The Aperitivo, a true Italian food and wine event in CdO!


Finally something that we don’t see every day in Cagayan de Oro. The Italian Chamber of Commerce and the Italian Embassy in partnership with Oro Chamber present an extraordinary insight into the habits of an Italian, a real piece of Italy’s everyday life: The Italian Aperitivo.

Let’s take away all doubts right from the beginning: the Aperitivo is what it says: an aperitif, which is an alcoholic drink to be had at pre-dinner time to stimulate one’s appetite. In Rome or in Milan people gather for an aperitivo just after leaving office and drink wines, camparis, bellinis and a lot of other fancy drinks, cocktails and mixers. All this is accompanied by a buffet style of “antipasti”, Italian appetisers and finger foods like cold cuts, prosciutto, cheeses, panini and even spaghetti and other specialities. Doubt arises if this is a pre-dinner snack or real dinner?? Well, most often you wouldn’t want to eat anything else after an Aperitivo but Italians are known for eating so many do have late dinners thereafter.

The Aperitivo CdO is a lifestyle event where people gather and indulge in good conversation apart from sipping delicious wines and served with sumptuous buffet. Definitely a venue where worries and stresses have no home and where togetherness and friendship prevails.

This unique event should signify another step to Cagayan de Oro’s friendship with Italy and Italian culture and business. We have already witnessed the rise and shine of Primavera Residences by Architect Romolo Nati, now a pride of for all the city and other Italian companies active in servicing the bottling lines of Coca Cola. With the Philippine economy growing so is also Mindanao and the opportunities are unfolding. A growing mutual cooperation between public and private entities and also thanks to the efforts of Oro Chamber we shall see more foreign investments meaning more jobs for the local community. “If we keep a positive mindset and help each other for the common good then all the community can grow accordingly. Mindanao has a great future.” says Lorens Ziller, vice-president of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and maker of this international tie-up together with Engr. Cerael “Dodong” Donggay, president of Oro Chamber. The two chambers have a tie-up signing scheduled for the upcoming Oro Best Expo 2015.

Sunshine Paquibot, part of the organizing team, reminds us that there are limited tickets available for this event and all those who still want to be part of it should hurry to grab this opportunity.

Italpinas joins PAFTOG 10-led Tree Planting Activity in Indahag

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Italpinas Development Corporation’s (IDC) premier green property in Northern Mindanao, Primavera Residences, has recently partnered with the Philippine Air Force Tactical Operations Group 10 (PAF-TOG 10) in their aim to conserve the environment through a tree planting activity in Sitio Calacapan, Brgy. Indahag last 26 September 2015.

“As leaders to sustainable developments, it is our promise to the people that we continue to build and rebuild communities through being frontrunners and supporters to the city’s environment advocacies. Through these activities, we can bring people together in attaining our goals in ensuring environmental sustainability,” Cesar Stefan Rago, IDC’s Public Relations and Marketing Officer, declared.

Supported by different schools, colleges, universities, government and private offices, PAF-TOG 10 has successfully planted 1000 assorted seedlings as reinforcement to the National Greening Program of the government to increase the awareness of the civilian populace in sustaining the environment through activities like this.

“It is our delight to continue conducting tree planting activities to showcase/highlight PAF’s continuous support to the different programs of other agencies to help preserve the environment which, in a way, supports the AFP Internal Peace and Security Plan’s (IPSP) ‘Bayanihan’,” Lt. Col. Leo A Fontanilla, PAF (GSC) Group Commander, said.

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Italpinas Development Corporation has been in the forefront of sustainable developments and passive green architecture. IDC has 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. Its flagship development, Primavera Residences in Cagayan de Oro, 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.

Built in 2012, the multi-awarded building is located in a master-planned community in uptown Cagayan de Oro. It has been effectively on the lead in promoting green advocacies in the city.




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On The Manila Times: Primavera Developer Italpinas Sets P242-M IPO


The Italian-Filipino sustainable property developer, Italpinas Euroasian Design and Eco-development Corporation (ITPI), is set to launch an initial public offering (IPO) this year to raise P242 million for its new and ongoing integrated development projects.

Obtained by the Manila Times on Tuesday, in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Italpinas said that it will be offering 57.622 million primary common shares, priced at a maximum of P4.20 per share.

The final offer price will be determined on July 21, and the offer period will run from July 27 to 31. The company expects to list on the Small, Medium and Emerging Board of the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) on August 10.

Read more of the story here.

South China Morning Post features ITPI Executives


In the spotlight of today’s issue of South China Morning Post (SCMP) is a feature story on Italpinas Euroasian Design and Eco-Development Corporation (ITPI) and the company’s passion for sustainable developments in second-tier cities and regions in the Philippines.

Discovery Reports, together with SCMP, reports on ITPI’s efforts in offering investors a strategic inroad to the unrecognized yet hyper-prospective secondary places in the Philippines.

“We engage ourselves in secondary cities because we have seen that the big opportunities are now outside Metro Manila,” says Romolo Nati, ITPI’s chairman and architect. “There are more than 7,000 islands in this country, and hundreds of thriving cities that need sustainable mixed-use development.”

ITPI is an Italian-Filipino company that designs and develops sustainable property developments nationwide and Primavera Residences, its flagship development in Cagayan de Oro, recently won in the 2014 Asia Pacific Property Awards in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Fusing Italian design and Filipino culture, ITPI creates high performance properties while protecting the natural environment. Taking inspiration from nature and cultural and social conditions, and integrating this into architectural design, the company brings an unprecedented philosophy to Philippine real estate.

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“Environmentally friendly living must not be made expensive,” says Jojo Leviste, ITPI’s president. “If a building is designed to perform, then natural elements at its location can deliver results that would otherwise consume energy such as simultaneous cooling, lighting and ventilation.” The company’s first project, the Primavera Residences in Cagayan de Oro, attests to this.

Primavera Residences reduces energy consumption and living costs with solar panels, strategic channeling of natural airflow, and shading features that are designed according to the sun’s paths at the building’s precise latitude. Targeting the country’s rising middle class, most of the development’s units cost less than US$100,000.

ITPI is aiming to expand in Northern Luzon, Batangas, and the Visayas. The company is also working on its initial public offering (IPO) in a bid to attract foreign investor interested in the Philippines. “We want to be recognized for staying true to our values and to the passion the moved us from the very beginning,” Nati says. “We are proof that a company can do good while still being profitable,” he continued.

Do you want to know more about the multi-awarded development, Primavera Residences? You can call 088-880-5002 and 0917 794 2221 or visit our website here.


Misamis Oriental: The Home of Eco-adventure Destinations

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When it comes to beaches, springs, adventure parks, and a whole lot of escapades, Mindanao, the second largest chunk in the Philippine Archipelago, is the haven you’ve been looking for. One of its provinces is endowed with scenic places and natural wonders and Misamis Oriental is probably the best eco-adventure destination in the Philippines.

The province of Misamis Oriental is undeniably one of the right places to be for those who are after some adventure with nature. It is rich in natural resources, both underwater and on land, and it’s also the gateway to the entirety of Mindanao.

The breathtaking sunsets at the Agutayan Island in Jasaan, the underwater spring at Duka Bay Resort in Medina, the amazing land and underwater activities in The Mantangale Alibuag Dive Resort in Balingoan, are just some of the great jump-off points to more than a dozen adventure and diving sites. Misamis Oriental is home to terrific swim and snorkel spots. Good coral growth and strong currents make the waters of Misamis Oriental the ideal habitat for an array of plant and animal marine life.

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If you’re also into trekking and some land adventure, there are centuries-old trees at the Lasang Secret Adventure Eco-Tourism Park and breathe some fresh air while learning about the tribal cultures of Mindanao at the Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village.

Misamis Oriental is also a special place for Catholic pilgrims. The Divine Mercy Shrine, located in El Salvador City, has a 50-ft statue of Jesus as the Divine Mercy. Also, Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Cagayan de Oro City lets you cross 9 rivers to get there.

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Dubbed as the “adventure capital” in the Philippines, Cagayan de Oro City also offers the thrill of escapades and adventures.

Do you need a place to stay for your Cagayan de Oro vacation? Check out the units for rent at Primavera Residences! You can choose between sunrise or sunset view from your very own picture-perfect balcony and window for a thoroughly relaxing vacation. For more information, click here or contact 0917 794 2221 or (088) 880 5002.

Tower 2 Construction Updates as of April 2015

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As of April 8, 2015, Primavera Residences Tower 2 is nearing its completion. Currently, the second tower of Primavera Residences has already reached 90% of its construction.

See below some of the latest construction photos.

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Foundation of solar panels

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Foundation of solar panels

Do you want to know more about Primavera Residences, you may click here or call 0917 794 2221 or (088) 880 5002.

Earth Hour 2015: Use #YourPower to Change Climate Change


On March 28, Saturday, at exactly 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, we celebrate this global switch-off event called Earth Hour together with millions of citizens across the globe. For an hour, everyone in the world will switch off their lights to show their commitment in caring about the future of our planet and the pressing threats of climate change.

Hundreds of cities around the world will participate, and some of the most famous landmarks of the world will go dark as well— the dramatic lights of the Eiffel Tower, the Coliseum, and the Big Ben will impressively go dark for a better future.

Through this initiative, we are showing concern about what’s happening to our planet and paves the opportunity for everyone to act upon what’s right and what’s needed.

All countries have to elevate their efforts in our common fight against climate change. There is no other time to move as one and act upon our goal to a better planet, but TODAY.

Our time is now

“We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation to do something about it,” H.E. Barrack Obama said in one of his speeches.

As the first and only sustainable condominium development in Northern Mindanao, Primavera Residences is one with the world in committing to a better planet to live in.

To fully address human rights and climate change problems, the world asks for your help and the help of the billions of people to participate in this fulfilling event of our lives.

So, when you switch off your lights on Saturday, remember that this year’s Earth Hour is time to think about the world, about the people, and about us. This is the time to act and engage ourselves to make a huge difference in our planet.

Use #YourPower to change climate change.

Do you want to know more about Primavera Residences green advocacies? You may click here.

Why a Condo Unit is the Best Graduation Gift

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It’s always exciting to see someone graduate from school—especially a college graduate who feels liberated from school and eager to start a new career. Graduating is exciting as it is terrifying especially when one starts to be independent.

Yes, there is no question that the best investment parents can give to their children is equipping them for the future—the gift of education. But what happens after graduation? As their child goes through the “real world”, worrying in silence would be very excruciating. Parents want nothing but the best for their children and for graduation, they would probably give their child the best gift ever.

Well, here are some reasons why a condominium is the best gift ever.

Worthy investment

Buying a condo unit as a graduation gift is a worthy investment for both parents and children. Not only that it could be considered a second home but also making sure that your child is in a place that is convenient and secure even if you decide to let him go.

In the Philippines, condo units are reasonable with its easier and efficient modes of payment. Why not help your newly-grad with the down payment or the deposit if it’s a rent? When he lands on a job, tell him to chip in. This way, your child becomes responsible enough to handle such investment. A condo unit will not only be a real estate investment but an investment into his character and sense of responsibility.

The reality of adulthood

Dependency is over and slacking’s done. Sooner or later, when your child gets his diploma, he will have to face reality and start doing things on his own.

Buying him a condo means driving him to get his act together. Through proper guidance and timing, you’ll be amazed on how independence can do to a child. Also, with significant amount of supervision, your child will soon live responsibly and maturely.

As parents, come prepared with your list of what-to-bring, from kitchen wares to appliances, when he starts living on his own. Living away from your comfort zone is no easy task, but at the same time, there is no better training than getting your hands a little dirty.

Financial responsibility

When your child takes off from college, you would want him to become financially responsible and independent. Though it will be challenging but it sure is worth it. We cannot keep away from the fact that sooner, when he lands a job, he will feel the need to reward himself every payday and might spend on things that do not help him to become financially stable someday.

If he owns a condo or rents one, he will value every peso he spends since he has bills to pay. Little will you know that he will be responsible enough to save electricity and water consumptions and manages his social life.

This way, you’re teaching him to be financially responsible and how to save for the future. He will know the value of hard work and ensure himself of a better life ahead.

For a better future

Giving a newly-grad a condo helps him become responsible of his own space and own life. It will help him grow maturely and responsibly as a professional. Most importantly, he will have a better chance at living the life he knows he deserves.

How’s this kind of “congratulations” for your child’s future?


This March, 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.

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.

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.

Primavera Turns Over Educational Books to Cagayan de Oro RFC


For the past 2 months, CDO Rugby Football Club has been actively seeking for educational book donations that would benefit schools in the remote areas of Papua New Guinea. In support of this eco-friendly project, last February 27, Primavera Residences turned over unused encyclopedias and textbooks donated by its employees to CDO RFC Coach, Noel Villa.

“It is my pleasure to donate these encyclopedias for those kids in need. We are blessed to have one click away in the internet, and that instead of displaying these [encyclopedias] at home, I’m sure these books will benefit the larger community of Papua New Guinea,” Alexa Maandig, PRCC staff, who shared a complete set of encyclopedia and other books.

Books, apart from its physical considerations, are best when it comes to reading comprehension. A study found out that literacy building in children is more effective with printed books. It helps build focus on the lessons, stories, and the opportunities for interaction between the child and the parent reading the book together.

“My deepest gratitude for Primavera for fully supporting us in our endeavor to help the schools in some remote areas in Papua New Guinea. This helps a lot in rebuilding the community to further promote education and livelihood,” Noel Villa, Coach of CDO RFC, said.

Primavera Residences, the first multi-awarded eco-friendly property in Mindanao, has been actively promoting its advocacies that, for sure, will help us lead a sustainable lifestyle. It is located in a master planned community in uptown Cagayan de Oro and was built in 2009 and has been effectively in the forefront of green advocacies in Cagayan de Oro.

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

PH is Asia’s 2nd Fastest Growing Economy in 2014


The Philippines ended 2014 on a high note as Asia’s second-fastest growing economy drawing a full-year GDP growth rate of 6.1%. Increasing from 6.3% to 6.9% in the fourth quarter of last year, the Philippines’ solid economic performance brought the country’s GDP growth rate higher than its expected growth in the last quarter of 2014 making it Asia’s fastest-growing economy next to China.

No longer the ‘sick man’ of Asia

In a media briefing at the Philippine Statistics Authority central office in Makati City, NEDA Director and Socio-economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said that the Philippine economy’s performance for 2014 and the preceding years starting in 2010 shows how the Philippines can no longer be called the ‘sick man’ of Asia. “Our economic growth is becoming more competitive with our East and Southeast Asian neighbors”, Balisacan said.

He added, “The growth in the fourth quarter of 2014 appears to be broad-based as all three major productive sectors –the agriculture, industry and services sectors – have shown positive and robust growth during the period”.

This development led J.P. Morgan to revise its 2015 GDP forecast from an earlier projection of 5.4% to 6.4%.

“Upward growth trajectory”

In an emailed statement to GMA News, Finance secretary Cesar Purisima said that the country’s fourth quarter and full year performance “resoundingly affirm its upward growth trajectory buoyed by strong macroeconomic fundamentals”.

“Despite the challenging external environment in the global economy, both the Q4 and full year growth rates exceeded market expectations, lodging the Philippines firmly among the three fastest growing countries in Asia,” he said.

Balisacan also added that the Philippine economy should hit its target of 7% to 8% for 2015, as more public funds are freed up. Falling oil prices and spending for the 2016 elections would also push the economy upward, he said.

“We believe that our economy has moved into a long-term growth path that 7% is quite sustainable and achievable,” he concluded.