Alex and Toni Gonzaga talks to Women’s Health on staying fit and on their love lives

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Alex and Toni Gonzaga arrived at the Women’s Health shoot in coordinated outfits and with ease between them that shows they make up a good team—in their family, in their industry, and in their pursuit for a healthy lifestyle. From their amusing banter to their mutual admiration, Alex and Toni exhibit a certain closeness that brings joy to their sisterhood.  Women’s Health quizzed the Gonzaga sisters on their relationship as sisters and on how they maintain their physique.

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It’s a mix of Bikram yoga, Vinyasa yoga and Pilates for Alex; while it’s ballroom dancing for Toni. Alex goes easy on the rice; while Toni eats everything in moderation. Each has her own style, each has her unique qualities.

Toni believes in keeping things balanced. “I don’t want to sacrifice my health just because I’m busy with work. It’s very important that you don’t lose that balance. I work hard, but I also want to look good and feel good.” Alex gets motivated when she sees the outcome of her workouts. “Kapag nakikita ko kahit konting results, lalo na when I see my arms getting toned, mas nakaka-motivate. Parang ‘Ay! Malapit ko nang ma-achieve ‘yung gusto ko!”

But when it comes to matters of the heart, the sisters take two different roads. Alex enjoys being single and decides not to rush things. “Yung lalaki na para sa iyo, whatever happens, he will pursue you. Kahit anong gawin mong alis or layo sa kanya, babagsak at babagsak kayo talaga.

On the other hand, Toni is in a relationship with director Paul Soriano. So, what’s her advice for women in relationship? “Respect is very important,” says Toni. “Put God in the center of the relationship, that makes it stronger because your foundation is solid.”

Know more about Alex and Toni as they talk about their take on the road to success and reaching the top, in the July issue of Women’s Health where they grace the cover.

100 Best Packaged Foods

This issue also present Women’s Health’s 100 Best Packaged Foods for Women – convenient and delicious items you can get from your supermarket without ruining your diet.  Get the full list in the July issue of Women’s Health, available in all bookstores and magazine stands nationwide. You can also download the current issue and past issues of Women’s Health online at

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ATTN ALL LADIES: Women’s Health ARE YOU GAME? Is On June 1, 2013

First it was an all-women’s training camp from Nike, now here is another event especially made for women! I am beginning to feel super-duper special. Isn’t it fun being a girl??? Yes it is!

Every year, Women’s Health Magazine from other countries celebrate via a women’s festival or event entitled “Are You Game?”. This fun annual gathering of women is recognized to be Women’s Health flagship event and last year, the Philippine edition had its exhausting but fun, fun, fun debut! I and a number of other female bloggers were there to experience it  and we really had an awesome time! 


Summit Media’s Christine Ongteco, me, Bards, our honorary female Banjo and Roselle (we were given awesome-fitting event shirts that makes us look NOT fat!)

Here are some of last year’s fun activities:


the bull ride


yoga session


trx workout


fitness consulting


cooking demo

This year, Women’s Health Philippines will stage the 2nd edition of this event and if the success of last year’s event will be one’s yardstick, I definitely encourage every ladies out there to be there at the SM Mall of Asia for the 2013 Women’s Health Are You Game? event. 

I and my other female blogger friends had a blast last year that is why I am looking forward to seeing you experience the same too! Read on the below details to learn how you can join. 🙂

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Women’s Health ARE YOU GAME?
June 1, 2013 (Saturday, 10:00AM – 7:00PM)
Music Hall, SM Mall of Asia

EVENT DESCRIPTION: An all-day, feel-good festival that features the latest in fitness, nutrition, wellness, beauty and more!

OPEN TO: Women of all ages!

Each participant is just required to present a copy of the Women’s Health Magazine May or June 2013 issue on event day.


  • Available at
  • Pre-registering entitles one to:
    • get access to the express lane
    • bring in (1) one friend for FREE!
  • A valid ID and a copy of the Women’s Health Magazine May or June 2013 issue serves as an Entry Pass


  • Available on the day of the event with just a copy of the Women’s Health Magazine May or June 2013 issue required to be presented to serve as an Entry Pass.






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Women’s Health brings back Are You Game? in the Philippines

Shape up your best body this year as Women’s Health Philippines brings back its flagship event – “Are You Game?”, an all-day, feel-good festival that features the latest in fitness, nutrition, wellness, beauty and more! Happening on June 1, Saturday (10:00 AM) at the Music Hall of SM Mall of Asia, Are You Game? is sure to encourage today’s active women to take control of their physical and mental being.

Following the success of the first Are You Game? last year, Women’s Health makes it possible for Filipino women to experience more this June through new workouts like SMRT-Core Circuit, a 30-minute class which is designed to lengthen the muscles, strengthen the myofascial lines and slings, and integrate the body for a complete body workout. Les Mills Body Jam™, a signature workout of 360 Fitness Club which is a cardio workout that fuses the latest dance styles and hottest new sounds to put emphasis on having fun while exercising.  Beyond Sculpt, a brand new fitness-based approach to yoga that is targeted to strengthen the body using weights. Zumba Toning, a combination of targeted body-sculpting exercises and high-energy cardio work with Latin-infused Zumba moves to create a calorie-burning, strength-training dance fitness-party. Fit Into Your Jeans Workout, a total-body workout that sculpts sexy thighs, legs and butt while working on the upper body and core, and FNR (flexibility Not Required), which is a simple, worry-free introduction to yoga. 

Besides trying out the latest in fitness, Are You Game? also provides the best in skin care and wellness through various booth activities like one-on-one skin, nutrition and slimming consultations, massages, nail treatments, and dehydration booths. Plus, participants can try out other fun sports like archery, wall climbing, and dance consoles!

So what are you waiting for? Be healthy, be fun, be game! Don’t forget to bring the May or June issue of Women’s Health to enter. To know how to pre-register, visit

Women’s Health Are You Game? event is brought to you by Century Tuna, Planet Sports and Kojie San. Special thanks to minor sponsor Nische, official venue partner SM Mall of Asia and official media partners Female Network, Wave 89.1 and Magic 89.9

For more of Women’s Health grab a copy of the May issue of Women’s Health with Jodi Sta. Maria on the cover available in all bookstores, magazines stands nationwide. You can also download the May issue of Women’s Health online, visit

Banana Running’s BARDS and the Women’s Health Magazine Sept. Issue

The September issue of the Philippine edition of the Women’s Health Magazine is now out! This issue contains a wealth of useful information regarding weight loss. But the thing that made this particular issue is that our good friend, runner and blogger behind the Bananarunning Blog, Bards Bathan is included in the Weight Loss Challenge as she was one of the chosen participants. 

Check Bard’s account on how she landed at the pages of the magazine’s September issue in her blog post HERE.

Meanwhile, read the below press release to see why WH is a must-read magazine for us Filipina women. Cheers!


Your Ideal Weight: Get there and stay there with Women’s Health Ultimate Weight-Loss issue

For the ultimate weight loss issue, Women’s Health makes sure that every woman finds a bigger reason why they should lose the extra pounds. This September, Editor-in-Chief   Lara Parpan asks, “Just how much do you love yourself?” as she devotes the issue on weight loss and how to keep a healthier lifestyle.

Be inspired by five real women who triumphed over their low-esteem and unhealthy habits. Learn about what made them embrace their now active lifestyle and what pushes them to stick to it. Women’s Health also introduces three women who took on the The Women’s Health Weight-Loss Challenge. Find out what programs did they follow for four weeks, the diet they went through, the insights they gained after, and if the challenge can work for you, too.

Your start to your own weight-loss journey also begins by knowing what to eat and what not to. In the issue, Women’s Health gives you the other (and unpopular) side of fat. According to Bonnie Taub-Dix the author of Read It Before You Eat It, “Fat in food is equated to fat on hips – but it’s not the same. Dietary fat is one nutrient that can help you lose stubborn pounds.” Read through fat’s larger purpose and integral role in balancing your nutritional needs and learn what kind of fat should remain as an enemy to your eyes and body.

Cover girl, Angelica Panganiban also shares her own weight-loss story. The self-confessed badminton lover told Women’s Health that she doesn’t really like going to the gym. She says, that when you find the right sport or exercise, you won’t even think of it as “working out.” “Mas gusto ko yung badminton, volleyball or table tennis.” The actress even shares that since she started playing badminton this January, her endurance and stamina has upped and all because she plays with her male friends. In losing weight, she adds “Do something you love and get people you love even more to do it with you.”

Learn more about how you can jumpstart to a healthier lifestyle with this month’s weight loss issue and find out more about how Angelica Panganiban continues to love her active lifestyle without any worries of restricting herself too much. The September issue of Women’s Health is available in newsstands and bookstores nationwide. For more of Women’s Health online, become a fan on Facebook ( and follow them on Twitter ( 

A Blast at the Women’s Health ARE YOU GAME? Event

Two weeks ago, I was one of the many women attendees to the launch of the Manila Leg of the International Women’s Health “Are  You Game?” event. It was such a great time bonding with my girl running-blogger friends and Banjo.

The event was filled with super-tiring but fun, fun, fun activities from cooking lessons by McCormick, yoga, dance workouts, massage sessions to bull rides and the blockbuster Bunjee Trampoline! Everyone had a super great time that as we leave, we only have one common question – “When will be the next edition?“. We surely hope it will be soon!

Below are some photos I have taken from the event and also the official press release. Watch out and be ready for the next edition of “Are You Game?”! 😉

Women’s Health Magazine Ed-In-Chief Lara Parpan gives her welcome remarks to everyone at the Are You Game? event

i love this pic with Summit Media’s Christine Ong, Bards, Banjo and Roselle!

each participant has to pre-register for an activity and earn a stamp on their passport afterwards

Roselle and Bards getting ready for the Yoga session

the bull ride!

the group TRX session

with Donna and Que

challenge at the kettlebell booth!

pampering at the massage tent

the blockbuster Bunjee Trampoline!


Women’s Health launches Manila leg of international “Are You Game?” event

The leading lifestyle publication for women’s wellness and fitness, Women’s Health Philippines reached out to hundreds of Pinays looking for practical and doable ways to get fit and healthy with its first-ever Are You Game? event last Saturday, May 19 at Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, BGC.

Are You Game? is the signature event of Women’s Health International usually held in New York, Chicago and Sydney, and now Manila. “The many innovative, fun, alternative workouts, and fitness partners convinced us that the Philippines is ready for Are You Game?,”  says Women’s Health team publisher Christine Ongteco.

Women’s Health Editor-in-chief Lara Parpan notes that, “Getting fit and healthy is a lifestyle not just a fad. “Are You Game?” introduces our readers to many ways of getting to their weight loss and wellness goals in a friendly, encouraging, and fun environment.”

Women tried various workouts like Partner Yoga, a yoga routine that combines Thai massage, yoga and the dynamic power of Acrobatics. There was total body training via TRX Body Blast and Rip Training, which works on strength, balance, flexibility and core stability. The ladies also got their cardio fix through Techno Rave, a vigorous dance workout set to heart rate-raising  techno beats.

Co-presenter Gatorade Low Carb also invited Women’s Health readers to dance their way through chart topping club tunes with Gatorade Low Carb Cardio Mash-up along with GMA 7 stars; Sam Pinto, Bianca King and Dianna Menesez. Others bounced their way to weight loss with the use Kangoo Jump shoes through FTX Urban Rebound and got to shape-up their shoulders, abs, hips and legs with a tailor-fit Model’s Runway workout.

Women’s Health readers were also taught how to make healthier meals through food preparation demos and select a customizable workout routine for their body through one-on-one sessions with Women’s Health fitness and nutrition experts. There were also fun activities such as the Bungee trampoline, Surf machine, and Bull riding.

Women’s Health “Are You Game?”  is brought to you by Gatorade Low Carb, your proper workout partner. Special thanks to official venue partner Bonifacio GlobalCity and official radio partners Magic 89.9 and Mellow 94.7.

The June issue of Women’s Health features Iya Villania on the cover and is available in newsstands, bookstores, and supermarkets nationwide. For more updates, become a fan of Women’s Health on Facebook via and follow them on Twitter via

Women’s Health – Athena All Women’s Run Race Results Page

Hello folks! Get to check the Women’s Health – Athena All Women’s Run race results as our dear female runners cross the finish line. Just visit the race results page by clicking HERE or on the image below.

Meanwhile, have a great all-women’s run girls! 😀

Note: For your race results concerns, please email

Women’s Health – Athena All Women’s Run ROUTE MAPS

Want to see the race details? Click HERE to know more about theWomen’s Health – Athena All Women’s Run.

Women’s Health – Athena ALL WOMEN’S RUN

 Women’s Health, Athena Milk For Women and Runrio teams together to join all women in celebration of March as Women’s Month by bringing to all the exclusive for-women-only race entitled Women’s Health – Athena ALL WOMEN’S RUN on March 19, 2011  at the SM Mall Of Asia (across IMAX Parking lot), Pasay City.

This event brings to all women participants a super fun running experience coupled with fabulous freebies. Save the date and register as soon as the registration period opens on February 21, 2011 as slots are limited!

March 19, 2011
SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City


Online registration period is from February 21, 2011 to March 15, 2011

In-store registration period is from February 21, 2011 to March 15, 2011 only at the following venues:

  • Toby’s SM Mall of Asia – G/F Entertainment Mall, Roxas Blvd., Manila (12nn–8pm, Tel # 556-0445)
  • RUNNR – G/F Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City (12nn – 8pm,Tel # 4031787)
  • Planet Sports Trinoma – 2nd level, Trinoma cor. North EDSA, Quezon City
  • Planet Sports Glorietta – 2F Glorietta 3, Makati City (12nn – 8pm, Tel # 8177896)
  • The Athlete’s Foot Robinsons Galleria – 3F Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas Pasig City (12nn – 8pm, Tel# 6363162)




  • The Women’s Health – Athena All Women’s Run is open to women aged 16 years old and above.
  • Only women are allowed to join the race.
  • Girls below 16 years old may register, as long as they are accompanied on race day by a registered female adult running in the same category.
  • Registration may end earlier than announced deadline therefore, race kits may run out before March 15,2011.
  • A valid ID must be presented upon registration. For group registration, a photocopy of any valid ID must be presented by the representative.
  • To win (in all categories) and qualify for the finisher’s bracelet (for 5k and 10k registrants), the participant must be wearing the official race singlet upon crossing the finish line.
  • Official bag must also be used / brought to race festival area to claim free items and services from partners.
  • Singlet size availability will be on a first come first served basis.
  • A disposable timing device called a “D-tag” will be used by all participants during the race.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 finishers of each category(3k, 5k, 10k).
  • Finisher’s Certificates will be given to all finishers.
  • Finisher’s Bracelets wil be given to all those who will finish the 5k and 10k distances
  • For questions, please contact any of the following RunRio hotline numbers (9am – 6pm): Globe: 0915-7827126 / Globe: 0927-3990043