Sunday, March 20, 2016

Own a condo and benefit from solar power technology in Italpinas’ Primavera City

Certified green builder Italpinas Development Corp. (IDC) will shortly launch a new condominium development, where buyers will not only own a topnotch home, but also enjoy the benefits of an innovative solar-power system.

IDC President Jose "Jojo" D. Leviste III said that by investing in an economically sized solar-power system, the residents of Primavera City will enjoy a lowered cost of living as the system contributes solar power to the building’s various functions. Primavera City is designed with an onsite solar power plant component that should produce around 1.4 megawatt (MW) of power.  The building’s lessened dependence on expensive power from the grid makes it an innovation not just in aesthetics and design, but also in the economics of condominium living, he noted.

architects vision: the photo-voltaic cells serves as a canopy for shade and aestetics 

IDC Chairman and COO Romolo Valentino Nati, an Italian architect, said Primavera City’s solar plant component is consistent with the company’s thrust of building only sustainable and ecologically sound condominium buildings.

“The company’s unique marketing proposition is to offer distinctive energy efficient, passive and active eco friendly green building concept with beautiful contemporary Italian- Filipino design, while continuously improving the quality and accessibility of its residential and commercial properties to satisfy the housing and business needs of the expanding Philippine population, and the desire of overseas Filipino workers, balikbayans and expats to secure properties in new emerging cities in the country, as well as the increasing sophistication of the market and its demand for style and comfort,” Nati emphasized.

Primavera City’s value proposition, he added, revolves around the unique integration of renewable energy with real-estate development. “Once the capacity to implement the Solar PV system for condominiums is refined, the power generated from solar energy may spin off to another business ventures which targets other residential, office and commercial buildings.”

The publicly listed IDC made its mark in the real-estate industry as the first Philippine company certified by the International Finance Corp. (IFC) - World Bank Group’s “Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies” (EDGE) program for its flagship project also in Cagayan de Oro City, the Primavera Residences.

It recently announced that the launch of Phase 1 of Primavera City has been set in the second quarter of the year. It involves the construction of two towers of integrated multifunctional buildings (commercial, office, residential) project with 11 floors each. Located at the Pueblo de Oro Business Park, Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro (near SM City Cagayan de Oro). Phase 1 of the project entails an investment of about P653 million for 2 towers. When fully complete, Primavera City is planned to consist of 7 green buildings including a high rise tower.



The two towers of Primavera City Phase 1 are designed to have 337 units, 57 of them commercial units; 231 are studio-type; 22 are one-bedroom units, and 27 are two-bedroom units and around 100 parking slots. Their average sizes are 50 to 60 square meters (sqm) for commercial units, 28 sqm for studio-type units, 47 sqm for the single-bedroom units, and 70 sqm for the two-bedroom units.
IFC Global Green Building Specialist Prashant Kapoor, IFC World Bank Legal Advisor and IFC Philippines head of Green Building Program Tess Lacerna, and IFC Country Manager Jane Xu awarded the certificates to Primavera Residences Tower A & B as the “First Completed Condominium Project in East Asia Certified by EDGE.”

EDGE is an accreditation body of the IFC - World Bank Group. It helps property developers build and meaningfully brand their properties as “green.” It is the highest and most desirable program in the international real estate industry. EDGE is supported by a software that encourages solutions to reduce energy, water and energy consumption by at least 20 percent, which is the standard for EDGE certification.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Cebu Pacific celebrates 20th anniversary Offers seat sale

The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), celebrates 20 years of service today with its trademark PHP1 seat sale to 34 domestic and several international destinations. The seat sale runs from March 8 to 10, 2016 or until seats last, for travel from July 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.

CEB launched its first daily flights to Cebu last March 8, 1996. It has since then flown over 120 million passengers on its extensive network and lowest year-round fares.

“Throughout our 20 years of operations, the Filipino people have witnessed Cebu Pacific grow from serving one route, to successfully expanding our flight network to over 90 routes on 64 destinations – spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and the USA. Today, we mark this milestone by thanking everyJuan who flew, is flying, and will fly with CEB. We look forward to enabling more adventures, more reunions, and more opportunities for you,” said CEB President and CEO Lance Gokongwei.



PHP1 seats are up for grabs on all of CEB's Philippine destinations: Bacolod, Boracay (Caticlan), Busuanga (Coron), Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin, Cauayan (Isabela), Cebu, Clark, Cotabato, Davao, Dipolog, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Legaspi, Laoag, Manila, Naga, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Puerto Princesa, Roxas, San Jose (Mindoro), Siargao, Surigao, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Tandag, Tawi-Tawi, Tuguegarao, Virac and Zamboanga.


CEB operates flights from six hubs in Manila, Cebu, Davao, Clark, Iloilo and Kalibo, making inter-island travel fast and affordable.

PHP1 seats are also available on the following international destinations: Bangkok, Bali, Beijing, Brunei, Busan, Doha, Dubai, Fukuoka, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Incheon (Seoul), Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Macau, Nagoya, Osaka, Phuket, Riyadh, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo (Narita), and Xiamen.
Meanwhile, passengers can book all-inclusive fares to Guam, USA for as low as PHP1,499, and to Sydney, Australia for as low as PHP4,999. The airline is slated to launch direct flights from Manila to Guam, its first US destination, on March 15, 2016.

For bookings and inquiries, guests can visit www.cebupacificair.com or call (+632)7020-888 or (+6332)230-8888. The latest seat sales can be found on CEB’s official Facebook and Twitter pages. Guests may also download the Cebu Pacific official mobile app on the App Store and Google Play.
Cebu Pacific’s 57-strong fleet is comprised of 8 Airbus A319, 35 Airbus A320, 6 Airbus A330, and 8 ATR 72-500 aircraft. It is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between 2016 and 2021, CEB expects delivery of three more brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 16 ATR 72-600 aircraft.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Bite Me Up! Cagayan de Oro's Newest Pasalubong ng Bayan

From the makers of Thai Me Up and Fil Me Up now comes a new pasalubong ng Kagay-an sa bayan, it is called Bite Me Up.


Brownie Bites is their first product. Bite sized fudgy brownies in dark chocolate taste. Individually wrapped for sealed in freshness and convenience for travel and sharing. Each box contains 16 pieces.


I really love dark chocolate goodness and this brownie has a good balance of both sweetness and bitterness. Since its bite sized, it fits perfectly on my everyday bag. I can munch any time any where battling both travel stress and growling tummies.

Bite Me Up Brownie Bites now available at Vjandep Pasalubong Shop (Brgy. Bulua); Thai Me Up with branches in Centrio Ayala Mall and Capistrano Street; and at Laguindingan Aiport.

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Me and this blog is very grateful to Bite Me Up thru our friends (you know who you are) for allowing me to be one of the first to have a bite of Bite Me Up.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Italpinas Development Corporation will launch new "to go to" place this 2nd Quarter of 2016

Certified green builder Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC) has set for the second quarter of this year the launch of its new huge and groundbreaking project – Primavera City – in Cagayan de Oro City.

IDC Chairman and COO Romolo Valentino Nati, an Italian architect, said Phase 1 of Primavera City involves the construction of two towers of integrated multifunctional buildings (commercial, office, residential) project with 11 floors each. Located at the Pueblo de Oro Business Park, Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro (near SM City Cagayan de Oro), the project entails an investment of P653 million.



IDC President Jose "Jojo" D. Leviste III said the two towers of Primavera City Phase 1 is designed to have 337 units, 57 of them commercial units; 231 are studio-type; 22 are one-bedroom units, and 27 are two-bedroom units. Their average sizes are 50 to 60 square meters (sqm) for commercial units, 28 sqm for studio-type units, 47 sqm for the single-bedroom units, and 70 sqm for the two-bedroom units.

“Primavera City is a fitting follow-up to our highly successful and multi-awarded Primavera Residences, which caught the fancy of not just Filipino but even foreign buyers and property experts for its modern Italian design infused with eco-friendly architecture,” Nati emphasized.



Nati said Primavera City is envisioned to be another IDC award-winning sustainable-development project, with its passive green features, such as increased natural ventilation, shaded faƧade and semi-transparent photo-voltaic panels covering the amenities located on the rooftop, among others. The project has been recognized as highly commended condo by the Climate Technology Initiative Private Financing Advisory Network (CTIPFAN) in Singapore in 2014.

IDC made its mark in the real estate industry as the first Philippine company certified by the International Finance Corp. (IFC) - World Bank Group Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) for its flagship project also in Cagayan de Oro City, the Primavera Residences.

The grand launch will be in the second quarter, and start of construction of the Primavera City Phase 1 is third quarter of 2016. IDC targets the completion of the project and the turnover of its units to their owners by the third quarter of 2018.

“We will conduct extensive marketing for our target buyers that include employed and/or self employed individuals with gross family income of at least P50,000 such as local entrepreneurs, SME's, OFW's, young professionals and retirees, among others. With Cagayan de Oro City now an emerging tourism and investment destination in the country, Primavera City is a great buy, not just for first-time home owners, but also for investors,” Leviste, a lawyer, stressed.

IFC Global Green Building Specialist Prashant Kapoor, IFC World Bank Legal Advisor and IFC Philippines head of Green Building Program Tess Lacerna, and IFC Country Manager Jane Xu awarded the certificates to Primavera Residences Tower A & B as the “First Completed Condominium Project in East Asia Certified by EDGE.”

EDGE is an innovation of the IFC - World Bank Group. It helps property developers build and brand their properties “green.” It is the highest and most desirable program in the international real estate industry. EDGE is supported by a software that encourages solutions to reduce energy, water and energy consumption by at least 20 percent, which is the standard for EDGE certification.

IDC has notched a series of milestones and achievements. It recently had its successful listing at the Philippine Stock Exchange.