IDC Chairman & CEO speaks at the Next-Generation Property Builders

April 1, 2021

Italpinas Development Corporation Chairman and CEO Architect Romolo V. Nati spoke at the Next-Generation Property Builders organized by the Philippine Star, a national event and influential platform escalating business networking with the top executives like Mr. Marco R. Antonio, President & CEO of Century Properties Group, Inc. Mr. Jeffrey Ng, President of Cathay Land Inc.      Arch. Nati , a devout advocate of sustainability, talked about “Green Buildings in Emerging Cities in the Philippines”,      Arch. Nati , a devout advocate of sustainability, talked about green buildings in emerging cities in the Philippines, sharing the strategies and architectural technologies which are among the means of the successful accomplishments of Italpinas Development Corporation, a “design-driven developer of sustainable properties focused on emerging cities in the Philippines”.      Expert in green architecture, he emphasized the advantages of promoting sustainable buildings in emerging cities explaining that aside from reducing the overall impact to the environment and on human health. “Green buildings are the key for property developers to achieve sustainable urban development in an environmentally friendly manner. Such structures are defined as environmentally responsible and resource-efficient over their full life cycles and proven to be cost effective with reduced energy requirements,” expressed Arch. Nati.      Italpinas Development Corporation was officially listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) on December 7 2015, only six years after its establishment. As a multi-awarded green developer, IDC’s breakthrough project, the mixed-use two-tower building, Primavera Residences in uptown Cagayan de Oro, has gained international and national accolades. These include the Best-Development Mixed-use Development in the Philippines, awarded by the International Property Awards-Asia Pacific and the First Completed Building in East Asia to be certified by EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiency).      This honor was given by the prestigious IFC World Bank Group, the innovator of EDGE software and certification program which was launched a few years back and currently used mostly by building designers and property developers who want their buildings to withstand various climate stresses for a long period of time and command greater value in the market.      Current IDC’s green projects, Primavera City complex, in uptown Cagayan de Oro, recently gained the EDGE Preliminary Certification and the latest high-rise eco-friendly Miramonti Green Residences in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, has been awarded as Best-Development Mixed-use Development in the Philippines, by the International Property Awards-Asia Pacific, a highly acclaimed award in the worldwide property industry.

First time home buying tips at a glance

March 30, 2021

2-day real estate online conference gave inspiring tips and recommendations Last weekend Arch. Romolo Nati, Chairman and CEO of Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC) had the opportunity to talk about the various aspects that make IDC’s developments different from others. In this 2-day real estate online conference hosted by TGFI he explained how the company is using very distinct passive green design features, integration begins during the conceptualization process and is then developed into the design, construction, and building maintenance.      The process is created using performance-based design strategies that make use of parametric and generative architectural software that analyze the existing data of natural weather conditions of the site location, optimizing the use of natural elements to shape the design of the building—the same “thinking model” used by nature.      The use of passive green features such as increased natural ventilation and shaded facades, together with the production of renewable energy through the use of photovoltaic panels and water recycling, make it possible to deliver to the end-user greater comfort and a lighter energy and water consumption without a substantial cost increase.      Architect Nati added that these passive green design features, contrary to common belief, are not making the construction more expensive because these are inspired by nature and not by the use of technology which is the costly element in modern “green” building.      His feature bore the title “Going beyond green: future proofing the real estate market” and underlined the importance of keeping sustainability in mind when planning and building any development. Projects like Primavera Residences, Primavera City in Cagayan de Oro and Miramonti in Sto Tomas, Batangas are already a landmark on their own fully reflecting the ‘green’ philosophy of IDC.        The event title was “building and investing in your first home” and featured about 20 very prominent speakers discussing what happens when buying a home. Many very interesting insights were given on the steps and processes of buying a home: from the financial wisdom of the decision itself, the personal finance options available to potential buyers, the potential locations to consider, tips on how to maximize and organize interior spaces, the potential issues with titles and intricacies of sales contracts as well as the ever haunting taxation aspects.      Among others, Pag-Ibig were able to illustrate their forthcoming financing options, Filipino Homes’ founder Anthony Leuterio explained the fast and nationwide rise of their company, Lamudi’s country CEO Kenneth Stern gave an insight on the statistics and data of website visitor’s search behavior, other speakers of the event like real estate authority Alejandro Manalac was very exhaustive on what you need to know when building a home and how his company helps landowners and foreign developers to handle the development and construction process.      Ultimately viewers were able to take away a great set of wisdom, recommendations and advice about real estate buying in the Philippines with the added value of receiving this information directly from the nobility of the industry. 


March 9, 2021

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Basa Books now open at Ayala Malls Centrio

January 15, 2021

Basa Books is a locally owned purveyor of brand-new books at amazing value.    The titles have been carefully selected, with the aim of satisfying a wide array of reading interests. Some of the genres in the offer include children's books, young adult fiction, contemporary fiction, classics, and fantasy. For the non-fiction aficionados, there are cookbooks, biographies, as well as books on wellness, sports, business, economics, history, and many more. There is definitely something at Basa Books for everyone.    And that’s not even the best part. What’s most exciting about Basa Books is that absolutely all of the titles are at 50% off the list price.   It’s only fitting that the first Basa Books pop-up store be launched in Cagayan de Oro City, where the brand’s founders are from. They grew up loving books and want everyone else to share that affection. This is why Basa Books is committed to providing a great selection of books and always at excellent accessible value.   “Books take you places without having to leave the safety of your home. In these trying times, we need the solace and escape that books offer more than ever,” says co-founder Atty. Maricel Seno.    The Basa Books pop-up store officially opens at Ayala Centrio Mall, Ground Floor (beside Mango) on 20th January 2021, and will be there until March 2021.

H&i Health and Beauty YEAR END SALE

December 29, 2020

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Coca-Cola: Thriving together beyond 2020

December 17, 2020

Fear. Disruption. Uncertainty. These words perhaps best sum-up the feelings felt by all Filipinos this 2020 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. While some sectors were somehow able to weather the resulting storm slightly better than the rest, it is the most vulnerable who truly bore the biggest brunt and suffered the most.   In the midst of the uncertainties of the present and the future, one thing was certain for Coca-Cola, that the only way to bounce back from this hurdle is to look after, and be there for each other. That exactly is what the Company focused on throughout 2020-- going beyond the challenges and ensuring the Company’s presence in people’s lives, especially those largely impacted by this crisis. And this purpose somehow defined a refreshing picture of success for a challenging year.   Beyond refreshing people to investing in the future of the PH   2020 was truly challenging but the Coca-Cola system in the Philippines remains confident that a better tomorrow awaits Filipinos. This is because the Company believes that just as how the Filipino - its employees, partners in the value chain, and communities - has fueled the domestic economy and its own growth through the years, the same indomitable spirit will inspire the country’s rebound towards a much stronger future for all.   “Coca-Cola knows how much it’s been a part of the lives of Filipinos, and we’re appreciative of how they’ve warmly embraced the brand through the years,” says Atty. Juan Lorenzo Tañada, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs Director of Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI), local bottling partner of the beverage brand. “It is because of this that we reaffirm our commitment to our fellow Filipinos especially during these hard times. Rest assured we will be there for you as we collectively move towards a full and stable recovery and a better tomorrow.”   To this end, CCBPI has invested an additional $22M, or approximately PHP1.1B, in its local operations for 2020, augmenting the original $73M investment already earmarked for the year. These investments are geared towards further expanding local production while spurring much-needed job creation. Furthermore, the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability will see the establishment of a P1 billion recycling facility, PETValue Philippines, with the end in view of recycling the equivalent of every bottle it sells. Beyond providing relief to enabling a sustainable recovery for Filipinos   With the mission to continuously make a difference, Coca-Cola also set out to help communities, micro-retailers and overseas Filipinos achieve a more sustainable recovery from this year’s challenges. Recognizing the value of micro-retailers in Philippine economy and its value chain, the Company partnered with different government agencies to provide P157 million ReSTART bridge loan support fund to help 15,000 sari-sari stores and carinderia owners recover from their loss. Two hundred thousand educational posters and more were also distributed under the Safe Store movement to help micro-entrepreneurs reopen safely and with confidence, enabled by the provision of necessary financial support and business recovery knowhow together with critical information on safe store operations.   “With our expansive presence, we have a firsthand grasp of the needs of various communities,” says Jonah de Lumen-Pernia, Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability Director of Coca-Cola Philippines. “This allows us to address their needs in a manner that’s timely and responsive, and we will continue to be there to help them in the best way we can.”   Coca-Cola is likewise committed to help empower returning overseas Filipinos–drivers of the Philippine economy and truly modern-day heroes–through their OFW RISE Program and Balik Pinas Project. Through educational and financial support, most of them will be more capable of fulfilling their dreams as entrepreneurs while spending time with their families.   Part of sustainable recovery is ensuring that communities have access to clean water for health and sanitation use that’s imperative during this pandemic. Thus, Coca-Cola also provided 215 water stations to various communities in the country.   With these various support programs, those in the Company’s value chain as well as its surrounding communities are poised for a sustainable recovery, empowering them to be better prepared to withstand future calamities and challenges.   A commitment made even stronger today and beyond   Yet, in the best and worst of times, the Company has always gone beyond its role of being a beverage company—by being there for communities always ready to lend a hand, to extend support, and to ensure that even after all these crises, we will stand together with the Filipinos, stronger and even better.   From swiftly providing aid when the Taal volcano erupted to rechanneling the sizable 150-million-peso advertising budget to help address the communities’ needs in the pandemic to putting their employees’ and partners’ needs first – Coca-Cola’s story remained true to its core: how the company is always striving to go beyond good.   In taking care of their own during the height of the pandemic, Coca-Cola deployed a 2-billion-peso employee assistance fund along with additional non-monetary support that ensured the safety, good health, and well-being of Company associates across their 19 plants and 70 distribution centers in the country during the lockdown. This also ensured that operations remained unhampered, allowing for the delivery of Coca-Cola products to partners, communities, and consumers.   Meanwhile, in response to what is an extraordinary health crisis, through the Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, the beverage brand partnered with different organizations and companies like Caritas Manila, Rise Against Hunger Philippines, Jollibee Foundation, McDonald's Philippines, PBSP, Mangyan Mission, TOWNS, PDRF, Synergeia Foundation and others in the delivery of relief goods. Through various other partnerships, the Company was able to provide 2 million liters of water to over 8000 hospitals, food packs to around 65,000 families, more than 174,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to more than 51,000 frontliner across 350 institutions. The Company’s all-out support for Filipinos continued unwaveringly, even as other calamities happened. The immediate need for water was addressed, with Coca-Cola delivering an additional 100,000 liters of water, as well as food packs to affected communities; and just recently, its local bottler launched the Bangon Pinas initiative wherein they provided P3.2 million worth of support in order to help over 330 affected partners recover from the devastation . As the challenging year that is 2020 draws to a close, Coca-Cola has always been confident in the ability of the Filipino to bounce back and recover, however arduous a task this may be. As we welcome and look forward to a new year ahead, the Company reaffirms its commitment towards being there for communities, working side-by-side as we re-emerge stronger, more resilient, and together forging brighter horizons ahead.


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