Friday

SM Cares and Best Buddies Bowling Day

Because SM cares, SM Cares and SM Lifestyle Entertainment hosted The Best Buddies bowling friendly games at SM North Edsa. Best Buddies which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)

Thursday

Training to be your best with Chris Sports

For those who ask if home workouts are as effective as hitting the gym, the answer is a resounding yes! With the right mindset, a strong will and proper equipment, the journey to fitness can be achieved even at the comforts of your home.
 
Consider these simple tips on how one can exercise regardless of weather or time of day:
 
Wear workout clothes
Dress the part. Wear the proper exercise attire to get you into the mood and make it easier to move around and exercise.
 
Keep it simple
Know your goal and choose the proper exercise regimen, whether to maintain your weight or further strengthen the body; best to start slow and simple, with some stretching to prepare the muscles for the workout.
 
Fitness coach Ghel Lerpido from Chris Sports, the complete sports shop that offers quality fitness products to athletes, sports enthusiasts and exercise buffs, said there’s a big difference between stretching and warming up. “Stretching provides flexibility and prepares the muscles for exercise. Warm-ups, meanwhile, help maintain blood flow so you avoid injuries.”


Drew Arellano set to host new season of Bonakid Pre-School’s Ready Set Laban 2

 Following the success of the first season, Bonakid Pre-School’s Ready Set Laban is back with an even bigger action-packed game show for moms and kids. 

After hitting the airwaves and receiving the prestigious Anak TV Seal Award, GMA and Bonakid Pre-School have renewed their partnership, with the addition of Drew Arellano as the host of the much-anticipated TV show.

“Drew is one of the most sought after hosts under GMA 7. He’s very energetic and enthusiastic, which is perfect for a fun and lively game show like Ready Set Laban,” says Claudine Serrano, Product Manager of Bonakid Pre-School.

Repertory Philippines to stage ‘Scrooge’ musical this Christmas

This Christmas, Repertory Philippines is reviving a classic to remind everyone of the true holiday spirit. Scrooge: A Family Musical will inspire viewers from November 21 to December 14 at the Onstage, Greenbelt 1 in Makati City, capping off Repertory’s 2014 calendar.

“I feel that in this generation, the spirit of Christmas is disappearing. It has become commercialized when we should be celebrating the birth of Christ. The spirit of Christmas, the spirit of giving, loving, and generosity are all embodied in Scrooge more than any other script,” said director Baby Barredo, also Repertory Philippines’ co-founder and artistic director. 

The timeless tale A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a staple in the theater scene during the Yuletide season, endearing families with the same message of sharing and forgiveness. Repertory Philippines has brought the story to stage for three times—all box office hits using different adaptations of the story. The fourth staging takes a cue from the book, music, and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. 

Miguel Faustman as Ebenezer Scrooge

Tuesday

Duty Free Shopping brings more fun in the Philippines

A new Duty Free Fiesta Mall awaits our balikbayans as the travel retail store undergoes its grandest renovation yet.

For the past six months, the Fiesta Mall underwent an unbelievable renovation under the leadership of French interior designer Philippe Larose. Duty Free Philippines Chief Operating Officer Lorenzo “Enchong” Formoso III says this is part of their goal to make the Fiesta Mall “at par with other global retail stores around the world, but still with a Filipino touch.”

The end result is a glowing Duty Free, with sparkling floors and ceilings that would be recognizable to consumers who have not been to the Fiesta Mall in months. 

Coach is the embodiment of the quintessentially American way of making sportswear effortlessly chic; and the current collection by cult favorite Stuart Vevers is now wowing magazine editors, bloggers and other followers of fashion. 

Saturday

San Marino #WhatsNewWhatsNext For Daniel Matsunaga

 I had a great time when I attended the San Marino What's New What's Next Fair held at Mercato Central. It was a day full of fun, exciting activities like wall climbing, trapezing, rappelling. It was also the launch of San Marino Tuna Flakes with fit & fab celebrities like young basketball superstars Jeric and Jeron Teng, Dela Salle Archers’ Big Man Arnold van Opstal and lady spiker Mika Reyes, hunks Marc Nelson and Victor Basa, actress-models Phoemela Baranda and Bubbles Paraiso, showbiz reporters Ginger Conejero and Divine Lee, showbiz daughter Dani Barretto, and hosts Nikko Ramos and Katz Salao.

Cord blood, gives new hope for Leukemia

A video of a mother from Quebec fighting against leukemia recently went viral in YouTube. Her desperate plea – to find a compatible umbilical cord donor, the only hope for her second battle against leukemia. Mai Duong, a 34-year-old Vietnamese-Canadian mother is among the many patients diagnosed of cancer every four minutes. Leukemia - cancer of the body’s tissues that are responsible for forming blood including bone marrow and lymphatic system is among the top eight common cancers in the Philippines. 

In 2005, the Philippine Cancer Society recorded 4,202 new cases, 2,243 of which is among males with 3.9 percent incidence rate while 1,959 cases were recorded among females with an incidence rate of 3.6 percent. With an average 5-year survival rate of only 25 percent, an estimated 3,498 deaths are expected with 1,863 in men and 1,635 among women. Normally, the body produces and grows the white blood cells in an orderly way. But for people with leukemia, their bone marrow produces white blood cells that are abnormal either in number or function. The symptoms of the disease varies from fever or chills, persistent fatigue and weakness, frequent or severe infections, unexpected weight loss, swelling of lymph nodes, bruising or bleeding easily, frequently recurring nosebleeds, visible red spots, bone pain or tenderness and excessive sweating at night. 

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