“2014 has been the best year for the tourism industry in Cagayan de Oro. This is not just because of the efforts of the City Tourism Council but also for the support you have showed us. These successes are achieved together with the people in CdO,” City Mayor Oscar Moreno said in the opening of the event.
In the past year, Cagayan de Oro has showed competitiveness and development in the tourism and economic industry that despite the tremendous setback brought by different tragedies, regained its sense of fulfillment through bringing in more investors and tourists from the help of the different stakeholders in the city.
Last March 6, the City Tourism Council (CTC) honored its stakeholders and partners through “Pasalamat”, a thanksgiving tribute to all who helped realize a transformative, resilient and inclusive Cagayan de Oro City.
“Resiliency has evolved with a new meaning, emerging from where you were from the beginning. Despite countless struggles, with the help of Kagay-anons, CdO emerged to be competent and bold. And that made us, Kagay-anons, the spirit that never gives up, never surrenders,” Moreno emphasized.
Pasalamat, thanksgiving and tribute to partners
The event was hosted by the chair of CTC Arts and Culture committee, Dr. Rafaelita P. Pelaez, at Liceo de Cagayan University’s (LDCU) Rodelsa Hall.
Dorothy Pabayo, CTC chairperson, honored all stakeholders that took part in the success of the Higalaay Festival in August and the birth of Pasko de Oro, a brand that brought all Christmas events in the city under one roof last December 2014.
On the other hand, Eileen San Juan, Local Economic and Investment Promotions Officer, took the opportunity to give recognition to the people behind the success for bragging the first prize in the Most Livable Cities Design Competition.
The city mayor also thanked the council and the people for bringing back CdO on the trend. He also informed those present the city’s accomplishments of bragging the 2nd spot in the Most Competitive City in the Philippines and being outstanding in e-Governance.
Just recently, together with cities Batangas and Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro signed a partnership agreement last Dec 15 under a USAID program that is meant to spur the development of alternative cities as engines of inclusive and sustainable growth.
USAID supports Italpinas
In 2010, Italpinas Euroasian Design and Eco-development Corporation’s (ITPI) flagship development, Primavera Residences, was cited as One of the Most Promising Clean Energy Investment Opportunities in the Philippines by USAID’s funding partner is the Climate Technology Initiative-Private Financing Advisory Network (CTI-PFAN).
“As a USAID partner, we certainly benefited from the guidance and continued support of the agency in making our Cagayan de Oro project more viable for investment. Through this partnership, not only did our project boost its competitiveness but it also helped in making it more environmentally sound,” shared ITPI chairman, Jose P. Leviste Jr., during USAID visit last June 2014.
Primavera Residences is a two-tower, 10-storey mixed-use development in Uptown Cagayan de Oro with environment-friendly features. Its exterior walls are fitted with brise soleil shades that protect the windows from harsh sunlight during the hottest part of the day. Soon the building’s rooftop will also be equipped with photovoltaic solar panels to produce its own energy that will power its common areas. Because of these unique features, Primavera Residences won as Best Mixed-Use Development in the Philippines in the recently concluded 2014 Asia Pacific Property Summit organized by the prestigious International Property Awards.