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First Ever NikeWomen 21k in Manila on May 15!

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NikeWomen Victory Tour comes to Philippines as the NRC Women’s Half Marathon Manila on May 15, 2016.

After the success of Nike Women’s 10k in 2015, which was the biggest all-female 10km race in Manila with almost 9,000 runners last May, Nike invites Filipina runners to join the NRC Women’s Half Marathon Manila, Nike’s first all-women half marathon in the country. Continuing the tradition and spirit of last year’s race, Filipina participants are invited to register with their best female buddy who is up for taking on bigger challenges and emerging #BetterForIt.

The NRC Women’s Half Marathon Manila is part of the largest global women’s event series, the NikeWomen Victory Tour, which will see female athletes around the world challenge themselves and experience the power of the global fitness community through a series of one-of-a-kind running and training events.

Nike has prepared a series of training services for registered runners that include Nike+ Run Club sessions and Nike+ Training Club sessions. As a start point, runners can design their training using the Nike+ Running and Nike+ Training Club Apps that are available on both iOS and Android platforms.

“Nike challenges Filipina athletes in this year’s Nike Women’s Half Marathon Manila to run hand-in-hand with their best friend in a race that not only inspires but makes them better for it together. This year, we are raising the bar for runners for them to experience a bigger, more challenging, and far more fulfilling race,” says Patrick Reyes, Country Marketing Manager of Nike Philippines.

Women can register online for the NRC Women’s Half Marathon Manila 2016 at http://go.nike.com/0po61h . Registration will open on January 30, 2016 at 1:00 am, Manila time. Registration fee is PHP2,700 per pair payable via credit card or PayPal.

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Daloy DC Supports Unwrapping Culture on February 17-18

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CO.ERASGA in partnership with Dance Forum M.B. present (In celebration of Philippines February Arts Month 2016 in Manila)

Unwrapping Culture

Co.ERASGA –Alvin Erasga Tolentino (Vancouver) and Pichet Klunchun Dance Company (Thailand) Bold international collaboration exposes the clash between traditional and modern Thailand

Friday-Saturday February 19-20 2016 at 8:00pm

Dance Forum M.B. Studio 36E West Avenue, West Triangle Quezon City, Philippines Tickets: P250 @ the door

For more info: unwrapping.culture@gmail.com

Unwrapping Culture brings together two exceptional male dance artists: Canada’s own Alvin Erasga Tolentino, and Pichet Klunchun, an outstanding exponent of the Thai classical dance style of Khon, who is known internationally for contemporizing this ancient form. Their first collaboration combines the technique, theatricality and storytelling elements of Khon to create a devastating critique of the corruption of authentic Thai culture by the forces of commercialization, in a passionate and bitingly funny duet which immerses the audience in the conflict between traditional and modern.

Tolentino has been exploring cultural identity from the perspective of his Filipino-Canadian heritage for over a decade, and Klunchun –has caused uproar in his native Thailand with his explorations placing the revered art of Khon in a more contemporary context. “Both Pichet and I have a strong interest in how cultures develop and change, for better or worse,” says Tolentino. “This work -is loud, hard-hitting, satirical – but underneath we are asking serious questions about who owns and defines cultural heritage, and specifically about how Thailand’s traditional culture is being turned into a commodity.” The performers share the stage with hundreds of cheap plastic toys and trinkets found in any Thai street market, and the audience moves freely around the space throughout the piece for a completely immersive experience.

 

Alvin Erasga Tolentino is renowned as an Asian/Canadian dance artist who continues to bring a fresh voice to the national and international dance scene as a choreographer, dancer, and teacher and designer. Born in Manila, Philippines, he moved to Canada in 1983 and trained at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, York University‘s Fine Arts in Toronto, SUNY Purchase in the US, and the Limon Institute. Since 1989 Tolentino has worked as an interpreter for leading choreographers and dance companies including EDAM, Karen Jamieson Dance, Kinesis Dance, Kokoro Dance, Lola Dance and Mascall Dance. In 2000, Tolentino founded Co.ERASGA, a dance company dedicated to the research, creation and presentation of contemporary dance with an emphasis on exploration and collaboration with multi-media art and artists nationally and abroad. To date, he has created more than a dozen full-length works that includes SOLA (1998), BATO/Stone, (2001), VOLT (2002) and FIELD (2003), ORIENTIK/PORTRAIT (2005), BODYGlass with Peter Chin (2006/07), PARADIS (2008), ADAMEVE-Man/Woman (2009), Shadow Machine (2010) and EXpose with Uruguay’s Martin Inthamoussu (2011). His work has toured all over the world to countries including the Philippines, Japan, the USA, the Dominican Republic, France, Belgium, Croatia, Switzerland, Scotland,Singapore and Venezuela. In 2010, Tolentino was awarded the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for dance in recognition of his contributions to the field and to Vancouver’s cultural communities. www.companyerasgadance.ca

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Pichet Klunchun trained in Thai Classical Mask Dance (Khon), from the age 16 with Chaiyot Khummanee, one of the best Khon masters in Thailand. After receiving his degree in Thai Classical Dance at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, he worked both as a dancer and choreographer at high-profile occasions including the opening and closing ceremonies of the Asian Games in 1998. He bridges traditional Thai Classical Dance language with a contemporary sensibility, and has earned domestic notoriety for his efforts in contemporising Khon. In 2002 he travelled to the US where he studied contemporary dance, forming his own company on his return to Bangkok. In 2004 he collaborated on Pichet Klunchun and myself with Jérôme Bel which has toured all over the world to great critical acclaim. His company has also performed in the US at festivals including New York City’s Fall for Dance, Lincoln Center and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. In 2008 Klunchun won the European Cultural Foundation’s Princess Margriet Award for Pichet Klunchun and myself: the award honors artists who push audiences to move beyond fear of cultural difference and the “other”. He has participated in several intercultural performing arts programs as a Thai representative and as an international dancer-choreographer in Asia and Europe. www.pklifework.com

Unwrapping Culture

Created and performed by Alvin Erasga Tolentino and Pichet Klunchun Lighting design by Mark Eugster Unwrapping Culture is A co-production with the MAI (Montreal Arts Interculturel), Alliance Française-Bangkok, Pichet Klunchun Dance Company, The Dance Centre, and Co.ERASGA, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Vancouver, The BC Arts Council, The BC Gaming Commission.

Entry and photos courtesy of Daloy Dance Co.

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Daloy Dance Co Presents Contact Improvisation Festival 2 on March 22-27

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“IN SPIRALS” 

Human movement is composed of infinite number of spirals which go through space inside and outside the body. They are encoded in the structure. We can read them from the shape of our bones, from the direction of our muscles, from the insertion of our fascia. Our point will be to feel the spiral course of the movement in our own body and allow it. To take advantage of natural spiral arrangement of the body, if we want to transfer weight. We will explore the role of our spine, joints, ligament lines and muscles in this process. In contact with our partner, we will learn to ”see” invisible spiral trajectories even before the body goes through them, search a soft place of mutual meeting in blending of the invisible spirals, we will learn to ”open the door” with the spiral, when we block each other in our movement. We will learn how to soften our contact by letting our body copy the shape of our partner with a spiral. We will discover, how the spirals create elastic support, how they allow to balance and gently search the counterbalance, and how easy it is to carry our partner through air along the spiral.

Contact Improvisation is a moving massage, a dance that fine tunes your senses and wakes up your ability to listen and respond to what is happening in the moment.

The aim of the classes is to make participants feel more fully engaged with their bodies, with their minds and with each other. The festival will be a fun and safe place to explore motion, dance, touch and your imagination. CI can be used as a process for finding new movement ideas, opening yourself up creatively, gaining confidence in your body or purely as enjoyment.

ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME.

If you tell the organizers as you apply that you are referred by Daloy Dance Company or Ea Torrado, you get 30% discount!

Visit https://contactimprothephilippines.wordpress.com/ for more details about the festival and for information about how you can register.

Entry and photos courtesy of Daloy Dance Co.

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Under Armour releases New Spring/Summer 2016 Collection with Pioneer CoolSwitch Technology

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U.S. high performance label Under Armour’s unprecedented cooling technology cools you down to empower you to perform better and longer.

UA CoolSwitch Compression shirt; UA Women CoolSwitch Capri Tights; UA CoolSwitch Run Short Sleeve T-shirt – specially created with Under Armour’s CoolSwitch technology to empower you to perform longer

A leader in the innovation of high-performance sportswear apparel, Under Armour brings sporting professionals and aspiring athletes a step closer to ruling oneself. An unprecedented edge to the fitness world, Under Armour’s CoolSwitch technology is unveiled in the new Spring/Summer 2016 Collection, hitting stores in mid-February.

With the tagline “You are the sum of all your training”, Under Armour’s Rule Yourself campaign represents athletes’ and fitness enthusiasts’ willpower to never give up, and the constant push to better themselves. Under Armour constantly researches and innovates its sportswear apparel technology to aid athletes to take that extra leap, steel their willpower and be the best they can be. With the pioneering CoolSwitch technology, an exciting and highly anticipated innovation in the new Spring/Summer 2016 Collection, you are guaranteed to have an edge over others to excel in your personal fitness journey.

CoolSwitch Technology

CoolSwitch does exactly what its name states – it cools your body and skin when you start to heat up and sweat. The technology blends three unique active cooling agents, integrated for the first time ever in an apparel application, with each of these ingredients delivering a specific benefit over the course of a workout to help athletes stay cool.

The first ingredient serves to pull heat energy away from the skin, providing an instant cooling sensation, while the second is activated by sweat – as an athlete begins to sweat, it kicks in to supercharge the body’s natural cooling mechanism. On top of aesthetics purposes, the ‘crystal’ print that characterises CoolSwitch apparel also plays a functional role. The final ingredient is the same technology of that used in NASA spacesuits. In the process of changing phases from solid to liquid, this special material absorbs and stores heat energy within the binding agents in the ‘crystal’ print.

While each ingredient performs a specific function, it is the unique combination of these active ingredients that gives rise to Under Armour CoolSwitch’s unprecedented active cooling capability. As a result, during a workout, CoolSwitch wearers feel cooler, less physically taxed and their skin temperature stays lower, allowing them to exercise longer. With Under Armour’s CoolSwitch technology, it is a leap forward for athletes and fitness enthusiasts everywhere to maintain and further their fitness and wellness journey.

Clock That Last Lap

The UA SpeedForm® Apollo 2, designed for you to run fast; and the UA SpeedForm Gemini 2, created for breaking new distances

With a strong emphasis on running this season, Under Armour has updated its range of athletic footwear with new and improved designs for the popular UA SpeedForm® Apollo and UA SpeedForm Gemini styles. No matter your goals – to run fast, run long, or run strong, these new footwear designs will help you attain them.

The UA SpeedForm Apollo 2 features a perforated arch and tongue with ultrasonic seal for durable breathability, and utilises arch reinforcement construction on the medial side for a precise fit and foot guidance for a more efficient faster ride, making for swift and fast runs. The dual-layer midsole also combines Charged Cushioning and Micro G® for the ultimate blend of cushioned support and explosive responsiveness. Additionally, anatomically placed flex grooves aid the transition from heel to toe for the most efficient performance.

The freshened UA SpeedForm Gemini 2 showcases a new ArchForm fit system for additional support and better fit and feel, and upgrades made to the mesh increases breathability. The full-length dual layer Charged Cushioning midsole also delivers superior impact protection, energy return and adaptive support, and is anatomically designed to deliver a superior heel to toe transition for runners looking to go the distance.

UA Streaker Tee  

A new offering this season, the UA Streaker Tee consists of a moisture-wicking blend of spun polyester and elasterell, and is lightweight, anti-microbatic and comfortable.  Its uniquely designed side seams reduce cling and chafing, and allows full stretch and recovery without absorbing sweat.

Making all Athletes Better

Committed to their aim of making all athletes better, Under Armour has also released new designs to the brand’s key ArmourVent™ and HeatGear® technology to provide ultra smoothness, enhanced ventilation and extreme comfort, as well as new designs for the UA Armour Bra. Updated design lines and trims have been made to Under Armour’s signature compression gear, where the new performance flex panel maximises mobility and relieves chafing and abrasion.

Under Armour’s Alter Ego line continues to ride on the superhero hype, with the upcoming releases of the Batman vs. Superman Collection and Captain America: Civil War Alter Ego Collection definitely pleasing fans of DC and Marvel characters. Feel invincible with the transformative power of film characters whilst donning Alter Ego training gear, to train with added conviction.

The Under Armour Spring/Summer 2016 Collection will be available at all Under Armour brand houses and shop-in-shops from February 2016.

Entry and photos courtesy of Under Armour Philippines press kit.

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The Health Club Open House on January 30-31 at Edsa Shangri-La

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Kick off the New Year with renewed fervor, new goals and fitness resolutions. Get on the move as Edsa Shangri-La, Manila invites everyone to its Health Club’s 2-day Open House on January 30-31, 2016, Saturday and Sunday, from 6 a.m. to 12 midnight. Set your sights on the exclusive membership deals and special offers that await guests who will sign up during the event.

Expect two action-packed days of all things about Total Wellness featuring fitness activities, and tips on leading a healthy and active lifestyle headed by fitness experts. Guests are encouraged to join and get in action with the simultaneous pocket events bringing forward different facilities of the newly renovated Health Club. Activities include Introduction to Triathlon by Coach Norman Pascual, Total Immersion Swim Training with Coach Ria Mackay, Power Tennis with The Perkins Twins, Functional Exercises by Elle Adda and Yoga by Bubbles Paraiso. Acquire insights, ideas and tips from professionals on this 2-day event at the Meet the Experts session presenting Mindful Eating by Cheshire Que, Beyond Energy and Stress Trends with Dr. Heal plus more lifestyle and wellness programs, while trying Health Club’s new Well-on-the-Go menu and recovery massage at Chi, The Spa station.

Avail of amazing open-house only specials featuring the biggest sporting brands at the Wellness Expo that covers everything you need to move, refuel and recover – Under Armour, Speedo, Rudy Project, Klean Kanteen, Manduka, Life Fitness, Garmin, Perkins Twins Tennis Academy, 28 Black, Aqualogic Swim Co., LivLite, Apotheca Integrative Pharmacy, Klean Athlete, Storck and eIskin Laboratory. Keep up on trends and stock up on the latest fitness equipment, apparel, sports nutrition and supplements

The country’s leader in lifestyle fitness, Edsa Shangri-La, Manila’s Health Club aims to build a lifestyle anchored on holistic wellness under the supervision of internationally certified wellness coaches.

A first-of-its-kind, the Health Club pioneers the “Move, Refuel and Recover” concept, fusing state-of-the-art fitness programs with healthy food selections and the overall wellness expertise that CHI, The Spa is known for. The Health Club is a source of energy, pleasure and relaxation, which provides a way to attain and maintain a healthy lifestyle and well-being.

Sign up and begin your Total Wellness Journey at The Health Club of Edsa Shangri-La, Manila. For inquiries, please call (632) 633 8888 Ext. 2906 or email healthclub.esl@shangri-la.com. Visit www.shangri-la.com/manila/edsashangrila or stay connected, like Facebook.com/edsashangrila, follow @edsashangrila on Twitter and @edsashangrila on Instagram.

Entry and photos courtesy of Edsa Shangri-La Communications.