Mapúa Wins 2019 Holcim Young Builders Challenge

“Sustainability has never been more imperative than now. It is important to instill this mindset to our future builders during their formative stage.” – Cara Ramirez, Vice President for Communications, Holcim Philippines

Senior Mapúa Architecture students Dexter Pangan, Czarrina Hernandez, Kendrick Supnet and Erik Joshua Isip of Mapúa University’s School of Architecture, Industrial Design, and The Built Environment bagged the top spot of Holcim Philippines, Inc.’s sustainable design contest, 2019 Young Builders Challenge (YBC).

I consider our win as a wake-up call for future builders on how important it is to focus on sustainable construction, as well as in promoting education,” Kendrick Supnet, member of the winning team

The team’s winning project, Haraya: A New Typology for K-12 Schools, proposes a playful school layout to enhance learners’ experience though active social interaction. The proposed project also aims to reduce construction and maintenance costs through by using renewable local materials.

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Holcim Philppines Vice President Cara Ramirez (leftmost) and President and CEO John Stull (rightmost) with 2019 Young Builders Challenge top prize winners, senior Mapúa Architecture students D. Pangan, C.Hernandez, K. Supnet, E. Joshua Isip and class adviser Architect Perry Sanga during the awarding ceremony on May 5, 2019. The team won for a proposal for building spacious and cost-efficient public schools that are more conducive for learning.

 

“We realize that schools’ design lack some elements that would make it more conducive for learning and encouraging students’ imagination. We believe that by creating better facilities, we can provide better education for students. I am so happy that our team got this opportunity to share our ideas through this competition. I consider our win as a wake-up call for future builders on how important it is to focus on sustainable construction, as well as in promoting education,” Supnet said.

The Mapúa students topped 13 other entries from eight schools all over the country. They received a Php80,000 prize and Php20,000 for their school.

Young Builders Challenge aims to encourage aspiring builders to have a more holistic approach to building encouraging them to ensure projects not just economically viable but also environmentally and socially beneficial.

Meanwhile, juniors Marc Joseph Espino and Cheaster Marie Seville of University of the Philippines-Diliman College of Architecture won second place with a proposal for a modular and lightweight concrete house that is highly replicable and can easily adapt to the changing needs of the urban poor.

Ben John Basco, Christian Barrameda, and Paulo Piolino of Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science & Technology-College of Architecture and Fine Arts (EARIST-CAFA), bagged the third spot for a prototype coastal community center that would act as a base of operations for evacuation during storm surges.

Holcim Philippines Vice President for Communications Cara Ramirez commended the winners and all the participants for the outstanding design concepts the contest received from across the country.

“Sustainability has never been more imperative than now. It is important to instill this mindset to our future builders during their formative stage. We are glad to receive remarkable ideas from our future builders through this competition,” added Ramirez.

Holcim President and CEO John Stull also noted that “these proposals inspire us to continue advocating sustainable construction among our next generation of builders. The YBC is a testament that our young builders are capable of generating ideas that can benefit our society, leading to a more sustainable future.”

Inspired by the “Next Generation” category of the global design contest LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction, the Young Builders Challenge aims to encourage aspiring builders to have a more holistic approach to building encouraging them to ensure projects not just economically viable but also environmentally and socially beneficial.

About Holcim Philippines

Holcim Philippines, Inc. (Philippine Stock Exchange: HLCM) is one of the leading building solution companies in the country. The Company has a deep portfolio of innovative solutions fostered by a full range of products from structuring to finishing applications that can help local builders execute with high performance and efficiency a wide range of projects from massive infrastructure to simple home repairs.

With cement manufacturing facilities in La Union, Bulacan, Batangas, Misamis Oriental and Davao, as well as aggregates and dry mix business and technical support facilities for building solutions, Holcim Philippines is a reliable partner of builders in the country.

Holcim Philippines is also committed to the highest standards of sustainable operations and manufacturing excellence with its plants certified under ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System), ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System).

Holcim Philippines is a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, the world leader in the building materials industry present in 80 countries with over 80,000 employees.

 

Menswear and Beautiful Beginnings | Easy Wedding Outfits You Can Steal From Your Salesman Friend

High schoolers have a prom night. Millennials have wedding invitations.

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Wedding wardrobes from Love and Styles: https://www.facebook.com/love.n.styles/

A wedding, regardless of the dress code written in the invitation letter, is a formal event. Treat it this way: High schoolers have a prom night. Millennials have wedding invitations.

Dressing up properly is the most thoughtful effort you can show to the just-married. That you are there to celebrate with them and it “shows”. Just for the record, the entire wedding ceremony costs a lot. When you are invited, you are indeed an important person to the love birds. Give them a favor, Bud. Dress up! Try Spezzato.

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SPEZZATO LOOK 1: This mix works on green and gray or even white wedding motif.

“Beautiful Beginnings at the Waterfront” is a wedding and celebrations fair held every last weekend of May. To help couples prepare for their big day, the fair brings together Davao City’s most sought after wedding and event providers. More about it below.

You do not need to spend much though. When you run out of time hopping around rental shops, or when you are simply trying to be thrifty as a responsible adult,  Your Sales Professional friend got your back. Look for them on your friend list. Try to browse through their photos and identify some pieces you might want to borrow. Then, ask for it just like what friends are for.

Spezzato The Italian art of mixing and matching your suit jackets and trousers to come up with a new, mismatched suit.

Closers invest in their clothes. They update their closet up to 3 times in a year. They realize how important dressing up well is and that is exactly just one of the reasons why a Salesman is worth keeping as a friend.

 

 

 

READ ALSO: Menswear and Socials 

Now, what are the pieces to borrow?

  1. Well-fitting suit jacket. The color may either be the motif of the wedding or complements to the shade of the motif. Light brown and gray are easy to mix and match. Never button the bottom button. Unbutton all when seated.
  2. Handkerchief as a pocket square. This transforms the usual office blazer to a stylish jacket that jives with the wedding colors. Just fold it the way you want for as long as it does not look messy. Coordinate its color to that of your pants or your dress shirt. Choose one.
  3. The office dress shirt. Light blue is a safe color. White is versatile.
  4. The tailored smart pants. Color should blend with the pocket square’s.
  5. Leather pieces: The shoes and the belt should have the same colors.

Treat it this way: High schoolers have a prom night. Millennials have wedding invitations.

READ ALSO: Menswear and Estate

Note that, when you are really that “close”, your Sales friend has those pieces which he hoards in the closet for very special socials. Dig your way to it. Steal these too:

  1. The neat, brushed up hair style and the tweezed and threaded eyebrows as well as the well shaved facial hair. Just see to it that the style fits your facial profile too. Remember to have all the necessary hair to be cut, 1 to 2 days before a special occasion just like a wedding day.
  2. Fortify the look with at least three sprays of a luxe scent. Not his daily work perfume. Ask for that special musk he keeps for socials.
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SPEZZATO LOOK 2: This mix works on a blue or gray wedding motif.

It is not just of his vineyard of business connections. Your Sales friend helps you a lot on nuptials or any other special dressing up events too. Such is through the handsome work wardrobes in his closet,  which you can steal whenever you are invited at a friend’s wedding or even if that is on his own wedding. You are friends!

READ ALSO: Touchdown to Takeoff Outfits, South Cebu 


Beautiful Beginnings at the Waterfront

The three-day, admission-free exhibition features the latest trends in the wedding and events scene from bridal floristry to destination wear, banquet themes and concept details. It also gives away exclusive hotel perks for the whole duration of the fair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For inquiries about Beautiful Beginnings at the Waterfront, call (082) 300 8881 or visit http://www.facebook.com/waterfront.davao.

Holcim Solidifies Partnerships with Davao Constructors, DSWD and TESDA

“These partnerships are a reflection of our commitment to support the development of our communities and the rest of Davao.” -Holcim Davao Plant Manager Xavier Kennedy

With the aim to support Davao city’s development through various industrial and construction-related skills training, livelihood, and employment, the leading building solutions provider, Holcim collaborates with the Region XI offices of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Technical Education and Skill Development Authority (TESDA). Holcim also partners with the Davao Constructors Association Center, Inc. (DCACI).

“These partnerships are a reflection of our commitment to support the development of our communities and the rest of Davao. These programs provide our partners with a steady supply of cement and equip members of the community with needed skills to participate in the city’s healthy growth,” -Holcim Davao Plant Manager Xavier Kennedy

Holcim Philippines Sponsors Skilled Workers’ Training with TESDA

Holcim Philippines signed a partnership on April 23 with DSWD and TESDA Region XI offices for training on forklift operations, masonry, carpentry, welding and plumbing for the community members of its Davao plant.

Holcim Davao will provide funding assistance and host the training to be administered by TESDA for 25 beneficiaries, who will be certified as skilled workers. DSWD will select the trainees from barangays near Holcim Davao and provide assistance in mentoring and processing support for the employment of the beneficiaries.

Holcim Davao Plant Manager Xavier Kennedy said the recent partnerships are timely and relevant especially as the city’s construction industry is expected to sustain its healthy rise over the medium term.

“The partnership is truly helpful to people. This was made possible in order to enhance and upgrade the skills and living standards of beneficiaries from the identified neighboring barangays. This will also increase their employability while strongly supporting the government’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ program,” said Ernesto S. Nadera, the acting chief of the Korea-Philippines Vocational Training Center of TESDA.

Holcim Philippines Strengthens Bond with Davao Constructors Association Center, Inc. (DCACI)

Holcim Philippines will provide up to 400,000 metric tons of cement to the Davao Constructors Association Center, Inc. (DCACI), one of the leading building groups in southern Mindanao with 179 members. Holcim Philippines and DCACI signed the partnership on April 24, renewing their supply engagement in 2018 which involved 320,000 tons of cement.

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Officials of Holcim Philippines and the Davao Constructors Association Center, Inc. sign a supply agreement on April 24 to provide reliable cement supply to builders in Davao. In the middle are Holcim Philippines President and CEO John Stull and DCACI President Antonio Uy, who led the signing ceremony.

 

DCACI President Antonio Y. Uy thanked Holcim Philippines for the partnership and lauded the Company for introducing its new high-performance blended cement Solido as a better alternative to ordinary portland cement for infrastructure projects.

“The continued partnership of Holcim and DCACI is like Solido, which gets stronger over time. It is a great innovation because of its environmental and cost advantage over Portland cement which helps us take care of nature while having savings,” he added.

Holcim Philippines

Holcim Philippines, Inc. (Philippine Stock Exchange: HLCM) is one of the leading building solution companies in the country. The Company has a deep portfolio of innovative solutions fostered by a full range of products from structuring to finishing applications that can help local builders execute with high performance and efficiency a wide range of projects from massive infrastructure to simple home repairs.

With cement manufacturing facilities in La Union, Bulacan, Batangas, Misamis Oriental and Davao, as well as aggregates and dry mix business and technical support facilities for building solutions, Holcim Philippines is a reliable partner of builders in the country.

Holcim Philippines is also committed to the highest standards of sustainable operations and manufacturing excellence with its plants certified under ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System), ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System).

Holcim Philippines is a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, the world leader in the building materials industry present in 80 countries with over 80,000 employees.

https://www.holcim.ph/

Three Traits I Learned From Dad That Made Selling Easier

Telling stories made me close a lot of accounts.

Whether or not you have a “Hallmark” relationship with your father, it is undeniable that we are influenced with the qualities of our Dad. As an idiom stresses, like father, like son.

For almost a decade in Selling, I was able to capitalize these three traits which resemble that of Dad’s. These made me thrived gracefully in the Selling industry.

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Never Prejudge

In my father’s words, “Dili gd nimo matag-na ang kaugmaun sa isa ka tawo”. I find this trait very useful in prospecting, banking leads and in creating business linkages. My father has always proved to me that letting a person feel important does not need any condition. I never saw my dad change his social treatment when talking to someone, may that be a friend from college who has now a well-paying job or a hardworking neighbor he believes who will going to be big in time. Dad is not a politician.

Be Vulnerable

I saw him cry. I heard him say sorry. I witnessed him reprimanded by Mom of being rowdy when drunk.  I even beheld him off guarded when a friend proved his argument weak during a boozing session. These all made him appear to be a strong father to me and made me respect him more. His being human. His being vulnerable, transgressing both the social machismo and the omnipotent-omniscient father image.

This trait helps me a lot during the entire Selling process. That it is ok to let the prospect see how you get disappointed and hurt. That it is ok to be sorry. That it is alright to be wrong (and recognize what is the correct). And that does not make you less of a respectable and tough professional. Be “You” on the sales table. Be a Sales Human than a Salesman.

Telling stories made me close a lot of accounts.

Know a Lot of Anecdotes 

Dad never runs out of real stories. This has influenced me so much that I even use his anecdotes in every pre-pitch talk. It always feels that those stories are mine and it works everytime. Humans just love being hooked in a storyline. This made me realize how persuasive one could become when people crave for the next part of your narration. Telling stories made me close a lot of accounts.

Just if you are asking, my father is not an Account Man. Dad is a Sea Farer who is thoughtful enough to catch up on the 9 months of being away from us, every time he is signed off from nautical contract. Happy Father’s Day also to your dad, may he be near you or afar!

Why UNIQLO Closed its First Store in Mindanao?

From 767 to 1,414 square meters of shopping space this July.

To continue its commitment to bring LifeWear to more Filipinos, UNIQLO doubles the shopping space of its first store in Mindanao. A wider UNIQLO shop in SM Lanang Premier, Davao is set to open on July 19, 2019.

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May 30, 2019, UNIQLO announced the expansion of its SM Lanang Premier store in Davao.

 

“Today UNIQLO has more than 2,000 stores in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K. and U.S.”

The Japanese global apparel retailer, UNIQLO is excited to announce the expansion of its SM Lanang Premier store. The first UNIQLO store in Mindanao which opened last May 26, 2017 is set to be the largest in Mindanao as it reopens this July. From its previous sales area of 767 square meters, the store will bring with it 1,414 square meters of new shopping space. UNIQLO aims to give customers in the area a brand new shopping experience with a wider variety of clothing choices.

The UNIQLO Men U Open Collar Shirt for your corporate outings.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/UniqloOceanCove

To date, the company has opened a total of 57 stores since 2012 and is looking to open more by the end of the year.

The UNIQLO Linen Shirt for your corporate socials.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/EnderunXLinenShirt

For more updates, customers may download the UNIQLO mobile app and visit UNIQLO Philippines’ website at http://www.uniqlo.com/ph and social media account, Facebook (facebook.com/uniqlo.ph), Twitter (twitter.com/uniqloph) and Instagram (Instagram.com/uniqlophofficial).

About UNIQLO LifeWear

Apparel that comes from the Japanese values of simplicity, quality and longevity. Designed to be of the time and for the time, LifeWear is made with such modern elegance that it becomes the building blocks of each individual’s style. A perfect shirt that is always being made more perfect. The simplest design hiding the most thoughtful and modern details. The best in fit and fabric made to be affordable and accessible to all. LifeWear is clothing that is constantly being innovated, bringing more warmth, more lightness, better design, and better comfort to people’s lives.

 About UNIQLO and Fast Retailing

UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese retail holding company with global headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. UNIQLO is the largest of six main brands in the Fast Retailing Group, the others being GU, J Brand, Theory, Comptoir des Cotonniers, and Princesse tam.tam. With global sales of approximately 2.13 trillion yen for the 2018 fiscal year ending August 31, 2018 (US $19.17 billion, calculated in yen using the end of August 2018 rate of $1 = 111.1 yen), Fast Retailing is one of the world’s largest apparel retail companies, and UNIQLO is Japan’s leading specialty retailer.

UNIQLO continues to open large-scale stores in some of the world’s most important cities and locations, as part of its ongoing efforts to solidify its status as a global brand. Today the company has more than 2,000 stores in 22 markets including Japan. In alphabetical order, the other markets are Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K. and U.S. In addition, UNIQLO established a social business in Bangladesh together with the Grameen Bank in 2010, and today there are several Grameen-UNIQLO stores in Dhaka.

With a corporate statement committed to changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and change the world, Fast Retailing is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere. For more information about UNIQLO and Fast Retailing, please visit http://www.uniqlo.com and http://www.fastretailing.com.

Get a Free Krispy Kreme Doughnut to Celebrate World Doughnut Day, June 7

ALSO RANKED MY FAVORITE KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS HERE. Happy WDD!

Celebrate World Doughnut Day 2019 this June 7 with a FREE Chocolate Glaze doughnut from Krispy Kreme.

Krispy Kreme Factory Stores:

DAVAO: SM Ecoland | CAGAYAN DE ORO: Limketkai | CEBU: IT Park | BACOLOD: SM | LAS PINAS: Evia Lifestyle Center | SAN JUAN: Greenhills | TAGUIG: Bonifacio High Street

Visit any of the factory stores of Krispy Kreme listed above from 6AM to 8AM and from 11Am to 1PM only. Enjoy a giveaway Chocolate Glaze doughnut FOR EVERY TRANSACTION. Take a photo and upload it on your social media account with hashtags: #KKWorldDoughnutDay, #ChocolateGlaze, #WorldDoughnutDay and #EveryOneIsAnOriginal. Tag @krispykremeph too!

RANKED : MY FAVORITE KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS

These five Krispy Kreme doughnuts are ranked based on (1) how romantic it blends with my hot coffee and (2) how not so overwhelming the sweetness while still being a doughnut (you know what I mean).

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BACON AND CHEESE RING-FILLED and BRÛLÉE CHEESE RING-FILLED | These are pizza-doughnuts for me. I love to nibble the cheesy taste in every bite of these before sipping my usual creamy coffee. 

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ORIGINAL GLAZED | The Classic! Always be the first and legal wife of my hot black coffee. Nuff said.

CHOCO PEANUT BUTTER RING FILLED | It looks too sweet but the sprinkled sea salt and roasted hazelnut tastefully neutralized the sweetness on this morsel. With lots of proteins too 💪🏼.

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CHOCOLATE GLAZE | This is chocolately naive, and that is just perfect for me. I can eat only one each of the other 4 (in the rank) but I will always consume 2 of this. Every time!

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DARK CHOCOLATE GLITZ with Davao’s award-winning Malagos Chocolate (below is Blueberry Bliss Glaze) | The subtle bitter taste amidst the sweetness is truly a unique doughnut experience in every bite. I love this with a creamier coffee.

Doughnuts will always be the best office morsel for me. Always be the submissive palatable better half of a warm caffeine, whether or not it is a winning day at work. It is just always a winning day when you’re getting a doughnut for snack. That is indeed my sole reason why I celebrate World Doughnut Day!

Happy World Doughnut Day, Closers!

About Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme is an international retailer of premium-quality treats, including its signature Original Glazed® doughnut. With a flagship store in Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, the company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee in the country since 2006. Today, Krispy Kreme has outlets in more than 70 different locations nationwide. To get more information and updates about the brand and its products, you may become a Friend of Krispy Kreme by visiting www.krispykreme.com.phor through our social media accounts.