Pueblo de Oro wins two golds at 2021 Real Estate Excellence Awards

Pueblo de Oro Development Corporation (PDO), the property development arm of the ICCP Group, recently bagged two gold awards in the Property and Real Estate Excellence Awards organized and presented by FIABCI (Federation Internationale des Administrateurs de Bien-Conselis Immobiliers) on December 9, 2021.

Pueblo de Oro was recognized with two golds for Westwoods Subdivision, a master-planned development at the heart of Pueblo de Oro’s 400-hectare Township in Cagayan de Oro City.
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Memories of Old Zamboanga: The Old Mankin House in Pasonanca

When my mother, Ma. Ester Desembrana Baños passed away a few years ago, among the mementos she left behind were a number of photo albums some of which had pictures of Old Zamboanga dating back to the early 1920s and 1930s.

I was particularly intrigued by one which showed a regal residence which she  captioned “Zamboanga 1931” which showed our late Tito Antonietto and Tita Francesca Bayot (actually our grandparents on my mother’s side, Tita Francesca being the elder sister of her mom Ester Navarro Desembrana) and “Pasonanca” on the  bottom of the staircase where they were seated, and where Tito Antonietto was holding a child whom I’m guessing was our late Tita Nena Bayot-Blanco, who  was born in 1925.… Continue reading... “Memories of Old Zamboanga: The Old Mankin House in Pasonanca”

Cagayan de Oro remains PH’s 7th Most Competitive Highly Urbanized City in 2021

Cagayan de Oro has retained its 7th Place Rank in the Philippines’ Most Competitive Highly Urbanized Cities ranking in 2021.

Besides its Top 7 ranking, Cagayan de Oro was also tagged as the 6th Most Improved Highly Urbanized City in the recently concluded virtual awarding rites of the 9th Regional Competitiveness Summit of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) conducted on 14 December 2021 by the  Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) together with the Ayala Corporation and Globe Telecom.… Continue reading... “Cagayan de Oro remains PH’s 7th Most Competitive Highly Urbanized City in 2021”

How they did it: Parasat keeps CDO, Misor and Bukidnon towns connected in Odette aftermath

When people in most cities in Mindanao woke up in the aftermath of Typhoon Odette on Friday, 17 December 2021, they found they had neither mobile nor internet services in their gadgets and computers.

This posed a major problem not only for LGUs and disaster response agencies unable to contact their personnel in the field, but perhaps even more to residents stressed out from their all-night vigil of the super typhoon as it wreaked destruction in its wake.… Continue reading... “How they did it: Parasat keeps CDO, Misor and Bukidnon towns connected in Odette aftermath”

Mysteries of that Quaint House along Sayre Highway, Bukidnon

Malaybalay City, Bukidnon –  Travelers along the Sayre Highway going from Malaybalay to Valencia and vice versa have long been curious about this mysterious house at Barangay Cabangahan near Bancud, with its man and animal sculptures and baroque architecture.

According to Levi Ann Pacana Babas, contrary to popular belief, the house was actually built in the late 1950s and was originally called “Casa Alegre”, though it has long been known to residents as “Torre ni David”.… Continue reading... “Mysteries of that Quaint House along Sayre Highway, Bukidnon”

Displaced journalists reinvent themselves in digital media

Even before the global pandemic became full-blow, many journalists all over the country were already finding themselves out of work as social media displaced many community newspapers, and no less than 11,000 workers found themselves jobless with the closure of ABS-CBN.

However, being journalists and by nature resourceful, it did not take long for some to reinvent themselves in digital media, without straying far from their passion for telling stories.… Continue reading... “Displaced journalists reinvent themselves in digital media”

Pros and Cons chime in on HB No. 9850: An Act Integrating a Comprehensive Study of Philippine History during World War II into the Higher Education Curriculum

The House of Representatives unanimously approved with a 195-0 vote on third and final reading on September 7, 2021 House Bill No. 9850, a measure integrating a comprehensive study of Philippine history during World War II (WW2) into the Higher Education curriculum.

The World War II in the Philippines Education Act mandates the study of World War II in the Philippines, to cover 50% of the mandatory Philippine History subject being offered under the general education curriculum in higher education courses.… Continue reading... “Pros and Cons chime in on HB No. 9850: An Act Integrating a Comprehensive Study of Philippine History during World War II into the Higher Education Curriculum”

Ma. Teresa “Ghaye” R. Alegrio: Peers extol former PCCI and Oro Chamber Exec

Colleagues in the business, academic and civil society have lauded a former chief executive of the largest business organization in Region X, and Mindanao head of the country’s largest business organization after she succumbed to a lingering illness late Friday afternoon, October 1, 2021.

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This Day in World War II History: 77th Anniversary of Spyron Submarine Landing in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental

During World War II, US Navy submarines helped supply Filipino and American guerrillas with arms, ammunition and supplies, also ferrying personnel in and out of the islands.

Known as the SPYRON (for Spy Squadron) Operation, it supported the Filipino and American Guerrillas resistance to the Japanese occupation after the Philippines fell to the Japanese Imperial Forces in early 1942.… Continue reading... “This Day in World War II History: 77th Anniversary of Spyron Submarine Landing in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental”

Retail Chain ramps up to meet pandemic challenge

The coronavirus pandemic has literally shaken the foundations of human civilization, and the retail sector has been one of the hardest that has been hit, but retail players have flexed their creativity to turn threats imposed by the new normal into opportunities to further strengthen their resiliency.

In Mindanao, The Primer Group of Companies has had to face the challenges imposed by the pandemic on its retail and distribution of consumer brands and products, including popular international brands and lifestyle products, on top of operating its own lifestyle boutiques including R.O.X,… Continue reading... “Retail Chain ramps up to meet pandemic challenge”