Healthy is the new sexy


Healthy is the new sexy. To reach a strong state of wellness is a lifelong challenge but the journey can be attained through fun activities and delicious food, ideally while maintaining the company of wonderful friends.

For me, it’s all about proper nutrition, daily exercise and supplementation. To complement my active lifestyle, I also value traditional healing, meditation and prayer to keep a more balanced state of being.

For nutritional supplements, I rely on USANA, the highest-rated and effective supplements and health care products in the world. As their brand ambassador, I share my personal testimony of how USANA has kept both my hubby Dennis and I feel younger, healthier and stronger.

It was wonderful to see all the USANA family and top agents at its annual Recognition Dinner held at the Grand Ballroom of the Conrad Hotel. With the “Old Hollywood” theme, guests wore sparkling gowns and feathery hats while enjoying the festivities.

On the fitness side, dancing Zumba is one of my weekly routines at the Manila Polo Club with teacher Robert Nee. My Zbabes dance mates recently joined me at GoWell’s “Zumba for the Family” workout at Kerry Sports at Shangri-La at the Fort.

As the GoWell ambassador, I joined the energetic Zumba class led by Kristie Bonifacio together with over a hundred participants. We gave away prizes to the mom-child pairs who gave the most energetic performances. A Garmin VivoFit 3 activity tracker was also given away via a digital contest.

GoWell is Sun Life’s health and wellness community that promotes holistic wellness through a fit and active lifestyle, eating healthy, and living a balanced life. Its website,, offers fitness and wellness content with articles from experts, while community workouts and fitness classes are also offered to its members.

GoWell will be heading to Cebu next to hold a free yoga-run-yoga workout for Cebuanos. Dubbed “Namaste Run,” the unique workout will be led by GoWell ambassadors Bubbles Paraiso and Jaymie Pizarro. Bubbles, a triathlete and yoga teacher, will facilitate the dynamic stretching and community yoga that will bookend the workout. Jaymie, Sun Life’s Health and Wellness Marketing Manager who is also known as The Bull Runner, will lead the easy run. Follow @GoWellph on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

Swimming is one of the best fitness workouts with the least amount of stress in the muscles and is great for cross training. Dennis and I have been doing open-water swim training every weekend, as we hope to join more of the SwimJunkie race series of renowned swimmer Betsy Medalla.

Our favorite training playground is Balesin Island. A long swim along the beautiful white sand beachfront gives us views of the fantastic coral and marine life, which can include turtles and stingrays. In Balesin, I also joined a special outdoor Bikram yoga class, led by Ollay Aninion and Joy Amano, the nephew of Bikram himself. It was so cool to practice with Ollay and Joy.

From the yoga class, we squeezed in a treatment at Aegle Wellness Center, Alphaland’s venture into the world of true health care, the prevention of disease and the slowing down of ageing. Aegle has facilities on Balesin Island and at The City Club in Makati. Both are equipped with top-of-the-line diagnostic equipment.

Aegle is fast becoming the foremost authority in age optimization, detoxification, and weight management.  This means maximizing an individual’s potential for health that’s appropriate for age, and starting the individual on a healthier lifestyle program.

For Mother’s Day last week, we were lucky to be invited on board M/Y Obsessions by Alphaland Chairman Roberto Ongpin. We cruised around his island where we were served food from Mykonos Village. RVO was still ecstatic about the inauguration of Mykonos Restaurant last May 9 at The City Club.

The by-invitation dinner featured a powerhouse of influential and industry movers in the country. Among the VIP guests were US Ambassador Sung Kim, former Vice President Jejomar Binay, Makati City Mayor Abby Binay, Senator Sonny Angara, Senator Chiz Escudero along with his beautiful wife Heart Evangelista, former Senator Bongbong Marcos, SMIC Vice Chairperson Teresita Sy-Coson, San Miguel Corporation CEO Ramon Ang, and Philippine Airlines head Jimmy Bautista.

Mykonos at The City Club features a similar menu to the Thanasis Taverna in Balesin. The original menus were created by Greek Chef Thanasis Koumpiadis from the island of Rhodes. Among the best sellers are grilled lamb ribs, roast leg of lamb, and other Greek favorites such as saganaki, moussaka, and souvlaki. To reserve a table, call 737-0000 or email

For foodies, check out Mulberry Door, the new restaurant of entrepreneur and food enthusiast Trish Panlilio. Mulberry Door is in the center of Forbestown Road in Burgos Circle, BGC’s latest food district. Trish is building on the success of nawwTy’s kitchen, her custom catering business, and The Gourmand Market. Among Trish’s favorites are crab fat paella, lamb burger with taro chips, and prawn thermidor au gratin. Mulberry Door is open daily at 8 Forbestown Road, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Email for info.

In closing, I would like to congratulate Nova Veluz for her involvement in the Original Ugat Lucena Association. OULA has evolved from being a small club into a large, active, and vibrant organization that is a significant part of the community of Lucena City in Quezon Province.

At present, OULA focuses on socio-civic projects that will benefit the residents of the city. It also strives to extend help to the less-privileged members of society particularly in Lucena City. This year, OULA will have their annual Benefit Ball, the proceeds of which go to public schools in Lucena. Please check out their Facebook page for more info.


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