How to join Toyota’s GR Supra GT Cup Asia

Do you want to experience speeding through the world’s famous racing circuits, driving no less than Toyota’s pure sports car the GR Supra? Have you ever dreamed of representing the Philippines and using your racing skills to bring honor to the country in an international motorsport event?

It’s now possible, and it can all happen online! Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) recently announced the launch of its first virtual motorsport competition, the GR Supra GT Cup Asia – Philippines. You may be the top esports racing champion that TMP is looking for to field against Asia’s racing champions.

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Cebu Marathon 2020 partners with New Balance

Now in its 12th year, Cebu Marathon 2020 has partnered with New Balance for the annual race. To mark the partnership, the race will hold “12 Happy-nings with New Balance,” 12 activities and events to be rolled out for next year’s run.

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Fox Racing supports Ride MTB Day 2019

Fox Racing, the global leader in MX and MTB gear and apparel, announced its continued support for the annual holiday of mountain biking known as “International Ride Mountain Bike Day” on July 20.

Globally recognized as #RIDEMTBDAY, the movement is composed of community-based events that take place around the globe with mountain bike brands, media, professionals, retailers, parks and local riders. They hold group rides, fundraisers, races and demos every July 20.

With promotion and support from a number of mountain bike brands, advocacy groups and athletes, the first annual #RIDEMTBDAY in 2018 included participants from over 40 countries. It generated tens of thousands of social media impressions.

Fox Ride Mountain Bike Day 2019

For 2019, Fox plans to take #RIDEMTBDAY to the next level by helping promote the day with even more industry partners around the world. Fox will be supporting a number of events globally and promoting the fact that #RIDEMTBDAY doesn’t belong to any one person or group.

To celebrate, Fox Racing Philippines partnered with R.O.X. and The Bike Playground in Quezon City and prepared activities fit for all ages. Activities like The Pump Track Challenge, Time Trial, Bike Clinic, Strider Cup and more will be held on that day.

Since this is the official day of mountain biking, the event will be joined by other brands as well. Brands like GT Cycles, BMC Bicycles, Shimano, Dan’s Bike Shop, Gran Trail Cycles, Columbia Sportswear, DC, Nalgene, Osprey, Sea to Summit, The North Face, and more.

To join, you may visit FOX SM City Cebu, FOX SM Seaside, or ROX Ayala. Or register online at Bring your bikes on July 20 and celebrate with us!

DC Shoes ramps up Go Skateboarding Day 2019 in Cebu with parade, meet and greet, contests

DC Shoes turned the Go Skateboarding Day 2019 in Cebu City into a spectacular celebration with a fun parade attended by celebrity riders Alexis Ramirez, Shaun Paul, Alex Lawton, and Cyril Jackson.

DC Philippines partnered with GRND Philippines and Stance PH as sponsor to give the Cebu skate scene an unforgettable Go Skateboarding Day yesterday, June 21,2019.

The day started with a skateboarding parade attended by sport enthusiasts in Cebu and other areas. Back in 2017, DC Shoes held the largest skateboarding parade and broke the Guinness World Record.

Friday’s epic event in Cebu began in the Fuente Osmeña Circle and ended in Plaza Independencia.

Alexis Ramirez, Shaun Paul, Alex Lawton, and Cyril Jackson.

MEET AND GREET. Fans line up to have posters, skateboards, shirts, and other items signed by Alexis Ramirez, Shaun Paul, Alex Lawton, and Cyril Jackson.

Strong skateboarding community

Speaking at a fan event held later in the evening, Lawton noted the strong skateboarding community in Cebu and said he was happy that they showed up for the day’s activities.

Paul, who answered streets when asked about his favorite skate spot, added it was “pretty cool” seeing a lot of people skating on the road.

The group held a special Q&A and poster signing with fans. A few had their skateboards signed by the DC riders.

DC Skateboarding Competition

Today, June 22, the fun continues with exciting contests designed to challenge skaters to test their limits.

First off is the Game of Skate where a skater will do a trick that a competitor has to follow. A skater who performs a move that another skater can’t duplicate gets a point.

DC GOSKATEBOARDING DAY. (From left) Alexis Ramirez, Shaun Paul, Alex Lawton, and Cyril Jackson during the Meet and Greet event at the Ayala Center Cebu.

DC GOSKATEBOARDING DAY. (From left) Alexis Ramirez, Shaun Paul, Alex Lawton, and Cyril Jackson during the Meet and Greet event at the Ayala Center Cebu.

Another contest is the Longest Gap Challenge, which requires players to Ollie over 5 skateboards cleanly to get to the next round. A skateboard is added after every round and the one who jumps over the most skateboards win.

In the Highest Ollie, participants must Ollie or hippie jump over the bars cleanly to get to the next round. One bar is added after every round and the skater who can do the most number of bars wins.

Skateboarding demo with DC riders

Later in the day is the DC Amateur Competition and Pro Demo featuring DC riders Ramirez, Paul, Lawton, and Jackson. The group will showcase their skills and perform. skateboarding tricks.

The DC Amateur Competition will be the day’s main event and involves one minute runs for participants. Their performance will be judged on technicality, consistency, and creativity. Cash prize of P20,000 and a one-year contract with DC Philippines await the competition champion.

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Alexis Ramirez, Shaun Paul, Alex Lawton, and Cyril Jackson

Naga City hosts inaugural Sun Life 5150 Triathlon Cebu

Cebu is the “crown jewel in Asia” when it comes to triathlons, a race organizer said Friday.

That is the reason why when Sun Life Financial Philippines and Sunrise Events decided to stage the first Sun Life 5150 Triathlon Cebu, they knew “this is where we should be,” said Princess Galura during Friday’s press conference for the event.

Galura, who is the General Manager of Sunrise Events, said the 5150 is the Ironman brand for the official Olympic distance of the triathlon. It covers 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike, and a 10-kilometer run.

Sun Life 5150 participants

All these segments will be done in host Naga City, said Galura. The City Government of Naga wanted all events within their boundaries so that they can have total control and jurisdiction in order to make sure participants are safe, she said. The event is also supported by the Cebu Provincial Government.

Princess Galura Sun Life 5150 Triathlon Cebu
SUN LIFE 5150 TRIATHLON CEBU. Sunrise Events General Manager Princess Galura talks about the inaugural Sun Life 5150 Triathlon Cebu to be held in Naga City on Sunday.

Galura said in Friday’s press briefing that there will be 300 participants on Sunday, including 7 professionals. The number also includes those who are joining the Go for Gold sprint distance.

She said the 5150 allows veterans to race and prepare for the longer Ironman event in Cebu later in the year. It also offers newbies who want to take up the sport an event to try things out.

Celebrities who will be joining the race include Sun Life ambassadors Piolo Pascual, his son Iñigo and fellow celebrities Paul Jake Castillo, who is a Cebuano, and Enchong Dee.

Handog Palangoy with Enchong Dee

Before the race, Dee will hold a swimming clinic called Sun Life Handog Palangoy on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Forty kids under the non-government organization Feed The Children will undergo the clinic led by Dee and other members of the Sun Life Tri Team.

“At Sun Life, we believe that preparation is key to a brighter future, especially with the many surprises that life may throw our way. This is perfectly exemplified in Handog Palangoy and Enchong’s cause,” said Sun Life Foundation Executive Director Kristine Millete.

There will also be a mangrove planting at 6 a.m. on the same day.

Sun Life Tri Team
SUN LIFE TRI TEAM. Members of the Sun Life Tri Team bannered by brand ambassador Piolo Pascual (center).

The 5150 triathlon is held as part of Sun Life Financial Philippines’ health and wellness efforts, said Sun Life Financial Philippines Institutional and Client Marketing Head Carla Chong. It seeks to encourage people to adopt a healthy lifestyle and undertake multi-sport training for fitness.

Sun Life health, wellness journey

Chong discussed Sun Life programs and products that cater to various needs of people, from wellness to investment to retirement, among others.

“At Sun Life, we aim to provide Filipinos different avenues to enrich their health and wellness journey, whether they are already deep into their fitness goals or are just discovering their passion for it,” said Sun Life Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa.

Sun Life employees will also be joining the event, including Business Development Managers Herbert Juaneza and Hilario Malapad, Sales Training and Development Head Ged Custodia, and Training Manager Aslagan Cuyugan. All these employees are Ironman finishers and are competing in the individual category.

Hunat Sugbo returns for 9th year; organizers move to cut down trash

A fun run started by a hotel to call for justice in the killing of its top official is now on its 9th year. Hunat Sugbo has also taken on Cebu Parklane ‘s advocacy for protecting the environment.

The annual Hunat Sugbo is meant to encourage a healthy lifestyle, said Cebu Parklane International Hotel General Manager Cenelyn Manguilimotan. It also serves as venue to raise funds for the hotel’s medical missions,

Starting this year, they will ask runners to bring their own water bottles to cut down on the use of paper cups along the race route, she said. Manguilimotan, who is also a runner, said she notices large amounts of garbage, especially water cups, after every run.

Cebu Parklane recently announced its #ParklaneEcoWatch campaign. It includes regular cleanup drives, including along the Luyang River in Carmen, and a focus on cutting down on single-use plastic.

HUNAT SUGBO ORGANIZERS. Seated from left are Hunat Sugbo Chairman Nicanor Nacorda, Cebu Parklane General Manager Cenelyn Manguilimotan and Race Director Joel Baring. Standing are (from left) members of the hotel marketing team Trixie Raboy, Patricia Anne Alturas, Ervin Limpag, Marketing Manager Jaybee Flores Aquino, and Reena Cañada.

Manguilimotan said encouraging runners to bring their own hydration bottles is part of that campaign.

Hunat Sugbo will be held on June 23, said Hunat Sugbo Chairman Nicanor Nacorda. The run categories are 3K, 6K, 12K, and 21K. Registration fees are P400 for 3K, P500 for 6K, P750 for 12K, and P900 for 21K.

Nacorda said more than 200 signed up during the early bird registration in January. He said that was a record for the run. These runners got a special shirt.

Nacorda asked those planning to join 12K and 21K to register early because they will no longer be adding slots to these distances. He said they set aside 500 slots for 12K and 700 slots for 21K.

Hunat Sugbo Race Routes

Race Director Joel Baring said there are no significant changes to the race routes. He said the race will start at 4 a.m. and will have cold water stations as well as Pocari Sweat stations for runners.

Hunat Sugbo registration will open today at the hotel lobby. Nacorda said registration is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. They will accept signups in SM City Cebu from May 27 to June 9 and in Ayala Center Cebu from June 10 to June 21.

Manguilimotan said those who finish 12K and 21K will get finishers’ medals. Baring said they will be using timing chips for these 2 distances.

SM to stage 9th SM2SM run; huge prizes, premium raffle items at stake

For the 9th year, SM Cebu City will be holding the much-awaited SM2SM Run on February 17.

With over P600,000 in cash prizes and premium items like phones and TV sets to be raffled off, the SM2SM Run is the biggest running event in southern Philippines and one of the top events in the country.

“We just want people to have fun,” said Marissa Fernan, SM Prime Holdings Inc. Vice President. She said the run offers Cebuanos an avenue for a healthy activity that will also take them around Cebu City.

SM2SM Fun Run
FUN RUN. SM Prime Holdings Inc. Vice President Marissa Fernan talks about the SM2SM Run during a press conference. With her is Race Director Joel Baring.


SM City Cebu, said Fernan, is the only mall in the country that has consistently hosted a high quality running event like the SM2SM Run.

Race Director Joel Baring said they are hoping to sign up 6,000 to 7,000 runners this year. Last year’s edition had 5,000 runners.

Since registration was opened on December 15, 1,000 have already signed up, organisers said.

Registration fees for the run are P950 for the 21K, P750 for the 12K, P650 for the 8K, and P550 for the 4K. Students and persons with disabilities can get P100 discount in all categories by presenting their school IDs or PWD IDs. A group of 10 registrants can get 1 free slot. Registration is ongoing at the booth on the 2nd level of SM City Cebu Northwing, near Metro Dental and Flawless.

SM2SM Run Medals
FINISHERS’ MEDALS. Those who finish 21K and 12K will get these medals.


Those who sign up for Age Categories will need to submit a photocopy of a government ID.

Gun starts for the respective distances are 4 am for 21K, 4:30 am for 12K, 5 am for 8K, and 5:30 am for 4K. The route will cover Mabolo, Banilad, University of San Carlos Talamban, Lahug, University of the Philippines, Capitol, Fuente Osmeña, Plaza Independencia, and Sergio Osmeña Boulevard.

All 21K and 12K runners will have timing chips and will receive finishers’ medals if they complete their event.

SM2SM offers the most lucrative prizes among events in the country. The Male and Female 1st placers of the 21K Open Category will each receive P50,000. The 2nd placers will get P30,000 each while the 3rd placers will receive P20,000. Those who finish from 4th to 10th will each get P3,000.

WIDELY-ANTICIPATED. The SM2SM Run is the biggest in this part of the country. Present during today’s press conference are SM City Cebu Marketing Officer Donna Lobingco, Race Director Joel Baring, SM Prime Holdings Inc. Vice President Marissa Fernan, and Marketing Manager Annalee Flores.


Top male and female finishers of the 12K Open Category will each get P20,000. The 2nd placers will each receive P10,000 and the 3rd placers P8,000.

Apart from these prizes for top runners, SM2SM Run will be raffling off 9 Samsung Galaxy 9, 9 LED TV sets, and 9 trip packages outside the country. Fernan said they are still talking to a potential partner for 9 roundtrip tickets abroad.

SM2SM Run Route

SM2SM Run Route

Milo-FCB Road to Barcelona trains kids football skills, values

More than just skills, participants to Milo Philippines’ Road To Barcelona will be taught the values of humility, effort, ambition, respect, and teamwork, officials said in a press conference at the Cebu Parklane International Hotel today.

About 160 boys and girls from all over the country will gather at the Cebu City Sports Centre this weekend for a football camp by coaches from the renowned FC Barcelona Youth Academy. The Road To Barcelona, a partnership between Milo and FC Barcelona, is now on its 2nd year.

The participants, who are all from 10 to 12 years old, will be trained to play football the “Barca way” by Jordi Aguilar and Albert Batalla. That involves training on ball skills, keeping possessions, and the vaunted tiki-taka system of possession play and passes, Aguilar said.

Milo Road to Barcelona
ROAD TO BARCELONA. Leading today’s press launch in Cebu of the Milo-FCB Road to Barcelona Philippines Camp are (from left) Robbie De Vera, MILO Consumer Marketing Manager; Albert Batalla Fernandez, FCB Youth Academy Coach; Ethan Jacob Roxas, MILO-FCB 2017 Delegate; Jordi Aguilar Roca, FCB Youth Academy Coach; Nimrod Quinones, Cebu Football Association Board Member; and Michael Reyes, Assistant Organizer.


Values of teamwork

But more than these skills are values like teamwork, Aguilar said. As example, he cited their practice of a group celebration of victories and goals to recognize that achievements are by group effort and not of the individual alone.

Milo Philippines will pick 7 players from the 160 that it will bring to Spain for a 9-day training camp in Camp Nou in Barcelona, the home of FC Barcelona.

Milo Philippines Consumer Marketing Manager Robbie de Vera said, “Milo is very excited and honored to continue its advocacy to get more kids into sports and help advance Philippine football with FC Barcelona. Our goal for this year is to further enrich the ‘Road to Barcelona’ experience by reaching more Filipino kids and reinforcing the values that encourage more kids to dream big and become champions in life.”

The event is done in partnership with the Cebu Football Association (CFA).

Improve local football

CFA board member Nimrod Quiñones said events like Road to Barcelona help improve the level of local football. He said local coaches will be helping during the 2-day camp and would also be picking up lessons and tips that they will bring to their respective clubs and schools.

Quiñones said during the press conference that there is noticeable improvement in the skills of the current crop of young football players compared with their age group a few years back. He credited this to programs like those undertaken by Milo.

Milo Road To Barcelona
ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EXPERIENCE. Ethan Jacob Roxas, who was one of those picked to join the FC Barcelona training camp last year, shares his experience in today’s press launch.



De Vera said they will pick the players to bring to Spain based on an evaluation process that takes into account 70% values and 30% skills.

Organizers said Cebu was chosen to host the event because it is among the football hotbeds in the country. The province has the most number of licensed football coaches, de Vera said. It also had the most number of participants to the program, he added.

Also present in today’s press conference was Ethan Jacob Roxas of Paref-Springdale. Roxas was among the players brought to Spain by Milo in the inaugural Road To Barcelona last year. Roxas said the program allows young football players like him play with athletes on a higher skills level.

Parklane running event Hunat Sugbu returns for 8th year

Cebu Parklane International Hotel will hold the 8th edition of its yearly running event Hunat Sugbu on June 24, 2018.

Hunat Sugbu, otherwise known as Dagan Para ni Maning, is a commemorative run organized by the hotel in honor of its late president, Mr. Manuel G. Ting.

First organized in May 15, 2011, the run serves as a tribute to Mr. Ting and one of the company’s major corporate social responsibility projects at the same time. Proceeds of the run will be donated to a medical mission in partnership with Jesu Christi.

Hunat Sugbu 8 will start and end at The Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu. It will have four distance categories: 3k, 6k, 12k, 21k. Joel Baring serves as race director.

HUNAT SUGBO 8. Nicanor Nacorda, Hunat Sugbo chairman, talks about the annual run by Cebu Parklane International Hotel. With him during the press conference are Parklane General Manager Cenelyn Manguilimotan and race director Joel Baring.

Giveaways, raffle prizes

A scrumptious meal as well as giveaways and raffle items await all runners at the finish line. Water stations will be manned by the different departments of Cebu Parklane International Hotel to assure adequate hydration for all runners.

Race medals.

For a more effective and fast paced result for the runners, Parklane will use timing chips for the 12K and 21K categories. The chip will be distributed upon registration.

Throughout the years, the number of runners joining Hunat Sugbu has increased. As of 2017, Parklane registered a record 2,000 participants. It is targeting 2,200 runnings for this year.

Registration is now ongoing at the Parklane lobby. For more details, check out

Hunat Sugbo race singlet


Hunat Sugbo 8 race route

Hunat Sugbo 8 race route

SM2SM Run 2018 adds age categories, offers bigger prizes

The SM2SM Run returns for the eighth straight year with a new route, bigger prizes, open and age categories, and newer shirt and medal designs.

Race organizer Joel Baring said the SM2SM Run on February 18, 2018 will feature the 21k, 12k, 8k, and 4k categories but only those joining the two longest distances will get medals and have timing chips.

This will be the first time in the yearly running event that the 21k and 12k distances will carry the 40-49 and 50 and above categories, he added. The event was launched last January 24 with SM Prime Holdings Inc. Vice President Marissa Fernan and SM Supermalls Assistant Vice President for Marketing Jenjen Amigo in attendance.

MEDALS. Finishers of 21K and 12K in the SM2SM Run will receive these medals.

Encourage running

Fernan said she couldn’t believe how far they have gone after organizing the run for eight years. She said the SM to SM run was able to encourage people to start running and provide the Cebuano running community a quality race to look forward to yearly.

Beneficiaries of this year’s run are the Cebu Newspaper Workers Foundation and the Cebu City Task Force on Street Children.

According to Baring, they expect around 7,000 runners to sign up for the event.

SM Prime Holdings Inc. Vice President Marissa Fernan and race organizer Joel Baring during a press conference held for the SM2SM Run.

SM2SM Run prizes

The first male and female runners in the 21k open category will get P50,000 each. Other prizes in the same category: P30,000 for second placers, P20,000 for third placers, P3,000 for the fourth to 10th placers.

Cash prizes also await the top 3 foreign runners in the 21k open category (P15,000 – P10,000 – P7,000 for first to third) and 12k category (P10,000 – P7,000 – P5,000 for first to third).

The top 3 male and female runners in the 21k age categories will get the following prizers: P10,000 for first place, P5,000 for second place, and P3,000 for third place.

On the other hand, the 12k open category lists the following prizes: P20,000 (first place), P10,000 (second place), P8,000 (third place), P2,000 (4th to 10th). The 12k winners in the age categories will get: P5,000 (1st place), P3,000 (2nd place), P2,000 (3rd place).

Gun time, race route

Gun time is 4:00 a.m. for 21k, 5:00 a.m. for 12k, and 5:15 for the 8k and 4k distances. Depending on the distance, the race route will include such roads as S. Osmeña Boulevard, Osmeña Boulevard from Plaza Independencia up to the Provincial Capitol, Escario St., Gorordo Avenue, Salinas Drive, Archbishop Reyes Ave. up to Family Park, and Pope John Paul II Avenue.

The run will accept registrants only up to February 14 at the registration area outside of iStore in the 2nd level of the Northwing Atrium.

SM2SM Run route

Each runner will get a breakfast meal, loot bag, and ticket for the raffle draw.

Exciting prizes will be raffled off during the SM2SM Run, including 8 Cathay Pacific Cebu-Hong Kong roundtrip tickets, 8 Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and 8 Samsung LED TVs.

Cebuano football player journeys to FC Barcelona

A 10-year-old Cebuano football player had a once-in-a-lifetime experience of attending special training sessions with FC Barcelona legend Eric Abidal and other top club players.

Ethan Jacob Roxas of Paref Springdale was among a group of 55 young international players from different countries, including Australia, Colombia, Jamaica, New Zealand, Tahiti, Thailand, Singapore, and Panama that was part of the MILO FCB Road to Barcelona.

The program culminated in a 9-day journey of extraordinary football opportunities, multicultural camaraderie, and unforgettable memories for the very first Philippine delegation.

MILO FCB Road to Barcelona
INCOMPARABLE EXPERIENCE. Ethan Roxas ((left) with FC Barcelona legend Eric Abidal, who headed an exclusive training session which the Philippine team joined.

Making friends

Roxas said he made friends with kids his age from all around the world—which is what he considers to be the ultimate highlight of his trip to Spain.

“Making friends with other young football players from different countries gave me different perspectives about the sport. What I learned from them helped me become not only a better player, but also a better person altogether,” Roxas said.

He has been playing football since he was 4 and loves the game because it allows him to learn how to work together with other kids. When asked what advice he can give to other young Cebuano players who are interested to try out for next year’s MILO FCB Training Camp, he said, “There are three things to keep in mind: be yourself, don’t feel pressured, and most importantly, enjoy the whole experience.”

MILO FCB Road to Barcelona
PARTNERS IN BUILDING CHAMPIONS. The MILO FCB Philippine delegation headlined the launch year of the four-year global partnership.

Football community growing

His father, transplant surgeon Alvin Roxas said, “Sports is important for children to learn life values. It instills discipline and allows them to learn how to relate with other kids. This is why Ethan has our full support. We see his passion and want nothing else but to see him thrive and succeed in his football journey.”

“The football community is growing in leaps and bounds. Now, nearly every school in Cebu has a football team. I encourage all parents to get their kids into sports by finding a good team and coach that will harness their talents,” Dr. Roxas said.

MILO FCB Road to Barcelona

MILO Sports programs, including Road to Barcelona, offer kids a chance to showcase their athletic excellence, determination and drive in the national arena, and give them the opportunity to enhance their talents further in the international stage. (Press Release)

This Christmas, New Year, give the gift of fitness with Fitbit

Whether as a reward for yourself for a great year or a gift to loved ones, Fitbit watches are the perfect fitness giveaway. Start your Christmas shopping by checking out activity trackers from Fitbit, the leading global wearables brand.

With the Flex 2, Alta HR and Charge 2 trackers, your loved ones will surely get moving, stay active and achieve their fitness goals in no time. A key component of Fitbit is its gamification of meeting fitness goals with badges and a community feature to track workouts of group members and post these on a leaderboard of friends and colleagues.

Flex it out

Fitbit Flex 2
Fitbit Flex 2

Perfect for those who like to hit the gym and head out for a swim, the Fitbit Flex 2 is Fitbit’s slimmest tracker.

The Fitbit Flex 2 (P5,490) is Fitbit’s first-ever swim-proof fitness wristband that also offers alternative accessories like bands, metal bangles and pendants (in gold, rose gold and silver), allowing you to wear this activity tracker as a stand-out accessory.

Have it Alta

Fitbit Alta HR
Fitbit Alta HR

Fan-favorite Fitbit Alta recently got a makeover in the form of Fitbit Alta HR (8,490.00). Perfect for fashionistas who are just beginning to find their fit, the world’s slimmest wrist-based, continuous heart rate tracking device. Alta HR comes in interchangeable leather and metal accessory bands perfect for meetings, soirees or holiday functions. This stylish band is also available in special edition gunmetal and rose gold bands.

Charge up your life

For those who want to take their fitness goals to the next level, Fitbit offers the Fitbit Charge 2 (P8,490). In addition to PurePulse heart rate tracking, the Fitbit Charge 2 features connected GPS so you can track your running routes. It is equipped with a larger display for an enhanced exercise experience that include new health and fitness tools, smart notifications you need most, and interchangeable bands that easily let you go from a workout to a night out.

Fitbit Charge 2
Fitbit Charge 2

One of the Fitbit Charge 2’s amazing features is “Relax,” offering personalized, deep-breathing sessions that calm your mind and body. No matter how busy or stressed out you are, Fitbit’s “Relax” feature will help put you at ease. The Fitbit Charge 2 also helps you better understand your fitness level and improve over time with a personalized “Cardio Fitness Score.”

This feature-packed tracker is available in special edition lavender and gunmetal.

Check out Fitbit at Philippine retailers Digital Walker, Beyond the Box, select Toby’s stores, iBOOK, Ambassador, Timeline, iCenter, Mobile1, iGadget World, Globe and The Inbox Stores.
Follow Fitbit Philippines on Facebook and Instagram, and visit the Fitbit website for more details. (Press Release)

Primary Homes holds 3rd Dragon Boat event, launches Terra Manna in Argao

A third installment Dragons in Argao by Primary Homes, Inc. is happening from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. this September 30, 2017 at Terra Manna-Argao in Barangay Suba of the historic town of Argao.

Terra Manna-Argao is a new Primary Homes venture geared towards travellers and backpackers, and it will serve as jump-off point for three exciting Dragon Boat race categories.

Terra Manna offers the comforts of a modern accommodation at affordable rates. Various activities are also in store for guests.

Dragon Boat race categories

The third Dragons in Argao includes two fun-filled events: the Argao inter-barangay Dragon Boat clinic and competition and the Dragon Boat competition.

The Dragon Boat competition has three categories: 300-meter Short Boat Open, 300-meter Short Boat Mixed, and the 300-meter Barangay category.

Registration fee is P400 per person and includes the official event jersey and lunch pack.

Dragons in Argao 3
DRAGONS IN ARGAO 3. Coach Nonnie Lopez (3rd from left), regional director of the Philippine Sports Commission, answers a question during the press conference for the Dragons in Argao 3 Dragon Boat Competition. With him are (from left) Rudney Alforque, sales manager of Terra Manna Argao; Roger Paller, executive assistant to Argao Mayor Stanley Caminero; and Randy Su, commissioner of the Cebu Sports Commission.

Acoustic Nights

From Sept. 21-30, 2017, Terra Manna-Argao will host Acoustic Nights. Food and drinks will be served and a socials night held on the last day as a tribute to the Dragons.

This event is part of the series of festivities leading up to annual fiesta of the Municipality of Argao.

This annual competition is presented by PrimaryHomes, Inc., Terra Manna-Argao, and Dragon Boat Cebu Central.

Registration details

For registration inquiries, you may call Randy at ‪0917-6262-621‬. For hotel bookings and other inquiries, you may contact Zhy at ‪0922-654-6375‬ or Trina at ‪0922-9060-804‬.

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Gear up for your trail run with newest Salomon collection

Just in time for the Salomon X-Trail Run 2017 Cebu leg, the brand unveiled two groundbreaking footwear collections that will elevate and enhance the experience of runners.

Built for maximum endurance, the SLAB and SENSE Collections made its debut this this season.

Recommended for hardcore runners and athletes such as those who are participating in the 21km event, the top-of-the-line SLAB collection features three remarkable trail running footwear that are made to withstand the harshest conditions.

This line includes the S/LAB Speed, which delivers a low stance, aggressive grip, and fast draining to help make the hazards of fell running a lot more manageable; the S/LAB Sense 6, which was developed to offer extreme racing performance with zero compromise; and the S/LAB Sense 6 SG, an ideal choice for those who encounter wet and muddy trails on a regular basis.

Drawing inspiration from the SLAB Collection, the SENSE Collection features an equally fierce range of technologies amid its lightweight design sensibilities. Perfect for city runners embarking on their first trail run with the 11km category, the SENSE Collection offers two designs that are built for lasting comfort and agility.

Salomon Sense Pro 2
Salomon Sense Pro 2

Sure to help runners find the perfect balance on and off the trails with its light, sensitive touch and well-rounded cushioning and protection is the Sense Pro 2. On the other hand, the eye-catching Sense Marin proves that there’s more to it than meets the eye with its Sensifit technology, shock absorbing properties, and reinforced toe cap and higher lugs for long-lasting protection.

Founded in 1947 amid the breathtaking Alps of Annecy France, Salomon has always been rooted in elevating the outdoor encounters of those who see nature as a vast playground.

As it returns for its 6th consecutive year of the Salomon X-Trail Run Pilipinas, no less than a trailblazing experience awaits those who dare to “Run the Path of Most Resistance.”


Global Cebu forges scoreless draw with FC Manila Sparks

Global Cebu again turned to keeper Patrick Deyto for a scoreless draw against a determined FC Manila Sparks in their Philippines Football League match at the Cebu City Sports Center last Saturday.

Manila still leads the league with 41 points. Global Cebu is second with 34.

Manila had the best chance of the game when Australian attacker Tahj Minniecon latched on to a Curt Dizon ball and fired low to the left of Patrick Deyto. The Azkal read it perfectly and redirected the ball to safety.

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FC Manila Sparks still leads the Philippines Football League with 41 points. Global Cebu is second with 34. (Photo by Albert Flores)

The second half began with a steady rain that made conditions on the natural grass turf even dicier. Meralco’s Alvin Sarmiento had a massive chance for an opener but he shot straight at Deyto from the right flank in the 56th minute.

Seven minutes later Minniecon produced a dazzling run into the defense of Global but he shot wide as Global’s defense scrambled back.

Minutes later substitute Misagh Bahadoran was booked after an altercation with Sarmiento.

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RUFO Sanchez tries to curl in an attempt at the FC Manila Sparks goal. (Photo by Albert Flores)

Global surged forward in the endgame and came close with two set pieces late in the match but the Manila defense of Milan Nikolic, Joaco Cañas and Lee Jeong Min held. The goalless draw is the third in seven league matches at CCSC.

“The usual fast transition of Global was evident in the last twenty minutes and we had a hard time managing it,” admitted Manila coach Aris Caslib.

The former Azkals mentor also lauded the 4,850-strong home crowd in the Queen City.

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Global Cebu keeper Patrick Deyto makes another save to keep the game a draw. (Photo by Albert Flores)

“There were a lot of kids watching, which is good because the effect of this will be long-term.”

Cebu coach Akbar Nawas was effusive in his praise for Deyto, who earned Man Of The Match honors.

“He has saved us a lot throughout the season,” said the Singaporean.

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RAIN. The second half began with a steady rain that made conditions on the natural grass turf more difficult.

“Both teams played it safe,” said the keeper. “It’s hard to take risks in this kind of game.”

New Meralco signing David Fornea (also known as David Pusing), got his PFL debut when he checked in for Connor Tacagni in the last ten minutes.

Tyler Matas kept alive his incredible streak of playing every single minute of the season with another 90 minute shift. He has played 28.5 hours of football this season.

More photos of the Global Cebu vs. FC Manila Sparks game


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Paul Mulders (no. 7) mounts an attack. (Photo by Albert Flores)


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Bloodied, blurred Milan Melindo batters Hekki Budler to keep belt

With cuts in both eyes and unable to see in one, Milan Melindo soldiered on to beat a game Hekki Budler to keep his IBF junior flyweight crown in the main event of Pinoy Pride 42 at the Watefront Hotel and Casino.

Melindo, who admitted in the post-fight press con that he had blurry vision in one eye due to the blood oozing from a cut, won on two judges’ scorecards, 117-110 and 115-112, while the third judge had it 115-113 for the South African.

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Milan Melindo parries an attack by Hekki Budler during the main event of Pinoy Pride 42. (Photo by Albert Flores)

Melindo improved to 37-2 with 13 KOs, while Budler dropped to 31-2.

In the undercard, a lackluster Jason Pagara earned a split draw with late-replacement James Onyango. Pagara, who looked sluggish and was back-pedaling in the latter rounds, is now 40-2-1, while Onyango is now 23-11-1.

Pagara scored two knockdowns early in the fight but in the latter rounds, it was the Kenyan who had Pagara’s number, making the ALA fighter look slow as he connected at will.

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Milan Melindo admitted he had blurry vision in one eye due to blood from a cut. (Photo by Albert Flores)

One judge saw it 114-113 for Onyango, while another had it 115-113 for Pagara. The third judge saw it an even 114-114.

On the other hand, Zorro Sultan scored the biggest win of the night, beating two-time champion Joehn Reil Casimero by majority decision in their IBF junior bantamweight eliminator. Sultan controlled the fight from the fourth round as Casimero resorted to looking for a one-punch knockout win.

Sultan won 117-111, 116-112, 115-113, to improve to 13-3, while Casimero dropped to 24-3.

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LOOKING FOR A KNOCKOUT. Zorro Sultan (left) beat two-time champion Joehn Reil Casimero. Manager Sammy Gello-ani said Casimero did not follow his corner’s instructions and “reverted to his old self of looking for a one-punch knockout.” (Photo by Albert Flores)

“The instruction of the corner wasn’t followed and he reverted to his old self of looking for a one-punch knockout,” said Casimero’s manager Sammy Gello-ani. “But this could be a blessing in disguise also for Casimero because all of the champions are avoiding him.”

With the win, Sultan will now become the mandatory challenger of IBF junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas.


More photos of Pinoy Pride 42 (all photos by Albert Flores)


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Global Cebu FC fails to break Davao Aguilas defense, settles for draw

Global Cebu FC wasted a golden chance to go on top after settling to a scoreless draw against a gritty Davao Aguilas at the Cebu City Sports Center in the Philippines Football League.

Global Cebu remains at second place with 21 points, two off leaders Meralco Manila, which saw its unbeaten streak ending in embarrassing fashion with a 7-0 loss to the rampaging Ceres Negros.

A win would have put Global on top on goal difference over Meralco.

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Matt Hartmann splits the Davao defense. (Photo by Albert Flores)

“The players tried really hard but Davao was better organized on defense and they were able to adjust well,” said Global Cebu coach Marjo Allado.

Global Cebu controlled the pace of the match but couldn’t break through in the final third. Misagh Bahadoran, who had two against the Stallions, was ineffective up front, while Sekou Sylla, who came in the second half for Paolo Bugas, couldn’t get past Keeper Marko Trkulja.

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Davao Aguilas Jordan Jarvis receives his citation from the Sportswriters Association of Cebu or SAC for making the national u19 team. (Photo by Albert Flores)

The Davao custodian, who was named the Man of the Match, also collected a last-minute header off Sylla deep in injury time to preserve the draw.

“I’m very happy getting the Man of the match but it was the team that helped me make those saves,” said Trkulja.

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Shu Sasaki (25) tries to get past his defender. (Photo by Albert Flores)

Shu Sasaki, whose bicycle kick capped Global Cebu’s 3-0 win over the Stallions, also had a brilliant chance but his first touch off a lovely through ball from Paul Mulders was just too strong.

“Obviously very happy with the results today compared to the last time. They were very organized and Trkilja managed the back four very well,” said Davao coach Gary Philippis, whose team lost to Kaya FC, 5-1, at home in their last game.

More photos of the match by Albert Flores

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Organique fields triathlon team to help spread word on acai berry drink

US-based company Organique unveiled Tuesday its triathlon team as part of a marketing effort to spread word on the benefits of its acai berry-based health drink.

The company, founded in 2008 by couple Joseph and Catherine Salimbangon, bottles and distributes a health drink based on the acai berry.

“Aca berries are considered superfood, a term used to describe nutrient-rich food that is good for one’s health,” the company said.

During the unveiling of the team, Organique marketing director Lerma Mendoza touted the health benefits of the acai berry and their drink supplement. The berry, which grows in the Amazon River, has a high concentration of anti-oxidants that can offer a myriad of health benefits, Mendoza said.

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ACAI BERRY DRINK. Organique touts its acai berry drink as having a myriad of health benefits. It is available in Watsons, Mercury Drug, 7Eleven and Landers Superstore. Its latest product is the freeze dried acai capsule.

Boost wellness

She said the acai berry helps improve one’s health and boosts overall wellness.

Ms. Salimbangon, on the other hand, assured consumers of the highest quality of their products. She used to work as a nurse in the US before she decided to embark on the business with her husband, an IT professional.

She said they were already drinking acai berry and were convinced of its health benefits that’s why they decided to turn it into a business.

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ORGANIQUE TRIATHLON TEAM. The group of triathletes supported by the company placed 3rd in the recent Dipolog 104 Triathlon. At the center are Organique marketing director Lerma Mendoza (seated, 3rd from left) and founder Catherine Salimbangon.

Organique triathlon team

As one way to help market the product, Organique decided to sponsor a triathlon team. The Organique Triathlon Team has 18 members – local athletes mostly with day jobs. Its members compete individually or as a team in various events.

This early, the team has already made its mark, finishing 3rd overall against the country’s top teams during the Dipolog 104 Triathlon. They are competing in future races all over the country, notably the coming Ironman event in Cebu.

Members of the team said they benefit from their regular drinking of Organique Acai Berry.

Run to support ERUF by joining Marco Polo Plaza Cebu fun run

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu will once again hold a run to support the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation or ERUF.

The Run for ERUF Year 2 will be held on April 30 and will have the following distances: 1K, 3K, 6K, and 12K.

Registration fees are P200 for 1K, P400 for 3K, P500 for 6K. amd P600 for 12K. The 1K distance is made available for families who would want to join with their kids or grandparents.

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Support ERUF services

All proceeds of the run will go to ERUF. Last year’s successful Run for ERUF gathered 900 runners and raised P130,000 to support ERUF’s continuous services to the community.

Assembly time for the run is 4 a.m. at the hotel tennis court located near the parking lot. Gun start will be at 5 a.m. Each participant will get a race kit, which includes a singlet, race bib and refreshments which they can claim after the run.

The first 100 finishers in the 12K category will get a finisher’s medal. After the race, awarding will follow with special prizes and cash prizes for the top winners of each category.

ERUF has always assisted the hotel in various events, promoting safety and security to Marco Polo Plaza’s guests and associates.

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SUPPORTING ERUF. Last year’s successful Run for ERUF gathered 900 runners and raised P130,000 to support ERUF’s continuous services to the community.


“They value life, encourage volunteerism and because they serve so others might live, we are showing them how we value their efforts for the community through this run,” the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu press statement said.

Registration will be at Marco Polo Plaza Hospitality Desk. You can call (63 2) 253-1111 local 8249 or email [email protected]. From April 16 to 29, you can also register at the 2nd Floor of Ayala Center Cebu Active Zone.

This run is made possible through a partnership with Federal Land, Fluor Daniel Inc. Philippines, Ayala Center Cebu, Graphic Star, Pyroworks, Nature’s Spring, Pocari Sweat, The Freeman and Cebu Daily News.

For real time updates, like the Facebook page at or follow on Twitter at @5StarInCebu.

Fitbit Introduces Alta HR, world’s slimmest fitness wristband with continuous heart rate tracking

Fitbit, the leader in the connected health and fitness market, recently introduced Fitbit Alta HR, a device that comes with new advances in sleep tracking. The fitness tracker gives you actionable insights and guidance in the Fitbit app to make more informed decisions about your health and stay motivated to reach your wellness goals in style.

Fitbit Alta HR is the world’s slimmest wrist-based, continuous heart rate tracking device combining the benefits of PurePulse heart rate technology, automatic exercise recognition, sleep tracking, battery life of up to seven days and smart notifications in a slim, versatile design that is easily customized to fit your style.

Alta HR is already available for presale and is expected to be available in the Philippines by April to May.

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Fitbit Alta HR is the world’s slimmest wrist-based, continuous heart rate tracking device combining the benefits of PurePulse heart rate technology, automatic exercise recognition, sleep tracking, battery life of up to seven days and smart notifications in a slim, versatile design that is easily customized to fit your style.

“Alta HR and these powerful new sleep features demonstrate our continued focus on evolving our innovative technology to deliver deeper, more actionable insights to help our users improve their health,” said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit.

“The miniaturization of our PurePulse heart rate technology opens up exciting opportunities for future generations of devices and new form factors. Our advances in sleep will provide millions of users around the globe accessibility to invaluable insights that previously could be obtained only through expensive lab tests,” he said.

Heart Rate and Style in a Sleek Design

Fitbit was able to bring PurePulse, the feature requested most by Fitbit Alta users, to Alta HR by developing a one-of-a-kind chip that reduced the size and number of components needed, achieving a 25% slimmer design than Fitbit Charge 2. The result is a stylish device that offers all-day, continuous heart rate tracking, making it easier for you to make more informed decisions about your health:

  • Better measure calorie burn all day, including during non-step based exercise like yoga and spinning, to help you stay on track toward your health and weight goals by tracking calories in versus burned.
  • See real-time heart zones on your wrist and exercise summaries in the Fitbit app to work out at the right intensity for your health and fitness goals.
  • View resting heart rate on-device and trends in the Fitbit app, and compare it to your activity to see how consistent exercise can improve your heart health over time. A decrease in resting heart rate is a key indicator of cardiovascular health; changes up or down may indicate illness or other issues.

Smart, Insightful, Automatic Sleep Tracking to Help You Sleep Better

Fitbit is also introducing two dynamic sleep tools – Sleep Stages and Sleep Insights – that provide deeper insight into your sleep quality and guidance on how to improve, building on its popular sleep features that have empowered millions of people to track their sleep since 2012. Along with diet and exercise, sleep is a key factor in overall health, but most people have very little insight into it. Good sleep plays a critical role in your health and overall wellbeing, from protecting against cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, to boosting neurocognitive functions, mental health and longevity.

Sleep Stages, powered by PurePulse, uses accelerometer data and heart rate variability (the changes in time between beats), plus Fitbit’s proven algorithms to more accurately estimate how long you spend in light, deep and REM sleep stages, as well as time awake, each night:

  • Light Sleep (including sleep stages N1 and N2) occurs throughout the night and is important for memory, learning and letting your body recover from the day; for most people that’s 50%-60% of your night.
  • Deep Sleep (sleep stage N3) promotes a healthy immune system and muscle growth and repair; for most people that’s 10%-25% of your night (depending on your age).
  • REM Sleep is when most dreaming occurs and is important for mental recovery and memory formation; for most people that’s 20%-25% of your night. Most REM sleep comes at the end of the night, and is often the stage to be cut short when your sleep duration decreases.
  • Awake periods (between 10-30 times) are a normal part of your sleep cycle each night.

Everyone’s sleep cycle is different, but by better knowing your sleep quality and patterns, and realizing the impact they have on your day, you can make lifestyle changes that can help improve your sleep over time – such as diet, exercise, winding down before bed and keeping a consistent sleep schedule. For example, if you wake up feeling exhausted each morning, despite seemingly getting enough sleep, you may not be getting sufficient deep sleep.

Tracking sleep patterns could also help identify variations that can be indicative of other issues. For example, it has been shown that irregularities in sleep patterns could be a sign of a sleep condition that should be discussed with a doctor.

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SmartTrack automatic exercise tracking records activities like walking, running, cycling, elliptical, sports and aerobic workouts in the Fitbit app, giving you credit toward your weekly exercise goals.

Scientific approach

“From helping maintain a healthy immune system, to preserving your cognitive functions and managing a healthy weight, your sleep – or lack of – plays a critical role,” said Dr. Allison Siebern, Stanford University and Fitbit Advisory Panel Sleep Expert.

“Fitbit’s new sleep features use a scientific-based approach to show your sleep patterns over time, and provide you with validated, actionable guidance to help you make changes in your daily routine to achieve greater quality sleep – and in turn improve your overall health. Given the comfort and accessibility of this product, it’s one of the most valuable and useful sleep tracking solutions available to consumers outside of a sleep lab,” Dr. Siebern said.

Developed with Fitbit’s panel of sleep experts over the last two years, Sleep Stages makes information previously only accessible through a sleep lab accessible to millions of consumers, while Sleep Insights offers personalized guidance to help improve your sleep.

Alta HR

Stay Motivated, On Track and Connected

In addition to the advanced health and fitness tracking experience PurePulse brings to Alta HR, popular features and notifications keep you connected and motivated to reach your goals:

  • All day, automatic tracking of your most important stats (heart rate, steps, distance, calorie burn, active minutes) day and night, powered by battery life of up to seven days.
  • SmartTrack automatic exercise tracking records activities like walking, running, cycling, elliptical, sports and aerobic workouts in the Fitbit app, giving you credit toward your weekly exercise goals.
  • Reminders to Move help you stay active throughout the day, and reducing sedentary time can play a significant role in the prevention of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
  • Call, text and calendar notifications keep you connected so you can focus on your day.
  • Connect with one of the largest social fitness networks in the world through the new Community tab in the Fitbit app to find support and inspiration on your path to better health and fitness.

“For me, a big part of staying healthy and active is understanding how the things I do every day – like hiking with my dogs, hitting a dance class and how well I sleep – impact my overall health and fitness goals,” said Julianne Hough, Fitbit Ambassador, actress and dancer. “I love that Alta HR is so stylish, I can wear it with any outfit no matter what I’m doing so I stay motivated and on track.”

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Reflect Your Personal Style

Whether you’re going to a workout or a night out, the slim design and distinctive Alta HR tracker will give you the information you need while transforming to fit your look with a variety of accessories that fit Alta and Alta HR devices.

  • Classic trackers with black, blue gray, fuchsia or coral classic fitness wristbands and matching aluminum buckle.
  • Special Edition trackers in soft pink classic band with 22k rose gold plated tracker and black classic band with matte gunmetal tracker.
  • Luxe leather collection in brown, indigo and lavender with matching buckle.
  • Luxe stainless steel bracelet that can stack with your other jewelry.
  • Designer collections from PUBLIC SCHOOL, Simply Vera Vera Wang and soon from Tory Burch.

Pricing and availability

Alta HR will be available in the Philippines for P8,690.00 from April in Digital Walker, Beyond the Box, select Toby’s stores, iBOOK, iCENTER, Mobile1, Globe, Gadgets in Style, Hivemind, Lazada, Zalora, Timeline, The Inbox Store, iLiberty and Rnnr stores.

  • Special Edition Alta HR, P9,990.00.
  • Classic fitness bands, P1,448.00; Luxe Leather bands, P3,380.00; and Luxe Metal Bracelet, P4,950.00. (Press Release)