Kagay-anon aces Arizona high school Class of 2021

June 2, 2021

A Kagay-anon has graduated first in her high school class with highest honors in Arizona.      Nineteen-year-old Kaye Alexandra Louise Arancon also received six scholarship grants for her college education after topping her class at Ajo Unified School District with a 4.0 GPA.      With the ceremony done last May 26, the Class of 2021 were treated with a motorcade around town, passing by a local firehouse which greeted the entourage with honking horns.      Kaye - who graduated junior high at Gusa Regional Science High School here in Cagayan de Oro City before her family migrated - is proud of her heritage showing her Philippine flag-designed graduation cap.      Ajo Unified School District is a small public school district enrolling 420 students from preschool to 12th grade. All of the students, from PreK to high school, share one campus in the heart of Ajo, Arizona.       The PreK–12 student body is culturally diverse with a population that is 56 percent Latino, 25 percent Native American, 14 percent White and five percent Asian.      The sole mission of the school is to graduate each student college- and career-ready.      The high school currently has a gridiron football team, a volleyball team, a basketball team (both boys and girls), a baseball team (boys), a softball team (girls), a golf team, and track & field. They are known as the Ajo Red Raiders.      A former mining town, Ajo is home to around 3,500 persons including Kaye's family. This area has a large amount of sunshine year round due to its stable descending air and high pressure.      While being a student, Kaye works at a local Chevron outlet and has even received a college scholarship from her employer on top of what she was awarded during her graduation rite.      For now, Kaye enjoys basking in the limelight of her success as she decides on what program to pursue in her college life a few weeks away soon.

IDC Extends its Help to the Community in Bulacan

May 31, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic is leaving millions of people sick, unemployed, and struggling to make ends meet. Thankfully, there are many things we can do to help make a difference in our community. From volunteering to supporting local establishments, there are a variety of opportunities to help those in need during this difficult time.      Italpinas Development Corporation’s (IDC) premier green property builder has recently conducted a simple community pantry for the families of Meycauayan, Bulacan.        “As members of our community, it is our responsibility to take initiative in providing assistance to communities that are in need. We need to take action now” said Ms. Mary Ann Lopez, IDC VP for Finance and Administration.       True to its company mission, IDC had been conducting monthly CSR activities in various localities in Cagayan de Oro and Sto. Tomas Batangas. IDC values its roots of being a true local of the city in ways of helping the community as much as it can. And serve as inspiration to other investors in the community to reach out and give a helping hand to those in need.      IDC conducts CSRs on a monthly basis, as it is also the company’s way of sharing and giving back to the community. “We believe in bringing smiles regularly through our CSR programs.       Through these activities, we devote ourselves to reaching out and giving people even the simplest reasons to smile,” she added.

Yes, There is an Inverter Electric Fan!

May 28, 2021

Yes, There is an Inverter Electric Fan! Beat the summer heat while saving big on electricity.   52°C—this has been the highest heat index recorded this year in the Philippines so far.[1] Metro Manila heat index is also expected to reach 39 to 41°C according to PAGASA.[2] So it is no surprise that many are searching for ways to beat the heat and make their summer cooler and more comfortable.   Beating the Heat On top of causing uncomfortable sweating, excessive heat can lead to dehydration, headache and even heatstroke, which may lead to health complications. That’s why it is important to care take of our bodies. Here are some tips on how to beat the heat and stay cool at home:   Add curtains to your windows. This will help lessen the outdoor heat from passing through and reaching your space.   Keep yourself and your family hydrated. Being hydrated reduces fatigue and improves your endurance. It is recommended to drink at least 1 glass of water every 15 to 20 minutes as drinking smaller amounts of water in shorter intervals is more effective than drinking larger amounts less frequently.   Fill your home with plants. Plants help keep your space cool, calm, and they even freshen it up.   Invest in an appliance that can help you stay cool. One that doesn’t break the bank is an electric fan that can keep you company all summer long.     The Greatest Fan of Your Life Did you know that there’s actually an electric fan that has an inverter system? An inverter system powered by a DC motor that saves big on energy. Worldwide appliance leader Panasonic brings you an extraordinary electric fan to add to your summer needs—the Panasonic DC efan.   The Panasonic DC efan saves up to 50% in energy compared to regular AC fans.[3] It also has a DC socket adapter that allows more power but with less electricity cost. Plus, its rotary dial knob allows smooth, continuous control to generate precise levels of speed based on your need or preference. Panasonic has also proven that its Japan Quality appliances are worth your purchase. Built to be durable, the Panasonic DC efan makes sure that you get the best value for your money. You can count on this electric fan to cool your home this summer and for years to come. With lower electricity costs and proven durability, the Panasonic DC efan is definitely a smart investment because you will be saving more in the long run. So, what are you waiting for? Check out the Panasonic website for the greatest fan of your life and beat this summer heat!   Follow Panasonic on Facebook at Panasonic Philippines and Instagram @panasonic_ph to stay updated with their latest innovations.   References: [1] https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1431013/highest-heat-index-so-far-this-year-at-52c-recorded-in-dagupan [2] https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1432629/pagasa-metro-manila-heat-index-may-reach-39-to-41-degrees-celsius [3] https://www.panasonic.com/ph/consumer/household-appliances/fans-and-ventilation/living-fan/f-409ls.html

CLI’s second horizontal project in CDO 75% sold out in a month

May 27, 2021

Leading developer in VisMin Cebu Landmasters’ Velmiro Heights CDO with 518 house-and-lot units is 75% sold out one month after market introduction. The project is expected to earn P1.78 billion in sales revenue.      High sales velocity of the listed company’s latest horizontal project in Cagayan de Oro City shows strong mid-market residential arena in the Visayas and Mindanao region.      The P983 million development is the second horizontal project of CLI in Cagayan de Oro carrying the same residential brand. Velmiro’s house-and-lot units have floor areas ranging from 48 sqm to 140 sqm and have experienced high sales velocity in its five VisMin locations. CLI has thus far launched 1,800 Velmiro units priced from P2.3M to P7M.      “COVID 19 heightened the need for homes offering safety and security not only among wage earners but also among mid-market executives and entrepreneurs in key cities in the South,” according to CLI chief operating officer Franco Soberano. Studies have identified an annual housing backlog of 800,000 units in VisMin with the entire industry able to supply only 200,000 units a year.      In the first quarter of 2021, CLI’s reservation sales increased by 17% year-on-year to P3.3 billion owing mostly to sales from its mid-market Garden Series developments including Velmiro. CLI’s growth momentum is highly likely to speed up even more as the year progresses with more projects getting launched and sold out and as constructions continue.       Buyers of the 12.2-hectare Velmiro Heights CDO have been attracted to the project’s generous open spaces, its accessibility to major destinations and unmatched views. The hilltop residential enclave offers 180-degree views of Macajalar Bay and the Bukidnon mountain range.      Cebu Landmasters also offers a range of house models to suit a spectrum of needs. Targeted for starting families are the Cita townhouse unit; the Dara one-story single attached unit; and Zuri, the two-storey single detached. The house models are named after virtues and range from 48.3 sqm to 53 sqm.      Meanwhile, growing families may choose from the Asha two-storey single attached unit and the Geila two-storey single detached unit. These models range from 60 sqm. to 140 sqm.      The units have been designed to offer clean, contemporary architecture and an uncluttered frontage. The simple lines recall that of a modern cabin and highlight the roomy interiors. An open floor plan and expansive windows to maximize natural lighting further enhance the space.      The high sales velocities of its projects affirm that CLI is meeting the needs and preferences of its markets. “We are proud to be a homegrown VisMin brand and will keep drawing from our roots in the region to serve our clients,” said Soberano.

Boutique publisher wins 3rd IABC Gold Quill Award in a row

May 17, 2021

Boutique publishing company Media Wise Communications Inc./ Muse Books, was recently awarded its third consecutive IABC Gold Quill Award.      The feat was made even more extraordinary since no one in the Philippines has previously bagged the IABC Gold Quill Award three times in a row in the same category.      “To win just one International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Gold Quill Award of Merit is a great achievement by itself, considering that the candidate must hurdle the exacting IABC Gold Quill Award criteria and IABC’s Seven-Point Scale of Excellence,” said Ramoncito Ocampo Cruz, Media Wise President and CEO.      Media Wise did all that this year with its entry FINEX 50: Leading on to Wider Frontiers, a coffee-table book which it co-published with the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines, the country’s premier organization for top-tier finance executives.      Significantly, FINEX 50 also won the Philippine Quill Excellence Award earlier this 2021.       Meanwhile, three other Philippine entries won IABC Gold Quills this year, all from major enterprise organizations: the Ayala Group of Companies, Union Bank of the Philippines, and Megaworld Foundation, Inc. The David Media Wise was in the company of Goliaths.      On the way to landing the IABC Gold Quill Award this year, Media Wise won the same award in 2020 with The Front Runner : 150 Years of the Manila Jockey Club, and in 2019 with On the March: The Jesuits in the Philippines Since the Restoration, thus achieving the three-peat.      Both coffee-table books snapped up the local PRSP Platinum Anvil Awards before winning internationally. Media Wise is a member of the United Print Media Group.

Biodiversity, birds, beadwork hew PLDT group sustainability push for indigenous communities

May 17, 2021

Forging ahead on efforts to promote sustainability, PLDT group fortifies its partnership with the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF), in support of indigenous communities.      The latest partnership supports the Manobo Tigwahanon indigenous community of Barangay Magkalungay in San Fernando, Bukidnon.      The partnership project also includes the conservation and protection of the eagles and their natural habitat - the forest.      Alongside that, PLDT and PEF commit to help Bukidnon's indigenous women and their respective families take part in conservation efforts, through biodiversity-friendly women-based enterprises that will serve as a platform for generating supplemental income.      Called "Beadwork for Conservation," the biodiversity-friendly livelihood project will be championed by wives of forest guards who will make use of their artisanal skills in creating beadwork designs for profit.      "We are happy deepening our engagement with the PEF, this time helping the indigenous community in Barangay Magkalungay," said Katherine Diaz De Rivera, PLDT Head of Community Relations.      She pointed out that this project will enable the Manobo Tigwahanon women earn to help sustain their families and showcase their exceptional skills in doing beautiful beadwork. "These are real talents that need to be recognized by the rest of the country and the world!” said Diaz De Rivera. Protecting the Philippine Eagle      In celebration of Earth Day last April 22, PLDT and PEF also helped release a Philippine Eagle back into the forest, after helping nurse its injuries.      Accidentally trapped in a native snare intended for deer and wild pigs, PE Tagoyaman Fernando was rescued in Barangay Magkalungay on October 22, 2020.      The Philippine Eagle was turned over to the PEF for proper care and treatment by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Valencia and the staff of the local government unit in Bukidnon, Malaybalay City.      Dedicated in saving the endangered Philippine Eagle from extinction, the PEF performs direct conservation actions by hosting a facility for taking care of Philippine Eagles. It implements programs in research, community-based conservation, conservation breeding, and education.      Marking Earth Day, Tagoyaman Fernando has since been released back to his home in the ancestral forests of Barangay Magkalungay.      The PEF has engaged the indigenous community's help as forest guards in ensuring the safety of the Philippine Eagles.      According to PEF Director for Research and Conservation Jayson C. Ibanez, PhD, "After releasing Tagoyaman Fernando, it is important to monitor and protect him from hunters who may shoot him. To ensure his safety, PEF has trained and engaged 20 Manobo Tigwahanon forest guards who will monitor Tagoyaman Fernando for the next six months as he explores his forest home."      The forest guards will receive food and transportation allowances during each patrol. Being poor by mainstream standards, their allowances will also provide them supplemental income.      This in turn, develops positive behavior towards the eagles among local residents. "Our long years of doing community-based conservation indicate that ensuring tangible local benefits strengthens the community’s commitment to conservation efforts," Dr. Ibanez said.      PLDT’s continuing partnership with the PEF is aligned with the group’s commitment to help the Philippines attain the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG #15: Life on Land.


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