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Body Worx Spa and Fitness Club: Changing Lifestyles

When Body Worx Spa and Fitness Club (Body Worx) opened in 2002, the goal has always been simple: to provide people with the guidance and knowledge on how to achieve the most out of the few hours that you spend with them.



When Body Worx Spa and Fitness Club (Body Worx) opened in 2002, the goal has always been simple: “Our goal is to provide you with the guidance and knowledge on how to achieve the most out of the few hours that you spend with us. We indeed know that you have a busy schedule in this bustling city, but it is also a must that you provide your body with the exercise and relaxation services we provide in order to keep you in tip top shape and ready to take on all the new challenges that you have to face in everyday life,” the company’s Web site states.

And this, says Kathy Lim-Uy, Body Worx president, remains the company’s main goal.

After injecting investments worth P60 million (“Because everything was top of the line and was based on international standard,” Lim-Uy says), “(we felt, and still) feel there is a great need of spa and fitness to help people release their stress and maintain their good health,” Lim-Uy says, adding that Body Worx is “committed to providing high quality, unique East and West Fusion fitness and overall relaxation service,” just as it is “committed to providing innovative, pro-active, consistent, superior service and value for money.”


The facility located along West Avenue in Quezon City is actually a multi-purpose facility – i.e. it “boasts of services and departments specialized to suit your fitness, beauty, and wellness needs.”

The venue’s fitness department offers a complete line of gym equipment with professional fitness instructors assisting with workout needs; even as the department also offers the Freddie Roach boxing camp, which is open to boxing enthusiasts, newbies and professionals who want to train, learn boxing or simply want to stay fit in a totally unique way. Body Worx also features a plastic and cosmetic surgery department for all beauty needs; just as it also has a physical therapy department. Also, the venue provides massage services and offers daily promos on various therapies and treatments.

Lim-Uy admits it had been challenging when they began. “Foreign brands (of) fitness centers have sprouted (everywhere), and this affected our business initially,” she says, adding, nonetheless, that “because of our impeccable service, we were able to gain back our members and even get a chunk of their (competitors’) members, too.”

Interestingly, the same remains the challenge – since foreign brands of fitness centers continue to surface, ditto smaller (and not necessarily foreign brands) health centers, Body Worx continues to “upgrade our services which competitors cannot provide,” so it is able to stay competitive.


“We have several services on spa and fitness which our competitors do not offer, aside from the impeccable service we are known for – (what we offer fuses) East and West, (such as) programs based on American standard; European style spa services with scrubs and wraps; massage like Shiatsu, Swedish, lymphatic, hot stone, et cetera; and the Oriental foot reflex, to name a few,” Lim-Uy says, adding, beaming: “These have made us known to this industry for being the locally owned spa and fitness center with international standard.”

Better yet, “our membership rates are very reasonable, it’s only P1,990 per month.”


Most of Body Worx’s clients are “businessmen and women, professionals, housewife, politicians, known personalities, students of different universities… – thus, (even if our) business was really affected (by the global economic slowdown), but because our members are mostly from the classes A and B, they are all very conscious with their health, and it is not something they will give up because of money. They need to be healthy in order to make more money.”

Body Worx is, therefore, happy to provide a venue where “our members can be at for a serious workout (since) they feel safe and secure with the people around them. Body Worx is practically their second home,” Lim-Uy says.

There is still much to be done to fully promote health and wellness among Filipinos, says Lim-Uy, who notes that “with the help of the government, standards must be set as basis of approving licenses for spa and fitness centers. This way, we can uplift our standards and make (our facilities) havens for foreigners to spend their holidays here just to pamper themselves.”

For now, says Lim-Uy, the focus is on “helping and assisting newcomers in opening fitness centers and spas based on our fruitful experience,” she says. “Many tend to look at the industry in a bad light because they feel spa and fitness are additional expenses and considered luxury, which I think is a wrong notion, since we need to work out every day in order to stay fit – as such, we need fitness centers. (Meanwhile, spas are) greatly needed due to all the stress in work and in our daily lives – after all, life is short, so we must work hard (just as we) play hard, too.”

Visit Body Worx Spa and Fitness Club at 4/F Hollywood Square Building, 33 West Avenue, Quezon City.

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UNIQLO Mall of Asia store reopens on May 17

The branch first opened in 2012 as the global brand’s very first store in the Philippines, introducing Filipinos to UNIQLO’s stylish and functional everyday clothing.



UNIQLO’s original MOA store is set to open its doors once more after major updates. The newly revamped store comes with a bigger space and larger offerings.

The branch opened in 2012 as the global brand’s very first store in the Philippines, introducing Filipinos to UNIQLO’s stylish and functional everyday clothing. With its sprawling 1,550 square meters at that time, the store served thousands of customers in the largest mall in the country and remained as one of the go-to hubs for LifeWear.

On May 17, the all-new UNIQLO MOA store promises to be even bigger with a doubled-up floor space of over 3,000 square meters spread across two floors. Loyal and new customers alike will surely enjoy the store’s new layout and latest presentations, as the space evolves with the new lifestyles of Filipinos.

Redefined experiences

Aside from featuring a vast selection of LifeWear pieces, the all-new UNIQLO MOA store will also redefine the retail experience where in-store and online shopping comes hand-in-hand. Store-driven efforts such as same-day Click & Collect are set to give customers an integrated shopping experience with UNIQLO.

The all-new UNIQLO MOA store will also be the second store in the country to have UNIQLO Coffee and UTMe! Originally only available at UNIQLO Manila Global Flagship Store in Glorietta 5, UNIQLO Coffee and UTme! is coming to the MOA store to delight coffee lovers and art lovers, respectively.

UNIQLO Coffee in the Philippines presents locally sourced, high-quality coffee beans from Mt. Apo, and features goods and pastries that mix Filipino and Japanese flavors.

Meanwhile, the UTme! service lets customers customize shirts and tote bags with various designs from its library or their own creations and images. To celebrate the new opening, UNIQLO is expanding its UTme! line-up with new designs in collaboration with partners from the local community.

Redefined lifestyles

The UNIQLO MOA store offers the brand’s complete LifeWear collection for men’s, women’s, kids, and babies. The all-new store spotlights essentials that are made for all, such as, the UNIQLO Core T and UNIQLO BraTop collection. Collaboration pieces with world renowned designers and pop culture brands will also be available.

Mark your calendars on May 17 and join the eventful re-opening of the UNIQLO MOA store at Level 2 to 3 of MOA’s North main mall, sure to be filled with exciting surprises with a redefined shopping experience like no other.

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Decathlon opens new Cebu City store

It is the first store outside Mega Manila for the France-based sports brand, our 6th store in partnership with SM, and the first Decathlon Philippines store to open this 2024.



Global sports retail brand Decathlon unveils its 10th store in the Philippines, a 3,000 sqm sports retail zone at SM City Cebu. It is the first store outside Mega Manila for the France-based sports brand, our 6th store in partnership with SM, and the first Decathlon Philippines store to open this 2024. 

“We are excited to launch not only a new store, but a key milestone for us in making sports accessible to more and more Filipinos,” Hans Iff, President of Decathlon Philippines, states. “In Decathlon we always go where the sport lovers are, and Cebu is the perfect starting line for us, with its blend of urban playgrounds and nature destinations, and of course its active and dynamic residents. We look forward to welcoming all sport lovers and sparking the wonders of sport within each one.” 

Decathlon Cebu offers an expansive range of products for over 70 sports, with expansive display areas and experience zones for everyone to try and test. “We are happy to be in Cebu, a home for outdoor, water, and multisport activities, and a popular local and international tourist hub. Our goal is to be where the sport passionates are, but we also recognize that we are so much more than sport – we exist to unlock the love of sport in everyone. We look forward to having everyone discover our best-value sports products at an accessible price, and welcome everyone in SM City Cebu, ” Hathaipat ‘Spray’ Theintangpiriya, store leader for Cebu and city leader for Visayas and Mindanao, shares. 

Spray also assures that the Decathlon journey will continue to grow in the Visayas region. “Our Cebu store is only the starting line of an exciting Decathlon adventure. Our mission definitely isn’t done, and you can look forward to having more and more stores within the region in the coming years.” 

Decathlon Cebu also has a few surprises for all sport lovers this opening week. On March 1 only, the first 100 customers will receive an exclusive Decathlon backpack. On March 1 to 3, customers with a minimum purchase of P3500 will get an exclusive Decathlon Cebu tote bag, and on March 4-10, a special dry bag awaits customers with a minimum single receipt worth Php 3500. Only Decathlon members are eligible for the promos – simply sign up for free to enjoy up to 2-year warranty and 365-day refund and exchange on most items, access to Decathlon playgrounds and sports events, and more member-only promos and exclusives. 

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Introducing Emirates’ Business Class loungewear

Emirates’ Business Class loungewear is composed of a super soft premium modal material, which customers find lightweight and breathable.



 Emirates Business Class customers will now be able to enjoy a complimentary inflight loungewear set which includes a relaxed cowl neck top and drawstring pants, comfortable slippers, and a matching eye mask. The luxurious loungewear is designed to be the ideal ‘flight fit’ – perfect for sleeping in, but also suitable to wear for a social drink at the A380 onboard lounge, or as a casual outfit that takes you from aircraft to arrivals in style.

Emirates’ Business Class loungewear is composed of a super soft premium modal material, which customers find lightweight and breathable. Designed to reflect contemporary athleisure trends, the cozy fabric is in a relaxing shade of light blue, available in two sizes. The botanic fibers and jersey knit style means the loungewear has an elegant drape that flatters various body types, ensuring soft and stretchy comfort above the clouds. Presented in a complementary drawstring pouch, each set contains an adjustable loungewear top and pants, a pair of warm slippers and an eye mask.

Emirates Business Class customers will be offered the loungewear set upon boarding so they can change at their leisure and maximize comfort for the full duration of the flight. On flights of 9 hours or more, Business Class customers will receive the full set with loungewear top and pants, slippers and eye mask, while on flights that have a duration of 2 hours and 30 minutes, customers will receive complimentary slippers and eye mask sets.

The launch of Business Class Loungewear forms part of Emirates’ ongoing investment into elevating customer experience, ensuring customers in all classes ‘fly better’. Recent investments have included a huge retrofit project of 120 aircraft with upgraded cabin interiors, creative new menus and new high-quality ingredients, exclusive champagne partnerships, a new hospitality program for Emirates cabin crew, live TV onboard amidst a vast library of inflight entertainment, complimentary Wi-Fi attainable for all customers, luxurious amenity kits and a world-class wine list.

The multimillion-dollar investment into Business Class loungewear has been in development for more than a year, designed in-house by the Emirates team to be best-in-class for comfort, style and reusability. During the trial period on routes to and from New York and Boston, customers shared highly positive feedback on the loungewear, with sets being taken home by customers to be worn again.

Experience true inflight comfort with Emirates Business Class

When you fly Emirates Business Class, your journey becomes as exciting and memorable as your destination. Choose from a curated selection of regionally inspired gourmet dishes and enjoy the different flavors of the world, and then immerse yourself in Emirates’ award-winning entertainment with more than 6,500 channels of on-demand content for you to explore.

Pamper yourself and stay refreshed with the complimentary travel amenity kit featuring Bulgari products and comfort essentials including a dental kit, double mirror, deodorant, tissues, and a foldaway hairbrush. Relax and unwind in your seat which seamlessly reclines into a fully flat bed with a soft, comfy mattress and a cozy blanket for a good night’s sleep.

With Emirates Business Class, you also get exclusive access to Emirates chauffeur drive service for a seamless, door-to-door experience to and from the airport, available in over 70 cities worldwide. You’ll also get access to Emirates’ Business Class Lounge which offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a well-equipped Business Center, and an array of gourmet dining options and exclusive beverages, allowing you to ease into the next step of your journey.

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