HONDA LAUNCHES THE ALL NEW HONDA RS150 – Another Great Gen S Story

The world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, is now introducing another exciting motorcycle one after the other in the Philippine market. From the most technologically advance Scooters with Smart Engines to the most powerful Sports Engine in its class. After several months of speculation, Honda has finally presented the All New Honda RS150. This Honda newest Sports Bike is equipped with a New Generation 150cc Liquid-cooled DOHC 6-speed engine, born out of Honda Racing DNA with class leading advance technology.

In its official public launch in this year’s Inside Racing Grand Prix (IRGP) event held at Carmona Racing Circuit, Mr. Daiki Mihara, Honda Philippines, Inc. President and Mr. Noriaki Abe of Asian Honda, Chief Operating Officer of Asia & Oceana Region of Honda Motor Japan, announces Honda’s commitment in delivering the most exciting Honda product for the New Generation. This time, not only that Honda has introduced in the Philippines Honda Smart Engines for Scooter or Automatic models but now our New Generation of Filipino Sports Motorcycle Enthusiast can enjoy the All New Honda RS150 with Powerful Sports Engine. This is just the beginning of another Gen-S story to come hinted by the two top Honda executives.

The All New RS150 is an answer to young generation customers who are looking for freedom of high performance on sporty and sharply designed bike with class leading technology, specifications, and features explained by Mr. Elie Salamangkit Jr., Honda Product Planning Manager. To ensure the best handling possible, Honda’s Philosophy in developing sports motorcycle was applied wherein “Rider can control engine power in any circumstances… exactly when needed and as much as needed” or “Control at Riders’ Will”.

Design, Frame and Engine synergy is what made this newest Honda motorcycle special. The bike design reflects aggressive new generation styling with sharp looking body and boasts attractive features from latest Super sports. Giving pride to the rider is its sharp wedge shape and innovative and edgy surface treatment not to mention its class leading features of LED Headlight, Fully Integrated Digital Meter Panel, Rear and Big Diameter Front Disc Brakes, Aluminum Cast Wheel, Clamped handle bar, Tubeless tires, and Rear Monoshock absorber among others.

The frame which holds the motorcycle was designed with high agility and safety in mind. The frame and chassis delivers agile and responsive control, very suitable for city streets made possible by its agile 45 degrees steering handle, compact dimension wheelbase of 1275mm plus the application of new strong twin-tube type sports frame which is designed to be safe at high speed and quick acceleration.
The engine performance has the best acceleration in its class, but still fuel efficient by application of wide variety of friction reduction technologies producing maximum power of 11.8KW (16.0 PS) at 9,000 rpm. The new generation engine especially designed for Southeast Asia including the Philippines has the following characteristics:

1. Flexible output characteristics that enable fun riding in a wide range of riding situations.
2. Improved fuel efficiency performance.
3. Remarkable level of comfort enabling the rider to experience a high-grade feel.
4. Exterior design with functional beauty that evokes the sophisticated mechanism.
Honda dares customer to test it and discover real power that you can handle.
Finally, the all new RS150 is environment friendly with its Euro-3 compliant emission and safety is still Honda’s top most priority with the installation of Bank Angle sensor that increases rider’s safety by automatic engine turn-off during accidental crash or fall.
The IRGP crowd was further treated by actual show-off run of All New RS150 in the race track with its three exciting colors, Black, Winning Red and Space Magenta Metallic as special color which will all be available in Honda Shops nationwide.

To further strengthen commitment for the young generation, Honda has given the public a sneak peak of another Sports model, the All New CB150R which will be launched by next summer of 2016 as the Honda Gen-S story continues…

Excited with this latest news about Honda motorcycles? Find out more about Gen-S stories, visit their website at www.hondaph.com or visit www.facebook.com/hondaph or contact the local dealer nearest you!
PHOTO CAPTION: Photo shows (from left): Mr. Elie Salamangkit Jr., Product Planning Manager, Honda Philippines Inc. ; Daiki Mihara, President, Honda Philippines, Inc.; Noriaki Abe, Chief Operating Officer, Regional Operations, Asia Oceania and president of Asian Honda Motors Company Limited ; Hideo Nishinaga, AVP,General Manager, Sales and Marketing Division,Honda Philippines Inc.

Avida introduces the South Park District Central Park

Avida opens up a new chill out spot in the southern metro with the Central Park, one of the biggest park spaces in Muntinlupa. The Central Park anchors the residential, office and retail areas of South Park District, Avida’s first mixed-use development in this side of the city.

South Park District is one among the other projects that Ayala Land, through its subsidiary Avida, developed to help form a new vibrant community in Muntinlupa. This district integrates establishments necessary to build an efficient and livable community replete with well-thought-of residential buildings like Avida Towers Altura, its own Ayala-operated South Park Mall, retail and business clusters such as the South Park Corporate Center, and a transport terminal within the development.

These steps are similar to what Ayala Land has taken to help shape the Ayala Alabang of today, highlighting its expertise on the needs and demands of southern living. And it intends the South Park District to reap the same success in the near future.

Avida held a Chill Fest to celebrate the public launch of this sprawling space that is the perfect place for convergence. The outdoor festival combined proudly local performances from the artists behind Tunog Natin! and a special performance from Enrique Gil, delicious Filipino cuisine, bigger than life activities and even bigger discounts on bazaar items from active lifestyle brands.

Chill Fest captured the exciting extent of affairs that the expansive, mixed-use development can hold. Its blown-up lawn family activities gave attendees a glimpse of the lifestyle that the new urban park offers to the residents and the surrounding community.

Situated along National Road in Muntinlupa, the Central Park is an ideal venue for family leisure activities, weekend markets and other community-wide events. The three-part park is made up of the plaza, private residential park and grand lawn, all shrouded in greens and the scenic beauty of nature.

The plaza is decorated with shrubbery and palm trees, further accentuated by a water feature that enhances vibrancy in the place. It is a wide-open space that is perfect for strolls and venue for a weekend food hub and other public events. Meanwhile, the more private residential park is there for the exclusive use of Avida Towers Altura residents.

The centerpiece of this urban park is the grand lawn,with its wide space perfect for both active and passive activities.

It also features iconic interactive sculptures of world-renowned sculptor Reginald Yuson as points of interest and landmarks. Yuson is responsible for the art installations and fountains in Greenbelt 3 and Bonifacio High Street, among others.

Central Park is the heart of the development, meant to be the place of convergence for people of all ages while enriching the community as it serves as a city retreat highlighting the laid-back Southern lifestyle. More events such as the Chill Fest and other activities can be expected at the Central Park all-year-round.

About Avida Land

An Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) subsidiary, Avida Land provides thoughtfully-designed yet affordable homes in secure communities that offer value for money and convenience all within reach. With the five pillars of accessibility, unique features and amenities, quality assurance, stress free buying and relaxing living experience integrated in all its condominium and house and lot properties, Avida Land has become the developer of choice among the rising middle class as it continues to expand its product offerings across the country.

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Celebrate BestiesDay with RCBC Bankard

Want to meet your favorite Besties, Solenn Heussaff and Georgina Wilson in person? Now you can!

Just by signing up for an RCBC Bankard at www.RCBCBankard.com/Besties and the first 150 qualified applicants will get a once-in-a-life=time chance to meet and greet Solenn and Georgina at the Eastwood Mall Open Park.

Won’t be able to make it to the first 150 sign up? No worries! All applicants who will get approved for an RCBC Bankcard until December 31, 2015 will get a Besties Book.

For more details and pre-registration, log on to www.RCBCBankard.com/Besties.

Pizza Hut Philippines showcases customer service excellence at 2015 YRI! Regional Champs Challenge

Popular pizza restaurant chain bags 8 out of 9 awards at annual competition

The Philippines’ leading pizza brand Pizza Hut has reaped 8 out of 9 awards at the 2015 Yum! Restaurants Inc. (YRI!) Regional Champs Challenge (RCC) hosted recently at the Ali Mall branch of Pizza Hut in Araneta Center, Quezon City. The RCC is an annual event organized by YRI!. to enhance the development of team members’ skills, with focus on fostering executional operations excellence and exceeding customer expectations.
“On behalf of Yum! Restaurants, we would like to congratulate Team Pizza Hut Philippines for garnering all the major awards in this year’s YRI! RCC,” says Christopher Conway, Pizza Hut Senior Director of Operations, Asia. “We’ve seen the great passion and enthusiasm of all participants in delivering executional excellence throughout the competition. This only shows how Pizza Hut continuously invests in its people’s development not only in customer service but in all aspects of their work, resulting in a great workplace, motivated employees, happy and satisfied customers.”
This year, the RCC gathered more than 250 delegates from 14 member countries of YRI!’s Asia Franchise Business Units (AFBU) to compete for excellent execution in customer service, product quality, speed of service, management and customer mania. The Philippines bested Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore and was awarded the Customer Mania Award for their over-all outstanding execution in all areas in the Regional Champs Challenge.
Showcasing the team’s excellence in multiple areas, Pizza Hut Philippines notched four individual awards, including Best Manager by Lady Joy Campos, Best Production Team by Tomas Pulido Jr. (Make) and Erica Castañeda (Cut), Best Customer Service Team by Von Ryan Eddun and Mark Joseph Villanueva, and Best Host by Exceniza Pineda.
Due to its exceptional teamwork, the Pizza Hut Philippines team was also awarded best in Executional Excellence in three areas: Best Hospitality Execution, Best Speed of Service, and Best Over-all Execution.
The Pizza Hut Philippines team, consisting of manager Campos, customer service representatives Eddun and Villanueva, production team members Pulido Jr. and Erica Castaňeda, host Pineda and reserve player Johara Rose Gonzales, were recognized during the RCC Gala and Awards Night Ceremony at Novotel Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.
“Winning 8 out of 9 major awards inspires us to achieve breakthrough results in providing outstanding service to the Filipino market,” says Teck Huack “TH” Lim, Pizza Hut Philippines Chief Operating Officer. “This recognition fuels our passion to elevate our brand to becoming a frontrunner in the food industry by bringing out the best in our people, providing the highest level of customer service and exceptional product quality.”
Pizza Hut Philippines has an excellent association with the Regional Champs Challenge. Over the years, the company has been supportive of this competition and sends delegates to compete every year. This is the second time that the Philippines hosted this event. Back in 2010, the competition was held at the SM Megamall restaurant, wherein the Philippines also bagged 8 out of 9 awards including Best in Over-all Execution, Executional Excellence in Hospitality, Executional Excellence in Speed, Service Imperative Award, and Best Floor Manager, among others.

ROYAL CANIN OPENS PET SHOP UNIVERSITY

Driven by Mars Pet care’s vision to make ‘A Better World for Pets’, Royal Canin, one of Mars, Inc. billion-dollar subsidiaries, opened Pet Shop University last November 9 at SMX Aura Convention Center. With business owners as their students, the event aims to provide existing and potential retailers with professional training solutions that will help them improve business practices and strengthen their specialized image.

As any user of the brand would know, Royal Canin’s nutritional product lines are very extensive and structured. They are reaching such a degree of precision and technicality that, to market them, you especially need supporting advice and services. One of Royal Canin’s fundamental values of “Dog and Cat First” is what has imposed the choice of specialized distribution made by the company since its founding more than 45 years ago. Products whether for a specific breed, life stage and size may be found in specialist stores or pet shops. Meanwhile, for dogs and cats requiring medical attention or special diets, prescription products are available in veterinary clinics.

Royal Canin, whose headquarters lies at the south of France, truly believes that the knowledge and expertise and veterinarians as well as the specialist retailers’ expert advice are indispensable to accompany an ever more specific nutritional offer and meet the demands of owners who pay ever more attention to the well-being and health of their pets. It is in those reasons why Pet Shop University was conceptualized. Royal Canin wanted to elevate business practices of their retailers and that they would be able to make them realize that there is a true potential in this industry that goes beyond their hobby that stemmed out from being a breeder or a regular pet lover

True to the concept, the one day event featured high-caliber speakers from various fields of supply chain, marketing and finance to share basic business concepts to participants. Mr. Armando Bartolome, President of GMB Franchise Developments spoke about financial management; Ms. Lourdes Guzman, President of Global Procure-IT shared how to develop proper inventory management; Dr. Leonardo Garcia, a dean in the College of Business Administration of Lyceum of the Philippne and a professional lecturer in De La Salle University gave points on how to win in the marketing war.

Innovation plays a major role that unites Royal Canin and its specialized partners. They are not just leaders in launching new diets for specific needs but also providing tools to help their retailers grow, because their partners’ growth is also their success. This partnership with specialists is an essential driving force behind the company’s growth and stands as a commitment against any tendency of their offer to become commonplace. Even before mounting the Pet Shop University, Royal Canin has strongly supported its trade partners by providing them with training, merchandising, promotional activities and, more generally, sales aids. Without forgetting, of course, knowledge sharing through many publications, scientific works, congresses or forums.

Nevertheless, beyond innovation and highly effective nutritional answers, differentiation also relies on choice, advice and services. Such a hyper specialization of Royal Canin’s partners is a major asset and stands as a formidable lever for their development.
For more information about Royal Canin’s Pet Shop University, you may reach:
BLESSIE C. ZARZUELA
Marketing Manager
Royal Canin Philippines
Tel. # 02 817 9443/ 0917. 5905844
Email: blessie. zarzuela@royalcanin.com
www.royalcanin.ph
www.Facebook.com/RoyalCaninPH

An Exciting Honda Gen – S Story

Leading motorcycle manufacturer Honda Philippines, Inc. is introducing another exciting motorcycle one after the other in the Philippines.

A new breed of smart, responsible riders who choose and value Honda scooters for their revolutionary technology, innovative features and practicality. Honda is proud to present New Generation 150cc Liquid-cooled DOHC 6-speed racing engine born out of Moto GP DNA.

On November 15, 2015, this Gen-S Sports Model will be finally unveiled to the public in this year’s Inside Racing Grand Prix (IRGP) event slated.

For more details please check on the Honda Gen-S Stories by visiting www.hondaph.com or visit www.facebook.com/hondaph

Philippines and Portugal Sign two Agreements to Strengthen Relations

On 07 October 2015 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Portuguese Republic in Lisbon, Portugal, Ambassador Philippe J. Lhuillier of the Philippine Embassy in Lisbo signed on behalf of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs a Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of a Bilateral Consultation Mechanism and a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Diplomatic Training and Exchange of Information and documentation. Signing for the Portuguese Foreign Ministry was its Secretary General, Ambassador Ana Martinho. The signing was witnessed by the Foreign Ministry’s Chief of State Protocol, the Director of the Diplomatic Institute and the Director for Asia and Oceana.

Ambassador Lhuillier noted the significance of occasion in the sense that the signing of these two Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) institutionalizes formal mechanisms for having more dynamic and closer engagement and bilateral relations between the Philippines and Portugal. He said, “The Philippines and Portugal stand to benefit from closer cooperation and relations considering that both countries serve as ideal gateways to each other’s regional markets. Establishing a regular consultation mechanism will allow both countries to develop a roadmap for activities and initiatives aimed at broadening the scope of current engagement in vital areas such as trade, investment, culture, tourism, defense and security.” Ambassador Lhuillier further noted that the last two bilateral consultations were held back in 2000 and 2002. He said, “It is high time that the Philippines and Portugal start to more regularly sit down at the table in order to revitalize the bilateral relationship so that both countries can work together in pursuit of common interests and benefits.” Regarding the MOU on cooperation in diplomatic training, The Ambassador remarked that this will facilitate interaction between the two countries’ diplomatic training institutes. .He notes that this will allow Filipino and Portuguese diplomats to learn from each other and exchange views and insights concerning global and regional developments and issues. With the signing of the MOUs concluded, both sides are now looking to hold bilateral consultations by next year.

Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of a Bilateral Consultation Mechanism and a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Diplomatic Training and Exchange of Information and documentation at the Portuguese Foreign Ministry on 07 October 2015 by Ambassador Philippe J. Lhuillier (left) and Portuguese Foreign Ministry Secretary General, Ambassador Ana Martinho (right).

 

 

FWD Life encourages Filipinos to stay healthy and fit one move at a time

Can you really be healthy and fit by investing just four minutes of your day in exercise?

Apparently, it is possible and FWD Life is showing Filipinos how they can be healthier and fitter pursue their passions and live the life they dream of.

To encourage more Filipinos to start living a healthy lifestyle, FWD Life recently launched a health and wellness movement aptly called Live to Move—premised on the idea that attaining better health is key in living life to the fullest.

At the heart of the campaign is the FWD Motion, a specially designed four-minute metabolic fitness (MetaFit) workout which has a health benefit equivalent of up to one-hour exercise. Its four primary steps – jump, squat, push up, and lunge – will encourage Filipinos to get into their exercise gear and start moving. Short, simple, and effective, the four primary steps easily encourage people to work out regardless if they are novice, intermediate or advanced fitness enthusiasts.

FWD Motion is a simple regimen. Its four primary steps can be integrated into daily activities and can be done anywhere, reducing the need to go to the gym or attend a workout class. Having been developed by celebrity fitness coaches Jim and Toni Saret (“The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition Season 2,” “Fit Filipino Movement”), who are also the campaign collaborators, it is scientifically-proven to make an individual lose as much as 600 calories, depending on the intensity of execution and number of repetitions.

“FWD encourages Filipinos to be healthier through the Live To Move movement and it matches perfectly with our advocacy. Through Live To Move and the FWD Motion, we are able to motivate people to start moving in as short as four minutes only, so they can live better and healthier lives,” said Coach Jim Saret.

Coaches Jim and Toni Saret are also healthy lifestyle ambassadors of the Philippine Heart Association (PHA), the official advocacy partner of Live To Move. FWD Life supports PHA’s 52100 advocacy, a simple guide to remind people of the essentials of good health, with each number representing a daily target: five (5) servings of fruits and vegetables, two (2) hours maximum recreational screen time, one (1) hour of moderate activity, zero (0) sugared drinks, and zero (0) smoking/secondhand smoke.
“This partnership enables PHA to further promote public awareness on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We are also grateful that through Live To Move, FWD is able to support our 52100 advocacy which encourages Filipinos to adopt simple heart-friendly daily habits,” said Dr. Alex Junia, Philippine Heart Association President.

The campaign started with the FWD Motion online video challenge wherein participants post their workout videos featuring their passions and their variations to the four primary steps. It continues with the Live To Move Tour, a series of health and wellness-themed pocket events around Metro Manila which includes group activities called Move to the Beat (Hip Hop), Move to the Groove (Zumba), Move to Fight (boxing and cardio), and Move to the FWD Motion (MetaFit). It will culminate on October 24 with the Live To Move Grand Festival where participants will enjoy exciting activities and rewards in surrounding booths for free medical consultation, cooking sessions, group workouts, and a free-for-all wellness concert.

Campaign participants are entitled to raffle entries which give them the chance to win exciting lifestyle gadgets during the tour and the grand festival.

“We have established Live To Move as a platform and the FWD Motion as a key workout routine to encourage Filipinos to start living a healthy lifestyle so they can pursue their passions. We are committed to lead the cause for Filipinos’ health and wellness in the life insurance industry, since we strongly believe in the benefits of living a healthy and more active life,” said FWD Life President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Grimes.

For more information about Live To Move campaign, visit FWD Life Philippines on Facebook. You can also visit its microsite, www.livetomove.ph to upload your FWD Motion videos until October 23. You can also catch upcoming Live To Move tour stops in Bonifacio Global City on October 10 and Alabang Town Center on October 17.

About FWD Life Insurance Corporation Philippines

Arriving in the Philippines in early 2014, FWD is the insurance arm of Pacific Century Group, an investment group established in 1993 with interests in financial services, telecommunications, real estate, and other investments in Asia. FWD is the first in nearly a decade to be granted a life insurance license by the Insurance Commission of the Philippines. FWD launched its commercial operations in September 2014.

FWD Group spans Hong Kong & Macau, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines, offering life and medical insurance, employee benefits, and general insurance across a number of its markets.

FWD is focused on creating fresh customer experiences, with easy-to-understand products, supported by leading digital technologies. Through this customer-led approach, FWD will achieve its vision to become the leading pan-Asian insurer that changes the way people feel about insurance.

For more information, please visit WWW.FWD.COM.PH.

CHERRY MOBILE BRINGS HOME YOUR OFW LOVED ONE FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH THE #CHERRYCHRISTMAS PROMO

Christmas is the season of love and thanksgiving. And it is also a time most cherished by Filipinos, because more than the Noche Buena and the gift giving, we relish the precious moments spent with family and loved ones.

Christmas, however, is also bittersweet, especially for our hardworking OFWs. While they brim with pride, sending their families Balikbayan boxes full of gifts and goodies, they are unable to see firsthand the joy and smiles that they bring. Many OFWs would prefer to be with their loved ones this holiday, however, distance and circumstance prohibit them.

For this season of sharing, Cherry Mobile fulfills the deepest wishes of several of our OFWs and reunites them with their loved ones this Christmas through the #CherryChristmas promo. Christmas comes early as Cherry Mobile flies these lucky winners home for free, just in time for the holidays.
“For our OFWs, the happiest time of the year is also sometimes the loneliest. I saw firsthand while I travel abroad how much Filipinos yearn for their home and families. There really is no place like home. For those who live in the Philippines, we are happy to give and receive gifts, but deep inside, there’s no greater joy than being with family. I’m proud to be part of a brand that supports, connects, and encourages the Filipino family to be together,” shares brand ambassador Piolo Pascual.

Maynard Ngu, president of Cherry Mobile, adds, “One thing holds true to every OFW out there, if they all had a choice, they would never leave their families. I know that they would do everything just to enjoy Noche Buena with their loved ones, to open gifts with their kids, to celebrate Mass with their family and friends, and to revel in the other Christmas traditions. So we would like to gift them with this opportunity. ”

Connecting families and helping bridge distances since 2009, Cherry Mobile has always put to heart the needs of the Filipino, especially OFWs – whether it’s designing quality mobile products or creating programs that uplift the lives of their consumers.
This season, through the #CherryChristmas promo, Cherry Mobile rewards the hard work and sacrifices of our unsung heroes – the OFWs.

The #CherryChristmas promo invites participants to share why they would like to have their loved ones home for Christmas. They can share their answers through a short video, which will be uploaded through the #CherryChristmas app on the official Cherry Mobile Facebook page.
The promo is open to all Filipino active Facebook users who have a family member working abroad.
Cherry Mobile opens the doors and gives the opportunity for families to be together during the most special holiday season.

“Cherry Mobile, the leading mobile phone brand in the country that values your lifestyle, has always put the Filipino first, and so it is with great pride and pleasure that we bring together the Filipino family on the most important day of the year,” ends Kat Arceo-Ocampo, Cherry Mobile Marketing Head. “Please do join and spread the joy of Christmas!”

Cherry Mobile gives you more reason to be thankful. Happy holidays and cheers to a #CherryChristmas!
For the complete mechanics of the #CherryChristmas promo, visit www.cherrymobile.com.ph and www.facebook.com/cherrymobile.

About Cherry Mobile
Cherry Mobile is a Philippine-based company which aims to bring value to Filipino lifestyle. Established in 2009, it brings a wide array of choices from feature phones to smartphones and tablets. Cherry Mobile continues to develop partnership with trusted phone developers to further strengthen its stance in the local mobile telecommunications industry. For more information, visit www.cherrymobile.com.ph.

Living in the South through Terrazza de Sto Tomas Batangas

We had a chance to go to Sto Tomas Batangas and experience the ride using the from the (SLEX) South Luzon Expressway. From the hassles of Makati City to Sto Tomas , we only spent less than an hour and it is one of the most convenient way to travel from office to home and vice versa having to have a stress free going to an exclusive kind of housing Ovialand had. It’s one of the most affordable yet high end place to live in with the kind of luxurious type of housing matched with its exclusive clubhouse built to make it more special.

There is a tendency in modern society to prefer city living over a more rural way of life. The narrative for this is simple: Cities are where all the happenings are, whether these are developments that shake the country or lifestyle opportunities that keep people in their toes.

Metropolitan life, however, has its fair share of flaws. The chronic traffic, flooded roads, and pollution are proof that the city is now supporting more than its capacity. As these challenges show no sign of letting up, more and more people are asking, “Is there an alternative to city living?”

“It’s all about options,” answers Fatima Olivares-Vital, Business Unit Head of Ovialand Inc. “The government is actively looking for ways to make these citywide problems more bearable and one of the options they are looking at is to decentralize the congestion in Manila by directing growth to other areas.”

The South is a strong contender for this, with Sto. Tomas, Batangas as one of the most promising provinces. Olivares-Vital explains, “The province can definitely keep up with the progress of big cities while still retaining its rural charm.”

Ready for the modern Filipino

Often, the primary drivers behind the enthusiasm of people to live in big cities are the opportunities available and their proximity to them. According to Olivares-Vital, living in the South also offers these and so much more.

“Sto. Tomas has the infrastructure and the resources to support the demands of the modern Filipino. There are hospitals, schools, and entertainment hubs that are at par with those in the metro.”

Career opportunities are also transforming the once rural town into a competitive job market. The fast moving growth in technoparks which are home to over 300 multinational corporations—including Fortune 500 companies—and the increasing number of large companies relocating to the South set the groundwork for a stable employment environment.

Additionally, Sto. Tomas is steadily gearing up as a promising landscape for entrepreneurs. As progress in the area continues, so is the demand for more providers who can support the widening needs of its population.

Live outside-the-box

Dubbed as the gateway to the Southern Metro, Sto. Tomas offers the best of both worlds. While the city is competitively keeping up with the conveniences of the Metro, it retains a rustic, peaceful charm signature to the Southern brand of living.

Olivares-Vital says, “In Sto. Tomas, the lifestyle starts with the quality of living. Imagine not having to feel nervous every time it rains because of the reliable drainage systems or knowing that you can go home on time to your family because you won’t have to worry about the traffic. This is how you can really enjoy life.”

The activities available within the vicinity also ensure that everyone can find something that will cater to their interest. Beaches, hiking spots, and lifestyle centers are always teeming with activity and are sure to entertain the most outgoing of souls.

Terrazza de Sto. Tomas, a property developed by Ovialand Inc., is a premier development that is set in the heart of these attractions. The 5.8 hectare property aims to provide an exclusive reprieve as well as easy access to the province’s center of activities. The master-planned development is close to industrial parks and companies, schools, churches, and medical institutions.

Olivares-Vital gives one last advice for those looking for a different brand of lifestyle, “You have to look for options. Changing your lifestyle means you have to try and solve the problem using new ways. How we live and how we hope to live should not be different things. Think—and live—outside the box.”

ABOUT OVIALAND, INC.

Ovialand, Inc. a subsidiary of MCDC, with over 28 years of experience in housing development. No project undelivered in the history.
• Every experience is an opportunity to keep improving ourselves. Our goal is to provide accurate, precise and timely delivery of our promises. We want you to be satisfied with our commitments.
• We understand that each purchase of a house and lot is a milestone, and we are committed into turning this milestone into a memorable and pleasant experience that will be a preview of your happy memories and memorable new life in our projects.
• We are committed to giving our market the best value-for-money NOT JUST house and lot but DEVELOPMENT. We understand that you are buying into a lifestyle and into a community, not just a house and lot.
• From your house purchase all the way to the property management, we strive to do our best to give you the quality and lifestyle you deserve.