The actress-singer-endorser-and-entrepreneur, Ara Mina is initating a fun run and dubbed it as ‘tARA na sa Arena 2018’ on Sunday, May 27 at the Philippine Arena grounds. The event is for the benefit of persons with Down Syndrome at the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines.
For Ara, this is not her first-ever initiative, but her second after she did a successful fund-raising concert in Araneta Coliseum back in 2006. A year after, she established the Ara Mina Foundation, which suports children with birth defects. It is not unknown to many that the 39-year-old star is the sister of Mina Princess Klenk a.k.a. Batching, who has Down Syndrome and will soon be turning 26 this June 1.
During the press conference, she also revealed that Batching is her lucky charm eversince she started in the entertainment industry. She recalled that she auditioned for Star Magic back then but she wasn’t fortunate enough to be included in the cut; but when her sister with Down Syndrome was born—her lucky streak came as she was chosen to be part of the longest-running youth-oriented variety show—‘That’s Entertainment’ which was headed by the late Master Showman at the time—German ‘Kuya Germs’ Moreno.
The upcoming fun ride will be participated by celebrity-volunteers who will be sprinting around the 100-heactare grounds of Ciudad de Victoria, a tourism enterprise zone in Bocaue, Bulacan. In the morning till 10 in the evening, there’ll be ‘tiangges’ or bazaars for those families and visitors who will be coming to the whole-day affair that Ara is putting up. Martin Nievera is set to have a meini-concert in the evening as well.
Ara hopes to raise at least Php1M from the said event.
In its 85 years of providing excellent education and support to the community, St. Joseph’s College (SJC), Quezon City, hosted a press conference on Saturday, May 12, at 4pm at the institution’s audio visual room. In the said event, it highlighted SJC’s Jubilee 85 accomplishments and future plans to improve and expand school programs and facilities.
Founded by Dutch Franciscan Sisters and had its former name as St. Joseph’s Academy back in 1932 and was situated along España Extension. It has educated more than 400,000 global alumni who are transforming and leading the communities in which they live and in the professions they chose to pursue.
The press launch gathered some alumni of the school.
Among the esteem guests include Honorable Vincent ‘Bingbong’ Crisologo of Quezon City’s first district and well known Catholic Charismatic preacher who founded the Loved Flock Catholic Charismatic Community. He made mention the important role of SJC as the oldest educational institution in the city that has played in the community back then and and even today.
Another guest was Attorney Jose Sison, the host of ABS-CBN‘s ‘Ipaglaban Mo’ and the father of deceased alumna Joyce Sison. As parent, he gave his testimonial on how SJC has molded his daughter to be service-oriented through her former work at Opus Dei until her demise. Even after the passing of Sister Joyce, SJC continues to be a part of Sison’s family.
Alumna Stephanie Gilles, an architect by profession is part of a leading practitioner of sustainable urban design. According to her, the institution has prepared her to succeed in her field. She unveiled the proposed new design for the facade of SJC. It has an estimated cost of P3Million. The said initiative is expected to solicit support from Jubilee ‘85 fundraising projects.
Batch 80 Alumna, singer and visual artist Iwi Laurel also graced the event. She and her sibling, the deceased Stella Laurel were SJC high school alumni. In the said gathering, she sang two songs and one of which was the song she originally performed—‘Special Memory’. Both Iwi and Stella are daughters of the former Vice President of the country from 1986 to 1992 under the late President Corazon Aquino.
In the 60s, SJC was one of the leading institutions in the country that promotes and supports the development of performing arts. Its Mater Dei Auditorium takes pride in its 1,200-seating capacity providing venues to many critically-acclaimed stage productions for the community. Today, the school continues its tradition of social outreach through its organized feeding programs, medical missions and free tuition to deserving indigent students.
SJC, together with 10 other private colleges and universities, became a charter member of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) in 1957.
Three checks—Php300,000 donated by Batch 1980 (from generous alumni-donors that include those are now residing from different parts of the world), Php 200,000 donated by Batch 1979, and Php 100,000 donated by Batch 1974 were also presented to support the upcoming projects aligned with the 85th Jubilee Celebration of SJC.
An upcoming fashion show (in collaboration with renowned international designers Jhun Ador and Albert Fontanilla, and celebrity makeup artist Chada Roxas) was also announced during the launch. The said project is to help raise funds in order to refurbish the Mater Dei Auditorium and generate sustainable funds for the school through venue rentals from the community.
Sr. Immaculee Pagalilauan, Alumni Office Coordinator, shared, “I am grateful for all the hard work of our alumni in marshalling the efforts of our Josephines near and far to bring about a renewed commitment to the school.
“This is alumni in action—alive, functioning, and meaningful. Your help will ensure the continued legacy of our school so that future generations may also benefit from the education and tradition you have experienced.”
The 39-year old Star Magic artist and an ultimate heartthrob of today’s generation, the actor-musician-model-record and film producer—Piolo Pascual will be heading a close to a 100 Star Magic artists to partake in one of the most anticipated, star-studded charity fun race dubbed as ‘SUNPIOLOGY RUN: Sugar Wars’, set tomorrow, November 19 at sunset Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.
The said initiative is spearheaded by Sun Life of Canada (Philippines) Incorporated as it focuses on preparation and prevention as keys to living a robust life. As the country’s top life insurer, it offers three initiatives that are empowering—as they are financially-rewarding: a comprehensive health protection product named ‘SUN Fit and Well’; and a free and informative wellness community called ‘Go Well’.
Embodying the message of ‘Go Well’, five ambassadors proved that passion and determination can pave the path to a healthy lifestyle. Apart from the inspiring health story of Pascual, he is joined by Rovilson Fernandez, Bubbles Paraiso, Jaymee Pizarro, and Tessa Prieto-Valdes as among the five ambassadors who reflect that passion and determination to having a healthy life, which is the primary vision of “Go Well’. Their stories can be viewed in the official website as well as facebook and Instagram (@gowellph) accounts.
‘Go Well’ is a community with a website that provides nutrition tips, exercise ideas, and content about a more mindful life. But more than just an online community, its members can enjoy discounts in partner establishments, as well as free access to regular community classes featuring the hottest fitness trends.
Also according to Sun Life’s chief marketing officer Mylene Lopa, “‘SUN Fit and Well’ provides coverage for 114 critical illnesses and can help replace funds used for diagnostic procedures and check-ups. But more than a usual health insurance, it provides benefits to keep customers healthy and well. It is available in limited pay and Advantage variants, which includes hospitalization and follow-up care with a specialist.”
The Philippines being declared as a diabetic hot spot, ‘Sugar Wars’ pushes for an active lifestyle as one of the best deterrents against this debilitating disease. Participants can choose from distances that include a 500m walk/dash for kids and adults (Php350); 3K (Php700); 5K (Php800); and 10K (Php900). Being an obstacle course, four ‘battle stations’ help facilitate better understanding about this particular illness.
What makes tomorrow’s event more attractive is the after-run show, which serve as the launch of Inigo Pascual’s debut album featuring the official ‘Go Well’ jingle titled ‘Live Life Brighter’ together with surprise performances.
The said fun race launch was held at the Visayas Ballroom of Sofitel Philippine Plaza on October 11, hosted by Boom Gonzalez and Tippy Dos Santos.
For more information about the event and its future health-related activities, visit SUNPIOLOGY RUN: Sugar Wars via www.sunpiology.com.