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RXN FIT FEST’S Plana Forma Attack

Celebs like Gretchen Ho of GAMEDAY WEEKEND enjoyed BARRE YOGA by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celebs like Gretchen Ho of GAMEDAY WEEKEND enjoyed BARRE YOGA by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Who knew Yoga could be so fun and engaging? Plana Forma Senior Instructor Celine Encarnacion looked more like a rock star on stage than a typical trainer. Hundreds of participants followed her lead as music accompanied yoga movements with a more ‘cardio’ bent. Everyone enjoyed the stretching movements of yoga at a higher more exciting pace.

PLANA FORMA Senior Instructor Celine Encarnacion; RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PLANA FORMA Senior Instructor Celine Encarnacion; RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The RXN FIT FEST featured the top fitness trends along with the best instructors in the country in one amazing event last November 14, 2015 at the SMX Convention center. BODY JAM was lead by Fitness First, BARRE YOGA was lead by Plana Forma and CIRCUIT TRAINING by 360 Fitness.

The coveted RXN Fit fest kit (contained in a light and hip gym bag): clockwise from top left-Rexona gym towel, gym shirt, CORE Speed Rope, Rexona Sport 48H body spray and Water bottle. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The coveted RXN Fit fest kit (contained in a light and hip gym bag): clockwise from top left-Rexona gym towel, gym shirt, CORE Speed Rope, Rexona Sport 48H body spray and Water bottle. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

For less than a few hundred pesos you can choose one of these programs or even a day pass for all of them. The ticket includes an RXN FIT FEST Kit (contained in a light and hip gym bag): CORE Speed Rope, Rexona gym towel, Water bottle and Rexona Sport 48H body spray. Everyone also loved the now famous gym shirt in dry fit material. Exclusive to the Plana Forma program for that day, participants were given a surprise gift when they got to take home the yoga mats.

If that’s not enough, free 3 day passes to these top fitness clubs (Plana Forma, 360 Fitness & Fitness First were also raffled off to lucky participants. Everyone should take advantage of this great deal when it comes around again.

RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celebs like Gretchen Ho of GAMEDAY WEEKEND enjoyed BARRE YOGA by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celebs like Gretchen Ho of GAMEDAY WEEKEND enjoyed BARRE YOGA by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Gretchen Ho of GAMEDAY Weekend was one of many celebrities who were there to participate, “It was a great test of my flexibility. I thoroughly enjoyed the cardio work out. I was not used to the yoga portion. But its just a matter of knowing what you enjoy, what you like doing. That’s what today is all about. We’re going to experience yoga, cardio, barre, Body jam and Circuit Training. So everyone out there its time to discover what you enjoy and exercise is all about that.”

Celebs like Fashion writer Nicole Anderson enjoyed BARRE YOGA by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celebs like Fashion writer Nicole Anderson enjoyed BARRE YOGA by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Plana Forma is one of the leading studious that takes advantage of combining different programs to create the ideal work out. They have branches in the Fort, QC, Makati and even Davao. Director for Training Van Manalo explains, “Plana Forma is a combination of dance, pilates and yoga. We use yoga for stretches, the pilates is for the ab part. Dance because we follow the beat of the music.”

PLANA FORMA Dir for Training Van Manalo; RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PLANA FORMA Dir for Training Van Manalo; RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The official Plana Forma website describes the results or goal of their program: Defined and toned muscles a long and lean body are just the visible results you will soon discover, but the benefits of Plana FORMA go much, much deeper. You will experience an increase in lung capacity, metabolic rate and bone density. It can also decrease back pains, stress levels and sluggishness; all of which will lend you that glow of health, which -let’s face it- is the real essence of sexy.

Participants could win prizes for posting their pics with the hashtag -#RXNFITFEST. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Participants could win prizes for posting their pics with the hashtag -#RXNFITFEST. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Special RXN Program 

The program was specifically designed for the RXN Fit Fest, “We’ve had Ashtanga offering in our studio but was not as popular. So we had a compromise. Its not as pure yoga but we still have the signature heat of forma. Rexona requested for cardio yoga. So we put a lot of movement into the pose, more flow. We’re very pleased to be part of RXN Fit Fest.”

Barkadas had fun in RXN Fit Fest; RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Barkadas had fun in RXN Fit Fest; RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The program was also designed to cater to a wider group from beginners to advance participants, “The pure Plana Forma is super hot and super extreme burn. This one is lighter than that. The stretches in our Plana Forma class are really quick. But this one you linger. You stay there 10 or 20 seconds.”

Celebs like Fashion writer Nicole Anderson enjoyed BARRE YOGA by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celebs like Fashion writer Nicole Anderson enjoyed BARRE YOGA by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

There’s a specific purpose to the selection of music according to Vic Manalo, “We use ambient music so people can follow a certain beat. If you choose to have music with higher BPM (beats per minute) your heart rate is a little higher. We choose songs with higher bpms to increase the heart rate from the beginning of the work out. Then slower, calming music is used to cool down in the end. You choose a song with that bpm. There’s a range it can fall into.”

RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Strength and Trimming down

The difference of Plana Forma results is more on trimming down fat and increasing strength rather than just losing weight, “In Plana Forma we don’t lose weight. We lose the inches. You trim down. We have lots of ladies who are actually asking. They drop down one or two dress sizes but the weight doesn’t change. So I tell them your strength is based on muscles. If you do forma you shrink because the fat muscles shrink but you get stronger. If you want to lose weight then you have to lose protein. So that’s less strength.”

More and more guys are getting into Barre Yoga by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

More and more guys are getting into Barre Yoga by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

More men have also been joining Plana Forma as an alternative to more injury prone sports or workouts, “I’ve heard that there are injuries from other harder exercises. Maybe they want to try something else less stressful in the joints. Since its not pure yoga it may not have the requirement of being too flexible or supple right away. It’s a good compromise.”

Rexona teamed up w leading studio PLANA FORMA for a successful RXN Fit Fest. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rexona teamed up w leading studio PLANA FORMA for a successful RXN Fit Fest. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Another reason more men have been attracted is the increased strength and toning results due to the Plana Forma program, “There’s one guy who used to go to the gym all the time. Then he tried Plana Forma for 2 months. Then he started to get the ‘V’ shape he wanted. He had the tone the definition and just enough bulk. But not the bulk you get when you power lift.’

PLANA FORMA Senior Instructor Celine Encarnacion; RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PLANA FORMA Senior Instructor Celine Encarnacion; RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Trainers in Plana Forma are also one of the most qualified. Senior Trainer Celine Encarnacion has received international training in New York City for Physique 57, Pilates Academy International Method- Singapore and is Greenpath Vinyasa Yoga Certified (Clayton Horton) among others.

PLANA FORMA Instructor Phillip Pamintuan; RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PLANA FORMA Instructor Phillip Pamintuan; RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Van Manalo also Trained in Physique 57, New York City, STOTT Pilates Certified Instructor in Matwork, Reformer and CCB, Certified Zumba Instructor (B1), Vinyasa Yoga Intensive Program with Jason Crandell.

PLANA FORMA Dir for Training Van Manalo; RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PLANA FORMA Dir for Training Van Manalo; RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The First event of its kind RXN Fit Fest was very well attended. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The First event of its kind RXN Fit Fest was very well attended. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The RXN FIT FEST for him is heaven sent for their own brand of Barre Yoga, “We were pleasantly surprised at the huge crowd we got. We hesitated in joining initially because there are other more specialized yoga studios. Then again we are the only one able to combine yoga with pilates, cardio work outs and put them together in the best way.”

PLANA FORMA instructors foreground from left: Phillip Pamintuan, Van Manalo, Iya Lagdameo, background from left: Clark Delariva, Cristin Gapasin, and Roz Manlangit. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PLANA FORMA instructors foreground from left: Phillip Pamintuan, Van Manalo, Iya Lagdameo, background from left: Clark Delariva, Cristin Gapasin, and Roz Manlangit. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Celeb Nicole Anderson shoots her co participants with her i-phone. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celeb Nicole Anderson shoots her co participants with her i-phone. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The First event of its kind RXN Fit Fest was very well attended. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The First event of its kind RXN Fit Fest was very well attended. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Participants could win prizes for posting their pics with the hashtag -#RXNFITFEST. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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More and more guys are getting into Barre Yoga by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

More and more guys are getting into Barre Yoga by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celebs like Gretchen Ho of GAMEDAY WEEKEND enjoyed BARRE YOGA by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The First event of its kind RXN Fit Fest was very well attended. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The First event of its kind RXN Fit Fest was very well attended. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celebs like Fashion writer Nicole Anderson enjoyed BARRE YOGA by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Participants could win prizes for posting their pics with the hashtag -#RXNFITFEST. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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More and more guys are getting into Barre Yoga by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

More and more guys are getting into Barre Yoga by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celebs like Fashion writer Nicole Anderson enjoyed BARRE YOGA by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celebs like Fashion writer Nicole Anderson enjoyed BARRE YOGA by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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PLANA FORMA has qualified instructors to help you achieve your desired body shape. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PLANA FORMA has qualified instructors to help you achieve your desired body shape. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

More and more guys are getting into Barre Yoga by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

More and more guys are getting into Barre Yoga by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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More and more guys are getting into Barre Yoga by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

More and more guys are getting into Barre Yoga by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PLANA FORMA Senior Instructor Celine Encarnacion; RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celebs like Gretchen Ho of GAMEDAY WEEKEND enjoyed BARRE YOGA by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Participants could win prizes for posting their pics with the hashtag -#RXNFITFEST. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Participants could win prizes for posting their pics with the hashtag -#RXNFITFEST. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PLANA FORMA Dir for Training Van Manalo; RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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PLANA FORMA instructors from left: Phillip Pamintuan, Van Manalo, Clark Delariva, Cristin Gapasin, Iya Lagdameo and Roz Manlangit. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PLANA FORMA instructors from left: Phillip Pamintuan, Van Manalo, Clark Delariva, Cristin Gapasin, Iya Lagdameo and Roz Manlangit. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Huge Fun in RXN FIT FEST

TV5 Edit Supervisor & Fitness First Instructor Jing Ventura. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

TV5 Edit Supervisor & Fitness First Instructor Jing Ventura. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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You don’t have to be a professional dancer to enjoy the club scene or rave as they used to call it. Lose yourself in the music and dance, just like Galantis’ hit RUNAWAY. That’s what fitness craze BODY JAM banks on to help you be fit and lose calories. It gives you the best of the club scene without the cigarette smoke, alcohol or drugs.

Celebs like Model & Videographer Janina Manipon enjoyed circuit training by 360 Fitness. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celebs like Model & Videographer Janina Manipon enjoyed circuit training by 360 Fitness. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

There were countless beautiful faces, hot bodies and hunks during the RXN Fit fest. Actually there was a great mix of ages, people, groups, genders all wanting to work out, have fun and get healthier. Body Jam may be the most fun you’ll ever have working out.

Participants could win prizes for posting their pics with the hashtag -#RXNFITFEST. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Participants could win prizes for posting their pics with the hashtag -#RXNFITFEST. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The RXN FIT FEST featured the top fitness trends along with the best instructors in the country in one amazing event last November 14, 2015 at the SMX Convention center. BODY JAM was lead by Fitness First, BARRE YOGA was lead by Plana Forma and CIRCUIT TRAINING by 360 Fitness.

Galantis’ RUNAWAY official music video

The coveted RXN Fit fest kit (contained in a light and hip gym bag): clockwise from top left-Rexona gym towel, gym shirt, Water bottle, Rexona Sport 48H body spray and CORE Speed Rope. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The coveted RXN Fit fest kit (contained in a light and hip gym bag): clockwise from top left-Rexona gym towel, gym shirt, Water bottle, Rexona Sport 48H body spray and CORE Speed Rope. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

For less than a few hundred pesos you can choose one of these programs or even a day pass for all of them. The ticket includes an RXN FIT FEST Kit (contained in a light and hip gym bag): CORE Speed Rope, Rexona gym towel, Water bottle and Rexona Sport 48H body spray. Everyone also loved the now famous gym shirt in dry fit material. Exclusive to the Plana Forma program for that day, participants were given a surprise gift when they got to take home the yoga mats.

The coveted RXN Fit Fest gym shirt. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The coveted RXN Fit Fest gym shirt. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

If that’s not enough, free 3 day passes to these top fitness clubs (Plana Forma, 360 Fitness & Fitness First) were also raffled off to lucky participants. Everyone should take advantage of this great deal when it comes around again.

No.5 You will feel thirsty. Bring your water. It’s hard work being a super-star

— From 10 things to Expect In Your First Body Jam Class

Fitness First Instructor Andre Sunga; RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fitness First Instructor Andre Sunga; RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fitness First instructor Andre Sunga was very impressed with RXN Fit fest, “Its very special because not all people know about Body Jam. We have it as a program in Fitness First. This is the only event that has introduced it to the public. Hopefully more people will be interested to get to know it and love it. This used to be exclusive for Fitness First. They were the pioneers here in featuring Body Jam. It’s still staying strong. It progresses; it used to be easy music now it’s hard core mostly EDM (Electronic Dance music). More EDM than the single tracks we have.”

Fitness First is the pioneer in Body Jam locally. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fitness First is the pioneer in Body Jam locally. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Andre defines the program this way, “Body Jam is a combination of different genres of dances. It includes Latin, Jazz, hip hop, everything you could think about on modern music. It incorporates the workout within it. The core of the program is to get loose in the sensation of dancing. That’s the main thing with body jam. As long as it’s dancing and sweating a lot.”

RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

No.2-Remember: if you’re sweating and you’re smiling, then you’re doing it right.

–From 10 things to Expect In Your First Body Jam Class

Celeb Drew Arellano enjoyed circuit training by 360 Fitness. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celeb Drew Arellano enjoyed circuit training by 360 Fitness. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

There were a lot of male participants, easily half along with the pretty women. Andre shared, “I just got into body jam in 2010. I fell in love with it. It’s not like the old typical aerobics. It’s a hip-hop combination and it exhausts you. That’s why I fell in love with the program.”

The First event of its kind RXN Fit Fest was very well attended. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The First event of its kind RXN Fit Fest was very well attended. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

It is even more mentally engaging than say running or even basketball, “Its better, it includes your mind. You’re working all the time it’s a fast pace. But you do it one at a time a slow combination of dances. It incorporates everything in the end. At the end you just break out and lose yourself. We teach you to dance but the program is very beneficial for the health.”

RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

No.3 A dance background is not necessary to do BODY JAM. It is a no-pressure dance class. — From 10 things to Expect In Your First Body Jam Class

The appeal of body jam is the ease and fun. They start you off with a few basic steps or movements. The instructor continually guides you. After repeating the step or movement several times you put them together. The progression is very gradual and easy to learn.

Participants could win prizes for posting their pics with the hashtag -#RXNFITFEST. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Participants could win prizes for posting their pics with the hashtag -#RXNFITFEST. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Hotties take an usie, barkadas had great fun in RXN fit fest. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

He adds, “You don’t need to be a dancer as long as you have fun doing it. Everybody could do it actually because its very very slow paced. And you take it one a t a time. In the end you just go crazy dancing in the classes. Sooner than you know it you lose 500 calories.”

No.6 You will burn up 545 calories in one class. Here’s a secret: BODYJAM is a workout, and you’ll be too busy having fun to even notice.

— From 10 things to Expect In Your First Body Jam Class

TV5 Edit Supervisor & Fitness First Instructor Jing Ventura. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

TV5 Edit Supervisor & Fitness First Instructor Jing Ventura. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The best place for Body Jam is still Fitness First, “It’s the most established. The foundation is stronger. Most of the programs originated in Fitness First. That’s the main core of Body Jam, even if its offered in other clubs its more solid there.” Andre believes RXN Fit Fest will gain even more participants next year, “I think it will grow to a strong annual thing. This is the first run and its pretty good.”

Fitness first instructors with 3 day pass raffle winners. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fitness first instructors with 3 day pass raffle winners. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Celebs Dominic Rocque & Drew Arellano in the flow exercise of circuit training by 360 Fitness. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celebs Dominic Rocque & Drew Arellano in the flow exercise of circuit training by 360 Fitness. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

TV5 Edit Supervisor & Fitness First Instructor Jing Ventura. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Fitness First is the pioneer in Body Jam locally. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fitness First is the pioneer in Body Jam locally. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fitness First Instructor Rej Garcia; RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The First event of its kind RXN Fit Fest was very well attended. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The First event of its kind RXN Fit Fest was very well attended. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Fitness First Instructor Macel Haguisan; RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fitness First Instructor Macel Haguisan; RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Celebs like Fashion writer Nicole Anderson enjoyed BARRE YOGA by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celebs like Fashion writer Nicole Anderson enjoyed BARRE YOGA by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fitness First Instructor Andre Sunga; RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Celebs like Gretchen Ho of GAMEDAY WEEKEND enjoyed BARRE YOGA by PLANA FORMA. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from right: GAMEDAY WEEKEND’s Gretchen Ho, Nico Ramos, Nicole Anderson and Kat Zala. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: GAMEDAY WEEKEND’s Gretchen Ho, Nico Ramos, Nicole Anderson and Kat Zala. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Fitness First Instructor Andre Sunga; RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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TV5 Edit Supervisor & Fitness First Instructor Jing Ventura. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Barkadas had great fun in RXN fit fest; RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fitness First Instructor Andre Sunga; RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fitness First Instructors from left: Fiona Agbayani, Andre Sunga and Gus Agustin. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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TV5 Edit Supervisor & Fitness First Instructor Jing Ventura. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Fitness First Instructor Andre Sunga; RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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RXN FIT FEST is the most fun you’ll ever have working out. RXN FIT FEST was held at the SMX Convention Center last Nov 14, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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A Heartwarming Tale of Samurai Cooking

from left: Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki) & Aya Ueto (Haru). Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

from left: Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki) & Aya Ueto (Haru). Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

My Delicate, My Vixen,

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Haru (Aya Ueto) turned down the proposal a second time feeling she is not worthy because of her failed marriage: “They say I am impertinent neither meek nor gentle.” Dennai (Toshiyuki Nishida), “If you are neither meek nor gentle my son needs a wife with spirit and life.” He goes down on his knees and begs her to marry him.

from left: Kimiko Yo (Mitsu Funaki), Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki), Aya Ueto (Haru) and Toshiyuki Nishida (Dennai Funaki). Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

from left: Kimiko Yo (Mitsu Funaki), Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki), Aya Ueto (Haru) and Toshiyuki Nishida (Dennai Funaki). Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

The dialogue above is from A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY. The Japanese title is Warrior’s Menu (Bushi no Kondate). This Japanese film is part of the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015. The festival features some of the biggest hits of Japanese cinema such as IT’S A BEAUTIFUL LIFE IRODORI, WOOD JOB and feature film based on the manga bestseller: PARASYTE.

from right: Japan Foundation Dir. Shuji Takatori, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan, Japan Foundation Proj Coordinator Roland Samson, PR guru Joy L. Buensalido and Japan Foundation Prog officer. Mutsuko Ikeda. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista.

from right: Japan Foundation Dir. Shuji Takatori, Shang Rila Plaza Mktg. Div. Head Marline Dualan, Japan Foundation Proj Coordinator Roland Samson, PR guru Joy L. Buensalido and Japan Foundation Prog officer. Mutsuko Ikeda. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista.

 

Renowned Japanese Filmmaker Yuya Ishii of OUR FAMILY will be at the opening night on July 9 and will conduct talks on 3pm July 10 in Lopez Center Studio ADMU and 430pm July 11, 2015 at Shang Cineplex.

A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY.  The Japanese title is Warrior's Menu (Bushi no Kondate).

A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY. The Japanese title is Warrior’s Menu (Bushi no Kondate). Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY is a compelling saga of Samurai culture through cuisine. The story written by Michio Kashiwada, Yukiko Yamamuro, and writer/director for this film Yuzo Asahara is unique in revealing that samurai spirit is not only about warfare or violence but also of honor and peace. Through every meal there’s a message of peace between the people who prepare and partake of it. Ingredients gathered from the remotest places like mountainous areas to the coastline are used to symbolize the harmony of the kingdoms.

Ingredients from all over the domain were gathered for the huge banquet. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Ingredients from all over the domain were gathered for the huge banquet. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

The film also goes against the grain of the stereotypical submissive Japanese wife. Haru is the central character and often displays common sense and reason greater than her husband Yasonobu (Kengo Kora).

This preparation was a gift from Haru to Lady Shinnoyin. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

This preparation was a gift from Haru to Lady Shinnoyin. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Synopsis

Unless you’re intimately familiar with the Edo period in Japanese history, some dialogue and background information in the film would be helpful in appreciating the film better.

Samurai class of chefs. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Samurai class of chefs. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

The Funaki clan is part of the Samurai class, which serves the Lords as chef. This is a double purpose, not only are they supposed to be skilled in cooking but is also a security measure. Those were chaotic times with upheavals and power struggles within royal clans. Assassination attempts include poisoning apart from deadly armed assault.

Toshiyuki Nishida as Master Chef Dennai presents a special dish to the Lord of the domain. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Toshiyuki Nishida as Master Chef Dennai presents a special dish to the Lord of the domain. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Dennai Funaki (Toshiyuki Nishida) is the master chef of the Funaki clan. Haru’s knowledgeable palate and deep understanding of Japanese cuisine amazed him. He was hoping that her own passion for cooking would be able to guide and rub off on his son Yasonobu (Kengo Kora). Dennai’s eldest son had died of plague, who was supposed to be the heir to his Master chef post.

left: Aya Ueto (Haru) instructs Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki) in washing rice. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

left: Aya Ueto (Haru) instructs Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki) in washing rice. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Second son Yasonobu had dedicated his life to Kenjutsu (swordsmanship) roughly translated in the subtitles as fencing. He sees cooking as a task for ‘women and children’. Dennai was hoping that through his marriage with Haru, Yasonobu would develop a genuine love for cooking. In one scene Dennai asks Yasonobu, “Waving a sword and shedding blood, is that all a samurai can do?”

Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki) cares more for swordsmanship than cooking. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki) cares more for swordsmanship than cooking. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

from left: Toshiyuki Nishida (Denai) asks Aya Ueto (Haru) about a rare vegetable. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

from left: Toshiyuki Nishida (Denai) asks Aya Ueto (Haru) about a rare vegetable. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Nishida & Iron Chef’s Chairman Kaga

Samurai chef Dennai played by Toshiyuki Nishida is a 2-time Japan Academy Award winner with dozens of film titles to his credit. One of his most powerful performances was REUNION as a funeral director who dealt with the 2011 earthquake in the city of Kamaishi. REUNION was part of the Eiga Sai film festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang rila Plaza. Watch out for the line up of this fest in a week or so, which allows viewers to watch some of the best Japanese films for free. Here, Nishida is the sage chef that trying to impart his knowledge to an unwilling son.

Toshiyuki Nishida (Dennai Funaki) & wife Kimiko Yo (Mitsu Funaki). Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Toshiyuki Nishida (Dennai Funaki) & wife Kimiko Yo (Mitsu Funaki). Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

International audiences will be delighted with the casting of Takeshi Kaga known more popularly as Chairman Kaga in (the original) IRON CHEF. For those who may not know it Takeshi Kaga is one of the more distinguished actors in Japan having lengthy roles not just in film but in theater namely musicals. You have to look closely as you may miss Kaga underneath the Samurai hair and costume. The film has banked on his fictional identity as a gourmet. He is cast here as powerful Lord Naomi Maeda who has taken over the domain that Dennai serves.

Takeshi Kaga is known more popularly as Chairman Kaga in Iron Chef. He is cast here as Lord Maeda. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Takeshi Kaga is known more popularly as Chairman Kaga in Iron Chef. He is cast here as Lord Maeda. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Aya Ueto (Haru) is able to melt hearts and stand her ground as well. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Aya Ueto (Haru) is able to melt hearts and stand her ground as well. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Aya Ueto

Haru Funaki as the central character had to be cast with someone who is obviously attractive to melt the hearts of audiences. She also had to be able to hold her own in a male dominated society, at least with her husband and role in her family.

from left: Aya Ueto (Haru) & Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki). Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

from left: Aya Ueto (Haru) & Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki). Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Japanese superstar Aya Ueto more than fulfills this demanding role. She does have that endearing quality and being her own woman, even in real life. Ueto has won several New Comer awards when she debuted as a film star a few years back. She actually started out as a singer early in her career. Filipinos may see a strong parallelism with our own Sarah Geronimo who was an accomplished singer first and then successfully has a film career. Sarah has endorsed huge brands such as Rexona from Unilever alone. Sarah was rumored to endorse Cream Silk (also from Unilever) but turned out to be Anne Curtis. Ueto has been proclaimed as Japan’s Commercial Queen for 5 different years. She’s statistically the most popularly used image for TVCs, billboards and print ads in Japan.

Aya Ueto & Sarah Geronimo both rose to fame, as a singer first then became a movie star. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Aya Ueto & Sarah Geronimo both rose to fame, as a singer first then became a movie star. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Her husband Yasonobu (in the film) called Haru a ‘Vixen’ out of spite. She wouldn’t hesitate to disagree with him and often even go so far as to disobey his wishes. For this he would call her Vixen to connote cunning. In Japanese mythology foxes take the shape of women to seduce men and sometimes marry them and have children with magical powers.

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Freshness especially in seafood is highly prized in Japanese cuisine. Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

Freshness especially in seafood is highly prized in Japanese cuisine. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

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Aya Ueto (Haru) prepares fish for sashimi. The proper slicing of fish affects the taste and brings out the best flavors of the fish. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

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Kengo Kora (Yasunobu Funaki) demonstrates master chef techniques. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

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Aya Ueto (Haru) was supposed to be a privileged position of samurai’s wife but insisted on doing kitchen work. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

Aya Ueto (Haru) was supposed to be a privileged position of samurai’s wife but insisted on doing kitchen work. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

One of the prepared courses in the banquet. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

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Samurai had to hurdle tests before they can prove themselves worthy of cooking for their Lords. Watch A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING: A TRUE LOVE STORY on Screen Red.

Samurai had to hurdle tests before they can prove themselves worthy of cooking for their Lords. Watch this and many more Japanese films for free at the Eigai Sai Film festival running in Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza from July 9-19, 2015.

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Rexona’s DO MORE at the Fight Expo

UFC star Carlos Condit meets super fan Ari & son Red Repalda. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

UFC star Carlos Condit meets super fan Ari & son Red Repalda. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The historic first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. While the Philippines has long been the home of boxing icons such as Pacquiao, Donaire, Ellorde, Espinosa and countless more, combat sports has seen a recent resurgence of practitioners and popularity especially with the growth of MMA.

Boxing Icon and PBA coach Manny Pacquiao is also a Rexona endorser—with the latest TVC images here. Photo from official Rexona Philippines facebook

Boxing Icon and PBA coach Manny Pacquiao is also a Rexona endorser—with the latest TVC images here. Photo from official Rexona Philippines facebook

TJ Manotoc of THE SCORE, THE RUNDOWN and Jef Gaitan of BANANA NITE hosted the first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo. It was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

TJ Manotoc of THE SCORE, THE RUNDOWN and Jef Gaitan of BANANA NITE hosted the first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo. It was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

 

The ABS CBN Sports & Action-Rexona Fight Expo is the first event of its kind to bring together activities that truly help encourage more people to get into MMA and boxing. TJ Manotoc of THE SCORE, THE RUNDOWN and Jef Gaitan of BANANA NITE hosted the prestigious event.

3 Champs share their warm up and stretching techniques. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

3 Champs share their warm up and stretching techniques. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

There have been countless viewing parties sometimes held for free whenever a huge Pacquiao fight rolls along such as the upcoming fight against Alghieri. But almost none of them actually encourage people to GET INTO the sport of boxing. As fitness regiment for both men and women boxing has grown in the U.S. and around the world morphing into TAEBO etc etc.

Boxing Icon and PBA coach Manny Pacquiao is also a Rexona endorser—with the latest TVC images here. Photo from official Rexona Philippines facebook

Boxing Icon and PBA coach Manny Pacquiao is also a Rexona endorser—with the latest TVC images here. Photo from official Rexona Philippines facebook 

3 Champs from right: ‘King Arthur’ Villanueva- Int’l Super Flyweight Champ, Genesis ‘Azukal’ Servania -WBO Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Champ and Jason ‘El Niño’ Pagara WBO Intl Light Welterweight pose with fan. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

3 Champs from right: ‘King Arthur’ Villanueva- Int’l Super Flyweight Champ, Genesis ‘Azukal’ Servania -WBO Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Champ and Jason ‘El Niño’ Pagara WBO Intl Light Welterweight pose with fan. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rexona’s tagline of DO MORE is embodied in the many different physical activities that were part of the fight expo. There were free Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai classes conducted by experts. The F.I.S.T. Gym setup booths for consultation, complete with mats and a ring.

UFC Father and son super fans Ari & Red Repalda play Tekken 6 for free at the first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo. It was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

UFC Father and son super fans Ari & Red Repalda play Tekken 6 for free at the first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo. It was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Participants got to play arcade games measuring punching strength and TEKKEN 6 absolutely free. Fans also had a chance to win a boxing glove signed by Manny Pacquiao through a contest for the most number of consecutive punches on a speedball.

Pacquiao signed glove is prize in Speedball contest. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pacquiao signed glove is prize in Speedball contest. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Flyweight Jomar Bislig of Spartacus (red) won over Argie Guiriba of Elorde Katipunan via unanimous decision. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Flyweight Jomar Bislig of Spartacus (red) won over Argie Guiriba of Elorde Katipunan via unanimous decision. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Amateur bouts in both boxing and MMA were also held. This is where the fight expo gives a real boost. Unlike running or basketball finding a safe venue for combat sports such as boxing and MMA are not as prevalent. You have to be a dedicated professional to get into the big events locally such as ONE FC, PXC. That’s IF you’re talented enough to do so. Those have international fighters and high-level competition.

from left: Welterweight Carl Jose Lalu of Tiger MMA (red) wins over Ken Menia of Espinosa MMA by split decision. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Welterweight Carl Jose Lalu of Tiger MMA (red) wins over Ken Menia of Espinosa MMA by split decision. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Middleweight Ramon Nabong III of Tiger MMA (red) wins over Jonathan Rice of Yawsa MMA via Armbar. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Middleweight Ramon Nabong III of Tiger MMA (red) wins over Jonathan Rice of Yawsa MMA via Armbar. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

SO if you’re an MMA practitioner or a weekend warrior who has a day job, doing it for the pure love of sport, where can you go to actually compete? MMA fights have to be supervised in a safe controlled manner. At the fight expo, Pinoy amateur MMA fighters gave a good account of themselves. The event may have been one of the few venues where they could show their skills and passion. People just visiting Eastwood Mall during the weekend who watched the fighters, witnessed the enormous technical mastery in strikes, wrestling and ground game that it takes even at the amateur level to win.

Rexona gave a boost to MMA and boxing by creating a venue for practitioners to compete. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rexona gave a boost to MMA and boxing by creating a venue for practitioners to compete. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

3 Champs from left: ‘King Arthur’ Villanueva- Int’l Super Flyweight Champ, : Genesis ‘Azukal’ Servania -WBO Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Champ and Jason ‘El Niño’ Pagara WBO Intl Light Welterweight. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

3 Champs from left: ‘King Arthur’ Villanueva- Int’l Super Flyweight Champ, : Genesis ‘Azukal’ Servania -WBO Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Champ and Jason ‘El Niño’ Pagara WBO Intl Light Welterweight. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

3 Boxing Champs + UFC Fighter Carlos Condit

If all the action wasn’t enough for you 3 Pinoy boxing champs: Genesis ‘Azukal’ Servania -WBO Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Champ, ‘King Arthur’ Villanueva– Int’l Super Flyweight Champ and Jason ‘El Niño’ Pagara WBO Intl Light Welterweight were also there. They not only had a meet and greet but shared their warm up, stretching exercises with participants.

Carlos Condit former UFC Interim Welterweight champion and WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit had a meet and greet session with fans in Eastwood Mall. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Carlos Condit former UFC Interim Welterweight champion and WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit had a meet and greet session with fans in Eastwood Mall. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Not long after former UFC Interim Welterweight champion, WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit, had a meet and greet session with fans. The day was a huge success with a bona fide UFC star in Condit touching base with his Filipino supporters. Condit was able to pose with super fan Ari Repalda and son Red.

UFC star Carlos Condit meets super fan Ari & son Red Repalda. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

UFC star Carlos Condit meets super fan Ari & son Red Repalda. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

RUN TO YOUR BEAT is the premiere running event in the country Photo from official Rexona Philippines facebook

RUN TO YOUR BEAT is the premiere running event in the country
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Rexona / Unilever Sports and beyond

Rexona has been a very active brand in sports development in the Philippines. UNILEVER the company that produces Rexona has a commitment to sports that can be seen through out their personal care brands.

RUN TO YOUR BEAT is the premiere running event in the country Photo from official Rexona Philippines facebook

RUN TO YOUR BEAT is the premiere running event in the country
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For several years now Rexona also supports and organizes RUN TO YOUR BEAT, which is the premiere running event in the country combining a widespread sport with music. Last June there was the CLEAR DREAM MATCH that brought Manchester United legendary players Andy Cole and Paul Schole. The exhibition match has been led by superstar footballers Phil & James Younghusband.

Followed by the Master Game Face Challenge where Chris Tiu and Marc Pingris led all stars from the PBA, NCAA and UAAP in an exhibition match. The Master Game Face Challenge also brought in NBA player Kevin Love for a half time exhibition show/skills challenge.

Rexona gave a boost to MMA and boxing by creating a venue for practitioners to compete. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rexona gave a boost to MMA and boxing by creating a venue for practitioners to compete. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Unilever however has far more brands than just REXONA, Master Facial Wash or CLEAR shampoo. Under the personal care branch are: Eskinol, Dove, Vaseline, Cream Silk, Tresemmé, AXE, Block & White and Pepsodent.

They produce popular home care products such as: Surf, Domex & Cif.

Rexona is only one of many top brands under the UNILEVER, AXE is also one of the successful brands in the personal care category. Photo from official AXE Philippines facebook.

Rexona is only one of many top brands under the UNILEVER, AXE is also one of the successful brands in the personal care category.
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In their food products division is one of my favorite homegrown Pinoy ice cream brands of all time: Selecta. The food division also includes kitchen essentials like: Knorr, Lady’s Choice, Best Foods. And top selling tea and iced tea mix: Lipton.

TJ Manotoc of THE SCORE, THE RUNDOWN and Jef Gaitan of BANANA NITE hosted the first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo. It was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

TJ Manotoc of THE SCORE, THE RUNDOWN and Jef Gaitan of BANANA NITE hosted the first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo. It was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Condit poses with Pinay fan who shoots a selfie. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Condit poses with Pinay fan who shoots a selfie. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

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3 Champs share their warm up and stretching techniques. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

3 Champs share their warm up and stretching techniques. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

IN THE CLINCH MMA Lightweight- Oyo Cruz of Xtreme Boxing Gym (blue) wins over Dik Lopez of Spartacus by split decision. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

IN THE CLINCH MMA Lightweight- Oyo Cruz of Xtreme Boxing Gym (blue) wins over Dik Lopez of Spartacus by split decision. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Corner of Welterweight Carl Jose Lalu of Tiger MMA (red) wins over Ken Menia of Espinosa MMA by split decision. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Corner of Welterweight Carl Jose Lalu of Tiger MMA (red) wins over Ken Menia of Espinosa MMA by split decision. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Genesis ‘Azukal’ Servania -WBO Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Champ and ‘King Arthur’ Villanueva- Int’l Super Flyweight Champ. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Carl Jose Lalu of Tiger MMA (red) on top and in the guard of Ken Menia of Espinosa MMA. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Carl Jose Lalu of Tiger MMA (red) on top and in the guard of Ken Menia of Espinosa MMA. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Carlos Condit poses with Pinay fan. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Fight fan works the punch-testing machine for free at the first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo. It was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fight fan works the punch-testing machine for free at the first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo. It was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dik Lopez of Spartacus lands right hook on Oyo Cruz of Xtreme Boxing Gym. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dik Lopez of Spartacus lands right hook on Oyo Cruz of Xtreme Boxing Gym. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Carlos Condit former UFC Interim Welterweight champion and WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit had a meet and greet session with fans in Eastwood Mall. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Carlos Condit former UFC Interim Welterweight champion and WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit had a meet and greet session with fans in Eastwood Mall. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ken Menia of Espinosa MMA (blue) lands a leg kick on Carl Jose Lalu of Tiger MMA (red) The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ken Menia of Espinosa MMA (blue) lands a leg kick on Carl Jose Lalu of Tiger MMA (red) The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

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TJ Manotoc of THE SCORE, THE RUNDOWN and Jef Gaitan of BANANA NITE hosted the first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo. It was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

TJ Manotoc of THE SCORE, THE RUNDOWN and Jef Gaitan of BANANA NITE hosted the first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo. It was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

Rexona gave a boost to MMA and boxing by creating a venue for practitioners to compete. The first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

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UFC Father and son super fans Ari & Red Repalda play Tekken 6 for free at the first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo. It was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista

UFC Father and son super fans Ari & Red Repalda play Tekken 6 for free at the first ever ABS CBN Sports & Action- Rexona Fight Expo. It was held last November 8, 2014 at the Eastwood City Open Area. Photo by Jude Bautista


CLEAR Helps Pinoy Football

CLEAR endorsers from left: James and Phil Younghusband at OUTBACK Steakhouse last June 4, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

CLEAR endorsers from left: James and Phil Younghusband at OUTBACK Steakhouse last June 4, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Immediately after coming from their 2nd place finish in the recently concluded Asian Football Confederation Cup, the AZKALS are already looking forward to the future. AZKALS team leaders Phil Younghusband together with brother James are the two official endorsers of the brand CLEAR from Unilever.

Photo from official CLEAR facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ClearPH?fref=photo

Photo from official CLEAR facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ClearPH?fref=photo

Young amateur footballers from around the country were selected to play with Manchester United legends. Photo from official CLEAR facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ClearPH?fref=photo

Young amateur footballers from around the country were selected to play with Manchester United legends. Photo from official CLEAR facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ClearPH?fref=photo

Phil explained how the company is able to help sports in general, “Unilever, CLEAR they’ve been so supportive of sports, of football. They have programs in basketball in running, in triathlon. In football, they’ve just been so supportive of the sport. Promoting the sport helps promote the people in that sport, helps me James and all of the players. I’m obviously very grateful and I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to just be the face of the products (CLEAR & REXONA). So it’s helped me on a personal level and its helped Philippine Football. They’ve helped Philippine football grow and make me happier than anything.”

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Photo from official CLEAR facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ClearPH?fref=photo

Jeman Villanueva shoots Phil Younghusband and Daisuke Sato at OUTBACK Steakhouse last June 4, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jeman Villanueva shoots Phil Younghusband and Daisuke Sato at OUTBACK Steakhouse last June 4, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

The upcoming CLEAR DREAM Match this Saturday June 7, 2014 at the University of Makati Stadium features two former Manchester United players in Paul Scholes and Andy Cole. Scholes has been part of several Manchester United Championship squads and will play for TEAM PHIL. Cole has scoring titles in nearly every year will be in TEAM JAMES.

Pinoy fans were behind their AZKALS through out the AFC Challenge Cup.

Pinoy fans were behind their AZKALS through out the AFC Challenge Cup.

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Photo from official CLEAR facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ClearPH?fref=photo

Paul Scholes is the quintessential Manchester United player having played his entire career from 1993 to 2013. He is considered as one of the best midfielders of his generation and is also one of the most colorful personalities as well.

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Photo from official CLEAR facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ClearPH?fref=photo

Andy Cole is the second highest goal scorer in Premiere League history with 187. Apart from Manchester United he has also played for Arsenal, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Manchester City. He was also considered as one of the highest paid players in the early 90s.

CLEAR endorsers from left: James and Phil Younghusband BOND at OUTBACK Steakhouse last June 4, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

CLEAR endorsers from left: James and Phil Younghusband BOND at OUTBACK Steakhouse last June 4, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Young amateur footballers from around the country were selected to play with Manchester United legends. Photo from official CLEAR facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ClearPH?fref=photo

Young amateur footballers from around the country were selected to play with Manchester United legends. Photo from official CLEAR facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ClearPH?fref=photo

News website INTERAKSYON reported the competing teams for the CLEAR DREAM MATCH will also be composed of amateur players specifically chosen and trained by Manchester United Soccer Schools coaches Kevin O’Connel and Jamie Fitzpatrick. The 6 were chosen from 32.

from right: Diane Castillejo chats with Simon Greatwich and James Younghusband at OUTBACK Steakhouse last June 4, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Diane Castillejo chats with Simon Greatwich and James Younghusband at OUTBACK Steakhouse last June 4, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Photo from official CLEAR facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ClearPH?fref=photo

Photo from official CLEAR facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ClearPH?fref=photo

The teams are a mix of national team players and the 6 from the development program sponsored by CLEAR last April. These are the kinds of development programs that search for future National team players for the AZKALS. The CLEAR DREAM MATCH ticket sales will also benefit the Tuloy Foundation, which aims to help street kids be integrated to mainstream society.

AZKALS  from left: Phil Younghusband with Daisuke Sato at OUTBACK Steakhouse last June 4, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

AZKALS from left: Phil Younghusband with Daisuke Sato at OUTBACK Steakhouse last June 4, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

A super save by AZKALS goalie Neil Etheridge during the AFC Challenge Cup.

A super save by AZKALS goalie Neil Etheridge during the AFC Challenge Cup.

AZKALS recent spate of wins was aired in ABS CBN Sports namely the AFC Challenge Cup, FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and Long Teng Cup in Taiwan. Fans should watch out for the Peace Cup to be aired later this year where the hold the title of defending champions.

Pinoy Fitness Writer Mars Callo shoots Phil Younghusband at OUTBACK Steakhouse last June 4, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pinoy Fitness Writer Mars Callo shoots Phil Younghusband at OUTBACK Steakhouse last June 4, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Map of University of Makati Stadium seat sections for CLEAR DREAM match. Photo from official CLEAR facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ClearPH?fref=photo

Map of University of Makati Stadium seat sections for CLEAR DREAM match. Photo from official CLEAR facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ClearPH?fref=photo

ABS CBN Sports has telecast the team’s rise to fame and success. This has been made evident with the Philippines having risen in the FIFA Rankings from a low of 216 in 2004 all the way to its current ranking of 127, which was achieved in February of this year.

AZKALS from left: Physio Therapist Wally Javier, Anton Del Rosario, PFF Sec Gen Atty Ed Gastanes, Team Mgr Dan Palami, ABS CBN Integrated Sports Dino Laurena and Kenshiro Daniels at OUTBACK Steakhouse last June 4, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

AZKALS from left: Physio Therapist Wally Javier, Anton Del Rosario, PFF Sec Gen Atty Ed Gastanes, Team Mgr Dan Palami, ABS CBN Integrated Sports Dino Laurena and Kenshiro Daniels at OUTBACK Steakhouse last June 4, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pinoy fans were behind their AZKALS through out the AFC Challenge Cup.

Pinoy fans were behind their AZKALS through out the AFC Challenge Cup.

Pinoy fans were behind their AZKALS through out the AFC Challenge Cup.

Pinoy fans were behind their AZKALS through out the AFC Challenge Cup.

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CLEAR endorsers from left: James and Phil Younghusband behind them are from left Goalie Coach Jorge Kuriyama and Asst. Coach Bruno Baltazar. Photo taken at OUTBACK Steakhouse last June 4, 2014 by Jude Bautista

CLEAR endorsers from left: James and Phil Younghusband behind them are from left Goalie Coach Jorge Kuriyama and Asst. Coach Bruno Baltazar. Photo taken at OUTBACK Steakhouse last June 4, 2014 by Jude Bautista

Pinoy fans were behind their AZKALS through out the AFC Challenge Cup.

Pinoy fans were behind their AZKALS through out the AFC Challenge Cup. 

Pinoy fans were behind their AZKALS through out the AFC Challenge Cup.

Pinoy fans were behind their AZKALS through out the AFC Challenge Cup.

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CLEAR endorser James Younghusband at OUTBACK Steakhouse last June 4, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

CLEAR endorser James Younghusband at OUTBACK Steakhouse last June 4, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista 

Pinoy fans were behind their AZKALS through out the AFC Challenge Cup.

Pinoy fans were behind their AZKALS through out the AFC Challenge Cup.

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from left: ABS CBN Integrated Sports Dino Laurena, ABS CBN Public Affairs Kathy Solis, Pinoy Fitness Writer Mars Callo, Writer Ibarra Mateo and Photojournalist Jude Bautista at OUTBACK Steakhouse last June 4, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Pinoy fans were behind their AZKALS through out the AFC Challenge Cup.

Pinoy fans were behind their AZKALS through out the AFC Challenge Cup.

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from left:  Coach Tom Dooley and Anton Del Rosario at OUTBACK Steakhouse last June 4, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Coach Tom Dooley and Anton Del Rosario at OUTBACK Steakhouse last June 4, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Pinoy fans were behind their AZKALS through out the AFC Challenge Cup.

Pinoy fans were behind their AZKALS through out the AFC Challenge Cup.

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