Meet Dr. Cenia, a Health Optimization Medicine (HOMe) specialist in the Philippines
Posted on

When I was younger, the problems I had were so much different from the ones I have now.
Now that I’m older, I wonder why I get headaches in the afternoon for no reason at all, and they last until I fall asleep. I have this leg pain I only feel when I’m lying down at night.
As soon as I wake up I feel lethargic, depressed and anxious.
I can’t seem to lose any weight despite attempts at dieting and working out.
While most of us attribute these frustrations to growing old, many times it’s all about our hormones and there is hope for us after all.

Men and women with testosterone deficiency may have a hard time losing weight despite hitting the gym everyday.
If you are often tired and lethargic, it could be the result of thyroid problems. If you have headaches in the afternoon, it could be your cortisol levels.
An excess of estrogen and a cortisol deficiency in men and women could result in grumpiness. For males, a drop in virility could be the result of deficiencies in zinc and testosterone.

Most doctors would also tell us we don’t really need to take vitamins, as long as we have a good diet. But how many of us really have the time to eat a good diet?
For instance, a very common deficiency in the different types of vitamin B can predispose one to depression.

I feel very fortunate to have met Dr. Cenia Lucas-Acevedo recently at a lunch. I feel like I was meant to meet her, hear and share her story, how she discovered Health Optimization Medicine (HOMe) when she started having problems with her son.

Dr. Cenia Acevedo

Health Optimization Medicine is a relatively young branch of medicine that measures borderline deficiencies and subtle toxicities for a customized approach to optimal health via vitamins, supplements and hormones.

Several years ago, Dr. Cenia and her husband Eugene noticed their eldest son becoming difficult. He was hoarding empty bottles for no reason and refused to go to school. Before these episodes, her son was an honor student. He became combative against his parents.

Dr. Cenia and her husband Eugene brought their son to several doctors here and abroad. He was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and prescribed with medication which didn’t work.
“He was over 200 lbs. and had acne all over his face. He dropped out of school, too,” said Eugene, a bank executive.

Dr. Cenia blamed herself. Her husband sort of blamed her, too, and their marriage became strained.
Dr. Cenia recalls, when she was pregnant with their son, she was a resident-physician at a very busy government hospital along Taft Ave. She kept long hours and was only given a short leave after she gave birth. She left their son in the care of a nanny. She was unable to breastfeed her firstborn as long as she would have wanted.

Looking back, Dr. Cenia realizes it was a combination of factors that might have caused their son’s problems. She remembers giving him a lot of dairy as he loved milk and cheese.
“Too much milk and dairy products may have inflamed his gut which resulted in poor absorption. Naturally, the other nutrients were not properly absorbed which resulted in my son unable to produce the healthy brain cells and hormones to make him an emotionally and psychologically well balanced teenager.”

Too much stress during her pregnancy, Dr. Cenia thinks, may have permanently altered the fetus’ response to it later in life.
She learned about nutritional medicine and hormonal balancing from another mother whose child was in a similar situation. Being a doctor, Dr. Cenia was skeptical at first but she also realized it was her only option at that time.

She was certified in Belgium for Anti-Aging Medicine and Nutritional Medicine, both With Distinction, and trained under the mentorship of Dr. Theodore Achacoso, the creator of Health Optimization Medicine. She is one of only five certified Filipino doctors, currently practicing in the Philippines.

Dr. Cenia’s son is probably his mother’s first success story. He is now down to his original weight of 130 lbs. and is a happy and well-adjusted 22-year-old studying at the University of the Philippines in Diliman where he is a University Scholar.

As Dr. Cenia explained it, conventional medical tests may not be able to detect anything wrong at an early stage and without correction, the metabolism’s ability to compensate is weakened and symptoms of illness may start appearing.

“With HOMe, the correction of what’s ailing the patient goes beyond the organ level where conventional medicine usually focuses. We complement traditional medicine by working at the cellular level,” she added.
For instance, during an active illness, HOMe takes care of the healthy cells and helps the sick cells recover faster while the patient is on prescription medication.

HOMe is not out to replace conventional medicine, which has made people live longer and greatly reduced deaths due to infection and trauma.
“However, chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, hypertension and heart problems are on the rise despite people living longer. These diseases have resulted in a poorer quality of life for many. Health span has to catch up with life span and HOMe may be able to help people achieve this,” said Dr. Cenia.

Every HOMe diagnosis and program is customized for each patient. A patient has to undergo a series of consultations, biochemical/hormonal and toxin blood tests and evaluation of results. Deficiencies are corrected through measured supplementation of nutrients and/or hormones.

Dr. Cenia’s patients include those who are health-conscious and want to improve their health further; those who don’t want conventional medicine or therapies; those who want to continue but reduce their use of conventional medicines; those taking care of a very precious sick family member and for whom conventional medicine hasn’t seemed to help, and those suffering from serious illnesses like cancer
and want to consider additional supportive therapy other than conventional ones.

She also has patients seeing her for depression, autism and other mental problems. She creates customized prenatal care and supportive care for infertility cases, to complement her conventional training as an obstetrician-gynecologist.
The age range of patients can be anywhere from five to 90, male and female. This is because anyone can potentially have borderline deficiencies and toxicities.

Dr. Cenia currently does home/office visits, and will continue to offer this option (even when her Vivacite clinic opens later this year) to clients who value their times and privacy.
Personal assessments are done by appointment, which would run for at least one hour.
Interested parties may call 423-57302 or (0920) 823-8976 or email Contact details may change anytime and will be advised.
Replies can be expected within an hour (from 9 AM-6 PM, Mondays to Saturdays).

Lepsortsac and Super Mario power up this July 2017
Posted on

Nintendo’s Gameboy was my best friend during my last trimester of pregnancy in 2001.
During that time, handheld games ran on batteries. I would play at night when I couldn’t sleep. I would play Dr. Mario and Hatris until the batteries died! That’s the only time I would sleep.
That said, I can’t wait to get my hands on Lesportsac’s latest collab with Ninentendo. This is adorable.


Working with Nintendo, LeSportsac has taken Super Mario iconic images and translated it into the brand’s bestselling styles, including crossbodys, totes, backpacks, and weekenders, as well as small cosmetic bags and purses.


The LeSportsac x Nintendo collection launches worldwide this July 2017.
In the Philippines, LeSportsac is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc., and is located at Greenbelt 3, Estancia at Capitol Commons, Kiss N Fly Terminal 3, Robinsons Magnolia, and Trinoma.

Legendary bouncer and photographer Sven Marquardt exhibits photographs at Yuchengco Museum
Posted on

Sven Marquardt returns to the Philippines for his first solo exhibition of photography in the country.
FUTURE’S PAST is a collection of black and white portraits taken over 30 years in Berlin.

Future's Past POSTER 103

Sven Marquardt was born in 1962, just a year after the construction of the infamous Berlin Wall. He grew up in East Berlin and got involved in the punk scene during his youth. He ran into trouble with the GDR authorities often enough that soon, he was banned from Mitte, the city’s central district.

Marquardt began his career in photography during the early 1980’s in East Berlin. Photographs taken during the height of his involvement in punk offers an extensive documentation of GDR’s subculture at the time.
After his education as a photographer and camera man, he found a mentor in the person of Helga Paris. Herself a photographer and a social critic, Paris helped him shape his photography and find his own style.

Starting out as camera assistant and later as a fashion photographer, Marquardt found himself immersed in Berlin’s techno club scene, shooting images that capture the heart and soul of the era, of the subculture in which he himself was entrenched.

In addition to his creative portfolio, the name Sven Marquardt is synonymous to Berlin’s most exclusive nightclub, Berghain, where he worked as a doorman for many years.
Berghain saw its popularity rise in the mid-2000s propelled by its notorious exclusivity and strict adherence to great techno music.
A few years after it opened, people dubbed Berghain as the “mecca of techno music”.
The association with Berghain, his photography and his distinct appearance elevated Marquardt into a cult figure in Berlin.

Sven Marquardt has since been travelling around the globe for his exhibitions. He has published several books, worked with established brands and renowned institutions such as the photography school Ostkreuzschule and the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art.

“Future’s Past” is brought to Manila by the Goethe-Institut Philippinen, the German Cultural Center, in partnership with the Yuchengco Museum.
It opens on June 29, 6 to 9 PM at Yuchengco’s Bridgeway Foyer Gallery & Cone Room.
There will be short discussion and Q&A with the artist.
Exhibit runs from June 29 to August 11, 2017 from 10AM – 6PM.

The Yuchengco Museum is at RCBC Plaza corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati
Opening night si free.
Exhibit rates: Php 100 (Regular) / Php 50 (Seniors, Students and PWD)

Cibo celebrates 20 years with Italian street food
Posted on

Hard to believe Cibo is 20 years old this year!
I still remember the first time I ever tried Cibo. It was 1997 in Glorietta.
Not this one—


but it was located at an open space which is now the 2nd level walkway to the Landmark.
It was phenomenal because it served affordable, delicious, Italian food and though they served it fast, you can’t really call it fast food.
I even remember my first order—chicken sandwich. To this day it’s still my favorite. Cibo was also first to introduce red grape shape to the country.
Everyone has a favorite Cibo dish! Ours is the beef tenderloin with garlic and rosemary. What’s yours?

Now for its 20th year anniversary, Cibo’s chef and founder Margarita Fores brings Italian street food to their newest branch at SM Aura.


“My travels to Italy aren’t complete without enjoying their street food,” said Margarita. “From then until now, I’ve taken delight in a wide range of pizze, panini, gelati and a lot of golden fried food, especially since they are reminiscent of the ones we have here. On Cibo’s 20th year, I am proud to share with you my love and my take on some of Italy’s beloved street food, Cibo di Strada.


Her special menu includes ARROSTICINI, which hails from the Abruzzo region in Italy. Arrosticini is skewered beef tenderloin cubes, spiked with chili flakes, and grilled to perfection.


FRITTO MISTO is a staple in all coastal areas of Italy. Think deep-fried shrimp, squid, zucchini, eggplant, and lemon in a light, crisp batter with special dip.


PIZZA FRITTA are Neapolitan deep-fried pizza dough pockets filled with tomato, mozzarella, and basil in groviera cream


It also comes in smoked ham, bel paese, mozzarella, and fontina in groviera cream.


For your sweet tooth, there’s Nutella banana pizza fritta.


PANINO PORCHETTA is grilled panino sandwich stuffed with slices of porchetta (spiced roast pork) that is typically Roman with tangy apple, pear mostarda, and peppery arugula.


ARANCINI, a Sicilian staple, are deep-fried risotto balls stuffed with three kinds of fillings:
Bologna-style beef, pork ragù and mozzarella


Al telefono—a blend of tomatoes, melting mozzarella, parmigiano and basil


and a mix of porcini mushrooms, gorgonzola and mozzarella.


Cibo di Strada is exclusively available at CIBO SM Aura, while Pizza Fritta is available in all branches.
Promo runs from June 26 to July 27, 2017, Mondays to Thursdays only.
Enjoy a 20% discount on a single order of any of our pasta dishes (for dine in and take out), when you order Pizza Fritta.