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Equal Access hosts youth peace summit in Cag. de Oro

February 3, 2020

            Cagayan de Oro-Over 500 peace influencers all over the country  gathered here last Thursday that culminates on Saturday (February 1) for a Peace Summit dubbed as: Our Mindanao Peace Summit 2020 with the theme, “Turning the Loop: Bridging Generations of Peace Influencers”.             The three-day summit was organized by Equal Access International Philippines (EAI-Ph) that offers an opportunity to discuss the role of collaboration, communication, and coordination to push for sustainable peace and co-create a shared vision of a better Mindanao.                 Over 20  speakers across 8 summit events lead in discussions across 3 unifying themes: transforming violent extremism, youth empowerment, and positive alternative messaging,said EAI-Ph Country Director Salic Sharief Jr in an interview.               Also to discuss the impact of violent extremism in Mindanao and share working practices on how best to transform this growing concern, the summit will bring in key experts, development practitioners, and peace influencers through the Honest Conversation of peace forum and Messaging Hub Convergence,she added.                  Also tapping into the creativity of young people to help provide solutions to concerns in their community, the summit  also featured innovative peace projects from the inaugural batch of Peace Promotion Fellows; convene the "PNP-Student Action Force to create the first ever Mindanao-wide General Assembly"; and award the very first "Olive Peace Prize" to one outstanding program alumnus for their exemplary efforts in peace-building in the culminating day.                  Moreover, recognizing the power of positive alternative messages to promote peace and development, the summit brings in 5 hard-skill experts in storytelling for the Master Classes; a Panel Discussion that  brings forward innovative solutions to address challenges on youth, women, and good governance; and a series of Peace Contests for junior and senior high school students and the public where they produce essays, speeches, and music videos about peace.                  The Summit 2020 will conclude with the reading of the manifesto created by peacebuilders and peace actors in the region to signify the Mindanao Declaration of Peace, Sharief concluded.

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Gil Macaibay joins Apple Tree Resort’s pre-loved sale

February 3, 2020

              NORTHERN Mindanao’s prince of haute couture Gil Macaibay III joined the pre-loved sale for Taal held at Apple Tree Resort and Hotel over the weekend.                     Macaibay said he is happy that his collections will benefit some of the 6,000 families displaced the sudden eruption of Taal Volcano in the past weeks.     It can be learned that Macaibay is one of the leading apparel designers in this part of the country and has amassed recognitions in various fashion shows abroad.     The rummage sale for Taal was an initiative of Apple Tree Resort and Hotel as part of its social responsibility efforts while they were celebrating their 12th anniversary last February 1.                              According to manager Bjanesha Emphasis, it is ATRH’s way of giving back to the community for constantly patronizing their establishment.     Emphasis said to expect more outreaches in the future even as she revealed that each month, Apple Tree Resort and Hotel will erect a themed display at its lobby catering to local products. This is indeed another thing to look forward to at ATRH which is located by the beachside in scenic Opol, Misamis Oriental.

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PayMaya firms up most rewarding wallet with Balikbayad campaign

February 3, 2020

       New ‘BalikBayad’ campaign highlights perks and rewards going cashless Teen Royalties Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla push more rewarding payment experience to Filipinos nationwide       Digital financial services leader PayMaya intensifies its campaign to encourage more Filipinos to embrace the cashless lifestyle through the PayMaya app, firming up its leadership as the country’s most rewarding mobile wallet today.         Following the success of its Don’t Pay Cash. PayMaya! campaign in 2019, PayMaya has launched its BalikBayad campaign follow-up initiative featuring top young actors Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, which highlights the many cashback that users can get whenever they pay with PayMaya.            “The response to our Don’t Pay Cash. PayMaya! campaign last year has been overwhelming, and we’re glad that more Filipinos are discovering how easy, convenient, and ‘joyful’ it is to pay using PayMaya. As we work to bring even more features and services to PayMaya we’re excited to introduce the most rewarding mobile wallet in the Philippines today to even more users nationwide with the BalikBayad (a creative transliteration of “cashback”)  campaign,” said Mark Jason Dee, Head of Growth and Marketing of PayMaya.             In February alone, PayMaya users can get as much as P6,000 in cashback when they participate in the mobile wallet’s various promos for bills payment, buying load, paying for goods and services via QR, online shopping, and sending money, among many others.             PayMaya has also expanded the list of merchants and establishments under its PayMaya Preferred program, which gives additional cashback to users who scan to pay with PayMaya QR on top of the regular cashback that they usually receive.              Among these new partners are Landers Superstore, Mercury Drug, KFC, Robinson’s Department Store, Total Alabang and Valenzuela, and Toys ‘R Us.           These cashback help more Filipinos easily learn and experience the cashless lifestyle with PayMaya, which can help the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) attain its goal of increasing the share of digital transactions in the country up to 30% by the end of 2020. Bringing back time and convenience              But aside from getting monetary rewards in the form of cashback , users are also able to make more time and experience greater convenience when they use PayMaya.  With PayMaya’s virtual card, for example, users can instantly gain access to a payment card which they can easily use for online shopping and other digital payments for a faster, more efficient payment experience.              PayMaya also recently introduced the ability to transfer money from users’ PayMaya account to other bank accounts, eliminating the need to physically wait in line at banks. “PayMaya users can definitely look forward to even more features and services that will give them more convenient ways to pay as well as awesome rewards in the months to come,” Dee added.          Instant Rewards Revel in a more rewarding cashless lifestyle by downloading the PayMaya app for FREE on Google Play or App Store and use the code PAYMAYAKATHNIEL to get a welcome reward. Sign up for an account today so you can take advantage of PayMaya’s great deals, promos and offers. To know more about the BalikBayad campaign and how you can get all of these exciting perks from PayMaya, visit www.paymaya.com/balikbayad or follow @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.            PayMaya is the only financial technology company in the country that offers end-to-end payment solutions with the widest on-ground branch network. It is the first to give millions of Filipinos an e-wallet that allows them to pay cashless transactions at any time of the day, anywhere in the world, and from any device.

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The Future Changes Shape: Express Yourself with Galaxy Z Flip

February 3, 2020

       Samsung’s first foldable glass display, combined with a unique UX, offers a whole new mobile experience         SAN FRANCISCO, USA – February 11, 2020 – Today, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. unveiled the Galaxy Z Flip, a new, statement-making foldable smartphone. Galaxy Z Flip is bold and stylish – designed for those who see cutting-edge technology as a way to express themselves. Engineered with first-of-its-kind foldable glass, Galaxy Z Flip bends the laws of physics, and features a 6.7-inch display that folds into a stylish and compact form factor that fits in the palm of your hand . Designed with an innovative Hideaway Hinge and custom-built UX, Galaxy Z Flip provides elegant new ways to capture, share and experience content. From its stylish design to its flexible camera experience, Galaxy Z Flip opens up a new decade of foldable mobile innovation.              “At Samsung, we were encouraged by the excitement for the Galaxy Fold. Galaxy Z Flip is an important next step as we look to build the foldable category by bringing to consumers a new form factor, new display and most importantly, a new kind of mobile experience,” said Dr. TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “With Galaxy Z Flip’s unique foldable design and user experience, we’re redefining what a mobile device can be, and what it enables consumers to do.”   Foldable Heritage               The category-defining Galaxy Fold began the foldable era. Now, Galaxy Z Flip is shaping it for a new decade. As the first device in the Z series, Galaxy Z Flip introduces a new device portfolio that reaffirms Samsung’s commitment to leading the category, and leveraging technologies and form factors to create foldable experiences that will surprise and delight in the years ahead.  Fashion Meets Technology               Galaxy Z Flip’s compact, stylish design is created for those who see technology as a way to express themselves. And all of the innovations that go into Galaxy Z Flip ensure they can do so.                 Style that Fits in Your Pocket – Designed for ultimate portability, Galaxy Z Flip folds into the size of a wallet, so you can easily fit it in your pocket or bag. When closed, it is a stylish, compact palm-sized device.  When opened, its screen size nearly doubles to reveal a stunning 6.7-inch display . With its stylish color palette, sleek rounded corners and forward fold that closes with a satisfying snap, Galaxy Z Flip is sure to turn heads.              Samsung’s First Foldable Glass Display – Galaxy Z Flip features an Infinity Flex Display with Samsung’s proprietary bendable Ultra Thin Glass (UTG), making it slimmer with a sleek, premium look and feel that has never been seen with a foldable device before. The centered in-display camera cutout at the top also means there’s no notch and no distractions, with Samsung’s first-ever 21.9:9 ratio, so you can enjoy even more of your favorite content such as cinema-ratio 21:9 shows and movies.                New Hideaway Hinge – Galaxy Z Flip’s Hideaway Hinge is a work of engineering art. It’s backed by a dual CAM mechanism – small but sophisticatedly designed to ensure every flip and fold is smooth and stable. Galaxy Z Flip can stay open at a range of angles, like a laptop screen. The Hideaway Hinge system also integrates Samsung’s new sweeper technology, which uses nylon fibers crafted by micro-height-cutting technology to repel dirt and dust.            The Next Foldable Experience  Galaxy Z Flip is built for the modern, on-the-go lifestyle. Now you can do more, from multiple angles – hands-free. This unique foldable experience is unlike any other smartphone on the market today.          Do more – Hands-free – When Galaxy Z Flip unfolds, it can stay open at multiple angles, unlocking opportunities for selfies that show more of the world around you and expressive video chats with Google Duo – all hands-free.            Flex mode – Samsung worked closely with Google to design Flex mode – a custom-built user experience for Galaxy Z Flip’s unique forward folding form factor. When the device is free-standing, the display automatically splits into two 4-inch screens so you can easily view images, contents or videos on the top half of the display, and control them on the bottom half. Easily watch and navigate YouTube  – stream on the top while searching for other videos, reading descriptions and writing comments on the bottom.            Game Changing Camera – Galaxy Z Flip literally stands on its own so that you can capture more, on-the-go – from timed group shots to vivid nighttime content. You can create content for your social media feeds from the best angle and enjoy video recording with a 16:9 ratio that’s perfect for uploads to social media platforms, hands-free – no tripod needed. Capture stunning Night Hyperlapse videos or vivid low light shots with Night mode – no flash needed.  Just open your device and place it on a table. When closed, quickly capture one-handed high-quality selfies using the rear camera without unfolding. .             Notifications on Your Terms – Whether Galaxy Z Flip is closed, standing upright or open, never miss a text, call or reminder. When closed, check the date, time and battery status at a glance on the cover display . Get real time notifications so you can easily answer a call without unfolding or respond to a text by simply tapping the notification and unfolding your Galaxy Z Flip.             Multi-Active Window – Seamlessly multi-task with Multi-Active Window – simply open the Multi-Window Tray to drag and drop the apps you want to use. Scroll through an article on the latest fashion looks on the top half while shopping for your favorite pieces on the bottom .          Galaxy Foundation and Ecosystem As a Galaxy device, Galaxy Z Flip brings the Galaxy ecosystem into its brand new foldable experience. It boasts flagship-level performance and features across camera, display, battery, security as well as services like Samsung Health, Samsung Knox and more . Enjoy a versatile camera experience with 4K video capture, Live Focus and Super Steady recording . Galaxy Z Flip features an optimized dual battery system that holds more power without taking up more space – wired or wirelessly quick charge, plus with Wireless PowerShare , you can wirelessly charge up your Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Watch or even a friend’s device. Samsung Knox protects users and their device from the chip to the software level and receives monthly and quarterly security updates. Users also get services that enable health and wellness tracking and monitoring with Samsung Health, and access to more than 5,000 Samsung and partner smart products through SmartThings.               The Galaxy Z Flip will be available in limited quantities in Mirror Purple and Mirror Black, starting February 21, 2020. For more information about Galaxy Z Flip, please visit news.samsung.com/galaxy, samsungmobilepress.com  or samsung.com/galaxy.

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Pueblo de Oro's Exclusive Lifestyle Community | Life as Good as Gold

October 22, 2019

Pueblo de Oro Development Corporation presents its latest project offering, The Grove at Pueblo Golf. The Grove is an exclusive boutique community of homes surrounded by greens. The light-filled living spaces are crafted with your comfort and style in mind. With average lot sizes of 88 to 132 sq.m. and floor areas of 90 for inner units and 101 sq.m. for end units, this horizontal condominium development has a low density of only 92 townhouse units. The Grove is a 1.6-hectare project completely surrounded by the greens and open spaces of Pueblo de Oro golf course. It is made up of two-storey residential townhouses with an Asian Modern design aesthetic. The condominium units were designed to provide light-filled living spaces crafted with comfort and style. Because the access road to The Grove is directly connected to Masterson Avenue, residents will get to experience leisurely living in a location within easy reach of life’s conveniences. Moreover, because it is located on a plateau 125 meters above sea level, the area is virtually flood-free. The Grove is part of the 400-hectare Pueblo de Oro Township, a master planned community in Uptown Cagayan de Oro City composed of several upscale and exclusive residential subdivisions, reputable educational institutions such as Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan) and Corpus Christi School, the par-72 championship Pueblo de Oro Golf & Country Club, and the St. Francis Xavier church.

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Friendship and Faith: IDC Support’s Higalaay Festival 2019

September 2, 2019

Higalaay Festival is the annual fiesta celebration of Cagayan de Oro commemorating the feast day of St. Augustine who is the patron of the city and is a month-long celebration from the first day of August up until the end of the month. In this year's event, IDC participated as a major sponsor during the Higalaay Festival in the person of Mr. Giovanni Gusella, IDC's Senior PR Manager Mr. Gusella was invited to be one of the judges during the festival's parade last August 27, 2019. "It was my first time to participate at The Higalaay Street Parade and Floats, and I was quite impressed to see how well organized was the parade with 138 contingents participating among which city's educational institutions, civic groups, fraternities and sororities, establishments and more," said Mr. Giovanni Gusella, IDC Senior PR Manager. From the Bisayan word “higala”, “Higalaay” actually means “friendship”. Thus, Higalaay Festival implies “Friendship Festival, true to being “The City of Golden Friendship”. Higalaay Festival was formerly known as Kagay-an Festival until the year 2014 when the city administration was modified. Italpinas had been partnering with the City Government of Cagayan de Oro since the commencement of its first development the Primavera Residences. It has been IDC's long-standing tradition to support the city in all ways possible.  "It is my pleasure and honor to be a member of the board of jurors, given the unique opportunity of judging the best 3 floats, among the 8 competing floats in this years competition.  The floats were artistically done. All of them tell the story of the rich heritage of the city. I was learning more about the culture of Cagayan de Oro while judging, it was such a unique and enjoyable experience" he added. The “Giant Motorela” Uni Writing Instrument won the grand prize. Motorela came from the word “Caretella” which is one of the most common vehicles right now in Cagayan de Oro now became the face of transport in the city. The Motorela is an iconic Kagay-anon vehicle, invented by Rafael D. Floirendo, Sr . The Motorela roamed the streets of Cagayan de Oro since the 60’s and has became a favorite icon of the city. The second place of the Higalaay float parade is from Support Zebra on their "Giant Oro Fish". While the 3rd place won by the Del Monte Philippines Inc. with their Del Monte’s Pineapple Cannery design.

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