Women’s Health 5th Anniversary Issue with Marian Rivera

Marian with Women’s Health Editor-in-Chief, Ms. Lara Parpan

Marian Rivera never looked hotter (um, she ain’t two-time FHM Sexiest Woman in the Philippines for nothing!). But she’s not spending all day spieling her lines in her various tapings of soap operas–she engages in a series of work-outs outdoors and the gym that includes running, Wushu, Arnis and lately, Zumba. Her series of exercises and diet have been six-years in the making, says Marian.

She presently has a TV series on prime time television called “Carmela” and she was the face of both “Amaya” and “Dyesebel” (which she did so convincingly) on top of her countless product endorsements.

With this resumé, it’s refreshing to find out that Marian is just as normal, bubbly and down to earth as the girl-next-door, unlike the serious characters she plays in television and movies. It was an awesome moment for me when she answered and expounded on a question about what sport she would recommend for a newbie in which she replied by suggesting to try many kinds of sport activities and select what embraces most to your heart and lifestyle. 

About her 4th re-incarnation as the face of Women’s Health Magazine, she says, “I am truly honored to be with Women’s Health Magazine for the nth time, a magazine with such an enormous following and that I have always read for inspiration. I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women nourishing the mind, body and spirit and the idea that beauty should not only be external but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself from within.”

This is Women’s Health Magazine’s 5th Anniversary edition and covers for the new fab generation of women to attain a healthy lifestyle and want practical information on healthy living. Women’s Health provides tips and advice for integrating getting in shape and feeling good into their busy schedule.


Every woman who achieves her fitness goals, inspiring others to take care of their bodies and live a healthy lifestyle, deserves a high five! On its 5th year, Women’s Health toasts to thousands of Filipinas who take action in challenging themselves to stay fit and living their lives to the fullest.

Women’s Health editor-in-chief Lara Parpan shares the fun and inspiring ride she enjoyed with readers and supporters, who sent the team e-mails on how much they benefited from an article, or liked the posts on the magazine’s social media sites. Others even come up to her after an event introducing themselves and expressing their support to Women’s Health. “I look back and realize that I’ve spent over five years waking up Monday through Friday (more than 1,500 days!) looking forward to putting together monthly editions of Women’s Health since we first launched in April 2009.”

Granting Women’s Health its 5th birthday wish, Marian Rivera, the magazine’s only four-time cover star, again graces the cover of its anniversary issue wearing flat abs-baring tops. Despite her hectic schedule, Marian manages to keep herself fit and in fighting form through her favourite workout, Zumba. Yes, this sought-after actress also deserves a High Five for being true to herself.

“I deserve a High Five dahil totoo ako sa sarili ko. Naniniwala ako na hindi ako mamahalin ng mga tao kung hindi nila nakikita ang totoong Marian Rivera. Ang ganda dito, kahit saan ako pumunta, hindi ko kailangan mag-pretend. ‘Yun ang pinakamasarap sa buhay: totoo ka sa sarili mo at wala kang tinatapakang iba. Ang saya kaya ‘nun,” quips Marian.

Women’s Health also gives a High Five to five women who celebrate what they love about themselves – “Biggest Loser” host and actress Iza Calzado on shedding off excess pounds, photographer Hannah Reyes on her love to learn, health rights activist Ami Swanepoel on her passion for her work, TV anchor Lexi Schulze on being able to laugh at herself, and volleyball player Mich Gumabao on keeping her faith.

The anniversary issue is packed with over 255 confidence-boosting tips, including great books to read before you go on diet, and a 30-minute routine that will fast-track you to a lean body and a sexy belly.

And to highlight its birthday celebration, Women’s Health is taking Boracay by storm on April 12 and 13 with its“Beauty and the Beach” event, co-presented by GatoradeKojie San, and Carbtrim. A copy of the April issue is your ticket to enjoy freebies and fun, healthy activities at the beachfront of Pearl of the Pacific.

Jump on board Women’s Health‘s 5th anniversary revelry by grabbing your copy, available in all bookstores and magazine stands nationwide for only P140. You can also download the current issue and past issues ofWomen’s Health online at www.summitnewsstand.com.ph/womens-health. Like WomensHealthPhilippines on Facebook and post your #High5WH stories. Follow @WomensHealthPH on Twitter and Instagram and share your #High5WH posts.

CHIA Seeds: Super Food?

Used to be that eating the right foods at the right times in the right combinations can give you the boost and energy that you need in gaining optimal performance in running. No more. In an attempt to take nutrition to the next level, new “super-foods” are being introduced to the market for better conditioning and to give you that “edge” among your competitors.

I’m not referring to Oysters or Garlic which we all know are straight-from-the-earth foods that pack doses of health-boosting essential vitamin, minerals and other phytochemicals without having anything else added to them. I’m talking about CHIA seeds.

Tarahumara Superfood

Well documented as one of the energy food of the Tarahumaras, the native Mexican Indians known for their long distance running prowess, it’s touted as one of the oldest and most nutritionally dense superfoods know to man. The seeds of the salvia hispanica plant found mostly in Central America is among the richest sources of the heart and brain-healthy Omega 3 fatty acids. It has been used as a foodstuff, energy booster, and medicine as far back as four millennia and reached its zenith during the times of the ancient Aztecs and Mayans.

I’ve known some runners use it. Betty sprinkles it in her specially concocted fruit juice while Ron puts some in his pasta.

I was able to get hold of a sample during the launching of the product by Ferzudo, a Philippine subsidiary of its main distributor in the U.S., Hidalgo Ventures LLC. Headed by a young entrepreneur, David Bicierro, he explained the benefits of the product which can be sprinkled to any food like on breakfast cereals, jelly sandwiches or can be blended in smoothies, mixed in salads, add to soups or use in bread and pastries.

Gram for gram, here’s what the Ferzudo Chia seeds claim it has:

  • 1400% MORE Magnesium than Broccoli
  • 700% MORE Omega 3 Fatty acids than Salmon
  • 500% MORE Calcium than milk
  • 200% MORE Antioxidant strength than Blueberries
  • 200% MORE Iron then Spinach
  • 500% MORE Vegetable Protein than Kidney Beans
  • 100% MORE Potassium than a Banana
  • 100% MORE Selenium than Flax Seed
  • 100% MORE Fiber than Bran Flakes
Pretty impressive if you ask me. I’m not a spokes person or an endorser of the product but what’s to lose if we add a natural food to our diet, used by the ancient Aztec warriors and Tarahumara Indians for their survival, strength and vitality?
Another thing good about Chia is that it can be eaten raw and unprocessed. It has a neutral flavor and can be easily added to any sport or energy drink to boost performance. Three tablespoons daily is their recommendation. I’ve tried adding less than a teaspoonful of Chia into my Gatorade and feel fine with it.
To learn more about this product, you can visit their website at www.Forzudo.com.