Saturday, July 22, 2017

MILO launches 41st season of the National MILO Marathon

Wow, 41 years! It means, when it started, I was only in the Pre-school! That's how long MILO has been organizing marathon races in the Philippines.  I still remember when I was very young; my older cousins would cut-out MILO race forms in the newspapers and together with the aluminum lids of MILO cans they register in C.O.D. Cubao for the MILO Marathon. There were very few runners then (700 people) running along the whole stretch of EDSA, Roxas Boulevard, Espana, Taft Ave. and Magsaysay Boulevard. The first one in 1974 was won by a Golf Caddy named Numerio Titong. He clocked in at 3hrs. 4min. 10sec. with a worn-out Marcelo Ladies Rubber Shoes

Milo Marathon Organizers: Caoch Rio Dela Cruz, Mr. Joey Uy, Nestle Business Executive Officer, Mr. Ricky Ballesteros, 41st Milo Marathon Cebu Finals Race Organizer and Milo Philippines Sports Executives, Mr. Robbie De Vera and Mr. Lester Castillo.

Over the last decade, we have witnessed the exponential growth of the running community in this country. Before, organized running events offers only two categories which are the 21k and 42k distances, and short distance fun runs were happening only in town fiestas. Today, every running events offers wide range of categories where all levels can join in. However, as much as there are now countless running events happening around the metro and in other regions, there is one running event is known to be as the most coveted running race and this is the MILO Marathon.

Commissioner Ramon Fernandez of Philippines Sports Commission, Milo Executives, Mr. Ricky Ballasteros with Sponsors  

Milo Marathon is notably to be the pinnacle of marathons in the Philippines much like the Boston Marathon in the US. For one reason is that it is the only Marathon event in the country that is recognized by the International Federation of Athletic Association or the IFAA. They are the regulating body that measures the distance and standards of every marathon events which are the basis to qualify marathoners to other prestigious marathons around the world like the Boston Marathon.

Finisher's medals for 10k, 21k and 42k...

Recently, Nestle Philippines, the makers of MILO launched the 41st MILO Marathon at the I’M Hotel in Makati City that was attended by personalities in the running and sports community and members of the media. This year, MILO were happy to announced the new roads and features of the running event. Long time organizer of MILO marathon, RunRio Events, Inc. presented two new areas namely, Laoag City in Luzon and Roxas City in the Vizayas were added to the 16-leg tourney. The Additional Location will provide runners with new and exciting challenges, showcasing the great running experience the National MILO marathon is known for. And for the first time, the finals will be held at the sceneic route of Cebu City.

Coach Rio Dela Cruz, President of RunRio Events Inc.

16 tournament legs...

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Charitable Heart Behind GENKI SUSHI Philippines…

GENKI SUSHI is a Japanese brand that is quite famous for its unique food service that utilizes an un-manned conveyor technology called Kousoku Express Train System. The first time I ate there more than a year ago, not only was the experience a novelty, the food selections were also delicious. Each cubicle accommodates a family of four to six people and has a tablet conveniently placed for each table. The tablet presents all the available menus and a diner will just simply order the dishes by pressing each picture of the food on the screen.

Kousoku Express Train System...


The other week, I was invited to a food tasting event at the newly opened Genki Sushi branch in SM Aura where some of the newest menu items were also featured. These dishes were served via the iconic train delivery service just a few minutes upon ordering. The bite-sized pieces would certainly sit well with kids and kids-at-heart because of their delectable and colorful presentations. 

Genki Sushi SM Aura branch...

These are some of the new dishes at Genki Sushi …

Miso Soup

Favorites such as the famous Chirashi Don, Seared Salmon with Black Pepper, Chicken Teriyaki Don, River Eel Rice Bowl, and various sushi choices remain and new menu items have likewise been introduced. There’s the tasty Kushi-Age, 5 different kinds of deep fried skewered meat and vegetable in special Japanese batter; Coconut Shrimps, deep fried shrimps in panko bread crumbs rolled in coconut flakes; Deep Fried Salmon Skin and 4 new selections of sumptuous sushi trios. 

Coconut Shrimp

Seared Salmon

Sushi Trio

Sushi Spreme Patter

At the event, I met Mr. Eric Teng, the owner of Genki Sushi Philippines and CEO of Mother Spice Food Corp. His son, Patrick, recently passed away due to a post-operative complication early this year. The family was unaware that their promising young doctor had been supporting several charities, including a foundation dedicated to help the quality of life of children with special needs. 

Kids and parents of Heart At Play Foundation

Thus, children and their parents from the group called The Heart At Play Foundation were also invited during the store launch to dine and enjoy the food at Genki Sushi. According to Sir Eric, the company is establishing a CSR group with the primary mission of helping the foundation that became close to Patrick’s heart.

As a father who also has a child with special needs, I was happy to have the privilege of taking photos of the kids’ heartwarming smiles that will surely touch anyone’s hearts. I observed that they, too, were amazed with how the Kousoku Train Express delivers their food. For sure, Genki Sushi’s uniqueness will remain a fascination for every customer with a heart at play.  

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Dude Perfect Show


Have you ever come across the saying that you should do what you love and you’ll never work a day? Some of us chose to create delightful dishes, construct tall buildings, design fashionable clothes, but some dudes chose to turn their silly dares and tricks into an epic career. And you can watch them turn this into reality through The Dude Perfect Show!

The Dude Perfect Show is all about a group of friends challenging the impossible with a bunch of stunt-based tricks and dares. Those bottle flips? They can do it from a balcony, from a moving car to a high skinny rail and they can even do it 15 times straight. Those trick shots? They can do it from a roof or even through a moving ATV. In short, with anything that they do, they are sure to give it a Dude Perfect twist. You will be seeing more of that in this season, where they will get to share their stunts with celebrity guest stars like Luke Bryan, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Aaron Rodgers. They will also be creating more awesome battle videos like Giant Basketball Arcade, Lawnmower Race and Epic Snow Battle!

Get to know more of Tyler Toney “The Bearded Guy” who is the hyper-competitive captain of the group; Cody Jones “The Tall Guy” who is known as the jokester with a lovable personality; Garrett Hilbert “The Purple Hoser” who is also the dad of the group; the Twins, Coby and Cory Cotton who runs the business and production side of Dude Perfect; and lastly, Panda who loves to climb telephone poles and Go-Kart racing, in this season of The Dude Perfect Show!

It is pretty obvious that these dudes really made a career out of having fun. From making a living out of imagining and executing impressive athletic feats in their web videos and now, having their own TV show, there’s just no stopping for these guys. This just goes to show how we should all dare the impossible and maybe go a little crazy sometimes.

Go and catch these exciting set of cast and mind-blowing tricks on the premiere of The Dude Perfect Show this July 26, Wednesday at 9 pm! With new episodes every Wednesdays at 9 pm only on KIX!

KIX is available on (Cablelink Ch. 54, Cignal TV Ch. 264, Destiny Cable Ch. 63, Gsat Ch. 18, and SKY Cable Ch. 63.).  For more information, you can log on to or

Thursday, July 6, 2017

How Effective is the DSWD?

I started my community development journey more than 15 years ago when I joined World Vision and was immersed in the realities of poor peoples’ lives in far flung areas all over the Philippines. As I engaged with them, I began to question the role of the government in helping the marginalized members of society rise up from their current conditions. It wasn’t hard to deduce why NGOs like World Vision thrive in this country because the social development arm of the government is not doing enough to alleviate poverty and needs other development groups to do the job for them.
If this is not transparent enough, then ask the people who benefited from this project...

I guess then, judging was easy coming from somebody fresh out of the corporate world and just starting to learn about community development. Thankfully, when I got to work with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) teams during calamities and relief operations, my perception about the work they do in the grassroots level eventually changed. I realized that doing development on the government side has a different set of complexities and dynamics unseen by the public eye, which could be better understood given a chance.  

This Health Center is serivicing three naighboring barangays in Dolores, Quezon

Of course, I cannot also dismiss the fact that many shortcomings and limitations are the ones commonly highlighted by mainstream media. The truth is, there are also a lot of great things in this country we should be thankful about in terms of DSWD’s accomplishments in areas where government’s help is needed the most. Unfortunately, a lot of the milestones are often hidden in “reports” that are only circulated within the agency. If there is any news being sent out, appropriate packaging is often neglected thereby losing public receptiveness and, eventually, interest. 

Fiberglass fishing boats made by fishermen themselves. Photo taken at Atimonan, Quezon

Last week, I was invited by DSWD Region 4A to join a learning tour in communities they assist through programs such as the Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS), Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT), and the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), which has gained so much controversy and scrutiny coming from almost all sectors of the society. 

With Kuya Ferdy, President of Fiberglass Fishing boats Association in Atimonan...

My son, Gab and I, together with  other bloggers as well as representatives of other NGOs and the academe got to visit the towns of Dolores, Candelaria, Lucena, Atimonan, and Gumaca to witness first-hand how these programs are being implemented and how they impact the lives of marginalized constituents. The community tour involved a series of lectures and stories not from development experts but by the beneficiaries themselves. These are mothers, farmers, fishermen, and Indigenous Peoples – the ones mostly affected greatly by calamities and insurgencies. Our visit to these areas highlighted how DSWD programs are continuously changing the lives of the poor for the better. 

A Badjao Community in Lucena is learning Handicrafts using beads for potential livelihood...

The tour was a personal encounter with the beneficiaries themselves. Each of us had the privilege to have one-on-one conversations with some of them and even for just a short while, we were able to learn a lot of valuable lessons on development and human transformation much better than any organizational development consultant can share.  Even with my 15 years’ experience engaging with the grassroots communities, new interactions with them always generate life wisdom. 

Farm-to-market road was constructed by the community themselves and is now servicing adjacent barangays...

Our two-day stay in the provinces of Quezon was certainly not enough to capture everything in one blog post. I hope I can go back again and spend more time with them so I can learn more. Through their stories, I hope more Filipinos can appreciate how these poor people are striving and making the most out of the government resources being extended to them. 

DSWD Region 4A Social Marketing Team with Bloggers and Social Media influencers...

During the time of Martial Law in the seventies, the poverty rate in this country went up to almost 60 percent. Over time, this has gone down to 20 percent. Coinciding with this statistic, many of the non-government organizations giving assistance to the poor are slowly being phased out in many communities because the Philippines has been tagged as “lesser priority” in terms of development compared to other countries like those in Africa. These reports actually equate to the condition of a country that is slowly rising above poverty.  And as much as we, as a people, have a long way to go, it is comforting to know that many of those in the poverty line refuse to accept that they are a burden to the society. Instead, they are contributing entities that this nation can likewise capitalize on.  

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Habitat for Humanity Philippines hosts the 6th Asia-Pacific Housing Forum with the theme: Housing at the Center


Various stakeholders in the housing sector are coming together for the 6th Asia Pacific Housing Forum (APHF6) organized by Habitat for Humanity Philippines to be held on July 25-26, 2017 at Novotel Hotel in Quezon City, to discuss the growing challenges of urbanization and diminishing resources for human settlements, as well as share best practices to ensure that no one would be without roofs over their heads.

The APHF6 with the theme “Housing at the Center” will serve as an Urban Thinkers Campus under the UN Habitat’s World Urban Campaign

The Urban Thinkers Campus is an initiative of UN-Habitat conceived as an open space for critical exchange between urban researchers, professionals, and decision-makers who believe that urbanization is an opportunity and can lead to a positive transformation.  The agenda of APHF6 is also in line with the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), which was recently held in Quito, Ecuador. 

The two-days forum has enlisted veritable thought leaders in the housing sector across the region as speakers and panel resource persons to share their insights and jointly analyze problems besetting each country and how some have successfully licked the homelessness situation in the urbanizing centers.

“As a collective group, advocating and relentlessly pursuing a single purpose of totally eliminating poverty housing in the Philippines, we can do a lot. It is not an impossible dream because it has been done in other countries at a time when they were still developing. There are successful models in other countries where the poor were given a chance to break the cycle of poverty by providing them a decent, affordable home which become a platform for their development,” said Charlie S. Ayco, CEO, Habitat for Humanity Philippines.

The two (2) days program with an anticipated attendance of 500 multi-sector thought leaders and stakeholders in housing will focus on four themes/tracks: 

Technology for affordable housing: Presenting the latest technologies that can bring social good, ranging from construction materials to satellite mapping methodologies and web applications.

Innovative partnerships: Highlighting the potential or multi-level partnerships in achieving goals related to poverty alleviation and the provision of affordable housing in the Asia-Pacific region.

Resilience and social development: Focusing on how affordable housing can lift entire communities out of poverty, protecting people from natural disasters and generating livelihoods.

Sustainable urbanization and housing: Discussing the implementation of the New Urban Agenda which serves as the roadmap for global sustainable urban development in the next 20 years as well as initiatives that focus on housing as central to proper urban development.

To register and get more information on the program and speakers, visit 

Monday, June 26, 2017

FWD Life Philippines champions FitFil National Weight Loss Challenge…

FWD Life, one of the newest players in the life insurance industry, is pushing its advocacy on wellness by being one of the champions of the Fit Filipino Movement’s FitFil National Weight Loss Challenge. Having been operating for the past three years in the country, this global brand enterprise is on high gear supporting this noble endeavor to encourage Filipnos who are overweight and with high risk of lifestyle diseases like heart attack and diabetes to switch to healthier lifestyles.

“As an Insurance industry pioneer in the space of health and wellness, FWD Life Philippines is delighted to partner with the Fit Filipino Movement  and coaches Jim and Toni to inspire Filipinos in leading healthier lives with a series of fitness-centered events. ‘ said FWD Life Insurance Head of Marketing, Rochelle Vandenberghe. "Through our Live to Move fitness parties, in collaboration with FitFil and the challenge’s partners, we hope to inspire a new wave of awareness for the health benefits of keeping fit. For us at FWD, living life to the fullest starts with being healthy." 

The FitFil Weight Loss Challenge is a nationwide campaign that rallies not just individuals but also institutions and brands to pledge and commit pounds of unwanted fat to contribute to the overall collective target of One Million Pounds in six months. Last May 23, 2017, the FitFil National Weight Loss Challenge was launched at the Edsa Shangrila Hotel where lead supporters such as FWD and other organizations expressed their pledges by signing a banner of support. 

Last June 24, 2017, FWD Life Insurance hosted the biggest fitness party at the SM Mall of Asia By the Bay area. The fitness celebration was led by the proponents of the FitFil campaign, coaches Jim and Toni Saret of the Fit Filipino Movement. The Fitness celebration was attended by various groups like the Philippine National Police, which sent a big delegation and committed the biggest pledge to lose 500 thousand pounds to be spread throughout all the police force all over the country. 

The fitness party was also participated by representatives of universities and colleges, medical societies, and members of the media. The event featured non-stop upbeat zumba and metabeat workouts spearheaded by Coaches Jim and Toni along with members of various gyms and fitness centers in the metro. Highlighting the fitness party was the unveiling of an oversized tarpaulin banner held by representatives of the campaign partners to signify their spirit of support. Everyone also expressed their energetic enthusiasm by participating in the series of heart pumping workouts. 

Start your fitness journey, too! Take part in the FitFil National Weight loss Challenge and make your weight loss pledge by logging on the campaign’s official website: .


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Robinsons Supermarket’s Wellness Festival Celebrates Healthy Lifestyle Choices

The month of July is when fitness enthusiasts celebrate wellness month. As many people are now gearing towards healthy living, Robinsons Supermarket is likewise relentless in supporting it. Yesterday, Robinsons Supermarket along with its supporting brands kicked-off this month-long celebration with its loyal costumers, members of the media, and various partners.

Ms. Aja Totanes, Robinsons Supermarket Marketing Manager
The festivity also coincided with the ongoing fitness campaign by Fit Filipino Movement headed by coaches Jim and Toni Saret – The FitFil National Weight loss Challenge. As this fitness campaign batters in full-swing, Robinsons Supermarket encourages everyone to register,  accept the challenge, commit to pledge and lose pounds of unwanted fats, and become part of the national target of 1 million pounds in six months.

Coaches Jim and Toni Saret leading the crowd in a Metafit workout...

One highlight of the fitness festival that was held at the activity center of Eastwood, is the Ninja Academy’s parkour course. This type of fitness activity does not only builds physical strength but also improves agility, flexibility, and endurance. For those who want to try a radical type of workout, the parkour courses is one alternative that allows everyone to try a whole new way of losing weight. Personally, parkour is a skill that piques my interest. It’s quite scary and the same time exciting. I guess it would be another outdoor sport that I need to put in my bucket list this year.

A "Ninja Warrior" in the making? :)
For now, shedding a few pounds is a priority every FitFil pledger needs to focus on, that is why I have come up with a physical regimen that is a combination of running, metafit, and jumping rope. The focus of the FitFil campaign is to lose as many pounds of unwanted fats as much as we can. That is why Coaches Jim and Toni Saret are relentlessly going around the whole country to teach people an effective way to lose weight through the Metafit exercises. In just four minutes, one can burn as much as 600 calories throughout the day.

Wall Climbing is another good way to lose weight...
I was introduced to this exercise by no less than coach Jim himself and I can attest that it’s really effective. Later on, I got learn other fat burning exercises as well that I incorporated into my metafit workout. Watch this video demo of one complete circuit of Jump Rope and metafit, which is a high intensity workout.

For those who registered at FitFil and committed to shed those unwanted fats, this circuit exercise is for you. The Calisthenic exercises are simple but the jump rope is a little bit tricky. Tripping is normal for those who are just starting to learn but later on, as you grow stronger, consistency will follow soon. Try to learn the “bounce” style first before learning other styles of jumping rope. As for me, I was able to learn the jump rope in two weeks of regular jumping rope, doing it as often as four to five times a week.  


Jump Rope and Metafit Circuit

1. Jump Rope (fast bounce)             1min
(10 Sec. rest)
2. Mountian Climbers                      30sec
(10 sec. rest)
3. Jump Rope (Alt. foot Step)         1min
(10 sec. rest)
4. Half burpees                                 30sec
(10 sec. rest)
5. Jump Rope (Fast bounce)             1min
(10 sec. rest)
6. Jump lunges with mid tap             30sec
(10 sec. rest)
7. Jump Rope (Alt. foot step)           1min
(10 sec. rest)
8. Jump squat                                    30sec

Note: Do this in three cycles with one minute in between cycles

Monday, June 12, 2017

Fit Filipino Movement Challenges the Philippines to lose 1 Million lbs.

After the phenomenal growth of people who are now involved in the running culture which started almost a decade ago, many have completely transformed their lives for the better and have become staunch advocates of its benefits to our holistic wellbeing. One classic example of that transformation is me when I decided to have a complete turnaround from the unhealthy lifestyle I was into before with 182 lbs. on a five-foot five height. In short, I was overweight .

A challenge for a fitter and healthier Philippines...

The other day, I stumbled upon some not-so-old pictures of me and I was surprised at how I changed through the years. My journey was not easy and its not over. On many occasions, I tend to be so consistently driven but, after a while, the preoccupation of busyness from work tends to pull me back to sedentary living again. When I fail to be conscious about it, kilograms are gained back just as quickly as I lost them.

Me, at 180 lbs. (Circa 2009)
Along the way of my fitness adventures, I got to learn some valuable lessons in losing weight. Before, I was stuck on one form of physical activity: running. But, later on, I discovered the importance of cross-training that involves other muscle groups which are essential in losing significant amount of calories and fats in our body. In many ways, these cross-training exercises optimize other muscle fibers which tend to be in “rest mode” during running. That is why, a variety of cross-training exercises are important to weight loss because more muscle fibers that move constantly mean more fats attached to them will be burned. 

Members of the Philippine National Police taking in on the challenge and committing to pledge 500,000 lbs. 

Over the years, I have incorporated several cross-training activities with my running regimen, most especially during rainy season. Some indoor workouts I do are: wall climbing, jumping rope and Metafit exercises (I also play ultimate Frisbee on Thursdays). Sometimes, I'd combine jump rope and metafit on days when I can’t run. To find out more about this metafit exercise, you can read about it here in my blog. For jump rope, you can watch my video in another blog post for an actual demo.

Fit Fil proponents, Coaches Toni and Jim Saret with Fit Fil brand supporters, Phil. Med. Association president, Dr. Raul Lapitan and Robinsons Supermarket Marketing Director, Ms. Angela Tatones... 
The metafit exercises were introduced to me by a friend who is also a very popular fitness coach Mr. Jim Saret. According to fitness experts like Coach Jim, Metafit exercises can actually burn as much as 600 calories in four minutes of high intensity execution. It is a combination of “simple” callisthenic exercises such as Half-burpees, Jumping Jacks, and mountain climbers. On the other hand, Jumping rope has also proven to be a very effective to weight loss. By jumping 120 revolutions per minute, one can actually burn 13 calories in just one minute.

120 revolution per minute can burn 13 calories in one minute. 

This year, Coach Jim Saret and his wife, fitness coach Toni Saret, offer the Filipino people a challenge to lose I million pounds in six months in a campaign called the Fit Fil National Weight Loss Challenge.  The National Challenge is the first activity for the Fit Filipino Movement's vision of one million fit Filipinos by 2020. According to Food and Nutrition Research Institute's (FNRI) Mario Capanzana, “Three in 10 Filipinos are overweight or obese. Of these three, one overweight adult can be found in the National Capital Region.

FNRI President, Mario Capanzana

“We want Filipinos to see that getting fit and healthy can be easy and fun when you have the whole nation rallying together for this cause, “ said Coach Jim Saret. 

Recently, the Fit Fil Challenge was launched during the Philippines Heart Association Convention at the Shangrila Hotel in Mandaluyong City. The PHA, as one of the lead convener of the event, presented some medical facts from Cardiologists, Endocrinologists and other specialists about the effects of living a fit and healthy lifestyle. Likewise, they also talked about the adverse effects of being overweight as well as proper and safer weight loss programs to those who wish to lose pounds. The Symposium ended with public pledging from the audience that publicly announced their support and the number of pounds each group wishes to commit that will be counted for the One Million lbs. target in six months.

“We want Filipinos to see that getting fit and healthy can be easy and fun when you have the whole nation rallying together for this cause, “ said Coach Jim Saret. 

Among the groups that were present and showed their support were: Robnisons Supermarket, Far Eastern University, Conrad Manila, Anytime Fitness, Fitness First, FWD Insurance, Nurture Wellness Village, and the Philippine National Police, who committed half of the target which is 500 thousand lbs., to be spread out to the entire police force in the country and various Pharmaceutical companies and LGUs of different municipalities across the regions. 

Ms. Cathy Turvil forging her commitment to pledge 1,000 lbs. for Nurture Wellness Village 

For individuals who want to participate in this noble health initiative, the registration is free from June 5 to December 5, 2017. Everyone can visit select Robinsons Supermarket branches every Saturday to register and submit their official weight. After their final weigh-in, participants can avail of a reward if they achieve their wellness goal.

Members of the academe of Far Eastern University also pledge their support...

Regardless of your physical regimen, it is important that you start somewhere. I would also recommend not letting yourself be stuck on just one form of sport or exercise. Try to learn other physical skills or activities so that more muscle groups will be optimized to burn those unwanted fats. And again, weight loss is always 20% exercise and 80% diet, so always make sure to watch the food you eat.  

Friday, May 12, 2017

Robinsons Supermarket with “Learn Wellness": Be scholarly healthy and fit all year round

I have noticed recently that there have been frequent rain showers pouring in the metro and it's still May. In some part of Visayas, residents even had their first dibs of monsoon that flooded some parts of Metro Cebu. It seems that summer is about to end and rainy days are coming our way much earlier this year, even before classes start in June. But this does not mean we should rest and hibernate while waiting for the rain to stop to stay healthy and fit. Because in Fitness and Wellness, there is no such thing as “Off Season”.

On stage are the representatives of particpating brands...

In the last NatGeo Run 2017 where I ran a full marathon, my time was unexpectedly faster and I was able to recovery more quickly. I give the credit to the new cross-training regimen I started early this year, which includes Jumping Rope. According to jump rope experts I’ve come across in many articles and instructional videos, this is one of the best training exercises that can shed calories and fats in a short span of time. Imagine, one can burn as much as 1,000 calories in just 15 to 20 minutes of Jump roping, with high intensity interval callisthenic exercises.

Pre-schoolers are not exempted to start early to a healthy lifestyle...

Of course, the visible results will vary depending on your physical condition and fitness goals.  But whether one will start as overweight or lean, the sustainable results of jump rope will only work if we give a huge amount of attention on the food we eat. I’m not talking about just the quantity of calories we take in but also the quality of the food we choose.

If the weather is not cooperating for a good run, Jumping rope is one better alternative

I am glad that the summer vacation gave the opportunity for a lot of young students to take care of their health and many did get involved with running. But I'm quite anxious to know who among these millenials will continue when they start to become busy with school work. I'm sure as soon as classes start, many of these young fitness newbies will relatively have lesser time to continue pursuing what they started as they need to devote more time to school stuff. If it’s too rainy and wet to run, jump rope is one alternative and get awesome results. It only takes 15 to 20 minutes a day to do it.

A 15 to 20 minute jumping rope can burn as 1,000 calories (under 120 rpm) with high intensity interval training exercises

Again, nutrition plays a key role in achieving fitness goals and, more often, school environment offers fast food nutrition and students have lesser options where to eat while spending more than half of the day away from their parents who can serve them better food. For the moms and dads who wish no less but optimum health and nutrition for their growing kids, preparing them with lunch bento boxes of good food, filled with all the healthy goodness that fast food rarely offers, is a better alternative.

Robinsons Supermarket's We Love Wellness Campaign involves a holistic heath and fitness... 

This month, Robinsons Supermarket celebrates the Health and Wellness season for people who consciously consume and advocate for healthier food selections. From May 1 to June 30, 2017, shoppers will get P100 off coupon for a minimum single purchase of P3,000 at Robinson’s Supermarket. Purchases must  be inclusive of P500 worth of participating products from Nestle, CDO, Splash, Wyeth, or Purefoods . Loyal shoppers can also earn additional 10 Robinsons Rewards Card Points when they buy select Nestle products during this promo.

Know the products by just simply looking at the yellow price tags...

When visiting Robinsons Supermarket just look for the yellow tag prices of selected participating brands to make sure you are buying products that support healthy living. Robinsons Supermarket’s Route to Wellness campaign affirms its commitment to strengthening the “We Love Wellness” advocacy that enables it to provide healthier food options and alternatives to Filipinos. And, as the new school year starts this June, students are encouraged not just to study hard but also set aside time to learn more about heathy living and getting fit. 


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