Strong and Sexy February


Strong and sexy are keywords that seem targeted to those 30 and below. Thanks to my weekly Bikram Yoga classes at the Ollay Aninion Bikram Manila Studio, and my running stints with our Girls Run For Breakfast group, I am thrilled to sometimes hear those words thrown my way.

At the Century Tuna Superbods Ageless 2018, those keywords were front and center again. Strong, sexy and ageless, as for the first time in this biennial, the search has two age categories, 18-37 and 38-50.

Greg Banzon, GM of Century Pacific Food, told me that age should not be a hindrance to staying fit and healthy. Indeed he continues to be in great shape himself. Gela Pecson, Century Tuna marketing manager, added that nothing is impossible if you set your mind and heart into it.

Making their presence felt as the ultimate ageless fitspirations are Alice Dixon, Ina Raymundo and Sunshine Cruz, Century Tuna’s Power Women. Joining them are the Yummybodies of Century – Gerald Anderson, Matteo Guidicelli and Paulo Avelino.

The Century Tuna Superbods Ageless 2018 will have its Finals Night on April 12 at the Cove in Okada Manila. Four winners will get half a million pesos each, a chance to have a training contract with Star Magic, and a chance to win a Chevrolet Trax. The search is made possible by Cove Manila, Philipps, Indesit, Mabe, Tanduay Distillers, Zalora, and Chevrolet.

Golf is another fun sport to play at any age. The game is a great way to exercise and develop skill and patience as well. My latest golf tournament was the Fourth Wilcon Invitational Golf Tournament at Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.

Wilcon Depot, the country’s leading home improvement and construction supply retailer, kicked off their annual golf tournament for their clients, architects and other industry professionals with a presentation about Wilcon Builder’s Foundation, the company’s CSR program that focuses on educational scholarships and nature conservancy projects. I was amazed to listen to the talk about crocodile conservation done by Crocodylus Porosus Philippines.

William Belo, Wilcon Depot Founder and Chairman Emeritus, spoke to the golfers about how much he values his industry partners as he does his customers. These partners were eager sponsors for the tourney, including LIXIL Water Technologies (Grohe), Pacific Paint (Boysen), Davies Paints, Hocheng Phils. (HCG), and Mariwasa Siam Ceramics. The Hole-in-one sponsors were Cats Motors (Mercedes Benz), Delta Air Lines and Toby’s Sports. The golfing winners were Low Net Champion Vincent Jose Santos, Class A champion Adones Baluyut, Class B champion Joey Santos, and Class C champion Randy Banzon.

The biggest winner of the day was Wilcon Depot itself. The company goes from strength to strength, taking home the Best IPO Award for the country at The Asset Triple A Country Awards 2017 recently held at the Harbour View Ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong. The company’s top executives were there to receive the award, including founder William, president and CEO Lorraine Belo-Cincochan, EVP-CFO Mark Andrew Belo, EVP-CPO Careen Belo and investor relations officer Mary Jean Alger.

The Asset is an investor magazine that has the widest reach among Asian issuers and global institutional investors. Their Triple A Country Awards are among the most prestigious for banking, finance, treasury and the capital markets. The magazine recognized Wilcon’s impressive growth since their listing on the Philippine Stock Exchange last March 2017. For more information about Wilcon, check out

Photo shows from L-R, BDO Capital & Investment Corporation President Eduardo V. Francisco, First Metro Investment Corporation (FMIC) President Rabboni Francis B. Arjonillo, FMIC Division Head – Equity Capital Markets and Corporate Finance & Advisory Abigail Magpayo, Wilcon Founder and Chairman Emeritus William T. Belo. Wilcon EVP-Chief Financial Officer Mark Andrew Belo and RCBC Capital Corporation SVP Elizabeth E. Coronel

Age is just a number in my book so every birthday is a celebration. It is extra special our family this month, with my mother-in-law Cynthia Valdes celebrating her 82nd on February 5, followed by my soon-to-be daughter-in-law Tinkay Crespo’s 30th the following day, and my brother Paolo noting his natal day tomorrow.

We will be having lunch at the Manila Hotel’s famed Champagne Room, as it is now open for lunch from Monday through Saturday. The elegant restaurant has a special semi-buffet menu offering of a thoughtful selection of delectable appetizers and a soup du jour. The lunch set also includes one of the Champagne Room’s signature entrees and dessert served with coffee or tea.

The Manila Hotel – Champagne Room

Champagne Room’s grand interiors make a perfect dining setting with its refined interiors. It has remained a timeless beauty and the fine dining restaurant of choice for discriminating diners. For reservations, call tel. 527-0011 or email

Staying on the theme of agelessness and wellness, my good friend and wellness practitioner Rosan Cruz is conducting a series of wellness workshops and treatments at The Siam Bangkok’s tranquil sanctuary, Opium Spa. From February 14-22, guests at The Siam will be able to sign up for Theta Healing and Emotional Release Therapy sessions. These treatments are designed to empower and facilitate the release of painful and negative emotions. Yoga enthusiasts can also sign up for one of Rosan’s Kundalini, Yin or Vinyasa classes at the outdoor terrace.

Yoga Teacher Rosan Cruz
Yoga Teacher Rosan Cruz

For a limited time and in conjunction with Rosan’s visit, The Siam will be launching a Stay Well package for guests who are staying at the property for two days or more. The package for two includes the standard room rate and amenities, a consult session, 60-minute Theta Healing treatment, Emotional Release Therapy, a Private Yoga Class and a 60-minute massage. For details, visit

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