Join the Jung Da Yeon Free Workout Party on April 11

Jung Da Yeon Workout Party

On April 11, 2015, South Korea’s Fitness Star Jung Da Yeon will be working out with Filipino fitness enthusiasts at the Activity Area of Market! Market! Bonifacio Global City. The event will be hosted by Ron Antonio, Celebrity Zumba Master at 5pm. It is an exciting event that has never been done before. What’s more, it’s free to the public!

Educational charity to benefit from the Etude House “Princess Run”

Etude House Princess Run

In celebration of mothers and families in May, Etude House Philippines is holding a fun run dubbed “Etude Princess Run.” It features 3K, 5K and 10K categories, and will happen on May 25, 2014, at 5 a.m. at the corner of 34th and 9th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Proceeds of Etude Princess Run 2014 will support the YesPinoy Foundation, an organization founded and headed by actor Dingdong Dantes, Jr. that rally all Filipinos, of all ages and from all sectors and background, to support diverse advocacies and programs. The foundation aims to empower Filipinos to help those in need and to contribute effectively and efficiently.

Dingdong Dantes, head and founder of the YesPinoy Foundation

“We encourage men, women, students, professionals, athletes, celebrities, health buffs and even, cosplayers to sign up and participate in the Etude House Princess Run. We want to bring together Filipino families for this fun event. We hope to see everyone enjoying with their loved ones on May 25,” said Etude House Philippines President Andrea Amado.

Registration for the Etude Princess Run is from March 15 to April 15. Entry fees are P600 for the 3k and 5k races and P800 for the 10k category, inclusive of a race kit with a singlet, race bib and race map.

Festival Supermall, Zonta Alabang hold hepatitis screening, vaccination

In celebration of World Hepatitis Day on July 28, the Zonta Club of Alabang will be launching “Mothers for Health Livers”. Festival Supermall in Alabang in Muntinlupa City will be hosting the event at their Carousel Court.

“Our aim is to be at the forefront in advocating liver wellness and liver disease prevention and highlight the role of women in the prevention and early detection of hepatitis B,” says Zontacharter president Kathleen Liechtenstein.

Volunteer medical workers, led by Dr. Eternity Labio, program chairman, will give hepatitis B screening tests. There will also be talks and other activities to highlight liver wellness and liver disease prevention.

The Best. Sandwich. Ever.

Best sandwich ever.

Some things attain the height of perfection by the serendipitous (or judicious) combination of just a few elements. Think of sun, sea, and sand; tequila, lime and salt; cold weather, a fireplace and a warm drink. As far as taste goes, can you imagine messing with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil? Or warm, milky champorado with tinapa flakes on a rainy afternoon?

I met my dream sandwich through my husband Albert who had first tried it via a vegetarian ex-girlfriend half a lifetime ago. Deceptively simple, this open-faced sandwich has only five key ingredients. It takes ten minutes to prepare.

Why I love tea

Why I love tea

Green tea, herbal tea, white tea… I must admit, drinking tea was never my “cup of tea” as I used to think that the taste didn’t go well with my sweet tooth. I was more of a coffee addict and sometimes I drank 4 cups of coffee a day just because I enjoyed it. Now that I’m more health-conscious, tea has caught my attention — and now I prefer it.

Slip, slop, slap and wrap


Summer’s here and I’m busy as a bee! With family outings to attend, beach trips to plan, kids’ summer activities to sign up and months of slatternly housekeeping to atone for, it’s easy to forget the skin care routine – which is the worse thing one can do with all this heat and sunshine!

If you’re pretty laissez faire with the sunscreen, now’s the time to step it up. UV rays (most potent between 9:00am – 3:00pm, according to can cause actinic keratoses (aka skin growths), premature skin aging, sunburn and, at worst, skin cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends a “Slip! Slap! Slop! Wrap!” approach to sun protection: slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, and wrap on sunglasses to protect the eyes and the sensitive skin around them. We’ve tackled fashionable ways to slip on and cover up; here are some suggestions for those three other steps.

Fresh, Dried, Canned or Frozen

Everyone knows that with food, fresh is almost always better. That’s in an ideal world, though, where every woman has Nigella’s or Giada’s time and Ina’s resources, or every guy has Emeril’s boundless energy and Bobby’s unseen assistants. In the real world, where everyone (well, almost everyone) works for a living and/or takes care of other people, some shortcuts may be taken. Which ones won’t compromise your food too much?

Falafel on Friday

With the onset of Lent, many Catholics continue the tradition of meatless fridays. Fish is the usual standby on these days. But there are many other good sources of protein. Apart from dairy, there are beans, peas and lentils, as well as whole grains, nuts and seeds.

While mung beans may remain the go-to legume in many Pinoy households (and yes, ginisang munggo is one of my comfort foods!), there is a wide variety of other beans worth trying. Take for example the chickpea, or garbanzo bean. As a child, I first got to know these little beige, wrinkly, vaguely rounded beans in callos, that Castillan dish of tripe and tomatoes. Later I rediscovered them in hummus, a tangy dip of garbanzos ground to a fine cream and blended with lemon, sesame paste, and lots of garlic. From there it was just a matter of time before I found falafel, another chickpea concoction originating in the middle east. These fried garbanzo fritters are delicious stuffed into pita bread, along with tomatoes, onions, lettuce and maybe roasted sweet peppers, cucumber slices and perhaps an olive or two.

My previous attempts at home made falafel had only middling success. The tricky part is getting the patty mixture just the right consistency that they would hold together when put into the frying fat. Then I discovered this recipe from Mark Bittman’s now defunct column in the New York Times: instant success and delicious results!

Medical tests every woman should take before 30 (part 1)

At this age, people might be telling you that you should settle down and invest in something. We recommend that you start off with investing in your health. Your twenties is the best time to start making sure that your body is ready for your future.