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Closing the Christmas Season Happily

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By Deedee M. Siytangco

Angel Thoughts

Rumors are carried by haters, spread by fools, and accepted by idiots. —Anonymous

Corporate Christmas parties tend to be boring with lots of speeches from the bosses, drunks running around, and so-so food and drinks. Well, I went to one post-Christmas party last week and I had lots of fun with the very creative theme of “Cosplay” and the genuine camaraderie of the staff, their management team, and their big bosses.

Roleplay the cast of real life cosplayers depicting their favorite fantasy characters and super heroes at the Christmas party of Advent Group

Roleplay the cast of real life cosplayers depicting their favorite fantasy characters and super heroes at the Christmas party of Advent Group

This was the Advent Group (which operates the award-winning chair of fine-dining Filipino restaurants, XO Heritage Bistro, the Arroz Ecija, Ysla, their newest baby, OYE! Spanish tapas and bar) party at the Villa Imaculada in Intramuros. The moment we stepped in the venue, we could feel the palpable excitement, the high energy of the “teams” of the different restos and outlets. We were met by Maleficent in her shimmering gold gown with huge wings and curled horns. She/he was followed by a lithe “Cat Woman” in black tights with a long mean tail, and met an Ironman in red suit with glowing eyes and hands. Then an Arab man who later turned out to be a “terrorist” showed up and later showed his dancing skills to the song “Baby Shark.”

There were so many creatures of fantasy in the venue I had to keep asking my tablemate, “Who is he supposed to be?” Sure I could identify Wonder Woman, old and new versions, Captain America, Chewbacca from Star Wars, Loki, the villain in Thor, Darna, the Tree of life in   Pocahontas, the  Disney princesses, Belle, Snow White, Elsa, and other super-heroes and fantasy characters. But the others? I felt lost in the world of superheroes.

Autobot the author (right) with Advent’s Sandee Masigan and the grand prize pick for best Costume of the night, Optimus Prime of the Transformers.

Autobot the author (right) with Advent’s Sandee Masigan and the grand prize pick for best Costume of the night, Optimus Prime of the Transformers.

The different teams representing the different restaurants did their best to be in their most creative costumes and participated in the dance contests. What surprised me is that this year the costumes were rented from the specialty shops and they cost a lot too. Out of their own pockets, the “actors” spent at least P5,000 for their fabulous get-ups. My favorite was jawdropping Optimus Prime from the TV series in my sons’ growing up years, the TV series Voltes V! His costume was so well done and to make him appear really huge, he had stilts inside his “suit.”

As one of the judges, I had a fun time but it was hard as all the entries were powerfully imaginative and so congratulations to the Advent group of Andrew and Sandee Masigan!

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It all started with an advocacy to help out fitness enthusiasts and athletes in the booming South of Manila (think Sta. Rosa area) recover faster and get stronger in their chosen sport. As a couple who frequently trained and joined amateur running and multisport events, newlyweds Matthew and Lianne Barte knew the demands of training hard not only to complete their target distances, but also compete in them. Both were physical fitness enthusiasts and they pledged not only to love one another when they wed, they also committed to continue their advocacy for staying fit and healthy.

Fitness buff Matt and Yani Barten of Optimal Function

Fitness buff Matt and Yani Barten of Optimal Function

A graduate of Physical Therapy in University of Santo Tomas, Lianne specialized in musculoskeletal cases through manual therapy classes and eventually pursued Osteopathy in Osteopathic College of Ontario. She practiced and honed her skills during her private practice, with Matthew as her main subject. Seeing the benefits of Lianne’s chosen skill sets and with Matthew’s vast knowledge in business industry, the couple decided to combine their backgrounds and build the center. Optimal Functions Sports and Recovery Physiotherapy Center opened its doors last Sept. 19, 2017.

Their mission is to provide individualized, musculoskeletal, and sport-specific assessment, diagnosis, treatments, and PT programs and their clients would receive a high quality of care and standards with an emphasis on education, prevention and recovery. Their “Optimal Functions” is now located in the second floor of San Jose Building, Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay road, Sta. Rosa.

They offer a wide range of personalized services that focuses on musculoskeletal cases from prevention to recovery and maintenance.

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Recently, the Rizal monument in Rizal Park underwent a professional cleaning from the German company Karcher. They have this professional pressure washer (and a host of other cleaning devices) which did a very excellent job in making the monument sparkle without the years of dust, mold, and whatnots.

Anyway, great job! They promised to do other monuments in the future!

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Fil-Canadian computer engineer turned business coach, Jon Orana, the Negosyo University’s Chief Escape Officer will have a whole day seminar on Jan. 20 from 8 a.m. This will be at the SGV function room of the AIM in Makati.

Orana started as an ordinary 9-to-5 job and his first business venture failed. He went back to being an employee as a mobile phone salesman, then he went back to his dream to start his own business, dealing e-books.

He had been inspired by a book, Robert Kiyoski’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad. He put up a freelance web design business but he failed badly losing his nest egg. It left him with a big debt. But he continued with his part-time, home-based internet business, and it eventually picked up and in three years he sold 24-millions e-books online.  He also expanded to becoming a mentor for over a thousand entrepreneurs with his blog of 100,000 e-mail subscribers. He now estimates he has sold more than a $100 million worth of e-books.

He is now very much in demand as a motivational and educational speaker and admits he gets paid well as a speaker. Four other millionaires he helped with their own businesses will be speaking in the whole say seminar. They are Jason Dulay, a digital nomad, J3 Patino, Richie Salvador who also owns an e-commerce store and Burn Gutierrez who is the financial adviser to evangelist Bo Sanchez. Those interested can call Mandy Navasero at 896 3208 or 63 995 791 8190.

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