Summer can be intense, for busy moms like us… like me, specifically. But thanks to the awesome people at Women’s Health, I lived it up this summer and enjoyed a much-needed break from the monotony of the work-at-home mom lifestyle. Last April 14 & 15, 2012, Women’s Health sent me to Boracay to attend the 3rd Women’s Health Beauty and the Beach, a celebration of the magazine’s 3rd year anniversary.
I’m happy to report that the weekend was relaxing and rejuvenating, packed with fun fitness activities for the women who were there: empowered, confident and beautiful-at-any-stage women. (My little family also took the opportunity for an extended stay in Boracay, so we could spend some “us” time, just the three of us.)
Events and Activities
The 3rd Women’s Health Beauty and the Beach happened at the Pearl of the Pacific in Station 1. My family and I arrived in Boracay on the 13th, which we spent with each other traipsing the White Beach, drinking fruit shakes, scouting for foodie haunts, and taking things easy. Later on that day, I was able to register for the fitness/dance activities I wanted to attend. There were four classes all in all:
I signed up for the two morning events: The Hapa Haole Hula on April 14, and the Hatha Flow Yoga on the morning of the 15th.
The Hapa Haole Hula was pure fun. I’ve got two left feet, so you can imagine how ridiculous I looked. Still, I managed to dance the whole way through — an entire hour of choreographed moves, complete with leis and Hawaiian tunes, care of our fabulously foxy instructor Marlette Alano Besa.
The day was capped off with a Sunset Chillout Party and cocktails by the beach, where we got to mix and mingle with the amazing ladies (and gents!) behind Women’s Health. Of course, the cherry on top of the evening was getting the chance to meet and speak with Women’s Health Editor-in-Chief, Lara Parpan. Please forgive me for looking utterly unfit beside her.
Former DJ Hilary Isaac served as emcee for all the Beauty and the Beach events that weekend. During the party, she along with Women’s Health Editor-in-chief, Lara Parpan and Active Lifestyle Team Publisher Christine Ongteco, welcomed the guests. With them to toast to 3 awesome years of Women’s Health-Philippines were Summit Media Group’s Publisher; Ms. Ichi Acosta; Myrza Sison, Summit Media’s Editorial Director; and guest of honor, JG Summit President, Mr. Lance Gokongwei (of whom I am a huge fan!).
We also enjoyed refreshing cocktails throughout the night, created specially for the event by The Bar. The drinks were total respite from the intense heat of the day, and I was glad for the liquid comfort (our courage, whichever your preferred outcome is). Here’s my drink for the night:
The Hatha Flow Yoga the next day was just what I needed to start off my Sunday, but I have no photos of the session though, as I was completely engaged — loved it. Afterwards, we were also treated to free mani-pedis by the Boracay-based My Fish Spa, to complete our weekend of pampering and fitness.
And of course, the swag, which included goodies from the wellness and events sponsors: Kojie-San, The Bar, Gatorade Low Carb. Iberet, A! Life (which I highly recommend and regularly take as part of my supplement regimen).
Reading Women’s Health over the past three years has certainly revamped my perception of real beauty and wellness. It has influenced the way I draw up my family’s weekly menu and grocery list, and even how I take care of my body. At 33, I need all the help I can get to stay body-beautiful, in the manner that best suits my lifestyle as a work-at-home mom. So, thank you to the Women’s Health team, and congratulations on 3 stellar years! Here’s to more fit and fab Filipinas and readers, too!
Stay informed by following Women’s Health on Twitter: @WomensHealthPH, and by liking them on Facebook. Remember to grab your copy of April’s Women’s Health, featuring the staggeringly gorgeous Anne Curtis on the cover! Disclosure: I was sponsored by Women’s Health for this event.