Event | Patria de Cebu Soon to Rise in Cebu's Heritage Trail


Leading developer in VisMin Cebu Landmasters, Inc. (CLI) announced today the groundbreaking of a new mixed-use development offering 21,000 sqm. of gross floor area and incorporating a 182-room international hotel at the heart of downtown Cebu City’s heritage trail.
 
Named after the historic Catholic recreation center that heavily influenced young professionals in the ‘50s, Patria de Cebu’s redevelopment will offer 4,320 sqm of food, dining and entertainment spaces and 4,400 sqm of offices. The balance will be taken up by Mercure Cebu Downtown set to open in 2024 to be operated by French multinational chain Accor, a world leading hospitality group.
 
A collaboration between Cebu Landmasters and the Archdiocese of Cebu, the mixed-use complex was masterplanned to revitalize this historic center of Cebu dominated by the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral established centuries ago. Located in front of the cathedral with baroque influences, the new Patria de Cebu was envisioned by architect Jose Pedro Recio to “visually bridge the old and the new,” with the approval of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.
 
“The final design of Patria de Cebu is a result of a collaboration between the Archdiocese of Cebu, CLI and key stakeholders. It is a celebration of Cebuano history and culture in today’s setting,” CLI chief executive officer Jose Soberano III highlighted.


With the approval of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) to retain the main Patria building in its final design, CLI and the Archdiocese of Cebu commit to preserve the historic edifice of Patria de Cebu–not just its frontage–thereby keeping its rich heritage intact.
 
New practical structure will be integrated while preserving the heritage of the main Patria building that will have dining, entertainment and office hub while showcasing a large central interior plaza for cultural and other gatherings. Its rooftop will also be a venue for al fresco events.

Mercure Cebu Downtown’s ballroom and meeting rooms will also host social and business gatherings. It will also have a restaurant, executive floor lounge, swimming pool and rooftop bar. It will be operated by Accor, the largest hospitality company in Europe and CLI’s partner in another landmark project at the Cebu Business Park, the five-star Sofitel Cebu City revealed earlier this year.

CLI’s collaboration with the Archdiocese of Cebu covers the development and operation of the mixed-use project for 40 years. The groundbreaking of the complex was timed to also celebrate the 500th year of Christianity in the Philippines.

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Lifestyle | DITO Expanding Reach with New Promo

Newest DITO Promo

DITO Telecommunity which started commercial operations last March 8, 2021 is now expanding its reach in the northern area, to wit: select areas in Central Luzon and South Luzon. With its initial rollout in the select areas in Mindanao and Visayas, it presented a promo of P199 unlimited data and unlimited Dito to Dito calls and texts.

I have availed their initial promo here in Mindanao and able to enjoy their faster speed for internet and I can rely on it as primary source of data.

Check out my vlog at JoyoftheWorld as I compared speed test of existing mobile data providers. Here's the link: https://youtu.be/SwUw6Ptm1rs

However, I also have observed that there are still some blank spots in the city wherein there is no data while riding a car in Sasa, Davao City, yet there is network signal but low data reception. On the other hand, I am surprised that I have reliable mobile data even at villages nearby Ecoland, Matina Pangi and even at Jade Valley. I am fully aware that DITO Telecommunity, as a new player in the telecommunications industry, their infrastructure is still expanding but is already giving me a good service - a reliable one.

The newest promo offered by DITO is still at P199. There is data cap at 25GB but you can have unlimited text to all networks, unlimited calls to DITO subscribers and 300 minutes call to other networks. The promo will be good from April 16-30, 2021 that I will also grab as my initial subscription ends tomorrow, April 17. This will also test me how far my 25GB can serve me with frequent gaming and YouTube viewing. The promo will really be a game changer if it becomes a postpaid offering, but I understand that it is just a promo. Let's see it in the coming months as their physical stores are yet to be finished in some malls in Davao City and other areas.

I am wishing success for the third telco even on this challenging times.

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Digital Lifestyle | Recycling e-Waste - Globe Calls for Active Participation

 As we gear towards more digital lifestyle, adapting the current trends of electronic gadgets with some updating, too, there are things that we call as increasing electronic waste or e-waste. These wastes are supposedly handled appropriately, too. So, here's an initiative with Globe, as part of their community service projects nationwide with regards to recycle of e-wastes. Here's the story about the matter:

"NEWS MATERIAL

Globe calls on customers to participate in e-Waste recycling


One of the greatest and most impactful risks we face as a community is the threat of climate change. Globe sees mitigating the impact of climate change as a collective approach, and further gives its customers endless opportunities to do good.

 

As a company at the core of innovation, responsible use of technology is a principle Globe wants to foster in its customers.  Even as gadgets come and go, they should not go to waste. E-waste, or electronic waste, will further cause harm to the environment if disposed improperly as it is made up of different materials that are toxic and hazardous. It makes the process of recycling risky for those who are not trained properly and do not have the necessary facilities to do it.

 

This is why Globe established E-Waste Zero, an environmental program focused on responsible disposal and recycling of electronic wastes.

 

E-Waste Zero provides a way for people to donate their old, non-working electronic devices via participating Globe Stores, select malls, schools, and offices of partner organizations nationwide which will then be turned over to DENR-accredited Treatment, Storage, and Disposal (TSD) facilities for proper handling and recycling.

 

More than 100 bins under the Globe E-waste Zero program are now placed in different collection points nationwide such as Globe Stores and malls, which the public can easily access.  These bins can accommodate mobile phones, IT accessories such as mouse, earphones, and speakers; Internet and WiFi modems and routers; cable wires, batteries, circuit boards, CDs /DVDs and other small electronic devices. Bigger items such as computer sets, IT servers and electronic network equipment (antennas, transmitters, etc.), and home appliances (washing machine, oven, refrigerator, and the like) may be requested for pick up.


Last year, the program managed to collect and responsibly dispose of over 250,000 kg of e-waste, bringing the total collection to more than 1.4 million kg since the program started in 2014. These e-wastes are delivered to Globe’s partner Treatment, Storage, and Disposal (TSD) facilities, namely Total Environment Solutions - Asset Material Management Philippines (TES-AMM) in Pasig City, and Maritrans Recycler, Inc. in Cebu. E-wastes are segregated to recover plastic materials, electronic components, glass and precious metals but the final recycling process is done in TES-AMM’s facility in Singapore.

 

"Being responsible in disposing of e-waste also helps bring additional funds to support the education sector. In 2016, Globe turned over classrooms in Altavas and New Washington, Aklan from the proceeds of the e-waste recycling program alongside other fundraising initiatives. Today, proceeds from e-waste donations will help provide devices and connectivity support to public school teachers and students in areas that need them the most," said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP for Corporate Communications.

 

Visit any of the participating Globe stores nationwide or request for free door-to-door pickup of bulky e-waste items. For the list of drop off areas and free door-to-door bulk hauling requests, check out E-waste Zero on Globe’s sustainability website https://www.globe.com.ph/about-us/sustainability/environment.html

 

Globe is committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals such as UN SDG No. 13, which is to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

 

To learn more about Globe’s environmental initiatives, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/about-us/sustainability.html"


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Lifestyle: Education Must Adopt Digital Age for the Future

The recent challenges of the pandemic has given many realizations among people. The digital adoption of many institutions has been an option to continue services. The academic institutions are no excuse with these adaptations. With this need, there is really a great need for a reliable connectivity may it be mobile or wired so that there will be no disruptions of digital services.

So, here's a story from Globe that highlights the importance of connectivity, see below: 

The Importance of Connectivity to Your School’s Digital Future

Find the key strategies these schools used with Globe that kept their students connected to higher learning.

The future of education continues to head towards the digital fast lane. With the pandemic's current progress, online connectivity has become essential. To help address this immediate concern, Globe presents E-Skwela online learning sessions. The webinar series presents learning technologies and tools and their integration into the school systems. It is made for administrators, key decision-makers, and faculty caught in the digital transition. Through E-Skwela, administrators can find critical ways to ensure educational continuity for years to come.

 

In the latest webinar on Connectivity and Learning: The Prepaid WiFi for Education and Fixed Broadband Experience, key speakers from Ateneo de Davao University and Coronado School of Quezon City talk in detail about how they coped with continuing education through the initial stages of the pandemic. They shared the strategies they used to rise above the crisis and pushed through.

 

See how your school, too, can prioritize your digital shift starting with connectivity through these top school's stories and tips.

 

Tip #1: Gather Data, Learn New Perspectives, & Move Quickly

 

Ateneo de Davao's Executive Vice President Jeremy "Bong" S. Eliab recounted their school's journey in setting up distance learning with Globe’s Home Prepaid WiFi.

 

At the start of lockdown implementation, Ateneo de Davao University's current President Father Joel E. Tabora SJ made the bold decision to continue operations. Through one of their unique campus traditions "Pakighinabi" and data collection, the school used information on factors, possible concerns, and solutions needed for the online shift. They gathered the opinions of students, parents, faculty, and stakeholders alike.

 

"Even for us as educators, we have had to shift our paradigm from the usual traditional lecture to online interactions, and it entails a lot of paradigm shifts and turning away from old traditions," shared Mr. Eliab.

 

Being well informed on all these factors allowed the Ateneo to develop an action plan hand-in-hand with Globe, the local government, and even the military force to bring Home Prepaid WiFi Kits to 15,000 students and 1,500 faculty across Mindanao.

 

Mr. Eliab also notes the collaboration it took within the faculty to ensure the quality of education didn't dip during the online shift. They offered digital training to all the faculty and staff along with learning through Globe.

 

"It's a symbiosis between the young, tech-savvy faculty and seasoned faculty to deliver classes online," Mr. Eliab said, stressing the importance of continuous learning even for educators to cope in the new normal.

 

Tip #2: Find The Right Partnerships & be Open to Collaborations

 

Vice President of Coronado School of Quezon City, Networking Engineer, and Educational Technology Professional Noel M. Coronado shares his belief that being accountable and supportive as a community is essential to the digital transformation for education.

 

"We have to be there every step of the way; which is what we have also experienced with the customer service and assistance extended by Globe. In the same way, we have to be there for our teachers and reassure them. The teachers should feel confident that both the partners and the school are supporting them in teaching and delivering quality education to their students," Mr. Coronado said.

 

He firmly believed that after assessing the situation, and with his colleague's referral, Globe will have exactly what they needed to stabilize connection in their vicinity.

 

"We, the management, are responsible for the direction of the school but we would also like to ask your help in implementing it," Mr. Coronado shared, conveying that they won't be able to shift quickly if they didn't consult with industry leaders for the help they need.

 

With Globe, schools can continue providing their students globally competitive education ready for the 21st century, offering topnotch connectivity, first-hand guidance, and implementation support. Globe's prepaid WiFi and fixed broadband, partnered with reliable assistance, can help your school go through the online transformation it deserves.

 

For more information about Globe E-Skwela online learning sessions and other activities by Globe, visit www.facebook.com/globemybusiness or email education@globe.com.ph.


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The potential in the Philippines for the digital adaptation is still not yet totally harnessed. I hope that things will be better in the coming days and for sure, the connectivity will really be at par with the first world countries.


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Event | Project Epanaw: Telling the Stories of the Philippines' Indigenous People


Project Epanaw is a project spearheaded by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) together with government and non-government partners. Epanaw means journey that will tell the stories of the journey of our 101 indigenous peoples in the Philippines. Project Epanaw has several phases and one of the phases include the publication of three (3) coffee table books. Hence, the launching of the Project Epanaw Coffee Table Books last March 14, 2021 at three SM Malls: SM Lanang Premier, SM Aura Premier and SM City Davao.

First Coffee Table Book: "Pagkilala"

"Pagkilala" or Recognize showcases the profiles of each indigenous people (IP) of the 101 IPs in the Philippines. It contains information about their history, location, and overview of their social and daily lives.

Second Coffee Table Book: "Paggalang"

"Paggalang" or Respect features festivals and rituals that the ICCs/IPs practice in relation to important events such as birth and death, agriculture cycle, and the sacred and profane.

Third Coffee Table Book: "Pagtaguyod"

"Pagtaguyod" or Promote contains travel destinations in ancestral domains for tourism. The promotion of these sites not only generates livelihood but also highlights the importance of protecting and asserting the rights of indigenous groups to their ancestral domain.

The project is an instant celebration for me, as I wanted to have an almanac of the Indigenous Peoples in the country. I know that's too ambitious but with the launching of three (3) coffee table books of the indigenous peoples really is a step up with the current situation of our IP brother and sisters. Documenting the 101 indigenous peoples in the country is not a joke and really a treasure that we can keep for generations. It is also a way to tell the country about the existence of our forefathers practicing some rituals and enriching their culture. Indeed, I am among the happy people who have seen the published coffee table books, hopefully I can have a copy, too.

There are some challenges for the indigenous peoples brought by modern influences. There are cultures and traditions that may have been forgotten because the new generation embraces more of the modern practices of the modern society. However, it has been an eye opener to the community of IPs that their cultures and traditions should be passed on and lived on amidst the modern influences. Social media or social networking sites can also be used to document cultural and traditional practices in an IP community. 

On the other hand, I am very much excited also with the cultures and traditions open for tourism potential which other countries also do that entice a lot of visitors. A number of communities in the Philippines are already doing it but excited that more will unlock the potential! Very excited also with the fact that many of these indigenous peoples are in Davao Region. 

Furthermore, the Project Epanaw will proceed to its next phase. There will be more in the journey of our indigenous peoples!

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