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Celebrating the International Day of Yoga

Last 21 June, I celebrated the International Day of Yoga for the first time with a 6am Cacao Ceremony, followed a heart-opening yoga class and a mindful dance party. Now you are probably all thinking, I know what yoga is, but what about those other two things?

Last 21 June, I celebrated the International Day of Yoga for the first time with a 6am Cacao Ceremony, followed a heart-opening yoga class and a mindful dance party. Now you are probably all thinking, I know what yoga is, but what about those other two things?

Before we get into that, a little history about the International Day of Yoga. This day was made official in December of 2014 when the Prime Minister of India proposed it to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where it was unanimously approved. I guess this means that yoga has really come of age, at least in most of the world. I say most of the world, because apparently, there are still some people who believe yoga is Satanic or anti-Christian. I am not kidding!

My own yoga journey started seventeen years ago, when I was pregnant with my daughter. Yes, my very first yoga class was a prenatal one, though it was not the first time practicing asana (physical poses): I remember doing mommy and me yoga with my mom from a book when I was in grade school. In any case, back in 2002, I loved it so much that I just looked forward to it all week long. It made me feel so light in my heavy body, and so relaxed! I am sure baby Sara loved it too, from the inside of my belly.

From then on, I practiced very sporadically, kind of like meditation. It wasn’t until I moved to Cebu from Switzerland five years ago that I started a regular practice, which eventually led to my 200h Yoga Teacher Training, with Pascale Wettstein, my friend as well as my teacher. Pascale is in fact leaving Cebu this Friday after living here for six years with her husband and two boys. The Cebu yoga community owes a lot to Pascale’s work here, as she taught and certified many, if not most of the yoga instructors here in Cebu!

As for Cacao Ceremony, like most things that I spend my time doing these days, I find it hard to define. Being an English Major, I have always been very selective in my choice of words, and I have always enjoyed looking for the best term to express a precise thought. But when it comes to energy healing (such as Reiki), language no longer cut it for me. The same is true with Cacao Ceremony, since aside from its physical and nutritional components, there is an energetic aspect to it.

In a nutshell, we sit in circle, as ceremonial grade cacao is served and sipped in silence. The drink is bitter and a bit spicy – it typically contains neither milk (cow’s milk inhibits its benefits) nor sugar. Typically, there is a guided meditation or shamanic journey. Last Thursday, the cacao opened our heart and prepared us for the yoga class and dance party.

After the cacao came the yoga class, and after that, everyone got ready for the Mindful Dance party, inspired by the Ecstatic Dance Movement which has been taking the world by storm. There were only two guidelines for this part: no talking, and no phones. The rest was up to us entirely, the idea being to get carried by the music, letting go of any inhibitions and just connecting to our bodies without alcohol or drugs.

It was a liberating, exhilarating experience, having a DJ and strobe lights at 7:30 am. Everyone played along, and afterwards we all shared a plant-based breakfast, energized for the day ahead. I can’t wait for next year’s celebration of International Day of Yoga!


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Bringing businesses together: Lalamove paves way for SMEs across the globe to “Make a Winning Move”

The local episode #LalamoveItToWinIt to support MSMEs across PH

To inspire businesses around Asia and Latin America, Lalamove has launched a regional branding campaign “Make a Winning Move” to showcase its various B2B services, strong driver-partner network, and wide-ranging fleet for fast and reliable delivery solutions. Locally, the on-demand delivery platform has kicked off the campaign by inviting its patrons, old and new, to #LalamoveItToWinIt.

Now more than ever, businesses are focusing their efforts on an experience-led customer journey. With deliveries as undeniably crucial for businesses to fulfill their services and win over customers, the central creative idea behind the regional campaign revolves around such scenarios where Lalamove’s services and B2B features help entrepreneurs stay ahead of the intense competition.

Lalamove, as the trusted delivery partner, has been servicing businesses of all sizes in the Philippines. Lalamove’s corporate clients can enjoy the on-demand delivery platform’s variety of business solutions, such as multi-stop delivery, API integration, real-time GPS tracking, a wide variety of fleet for on-demand, same-day, long distance, and last-mile delivery, and a dedicated account manager.

“The Philippines has more than 900,000 businesses, over 99% of which are MSMEs. What Lalamove offers businesses of all sizes is faster, easier, and a more seamless delivery experience to help them save time and costs. Our dedicated partner drivers, the economic frontliners of today, are here to deliver to an even wider reach across Luzon and in Cebu. This campaign is the visualization of what we can do to help businesses jump over hurdles – simply put, just ‘Lalamove It to Win It!’” remarked Dannah Majarocon, Lalamove Philippines Managing Director.

First-time users of the Lalamove mobile delivery app can get up to Php 150 off when they sign up and use the code LALAWINIT. New corporate clients, on the other hand, can also receive a welcome bonus of up to Php 1,200 when they sign up and top-up their Lalamove corporate wallet. Moreover, with Lalamove Rewards recently launched, each delivery for every user is now made even more rewarding.

Find out more about what Lalamove offers by visiting, or follow the official Lalamove Facebook page, Instagram account, and TikTok account for more information.



Launched in the Philippines in late 2016, Lalamove is an on-demand logistics company that matches drivers with customers and SME businesses to fulfill same-day deliveries. Lalamove’s mission of making local deliveries faster and simpler across North, Central, and South Luzon, and in Cebu is achieved through innovations such as instant order matching, real-time GPS vehicle tracking, 24/7 services, and a driver rating system. Lalamove also allows businesses to scale their deliveries and operations at an accelerated rate. Lalamove now operates in over 30 markets across Asia and Latin America. Visit Lalamove’s website:

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King-size Treats Await Dad this Father’s Day at Seda Central Bloc

Misto Restaurant at Seda Central Bloc

King-size Treats for the King!

by Ryan Daniel R. Dablo

Seda Central Bloc celebrates the hardworking hero and steadfast lynchpin of the home with its offerings for Father’s Day weekend. 


At the Misto, Seda’s restaurant, Dad gets to sample the delicious international cuisine for free when dining with five full-paying adults. If an evening dine-out is more the family’s speed, the Straight Up bar offers a dinner buffet with a continental menu and mocktails, all enjoyed amid a backdrop of excellent cityscape views from the rooftop. Staycation at the hotel comes packed with perks for the weekend as well, such as complimentary lunch at the Misto, drinks at the Straight Up bar, and breakfast for two.

Honor your number one hero and highlight the love you have for him this Father’s Day weekend. Celebrate at Seda Central Bloc!

For more information, please call  (032) 411 5800. Follow their Facebook page or visit their website at

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37 Years of High Fashion; Arcy Gayatin leaves a Legacy of Edginess and Elegance

Arcy Gayatin: A Legacy of Luxury in Fabrication


By:  Allain Dumon Fonte 


The brand Arcy Gayatin gave the Queen City of the South a distinct reputation in the fashion industry.  The fashion line of Arcy Gayatin sets the bar higher each year for clothing luxury and fabrication techniques.


April Duenas, Nikki Gayatin and Arielle Gayatin for Arcy Gayatin—Photos by John Paul Autor from Lifestyle


Araceli “Arcy” Ancajas Gayatin is the daughter Galileo Ancajas and Remedios Zanoria Ancajas who founded Cebu’s home brand, Gal’s Bakery.  Arcy went to the University of San Carlos and studied Political Science.  And just like Dr. Muccia Prada, who completed her Ph.D. in Political Science and established the luxury line of Prada, Arcy also got in touch with her artistic side and started her own fashion line.  However, it was not Prada that influenced Arcy.  Arcy was introduced to fashion and tailoring at a very young age by her mother, Madame Remedios Anacajas whom they dearly call Mama Eme.  Mama Eme was running a tailoring business back then.  It was called Arabel; named after Arcy and her sister Belma.  Ara from Araceli and Bel from Belma.  In those years, Arcy was fascinated by fabrics and was intrigued by how to manipulate the fabrics to come up with fashion-forward designs without compromising comfort and taste.


Arcy Gayatin (photo grabbed from Space Philippines Blog Spot)


After 37 years of creating haute couture pieces for the most fashionable personalities in the Philippines, Arcy Gayatin is now laying down her sketchpads and pens to rest.  As she enjoys her retirement, may be on a cruise to the Bahamas or a holiday to the Swiss Alps, Arcy Gayatin has left the fashion industry a legacy of elegant and edgy clothing ensembles that understand and define the shape of women; without compromising comfort and good taste.


Arcy Gayatin’s Pink Flamingo collection                                               Arcy Gayatin’s Sketch on a Terno


To salute the lady who brought Cebu fashion to the world, a retrospective exhibition of Arcy’s incomparable masterpieces can be seen today at Ayala Center Cebu’s The Gallery; curated by fashion editor and writer, Clint Holton Potestas, and interior and fashion designer, Jul Oliva.


BALANCE.  Arcy Gayatin is known for her perfect symmetrical lines when fabricating.  She knows how to balance edginess and class; understanding well the strength and the finesse of a woman.


RHYTHM.  Arcy’s expertise in draping and fabric manipulation can be seen in how she achieves rhythm between architectural lines and soft fabrics like silk and cashmere.


TEXTURE.  With her thorough knowledge on fabrics, Arcy Gayatin has achieved the perfection of fabrication by working on different types of fabrics and creating a single piece of art out of them. 


HARMONY.  The simplicity of the silhouette plus the intricacy of the details create a wonderful harmony, making Arcy Gayatin’s design a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.


The photos below show an up-close look at the intricacy and the exquisite craftsmanship of Arcy Gayatin’s fabrication techniques:


THE SPIDER WEB:  one of Arcy’s genius fabrication techniques.


MATCH and PATCH:  Arcy’s unique fabrication craft by patching layers of different types of lace and lace patterns


PLEATS: The perfection of symmetry in pleats on silk.


LA ROSE BLEUE:  U.P. student, Danielle Alessandra Deutsch, inspired by the artistry of Arcy Gayatin, designed this midnight blue dress.   The cabbage rose made from layers of silk organdy gave this evening ensemble a romantic appeal.

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