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The Tea Spot offers teas for weight loss

The Tea Spot has several tea gift sets for consumers looking to tea for weight loss.



The Tea Spot has announced its foray into a new category of loose leaf teas and tea gifts – those intended to assist with weight loss. This extension of The Tea Spot’s line of premium teas falls within the scope of company’s mission of fostering health and wellness by making loose leaf tea an everyday luxury.

The Tea SpotAccording to Maria Uspenski, The Tea Spot’s CEO, “one of our primary wellness objectives is to help people find attractive sugar-free and fat-free beverage options. With Americans (alone) consuming upwards of 25% of their caloric intake in drinks, healthier beverage choices in our diets are a must in order to help fight obesity, pre-diabetes, and many other avoidable health concerns. The time for tea to take its role as a natural and healthy beverage is now.”

For those tea drinkers looking to slim down, whether for health reasons or just to enter the upcoming bikini season with more confidence, certain premium teas are becoming a popular choice. Even wellness gurus on national television are advocating white teas, green teas, oolong teas, pu’erh tea, and blends of these, for daily consumption. Loose green tea and yerba mate are natural appetite suppressants, and have been widely touted for their ability to assist the body in inhibiting the production of fat cells. All caffeinated teas also provide a boost to exercise-induced weight loss, further stimulating the destruction of fat through exercise.

The Tea Spot’s most popular loose leaf tea with alpinists, “Climber’s High”, is a blend of premium black, green and white leaf teas, pu’erh tea plus yerba mate and chai spices. It was originally conceived to help with high-altitude adjustment, but has since become one of The Tea Spot’s top selling blends due to its high energy effects and full flavor.

The Tea Spot has several tea gift sets for consumers looking to tea for weight loss.

“Secret of the Skinny” is a set of three of green and white teas, specially selected to help adopt the habit of drinking fresh loose leaf tea daily so as to help with staying away from calorie-laden beverages and help boost your metabolism. The teas that make up the “Secret of the Skinny” tea gift set are The Tea Spot’s most popular and touted green tea blends: Meditative Mind – an aromatherapeutic blend of green and white teas and green tea jasmine pearls; Boulder Blues – a citrus-like blend of green teas, strawberry and rhubarb flavors; and Thin Mint Green – The Tea Spot’s highest antioxidant signature blend, made of roasted green tea and peppermint.

“Green Tea Cleanse” is collection of four green teas that combines the health benefits of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and antioxidant EGCG to help fight free radicals. Each of the premium greens in this set is unique in flavor, caffeine level, and benefit, to fit one’s antioxidant and energetic needs throughout a cleansing without disturbing sleep. The teas that make up the “Green Tea Cleanse” are Organic Sencha, Genmaicha, Hojicha, and Matcha.

Tea drinking dieters who are looking for a 100% Certified Organic option can go with The Tea Spot’s “Organic Skinny Teas” collection of three loose green teas specially selected for tea drinkers who are looking to suppress their appetite and boost their metabolism. The three organic whole leaf green teas included in the “Organic Skinny Teas” tea gift set are: Jasmine Petals organic green tea – organic green tea leaves blended with organic jasmine flower petals creating an aromatherapeutic experience; Clouds and Mist organic green tea – an assertive and smoky green tea that develops over time to a soft and buttery finish; and Organic Sencha green tea – a traditional Japanese-style green tea with flat, dark green tea leaves with a balanced flavor profile reminiscent of fresh cut grass and seaweed.

The Tea Spot is a for-profit philanthropic business producing handcrafted loose leaf teas and Steepware – the tools that make loose tea easy. It was founded in 2004.

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UNIQLO celebrates 5th anniversary in PH

Being the biggest Global Flagship store in Southeast Asia, it is the home to the complete line-up of LifeWear items in the country, as well as unique experiences such as the custom printing service, UTme!, and special displays and collaborations with various local talents.



Global apparel retailer UNIQLO marks the 5th anniversary of its Global Flagship store in the Philippines with exciting experiences and fun-filled activities for everyone to enjoy.

Since its opening in 2018, the UNIQLO Manila Global Flagship Store has brought customers exciting things over the years. Being the biggest Global Flagship store in Southeast Asia, it is the home to the complete line-up of LifeWear items in the country, as well as unique experiences such as the custom printing service, UTme!, and special displays and collaborations with various local talents.

As part of the brand’s appreciation for being part of Filipinos’ daily lives, UNIQLO is bringing customers an even better shopping experience as they ring in their 5th year from October 13 to 26, 2023. 

Elevated Store. Elevated Essentials. Embrace the Future.

UNIQLO Manila’s 5th anniversary promises to be one for the books with the theme “Elevated Store. Elevated Essentials. Embrace the Future.”

Bringing the concept to life is UNIQLO’s partnership with five young and distinguished individuals who have achieved global recognition in their respective fields. Each partner represents one of the brand’s biggest item lines which all hold innovative functionality at its core. These LifeWear items champion the Filipino people, elevating everyone’s essentials, wardrobe, and lifestyle. 

  • Food and lifestyle content creator Erwan Heussaff, recognized by the prestigious James Beard Media Awards last June, joins the group for AIRism
  • Groundbreaking director Martika Escobar, the first Philippine director to win an award at the Sundance Film Festival, represents HEATTECH
  • Part of the group as well modeling for the AirSense line-up is entrepreneur Gio Visitacion, owner of the Good Cup Coffee Company and 2020 Philippine Brewers Cup champion
  • Southeast Asian Games Medalist and Guinness World Record holder Kaizen Dela Serna for UV Protection products
  • Award-winning singer and actress, popstar royalty Sarah Geronimo for Bra Tops

Discover new experiences

Opening on the second floor of the Global Flagship Store, customers are treated to new and revamped experiences. 

UNIQLO is introducing UNIQLO Coffee to the country, bringing Filipinos the brand’s cafe-style offerings that first opened in 2021 at the renewed UNIQLO Global Flagship Store in Ginza. Highlighting the brand’s commitment to being one with the community, the coffee drinks will be made with locally sourced, high quality coffee beans from Mt. Apo, and will feature goods and pastries that mix Filipino and Japanese flavors. 

As part of the brand’s commitment to sustainability, UNIQLO is also set to bring to Manila its Re.UNIQLO Studio. Visitors to the Global Flagship Store will get to enjoy repair services on their pre-loved UNIQLO items, bringing new life to their favorite LifeWear pieces. This stays true to the LifeWear philosophy of quality, enabling customers to enjoy their UNIQLO items for a longer period of time.

Lastly, UNIQLO refreshes their UTme! line-up, collaborating with local artists from all over the country to bring customers unique designs they can customize on t-shirts and tote bags. The artists include Gianne Encarnacion and Ross Du of Metro Manila, Johanna Velasco and Myka Arnado of Cebu, and Kajo Baldisimo of Davao. Muralist Glendford Lumbao also joins in to contribute a piece to be displayed at the new experience areas on the second floor of the Flagship Store.

Enjoy special UNIQLO items and limited-time offers

The celebration doesn’t stop here! From October 13 to 31, customers can expect exciting freebies and promos exclusive to the UNIQLO Manila Flagship store. 

Moreover, customers should also stay tuned for fun and educational workshops led by select UTme! artists and endorsers throughout the month of October. 

Make the most of the fun activities and special offers by visiting the UNIQLO Manila Global Flagship store in Glorietta 5 in Makati City from October 13 to 26, 2023.

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Want a deal on that vintage item? Find common connection with seller

Sellers value the good more, but they will accept less from a person who also values that good because they want the link to the people who came before them — the heritage connection.



If you’re looking to furnish your home with vintage furniture or expand a collection of treasured memorabilia, new research from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and the Cornell University SC Johnson College of Business suggests those items could end up being cheaper if buyers emphasize a mutual connection to the past.

The research also has implications for sustainability.

“While a good gains value through association with an individual owner, it also gains value through its connection with a collective past,” said Kate Christensen, assistant professor of marketing at the Kelley School. “But connecting to the people who came before changes the value of objects. Sellers value the good more, but they will accept less from a person who also values that good because they want the link to the people who came before them — the heritage connection.”

Christensen is the lead author of the article, “The Role of Heritage Connection in Consumer Valuation,” recently published by the Journal of Marketing Research. Her co-author is Suzanne Shu, the John S. Dyson Professor in Marketing and dean of faculty and research at Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business.

“It’s long been known in behavioral economics that owners will often over-value an item,” Shu said. “Yet, we were observing almost an opposite pattern: Owners were willing to take a below-market sales price if the buyer was somehow connected to the object’s past.

“Even more surprising was that they’re offering a lower sales price to people who they think are likely to value the item the most. From an economic perspective, it’s an interesting demonstration of how people are willing to trade between money and emotional connections. From a marketplace perspective, it gives us insight into the selling and donating of the heirlooms retirees may be trying to get rid of.”

They conducted their study with Cornell alumni at a reunion weekend, with sellers in Facebook Marketplace and with CloudResearch-approved participants on the Amazon Mechanical Turk platform.

Past research has found that owners who are highly attached to sentimental items demonstrate heightened sensitivity to the future usage of their goods. This research suggests that sellers find it easier to part with an item when selling to buyers who share a connection to the item’s past.

Christensen and Shu’s research is applicable to markets that involve resale, such as the $43 trillion U.S. housing market and the $450 billion collectibles market.

“To get a discount on an older house, real estate agents might encourage their clients to use homebuyer ‘love letters’ that emphasize their experience living in a house from the same time period and their goal of staying connected to the past while enjoying the house,” Christensen said.

But the research could have significance beyond the hunt for a good bargain.

“While we analyze buying and selling of consumer goods in this paper, our work has implications for sustainability,” Christensen said. “While individuals sell goods, governments sell land, oil, water and mining rights. This research suggests that emphasizing a natural resource’s connection to generations past and the people who came before may make citizens value the land more and may make them more concerned about who gets the rights to the resource.

“We hope that understanding the link between the past and the present will pave a way to understanding how to preserve and protect our future.”

Nearly everyone has a possession that connects them to the past. For Christensen, that item was her grandmother’s teacups. Her research confirmed her own feelings that there is a distinction between selling to a collector and to someone who wants to maintain the same connection to those who came before them.

“Novelist William Faulkner famously wrote, ‘The past is never dead. It’s not even past,’” she said. “This is true in the marketplace, where the past has been mostly ignored. We found that a heritage connection — a seller’s link to the people who came before them — affects the decisions consumers make in a marketplace.”

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GDERM Clinic brings Sofwave skin tightening, skin lifting technology to Isabela

GDERM Clinic is pleased to introduce the game-changing, triple FDA-approved Sofwave skin tightening and skin lifting technology to the Cagayan Valley region.



GDERM Clinic is pleased to introduce the game-changing, triple FDA-approved Sofwave skin tightening and skin lifting technology to the Cagayan Valley region.

Sofwave delivers FDA-cleared Synchronous Ultrasound Parallel Beam SUPERB technology. The high-frequency, low-divergence ultrasound waves and heat reach the deeper layers of skin where collagen production and skin tightening are stimulated. This helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles and lift the eyebrows, neck, and submental (under the chin) area, no matter the skin type or skin color.

“We’re taking skin rejuvenation to the next level with Sofwave.  It’s non-invasive and can fit into an active lifestyle. Patients love the fact that they can have the treatment and go back to their daily routine right after,” said Dr. Mark Gerald R. Serrano, Medical Director of GDERM Clinic.  “The treatment is done within 30-45 minutes and there’s no downtime. Patients can see and feel the difference after one session.”

Award-winning technology

In 2022, Sofwave’s game-changing technology was recognized at Cosmopolitan’s Holy Grail Beauty Awards, NewBeauty’s Beauty Awards and SHAPE’s Skin Awards. Sofwave™ was also awarded by Elle in 2021.

Isabela residents can experience Sofwave only at GDERM Clinic. For inquiries, patients can call 0927-0457290 or message GDERM Clinic on Facebook (

About GDERM Clinic

Established in 2019, GDERM Clinic aims to provide quality dermatologic care to residents of Isabela and the rest of the region through world-class clinical and aesthetic treatments.

Dr. Mark Gerald R. Serrano is a board-certified dermatologist. He finished his dermatology training at the National Specialty Center for Dermatology of  Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center.

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