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Mallberry Suites Business Hotel More Than Just Accommodation; A Dining Experience Will Also Matter

January 12, 2020

Texts: JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL; Photos credit to owners CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - IF YOU will have the chance to visit Cagayan de Oro City for a travel, staycation, sports, convention, and business matters - your stay at Mallberry Suites Business Hotel would be a great advantage. This is the message of invitation from Mallberry Suites Hotel general manager Evelyn O. Leandicho during an exclusive interview with Mindanao Daily News online edition. Leandicho said the hotel now is more than just accommodation as it also offers the best delicacy in town, which also matters very much for hotel guests and travelers. The hotel has two restaurants, a spa, gym and indoor pool aside from other amenities it can offer to businessmen and professionals staying in the city for very important activities. The hotel's Element Spa, a wellness spa offers massage, sauna and whirlpool/hot tub for hotel guests who become tired after a day-long workshops, meeting or other activities that brought them to the 'City of Golden Friendship.' Other amenities of Mallberry also include a 24-hour reception, business center, concierge, elevator, free wi-fi in the lobby, a hotel bar, air-conditioned rooms, television, wifi in rooms, a wheelchair accessible hotel for person with disability (PWD) guests, and board rooms for business and executive meetings.  "Our hotel guests want to stay at Mallberry because also of our security. We always make sure they stay here safe," the hotel manager said. Mallberry is the only hotel in the city which has a K9 dog at the entrance to make sure the stay of its guest is safe and sound. DINING EXPERIENCE AT MALLBERRY A dining experience at Mallberry Hotel also matters as the hotel also serves delicious food and mouth-watering food preparations from top chefs in the country. Among the best sellers at its Rosso Steakhouse restaurant and Blue Duck Bar include Rib Eye Mini, Grilled Blue Marlin, Mushroom Trifolati Pasta, Zucchini Pasta and Chicken Picatta.     Nikki Dee, one of the hotel's guests said "Try their Rib Eye Mini and Grilled Blue Marlin. Their Grilled Blue Marlin's sauce is crazy! Too delicious." "Love the breakfast choices and love the service at Mallberry. That is why we go there every time we are in Cagayan de Oro," another hotel guest said over agoda.com "We stayed 18 nights visiting family and friends. They have good security, facilities and friendly employees. With a good breakfast buffet, decent room service options, and the huge shopping center next door, it's very easy to enjoy a wide variety of food." BEST SELLERS. The hotel resto's best sellers are  Ribs Eye Mini, Grilled Blue Marlin, Mushroom Trifolati, Zucchini Pasta and Chicken Picatta - Photo credit to owner.   The Ribs Eye Mini is the hotel's best seller according to a Rosso Steakhouse waiter interviewed by MDN. Photo by Evangeline Acenas Deloy    Grilled Blue Marlin is also one of the best sellers of Mallberry Suites Business Hotel at Rosso Steakhouse, just inside the hotel's ground floor. - Photo by Evangeline Acenas Deloy   MALLBERRY ACCESSIBILITY TO THE MALLS The hotel manager also said the hotel is very accessible to Robinsons and Limketkai Malls. In fact, Mallberry is just a stone's throw to one of the biggest malls in Mindanao. "This is also the reason many hotel guests choose Mallberry because of the hotels accessibility to the mall. They want to stay in our hotel because they can easily go to the mall in minutes and do some shopping and mall hopping activities," she said. MALLBERRY SOARS HIGH IN 2019 During an interview, Leandicho also said 2019 was very promising year for Mallberry as it also soared high as far as hotel accommodation. The hotel was always fully booked because also of the help of its partners - Agoda.com and Expedia.com.ph, two of the very prominent hotel accommodation bookers online. "Our hotel guests come from all over the Philippines and even abroad. We have a lot of foreigners who stayed here in 2019 and with that we are very thankful for their patronage. We hope that for this year they will also come back and still choose to stay with us." The hotel manager also added that a lot of construction moguls, and executives stayed at Mallberry in the past years especially during the start of 'construction boom' in the city in the past few years. Mindanao Daily News Editor in Chief Allan Mediante (second from left) hands over the plaque to General Manager Evelyn O. Leandicho after the Mallberry Suites, a 3-star hotel, was adjudged one of the three winners as “Best Hotel Industry Leaders” during the recently concluded 8th Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Awards held at Limketkai Luxe Hotel on December 13, 2019. Looking on are Mindanao Daily News Managing Editor Ruel Pelone and Joe Felicilda, VP for admin of BusinessWeek Mindanao Corporation. MDN photo Meanwhile, Mallberry Suites and Business Hotel was also adjudged as one of the three "Best Hotel Industry Leaders" during the recently concluded 8th Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Awards" held at Limketkai Luxe Hotel on December 13, 2019. The said event was consistently organized by Mindanao Daily News Corporation, purposely to recognize companies, entities and leaders' outstanding performance which contributed to greater develoment in Mindanao. ###   MDN EXCLUSIVE. MDN online edtior Joel Calamba Escol strikes a souvenir photo with Mallberry Suites Business Hotel general manager Evelyn O. Leandicho after an exclusive interview Friday, January 10, 2020, held at the manager's office.   --- ABOUT THE WRITER. Joel Calamba Escol is a Journalist since 1991. He is also a YouTuber known as Noypi Vlogger. If you want your hotels and other businesses featured here and on his Youtube Channel, please email at escoljoel@gmail.com or call mobile 09052145983.      

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Tennis balls plant at Phividec to break ground in April

January 11, 2020

ONE of the world’s leading manufacturer of tennis balls has taken its first step in transferring their major operations to the Philippines, having signed a 25-year-lease agreement with Phividec Industrial Authority in Misamis Oriental on Friday. HEAD International Holding GmbH chief executive officer Gerald Skrobanek, who sealed the lease with Phividec Industrial Authority administrator Franklin Quijano, said that high labor costs and rezoning in their tennis manufacturing plant in Shenzhen, China forced them to seek elsewhere. That elsewhere is the Philippines. “Labor here is relatively cheaper than in China and workers can adapt easily. This is of course matched with a sound business climate in your country,” Skrobanek told Mindanao Daily News in an exclusive interview. Sound business climate meant that HEAD International Holding GmbH must erect its plant in an economic zone, thereby avoiding high taxes and gaining investment incentives instead. Skrobanek – who owns a retreat house somewhere in Visayas – instantly chose Mindanao, having been briefed of a surplus of electricity in the island. It was at this point that an official of the Board of Investments (BOI) recommended to Skrobanek to scout on the Phividec Industrial Estate, a sprawling economic zone in Misamis Oriental whose revenues go to veterans’ care, for the possible location of his plant. From then, things moved forward. Skrobanek revealed that if plans don’t miscarry, HEAD International Holding GmbH’s plant at Phividec will break ground in April. The plant will occupy a five-hectare area and has the capacity to produce ten million tennis balls each year, mostly to be exported to North America and western Europe. It is expected to employ 700 workers once operational. Quijano welcomed the entry of HEAD International Holding GmbH in the country, saying it is a boost to the local rubber industry here. Here in the Philippines, rubber production is mostly concentrated in Bukidnon, Zamboanga, Basilan and North Cotabato.

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Camiguin Gov. Romualdo assures environment sustainability amidst developments

January 11, 2020

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin--With the huge influx of local and foreign tourists visiting this island-province, the provincial government has taken measures to ensure that despite the growing tourism industry here, its people will protect the environment as its very important natural resource. With the province’s fast economic growth, recording P213.088 million on investment value for the first three quarters of 2019, Governor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo assures environmental protection and sustainability with the implementation of Population Carrying Capacity in the province during his State of the Province Address (SOPA), on January 7 at Camiguin Convention Center. “We are happy to share that we have started last year first steps towards establishing carrying capacity limits in our ecotourism sites to be able to determine the maximum number of individuals of a specie that can be sustained by the environment and sustain that same number in the future,” Romualdo said. In doing such, survey enumerators of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional office gathered secondary data on infrastructure, population, water consumption for households, hotels and resorts, waste generation, wastewater, biodiversity, municipal profile, and other limiting factors to be used in data analysis. “Gusto nako nga naa ta’y initial carrying capacity sa turista. Sauna gusto nato daghan kaayong tao, pero dili diay na insakto (I want us to have a carrying capacity on tourists. Before we wanted to have a lot of people but it wasn't correct). There should be a carrying capacity to sustain all our environments,” the governor said. Noting the 11.56 percent increase in commercial aircraft movement and 7 percent increase in passenger traffic, Romualdo said there is a need to take further actions to protect and conserve the island’s environment. Thus, the Climate Adaptation, Mitigation and Disaster Risk Reduction Center shall ensure all policies, laws, and regulations, and ordinances are enforced pertaining to the conservation and protection of the environment and natural resources. Furthermore, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) has carried on numerous programs in line with the DENR’s national priorities. These include the expanded national greening program, enhanced biodiversity conservation, scaling up of marine and coastal ecosystem, improved land administration, and management, intensified forest protection and anti-illegal logging. The governor said PENRO has focused on the maintenance and protection for the expanded national greening program where plantations were established in 2017 and 2018 such as the 50-hectare bamboo plantation, 3-hectare rich forest and mangrove enrichment, 50-hectare bamboo plantation along the riverbanks. For protected areas, PENRO also pursued activities that focus on advocacy, assessment and monitoring of sites and species. While it is good to note the economic gains of having a lot of investments in the island, Romualdo said it is everybody’s role to ensure that the environment will always be healthy and beautiful because after all, this is what the island is well known for.

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Vice Mayor, 2 others killed in ambush in Zambo Norte

January 11, 2020

SIOCON, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE - A town's vice mayor and his two other companions were killed in an ambush perpetrated by five unidentified suspects armed with high-caliber firearms, Saturday morning (January 11,2020), at around 11:20 in Siocon town this province.  Police investigators identified those who died as Baliguian Vice Mayor Gani Esmali; PCorporal Godelito Bongcac, a member of the PNP; and a certain Jaymalin Jalabi Tunggal. One of mayor's escorts, Abduladjid Ibno Bairula, survived the ambush but was in a very critical condition in a hospital, the police probers reported. Initial investigation disclosed that while Vice Mayor Esmali and three other companions were negotiating a road in sitio Barazon, Barangay Sta Maria, Siocon town, five unidentified suspects suddenly alighted from the crime scene and without provocation peppered the vice mayor's vehicle with bullets. The gunmen, after the ambush immediately fled from the crime scene on board a grey Toyota Hilux vehicle towards Baliguian town. The Siocon town police claimed the suspects were armed with undetermined high-powered firearms when they ambushed the vice mayor and his three other companions. Police investigators are still looking into the possibility that the ambush was politically-motivated, but admitted they are still 'facing a blank wall' as to the real motive of the suspects in killing the vice mayor and his escorts. Responding police operatives recovered from the ambush site an M16 rifle with 49 cartridges and also an aluminum magazine loaded with 18 bullets. Police investigators are now pushing for the thorough investigation of the case to identify the perpetrators and whoever masterminded the reported ambush.   

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Malacañang: Don’t repeat Hanjin history

January 10, 2020

MALACAÑANG has warned local politicians not to meddle in the soon to be constructed  $4-billion integrated steel facility inside a 305-hectare prime property of Phividec Industrial Estate in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.      It can be recalled that in 2008,   Hanjin Heavy Industries, a Korean  shipbuilding conglomerate has started building its $2 billion shipyard facility  at the same site only  to pack up later because of widespread corruption  allegedly committed  by local officials.       The Crusade for Clean Government (CCG), a volunteer watchdog against corruption in government has issued rhe same vigilance  call of Malacanang to rid off irregularities in all transactions involving the mega project that is seen to generate an initial 10,000 jobs.      CCG Lead Convenor Ruffy Magbanua said there is a  need to establish safety nets to ward off corrupt local officials  prying on the fat investments of the country’s largest integrated steel mill  ever to be built in Mindanao.      “For transparency, CCG will work   In alliance with the Oro Chamber and other well-meaning business organizations to see to it that corruption is completely out  in all transactions as the pet project of the President takes shape very soon”, Magbanua said.       We will not allow the  Hanjin  experience to happen again in this biggest single  investment in  Mindanao, he said.      Hanjin transferred its shipbuilding facility in Subic, Zambales only to suffer huge losses in the initial operations due to mismanagement.      The  First Mindanao Integrated Steel Mill is formed by China’s three leading companies – Huili Fund, Baowu Steel Group Corporation Ltd (China Baowu), and China Metalurgical Group Corporation’s subsidiary, CISDI Group Co Ltd. (CISDI).      China Baowu, the new technical partner to operate the steel mill, currently ranks first in China and second in the world as the largest steel producer in the world measured by crude steel output.       China Baowu is poised  to apply its  state-of-art, green and intelligent technology in this  steel project.       Late last year, a MOA signing  was forged between  Huili Fund Philippines President Jun Hou; Phividec Administrator Atty. Franklin Quijano; Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano ; and Simple Homes CEO and President Robertino Pizarro  for the lease with option to purchase the 305-hectare property at Phividec.      The three-phase project will consist of a port, an integrated steel mill with a capacity of 10 million tons, an industrial park and other downstream industries.      Last year’s delay was  due to the rules that keep changing in the middle of the game.      It was reported  that the project had to endure a corporate snag on the negotiation table. However, key players of this project had not lost their balance and remained upbeat and bullish as it were.

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So much the better!

January 10, 2020

WE could spend all year living healthier, more productive lives, so why do we only decide to make the change at the start of the year? Why do we all make (and break) New Year resolutions? Many of us will start 2020 with resolutions – to get fit, learn a new skill, eat differently. If we really want to do these things, why did we wait until an arbitrary date which marks nothing more important than a timekeeping convention? British psychologist Tom Stafford asked this. And not only he. The answer tells us something important about the psychology of motivation, and about what popular theories of self-control miss out. Today is a very cool and rainy day. I am lazy. Not on the mood to do anything. It's even difficult to write this column. But my motivation gets bigger and bigger while writing. New Year resolutions? Many writers discussed about this topic already. Here are my two cents in. While celebrating during New Year's night, my family and friends found out, that what we want isn't really straightforward. At bedtime you might want to get up early and go for a run, but when your alarm goes off you find you actually want a lie-in. When exam day comes around you might want to be the kind of person who spent the afternoons studying, but on each of those afternoons you instead wanted to hang out with your friends. Believe me - I heard it many times from my students. You could see these contradictions as failures of our self-control: impulses for temporary pleasures manage to somehow override our longer-term interests. One fashionable theory of self-control, proposed by Roy Baumeister at Florida State University, is the 'ego-depletion' account. This theory states that self-control is like a muscle. This means you can exhaust it in the short-term – meaning that every temptation you resist makes it more likely that you'll yield to the next temptation, even if it is a temptation to do something entirely different. A corollary of the 'like a muscle' theory is that in the long term, you can strengthen your willpower with practice. So, for example, Baumeister found that people who were assigned two weeks of trying to keep their back straight whenever possible showed improved willpower when asked back into the lab. But, and more importantly, that theory doesn't give an explanation why we wait for New Year's Day to begin exerting our self-control. If your willpower is a muscle, you should start building it up as soon as possible, rather than wait for an arbitrary date. Another explanation may answer these questions, although it isn't as fashionable as ego-depletion. George Ainslie's book 'Breakdown of Will' puts forward a theory of the self and self-control which uses game theory to explain why we have trouble with our impulses, and why our attempts to control them take the form they do. The virgin page of a new calendar marks a clean break between the old and new you - a psychological boundary that may help you keep your resolutions. And, so to speak with Tom Stafford again, Ainslie gives us an answer to why our resolutions start on 1st January. The date is completely arbitrary, but it provides a clean line between our old and new selves. The practical upshot of the theory is that if you make a resolution, you should formulate it so that at every point in time it is absolutely clear whether you are sticking to it or not. The clear lines are arbitrary, but they help the truce between our competing interests hold. Let me ask you now,  my dear readers: How about your 2020 resolutions! +++ Email: doringklaus@gmail.com or follow me in Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter or visit www.germanexpatinthephilippines.blogspot.com or www.klausdoringsclassicalmusic.blogspot.com.

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