EXCLUSIVE: 3 Amazing Women Share How They're Making a Positive Change In The World And Celebrating Life To The Fullest
When we were younger, all of us dreamed of doing something grand, something that would change the world. But as we grew up, we gained wisdom and realized we don’t have to find the cure for cancer or solve world hunger to make a positive change. By simply living your best life, you inspire others to realize their own potential and empower them to live their best lives, too.
Here, three amazing women share how they lead with passion and purpose, and have become a notable force of positivity with the help of Organique Acai, the powerful health supplement that harnesses the benefits of acai.
Host, model, athlete, mom, and entrepreneur Maggie Wilson-Consunji seems to have it all! She’s the creative force behind Casa Consunji, a boutique for home décor and resort style living, which is on its way to celebrating its first year in the business.
“There’s definitely so much more I want to do with Casa Consunji, and I’m so excited to bring in all my ideas and make them flourish,” beams Maggie.
She has always been a creative, but she developed more love for interior design when she and her husband, real estate scion Victor Consunji, built their second home. “I really enjoyed decorating our first house, so I wanted to try my hand on the second. And I guess, my husband was more than impressed with how it turned out,” she laughs. Victor then invited her onboard to design the model units of his new development, which only further fanned her desire to translate her artistic touch into a flourishing brand.
Today, she derives so much fulfillment in this new endeavor and is happy to have taken that enterprising leap of faith.
The bombshell beauty has always been a risk-taker and never sits still for too long as she always seeks new ways to challenge herself—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Maggie tells Metro.Style, “I think it’s important as an individual to get out of your comfort zone, because that’s where growth and learning are. I think once you make the decision to become a YES person, success always follows.”
This empowering philosophy is what pushed her to join The Amazing Race Asia and the Antarctic Ice Marathon in 2017, which she both conquered. “I was scared to do it, but when I won, I realized that I could do anything! After that, I decided that I would not let anything hold me back and not waste my time dwelling on the fears and what ifs. Just do it!”
Along with this powerful mindset, she keeps herself fit through regular exercise, strength training, massages, and mindful eating. “I don’t do any fad workouts or diets. I like to keep it simple,” she says.
Although she's always been slim, it was just recently that she was compelled to prioritize and focus on her health. “Everything changed, around five years ago, when my husband got sick and was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease," she shares. Seemingly overnight, due to the high doses of steroids he had to take as part of his medication, Victor transformed from “being super-duper healthy to being really unhealthy."
As a doting wife, she joined her husband on his journey to full recovery and healing. The former Beached host on Metro Channel says, “Now, I’m very conscious about what we eat as a family and what I put into my body. So we try to eat out less and turn to all-natural ingredients.” To supplement her diet, she takes Organique Acai, which strengthens her immune system and gives her the boost of energy she needs to power through her busy days.
And she’ll need all the energy she can get, because there’s so much that she wants to achieve. She reveals, “In the next five or so years, I envision expanding Casa Consunji. I want to have another baby. I want to see more of the world and build the beach house of my dreams.”
Cat Arambulo-Antonio is the epitome of a modern mom, someone who masterfully balances family life, creative pursuits, and a business. She’s currently in the thick of launching her new passion project, Cat Arambulo Studio, in which she creates collections that “promote a healthy mind, active body, and happy heart.”
For Cat, the secret to success and happiness lies in being open to and being grateful for the blessings and keeping one’s eye out for new opportunities.
But even as she gives her 100% to her commitments, she never forgets to take care of herself. She points out, "I think self-love and self-care are important, because you can’t give what you don’t have, right?”
Cat also understands that while the spirit may be willing, energy is limited and so she leads her life following a clear set of rules and boundaries. “A life of affirmation starts with the power of saying no,” she nods.
In her life, God and family will always come first, and then herself and her work. It’s important to remind yourself of the priorities because it’s easy to lose yourself, she says. “When you become a mom, the kids become the focus of attention and life takes over. So sometimes you just go through the movements and feel like a robot,” Cat muses.
Hoping to re-center herself, Cat recently headed off to Costa Rica for a well-deserved retreat where she took the time to really reflect on her life and see the direction she wanted to take. She shares, “I decided, you know what, I have to start living my life with more intention. And I discovered that if you do things with more intention—the ‘why’—then the ‘how’ becomes easy to follow.”
This belief has translated well in her career, as she became only more discerning of the projects she took on. “At the end of the day, I only say yes to projects that I feel I can make a difference in and be truly proud of," she admits.
As one pursues their passions, Cat reminds others that it’s important to take care of one’s wellbeing through rest, proper exercise, diet, and supplements like Organique Acai. Cat shares, “Regularly, I meditate to keep myself grounded, hit the gym to stay in shape, and nourish my body with the right food and supplements. Because I need to be 100% there; I can’t be half-baked.”
Taking care of your health is not vanity, she underlines, “It’s about taking control and allowing yourself to receive self-love. You can only begin to see what you are capable of once you put yourself in a position where you’re happy and healthy.”
Cathy Salimbangon, the founder of Organique California, was already making a difference in people’s lives, managing a nursing facility in the US with her husband Elton. After graduating from the Cebu Doctors College of Nursing with a Nursing degree, Cathy, her husband, and their young children headed to Canada and then the US to seek greener pastures. It was there, far from home, that the couple discovered their greater calling to help their fellow Filipinos through a wholly developed supplement, Organique Acai.
“While working with the sick and elderly, I realized that many of their lifestyle diseases could have been prevented,” she begins. “So when we were thinking of developing our own supplements, I always looked back on that time, working in the nursing home.”
“I didn’t want to force patients to take their supplements,” she says. Though they were sick, Cathy believed that they deserved a better quality of life. “So we wanted to create a supplement that was not only good for them, but which tasted good, too. What good is your food supplement if you don’t even enjoy it?” she points out.
By merging Cathy’s experience in palliative care and her education in medicine, with Elton’s work in research and development, the couple introduced Organique Acai.
“Acai, which we use in the product, is a superfood found in the Amazon rainforest, and it’s been noted for improving your overall health,” Cathy shares. “Based on our research and development, acai is good for mental clarity, your circulation, your bones, your heart, and is packed with antioxidants and micronutrients such as iron, potassium, fiber, and calcium to help strengthen your immune system.”
From LA, the couple then brought the life-changing product to Philippine shores in 2008. “We realized, we needed to bring it here because hospitalization is so expensive, and there was a great opportunity to help other people,” she explains. Organique Acai, she emphasizes, isn’t only for the elderly or the sick, it’s for every member of the family.
“Unlike other synthetic drugs that may burden the liver and kidneys, Organique Acai is all-natural so it’s safe for women, children and the rest,” she says. Whether you work out religiously or lead a lesser active lifestyle, everybody can benefit from this health supplement.
“I, personally, am not a sporty person. I hate exercise, but I like to keep moving. I don’t sit still,” she says.
Cathy is passionate and committed to helping others find greater health and wellbeing. And through Organique California’s wide range of products, they’re helping every individual live out their passion and mission in life with that extra boost of nutrition.
“For me, I believe that health is not only physical, it encompasses the psychological, mental, and emotional aspects of the individual, so it’s important that we take care of our entire wellbeing,” she says.
Maggie Wilson-Consunji, Cat Arambulo-Antonio, and Cathy Salimbangon have found greater meaning in their respective roles. And to ensure that they are able to see the rest of their dreams through, they turn to the powerful health benefits of Organique Acai. “With this supplement, you’ll discover that everything is possible. With a strengthened immune system, healthier wellbeing, and renewed energy, you can do mostly anything," ends Cathy.
Photography by Seven Barretto
Creative Direction by Chookie Cruz
Sittings Editors: Kate Paras-Santiago and Grace Libero-Cruz
Styling by Kat Cruz-Villanueva
Makeup by Muriel Vega Perez (Cathy), Angie Cruz (Maggie), and Chuchie Ledesma (Cat)
Hairstyling by Muriel Vega Perez (Cathy), Mate Grafl (Maggie), and Rudolf Davalos (Cat )
Writer: Kristel Dacumos-Lagorza
Set design by Flourish & Frills
Video producer: Joan Ko
Videographer: Berwin Coroza