Saturday, June 9, 2018

ASEAN Para Sports meet in Manila gets big boost from International Paralympic Head



Manila, Philippines – Preparations for the 10th ASEAN Para Games that will be hosted by the Philipines in January 2020 went full swing last June 8, 2018 at Shangri-la Hotel the Fort with the meeting of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) that was attended by Heads of National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from the 11 member countries of Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar, Brunei, Laos, Cambodia, Timor Leste and the Philippines.



Andrew Parsons, current president of the International Paralympic Committee, gives a big boost to the event as his Manila visit coincides with the conduct of the federation meeting. Parsons is here to help promote the Philippine paralympic movement, which embraces the IPC vision to enable para athletes to achieve sporting excellence, and inspire and excite the world.




At the top of the agenda is iddentification of the sports to be played in the 10th ASEAN Para Games (APG) that will be held in January 2020, after the 30th Southeast Asian Games that will also be hosted by the Philippines in December 2019.

A total of 16 sports were played in the 9th APG held in Malaysia in 2017. 
  • Boccia
  • Chess
  • Cerebral Palsy Football
  • Football 5-A-Side
  • Goalball
  • Para Archery
  • Para Athletics
  • Para Badminton
  • Para Cycling
  • Para Powerlifting
  • Para Swimming
  • Para Table Tennis
  • Sitting Volleyball
  • Tenpin Bowling
  • Wheelchair Basketball
  • Wheelchair Tennis
Participants in the APG include athletes with physical, vision, and intellectualdisabilities. The ASEAN Para Games under the regulation of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) while the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Asian Paralympic Committee lend technical and classification assistance when needed.

10th ASEAN Para Games 2019 (List of Paralympic Sports to choose from)
  1. AR       ARCHERY
  2. AT        ATHLETICS
  3. BA        BADMINTON
  4. BO       BOCCIA
  5. CH       CHESS
  6. CY       CYCLING
  7. F5        FOOTBALL 5-a-side
  8. F7        FOOTBALL 5-a-side
  9. GB       GOALBALL
  10. JU       JUDO
  11. PO      POWERLIFTING
  12. SA       SAILING
  13. SH       SHOOTING
  14. SW       SWIMMING
  15. TB       TENPIN BOWLING
  16. TT       TABLE TENNIS
  17. VS       VOLLY-SITTING
  18. WB      WC-BASKETBALL
  19. WD      WC DANCE SPORT
  20. WF       WC-FENCING
  21. WR       WC-RUGBY
  22. WT       WC-TENNIS

The Para Games, held every two years, is traditionally hosted by the country where the Southeast Asian Games are held. It is supported by the Philippin sports Commission.




Michael Barredo, Philippine Paralympic Committee President, said the June meeting in Manila set the preparations for the ASEAN Para Games in motion and Parsons' presence here on a visit will boost efforts currently underway for the coming Para Games. This is the second time that the Philippines is hosting the ASEAN Para Games since 2005.




Foreign Affairs SecretaryAlan Peter Cayetano, who is ASEAN Para Games Organizing Committee Chairman, announced that the games will be held in three separate hubs located in Metro Manila, Clark and Subic. An international sports complex is now under construction in Clark where a 20,000-seat stadium is rising. An aquatic center that meets Olympic standards is also in the works.

10 Year Calendar of International Sports Events
  • Asian Para Games 2018               -    Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Winter Paralympics 2018             -   Pyeongchang, South Korea
  • 10th ASEAN Para Games 2019   -   Philippines
  • Paralympic Games 2020              -   Tokyo, Japan
  • 11th ASEAN Para Games 2021    -   TBA
  • Asian Youth Para Games 2021    -   TBA
  • Asian Para Games 2022               -   Hangzhou, China
  • Winter Paralympics 2022            -   Beijing, China
  • 12th ASEAN Para Games 2023   -   TBA
  • Paralympic Games 2024              -   Paris, France
  • Asian Para Games 2026               -   Nagoya, Japan




2018 National MILO Maraton: Live on its Values-driven Legacy


Manila, Philippines – Running event has been very popular nowadays not just for sports fans, but also for every family young and not so young whose goal is to get fit and healthy. Whether you go for a run or walk, it's an achievement to reach the finish line that makes us proud and happy.

Last June 8, the leading beverage brand MILO officially launched the 42nd National MILO Marathon — the biggest and longest running footrace with the ongoing theme, "Magsama-sama, Tumakbo, Matuto" that strengthens the leagacy of the National MILO Marathon in upholding a values-driven race experience for runners throughout the season. Its aim is to be more than just a running event as it continues to highlight the character-forming lessons that can be learned from the race. 

(From left to right) Lester Castillo, MILO Sports Executive; Robbie De Vera, Consumer Marketing Manager, Nestle Philippines;Coaches Jim Saret and Toni Saret; Dr. Philip Juico, President-PATAFA, Meg Panopio, consumer Marketing Manager, Nestle Philippines; Joey Uy, Business Executive Officer - Senior Vice President, Nestle Philippines; Solenn Heussaff, MILO Nutri-Up Ambassador; Willy De Ocampo, Business Unit Manager - Vice President, Nestle Philippines; Laurent Boisdron, General Manager, Conrad Hotel; Faivo Bartolome, National Finals Local Race Organizer; and Andrew Neri, RunRio, NMM National Race Organizer
The new season ushers the 11-leg event with the opening race happening in Urdaneta on July 15 and will continue in the following fields:
  • Metro Manila - July 29
  • Tarlac - August 26
  • Batangas - September 16
  • Lucena - September 30
  • Iloilo - October 7
  • Cebu - October 14
  • General Santos - October 21
  • Butuan - November 11
  • Cagayan De Oro - November 18
  • Laoag  (National Finals) - December 9 
Reigning MILO Marathon King Joerge Andrade and five-time MILO Marathon Queen Mary Joy Tabal will go head-to-head with their top contenders to defend their titles with the hopes of bagging the top purse of this year's marathon finale. The next MILO Marathon King and Queen will be given an opportunity participate in an international marathon 2019. In partnership with PATAFA, this year's NMM King and Queen will be the runners to beat for aspiring contenders for the 2019 SEA Games. MILO expects 150,000 runners to participate this season. 






"The 42nd MILO Marathon continues to center on the life lessons that runners can learn and take with them beyond the finish line," said Lester P. Castillo, MILO Philippines Sports Executive. "We are committed to delivering an inspiring season as we highlight the values of discipline, resilience and determination to help our runners be molded into true champions."


National Finals in Laoag
The city of Laoag has been selected to host this year's National Finals on December 9. Laoag promises to offer a unique running experience for participants as the National Finals will be part of the city's bicentennial culminating celebration. In addition to the festive race experience, runners can also look forward to marveling at the beauty of Laoag, as the race route goes along several tourist spots of the city, including the Paway and Laoag sand dunes in some of the long distance categories. thse who would like to combine a vacation with their racecan visit nearby landmarks and places of interest in Ilocos region, such as the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, St. Augustine's Church in Paway, Kapurpurawan rock formation in Burgos, the windmill farms of Bangui, and the white beaches of Pagudpud.



"The provincial government of Ilocos Norte, and the city of Laoag have given their full support for National MILO Marathon so it's all systems go for the preparations of the National Finals," said Faivo Bartolome, RunRio's local race organizer of the Laoag National Finals. "We believe that this will be a new and exciting experience as the finale will highlight Laoag's vibrant culture that runners can appreciate. We look forward to welcoming MILO and all of the participants to celebrate Laoag's significant milestone with us."


New Race Features
MILO has added and refreshed some features for this year's National MILO Marathon for a unique running experience. In addtition to the newly designed, values inspired race singlet and bib in the race kit, race participants will receive:
  • 3k and 5k       - MILO sachet
  • 10k                 - drawstring bag and MILO Nutri-Up sachet 
  • 21k and 42k   -  new finisher's training hoodie 


For years, MILO has played an active role in helping underprivileged Filipino youth reach their dreams by giving them brand new pairs of running shoes through the Hekp Give Shoes advocacy. MILO is beginning to expand its advocacy to reach more schoolchildren  and get theminto sports, and not just running. This year, with the help of the Department of Education, MILO will donate:
  • 1,500 pairs of shoes to deserving public schoolchildren across the country
  • 2,500 basketballs to deserving public schools nationwide
"In our immersion and research, we found that there is an opportunity for more children to play and get into sports," said Castillo. "We began encouraging children to get active through running, and getting them into sports seems to be the natural progression. We are donating basketballs as it is the most popular sport in the country. this new development in our advocacy is still aligned with our intitiative to encourage more kids to lead an active and healthy lifestyle."

The 42nd National MILO Marathon is endorsed by the Department of Education, Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, and sanctioned by the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association. The 42nd National MILO Marathon is organized by RunRio Events Inc., and supported by its official partners: TAG Heuer – the official time keeper of the 42nd National MILO Marathon, Conrad Hotel – the official hotel partner for the Manila Leg of the 42nd National MILO Marathon, Pocari, Salonpas, Sock Society, and Health Delivery Systems Inc.

For more details on MILO Philippines, visit http://www.milo.com.ph or the MILO Philippines Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/milo.ph. Follow MILO on Twitter (@MiloPH) and Instagram (@MiloPhilippines).

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Art & Culture On-demand with the Ayala Museum App



Continuing in its dedication to the modernization of the museum experience, Ayala Museum has now launched its own native app and becomes the first art & culture museum in the country to do so.


The Ayala Mueum app acts as a digital museum for anyone anywhere, making it easier than ever to experience the best of Philippine art & culture whenever you want. The app gives users a glimpse into the museum's permanent exhibitions: The Diormas of Philippine History, Gold of Ancestors, A Millennium Contact, and Art and the Order of Nature. What makes it even better is that the audio guides that supplement the collections are now available through the app for easy access.

Users will get a look into the museum's current changing exhibitions, get updates on their latest events, programs, and other visitor information. More importantly, the app opens up access for everyone to their collections and programs with only a couple of clicks.



In another app exclusive, Ayala Museuem has partnered with Mystery Manila to create a puzzle game within the app that users can play when in the museum. Using clues in the app and in the exhibits, players get to be detectives tasked to solve a challenging mystery within the app. For the first in-app game, users get to travel in time through the Dioramas to locate a missing time-travelling historian. With this game, visitors get to interact with the exhibits in a more playful way, making their experience one that will be hard to forget.



With the launch of its Virtual Reality Rizal experience last year, Ayala Museum has madeit known that it is not afraid to use technology to create new and exciting museum experiences. The launch of the app is just another way the museum recognizes the importance of the digital experience in enhancing  the traditional features of the museum.

Whether you are at home or toofar away to visit the museum, the Ayala Museum app gives you an experience of art & culture that fits comfortably in your pocket.

The Ayala Museum app is now available on the App Store and the Google Play Store.

For more information regarding the Ayala Museum membership, visit www.ayalamuseum.org/membership

The Ayala Museum is open from 9AM-6PM, Tuesday-Sunday

For inquiries, contact us at 759 8288 or hello@ayalamuseum.org or through our social media pages.


Women's Nutritional Needs Through the Years


by: Susan Bowerman, M.S., RD, CSSD, CSOWM, FAND, Sr. Director, Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training


Source: Herbalife Nutrition

As teenagers, we could get by on a diet of pizza, chips and fast food without much thought. As we move through college and beyond, nutrition becomes increasingly important. 

Here are a few key actions and nutrients to ensure optimum health through your 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond.

In your 20s
Drink enough water.  When you're rushing between school, work and social activities, it's easy to forget to hydrate. Carry a large water bottle with you at all times and aim to drink at least two liters of water per day.

Pack smart snacks. Adults 20 to 39 consume 15.3 percent of their calories from fast food according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Instead of racking up empty calories, choose healthy meals you can throw together in a snap. 

Nutrient essentials: calcium and folic acid. You're still building bone through your mid-20s. Keep them strong by getting at least 1,000 mg calcium each day. good sources include yogurt, fortified nondairy milk, firm tofu and sardines.

In your 30s
Watch calories. You can't eat like a teenager and maintain your weight. In your 30s, metabolism starts to slow as women lose muscle mass. Swap refined carbs (white bread, pastries) and sugary beverages for whole grains, fresh produce and water.

Nutrient essentials: folic acid and protein. More women wait until their 30s to have their first baby, according to CDC report. If you're one of them, keep up the folic acid intake.

Muscle mass declines by about 5 percent each decade starting in your 30s. to preserve it, add strength training into your workouts and eat adequate amounts of protein, which helps mitigate muscle loss.

In your 40s
Protect your heart. Cholesterol and blood pressure rise as your get closer to menopause. Protect your ticker with regular exercise and heart-healthy foods. Good choices include dark leafy greens, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables. Drink alcohol in moderation (one drink per day for women) and cut out trans fat, found in processed and fried food.

Nutrient essentials: Vitamin D, antioxidants. Keep an eye on Vitamin D, which helps your body absorb calcium. It also keeps your immune system strong, your energy levels high and protects against breast cancer and colon cancer. Vitamin D stores decline as women hit their 40s.

In your 50s
Eat more fiber. In women, heart disease risk increases after age 55 according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Fiber helps lower cholesterol levels, which is good for heart health. Fiber also keeps you fuller longer, which helps keep weight in check.

Nutrient essentials: Omega 3s, B12. Studies indicate 10 to 30 percent of people over age 50 have a reduced ability to absorb Vitamin B12 from food. Consider a B12 supplement.

Increase your intake of Omega-3 fatty acids. Get your fill from fatty fish such as salmon, which is rich in Omega-3s EPA and DHA. Walnuts and ground flaxseed are high in ALA, an Omega-3 that may help lower cholesterol.

In your 60s and beyond
Keep moving. An empty nest and fewer work demands leave you with more time to enjoy life. Learn a new language, take a dance class, go on more dates with yoour partner. Whatever you do, keep up a regular exercise routine and consult with your doctor before considering any vigorous cardio and strength training.

Are you eating enough? Medications, slowed metabolism, a change in taste perception and other factors contribute to loss of appetite in our 60s and beyond. While focusing on good nutrition, experiment with a wider range of foods. Share meals with friends. Incorporate meal replacement drinks if needed.

Nutrient essentials: All of the above, plus probiotics. Our gut health changes as we age. Friendly bacteria declines and our small intestine doesn't absorb nutrients as well. Add probiotics to stimulate friendly bacteria growth. Food sources include yogurt and fermented foods like sauerkraut and Kimchi.




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Filipino Pride: Tanduay Reaps International Recognitions



It's an honor as a Filipino to know that proudly Philippine-made rum Tanduay is capturing palates of the world's connoisseurs as it recently gathers prestigious international awards.

The major recognitions the brand received for its various products included: 
  • Gold award for Tanduay Rum Gold - Rum & Cachaca Masters 2018 (Gold Rum Premium category)
  • Double gold medal and best white rum citation for Tanduay  Rum Silver - San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018
  • Silver award for Tanduay Rum Gold - San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018
  • Gold and Silver awards for Tanduay Rum Silver and Gold - Tastings of the Chicago-based Beverage Tasting Institute
  • Category Winner for Tanduay Rum Silver and Gold - World Rum Awards (Column Still Rum)
These award-giving bodies are among the most prestigious spirits competitions in the world and recognized internationally as most influential in the spirits industry.

All these achievements are borne from Tanduay's commitment to excellence and industry innovations under the leadership of its Chairman, Dr. Lucio Tan. Only the finest ingredients make it into each bottle of Tanduay rum and there is attention to detail at the manufacturing stages, where stringent quality control is meticulously applied at every step of the production process. 

Since the acquisition of the Tanduay brand by the Lucio Tan group 30 years ago, plant modernization and expansion projects tremendously increased the distillery's production capacity. With an unmatched ageing facility that houses not less than 200,000 barrels of aged reserves, Tanduay continous to produce one of the world's finest rums.

Through the leadership of Tan's son and Tanduay president, Lucio "Bong" Tan, Jr., the company made a historic expansion in the world arena. Tanduay made a strategic alliance with companies in the United States to expand its distribution capacity.The company likewise backed up its marketing efforts striking a two-year prtnership deal with 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors.

"We are proud to be recognized by the world's tastemakers and placed at par with international brands. We share these achievements for Tanduay with Filipino consumers, because it is through their constant support for the brand that we hav continued to reach new heights over the past 30 years," Bong Tan shares. He adds that as Tanduay ensures the excellent quality of its flagship products, it is producing more craft spirits categories all over the world.

Tanduay Distillers Inc. is a member of the LT Group of Companies. Tanduay is the Philippines' top Rhum maker, which is also distributed in Asia and the United States, among other countries in the world. Likewise, the company produces spirits, wines, brandies, gins, and vodka. We are a registered company in the Philippine Stock Exchange as a subsidiary of Tanduay Holdings Inc.

Rice: The Staple that Filipinos Can't Live Without



Rice is the staple food of Filipinos and that's one reason why we eat rice with almost everything, and normally with more than just one cup, three times a day—it's the staple that completes the meals on the table. A rationale that no wonder Filipinos still do not feel  their hunger has been satisfied if rice isn't part of the meal. "Can't live without rice," a very common statement of Filipinos, because rice has also been an important part of the Philippine culture, that one basis of growing up and maturity is whether or not you can cook/steam rice properly.

Rice is versatile and it's what makes the dish unique. Besides the fact that a meal is more scrumptious with rice, it is also nutritive. It helps control blood pressure, improves metabolism, and promotes cardiovascular health. Rice is also rich in carbohydrates that provide energy, and has small amounts of protein but has no fat.



Rice can be served in many different ways—from simple to creative. Some examples are sushi, rice porridge, rice pudding champorado, bibimbap, rice cereal, rice cakes or simply just steamed/fried rice. Its versatility is just one of the many reasons why rice is the most dominant cereal crop.


A well-known local company, Sunnywood Superfoods Corporation, has made it a corporate mission to actively promote the local production and marketing of native and traditional varieties of rice. Sunnywood has launched numerous initiatives that strongly support local producers of rice, including sources of native, traditional rice varieties. And no one takes rice more seriously than they do, which is evident in their slogan, "More than just rice – It's the Meaning of Life."

Sunnywood focuses on attentive, personal, quality service which helped gain interest from consumers and loyalty from customers.

With its rising success, Sunnywood has become a market leader. Upon reaching the 20th year milestone, Romeo Ong, president of Sunnywood, is palnning on introducing Sunnywood overseas. "We are looking into exporting our products very actively as we go forward. We really like to see our products out there in the other countries. So show the flag, so to speak. That will be another source of pride for the Philippines. I hope we can do that in the near future." And in the next five years, they hope to be a vibrant and dominant band. Besides rice distribution, Ong has also been considering business in other agricultural products, which, according to him, is "anything that looks interesting and healthy." In light of celebrating its second decade, Sunnywood is looking to increase its capabilities and improve its product quality though upgrade and expansion of its facility.



Sunnywood offers different variants of rice that are beneficial to the body and superior in quality. One of them is Harvester's Dinorado Rice, which is genuine dinorado rice that's deliciously sticky when cooked, making it great for paella and risotto. Harvester's Sinandomeng Rice, on the other hand, is only slightly sticky and is very versatile. You can eat it steamed or fried, and pair it with your favorite viand, making it great every day, every-occasion rice. But when it comes to taste and texture, you will surely have to try Harvester's Thai Jasmine Rice! This genuine Thai Hom Mali Jasmine Rice has the distinct all-around goodness that will leave you wanting another cup of extra rice. It might become a habit, but a good habit it is!

Harvester's is just one of the three well-established brands of Sunnywood.The other two are Jordan Farms, which focuses on health and nutrition, offering healthy organically-grown rice as well as specialty rice variants, and Farmboy, which offers good rice varieties at a modest price.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Taking the First Step to STEM



The moment our child is born, we parents are already thinking of good education. When the time comes that our child is ready for school, we want the best education. Being a parent, I am aware that it is not that easy to find the right school – it takes time, effort and research. Aside from school, we also want to go extra mile of giving them more learning aside from what they study.

Back in 2009, a parent named Dori Roberts had a hard time finding an educational program to get her six- and eight-year-old started on engineering. The Virginian mother was also an educator specializing in math and science, and she quickly realized that there is a need for a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) program that is geared towards young children.



Where most parents would have just given up and enrolled their children in regular schools, Robert saw opportunity. With her extensive background in STEM and a passion for teaching, she started Engineering for Kids (EFK), which is now one of the world's most popular child-friendly STEM programs. It is franchised and implemented in 30 other countries.

Thankfully, Philippines, will not miss out on this excellent STEM course. Montessoride San Juan, a local school that utilizes the latest in techniques in both tradional and progressive learning, recently partnered with EFK and is offering the after-school program as an extra-curricular activity to its students.


The program is offered to students four- to fourteen-years old, and features fun and interesting ways to present engineering concepts appropriate to each individual child. It goes beyond just classes by giving children opportunities to learn more about STEM through workshops, camps, and other events. Through these exercises, the children learn problem-solving, cooperation, critical thingking, and many other skills that will serve them well in the future.

MDS proprietor Sandy Arellano, who has a Masters Degree in Education and is one of the country's leading voices on integrated learning, believes that the EFK program will not only teach, but also inspire students. "The hands-on activities offered in EFK will foster their natural curiosity," said Arellano. "Once that curiosity is activated, the students will continue to explore and develop their problem-solving, analytical, and applied knowledge skills."



Currently, the EFK program is not available for Senior High School Students, MDS offers top-rated tracks in Humanities, General Academics, and Accounting & Business Management for its Senior High curriculum.

To learn more about Montessori De San Juan and its programs, you may contact 725-6306 or 239-1102, or visit http://montessoridesanjuan.com.







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