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Lifestyle Asia August 2021

The greatest luxury in the world is being able to do what your heart sets out to do, to pursue your passions unbridled, free from constraints of obligation. Indeed you feel the richest when you are able to march to the beat of your own drum and live life on your own terms. Lifestyle Asia highlights these inspiring, powerful and relevant beacons of the Philippine Society who live life exactly how they envisioned it to be, enriching their lives, the life of others, and through their own accord the world we live in.

11 Issues

in this issue

2 min
the meaningful life

“It is also a reminder that our past and our challenges do not define us, but strengthen us” About 31 months ago, I was writing my very first editor’s letter. The letter was about partly imparting the new brand essence and core of Lifestyle Asia. “The new Lifestyle Asia aims to give powerful, optimistic and relevant messages by narrating stories of inspiring beacons in Philippine society, who live life the way they envisioned it to be, enriching their lives and the life of others—this is a meaningful life,” I wrote then. We’ve set forth that renewed brand meaning and we’ve come a long way in inculcating this in our pages and in the lives of our readers. In this special August print issue, we are highlighting a life full of meaning with the lives…

5 min
beauty meets wellness

Throughout the years, the concept of beauty has transformed to be inclusive. When Bianca Araneta Elizalde was still a commercial model, she recalls there was a distinct standard. From having straight, immaculate black hair, fair skin, a 24-inch waistline, to an extremely thin physique, beautiful women had to fit within these ideals. Fortunately, Elizalde says a lot has changed. “They're embracing different body types,” she explains. But beyond this acceptance, she perceives beauty from a self-care perspective. Wellness has become a manifestation of beauty—eating healthy translates to feeling good—something the former model and founder of The Wholesome Table strongly advocates. COMMITTED TO WELLNESS Elizalde’s journey to healthy eating began upon reading a book on nutrition. “They never taught nutrition in class,” she says. “You learn about the different food groups, but you never really…

7 min
inner light

Years ago, Sara Black was a full-time photographer, working in a starkly different industry filled with celebrities and cameras. Today, she finds herself living a decidedly slower, more contemplative life as a meditation and energy coach. “I can’t really identify one monumental shift, it really happened gradually over time,” Black admits. A couple of health scares—breast cancer, which turned out benign, and a multiple hip fracture from triathlon training—allowed her to realize that she was living a life in disharmony and imbalance. “And that provoked me to go seeking for peace, true joy and a deeper experience of love.” GUIDE FROM BEYOND That search led her to Rishikesh, at the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern India, a year after her triathlon accident. Black frequented the city, considered to be the birthplace of…

8 min
confidence builder

“Beauty is really my passion and I want to contribute to make the Philippines confidently beautiful,” says Christopher Cachuela, founder and CEO Avignon Clinic. And he has been pursuing this passion for quite a long time. “Since childhood it's been my dream to be a doctor that's why I took Pharmacy,” Cachuela shares. “After graduating in 2004 I got hired from Zuellig Pharma, the biggest pharmaceutical at the time and this is the start of my career in the beauty industry.” FINDING BEAUTY After Zuellig, Cachuela continued to work at different pharma companies, handling dermatology products in all of them. This included pathological derma creams, ointments, and gels as well as aesthetic and therapeutic medical devices such as dermal fillers and toxins. He also spent a substantial amount of his career with lasers…

4 min
celebrating together

S eeing her mother Julie run the ice cream parlor turned restaurant Milky Way since the ’60s, Malu Gamboa realized she would gladly join the food business one day. Upon finishing her college and master's education in the US, it was time to come home and take over. TRAVEL INSPIRATION In 1980, Malu's parents together with architect Raul Locsin constructed a building on 900 Pasay Road. This housed a Milky Way outlet and the Gamboas’s Japanese restaurant Tsukiji along with a sandwich bar and a pizza spot, which were both leasees. "I was tasked to come up with a concept that would not compete with the existing restaurants in the building, yet would be a popular choice for lunch, dinner, and late-night dining,” she shares. “The restaurants thrived for so long because we…

5 min
pushing everyone forward

“I literally grew up in the store,” shares Toby Claudio. “I was [five] years old and was given my first job to sit on my skateboard and roll over all the freshly-laid tiles of our first Toby’s store in Greenhills.” The vivid memory of seeing the store open with his name on the sign realized the role he was about to play in what will become a family legacy. His family founded and owns the full-line sporting goods store Toby’s Sports and its succeeding businesses, Toby’s Sports Arena, RUNNR, and urbanAthletics. These are all under Quorum International Inc, with Claudio currently sitting in as president. When he officially stepped into the family business, he brought and spearheaded major projects like Toby’s Arena and the first RUNNR store. This and his childhood memory took…