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Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa Celebrates Global Wellness Day with Healthy Meal Choices and Activities

In celebration of healthy living, a day filled with healthy lifestyle activities filled Global Wellness Day 2018 (GWD 2018) at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa. From scrumptious vegan breakfast choices to fun Tae-Bo fitness exercises, activities for the whole day made you feel fit and fab.

In celebration of healthy living, a day filled with healthy lifestyle activities filled Global Wellness Day 2018 (GWD 2018) at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa last Saturday, June 09, 2018. From scrumptious vegan breakfast choices to fun Tae-Bo fitness exercises, activities for the whole day made you feel fit and fab.

When our mind travels around the idea of wellness and having to be fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle, what first comes to mind would be no fried food, no soft drinks, and of course, a lot of sweating. With all that’s happening in our daily lives—may it be work, school or travel, it is imperative for us to live well, both physically and spiritually.

Started in the year 2012, a global wellness awareness day entitled Global Wellness Day was made to commemorate a special thing valuable to all—living well. With its slogan, “One day can change your whole life,” it is celebrated every second Saturday of June every year as an international day.

Global Wellness Day is an entirely not-for-profit day, and a social project dedicated to living well. The purpose of Global Wellness Day is to be able to ask the question, even if for just a day, “How can I live a healthier and better life?”. With this one day full of wellness activities and dishes, it aims to direct the thoughts of both individuals and society towards “living well”.

It aims include to break free from the stress of everyday city life as well as the bad habits that go along with it. It also raises awareness about living well and to recognize the value of our lives while pausing to think, even if it would be for just one year.

More than being free from illness, choosing wellness is a dynamic process of change and growth. It’s a satisfactory condition of existence; a state characterized by not only health but also happiness, prosperity and welfare.

Conscious of the development of the whole self, guests started off the day with delectable food choices with food made of seafood, homemade vegan yogurt varieties, a wide selection of fruits, and a sizable amount of greens.

Contrary to the common Filipino breakfast choices, there were no silogs found anywhere near the buffet table. It was either nuts or fruits or bread, with different detox water choices.

Aside from the morning breakfast, guests were welcomed with a taste of the hotel’s Chi Spa through a relaxing morning massage that would make you just want to go back to bed.

Rest and relaxation is a huge part of our everyday wellness. Stress can eat us up from time to time and that’s why in this year’s Global Wellness Day, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa includes the rest and relaxation the Chi Spa at Shangri-La provides for its guests.

From a variety of body massages, to beauty facials to relaxation treatments, the Chi Spa gives you harmonious comfort right at its garden villas.

Gaining the spotlight was Chi Spa’s Water Shiatsu treatment, a gentle form of body therapy performed in warm water, (around 35°C.). It is a combination of elements such as massage, joint mobilisation, shiatsu, and muscle stretching. The receiver is continuously supported while being floated, cradled, rocked and stretched.

The simulation was done with the receiver rocked just like a baby, for a good 30-40 minutes. The therapist shares that the therapy is for nurturing the emotionally disturbed, releasing them from the the reality’s gravitational prison.

Of all the Shangri-La resorts in the world, only the one in Mactan offers the Water Shiatsu treatment at their Chi Spa. The sensation would be, according to the therapist, as if you were back in the womb of our mother. Doesn’t that just want you to feel like a baby again?

After the tour of the glorious Chi Spa, guests enjoyed a 4-course meal of still, healthy, good food at the hotel’s Acqua restaurant. The meal started off with a seafood-based dish covered in different florals and greens flavored with pesto. The soup was still a seafood dish glazed with a little bit of rum. The pasta, which was handmade, was accompanied by a local favorite in Mactan Island– the Lapu-Lapu Ragout. The dining experience was completed with a still healthy choice, covering up the sweetness of the vanilla ice cream were all sorts of fruits– from the national fruit mango, to ones uncommon such as that of kiwi.

After that one hearty full course lunch, it was time to burn off all the calories, if any, as Shangri-La’s GWD 2018 prepared various exercises for everyone to get them up on their feet. With trainors from Zink PH, the workout Pound was brought to Shangri-La’s outdoors coupled with a variety of dance programs that surely broke sweat for most of the participants.

Following the recreational workouts include an introduction to Arnis training, which is available at the resort during Mondays and Wednesdays in the afternoon. Arnis, dubbed as the national sport and martial art in the Philippines, was formerly called eskrima. Having arnis sessions within the resort is Shangri-La’s way of highlighting Cebuano and Filipino culture, especially for its tourists to know and experience.

To end the wellness exercises on a rocking note, Tae-Bo, an exercise system combining elements of aerobics and kick-boxing, was done by the beach before sunset. Caring for one’s wealth never looked this beautiful and fun, much when you’d have to groove to the latest songs and hits of the season.

The day was capped off with delectable drinks and cocktails which weren’t even the slightest bit unhealthy. Drinks were mixed with fresh fruits and greens and the mini munchers served were a mix of seafood, cheese and a healthy serving of flavored bread with ham bits. Cocktails at the Shangri-La’s Cowrie Cove prove that even grabbing drinks out or spending a fun weekend night can still leave you with a wide array of healthy choices.

With just one day, a healthy choice may change your lifestyle for the better. Whether it may be taking the long way home through walking instead of your daily commute, or choosing water instead of your usual cold carbonated drink, it’s the choices we make in the little things going on around us that promises a lifetime of wellness.


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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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