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Pueblo de Oro to invest P6-7B more, redevelop Township | Uptown Pioneer shares vision for Makati of Cagayan de Oro

June 24, 2021

The man who went where angels feared to tread and almost singlehandedly willed the creation of what has now become the booming Uptown Cagayan de Oro, recently shared his vision for what lies beyond the post-pandemic horizon. Guillermo D. Luchangco, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pueblo de Oro Development Corporation (PDO), perked up the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc.’s (Oro Chamber) 2nd General Membership Meeting and Induction of New Members on June 22nd, in his response to the unveiling and dedication of the Guillermo D. Luchangco Hall at the Oro Chamber building along P.N. Roa Sr. Avenue in Upper Carmen, and the granting of his lifetime membership in the city’s leading business organization. “When I first started coming here more than 25 years ago, I was struck by the beauty of the landscape, and  I used to tell my associates it was “Marlboro Country”, with rolling hills framed by the mountains in the background, winding rivers and the sea.  It was indeed a jewel of an urban community set in the countryside, which meant you could achieve a great combination of business and leisure without leaving home,” Luchangco said. “Mark my words. This type of life will be the future of the Philippines, the style of community to which many will migrate post-covid.  People will look for smaller, less crowded developments but those which have complete facilities to offer, like smaller commercial areas or malls, spaced out leisure and lifestyle areas, green residential villages, all far from the overcrowded public areas and congested streets and traffic jams of places like Metro Manila,” he stressed. Luchangco described how the covid pandemic unveiled a ‘silver lining’ by thrusting the country into the new age of technology, with employers and employees realizing how it was possible for some to work from home, and how the internet made it all possible. “Thus, in Luzon, you will see booming communities rising up outside of NCR, going both southward and now, especially with the construction of the skyway above Metro Manila that cuts travel time to the north, also towards Bulacan, Pampanga and further,” he noted. Head start  Luchangco described how Cagayan de Oro is in a unique position to take advantage of this trend because it is already known as a regional center, with good facilities, an international airport, a major container port, a shipping port that serves more tonnage than Davao, many educational institutions and a thriving business community, all within reach of rolling mountains and hills, scenic landscape and the sea.  “And we must not forget one of its major assets, a lively and friendly population.  No wonder it is called the City of Golden Friendship.  Not every regional city in the Philippines can claim such attractions!” he exclaimed. Increasing the Value Proposition “And to put my money where my mouth is, I wish to tell you that, in addition to the billions of pesos Pueblo de Oro has already poured into Cagayan de Oro, we will now invest at least P6-7 billion more!” Luchangco disclosed.  “But while we will search for new areas to develop, we will not just do that.  We will also seek to re-develop the area we are already in, in order to increase the value proposition for those who invested with us earlier.  By upgrading the present area of Pueblo de Oro, the land and asset values here will also rise,” he added. The Makati of CDO In addition to additional investments and redevelopment of Pueblo de Oro, Luchangco also revealed how from “Marlboro Country”, he would be leading the charge to further develop the uptown area of Pueblo de Oro township into the “Makati of Cagayan de Oro”. “Many of you will recall that in the 1950s, Makati was just a barren field, with the old Nielson tower which previously served as an airport terminal, one small apartment building along Ayala Avenue, then Rizal Theater and a supermarket.  But look at it now!  Rizal Theater has been transformed into the Shangri-la Hotel, Ayala Avenue is full of high-rise buildings, and land in the area is worth around P1 million per square meter!” he exclaimed. “Now look at Cagayan de Oro’s uptown area.  When I first visited here, it was a barren field.  Today, it is a booming location, with SM Mall on its north side, and the new Gaisano Mall on its southern rim.  SM will be developing a five-hectare condo area close to its mall, as well as expanding the mall itself.  Cebu Landmasters and Portofino are also in the uptown locale.  And Pueblo de Oro township sits in the middle of all this!” Beyond the pandemic horizon In the near future, Luchangco said Pueblo de Oro Township would not be merely building more of the same types of structures.  “Just like when I started our project years ago, and told a group of prominent Kagay-anons that I would give their city a township that they could be proud of, even if they traveled to the cities of Europe, Pueblo will now go beyond the current types of developments you see dotted around the city and build bigger, better and/or more state of the art projects!” he revealed. Besides further raising the city’s profile a cut above the rest of the country’s highly urbanized cities and increasing its footprint as a unique destination point, Luchangco foresees how this would result in greater economic benefit to the city and increase revenues for the local government.  The City of Cagayan de Oro maintained its ranking in 2020 as the 7th Overall Most Competitive Highly Urbanized City (HUC) in the 2020 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index. The city has consistently been in the top 10 since 2013, and is one of only two cities outside the National Capital Region (NCR) to make it to the top 10 in 2020.  The Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index is an annual ranking of Philippine cities and municipalities developed by the National Competitiveness Council through the Regional Competitiveness Committees (RCCs) with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development.  The ranking is based on overall competitiveness scores, the sum of scores on four (4) main pillars: economic dynamism, government efficiency, infrastructure, and resiliency. Cagayan de Oro ranked 5th among HUCs in infrastructure, 6th in resiliency, 9th in government efficiency, 12th in economic dynamism. Guillermo D. Luchangco Hall Dedication “I can definitely say that this is indeed one of the proudest moments of my life as I am being honored with honorary lifetime membership by the Oro Chamber and with the naming of the Guillermo D. Luchangco hall in its building within the Pueblo de Oro Township. I am truly thankful to all of you for this award and recognition!  And it is indeed gratifying that I am receiving it from the business community of Cagayan de Oro.”  “Believe in the future of the City of Golden Friendship, and  thank you, my friends, for the honor you have bestowed upon me.”

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Eating Out-of-Home in the Time of COVID-19

May 17, 2021

According to the food consumption component of the 8th National Nutrition Survey (NNS) conducted in 2013 by the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) around 4 out of 10 Filipino adults, 19 to 59 years old are out-of-home eaters. Additional data from the DOST-FNRI Food Establishments Survey (FES) also revealed that the majority of these out-of-home eaters were younger adults 19 to 29 years old who mostly belong to the workforce. The FES is a component of the Local Level Food, Health and Nutrition Survey (LFHNS) conducted from 2016 to 2017. In mid-March of 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte imposed an Enhanced Community Quarantine over the entire Luzon, including the National Capital Region (NCR), leaving most employees with no other choice but to work from home. The Telegraph (UK) even dubbed the Philippines as the country with the longest lockdown, as restrictions are enforced until now. Prolonged challenges and risks linked to COVID-19 have been causing pandemic fatigue for many people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).   Indeed, eating out of the home has affected not only those who are fond of going out, but also business establishments. Today, only partial lockdowns based on the recommendations of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) are implemented across the country.   As previous stringent restrictions are gradually eased, the number of people who are eating out-of-home to beat the pandemic fatigue is dramatically increasing. However, with the rise in the number of individuals eating out-of-home, there is also a possibility for COVID-19 cases to increase.   Thus, minimum public health standards and protocols should still be observed when going outside of our homes. The latest IATF guidelines released in December 2020 specify that: “…dine-in restaurants, fast food and food retail establishments, including those in supermarkets, grocery stores, and food preparation establishments should only be at a maximum of fifty percent (50%) seating capacity”. Similarly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States suggests the adoption of appropriate ventilation systems for establishments to avoid airborne transmission of COVID-19. Moreover, there should be single entry and exit points to avoid crowding, as well as physical barriers for individuals to remain at least six feet apart.   It is also advised to clean and disinfect surfaces, use disposable utensils, and provide physical barriers between seats, along with designated washing areas.   Although establishments follow the recommended measures, it is still important for all to observe proper wearing of face mask and face shield, as well as frequent hand washing and disinfection to avoid the further spread of COVID-19.   Aside from the recommended health measures, the DOST-FNRI also encourages to follow the Pinggang Pinoy® an easy-to-understand visual tool to help Filipinos adopt healthy eating habits at meal times especially in the time of COVID-19. (DOST-FNRI)

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Is Dining Out Safe During COVID-19?

May 17, 2021

Delivery, patio eating, dining have different levels of risk As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, many of us yearn for the days of sitting in a restaurant. There’s something wonderful about eating food you didn’t cook off dishes you don’t have to wash. Maybe your favorite restaurant is now open for business, and you’ve thought about going, but still feel unsure about whether it’s safe to eat out during the pandemic. And while many establishments have created seating plans that incorporate social distancing, you still might be wondering if these new arrangements or even patio seating makes dining out safer right now. Donald Dumford, MD, internal medicine specialist, shares some things to consider before you eat out. Lowest risk: carryout and delivery If you’re missing that amazing house sirloin from the steakhouse across town, go ahead and order it. But to keep your coronavirus risk to a minimum, opt for takeout or delivery. Many restaurants offer curbside pickup, carryout, delivery options — even if they didn’t have these choices before. “Carryout or delivery is the safest way to eat out right now,” Dr. Dumford says. “Your interaction with other people is short and limited. Wash your hands before and after getting your food, and wear a mask during pickup or delivery.”  Medium risk: eating outside If the weather is agreeable, you may be thinking about dining on a patio at your local restaurant. But it’s not a foolproof way to avoid the virus. “If the tables are spaced at least six feet apart, eating outdoors is safer than eating inside,” Dr. Dumford says. “But there’s still some risk of getting the virus because you’re around other people.” Consider your acceptable level of risk. “People who have low-risk factors for the coronavirus may be comfortable eating on a restaurant patio,” he says. “Older adults or those who have health conditions may not want the risk.” If you choose patio dining, make sure the restaurant has strict policies on mask-wearing and social distancing. Even outdoors, tables should be at least six feet apart. Customers should wear masks when they’re not seated, and employees should wear them all the time. Highest risk: eating inside the restaurant Eating inside a restaurant — a big shocker — carries the highest risk. In a recent study, adults who tested positive for the coronavirus were about twice as likely as those who tested negative to have been to a restaurant. If you decide to eat in, check the restaurant’s safety measures. Look on the website or call and ask if the staff is: Spacing tables at least six feet apart. Wearing masks at all times. Cleaning tables and chairs with disinfectant between customers. Limiting the number of people who can come inside. Even if the answer to all of these questions is “yes,” there’s still a risk that you could get exposed to the virus. “Social distancing and disinfecting don’t eliminate all risk,” Dr. Dumford says. “If someone coughs or laughs, they can exhale a cloud of the virus. People are not wearing masks while eating, so there’s a higher risk at a restaurant versus a place where everyone is masked at all times.” Dr. Dumford recommends avoiding restaurants that use shared areas and objects – think salad bars, drink machines, other self-serve options. Even restaurant menus can be germy. “Anytime you’re touching an item that someone else has touched, like a pair of salad tongs, you risk getting germs on your hands — including the coronavirus,” he says. “Avoid these items whenever possible. If you can’t, sanitize your hands before and after touching shared items. And don’t touch your face.” Restaurant air quality matters A major factor to consider is the restaurant’s heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) system. The World Health Organization says a well-maintained, clean HVAC system can reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus if there’s plenty of outdoor airflows. And a poorly maintained system could allow those viral particles to float around and spread to others. But there’s no way to know whether a restaurant’s HVAC system is doing its job. Instead, look for lots of open windows. The fresh air coming in may lower the risk because it gets rid of some recirculated air.  But be wary of fans. “Restaurants should avoid using fans that blow air between tables,” Dr. Dumford says. “If you’re downwind from someone who has the virus, the fan could blow the virus right at you.” Protect your server: wear your mask In most restaurants, servers must wear masks at all times, but customers can remove them once they’re seated. “Ordering food without a mask on puts your server at risk,” Dr. Dumford says. “If you see your server approaching your table, put your mask back on. It’s a great way to say you care about protecting them.” The Risk of food transmission is low Some people are concerned that they could get the coronavirus from their food. But experts say this isn’t the case. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is “no evidence” of transmitting COVID-19 through food. “Always wash your hands before eating or preparing food,” says Dr. Dumford. “But don’t be overly concerned about the coronavirus living on your meal and spreading to you. It’s not likely to happen.” Consider yourself and others You have options when it comes to eating out. But if you decide to dine in, there’s a higher risk of exposure to the coronavirus. This may not worry you personally but think about high-risk people you spend time with. If you’re seeing Grandma next week or your dad has health issues, delivery or carryout may be your friend. Enjoying your favorite foods from the comfort of your couch or backyard certainly has its own unique appeal.

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Lucky 'n' Love

February 1, 2021

Lucky 'n' Love Chinese New  Year 2021 at Limketkai Mall   Come celebrate an #OXtraordinary Chinese New Year and #OXtraspecial Valentine’s Day at the place to be, Limketkai Mall, on February 1-14, 2021! Experience the festive atmosphere and delightful activities we’ve lined up for you at the Limketkai Mall, Rotunda. Chinese Street Food Festival & Bazaar 3-Day Oxtraordinary Valentine Sale Year of the Ox Chinese Lion Dance Love Treats: A Valentine Fair Heart Beats: A Live Music Entertainment Don’t miss out the fun and together, let’s usher in the Year of the OX and Heart’s Day with great enthusiasm to attract good luck, good fortune and love all year around!

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75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Cagayan de Misamis

May 18, 2020

Today, quarter of a century ago, our esteemed veterans from the 10th Military District led and cleared the way for the returning Allied Liberation forces to put an end to the cruel Japanese occupation of the country, particularly in Cagayan de Misamis, now Cagayan de Oro City.     Armed only with basic infantry weapons from the defunct USAFFE forces and captured enemy firearms and a handful modern armaments supplied by American submarines, but their raw courage, patriotism and iron determination to be emancipated from the brutalities and barbarisms of the occupation forces that earlier promised benevolent independence from Western colonization, made all these a reality.     Their Filipino and American aggressive defense in Bataan and Corregidor has upset the timetable of Japan in their conquest of the entire Pacific, to include Australia and New Zealand, and the resistance activities during the occupation period made the return of the allied forces much easier and tremendously reduced their expected casualties in their most parts of the country as compared to other occupied countries of Asia.       Unfortunately, seventy-five years later, there is still a dearth in written stories about the Second World War in Mindanao from a Filipino perspective that needs to be known especially by today’s generation.      We, however, are privileged that a non-government organization is vigorously pursuing the thankless job documenting the selfless sacrifices of our heroes that has earned for us the freedom we fondly enjoy today. They are the movers of a commemoration activity that should have transpired today had it not been for the pandemic that is also producing heroes of our time.     To our heroes of the Second World War in Cagayan de Oro City and Mindanao, thank you for your service to our country and people. Likewise, I would like to extend my salute to Mr. Raul Ilogon and Mr. Mike Baños for your perpetuating the memories of our heroes.  

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Pia, Gazini and Catriona headline the country’s first online AIDS Candlelight Memorial

May 18, 2020

MANDALUYONG CITY (May 14, 2020) – Advocacy queens Pia Wurtzbach and Catriona Gray will be leading side by side the first-ever online concert ceremony of the Philippine International AIDS Candlelight Memorial (IACM) on Sunday, May 17, at 4PM.     Dubbed as “Light Up,” the online concert ceremony has two parts: Commemoration and Celebration.     UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach will head the Light Up’s commemoration part alongside community movers, government officials, and private institutions. One of the highlights of the commemorative event is a ceremonial candle lighting to be led by Miss Universe - Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados.   Staunch HIV advocate, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, will top bill Light Up’s celebration part, showcasing a free online concert. Performing at the show are exceptional Filipino artists: Katrina Velarde, Nina, 4th Impact, Jed Madela, The Company, Ice Seguerra, Zeus Collins, Anna Ramsey, Phi Palmos, Adrian Lindayag, Addlib Divas, Nicole Asensio, Arman Ferrer, Globe Voices@Work, and drag queen performers and with special participation from Lea Salonga, Morissette Amon, Jed Madela, Radha, and many more.   Hosted by Tim Yap and Patrixia Santos, the Philippine IACM online concert ceremony will be live on Facebook at bit.ly/LightUpPH2020. The country’s 2020 IACM shift to an online concert ceremony was in response to the government’s imposition of social distancing protocols as the nation grapples with the COVID19 pandemic.   This year’s celebration also includes a photo essay contest featuring the HIV story of any Filipino who is part of the advocacy. Interested participants may still join until May 15, at 6PM. Visit this link: bit.ly/LightUpMyHIVStory for the mechanics and win as much as PhP25,000.00. It will also benefit the Duyan Program of The Project Red Ribbon Care Management Foundation (TRR) that aims to provide care and support to children living with HIV in the Philippines.   The Department of Health (DOH) reported that since 1984, 3,730 Filipinos have died of HIV-related complications and 74,807 have contracted the virus. In the same DOH report, 3,029 newly diagnosed people living with HIV were recorded for the last quarter of 2019. It has to be noted that HIV testing and effective HIV treatment therapy are given by the government and community-based organizations for free. Light Up is presented by the DOH, TRR, and The LoveYourself, Inc.; sponsored by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), Camber Pharmaceutical Inc. by Hetero, Champion Community Centers, Frontrow Cares, Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc., Premiere Condoms, Teleperformance Philippines, and Sustainability of HIV Services for Key Populations in Asia (SKPA); and supported by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, EON Foundation, the National Youth Commission (NYC), Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), PhilHealth, Positibong Marino Philippines, Inc., The Red Whistle, Sustained Health Initiatives of the Philippines, and UNAIDS. The IACM happens every third Sunday of May to commemorate the courage of the people who succumbed to AIDS. It also celebrates the continuing battle by the people living with HIV and the progress the community has made through the years.

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