Sports, health, wellness—elements of a lifestyle change


These days, people of all ages are searching for a bet ter quality of life – less traffic, less pollution, less stress. Can we reasonably aim for a happier, healthier lifestyle, with more time to bond with family and friends?

Part of seeking a happier, healthier lifestyle is getting rid of toxic and negative people, bad memories and circumstances. These spoil our zest for life and wreak havoc on our emotions. The sooner we do it, the better for us.

Thankfully, there are many ways we can do this: through sports, social dance like Zumba or other Latin Dances, yoga and meditation, spiritual reflection or going for a whole body massage. Over and above these, we can always pray. This is our hotline to God and the line is always open, 24/7.

In Dumaguete, these activities are all there for those who’d like to take part. At the Rizal Boulevard, the City Government under the leadership of Mayor Felipe Remollo, has recently built a beach volleyball area where people can play games. In some areas of the city, regular Zumba classes are held several times a week. And guess what? They’re free for the public. For a small fee, there are massage therapists on hand to soothe tired bodies and exhausted feet. No wonder, both tourists and residents feel the relaxed pace of life.

Recently, the Dragon Boat Race was held at the Rizal Boulevard with participants coming from different parts of the country. And on June 29, the biggest Thai Kickboxing Show in the Visayas featuring local Muaythai athletes Romnick Pabalate, the undefeated Asian Games Gold Medalist and challenger and Pamplona’s MMA Fighter Arvin “Asintado” Chan. They will be two of the athletes to fight against international rivals and other fighters in the “Muaythai Mano-Mano Kickboxing Show” at the Lamberto Macias Sports Complex. Another sports event in the works is a gathering of 10,000 school children to participate in different games. Indeed, the city is starting to prepare the residents for a sports-oriented and active lifestyle.

For those who are not really into competitive sports and but who’d like to have an active lifestyle, they can do their workout at the gym. There are gyms all over the city at very affordable rates. There is also a dance studio for those who are into dance.

Dumaguete is not just all about beaches, waterfalls, dolphin-watching, mountain hikes. It’s also a city for sports, health and wellness. It offers a simple lifestyle in a place with kind, gentle people. No place like home, indeed.