• How Beto Perez invented the Zumba

    Dance, dance, dance: Zumba fitness creator Beto Perez Photo courtesy of Zumba Fitness Not even wearing my trusty Adidas spared me from aching feet after days of exploring the 2013 trade show of the “International Health Racquet & Sports Club Association” at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. On the last day of

  • Spilling the facts about milk choices

    dreamstime.com The dizzying array of options makes choosing milk a little complicated these days. Aside from cow’s milk, there are the goat, soy, almond, rice and coconut varieties. A spokeswoman from the American Dietetic Association pointed out that each one has a different nutritional profile. Most are vitamin D-fortified and even taste is not much

  • Get a job that won’t make you sick

    Get a job that won’t make you sick by: Mylene Mendoza-Dayrit Graduation herded thousands to the Philippine workforce. Local news claim at least a hundred thousand jobs are waiting. Fortunately, I had a mentor who told me to find myself, my purpose, and what job will make me happy first. He promised the good salary

  • Joy keeps people young and healthy

    Joy keeps people young and healthy by: Mylene Mendoza-Dayrit Dr. Christiane Northrup: “Life is meant to be joyous.’ The timing couldn’t be better, the Catholics had a new leader in Pope Francis last Easter! Many cast a lot of hope on the new pontiff as he is of many firsts. His humility and simplicity, among

  • Gratitude: The feel-great attitude

    Gratitude: The feel-great attitude by: Mylene  Mendoza-Dayrit For two Sundays now, the gospel has been heralding the good news that our God is loving and merciful beyond reason. In the story of the prodigal son, the father welcomed the son who squandered his share of his father’s wealth. Unmindful of his son’s transgressions, he restored

  • Pusong Pinoy

    Pusong Pinoy by: Mylene Mendoza-Dayrit The heart of the Filipino or Pinoy is full, even if his pocket is empty. That’s what most of the teleseryes or TV soaps make us believe. Judging by the high ratings of today’s Pinoy soaps, most people can relate to the characters. The star of the soap is normally

  • Shaping-up tips from Miss Universe finalists

    Shaping-up tips from Miss Universe finalists by: Mylene Mendoza-Dayrit Venus Raj: “To achieve a well-proportioned body, I did core and weight training with a personal trainer.”     Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI), headed by Stella Marquez, herself a beauty queen, has produced world-class beauties including Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz, 1970 Miss International Aurora

  • The healthy, healing benefits of forgiving

    The healthy, healing benefits of forgiving by: Mylene Mendoza-Dayrit Les Miz: How many really recognized the emancipated Hugh Jackman as prisoner 24601 (Jean Valjean) whose petty crime was stealing bread for a dying niece? The well-received feature on Greg Anderson’s inspiring story of how faith, forgiveness, and prayers allowed him to outlive a 30-day-to-live prediction

  • Faith & healing in 2013

    Faith & healing in 2013 by: Mylene Mendoza-Dayrit Our family celebrates the new year with much love, inspiration, hope, health, healing, and stronger faith! Fellow STAR columnist and my sister-in-law Michelle Dayrit-Soliven who early last year was diagnosed with stage 3b breast cancer won her battle and inspires everyone with her very positive and cheerful attitude. Much

  • Top tips to sleep better in 2013

    Top tips to sleep better in 2013  by: Mylene Mendoza-Dayrit Mr. USA 2011 Tamer ElGuindy lamented that sleep is overlooked by so many people as a vital component of being well and healthy. I cannot agree more. With all the modern-day distractions like tech and gaming gadgets, social media, television, parties, and the Internet, I