With over 50 mass-housing projects being developed in some of the Philippines’ most progressive towns and cities, BRIA Homes is now depicted as the property industry’s fastest-rising star.
This is because a singular goal drives the company to unprecedented success: to help and serve ordinary Filipinos.
Call BRIA Homes the property developer whose heart is in the right place.
BRIA Homes continues to address the mass-housing housing backlog in the
country by building high-quality, modern, but affordable homes in safe and secure
communities, where average Filipino workers can raise healthy families. To know more
about BRIA Homes, call (0966) 277 5944, like “Bria Official” on Facebook, and follow
“@TheBriaOfficial” on Twitter and Instagram.
Studies have shown that the problem that continues to prevail in the real estate industry today is the lack of mass-housing developments.
Legions of Filipinos still rent tiny dwellings in congested districts in the city, constantly exposed to pollution, floods, and unhealthy environments because these are all they can afford.
For some time now, however, BRIA Homes has been striving to address this situation by building high-quality modern but affordable homes in safe and secure communities, where the average Filipino workers can raise healthy families.
BRIA Homes, in fact, has successfully anchored its property development principles in a simple formula: Affordability (Mura) + Superior Quality (Dekalidad) = a beautiful BRIA Home for Every Filipino.
By ensuring that future homeowners can purchase a BRIA condominium unit or a house and lot package at affordable rates—some for as low as Php 1,897 per month—and through flexible payment schemes such as PAG-IBIG and bank financing, BRIA has won the hearts of Filipino families.
By ensuring that aspiring homeowners can purchase a BRIA condominium
unit or a house and lot package at affordable rates—some for as low as Php 1,897 per
month—and through flexible payment schemes such as PAG-IBIG and bank financing,
BRIA has won the hearts of ordinary Filipino families. To know more about BRIA
Homes, call (0966) 277 5944, like “Bria Official” on Facebook, and follow
“@TheBriaOfficial” on Twitter and Instagram.
Aside from this winning formula, BRIA also takes pride in the variety of spaces and sizes that its units—condominium and house and lot packages alike—offer, all designed to suit the evolving needs of Filipino individuals and families.
All BRIA communities are mindful of their residents’ holistic well-being.
Thus, healthy eco-friendly spaces are complemented by recreational amenities such as basketball courts.
Safety and security are ensured by guarded entrances and perimeter fences.
Aside from its winning formula, BRIA Homes also takes pride in the variety of
spaces and sizes that its units—condominium and house and lot packages alike—offer,
all designed to suit the evolving needs of Filipino individuals and families. For more
information about BRIA Homes, call (0966) 277 5944, like “Bria Official” on Facebook,
and follow “@TheBriaOfficial” on Twitter and Instagram.
Homeowners also get good service from courteous and highly competent administrative and maintenance personnel.
BRIA Homes’ rapid rise to its star status is evident in the presence of BRIA communities in progressive towns and cities in the Philippines.
In Luzon, there are BRIA developments in Bataan, Tarlac, Pangasinan, Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, and Camarines Sur.
In the Visayas, BRIA has made homes accessible in Samar, Leyte, and Negros Oriental.
Lastly, in Mindanao, BRIA has built projects in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, South Cotabato, and North Cotabato.
Developments in these areas share a key feature: strategic location.
All BRIA communities are set within convenient access to schools, churches, hospitals, business districts, retail shops, and major roads and highways.
As BRIA treads on this path to ultimate goals, it sustains the vision it has had from the very start: to provide easy-on-the-pocket homes for Filipinos all over the country.
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April Christelle T. De Leon has accumulated over 200 medals as a student.The 16-year-old achiever from Lingayen, Pangasinan was considered the smartest girl in her school.
She went viral back in 2017 when she posted a photo of herself and her 200-plus medals.
Netizens were amazed by her accomplishments.
Her achievements include math and science quiz bees, campus journalism, etc.
In grade 6, De Leon graduated as valedictorian and had the highest honors as a Junior High student.
She has represented her schools multiple times.
“I was able to represent my schools (Lingayen 1 central school and Pangasinan National) in national finals of different contests for nine times,” De Leon said in an interview.
But not all her medals were from academic achievements, she also won multiple pageants.
The reason she posted the photo was to say goodbye as she was leaving for Chicago where she will be continuing her studies as a senior high student.
After senior high, De Leon will return to the country to take up BS Biology in preparation for a medical degree.
“These memories will forever be treasured and will always be with me wherever I go. Goodbye Lingayen, Pangasinan…”.
The Philippine startup industry is reaching new heights but aspiring tech entrepreneurs still face certain challenges—from business conditions to regulatory requirements and gender disparity.
To assess the country’s current startup ecosystem, QBO Innovation Hub, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), conducted a Startup Ecosystem Mapping exercise which identifies areas that need to be improved and available resources in order to help make the Philippines a globally competitive place for startups. The initiative is also part of QBO’s Startup Pinay program that encourages and supports increased female participation in the startup industry.
“DTI acknowledges the importance of a thriving, science and technology-based startup ecosystem to achieve the country’s goal of growing globally competitive and innovative industries. Our focus is on S&T-based solutions in sectors that need innovative solutions such as communications, agriculture, health, AI, IoT, among others. and covering not only software but also hardware and business model. Having an innovative tech and services industry contributes to inclusive growth and employment generation of the Philippines as a whole,” said DTI Undersecretary of the Competitiveness and Innovation Group Rafaelita M. Aldaba. “We partnered with QBO to support startup development by building the startup ecosystem; bridge the gap between innovative technological seeds and commercialization; and help create global Philippine startups.”
In 2016, only two cities—Manila and Cebu—were mapped. But with Philippines startup exhibiting growth in other areas, the 2019 Startup Ecosystem Mapping extended to three other cities: Legazpi, Bohol, and Naga. Similar mapping efforts are to be conducted in Zamboanga City, Puerto Princesa, Pangasinan, and Dumaguete by the Department of Information and Communications Technology with Ideaspace Foundation, making it an unprecedented countrywide effort.
The mapping sessions were participated by startup representatives, accelerators, public and private incubators, community builders, venture capitalists, angel investors, government, and private companies. The cities were categorized based on Techstars’ 7 Stages of Startup Communities: Nascent, Foundational, Accelerating, Established, High Functioning, Progressive, and Aspirational.
“Aside from assessing the health of the startup communities in these cities, we also put together a set of recommendations after each mapping session to help them move to the next stage,” said QBO President Rene “Butch” Meily. “We’ve seen remarkable changes from 2016 to 2019 and ultimately, our goal is to promote and encourage collaboration to address the pain points experienced by startup founders and identify initiatives that will enable them to grow.”
Manila: A Place Where Startups Accelerate and Thrive
Home to most successful startup stories in the country, Manila’s landscape has improved remarkably. The 2018 Startup Ecosystem Canvas revealed Manila as having an “Accelerating Ecosystem” because of the increasing support it is getting from the government, investment groups, and other stakeholders. Recent exits from startups such as ChatbotPH, Teko, and Coins.ph have also contributed to the stronger awareness about startups in the city. Recent findings of the 2019 StartupBlink Report revealed the Philippines ranking 54th among 202 countries, with the strongest startup ecosystem, Manila, as its frontrunner breaching the global top 100 for the first time.
“In order for Manila to move to the next stage, we recommend verticalization of support programs that specialize in specific industries such as FinTech, HealthTech, and PropTech and creation of a density center or cluster for housing, services, and spaces to increase collaboration among startups and ramp up their productivity,” said Meily. “Corporate engagement must also be strengthened and entrepreneurs must be engaged in the development of a favorable regulatory environment that addresses concerns relevant to the tech industry.”
Cebu, Bohol, Naga, Legazpi: The Next Wave Cities for Startups?
Aside from Manila, four other cities exhibited growth potential in their respective startup economies: Cebu, Legazpi, Bohol, and Naga.
Cebu is categorized under the Foundational Ecosystem due to an increasing density of startups, considerable number of co-working spaces, and strong regional networks with connections with Manila, the rest of Southeast Asia, and Silicon Valley. The city also benefits from the strong support from the government, with local officials taking the lead in developing the local startup ecosystem. To further elevate Cebu’s ranking, recommended key actions include the establishment of local incubators with accessible mentor networks, stronger support for local businesses, as well as more dynamic engagement with universities.
Bohol’s potential to be a travel tech hub is also evident with efforts to develop the local talent and inspire Boholanos to be more involved in tech. The mapping effort revealed that these programs must be made sustainable for Bohol to reach its full potential. “Bohol has a lot of potential and this can be fully achieved by inspiring and mentoring young talents to build their own startups,” added Meily. Currently, Bohol is categorized as a Nascent Ecosystem characterized by a group of passionate people pushing to build a stronger startup community.
Visible support from local businesses and involvement of local universities is pushing Naga to be categorized as a Foundational Ecosystem. Additionally, the efforts of Naga’s local government units contribute to its fast-growing startups. Similarly, Legazpi’s startups are benefitting from programs with fund allocation and support from different government agencies. To continue this momentum, recommended actions include putting up an online information portal related to the local startup ecosystem and organizing more collaborative and networking events.
“The Philippines has a lot of potential hubs for startups—all it takes is for all stakeholders to come together and realize that great ideas can come from everywhere. To achieve our goal of advancing the Philippines’ startup ecosystem, there must be a concerted effort not just from Manila but from the countryside as well to cultivate talent and support burgeoning businesses locally” said Meily.
For inquiries on how you can map out your own city, visit www.qbo.com.ph or email [email protected] To learn more about the QBO’s ecosystem mapping efforts, visit https://www.facebook.com/QBOphilippines/.
TAGS: Accelerating, afaelita M. Aldaba, Aspirational, Bohol, Cebu, ChatbotPH, Coins.ph, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), DTI, Dumaguete, Established, FinTech, Foundational, Foundational Ecosystem, HealthTech, High Functioning, Legazpi, Manila, Naga, Pangasinan, Progressive, PropTech, Puerto Princesa, QBO Innovation Hub, QBO’s Startup Pinay program, Silicon Valley, Southeast Asia, Startup Ecosystem Mapping, Techstars’ 7 Stages of Startup Communities: Nascent, Teko, Zamboanga City
On Saturday, Renard Joseph Quinantoto, a resident of Dagupan, Pangasinan, posted a photo of an official receipt from a PETRON Gasoline Station located in San Mateo, Isabela.
In the post, Renard asked the said gasoline station to provide a larger space for the customer’s name.
Netizen Quinantoto said in a Facebook post: “Paging PETRON San Mateo Isabela Baka naman po pwede nyong palapadin kahit konte yung resibo nyo? Yung apilyedo ko hindi nagkasya! Nagulat ako! #petron #petronisabela #SPG “
The photo showed the official receipt issued had his name shortened from QUINANTOTO to QUINANTOT (an unfortunate reference to something vulgar in the vernacular).
The post went viral with many netizens reacting and sharing the said post.
Quinantoto admitted he has been bullied because of his last name, but this time it doesn’t bother him anymore.
PHINMA Education, a network of schools fast emerging as a leader in providing accessible quality education, has partnered with musician Jose Villanueva III, also known as Quest, for a campaign to inspire young Filipinos to pursue their education and fulfill their dreams.
PHINMA Education has launched the campaign with Quest’s new song “Sasamahan Kita,” which talks about keeping dreams alive in the face of challenges and counting on a support system to achieve a brighter future. This supports the company’s longstanding mission of “making lives better through education.”
In writing “Sasamahan Kita,” Quest took inspiration from his own childhood. Battling poverty, Quest found his first mentor in his grandmother, a teacher, who taught him the value of education and the importance of having a strong role model.
“My grandmother took care of us from the start. I placed myself in her—a teacher’s—shoes and wrote about the experience. I saw how much she dedicated her life to her profession. I saw her dedication and hard work,” shared Quest. “She inspired me to work hard and never give up.”
For Quest, his grandmother’s example led him to value education and seek people who would support him and his dreams.
“I’m a big advocate of getting an education and having the right mentors. I had to learn that I needed to surround myself with the right people,” he added. “The people in my life gave me the confidence I needed to dream and achieve, no matter how small.”
It was Quest’s passion for education and desire to pay it forward that inspired PHINMA Education to link up with the artist.
“When the opportunity to work with a passionate partner like PHINMA Education was presented, I gladly accepted. Through this anthem, we aim to raise the spirits of the Filipino youth, remind them of the value of education, and even pursue their educational opportunities with PHINMA Education,” said Quest.
“At PHINMA Education, we believe that education is key to creating a better, brighter future,” shared PHINMA Education President Chito Salazar. “We share Quest’s advocacy giving Filipino youth a strong support system. Working on ‘Sasamahan Kita’ has given us the chance to highlight how education has changed the lives of our own students and those of young Filipinos from households with limited income across the country.”
Quest’s music video for “Sasamahan Kita” features PHINMA Education institution Araullo University (Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija) and the stories of three of its students: Harry Bibat, a BS Criminology student who moonlights as a tricycle driver; Aldrin Aquino, a BS Civil Engineering student who works as a student assistant; and Erika Balaoing, a BS Civil Engineering student who makes a living as a farmer to help support her family and her studies.
With PHINMA Education, students like Harry, Aldrin, and Erika have access to an education that focuses on active learning; provides an industry-relevant, skills-oriented curriculum; and encourages them to develop their soft skills and leverage their motivations to create tangible results. They also have access to scholarship programs without a grade retention component, making it easier for students to stay in school and complete their degree programs.
To date, PHINMA Education’s network covers Araullo University (Nueva Ecija), Cagayan de Oro College (Cagayan de Oro), Southwestern University (Cebu), University of Iloilo (Iloilo), University of Pangasinan (Pangasinan), and Saint Jude College (Manila).
PHINMA Education’s structured, gritty approach to education has already started to bear fruit. More than 80% of its graduates find employment within a year of their graduation. In addition, the PHINMA Education schools have recorded a 100% passing rate for first-time examinees in 40 different board examinations, including nursing, civil engineering, accountancy, criminology, and education.
For more info on PHINMA Education, visit www.phinma.edu.ph. Stream “Sasamahan Kita” on Quest’s official Spotify channel and watch the official music video on PHINMA Education’s official Facebook page (@phinmaeducation) and YouTube channel (PHINMA Education).
TAGS: Araullo University, Cagaryan de Oro College, Ceby, Jose Villanueva III, Manila, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, PHINMA, PHINMA Education, Quest, Sasamahan Kita, Southwestern University, St. Jude College, University of Iloilo, University of Pangasinan
A teacher from Binalonan, Pangasinan was surprised when he came back to work on Thursday, January 3, the first day of classes after Christmas break.
Why? Only one of his students showed up.
Yes, only a student from Chito Grullo‘s class of 32 showed up that day.
In a report by GMA News, he said that instead of being annoyed, he couldn’t help but laugh and be amused at the turnout.
“Nagulat at natawa na lang ang guro na si YouScooper Chito Grullo mula sa Binalonan, Pangasinan dahil isa lang ang pumasok sa kaniyang klase ngayong araw ng pagbabalik-eskwela matapos ang bakasyon.
Aniya, marahil ay sa Lunes na papasok ang iba para masulit nila ang bakasyon. Ang nag-iisang pumasok ay binigyan na lamang niya ng extra points dahil sa effort ng pagpunta sa klase.
Mensahe niya sa kaniyang mga lumiban na estudyante, i-enjoy na nila ang bakasyon dahil “back to reality” na sa susunod na linggo.”
He added that the students may have decided to make the most out of their vacation and return to classes on Monday, January 7.
And what happened to that one punctual student? He got extra points for his effort.
Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral has been showing since September 5 and people have been buzzing about it.
It revolves around the story of the youngest General during the Philippine-American War, Gregorio “Goyo” del Pilar, who is played by actor Paulo Avelino.
While it earned mostly praises, there was one minor error that not everyone seemed to notice.
The award winning director of the film Jerrold Tarog took to his social media accounts to admit the mistake.
He admitted that in the opening text of the film where it says Goyo “stayed in Bulacan” should have been Pangasinan. To avoid confusion, he promised to change it in future copies of the film.
Erratum: Sorry, folks. I screwed up a little in the opening text of GOYO. At the part where it says Goyo “stayed in Bulacan from June to October” that should’ve been Pangasinan obviously. We’ll fix this in future copies of the film.✌
He explained that the error slipped through the cracks during the end of post-production. Even after they’ve seen the film numerous times, they still failed to notice it.
Things got switched up near the end of post-production. We’ve seen the film a hundred times but this slipped through the cracks. Thanks to those who pointed it out. @lyrerook @IrishDDizon ❤️
Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral is still showing in cinemas nationwide.
Philippine-based Documentary Photographer Ezra Acayan shared the tragic story of the death of a Dota player, while another one goes missing.
Acayan shared a gruesome story of two friends who traveled for a Dota tournament in another city, never to return.
One boy dead. Another boy missing.
Friends Joshua Laxamana and Julius Santiago Sebastian were last seen over two weeks ago when they went on a trip to Baguio to take part in a DOTA tournament. None of them would make it back.
Four days later—Joshua’s mother, Kristine, would find his son’s bullet-riddled body at a morgue in Pangasinan. He had been killed by police.
He took it to social media and narrated the death of Joshua Laxamana. The 18-year-old was killed on his way home after participating in a tournament with two other friends. One of whom is 15-year-old Julius Santiago Sebastian, who was reported missing.
The boys, accompantied by an unnamed friend, left for a Dota 2 game on August 14. They traveled from their hometown of Tarlac City, all the way to Bagiuo City.
It was during their return that things went wrong. According to the police, Laxamana was said to have ignored a checkpoint and fired upon the officers in Barangay Poblacion, Baguio. He was killed along the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway on August 17.
He was also accused of being a notorious burglar in Pangasinan.
Police claims Joshua had fought back against cops manning a checkpoint. He died on the spot. The police says he had a gun—a .45 calibre pistol—and a motorbike. They say that he was a notorious burglar in Pangasinan.
Contrary to the claims of the police, it’s impossible as both of the boys were not from Pangasinan and Laxamana doesn’t know how to drive a motorbike.
But Joshua couldn’t even drive a motorbike—family and friends say. His mother says they don’t even own a motorbike let alone afford one. Kristine is a single mother to her three children and works several jobs just so she can support them. She does nails during the day, and sells banana cue in the street on her days off.
Joshua and Julius, both from Tarlac city, were avid DOTA players. Joshua was a top player in the region, set to compete internationally. How could he have been some notorious burglar, her mother asks. She was witness to Joshua’s passion and how hard he worked to achieve his dreams.
Other than that, the police also claimed that Laxamana possessed drugs and had the tattoo of the symbol of a notorious burglar. The truth is his tattoo is an illustration of one of the characters from Dota.
The police say they had found drugs on Joshua. They also presented to the media a tattoo on his arm, saying it was the mark of a notorious burglar. It wasn’t. It was the Queen of Pain—one of the heroes in DOTA.
He was well known in Tarlac by his username “imadotes.” His friends say it was because he loved his mother so much.
In the present time, the Philippines has a number of 7,641 islands in total. However, there are a lot of bodies of water which are yet to be discovered which might probably increase the country’s wonders in the future.
To feature one of the best spots in the country, here’s the awe-inspiring body of water in Agno, Pangasinan. The pictures of the magnificent paradise were posted in Facebook by a page – Philippines Now.
This stunning place is labeled as the Cabongaoan Beach’s Death(also known as Depth) Pool by the locals, because of the fear that will crept up if a person’s intending to jump while the tides fill the pool in. Some said it was located in Burgos, but those who had already visited the place said it was situated in Sitio Masangret Barangay Baruan, in Agno, Pangasinan.
It has crystal-clear water, iconic white sand and splendid rock formations around the pool itself. Also, there are no other resorts beside it, and the nearby places to stay in are all made from light materials such as bamboo.
Cabongaoan beach also offers a beautiful landscape and grotto as well.
Overall, this place is a great summer destination if the nature’s beauty and cleanliness will be taken into consideration.
If the environment will constantly be maintained, it will surely be known as one of Philippines’ best places in the future.
This newest tourist attraction in Pangasinan made each and every one of us excited. You might be planning a visit anytime soon, but you have to postpone the trip for now. Located in Tayug, “A-Maze-Ing Sunflowers” was temporarily shut down.
The famous maze opened last February 15, since then, an average of 1,500 visitors a day invade the destination. The craze drew attention to tourists from different parts of the country and even to foreigners.
In an interview, a staff of Allied Botanical Corporation, owner of A-Maze-Ing told ABS-CBN News that the maze will temporarily close because of the withering of sunflowers.
“Fully mature na kasi ‘yong mga sunflowers, tapos umulan pa ng malakas noong isang araw kaya naglaglagan na ‘yong mga petals,” the staff said.
Despite the temporary halt of service, the Allied Botanical Corporation assured their future visitors that the farm will re-open by the latter parts of March. The have to replace the withered and damaged sunflowers and it takes time, according to them.
They posted a public announcement on Facebook saying that the plants have been stepped and sat on by some tourists. Due to this, they will have to close the Garden and revive the damaged wonders.
For the meantime, they encourage their supporters to visit their farm in La Trinidad, Benguet where they can buy the company’s rare ornamental plants. They also exhibit a hybrid variety of vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage.