Herbalife Health Poll: 9 in 10 Filipinos ”highly concerned” about the potential diseases that an unhealthy lifestyle can cause

MANILA, Philippines - Nine in 10 Filipino consumers surveyed by global nutrition company Herbalife are “highly concerned” about the potential diseases that an unhealthy lifestyle can cause them, with the same number believing that simple lifestyle changes can help improve their overall well-being.

A good number of the respondents expressed willingness to adopt a healthy lifestyle; 79 percent said that they would cut down on unhealthy foods, 78 percent expressed their willingness to exercise more regularly, and 72 percent said they would make better nutrition choices.

“We welcome the results of the survey. It gives an understanding of Filipinos becoming even more health concious and self-aware that they need to make some lifestyle changes to improve their overall well-being. It also gives Herbalife an idea where we are needed, because as the survey revealed only four out of 10 would spend 10 to 30 minutes a day to make simple lifestyle changes,” said Rosalio Valenzuela, Herbalife Philippines General Manager.

The respondents, however, cited the following as the top obstacles to achieving a healthy lifestyle: lack of time for exercise (75 percent), lack of time to make proper nutrition choices (64 percent), and high cost of healthy food (62 percent).

The same health poll likewise showed that the top three aging-related concerns in the country were heart, brain, and eye health.

Better knowledge and understanding

 “The findings from the Herbalife survey clearly show that the majority of people in Asia Pacific that we questioned believe in the value of good nutrition and exercise as contributing to their overall well-being. We aim to play a greater role in providing practical tips and information to people to help them understand that the journey to a healthier, more active lifestyle is not difficult to achieve. With as little as 10 minutes a day, consumers can take positive steps to improve their nutrition and be more active, which will improve their overall well-being,” said William M. Rahn, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Herbalife Asia Pacific.
Herbalife conducted the survey in September 2015 in the lead-up to its Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour. It surveyed 1,200 respondents across six countries, including the Philippines, on perceptions towards their health and current lifestyle. Respondents from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, and Thailand were likewise included in the survey.

Herbalife Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour

Now on its fourth year, the Herbalife Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour aims to deepen people’s practical understanding of the various aspects of living a healthy active lifestyle. Its previous tours in the past three years saw close to 60,000 participants across the region.
This year’s Wellness Tour will feature five members of the Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB) visiting 14 markets and 21 cities across the Asia-Pacific in the month of October. They will share their expert views on how people can make use of the little time they have to make simple lifestyle changes that will enhance their well-being.

Herbalife’s NAB experts will likewise share their views on a wide range of health-related topics, including weight management, brain health and aging; heart health; immunology; and skin care at the medical symposia being held in Australia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnamn.
The Herbalife NAB experts participating in this year’s Wellness Tour include Dr. David Heber, who incidentally will be coming to Manila, is a leading expert in the field of nutrition and named as one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” by Thomson Reuters in 2014 and considered one of “The Best Doctors in America”; Dr. Lou Ignarro, a Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine in 1998 for his discovery of nitric oxide’s health benefits; Dr. Gary Small, a specialist in brain health and aging who has authored over 500 scientific works and has received numerous awards and honors, including the “Senior Investigator Award” from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry; Dr. Marion Fltechner-Mors, a health nutrition specialist who is currently heading the nutrition and obesity research group at Ulm University, Germany; and Dr. Wang Jae Lee, a physician and academic specializing in immunology and a professor at Seoul National University College of Medicine.

Dr. Heber, who is the founding Director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles, will be conducting a symposium for free to Filipino medical practitioners on October 23, 9am, at the Manila Hotel. The symposium will gather a group of 100 doctors, nurses, physical therapists and medical practitioners. The title of the symposium is “Obesity: More Than Just Being Overweight and Nutrition Forecast for 2020.” Seminars of Dr. Heber are recognized by US hospitals as part of Continuing Education Studies, which are often required of applicants. The following day, Oct. 24, Dr. Heber will be holding seminars for thousands of Herbalife Independent Members in the same hotel.

This is the first time Dr. Heber, who is also the Chairman of the NAB and the Herbalife Nutrition Institute, to conduct a seminar in Manila since the company was founded in the Philippines 22 years ago. 
Herbalife is a 35-year-old global nutrition company that sells weight-management, nutrition and personal care products intended to support a healthy lifestyle. Herbalife products are sold in more than 90 countries to and through a network of independent members. The company supports the Herbalife Family Foundation and its Casa Herbalife program to help bring good nutrition to children. To learn more visit Herbalife.com.
(Press Release)



Seasons, Manila Pavilion Hotel’s lifestyle restaurant welcomes the start of the holiday season with its first themed dinner buffet starting this October 23. A festive selection of Italian dishes exclusively prepared by a naturally born Italian himself, executive chef Giovanni Sias and his award-winning culinary team.

Tuscany is a splendid place located in central Italy. It has a rich heritage and culture which have attracted tourists from all corners of the globe. Tuscan cooking is characterized much like its beautiful landscape that is clean, sober and soothingly simple. To give a taste of Tuscany to Manila Pavilion’s esteemed guests, Seasons presents a smorgasbord of authentic Italian specialties.

Diners can choose from four live culinary stations from appetizers, noodles, grill items, down to desserts, give diners more gustatory options for a splendid repast. Taking from Italy’s richest cuisines, must-try signature dishes include midollo in salsa verde, stinco de agnello in umido, tortelli di zucca, fegatini di pollo and cantucci toscani among others.

Seasons all-you-can-eat themed revelry is offered at Php999nett for dinner every Friday only. For the gastronomic adventurers who want to further satisfy their cravings, they can fete also on a la carte menu teeming with dishes from around the globe.

Set amidst a nature-inspired atmosphere accentuated with a vibrant interplay of colors, Seasons is located at the lobby level of Manila Pavilion Hotel and is open daily from 6am to 10:30am for breakfast buffet, 11:30am to 3:00pm for lunch and 6pm to 10:30pm for dinner.

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Visit the Manila Pavilion Hotel at United Nations Avenue corner Maria Orosa Street in Manila.  Log on to www.waterfronthotels.com.ph or call 5261212, for inquiries and reservations; Like or Follow @WaterfrontMNL for regular updates.

(press release)


Urbanista: A Tribute to Urban Lifestyle

Good news to all audiophiles and music lovers. Urbanista is set to launch this October 22. Great to know that we can all enjoy good quality sounds via Urbanista headphones in the Philippines in a few days.

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

Urbanista came out of a vision to glorify the urban lifestyle and create products that make life better for modern people in urban developments. We design for life in motion.  Every product in the Urbanista portfolio is developed to serve a need for the target group - the Urbanistas.

Within the tight portfolio, the offering is wide. The retail environment shall clearly show the most relevant product for each consumer. The Urbanista products are meant to be life companions. Therefore they are developed with design and colors in focus. The products should not only enhance the life of the Urbanistas with the functions, but also the looks.  

Urbanista is launching in the Philippines, really soon! Familiarize yourself with the different Urbanista earphones:


Balanced for music and talk
Why compromise? If you’re looking for earphones for both music and phone calls, you’ve finally found them. For the everyday use for, suitable for anyone.

·       Ergonomic design
·       Suitable for music and talk
·       Handsfree with mic
·       Value for money

OSLO Urbanista

For simplicity seekers
Made in a classic but revamped earphone design. Soft rubber ring around the earbud to create comfort and good fit.

·       Recognized design
·       Fits most people
·       Handsfree with mic

RIO Urbanista

For the urban athlete
With Rio, we´re raising the bar for how really good sport earphones should sound, feel and cost. The GoFit silicone wing guarantees an ergonomic and secure fit even in the most challenging and wet circumstances. The sound is optimized with clear sound and strong bass to boost your performance with your favorite beats.

·       GoFit silicone wing which fits securely in your ears.
·       Water resistant (IPX5)
·       Handsfree with mic
·       Light construction

BOSTON Urbanista

For freedom seeking athlete.
At the gym or in the street. Every beat, clarity without compromise. Urbanista Boston sport earphones with Bluetooth gives you the freedom to really move

·       Wireless Bluetooth connection.
·       GoFit silicone wing fits securely in ears.
·       Water resistant (IPX5).
·       Light earpbuds.
·       Handsfree with mic.

IBIZA Urbanista

For uncompromising music lovers
 In the studio. At the concert or club. Urbanista Ibiza high performance earphones make you feel as if you were really there. Every note, precision without compromise.

·       Heavy bass with uncompromising clarity.
·       Ergonomic design with GoFit for secure fit.
·       Handsfree with volume control and mic.

MIAMI Urbanista

For the expressive music lovers
Miami is a classic foldable mid-size headphone that comes in several
vibrant colours. The frame’s flexibility, the soft headband and ear pads allow the headphones to rest comfortably on your ears. The Urbanista logo is carved from aluminum.

·       Comfortable, foldable & affordable
·       Strong bass and clear sound
·       Handsfree with mic


For the design devotees
The Urbanista crown jewel. Made in brushed aluminum in a style as sharp and fresh as your own. These premium mid-size headphones carry music with dashing clarity
and tonal accuracy that’ll make your listening experience a treasure trove of musical enjoyment.

·       Unique and exclusive aluminum design
·       Supreme audio clarity with dynamic bass
·       Soft headband with enclosed adjustability
·       Hands-free with mic

So if you are searching for the best earphones in the Philippines look no further since Urbanista is launching in the Philippines this October 2015. 


Olson Brothers answer OPERATOR call

Directors Amariah and Obin Olson candidly discuss their upcoming release OPERATOR while on set.

What can you tell us about the film?

Operator is an action/thriller exploring an aspect of society that is important but often overlooked: 911 call center operators and emergency dispatchers.

The Story was compelling for us as directors because of the insight it provides into these unsung heroes, men and women faced with so many crimes and having to learn to deal with these situations as the first response team... and then throw in the thought of “what if this system were taken over by a criminal to pull off the biggest heist of the century?” We thought this idea would be very interesting to explore as a film, thus Operator was born.

Being able to juxtapose storylines (the story of a broken relationship against the primary plot of their daughter taken hostage and the city under siege) proved to be a challenge. Not only did we have to ride the fine line of believability from the dramatic angle, we had to balance it with the action, and meld it all together seamlessly.

Describe the characters---who are they?

This film is about everyday people who get thrown into extraordinary situations. Luke Goss doesn’t play a superhero cop. In fact, he’s just been demoted and is struggling with his personal life. Mischa Barton’s character is a mother, a behind-the-scenes type of hero. Ving Rhames isn’t just the bad guy. He had to play an intense character with only a phone, no other actors to play off of. Michael Pare’s character is a cop that toys with greed and with frustrations that seem common these days.

Audiences will enjoy the various layers that make this high-octane film more than the stereotypical shoot-em-up flick. Suspense and intrigue gets woven through every scene. We try to keep the suspense high and the action well-paced. You don’t know what’s going to happen next. You don’t know who’s in on it. You don’t know what’s going to happen to your favorite characters or the characters that you hate the most.

Did the lead actors have a say in the movie?

As directors, we always feel the pressure and urgency outside of the storyline as well; the time and budget constraints can make it very difficult to coordinate the shoot and bring together a team of people who are as passionate about making films as we are. On Operator we were pleased to have the lead actors believe in us, to come aboard, and to collaborate to make a film that will (hopefully) entertain audiences.

Working with an interesting story helps to bring out our passions while we work toward that goal – and we couldn’t have done it without our fantastic crew. Everybody was excited to join the project, whether it was because of the nonstop action sequences (the buildings blowing up, the structures collapsing, the car chases, and the car wrecks) or the complicated and relatable characters.

How was it working with Ving, Luke, Michael, and Mischa?

Ving Rhames portrayed a complex individual. He fit the character perfectly. He’s scary. He’s a big guy with a deep and intimidating voice. He was a perfect villain to be on the other end of a phone line. He was an immense force but beneath that character’s rough exterior is a broken man. His emotional performance brings out the duality of the character and he was fantastic. We were lucky to be able to have him play this role.

Luke Goss was always full of energy. He gave his all to each of the scenes that he was involved in. He did what needed to be done with no question. Run through a fire? Done. Break through a door? Got it. In fact, he did all of his own stunts which added a level of authenticity that can be lost by using stunt doubles.

It was our pleasure to work with Mischa Barton. Not a lot of people know what they would do in a situation like that: when the people that you love are threatened you will do almost anything, but here we have an added layer of conflict. Save the city or save your daughter?

Any message for the audience?

When the audience has to pay Php200 for a film, they need to be able to feel fulfilled when the end credits start rolling. If they can feel gratified with a fun, suspenseful thrill ride that keeps them guessing, then we’ve done our jobs.

We want to thank everyone that has been a part of this film. We’ve been lucky enough to be surrounded by a terrific and talented team. They’ve helped make this vision a reality. We were excited to make Operator and we hope that audiences find it as exciting to watch as it was to make.

Starting October 21, answer the call of the OPERATOR in cinemas nationwide. Distributed by Solar Pictures.

(press release)


ABS-CBN and Promil Pre-School launch I-Shine Online Talent Camp

The much awaited Promil Pre-School I-Shine kiddie talent search is here again and this time much better. Dimples Romana is back onboard as the bubbly I-Shine host and Xian Lim as mentor for Visual Arts the duo will be joined by the talented Kapamilya artist and singer Karylle who will be the mentor for Performing Arts.

Starting October 5, 2015, the search for kids with exceptional talents will have their time to shine through Promil Pre-school I-Shine online talent camp.

Now running on its 4th season, ABS-CBN and Promil Pre-School is launching the first ever online talent search for kids (www.ishine.abs-cbn.com)with the objective of bridging the gap between deserving kids and the online talent search while encouraging parents to nurture and support their kids’ innate talents through comprehensive workshops that will be provided by the I-Shine talent camp.  

With Promil Pre-school I-Shine going online this year, the kiddie talent camp will provide fun and creative lessons in Visual Arts (drawing, crafting, painting) and Performing Arts (dancing, acting, singing, music) that would make learning more valuable and appealing to the I-Shiners (students).

“A mom’s role is always important. My mom is my shining light and I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for her, that’s why launching Promil Pre-School I-Shine as an online talent camp is a great idea because this will be more accessible to more moms and they can be more involved in nurturing the talents of their kids,” shared by mentor Xian Lim.

How to join the Promil I-Shine online talent camp?

1. Moms or parents need to go online at the I-Shine website (www.ishine.abs-cbn.com)
2. They must choose the best workshop that would be beneficial for their kids either an online course on visual arts or performing arts.
3. Register and enroll on the chosen online kiddie program.
4. Upon enrolment, kids and moms have the opportunity to watch and learn through pertinent and engaging weekly video lessons conducted by mentors Karylle, John Prats, and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo for Performing Arts and Xian Lim, Agot Isidro, and Christina Dy for Visual Arts.
5. Weekly challenges or assignments on video are given as tasks to I-Shiners as part of the workshop. This will serve as audition videos for the Promil Pre-School I-Shine talent camp online.

What are the prizes for Promil Pre-School I-Shine winners?

Once the workshop and tasks are completed by the I-Shiners (students), winning kids (one each for performing arts and visual arts) as chosen by the mentors will receive a cash prize, various TV guesting and will sign a contract with ABS-CBN Chicken Pork Adobo plus other exciting prizes.

The Promil Pre-School I-Shine Talent Camp targets to support exceptionally gifted children of preschool age to develop their full potential in the fields of performing and visual arts. It is through the advocacy of Promil preschool of nurturing Filipino children’s talents with the full support of their parents, proper care and the best nutrition suited for kids’ needs.

Learn more about ABS-CBN Promil Pre-School by visiting their website- www.ishine.abs-cbn.com