Comelec, mall chain seal pact for voters’ registration

Partnership. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista (left) and Yongson Huan of the Gaisano Capital Group shake hands after signing an agreement for the satellite registration of voters. (Sun.Star Foto/Amper Campaña)

Partnership. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista (left) and Yongson Huan of the Gaisano Capital Group shake hands after signing an agreement for the satellite registration of voters. (Sun.Star Foto/Amper Campaña)

SATELLITE registration of voters for the upcoming elections can now be done inside the 27 malls belonging to the Gaisano Capital Group (GCG).

This, after the GCG through its vice president for operations Edmund Gaisano and finance manager Yongson Huan signed a memorandum of agreement with Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista and Comelec 7 Director Rafael Olaño for a partnership on the satellite voters’ registration.

The partnership is part of the Comelec’s “No Bio, No Boto” campaign.

Bautista said that the partnership with GCG was already the third time that he signed an agreement with major mall chain groups in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Early this year, he signed an agreement with the Pacific Mall and Gaisano Grand Malls.

Gaisano malls in Cebu Province have so far accommodated 2,453 transactions, including transfer of registration, correction of entries, reactivation, validation and multiple applications.

Voters will have until Oct. 31, 2015 to complete their biometrics data to qualify them to vote in next year’s polls.

“We are doing this because we want to speed up the registration process,” said Bautista.

He said holding the individual pre-election transactions inside a mall entail comfort and convenience and has many advantages like air-conditioned site, better security with closed-circuit television cameras and no power outages.

“This would also make the Comelec offices and schools decongested,” said Bautista. EJR

Group to recognize outstanding Argawanons

THE Katilingbang Argawanon of Metro Cebu will hold its 27th annual fiesta on Sept. 20, nine days before the fiesta celebration of Argao.

This will be held at the Cebu Provincial Capitol Social Hall at 5 p.m., with a concelebrated mass to be led by Msgr. Rommel Kintanar, Msgr. Cayetano Gelbolingo and other Argawanon priests.

The celebration carries the theme, “The Eucharist: God’s Love for the Poor,” which will be highlighted by the recognition of outstanding Argawanons from the religious and private sectors.

The awardees from the religious sector are Msgr. Francisco Padilla, former Apostolic Nuncio to Papua, New Guinea and the Solomon Islands and presently Apostolic Nuncio to Tanzania; Msgrs. Patricio Alcazaren and Gelbolingo, former vicars general of the Archdiocese of Cebu; Msgr. Rommel Kintanar, head of the sub-commission on Formation of Clergy, assistant spiritual director of the Council of the Laity and main convenor of the Archdiocesan Discernment Group ; and Rev. Fr. Romeo Saniel, president of the Notre Dame of Jolo College and concurrently vice president of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).

Recognition will also be given to newly ordained Argawanon priest Rev. Fr. Josephus Remonde.

From the private sector, the awardees are Querubin Momongan in the field of technology, Erlinda Kintanar-Alburo for the arts, Fe Necessario from the academe, Owen Van Sesaldo for the youth, and Felix Guanzon from the business sector.

Rafi donates P1.5M for Eruf’s training center

MOA signing. Rafi president Roberto Aboitiz (seated, center) signs the agreement for the donation of P1.6 million to the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation, with Dr. Pek Eng Lim (right), Eruf boad of trustees (BOT) chairman, and Dr. Kenneth Chan (left), Eruf BOT vice chairman joining in the ceremony. Also in photo are (standing, from left) Rafi chief operating officer Dominica B. Chua, Eruf BOT treasurer Mona Li, Eruf BOT member Dr. Jesus Ravanes, and Eruf’s Brenda Salvaña as witnesses. (contributed foto)

MOA signing. Rafi president Roberto Aboitiz (seated, center) signs the agreement for the donation of P1.6 million to the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation, with Dr. Pek Eng Lim (right), Eruf boad of trustees (BOT) chairman, and Dr. Kenneth Chan (left), Eruf BOT vice chairman joining in the ceremony. Also in photo are (standing, from left) Rafi chief operating officer Dominica B. Chua, Eruf BOT treasurer Mona Li, Eruf BOT member Dr. Jesus Ravanes, and Eruf’s Brenda Salvaña as witnesses. (contributed foto)

TO help train emergency responders, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi) donated P1.58 million to the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation (Eruf) for the construction of its five-room training center at the North Reclamation Area, Cebu City.

“This is another one of the steps towards creating a better community. This (donation) is not the only time. Whenever we can (donate to Eruf), we will,” said Roberto Aboitiz, Rafi president, before the Eruf officials who accepted the check last Aug. 11.

Eruf said the center will provide “training for emergency medical and pre-hospital care and rescue and rehabilitation services to the needs of the community.”

Rafi chief operating officer Dominica B. Chua said that the foundation is also outfitting a Hino truck to serve as Eruf’s mobile triage costing P1.91 million.

Dr. Pek Eng Lim, Eruf board of trustees chairman, assured that they “will continue at what we do best,” adding that theirs is the only group in the Philippines accredited by the United States and Hong Kong as emergency responders.

According to the memorandum of agreement that the two foundations signed, the training center “will develop, professionalize and standardize the provision of pre-hospital emergency care for patients needing treatment.”

Exquisitely Filipino in SM

smTHE Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) National Organizing Council, Cebu Provincial Government, Department of Trade and Industry and SM City Cebu recently opened an exhibit at the Northwing Atrium highlighting Cebu’s best in fashion, arts and culture.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, Gov. Hilario Davide III and Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale were the guests of honor during the opening ceremony.

The exhibit “Exquisitely Filipino,” which coincides with Cebu’s hosting of Apec meetings, showcases Filipino craftsmanship of export-quality products.

Participating in the exhibit are Arden Classic Inc., Avatar Accessories, Bon-Ace, Cebu Intertrade Export, Detalia Aurora, D’Oro Barandino, Earth Work Fashion, HoliCOW, Kultura of Filipino by the SM Store, Janice Minor Export Inc., Luisa Home by 808 LS Design Group Inc., Pacific Traders and Manufacturing Corp., Vito Selma, 856 G Gallery and Qube Gallery.

Home décor, furniture, bags, accessories, and gift items are among the merchandise made by Filipino artisans. Crafted using native raw materials, these specialty products present a reinterpreted take on traditional Filipino aesthetics, skillfully curating the old with the new.

A grand launch for “Exquisitely Filipino” will be held today, 6:30 p.m. at the Northwing Atrium with the participation of Fashion Council of Cebu’s Albert Arriba, Arcy Gayatin, Cary Santiago, Edwin Ao, Jun Escario, Mia Arcenas, Oj Hofer, Philip Rodriguez, Philipp Tampus and Yvonne Quisumbing. The Cebuano designers will showcase their resort urban chic collections with models wearing stunning outfits complete with urban chic elements.

Grand Land launches Grand Tower Cebu

GAISANO-OWNED Grand Land Inc. launched its ninth project, Grand Tower Cebu, with a sole vision—to be a local leader of property development in Cebu that will provide good design in every project and create value-added products to meet their customer’s expectations.

“Grand Land projects are not just about providing homes, but providing a lifestyle and unique brand experience,” said Grand Land president Ryan Bernard Go.

What makes this Grand Land project special is its partnership with Dusit International Hotels and Resorts.

Grand Tower Cebu covers 3,540 square meters of land area rising up to 120 meters high, which consists of retail spaces (two floors), office units (11 floors), condo hotels (10 floors) and a parking space with 304 slots—an overall brilliant integration of complimentary facilities in one prestigious address.

This landmark corporate tower and condo hotel project is located at the heart of the North Reclamation Area across SM City Cebu Northwing—just a few minutes away from the airport, major hospitals and universities and in close proximity to the seaport.

The whole tower is estimated to be completed by early 2019. Christy Gothong, USC Intern

Vista Residences: Making people’s dreams come true

vistaAS THE condominium arm of Vista Land—the country’s premier property developer—Vista Residences Inc. (VRI) has the experience, expertise, reach, loyalty and full support of its mother company. So when the company dug its first foundations about a decade ago, it was intense from the start.

One powerful advantage of being part of the country’s top real estate company is an acquired and carefully studied knowledge of the Philippine buyer, as well as the global property investor market.

With all that going in, Vista Residences structured its objectives, building designs, programs and services based on what the markets want and need today.

This also helps give the group the ability to predict how those same markets will grow through time. By upping the stakes—improving designs, creating more services, bolstering the lifestyle facilities, finding convenient locations, jumping on global hot buttons like green architecture and the like—VRI tells its markets what to ask for, while realizing that everything the group does must also be directed toward understanding its markets’ dreams and making them real.

In 2014, following massive Vista Land-commissioned research on awareness and satisfaction ratings among potential homebuyers in the country and across all real estate brands, the company conducted a second study among current Vista Land homeowners to learn what they have, or want to say about their experience. It was a study formulated to allow the various companies to identify areas of success and the improvements that can be incorporated into their future plans and strategies.

An interesting profile of the VRI market emerged: more than half are single, and the rest, a split between newly weds and young couples with children. Most of the buyers were living in their own home when they purchased their unit and the rest were renting.

It was also found that upon deciding to buy a unit, only a handful canvassed among different developers while almost half of the buyers already had VRI in mind and around 30 percent were hoping to get a Vista Residences condominium.

The company is committed to assuming a chief role in the condominium sector, creating greater awareness of their capabilities, as well as enhancing efficiencies in their resource distribution.

Tambuli rolls out red carpet

Top Producers. Tambuli awards its top producers for mid-2014 and mid-2015. Top photo shows top producers for mid-2015. (From left) Tambuli’s business development manager Carlo  Genove,  Tytan’s chairman Montano Ty, awardees Anthony Leuterio, Azela Honor, Kay Cecile Barcenas, Dalita Mausisa, Alma Jane Castellano, Marivil Du, Junel Nepomoceno, Reynaldo Espinosa and  Tytan’s president Gerard Tan.

Top Producers. Tambuli awards its top producers for mid-2014 and mid-2015. Top photo shows top producers for mid-2015. (From left) Tambuli’s business development manager Carlo Genove, Tytan’s chairman Montano Ty, awardees Anthony Leuterio, Azela Honor, Kay Cecile Barcenas, Dalita Mausisa, Alma Jane Castellano, Marivil Du, Junel Nepomoceno, Reynaldo Espinosa and Tytan’s president Gerard Tan.

A NIGHT of sheer class and elegance rolled out as active real estate brokers and sellers came in their Oscars-inspired evening attires last Aug. 5 at the Cebu City Sports Club for Tambuli Seaside Living’s Sales Rally and Annual Awards.

The grand ballroom transformed into a Hollywood scene as top producers from the mid–year periods of July to Dec. 2014 and January to June 2015 were acknowledged for their efforts and dedication in reaching exemplary sales performances.

Tambuli Seaside Living is a premium residential resort development by Tytans Properties and Development Inc. headed by its chairman Montano Ty and president Gerard Tan.

Top Producers. (from left) Genove,  Ty, awardees Anthony Leuterio, Mark Ronnel Castro, Arnold Nolasco, Janette Noguit, Margie Obando, Sheila Cortes and Tan.

Top Producers. (from left) Genove, Ty, awardees Anthony Leuterio, Mark Ronnel Castro, Arnold Nolasco, Janette Noguit, Margie Obando, Sheila Cortes and Tan.

Within the 11-hectare development, four hectares will be allocated for a world-class resort amenity area, which will include a modern Asian clubhouse, lagoon-type swimming pools, restaurants, a fitness center and several water sports facilities, among others.

To honor them for their hard work, the guests were presented with a lavish sit-down dinner. The celebration turned guests giddy as this year’s raffle prizes amounted to P800,000 where eight lucky winners went home with P100,000 each. Awards were also given to the best-dressed male and female guests.

Goldmine Residences promote ‘Soap Opera’

Soap Opera. In a press conference, Goldmine Residences introduces Cebuano actor Mark Daclan (middle) to the Cebu media. the award-winning actor stars in the film Soap Opera. (Sun.Star Foto/Jonolin Luab)

Soap Opera. In a press conference, Goldmine Residences introduces Cebuano actor Mark Daclan (middle) to the Cebu media. the award-winning actor stars in the film Soap Opera. (Sun.Star Foto/Jonolin Luab)

GOLDMINE Residences wanted to promote a film that brings pride to every Cebuano, and so it came up with the film Soap Opera. It was shown last Aug. 6 at Cinema 1, SM City Cebu during the Cinema Rehiyon 7.

Soap Opera is directed by award-winning Cebuano director Remton Siega Zuasola, starring among others, award-winning actors Roco Nacino, Lovi Poe and Cebuano Matt Daclan.

It was first shown in Manila where it was recognized and given an award. The director-actor tandem worked so well that Daclan was awarded Best Actor during the Cinema One Originals 2014 for his role as Noel.

Zuasola also made a short film entitled Aftershock, which also starred Daclan.

That was the first time Goldmine Residences chief marketing officer Sunshine Lim appreciated Daclan’s acting skills. She, herself, was involved in the field of performing arts as a stage actress during her college days.

As the school director of Sto. Niño Montessori, she wanted to show something new and showcase their talents through a film.

Goldmine Residences is committed to provide quality shelters and quality way of living. Aside from being a land developer, Goldmine Residences is also supporting local artists and local products by promoting them internationally.

Zuasola and Goldmine Residences share the same advocacy to promote local products through films. Samantha Beltran, PIT Communication Intern

Cloud service for smaller businesses

LOCAL cloud computing and data center services firm IP Converge Data Services Inc. (IPC) recently launched a cloud service bundle specifically created for start-ups and small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs).

The special program includes software-as-a-service (SAAS) products from IPC’s portfolio that enable businesses to streamline operations and effectively go to market faster.

Among the products IPC is referring to are Google Apps for Work that has online productivity and collaboration tools, and the IPC PayCheck, which has local timekeeping and payroll management application. The two products may also be coupled with dedicated Internet access for enterprises.
The program is available until December 2015.

“This is the age of the start-up,” said IPC president Reynaldo R. Huergas. “More and more entrepreneurs are getting their ideas off the ground, and IPC is here to help them realize their dreams faster. This special workplace productivity bundle allows start-ups and SMEs to utilize relevant cloud applications and high quality connectivity at a fraction of the cost it usually entails to deliver such services.”

Huergas also said that the bundle presents customers with savings of up to 20 percent, versus subscribing to the services and apps separately.

Packages

The bundles come in three packages. Entrepreneurs can pair Google Apps for Work licenses with either IPC PayCheck or IPC’s Global Internet Access (GIA), or subscribe to all three services at once.

The GIA service provides customers with high capacity Internet connectivity through a robust, diversely-routed IP backbone network. Because IPC is peered and partnered with all domestic and major regional telecommunications carriers, GIA users experience highly resilient Internet bandwidth services that are ideal for utilizing Google Apps for Work and IPC PayCheck.

“Startups and SMEs today appreciate how cloud computing can help streamline their processes and improve productivity. However, the initial capital outlay needed for a complete suite of tools often poses as a challenge. IPC is changing that through the bundle program and other pricing models. Our goal is to help these businesses go to market sooner and experience profitability faster,” Huergas explained.

Filinvest breaks ground for fifth One Oasis Cebu

filinvestFILINVEST Land Inc. (FLI) broke ground for the fifth building of the One Oasis Cebu in Barangay Kasambagan, Cebu City, which will have a scenic view of the Cebu Golf and Country Club.

Called The Fairways II, the building will stand with 209 units that will be ready for occupancy by the end of 2017, said project development officer Archie M. Igot.

This developed as One Oasis Cebu has become a flourishing community in a secure environment, complete with resort-inspired amenities and functional facilities where investment is already tangible.

It captures the view of the golf course on the west side and the central amenity area with a two-storey clubhouse, swimming pools, covered basketball court and children’s play area by the east.

“Truly an oasis of lush proportions,” said Igot.

Fifth

With the first four buildings sold out, completed and turned over to their buyers, a typical 42-square meter two-bedroom with balcony for the fifth building will start at a package price of P4.1 million.

Designed for 10-storeys, Fairways II will have two elevators, automatic fire alarm, detection and suppression system and security features with closed-circuit television and a back-up generator to service common areas and the elevators during a power outage.

A refreshing haven that carries the FLI Oasis brand, the integrated residential condominium is designed as a cluster of five to 10-storey buildings with 60 percent of the land area retained as landscaped open spaces and resort-inspired amenities.