1. Gretchen Ho

"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. Always be ready for the biggest break of your life. It's coming," goes Gretchen's personal mantra, which could explain why despite being a sought-after host, this 27-year old still has the time and energy to go beyond what's expected of her as a fitness icon. She’s up at four in the morning to prepare for her TV show hosting duties, after which she heads off to other reporting assignments, endorsement engagements, and other professional responsibilities without forgetting to allot enough time for working out. (Check out her Berocca #BigDay Challenge video for your daily dose of fitspiration!)

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"My best tip would be to know and accept  [your] limits," says Gretchen. "It's really important to take care of your physical, mental and spiritual health, so you can be more productive at work. Don't rush into things too much. It's okay to take your time with your growth, may it be in whatever aspect of your life. Being a 'workaholic' isn't a compliment, being 'balanced' is. Don't forget your loved ones as you strive for your personal ambitions."

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2. Sarah Lahbati

As someone whose personal life is deeply connected to her professional one (she's one of the stars of a family reality show, after all), Sarah Lahbati, most recently seen in the film Ang Pagsanib kay Leah dela Cruz, stresses that being aware of what your priorities are and proper time management is key to a healthy work-life balance.

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Despite her hectic schedule both as a mom and actress, Sarah makes sure to give herself time to relax, especially now that they're expecting baby number two. "When you look good, you feel good," says the new face of Closeup. "So take care of yourself, either by… simple things such as going to the salon, getting a hair treatment or if you have time to go to the gym, stuff like that. So you feel strong and ready to take on any challenge that’s ahead of you."

3. Solenn Heussaff

Solenn recently opened her second exhibit entitled "Kalsada," which features her nephew Kaeden, who picked the series' color palette for her. For Solenn, the experience was a lesson in beauty and happiness in seemingly dire situations.

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"The series of paintings we came up with are all so colorful, even if some of the surroundings and expressions are quite sad," she wrote on her blog. "It was actually Kaeden who used so much color, and I guess it kind of makes you appreciate how children naturally see things in a positive way. And that’s why I did this with him—so our people’s stories can be brought to life in a much brighter light."



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"Kalsada" will run until November 5 at the Provenance Art Gallery in Shangri-La at the Fort.

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4. Abby Asistio 

Abby Asistio isn't only known for her music, but also for the strides she has made in alopecia awareness. Currently one of the ambassadresses for Globe Telecommunication's upcoming event It's a Girl Thing, Abby shares that while popularity is great, it still really about authenticity and how you affect other people's lives through your fame.

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"It's a matter of significance because you can be popular one day but not have an impact... I think it's making a mark in the hearts and the lives of the people that you end up touching; that even if you're not popular, but you've made an imprint on the hearts of those you've touched."

Abby also finds it important that your work should generate positivity and keep the cycle of goodness going.

"I have my bad days. Sometimes I feel weak, even if people come to me for encouragement, there are times I get down, too. But then when I end up hearing the stories of the people I end up touching, it's like oh wow, they end up inspiring me back. So it's like a cycle, and then you get the courage and strength that they end up giving you, and then it fuels you to keep on doing what you do."

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Abby will be at Globe's It's a Girl Thing on November 18 at the Globe Iconic Store, Bonifacio High Street Ampitheater in Taguig.

5. Iza Calzado

In an industry that puts a lot of weight on beauty, Iza Calzado faced doubts when she entered her mid-thirties. "Oh my god, what’s my worth? Why isn’t this happening? Why am I no longer landing covers?’" She then shared that what matters isn't your sudden rise to the top, but how long you remain relevant--which often based on how well you mastered your craft. 

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"I’ve evolved in[to] a different kind of actress, compared to like the ‘It girl’ before. Kasi lahat naman magiging ‘It girl,’ and it’s the staying that matters. So I’m glad I worked on something deeper than that."

Aside from her acting career, Iza is also busy with pushing for her advocacies. She recently spoke during the pilot live stream of Project Ripple, wherein she stressed the importance of being body positive and loving oneself.

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"Self-doubt will always be there. It’s knowing to address it, accepting first that there are questions, answering them, and picking yourself up from that. Because staying in that doubt, negative energy kind of thing is not useful for your growth in any way."

Project Ripple will hold the Die Empty Conference on passion, productivity, and purpose on November 9, 2017. Visit www.projectripple.asia for more information.

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