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Kailangang mag-bangko? Pumunta sa RBankMo!

May 12, 2021

Isa ka ba sa libu-libong mga Pilipino na parating naghahanap ng malapit na ATM o bangko?   Inilunsad na ng Robinsons Bank ang RBankMo agency banking facility kung saan nakipag-partner sila sa mga piling Premiumbikes store para makapaghatid ng basic banking services sa mga Pilipino lalo na sa mga lugar na walang malapit na bangko.   Hindi mo na kailangang lumayo pa basta't may malapit na Premiumbikes store sa bahay niyo!   Sa RBankMo, maaari ka nang mag-withdraw gamit ang kahit anong Bancnet ATM card, mag-deposit sa iyong Robinsons Bank savings account at magbayad ng bills.   At kung wala ka pang savings account, pwede ka na rin magbukas ng iyong sariling savings account sa RBankMo basta't may dalang isang (1) valid ID.   Sa kasalukuyan, mayroong 50 RBankMo branches sa Premiumbikes at inaasahang madadagdagan pa ito hanggang 200 branches sa mga susunod na buwan.   Siguradong hindi mo na kailangang lumayo para mag-bangko, dahil ang RBankMo, malapit sa’yo!   Sa pagsulong ng financial inclusion, tinitiyak ng Robinsons Bank na patuloy na mabibigyan ng access ang bawat Pilipino sa mga serbisyong pang-pinansiyal.   Robinsons Bank is the financial services arm of the JG Summit Group of Companies, one of the largest conglomerates in the Philippines. It currently ranks 18th among universal and commercial banks in the country, with assets amounting to Php 131.088 Bn as of December 2019. The Bank is recognized as the Fastest Growing Commercial Bank in the Philippines for 2020 by the Global Business Outlook; and the Best Commercial Bank in the Philippines for 2020 by the International Business Magazine. RBank was also recognized as an Outstanding Employer at the PH Best Employer Brand Awards 2020.    For inquiries and concerns, you may reach Robinsons Bank through its Customer Care Center at (02) 8637-CARE (2273) or domestic toll-free 1-800-10-637-CARE (2273); or visit its website at www.robinsonsbank.com.ph. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/robinsonsbank/ and join our Viber Community at www.bit.ly/RBankCommunity to get the latest updates.

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IDC Chairman & CEO for the Philippine European Summit

April 15, 2021

Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC) Chairman and CEO, Architect Romolo V. Nati, has been invited to participate as a speaker at the 15th Philippine European Studies, with the theme "The Mask We Share: Advancing the Individual's Role in the Collective Climate Action in the Time of Pandemic” to be held on April 17, 2021, via Facebook live show.      The event program has some very prominent speakers lined up such as Dr. Marilen Balolong, Associate Professor for Public Health at UP Manila, Ms. Rio Grace Otara, Youth Programme Officer at United Nations Population, and Mr. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele Former IPCC Vice-Chair (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).      This event will address a mutually and beneficial common feature between the Philippines and Europe. As an expert in green and sustainable architecture, Arch. Nati is expected to emphasize the advantages of promoting sustainable buildings in secondary and tertiary cities explaining that aside from reducing the overall impact on the environment and on human health.      Arch. Nati believes that 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.      Current IDC’s green projects, Primavera City, in uptown Cagayan de Oro, 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.      With today’s demand for sustainability, IDC has always been a company that stood by its design philosophy in committing to build sustainable real estate projects in harmony with the environment to bring value to investors, end-users, and the community.

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GCash launches over 30 lifestyle brands on GLife

April 14, 2021

This current generation is all about doing more with less stress as much as possible, which is why getting easy access to practically everything they need – whether it’s for work or play – has now become more of a necessity than a choice. For these dynamic individuals who want a more hustle, less hassle life, GCash has launched GLife, which caters to all things food, fashion, beauty, technology, and practically everything essential in everyone’s daily life! GLife can be your personal shopper, food delivery driver, errand saver, and service provider all rolled into one. “GLife is designed to be a ‘one-stop shop’ virtual platform that meets customers’ lifestyle needs. You can get everything you need – from food to beauty essentials, to groceries and movie tickets – with just a tap on your smartphone. This means a more convenient way to live your daily life, especially if you’re always hustling from one activity to the next,” explains Martha Sazon, President and CEO of GCash. Here’s what’s on GLife and everything you need to know to enjoy great deals from the brands you love and experience secure transactions all within GCash: GLife makes GCash your new super life app! GLife is a new app feature that’s conveniently located inside your GCash dashboard.  What the app does is it integrates all other apps and curates your favorite brands, shops, restaurants, and services all in one platform, so you can easily access them and pay conveniently using your GCash. With GLife, you don’t need to install extra apps on your smartphone just to access on-demand products and services. With one tap, you can easily browse for entertainment, health, shopping, tech, essential services, and other lifestyle needs, and pay for them effortlessly through fast and secure online transactions. On top of providing all your lifestyle must-haves, GLife is your go-to hub for the latest promos from your favorite brands. This means getting first dibs on the hottest deals that only GCash subscribers will be able to enjoy.  Access your favorite brands and merchants with just a tap GLife has partnered with a multitude of top brands and partner merchants that are practically everyone’s favorite when craving for good food, shopping for the latest beauty and fashion must-haves, ordering for groceries, and much more. The best part? GCash subscribers can look forward to exclusive deals from these brands and merchants when accessing their apps via GLife.   Never go “hangry” again when you can order your favorites easily from McDonald’s, KFC, Tapa King, Gong Cha, Kraver’s, Canteen, Peri-Peri, Classic Savory, Bo’s Coffee, Goldilocks, Kitchen City, or FoodPanda with just a few clicks. Add to cart your fashion or beauty finds and other items sweat-free from Lazada and Bench, get instant shop cashback from Findshare, or get your groceries delivered with no fuss from Puregold. In the mood for gaming? Try Goama Games and win GCash credit vouchers. Need a new gadget? Access the Cherry Shop to get the latest device or DataBlitz to shop for tech finds. You can even manage your Globe at Home account or track or Globe numbers in just a snap when you access the GlobeOne and Globe at Home apps on GLife. Among the other brands and partner merchants that have tied up with GLife are Purego.ph, GOMO, Gawin, GMovies, AIDE, Mr. Speedy, Generika Drugstore and HairMNL. There are many more to come, as GLIfe is continuously expanding its list of merchants to ensure that all the lifestyle needs of today’s customers are catered to. GLife mo na ‘yan! and download the GCash app today at www.gcash.com to enjoy a good balance of work and play. With this all-in-one super life app, switching from pay time to playtime is easier, faster, and of course, much safer. Watch this video to see the all-in-one super life app in action.

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Partnership and Resilience: IDC & BPI

April 7, 2021

Italpinas Development Corp. (IDC), a publicly listed sustainable developer, was recently awarded as BPI's Top Developer in Provincial Category landing as Top 1 developer in Cagayan de Oro and Top 4 developer nationwide on its recent BPI FAMILY SAVING BANK Partners Night 2021 in recognition of partnerships with BPI for the year 2020.      “Our passion in bringing design-driven sustainable architecture to emerging cities has always been the driving force of IDC. Combined with an excellent bank partner and thriving sales performance, we were able to push through and grow more amidst the challenges of last year” said Ms. Clara Marie Asuncion G. Elizaga, IDC Director for Corporate Affairs and Operations.      The coronavirus pandemic has been, to say the least, grim for businesses. Widespread economic challenges resulted in around 17 percent unemployment rate throughout the country. But during this upheaval, Cagayan de Oro IDC Sales Office has been thriving because of dramatic shifts in consumer behavior, based on the merits of green building for health, lifestyle and investment.      "First of all, we would like to thank our valued bank partner BPI Family Bank for the support. BPI Family Bank and IDC has maintained a good relationship which evolved even stronger through the years. This synergy benefitted their customers in terms of quality, friendly and responsive products and service " said Mr. Harold Dacumos,  IDC SVP for Banking and Business Development Operations. “We always had good relations and dynamic communications with BPI, which serves as key to our good performance” shared Ms. Shushiela Villorente, IDC's Loan Processor.      IDC said its property sales have been “encouraging” in the first semester of 2020, giving the company confidence that it can at least match last year’s growth. The start of 2020 was challenging as a whole but IDC sees growth at hand as it focuses on optimizing its existing portfolio of investment properties namely its Primavera City project in  Uptown Cagayan de Oro.      “With IDC being the Top developer in the region there is no doubt that IDC will bring an excellent momentum of growth of the entire Region 10. ” Mark  Vicent Sumido - BPI Market Head for CDO Housing Loans. “With its sustained momentum, we are glad to assist IDC on it way to becoming an Icon for Cagayan de Oro” shared,  Lemonelle Gargar - Account Officer- BPI CDO Housing Loans      The characteristic design of the Primavera City, which distinguishes all IDC’s developments, is the integration of architectural features for saving and generating energy.  Passive design features for saving, and active design features for generating power.      This integration begins during the conceptualization process and is integrated into the design, construction, and building maintenance phases.  The processes are created using performance-based design strategies that make use of parametric and generative architectural software which 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 south facades are designed in a way to use the building components, floors, slabs, projections, and balconies as shading devices for windows or terraces dimensioned appropriately to minimize the overheating and glare effect with a reduction of up to 80% than conventional residences.      The internal vertical atrium, found in the towers, is an efficient natural ventilation system that integrates the vertical and horizontal distribution of air throughout the buildings, contributing to the passive cooling of units by using a natural chimney effect.      The buildings will also harness solar energy from photovoltaic panels to be installed on the roof of the towers. These renewable energy sources will effectively manage the buildings’ power supply, thus reducing electricity consumption.      Primavera City 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 adjudicated by independent panels composed of 70 industry experts whose criteria include design, quality, service, innovation, originality and commitment to sustainability. In addition, last September 2020, Primavera City’s first phase, called ‘Citta’ Verde’, also achieved Preliminary Certification from EDGE (“Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies,”) which is the green building certification body of the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank.

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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.

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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. 

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