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Samsung Opens a One-day Pop-up Restaurant Using a 6-in-1 Cooking Appliance

November 5, 2019

With everyone’s busy lifestyle, it’s hard to find the time to create dishes that are healthy and delicious. Many would opt for instant or ready-to-heat food, which may not be the most nutritious choice. Samsung's Smart Oven aims to make mealtimes easier by allowing individuals to do it all with one handy device. Because of this latest cooking innovation, anyone can now cook their favorite dishes for any type of occasion anytime. Samsung has created a solution for quick and healthier meals that can adapt to anyone's lifestyle. To showcase its culinary capabilities, Samsung Digital Appliances built a pop-up smart kitchen and restaurant for mall-goers and media at Robinsons Magnolia. “We developed the idea of setting up this pop-up restaurant because we wanted people to experience first-hand what the Smart Oven can do,” says Household Appliances Group Head Mon Medina. “Homemakers don’t need to go to a culinary school to start cooking or have the fanciest ingredients to create a scrumptious meal.” In this first-ever Samsung pop-up restaurant, the Smart Oven was put into action as guests got to taste a wide variety of dishes. To start off, guests were served Roasted Eggplant and Pepper Dip with Pita Bread for appetizer. Then they got to choose their main course from a selection that includes Baked Spiced Chicken Breast with Creamed Spinach, Texas Style Pulled Pork Sandwich, SlimFry Honey-Sriracha Chicken Wings, Beef Kebabs with Garlic Cream Sauce, Charsiu BBQ pork, and Salmon Teriyaki Fillet. Finally, for dessert, guests were treated with Dark Chocolate brownies. All these amazing dishes were cooked and prepared using the Samsung Smart Oven. A live cooking demonstration was also held to guide the guests with how easy it is to cook a meal using the Smart Oven. Dishes cooked during the event were based on the soon-to-be-launched Do It All Cookbook in partnership with Samsung and Maggi. During the live demo, the chef was able to prepare Steamed Zesty Garlic Shrimp, Ribeye steak, and Baked Apple Cobbler, using just the Smart Oven. The device is a 6-in-1 kitchen partner that can produce virtually any dish with its HotBlast™ technology that reduces cooking times significantly. Powerful hot air is blown through multiple air-holes directly onto food, so it’s cooked evenly, retaining the crisp texture on the outside but still juicy on the inside. It also has a Cook with Ease presets that makes it easier to use by individuals who aren’t kitchen savvy. With these two features, there’s no more excuse for not having tasty and healthy meals at home. This innovation is breaking the barriers in cooking technology as it makes meal preparation faster and more convenient. Beyond this, its Grill function evenly distributes heat so perfectly grilled and browned meat are achieved without having to set up an entire grill at home. Those looking for healthier alternatives meanwhile, can use the Slim-Fry™ Technology, which can cook meals with less oil. They can also try the Power Steam function for nourishing ways to prepare fish, chicken breast, and vegetables. Whipping up scrumptious desserts is also possible with the Smart Oven. Aspiring and expert bakers can design sweet confections through the Convection Mode. It can keep the oven’s temperature even and regulated so treats are always soft and moist. Moreover, they can also create homemade yogurt or dough with the Fermentation Technology. “It will amaze everyone with the different functions it could do. It will surely change the way people see cooking innovation. We want everyone to be inspired and get excited to start cooking, whether for their families or for anyone looking to have a healthier lifestyle. We just want people to know that by using Samsung's Smart Oven, we don't need to worry anymore about the work and time we need to put in cooking" shares Head of Product Marketing of Samsung Digital Appliances, Stephanie Chua. With the Smart Oven, homemakers, young professionals, and students living in condominiums can feel the joy of cooking healthier meals with just one device. Now, it’s easier to be a kitchen master and experience tasty food, no matter how busy the schedule. The Samsung Smart Oven has two models: The 35-Liter Smart Oven (MC35J8088LT/TC), is priced at P29,995 and the 32-Liter Smart Oven (MC32K7055KT/TC) is priced at P15,995. The Do It All Cookbook will be available this November and can only be availed upon purchasing a MC35J8088LT/TC or MC32K7055KT/TC Smart Oven. It contains 35 easy-to-follow recipes specially made for the Samsung Smart Oven. For more information on the Samsung Smart Oven, visit https://www.samsung.com/ph/cooking-appliances/microwave-ovens/ and like SamsungPH on Facebook.  About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com and SamsungPH on Facebook.

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Php 5.3-B Mivela Garden Residences by Cebu Landmasters  80% sold in 3 weeks

November 3, 2019

Cebu Landmasters Inc.’s (CLI) is starting constructions works of its 5.3 billion worth project, Mivela Garden Residences condominium in Metro Cebu.  The development has generated overwhelming buyer interest as it is 80 percent sold out after 3 weeks of selling. The listed developer pointed out that this remarkable record means that the company is on track to meet the expected P12.5-billion worth of reservations sales for this year.  The four-tower Mivela Garden Residences, with P2 billion development cost, is the third of CLI’s garden series residential projects in Cebu and its sixth in the Vismin area. Jose Soberano III, CLI president and CEO, explains: “Mivela Garden Residences is 80 percent sold out in 3-weeks and this is a very strong indicator that our products are right-sized and right-priced.” Mivela Garden Residences is envisioned as a modern garden residential community that will level up city living. Greenery and open spaces will be complemented by amenities focused on a multilevel clubhouse with a swimming pool. Function rooms, gym, lobby lounge, Zen gardens, and outdoor lounge areas will complete Mivela’s offerings. The development features a total of 1,536 units, catering to mostly individuals and starter families with its mix of studio and one-bedroom units. The project sits on a 1.26-hectare area in the prominent Banilad area in Cebu City where most of the hotels and large shopping malls are located.  “Even as Cebu Landmasters expands in VisMin, we will continue to keep our strong presence in Cebu which sets the trends for this region,” says Soberano. CLI’s Garden Series residential projects for the mid-market category serves as the primary driver for the company’s first-semester consolidated revenues this year, accounting for a 35 percent contribution to the total. Developments for the premier and economic markets turned in 33 percent and 29 percent of total earnings, respectively, for the first half.   Cebu Landmasters emphasizes it is on track to hit its 2019 year-end guidance of P2.6 billion in consolidated net income and P2 billion in parent net income. CLI projects in Cebu represent 61 percent of the company’s total revenues as of the first half of 2019. Cebu Landmasters, listed in 2017 boasts of a portfolio of 58 projects in various stages of development in 10 key cities in VisMin. The listed company has 28 fully completed projects with an aggregate amount of P17 billion.   Cebu Landmasters was recently awarded as the Best Developer in the Philippines by PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards and will represent the country in the Asia Property Awards in November in Bangkok, Thailand. Cebu Landmasters’ Php2-billion Mivela Garden Residences condominium project in Metro Cebu has generated overwhelming buyer interest. After 3-weeks of selling, it is 80 percent sold out. Mivela Garden Residences is a modern garden residential community aimed to redefine garden living. Greenery and open spaces will be complemented by amenities and a multilevel clubhouse.

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Allianz PNB Life Partners with eSakay in Promoting an Environmentally-Sustainable Way to Commute

November 3, 2019

Allianz PNB Life, the world’s most sustainable insurer for three years running, recently partnered with eSakay to launch seven Electric-jeepneys (or E-jeepneys) that currently ply the Makati and Mandaluyong routes. “Allianz has always been supportive of environmental sustainability. Through these E- jeepneys, we are offering Filipinos cleaner and greener alternatives to get to their destinations within two major business areas in Metro Manila,” said Allianz PNB Life President and Chief Executive Officer Alexander Grenz. eSakay is the electric vehicle unit of Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), and they introduced E- jeepneys back in 2010, according to its operations head, Yuri Sarmiento. “At that time, we started the Green Route here in Makati, covering Legaspi and Salcedo Village. We initially had three vehicles that provided free rides. Now, we are glad that with the help of companies such as Allianz PNB Life, we are able to sustain our efforts in transitioning to green alternatives of mass transportation,” Sarmiento said. He added that the initial objective for the deployment was to present an alternative techno- logy to run vehicles that can help address the problem of air pollution. “In the Philippines, we have 5,000 deaths every year due to environmental diseases, and 70% of our CO2 emission comes from mobile vehicles. If we cut down the emissions, we can also cut down the pollution problem in the country, especially here in the city,” Sarmiento added. More Sustainable Way of Doing Things Grenz said that the E-jeepney is just one of Allianz PNB Life’s corporate social responsibility activities that is focused on the environment. “As a global company, Allianz has always been mindful about its impact on the communities it serves, especially today with the threat of climate change. We are glad to have found a partner in eSakay to promote our message of environmental sustainability, and we are looking forward to launching more projects that will lead to a healthier planet,” Grenz concluded. The Allianz Group achieved the top position among all rated insurance companies in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the third time in a row since 2017. The DJSI is one of the world’s most recognized sustainability ratings. In its assessment, it considers a wide range of economic, environmental and social topics, such as human resources programs, executive compensation, tax policies, shareholder rights, compliance and anti- corruption programs, environmental management and performance, corporate social engagement, customer satisfaction, among others. Allianz PNB Life Insurance, Inc. 9th Floor Allied Bank Center 6754 Ayala Avenue cor. Legaspi Street Makati City, Philippines Phone: (632) 818-LIFE (5433) Fax: (632) 818-2701 www.allianzpnblife.ph [Type text] [Type text] [Type text] Comfort and Tech Features Comfort and Tech Features Apart from being environmentally friendly, the E-jeepneys also offer a more comfortable way to travel. Each vehicle can seat 23 people and accommodate 8 to 10 people standing. Each vehicle is equipped with a dash cam, GPS tracking system, and CCTV cameras to ensure passengers’ safety. It also comes with multiple fans and offers its passengers internet access. The vehicles also come with USB ports, so there is no need to worry about phone batteries running low for passengers onboard. “We are also developing software that would allow passengers to download an app so that they can monitor the vehicles,” Sarmiento said. eSakay will soon be launching an electronic payment system as well. Currently, passengers pay their fares in cash. The minimum fare is PhP9, the same as that of regular jeepneys. Apart from the Makati and Mandaluyong routes, there are plans to bring the E-jeepneys to Pampanga next year. About Allianz The Allianz Group is one of the world's leading insurers and asset managers with more than 92 million retail and corporate customers. Allianz customers benefit from a broad range of personal and corporate insurance services, ranging from property, life and health insurance to assistance services to credit insurance and global business insurance.  Allianz is one of the world’s largest investors, managing around 673 billion euros on behalf of its insurance customers. Furthermore, our asset managers PIMCO and Allianz Global Investors manage more than 1.4 trillion euros of third-party assets. Thanks to our systematic integration of ecological and social criteria in our business processes and investment decisions, we hold the leading position for insurers in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In 2018, over 142,000 employees in more than 80 countries achieved total revenues of 131 billion euros and an operating profit of 11.5 billion euros for the group These assessments are, as always, subject to the disclaimer provided below. Cautionary note regarding forward-looking statements The statements contained herein may include prospects, statements of future expectations and other forward-looking statements that are based on management's current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Actual results, performance or events may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements.

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Security Bank optimistic on sustained regional growth in Mindanao

October 23, 2019

Security Bank Corporation (SBC) held the final leg of its first economic forum roadshow in the gateway of Northern Mindanao and brought together experts who highlighted key areas for sustainable and inclusive development in the region. The symposium also marks the bank’s fifth and last economic forum for 2019. Security Bank continues to see promising investment opportunities in Mindanao with the region’s impressive economic growth, which spurred demand for several infrastructure projects and real-estate developments in the area. “We always keep a close eye on the exciting developments in Mindanao. Since 2016, there has been a gradual increase in GDP share of the region. More economic hubs in Asia, especially Southeast Asia, look at Mindanao as an investment destination in the South,” said Security Bank Assistant Vice President and Chief Economist Dan Roces.  Host city Cagayan de Oro (CDO) has been tagged as one of the most competitive cities in the country, as well as a growth-driver of Northern Mindanao. Dubbed as a city of trade links in the South, CDO makes for a strategic choice for businesses, as it is an entry point of goods to over 22 million consumers and serves as the most efficient exit for Mindanao’s agricultural and industrial products. Earlier this year, its gross regional domestic product increased by 7.0% from 2018, owed to the accelerated growth of their service and industry sectors. Security Bank President and CEO Sanjiv Vohra said, “Security Bank has an active presence in Mindanao. Today's economic forum is a testament of our continued support in the region.” Vohra, who visited Davao last month, also expressed how the region’s success in its industries has contributed to the economic growth of the country. “CDO has continued to impress with the city’s ability to support transportation infrastructures (land, sea and air facilities), economic zones, and other economic support structures from both government agencies and the private sector. The city has been able to offer more employment opportunities contributing to the South’s overall growth. Security Bank is here to support the continued progress of Mindanao’s 2nd largest city, through our 4 branches in CDO out of 30 in Mindanao,” Vohra added. Topics covered during the forum included Cagayan de Oro’s investment and development potential, challenges to economic policy in Mindanao, and Mindanao’s position in relation to the Philippines, the ASEAN, and the rest of the world. The forum showcased comprehensive presentations from Jhon Louie Sabal, Faculty member of the Department of Economics at Xavier University; Romeo Montenegro, deputy executive director of Mindanao Development Authority; and Robert Dan Roces, assistant vice president and chief economist of Security Bank. Security Bank has organized a series of fora in five emerging business centers across the country to provide in-depth discussions on Philippine economic growth and investment climate – both from economic and political perspectives. This roadshow is just one of the many ways the bank has supported national development initiatives, especially in key growth areas. The bank has actively supported businesses, including small and medium enterprises, in Mindanao, and has created opportunities through its diverse portfolio of products and services. Aside from its client-centric initiatives, Security Bank has also brought its BetterBanking promise closer to different communities through various corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects. To date, Security Bank Foundation, Inc., the bank’s CSR arm, has turned over 111 classrooms to 21 schools, and has trained 384 teachers in Mindanao as part of its “Build A School, Build A Nation: The Classrooms Project” program. Over the years, Security Bank has maintained a constant presence in Mindanao in line with its transformative, long-term mission to enrich lives, empower business and build communities.

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Johndorf unveils latest CDO offering Orchard District

September 27, 2019

ORCHARD District – the latest offering of Johndorf Ventures Corporation in uptown Cagayan de Oro City – was introduced to the public last Thursday (September 26, 2019) via a ceremony at Limketkai Luxe Hotel here. According to president and CEO Richard Lim, Orchard District is branded as a modern integrated township amidst a natural landscape. Encompassing Upper Balulang and Lumbia, Orchard District is in line with the city government’s vision of transforming uptown Cagayan de Oro into another growth area. Surrounded by mango orchards on one side and a ridge overlooking the scenic Cagayan River on the other, the aptly named 43-hectare Orchard District will have multiple residential and community retail options. The first residential development of the project is Videre, a 12-hectare planned subdivision with a choice of single attached or duplex homes. Inside will be a clubhouse with pool, a basketball court and other amenities. During the launch, Mayor Oscar Moreno thanked Johndorf Ventures Corporation for choosing uptown Cagayan de Oro in their latest investment. Moreno said the new growth area will feature a new extensive road network from the northern tip of Bukidnon going all the way to Laguindingan airport. He also praised Johndorf’s resiliency, noting that the company was founded in 1985 when the country was in an era of regional and national instability. From its humble beginnings in Iligan City then, the company has subsequently expanded its operations in other major cities in Mindanao as well as in Cebu City. Today, it is one of the top homegrown developers in Cebu and Northern and Southern Mindanao.

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USTP asks Italpinas help in developing green campus spaces

September 26, 2019

  THE University of Science and Technology of the Philippines (USTP) has inked a partnership with environment realty champions Italpinas Development Corporation to develop environmental-themed curricula as well as consult in transforming their campuses into more green-friendly spaces. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) signing was inked between Italpinas Development Corporation chairman and CEO Romolo Nati and USTP vice chancellor Consorcio Namoco Jr. last Thursday at the USTP Chancellor’s Office in its Cagayan de Oro City main campus along CM Recto Avenue. Namoco said they are looking forward working with Italpinas in the conduct of seminars and symposia related to green building technologies and sustainable urban development and innovation, participation in the enhancement and reviews of relevant curricular progams and conduct of collaborative projects, among others. In particular, Namoco said they are looking into the possibility pending Ched approval of offering a Master in Sustainable Development and Master in Public Innovation programs there. These programs, he pointed out, will try to lessen the gap between industry and academe. Italpinas will likewise be tapped to enhance the already environment-friendly main campus such as creating a rain catchment there which could be use to water the plants and toilets. The rain catchment would also serve as the university’s response to perennial flooding in the area. Namoco added that they will also be consulting with Italpinas on how to develop their 292-hectare soon to be campus in Alubijid, Misamis Oriental to make it environment friendly. For his part, Nati said they chose USTP as their partner since it is the premier educational institution in the region that is science-centric. “In our ten years of doing business in Cagayan de Oro, we thank the community for welcoming us. That is why we want to give back something to our host community,” he said.

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