Stefan is a graduate of Development Communication with emphasis in Journalism at Xavier University. From being a frustrated writer, he overcame being one and motivated himself to be an inspiration to others by writing noteworthy articles in a local magazine and newspaper. Also a theater actor, Stefan loves art and his creativity moves him to be the best of what he's capable of.

Primavera Residences Partners with Cagayan de Oro Travel and Tours Association

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In another move to support the Higalaay: Kagay-an Festival 2014 and promote tourism in Cagayan de Oro, Primavera Residences has partnered with Cagayan de Oro Travel and Tours Association (COTTA) in bringing tourists closer to the city’s first green condo property. Last August 14, Primavera Residences, the first eco-friendly condo complex in Cagayan de Oro, welcomed CdO travel operators at its premises for a grand tour of the property.

CdO travel and tours operators were introduced to Primavera Residences’ unique green features via a short talk given by the property’s VP for Sales and Marketing, Gladys Echano at its function hall. A grand tour of the property shortly followed.

“Through this partnership with COTTA, we hope to reach a wider audience and market our units better,” shared Echano. “Visitors to Cagayan de Oro now have the option to rent our units when looking for a place to stay while in the city. We are not just selling vacant units; we also offer units for rent,” she added.

COTTA grand tour

COTTA President Jules Baril also shared his thoughts on the partnership: “We hope to have a long-term partnership with Primavera Residences. The friendly atmosphere at Primavera Residences, along with its impressive management and environment-friendly features make the property an ideal choice for tourists.”

Primavera Residences is a green mixed-use property located in Uptown Cagayan de Oro comprising residential, commercial and office units for rent and purchase. All units at Tower 1 are ready for occupancy. The building’s Tower 2 is slated to be completed later this year. Because of its unique design and green features, it recently won an award in the 2014-2015 Asia Pacific Property Awards held in Kuala Lumpur for Best Mixed-Use Development in the Philippines.

For any inquiries on events at Primavera Residences, call (088) 310-8173, 0917-794-2221 or visit

SM City Cagayan de Oro Unveils Fiesta Sale for Kagay-anons!

SM City CDO Fiesta Sale 2014

In support of SM City CDO’s fiesta celebration, Primavera Residences invites shoppers to a 3-day fiesta sale on August 15, 16, and 17.

Shoppers can not only avail of the discounts but can also enjoy longer shopping experience as SM will be extending its mall hours. This August 15, SM City CDO will be open as early as 9am to 10pm. On August 16 and 17, mall hours will be from 10am to 10pm. Yes, price-off madness of up to 70% in discounts on selected items can be availed of during the sale period.

We, at Primavera Residences, also prepared some exciting goodies for the shoppers. We will be giving away “noteworthy” freebies to shoppers who visit our booth at the ground floor of SM City.

Supporters of Miss Cagayan de Oro 2014 can also vote for their favorite candidate to be chosen as this year’s Miss Primavera at the Primavera Residences booth.

So come on down at SM City and join the rush!

Celebrate August with a Month-long “Fiesta sa Primavera”

Fiesta sa Primavera 2014

Kagay-anons unite this August as Cagayan de Oro celebrates its biggest festival – the Higalaay: Kagay-an Festival 2014, where people are encouraged to seek out friends and make new friends in the City of Golden Friendship.

This August, Primavera Residences celebrates the festival in its own way with a range of fun activities for the public:

  1. We all love discounts. Who isn’t? Yes, Primavera Residences is having an August Rush promo where property buyers can avail of up to Php 50,000 discount in all available units. And guess what? You can pay it off for up to 20 months! Hurry, because this promo is up until the end of the month only!
  2. Since August is this city’s most awaited time for tourism, Primavera Residences is inviting travel and tours companies for a 1-day event at the Primavera Sales Office. This Tourism Partners’ Day is a day where we capture the hearts of these people as they enjoy the beauty of Primavera Residences.
  3. This August 9 & 16, Smart Communications Inc. invites everyone to join their 2-Saturday seminar on photography. Esteemed photographer from the city will be speaking about the basics of festival photography using mobile phones. Wouldn’t this be exciting? Prepare to fill your minds with creativity and imagination.
  4. Wait for more surprises as SM City CDO and Primavera Residences will entice you this August 15-17 for the SM Fiesta Sale. We, at Primavera Residences, have some surprises for you at our booth in SM. We will be giving “noteworthy” freebies for you. Also on August 25, SM City CDO will have the annual spectacular pyro festival, which will showcase their well-choreographed fireworks. In line with this, Primavera Residences invites everyone to a cocktail event at Primavera’s roof deck as we enjoy all the colored lights in the sky. Enjoy the colors!
  5. Primavera Residences is also holding a grand bazaar on August 16, from 2PM to 9PM. Select shops and establishments will be setting up booths at its ground floor, and will sell food items, clothing, accessories and even fresh produce at affordable rates. Entrance is free.

This is how we celebrate August in this competitive and promising city.

This August, it’s fiesta time at Primavera every day!

NorthMin Investments on the Rise!

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P94.956 billion. This is what the Mindanao Development Authority (MINDA) reported as the total registered investments in Mindanao.  In an article recently posted in and SunStar CDO, Usec. Janet M. Lopoz, MINDA Executive Director said that the investor confidence is fueled by Mindanao’s strong macroeconomic fundamentals and its relatively robust economy and stable political condition.

Lopoz says that there is an increased investor confidence in Mindanao for the past two or three years and this is by far the largest amount per BOI-record for the last 10 years.

Among the regions in Mindanao, Northern Mindanao posted the highest worth of investments, totaling more than half of the overall registered investments for Mindanao.

From 2012’s P3.65 billion, it has boosted up to P48.12 billion making it the most invested area in Mindanao. This is followed by Davao region with P31.66 billion from P5.79 billion, Caraga region with P8.64 billion from P11.78 billion, and Soccsksargen with P6.53 billion from P1.22 billion. No data was released for Zamboanga Peninsula.

Highest number of investments come from electricity, gas, steam, and air conditioning supply which recorded P86.73 billion. Manufacturing sector came second with P2.49 billion, then real estate with P2.24 billion, mining and quarrying with P1.77 billion, transportation and storage with P1.57 billion, accommodation and food service with P95.01 million, and agriculture, forestry and fishing with P59.18 million.

Lopoz also said that transportation and logistics companies are also looking into investing in Mindanao, seeing it as the next alternate transport and logistics hub of Asia.

Cagayan de Oro City, hailed as The Most Competitive City for 2013 by the National Competitiveness Council, is at the helm of this growth, driving in countless investors to produce developments for the next years to come.

Primavera Residences is one such investment. Awarded as the Best Mixed-used Development in the Philippines by the Asia Pacific Property Awards, Primavera is a wise choice for condo buyers and renters looking for a place to stay and invest in.

With a proven real estate appreciation of more than 10% per annum, buyers also have the option to rent out their units through the Primavera Residences Asset Management Program. For a minimal fee, condo owners would be able to lease their units for short-term and long-term rentals.

Located in uptown Cagayan de Oro at 110 meters above sea-level, the innovatively designed twin towers are built with the beauty of Italian architecture and the principles of sustainability in mind.

 Know more about Primavera Residences here.


P94B investments poured in Minda; Reuel John F. Lumawag (SunStar Cagayan de Oro)

Northern Mindanao posts P48 billion investments in 2013


Primavera Residences Ends July with a Successful Wellness Day


Primavera Residences hosted a three-part wellness activity for the health conscious and fitness enthusiasts in the city last Saturday, July 26. Primavera Wellness Day is part of a series of activities at Primavera Residences celebrating Nutrition Month.

At 2 P.M., the Culinary Institute of Cagayan de Oro (CIC), the first culinary school in Northern Mindanao offering programs such as Culinary Arts with Holistic Nutrition and specialized courses like Certificate in Catering and Restaurant Operations, conducted a free healthy cooking demo with three hale and hearty recipes—Coleslaw, Granola Bars and Pepperoni Bruschetta.


Aside from that, Chef Ivy Trapero and her student JP Tan of CIC shared their experiences in eating not only healthy food but having a healthy lifestyle. “We only live once; why not make the most out of it by enjoying your food without feeling guilty?” Tan asked.


More so, attendees became more conscious and were eager to find out what went wrong after getting evaluated on their wellness levels. It was indeed a day full of knowledge and motivation.

At 3 P.M., Coach Noel Villa, the founder of CDO Rugby Club, demonstrated different exercises you can do at home. He further explained how to train smart through the Dynamic Training Approach, a specialized training approach that focuses on body sculpting, strength training, and sports conditioning. It is ideal for both men and women who want to get in shape, stay in shape and carry on a healthy lifestyle. D.T.A. is not a quick fix, it’s a lifestyle.



Primavera Wellness Day didn’t just end with knowing your wellness status and how to be fit through D.T.A. but it ended with a deeper sense of peace and contentment, with a yoga party. Julie Bonita Corrales, a US-trained yoga instructor, had a great time with Primavera Residences’ clients and partners as they connect with the universe through yoga.



Also present during the event were representatives from Pascual Laboratories who gave away free samples of their fitness product C-lium and Calchews.



The Primavera Wellness Day was the perfect time for unit owners and guests to start living a healthy lifestyle, because sometimes all we need is just a little nudge in the right direction to get our motivations going.

For inquiries about upcoming events in Primavera Residences, go HERE. 


Italpinas Accepts Special Award in Alternative Energy at the 2014 Mindanao Business Leaders Awards

Mindanao Business Leaders Awards night

Centrio’s activity center was jam-packed with well-regarded entrepreneurs and business tycoons as Business Week Mindanao, together with its sister publications, awarded fifteen business individuals and organizations at the 2014 Mindanao Business Leaders Awards last July 26 with the theme “Celebration of the Island’s Business Successes.”

For the third time in its five years of existence, Business Week Mindanao consistently gave recognition to the most deserved magnates that have massively contributed to the economic development of Mindanao.

One of the fifteen awardees was Primavera Residences’ own developer, Italpinas Euroasian Design and Eco-Development Corporation (ITPI), which received the Special Award in the Alternative Energy category.

Mindanao Business Leaders Awards trophy

“I am very honored to receive this award on behalf of Italpinas,” said Primavera Residences VP and General Manager Cheryll Barriga, who accepted the award. “We share this award to our fellow Kagay-anons as we continue to provide them a greener place to live in,” Barriga added.

Aside from Italpinas, other awardees included Sumipro Phils. Inc., which won under the Agri-business category, 1st Valley Bank for Finance and Banking, FICCO for Cooperative Banking, Alrose Group of Companies for Food Manufacture & Marketing, A BROWN Company for Housing and Realty Development, Royal Mandaya Hotel for Hotel Industry, Dahilayan Adventure Park for Resorts and Tourism Development, Phoenix Petroleum Philippines for Mega Entrepreneur, Salay Handmade Paper Industries for Social Entrepreneur, JCA Realty for Service Entrepreneur, ANAKCIANO, Inc./Lechon Manok ni Sr. Pedro for Food Production Entrepreneur, Work Area Business Center for Business Entrepreneur, Yulo Tee/GTY Marketing for Trading Entrepreneur, and Oro Asian Automotive Center Corporation for Transport Industry.

“The awardees and nominees are the driving force of Mindanao’s successes, instrumental in molding the region into what it is today, a shining example to the world which Mindanaoans should recognize through media. Leaders are forged by circumstances and each of us has to play our part,” said Business Week Mindanao President and CEO Dante Sudaria.

Mindanao Business Leaders Awards winners

Primavera Residences Awards Top Realties, Brokers and Agents


Primavera Residences, a green mixed-use development in Uptown Cagayan de Oro, recently paid tribute to its valued realty partners, brokers and agents for being staunch supporters of sustainable development and eco-friendly living in Cagayan de Oro.

Last July 18, Primavera Residences awarded the top sellers and brokers at a Greek-themed midyear sales event in the property’s Multi-purpose Hall.

Present during the event were Primavera Residences’ realty partners: Acts Realty, CLM Realty, Slicers Realty, GMC Realty, Nuevo Epoca Realty, RPM Realty, JCA Realty, Majestic Star Realty, Gines Realty, ABB Realty, Danrel Realty, and True Wealthy Realty Corp.

Among those who were given recognition were brokers who sold their first units: Santos Bacong III, Kevin Villaver and Helen Grace Paris.

Primavera Residences also awarded its top realties, namely: RPM Realty, JCA Realty and Majestic Star Realty. RPM Realty took home the top prize, while JCA Realty and Majestic Star Realty came in second and third place, respectively. Each realty was recognized for their dedication and commitment to serving clients with honesty and integrity.

Primavera Residences general manager Cheryll Barriga expressed her appreciation and support for all its realty partners: “Rest assured that Italpinas will always be here for all the brokers and agents who will continue to share their time and expertise with us.”

Italpinas Euroasian Design and Eco-Development Corp. (ITPI) is the developer of Primavera Residences.

Top sellers, on the other hand, were awarded to Santos Bacong III, Susan Golez and Jezrelle James Manrique. Manrique garnered the top position while Golez took the second place. Bacong III came in third place.


“This night is a night to remember for all of us. It was inspiring and heartwarming to see people like you who support the advocacy of Primavera Residences. Thank you for helping us as we help you grow with the company, too,” said Barriga who addressed the audience.

Attendees were also treated to a raffle draw where lucky winners took home prizes, including an overnight stay at one of the units in Primavera Residences.


“This has been one of the best years of Italpinas. We recognize all the agents and brokers’ efforts in supporting us. We will continue to accommodate you with the best of our abilities and motivate you every day to do the extra mile,” Barriga concluded.


Primavera Residences is the first eco-friendly condo property in Northern Mindanao. It has two 10-story towers with commercial and residential units that are ready for occupancy. It was recognized as the Best Mixed-Use Development in the Philippines by the International Property Awards at the recent 2014-2015 Asia Pacific Property Summit in Kuala Lumpur.

Currently, Primavera Residences has sold 92% of its spaces in Tower 1 with only 15 units left, while 87% of Tower 2 has been sold with remaining 26 units.

Photos courtesy of RPM realty

For inquiries on how to rent or invest, call 09177921080 or (088) 310-8173; or visit

Colors that Define You and Your Home


Building a home is not just perfecting the foundations, locating it in wondrous views and investing digits to fulfill an ideal house for your family. More to that is experimenting and decorating your home to be a relaxing and comfortable place for you after a long and challenging day.

Primavera Residences, the first eco-friendly condo complex in Cagayan de Oro, recently hosted a free interior design workshop with the theme Color Basics: Choosing the Right Colors for your Home at its function hall. The workshop – in partnership with Truly Wealthy Realty Corporation, one of Cagayan de Oro’s property brokers and Primavera Residences’ top performing realty broker in 2013 – was conducted by one of Cagayan de Oro’s darlings in making homes your favorite comfort zones, Anna Christina Sagarbarria, fpid.

Sagarbarria is a licensed interior designer specializing in renovations and home-makeovers and designing for retail and commercial spaces in Cagayan de Oro and Manila. During the workshop, participants learned the basics of choosing the right colors for their home and what their favorite colors say about them.

Have you ever wondered why you are easily attracted to red signage of restaurants and food chains? It is because our body reacts immediately to the power and strength of the color red. Sagarbarria explained that we get an instant physiological response from the color red that catches our attention and makes us pause for a moment. Red is the color to target your consumers. For babies who are less active, paint his/her room red and trust that within a day or two, you’ll be busy panting and running after them because after black and white, red is attractive to them. For homey accents in your house, just add a bit of red to make it more appealing to the eyes. Red screams. Red is not the color for rest. It is a color for activity. People who like red are self-confident, unafraid to take risks, extroverted, has a strong sex drive, competitive and impulsive.

Add white to your red and it will soften your eyes with the calmness and cheerfulness of the color pink. The same with red, it elevates your heart rate and blood pressure but in a much lesser sense. According to Sagarbarria, when putting accents in your home, pink is best partnered with blue and other warm colors. It is a matter of balance. People who like pink are charming, refined and lady-like. They are less showy than the reds.

“Yellow signifies energy and light. Associated with comedy, hope and happiness, yellow lightens up your homey experience. It gives you time to relax and enjoy your day,” said Sagarbarria. “Most people who like yellow are more likely to be considered as imaginative, original, idealistic, creative, often spiritual and usually intuitive,” she added.

Orange is radiant and hot. It is the hottest of all colors even more than red. It signifies heat, sunset and fire. A home with orange accents is more likely to be bright and energetic. It brings more life to furniture and spaces in your home. People who like orange are more likely to be connected with being adventurous, enthusiastic, and agreeable. They are likely to work and play hard.

Blue on the other hand, is associated with being constant and eternal. Scientifically speaking, the color blue makes you calmer and feel better.

“When you want to rest, surround yourself with blue and avoid warm colors. For those who have babies, color their room with blue to help them sleep better and wake up at the right time,” advised Sagarbarria. People who enjoy the calmness of blue are trusting, cool, confident, sensitive to the needs of others, can easily form attachments, perseverant and peaceful, conservative, even-tempered, and reliable.

Green signifies the love of nature. It brings freshness and stillness. Green is best described as ‘the great harmonizer,’ the color of balance and harmony. According to Sagarbarria, green is best for the kitchen as it gives more patience to the cook that brings out the best in his/her dish. People who love green are stable, fastidious, kind, generous, model citizen, caring companion, loyal friend, faithful and a lover.

The most enigmatic and mysterious of all color that signifies passion and magic is purple. It is both the excitement of red and tranquility of blue. Aside from being a color of the royalty, it is also the color of artists, eccentrics, designers, performers and conformists. Purple makes children jolly. Light purple is also great for the dining room. People who love purple have the aura of mystery and intrigue. They are enigmatic, creative, charming, keenly observant and supersensitive.

Black is either sophisticated or rebellious. Defining its radiance and sophistication, it is un-ignorable and mysterious.

“When buying furniture in black, make sure to have white or light-colored accents. Black, white and red are popular to combine with,” said Sagarbarria. “People who love black are witty, clever, prestigious, and put very high importance on personal security. Also, they are sexy, dignified and serious yet classy.”

White symbolizes heavenly joy and wholesomeness. Despite being divine, virginal and unsullied, it is not advisable to paint your office or work area in white.

“It is tiring for the eyes,” explained Sagarbarria. “Go with warmer shades to finish your walls to get productivity going. To make it even classier and elegant, add wood tones to make the room warmer.”

People who love white are considered as self-sufficient, uncompromising, and usually immaculate in their clothing and homes.

This second interior design workshop was organized after the successful run of Prima de Mayo at Primavera Residences last May. Prima de Mayo was the first design workshop jointly organized by Primavera Residences and Truly Wealthy Realty Corp. featuring Sagarbarria as resource speaker.

Primavera Residences is a twin-tower, 10-storey green mixed-use development located in Uptown Cagayan de Oro. It comprise residential, commercial and office spaces for sale and rent. All units at Tower 1 are ready for occupancy. Because of its many green features, Primavera Residences has received several recognitions from international award-giving bodies. It recently won in the 2014-2015 Asia Pacific regional competition of the prestigious International Property Awards in the Best Mixed-use Development category for the Philippines.

For inquiries about upcoming events at Primavera Residences, call (63) 917 7921080 or visit


Discover a Healthier you at the Primavera Wellness Day




Summer’s over but the excruciating heat never left, and now it has brought with it rain showers and gloomy weather.

Exhausted. Lethargic. Easily annoyed. These are but few of the things we experience with the kind of climate we have right now. Oftentimes, this leads to a decline in our interest in doing work, affecting our productivity and ultimately making us succumb to negative emotions.

But it’s not just the weather. More often than not, it all boils down to our level of wellness.

Your health and well-being plays a very significant role in helping you achieve your goals, and we at Primavera Residences understand how important it is to constantly be on optimum health. If you’re looking for a time and place to kickstart a better and healthier lifestyle and learn to take a proactive role in achieving good health, then July 26 is the date to remember.

Primavera Residences is inviting you to join the Primavera Wellness Day on July 26, Saturday, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. at 2/F Primavera Residences, Pueblo de Oro Business Park, Cagayan de Oro City.

At 3PM, don’t miss your chance to be inspired and get motivated by wellness and nutrition expert, Chef Ivy Trapero of the Culinary Institute of Cagayan de Oro. All participants will be given a FREE wellness evaluation by Chef Ivy herself!

When 4:30PM rolls in, get inspired to start a fitness routine and learn about Dynamic Training Approach (D.T.A.) from Coach Noel Villa of CDO Rugby Team. Coach Noel is a Filipino fitness instructor from the UK specializing in body sculpting, strength training, and sports conditioning.

For the finale, treat yourself to a fun and relaxing yoga session with the acclaimed yogi, Ms. Julie Bonita Corrales of The YOGAHOME. The Yoga Party  starts at 5PM.

From good nutrition, fitness training, and an invigorating yoga party, the Primavera Wellness Day has all your fitness needs covered.

While waiting for July 26, you can participate in our social media contest in Facebook by sharing your wellness goals. Post your fitness goals and get a chance to win a free 10-day nutrition club membership. One winner will be announced during the Primavera Wellness Day on July 26.

I repeat, July 26.

Be fit. Be healthy. It’s for free!

Cagayan de Oro Rugby’s Noel Villa: Training Smarter with D.T.A. (Dynamic Training Approach)

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Passion. Character. Strength.

These three words are what describe best the main man of rugby football in Cagayan de Oro. For Noel Villa, the one man who introduced the remarkable tackling and full-contact sport to Kagay-anons, it’s all about the courage and the determination to pursue his goals and share his advocacies.

Noel has been extensively trained in rugby football in the UK as early as 8 years old, and in this tough sport that combines the use of strength, speed and strategy, he found his calling. Inspired by how this game has taught him discipline and self-control, he moved back to the Philippines and pursue his dream to better the youth through the sport.

After a year of building the Cagayan de Oro Rugby Club from the ground up, Noel’s team now has 30 active rugby players, and it continues to grow with his ‘Get Into Rugby’ program for children, high school and college students – for both men and women alike. Through his leadership and training, the CDO Rugby Club or the CDO Rafters, took home the championship cup in the recent Philippine National Games Rugby 7s Shield Division.

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While in the UK for 27 years, aside from playing his favorite sport, rugby, and representing his school and town in various rugby games, Noel also worked as a personal trainer and Body Conditioning Coach.

With his extensive background in sports, coaching, and fitness training, Noel also shares his expertise in DTA or Dynamic Training Approach, a specialized training approach that focuses on body sculpting, strength training, and sports conditioning. His years of working with some of the world’s top fitness professionals, athletes, and strength coaches make him your perfect partner in achieving your fitness goals.

Catch coach Noel Villa this coming July 26, 4:30PM as he talks about how to train smart with Dynamic Training Approach, and see how you too can achieve your ideal weight and fitness level.

Primavera Wellness Day, July 26, will also feature a wellness talk by Chef Ivy Trapero of the Culinary Institute of Cagayan de Oro at 3PM, a free wellness evaluation for all participants, and a yoga party finale with Ms. Julie Bonita Corrales of The YOGAHOME. All this is happening at the multi-purpose hall of Primavera Residences.

 All photos courtesy of Cagayan de Oro Rugby Club


To know more about Primavera Residences, the award-winning real estate partner of the Cagayan de Oro Rugby Club, go HERE.