AppleOne’s Japan roadshow


Left photo shows AppleOne Properties Inc. sales and marketing team, together with API EVP Yvet Andalis (second from right) and PNB Branch Head Fietzie Ann Ocampo (extreme right) takes a shopping break between roadshows (right photo).

[Right photo] Interested buyers, OFWs and Cebuanos in Japan graced the occasion in Royal Park Hotel, Tokyo, Japan.

Apple-2[Left photo] PNB officers in Japan and Cebu headed by PNB Branch Head Fietzie Ann Ocampo (second from left) pose with API EVP Yvet Andalis (extreme left).

[Right photo] AppleOne Properties Inc.’s in-house team leader, Chit Cabrido (extreme left), and PNB Branch Head Ocampo (second from left) discuss financial investments with buyers.

(Contributed photos)

Residents back Lapu septage mngt. measure

RESIDENTS of Lapu-Lapu City supported the proposed septage and sewerage management ordinance during a public hearing last Sept. 15.

Held at the Lapu-Lapu City session hall, the public hearing was attended by officials from Lapu-Lapu City Government, Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD), barangay officials, Cordova town officials and city residents.

Councilor Alexander Gestopa Jr., the author of the ordinance, thanked the MCWD for helping local government units comply with the Clean Water Act.

Under the law, LGUs are mandated to put up a septage treatment plant but MCWD took the responsibility and offered to help.

Engr. Emmanuel Espina of MCWD Corporate Planning Department said that the facility is needed to properly dispose of human wastes to prevent contamination of water sources.

The facility will be established in Barangay San Miguel in Cordova town, but it will also serve the residents of Lapu-Lapu.

During the public hearing, Espina explained how the facility works and the advantages it can give to the locals of Lapu-Lapu and Cordova, who rely on tourism because of its beaches.

He said that nitrates in human waste can contaminate water if it is beyond 50 milligrams per liter.

He said that several deep wells in Lapu-Lapu are built near septic tanks, which means that the risk of contamination is high.

This contamination can cause diarrhea, cholera, hepatitis, dysentery, blue baby syndrome and high prevalence of cancer of the stomach and esophagus.

Roberto Lastimoso, key accounts manager of Envirokonsult Equipment Services Inc., the contractor of the septage treatment plant (STP), assured those who attended the hearing that the facility will not emit foul odor and will operate without noise. Environkonsult is operating STPs in other parts of the country.

Marigondon Barangay Councilor Noli Bonghanoy asked how the seacrafts can discharge of their wastes.

Engr. Roderico Tagaan, City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) head who was also among the panelists in the public hearing, told Bonghanoy that seacraft owners must have receptacles in their boats and set up a septic tank in the mainland as storage for the wastes for desludging.

Edwin Leong, head of the Lapu-Lapu City Fisheries and Acquatic Resources, asked how to implement the ordinance in areas where there are informal settlers who do not have comfort rooms.

Tagaan said the Solid Waste Management Board will study how to address the concern.

Lawyer Jocelyn Pesquera, MCWD board of director, said the barangay leaders have the authority over these settlers and can help address the problem.

Lapu-Lapu City Councilor Florito Pozon asked during the public hearing if Cordova is willing to take the wastes from Lapu-lapu City. MCWD’s Espina assured that the water district has conducted a series of meetings with Cordova officials and they already agreed to it.

Under Envirokonsult’s contract with MCWD, the firm will operate the facility in the next five years.

Cost for the desludging and treatment of wastes will be paid by MCWD consumers on installment basis.

They will pay P2.20 for every cubic meter of water consumed and this will be incorporated in the water bill.

An average family can pay up to P50 a month or a total of P3,000 for five years.

Those who are not MCWD consumers will have to pay one time the full amount.

MCWD will pay the contractor P800 per cubic meter of collected and treated waste.

Great Taste White: Choose Great, Win

greatA LUCKY winner is expected to go home with P3 million on Sunday, Oct. 4, while eight winners will own a white Toyota Vios during the culmination of the Great Taste White: Choose Great, Win Great raffle promo.

The grand winner will also have an exclusive Pinoy Big Brother: 737 experience.

“The Great Taste White: Choose Great, Win Great nationwide raffle promo lets consumers savor great wins,” said Julius Flores, Universal Robina Corp. marketing manager for Powdered Beverages.

“This is Great Taste White’s way of giving back to its consumers for making it the leading brand in the white coffee segment, and for making Great Taste one of the most patronized brands in the Philippines,” Flores also said.

Flight 001 arrives in Ayala

FLIGHT 001 (pronounced as flight one) has brought its fifth and biggest store in the new wing of Ayala Center Cebu as part of its aggressive rollout plan in Asia. The world’s premiere travel store has practical and innovative products that allow travelers to experience the world in style and comfort.

This one-stop travel store was conceived in 1998 aboard Air France flight 023 somewhere between New York and Paris. Business travelers John Sencion and Brad John envisioned a travel store that is as streamlined as the flight itself.

Their mid-air detour resulted in a jet setter’s dream—an all-inclusive retail experience that satisfies a traveler’s every need.

“Flight 001 is quickly becoming a global brand, which is a vision Brad and I have had for the company from the start. And we are particularly excited and passionate about our latest expansion in the Philippines,” said Sencion, co-founder of Flight 001.

As with other existing locations of Flight 001, the interior of the new store—complete with curved walls, wood paneling and a retro-modern ticket counter—was designed to model the look and feel of the 747 jet fuselage.

Flight 001 has its own brand of highly functional travel products. One is the Spacepak packing system, which maximizes cabin-size luggage space by compressing the air out of two weeks worth of clothes.

Another is the Go Clean pack bag collection, which helps organize travel items with its versatile mix-and-match bags that range from laundry to shoes, beach wear to gym gear.

Flight 001 has 27 stores worldwide and 12 of these—stores in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand—are operated by Flight 001 Asia, a partner of the Primer Group. CCP

Palm Grass transforms firewood to world-class furniture

Firewood. Nong Esme points at the “salvaged” pieces of wood from an hold house, which he later transformed into headboards for beds (inset).

Firewood. Nong Esme points at the “salvaged” pieces of wood from an hold house, which he later transformed into headboards for beds (inset).

EVERYTHING about Palm Grass Hotel intends to transform the ordinary into something extraordinary.

True to its vision that it wants to leave a legacy as a green hotel, the management of the first heritage hotel here in Cebu breaks another record of being the first hospitality establishment to use “salvaged” wood for a world-class headboard.

Bebilou Espina, Palm Grass hotel manager, said he heard a suggestion to use the flooring of an old house owned by Caridad Tan Guivelondo and Mamerto Arcilla Blanco and incorporate it in the hotel.

Two contractors rejected the idea in sheer disbelief.

“It was not a welcome suggestion and there were two contractors who rejected the concept of using the junk slabs from the old house,” Espina said.

But local craftsman and furniture-maker Esmeraldo Bancale took the challenge of recycling what he calls kahoy igsusugnod or firewood into a world-class headboard.

“No one will dare use firewood because engineers will normally look for expensive raw materials. But I took the challenge of doing the unusual,” Nong Esme, as how he is fondly called, said with a chuckle.

Esmeraldo’s team of craftsmen includes members of his family who are ensconced in a community at Soong Center in Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City.

Yakal and Apitong were the types of wood salvaged from the old house. These are considered rare wood species in the country and cutting them is unlawful.

“Maayo man gyud ni nga mga kahoy pero mao lagi igsusugnod na (These are really good types of wood but they’re meant to be firewood),” Esmeraldo said.

Palm Grass, Cebu’s heritage hotel serves as a backdrop to this unique endeavor. The hotel aims to break the norms in the hospitality business when it comes to interior design as it recycles slabs or “junk” wood into new pieces of furniture.

Palm Grass is located on 68 General Junquera St.

Furniture City opens!

lenbertLENBERT Manufacturing Inc. (LMI), one of the leaders in outdoor furniture production, introduced to Cebu a new marketing concept as Rain or Shine Furniture City had its grand opening last Sept. 13.

For the first time in Cebu, the local market will get to see and buy furniture pieces from 13 major furniture and accessory companies under one roof. The 1,600-square-meter showroom on Hernan Cortes St. in Mandaue City will serve as a one-stop shop for customers’ home, condominium and accessory concepts and designs.

Edward Hayco, president of LMI, likens the Rain or Shine Furniture City concept to a year-round furniture show. “It will be the furniture alley of Cebu,” he said. He also made sure that no two consignors will showcase the same kind of products. From mid to high-end furniture, everything is under this retail umbrella.

A general rule for the exhibitors is to change their display or lower the price of the item that has not been sold after three months. This is to ensure that customers will have access to nothing but products of the highest quality from names such as Finali, Mehitabel, Murillos, Stonesets and Obra Cebuana.

Other products include condominium space-saving furniture from Macro, MCI and GLC Fine Living, decorative statement pieces from Linda Ong, bedding from Mandaue Foam, Murillo and Macro, pocket doors from Budget Builders and garden accessories from Peba. The host company is also showcasing outdoor furniture for residences, hotels and vacation resorts.

Jim Cassels, marketing director of LMI, said that the creation of Rain or Shine Furniture City shows confidence in the Cebu real estate industry as well as in the furniture manufacturing business. Moreover, Cassels said that ever since their soft opening last Aug. 8, the showroom has been welcoming a bevy of customers, locals and expats alike.

Due to the warm reception, Rain or Shine Furniture City will be expanding to up to 4,000 square meters to accommodate more consignors in the near future. CCP

USC launches radio station

Agreement. Fr. Roberto Ebisa (third from left) and Fr. Dionisio Miranda (fourth from left) sign the memorandum of agreement representing Word Broadcasting Corp. and University of San Carlos, respectively. They are flanked by radio station officers and university faculty.

Agreement. Fr. Roberto Ebisa (third from left) and Fr. Dionisio Miranda (fourth from left) sign the memorandum of agreement representing Word Broadcasting Corp. and University of San Carlos, respectively. They are flanked by radio station officers and university faculty.

CLIMATE change is real and so are the consequences that result from it.

People see on television, read it in the newspapers, hear it on the radio.

The University of San Carlos (USC), through its Biology Department, wants to take part in sharing the news on the environment.

Last Sept. 10, the USC Biology Department in partnership with the Word Broadcasting Corp., launched the school-on-air program Mga Pagtulun-an sa Kalikupan or Lessons on the Environment. It airs every Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. over local radio station dyRF (Radyo Fuerza).

The first 30 minutes of the program will comprise discussions by the radio commentators while the second half will be for interaction where the public can send text messages or call the program to share their views.

A memorandum of agreement between the USC Department of Biology, School of Arts and the WBC was signed for the regular airing of the environmental education program, which aims to involve not only its students but also the society of people from different walks of life.

“The launching itself is an achievement,” said USC president Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD.

Fr. Roberto Ebisa, SVD and general manager of local radio stations PowerFM and dyRF, said that radio is still the most powerful mass communication medium in society. Christy Gothong, USC Intern

Oct. 3 is breast cancer advocacy walk

Moonwalk. Over 3,000 people joined the Moonwalk: A Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness in 2014, which started from Fuente Osmeña Rotunda to Plaza Independencia. (contributed foto)

Moonwalk. Over 3,000 people joined the Moonwalk: A Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness in 2014, which started from Fuente Osmeña Rotunda to Plaza Independencia. (contributed foto)

CEBUANOS are encouraged to join the “12th Moonwalk: A Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness” on Saturday, Oct. 3, Saturday, at 5:30 p.m.

Assembly time is at 5 p.m. at the Plaza Sugbo across Cebu City Hall. Participants are encouraged to wear pink.

The event’s pre-event program at Plaza Sugbo will have testimonies of breast cancer survivors.

A “Celebrate Life with Mega Cebu” program at Plaza Independencia will immediately follow after the walk.

Moonwalk is a unique collective advocacy campaign focused on early screening and detection of breast cancer through monthly breast self-examination and mammography.

The fight against the disease that affects the lives of Cebuano women and their families has been the advocacy of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.-Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center (Rafi-EJACC) through the annual walk, which is held every full moon of October in observance of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This year’s Moonwalk is supported by the Mega Cebu campaign.

Carol Ballesteros, Mega Cebu communication and stakeholders’ relationship manager, said they decided to collaborate with Rafi-EJACC in holding the Moonwalk because they, too, want to fight cancer.

Good health

“Mega Cebu promotes wholesome, advanced, vibrant, equitable and sustainable Cebu so everybody is part of it. Mega Cebu promotes good health and cancer is detrimental to health, we are supporting Moonwalk because cancer patients are part of Mega Cebu,” she said. “All Club Cebu members will converge during the Moonwalk as participants.”

This is aside from Mega Cebu being the one that provided the speaker during the Plaza Independencia program.

“Overall, we are there to help EJACC, in the spirit of collaboration. Moonwalk is on Oct. 3, and (this day) is the awards night for Mega Cebu, so we decided to also be part of Moonwalk,” she added.

The event is organized by Rafi-EJACC, in partnership with the Cebu City Government through the Task Force Cancer of Cebu City, Department of Health 7, Destiny Medical Fund Inc., Goldilocks, Philippine Spring Water Resources Inc., Alcordo Advertising, Cebu Cancer Fight Incorporated, I Can Serve Foundation, and Can with God.

For inquiries about Moonwalk and EJACC and its services, contact 256-3287 or 254-6351 and look for Gina Mariquit, or visit or, or follow on Twitter.

Int’l firm embarks on community services

Proper hygiene. A pupil learns the proper way to wash hands in an outreach program conducted by P&A Grant Thornton. (contributed foto)

Proper hygiene. A pupil learns the proper way to wash hands in an outreach program conducted by P&A Grant Thornton. (contributed foto)

GRANT Thornton International Ltd. held its first global corporate social responsibility (CSR) day last Sept. 17, with the theme, “GT in the community.”

It was participated by the different Grant Thornton member firms across the world.

In the Philippines, P&A Grant Thornton’s home office in Makati, branches in Cebu and Davao, and its satellite office in Cavite, simultaneously conducted four different activities.

The home office, together with ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, participated in a clean-up project through Kapit Bisig para sa Ilog P&Asig, the Davao branch gave back to the elderly through P&Ahalipay in Care for the Elderly Foundation, while the satellite office helped improve the lives of children in poverty through P&Agkalinga in Little Angels Foundation.

The Cebu office, on the other hand, spearheaded P&Anghinlo: The Wash Movement (water, sanitation and hygiene) in Day Care Center, Barangay Luz, Cebu City. The activity was organized for 50 children, ages 3-4 years old, to help educate and raise awareness about proper hygiene practices to one’s well-being.
The key speakers were licensed occupational therapists and board top-notchers Beatriz Marie Castaño and Jose Miguel Escanuela.

The children were taught proper practice on hand-washing, taking a bath and brushing of teeth, and etiquette on coughing and sneezing through inter-active exercises.

The rest of the event was filled with games and prizes that brought fun and joy to the kids as well as their parents and guardians. Packed lunches were served and basic health kits were distributed to the children.

Nineteen CSR ambassadors from Cebu Office participated in the activity.

Other GT in the community activities lined up for this year focus on shelter and infrastructure, livelihood and enterprise development, sustainable development and environment, education and youth formation and gender and human development.

#GTinthecommunity was the official tag in all posts of CSR ambassadors.

Smart, WWF urge students to adopt eco-friendly lifestyle

WHILE young, it is important that students start to embrace their role as stewards of the environment. It is for this reason that Smart Communications (Smart) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines) started a project called Project Connect.

A three-hour interactive and fun learning session, Project Connect aims to raise awareness among students from grade school up to college on pressing environment issues, specifically climate change.

“In rolling out this awareness campaign, we want to promote the habit of caring for the environment among students and encourage them to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle. Caring for the environment is a shared responsibility, everyone must contribute to that effort in any way we can,” said Ramon R. Isberto, Smart Public Affairs Group head.

“Through our partnership with Smart for Project Connect, WWF-Philippines hopes to develop a strong base of young environmental stewards. The environment and development issues confronting us today are scaling up. Together with Smart, we are committed to educate today’s youth to build a future where people and nature thrive,” said Joel Palma, WWF-Philippines president and chief executive officer.

Launched in 2010, Project Connect was piloted in Peñablanca East Central School in Cagayan, Camarines Sur National High School, and Palawan State University. Last year, it was rolled out in Ateneo de Davao High School in Davao City and Dubinan Elementary School in Cauayan, Isabela.

Renewable agency

Recently, students from Visayas State University in Baybay, Leyte benefited from the project and learned about energy efficiency and conservation, as well as renewable energy.

Project Connect is being done as a follow-through activity for the schools that won the National Search for Sustainable and Eco-friendly Schools (NSSES), a nationwide competition that recognizes the schools with the best environmental practices.

Launched in 2009, NSSES is also supported by Smart, in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environment Management Bureau.

A staunch advocate for the environment, Smart has been implementing various initiatives that can help mitigate the effects of climate change. It has also integrated into its business sound environmental practices for which it has won numerous international and local awards. These include the Green Merchandising, which uses stone paper for outdoor merchandising materials.

Smart has also been planting trees in key upland watershed and coastal areas nationwide, and is the lead proponent for efforts to reforest, protect, and rehabilitate the Upper Marikina Water Basin under the Marikina Watershed Initiative.