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  • Duterte names Gamboa new PNP top brass

    Duterte names Gamboa new PNP top brass

    MANILA, Philippines - The country will have its new Philippines National Police chief even as the PNP organization's image was tarnished with the "ninja cops controversay" in 2019, that toppled down the active leadership of former PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in a speech in Davao City yesterday has named Lt. General Archie Gamboa as the incoming PNP chief, saying that Gamboa has shown his sincerity as officer-in-charge (OIC) of the PNP organization during his tenure for the past three months. Duterte said he would finally give Gamboa the PNP's top post but added he needs to talk first with Gamboa and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año. “I’m going to appoint you as the regular PNP. But you and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año and I, will have a long, long talk first,” the president said in his speech last night in Davao City.  “Pinakita mo sa akin ang sincerity mo and I’d like you to leave something that you will be remembered by the country,” the president said during a gathering in Davao. Duterte asked apologies for living early during his speech as he is also scheduled to meet with the incoming PNP chief. “I am promoting him as PNP chief. Mag-usap pa kaming tatlo ni General Año kung paano niya dalhin ang trabaho niya. I want to talk to him para walang palpak. Ayaw kong palpak na naman,” Duterte said. Gamboa took his oath as the new OIC of the PNP after Gen Oscar Albayalde was in trouble for his alleged involvement in "ninja cops controversy" during a drug raid that took place in Pampanga sometime in 2013. Gamboa, being the next in line as the PNP's deputy chief for administration, the second highest position in the PNP organization in the country. He was a member of Sinagtala Class of 1986 in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) and also a classmate of Gen Albayalde in their PMA days.  

    January 18, 2020

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  • Robinsons Supermarket soon to rise in Oroquieta

    Robinsons Supermarket soon to rise in Oroquieta

    OROQUIETA City--The Robinsons Supermarket will soon expand its business in this City of Good Life, said Mayor Lemuel Meyrick. "Hopefully and God willing, the Robinsons Supermarket will soon become part of Oroquieta City's economic boom," said Meyrick. If ever this will push through, the mayor said it is one of the best gifts on the 50th Anniversary of the capital city of Misamis Occidental celebration this month of January. Oroquieta City,  pursuat to Republic Act no. 5581, signed into law by then President Ferdinand E Marcos, was declared in January 1, 1970 to become a component city of the province of Misamis Occidental. About Robinsons Robinsons Supermarket is a supermarket chain in the Philippines, a division of Robinsons Retail Holdings, Incorporated. Its first branch, Robinsons Supermarket Cebu Fuente, opened in 1985. Today, it has 157 branches across the Philippines (and it is also the second largest supermarket chain in terms of number of stores). It has three formats which include Robinsons Selections, Robinsons Easymart & Robinsons Supermarket. Robinsons Supermarket belongs to the Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc. (RRHI) group along with Robinsons Department Store, Handyman Do It Best Center, Robinsons Appliances, Top Shop, Dorothy Perkins, Wallis, Toys R Us and True Value, Robinsons Retail also owns South Star Drug, the country's oldest and second largest drugstore chain (which Robinsons acquired South Star in 2012). Robinsons Retail also acquires mid-sized supermarket chain Jaynith's Supermarket on January 2014. With additional info from enwikipedia.org

    January 18, 2020

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  • Misor readies relief goods for Taal victims

    Misor readies relief goods for Taal victims

    MISAMIS Oriental--The province of Misamis Oriental has relief assistance ready to be dispatched for the victims of the Taal volcanic eruption, provincial governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano said Friday. Emano said that he has instructed the provincial disaster officials to prepare when reports about the Taal volcano eruption was reported. “The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Department (PDRRMD) would move anytime to transport much needed supplies to the victims of the Taal volcano eruption,” Emano said. Francisco Dy, Jr., PDRRMD head, said that the provincial disaster office has already stockpiled materials that include, medicines, foods, tents, blankets and other important relief goods. “We will move and transport the relief goods once the provincial governor issued a travel order to the disaster personnel,” Dy said. Emano said that his office is coordinating closely with local officials in Batangas to be able to get the right assessment of the situation and be provided with the priority areas for assistance. The provincial government of Misamis Oriental dispatched relief assistance to earthquake victims in Davao, a few days after the series of earthquake struck Davao last year, Emano said. He said the province of Misamis Oriental also sent relief goods and health personnel in the aftermath of Yolanda (Haiyan), the strongest typhoon that struck the province of Leyte, killing thousands of people in 2013.

    January 18, 2020

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  • Fraternal Order of Eagles renews commitment of support to Duterte

    Fraternal Order of Eagles renews commitment of support to Duterte

    CAGAYAN de Oro City--The Fraternal Order of Eagles (TFOE-Philippine Eagles) has renewed its commitment of support to the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as the president graced its thanksgiving gathering held at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on Friday (January 17). “We have supported the President when he ran for office and we still continue to support him,” said the TFOE-Philippine Eagles in a collective statement. As early as 2017, the TFOE-Philippine Eagles, touted as one of the country’s biggest socio-civic organizations, has already expressed its support and commitment to the administration of President Duterte. Founded in Quezon City in 1979, the TFOE-Philippine Eagles is a socio-civic organization with a guiding principle of service through strong brotherhood and fraternal ties among members as keystone to humanitarian service. The fraternal organization boasts of the president, several cabinet members and a number of senators as among its members. The TFOE-Philippine Eagles has about 300,000 members across the country who supported the presidential bid of Duterte even when he was still mayor of Davao City back then in 2016. One of the thrusts of TFOE-Philippine Eagles is to strengthen its partnerships with the government at the local level or local government units (LGUs). “It’s high time that we work hand in hand with LGUs so we could achieve our goal of helping in our community. By working with local governments, our help would reach our fellow human beings,” the group said. (MF)

    January 18, 2020

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Suzuki Philippines boosts strong performance in 2 quarters; introduces New Vitara 

November 4, 2019

Motoring

By: , MANILA, Philippines – Consistent with its strong performance for the first two quarters of the year, pioneer compact car distributor Suzuki Philippines (SPH) finishes the third quarter with positive growth yet again, enabling the company to post 19 percent sales growth for the first nine months of the year over the same period in 2018. The continued sales increase is the result of the brand’s strategic marketing efforts, which emphasize numerous promotions and interactive events and are aimed at boosting product visibility. SPH hopes to ride on this strong market and brand momentum to further strengthen its position in the market through the remaining months of 2019. “Suzuki’s current standing in the Philippine automotive industry is a significant milestone for the brand. After securing the 4th spot in the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (CAMPI) ranking – the highest rank in the brand’s history – and climbing to the 5th spot in the local automotive industry roster last quarter, we at Suzuki Philippines can definitely say that 2019 has been a monumental year for the brand,” shared SPH Director and General Manager for Automobile Division Keiichi Suzuki. “These back-to-back achievements further fuel our drive to deliver on the brand’s promise of quality driving experience with every Suzuki vehicle,” he added. Top sales drivers: Ertiga, Swift, Celerio The Ertiga, Swift and Celerio continue to excite and stimulate the market as Suzuki’s best-selling vehicles. The three award-winning models combined accounted for 56 percent of total sales from January to September this year. The well-loved family vehicle Ertiga still dominates the Suzuki auto sales chart with a 34 percent share. This 7-seater vehicle fortified its position as the top-favorite Suzuki vehicle with the release of the Ertiga Black interior version, which drove sales up even further. Aside from its fuel efficiency and spacious interior that complement the body’s elegance and modern style, the Ertiga demonstrates good engine performance that is powerful and cost-efficient, making it an ideal vehicle for practical Filipino families. Swift kept its position as the second top-selling Suzuki model with an 11.4 percent share of total sales. This hatchback remains the millennials’ top choice among Suzuki vehicles. With its sleek and stylish design that is very recognizable on the road, millennials can definitely identify with this fun and compact Suzuki hatchback. Accounting for 11 percent share of sales, the Celerio ranks third among Suzuki’s top-selling vehicles. This hatchback, known for its space and roomy dimension, can accommodate up to 254-liters worth of cargo with an uncompromised 5-seater capacity. Alongside its remarkable fuel efficiency that ups the ante for its category.  SPH debuts New Vitara to Philippine driving arena Another vehicle from Suzuki Philippines that stunned the market this year and won the 2019-2020 Auto Focus Media’s Choice Awards’ Compact SUV of the Year: Best Value for Money award is the Suzuki Vitara. Committed to continue its legacy and stand firm to its promise to provide value-packed and affordable products to more Filipinos, Suzuki proudly debuts the improved and upgraded New Vitara. This CBU Unit from Magyar Suzuki Corporation (MSC HUNGARY) is available in GL+, 6 speed Automatic Transmission and GLX, 6 speed Automatic Transmission variants.  Suzuki has made several improvements and upgrades in both the exterior and interior of the New Vitara. It is now equipped with newly designed grills, lower bumpers and new rear combination lamps, all of which create an expressive exterior. The new stylish suede front and rear seats, cluster meter and premium-feel cabin create a comfortable yet stylish interior vibe. “The New Vitara will surely appeal to car enthusiasts looking for an improved version of the classic Suzuki vehicle. It is our pleasure to bring another modified Suzuki vehicle to the Philippines. The New Vitara will certainly deliver an exceptional driving experience to Filipinos – the Suzuki way,” shared Keiichi Suzuki.For more information about Suzuki Philippines and its automobiles, please visit www.suzuki.com.ph and like them on www.facebook.com/SuzukiAutoPH.     About Suzuki Philippines Incorporated Suzuki Philippine Incorporated is a wholly-owned Japanese multinational firm highly recognized in the automotive industry. The company specializes in the manufacture and sale of motorcycles and distribution of compact vehicles and outboard motors. Suzuki has established its reputation worldwide for quality, versatility and innovation, and has created a heritage of trust and reliability. www.suzuki.com.ph

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Taiwan Excellence Returns at Taiwan Expo 2019

October 23, 2019

Motoring

By: , With Technology and Smart City Concept  The Taiwan Excellence Pavilion is creating a major buzz during the Taiwan Expo 2019, held in Davao for the first time, as visitors are treated to some sterling products and hi-tech gadgets. The overwhelming response received during the first edition of the Expo urged the participation of Taiwan Excellence this year as well. The two-day expo on the 8th and 9th of November will showcase products from more than 15 brands in the field of AI Robot, Unmanned aerial vehicle systems (UAV), and smart city solutions.  Taiwan Excellence is the highest mark of distinction bestowed upon the best of Taiwanese innovations since 1993 and has honored many innovators over the past 27 years. The aim of the award is to encourage continual innovation in product quality, design and image; and winners of the coveted title are selected on multiple strict criteria including their R&D, design, product quality, and marketing model. In recent years, Taiwan Excellence has made itself known in the Philippines through various activities such as Taiwan Excellence 3x3 Hoop Challenge, exhibitions in shopping malls and leading trade shows. These hands-on interactions are a hit with Filipinos and have helped to extend the reach to businesses and consumers. Taiwanese technology has always been well regarded internationally and Taipei City was even ranked by Business Insider as Asia’s most high-tech city for two consecutive years in 2017 and 2018. Taiwan’s solid R&D, excellent design track record and production capabilities are instrumental in its success and Taiwan Excellence recognizes the best of the best. During the two-day event, the Taiwan Excellence pavilion will prove to be a major highlight as it showcases a range of tech products that define the innovation of Taiwan. Coming to Taiwan Excellence Pavilion, visitors will have a chance to individually interact with a series of breakthrough technologies, which span across various categories, including information and communication technology (ICT), home appliances, leisure & health care and smart building solutions. These state-to-the-art technologies are invented to bring a more convenient life and satisfy Philippine consumers. Sharing Smart City Solutions In conjunction with the exiting products on display, the Taiwan Excellence Pavilion organized a smart city seminar, Transform Cities with Technological Solutions from Taiwan, to share Taiwanese experience in this area with Philippine counterparts. Davao has become a well-developed tourist destination in the Philippines and one of the most booming tourist destinations that tourist want to visit. Besides, the government is gearing up to improve its competitiveness in tourism by investing more and more resources for tourism-related service and facilities. During Taiwan Excellence smart city seminar, there will be companies, such as GEOSAT Aerospace & Technology providing smart agriculture solutions with Unmanned aerial vehicle systems (UAV) and Cal-Comp Technology offering AI smart robots for SM Group and 7-Eleven in the Philippines, to share their technological solutions for the smart city. We anticipate to provide different ideas for city planning or city transformation and give people better living or touristic experience by innovative technology and eco-friendly solution from Taiwan.   About Taiwan Excellence The symbol of Taiwan Excellence honors Taiwan’s most innovative products that provide tremendous value to users worldwide. All products carrying this symbol have been selected for specific Taiwan Excellence Awards based on their excellence in design, quality, marketing, Taiwanese R&D and manufacturing. Initiated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), R.O.C. in 1992, the symbol of Taiwan Excellence is recognized by 100 countries. About Taiwan Excellence Mark  The Taiwan Excellence logo is inspired by the pursue of “perfection” and the six interwoven arcs represent the close ties Taiwan has with the global economic system and the interconnectivity of today’s industries while the red color represents the vitality of Taiwanese companies. The six arcs are independent on their own but yet come together to form a strong collective image to represent the way Taiwanese industries complement each other to form a whole. The Taiwan Excellence logo has been registered in 102 countries to date.

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IPC Signs MOA with JZGMSAT

October 14, 2019

Motoring

By: , Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) and the Jacobo Z. Gonzales Memorial School of Arts and Trade (JZGMSAT) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last September.      This was the second MOA signing between IPC and JZGMSAT. The first was on July 3, 2017, wherein IPC donated three mock-up/cutaway engines, and implemented its Diesel Engine Technology Training Program to JZGMSAT students enrolled in the Automotive Servicing course.      In the September 3 MOA signing, IPC turned over two Automotive Lifters, another mock-up Isuzu engine, and five computers. The addition of the Lifters are seen to help the students accomplish their NC3 Automotive Servicing accreditation. After the signing, JZGMSAT trainees performed a demonstration of their servicing skills. Alumni of the JZGMSAT Automotive Servicing course were also on hand to convey their special message during the formal signing ceremonies.      IPC President Hajime Koso remarked during his speech before students and guests at the signing ceremony that, as IPC has remained true to its mantra of being “Your Responsible Partner”, it has always prioritized efforts to contribute “to the progress of society.”      “Without a progressive society, no business will grow. IPC’s goal, then, is to help create a knowledge-sharing culture in the Philippines. That is why, we invest on knowledge. Knowledge inspires innovation. Innovation, on the other hand, is the key to a progressive, healthy economy,” Mr. Koso said.      IPC first trained 12 CALABARZON-TESDA Automotive Trainers on Diesel Engine Technology at the IPC Plant in June 2017, in preparation for the first MOA between IPC and JZGMSAT. The full implementation of the training program for the initial batch of 114 JZGMSAT students was held July 2017 to May 2018.      The training program covered topics such as: Direct and Indirect Fuel Injection; Valve trains; Carbon Dioxide Reduction Technology; Common Rail Fuel Injection, and; Engine Management System.      The new MOA will add the Isuzu PUV Modernized Jeepney Model Product Review to the training program scheduled for 2020. This includes topics on the main features and specifications of the modernized Isuzu PUVs, and a familiarization of their drivetrain and under chassis components.      Under the new MOA, IPC will also provide an opportunity to qualified JZGMSAT students for possible employment in Isuzu dealerships that need technicians. The MOA signing was witnessed by representatives of IPC, JZGMSAT, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). Signing the MOA were IPC President Hajime Koso, JZGMSAT Vocational School Administrator III Benito Reyes, and TESDA Regional Director Florencio Sunico, Jr.

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Isuzu Celebrates 5th Year of mu-X with Limited Edition mu-X Boondock

October 14, 2019

Motoring

By: , Five years after its market introduction, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) hosted a special Grand Family Event to celebrate its best-selling SUV, the Isuzu mu-X.      Held at the Filinvest Tent Alabang, IPC invited some 300 Isuzu vehicles coming from their big car clubs – Team Isuzu Pilipinas, Team Isuzu Car Enthusiast and mu-X Owners Philippines in a whole day of fun and activities like the car club motor show, mini games, parts & accessories display, Isuzu iconic vehicle display and a free concert at the end of the day.      “Introduced in 2014, the Isuzu mu-X became an instant hit to Filipino families nationwide, mainly due to its excellent performance, elegant styling and outstanding comfort – factors that are very important for a family vehicle,” said IPC President Hajime Koso.      During the event, IPC also introduced its latest addition to the mu-X line-up, a limited 5th year anniversary edition, the Isuzu mu-X Boondock. The Isuzu mu-X Boondock is more than just aesthetics, its lift kit suspension and off-road tires are designed for off-roading performance.      The Boondock Edition is based on the popular mu-X 3.0L LS-A. Equipped with upgraded features to increase ride height to 247mm and get that off-road look that the Boondock is known for. Running on the ever reliable 4JJ1-TC Blue Power Engine, the mu-X Boondock can provide 177PS maximum power and 380 N-m maximum torque, that is EURO 4 compliant.      Completing its off-road look, the new Isuzu mu-X Boondock comes with a gray over fender, newly designed front bumper, steel step board with Boondock logo and a fully functional roof rail with cross bar, perfect for family road trips.      “Isuzu mu-X Boondock Limited Edition is truly as special treat to the mid-size SUV market. Coming from the success of the Boondock Series, this variant is a great addition to the mu-X line-up. Which has proven its outstanding performance, impressive design, comfort, safety and over-all reliability as family vehicle in the past five years,” Koso added.      Available in 4×2 automatic transmission, the mu-X Boondock comes exclusively for Havana Brown body color.

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SM Prime Holdings grabs Best Environmental CSR in 8th Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Awards

December 27, 2019

Corporate

By: Mark Francisco, SM Prime Holdings – which has made the presence of two shopping malls in Cagayan de Oro City – bagged the Best Environmental CSR during the recently held 8th Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Awards in Cagayan de Oro City. The two shopping malls in Cagayan de Oro City under SM Prime Holdings are SM City Cagayan de Oro and SM CDO Downtown Premier. Opened in 2002, SM City Cagayan de Oro is the first SM Supermall in Northern Mindanao. Located in the uptown part of the city, the mall features major and minor anchors such as SM Store, SM Supermarket, Cyberzone, SM Appliance Center, ACE Hardware, Toy Kingdom and SM Cinemas. It has service centers, specialty stores and restaurants, indoor and outdoor parking spaces and its carpark building now houses apparel stores on the first level. Meanwhile, SM CDO Downtown Premier is being branded as a lifestyle mall and opened in 2017 along CM Recto Avenue in Cagayan de Oro City. The five-level mall features anchors such as SM Store, SM Supermarket, SM Bowling and SM Cinemas with seven theaters including two Director’s Club cinemas and a Megascreen cinema. It also has several specialty shops and homegrown restaurants. Accompanying the mall is the CDO Downtown Tower which is a 12-storey building and eight levels of office space for BPO companies with helipad on the roofdeck. SM Prime Holdings has been chosen by the jurors of the 8th Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Awards – which is organized by Mindanao Daily News and BusinessWeek Mindanao led by publisher Dante Sudaria and awards director Allan Mediante – largely due to its record of environmental sustainability through the decades that it has operated not only here in Mindanao but throughout the whole country. Considering its rapidly growing operations, SM Prime Holdings recognizes the impact it has on the environment. The company has taken measures to prioritize the efficient management of its resources. SM religiously tracks its use of energy and water as well as its waste and emissions. SM implements mitigation measures to ensure that these aspects are managed at optimal levels. Other projects include the Green Retail Agenda, greenhouse gas emissions management, energy efficiency, solid waste management, water treatment and recycling, air quality management and solar power investments. While the company continues to expand and conquer new markets, it stays steadfast to uphold their mission as environmental stewards of the natural resources of the country. In fact, it is noteworthy to mention that SM CDO Downtown Premier has its own rainwater catchment basin measuring 75x40 meters floor area and as high as six meters which can hold up to 13,540 cubic meters of water to reduce the risk of flooding. SM Prime Holdings has also introduced a recycling activity called the Trash to Cash program which promotes the reduce-reuse-recycle practice. The company has been inviting the community to implement proper waste disposal and management at the household level. Through the Trash to Cash program, SP Prime was able to inform its stakeholders of the available solutions in solving solid waste issues and concerns. SM Cares, a division of SM Foundation Inc., is the group that handles the corporate social responsibility programs of SM Prime Holdings. It organizes the sustainability efforts into a comprehensive program that tackles a wide range of initiatives: from giving a voice to the underrepresented sectors of our society to preserving the environment and to creating innovative but sustainable avenues of growth. SM Cares works with various organizations, shareholders and people from the community in coming up with innovative solutions that pave way to living more sustainable lives. As a responsible mall developer, SM ensures that its CSR programs serve as catalyst for positive change for the community it serves. The 8th Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepeneurs Awards gives honor to various Mindanao business leaders and entrepreneurs, serving as catalyst for their continued and concerted effort to seek greater heights and strive for success in the noble mission of propelling Mindanao and its people towards full economic growth and sustainable development. The judges were chaired by Cagayan de Oro Press Club past president Ruffy Magbanua with the following as members: BusinessWeek Mindanao editor-in-chief Nelson Constantino, BusinessWeek Mindanao vice president for administration Joe Felicilda, Mindanao Daily editor-in-chief Allan Mediante, Mindanao Daily executive editor Cris Diaz, freelance journalist Tessi Baluyos and Mindanao Daily managing editor Ruel Pelone. Guests of honor who gave inspirational speeches during the event which was held December 13 at Limketkai Luxe Hotel were Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Undersecretary Orlando Ravanera. The 8th Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Awards is also being presented by Veterans Bank, Ayala, BPI BanKo, Cooperative Development Authority, provincial government of Misamis Oriental, CORDS 10 and PCOO, Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Pepsi, Washington, Angela Soriano Fashion Design Studio, SELRAHCO PR, Dessert Boss, Pie Square Photo Booth, AVPro and Marzel Digital Studio.

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Cebu Landmasters’ posts record high 9-month earnings, up by 77 percent to P1.6 billion

November 15, 2019

Corporate

By: , Cebu Landmasters (CLI) continues its leadership in the VisMin region, with consolidated net income rising by 59 percent from Php 1.2 billion to Php 1.9 billion year-on-year. Net income attributable to parent meanwhile grew significantly by 77 percent from Php 932.7 million to Php 1.65 million driven by substantial increase of revenue from CLI projects. The leading housing developer in the Visayas-Mindanao region declared revenues of Php 5.9 billion from the previous year’s record of Php 3.7 billion. CLI attributed the outstanding results to the strong performance of its mid-market residential segment, which accounted for 36 percent of the total revenue pie. Casa Mira, the company’s economic residential brand, and high-end segment contributed 32 percent and 29 percent, respectively. CLI Chief Executive Officer Jose Soberano III says: “Our fast-selling projects give us confidence that we will achieve our topline and net income growth targets for the end of the year. The numbers reflect our operational excellence and commitment to responsible development.” CLI launched nine major developments in 2019: Davao Global Township – Phase 1 (Davao); One Paragon Place (Davao), Citadines Paragon Davao (Davao); Citadines Bacolod City (Bacolod); MesaVirre Garden Residences C (Bacolod); Casa Mira Bacolod (Bacolod); Velmiro Plains Bacolod (Bacolod); Casa Mira Towers CDO (CDO); and Mivela Garden Residences (Cebu). CLI said the Mivela project set new records with 80 percent of the project sold in just three weeks from launch date. Projects in the company’s headquarters in Cebu made up 58 percent of the period’s revenue contributors, followed by developments in Bacolod and Cagayan de Oro with 13% and 12% earnings input, respectively. In Q3 2018, revenue contributors after Cebu (with 61% revenue contribution) were Cagayan de Oro with 19 percent and Davao with 14 percent. CLI’s leasing portfolio grew by 29 percent to Php 46.72 million from Php 36.20 million year-on-year. This is attributed to the increase in Gross Leasable Area (GLA) following the recent turnover of Base Line Retail and HQ and Casa Mira Towers Labangon. Aggregate GLA for the period now reached 13,806 square meters while occupancy rate rises to 84%. Management fees on the other hand, more than doubled from 11.2 million to 26.9 million due to the increase of the number of developments managed by CLIPM, the property management arm of CLI. The said firm now oversees 17 projects, eight of which are house and lot subdivisions while the rest are offices and residential condominiums. The third quarter also marked the operations of CLI’s first hotel representing a new revenue stream. As scheduled, Citadines Cebu City, a 180-room condotel opened in September. It is operated and managed by Ascott Limited, the world’s largest international serviced residence owner-operator. As an indicator of future revenue growth, the nine-month reservation sales take-up rose by 29% year on year to P9.24 billion. About 3,472 units were taken up at an average price of Php 2.7million. Meanwhile, CLI continues to expand its landbank to support its expansion program. To date, CLI holds a total of 1,245,276 sqm of land in 10 key VisMin cities. Part of its recent acquisitions is an existing resort in Mactan, Cebu with a land area of 18,000 sqm. The resort will be re-developed to also integrate a residential component.   CLI purchased a 9.4-hectare property in Ormoc and 28 hectares in Davao that will be developed into residential projects. The company also acquired 11,000 sqm of land in Bacolod City, adjacent to its existing three-tower condo project, the MesaVirre Garden Residences. During the year, CLI also signed a strategic partnership with AboitizLand, the real estate arm of Aboitiz Equity Ventures, to develop a mid- market, mixed-use, multi-tower condominium project in Mandaue City. During the 7th Annual Property Guru Philippines Property Awards last July, Cebu Landmasters was awarded as the Best Developer. Other honors were also given to the company’s projects—38 Park Avenue development, named Best High-End Condominium Development (Cebu); Casa Mira Towers Labangon as Highly Commended for Best Affordable Condominium Development (Cebu); and MesaTierra Garden Residences as Best Condominium Development (Davao)and special recognition for Corporate Social Responsibility.

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Magic Cracker surprises CDO with Magic Moments

November 8, 2019

Corporate

By: , Jack ‘n Jill Magic Crackers continues to surprise and give joy to the snack-loving Filipinos.   This time, through a retro arcade-themed Magic Moments event in Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro last October 12, 2019.   Magic Moments brought people back in time with its retro-themed photo booth and fun arcade activities.  Mall-goers enjoyed the Magic Hoops: a basketball free-throw game, Onion Chives Surprise: an old school arcade attraction, and Apat Dapat booth: a slot machine-inspired game.    The best part was how participants were able to take home their favorite Magic Flakes products as prizes. Participants were also treated to a surprising Magic Moment when all four lightning icons of the Apat Dapat booth matched.    First, loads of Magic Flakes products came out of the Apat Dapat booth as prize. Then, an energetic dance flash mob by the Magic Squad surprised and entertained the audience.    Three lucky participants experienced this Magic Moment and won special prizes. Those who were present during the Magic Moment also went home with big smiles as they also received Magic Crackers giveaways after the flash mob dance.   Check out Magic Crackers’ Facebook account (@MagicCracker) to see how the Kagayanons experienced this Magic Moment. Watch out for more surprises from Jack ’n Jill Magic Crackers. You never know… the next Magic Moments might just come to your neighborhood!  Universal Robina Corporation’s (URC) Jack ‘n Jill Magic Crackers has been delighting Filipinos with its different cracker formats - Magic Flakes in plain, cheese and onion chive flavors; Magic Creams in butter, chocolate, peanut butter and condensada flavors; Magic Juniors in plain, chocolate, butter & berry and condensada flavors; and Magic Chips in cheese and barbecue small and big packs, as well as sour cream ‘n onion in small packs.

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From classroom to cockpit: Cebu Pacific welcomes second batch of Cadet Pilots

November 5, 2019

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By: , Search for next batch of Cebu Pacific Cadet Pilots opens A second batch of Cadet Pilots from Cebu Pacific successfully completed 56 weeks of rigorous and complex training at the prestigious Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) in Australia and are set to join the pilot corps of the Philippines’ leading carrier. The second batch of 12 Cadet Pilots returned to Manila and will complete ground school and other requirements before becoming full-fledged commercial pilots. They are: Neil Mark Enriquez, David Jonathan Francisco, Norman Viktor Tugot, Jr., Orville Anana, Maria Angelica Ignes, Jerson Leonardo, Michelle Jean Saquing, Christian Andrew Esguerra, Kert Rafols, Terence Cruz, Tristan Gacott, and Ferdyn Ranosa Among those who completed the FTA flight training program is Boljoon, Cebu resident Orville Anana, a certified civil engineer and master plumber who graduated from the Cebu Institute of Technology. Another newly-pinned cadet pilot is Karl Nino Dionson, a native of Pagadian, Zamboanga del Sur who earned a degree in electronics and communication engineering from the University of San Carlos. The Cebu Pacific Cadet Pilot Program aims to enable aspiring Filipinos who wish to become commercial pilots. It is a "study now, pay later, zero-interest" training program wherein Cebu Pacific shoulders the entire cost of the pilot training and guarantees employment to cadet pilots who successfully complete the training. To date, there are five batches comprised of 71 Cebu Pacific Cadet Pilots currently at FTA in Adelaide, Australia, one of the best aviation training facilities in the world. Coinciding with the homecoming of the cadet pilots is the search for a new batch of Cebu Pacific Cadet Pilots. Application period for Batch 9 of the Cebu Pacific Cadet Pilot program will run from November 4 to 13, 2019. The program is open to Filipino citizens who hold a college or university degree and are proficient in English. Applicants must have an average grade of at least 80% or its equivalent in subjects related to Math, Physics and English, and be in good physical condition. They must hold a passport with minimum validity of two years There is no application fee for the program, and only applicants who pass the online pre-screening will proceed with the next stages of the selection process. Interested applicants may apply for the program through https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JWFMS5G . For more information, visit http://www.flyfta.com/pilot-training/cebu-pacific-cadet-program         About Cebu Air Inc. (PSE: CEB) Cebu Air Inc. is the largest carrier in the Philippine air transportation industry, offering its low-cost services to more destinations and routes with higher flight frequency within the Philippines than any other airline. CEB and subsidiary Cebgo fly to 37 domestic and 26 international destinations, with over 108 routes. The CEB network operates flights out of seven strategically placed hubs in the Philippines: Clark, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Kalibo, Cebu, Iloilo and Manila. The Cebu Pacific fleet is comprised 74 aircraft—three (3) Airbus A321NEO, three (3) A320NEO, seven (7) Airbus A321CEO, 31 Airbus A320, eight (8) A330, seven (7) ATR 72-500, 13 ATR 72-600, and an ATR Cargo Freighter. CEB boasts of one of the youngest fleets in the world, with an average fleet age of five (5) years.  A member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Cebu Pacific has achieved full compliance with IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA)—considered as the benchmark of the highest standards for safety in the airline industry, joining a roster of 429 airlines worldwide that have strictly complied with the most stringent of international standards governing aviation safety.  For bookings and inquiries, guests can visit www.cebupacificair.com or call the reservation hotlines (+632)7020-888 or (+6332)230-8888. The latest seat sales can be found on CEB’s official Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) and Facebook pages. Guests may also download the Cebu Pacific official mobile app on the App Store and Google Play

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FOPANORMIN launches Big Brother Small Brother concept

December 3, 2019

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By: Mark Francisco, TRUE to its thrust to help fledgling food businesses among its members, the Food Producers' Association of Northern Mindanao (FOPANORMIN) launched over the weekend its Big Brother Small Brother program.   FOPANORMIN president Nenita Tan explained that under the scheme, the organization will partner with bigger stakeholders in the industry to assist its relatively smaller startups.   "We are looking for big players which are willing to provide guidance to our selected MSME members in terms of technical assistance, proper managrment of logistics, accounting, marketing, products processing, etc.," Tan said.   These so-called big players may be multinational companies, academe, government units, foundations or financial institutions.   In return, the selected micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) must be committed to apply what they have learned during the corporate tutelage, according to Tan.   Tan said this program is part of FOPANORMIN's thrusts to provide food processors in this part of Mindanao to generate assistance both from government and private stakeholders.   Big Brother Small Brother concept is expected to be adopted next year.   Friday's launch coincided with the opening of the group's Christmas showcase at Limketkai Mall rotunda in Cagayan de Oro City.   "Whether it be as an association or as individual companies, we were able to share inputs with each other our own business experiences simply to be a catalyst for growth for each other within and outside the association," Tan said.   For almost 20 years now, FOPANORMIN has been instrumental in leading innovations to constantly upgrade and sustain the food processing industry in Region 10, partnering with such agencies as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), among others.   It has a total of 32 industries as active members.   "We will continue to develop our products not just for membership upliftment but to showcase the best that Northern Mindanao can offer," Tan said.

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PH releases Premyo bonds

November 28, 2019

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By: Mark Francisco, THE Philippine government through the Bureau of Treasury has released a public offering of so-called Premyo Bonds which started last November 25 and will end until December 13 this year. In a public forum held last Wednesday at Seda Centrio in Cagayan de Oro City, Bureau of Treasury director Eduardo Anthony Mariño III reported that the minimum investment for the Premyo Bonds is P500 and in multiples of P500 thereafter. With an issue date of December 18 this year, the maturity date of each bond will be on December 18, 2020 with an interest rate of three percent that is paid quarterly. Mariño further said that a maximum acquired bond of 20,000 units or P10 million is eligible for inclusion in each cash rewards draw with one winner of P10 million, one winner of house and lot each from Hotel 101, Lessandra by Vista Land and Megaworld, ten winners of P100,000 and 50 winners of P20,000. Draws will be held quarterly within the period before maturity. The Premyo Bonds can be acquired by individuals, trust entities, employee retirement funds, provident funds, cooperatives and associations. It is initiated by the Bureau of Treasury to make government securities available to small retail investors, according to Mariño.

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Social Mobility Tour in CDO

November 15, 2019

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By: Mark Francisco, THE Philippine Business for Environemnt spearheaded the Social Mobility Project for Cagayan de Oro caravan last Wednesday, bringing together the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the local government of Cagayan de Oro City and Oro Chamber into a partnership agreement for a multi-stakeholder collaboration to improve land transportation management, reduce traffic congestion, minimize air emissions and support livable cities. The forum, which was held at Limketkai Luxe Hotel, seeks to understand the cities’ mobility situation and similar projects that aim to address current mobility issues and concerns and collect mobility data and information, analyze each mobility performance using a set of indicators and prioritize which among the identified indicators are applicable to the project. A dozen experts were invited to present their prototype solutions in areas of road clearing, policy review and infrastructure and alternative transport solutions. The presented solutions will form part of a roadmap on its simultaneous implementation. 

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CDO leads the way for Minda industrialization with summit

October 21, 2019

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By: PR, MINDANAO is about to be transformed into the country's largest industrial hub and the city will be right at the heart of it.   Local and foreign industry leaders will be gathering here in Cagayan de Oro City for the Philippine Industrial Summit in Mindanao next month.   Leaders from various government bodies and foreign embassies are also invited to take part in the summit.   "Mindanao is on the roll. It's only proper to host the summit in the island," said PIEMO Industries Association president Augustus Adis.   Together with Phividec Industrial Authority administrator Franklin Quijano, they decided to launch the first ever Philippine Industrial Summit in Mindanao.   Their goal is to help fasttrack the country's industrialization in general and Mindanao in particular, gathering local and foreign industries and government institutions.   According to Adis, the island can provide dependable power for continuous processing and production.   Furthermore, it has an abundance of fuel and infrastructure which can help ensure that products are transported within the island, nationally and internationally.   So far, the Philippine Industrial Summit in Mindanao has gotten support from the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), the Japanese and Chinese consulates of Davao City, Philippine News Agency (PNA), Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Department of Tourism (DOT) and Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA).   Cagayan de Oro - being one of the largest regional contributors to national GDP - make it the perfect location for the summit.   The Philippine Industrial Summit in Mindanao will be held November 26 to 27 at Limketkai Luxe Hotel. There will also be an exhibit and job fair at Limketkai Event Center.   To register for the event, visit industrialsummitph.com. For inquiries, contact 08279848513 or 09394360280 or industrialsummit.ph2019@gmail.com.

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4ID Golden Founding Anniversary celebrations kick-off with Barrio PEACE-TA Opening

January 15, 2020

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By: 4th INFANTRY DIVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE, The peace-loving people of Cagayayan de Oro city joined the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division during the kick-off ceremony of its 50th Founding Anniversary with the opening of the “Barrio PEACE-TA sa Kampo 2020” earlier this morning January 15, 2020 at Headquarters 4ID, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City. The ceremony was attended by Hon. Oscar Moreno, City Mayor of Cagayan de Oro and currently the Northern Mindanao RPOC chairperson, MGen Franco Nemesio Gacal, Commander of 4ID, tourism officers headed by Dir. Marie Elaine Unchuan of DOT-X, MSAB members headed by the Vice-Chairperson Dir. Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño, NEDA-X, unit commanders, other officers, enlisted personnel, civilian employees, dependents and visitors who came to the opening of the Barrio PEACE-TA. Mayor Moreno said, “I am honored and happy to be here to witness the result of the convergence of the military and the civilian sector. This is essential in our pursuit of peace and development for there’s no team military and team civilian; we are all members of one team with one goal, PEACE.” Barrio PEACE-TA is a three-week open-street merriment from January 15 to February 5, 2020 which is open from 8:00 o'clock in the morning to 10:00 o’clock in the evening where all soldiers, dependents, partner stakeholders and other civilians can enjoy, relax and take part in the celebration of the Golden Anniversary of 4ID. MGen Gacal also said, “The Barrio PEACE-TA sa Kampo 2020 is a way of giving back to our partner stakeholders and local communities for their continued support and trust to 4ID. It is a one-stop-venue with booths of 4ID units promoting the local products and tourist destinations of Northern Mindanao and Caraga Region in coordination with the local tourism office." "The 4ID invites everyone to join us as we celebrate our Golden Founding Anniversary. You will be able to have fun together with our troops, you will be able to experience and reminisce 'bayle' and you will see and buy the different local products within our area,” Gacal added The 4ID Barrio PEACE-TA has numerous “tiangge” booths manned by dependents and civilian stakeholders with various products and food for sale.  Also, every night there will be a “Night Café” with live band from 6:00 o’clock to 10:00 o’clock in the evening to entertain the soldiers, dependents and civilian visitors. One of the highlights of the Barrio PEACE-TA is the “baylehan” or benefit dance every Saturdays, to enliven and add color to the fiesta celebration.

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‘YOU’RE WELCOME’ AS ANYTIME FITNESS REVEALS ITS ULTIMATE PURPLE CHAMPION DURING THE ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE PURPLE WARRIORS

December 13, 2019

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By: , PASAY, PHILIPPINES – To end an almost 3-mo campaign, the world’s largest and fastest growing gym franchise, Anytime Fitness, throws their biggest Battle of the Purple Warriors event to date. Held last December 07, 2019 at the Music Hall, SM Mall of Asia, the annual Battle of the Purple Warriors gathered six contending teams from different Anytime Fitness branches across the country.  Battle of the Purple Warriors An inter-club competition facilitated by Anytime Fitness, Battle of the Purple Warriors is a one-day event dedicated for the toughest members and coaches vying for the top honor. This year, six qualifying teams from AF Ecoland, AF Santa Rosa, AF Bacoor, AF Shaw Boulevard, AF Maginhawa, AF Cubao, battled it out in an exciting series of challenges and obstacles ending in a bittersweet final round.   Search for the Purple Champion As the “fastest-growing fitness franchise of all time” on a global scale, Anytime Fitness always stays true to its brand values – to provide a safe space where everyone can be themselves without any judgments, intimidation, or discrimination. With over 4,000 gyms spanning six continents and well-maintained facilities which feature top-quality exercise equipment, the fitness behemoth has recently launched ‘The Search for the Purple Champion,’ a movement that aims to spark inspiration through fitness stories from Anytime Fitness’ club members. During the event, Anytime Fitness revealed their ultimate Purple Champion alongside the winning team for this year’s Battle of the Purple Warriors.  Anytime Fitness Asia’s Chairman, Maurice Levine, who was also present during the event mentioned how important it is for the brand to cultivate this kind of culture. “Truly, teamwork makes the dream work. Our customers are our top priority, and same goes for our staff and members. I hope that the annual Battle of the Purple Warriors continue to inspire our club members and coaches. You are our backbone! Let’s continue to make Anytime Fitness a fun and friendly environment for everyone,” adds Maurice.  The Battle of the Purple Warriors and Search for the Purple Champion was presented by My Daily Collagen, in cooperation with Huawei, Hoka One One, The Finix Corporation, Lightwater, and Red Planet Hotels.  For more details, visit www.anytimefitness.ph and Anytime Fitness Philippines on Facebook.       Maurice Levine Profile  Chairman Anytime Fitness Asia Maurice Levine is a subject matter expert on franchising and entrepreneurship who has been living, operating, and leading in various countries and executive positions in Australasia for over three decades. He opened his first Anytime Fitness gym in October 2013 and began franchising in February 2014. In less than three years, he has grown the franchise across six countries and over 150 territories. Under his helm, Anytime Fitness has become the number one gym operator by number of outlets in Asia, and is also the first and only US fitness franchise licensed in China. The brand is recognized in the region with an unprecedented Franchise of the Year and International Franchise of the Year two years in a row, as well as fastest-growing SME and a People’s Choice award. Globally, Anytime Fitness has been ranked the Number One Global Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine two years in a row, beating franchise icons such as McDonald’s 7-Eleven, KFC, and Pizza Hut. Prior to Anytime Fitness, Maurice was the CEO and founder of Gold Buyers, where he established and built a retail brand with over 60 stores across Asia in just five years. A native New Yorker, he is a Westinghouse Science Award recipient and a New York University alumnus. Just recently, he won the JLL Expatriate Executive of the Year and the Circle of Excellence Award at the Asia CEO Awards 2019.

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Sharp better solutions for a better life 2

December 4, 2019

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By: , With the continuous evolution of technology and the significant role it plays in the everyday lives of people, Sharp Philippines Corporation (SPC) continues to introduce products that aim to incorporate ease and convenience into the Filipino household. SPC’s products are categorized into four sections, or what they refer to as Solutions – that seek to address the needs of consumers. These are: Entertainment Solution, Clean & Comfort Solution, Health & Beauty Solution and Business Solution. Products highlighted last November 28, 2019 at The Madison Events Place complement those that were launched earlier in July. Though SHARP’s global direction is to bring in the latest products with 8K and AIoT technology, the company also devotes its resources in coming up with items packed with technologies that enables efficiency, provides comfort and promotes good health.  The audience was treated to a visual display as well as live demonstrations conducted by their corresponding Product Specialists, showcasing the features and capability of the items.   Entertainment Solution Having introduced the AQUOS 8K LED TV for the Filipino market last July, SHARP now presents its Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) series of Full HD and 4K HDR Android Televisions. Eligible Android TVs are Google Assistant ready, enabling users to interact with their devices and perform tasks such as playing music/videos, searching for the latest news among others, all hands-free. The new line of Android TVs comes with features such as Comfort Mode, a special AV Mode that reduces 50% of blue light. It also has an Advanced Bluetooth version, which allows users to connect the television to their external Bluetooth speakers.  Have your own personal cinematic sound system with the AQUOS Sound Partner AN-SX7A. It is compatible with a wide variety of devices and is extremely portable; resting comfortably on ones shoulders. The Acoustic Vibration System provides powerful sound and heavy bass, ensuring an immersive audio-visual experience that is perfect for when you are playing video games or enjoying the latest shows on Netflix.  Clean & Comfort  Solution      Personal hygiene is an important aspect in a Filipino’s life. Apart from ensuring the cleanliness of our own being, we want this to be reflected in our homes as well; a place considered as a sanctuary for individuals and families alike.      SPC has your well-being in mind; that is why they develop products that help achieve and maintain a fresh, comfortable environment. These are: Washing Machines, Ractive Air Vacuum Cleaner, Mite Catcher, Air-conditioner with AIoT J-Tech Inverter Technology and Air Purifier/Cleaner equipped with SHARP’s original Plasmacluster Ion Technology.      The application or use of these products are not only limited to homes, as they can also be utilized in venues such as offices, schools, hospitals and other establishments with high population densities; sure to benefit its occupants.  Health & Beauty  Solution      We try to keep ourselves healthy through proper exercise and appropriate diet. This also reflects on the food that we consume and how it is cooked. With SHARP’s Healsio Hotcook, healthy cooking is made possible as the natural moisture and original flavor from ingredients together with its nutritional values are retained, compared to conventional cooking. Dishes are hassle-free; with automatic control and various cooking programs depending on your menu, just place all the necessary ingredients and wait until it is finished. Voila! Your meal is now ready to be served.      Looking good is also tantamount to feeling good. When we exert even the littlest effort in fixing ourselves up, be it reporting to work every day or attending an event, we feel much more confident in facing the world. Beauty appliances for women, such as the Hair Dryer, Hair Iron and Curling Ion with Plasmacluster feature lessens dirt and prevents hair damage. The Scalp Massager on the other hand, reduces dry scalp and keeps our hair healthy. Business Solution      Understanding the needs of businesses, SHARP also has dedicated products that cater to the corporate sector through their dynamic displays that project clear and beautiful images for application as digital signages or for business meetings via the internet.      SHARP has also acquired and further developed the Dynabook Laptop, designed for business professionals and workplace environments. Combining their technologies (displays, sensors etc.) with that of Toshiba, they seek to produce market-leading computers and other devices. The Dynabook features a thin design with long-lasting battery and is rated with MIL-STD-810G for utmost durability.        Committed to quality and innovation, SHARP will continue to develop products that will bring Better Solutions for a Better Life to consumers.

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ITALPINAS CELEBRATES ITS 10 YEARS OF SUCCESS

December 2, 2019

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By: , Strutting their 70’s-themed outfits, IDC’s valued clients, sales force, long time industry partners and valued guests gathered to celebrate Italpinas’ 10 years of success in the real estate industry held last November 25, 2019, at Mallberry Business Suites Cagayan de Oro. Italpinas Development Corporation’s (IDC) Chairman & CEO, Architect Romolo Nati, and President, Attorney Jose Leviste, graced the event to join in the celebration.  “First of all I just want to thank everyone for your time and presence here tonight. I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again: you are the company’s best partners. Attorney Leviste and I do our jobs out of passion and for the past 10 years it was successful and it is because of you (our partners) and we thanked you for sticking around and I may we all have a wonderful night to enjoy” says Architect Nati. With the event place nearly brimming with participating agents, brokers, client, and industry partners, the party would not be complete without games, prizes, and dancing.  Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC) was incorporated and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on January 26, 2009 as Italpinas Euroasian Design and Development Corporation. The company’s mission is to provide unique, innovative, sustainable and safe real estate products that satisfy and exceed the expectations of its customers. IDC's debut project called Primavera Residences Tower A&B, which is located in Cagayan de Oro City, is a mixed use residential condominium.  “Maybe we can also take tonight as a chance to thank and acknowledge each other. So let’s celebrate our milestone together because we’re doing well and this is just the beginning,” encouraged Atty. Jose Leviste III, IDC’s President. IDC is a listed green design-driven company engaged in real estate, born in the city of Golden Friendship, a city they considered the city of “Golden Opportunities”. Ten years ago IDC was established with an aspiration of becoming the first mover of green developments for emerging cities.  A few years later, with its two globally recognized and in demand projects Primavera Residences and Primavera City invested in Cagayan de Oro, the company achieved a great feat at a tender age.  For the past ten years, IDC was able to establish itself as a prime first mover in the real estate industry, focusing on delivering green condominiums located in emerging cities. Since its inception in 2009, IDC was able to successfully garner the highly coveted International Property Awards for Asia and the Pacific for all its development projects, namely: Primavera Residence, Primavera City and Miramonti Green Residences.  This year, IDC was chosen to be part of the elite list of companies included in the Circle of Excellence as Executive Leadership Team of the Year award by the Asia CEO Awards. IDC CEO, Romolo Nati  among the esteemed entrepreneurs included in the Circle Of Excellence as Entrepreneur of the Year award by the Asia CEO Awards 2019.

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