CURVES Girls Night In

Calling all ze Ladies!

As you all know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and CURVES BGC is treating us women to a special event called Girls Night In — a yearly gathering of Curves members (present and past) in celebration of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Those of you who were present last year probably still hold some fond memories of GNI but this year, CURVES BGC Taguig promises much more fun and excitement!

Wanna know what they have in store for us curvilicious women? Check these out!

  •  Belly dance led by Via Bonoan complete with all the frills of a belly dancer (you may also join her)
  • Free sample massage and manicure from Luxe Spa
  • Invigorating water from Lightwater with a taste of cupcake from Sophie’s Mom (cheat day!)
  • Hand spa, facial and coloring from Mary Kay
  • Excellent Human Nature products for sale (pro-Philippines, pro-poor, pro-environment)
  • Taste> trial> taste of various supplements from Usana, Tahitian Noni Juice, Herbalife and Bodyvance

And raffle prizes galore for everyone!

That’s NOT all: The highlight of the affair is a talk on Breast Cancer Awareness from two of Curves’ lovely Stronger-Together Curves members and Breast Cancer survivors.

Please come in pink or purple attire and make sure you’re there early because Curves circuit will be closed starting at 4:00pm.

Join and bring a friend!


Find CURVES here:

Bonifacio Global City2/F Serendra, McKinley Parkway
BGC, Taguig 1634 PH
Tel.:(02) 828 0208
Telefax: 915 0773
Globe: +63 917 870.8870
Smart: +63 920 949.9851
Sun: +63 922 817.0353


CURVES BGC's July Promo

Given the modern woman’s propensity to multitask both in her career and personal life, it is important for her to stay physically and mentally fit and strong.  Curves understands this very well, which is why this premiere fitness club for women has designed a special offer that will allow women to strengthen both their budgets and their bodies when they join. Between 1 July 2011 and 31 August 2011, the Bonifacio Global City Curves is cutting 50 percent off the initial service fee and offering the first 30 days freeto help new members save more and weigh less.

“Good health is priceless. We are here to support our neighbours and to help them on their journey to a healthy lifestyle. This promotion will allow women in the area to join Curves at a great price and hopefully motivate them to get in shape and achieve their goals,” said Fe Abrihan, the owner of the BGC club, located at 2F Serendra, McKinley Parkway, BGC, Taguig City.

Curves provides an exercise and weight control program designed specifically for women. Curves can help ladies of all ages and fitness levels establish a regimen to help them meet their goals, whether they are interested in exercise to improve their general health, or want to lose weight and tone their muscles.

“We’ve helped millions of women lose millions of pounds. Now, we’re making it even more affordable for new members to reach their fitness and weight loss goals beyond what they thought possible for themselves. If you want to make a radical change in your health, there’s absolutely no reason not to come in and get started today,” Abrihan said. For more information on Curves of Bonifacio Global City, or the 50 percent and 30 days free promotion, please contact Fe Abrihan at (02) 8280208.


So yesterday, I went to Healthy Options for my healthy snacks + power bars and gels supply, when I decided to finally pick up a bottle of GINKGO BILOBA which, as some of you might know, is supposed to improve circulation to the brain, prevent tissues from getting damaged, and support memory function. You see, for years now, I had been complaining of diminished memory. When I was little – at 5’1, I still am ‘little’ – I could memorize a 3-page declamation piece, for example, in one day. At the age of four, I memorized Jose Rizal’s famous ‘Mi Ultimo Adios’ – yes, in Spanish – and would recite it every chance I get to score money from my Mom’s weekend mahjong classmates. In a way, you could say I was a precocious little mutt. Fast forward to today, well, let’s just say things have changed. Drastically. I’m still super smart and all but something really has to be done about my memory. Have I mentioned I’m super smart? Oh, only about a few times ya? LOL.

Hence, GINKGO BILOBA. So finally, at around 7:30 last night, I clocked out of the office to see my Victory Wednesday group at the mall. As is always the case, we had a great night of sharing before Ro closed it with a prayer. I passed by NafNaf just before the shop closed as I needed a cheap swimsuit for my weekend trip. When I got home, there was a sense of foreboding I couldn’t quite shake off. As though I had forgotten something.

My Healthy Options bag with my Ginkgo Biloba and healthy snacks! To top it all off, I couldn’t even remember where I left it! Did I leave it in the atm booth? How about at the coffee shop where I met the girls? NafNaf? Where?!?

After racking my brain for hours, retracing my steps, and trying to figure out where exactly I left the bag, I was already up to my elbows in frustration and I still couldn’t remember anything! I remember everything else that happened that day except that part about my Ginkgo Biloba.

I woke up this morning and one of the first three things that popped into my head was, you guessed it right, Ginkgo Biloba! Me and my Ginkgo obsession! It was so bad that even while doing INSANITY Cardio Recovery, my thoughts would still get interrupted by Ginkgo.

Then I went to work. Guess what was the first thing I noticed sitting prettily on top of my table?

This is how the Tale of the Missing Ginkgo Biloba came to a conclusion: on my tabletop.

To cut the long story short: I bought a bottle of memory enhancers which I had completely forgotten where I left last night.

Moral of the story: Somebody needs to OD on Gingko Biloba and that would be me.

I exaggerate, of course. I did, however, open the bottle immediately and swallowed two capsules. One can’t be too forgetful these days.

Total Fitness: Build Up Your Diet With Antioxidant-rich Foods

Total Fitness Magazine January-February 2011

Antioxidants are substances or nutrients in our foods that prevent or slow the damage to our body caused by what is known as ‘free radicals’ which are thought to be damaging to cells and tissues.  Health problems such as heart disease, macular degeneration, diabetes, cancer are among those said to be  contributed by the oxidative damage that occurs during energy conversion from molecules to fuel. In a recent study conducted by health researchers in London , it has been proven that five (5) servings of fruits and vegetables actually reduce the risk of stroke by a whopping 25 percent!  Aside from this, antioxidants are also said to slow down the process of aging. This is why antioxidants have also found their way in various over-the-counter health and beauty products .

But why depend solely on manufactured health supplements when you can obtain antioxidants from a healthy combination of whole, real foods?

To start off, here are some fruits and vegetables proven to have healthy doses of antioxidants:

  • Berries. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries and blackberries are all antioxidant-rich foods. Berries are full of fibre, minerals and vitamins, and loaded with healing antioxidants. Blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are rich in antioxidants that can help prevent cancer and heart disease. Strawberries, raspberries and blackberries contain ellagic acid, a plant compound that combats carcinogens . Additional antioxidant-rich choices include apples, cherries, pears, plums, tomatoes, kiwi, mango and papaya. The antioxidants found in these fruits include vitamin C, beta-carotene, and lycopene among others.

          Yummy food tips: Add raspberries to your bowl of cereals or stir into your favourite vanilla              yogurt. You may also add whole blueberries to salads with a little honey, balsamic vinegar and              black pepper to taste.

  • Whole grains. Make sure your favourite morning bowl of cereal is made from whole-grain as this particular variety is an excellent source of Vitamin E – a potent antioxidant that plays a role in preventing cancer. In addition, the antioxidants present in grains can boost immunity, slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, treat and possibly prevent arthritis, prevent sunburn and treat male infertility.

         Yummy food tips: Try adding chopped parsley and scallions to a serving of cooked bulgur                 wheat or add raisins, dried apricots and minced basil to a serving of brown rice.

  • Tea. One of the world’s most favourite beverages has been shown to prevent a number of degenerative diseases  and significantly reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke and other diseases. Good news to all black tea lovers:  Though it was originally thought that green tea had more antioxidants than your favourite black, recent studies suggest that they are equally beneficial.

         Yummy food tips: Try poach salmon in an infusion of green tea and ginger or boil soba                       noodles in green tea and toss with sesame seeds and a dash of toasted sesame oil.

  • Greens. According to a research done by the Cleveland Clinic, green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and collard greens contain antioxidants called carotenoids.  Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, sweet potatoes, artichokes and red and white potatoes with peels are also high in antioxidants. Legumes such as kidney beans, lentils, black beans and red beans are all high in antioxidant vitamin E.

Lastly, and this may come as a surprise to most, dark chocolate is also said be rich in antioxidants, containing more of the protective substances per serving than most fruits and vegetables, according to the Mayo Clinic.

**For full stories, grab a copy of Total Fitness January to February 2011 issue in bookstores and newsstands near you.

Favorite Item no. 4: Apple Cider Vinegar with Honey


Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar with Honey


Apple cider vinegar (ACV), or cider vinegar, is one of the most popular alternative health remedies in use today. It has been used since ancient times as a remedy for many different ailments. Hippocrates is said to have used it as an antibiotic, and when mixed with honey, functions as an energizing tonic and a healing elixir.

I have been drinking ACV on and off for a few months now. I was introduced to this brand called Bragg by a good friend and though I have mixed feelings about the taste, I swear by its health benefits. Some people, like my friend, can drink it undiluted but I prefer to mix it with water. Unless it’s sinigang (a Philippine soup or stew characterized by its sour flavor most often associated with tamarind (sampalok), guava, or calamansi) I still like my food either sweet or with a bit of salt. Mostly with a bit of salt. Hello there, water retention.

For one, ACV is a great pick-me-up health concoction. Some mornings when I’m running a little low on energy supply but would still insist on running and hitting the gym, I will myself to drink ACV – preferably with cold water added to it – and I’m instantly energized!

It’s also great for detox cleansing. I noticed that when I drink ACV every morning and at night time, my digestive and excretory systems function at their best.

But I must admit that I still have some reservations about the taste. That is, until I was asked to try Bragg ACV with honey. Now this, I can drink in one gulp without having to pinch my nose and make funny faces after. I love this drink and if you are conscious about your health, figure and general well-being just as I am, I suggest you get into the ACV habit as well.

But don’t just take my word for it. There are many other health benefits of ACV and while some of them are anecdotal and have not been scientifically confirmed, here are some very interesting points to take note of – a great starting point for your own research on the product:

  1. ACV is said to be an effective facial toner when diluted with water 50/50. Just be careful not to get some in your eyes as the liquid can be detrimental to the eyesight.
  2. A bath of apple cider vinegar is said to reduce the effects of sunburn. ACV soaked on a cloth and applied to sunburn may also be used.
  3. Some say ACV is also an effective remedy for yeast infections when used as douche. There are others who claim that vinegar causes or worsens yeast infections.  Whether it’s the brand or the quantity of vinegar used, we really have no way of verifying it. I guess there’s only one way to find out…get yourself some yeast infection and try washing it away with ACV. Yaiks.
  4. There have been reported claims that apple cider vinegar is a powerful weight loss aid. Many people use it in salad dressings or drink a tablespoon diluted in a glass of water once or twice per day.
  5. It is said to lower bad cholesterol naturally.
  6. A teaspoon of cider vinegar in a glass of water per day is said to lower blood pressure.

So how about you try ACV and let me know how it works out for you. Keep healthy and fit, people!

Mother Nature speaks, we MUST listen

Malungai Life Oil

Last night, I, along with a few other bloggers, got a crash course on Biology. Specifically, plant biology. Chlorophyll and photosynthesis, words I have not heard at all since high school, were discussed albeit briefly by well-known and widely-respected pediatrician in the Philippines, Dr. Marthony Basco, as he lent his expertise on the subject of health during last night’s bloggers’ launch of Malungai Life Oil (MLO) held at Oakwood. The event was hosted by Mr. JC Cuadrado.

Malungai Life Oil (MLO), manufactured in the Philippines by Manila Nature’s Link, is a 100% natural food supplement made from oil extracted from selected leaves of the moringa oliefera tree (malunggay) under strict post-harvest and quality control procedures. It is the only moringa oil product in the world and available locally in 500ml gel unit which is equivalent to 1000 grams of malunggay leaves. Other moringa products in the market are made from pulverized malungai leaves and therefore, not as potent.

MLO drew its inspiration from the Filipinos’ growing interest in natural wellness to cope with a 24/7 lifestyle and perpetual multi-tasking which leads us to demand maximum return from every peso spent and every calorie intake. If you llok at it, however, 100% health perfection is simply not realistic. Our daily trip towork exposes us to toxins and pollution; sleeplessness, fastfood diet and inadequate exercise are facts of modern office life. Funny then, to fight these new ills with wisdom from an old source: Mother Nature. In thedays when “organic” was the rule rather than the exception, balanced health could be found as close as the family garden. Humble, homegrown malunggay kept generations of Pinoys hardy and strong, without ever setting foot in a gym. All these facts and realizations have inspired the makers of MLO to bring this amazing health supplement to the market.

Bloggers at the MLO Launch.

Moringa Oliefera boast of the following health nutrients needed by our body in order to function to its highest level of performance:

  • It is low in fats and carbohydrates.
  • High in vitamin B, Iron
  • Has 2 times the Protein of yogurt; 3x the potassium of bananas; 3x the iron of spinach; 4x the calcium of milk; 7x the vitamin C of oranges
  • Contains protein, the building blocks of the muscle tissues
  • Contains potassium  that helps in brain development and functions
  • Contains iron which binds oxygen to the blood; helps the cell respiration and oxygen transport and regulates body temperature
  • Contains calcium that prevents osteoporosis and maintains healthy teeth and bones
  • Contains large amount of Vitamins C that helps boost the immune system; prevents infectious diseases like colds and flu and makes sperms healthy and happy.

The key to it all is chlorophyll, engine of the plant’s powerful conversion of energy. By distilling both seeds and leaves into a pure, cold-pressed oil, MLO maximizes malunggay’s chlorophyll and renders it, in the words of a medical expert, “preserved,conserved and available.” This means that malunggay’s health benefits can be delivered with more stability andconsistency than in the dried powder that was previously available. So you get asynergistic combination of nutrients which normally can be obtained only from separatefood sources.

MLO is now available at Mercury Drug and other reputable drug stores in the country in the 60 day MLO power pack/kit and the 10 day MLO energy pack/kit.