals!

One Grand Winner will get to win a barkada beach getaway for four and Enervon gift packs.

Interested individuals must be at least 18 years old and must be a member of Enervon’s Facebook fan page. Once registration has been completed, the app will unveil the set of photo challenges that need to be completed to qualify.

Do you want to be our certified OnAndOner? You have until November 21, 2012 to register and submit your photos!

To know more about the mechanics of this challenge, visit www.Facebook.com/EnervonPH and click the Enervon OnAndOn pin. You can also follow us via Twitter @EnervonPH and use #OnAndOn.

READY, SET, GO! Join now!

The Enervon Ultimate OnAndOn Challenge Round 2 is the fourth of a series of challenges launched under the Enervon OnAndOn Facebook App.

Enervon tablet is especially formulated for adults to help ensure optimum energy and increase body resistance against sickness. Pop a tablet of Enervon everyday para todo ang energy and always guarded against sakit! Be Energive, Energuard with Enervon!

Eating healthy food is not a guarantee for Acne-free skin

The challenge

I started going vegetarian on 2001 when I joined a mountaineering club when I was in college. I had a group of friends’ who were also vegetarians. I became attracted to their lifestyle and I find it cool at that time.

#YouVsYourself Video by Safeguard Active

I just found out this very amazing video from Safeguard Active about you facing yourself as the toughest opponent.

Here's what it says:

With Safeguard Active's 12-hour odor shield, you're free to exceed your athletic limitations and beat your toughest opponent, YOURSELF.

Take the #YouVsYourself Timeline Challenge and get a chance to train with the best and more prizes!

Challenge yourself now: https://www.facebook.com/SafeguardPhilippines/app_467233353328284

Watch how Coach Rio, Matteo Guidicelli, Gretchen Ho and JC intal beat themselves. Like the Safeguard Philippines Facebook Page to learn more: http://www.facebook.com/SafeguardPhilippines



*Someday I will also be in this video.

Heredity and the common misconceptions about Acne

My Dad who is now at his 60's said he never had an acne before because he never stayed late at night. My Dad’s skin is acne free and he looks great at his age. We only communicate via Facebook message:

Me: When was the last time you had an acne or pimple?

Dad: I never had an acne because I never stay late at night

Looking for Most Relaxing Team Building Retreat Place?

My Nurture Spa Experience  in Tagaytay.

I've heard a lot of good things about Nurture Spa so I went there last Saturday to join their glamping activity.

Awarded as one of the Top 7 Spa in the Philippines by AsiaSpa and CNN's Top 28 Most Relaxing Spa in Asia

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As you enter the place you will feel a very calm aura and a cool atmosphere. When you breathe in you can hear the sound from your ears.

Companies, couples, families and friends can have fun camping here while absorbing the advantages of Nurture Spa’s treatments. I strongly recommend Glamping because I was able to experience it and I can say that it is worth paying the service.

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This is a very nice place to stay and relax. If I would be rich I will stay here every weekend.

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Glamping  is short for Glamorous Camping.

Glamping Package combines a relaxing, recovering wellness knowledge of Nurture Spa with a fun of camping outdoors. Nurture Spa Village has stretched a skill and now includes a Sabila Campsite, where Glamping activities will be held.

For as low as 2,500 Php you can have the best camping experience. Includes overnight stay at the garden. The tent is like your room because it has a comfortable beddings and has electricity inside. Good enough for 2-3 person.

You also get free breakfast and a choice of 30 minute outdoor treatment (facial, foot or head and shoulder massage)

Use their barbeque grillers, bonfire and free Standard Digital Meridian Healthscan.

*The Glamping Package is valid until December 31, 2012

Glamping is a good proceed for groups of people to relax, have fun and de-stress, while during a same time boosting their health.

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Nurture Spa is accepting groups—from families to groups of friends on holiday, to members of corporate team-building activities.

Teambuiding package costs 4,000 Php/person and 10,000 Php for the facilitator fee (optional)

I stayed there together with my blogger friends as part of celebrating love and wellness as we search for good health.

There's a lot of things that I learned about the importance of wellness.

  • Stress is the main cause of chronic diseases and it kills people

  • Work causes a lot of stress.

  • When you appreciate things that you have more than things that you don't have your mind can easily adopt that state of being relaxed.

  • There is a great impact on the sense of smell. Aromatherapy is very helpful if you experiencing  a lot of stress.


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Shape: Circle

I also learned that being mindful to what you see around you gives a relaxing effect on our mind. We had an activity; we went to the plantation and we need to mind the things that we see. We need to tell on our mind about the things that we see around.

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Color: Green and Blue

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Circles

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Lines

The most relaxing activity we did was Qi Gong, it is an ancient breathing exercise which was lead by Hannah Holzgreve, an instructor from Germany.

After the Qi Gong activity we did an exercise called Exercise Circuit.

We had a short trek going to Pineapple farm of Nurture Spa before we had our lunch.

A wellness talk by Ms. Cathy Turvill, one of the owner followed after.

And I also learned a lot of therapy that help you feel relax and remove daily stress. During our stay I experienced the following types of therapy

  • Aromatherapy

  • Massage therapy

  • Hydrotheapy

  • Laughter Yoga

  • Vegetarian Food


It is very important to achieve a relax state of mind because it keeps the mind clear at all times which is conducive in maintaining a good health

I was also lucky to experience their facial massage called "dilag" and had a very relaxing sleep.

I feel like I'm in a paradise. One day is not enough for me to experience to good things here.

I will definitely find ways to be able to go back to this very beautiful place.

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The Nike We Run Manila and The New Nike Lunarglide

As we approach the final stretch of the year, Nike invites us to participate in a global running movement that unifies 359,000 runners around the globe through the We Run series. It is being held in all countries around Asia and now it will be in Manila this December 2.


We Run Manila 10K is rolling out the second time:


Nike We Run Manila 10K
December 2, 2012
SM Mall of Asia
10K

Registration Fees:
PHP 800 – UNDER 25 Y.O. (24 years old and below as of race day)
PHP 1,200 – 25 Y.O. & ABOVE (25 years old and above as of race day)
PHP 1,400 – BUDDY 1+1 UNDER 25 (24 years old and below as of race day)

Registration Fees:
PHP 800 – UNDER 25 Y.O. (24 years old and below as of race day)
PHP 1,200 – 25 Y.O. & ABOVE (25 years old and above as of race day)
PHP 1,400 – BUDDY 1+1 UNDER 25 (24 years old and below as of race day)* Finishers will receive a finisher’s token. TBA.

Race Categories:

Women’s Under 25 – For women aged 24 years and below on the race day
Men’s Under 25 – For men aged 24 years and below on the race day
Women’s Open – Open to women of all ages
Men’s Open – Open to men of all ages

Registration Venues: (Starts on October 8, 2012)
- Nike Park Fort
- Nike Park Trinoma
- Nike Park MOA
- Nike Stadium ATC
- Nike Park Ermita
- Nike Park Galleria
- Nike Forum Robinsons Magnolia
- Nike Park Glorietta 4
- Nike Stadium Rockwell
- Riovana Katipunan

Nike We Run Manila 10K – Race Packet Claiming Schedule:
- November 27-30, 2012 from 10AM to 10PM
- Bonifacio High Street (Nike Park BHS)
- Bring your ID and confirmation slip to collect your race pack.

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Nike system of running introduces the latest gear responsible for elevating the running experience. A running gear delving deeper into the Holiday ’12 Shield Pack Collection, Nike+ Ecosystem, and Nike Training Club.

In an event held for the press and media. A pair of shoes was given to us to try how does it works for our feet. The event was called Nike+ Media Trial Session

I was lucky to try out the new Nike Lunarglide.

The activity was a  running clinic session led by Coach Rio with participants from the press and media. Here are some tips on achieving a good run:



In my experience I felt very comfortable using it. It was actually lighter than the present shoes that I have. I actually liked the fit. The brand with three stripes.

However, when I asked one of my fellow blogger Rene Villarta about his experience on the shoes. He said it was not a good choice for him. He felt a little bit of tightness on  the planter part of his feet.



Watch the video to know more about the shoes:



 

 

World Pneumonia Day 2012 celebrates in Baguio City

November 12 - World Pneumonia Day 2012 was held in Baguio City led by the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination with the support of Baguio City Government headed by Mayor Mauricio DomoganGSK Philippines and other pharmaceutical companies.





During the celebration, hundreds of adults and children got vaccinated to prevent pneumonia cases in the country. Mayor Mauricio Domogan himself got vaccinated.

The Prevention of Cervical Cancer Campaign

12 Filipinas die of Cervical Cancer and also the second biggest cause of female cancer mortality in the country.

During the celebration, Philippines' hottest and sexiest female star Anne Curtis is this year's ambassador for GSK Philippines Prevention of Cervical Cancer campaign.

For the record it has made 1,000 + doctors consistently dancing for 5 minutes



At the event held at PICC she entertained the guests by singing a production number "Call Me Maybe" after that Anne Curtis & 1,500 Doctors danced for 12 Filipinas.



Because there are 12 Filipinas who dies everyday because of Cervical Cancer, Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS), entitled Beat It! Fighting Cervical Cancer One Beat At A Time.

Present during the event were Papa ChenJason Zamora of Manouvers and the Philippine All Stars.

They set a world record for having the biggest number of dancing doctors.

New York City Marathon; Race Cancelled

Many people in the area are still suffering from the storm’s damage (Hurricane Sandy).

New York Road Runners, the organization that operates the marathon decided to cancel the biggest marathon for safety reasons.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Mary Wittenberg, director of the marathon — said the event would provide a needed morale boost, as well as an economic one.

“It’s clear that the best thing for New York and the best thing for the marathon and the future is, unfortunately, to move on,” said Ms. Wittenberg

Continue reading New York City Marathon; Race Cancelled in The New York TImes

Think First before Taking Saridon

The Wikipedia says "Saridon is an analgesic combination indicated for the management of headache. The currently global base formulation contains 135mg of propyphenazone, 260 mg of paracetamol and 55 mg of caffeine.

The combination is designed and said to produce effective analgesia with fast onset of action in 15 minutes, as compared to paracetamol, ibuprofen, or aspirin alone"



As far as I remember the TV and online ad of Saridon has adult scenes. However, I read an article online that Saridon is safe to take. I wonder what Department of Health would explain about Saridon.

The last time I ran a 42KM run I felt pain so I took a pain reliever but I didn't try to take Saridon as a remedy. I had Alaxan instead.

Why? I am so scared of the possible side effects it might cause.

Saridon is prescribed to relieve diferent pains: migraine pain, persistent headache, muscle ache, arthritis pain, backache, dental troubles, common cold and fever.

It also relieves minor arthritis without decreasing the inflammation or swelling of the joints.

Saridon is banned in Sri Lanka, Korea, Malaysia and Turkey. because it has Propyphenazone content.

But it is available in drugstores here in the Philippines.

How hazardous is Propyphenazone? Propyphenazone is derived from pyrazolone and is related to phenazone. It has antipyretic and analgesic properties.

According to some of my friends who is into pharmaceutical field Saridon is accessible to drug stores nationwide.

There are side effects people should know before buting Saridon it includes;
nausea, low fever, vomiting, stomach ache, loss of appetite, dark urine, tarry stool, yellowing of the skin or eyes.

Plus there are allergic reactions, chest pain, difficulty in breathing, swelling of the throat, lips, tongue and face.

As a matter of fact I've seen some blogs which has ads of Saridon. It means it is very well promoted here in the Philippines

Saridon is sold at very affordable price here. DOH and Bayer should do something about this.

Saridon, Is it Safe?

My Unilab Run United Philippine Marathon Photos

When I ran the Unilab Run United Philippine Marathon I had my Iphone with me. I manage to take a few photos before the gunstart but I became lazy afterwards.

I only took photos when I see marks starting from 21K, 32 K and the finish line.

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Who is Runmanila?

New band Runmanila: When dance meets rock, electronica.


 There’s a new band just around the OPM corner, and they fuse the elements of dance, rock and electronica in their songs.

The band is Runmanila, the newest band of Universal Records and Orion Entertainment. The band is composed of four college students Kevin Lim (Vocals, Sound Effects), Aaron Cruz (Programming, Guitars, Synthesizers), JR Jader (Electronics, Beats, Electro Drums) and Ignacio Cuyegkeng (Guitars, Synthesizers, Sound effects).

Asked about their music, the members of the band replied, “we want to call it ElectroPopRock -where rock meets dance, head banging meets booty shaking, rock moves plus dance grooves.”
Runmanila  brings in a new sound through rock guitar riffs and simple drum beats blended with electro synthesizers, drum machines, and four-on-the-floor beats.

The band is the newest addition to he Orion Entertainment roster of artists, headlined by Noel Cabangon and ably supported by the most promising acts in local entertainment industry Kimpoy Feliciano, Jordan Bautista, Jensen Gomez, Jason Fernandez and bands She’s Only Sixteen, Six Part Invention, and Aspen Way. Orion Entertainment is also the international agent of Sam Concepcion, Karylle, Sponge Cola and JayR.

Runmanila is scheduled to release their debut album in early 2013, under Universal Records and Orion Entertainment.

My Run United Philippine Marathon 42K Experience

Chiptime:  06:59:09

Guntime: 07:07:40

This is my first time to do a 42 Km Marathon. I decided to write my experience in Tagalog because I feel it this way. Hope you like it.

First time kong tumakbo ng 42K, madalas kasi 21K or 16K ang tinatakbo ko. Salamat sa Unilab Run United para sa experience na ito ganun na rin sa mga runners na nakasabay at nakilala ko sa daan. Allan, Jenny at Kit salamat sa mga oras na magkasabay tayo.

First time din ng Unilab na magkaroon ng isang full marathon event kaya naman sa kabila ng saya ng takbuhan ay may mga nagrereklamo din dahil sa kanilang hindi magandang na- experience.

Hindi ako makatulog noong gabi ng sabado, excited kasi ako kaya isip lang ako ng isip kung anong magyayari sa akin sa takbo. Kakayanin ko kaya? Hindi kaya ako mag cramps? Baka hindi ako umabot ah…ah basta bahala na si Lord bukas basta’t tatakbo ako. Ganyan ako mag- isip isang gabi bago ang takbo.

Ang aga naman ng simula! Alas tres? Eh himbing na himbing pa kaya ako nyan. Pero ganun talaga ang buhay kailangan magsimula ng maaga mahaba kasi ang ruta.

Pabor sa akin ang simula – Bonifacio High Street. Sa Fort Bonifacio lang kasi kami nakatira konting distansya lang mula sa starting line. Ang kaso wala palang byahe sa amin kapag alas tres. Wala akong choice kundi mag taxi, buti na lang may mabait na runner akong nasabayan. Sa 21K siya tatakbo kaya hindi na kami nagkita pagkatapos naming bumaba.

Sakto lang ang dating ko stretching pa lang. Kaso nauuhaw ako kaya bumili muna ako ng Gatorade sa 7 Eleven. Hindi ko namalayan ang bilis ng oras pagbalik ko sa starting line 5 minutes na nakatakbo ang 42K runners late nap ala ako. Ang dilim ng daanan bumilis tuloy ang takbo ko.

Nakita ko ang mga kalsadang dinadaanan ng mga sasakyan….nang araw na yon tinatakbuhan lang namin at nilalakaran. C5, Lawton Ave., Buendia Flyover, Ayala, Roxas Blvd., CCP papuntang Mall of Asia at marami pang iba.

Ginawa ko ang lahat ng makakaya ko pero medyo nag rerelax ako. Ayoko ko kasing

Para sa isang first timer na katulad ko maituturing na isang malaking achievement ang makatapos ng 42K na takbo. Isa ito sa pinakamalaking bagay na ginawa ko sa buhay ko. Ang medalyang natanggap ko sa takbong ito ay ang siyang pinakamalaking medalyang natanggap ko sa buong buhay ko. Sa laki ng medalyang ito halos pwede na akong kumain dito.

Masarap na mahirap. Masarap ang pakiramdam kapag tumatakbo para kasing ang lakas lakas ng katawan mo at syempre ang sarap ng pakiramdam pagkatapos….ang luwag luwag ng dibdib mo…ang sarap huminga. Mahirap din dahil kailanagan mong sanayin ang katawan mo sa mahabang takbuhan kaya kahit papano dapat may sapat na training bago tumakbo. Mahirap dahil mainit at nakakuhaw kaya dapat may baong sapat na tubig. Hirap at sarap, parte ito ng buhay pagtakbo.

Matagal man bago ko natapos ang takbong ito masaya naman ako nangyari. Ligtas ako at di ako nag cramps. Hindi ito ang huling beses na gagawin ko ang bagay na ito. Mas tutuklasin ko ang mundo ng pagtakbo.

Hinding hindi ko malilimutan ang karanasan kong ito. Mabuhay ang pinoy runners!

 

Filipinos Crowned Fastest in 2012 adidas Southeast Asia King of the Road in Singapore

 



Southeast Asia was ‘all in’ for running as 45,000 passionate runners came together to participate in adidas King of the Road 2012 (KOTR), the only running championship spanning across five countries within the region, clocking an impressive 84km distance – the equivalent of two marathons. As the global leader in running, adidas continued its commitment to the sport by hosting its second KOTR championship in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Singapore.

Multiply Philippines launched Origination Awards

Multiply the Philippines’ and Southeast Asia’s largest online shopping site is searching for the best original products, ideas and concepts among its merchants in the Philippines. Three local Multiply merchants with outstanding creativity and originality will be given the Multiply Origination Awards, a recognition of excellence and creativity among the growing community of entrepreneurs who have found new and exciting ways to market their products in the e-commerce space.

Designer Blooms Cafe serves Freshly Picked Freshly Prepared Organic Food

Designer Blooms has been a famous flower shop in the country. They've become a great source of fresh flowers and progressed in this kind of  business.

From being a flower shop, they now have a flower shop which is also a flower shop cafe.

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As Designer Blooms celebrates it’s 20th Anniversary in the business it also  launched “Designer Blooms Cafe”, Philippines 1st and only fresh flower cafe

On October 27  at the Molito Mall near Alabang Town Center, guests, family and friends gathered to celebrate this momentous event and also tasted the organic food served in this cafe.

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Designer Blooms is a family-owned business known for its sublime floral creations. The brainchild of sisters, Marie Garcia and Issa Garcia-Sicam, this concept café marries the beauty of flowers and the warmth of comfort food. Marie and Issa mom is the Artist in the family, she takes care of the concept of the interiors and flower arrangements.

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“Freshly Picked. Freshly Prepared" true to it's tagline, I can say that this cafe is a place for healthy living enthusiasts. Designer Blooms Café offers a dining experience thru the very relaxing ambiance of it's place.

Their branch in Alabang is the first Flower Shop Cafe and they have plans of making another cafe tentatively at The Fort area.

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"We have gone the extra mile to search for the freshest ingredients and we prepare everything à la minute,” says co-owner Marie Garcia.

From the modern-industrial interiors to the kitsch furniture pieces, Designer Blooms Café is a comfy and inviting spot for a quick meal, a good cup of coffee or a glass of wine, and a heaven for fresh-cut flowers.



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The menu, prepared by US-Trained and CCA Alumni Chef Diana Morales is simple, fresh and dainty. During the celebration yours truly together with a group of food bloggers tasted it's specialty dishes and tried out picking some of it's freshest flowers

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It was a long list of menu...the longest I've seen so far. I strongly recommend their food because you will never ran out of good food to order.

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Warm your soul with the café’s selection of hearty soups, like the sumptuous Cream of Mushroom,

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the delectably velvety Roasted Tomato soup or refresh your senses with an interesting version

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Roasted Beet Carpaccio Salad served with edible flowers.

If you’re craving for something a little more filling, why not indulge in the juicy Jalapeno Burger

Ravioli

or a delicious serving of pasta like, the Fresh Ravioli?

Conclude a delightful fare with heavenly dessert, like White Chocolate Cheesecake or Banana Cream Pie paired with the café’s freshly brewed selection of organic teas and imported coffee from San Francisco.

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Warm, fresh and inspiring.

Here are some vegetarian options at Designer Blooms Cafe:

Vegetarian Panini - 215 Php

Hearty Mushroom Soup (specialty) fresh shitake and button mushrooms, thyme , parsley - 189 Php

Velvetty Roasted Tomato Soup with grilled cheese panini : roasted tomato cheddar, gruyere, rye bread - 249 Php

Designer Blooms Café is a dining destination for families, young couples and individuals in search of something more than just a place to eat.

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This concept brings the outdoors in with its various floral offerings combined with a charming atmosphere to enjoy a gorgeous meal. Offering a full sensorial experience, Designer Blooms Café is sure to feed your soul.

Designer Blooms Cafe has partnered with ESQUIRE Financing Inc. to bring this unique concept of combining fresh flowers and freshly prepared food under the newly launch “powered by Esquire” program.

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Powered by Esquire is actively finding more business ideas and helps entrepreneurs that want to grow their business with resources, expertise and network that EFI has acquire and stands to share to its clients.

Designer Blooms Café details:

Restaurant Location:
Molito Commercial Complex, Ayala Alabang
Contact Nos:  (632) 512-0353
(in front of Alabang Town Center)

Facebook Page: 
http://www.facebook.com/DesignerBloomsCafe

Twitter Account:
https://twitter.com/DBloomsCafeMNL

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2012 Cablewakeboard & Cablewakeskate World Championships

What: 2012 Cable Wakeboard Championships

Events: Cablewakeboard & Cablewakeskate 

When: November 6-11, 2012

Where: DECA Wakeboard Park in Clark, Pampanga

Organizers:

International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation in collaboration with Wakeboard and Waterski Association of the Philippines.

Coming from 10 countries with over 300 participants, 2012 Cable Wakeboard Championships is categorized into Boys and Girls division.

On Wakeboarding, levels are Junior, Open, Masters and Veterans.

On Wakeskating, there will be Men's and Ladies' sections in the Junior and Open levels.



At the presscon held last October 25, I got the chance to ask  Samantha Bermudez about the near competition, she is one of the competitors for the open women's wakeboard. If you want to know more about the Wakeboarding world  watch this video as she shares a lot of details.



Sam also shared the things we should know if it is our first time to watch a Wakeboarding competition.



Sam will be competing with the World's greatest wakeboarders. This is also the list of the Top Wakeboarders in the World

Angelika "Ange" Schriber (Australia)
Dominik Guhrs (Germany)
Steffen Vollert (Germany)
Frederic "Freddy" Von Osten (Germany)
Nick Davies (Great Britain)
Lior Sofer (Israel)
Denise de Haan (Netherlands)
Carlo Dela Torre (Philippines)
Mark Griffin (Philippines)
Moe Gomez (Philippines)

Vegetable Bouillabaisse Recipe

This is the recipe of Chef Jonathan Bautista of CCA which was assigned to Issa Quintos during the Electrolux Wok-A-Holic Kitchen Star Grand Cook-Off Challenge.

This is a Grand Finals Recipe:

Vegetable Bouillabaisse

Ingredients:
Egg plant, round slices 250 grams
Zucchini, round sliced 250 grams
Onion white, rings 200 grams
green bell pepper, mirpoix cut 200 grams
Red bell pepper, mirpoix cut 200 grams
Olive Oil for grilling (as needed)
Iodized salt, to taste
Crushed black pepper, to taste



Sauce:
Olive oil 5 Tbsp
White onion 75 grams
Crushed tomato, canned 5 cups
Water, as needed
Fresh thyme 5 grams
Capers 25 grams
Basil chiffonade 10 leaf
Iodized Salt, to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste

Garlic bread:
Unsalted butter, softened 200 grams
garlic, minced 150 grams
Focaccia bread, 15 lengthwise slices

Garnish:
Basil chiffonade 5 leaf
Pesto 5 Tbsp

Procedure:

For the vegetables
1. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper then drizzle with olive oil.
2. Grill the vegetables. Make sure not to burn and overcook it

For the sauce
1. Saute the onions and garlic. Add the crushed tomato then simmer until tomato is cooked
2. Add water
3. Simmer for a bit then add the capers, thyme and basil
4. Season with salt and pepper
5. Set Aside

For the garlic bread
1. Mix the garlic in soft butter
2. Spread the garlic butter in slices of Focaccia
3. Toast until crisp

To serve
1. Reheat the sauce
2. Dump in all the vegetables. Make sure not to overmix the stew
3. Season with salt and pepper

To plate
1. Pour the stew in a bowl then arrange the garlic bread in the plate
2. Garnish stew with fresh basil chiffonade, fresh thyme and pesto  

Fitness First offers the latest program called “HardCore”

Achieving  fitness goals takes a lot of time and hard work, especially since those known for who wants to go slim and trim bodies - fabulously fit physique is always credited  to two things:


    • strictly following healthy diets

    • and consistently clocking in hours at the gym





More studies have shown that intensity, not duration, determines the effectiveness of one’s exercise routine.

Fitness First offers the latest program called “HardCore” starting this November, its first 30-minute class promising to deliver quick and effective results.

The brand new extreme core program is a short high intensity workout meant to give leaner waistlines, more strength and flexibility, as well as improve overall performance.

HardCore targets all the supportive core muscles while keeping the spine in a stable position, therefore improving posture and balance, flattening the stomach, increasing performance in both everyday and athletic activities and decreasing risk of injuries.

With Fitness First’s HardCore, sacrificing hours from one’s hectic schedule to stay fit is no longer an issue. Those determined to lose weight, look good and feel better can squeeze this in during lunch time, afternoon breaks or any time of the day where they have half an hour to spare.

Providing more power and control in exercise sessions, HardCore is ideal for anyone seeking new challenges to enhance physical and mental well-being. Not just targeted for the truly active and highly energetic, fitness junkies of all levels can benefit from HardCore’s different progressions and options.

Try HardCore for yourself and kiss time-consuming weight loss plans goodbye! Sign up for HardCore now at any Fitness First branch near you.

Fitness First clubs are located in the following: ABS-CBN, SM Megamall, Fort Bonifacio, Platinum Alabang, Platinum RCBC, RSC-Makati and SM Mall of Asia.

Vaseline XTERRA RP Team To Compete in XTERRA Off-road Triathlon Global Championship

Vaseline Men XTERRA RP Team all set for Maui.

A few weeks ago The Vaseline Men XTERRA Philippine Team was launched. They are Coach Noy Jopson, celebrity triathletes Drew Arellano and Matteo Guidicelli.


Completing the team is Redg Plopinio and Hector Yuzon who were  named as the two triathletes who will complete the Vaseline Men XTERRA Philippine Team

They will represent the country in the XTERRA Off-road Triathlon Global Championship in Maui, Hawaii on October 28, 2012.

Plopinio works as a corporate training manager at Sutherland Global Services, while Yuzon owns Second Wind running store. Plopinio and Yuzon garnered the highest total scores based on their points from the Vaseline Men XTERRA Tri-Outs Camp and their online votes.

As winners, they will join Coach Noy Jopson and celebrity triathletes Drew Arellano and Matteo Guidicelli in the Vaseline Men XTERRA Philippine Team.

The Vaseline Men XTERRA Philippine Team will depart for Maui on October 25, 2012.  Witness the team raise Filipino Pride in Maui, Hawaii as two videos will be uploaded this November.

Subcribe here to get more updates http://www.youtube.com/vaselinemenph

Color Manila Run to start the Year 2013 with more fun

Green is the color of health. Plants such as  brocolli, pechay, kangkong, baguio beans and other plants, green is probably the most interesting color for me. So how about you?

Every color has different meaning of expression and things. From sadness to happiness to fun and laughter. To start the Year 2013 colors are used to symbolize fun in the run.

Color Manila Run is set to be the happiest run as the year 2013 starts.

Proactive Sports invites you to the happiest run to hit the Metro - Color Manila Run. It is the first of it's kind running event where runners are showered with colored powder in different stations, eventually producing throngs of happy human canvas at the finish line.

A lot of activities are expected from the crowd:

Army of Cheerleaders will be at the Magic yellow station, beating the drum line at the Ocean Blue area, partying like a rock star at the Funky Pink mosh pit, move and groove with fertility dancers at the Ev0-Green spot, and get hot with poi dancers at the Fiery Purple stop over.

Distances:

1.5 K

3 K

5 K

Color Manila Run aims to bring a different kind of running experience. Plus the race organizers will be putting up together the country' s hottest musicians and artists.

In a presscon held at F1 hotel great musicians Barbi Almalbis and Julianne were present and performed a song number entitled "Colors". The song interprets how they would like to bring happiness to the kids and to the kids at heart. :-)

The event was hosted by Boy Ramos and Angela Ong (Binibining Pilipinas 2011 People’s Choice).

Also present during the event were couples Gerard Pizarras and Jan Marini, both are running enthusiasts.  Gerard is a barefoot runner.

Registration:

Runnr branches at BGC, Rockwell, Trinoma and Toby's branches at Mall of Asia, Megamall, and Greenbelt 3 from October 24 to December 24, 2012 from 1 - 8 pm. daily.

Registration fee: 750 Php for 3K and 5K

Be part of the most colorful run Join Color Manila Run 2013!

 

 


 

Cosplay Queen Alodia Gosiengfiao and her Health

Aside from being a Wheatgrass Ambassador, Alodia Gosiengfiao is a gadget geek and a fashion trend setter. I was lucky to catch her during the Acer - Windows 8 product launch.



The event was hosted by geeky JC Baron and Cosplay geek Alodia Gosiengfiao.

On a keynote, Mr. Dio Vasquez , Acer Sr. Product Manager shared about the latest products of Acer and the comfort of using it.

Another fashion show was next as Acer unveiled it's newest products and gadgets.

The most important part of the program was the Q and A portion where 8 consumers were given the chance to ask questions thru Acer on the Street video which was taped earlier.



During the finale, Mr. Manuel Wong, Acer Philippines General Manager with Ms. Lalaine Zulueta, Microsoft Philippines Partner Account Manager  ramped on the staged together with the lovely models.

Acer  will take us to exciting fusion of technology and fashion.

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Cosplay Goddess Alodia Gosiengfiao is a confessed gadget geek. She loves to play gaming consoles and a great fan of  photography. So what are the gadgets that she uses everyday?

1. Iphone4  

2. Canon 7D

3. Wifi camera (IXUS)
Top 3 websites she visits:

1. gizmodo.com - The Gadget Guide

2. geekology.com - Gadget, Gizmos and Awesome

3. kotaku.com - The Gamer's Guide

Aside from being Philippines' cosplay goddess, she is a trendsetter as well.  She loves fashion as well. So what are the top 3 outfits she usually have:

1. Jeans

2. Girly dress

3. Syempre Costumes of course

Alodia is doing a big project! A surprise related to JAPAN...it's a something something so Watch Out!

Philippines' Cosplay Queen Alodia Gosiengfiao says she is taking care of her health by drinking Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass Ready To Drink.

The Run United Philippine Marathon

A bloggers conference was held at Annabel's Morato to talk about the much awaited Run United Philippine Marathon. Mark your calendar it will go on a debut on October 28.

Run United has become one of the most popular running series. It was also very much participated and well supported by Filipino running community.

During the night, running community gathered to hear the news about this.

Run United Goes the 42 KM distance. Because you asked for it....so there you go!

Filipino runners are up to the challenge of finishing a marathon already, so it's all systems go for Run United Philippine Marathon.

What should 42 KM expect? 

  • A Memorable Run :-)

  • Red Carpet with cowbell rings

  • Exclusive Finish Arc

  • A lot of surprises inside Active Health Village




  • Big Medal, like a plate



Filipino vs. Foreign runners

There will be separate categories for Filipino and Foreign winners, to give credit or recognition to more runners.

"We also want to have Filipinos in Podium" Alex Panlilio , Division VP of Unilab Consumer Health notes.

There will be Run United Philippine Marathon again but let's do it first.

See you there! Go here for the Race details

Unilab Run United Philippine Marathon 2012

In just a few hours from now Unilab Run United Philippine Marathon will be having a bloggers conference somewhere in Quezon City.

Unilab Run United Philippine Marathon is set to be the biggest Philippine Marathon. The most awaited marathon this year, the 2012 Unilab Run United Philippine Marathon kicks off this October 28, 2012 with Ceelin 500m, Hydrite 3K, Dolfenal 5K, Enervon HP Recovery 10K, Alaxan FR 21K and Enervon Activ 42K race categories.

All categories except for 42K and 21K will have start and finishline at the SM Mall of Asia while 42K and 21K will start at Bonifacio Global City and finish at SM Mall of Asia.

REGISTRATION FEES

500m – Php 350
3K – Php 600
5K – Php 700
10K – Php 800
21K – Php 900
42K – Php 1300

Race Kit Inclusions: Singlet, Bib w/ B-tag, Riovana 10% Discount Stub, Raffle Stub

Run United Philippine Marathon 2012 Assembly Time & Gun Start:

500m – Assembly Time: 6:00 am; Gun Time: 7:00 am
3K – Assembly Time: 5:30 am; Gun Time: 6:00 am
5K – Assembly Time: 4:30 am; Gun Time: 5:45 am
10K – Assembly Time: 4:30 am; Gun Time: 5:30 am
21K – Assembly Time: 3:30 am; Gun Time: 4:00 am
42K – Assembly Time: 2:30 am; Gun Time: 3:00 am

WHERE TO REGISTER

Registration for the Unilab Run United is available in the following venues:

Online Registration: September 24 to October 14, 2012
In-Store Registration: October 8 to October 26, 2012

RIOVANA

BGC – 28th Street corner 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City – Monday to Sunday from 12NN to 9PM
KATIPUNAN – 3rd Floor Regis Center, Katipunan, QC (infront of ADMU) – Tuesday to Sunday, 10AM to 8PM
TOBY’S

SM Mall of Asia – Monday to Sunday, 12PM to 8PM
Trinoma – Monday to Sunday, 12PM to 8PM
Unilab Run United Philippine Marathon 2012 Race results will be available within three (3) days after the race.
CONTACT

For In-Store Registration Inquiries:
• Globe – 0927 347 7700
• Smart – 0929 7178164
• Landline – (632) 887 6194

Unilab Run United Philippine Marathon 2012

The Amazing Race Philippines

Watch out for the biggest reality show this year - The Amazing Race Philippines starting on October 29 nightly after Wil Time Bigtime on TV5.

Get real-time updates online via TARP’s official social media accounts: @Amazing_RacePH and hashtag #AmazingRacePH on Twitter and The Amazing Race Philippines fan page on Facebook. You may also visit www.theamazingrace.ph for exclusive online contents about the show.

11 teams are vying to be the first to hit the mat at the Finish Line. This season has an interesting mix of characters that are sure to charm their way into Filipino hearts and homes.

The pairs racing for glory and PhP 2 million are: celebrity best friends LJ Moreno and CJ Jarabata, magbayaw Dayal Chowdary, Jr. and Fausto Reyes, gym buddies Marc Duñgo and Kat Tan, amigas Jervi Lisaba and Saida Diola, reunited friends Sheena Vera Cruz and Gee “Speedy” Canlas, Alabang housewives Pam Spella and Vanessa Ishitani, mag-ama Ed and Angel Movido, mag-kumpare Boom Vergara and Cheng Enriquez, football brothers Armand and Anton del Rosario, bombshells Dani Castano and Mish Van Ruyven, and dating couple Crystel Castro and Mykey Lacson.

The Amazing Race Philippines is set to premiere October 29 on TV5.


This race is considered to be the country's most expensive reality show. It will be airing from Monday to Friday after Wil Time Bigtime and Saturday after Talentadong Pinoy.

It will be a month of Amazing Race Philippines Episodes , hosted by Derek Ramsay. A total of 11 teams will be playing composed of full and half Filipino contestants. 12 females, 9 males and 1 beki.

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The Amazing Race Philippines (11 teams) were launched at Something Fishy Eastwood. It was very well attended by highly respected press and media people.

Yours truly was present during the event and got a chance to ask them about the race and the other teams - The Amazing Race Philippines Contestants.

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The eldest and the youngest participants were Father and daughter team Ed and Angel Movido. This bubbly father and daughter team from Pampanga share the same tenacious spirit. They could not be more complementary - Angel is fond of travelling and exploring the great outdoors, while Ed considers himself a free spirit. Both have established careers in media, Ed in publishing and Angel in broadcasting - PTV 4 Reporter.

Ed was previously overweight, but with Angel's encouragement, both have embraced a healthier, more active lifestyle that they say will certainly help them in The Amazing Race Philippines.

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When asked about his age, Ed said it never became a disadvantage being the eldest among the group, in fact it made him like 10 years younger. He is young at heart and still physically competitive. "I feel good joining in here" he adds.

At first she was nervous but Angel is very happy because she was able to convince her dad to become her partner in The Amazing Race Philippines.

Angel is the type of conservative girl. She looks simple. kind and sweet. Among others, Dayal is the most interesting character for her.

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Celebrity Bestfriends - LJ Moreno and CJ Jaravata. Friends for more than ten years. Both TV actress under the same circle of friends. LJ Moreno is an avid joiner of adventure race, she also joined Fear Factor Philippines a few years ago. She auditioned to reality shows and races a lot of times already.

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While CJ is a confessed fan of The Amazing Race Asia, she still has her nanny always at her side and considers dressing up very important. CJ's latest TV show was Felina (TV5). She also did TV shows in ABS CBN when launched before as a member of the Star Circle Batch 9.

CJ Jaravata is the ex girlfriend of Robin da Rosa.

Q and A
Who is the most friendly contestant? Jervi
Who is the most hot? Football brothers Anton and Armand
Who is the most fun to be with? Jervi and The Mommies Pam and Vanessa

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The Toughest. Armand and Anton del Rosario, football brothers

They've been long time playing for Team Azkals but recently stopped due to injury problems. They are avid fans of The Amazing Race, now they wanted to experience the same adventures and challenges for themselves this season.

They are very well trained and physically fit, the brothers are sure their ability to make decisions will either make or break them in the race. While they consider each others as "rivals" in some aspects, the brothers agreed to set aside their differences to win the overall race.

Both have strong personalities - convinced that they know best. Armand and Anton are determined to put the values and skills they learned in football training to good use in the competition; teamwork, passion and communication.

During the Amazing Race for the press, they were my teammates. We are team no. 4 to arrive. After the game they left already because they have to attend football training. So they were not present anymore during the press conference at Something Fishy.

I asked some of the contestants who they think are the strongest team and majority of them answered - the football brothers Armand and Anton. They are always the first to run every start of the challenge.

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The Bombshells. Danielle Castano(22) and Michelle Van Ruyven(23)

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Among the other team Dani considers Dayal to be the most interesting character. "Meron syang side na napaka competitive nya. Minsan di ko alam kung nage gets nya ba yung challenge.  He  helped us a lot during the race he is always there for me and Michelle. He was very close to me" Dani shared.

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Dani is known as always intense during the game.

For Michelle it was the father and daughter team whom she considered to be the most interesting ."For sure Daddy and Angel. I love their story. I like how they played the game despite of being the eldest and youngest team" Michelle shared.

When asked what was their gameplan she said "Communicate and always stick to the rules"

Dani represented the Philippines during the 2008 Miss World pageant in South Africa, while Mish is an entrepreneur and a budding event host. Although they were both raised overseas, they wear the colors of the country proudly - confessing their mutual love for local travel and cuisine. They help motivate one another especially since they took up running as a sport.

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These pair of Alpha femmes is very secretive about what their overall gameplan is for the race. But what they were able to share is that they will surely look out for their own team and no one else.

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Dayal (27) and Fausto (33), mag-bayaw

During the Amazing Race for the press Derek Ramsay would joke this:
"Baka nandaya si Dayal ha". When asked about this controversy he said "Ginagawa ko lang kung ano ang dapat gawin, kung sa tingin nila marumi ako maglaro wala akong magagawa basta laro lang ako at sunod sa rules"

I asked a few teams whom they find to be an interesting character, toughest and hard opponent. Most of them answered Dayal. He was also one of the biggest contestant.

Dayal and Fausto may not have been born into the same family, but these brothers-in-law are out to prove the strength of their bond. The duo from Pasay think aside from their strong family bond, they are able to communicate well with one another.

These two may seem opposites of each other’s personalities but they insist they complement one another. For example, extrovert and charming Dayal gets to bring out the best in Fausto. Fausto’s calm and collected cool also helps Dayal manage his temper. Together, the feisty modern-day urban cowboy and the gentle probinsyano hope to conquer the race one stage at a time.

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Marc (42) and Kat (27), gym buddies

Marc and Kat share the same passion for fitness. They have performed alongside each other in various competitions, winning several awards.

Marc has made fitness his full time profession, acting as a consultant to many gyms and health centers across the Philippines.

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Kat, on the other hand, is a marketing professional. Physical tasks are no big deal to them and might be an advantage to people who consider health their priority.

But a few things may hinder the power partners: Mark has fear of heights and being in the water too long while Kat is very conscious about what she puts inside her body. Outwardly pleasant, both have an inner core of steel. Admittedly, Kat said Marc may end up being kinder to the other teams than she is. The buff duo declared that they will do anything to win.

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Jervi (23) and Saida (24), amigas

The “besties” met while working on the same daily noontime show Eat Bulaga for years—Saida was a mainstay dancer, while Jervi worked as the program’s floor director.

Jervi is the only beki in the group and considered to be the most talkative. It was Jervi who encouraged Saida to audition for The Amazing Race Philippines. "Tutal nag resign ka na rin eh di mag audition ka na rin. Basta beauty task sayo, mag two piece ka sige go. Pag brain task sa akin" he said.

They consider themselves the ultimate mix of beauty and brains on the race. More than that, they claim that their dynamic combination is unique. Jervi and Saida also insist that they are smarter than how they appear while racing. Both are used to being underestimated. On the race, they want to prove how much more of themselves they can become.

Q & A
Who among the other teams is the
hottest: Anton and Armand
sexy: Gee and Saida
friendly: Jervi
most hated: Dayal and Fausto
high blood: Kat and Dani
most "Ate" figure: LJ
most helpful: LJ
most kind looking: Michelle
crush: Anton and Arman. "I cry when they get lost"
most aggresive: Dayal
most snob: Mykey and Crystel
mysterious: Boom and Cheng
fun to be with: Mommies Pam and Vanessa

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Sheena (30) and Gee (28), reunited friends

Sheena and Gee were formed as barkadas with Jervi and Saida. They often see and hangout together. They become more close during the race.

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Being friends since college, Sheena and Gee have gone through their share of ups and downs together. They share a passion for dancing, although Gee pursued a career being a TV presenter. She was a former video jock of Music Uplate in ABS CBN.

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Sheena, on the other hand, became a member of the renowned Philippine All Stars. The bubbly duo reviewed previous seasons of The Amazing Race in other countries and agreed on two things that will help them win the game.

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The first is to stop over-thinking, since they still want to appreciate that things they see and the people they meet on each leg. The second is to never underestimate taxi drivers since it can mean the difference between being first and eliminated.

Gee is beautiful. I admit that I've got a crush on her over Yeng Constantino during Music Uplate times. This photo below is my expression.

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Pam (40) and Vanessa (35), Alabang housewives

During the presscon they were the most asked team because of the news that they are very rich. When asked if they would still join The Amazing Race Philippines if Derek is not the host they said "Babayaran namin si Derek para lang sya ang mag host"

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As they keep on sharing stories it brought more fun to the press crowd.

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Pam and Vanessa do not fit the stereotypical “ladies who lunch” bill. As energetic housewives looking for adventure, both women are accomplished homemakers who are out to prove they can do more than raise families.

The Alabang housewives are fluent in several local dialects, which they say is an advantage in the Race. In preparation for the race, these fierce Leo ladies watched past seasons of The Amazing Race. This season, Pam and Vanessa are determined to be unpredictable and give other teams a good challenge.

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Boom (27) and Cheng (40), mag-kumpare

They are the most kuwela and makulit among the teams. Boom and Cheng have several things that are common to both of them. They are single fathers who both ventured overseas to support their families. In a word, Valenzuela’s own “Bash Brothers” are very confident on and off-camera. Though they say they don’t have a strict game plan for the Race, they agreed to be flexible and work around the different circumstances they will encounter.

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Avid motorcycle riders, Boom and Cheng are determined not to take themselves too seriously while racing. Among other teams in the Race, Boom and Cheng confessed they are uncertain about forming alliances as their position is the game is the most important.

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Crystel (25) and Mykey (33), dating couple

The team that was considered to be loner and didn't want to mingle.
When asked if it is true they said "Kami kasi yung last na dumating sa isang assembly kaya nung dumating kami may mga encounters na sila sa isa't isa" shared the couple.

They remained to be a mysterious couple. I observed that when they left during the presscon it was like they were not present. Maybe I'm wrong.

Crystel and Mykey are out to prove the strength of their relationship on the Race. Hailing from Pampanga, the couple is keen to explore what the rest of the Philippines can offer in terms of adventure. Both Mykey and Crystel came from failed relationships before getting together and hope to overcome both physical and emotional challenges that await them in the Race. Together, the couple is determined to beat the odds and win.
 

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