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Some Facts and Myths of Energy Drinks Exposed / By Cobra Energy Drink

Is energy drink good for athletes? The truth is, yes and no. There are various opinions regarding energy drink.  Some say it may pose danger to public health especially to those with underlying medical condition. Others claim it boosts performance, alertness, and improves focus.  Here’s sharing with you what a leading energy drink have to say about it. Read on …

The road to the education of energy drink consumption has been a long-standing battle between facts and fiction. With today’s lifestyle pace, keeping up with the demands to have more in a day becomes time and energy consuming. The emergence of energy drink has given active and lifestyle peoples a lifeline to get things done. And if there is one truth about energy drink is that you can control what you consume, and knowing the truth from fiction is necessary to maximize benefits.

About Cobra

Cobra is the Philippines’ number one and best-selling energy drink, powering the country to progress. It contains world standard quality ingredients like B vitamins sourced from Qualiblends, the world’s leading supplier of pharma grade vitamins, as well as ginseng, taurine, inositol and other ingredients to help Filipinos achieve more in a single day, every day. It has five variants to serve different energy needs, namely: Cobra Original and Cobra Berry for instant energy boost, Cobra Fit with ActivBurn technology plus L-Carnitine to burn calories faster during endurance exercise, Cobra Smart with Ginkgo Biloba for enhanced mental performance and mental focus, and Cobra Defense with Vitamins A to E and Zinc for energy and immunity. For more information on Cobra, visit Cobra Philippines on Facebook.

The Truth About Energy Drinks: Truth vs. Myth Exposed

  1. Energy drinks contain high levels of caffeine

Myth: A 240 ml bottle of energy drink contains about 90 mg of caffeine wherein compared to a medium or big brewed coffee, which has three times more caffeine content confirms this is a myth.  More than the wake up buzz, energy drinks have other ingredients such as B vitamins, ginseng, and inositol, which also help boost energy and mental alertness. It is best to check product label to see how much caffeine an energy drink contains.

  1. Energy drinks are also sports drinks

Truth and Myth: While there is no difference between sports drinks and energy drinks, it is more correct to say that energy drinks can be used as sports drinks. They are both categorized as water based flavored drinks which may or may not contain electrolytes, vitamins, and other nutrients. The ingredients energy drinks provide are intended to enhance physical performance especially before workout as it keeps you more stimulated for exercise. However, energy drinks are diuretics due to its caffeine content.  It is important to partner energy drinks by drinking lots of water.

  1. Energy drinks are not recommended for children or for caffeine sensitive persons

Truth: Caffeine being the key ingredient found in energy drinks, effects on sleeping habit, mood, and even appetite may be experienced.  Similarly on how we keep children away from coffee and soda, drinking energy drink is also not advisable for them. High caution is also given to persons with caffeine sensitivity, especially pregnant or lactating women.

  1. Energy drinks cause heart palpitations and difficulty in breathing

Myth and Truth: The bad reputation of energy drink comes from the issue of experiencing heavy palpitations that may bring about breathing difficulties.  From energy drinks to sodas, teas, and even chocolates and nuts, caffeine is present in most of what we consumed.  Persons who are not used to consuming caffeine, or at the very least who do not drink coffee, have higher chances of experiencing its effects.  It is not because the ingredient is not safe for the body, but solely because the body adjusts to this added stimulant.

  1. Energy drinks are not regulated

Myth: The key ingredients in an energy drink are also the same ingredients that are present in the food we consume daily. Energy drink enables one to power through daily activities, from mid to high-level energy requirement.

The leading energy drink in the country has been in the market since 2006 and for more than a decade has continuously passed the strictest standards of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As the leader of the pact, Cobra Energy Drink vows to educate the market by sharing information about energy drink ingredients and proper consumption habits proving that consumers control their own energy.

Cobra delivers both physical performance and mental alertness made for people who push productivity to the next level. It is not only a refreshing tasty drink but also has performance-boosting ingredients. Thus with FDA regulation, energy drink Cobra is approved to be widely available in the Philippines.

Ingredients in Cobra

Cobra contains safe levels of caffeine and sugar as stimulants for instant energy boost and mental alertness.  It has high quality B vitamins to help the body get energy.

Added ingredients are taurine, an amino acid that aids the body’s metabolic process and has antioxidant properties; ginseng to boost memory, concentration, and performances; and, inositol to help nerve functions.

Cobra continues its efforts by providing people facts on how energy drinks play a role in their active and busy lifestyles and arriving at a common understanding to take charge and stay informed.

Summit Natural Drinking Water is now the country’s No. 1 brand for the mineral and purified segment of packaged water on Nielsen’s annualized period covering March 2017-February 2018!  Congratulations!


Should there be a need to take sports drink or energy drink, it is important to rehydrate either with water or an appropriately formulated one after an exercise or intense workout. Important to keep in mind that as with all foods and drinks, moderation is key. To me, hands down, the best choice is water.

GO GIRL! Expo Launched

14 May 2015 –  Attended by print and online media partners, sponsors, and some of the featured Filipina Go Girl! speakers, Go Girl! launching event came out as a success.

Some of the featured faces of healthy and active Filipinas from all walks of life will be there at the Expo to share their stories

The very first Go Girl! Expo will be on 30-31 May 2015 at the Rockwell Tent in Makati.   Organized by Jump Start, Fondo Manila and Yabang Pinoy, the Go Girl! Expo is promoting a holistic well-being and work-life balance among Filipina women.

Go Girl! Expo co-presenter Cebu Pacific announced Get Go “Time to Get Going” Lifestyle Rewards Program

At the Expo, varied collection of products and services from different industries will also be exhibited.   To top it off, it will be a celebration of every Filipina’s pursuit in different fields.

Running bloggers with Go Girl! Expo Organizer Patrick Joson
Running bloggers gamely wore Ride the Philippines Project pink cap with Go Girl! Expo  host/blogger Allan Enriquez (L) , and organizer/secretariat and triathlete Patrick Joson (R)

For more information and other inqueries, you may email Go Girl! Expo Secretariat at gogirlexpo@gmail.

Come and be part of this momentous event!

NUTRILITE Celebrates 80th Anniversary with a Bang!

Wellness has always been Nutrilite’s advocacy since it was first introduced eight decades ago.  To encourage more people to value personal wellness, a series of runs will be staged in three key cities: Manila (February 22), Davao (March 1), and Cagayan de Oro (March 15).  The run already covered Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, and Singapore.

Nutrilite’s Race Shirt

Registration fee is only P 300 for all categories 3k, 5k, and 8k. Interested participants can register at all Amway Distribution Centers and via the Colourlife Facebook Fan Page.   To learn more about the event, here are the NHR Race Details.

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Greenfield Run for Generations, 23 Nov. 2014

The South’s newest growth center, Greenfield City, will be once again the venue of this upcoming running event dubbed as the Greenfield City Run for Generations 2014. Developer Greenfield Development Corporation aims this to be a family oriented fun run activity where family members engage themselves in a physical activity and make exercise more fun.

Around 3,000 participants are expected to join the running event to be held on 23 Nov. 2014, Sunday. They can choose to participate either in the 500-meter dash (for children only), 5-kilometer (km), 10-km, or 21-km race. The running event will be held at the Plaza Regina, Paseo, Greenfield City, Santa Rosa, Laguna. Runrio, lnc. is the organizer of this event.



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Men’s Health (MH) Urbanathlon, 16 Nov. 2014

Over 3,000  participants are expected to join this year’s MH Urbanathlon in any of the three race categories: 5K (P850), 10K (P900), and 21K (P950), which will be happening on November 16 in Santa Rosa, Nuvali, Laguna.  This event is a signature event of MH worldwide which combines endurance run, and strategically placed obstacles along the way. Participants have to run, climb, crawl, and jump through the barriers.   These barriers includes a tire field, the scaffold maze, a container van, the low crawl, monkey bars, the military up and under, the network, rope, and the 8-foot wall.

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Registration is ongoing until  November 9 at Planet Sports Bonifacio Global City, Planet Sports Trinoma, Gold’s Gym Galleria, Gold’s Gym Glorietta 3, and Gold’s Gym Katipunan. Online registration is ongoing until October 31 via Urbanathlon. Participants of the 21K will get a labeled race shirt and a special prize.

Grab a copy of of the September 2014 issue of MH magazine where a 60-day training plan is outlined to help you race ready. For updates, log on to

The MH Urbanathlon is co-presented by Gatorade and Avida with major sponsors Asics, Bridgestone, Gold’s Gym, Emperador Light and minor sponsor Planet Sports.  Nuvali is the official venue while is the event’s media partner.

Women’s Health POP-UP Studio Fitness Series

l never was a gym person. But when an invite from Women’s Health through Queenie of came to try another fitness craze, without hesitating, my answer was a big YES.  l thought it was timely since my training then included core strengthening and l think crossfit was a good workout. So last August 13, l was one of the lucky participants to experience it.  The Crossfit Mad Minute workouts include a short yet intense moves to shed off extra pounds. 

The workout is timed, up to eight minutes. We were grouped by four where each had to do and execute properly the moves–from running a 100-meter distance, push ups, squats, and ball slamming. 

Each had to count and the total number of times we did each workout would be the total workouts done by our group.  We did about 389.  Not bad for newbies like us.

To know more on how to have fun and get fit with this year’s Women’s Health Pop-up Studio, you may like their WH Facebook page at’s HealthPhilippines or follow them on Twitter and Instagram @womenshealthph.

Super thanks to Summit Media for letting us experience and learn crossfit.

Myra Holistic Skin Care Campaign


Facial creams and lotions are not enough to keep your skin look beautiful. Recent studies show that the secret to healthy, young-looking, and glowing skin has to start from within.
To have that inner glow, one has to complement creams and lotions with a healthy lifestyle and way of life. When thinking of beautiful skin, remember this formula:

Creams and lotions + healthy lifestyle + healthy cells = Healthy, youthful-looking, and glowing skin

To better illustrate this, below is a checklist to guide you whether you’re taking care of your skin or not: 

SLEEP.  The body goes into repair mode when we sleep or rest.  A quality sleep helps our skin to regenerate.  It also relaxes the muscles.  If you feel like you’re not getting enough rest, one possible culprit is that your alarm is rousing you in the middle of your deep slumber. To make mornings less of a drag, or if you’re only catching a few hours of shut-eye, try setting a wake-up alarm that’s a multiple of 90 minutes. This is the length of the average sleep cycle, so you’re sure to wake up to a beautiful morning.

EXERCISE.  A good workout is great for your heart, lungs, and mental alertness.  Regular exercise is one of the keys to having a healthy skin. By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keeps them vital. It also removes waste products, including free radicals, from working cells. Think of it as a cleanser for your skin, but from the inside.

HYDRATE.  Healthy skin is well-hydrated skin. If you want your complexion to glow, you need to drink enough water every day.  Want to add a little flavor? Toss in a lemon wedge or a splash of fruit juice—it’s a great substitute for sugary sodas or iced teas.

EAT WELL.  What we eat matters so plan your meal every day, so you don’t end up going for unhealthy options.

TAKE VITAMIN E. This is where the heart of Holistic Skin Care is. As you go about your usual work day, you get exposed to bad and uncontrollable free radicals that damage your cells. The results: dull, tired-looking skin, dry, and aging. Help your skin bounce back by adding a daily dose of Vitamin E to your diet. Since this vitamin isn’t produced by the body, taking a vitamin supplement like Myra E can help. It’s rich in anti-oxidants to help your skin protected which will result to having a beautiful, glowing and younger-looking skin through the years.

For more information, please contact: 

Rhinna Cua
Assistant Product Manager, Myra

Support Myra Holistic Skin Care Campaign by following it on Twitter, MyraHolistic or Facebook, or using IG: MyraHolistic and hashtags #tuloyangganda #MyraHolistic 

Punta Fuego Turtle Run (2nd : 2013 Mar. 30 : Peninsula de Punta Fuego, Nasugbu, Batangas)

As the country celebrates Holy Week or Semana Santa this week, and if you happen to be in the area, here’s one good race to join for the family, the 2nd Turtle Run happening on Saturday, March 30 in Nasugbu, Batangas.  It’s a challenging five-kilometer run with the spectacular view and for a good cause too!  Click here for inquiries and registration or  call (632) 751.4027.

Press Release: Feel Great and Look Great

This November, Women’s Health shows you that there’s a lot to love and much you can do when it comes to being a woman and living your best life. In this month’s Feel Great, Look Great issue, learn how you can get a head start in staying fit and living healthily by taking cue from some of the country’s best and brightest fitness professionals. Plus, take inspiration from cover girl Bianca King on how you, too, can reap the fruits of your labor.
Leading a lifetime of health and wellness only takes 11 steps. For fitness professionals like Reema Chanco, Mitch Felipe Mendoza,Mona Lisa Neuboeck, Nadine Tengo, Ani de Leon-Brown, Bam Mogato, Debbie Yabut, Joie Castillo-Viado and Tessa Celdran, staying fit and living healthy is no joke. It takes a lot of discipline, patience and determination to become a better version of yourself. In fact, according to master trainer of Barre3 Joie Castillo Viado, It’s a simple strategy of working smarter rather than harder. “It’s working out right and eating right. We [should] want to be truly healthy inside, which involves both mind and body.”
While Bam Mogato, Women’s Health columnist and personal trainer emphasizes that losing weight is indeed a process. Although women are now bombarded with quick-fix diet plans, women should keep in mind that hard work is key. “There is no shortcut to losing weight. It involves having a good diet and regular exercise” adds Tessa Celdran, Women’s Health columnist and certified yoga instructor.
Speaking of hard work, cover girl Bianca King also shares with Women’s Health how she is able to reap rewards from years of hard work in the industry she loves. Describing her journey in the business as “taking the long road”, Bianca feels grateful for how this has built her character. “It’s not all about fame, money, lead roles, or endorsements. It’s also about being proud of the person you’ve become.”
The actress even admits to Women’s Health that it’s her dream to portray physically demanding roles (read: Nikita or Alias) that’s why she sees fitness as a worthwhile investment. “I’ve been preparing myself for roles like that. That’s why I exercise and stay active, so you know, when the time comes that there’s an opening for those kinds of role, they’ll see that I’m prepared for it.”
Aside from yoga, Bianca’s exercise regimen includes dancing, swimming and muay Thai.A recent addition to her list of staple workouts is running, which she does twice to thrice a week. When asked what fitness tip can she give to those aspiring to feel and look great, she simply says: “Stay committed. There are people who start something, then procrastinate. It’s mind over matter. You have to psych yourself that once you get into something, it’s your goal to finish it. Try out an exercise for a month, if you really don’t like it, that’s when you move on to something else.”
Catch more fitness tips from both cover girl Bianca King and the experts by grabbing the November issue of Women’s Health. The November issue of Women’s Health is available in newsstands and bookstores nationwide. For more of Women’s Health online, become a fan on Facebook ( and follow them on Twitter (

Press Release: Women’s Health Weight Loss Issue

Your Ideal Weight: Get There and Stay There with Women’s Health Ultimate Weight Loss Issue
For the ultimate weight loss issue, Women’s Health makes sure that every woman finds a bigger reason why they should lose the extra pounds. This September, Editor-in-Chief Lara Parpan asks, “Just how much do you love yourself?” as she devotes the issue on weight loss and how to keep a healthier lifestyle.
Be inspired by five real women who triumphed over their low-esteem and unhealthy habits. Learn about what made them embrace their now active lifestyle and what pushes them to stick to it. Women’s Health also introduces three women who took on the Women’s HealthWeight Loss Challenge. Find out what programs did they follow for four weeks, the diet they went through, the insights they gained after, and if the challenge can work for you, too.
Your start to your own weight loss journey also begins by knowing what to eat and what not to. In the issue, Women’s Health gives you the other (and unpopular) side of fat. According to Bonnie Taub-Dix, author of Read It Before You Eat It, “Fat in food is equated to fat on hips – but it’s not the same. Dietary fat is one nutrient that can help you lose stubborn pounds.” Read through fat’s larger purpose and integral role in balancing your nutritional needs and learn what kind of fat should remain as an enemy to your eyes and body. 

Cover girl, Angelica Panganiban also shares her own weight loss story. The self-confessed badminton lover told Women’s Health that she doesn’t really like going to the gym. She says, that when you find the right sport or exercise, you won’t even think of it as “working out.” “Mas gusto ko yung badminton, volleyball or table tennis.” The actress even shares that since she started playing badminton this January, her endurance and stamina has upped and all because she plays with her male friends. In losing weight, she adds “Do something you love and get people you love even more to do it with you.”
Learn more about how you can jumpstart to a healthier lifestyle with this month’s weight loss issue and find out more about how Angelica Panganiban continues to love her active lifestyle without any worries of restricting herself too much. 

The September issue of Women’s Health is available in newsstands and bookstores nationwide.  For more of Women’s Health online, become a fan on Facebook and follow them on Twitter