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Rhonson reaches Everest Base Camp at 17600 feet

Rhonson Ng: Climbing Everest Base Camp

Photographer and mountaineer Rhonson Ng sets out for his dream of conquering Everest Base Camp 2019 on his own. Read about his adventure. Click To Tweet

Witerary by Jojie Alcantara
Photos by Rhonson Ng

En route through a hanging bridg

En route through a hanging bridge

Professional photographer Rhonson Ng started his photography journey during his mountaineering days in college. Climbing the toughest mountains in the Philippines was a challenge.  Eventually he wanted to conquer the highest peak in the country, so he moved from Luzon to Davao to climb Mt. Apo.  He became the official photographer for the Department of Tourism Region XI, publishing shots of Mindanao’s peaks.

Meeting locals along the trail

Meeting locals along the trail

With his mountain adventures on covers of airline magazines, his next target was Malaysia’s highest mountain Mt. Kinabalu for an assignment in PAL’s Mabuhay Magazine.  The dream went further, and what prompted it was his young niece based in Australia who just reached Everest Base Camp in 2018.

Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar

“Two years ago I have set my mind for EBC2019 (Everest Base Camp).  I am not getting any younger and I want to enjoy the hike.  Seeing my niece make the climb urged me to push for my dream climb,” Rhonson said. He was also inspired by Bukidnon’s pride Carina Dayondon, the first Filipina to scale the Seven Summits, whom he recently bonded with during the Climb Camiguin campaign.

Rhonson on his way to Everest Base Camp

Rhonson on his way to Everest Base Camp

 

For his preparation early this year, he booked a guide named Pemba Sherpa who was well recommended by a good friend who has climbed EBC. He watched a lot of EBC climb videos on YouTube.  He then trained for two months of cardio training, uphill jogging and finally quit smoking.

Rhnson and his guide Pemba Sherpa

Rhnson and his guide Pemba Sherpa

His adventures started with a flight from Manila to Kathmandu, travel of five hours to Ramechapp, and another thirty minutes of harrowing flight in the world’s most dangerous airport, Lukla. Together with Pemba, they trekked towards Phakding, then Toktok for an overnight stay.

Guesthouse

Guesthouse

For several days, in between challenging treks, acclimatization (where you climb up to a point, but descend the trail back down again), avoiding a parade of Yaks which can dangerously kicked you off cliffs, meeting strange and interesting people, eating non-meat food along the way, craving for coffee, hot showers and warm blankets in guesthouses,  Rhonson and Pemba traveled from Toktok to Namche Bazaar, then to Kyangjuma (where he started to feel the dizzying effects of high altitude), to Pangboche, and to Dingboche at 4,260 meters (almost 14,000ft).

 

 

“At this point I can feel the elevation affecting my breathing and causing minor headaches. I’ve heard many stories of climbers getting airlifted due to altitude sickness,” he said. “The hardest part was not the trekking. The high altitude affects your sleeping, eating, and breathing. It was mentally challenging.”

 

Rhonson pushed on to Lobuche, his toughest trail, while battling the effects at 5,000 meters.  From Lobuche he passed by Gorak Shep, and instead of staying overnight, he pushed straight for base camp and back to Lobuche.

Rhonson at Everest Base Camp

Rhonson at Everest Base Camp

On Day 9 of April 28, 2019 at 11:30am, Rhonson has reached Everest Basecamp at 5380 meters (17,600ft).  It took him nine days of ascent and three days going down.

Rhonson reaches Everest Base Camp at 17600 feet

Rhonson reaches Everest Base Camp at 17600 feet

 

Having met interesting people along the way, and learning more on Hinduism and Buddhism, he urges fellow Pinoy avid mountaineers to climb EBC and appreciate the beauty of the mountains, but not to underestimate it.

Photo by Rhonson Ng

“High altitude climbing is way different and more dangerous than you think — one key is mental preparation and getting a very good guide.  Everest Basecamp is on top of every mountaineer’s bucket lists.  After 25 years, that dream was finally set with the help of family, friends here and abroad and my sponsors Fujifilm Philippines and MX3.  I was able to plan a 3-week journey to Nepal, and climb the basecamp of the highest mountain in the world.

Photo by Rhonson Ng

Photo by Rhonson Ng

As an advice to travelers, he said: “Continue to travel and share the experiences if you have the resources and time to do so.  Keep the adventure always alive in you.”

Yak caravan on the trail

Yak caravan on the trail

Everest peak with white caps fronted by Lhotse mountain

Everest peak with white caps fronted by Lhotse mountain

Rhonson Ng, EBC 2019

Rhonson Ng, EBC 2019

Published in SunStar Davao on July 10, 2019

 

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Pacquiao vies for WBA Super Welterweight Belt against Thurman

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Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao guns for another win in a major boxing bout as he challenges Keith Thurman for the WBA Super Welterweight World Championship this July 21 (Sunday) live via SKY Sports Pay-Per-View.

The reigning WBA (regular) Welterweight World Champion faces an opponent ten years his junior after successfully defeating Adrien Broner last January and Lucas Matthysse in the latter part of 2018. Pacquiao currently holds a boxing record of 61-7-2 with 39 wins coming via knockout.

On the other hand, Keith Thurman also known by the moniker, “One Time,” is coming from a majority decision win over Josesito Lopez. He owns an unblemished record of 30-0-0 with 22 wins via knockouts and one No Contest.

Local boxing analyst Ed Tolentino said in an interview by news.abs-cbn.com that the bout between Thurman and Pacquiao will be a good one, stating that Thurman is better than Broner.

One thing he is concerned about Thurman, though, is his health since this fight is only the American fighter’s second after being inactive for almost two years.

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SunStar Davao Eskina article by Jojie Alcantara

Eskina@Bizpark celebrates food, fun and music

Witerary by Jojie Alcantara

Lanang Business Park (BizPark), a two-hectare mixed-use property owned by Dominic & Sons Realty and Development Corporation (DSRDC), is celebrating five years of its milestone as an emerging business, leisure and entertainment landmark in the northern part of Davao City.

media frends with tenants

Eskina @Bizpark is an establishment for food occupants that offer an affordable dining experience in a semi-open setting and spacious atmosphere. Click To Tweet

Eskina @Bizpark

Eskina @Bizpark

As Bizpark continues to expand, tenants range from local to international companies in its fully occupied commercial building, while more commercial spaces are in plans for construction.

BizPark manager John Irene del Campo with Eskina tenants

BizPark manager John Irene del Campo with Eskina tenants

One of its main attractions is Eskina @Bizpark, an establishment for food occupants that offer an affordable dining experience in a semi-open setting and spacious atmosphere.  Its charm and budget-friendly services have lured students and professionals in its entertainment area for five years now.

BizPark manager John Irene del Campo

BizPark manager John Irene del Campo

Ms. John Irene Del Campo, Property Management & Administrative Services Manager at DSRDC, invited media friends for a food sampling of each tenant’s specialties. We enjoyed savoring varied dishes that are quite delicious and prepared in generous servings.

 

Kuya’s Kambingan, the oldest tenant, offers goat preparations like adobo, kaldereta, kilawin and sinampalukang kambing. The papaitan is a must try as well.

 

Tatay Ige’s BBQ Stall cooks your Pinoy favorites chicken and pork barbeque and other grilled items for meals or pulutan.

 

Romeo’s Sisigan ng Davao, gives its own versions of the Filipino classic sisig, a Kapampangan dish made of minced pork, chicken, beef or liver, seasoned with calamansi, finely chopped onion, chicharon and chili peppers.

 

BABA.BOY serves your familiar Filipino comfort food passed down from early generations and still loved today, like the crispy dinuguan, fried dinakdakan, fried binagoongan, chili garlic chicken and fried squid on salted egg.

 

Ochado, a franchise originally from Singapore, brings in the Japanese bubble tea concept of ocha (tea) and chado (origin or culture in Japanese). It focuses on brewing the best quality tea using the freshest natural ingredients to the delight of tea addicts. It is the only outlet open on Sundays for their delivery service demands.

 

Lastly, your dining experience won’t be complete without the BeerZone, serving perfectly chilled beers to complement your food, as laughingly described in its slogan: “Beer as cold as your EX’s heart”. Ouch, so much for brain freeze.

BizPark manager John Irene del Campo with Eskina tenants

Eskina @Bizpark opens Monday to Saturday; lunch from 11am to 2pm on Mondays to Fridays.  Entertainment starts at 730pm every Friday and Saturday.

BizPark manager John Irene with media friends Leebai Marilyn Jojie and Ian

Thanks to John Irene for accommodating and entertaining us, together with her Sales and Marketing Officer Lyanna Mariel Fondevilla and the tenants Allan Pascua (Kambingan), Alne delos Santos delos Santos (Bababoy), Kharl Jheo Taleon, Dennis Roflo (Romeo Sisig), Mike Guerra (Tatay Ige) and Clench Saguindan (Ochado).

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Of Mystique Angels and Crystals

Witerary by Jojie Alcantara

What started as an idea back in October 2016 to create angel parties/booths for events came about through assisting a mother group they call the F4 (composed of Mother Princess, Lady Bam, Mother Atho, and Bong), where each had workshops which they help market and mount. The five members were graduates of the angel reading workshops of Evelyn Princess Buendia, a schoolmate of mine in Ateneo.

Mystique Angels

“We are a group of light workers, earth angels, miracle workers based in Davao City. But those are just labels though, to easily identify us with. We are just vessels to be of assistance to the community and country. We want to focus on using happiness and abundance to cultivate one’s self for a loving impact through events that we mount or we are invited in. Our mission is to spread love, oneness despite diversity of beliefs, and just honor one another and find our similarities, kindness and freedom,” Anne Verga, fondly called Pangging, related how the Mystique Angels was formed.

Pangging Verga

The PR in the group, Pangging is a DOH licensed massage therapist, specializing in healing that involves physical muscles, movement and touch. Currently, she is in Australia for further studies.

Kristina Suelto

Kristina Suelto (Angels and Crystals) and Liberty “Zai” Cocjin-Chan gave birth to the name when people started asking for assistance. Both women are creative artists of beautiful crystal accessories, doing workshops, crystal healing, Hoponopono, tarot and angel reading.

Zai Chan

Zai, the mystic motherly empath of the group does reiki healing, dabbles in kitchen herbs and essentials oils and together with her husband, creates handcrafted accessories in Artzy Quartzy Crafts and Crystals.

“Inspiration came in a flash and we came up with five branches Mystique Angels would love to venture into: Parties & Events, Crystals & Gift Shop, Mystique Travel & Tours, Healing Therapies & Self Mastery,” Pangging further explained.

Prosperity BEHT Healing sessions

From one workshop to another, the scope of services evolved and expanded, adding space clearing and healing activities. Mystique Angels is currently known for its monthly Prosperity BEHT (Body Emotional Healing Therapy) which started in 2018, crystal healing, sound bath healing, angel readings, tai chi sessions, self-mastery workshops and space/car clearings they call the Circle of Abundance.

Mystique Angels booth at the Hippie Market in Royal Mandaya

They also regularly conduct a course in miracles study group (ACIM/TAMIS), a self-study thought system of universal spiritual teaching.

Jay and Jows

Two men in the group have their own specialties. Jows Bagot focuses on managing and mounting events and oversees activities. He is also the sound master of crystal singing bowls during space clearings and healing sessions. Jows also creates car charms and dreamcatchers. Jay Delino, the youngest and fondly called “Bebeboy”, is their official documentor/photographer/graphic artist on their events and on Facebook.

“Our inspiration is one another. We draw our strength from each one. Our company inspiration is a hybrid of HayHouse and MindValley. We are also inspired by our families, mentors, and our friends who are supporting us in this venture. Our team is driven by inspiration, vision and passion and we would like to be known for as your reliable heart-based miracle workers based in Davao City,” said Pangging.

In the near future the group is hoping to develop and produce films and music for awareness in a fun way. They are also scouting for a creative space they can call home where they can conduct daily meditation classes, tai chi and private healing sessions. Their recent big event was “Clear Mind: Nothingness” conducted by Dato’ Dr. Lim Siow Jin (CEO and Founder of DXN International) and Dr. Rajesh Savera last May 21, 2019 at the Davao Convention Center.

Jows Bagot, Tina Suelto, angel reading mentor Princess Buendia, Zai Cochin and Pangging Verga

During our fun photo shoot in a park, the group had a blast exploring their creativity with props (from sage burning to fallen leaves) and healing crystals. Here are words of advice to interested crystal collectors:

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Tina, Zai and Pangging with makeup artist Honey at the back

“Just stay open to all the things you will hear because people have different experiences and uses with crystals. Each crystal has its specific use to an individual’s needs. Keep an open mind, to the possibilities of how you can use them as tools and support in your life’s journey.  Follow your heart when you choose your crystals and always have fun exploring!”

Mystique Angels booth at the Hippie Market in Royal Mandaya

The group is on Facebook (Mystique Angels) and Instagram (@mystiqueangels) should you want to reach out.

Mystque Angels Jay Tina Pangging Zai and Jows at the park

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Malita Dives: resort in a sanctuary

Witerary by Jojie Alcantara (published in SunStar Davao June 5, 2019)

A year ago, when I was doing a shoot for the Province of Davao Occidental with its consultant and good friend Derf Maiz, I traveled around the new province from Malita, Don Marcelino down to Jose Abad Santos. During an activity, I reunited with an old friend, Jean Seekins Bautista, lovely wife of Mayor Bradly Bautista.  She invited me to their private beach house in Tubalan Cove but we had to reschedule.

Malita Dive adventure!

Fast forward this year before the election, the trip finally pushed through and I was able to invite a few friends along.  Road trip from Davao to Malita by private van took two and a half hours of good coastal road and scenic views of the bay and mountains. The boat ride was a mere five minutes away.

Malita Dives is a simple beach house beautifully structured on stilts beside a huge rock formation. Click To Tweet

Malita Dives, the simple beach house beautifully structured on stilts beside a huge rock formation, did not disappoint. Although initially coined the famous Maldives in mind, the owners intended for it to become known for the sanctuary it is nestled within.

Barangay Tubalan, Malita, Davao Occidental
Barangay Tubalan, Malita, Davao Occidental

Tubalan Cove is blessed with pristine and clean waters where one can clearly see healthy marine life and coral formations underwater, with an added bonus of a vintage WW2 Japanese minesweeper one can dive and explore.

Mayor Bradly found a paradise within its sheltered cove and declared it a sanctuary to keep it protected with fishes thriving. He established ten “Bantay Dagat” patrol boats carried on by fishermen. A water system was also set up which the fishing villages benefited from.

Malita Dives, Tubalan Cove, Malita, Davao Occidental

The beach house is shaped liked a huge boat with a lounge deck that’s instagram-worthy. Beneath the stilts at low tide, a group of starfish are scattered around like floor decors, gently nudged by the slightest waves coming in.

Please take note, no sea stars were harmed during this pictorial, we merely gently moved them around to form a heart, and left them as the tide came in. These beautiful creatures were not manhandled or hurt in any way. We also advise you to leave them be when you spot them in their environment.

Activities like snorkeling, diving, a jet ski and banana boat are readily available upon request.  

While there is only one air-conditioned room with a bed and balcony,  the rest of the group can pull up folding beds anywhere and sleep underneath the stars if they wish to. Fifteen bunk beds are available with clean pillows and bed sheets. The toilet is well-kept and tidy.

The dining area has a videoke set and TV for you to scream your lungs out over the microphone. Malita’s tourism officer Jeremiah “Jing” Danolko also visited us and together with Jean, entertained us with stories.

The best part of our overnight stay was being warmly accompanied and pampered by the city’s First Lady, as Jean and her staff cooked lunch, dinner and a healthy breakfast next day. Delicious local dishes like panggang (barbecued chicken), kinilaw, fish, crabs and tiger prawns were served. Most favorite was Jean’s unforgettable calamares in salted eggs.

Calamares in salted egg

Dessert included fresh fruits and Malita’s very own WEBB Ice Cream from the Women Enterpreneurs of Barangay Buhangin. The five flavors are kalabasa, malunggay, durian and the spicy ones labeled one sili and two silis

Malita’s WEBB Ice Cream from the Women Enterpreneurs of Barangay Buhangin

Another standout in the buffet scene was Malita’s Adlai rice – these ancient grains made by the farmers are local super food and healthy substitute for rice to supply your daily carb needs. The gluten-free rice contains protein, dietary fiber, and minerals such as phosphorus, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamine, perfect for keeping your weight down.

There were more surprises before we went home the next day.  Our down to earth hostess gave us a quick tour around Malita, namely the huge Divine Mercy Shrine and chapel her father-in-law Vice Governor Atty. Franklin Bautista built over a hill overlooking the bay, with a huge cross that lights up at night serving as guide for the fishermen; and Lais beach where locals learn to surf.  She sent us off each with a pack of Adlai Rice, bangus from her fish pen, and native Malita coffee.

Malita Dives was a short restful break from the busy city life as we went back to Davao more relaxed from a needed break. If you ask me what more is there to do there, you get an honest happy answer from me – nothing.  All I wanted to do was just relax on the hammock, feel the sea breeze and not think much, just living in the moment and appreciating the company of friends frolicking at sea. I was happy to just be there without any sense of rush.

Group with Malita First Lady Jean Seekins Bautista at the deck lounge

Thank you for the company, fellow social media buddies: my dear sister Karen Alcantara, Jean Lorraine Pal, Leebai Sinsuat Ambolodto, Tammy Francisco, Penn Villamora, Christian Joy Salas, Chiqui Aportadera, and Khyrby Goc-ong.  We wish to thank Mayor Bradly and wife Jean for accommodating us despite hectic pre-election schedules (he ran uncontested and won again, of course). 

We thank Bioskin for sending tubes of Coco’s Himalayan Pink Salt Sunblock as sun protection, and to Gatchi Gatchalian for his newly launched Gatchips in different yummy flavors. 

Tubalan Cove, Malita, Davao Occidental

Those interested to visit the place may contact Georgette “JetJet” Sagang or 09755619694 or 09185825049 for bookings; for inquiries about Malita please contact its tourism officer Jing Danolko at 09755950517.  Day tours are available and overnight packages with or without food catering, but reservations are a must because they limit rental schedules in order to preserve the environment and keep the place clean.

Published article in SunStar Davao

Xian, Enzo and Joem banner SKYcable movies pay-per-view this June

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Xian Lim and Louise de los Reyes play lovers in “Hanggang Kailan?” Donnie (Xian) and Kath (Louise) celebrate their second anniversary as a couple in Saga, Japan,. But as days pass, Kath feels it is right to end their relationship. Find out if the couple will be able to save their relationship or decide to part ways.

Another interesting team-up also topbills SKYcable Movies Pay-Per-View this month featuring Enzo Pineda and Winwyn Marquez in “Time & Again.”  Watch Winwyn as she plays the role of Apol, a writer and a waitress who falls for a customer, Ozzi (Enzo). In a series of events, Apol receives a watch that can turn back time. See how she uses it to her advantage.

A different Joem Bascon will be seen by viewers as he portrays adisillusioned and suicidal Jose Rizal in the Cinema One Originals entry, “Historiographika Errata.” Other Filipino heroes will also be featured in the film which talks about a mosaic of historical facts and fictions.

Vice and Coco’s blockbuster movies on SKYcable pay-per-view

2018 MMFF Hits ‘Fantastica and ‘Jack Em Popoy” Vice and Coco's blockbuster movies on SKYcable pay-per-view Click To TweetTwo of the country’s biggest stars, Vice Ganda and Coco Martin, shake up the family’s summer TV viewing as SKYcable Pay-Per-View airs their respective blockbuster MMFF movies, “Fantastica” and “Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles.”

In this hit comedy-fantasy, zany misadventures ensue when Belat (Vice), her mother Fec (Jaclyn Jose) and his brothers Daks (Ronnie Alonte), Pepe (Edward Barber) and Junjun (Donny Pangilinan), try to keep the family carnival business – “Perya Wurtzbach, the Happiest Place on Earth, The Universe, Rather” alive. 

When Belat’s former best friend Dong Nam offers to buy the family business to save them from their troubles, she meets Prince (Richard Gutierrez) who will offer to help – but only after they find the missing princesses in the mystical land of Fantastica.

Find out if Belat fulfills the mission and is able to bring the luster back to his carnival.

The “Fantastica” Pay-Per-View offer comes with other fresh 2018 movies “Sakaling Maging Tayo,” “Pamilya Blondina,” and “Paki” until May 31. 

The action-comedy hit “Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles,” meanwhile, brings Coco Martin, Vic Sotto, and Maine Mendoza together in a movie for the first time.  

Police officer Popoy is retiring in a few months when he is paired with Jack (Coco). Unfortunately, the two often clash because of different views on what makes an ideal police officer. Things don’t go smoothly between Jack and Popoy’s daughter, Em, either as she finds him too arrogant.  But the three soon set their differences aside as they are tasked to work together on a mission—end the operations of drug lord Andrew (Arjo Atayde). As they try to solve the case, they discover some things about their past.

Catch Jack Em Popoy back-to-back with “Second Coming” and “Three Words to Forever” from May  17 to 31.

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Hijo Launches Project Honeycomb in Groundbreaking Ceremony

Witerary by Jojie Alcantara

Published in SunStar Davao on May 16, 2019
Published in SunStar Davao on May 16, 2019
The event program was held in The Plantation House in Barangay Madaum, Tagum City.

Hijo Resources Corporation (HRC) is a Mindanao-based corporation with diversified business interests in leisure and tourism, agriculture, foods, property development and port operations. Established in 1959 in Tagum City and founded by the late Jose “Boy” Tuason, it is a forerunner and pillar of the Philippine banana industry which grew into a globally competitive group of companies with core values in entrepreneurship, stewardship, collective leadership, creativity and innovation.

The Plantation House in Barangay Madaum, Tagum City

HRC focuses on strengthening, developing, and modernizing such existing core businesses, while embarking on another innovative expansion this year.

On April 29, 2019, HRC takes another quantum leap in promoting inclusive growth and sustainable transformation for communities, and this is the Project Honeycomb, a breakthrough in food manufacturing industry and in producing value-adding natural products.

A groundbreaking and time capsule-laying ceremony of Project Honeycomb was set in Hijo Resorts Davao, a sprawling 760-hectare area with a flourishing banana and coconut plantation and an eco-agri tourism destination rolled into one, promoting nature conservation and sustainable tourism. The event program was held in The Plantation House in Barangay Madaum, Tagum City.

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Assisting in the Time Capsule Ceremony was VP and General Manager Ms. Jacqueline Fe Luy, starting with an inspiring call to action message by Vice Chairman and CEO Ms. Rosanna Tuason-Fores. Her speech paper went right inside the capsule, followed by the HIJO 2021 Playbook presented by President and COO Ramon Segismundo, the Project Perspective by consultant Mr. Deb Mazumdar, and the City of Palms iconic globe, a symbolic representation from Tagum’s honorable Mayor Allan Rellon and presented by City Tourism Officer Ms. Vicer Jean Casiano.

Hijo Executives and Tagum officers in Time Capsule Ceremony

In her message, Ms. Tuason-Fores proudly stated, “Today is very significant and defines Hijo and its promise to prove and emphasize the point of our commitment and investment in building a better way that should be heard loud and clear — collaborative leadership towards one Hijo and revolutionizing agriculture and de-commoditizing the banana. Make no mistake, we are committed and will persevere in delivering Hijo’s promise. My father’s corporate social responsibility and FELICE (Food, Education, Leisure, Identity, Cottage, Equity) principles were born in Hijo and is alive today.”

She further emphasized that Hijo’s proposition is unique, purposeful and is strategically developing an organization that will thrive globally. This is a call for convergence and collaboration in defining the Hijo brand, sustainable and inclusive.

She ended her speech with, “In this world that is so unpredictable, in a chaotic time, we will not be able to predict the future, but we will create the future. I’m confident of your continuing support, determination and commitment to be vital advocacy leaders in delivering Hijo’s vision — to bring a truly transformative Mindanao.”

The group then proceeded to the Honeycomb Site (Farm 1 – G25), a few minutes away within the plantation for the groundbreaking ceremony and laying of time capsule, joined by several farmers.

Laying of time capsule in Honeycomb Site

Heading back to The Plantation House, Mr. Segismundo offered a congratulatory wine toast to everyone, followed by heavy snacks.

In his earlier speech, the President and COO said, “Today we are making the transition from being a company that sells what it produces to a company that is truly customer-centric, that would listen to customer needs and wants, and design products that would deliver on those needs and wants. Integrated food manufacturing — that is what Project Honeycomb is all about, and we’re breaking ground today.”

The affair which earlier started with a mass culminated in group pictorials with the Hijo executives, managers and key officers, Agripreneurs, DBP executive team, Chief Marketing Officer designate Patrick Gregorio, representatives of Mayor Rellon, media colleague from Cagayan de Oro Mike Banos, me and my assistant documentor Ronald Amonoy, event host Joey Sy-Domingo, Invex team and the organizer Tickertape Events team led by Ms. Marlo Fuentes.

Congratulations to another milestone, Hijo Resources Corporation, as you consistently align with your vision of nurturing nature today to benefit the generations of tomorrow.

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Kim’s ‘One Great Love’ premieres on SKYCable Pay-Per-View

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The love story that stirred the hearts of Filipinos brings joy to SKY homes this summer as “The Hows of Us,” the country’s highest grossing film, banners SKYcable Pay-Per-View this April.

College sweethearts Primo (Daniel) and George (Kathryn) vowed to stick together through thick and thin but are challenged when life suddenly gets in the way: Primo gets depressed for not getting the job he wanted while George feels the strain of mixing work and school.

The movie was given the Golden Jury award while Kathryn and Daniel were recognized as “Phenomenal Stars of Philippine Cinema” by the 50th Guillermo Mendoza Awards.

Catch this blockbuster film alongside “Always Be My Maybe,” “Every Room Is A Planet,” and “Nay” for only P99 for a 7-day access until May 8, 2019. 

Apart from “The Hows Of Us,” viewers can also watch 50th Guillermo Mendoza Film Actress of the Year, Kim Chiu in her 2018 MMFF film “One Great Love.”

Kim plays Zyra, a woman stuck between trying to fix her relationship with her boyfriend Carl (JC De Vera) or end it. She gets more torn when she meets Ian Arcano (Dennis Trillo). The film received recognitions as Best Musical Score and Third Best Picture and 3rd Best Picture in the 2018 MMFF Awards. 

Also catch Alessandra de Rossi, back from the success of “Kita Kita,” as she partners with Paolo Contis in “Through Night and Day.” They portray Ben (Paolo) and Jen (Alessandra) who were in a relationship of 13 years until they decided to level it up and get engaged. But before they say their ‘I Dos,’ their relationship will be challenged when they go on a trip to Iceland.

Completing this line-up, which subscribers can avail of for only P30 for a 3-day access until April 30, are  Arjo Atayde’s “Tol,” and  Andrea Brillante’s “Kahit Ayaw Mo Na.”

Treat your friends and family to a marathon of latest movies in standard or high definition straight from the big screen to your home. To subscribe, call 305-5456 or visit www.mysky.com.ph/starcinemappv for “The Hows of Us” and www.mysky.com.ph/moviesppv for “One Great Love.”