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Living a balanced life while in lockdown

You may be stuck in your house but that doesn’t mean you can’t do the things you loved to do in the pre-pandemic world. You can live a life of balance during the lockdown—by making sure you’re updated with what’s going on, lending a helping hand from the safety of your home, while also taking care of yourself and making time to do the things you enjoy. The internet is your best friend during the quarantine period and PLDT empowers you with a connection that’s strong enough for all the things you need and want to do. PLDT Home also has online activations and workshops that subscribers can join for free.

Wondering when you can hit the gym?

There are many ways you can stay fit during the lockdown. PLDT Home has partnered with Pretty Huge Obstacles, the largest multi-level indoor obstacle course in Asia and the first in the Philippines, in live streaming fitness classes on their Facebook page. They offer Daily Yoga, HIIT, and dance classes from Tuesdays to Thursdays at 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m, from April 14 to May 1. Want to exercise at your own time? Download the Nike Training Club app and find workouts of different intensities that you can try, whether you’re a beginner or a pro, with or without equipment at home.

Noel of Pretty Huge Obstacles

Noel of Pretty Huge Obstacles

Learn something new.

The Philippine Educational Theater Association has been holding Let’s Get Creative classes every Fridays on its Facebook Live. Its past sessions have covered everything from storytelling techniques, harmony at home, and DIY arts and crafts to handmade soap making, creating a character through makeup, and improve for everyone. To see upcoming schedules, visit PETA’s Instagram account @petatheater.

The Philippine Educational Theater Association

The Philippine Educational Theater Association

Love going to the theater? 

Universal just launched a YouTube channel called “The Shows Must Go On!” Every Friday at 7 p.m. BST (that’s 2 a.m. Saturday for us in the Philippines), the channel will release one full-length smash-hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical for you to enjoy for 48 hours. The first show was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, which was followed by Jesus Christ Superstar and then The Phantom of the Opera. The Metropolitan Opera has also been streaming operas nightly. Check out for shows you can watch as well. has been offering living room concerts while the YouTube channel “TheActors Fund” has also been gathering stars of the stage and the screen like Kristin ChenowethLea SalongaJosh GadBilly Porter, and more for live performances. And if you want to watch Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of Hamilton surprise a young fan who missed out on watching the show because of the coronavirus, check out the second episode of “Some Good News” with John Krasinski on YouTube. (Warning: you might cry.)

Itching to travel? 

You can still get a dose of culture while quarantined, passport not required. Go on virtual tours of the Louvre, the Sistine Chapel and Vatican museums, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Google Arts and Culture also takes you inside museums including The Museum of Modern Art, the

British Museum, the Guggenheim, and so many more. And it’s not just museums, Google can take you to a variety of landmarks too including Machu Picchu, the Stonehenge and more. You can also visit the United States’ national parks like Yosemite and Yellowstone.

Do you miss watching concerts?

A lot of other artists are playing private concerts in their homes too. Elton John hosted the “iHeart Living Room Concert for America,” featuring Billie Eilish, Sam Smith, and other performers. There’s “MTV Unplugged at Home” and, locally, Ryan Cayabyab’s “Bayanihan Musikahan,” a free Facebook Live concert series that aims to raise funds for the country’s most vulnerable communities.

Longing to sit inside a packed cinema with your friends again?

The next best thing would be to hold a Netflix party with your friends. You can actually get a Google Chrome plugin from the

website on your laptop or computer so you can organize a watch party

with your buds who are in their own homes. Prepare your snacks, choose a film or show and enjoy watching together while still social distancing.

Do you want to party? 

DJs—foreign and local, from D-Nice to Bing Austria—have been playing sets on Facebook Live or Instagram Live that you dance along or chill to. Some of them, like DJ Sisko, have turned their sets into a chance to raise funds for those in need.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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