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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Asia’s longest dual-cable zipline is in Bukidnon

The Philippines is a beautiful country teeming with tourist spots in every corner of the archipelago.

If you are looking for your next holiday destination, I highly recommend this wonderful Philippine eco-tourism site in Bukidnon (from the Visayan vernacular ‘Bukid’ or mountain), the highland province at the heart of Mindanao island blessed with nature’s rolling grassland plateaus, deep canyons and valleys, alternating with low plains, that makes it a picturesque vista for tourists who are lucky enough to behold its pristine glory. Bukidnon’s high terrain, with an elevation averaging 3,000 feet above sea level, brings with it a nice, cool climate perfect for producing food crops such as rice, corn, sugar, coffee, rubber, pineapples, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables, making it one of the Philippines’ important food baskets.
Now, as for the eco-tourism destination in Bukidnon that I was talking about, it is no other than the Dahilayan Adventure Park and Dahilayan Forest Park, two of the latest attractions of Bukidnon province that local and foreign tourists alike have come to discover and are raving about.
Getting there
Dahilayan is located in the Bukidnon municipality of Manolo Fortich, about 40 kilometers from Cagayan de Oro City passing by Del Monte Camp Phillips. It is in the foot of the Mount Kitanglad Range National Park, home of the majestic Philippine Eagle, one of the rarest, largest and most powerful birds in the world. It is a scenic ride going to the Dahilayan Adventure Park and Forest Park. On both sides of the road you will see pineapple fields as far as your eyes can see, and on the horizon you’ll find the breathtaking Kitanglad mountain range.
I was joined by my work colleagues Suiee and Faye, who were also raring to experience the adventures that Dahilayan has to offer. I must say, the place is truly world-class, with its own cozy wooden cottages for those who want to stay overnight or more, complete with restaurant café, spaces for picnics and bonfires, as well as souvenir shops. This Bukidnon tourist attraction has also paved the way for generating local employment marked by our distinct brand of Filipino hospitality. I really felt at home with the very professional, friendly, cheerful and ever-accommodating staff of Dahilayan Adventure Park and Dahilayan Forest Park.
Ready to take flight
Dahilayan Adventure Park is home to Zipzone, perfect for zipline fanatics, with its 150-meter, 320-meter, and longest 840-meter ziplines. Aside from the ziplines, the Adventure Park also has a challenging Ropes Course and Wall Climbing zone.
We first tried the shorter ziplines, which were really rather relaxing and a happy thrill, as we skimmed through the top of the pine trees.
After we built confidence and experienced the thrill of the shorter ziplines, we were now all prepped to try out the zipline of all ziplines! First off, we boarded the huge truck that would take us to higher ground for Asia’s longest dual-cable zipline, an 840-meter stretch that promises to take us soaring through tall pine trees and lush vegetation.
For the 840-meter zipline, we were asked to be in a face down position, with arms spread like an eagle simulating a bird in flight. So this is what it feels like to fly! The elevation drop was 100 meters with an estimated zipping speed ranging from 60 – 100 kilometers per hour. With arms clipped on the side of the body, you can go faster. With arms opened wide, you have a little more air resistance. After the initial jitters, I decided to just let go and live the moment. It was fantastic! Even Faye had to say after conquering the longest zipline, “I feel like I can do just about anything now!”
Forest Park adventures
Next up for us adventure-seekers are the equally exciting activities at the Dahilayan Forest Park that is just beside Dahilayan Adventure Park. Like the Zipzone, the Forest Park is another ideal place for bonding with family and friends, with thrilling activities amidst the beauty of nature.
Suiee and I tried the Forest Park’s Tree Top Adventure, which whisked me back to my childhood days. The Tree Top Adventure is a 21-platform course atop pine trees where you walk through ropes, swinging planks of wood, a tight rope and even a moving skateboard! Challenging but loads of fun and will definitely give anyone who accomplishes it a sense of achievement!
Next on our agenda was to try the Buggy Trail Adventure through an off-road course around the park. The buggy is easy to drive but navigating around the rough, dirt roads really made me feel like an adventure sports driver!
While I am not a big fan of bungee, I couldn’t help but try the Forest Park’s Bungee Bounce, which does not involve plunging through scary depths but bouncing on a trampoline! Suiee and I felt like we were defying gravity and threw our cares away as we made funny poses while jumping high up in the air.
As a final activity, Suiee, Faye and I tried zorbing or rolling downhill in an orb or sphere made of plastic. Suiee tried the dry zorb, where he was harnessed to the zorb and literally followed the plastic ball’s motion as it rolled downhill. Faye and I wanted to try the wet zorb, which meant that we would get ourselves soaking wet! Inside the ball, there is no harness but only water that acts as a lubricant to keep Faye and I at the bottom of the ball as it rolled downhill. We truly felt like wet hamsters inside the zorb! We screamed our hearts out as the ball gained speed and we got tossed around the wet zorb.
Adventures to our heart’s content
At the end of a full day of fun and excitement, we found ourselves grinning from ear to ear and felt a flow of endorphins — the happy hormones – through our body. We then enjoyed a sumptuous meal at the park’s restaurant and got ourselves a souvenir photo, shirt and mug. There are still more attractions being developed at the Dahilayan Adventure Park and Dahilayan Forest Park. I can’t wait until our next visit!
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

PHL gets investment grade rating from Korean agency

The Philippines has gotten another investment grade sovereign credit rating, this time from South Korea-based National Information and Credit Evaluation (NICE) Ratings Inc.
NICE Ratings gave the Philippines investment status for the first time. It raised the country’s long-term, foreign-currency rating by a notch from junk to the minimum investment grade of BBB-.
NICE Ratings also assigned a “positive” outlook on the Philippines, which means there is a possibility of another upgrade within the short term.
“The outlook is positive. It reflects the improved growth potential backed by institutional reforms and greater investment in infrastructure,” NICE Ratings said in its latest report on the Philippines.
NICE Ratings cited the Philippines’ ability to sustain economic growth this year. In the first half, the Philippine economy grew by 6 percent.
“The stable growth trend is expected to continue in 2014. Though economic growth decelerated a little bit to 6 percent in the H1, the slowdown is part of normal economic adjustment after some economic overheating. Its growth impetus will also be maintained.
Reconstruction or rebuilding projects to recover damages from the natural disasters are rather likely to spur the economy, and the service and manufacturing industries will continue driving economic growth together,” it said.
However, NICE Ratings did cite the manufacturing industry’s resurgence. Manufacturing grew by an average of 7.9 percent from 2010 to 2013, which outpaced the 6.7 percent growth for the services sector.
“In order to break away from the private consumption-led growth and pursue a new growth model jointly led by investment and consumption, the government promoted manufacturing while making it a priority to enhance public governance and infrastructure,” it said.
NICE Ratings also credited the Philippines for its strong external liquidity, stable financial markets, and much improved fiscal situation.
“In the face of the sell-off of financial assets in emerging markets since May 2013, the Philippines’ financial market remained relatively stable, thanks to the strong current account position and abundant liquidity in the financial market,” it said.
NICE Ratings noted the Philippines’ debt management was sound, with outstanding debt falling from a peak of 74.4 percent of GDP in 2004 to 49.2 percent last year.
It also credited the BSP with properly managing inflation, citing recent adjustments in monetary policy setting and new regulations to prevent price bubbles in the real estate sector.
“The real estate market overheating is still under manageable level because housing prices started rising in full swing as recently as the 2Q 2013 and the central bank has strengthened monitoring already,” NICE Ratings said.
The last credit-rating action from NICE Ratings was done in February 2013 when it adjusted its outlook on the previous rating of BB+ from “stable” to “positive.”
The Philippines has already received investment grade status from major international ratings firms Fitch Ratings, Japan Credit Rating Agency, Moody’s Investors Service, R&I, and Standard & Poor’s.
BSP Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. and Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima welcomed the upgrade by NICE Ratings.
“As far as the BSP is concerned, the latest investment grade is another acknowledgment of efforts to maintain an inflation environment and a financial system conducive for business and supportive of sustainable growth,” Tetangco said.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Brio Tower: A resort-inspired lifestyle in the city

Let life revolve around you.

Prime community developer DMCI Homes prides itself with its continuous efforts to build resort-inspired homes as it adds Brio Tower to its legacy of quality.

A high-rise development that sits on a 5,760-sqm land, Brio Tower basks in the vitality of the city, rising on Guadalupe Viejo, Makati City.

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Brio Tower puts its residents in the front and center of the metro’s dynamism with its30-storey tower positioned along the major thoroughfare of Makati, EDSA.
One enjoys the conveniences of an urban location meanwhile reaping the comforts of a laid-back, resort-enthused suburban living.

A resort-inspired lifestyle in the city

It will always be a good day whether you end up doing laps in the pool, having a picnic at the verdant grounds, watching a movie in the audio-visual room, or catching the breathtaking skyline views of the city from the sky lounge.

Brio Towerfeatures resort-like amenities that complements a resident’s desire for invigoration when starting their day, or repose upon coming home. With Brio Tower’s finely-appointed areas for social, interactive, and leisure activities, make up the oasis of a home that it is.

Indoor Amenities
Grand Lobby. Lounge Area. Audio/Visual Room. Fitness Gym. Game Area. Sky Lounge.

Outdoor Amenities
Lap Pool. Kiddie Pool. Play Area. Linear Park. Sky Deck. Garden Atrium. Snack Bar. Sky Patio

Six (6) high-speed passenger elevators. Laundry Station. Water-refilling Station.
Convenience Store. Full Back-up Power for all units and common areas.

Magnificent Views

Viewing the metro’s glorious sunrise and sunset atop the roofdeck or catching the skyline on fire from the balcony becomes an everyday experience at Brio Tower.
Enjoy unobstructed views of Makati, Ortigas, and Taguig while ensconced in a soothing, resort-like abode.

Where life happens

Find yourself watching city-life action while sitting back, enfolded in Brio Tower’s Asian Contemporary architecture. A perfect setting for one seeking work-and-life balance, Brio Tower offers serenity against the stressors of the city, also exclusivity meanwhile channeling urbane energy.

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 A building that breathes

Brio Tower is engineered with Lumiventt, derived from the words “lumen” meaning light and “ventus” meaning wind. This design genius allows ambient light and fresh air to permeate the building and the unit spaces within for better cross-ventilation.

With Brio Tower’s Sky Patios, Central Atriums, and breezeways in every five floors, residents need not spend much on electrical bills with a cooler living space.

Where life spins around you

Brio Tower is situated 30 meters from EDSA and bounded by low-density commercial and residential areas as the Rockwell Center and the San Carlos Seminary.

Positioned minutes away from key areas such as schools (Colegio De Sta. Rosa, Ateneo Professional Schools, Makati Science High School) and malls (Powerplant Mall, Robinsons Pioneer, Glorietta, Greenbelt, Landmark), the development provide its residents the luxury of time and convenience.

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Brio Toweris kept secure by a group of trained professionals care of the Property Management Office (PMO). The PMO is on top of overseeing day-to-day operations, including the maintenance and management of common areas, as well as the security of the entire complex.

Brio Towerbears theDMCI Homes Quality Seal, which represents our commitment to deliver homes that are built to last.Every home is subject to our proprietary quality management system, and comes with a 2-year limited warranty*.

Let life revolve around you at Brio Tower!

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Dragon Boat team wins 5 World Championship Golds

The Philippines continues to flex its muscles in the international sports scene.
The Philippine Dragon Boat team took home 5 gold medals, 3 silvers and 3 bronzes from the ICF Dragon Boat World Championships in Poznan, Poland.
The nation’s paddlers showcased their wares in seniors men, juniors men and seniors mixed categories. The Philippine delegation were considered first-time paddlers for a World Championship and had to endure the unfamiliar cold weather compared to the tropical weather they trained with back home.
While the Philippines did not join all events, they figured in a successful performance as they tallied medals in all 11 events they participated in.
They competed against and were at par with some of the world’s best including Russia, Poland and Canada.
Below is a full list of the Philippines’ medals and competitions from the World Championship.
  • Juniors Men 500m – 10 seater
  • Juniors Men 200m – 10 seater
  • Seniors Men 200m – 20 seater
  • Seniors Mixed 200m – 10 seater
  • Seniors Men 200m – 10 seater
  • Seniors Men 500m – 20 seater
  • Seniors Mixed 500m – 10 seater
  • Seniors Men 500m – 10 seater
  • Seniors Men 2000m – 20 seater
  • Seniors Men 2000m -10 seater
  • Juniors Men 2000m – 10 seater

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Ronnie Dayao bags top prize in UN photo competition

A Filipino won the grand prize of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) photo competition last August 30.
Ronnie Dayo was proclaimed overall winner of the “2014 Focus on Your World” International Environmental Photo Competition by the UN for his piece “Fire,” which depicted silhouetted persons trying to extinguish a raging fire.
Dayo is musician working at an international hotel chain in Gyeongju, Korea,
Dayo was awarded a certificate and a cash price by UNEP Korea vice president and former Minister of Environment Kim Jong-wie during a ceremony.
Philippine Ambassador to South Korea Raul S. Hernandez said in a statement that Dayo’s win demonstrated “the versatility and talent of Filipinos.”
Entries to the competition were judged based on the themes of “Beautiful Planet”, “Small Hope”, and “Raise your voice, not the sea level.” Dayo was able to meet the three criteria, which won him the grand prize of the competition.
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