Mass wedding unites 11 couples

I Do. The 11 couples pose for a group picture during the mass wedding organized by Amor Dei Charismatic Community and partners. (contributed foto)

I Do. The 11 couples pose for a group picture during the mass wedding organized by Amor Dei Charismatic Community and partners. (contributed foto)

ELEVEN couples exchanged “I dos” in a mass wedding held at the St. Arnold Janssen Parish in Barangay Basak San Nicolas, Cebu City last June 20.

The mass wedding, which was held free of cost to all the beneficiaries, was organized and sponsored by the Amor Dei Charismatic Community, in collaboration with the Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC) of Villa San Antonio in Tabada, Basak San Nicolas and St. Arnold Janssen Parish.

Rev. Fr. Herman Suico, parish priest, celebrated the marriage rite for the couples.

The couples were allowed to have well-wishers from families and friends, their own ring bearer and a flower girl, and a set of sponsors who placed the veil and the wedding cord around them.

A reception then followed at the parish ground.

While it was not the first mass wedding held in St. Arnold Janssen Parish since the missionary parish was founded in 1996 and was declared an archdiocesan shrine in honor of St. Arnold Janssen in 2003, last June 20’s ceremony was the first time that has all the trimmings of a full wedding ceremony, such as decorations and a wedding reception.

“We delight in the opportunity to help couples realize their wedding intentions and through this sacramental union, to help strengthen their marriage as they journey together through joys and sacrifices, tensions and exultations; through bliss and tribulations and all other facets of life. In this sacramental union, God’s unconditional love becomes utterly present and becomes steadfast in their lives; and through this special grace and power, may it flow to their family and community,” said Sister Marisol Gonzales, head servant of the Amor Dei Charismatic Community.

“St. Teresa of Calcutta is Amor Dei’s patroness. And being this year’s theme as the ‘Year of the Poor,’ we feel it is only apt to assist couples and help strengthen the fabric of family life,” she added. Among its social and spiritual initiatives, the Amor Dei regularly sponsors mass weddings across Cebu Island since 2001, starting in Minglanilla with 40 couples.

The charismatic community formed 11 working committees solely for this event. These committees include the committee on liturgy, which designates lectors and the readings for the ceremony; the physical arrangement and technical committee for the church and banquet arrangements and trimmings; and the committee on transportation and mobility, among others.

Announcements and applications for couples in Barangay Basak San Nicolas seeking to tie the knot were made in February this year. While many couples submitted their applications, only 11 of them, however, complied with the requirements.

The Amor Dei Charismatic Community, Villa San Antonio BEC and the St. Arnold Janssen Parish hope to replicate the mass wedding next year, with longer preparations and with more couples participating, including those who didn’t make it this year.

“This is a first for Villa San Antonio BEC, and we thank all those who pledged and supported to achieve this wonderful day for couples who otherwise cannot simply afford a wedding. We wish all couples an enduring marriage, and we hope that next year we can bring more couple’s journey to love at the altar,” said Emma Du, Kapilya Alagad of Villa San Antonio Residence Association and one of the godmothers.

Veco rewires Cabancalan school

photo veco Ceremony. Representatives and officials of Veco, Mandaue City Government and DepEd during the turnover of 36 classrooms at Cabancalan Elementary School I that underwent a rewiring from the power utility firm. At the foreground is the miniature of a lighted Cabancalan Elementary School. (Sun.Star Foto/Allan Cuizon)

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Ceremony. Representatives and officials of Veco, Mandaue City Government and DepEd during the turnover of 36 classrooms at Cabancalan Elementary School I that underwent a rewiring from the power utility firm. At the foreground is the miniature of a lighted Cabancalan Elementary School. (Sun.Star Foto/Allan Cuizon)

THE Cabancalan Elementary School I in Mandaue City is now a safer place for more than 2,000 children after a power utility firm replaced its old electrical wires.

The Visayan Electric Company (Veco) rewired at least 36 classrooms in the school for free.

“We are focusing on rewiring schools because a lot of schools are old and their electrical lines are not up to par,” said Anton Mari Perdices, Veco senior vice president and honorary consul to Spain.

The company has been renewing the electrical wiring of selected schools since 2012, as part of its corporate social responsibility programs.

“For us, it’s important that we rewire the schools to bring their electrical wiring to the standard required today to prevent fires,” Perdices said.

Perdices and other Veco officials recently turned over the project to officials of the City Government, the Department of Education, the school and the barangays served by the school.

Mayor Jonas Cortes attended the ceremony, as did Veco chief operating officer Sebastian Lacson, Cabancalan Barangay Captain Cynthia Remedio and Casuntingan Barangay Captain Oscar del Castillo.

The company spent P748,000 to rewire the school in Barangay Cabancalan, said Eric Ching, manager of Veco’s Reputation Enhancement Department.

He said rewiring a classroom costs at least P16,000.

This year, Ching said, they target to cover 340 classrooms in 11 to 12 schools within the company’s franchise area.

Veco serves the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Talisay and Naga; and the municipalities of Liloan, Consolacion, Minglanilla and San Fernando.

Perdices said they prioritize old schools where students have good academic standings.

Dr. Virginia Zapanta, superintendent of the DepEd Mandaue City Division, thanked the utility firm and hoped that more schools will benefit from Veco’s school rewiring project.

“It always gives us consolation and peace of mind that amidst all the challenges, there are people sensitive to our needs and who put that sensitivity into action,” she said.

Mariwasa awarded at Philconstruct Visayas

KNOWN as the leading ceramic tile manufacturer in the Philippines, Mariwasa Siam Ceramics Inc. maintains its strict protocol on enforcing high quality standards to give Mariwasa’s clients the assurance of excellence and durability when it comes to the company’s products.

Mariwasa’s highly trained individuals ensure an international standard of manufactured goods. By developing the Filipino craftsman’s skills, discipline and creativity, Mariwasa creates the best ceramic tiles for the market.

Mariwasa holds the recognition of being the first company to manufacture both wall and floor tiles in an immense range of colors and size. The latest innovation that Mariwasa takes pride in is its Mariwasa Full HD tiles. Its features include hi-precision design, picture-perfect colors, well-defined textures and print patterns.

What sets Mariwasa apart from other brands is that the company makes sure to launch one innovation per year. The company sees to it that every launched product builds a new approach on product manufacturing. “Mariwasa is a trendsetter. We don’t only offer new designs, but we set the trend among similar brands and we generate products that are different. It will be something you’ll see for the first time,” Joel Peñafiel, senior brand officer of Mariwasa Siam Ceramics Inc. said.

Aside from the above, clients will also gain peace of mind as they are assured of Mariwasa’s products that are dependable with regard to worth and use. Mariwasa caters to medium and high-end markets.

This year at the Philconstruct Visayas, Mariwasa Siam Ceramics Inc. won the Best Booth Award and will then make a milestone as they celebrate their 50th anniversary next year. For further details and inquires, contact or email (Patricia May P. Catan / STC Mass Comm intern)

Rosa Clara’s 2015 bridal collection

Rizzo bridal gown

Rizzo bridal gown

SPANISH ready-to-wear bridal and formal wear brand Rosa Clara recently had its first trunk show in Cebu at 32 Sanson by Rockwell on June 19 to 21.

Guests got to see and try on “Two” by Rosa Clara, the brand’s 2015 bridal collection, which features gowns in delicate fabrics such as sheer, lace and tulle and with feminine details like beads and bows. Formal dresses with intricate sequin detailing were also on display. Guests were also treated to dinner and cocktails during the event.

Rosa Clara’s hands-on process begins with the choosing of a design, followed by the fitting and taking of measurements which are then sent to their main branch in Barcelona for the dress to be made. Once it’s finished, it is delivered to the buyer.

The brand upholds craftsmanship with innovative designs created from high quality fabrics from Spain. “Rosa Clara caters to the modern bride, the woman who veers away from the typical big and puffy dresses,” said Erica Abellana-Espiritu, Rosa Clara’s bridal consultant. “At one point, bridal wear became stagnant, so we wanted to insert fashion into it and make it fresh,” she added.

Since its humble beginnings in Barcelona in 1994, Rosa Clara has become an established brand in the bridal wear industry, having participated recently in the Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week, one of the world’s most prestigious bridal wear shows. In 2011, Rosa Clara opened a branch in Manila—the only branch in Asia.

Other shops are located around the world, including Brazil, Panama, Mexico and Qatar.

To see more of Rosa Clara’s beautiful creations, visit their website, (Christian Quilo, STC Mass Comm Intern)

Lamudi acquires

From left, MyProperty.Ph general manager Butz de Castro, Lamudi Philippines managing director Jacqueline Van Den Ende and Lamudi Global transition manager Henry Winter.

From left, MyProperty.Ph general manager Butz de Castro, Lamudi Philippines managing director Jacqueline Van Den Ende and Lamudi Global transition manager Henry Winter.

INTERNATIONAL property portal Lamudi has acquired in a move that will strengthen the online real estate market in the Philippines.

Following the acquisition, Lamudi Philippines and will merge to become the market leading property portal in the Philippines. The companies will continue to operate individually, as both seek to grow their existing brands in the country’s thriving online property sphere.

While changes at an operational level will be limited, the acquisition will result in knowledge sharing between the two businesses and improvements to the overall customer experience for online property seekers.

Kian Moini, Lamudi Global’s co-founder and managing director, said: “By acquiring MyProperty, we are combining the two strongest players in the Philippines to create the go-to destination for both house-hunters to find their new dream home, and for brokers and developers to market their properties online. This acquisition consolidates the market to improve the value provided to all Lamudi and MyProperty users; that is, house-hunters, real estate brokers, and developers. This added value is in terms of an increase in the number of quality listings by merging the controlled content.”

Lamudi Philippines is part of the global Lamudi network, which covers more than 30 countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. The local branch currently hosts more than 80,000 residential and commercial property listings.

In February, Lamudi Global received EUR16 million (US$18 million) in investment to expand its operations in Asia and Latin America. In Asia, Lamudi is currently market leader in Myanmar and Bangladesh, while the Philippines is seen as a key market for the business.

“With a rapidly rising Internet penetration rate and a tech-savvy population, Lamudi is committed to become the leading portal in the Philippines,” Moini said.

Magna CMGN, product innovator

Magna CMGN Solutions Inc. president Marylou Ngo-Ang. (Sun.Star Foto/Jonolin Luab)

Magna CMGN Solutions Inc. president Marylou Ngo-Ang. (Sun.Star Foto/Jonolin Luab)

IN its third year of joining Philconstruct Visayas and winning last year’s Best Exhibit, Magna CMGN Solutions, Inc. continues to showcase their innovative line of products excellently.

Magna CMGN Solutions has been around in the construction industry for more than a decade as they persistently produce products of class and superiority that withstands wear and tear. CMGN Solutions Inc. is a specialty importer and contractor of quality furniture hardware and accessories, and interior and exterior construction materials.

The company’s products are of smart, flexible and intuitive designs to benefit the client. Clients are guaranteed of the best quality products with CMGN Solutions’ strict business standards. “It has to be magical when I choose a product for Magna. It has to be something you see for the first time,” Magna CMGN Solutions Inc.’s president Marylou Ngo-Ang said.

Magna is an adaptable brand that can overcome any challenge thrown at them and make the most out of it in order to achieve the company’s vision. Magna CMGN Solutions’ products are very versatile in that clients can use them for ceilings, tables, accent wall paneling, partitions, shelves, and cabinetry needs.

Magna aims to find options to reduce the initiation and execution process and save on expenses without compromising the visual impact of the design and project of their clients. Its whole line of products are always available in the company’s warehouse.

Magna CMGN Solutions, Inc. is located at Door 2 UBT Building, FF Cruz Street, North Reclamation Area, Subangdaku, Mandaue City. For more product and service information, log on to or email them at (Patricia May P. Catan / STC Mass Comm intern)

Enjoy 40% off baby back ribs at TGIFridays

WHAT’S a Fourth of July celebration without the mouth-watering goodness of Baby Back Ribs? TGIFRidays, the go-to American casual dining restaurant, offers a delicious feast on July 4 with its signature full-slab and half-slab ribs at 40% off their original prices, available all day long.

TGIFridays’ Baby Back Ribs are slow-cooked until they are fall-off-the-bone tender. They are then seasoned with Cajun spices, fire-grilled and generously glazed with their tangy Jack Daniel house BBQ sauce. Chow them down with crispy seasoned fries and a refreshing coleslaw salad.

So if you are up for a food fest, visit TGIFridays and have a Fourth of July treat with family and friends.

TGIFridays’ Fourth of July Feast will be available for all dine-in guests only with a maximum of two slabs per table the whole of July 4 at all TGIFridays branches.

Cauayan author integrates Filipino folklore into new fantasy novel

CAUAYAN, Philippines — Author M.C. Aquino announces the nationwide release of her new mythical novel, “Anika’s Destiny: the Sorcerer’s Waterloo.”

In “Anika’s Destiny: the Sorcerer’s Waterloo,” Anika Smith is a little girl who is endowed with amazing powers and is destined to conquer and defeat the sorcerer’s world. Smith, who is a child with a pure heart and a lineage of Durvesq ancestry, is the only one capable of repelling and beating the wicked Kingdom of Ninirov.

Aquino’s new novel depicts Smith’s exciting adventures, the lessons that she has learned in the process and the courage and bravery that she has gained to accomplish her destiny.

“Anika’s Destiny: the Sorcerer’s Waterloo” presents the beauty of magic and fantasy adventures entwined with values, humor, drama, love and the triumph of good against evil.

The author has included some Filipino beliefs and superstitions with a twist. Discover enchanting destinations and different characters from another world, and witness the unfolding drama of the sorcerer’s incredible transformation in this magical tale.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Aquino is a physician who finished her medical degree at Manila Central University in Caloocan City, Philippines. She earned her master’s degree in hospital administration at the University of the Philippines. Her passion for literary works started at the early age of seven, when she began writing poems. Aquino currently works as the medical director of Cauayan Family Hospital at Cauayan City, Philippines. (PR)

All set for HR summit at Marco Polo Davao

THE People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) Davao chapter has announced the upcoming 17th PMAP Mindanao Summit to be held on August 13-14 at the Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City.

The summit will be a gathering of human resource professionals and people managers from different regions, with common concerns on the most appropriate and innovative ways of handling employees and colleagues in their respective organizations.

Organizers have invited an array of speakers on HR-related topics, including Roberto M. Policarpio of San Miguel Yamamura, keynote speaker, on “Building Quality HR in the Global Environment;” Evelyn Grace C. Sorongon, on “Attracting and Retaining Talents the Asean Way;” Fr. Fernando Suarez, on “The Significance of Spiritual Wellness in the Workplace;” Lualhati Antonino, on “Managing Diversity in Asean Integration,” and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on “Davao as an Investment Destination.”

More topics of interest to people managers shall be offered in this day-and-a-half conference, most of which will related to Asean HR standards.

Registration and queries are already being accepted by the PMAP Secretariat at tel. (082) 221-4488, and by the conference chair, Elizabeth P. Uy of Vizcaya Plantation, at tel. (082) 299-2988.

40 quake survivors move into new homes

Yolanda rebuild program. The beneficiaries together with (front row, second from left)  Sagbayan Councilors Repitacio Canino Jr. and Raymundo Lozano, Felicito Pon, Rep. Erico Aumentado, Meg Eteve, Zion Eteve, Omar Franco and Chingkee Sabanpan during the turnover ceremony. (contributed foto)

Yolanda rebuild program. The beneficiaries together with (front row, second from left) Sagbayan Councilors Repitacio Canino Jr. and Raymundo Lozano, Felicito Pon, Rep. Erico Aumentado, Meg Eteve, Zion Eteve, Omar Franco and Chingkee Sabanpan during the turnover ceremony. (contributed foto)

AFTER almost two years since the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that leveled most of their town, 40 families from Sagbayan, Bohol each received a new housing unit during the turnover ceremony for the Manny O.-GK Village Sagbayan on June 20.

These houses were part of the Yolanda Rebuild Program of Hope Now Philippines Foundation, the charity arm of the Manny O. Group of Companies.

“When the earthquake struck, we thought it was the end of our lives. After the earthquake, life was very hard. It was good to see that many people came to bring us relief goods. A few weeks later when the relief goods stopped coming, we felt hopeless and desperate. Our hopes were only revived when we heard of the Manny O.-GK housing project because we know it would mean a better future for us,” said Bernarda Bacalso, president of Manny O.-GK Village Association.

Bohol Second District Rep. Erico Aristotle C. Aumentado, together with Sagbayan Councilors Repitacio Canino Jr. and Raymundo Lozano, and 23 village chiefs of Sagbayan, graced the event.


Hope Now Philippines officers, including executive director Meg Eteve and operations manager Omar Franco, and Gawad Kalinga (GK) representative for Central Visayas Chingkee Sabanpan led the turnover of the housing units to the survivors.

Aumentado commended Manny H. Osmeña, Manny O. Group chairman, and Hope Now Philippines, for their efforts in extending help to the people of Sagbayan immediately after the earthquake through the relief operations, and now through housing development.

The housing project dubbed as “Yolanda Rebuild Program” was launched in December 2013, which aims to establish 160 housing units in four different towns (40 units for each location) that were hit either by the Bohol earthquake or typhoon Yolanda.

The Sagbayan housing turnover was the third delivery for the four-phased Yolanda rebuild program.

Forty housing units were first awarded to 40 fisher families in Madridejos, Cebu on Dec. 3, 2014 and the second batch of 40 houses were delivered to farmer families in Alangalang, Leyte on March 14, 2015.

The last batch of 40 houses are expected to be awarded to the disaster survivors in Hernani, Samar within the year.