Wineries and Wine Culture in the Philippines

Although the Philippines might not be well-known as a wine region, Filipinos don’t fall behind when it comes to enjoying a good glass of red or white. With quite a number of wine bars carrying only the best European wines, you don’t have to be afraid of missing out on your wine of choice. The Philippines is also home to varieties of wine cultivated from locally-grown crops and fruit, with flavor profiles distinct to each region. Whether you call yourself a true connoisseur, or if you simply enjoy having a glass after a long day, here are different ways to enjoy your favorite nightcap.

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The Spiritual Benefits of Yoga

Yoga has come a long way from when it was first introduced in the West in the 19th century, becoming the worldwide phenomenon it is today. Although its origins are hard to find, an article by Rappler notes that yoga made its way to a broader population after Hindu teacher Swami Vivekananda developed the practice based on the Yoga Sutras, a collection of aphorisms on the structures and practice of yoga written by Patanjali. states that the word “yoga” comes from the ancient Sanskrit word “yuji”, which means to yoke or a union. This union highlights the importance of the mind-body connection in any yoga practice, referring to the surrender of one’s self to the body’s physical abilities and the present environment.

Plenty of people around the world practice yoga not only because of its physical benefits, but also because of the opportunities in spirituality it provides. Here are some ways in which yoga not only makes you stronger and fitter, but also helps you find yourself despite the hustle and bustle of your modern lifestyle.

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The Best Phones for Photography 2019

Investing in a smartphone with a good camera is always a good thing, especially if you’re living in this digital age. However, with the leading brands now releasing several phones that have different specifications, it can be a quite daunting task to weigh your pros and cons and invest in the choice that’s best for you.

If you’re on the market for a new phone with a great camera, we’ve compiled a list of smartphones that launched this year that you may want to look into.

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The Practice of Hilot — Then and Now

Almost all cultures around the world, at some point, developed systems involving  medicinal and healing practices before modern medicine was accessible. In the Philippines, ‘hilot is an ancient Filipino art of healing’, and has long been considered a traditional counterpart for Western medicine. Hilot is systematic and comes from a long tradition, and the practitioners who meticulously study it are called manghihilot. Many Filipinos still turn to it to relieve discomfort and other aches and pains, and its popularity until the present day shows that local manghihilot must be doing something right.

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How CrossFit Fosters Inclusivity

CrossFit is taking the world by storm. An article on notes that CrossFit is often touted as one of the best and fastest routes to a healthy body. With the whole workout program based on the fundamentals of functional fitness, CrossFit focuses on using movements that reflect things you do in daily life— like picking things up from the floor, climbing stairs, and carrying heavy bags, among other things.

Apart from it being a good workout for both fitness enthusiasts, CrossFit also builds a community by fostering a safe space for anyone with a passion or interest for the sport.

If you still find yourself intimidated by the sport, here are some reasons why you might 

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Manila’s Best Independent Gyms

With the Philippines officially having kicked off Nutrition Month 2019 this past July, people are again reminded of how important exercise is. Paired with proper nutrition and eating habits, not only does exercise ensure that your body is in tip-top condition, but it also acts as a daily stress reliever.

If you’re finding it quite the challenge to fit a work-out into your daily routine, an article by Manila Bulletin notes that scheduling your work-outs might be your key to self-discipline, as treating it like a commitment guarantees that it will happen, compared to just working out when you feel like it. It also gives you a space away from your office and your home to forget about your worries for the day and focus on getting a good sweat going with the proper ambiance and equipment.

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10 Best Gyms in the Philippines

Almost every new piece of research on fitness and health agrees on one thing: exercise is a necessity if you want a healthy lifestyle. Apart from functioning as a way for you to relieve stress, regular exercise provides you with benefits that affect both your mind and your body. An article by Time Magazine reports that exercise regulates blood flow to the brain and improves mental performance, as well as causes overall happiness and wellbeing from after-workout endorphins.

With the benefits of an exercise habit remaining unquestionable, we’ve compiled a list of gyms in Metro Manila— some with branches anywhere in the Philippines— where you can be motivated to break a sweat and push your body to be as fit as it can be.

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