Lumbia Elementary School Banduria Group Shines in Primavera Event


Talent is God-given and these kids sure have it.

With persistence, enthusiasm and passion, the group of pupils from Lumbia Elementary School take pride in their gift in playing banduria, a plucked chordophone primarily known to be the instrument of the Philippine folkloric songs.

Two years ago, when Ms. Vilma Larede, one of Lumbia Elementary School’s talented and supportive teachers, saw the students’ interest and ability to learn how to play banduria, she founded the group which is now known as the Lumbia Elementary School Rondalla.

“I am not only passionate about teaching these children, I’m also very honored to give them more of what I think I can impart to them—strengthen their talents and mold them into better individuals as they grow up,” Larede expressed.

The banduria players, some of whom came from Xavier Ecoville Resettlement Site after Typhoon Sendong hit their respective homes last 2010, continue to hone their talents in playing the instrument, while more kids from the school convey their interest in joining the group. However, lack of funds to buy more instruments for training is still the biggest hurdle that stands between them and their goals.

“The kids have grown to be passionate with their music. In fact, lack of funds doesn’t stop them from doing what they love to do. Their passion inspired teachers and parents to actively reach out to the public to solicit funds for the kids’ instruments,” Joy Talirongan, Lumbia Elementary School Principal, said.

One of the teachers, Mrs. Ramos, helped in soliciting funds for the group. Currently, four instruments came from Mrs. Ramos’ efforts and two more came from the Pedro Calungsod Foundation. The purchase of six additional banduria were made possible by the donations coming from kind-hearted, generous individuals. To date, the group is still accepting banduria donations for their ever-growing pool of talents.

“I am really happy that Ms. Jane Duterte of Primavera Residences appreciated these kids’ passion to play banduria,” Talirongan expressed.

Last September 26, 2014, as Primavera Residences celebrated the Topping Off ceremony of its second tower, the Rondalla of Lumbia Elementary School conducted their first ever out-of–school performance in the event attended by huge names from different industries in the Philippines and abroad.

“It was an experience I will never forget and these kids will treasure it the most. I do hope they [kids] have inspired many to appreciate the beauty of Filipino folk music,” Larede expressed.

Primavera Residences first came across the delightful group during their performance at the launch of the school-based feeding program where Primavera was one of the sponsors.

“Seeing these kids and hearing them play is indeed very inspiring. Despite the challenges they are facing, they continue to embrace their music with such passion. For that we’re very happy to have them in our event, and we hope to see more of them in future activities,” says Jane Duterte, PR and Marketing Manager of Primavera Residences.

Primavera Residences is a twin tower, ten-storey mixed used property located in uptown Cagayan de Oro City. It was recently awarded as the Best Mixed-Use Development in the Philippines by the Asia Pacific Property Awards. Units are available for sale or for rent.

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Primavera Joins CDO Rugby’s 1st Anniv Celebration

Primavera Residences’ partner sports team, the Cagayan de Oro Rugby Football Club, has launched a series of events this September to celebrate their first anniversary. The first activity in the line up is aimed at giving back to the community with a fun party organized for the children of BoysTown. BoysTown in Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro houses young males which include orphans, street children, abandoned children, and other less fortunate young boys.

The half-day event catered to 25 children aged 5 to 17 and includes a wide array of activities such as a rugby sports therapy, games, a Jollibee-hosted party, and gift-giving from various sponsors. It was held on September 13, Saturday, from 8am to 12 noon at Primavera Residences Multipurpose Hall.

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The CDO Rugby Club has chosen Boystown as the recipient for some of its community outreach projects since young boys are vulnerable to illegal drugs and other dangers,” says Mae Dizon, one of the event organizers. “This is the fourth time that CDO Rugby Club hosted an event for the BoysTown kids, but to make this one special, we opted to have the event outside their facility.”

Various sponsors presented donations to the children including dental and hygiene kits from Primavera Residences. Italpinas CEO Architect Romolo Nati was also present during the event to join the fun and games. Volunteer group Child Protection Brigade headed by founder Renato “Rhaine” Pepito is among the partners of this worthwhile activity.

Here are some photos from the event.

Coach Noel Villa of the CDO Rugby Football Club leads the sports therapy
Game time! Photo by Child Protection Brigade Volunteers FB page
Game time! Photo by Child Protection Brigade Volunteers FB page
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Italpinas CEO Architect Romolo Nati with CDO Rugby Club coach Noel Villa and the Boystown children
kids swarm the Jollibee mascot
PR and Marketing Manager Jane Montebon Duterte and Admin & Finance Manager Donald Loyloy hand out dental and hygiene kits from Primavera Residences


Primavera Residences wishes to thank the following: Coach Noel Villa, Ms. Mae Dizon and the members of the Cagayan de Oro Rugby Football Club, Rhaine Pepito and the Child Protect Brigade Volunteers, and all the partners of sponsors of this event. Watch out for the rest of the fun activities lined up for the CDO Rugby Club’s anniversary month!

For more information about upcoming events in Primavera Residences, go to or call 088-880-5002.

July Social Media Contest: #PrimaveraWellnessGoals

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July is Nutrition Month. It’s the perfect month to be concerned about proper nutrition and our well-being, to examine our lifestyle choices, and to actually start to do something about it.  So this July, we at Primavera Residences are embarking on a month-long journey to kickstart a healthier lifestyle. And of course, we’d like you to jump aboard and take part in our wellness campaign, too.

Start by joining the #PrimaveraWellnessGoals online contest in Facebook. All you have to do is tell us what your wellness goals are and we’ll help you begin to achieve those.

Here’s how to join

For this social media contest, all you have to do is share  your wellness goals on Facebook using the hashtag #PrimaveraWellnessGoals. Make sure your post settings is set to PUBLIC so we can view your post.

Your wellness goals could be quirky, funny, deadly serious, earnest, or totally out-of-this-world. It’s up to you. Let your creativity shine and make your post stand out!



How to win

Our team of wellness experts composed of Ms. Julie Bonita Corrales of The YOGAHOME, Chef Ivy Trapero of the Culinary Institute of Cagayan de Oro, and Mr. Noel Villa of the Cagayan de Oro Rugby Club will choose one winner from the online participants on July 26 during the Primavera Wellness Day. The winner will be announced at the venue and in the official Primavera Residences Facebook account simultaneously.



But wait – – you can also bring your family and friends to the Primavera Wellness Day to listen to talks about wellness, get a free wellness evaluation, and end the day with a yoga party!

The prize

Whether your goal is to lose weight, gain weight, or tone down all the unwanted flabs, getting the right nutrition is the proper first step. The prize for this contest, a 10-day free membership to Chef Ivy Trapero’s Cellunite Nutrition Club, will help you begin your journey right. The nutrition club membership will include a free personalized wellness evaluation and counselling, as well as ten days of  monitored nutrition intake.

So what are you waiting for? Start posting your #PrimaveraWellnessGoals now!


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