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IDC wins International Property Awards for the 3rd time

March 22, 2019

Miramonti Green Residences added laurels to publicly listed sustainable developer Italpinas Development Corporation (IDCTM) as it won the prestigious International Property Awards for Asia Pacific sealing its place as elite Award Winner for Best Mixed-Use Development in the Philippines 2019-2020.       “International Property Awards is a highly acclaimed award in the worldwide property industry. Winning International Property Awards for the third consecutive time, and on all the properties we developed is a recognition of our design excellence as a sustainable developer”  said Romolo Nati, chairman and CEO of IDCTM.      IDCTM earned the prestigious recognition, which is considered as a mark of excellence for property professionals, for its soon-to-rise project Miramonti Green Residences, a mixed-use eco-friendly development, set against the dramatic backdrop of majestic Mt. Makiling in Sto. Tomas Batangas.       Inspired by its view (Miramonti in Italian means “look at the mountain”), the project is yet another example of the brand of design-driven sustainable architecture that Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC) is bringing into the country’s emerging cities. Located in the south of Metro Manila, Sto. Tomas is part of the Philippines’ new beltway of economic growth along the expressways connecting the capital region with Batangas Port making the CALABARZON area one of the most dynamic trade zones in the country.         Easily accessible from South Luzon Expressway and adjacent to the Light Industry and Science Park III, Miramonti Green Residences is soon to become a prime landmark in Sto.Tomas, Batangas. Sto. Tomas is an expanding residential and commercial community located in the scenic Mt. Makiling area in southern Luzon, a fresh urban setting away from the chaotic metropolitan environment.        The Miramonti Green Residences project will consist of three 21-storey towers and will be developed in two phases. The first phase, comprises one tower sitting atop a podium structure, will occupy a 2,057-square meter area. It will offer 352 residential units, 18 commercial units, and 89 parking units alongside amenities, such as fitness center, swimming pool, playground, among others.      The design of Miramonti Green Residences integrates green strategies and systems that aim to reduce overall energy consumption in all towers resulting in long-term energy consumption savings. One of its key features is the use of passive cooling technology such as shadow and sunlight control, wind cooling and shape performance. The project will also harness solar energy from photovoltaic panels to be installed on the roof of the towers.       “The citation in the Best Mixed-Use Development category within the International Property Awards-Asia Pacific 2019-2020 is an honor but receiving this prestigious recognition for the third time is really a big accomplishment”, pointed out Architect Romolo Valentino Nati, chairman and CEO of IDCTM .“The success of IDC’s first two projects, Primavera Residences and Primavera City, both located in Cagayan de Oro, has been an inspiration to us. Further reinforcing our green advocacy, our latest project Miramonti Green Residences is a milestone and another example of the brand of design-driven sustainable architecture that Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC), is introducing to the country’s emerging cities” added Arch.Nati.       Our passion in bringing the design-driven sustainable architecture in emerging cities has always been the driving force of IDCTM. Winning the prestigious International Property Awards for Asia Pacific in all three of our developments reinvigorates not only our passion but also our commitment to bring relevant sustainable developments in the country, said IDCTM President, Atty Jose D. Leviste III.      IDCTM will be honoured at the Asia Pacific Property Awards in the Marriot Marquis Queen’s Park, Bangkok next 14th -15th May, together with the best property professionals across the Asia Pacific regions, to be recognised in the Best Mixed-Use Development category.

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Nissan CDO tops vehicle sales nationwide

March 22, 2019

NISSAN Cagayan de Oro was bestowed two major awards during the Nissan Philippines, Inc. 4th annual Dealer of the Year Awards held last March 8 at Okada Manila in Parañaque City. During the occasion, Nissan Cagayan de Oro garnered Top in Vehicle Sales and Excellence in Sales Headed by Nissan President Mr. Jefferson Rolida, General Sales Manager Ms. Mars Martinez-Abadiano and Marketing Manager Mr. Brian Serafino. The two stunning glass white trophies bear the signature of Nissan Philippines Inc.’s president and managing director, Ramesh Narasimhan. NPI has been founded on September 2013 as a joint venture between Nissan Motor Company and Universal Motors Corporation, and has long since held this awards event since 2016. From that moment on, it has become one of the most rapidly growing automotive establishments in the Philippines. This event is one of the many indications of NPI’s remarkable growth and success in the country, one of the ways the excellence of Nissan dealers and its sales force nationwide is recognized. Through their hard work, Filipinos are able to experience services and products with the highest quality every year. Thus, NPI has brought forth major contribution to strengthening the company’s name and its market and sales. In present time, there are 43 dealers all over the country and NPI’s constant increase in sales makes this awards show possible and worthy of its existence. The highest recognition, Dealer of the Year, is given to dealerships with the best performance in all facets of dealer operations, and is divided into three groups—NCR, Urban Provincial, and Rural. As Nissan CDO’s mission is to be able to build a community in the vehicle industry where customers are ultimately satisfied by continually communicating and providing premium care, these two awards definitely highlight and emphasize their success in reaching this goal.

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Less Fuel, Maximum Power | Isuzu mu-X RZ4E LS 4x2 AT

March 20, 2019

Photos by Kit Pilla   While the popularity of SUVs is on the rise, most people who buy them don’t necessarily intend to going on off road expeditions. Rather, it is the urban jungle that these machines will likely be taking on. More than anything else, a vehicle that will spend most of its service life in city traffic should be fuel efficient. That is what you can expect from the mu-X RZ4E.      Fitted with Isuzu’s 1,898 cc Blue Power Diesel engine, the mu-X RZ4E delivers maximum fuel efficiency without compromising performance. It is, after all, an SUV. You get 150 PS @ 3,600 rpm and 350 Nm @ 1,800-2,600 on tap, minus the worry of over-spending on fuel costs. After a week of city driving I was able to achieve 11.4 kilometers to a liter, without much effort. I suppose it is quite possible to get even better mileage if I have kept engine revs low. I found that the mu-X RZ4E will happily cruise along at 60 kilometers per hour at 1,500 rpm. Yet, I couldn’t resist stepping on the accelerator pedal whenever a clear road presents itself. The six-speed automatic transmission has a manual mode so you can work through the gears yourself to have a more engaging driving experience.        I enjoyed the performance of the mu-X RZ4E as much as my kids appreciated its creature comforts. It is now the onset of summer season and yet the mu-X’s air conditioning system kept the entire cabin temperature arctic all the way to the back as there are air-con vents up to the third row. I had them watching movies on the 8-inch touch screen display, which was strategically placed to minimize glare during daytime driving. You can access the third row by pulling a lever on top of the second row back rest, which folds the seat to allow entry.       The ride is smooth and comfortable, huge potholes are barely noticeable. The 220mm ground clearance inspires confidence when rolling over obstacles. More importantly, it has the capability to wade through monsoon floods up to half a meter in depth. I like the high seating position as it gave me an excellent view of the road ahead. One would think that maneuvering such a hefty vehicle in congested city streets would be a challenge but on the contrary, the mu-X’s commanding road presence kept other cars at bay. The daytime running LED lights also makes it more visible to other road users. The Bi-LED projector headlamps gives excellent illumination so you can go out for a drive anytime you like.       The mu-X RZ4E can shift duties from ferrying people to hauling cargo. The third row seats have a 50/50 split and fold function while the second row seats have 60/40 fold and tumble function. It is also possible to fold both rows to have a completely flat cargo bed. I was able to load my bicycle and there is still plenty of room to spare. There’s no need to bother with bike rack attachments. Just imagine the savings you can get on delivery fees whenever you buy home appliances at the store.       At P1,300,000, the mu-X RZ4E is one of the most affordable SUVs in the market today. Isuzu also claims that the RZ4E engine requires lower service fees and it is cheaper to run too. Factor in Isuzu’s renowned reliability and you get a practical SUV with a long service life. To know more about the Isuzu mu-X RZ4E, you may visit www.isuzuphil.com.

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Kawasaki PH Launches the Rouser Dare Venture, a Reality-based Web Series

March 20, 2019

The first ever motorcycle-centric reality show is finally here in the Philippines! Kawasaki Motors (Phils.) Corporation (KMPC) invited members from the media and representatives from the various Rouser clubs to their plant office in Muntinlupa City for the launch of the online reality show that is sure to rouse the hearts of all riders, and motorcycle enthusiasts in the country – the Rouser Dare Venture!      The Rouser Dare Venture is a digital reality show in the Philippines where Rouser riders can participate in adventurous tasks that will test Rouser’s endurance and power.      Present during the official press launch are the executives of KMPC; headed by Senior Manager for Sales, Marketing & Customer Support Divisions, Ms. Ruby Macalintal, Brand Manager, Mr. Dan Reynald A. Darang, Marketing Communications Supervisor, Ms. Mitch Ticzon, and Technical      Product Consultant, Mr. Antonio Arnel Juco, together with Bajaj Auto Limited’s Regional MarketingManager for ASEAN Countries, Mr. Shashank Golani      With a roster of followers from different countries such as Nepal, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka; the Philippines’ own version of the Rouser Dare Venture aims to deliver a whole new Dare Venture experience that focuses on the fun, challenging and intriguing day-to-day life of the Rouser      Riders, mixed with elements of humor, drama, action and suspense.      Ten (10) specially selected riders will battle it out in a series of demanding dares that will challenge our riders both physically and mentally, and will test their skills as riders on the Rouser NS160. At the end of every webisode, 1 to 2 contestants will be eliminated. The last rider standing will win PHP 100,000 and have the honor to be declared as the Grand Dare Venture Winner!      Asides from showcasing the Rouser’s extreme capabilities, the Rouser Dare Venture also aims to flaunt the extraordinary and untamed beauty of the province of Pampanga, particularly Sapang Bato & Haduan Falls in Mabalacat and the Lahar Areas around Mt. Pinatubo in Butolan.      The Rouser Dare Venture officially airs on the Rouser Philippines Youtube and Facebook Pages on the Summer of 2019.

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Petron-sponsored IAME Series Asia heads to the Philippines

March 20, 2019

IAME Series Asia (formerly known as X30 SEA) is once again breaking new ground with Round 1 of their 2019 race season to be held at the newly built Clark International Speedway Kart Track on March 23-24. Located within the Clark Freeport zone, this 13-turn, high speed circuit boasts world class amenities and is a stone’s throw away from Clark International airport and several 5-star accommodations. With karting interest on the quick rise in the Philippines, the arrival of a world-class kart race series to the island Republic will further fuel the sport within the community.      Petron Blaze 100 Euro 6, acknowledged as the best gasoline in the Philippines, is the official fuel sponsor the 2019 IAME Series Asia, which will consist of six rounds, as follows: (1) March 23-24 Philippines; (2) May 11-12 Thailand; (3) May 25-26 Thailand; (4) July 6-7 Malaysia; (5) August 3-4 Malaysia; (6) September 14-15 Malaysia.      According to Mr. KC Chong of the ISA organizing team, “We are expecting to see karters from all over Asia, from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea and of course, the Philippines! This is going to be a very exciting race to kick start the season, with drivers from so many nationalities battling it out on the beautiful circuit of Clark International Speedway. Competitors in the respective categories in the Championship will once again stand a chance to win invitations to the IAME International Finals in Le Mans, France. These invitations will be supplemented with Euro 2,000 cash and race tire packages each, making them truly attractive prizes!”       2019 sees the implementation of new technical regulations to the series, like the newly developed exhaust system that will give the already potent X30 engines a further performance boost. This is another example of IAME’s constant endeavor to improve the level of racing in their one-engine-make race series.

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DTI - Sydney partners with Expand Franchising and other organizations to promote franchising in Australia

March 20, 2019

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) in Sydney, Australia, partnered with Expand Franchising and other organizations in organizing franchising seminars and small group business consultations to promote franchising in Australia.      The first franchising seminar was conducted on February 19, 2019 in Campbeltown in partnership with Narra Co-operative, Inc., a membership co-op comprised of Filipino-Australians involved in community events.      On February 20, 2019, PTIC-Sydney hosted a coffee talk on franchising and a series of small group business consultations with Expand Franchising.      A seminar on “Franchising Trends and Opportunities” was likewise hosted by the Australia Philippines Business Council (APBC) on February 21, 2019.     Ms. Alma Argayoso, the Philippine Consul Commercial to Australia said the franchising seminars and business consultations are initiatives under the Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhyan (TNK) program that the DTI overseas office in Sydney supports.        The TNK is a project of the DTI in partnership with other government agencies, private sector, academe and civil society organizations, to promote entrepreneurship and generate employment.      “We aim to help our Kababayans or their families back home invest in viable economic activities in the Philippines by providing them with information and resources to help them succeed as entrepreneurs”, Argayoso said.      “Franchising is one of the business opportunities that we promote because it’s an important tool for economic development that creates thousands of enterprises and generates millions of jobs,” Argayoso added.      Mr. Ignacio Gimenez of Expand Franchising brought to Australia its partner in the Philippines, RK Franchise Consultancy,Inc., represented by its founder, Mr. Rudolf Kotik. Mr. Kotik has over 40 years in the franchising business and developed over 800 brands in the Philippines and abroad.      Mr. Kotik presented franchising trends and opportunities and the benefits, procedures and steps to becoming a franchisee or a franchisor for those who would like to scale up and open their business for franchising.      “We believe owning a franchise is a good investment. It has less risk than an independent start-up with an average ROI of two years and the opportunity to grow the business more rapidly than an independent business,” Kotik said.      “It’s the biggest and most successful business system in the world and the Philippines is in the top ten with the most number of franchise units globally. Among the latest trends are innovative food and beverage outlets, self-service laundromats, education and tutorial services, specialized beauty services, and animal care services,” Kotik added.      While most of the interested parties were overseas or former Filipinos, looking for a franchise to set-up in the Philippines or bring to Australia, a number of foreigners also expressed interest in the co-ownership arrangements where several investors can buy 80% share in the franchise while 20% remains with the franchisor. The franchisor will run the business and provide monthly financial reports and quarterly dividends. This is a win-win arrangement where a franchisor uses OPM or Other People’s Money to grow the business, while a franchisee invests in a business without having to worry about the day-to-day operations.

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