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Curated summer reading list for personal growth

Whether you’re looking for practical advice on achieving your goals, guidance on integrating your faith and your work, or simply a fun and engaging read, there’s something for everyone on this list. So grab a cold drink, find a comfortable spot amidst the heat, and begin your reading journey towards personal growth.

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Summer is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to relax, unwind, and indulge in a good book. If you’re looking for some nonfiction self-help and improvement books to add to your summer reading list, look no further than these titles as your companion for beating the heat.

From Grit To Great: The Journey to Becoming Asia’s Apprentice by Jonathan Yabut

If you’re looking for inspiration to achieve your goals, this book is a must-read. Jonathan Yabut, the winner of the first season of “The Apprentice Asia,” shares his personal journey from being an underdog to becoming a successful entrepreneur. He shares his insights on how to develop grit and perseverance, which are essential qualities for anyone who wants to achieve great things.

Take Charge Give All: 7 Steps to Determine Your Destiny and Create Incredible Success in Your Life by Bo Sanchez

This book by best-selling author and motivational speaker Bo Sanchez is a practical guide to achieving success and happiness in life. Sanchez presents a seven-step process that will help readers take charge of their lives, find their purpose, and achieve their goals. With his trademark humor and relatable anecdotes, Sanchez provides readers with the motivation and inspiration they need to make positive changes in their lives.

Ang Mundo ni Andong Agimat by Arnold Arre

For a change of pace, this graphic novel by award-winning Filipino comic book artist Arnold Arre is a great choice. The story follows the adventures of Andong Agimat, a young boy who discovers that he has magical powers. Along the way, he learns important life lessons about the value of family, friendship, and standing up for what is right.

How to Deal with Difficult People: Learn the Art of Protecting Yourself from the Vampires in Your Life – and Loving Them Wisely by Bo Sanchez

Dealing with difficult people is a fact of life, but it doesn’t have to be a source of stress and frustration. In this book, Bo Sanchez provides practical tips and strategies for dealing with difficult people, whether they are coworkers, family members, or friends. Sanchez emphasizes the importance of setting boundaries and communicating effectively, while also showing readers how to approach difficult people with compassion and understanding.

God’s Business Mandate: The Subprovider Anointing God Gives Christian Companies by Hermen Atienza

If you’re a Christian looking for guidance on how to integrate your faith and your work, this book is an excellent resource. Hermen Atienza presents a biblical perspective on business and entrepreneurship, showing readers how to use their skills and talents to serve God and make a positive impact on the world.

Fast Forward: The Ultimate Career Guide For Millennials On The Move by Jonathan Yabut

Another book by Jonathan Yabut, Fast Forward is a practical guide for millennials who want to succeed in their careers. Yabut provides advice on everything from job hunting and networking to leadership and career advancement. With his signature wit and wisdom, Yabut shows readers how to navigate the fast-paced world of work and achieve their professional goals.

Holistically Fit: Conquering Physical, Mental, and Emotional Habits to Build a New and Better You by Jose Villablanca

Lastly, if you’re looking for a comprehensive guide to health and fitness to achieve a summer body, Holistically Fit is a great choice. Jose Villablanca presents a holistic approach to fitness, emphasizing the importance of both physical and mental health. He provides practical tips on exercise, nutrition, and stress management, as well as strategies for developing a positive mindset and achieving balance in all areas of life.

These seven books from Bookshelf PH are sure to inspire and motivate you this summer. Whether you’re looking for practical advice on achieving your goals, guidance on integrating your faith and your work, or simply a fun and engaging read, there’s something for everyone on this list. So grab a cold drink, find a comfortable spot amidst the heat, and begin your reading journey towards personal growth.

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USANA Philippines celebrates 15-year anniversary

Beyond awards, the community it empowers is the true measure of success. From employees to Associates, life-changing opportunities allow them to grow both personally and professionally.

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USANA Philippines recently celebrated its 15-year anniversary in it its ongoing mission to maintain wellness. Company executives, ambassadors, Associates, and product users all attended this grand celebration — a testament to the unwavering commitment to reach one million families worldwide.  

Since its launch in 2009, USANA Philippines has received numerous accolades: Named among the best companies to work for in the country by the HR Asia Awards; Winning the prestigious Linchpin Award from the Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards (APEA); Recognized by Euromonitor as the Number 1 Vitamins and Dietary Supplements Brand in the Philippines for five consecutive years. 

But beyond awards, the community it empowers is the true measure of success. From employees to Associates, life-changing opportunities allow them to grow both personally and professionally.

When Analan Omambing, assistant customer service manager, joined USANA she was shy and introverted, but the support she’s received has pushed her to step up as a team leader.  “The career growth and personal development I gained here have transformed my personality significantly,” she says.  

USANA Philippines also creates ways to form meaningful relationships.  

“Direct selling, especially USANA, is all about relationships,” says Aurora Gaston, vice president for sales development.   

As the first employee hired by USANA Philippines, Loudelle Cinco, USANA’s regional controller in the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia has experienced it all.  

“One of the things I treasure is the friendship, having a family in USANA. This position has paved the way to building great and lasting relationships.”  

Over the past 15 years, USANA has seen a shift in their Associate’s perspectives — from a focus on individual success to embracing a more collaborative and inclusive view of the community.  

“This comprehensive development approach underscores USANA’s commitment to not only enhance the lives of our Associates but also empower them to make a meaningful difference in the world” shared Cherry Dionisio-Ampig, general manager for USANA Philippines.  

USANA consistently strives to make an impact by being responsive to shifts in consumer behavior. Changes made over the years include strengthening the brand through collaboration, embracing the evolution of social media, and ensuring Associates can effortlessly introduce USANA’s products to the world. And as USANA Philippines celebrates this milestone, its vigor to sustain wins and touch more lives grows even stronger.  

“We are dedicated to ongoing research and innovation to develop products that not only meet — but exceed — the expectations of families worldwide. By focusing on efficacy and quality, we aim to be the trusted partner in every family’s journey towards maintaining wellness” Cherry says.   

The 15-Year “Ignite the Vibe” celebration was held at the Marriot Hotel Grand Ballroom. It’s the final touch to the anniversary festivities that kicked off with a Thanksgiving Day event in January.

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Independence Day at Ortigas Malls celebrates Filipino heroes, culture, music

On June 12, GH Mall, Tiendesitas, and Estancia will kick off their Independence Day celebrations in exciting ways, and shoppers shouldn’t miss them.

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Independence Day (Araw ng Kalayaan) is a celebration of historical and modern heroes who have fought for Filipinos’ freedom. As we welcome the annual holiday, Ortigas Malls has prepared a series of events and activities that highlight our history and colorful culture.

On June 12, GH Mall, Tiendesitas, and Estancia will kick off their Independence Day celebrations in exciting ways, and shoppers shouldn’t miss them:

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Starting at 10am, GH Mall will hold a Pagtaas ng Watawat (flag-raising ceremony) at the East Wing Atrium of GH Mall. A Marching Band will also energize shoppers at 12pm.

From 3pm to 6pm, there will be an entertaining and educational Likhang Sining at Kalayaan presentation by the Tanghalang Tula, Kundiman at Katutubong Sayaw. This wonderful display of talent will highlight our beloved Filipino culture through different facets of art.

Shoppers can also marvel at the extraordinary Philippine flag display at GH Mall made out of 1,400 origami flowers courtesy of Origami Philippines. The origami flowers symbolize the enduring bonds and deep-rooted friendships that define Filipino culture. Feel free to take photos in front of the display and share it on social media!

Tiendesitas

Known for being a home of local goods and handicrafts, Tiendesitas is celebrating Independence Day with a whole day of musical performances. Start the day off with a heart-thumping Marching Band performance at Level 1, Food Village from 10am to 11:30am. Musika’t Kalayaan at Level 2, Food Village will delight shoppers with Filipino tunes from 3pm to 9pm.

Estancia

Estancia Mall will also showcase local music for its Independence Day celebration. From 10am to 7pm, shoppers can sing and dance to their favorite P-pop songs at the P-Pop Music Fest: Hiraya at 2/F East Wing. They can also catch the Independence Day Marching Band performance on the ground floor of the East Wing from 11am to 12pm. 

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Red Bull Dance Your Style returns

The winners of each qualifier will advance to the National Finals, happening on September7. The winning finalist will proudly represent the Philippines in the upcoming Red Bull Dance Your Style World Finals in India, scheduled for November 9, 2024.

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Red Bull Dance Your Style, the  global 1-on-1 street dance competition renowned for its emphasis on freestyle and improvisational skills among dancers, is returning to the Philippines for its third consecutive year.

Following its highly successful previous editions, Red Bull Dance Your Style is back to ignite the streets of the Philippines with even more explosive battles, spotlighting the incredible talents of the country’s top dancers. Each round of the competition will challenge dancers to show off their talent and creativity as they battle it out to a random selection of songs, ranging from iconic classics to contemporary dance hits.

What sets this electrifying dance competition apart is its unique battle format, where the audience holds the power to crown the victor. This distinct setup fuels the atmosphere, empowering dancers to unleash their full potential and captivate the audience with every move.

Red Bull Dance Your Style Year 3: Spreading the Beat Across the Nation

Red Bull Dance Your Style’s much-awaited comeback is taking the battle beyond the streets of Manila to every corner of the archipelago. The competition is open to Philippine residents, aged 18 years and above, who exhibit exceptional skill, dedication, and passion for street dancing. The quest to find the next wave of top Philippine dance talents will reach four major cities: Baguio, Manila, Davao, and Cebu, culminating in the qualifiers in Davao (June 29), Cebu (July 13), and Manila (July 27).

“We are so excited to have the third edition of Red Bull Dance Your Style in the Philippines,” said Philippine All-Stars legend Lema Diaz, who is returning as this year’s dance consultant. “It’s definitely gonna be bigger and better this year!”

Diaz shared that Red Bull Dance Your Style has expanded its search for the top Filipino dance talents for its third year in the Philippines. “This year, we have included North Luzon (Baguio) and Mindanao (Davao) in the mix for our search for the dancer who has charisma, skills, and passion,” explained Diaz. “Expect a tougher competition this year.”

She added, “Since its first edition, Red Bull Dance Your Style has brought the dance community closer and we have grown a lot stronger. It has been an avenue to come together and collaborate, learn from each other, and inspire one another. Every year is a chance for us to keep that momentum and witness greatness from our local dance community.”

Diaz offered her expert advice to this year’s aspiring dancers saying, “It’s important to show your dance, be you. Be confident and embrace your strength. Be prepared to perform for the crowd, they will be rooting for you. Don’t forget to have a lot of fun!”

The winners of each qualifier will advance to the National Finals, happening on September7. The winning finalist will proudly represent the Philippines in the upcoming Red Bull Dance Your Style World Finals in India, scheduled for November 9, 2024.

Follow the Red Bull Dance Your Style journey and stay tuned for more details about the upcoming auditions. Don’t miss out on the chance to be part of Red Bull Dance Your Style Philippines. See you on the streets!

For more information and updates regarding this year’s season of Red Bull Dance Your Style, visit the official Red Bull website and the following social media pages (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tiktok )

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