“I never thought a two-week program could change my life, but I’m so thankful that it did.”
In 2017, Arnold Damian Jr. was sitting in the emergency room, having been diagnosed with early signs of mild stroke. At 23 years old, Arnold was wondering how even in his early twenties, this has happened to him. “Back then, mahilig ako sa fast food, mahilig ako magpuyat,” he shares. “After being hospitalized, I realized that I needed a lifestyle change.”
Enter Philam Life’s Camp #LiveBetter. “I saw the call for applicants on Instagram, and at first, I thought, ano ‘to?’” Arnold recalls. “But when I read more about it, I thought that ito talaga ang perfect way to help me improve my health and wellness, and auditioned for it.”
Kicked off at the start of this year, Camp #LiveBetter is a total wellness game show powered by Philam Vitality, Philam Life’s game-changing wellness program that helps encourage the right behavior by incentivizing customers with rewards for knowing and improving their health. An extension of Philam Life’s #LiveBetter campaign, Camp #LiveBetter demonstrates how easy and rewarding it is to live longer, healthier and better lives.
The three-part online mini-series followed the 14-day journey of three teams as they completed various challenges related to fitness, wellness, food and finance, and made the most out of their Philam Vitality-integrated insurance policies. The teams were headed by Philam Life brand ambassadors Mond Gutierrez, Nico Bolzico, and Solenn Heussaff, who were each joined by a Philam Life Financial Advisor and a Philam Vitality Member, one of which was Arnold. “I was so excited when I found out that I was on Team Mond,” recounts Arnold. “He is such an inspiration for people who want to improve their health and overall wellness.”
One challenge, Arnold recalls, was actually something he wanted to check off his bucket list, despite his initial hesitation. “The most challenging task was the flying trapeze, because we only had a brief moment to analyze and execute the challenge,” he says. “Kahit wala kang fear of heights, pag nandun ka na sa taas talagang mangangatong yung tuhod mo. So I was very happy that I was able to do it in one try.”
At the end of two weeks, Team Mond emerged victorious, with Arnold doing his best to accumulate as much points as he can from all the challenges. “I was so proud of Arnold,” Mond says. “From the very start, he was always so confident in performing the tasks, and he really made a strong contribution to our team. I’m so excited to see how the rest of his #LiveBetter journey plays out!”
And for his part, Arnold feels indebted to Mond, who shared key pieces of advice on how to stay healthy and stay motivated with his teammates. “Malaking tulong yun para sa fitness goals namin. He literally shared his secrets with us!” he shares. “Thanks to Mond’s guidance, I was able to prove to myself that I can live a healthier life.”
Aside from winning a luxurious wellness trip to Bali, Arnold also took home something more important – new friends. “Because of Camp #LiveBetter, I was able to meet people with the same views about health and fitness, and gained good friends,” he says. Arnold also shares that even if the camp is over, he is committed to living better for his loved ones. “The camp may have ended, but the pledge continues, and I pledge to live better not just for myself, but also for my family and friends. I want to lead a healthy lifestyle because I believe that life still has a lot more adventures waiting to be conquered.”
Visit www.philamlife.com to watch all three Camp #LiveBetter episodes and find out how you, too, can live a healthier, longer,and better life. To learn more, talk to a Philam Life Financial Advisor, find us on Facebook at PhilamLifeAIA, or call (02)528-2000.