IDC introduces Città Bella at Primavera City

June 28, 2019

Cagayan de Oro city’s first green builder, Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC) gears up for the entry of Città Bella at Primavera City, the second development phase of the Primavera City project.  Città Bella which means "Beautiful City" will feature top line amenities found in first-class condominium such as 24 hours reception, multi-function room, gym center and a unique roof deck experience composed of a sky garden, sauna, jogging path, sky playground and an outdoor infinity swimming pool overlooking the city proper.  “Città Bella at Primavera City is another milestone for IDC in Cagayan de Oro as this reinforces our commitment to bring world class design in the city” expressed Arch. Romolo V. Nati, CEO and Chairman of IDC.  “The support showed by Kagay-anons is welcoming and is a good indicator that the people are ready and enthusiastic on green projects” added Jose (Jojo) D. Leviste III, President of IDC.  Situated at Uptown, Cagayan de Oro City (CDO), this groundbreaking project of Italpinas Development Corp. (IDC) has been getting good reviews from property experts because of its eco-friendly features and its prime location being part of the West-Uptown development growth area of the city.  Città Bella at Primavera City is designed to deliver sustainable features such as passive cooling technology using shadow and sunlight control, wind cooling and shape performance. These green features are trademark of IDC developments which anchors on performance-based design that selects the optimal design out of the infinite number of possible combinations and permutations. In addition, Città Bella at Primavera City will contain a renewable energy feature which will be produced from semi-transparent photovoltaic panels found on the roof and portions of external walls.    The Primavera City development is a winner of the Best Mixed-Use Development category at the prestigious International Property Awards Asia Pacific 2017-2018. The Asia Pacific Property Awards is a highly recognized international awards program participated by independent panels composed of 70 industry experts whose criteria include design, quality, service, innovation, originality and commitment to sustainability. IDC is a design driven developer committed to environmental sustainability through elegant architectural solutions and trademark contemporary Italian aesthetic. IDC focuses on delivering projects on hyper-prospective emerging cities and other next-wave locations in the Philippines.  Primavera City, Cagayan de Oro | Winner, Best Mixed Use Development in the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2017 - 2018

SM and Cagayan de Oro partners with National Resilience Council’s Adopt-A-City campaign

June 25, 2019

SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SM Prime) signed a memorandum of understanding with Cagayan de Oro City (CDO) and the National Resilience Council (NRC), as part of NRC’s new Adopt-A-City campaign.       By supporting NRC’s 3-year program, corporations can directly invest in reducing the city’s risk to old and new hazards and in the partnership’s long-term resilience. It implements a whole-of-society approach towards co-creating science and technology-based solutions and capacity building for evidence-informed risk governance. This program can include structural interventions and projects to address specific social, economic, and environmental exposure and vulnerability.       This campaign enables the city not just to bounce back after a hazard strikes, but to also prepare for and prevent a disaster so as to “bounce forward” together in ways to reduce future risk. The NRC is co-chaired by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana representing the government, and sole Filipino United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) ARISE Global board member Hans Sy representing the private sector. Witnessing the MOU signing was SM Supermalls Chief Operating Officer Steven Tan.

Xavier Ateneo among top-performing law schools in 2018 Bar Exams

June 25, 2019

CAGAYAN de Oro City, Philippines — The College of Law of Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan ranked ninth among top-performing law schools in the country, based on the results of the November 2018 Bar Exams.       Xavier Ateneo Law garnered a passing rate of 54.9% after 28 out of 51 takers successfully passed the Bar. Twenty-seven of the passers are XU Law graduates and one is from Ateneo de Zamboanga Law, which had six examinees last year. AdZU Law is accredited by the Legal Education Board as “XU Law in Zamboanga,” hence, the performance of AdZU was officially recorded under Xavier University.      From the XU passers, 21 were first-time takers (21 out of 26 or 80.76%) and six were re-takers (6 out of 19 or 31.57%).        In his memo to the academic community, university president Fr Roberto “Bobby” C Yap SJ wrote, “We thank Dean Silvia Jo G Sabio, the faculty, and staff of the XU College of Law for the guidance and support they give to our students.”      Yap added: “May the College of Law continue to form lawyers whose service promote a deep respect for the dignity of the human person and the common good.”      In a text message sent on Friday, June 21, Dean Sabio also expressed her congratulations and gratitude to the people behind this latest feat of the XU College of Law.      She wrote: “Dear members of the faculty of the College of Law: We ranked 9th in the highest passing rates for the 2018 Bar Exams. Congratulations! Thank you for all your efforts and may we continue to strive to be better.”      Xavier Ateneo is the only university from Region 10 (Northern Mindanao) to be included in the said ranking released by the Supreme Court earlier this month.       Along with Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan, two other Ateneo law schools made it to the list: Ateneo de Manila University (#1 with 86.76%) and Ateneo de Davao University (#5 with 64.52%).      The 1,800 new lawyers who comprised the 22.07% nationwide passing rate for 2018 took their oath on June 13 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

ADB Development Asia features Romolo Nati as Expert in Sustainable Design

June 24, 2019

Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC) Chairman and CEO, Architect Romolo V. Nati sheds light on the importance of Sustainable Design in real estate.  Arch. Nati, an expert in green architecture, emphasized the advantages of developing sustainable buildings for emerging cities.  Nati cited the importance of sustainable development and climate resiliency in the real estate sector, and the need to integrate sustainable features in the design framework of resilient buildings in an article featured by Development.Asia by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Development.Asia is a knowledge collaboration platform for sharing and promoting expertise, best practice and technology related to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Nati has been chosen as one of the few industry Expert in the country, sharing solutions in Sustainable Design. (Know more about article at  Philippines can be a role model for sustainable development in Asia. Architect Nati believes that sustainable design will reap the most benefit in the country. Architect Nati applies nature-based design, known as biomimicry – a concept that emulates the process, systems, and strategies present in nature – to his projects. And uses an advanced design technology called parametric software that allows the designer to factor in local conditions so that the building orientation, shape, and features are maximized for natural ventilation and natural light. Each design is unique and adapted to a specific location and project.  IDC has marked its legacy as the first green mover in Cagayan de Oro with its flagship project, Primavera Residences. With the passion to further strengthen its green advocacies in the city, IDC pursued to showcase its green initiative with its latest development, Primavera City. And further expanding in Sto. Tomas, Batangas with its project, Miramonti Green Residences.  All three developments of IDC had been awarded by the prestigious International Property Awards-Asia Pacific. Its latest development, Miramonti Green Residences received the citation in the Best Mixed-Use Development category in the International Property Awards-Asia Pacific 2019-2020. While IDC’s first two projects, Primavera Residences and Primavera City, both located in Cagayan de Oro, are recipient of the same category with  Primavera Residences winning recognition in 2015, and  Primavera City winning the award in 2017.

IDC supports kids eduation through brigada eskwela

June 22, 2019

The IDC team of Miramonti Green Residences took part in the Department of Education’s (DepED) 2019 National Schools Maintenance Week (Brigada Eskwela) by donating bags to 300 students of Sta. Anastacia Elementary School in Sto. Tomas, Batangas on June 7. The bags were given to Grade 2 students as well as the other underprivileged students from Grade 2 to 6.      For this new school year, Sta. Anastacia Elementary School will serve 1,469 students who are residents of both Barangay Sta. Anastacia and San Rafael, wherein 82% belong to marginalized families.  Presently there are 43 teachers.       "I am so thankful na nabigyan kami ng ganung kaimportanteng materials for the pupils especially those from poor families na nabigyan ng chance na maka-acquire ng ganung kagandang bags. We are extending our gratitude for IDC.  Especially because some of our students,nagtitiis na dalawang taon o mahigit pa, madalas old bags talaga ang ginagamit nila.," said Principal Elena M. De Torres, presented a plaque of appreciation to IDC in gratitude on behalf of Sta. Anastacia Elementary School.       “We hope to contribute to the parents and teachers’ efforts of creating a better life for the children though our small donation and to greatly motivate the children to do well this school year, and to have fun too, most importantly”, said Architect Romolo V. Nati, Executive Chair and CEO of Italpinas Development Corporation, owner and developer of Miramonti Green Residences.      Italpinas Development Corporation, a publicly listed Italian-Filipino company, has its flagship development in Luzon, an eco-friendly mixed-use project development in Sto. Tomas, Batangas called Miramonti Green Residences, which was recently awarded by The International Property Awards-Asia Pacific as Best Mixed-use Development.       Inspired by its view (Miramonti in Italian means “look at the mountain”), the project is yet another example of design-driven sustainable architecture that Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC) is bringing into the country’s emerging cities.       The project is easily accessible from South Luzon Expressway and is adjacent to the Light Industry and Science Park III. Miramonti Green Residences is soon to become a prime landmark in Sto.Tomas, Batangas with an expanding residential and commercial community located in the scenic Mt. Makiling area of southern Luzon. It provides a fresh urban setting away from the chaotic metropolitan environment.        Miramonti Green Residences will consist of three 21-storey towers that will be developed in two phases. The first phase, is comprised of one tower sitting atop a podium structure and will offer  residential units, commercial areas and parking slots alongside amenities from fitness center, swimming pool and playground among others.

E-recruitment in PH remains stable, HR talent most in-demand

June 4, 2019

MANILA--E-recruitment in the Philippines witnessed positive year-on-year growth of 11% between April 2018 and 2019, according to the latest Monster Employment Index (MEI). The Consumer Goods/FMCG industry led the demand with a 22% annual rise in April. This was closely followed by the Hospitality industry, which recorded a 21% year-on-year growth. The IT, Telecom/ISP industry ranked among top growth industries for the first time in 2019, experiencing year-on-year growth of 14%. Other industries monitored by the index recorded significant positive growth as well, with the exception being the Education sector, which saw a 6% decline between April 2018 and April 2019. The Monster Employment Index (MEI) is a gauge of online job posting activity compiled monthly by It records the industries and occupations that show the highest and lowest growth in recruitment activity locally. When looking at specific job roles, all 10 of the occupations monitored by the Index recorded positive growth in April. HR & Admin professionals received the highest spike in demand with the double-digit 19% year-on-year growth for the month of April, followed by Finance & Accounts talent with a 18% growth in yearly demand. “The job market reported a stable momentum despite the 5.6% growth in the 1st quarter of 2019, and with the ongoing trade war and other economic headwinds businesses will remain cautiously optimistic,” said Abhijeet Mukherjee, CEO of – APAC and Middle East. “As traditional roles continue to evolve, digital competency remains high in demand. In fact, employers have a huge responsibility to empower employees with the right set of skills development initiatives. Organisations creating personalised learning paths to upskill employees in their current and future roles command a huge competitive advantage.” “More importantly, to attract top talent in a competitive labor market like the Philippines, it is crucial for organizations to cultivate a strong employer brand by clearly articulating why their company  is a great workplace.” The Monster Employment Index is a monthly look at online job posting activity, based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large representative selection of career websites and online job listings across the Philippines. The Index does not reflect the trend of any one advertiser or source, but is an aggregate measure of the change in job listings across the industry. PR


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