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The key to looking young at 70

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 00:00 Published in Life Style

A closer look at Jorge Aquino would make anyone want to second guess his real age. While it is obvious that he is at his later years, the creases on his face are finer and less visible than most of his contemporaries.

“To age gracefully, one must start really young,” advices Aquino. For someone to age as gracefully as he has, he adds, one should have begun a strict skincare regimen at age 20.
His “vanity,” as some of his friends had called it, did not start because he wanted to look good. He started looking for ways to care for his skin simply because he wanted to feel good.
In the 1960s, he explains, he was starting to build his career during his 20s and he would find himself traveling to places outside of the country. He used to work as the representative of Japanese and Korean companies for the security printing business, brokering contracts for the supply and revenue stamps and coins to the Philippine government. Whenever he traveled to colder climes, his skin would feel uncomfortably dry.
To keep it soft and supple, he began to bring moisturizing creams and lotions. To this day, in fact, he still keeps a supply of creams for his hands and eyes — two types even for his eyes — and sunblock. 
With such discipline, no wonder his skin has managed to defy the ravages of time!
“Do you think that is vain? I think that is a necessity,” opines the 76-year-old.
He does admit, though, that as much as his stringent self-care has helped him maintain a relatively younger look, he still needs professional assistance.
He goes for facials and treatments at least once a week. He does get the results, he says, but he always ends up feeling that he could have gotten more.
Bringing with him his sense of adventure and business acumen, he recently put up the Svelt’i Health and Beauty Center in Timog, Quezon City.
After investing in a popular food franchise and gasoline stations, he put his business skills to use in this project that is closest to his “health and fitness buff” lifestyle.
The center offers his favorite facial treatments and Revlite, which helps remove melasma, unwanted pigments, fine lines and wrinkles.
The new beauty destination also offers a variety of non-invasive body and skin rejuvenation therapies. The menu inludes the i-Curve by i-LIPO, a non-surgical treatment for fat reduction and body shaping.
For those who have been battling weight problems due to metabolism issues, a non-surgical alternative to achieving one’s body goals is called Thermogenic.
More than the technology, Aquino thinks it is his outlook and attitude that have helped him keep younger in many aspects. “The only thing that we need is to really take care of ourselves. We need to have self-control, patience and less stress. How can you have less to no stress? There are two things in life: problems that can be solved or problems that cannot be solved. At the end of it all, we have to deal with it,” ends Aquino.
Svelt’i is located at the 5F South Insula Condominium, #61 Timog Avenue, Quezon City. Call 332-7546 or 0918-8783584. Be updated with their social media accounts: www.facebook.com/sveltiph and Instagram at @SVELTI_PH.

It’s official: Miss Universe pageant to be held in Manila

Saturday, 19 November 2016 00:00 Published in Headlines

The Department of Tourism (DoT) and the Miss Universe Organization have officially signed a memorandum of agreement with private partners for the holding of the 65th Miss Universe in the Philippines on Jan. 30, 2017.
Miss Universe Organization vice president for business development Shawn McClain said the hosting of the pageant will help boost the country’s tourism.
The Miss Universe Organization wants to host the pageant in Manila again for its “energetic” and “engaged” fan base, he added.
“The energy and the passion of the Filipino people is really powerful. This is a special place especially for the Miss Universe organization and the brand because it’s so popular here. There’s an energetic and engaged fan based and we couldn’t be happier to announce that the next Miss Universe pageant is going to happen here in Manila in January,” said Shawn McClain.Earlier reports mentioned that the delegates will be visiting key destinations in the country as part of the pre-pageant events. These destinations include Boracay, Baguio, Cebu, Davao and Vigan.

In a statement read by DoT Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre, DoT Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo shared that “that the DoT will give its solid support in making this Miss Universe Pageant among the most beautiful and memorable.”
The three-hour pageant will be aired live from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pageant organizers have yet to finalize the event host, not commenting on earlier reports whether last year’s controversial host Steve Harvey, would return to do this year’s hosting duties.
Solar Entertainment CEO and president Wilson Tieng shared that the pageant will be aired in their group’s free-to-air channels, as well as digital platforms. Updates will be regularly uploaded in the pageant’s official web site, www. 65thmissuniverse.com.
The Philippines was the first Asian country to host the annual competition in 1974 and again held the pageant in 1994.
Filipina beauty queen Pia Wurtzbach holds the Miss Universe crown from 2015.
The contract signing was held at the Shangri-La Makati last November.
The coronation night will be held at the 15,000-seater SM Mall of Asia Arena.
Private partners include the Luis Chavit Singson (LCS) Group, Okada Manila, Solar Entertainment, Inc. and the SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. Sponsors include San Miguel Corp, Jpark Island Resort and Waterworld of Cebu and the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio City.
These partners will shell out the estimated $15 million needed to stage the pageant.

‘OTJ’ series explores different versions of truths

Saturday, 19 November 2016 00:00 Published in Life Style

Two of the brains behind one of the well-crafted Filipino films of the 21st century have finally revealed the storyline of its much-anticipated series spin-off.

Reality Entertainment’s Dondon Monteverde and director Erik Matti laid down the details of the six-part miniseries titled On The Job: The Missing Eight to be exclusively shown on HOOQ.

No to an ‘exploitative show’
Still penned by Michiko Yamamoto, the series will be divided into three segments: the fictional town of La Paz, the big TV network based in Manila and the prison, Matti reveals.
The Missing Eight’s story jumps off in the midst of the Christmas season. Two seasoned friends who co-founded a small town newspaper have a falling out due to moral differences. They part ways; the next day, eight journalists go missing.
The director shares that the series is a composite of 10 to 12 true-to-life events. For instance, during the announcement of the production of the series some months back, he revealed that they would refer to the Ampatuan Massacre where 34 journalists were killed in November 2009.
At the heart of the story is the prison, from where the title of the film and eventually the series was conceived in the first place. Just like in the movie, the inmates of the prison are hired guns for people who have enough connections and money, who want to take down an individual in an untraceable way.
“OTJ was really built on taking on an institution. We zeroed in on media. Why not drugs? We want to do bold stories, but we don’t want stories that might come out as exploitative. Maybe we can talk about drugs in one or two years, but we don’t want to do something that is very now so that we get everyone’s attention. We just want to tell a story where everyone can relate to it,” explains Matti.

An interesting mix of characters
Matti shares that they have come up with a “magnificent cast,” a result of their conscious decision to highlight and tighten the story and look for the right actor who will portray best the character.
Linking the film to the series is General Pacheco played by Leo Martinez. The rest of the cast is an equal mix of familiar and relatively unknown names.
Among the most recognizable names are Christopher de Leon, who plays one of the founding partners of the small town newspaper. Bela Padilla will be playing the millennial, hard-hitting Manila-based journalist who will investigate the case of the missing eight. Dominic Ochoa plays a character that comes from a political family. Neil Ryan Sese plays one of the inmates/hired guns.
Arjo Atayde and Smokey Manaloto, Matti admits, has been on his bucketlist of actors he wants to direct: Manaloto for being a sensitive actor and Atayde for his subtlety, which Matti shares is a rarity among mainstream teleserye actors. Manaloto plays a policeman, while Atayde will play an ex-journalist-turned-politician.
For those names who are relatively unknown, Matti vouches for their skills.
Leading the pack of those to-watch out for is Teroy de Guzman. He plays Sisoy, one of the founding partners of the newspaper. He was once a passionate journalist who over time became a paid hack of La Paz’s political family. Levi Ignacio is the less-talk, more action inmate. Jake Macapagal is the “stylish and scary” middleman/contractor, a role similar to Vivian Velez’s character in the film.
The other cast include Nonoy Froilan, Ria Atayde, Renz Hernandez and Nafa Hilario Cruz.
“The best sentence or phrase that best describes the series that we are going to get is that, OTJ the series is not about the truth; it’s about what you believe in. That’s very timely now because it is really very hard to dissect the truth especially with what’s happening now,” answers Matti regarding the lessons to be learned from the show.
OTJ The Missing Eight is co-produced by Reality Entertainment in partnership with Globe Studios. HOOQ will be releasing OTJ in the Philippines and internationally to its other markets such as Thailand, India and Indonesia.  

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