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Catherine Choachuy

Beyond Tourism

Palawan has been voted as the best island in the world. Puerto Princesa made its mark in the world because of the Subterranean River or what is more commonly known as the Underground River, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Seven Wonders of Nature. You can also go island hopping around Honda Bay where you can find one of my favorite snorkeling sites, Pambato reef. Palawan, popular for its clear waters, rich ecosystem, and pristine beaches has wooed tourists to visit its islands. In July, Republic Chemical Industries Inc. (RCI), maker of Pioneer Epoxy, and its affiliate Pioneer Adhesives Foundation Inc. (PAFI) as part of their corporate social responsibility, organized a three-day event to promote environmental awareness. Their campaign, “Our Earth, Our Responsibility” in collaboration with …

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Fitness is a choice

Seven months have passed: Where are you now in your fitness goals for 2016? I started out the year indoor cycling with the Adidas FitSquad and I find myself here again with a group of people changing their lifestyle through sports. We laid our mats on the cold tiles of Uptown Mall getting ready for this month’s fit squad activity. I was not expecting a lot of people to attend especially on a weekday. A mixture of yuppies and professionals gathered for the same reason. Surf season is about to begin soon, and what better way to practice surfing at home than by having surfer Mona Lisa Neuboeck teach us the basics of surfing through yoga? We practiced the basic surfing stances and did a lot of core exercises. A lot of …

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‘Screw it, Just do it!’

  On a rainy day, I went home thinking about my life and the decisions that I was about to make. After listening to Sir Richard Branson who came to Manila recently to share his experiences and advice to businessmen, entrepreneurs, and fellow dreamers, I felt the need to reevaluate how I do business and try to understand how this man became so successful. As I was eagerly waiting for the founder of the Virgin group of companies to take the stage, the man beside asked, “Are you a big fan of Richard Branson?” I said, “Yes, I am excited to hear him speak.” He asked me why and I replied, “I want to know how he was able to run so many companies and how he succeeded in handling all of them.” This was the main question in my head but …

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A taste of Bacolod’s history

The story of rum begins when a sugar cane farmer takes his harvest to a mill. There, a sugar cane processed into sugar and molasses. Most of the mills here in Bacolod have been operating since the 1920s, making them outdated and inefficient—but its inefficiency is the reason the molasses of Negros are of better quality. When the mill is fully efficient, sugar extraction is maximized, therefore, molasses tend to be drier, not as sweet. In the old mills, sugar leaks into molasses adding to the aroma and making it sweeter. The molasses are then brought to distilleries to be processed into alcohol. One distillery, Distileria Bago, a subsidiary of Ginebra San Miguel, produces the rum for Don Papa. Bleeding Heart Rum Company, the makers of Don Papa, toured us around Bacolod to …

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Bridging the gap between tourism and sustainability

Our first stop was Ligñon Hill to see the perfectly coned -shaped volcano, Mount Mayon. It is not every day that she would reveal herself. You would often hear tourists’ frustrations as clouds often cover her tip. We were lucky that it was a beautiful sunny morning in Legazpi. We had lunch at Balay Cena Una and tried different Bicolano dishes along with the world famous sili ice cream, which is now another pride of Bicol. Before being a restaurant, this place was known for its abaca weaving. We were able to see some of the products and how they were made. Bicol is also home to one of the biggest populations of whale sharks commonly known as “butanding.” This region has been very accessible having daily buses from Manila and other cities and local flights to and from …

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Planning for a healthier me

The lights were dim, the music was loud. And as I heard the words “Let’s go up on third,” I pedalled hard and fast. Every time our instructor uttered these words, I just kept telling myself, “I can do this!” My sweat was pouring, I was breathing heavily trying to keep up with the beat of the music. This was one of those days that I asked myself “What the hell did I get myself into?” “I GOT THIS!” The year was ending and I was doing the regular self-evaluation that I impulsively do. The year 2015 was a difficult year for me in terms of health and fitness. As a common practice (and I would like to believe that I’m not the only one doing this), we set goals every beginning …

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