What to Look Forward to in Uptown Cagayan de Oro?

Uptown CDODubbed as ‘The Emerging City of Tomorrow’ by the UN Habitat, Cagayan de Oro is consistent in achieving its goals in sustaining the city’s economic growth and upholding sustainable expansions in property developments.

Uptown Cagayan de Oro is a developing residential township and business center. With the surge of upper class communities and commercial hubs, Uptown CdO brings another sense of the city’s residents– a sense of ownership and pride to residents living within its area. You can now hear people saying “I live in Uptown” bringing in the sense of class and wealth.

According to Lorens Ziller, CEO of Multiplata Investments, with Uptown Cagayan de Oro becoming an emergent residential and business center, it has become the Makati of Northern Mindanao. “Though Uptown CdO is still underrated but it is well-recognized by those who count and can afford to live in upper class communities like Xavier Estates and within the Pueblo de Oro Community,” he adds.

What’s next for Uptown CdO?

UN Habitat and its planned city extension (PCE) program ‘Achieving Sustainable Urban Development’ (ASUD) has paved the way to transform uptown CDO’s landscape to a highly urbanized yet sustainable district in Cagayan de Oro.

ASUD pursues its PCE program in Barangay Lumbia. ASUD aims to link the urbanized downtown to its uptown area considering it also connects the gateway to province of Bukidnon, providing an inter-provincial transport hub for the trade and commerce of agricultural goods.

With this in mind, Uptown Cagayan de Oro will soon become another district of entertainment and leisure.

Planned sustainable urbanization for CdO’s uptown

With the surge of plenty well-developed subdivisions and an expanding condo scene, from Xavier Estates to Primavera Residences, the uptown is the place to be for those who are looking for a sound real estate investment.

Uptown Cagayan de Oro has a lot in store for us. Aside from its vibrant yet peaceful scenery, the city government is planning to build a sports complex for varied sports activities of the Department of Education (DepEd) also in Barangay Lumbia.

Among the amenities will be the athlete’s quarters, swimming pool, and track and field oval, to mention some. This aims to prepare athletes to various competitions in athletics.

With these plans for the uptown, the city extension area can absorb up to 25 percent of the city’s growth over the next 30 years.

The booming city of Northern Mindanao is one of three Philippine cities being supported by the USAID under the Cities Development Initiative (CDI), which aims to empower secondary cities as engines of national growth.

Italpinas, a CDO developer

Italpinas Euroasian Design and Eco-development Corporation (ITPI) is a leading CDO eco-developer in the Philippines that aims to develop sustainable properties in secondary cities in the country. ITPI’s flagship condo development in Cagayan de Oro, Primavera Residences, is the first and only sustainable condominium in Northern Mindanao. Located in Uptown Cagayan de Oro, it has received numerous awards locally and internationally for commitment to build sustainable properties.

According to ITPI’s President, Atty. Jojo Leviste, “While we realize the challenge brought by this new competition, I believe we can effectively meet that challenge by retaining our development’s persona as a Cagayan de Oro original, of a company that recognized CdO before the competition did,” Atty. Jojo Leviste, ITPI President, as he proudly shares this bold move to put up Primavera Residences that made an impact to Uptown Cagayan de Oro’s growth.

To know more about Uptown CdO’s first and only sustainable condominium development, Primavera Residences, please click here.

The Making of Primavera’s Cantilever Edges

On my way to the office, I overheard two passengers talking about the “brown lego blocks” of Primavera Residences. Their conversation was in Bisaya so let me translate it in English.

Person 1 (P1): I really find that building unique. But isn’t it really costly to include those brown blocks for the building’s design?

Person 2: I heard it’s a condominium. People call it “The Lego House”. Haha.

P1: But those brown blocks, do you find it really necessary?

P2: For a design? I guess so. It makes it unique, a head turner.

But as much as I’d want to interrupt and answer them, let this blog post explain what those brown blocks are and how these are uniquely designed to promote the building’s eco-friendly features.


Cantilevered edges

Primavera Residences, a multi-awarded sustainable building in Cagayan de Oro, is designed by its own CEO and executive chairman, Arch. Romolo V. Nati. His designs were incorporated with a passive green energy strategy which led both towers to have this shading system that produces shadows minimizing the entry of direct sunlight moderating the temperature inside the units.

These cantilevered edges and brise soleils are one distinct feature of the building’s façade that create shades to reduce the entry of the sun’s heat, consequently slashing the need for air conditioning.


Shadow control

The facades are surrounded by brise soileils (shelters) that protect the windows and glass surfaces from direct sunlight, especially during the hottest time of the day. These reduce the overall internal temperature of the units in the building.

It is also designed in a way to use the building components—floors, slabs, projections and balconies—as shading devices for windows and terraces, that in turn are built in appropriate dimensions that reduce overheating and glare effect of up to 80% more than in conventional buildings. Even window sizes are strategically adjusted, south-facing windows are smaller than those on the opposite side of the building, to control the amount of the sunlight heat’s entry into the units.

In fact, when it comes to saving energy, you get to control and even minimize your own energy consumption because the entire building itself is designed to be energy self-sufficient. Because the cantilevers help reduce heat, unit owners can minimize their use of air-conditioners, thus saving energy and electricity costs of up to 20%.


This is just one of the eco-friendly features why Primavera Residences is internationally-awarded. While most commercial properties are too focused on generating revenue, the green building was built with a far more significant purpose geared towards caring for the environment.

Unit owners don’t just own a condo at this eco-friendly property; they also become promoters of sustainable living and advocates of the environment

Do you want to live in an uniquely-designed and eco-friendly home? Primavera Residences offers condo units for rent and for sale in Cagayan de Oro. You can visit is through clicking here or you can call 0917 794 2221 and (088) 880-5002 for more information.

Are You Ready To MARCH? Join Primavera’s #GameDayWednesday!


The month of March is the season to celebrate the successes brought by years of hard work, effort and achievement spent in school. This is the month when graduates enjoy the last few weeks in the academe before moving onwards to what we call “the real thing”. So this March, Primavera Residences wants to celebrate with you all your successes and triumphs through our social media contests.

Start by joining #GameDayWednesday online contest in Facebook. All you have to do is like the Primavera Residences official page in Facebook and watch out for fun activities every Wednesday for the entire month of March. We will be asking graduation-related questions. Expect photos, puzzles, filling in of missing phrase, and some stories you should share.

Since it’s time to relax and breath fresh air, winners will get a free pampering package from Thai Boran.

So better like our page and who knows? You might be our next winner!

P.S. For buyers this March, avail the Php 70,000 discount and a blowout treat of Php 5,000 at Bigby’s SM Cagayan de Oro branch. Just present a proof of graduation to avail the treat. 

Do you want to know more about Primavera Residences social media contests and promo? Click here or call 088-880-5002 and 0917 794 2221 for more information.

Italpinas Offers Graduation Promo for March Buyers

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In time for graduation month, Italpinas Euroasian Design and Eco-development Corporation, developer of Primavera Residences, offers special discounts worth P70,000 to its condominium buyers. In addition, buyers with graduating family members may also avail of an additional P5,000 worth of gift certificates which can be claimed at Bigby’s SM City CdO branch.

“This is the right time to celebrate the academic success our children have achieved. In return for all the hard work and efforts they exerted in school, Italpinas encourages buyers to give graduates the gift of independence they deserve as they move forward to a new chapter in their lives. This March, we offer not only a huge discount but also a graduation blowout at Bigby’s SM CDO branch,” Gladys Echano, Sales Director, said.

Graduation is not only a major milestone for students, but also an indication of how parents were able to succeed in equipping and giving the best they have to offer to their children. This turning point in their lives needs to be celebrated with the entire family and given the appreciation it deserves. For this, Primavera Residences has the perfect gift and celebration promo in store.

“Sooner or later, our graduates will need a breath of fresh air. They will soon ask for their independence. This is the perfect time to invest at the first sustainable condominium development in CdO, Primavera Residences,” Echano expressed.

Primavera Residences is a multi-awarded green property development situated in Uptown Cagayan de Oro. Its passive cooling features include ledges on the exterior walls that provide shade and reduce the amount of direct sunlight hitting the windows, thus minimizing the use of air-conditioners. An inner courtyard at Primavera Residences also provide natural ventilation by expulsing warm air out through the rooftop.

Because of its eco-friendly features, Primavera Residences won its latest award at the 2014 Asia Pacific regional competition of the prestigious International Property Awards in the Mixed-Use Development category.

Potential unit buyers can call or visit Primavera Residences for inquiries and present a proof of graduation upon unit purchase to avail of the additional graduation treat. The graduation blowout may be claimed exclusively at Bigby’s SM CDO branch from March 1 until April 30 only.

Do you want to know more about the multi-awarded green building’s promos and treats? You may contact Primavera at (088) 880-5002, 0917 794 2221, or you can visit their website by clicking here.

Cagayan de Oro Developer Hosts Condo and Car Fair


Last February 25, Italpinas Euroasian Design and Eco-development Corporation (ITPI) together with Hyundai Philippines, successfully conducted a condo and car fair at the grounds of Primavera Residences in Uptown Cagayan de Oro.

At exactly 9AM, Italpinas and Hyundai welcomed guests with treats and a grand tour of the multi-awarded Primavera Residences followed by a free test drive of Hyundai’s car displays. Displayed Hyundai vehicles were Tucson, Eon and 2014 Best Mini Car of the Year (Car Awards Group) awardee, the Grand i10.

While ITPI is committed to developing sustainable properties in alternative cities, Hyundai is a brand also known to create automobiles with eco-friendly automotive technology. Geared towards dealing with sustainable companies, Hyundai is aggressively expanding its nationwide dealership and Italpinas is just one of the brands they recently partnered with.


“This successful event with Hyundai is a positive sign that people are becoming conscious of climate change. Not only has the desire for fuel-efficient increased, interest in eco-friendly properties are also rising,” Gladys Echano, ITPI Sales Director, said.

Primavera Residences has received several recognitions from international award-giving bodies because of its green features and high-performance design that works with nature instead of against it. Its latest award  is the Best Mixed-use Development in the Philippines in the 2015-2015 Asia Pacific Property Awards.

“Owning a condo and a car was a brand of luxury before, but nowadays, it has become a way of life. A necessity that is worth investing in. Both Primavera and Hyundai offer a brand that is energy-efficient and that meets the needs of the buyers while being good on the environment,” Michael Gaabucayan said.


Primavera Residences is an Italian-designed green condo development located in Uptown Cagayan de Oro developed by ITPI. It is Cagayan de Oro’s first eco-friendly mixed-use development comprised of residential, commercial, and office units for purchase and rent. All units are ready for occupancy.

Do you want to know more about the Primavera Residences and its events? You may click here or call 088-880-5002/0917 794 2221 for more information.

Entrepreneur Magazine PH Cites CdO as one of The “Three Surprising Cities that are Best for Business”


Entrepreneur Magazine Philippines, a prominent business and economy magazine in the Philippines, dubbed Cagayan de Oro as one of the “Three Surprising Cities that are Best for Business” in the mag’s February 2015 issue.

Together with the cities of Iloilo and Naga, Cagayan de Oro has once again raised the bar for being cited as a city of good economy and an emerging business center.

Labelled as “The Speedster”, data show that business registration processing and business permit renewal could be done in less than an hour making Misamis Oriental’s highly urbanized city rake in almost 18,000 business registrations as of 2011. This success has brought in more tourists and investors in the city amounting to the total investment of P1.34 billion in 2014.


The consistent rise of Northern Mindanao’s economy fueled a remarkable upsurge of 94.4 percent in the region’s employment rate which can also be attributed to the consistent efforts of the city’s Public Employment Services Office (PESO).

In 2014, Cagayan de Oro made it to the top list of the Philippine’s most competitive cities with a score of 49.36 percent after Makati’s 53.24 percent.

“The city government and the private sector have a long standing partnership that has only grown stronger over time and we have worked hand-in-hand, enduring trials and enjoying triumphs together,” Eileen San Juan, the city’s local economic investment promotions officer, said.


She also said that Cagayan de Oro is primed to be strategic as the city aims to be the business, eco-tourism, agro-processing, and leisure hub in Mindanao.

In the wake of the devastating calamities that hit Cagayan de Oro in recent years, the city has bounced back and continued its positive growth. “Its relative peace and order situation provides a context of stability that will propel the city towards a significant role in the dynamics and challenges of tomorrow,” she concludes.

Primavera Residences, CdO’s first and only sustainable condo development, is internationally recognized and multi-awarded for its eco-friendly features. Located in Uptown Cagayan de Oro, the green building offers residential and office spaces for sale and for rent.

Do you want to know more about the Primavera Residences? Please click here.

E-books vs Printed Books: Which is the Better Choice?


From cassette tapes to CDs, from Walkman’s to MP3 players, and from VHS to DVDs, we know that the race is getting even tighter now. The next round of format battle begins, who will come out on top: e-books or the traditional printed books?

There are many factors to consider when discussing the matter of e-books vs. printed books, but ultimately, it boils down to the reader’s preference.

Printed words and papers’ crisp

Avid fans of printed books claim that there’s still nothing like the smell of paper and the rustle of the pages as the reader flips gently through the book with their fingers. There’s something deeply intimate about the entire experience, they claim, and it’s one that cannot be derived from the cold, electronic e-book version.

Apart from these physical considerations, however, studies have shown that when it comes to reading comprehension, printed books are still the better choice. The study found out that literacy building in children is more effective with a printed book than with an e-book because of the centralized focus on the story and the opportunities for interaction between the child and the parent reading the book together.

The world has gone digital

On the other hand, those who prefer the e-book often say that the device takes lesser weight on their shoulders– literally. Yes, packing for trips is bad enough as it is, but it becomes doubly so when challenged with the task of choosing which book to bring. With the e-book, however, a reader can take hundreds of books with them on the journey, and only take up a few square inches in their carry-on bag.

For e-books, on the other hand, there are students and medical professionals who prefer using these for efficiency and prevent further hassle. Practicality-wise, using e-books is way “cheaper” than those of bulky and heavy books we see in book stores. Imagine ten 1000-page medical or accounting books in a one half-kilo e-book reader or tablet, how’s that for hassle-free student life, ey?  And what is news if it’s read tomorrow, anyway? With wifi-ready e-book reader, news and magazines are just a click away.

Aside from the debatable existence of both, there’s also this matter of production cost. Obviously, printed books cost more because of the resources needed. E-book reader manufacturers, though, spend the bulk of their production cost on the device itself, and from then on everything is digital and a fraction of the cost per book, compared to printed books.

The greater question: Which is more eco-friendly?

Well, clearly, whether the readers love the feel of a new paperback or hardcover book in our hands, paper smell that is fresh from the press or the crisp feel of the pages, and even the smell of the ink, we cannot object to the person doing the reading in which type they choose.

However, in this kind of world we live, where there is environmental degradation, it is best to be conscious of what needs to be acted upon accordingly. We can change the world we live in, not just by tree planting or clearing the roads from garbage, but also by simply shifting from the printed books to e-books.

The world has gone digital for many reasons. These are for convenience, efficiency, shareability, and conservation (of documents, photos and videos). Since e-books unquestionably save paper and therefore trees, it also conserves energy as it takes a lesser toll in electricity consumption in charging.

For an avid reader who reads more than 10 books per year, consider purchasing a device that will let you do other things, like Web surfing or e-mailing, to bring down your overall carbon footprint.

In conclusion, readers actually help the Earth by using their e-book reader devices rather than buying paper books. So after convenience, efficiency, shareability and conservation, they can surely add eco-friendly to the list of digital advantages. While we will miss the wisp of a turning page, it is safe to say that e-books and e-book readers are the green way after all.

Currently, sustainable developer Primavera Residences supports Cagayan de Oro Rugby Football Club as they are gathering educational books for a book donation drive that would benefit schools in remote areas of Papua New Guinea. They will accept encyclopedias, text books, and any other educational materials. As a support to this worthwhile and eco-friendly cause, those who wish to donate may drop off your donations at the Primavera Sales Office at 2/F Primavera Residences, Pueblo de Oro Business Park, Cagayan de Oro City from 9am to 6pm Mondays to Saturdays until the end of the month of February.

Do you have any unused books? Let’s make these once again useful by donating these now and spread the joy of learning to the children of Papua New Guinea.

For more information, visit the official page of Primavera Residences or the CDO Rugby Club Official FB page.

3 Eco-friendly Presents to Give this Season of Love

Eco-friendly_Season of LoveOnce again, the month of love has come and it sure paves a venue for lovers to spend time, prepare for surprises, and arrange their favorite kind of ‘date’. Though it’s a highly-commercialized season, it is still the precious time where people can show how much they care for their loved ones. Though February 14 has already passed, I know you are still hoping to pull-off the last minute surprises you want your loved ones to get.

So here are few simple yet eco-friendly Valentine’s Day tips that could put your gift over the top.

From roses to daisies: If you’re planning to give your loved one flowers, first, make sure to know the meaning behind your flower choice. Getting organic flowers is also a smart idea. Or why not give her a living plant of rose bush that will last longer than those which last only for days or a week? You can always be creative by giving her your Valentine’s gift. Just the though and effort you put into your gift will surely be worth it.

Be as sweet as chocolates: We all know chocolate is an aphrodisiac. It contains an endorphin called phenylethylamine, levels of which in the brain have been linked to falling in love. Then a red rose was believed to be the favored flower of Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love, and has come to represent romantic love. That is why flowers and chocolates take up a good pair of a Valentine’s present to your loved one. Chocolates, on the other hand, do have a few allegedly eco-friendly chocolate brands that you can opt for.

The date of your choice: There will always be people who prefer to treat their loved one in the most sumptuous restaurant, however, there are also those who would want to be more romantic by considering to eat in. Cooking dinner at home for your loved one wouldn’t take much of your budget. With a quick trip to the organic section of your local supermarket and some budget-friendly organic recipes, you’re good to go.

No matter where you are or what you plan on doing, remember that it doesn’t take much to make the love season an eco-friendly one!

Do you want to know more about Primavera Residences’ treats this love month? Click here.


A Round Up of January News and Events at Primavera



Hello, February!

As we enter the month of love, Primavera is proud to offer more good news, promos and event opportunities not only for investors, but also treats and delights for your loved ones. January has given us the opportunity to reach out to the larger community and provided career opportunities to the public.

As a pioneering condominium development in Northern Mindanao, it is our pleasure to present to you the news and events we had last January.

  1. Italpinas offers New Year’s Treat to Buyers

The New Year is a good occasion to re-evaluate your portfolio and start hunting for promising new investments. As an early gift this new year, Italpinas offers Php75,000 discounts to the first five buyers only for the month of January 2015.

“For this new year, Italpinas is offering Php75,000 discounts for the first five buyers this January, This is our buena mano treat, aside from the discount upon reservation. You won’t regret investing at Primavera because by January 15, 2015, your investment will appreciate since there will be price adjustments for both towers 1 and 2,” Echano declared.

This buena mano treat appeared in several publications in the city.







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2. Singapore’s Luxury Expert impressed by CDO condo

Alexander Karolik Shlaen, one of Asia’s top luxury connoisseurs and CEO of SG’s Panache Management, made it in papers, magazines and televisions talking about the Philippines as the next big thing in the real estate industry.

He visited the Philippines in September 2014 to experience first-hand CdO’s premier green condominium development, Primavera Residences.

Shlaen told Powerplay that he was impressed by Primavera’s modern eco-friendly condo concept despite being located in a secondary city. It’s a move, perhaps a trend, which he and his Singaporean clients would put money into.


3.  Primavera to furnish units with paintings by Italian artist

Primavera Residences has recently partnered with distinguished Italian painter Nino Quartana to furnish its two towers with 50 specially commissioned art pieces. This coming February 2015, in time for the National Arts Month, the project’s furnished units will be home to high-quality Italian art, further enhancing the multi-awarded property’s interiors.




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4. Primavera offers discount to condotel rates for BWM Loyalty Cardholders

Primavera Residences recently joined the list of partner establishments under Business Week Mindanao’s loyalty program. BWM loyalty card holders can now avail of 10% discount on published rental rates for its 2-bedroom, 1-bedroom, and studio units, for short term and long term stay.

Business Week Mindanao Loyalty Card is a discount card that entitles cardholders to exciting discounts for a one year period from member business establishments here in Northern Mindanao.



5. PAF-TOG 10, Various Groups Lead Coastal Clean-up Activity

In accordance with the AFP’s Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) “Bayanihan”, which endeavors to engage all sectors in addressing environmental issues, the Tactical Operations Group 10 of the Philippine Air Force headed by LTC Leo Fontanilla PAF (GSC) successfully conducted a coastal clean-up drive at the Mangrove shorelines of Barangay Cugman last Saturday, January 24, with the help of more than 50 participants from various groups in Cagayan de Oro, including Primavera Residences.

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6. Italpinas shares advanced selling techniques to XU BSREM students

The 30 pioneering Real Estate Management students of Xavier University opportunely attended the high-impact seminar with distinguished real estate master Jun Garing, at Primavera Residences last January 28, 2015.

Spurred by the rise in the country’s real estate industry and the move towards building in alternative locations, Cagayan de Oro has recently seen a rise in the number of real estate developments. Condominium buildings are one of the most sought-after developments in the city, which make it more attractive to people who have eyes set on property ownership and investment.

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Italpinas, Habitat Conduct Tree Planting Activity at Camaman-an


Italpinas Euroasian Design and Eco-development Corporation (ITPI), together with its realty partners and Habitat for Humanity Philippines, successfully conducted a tree planting activity at Macapaya, Upper Camaman-an last January 31, 2015. Together with the community, the group planted 100 seedlings of fruit-bearing trees such as rambutan, jack fruit, marang and guyabano.

“We are not just a company who build sustainable properties, we also rebuild communities through our green advocacies. Through these projects, we know we can bring people together in attaining our goals in ensuring environmental sustainability,” Gladys Echano, ITPI Sales Director, said in her speech.

The tree planting activity was joined by the Macapaya Hills Oro Settlers Association Inc. (MAHOSAI) members with their president, Augustus Abcede, “Nowadays, we are blessed to have such environment-friendly companies that help us pursue our goal in sustaining what’s left in our environment and rebuilding anew. This is a testimony of hope, chance and community development,” he noted during his remarks.


Just recently, Mindanao has set a new world record for the most trees planted in an hour. With 3.2 million seedlings, a mix of forest varieties and commercial crops, were sown as part of a national forestation program. The activity has won a Guinness World Record which succeeded India from its 1.9 million seedlings in an hour.

The Philippines, a once densely-forested archipelago, has lost much of its forest cover due to development, logging and slash-and-burn farming which led to constant flooding and landslides in areas in Mindanao and Visayas.

“Trees promote life. Not only do trees produce oxygen, they also provide homes for animals, replace soil nitrates, prevent erosion and more. These fruit-bearing trees will tremendously change our lives not only for environmental benefits but also provide us a livelihood we soon can count on,” Drexel Luzon, Community Development Program Coordinator of Habitat for Humanity Philippines, expressed.


Primavera Residences’ developer, Italpinas Euroasian Design and Eco-development Corporation (ITPI), which has been in the forefront of sustainable development and passive green architecture, won numerous local and international awards for its high-performance design. Featuring the best principles of passive cooling technology: shadow and sunlight control, wind cooling and shape performance, the project has been cited as one of Asia’s top 10 clean energy projects because of its capacity to help residents save as much as 32% on overall energy consumption.

“The experience was totally overwhelming being able to spend my time with my colleagues and live the company’s advocacy. This has not only given me the chance to plant more trees, but it has given me the opportunity to help rebuild our community again,” Gisselle Mantilla, Admin Officer, said.

Marissa Olaer, on the other hand, shared that she has always been in awe with Primavera’s active support in sustaining the natural environment. “The green building, indeed, lives by its advocacy by creating not only sustainable buildings but letting its partners experience how it is to really be eco-friendly. As a broker, I am not just overwhelmed, I have high respect to this company,” she added.

The multi-awarded building is located in a master planned community in uptown Cagayan de Oro, was built in 2009 and has been effectively on the lead in promoting green advocacies in Cagayan de Oro.

Do you want to know more about the building’s advocacy? Click here.



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