Celebrating Meaningful Banking and Merrier Bonding

October 14, 2019

Metrobank holds the 6th Annual Metrobank Golf Tournament for Cebu clients   Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. (Metrobank), in celebration of its strong partnership with Japanese corporate clients, recently held its Annual Golf Tournament at the Cebu Country Club.      In a continuous effort to promote recreational gatherings for the bank’s esteemed partners in the Queen City of the South, Metrobank held the sixth edition of its highly-anticipated and well-attended golf series. The event was made more special as the bank recently launched its latest branding campaign, Meaningful Banking, to reiterate its commitment of delivering not just meaningful service but also delightful experiences.       Staying true to this, Metrobank awarded the grand champion of Class A with luxurious Anantara Hotel and Resorts, Phuket Thailand vacation package.      As one of the leading universal banks in the country, Metrobank has a meaningful partnership with Japanese businesses and key industry players. Particularly in Cebu City, Metrobank strives to fortify and grow its partnerships via its regional Japan Desk, supported by a team of Japanese consultants. The Cebu-based facility, strongly backed by the head office in Manila, further helps their clients to conduct their local operations and expansions with ease. The bank likewise has wide branch and ATM networks in the city.      Cebu is one of the major destinations of direct foreign investors specifically for manufacturing and service oriented companies. Domestic economic activities are expected to grow as it is likely to receive a huge portion of the projected USD1.24 billion investment pledges which could potentially generate 16,000 jobs.       “Anchored on our promise to foster and provide Meaningful Banking, we aim to move, change, and grow together with our Japanese clients here in Cebu. We will support them in every step of the way, as they scale up their businesses. This golf tournament is just one way we demonstrate this commitment outside the usual banking solutions” said Metrobank Corporate Banking Group Head Anthony Ocampo Jr.      Since 1996, Metrobank has been developing alliances with businesses from Japan, including the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Japan Finance Corporation, and 65 other major Japanese financial institutions. In the same year, Metrobank became the first local bank to be granted a license to operate in Tokyo and Osaka by the Ministry of Finance.      This service commitment to customers reflects the bank’s recent citations from The Asian Banker, a prestigious award-giving body for the Asia Pacific region. They lauded the financial company as the Best Managed Bank in the Philippines. Metrobank’s products and services on cash management, trade finance, and foreign exchange were likewise recognized by the same award-giving institution.

Get ready for a boosted experience with the new SAMSUNG Galaxy A50s

October 12, 2019

THIS 2019, SAMSUNG ushered in the Era of Live with the A-Series encouraging Gen Z’s love of producing content and sharing it with their friends and followers online.  Now, the tech giant is giving digital natives the chance to boost further their experiences with the arrival of the new Samsung Galaxy A50s.  To provide a more boosted smartphone experience to its users, the Galaxy A50s is equipped with Exynos 9611 that has a clock speed of up to 2.3GHz that allows users to have seamless browsing, streaming, and gaming.  It is also packed with an AI based Game Booster that provides a powerful gaming experience by analyzing the type of game being processed while optimizing the device’s performance.  The Galaxy A50s also employs the Frame Booster that adds virtual images in-between frames to compensate for the dropped images caused by AP performance for a better viewing experience.  Furthermore, it is equipped with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which means they can download as many games as they want and not worry about lags.  The Galaxy A50s is also furnished with an Advanced Multi-camera to beautifully capture live moments, any time of the day.  The 8MP ultra-wide camera with a 123-degree field of vision resembles the human eye and it is also equipped with the Super Steady feature1 that will let content creators shoot smooth, flawless videos, even for action-packed adventures.  The smartphone’s 48MP main lens can record bright and clear photos, even at night.  Lastly, the 1 Only available when shooting with Ultra Wide Camera in Full HD 5MP depth camera adds an artistic touch with its background blur.  Moreover, it is packed with a 32MP front camera with Selfie Focus and Smart Beauty features perfect in enhancing your photos.  Gen Zs can stay online and share their lives all day with the device’s 4,000mAh battery supported by a Fast Charging mechanism capable up to 15W via USB Type-C port.  The Galaxy A50s also highlights a Power Optimization feature so they can record, share, and stream content without having to worry about battery life.  Samsung is also introducing the new Samsung Galaxy A30s which features a triple rear camera, paired with 4,000mAh battery life.  The Samsung Galaxy A50s is priced at Php 18,990, available in Prism Crush Black, Prism Crush White, and Prism Crush Green variants.  Also just launched is the Galaxy A30s priced at Php 12,990.  To complete the A-series line up for Gen. Z this year, Samsung will soon launch additional members that will further drive their passions online at an affordable price with the Galaxy A20s and Galaxy A10s, priced at only P9,990 and P6,990 respectively.  To know more about the Galaxy A50s, visit    

Foton PH holds biggest truck sale in Mindanao

October 4, 2019

If you’re looking for a brand new vehicle whether for business or private use, the best time to purchase is on October 9-12, 2019 as FOTON Motor Philippines, Inc. (FMPI) goes down to Cagayan De Oro for the Mindanao leg of their largest truck and van sale, FOTON's Big AtTRUCKtion.  “FOTON’s Big AtTRUCKtion is a ‘a one-stop shop’ that features exclusive cash discounts, easy to avail financing schemes from partner banks, as well as PMS Service bundles to go with your unit purchase,” announced FMPI President Rommel Sytin. Powered by Blue Energy Euro 4, the wide array of product segments which will be put up in the center of attraction are FOTON's fresh line-up of light duty trucks, medium duty trucks, and heavy duty trucks. These trucks will showcase different body configurations built for various purposes such as F-Van, MPV for passengers, Dropside, Dump Truck, Double Cab, Wing Van, and Tractor Head. For micro-, small and medium enterprises, the Gratour series represented by the 8-seater MiniVan and Gratour MT, will also be exhibited and up for grabs. Apart from the commercial vehicles, FOTON’s best-selling passenger vans will also be on display, and on sale—the TransVan, Traveller and Toano vans. What makes FOTON’s Big AtTRUCKtion the biggest sale of the year are the event-exclusive zero downpayment deals, discounted low monthly amortizations, and cash discounts up to a whopping P 300,000. CASH DISCOUNTS For those who will purchase in the event via cash basis, FOTON gives away exclusive cash discounts applicable to both passenger and commercial vehicles. PhP 25,000 will automatically be deducted in every purchase of the Gratour model including the 8-seater MiniVan, MT and TM variants. For those who would like to venture on a transport service business, the 2018 TransVan models is available with a cash discount up to PhP 100,000. For your private family tours, the 16-seater Traveller and 19-seater Traveller XL make a perfect match, and also a perfect deal with a P 70,000 discount. However, if you wish to bring home a more executive VIP van where you can create your own living space even on the road, choose the FOTON Toano van topped with a P 300,000 cash discounts on all variants. Aside from the low downpayment and low monthly deals, the Tornado light duty trucks and Hurricane EST-M medium duty trucks are available with a P 50,000 discount. The ETX-N and EST-M are also available at P 250,000 cash discount, while the biggest savings are applicable to the heavy duty trucks particularly with the EST, ETX and GTL at P 300,000 cash discount. The brand’s solution for PUV modernization program, the F-Jeepney, will also be showcased in the expo. ON-SITE APPROVALS Another major reason to attend this expo is the highest chance of faster vehicle loan applications through its on-site approval activity. Guests just have to choose from the wide variety of SUVs, passenger vans, light duty trucks, medium duty trucks, and heavy duty trucks perfect for their needs and have their application approved on the same day. FOTON’s Big AtTRUCKtion: Cagayan De Oro is open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from October 9-12, 2019 at Marcos Bridge corner Kauswagan Highway in CDO. This event will be followed by FOTON’s Big AtTRUCKtion Visayas leg on October 18-19 at SM City Cebu Event Center.  To know more about the FOTON's Big AtTRUCKtion, call 0999-999-9998. You may also visit their website at or 

Cainta embraces Mag-Pinggang Pinoy® Tayo! Program

September 30, 2019

Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) in collaboration with Department of Health (DOH) and Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) formed ties with the Cainta local government to launch the Mag-Pinggang Pinoy® Tayo! 2019 Program.   The ceremonial contract signing held last September 20, 2019 at Cainta Elementary School was graced by former DOH Undersecretary and Mag -Pinggang-Pinoy® Tayo! 2019 Technical Working Group (TWG) Chairman Dr. Ethelyn P. Nieto, Cainta Mayor Johnielle Kieth Nieto, Cainta Vice Mayor Ace Bernardo Servillon, DOH CALABARZON Division Chief Dr. Noel Pasion, FNRI Science Research Specialist II Ms. Jovina B. Sandoval, and APC Group President Tsutomu Nara. The country has been facing decades-long phenomenon called “Double Burden of Malnutrition”, which the World Health Organization (WHO) defined as the “coexistence of undernutrition along with overweight and obesity, or diet-related noncommunicable diseases, within individuals, households and populations, and across the lifecourse.”. In 2018, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation partnered with government agencies to conduct the pilot run of Mag-Pinggang Pinoy® Tayo! in order to raise awareness and promote the practice of Pinggang Pinoy® in malnutrition hotspots in Quezon City, Kalookan, Malabon and Navotas. This year, the public-private alliance brings the program to Cainta to educate its homemakers on the causes and effects of the Double Burden of Malnutrition and make available practical tips on how to serve Pinggang Pinoy® using Ajinomoto’s delicious, healthy, easy-to-prepare and affordable recipes. Mag-Pinggang Pinoy® Tayo! 2019 Program aims to unite Cainta to adopt Pinggang Pinoy® and promote healthier eating habits to fight Double Burden of Malnutrition.  The program’s TWG, led by Dr. Nieto, has started to convene representatives from the four (4) institutions to develop modules for homemakers, barangay health workers and barangay nutrition scholars based on careful nutrition needs assessment. The education and livelihood programs as well as the improvement evaluation will ensue until year 2020. Cainta Government also expressed their strong commitment to promote the practice of Pinggang Pinoy® in the whole municipality.   APC President Tsutomu Nara conveyed his gratitude to the program’s stakeholders saying, “We all came here today to mark the beautiful changes that will happen in CAINTA! And I thank all of you for showing your commitment. This event is a milestone that aims for a healthier citizenry to fight Double Burden of Malnutrition, not only in Cainta but in the Philippines.”. For updates about Mag-Pinggang Pinoy® Tayo!, visit and *** The Ajinomoto Group is a global company with specialties in the business of food and amino acids, guided by our leading-edge bioscience and fine chemical technologies. Based on the corporate message “Eat Well, Live Well.”, we have been scientifically pursuing the possibilities of amino acids in supporting the healthy lives of people all around the world. We aim for future growth and continuous contribution to greater wellness by creating value through sustainable and innovative solutions for communities and society. The Ajinomoto Group has offices in 35 countries and regions, and sells products in more than 130 countries and regions. In fiscal 2018, sales were 1.1274 trillion yen(10.1 billion U.S. dollars). To learn more, visit

Pineapple packing plant to employ 700 residents

September 21, 2019

WAO, Lanao del Sur--More than 700 locals are expected to be employed in the Lanao del Sur town of Wao after the establishment of a P306-million pineapple packing plant in this town. This came after the Regional Board of Investments of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RBOI-BARMM) approved on Friday the registration of the Wao Development Corp. (WDC) for the establishment of a packing plant in Barangay Banga, Wao, starting this month. In a statement, the RBOI-BARMM said WDC, a subsidiary of Dole Philippines, will infuse fresh investment capital for the new facility to improve its packing process and maximize its packing capacity to about five million boxes per year. Eshan Karl Mabang, RBOI-BARMM executive director, said the project is expected to employ 753 workers. The firm will export 100 percent of its products to Singapore through Dole Asia Holdings. Mabang noted that WDC’s decision to put up investment in less-developed areas would allow the firm to enjoy incentives from the government, such as income tax holidays, duty-free importation on capital equipment, and other applicable incentives upon the start of the project’s commercial operation. The RBOI-BARMM said the company is known for its Rainforest Alliance Certification, a compliance of international environmental standards. It also implements Corporate Social Responsibility activities related to health, and education, among others, which will benefit the people of Wao. Next to banana, pineapple is the second most popular tropical fruit in the Philippines and one of its primary agricultural exports. More than 75 percent of pineapple production comes from Mindanao, including those from two BARMM provinces -- Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur. Pineapples are processed into juice, jellies and jams, dried fruit, pineapple vinegar, and fruit cocktail. “The approval of the WDC project is a good sign that the Bangsamoro region is fast becoming an investment destination of choice by investors,” RBOI-BARMM Governor Sukarno Baraguir said.| “We are bullish that more investors will come because of the sustainable peace that we are experiencing now. This will make the region a more conducive and competitive place for business,” Baraguir added. (A report by  Edwin Fernandez and Noel Punzalan of PNA)

IDC Hosts Thanksgiving Event for Valued Partners

September 3, 2019

In the spirit of gratitude, camaraderie and mutual support for all contributing and active sellers of Primavera City (PC), Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC) hosted the 2019 Mid-year Thanksgiving event last August 10, 2019, at YakiMix Cagayan de Oro, by thanking and recognizing individual sellers, and realties. “I would like to thank our valued partners for the outpouring support for IDC. Since the release of Citta Bella’s License to Sell last June 24, 2019, we have recorded an increase of total reservations at more than 200% in peso value in year to date comparison versus last year.” said Ms. Gladys Echano, IDC Sales Director   “We were astounded of the support of buying public and our sales force and we are always grateful for this. The success of Primavera City wouldn’t be possible without our ever-supportive partners. And for that, we thank you!" she added. Cittá Bella at Primavera City serves as IDC’s legacy in producing high quality, smart, safe, and sustainable buildings imbibing an Italian aesthetic design, all while considering a reduced environmental impact through lower energy consumption.  "Primavera's greatest asset is its location and the green features which makes it very sellable and unique. With Uptown's upcoming developments we are assured that investing in Primavera City will definitely be profitable in the years come." said Ma. Lourdes Elcarte With the first few floors of the projects designated for commercial space leasing. IDC designed its developments to be mixed-use which can provide for the residential tenants’ immediate needs. "I have been an accredited seller for Primavera City for 2 years now and for the past years, Primavera has proven itself to be the best investment buy here in Cagayan de Oro. From its amazing ambiance, magnificent panoramic view, eco-friendly features and for its investment opportunity, Primavera City has it! And we will continue to sell and promote the development with the help of IDC-PSO employees who’ve been helping us along the way" exclaimed Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Tubiano. Primavera City development was a recipient of the Best Mixed-Use Development award at the prestigious International Property Awards Asia Pacific for 2017-2018. The Asia Pacific Property Awards is a highly distinguished international awards program joined by independent panels comprised of 70 industry experts whose criteria include design, quality, service, innovation, originality and commitment to sustainability "Primavera City’s 360 view provides a breathtaking scenic peek of Cagayan de Oro’s rich scenic landscape covering Camiguin Island, Macajalar Bay, Cagayan de Oro River, the Malasag mountain view and the city’s impressive sunset. For me, this spectacular view from Primavera City is always the best!" added Maebelle Bernandino, Khristine Santillian & Jim Ogsimer. IDC recently reached out to EDGE to continue to develop its future green projects with the support of the EDGE application specifically for Primavera City. Considering its highly effective results achieved through the use of a software that helps the designers and developers not only to identify the most cost-effective ways to build green but finding also solutions to reach the minimum standard of 20% less resource intensity in energy, water and embodied energy in materials. “While working out in your own gym, swimming in your own pool (on the rooftop!), and a jogging path are all excellent benefits for fitness conscious residents, the real deal for Primavera City residents is its eco-friendly features. All the green/eco-friendly features are what makes living in Primavera City the ideal health, fitness and wellness investment. Everything around you is intended to help make you feel good; to protect you from harsh environmental elements.” said Mr. Jim Ogsimer. IDC’s development projects: Primavera Residences (PR) and Primavera City (PC), both mixed-use buildings, are strategically located in the city’s prime flood and traffic-free location. Moreover, IDC provides unique, innovative, sustainable, and safe real estate products that satisfy and exceed the expectations of customers, business partners, and stockholders. "This is proof that IDC delivers its commitment of being a genuine sustainable real estate developer. Primavera Residences was recognized as a green building by an international rating agency which is part of the IFC of The World Bank back in 2015. Now that Primavera City is currently applying for certification, this will be a statement of IDC's sustainable advocacy." added Liberty Ruth Quiñones.


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