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Organique Acai Unveiled

What started as a concept back in 2008 has grown to be an internationally expanding wellness brand that captivated the hearts and tummies of families.

The freshly minted makover of Organique Acai packaging was unveiled on July 28 at the Makati Shangri-la including its newest celebrity endorser supermodel Tweetie De Leon Gonzalez.


Organique Acai began five years ago through the teamwork of husband and wife Elton and Cathy Salimbangon who worked in the United States at the time. Their hectic schedule left them feeling sluggish and stressed until Elton found a job with an organic juice manufacturing company in California and discovered the need to incorporate a healthy lifestyle into their busy schedules.

The couple saw an opportunity to create a beverage that would supplement people’s daily health needs without having to sacrifice time or budget. After putting in the research work, they decided to go for it.

“According to the food scientists at our Research and Development, acai berries are by far the king of berries and widely considered a superfood. It has been part of the diets of the Amazon natives,” says Cathy.

In 2010, Elton and Cathy left California to setup Organique in the Philippines. They first sold the bottles door-to-door until these were made available in drug stores and supermarkets.  A quick online research would show the many health benefits of acai berry, eg, weight control, cleansing, stress and asthma relief, digestion, detoxification among others.

As the company grew and evolved, the Salimbangons felt the need to do something about Organique’s packaging.  “In order to thrive in a global market, we enlisted the help of a top designer we met during the Organic and Natural Health Show in London last year,” says Cathy. “This new label incorporates nature in a simple yet elegant manner. With this, we aim to reach consumers worldwide and showcase our premium-quality organic products.”

Ms. Cathy Salimbangon (right) explaining to media how Organíque Açaí Berry came about
Owner Cathy Salimbangon (right) explaining to media how Organíque Açaí Berry came about

In line with this, the couple invited Tweetie to be the newest face of Organique.  “Ms. Tweetie exemplifies our brand’s values. She has maintained a healthy lifestyle and at 52, is reaping the benefits,” says Cathy. “She is a working mother of four who not only built herself a career as a supermodel but also as a businesswoman. She is the epitome of the saying—health is wealth.”

Along with these changes, Cathy and Elton would take Organique on a roadshow in New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, Maryland, and California to promote the product. Their TV show, Organique TV, would continue to showcase informative episodes that would promote health and wellness.

Organíque Açaí Berry Premium Blend is a concentrated acai drink supplement.  Organique Acai Freeze-Dried Capsules 650mg is composed of pure acai freeze-dried powder. It contains no fillers and other chemicals. All products are USDA (certified organic in the USA), non-GMO, vegan, and gluten-free.

Mr. Johnny Litton as host of said event
Johnny Litton hosting Organíque California launch

Organique Acai is available at Mercury Drug, Watsons, Robinsons Supermarket, Pure Pharmacy, and South Star Drug. Visit for more information.

Fuel Performance With Biobalance

For some active people, “increase or improve performance” may mean eating the right food to enhance energy and performance. What do you do? You eat right. You exercise. You hydrate.  Yet you still feel “off”.  

At times, you wake up with brain fog and feel tired the whole day. So you force yourself to exercise hoping the body fog will go away, but it doesn’t.  Could it be that you are really eating right? Probably. But are the levels of essential nutrients that you are getting from food adequate? Probably not.

Swim coach Joseph Mark gets technical and finds out how intercellular medicine can aid swim performance.
Swim coach Joseph Mark gets technical and finds out how intercellular medicine can aid swim performance.

To others, it may mean resorting to scientifically-developed products eg energy bars, sports drinks, gels, nutritional drinks, or doing research to take the “right” vitamins and supplements. Despite these efforts, your body may still be deficient or in excess of several vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fats. 

But how will you know what you need and how much to take? BioBalance Institute (Philippines) now provides a personalized nutritional solution that allows you to know specifically the right kind and amount of essential nutrients to keep you nutritionally balanced.

Health enthusiast, runner, and writer Bobby Go, tries the InBody body composition analysis at the Institute.  The machine determines how muxh muscle, body fat, water, and bone minerals the body is carrying
Health enthusiast, runner, and writer Bobby Go, tries the InBody body composition analysis at the Institute. The machine determines how muxh muscle, body fat, water, and bone minerals the body is carrying

BioBalance knows that each body has a unique nutrient and metabolic profile. It is determined by age, genetics, lifestyle, environmental exposure, and even disease predisposition among others.

So in nutritional intake and supplementation, one size does not fit all.    “What we do is both simple and complex.  Simple, in that we detect and correct subtle deficiencies and borderline toxicities. Complex, because nutrients interact with each other and with the rest of the body in a networked manner, such that correcting one deficiency may correct three others,” explains BioBalance Institute co-founder and chief science officer Dr. Ted Achacoso.  

Dr. Ted Achacoso asked, "Are you healtht or are you just fit?"
Dr. Ted Achacoso asked, “Are you healtht or are you just fit?”

Dr. Ted is double-board certified in Europe in Anti-Aging Medicine and in Nutritional Medicine.   “A nutrient deficiency or toxicity signals an imbalance in your body way before illness sets in,” he further explains. “When this remains unaddressed, the body can still function at sub-optimal levels for months, even years. When this imbalance progresses, however, it will eventually manifest in signs and symptoms that may lead to serious health conditions.”  

Don’t Guess Test!  

Have you ever been to a doctor where all of your diagnostic tests—from X-rays to MRIs to CT scans to blood work to urine tests—have come back normal and yet you still feel “yuck”? 

Different from the usual clinical tests during executive check-ups, BioBalance through their exclusive partnership with a US-based laboratory Genova Diagnostics,  uses advanced technology to [see] inside the cells and measure levels of vitamins, minerals, co-factors, amino acids (from breakdown of protein), omega fatty acids (from ingestion of essential fats), and pyruvate (from breakdown of carbohydrates) among many other substances including those that reveal the inner workings of the mitochondria and the neurotransmitters of the brain.  

BioBalance helps identify nutritional and metabolic imbalances, which can be the root cause of health conditions experienced by each client.  Measuring nutrient and metabolic status allows BioBalance to personalize the recommendations for each person on dietary changes and supplementation. In other words, no more guessing!    

Just like illness medicine doctors run diagnostic tests before giving any drugs, BioBalance Health Optimization Medicine or HOMe® Doctors recommend nutrient and metabolic tests before giving any supplements. This practice is called Measured Wellness® of BioBalance,”shares Dr. Ted.  

The Measured Wellness® approach removes the guesswork on specific nutrients your body needs.  You can be assured that you’re taking the right food and vitamins and other supplements to achieve optimal health and to support management of any current disease or disease predispositions.

The solution is 100% tailored for you.   “We aim to change mindsets when it comes to health.  This is the reason why we established the first ever BioBalance Institute in the country,” notes BioBalance Institute general manager Alex Fernandez. “Health should be beyond curing diseases.  It should be about taking measurable, concrete steps in monitoring wellness,” he adds. 

All that you need. None that you don’t.
The BioVital daily wellness packet contains multivitamins, multiminerals, co-factors, phytonutrient blend, Omega-3, amino acid complete
The BioVital daily wellness packet contains multivitamins, multiminerals, co-factors, phytonutrient blend, Omega-3, amino acid complete

For more details, please visit BioBalance Institute.  You may also call +63 2 650.5858 or 0917.521860.       

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!

Go Girl! Expo

 A Pursuit for a Healthy and Active Filipino Women

More women in the Philippines are considered inactive whether it is occupational, non-occupational, or leisure-related activities according to a study conducted by World Health Organization (2010).   The study also reveals that women are more active in domestic activities than men more than ever. Furthermore, physical inactivity may contribute to coronary diseases, diabetes, and obesity.

This is the reason why Jump Start, Fondo Manila, and Yabang Pinoy are working together to bring the very first GO GIRL! Expo with the theme, “Empowering Healthy and Active Filipinas.”

Go Girl May 2015 Rockwell Tent poster

GO GIRL!  is  a well-rounded Filipina that balances life, work, play, adventure, sports and more importantly, knows how to have fun. It promotes a holistic well-being among women.

GO GIRL! Expo will be held on 30-31 May 2015 at the Rockwell Tent in Makati City. This event will be a celebration of every Filipina’s pursuits and women’s success in different fields. It will feature faces of healthy and active Filipinas from different walks of life—from the working Filipina to moms to social women.   It will showcase products and services for women  from different companies as well.

Furthermore,  the expo will also be a source of inspiration as some of these women share their impassioned stories on success and struggle—how they achieve where they are now, and what keep them active despite the daily routine.  Their stories will be installed in a gallery wall together with the commitment board.

Come and be part of this milestone that will encourage Filipinas to shift from ordinary women to GO GIRL!

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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Women’s Health Are You Game? Happening on May 19

Are You Game?, an international signature event of Women’s Health (WH) done in New York, Chicago, and Sydney is now in the Philippines. And true to its international counterparts, WH Are You Game? Philippines invites women to take charge of their health and wellness in an all-day-feel-good festival through fitness workouts, healthy snacks, proper hydration, a bit of pampering, music, and more.  

Simply present your May 2012 issue of WH to join.  

For preregistration procedures and more details on  WH Are You Game?, grab a copy of the May issue of  WH with Solenn Heussaff on the cover or like WH on facebook

WH Philippines proves time and time again to be the leader in fitness, wellness and fun! Discover the latest workouts in the metro with  WH and Gatorade Low Carb’s first ever Are You Game? event on May 19, Saturday at Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater at 2PM. 
Through this event,  WH encourages all women to let out their adventurous side as they try various workouts like Partner Yoga, a yoga exercise that combines Thai massage, yoga, and the dynamic power of acrobatics. TRX Body Blast and Rip Training, a total body workout, which works on strength, balance, flexibility and core stability. Techno Rave, a cardio workout through dance steps set to 90s techno beats.

Then, ladies can bounce their way to weight loss with the use of Kangoo Jump shoes through FTX Urban Rebound or look and feel like a model with Model’s Runway workout. And the highlight of the event, featuring hot dance moves of chart topping club tunes – Gatorade Low Carb Cardio Mash-up is a must try!

If all is not enough for today’s active women,  WH Philippines also brings together sets of activities that only WH can give. Know the perfect workout and nutrition plan for your body type through a one on one consultation with  WH fitness experts and nutrition consultants. On top of that, ladies can also try virtual surfing, bungee jumping, and even bull riding!

WH Are You Game? is brought to you by Gatorade Low Carb.  Special thanks to official venue partner Bonifacio Global City and official radio partners Magic 89.9 and Mellow 94.7.

See you there!

Women’s Health “Are You Game?”

Quench your thirst for something new this March! Register to Women’s Health (WH) “ARE YOU GAME?” event and you can tag along a friend for FREE! Pre-registration is valid until March 21 only!

Just simply follow these pre-registration procedures:
1. Email your full name/e-mail address/age/name of your friend to
2. Subject of the e-mail should read:
    a. WH Are You Game – Facebook (if you found WH AYG on Facebook)
    b. WH Are You Game – Subscriber (if you found WH AYG via email/SMS)
    c. WH Are You Game – Office Bulletin (if your office is one of our WH office tour partners)
3. Wait for the reply from WH about your pre-registration confirmation.
So easy, right?  See you there ladies!

Run for Your Heart, 14 Feb. 2010

20th Anniversary of PSC, Chinese New Year, and Valentine’s Day: a 3-in-1 celebration this February!

In line with the year-long celebration of the agency’s 20th anniversary, coinciding with the celebration of the Chinese New Year as well as the Valentine’s Day, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is spearheading a Fun Run dubbed as RUN FOR YOUR HEART on 14 Feb. 2010 which fires off at 6:00 AM at the Quirino Grandstand. The activity aims to lure 12,000 participants from the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, various running clubs, enthusiasts, schools and the PSC family.

It will be a 3k, 5k, and 10k fun run along Roxas Boulevard which will start and end at designated areas within Quirino Grandstand. Aside from the fun run, participants and spectators would be delighted with the firework display, bands, and the dragon dances all over the venue.

Registration fee is Php200 for the 10k run and Php100 for the 5k run, while registration for the 3k run event is FREE. Registration is on going at the PSC Main Lobby. For inquiries kindly call Ms. Shyrine Gutierrez, Personnel/Administrative Division, Telephone Nos. 525.6868/525.4933.

Participants and finishers will get race shirts and bib, Gatorade and free “TIKOY”. Cash prizes await the winners for both male and female categories. For the 10k run, gold, silver and bronze medalists shall receive P10,000, P5,000, and P3,000 respectively. For the 5k run, winners will take home P5,000 (gold), P3,000 (silver) and P2,000 (bronze), while P3,000, P2,000 and P1,000 are to be awarded also to the top three placers for the 3k run.

PSC Chairman Harry Angping invites everyone to join the agency in this activity and in welcoming the first day of the Year of the Tiger. “This fun run event shall promote not only wellness and healthy lifestyle but also camaraderie and sportsmanship among participants,” Chairman Angping added.

The event is sponsored by XTEP Corp. (China), Pepsi-Gatorade Corp., in cooperation with the Filipino-Chinese Amateur Athletic Federation (FCAAF), with the participation of the Ateneo Law School, Greenhills Running Club, Pinoy Ultra Runners, Triathlon Association of the Philippines and Philippine Skyrunners Association (PSA) and the National Athletes.

Why Do You Run?

So you’ve been running, say for months, or in years. No longer a newbie that you were then. And may be have been running and joining races more often, or are looking forward to races scheduled this year.  I quote from my previous entry, “RUNNING … it’s painful, tedious and most of all, exhausting. It goes beyond the physical benefits.”

Every runner has a goal. Your goal might be the same, or different from mine. Some run with any of these goals in mind.

To be physically fit.
To run a half or full marathon.
To be one of the elites.
To finish an international marathon.
To improve speed.
To develop endurance.
To lose weight.
To stay healthy.
To relieve stress.
To meditate.
To run with my crush. Ahem!
Et cetera.  Et cetera.  La la la.
Endless goals!

Why is it necessary to have goals? For two reasons. First, goals give you focus. Second, they give you direction. I have encountered some runners who were a little lost why they were into running in the first place. “What is your goal?” This is the question I always ask from them but sometimes they can’t give me a clear answer. Since it wasn’t clear to them, they became frustrated with running. Instead of it being a fun activity, it became a chore, a boring chore. Since it’s no fun at all, they eventually stopped running.

Focus. Without focus, it’s difficult to achieve something. Focus adds spice to this delectable addiction called running. Even if there are distractions, focus gives one a clear direction.

Direction. To achieve a goal is easy. It becomes difficult when one doesn’t know how to sustain it. Okay, so you’ve finished your 5-km race, etc.  So what’s next? Whether you have achieved or did not achieve your goals, you need to reexamine them.

Don’t worry about the destination; keep your eye on the ball in the present with what you can do now. Do something every day to move a little closer to your objective. (Source: Principle no. 6: the basics of success)

Why do I run?

Running …

It’s painful, tedious and most of all, exhausting. It goes beyond the physical benefits. The intense exhilaration and euphoria that comes after finishing a run is what motivates me most. My practice runs gave me a wonderful and rewarding experience.

I have continued to run, recreationally and competitively, and have even won some awards including a cash award for winning first place. It’s not much but I was happy with it.

I believe running is not about who can run the farthest and the fastest. I’ve known some runners who are seriously training. I congratulate them for their dedication and passion for the sport. Some have set a quite impressive personal record. Good for them!

As for me, I will run for the sake of keeping in shape.  Running is still, as what my blog says, a quest for self mastery.

How about you?  Why do you run?