Sun Life Live Brighter with Apprentice Asia Jonathan Yabut

I always look forward to attending Sun Life’s sessions. It never fail to excites me if I get a chance to be part of it but when I realized that Jonathan Yabut will be the main speaker for the Live Brighter session this May the excitement turns into extreme anticipation.

I admit I am a big fan of The Apprentice more so when the Asian edition came out and I watched Jonathan Yabut worked his magic into each challenge and his character really wowed the big boss Tony Fernandes.

Held at the cozy events and workspace A-Space in Makati City, the Live Brighter Session last May 24 was a very intimate and successful event. Invited bloggers (including me), upcoming Sun Life advisors and young working people were part of the audience. The session was very interactive, with live acoustic performance, good food and when Jonathan Yabut finally hits the spot everyone stopped what they’re doing and center all attention to him.
Who is Jonathan Yabut?

Jonathan Yabut is the very first The Apprentice Asia grand winner. Apprentice is a popular TV reality search series on AXN wherein the objective is to find the best man that will be the next CEO of a big company.

Jonathan Yabut hailed from the province of Aklan and a graduate of UP. He served as Chief of Staff for Air Asia after winning Apprentice Asia a show hosted by Malaysian business tycoon Tony Fernandes. He now owns his own consultancy business, wrote his own book and a sought after motivational speaker.

Photo-Op with Jonathan Yabut

The Wisdom of Jonathan Yabut at the Live Brighter Session

Let’s define success- “Success is when preparation meets opportunity”. Jonathan quoted this phrase from Seneca. He explained that there are 2 things- predictable and unpredictable things. We all know what are the things that we can predict but the most important one is the unpredictable things. We should all be prepared to anything that will come our way. 

Most unpredictable things come in negative forms and these are necessary ‘evil’ that we should prepare for. Why? Because with unpredictability lies an opportunity to turn the situation around and make use of it in a positive way.
Opportunities come in many forms and no one is born prepared for every one of it. Most valuable opportunity comes once in a lifetime and if we are not prepared we’ll miss a great turning point in our life.

Who needs time management?- From what I’ve learned from the Live Brighter session with Jonathan Yabut the emphasis should not be about time but about the tasks you need to finish in a day. 

You see, regardless of how long or many hours you work each day if you arent’t able to prioritize things then in the end you barely accomplish anything.

Hierarchy of things is the key- make a daily to-do-list and use all you logical reasoning to FILTER OUT the most important things to do that will equate optimum productivity.

Who eats lettuce? Trash your lettuce and be free! Lettuce, we all have it- as Jonathan Yabut describes this unwanted lettuce (just like the lettuces on Delta Airlines that they ditched from the food they serve and saved millions)this could be something or a person the weighs our down. LET GO of things that hinder your happiness and success. Plain and simple- LET GO and be free to soar high!

The Sun Life Live Brighter with Jonathan Yabut has taught me a lot and for sure the other attendees got so much valuable insights too.

Thanks to Sun Life Philippines for their Live Brighter sessions for their financial literacy advocacy. Looking forward to my next session.

Catch JONATHAN YABUT in the upcoming Live Brighter sessions in Davao and Cebu. Be sure to like and follow Sun Life on Facebook and Sun Life Philippines website for more details and to secure your future.



Manila, Philippines, May 09, 2017 -With summer holiday just around the corner, Dubai-based celebrity, model and fitness guru Rania Gamal went to the Philippines recently to discover breathtaking places that will surely enjoy by people living in Dubai and the rest of the Middle East region and will be the perfect getaway destination for the upcoming holiday season.

Rania Gamal visited one of the countrys popular summer destinations for locals – Batangas. Rania stayed at Acuatico Beach and Resort Hotel owned by the famous Filipino designer Mama Rene Salud’s family. During her stay, Rania enjoyed the stunning beach and sunset in the property. She has experience local food like seafood, Batangas lomi, Barako coffee, to name a few, where she found exactly right for Middle Eastern people to try. 

During her stay in Batangas, Rania also had a photoshoot for Playboy PhilippinesRenegade issue where she is on their prestigious cover and for luxury travel magazine Xpedition Middle East. 

After Batangas, Rania explored the bustling city of Manila where she stayed at City of Dreams in Pasay City. 

With close to 100,000 tourist arrival from the Middle East region in 2016, Rania encourages more people from region to visit the Philippines and explore its stunning beaches and hospitable people.

“I plan to visit more cities in the Philippines on my next visit. I would like to explore the beaches of Boracay and Palawan as I heard they have the worlds best beaches and coastlines”

“With Middle Eastern continuously looking for a place to spend their holidays, I believe that it is high time for Philippines to be recognize as the MUST SEE summer destination most especially for Middle Eastern travelers”
“I hope that many establishment will cater more to Muslim tourists like halal food options and halal kitchen so Muslim travelers will be more confident on visiting the country”

The Middle East market is known as quality travelers – they stay longer and spend bigger compared to other to tourism markets.

Rania Gamal plans to collaborate further with Philippine Department of Tourism Middle East office to further promote the Philippines in the Middle East region.

About Rania Gamal

Rania Gamal is a Dubai-based fitness guru, model, actress and TV presenter. She started modelling when she was 17 years old while living in Germany and was the face of L’OrĂ©al products and the cover of different international magazines. Rania loves traveling the world and she can speak 5 languages fluently including Arabic, English, Danish, German and French. Rania is also a fitness, lifestyle, and health aficionado teaching women not only to eat healthily but also about being independent and being empowered. She had her post graduate diploma in PR & Journalism at World Media Academy, a school accredited by Washington-based ICFJ (International Centre for Journalist). Rania Gamal was also the official host for P. O. W. E. R. E. D. (Professional Overseas Women Empowerment, Recognition and Equality Day) held in Vesna Restaurant and Lounge at Conrad Hotel.


Gerald, Matteo, and Paulo’s recipe to sexy with Century Tuna

It’s officially summertime! And we can’t think of a better way to get into the groove of things than with the country’s number 1 tuna, Century Tuna, as it presents three “My Recipe to Sexy” dishes from three of the fittest and sexiest actors today, each one with his own distinct handsome looks, unique talents, and personalities!

We all know Century Tuna as the choice of health and fitness buffs, but it is also the favorite of many foodies out there as it’s a great, delicious addition to any dish. So why not have three of the most popular male actors share their favorite, easy-to-prepare and oh-so delicious Century Tuna recipes?

“Like Gerald, Mateo and Paulo, Century Tuna is very versatile,” relates Greg Banzon, Century Pacific Food, Inc. VP & General Manager. ”You can use it in different dishes, allowing you to be creative in creating your own recipe to sexy!”

First, there’s Gerald Anderson. After becoming the Third Big Placer in the first season of Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition in 2006, and after a string of television appearances, movie roles, and as part of a popular love team, Gerald proved his acting worth in the gritty, acclaimed film On The Job.

Next, there’s Matteo Guidicelli. Following a decorated stint in the fast lane as a karting racer garnering numerous trophies, Matteo entered showbiz in earnest, attending drama and performing arts school in the United States to further hone his craft. On top of that, he also released his first self-titled album in 2016!

And then of course there’s Paulo Avelino. Considered in the industry as “The Prince of Teleseryes”, Paulo has starred in a number of outstanding indie movie releases, among them Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa which earned for him the Best Actor nod from the prestigious Gawad Urian.

So what brings these 3 fit and sexy gentlemen together this scorching summer, you ask? They’re the latest faces – and hot bods – in the Century Tuna’s newest summer TVC, one that spells fun and fitness by way of its “My Recipe to Sexy” campaign!  For those who’ve not seen the ad which is now airing on primetime TV, it features the trio as “hot cooks” as they respectively present their favorite recipes to a sexy, healthy bod: Tuna Egg Salad Sandwich ala Matteo; Tuna Pancit Canton ala Paulo; and Tuna Silog ala Gerald. All nutritious, delicious, and most of all easy to prepare!

“Breakfast for me is very important,” Gerald shares. “And I wanted a dish that’s a healthier take on the typical Pinoy breakfast so I came up with this super delicious Tuna Silog. “

“I’m always on the go,” Matteo reveals. “I love having a lean sandwich because it’s easy to prepare. Just like my Tuna Egg Salad Sandwich on wheat bread which is healthy yet very satisfying!”

“Tuna Pancit Canton is the ultimate, yummy comfort food – something you can make in a jiffy!” Paulo declares.

In other words, as summer equals frolic and fun under the sun, it doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself just to stay fit and sexy. Thanks to Century Tuna, which is lean and adaptable, you can easily prepare and enjoy a myriad of irresistible meals. And if you can have these hot cooks as fitsperation, even better!

So…this summer…what’s your recipe to sexy?   


Actor Matteo Guidicelli, in cooperation with Sun Life Asset Management Company, Inc. (SLAMCI), will be launching a series of vlogs (Video Blogs), which aims to teach Filipinos about how investing can help make their #LifeGoals come true. 

Dubbed “Make It Mutual”, the vlogs will tackle topics relevant to personal finance, such as growing one’s money, beating inflation and investing regularly. To make it easy for the viewer to relate these to real life, the modules shall be demonstrated in themes familiar to them, like fashion and fitness, among others. All videos will be shared via social media to make it really accessible. 


“I’m thankful for the opportunity to lead another financial literacy campaign for SLAMCI. It’s definitely relevant and timely,” Mateo said. “I myself have life goals i’d like to pursue, and i’m happy to share that ever since i ‘made it mutual’ with SLAMCI, I’ve been well on my way to achieving all those goals. It would be great if more Filipinos can experience the same”.

The latest in SLAMC’s efforts to boost financial literacy among Filipinoes, “Make It Mutual” aims to encourage Filipinos to invest in Mutual Funds so they can achieve their life goals. The company was also behind the SLAM The Scam” campaign which likewise starred Matteo, who shared tips on what to consider when choosing an investing company in order to avoid dubious organization.

According to SLAMCI President Valerie Pama, the company is committed to helping more Filipinos discover the benefits of investing so they may reap its rewards. “We all have goals that we’d like to accomplish, such as buying a house or a car, travelling to a dream destination, or planning a wedding. These are goals that require a significant amount of money, and sometimes, Filipinos become discouraged knowing how much they need to raise to be able to fund their dreams,” she said. “We’d like to show them that by saving and investing in mutual funds, all their dreams can become a reality. They simply have to ‘Make it Mutual.” 

The “Make It Mutual” campaign is just the first of Sun Life’s series of financial literacy initiatives this year. According to Sun Life Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa, more will be launched in the coming days as Sun Life rolls out its Financial Independence Month campaign in June. “We remain committed to this cause. Sun Life is always eager to promote it in ways that are creative, relatable, easily understandable,” she said. “We will never tire of advocating financial literacy to Filipinos.” 

Sun Life Asset Management Co., Inc. (SLAMCI) is the mutual fund arm of Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc. SLAMCI is one of the leading asset management companies in the country with Php57.8 Billion in Assets Under Management (AUM) as of April 2017. It currently manages 11 mutual funds collectively called the “Sun Life Prosperity Funds.”