Thursday, November 5, 2015

Cebu Landmasters launches first CDO project Mesaverte

YOUNG professionals, start-up families and investors will soon have a better choice to settle in an accessible, convenient, exclusive and yet affordable place right at the heart of Cagayan de Oro City.

This will be so as Cebu Landmasters, Inc. (CLI) will hold the grand launch of its latest project -- the Mesaverte Residences, a community of three mid-rise condominiums, on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.

Mesaverte Residences will be built in a prime neighborhood between Corrales and Osmeña Ext., parallel and in-between Claro M. Recto Ave. and Capitol University, announced Jose Franco Soberano, CLI chief operating officer.

The project is also near Gaisano City Mall, Centrio Mall, Northern Mindanao Medical Center, Mindanao University of Science and Technology and Limketkai Center.

Soberano disclosed that Mesaverte Residences will be built in two phases. Phase 1 comprises the first two buildings which includes the clubhouse and amenity areas slated to be completed by 2018.

The two buildings will have 15-floors each with 18 residential units per floor configured with three 1-bedroom units and 15 studio units with an average area of 20-square meters.
504 units
With the units priced between P1.4 million to P2.9 million, each building will have 262 units in all with the four corner units having a balcony each. Two of these are one-bedroom units and the other two are studio units.

Buyers can have the option to combine two or more units to expand and create a more comfortable living space, noted Sheila Romarate, who leads the CLI CDO sales unit.

Phase two’s third building is planned for 294 units, while the whole cluster is allocated with 239 parking slots.

Mesaverte Residences has similarities with the highly successful Mivesa Garden Residences, a master-planned community with a generous amenity area developed by CLI in Lahug, Cebu City.

The amenities for the CDO project include separate adult and kiddie swimming pools with a sunken pool deck. The clubhouse will have air-conditioned function rooms and a fitness gym.

While a retail arcade will be located at the main entrance, the project will also have a basketball court, jogging paths, and children’s playground.
20 in 12
Property management services will support the residents and handle the 24/7 security system that includes manning the cluster’s two entry points through Corrales and Osmeña extensions.

"Like Mivesa, our upcoming project in Cagayan de Oro will provide an ideal venue for neighborhood building, family-bonding and healthy-living,"
quipped Soberano.

“Buildings are designed in contemporary architecture. The amenities of modern urban living are set amidst a relaxing environment to make one's own home an easy respite at the end of a long day,” he added.

This venture will be the first for CLI outside Cebu where it had developed balanced communities for 12 years now. Cebu Landmasters has built at least 20 horizontal and vertical projects since 2003.

For inquiries about Mesaverte Residences, one may visit the CLI office at the METZ Arcade on Gov. Roa St., or call either Romarate at (0917) 307-0086 or at (088) 880-8678. Those in Cebu may call (032) 262-9861

Mesaverte Residences.  As shown in this architect's perspective, a cluster of three mid-rise condominiums will rise in the heart of Cagayan de Oro. It is the first venture in the city of Cebu Landmasters, Inc.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Announcing The Winner of the 8th Scott Kelby's World Wide Photo Walk Cagayan de Oro Leg

"In our contemporary society, one so over-inundated with imagery, it is easy to overlook the power of a single frame to change the way we look at the world, or rally disparate hearts to a single cause. Yet, ours is a society shaped by this very phenomenon." - Steve McCurry

Kelby One officially recorded that there are about 999 Photo Walks around the globe participated where 21,510 official Photo Walkers from different walks of life registered and gathered last October 03, 2015 for the annual World Wide Photo Walk event. Imagine what Scott Kelby stated before: "You have nearly 1,000 winning images from around the world, and now you have to narrow it down to just 10 finalists and one grand prize winner. This is not an easy job." 

In Cagayan de Oro, PHILIPPINES particularly, while everyone is so excited to know the winning image of the Local Leg of this event, it took me a week of careful selection of that particular image, and hours to consider who deserves to represent Cagayan de Oro for the much anticipated first round selection of the event.

And oh', did i mention to you that we also have local contests i added to spice up the annual Photo Walk tradition with cool and exciting prizes coming from our sponsors such as Colours Digital Foto, Emerald Suites, and Ayo Fotography? And yes, i'll be picking up the Top 10 Winners of the Local category which will be judged according to (i) Relevance to the theme, (ii) Composition, (iii) Story-line, and (iv) Originality. Top 3 winners will get special prizes coming from our sponsors. And there's a local People's Choice Award too! By the way, the local contest theme is "Decisive Moment". Isn't it wonderful?

Out of the 50 official Photo Walkers registered via, 17 images has been submitted successfully. Now, as this years' official Photo Walk Leader for Cagayan de Oro, i am much excited to announce to you the winning image of Cagayan de Oro, Northern Mindanao, Philippines. 

But before that, let me also announce to you my Top 5 Photos. Without further ado.


Photo by: Jouie Tabilin (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines)

The COOPH (the Cooperative of Photography) added the Patterns and Compositions as the eighth of the 10 composition tips in Photography. It stated that "Patterns are aesthetically pleasing. But the best is when the pattern is interrupted" and this is what the image is being composed.

The young boy serves as the primary subject and being supported by the repeating elements. Gladly, it turns out that the Photographer did a marvelous artistry when he used the cast figures (statues of different sizes) with this young boy as he interferes the pattern. It develops unity and structure which enhances the attractiveness of the picture.

Additionally, he captured a sense of texture which in turn, created a form. The Photographer emphasizes the features and details through the primary subject while rendering the texture of the picture.
Photo by: North Gevero (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines)

What a captivating scene! The photographer did a great job of taking something that is too attractive from its own composition. I like how he framed the man with that lines while carrying that big basket. It somewhat-like depicts a great story line, showing responsibility over burden and turns out to this beautiful imagery.

As what Henri Cartier-Bresson said, "There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever"

Well, the Photographer seems like he really made a huge impact to this creative image- part preparation, skills, good luck, instinct, good spot, intuition, and Woah!!! The Decisive Moment.

Did i say i like the tone of the image too? The right usage of white-to-gray-to-black composition. Wow! What a great interaction of light against dark shades! Great job!

Photo by: Argie Yañez (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines)

What something i like about this shot is the mood of the young boy. The photographer may somewhat portrays an interesting plot as to what kind of emotion he is trying to convey. At first glance, i tried on figuring out the intrinsic story of this image and i say, the photo portrays a realistic visual essay of today's society.

It's kind of interesting to see an image that tells a story and shows a mood of self-expression. You see, when you look at the image, especially the facial expression of this young boy, you are also getting a glimpse of his daily experience.

Additionally, there is this sense of closeness to the subject and the Photographer. This may be the reason why i found this image extremely genuine. "Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph"- Andre Kertesz.
Photo by: Gian James Maagad (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines)

What something caught my eyes with this image is the composition. I like how the photographer placed the woman as her subject on intersections which for me, it clearly shows the Rule of Thirds. He positioned the point of interest (which is the woman as her subject) along that lines and successfully manipulated the photo with the Leading Lines. 

You see how he uses the natural line leading the eyes to that subject? Clearly, the composition of the shot really gives it a superb look. It creates a really graphical look with strength.

Photo by: Leia Bartolome (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines)

Oh', the image that i found myself coming back again and again and makes me smile sweetly. If i had to choose my 2nd place shot, this would be the image. Seriously, I really like the natural expression of these young girls on their faces- an expression of unselfish happiness. 

I also like the different colors of the clothes complementing the off-white background. I like how the Photographer employed the yellow-colored cloth to the center ensuring the essence of the photo from superficial to reality.

One thing is for sure, there is a form and content to this image, and that is Happiness.

Photo by: Abel Matthew Silawan (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines)

"In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality."- Alfred Stieglitz

Any of the above-mentioned images could be announced as the winner for the Cagayan de Oro Leg to represent the city for the International category, but this image really caught my attention. The imagery has this strong message, a strength that makes this picture stands on its own, with its own place, characteristics, and over-flowing emotion. That is, a combination of expression and aesthetic- a photograph that speaks for itself.

I love the over-all composition of this photo. The Photographer clearly shows how he manipulated the photo while using the shadow lines on framing the details of the subject and gives that center of interest added strength. Addition to that, i like how he uses the figure to ground rules, finding a contrast between the subject and the background.

We may not see the person behind that bare-hand trying to reach out that plastic cup, however, that same hand gives as the glimpse etched on a person's face. This may somehow illustrates what Steve McCurry's famous line: "A picture can express a universal humanism, or simply reveal a delicate and poignant truth by exposing a slice of life that might otherwise pass unnoticed." 

Any images could have its own photographic techniques coupled with its story but i strongly agree with emotional content which serves to be the most important element of the photo regardless of what photographic technique manifested.

AWARENESS: Did you know that 2015 is the year of the POOR? 

The year 2015 is focused on the Church's commitment to and journey with the poor as per Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in preparation for the fifth centenary of the arrival of Christianity in the archipelago in 2021.

I would like to thank our local sponsors for gracing your support and the prizes, Emerald Suites for hosting the place, Ayo Fotography of Alex Orbegoso, Colours Digital Foto for the free 8R-sized prints for all the 50 participants, and to our Media Partners, Business Week Mindanao, Mindanao Daily News, The Cagayan Times, Mindanao Star, Easy Rock FM 96.9, Red Lemon Digital Media, and Clix Cagayan de Oro.

I would also like to extend my warmth appreciation to all the Photo Walkers who participated this year's Photo Walk. Thank you for making this year's Scott Kelby's World Wide Photo Walk a success!

Congratulations to the winner!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

What…if Something Went Wrong: Hazardous Child Labor in Small-Scale Gold Mining in the Philippines

Philippines: Children Risk Death to Dig and Dive For Gold 
Enforce Child Labor, Health and Mining Laws 
Photos by: Mark Z. Saludes

An 11-year-old boy works at an underwater mining site in Camarines Norte province, Philippines.
© 2015 Mark Z. Saludes for Human Rights Watch

(Manila, September 30, 2015) – The Philippine government is failing to protect children who dig and dive for gold in dangerous small-scale mines, Human Rights Watch said today in a new report and video, released ahead of Children’s Month in the Philippines

The 39-page report, “What…if Something Went Wrong: Hazardous Child Labor in Small-Scale Gold Mining in the Philippines” documents how thousands of Filipino children – some just 9 years old – work in illegal, small-scale gold mines, mostly financed by local businessmen. Children work in unstable 25-meter-deep pits or underwater along the coastal shore or in rivers, and process gold with mercury, a toxic metal. In September 2014, a 17-year-old boy suffocated in an underground mine because there was no machine providing oxygen. The Philippine government should act on its public commitment to end child labor in mining, Human Rights Watch said.

“Filipino children are working in absolutely terrifying conditions in small-scale gold mines,” said Juliane Kippenberg, associate children’s rights director at Human Rights Watch and author of the report. “The Philippine government prohibits dangerous child labor, but has done very little to enforce the law.”

Human Rights Watch conducted field research in Camarines Norte and Masbate provinces in 2014 and 2015. More than 135 people were interviewed, including 65 child miners between the ages of 9 and 17. Beyond the fears of mine collapses and drowning, the children complained of numerous health problems, including back and body pain, skin infections, fevers, and spasms.
Pure mercury in a wooden pan used to process gold.  
© 2014 Mark Z. Saludes for Human Rights Watch

In underground mines, children risk injury from falling rocks and wood beams, pit collapse, and lack of oxygen. 

Underwater mining for gold, locally known as “compressor mining,” puts adult and child miners at risk of drowning, decompression sickness, and bacterial skin infections. Staying underwater for several hours at a time in 10-meter-deep shafts, the miners receive air from a tube attached to an air compressor at the surface. This work is carried out by adolescent boys and – mostly – adult men. Several boys described moments of fear when they dived for the first time. Fourteen-year-old “Dennis” said: “I was 13 the first time [I dived]. I felt scared because it’s dark and deep.” If the diesel-powered compressor stops working, the miner can drown or get “the bends” coming up too quickly. “Sometimes you have to make it up fast, especially if you have no air in your hose,” said “Joseph,” 16. “It’s a normal thing. It’s happened to me.” 
An adult miner gets ready to mine underwater in Santa Milagrosa, Jose Panganiban.
© 2014 Mark Z. Saludes for Human Rights Watch

The Philippine government in recent years has taken some important steps to ensure education for all, but the number of out-of-school children in the country remains high. Children, mostly from impoverished households, skip school because of their mining work and sometimes drop out altogether. 

An underground mine in Malaya, Camarines Norte. 
© 2014 Mark Z. Saludes for Human Rights Watch
“Lots of children in Masbate and Camarines Norte are dropping out of school to work in gold mining,” Kippenberg said. “In order to tackle the root causes of child labor, the government needs to assist the poorest families financially and ensure their children are able to attend and stay in school.” 

Children also work with mercury, a readily available toxic metal that is commonly used to process gold. Children are particularly susceptible to mercury, which attacks the central nervous system and can cause brain damage and even death. Unaware of the health risks, children use their bare hands to mix mercury with gold ore and create an amalgam. When they burn off the mercury to retrieve the raw gold, they breathe in toxic fumes. 

Children pan for gold along the Bosigon River in 
Malaya, Camarines Norte.
© 2014 Mark Z. Saludes for Human Rights Watch
In the mining village of Malaya, Camarines Norte, Human Rights Watch observed the unrestricted flow of light-grey, mercury-contaminated tailings from gold processing into the nearby river, where children play, swim, and pan for gold. Several children in Malaya complained of tremors, symptoms that could be signs of mercury poisoning. The Philippine government should be introducing mercury-free gold processing, such as is practiced in Benguet province, to reduce the threat to all children, Human Rights Watch said.

The Philippines has signed but not ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury of 2013, which sets out steps to reduce mercury exposure. The government should promptly ratify the Minamata Convention and test for mercury exposure among residents in mining areas. 

In March 2015, the government banned the use of mercury in mining as well as compressor mining, but little has been done to implement this regulation so far. 
“Peter,” 11, works at an underwater mining site in Santa Milagrosa, Jose Panganiban.
© 2014 Mark Z. Saludes for Human Rights Watch

The Philippines is the world’s 20th largest gold producer. An estimated 200,000 to 300,000 people work in the country’s small-scale gold mines. Large and small-scale mines combined produced about 18 tons of gold in 2014, at a market value of over US$700 million, according to official statistics. The country’s central bank is the official buying agent for gold from small-scale mining and exports it. However, the bank has no process in place to check the conditions in which the gold has been mined. Other gold is smuggled out of the country.

“Small-scale mining provides a vital livelihood for many Filipinos,” Kippenberg said. “But the government needs to take urgent steps to ensure a safe and child-labor-free mining sector so that families can earn an income without putting their children at risk.”
Emerita Pernicita shows a picture of her 17-year-old son, Nel, who died in an underground pit with his adult brother in Malaya, Camarines Norte. © 2014 Mark Z. Saludes for Human Rights Watch

During the embargo period, “What…if Something Went Wrong: Hazardous Child Labor in Small-Scale Gold Mining in the Philippines” is available at:

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For more Human Rights Watch reporting on children’s rights, please visit:

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For more information or to schedule interviews, please contact:
In Manila, Juliane Kippenberg (English, French, German): +63-90-87-74-66-34 (mobile); or +1-917-213-4228 (mobile); or Twitter: @KippenbergJ 
In Manila, Carlos Conde (English, Tagalog, Visayan): +63-919-911-1539 (mobile); or Twitter: @condeHRW
In New York, Margaret Wurth (English): +1-484-554-3194 (mobile); or Twitter: @MargaretWurth

Sunday, September 27, 2015

500px Fujifilm Global Photo Walk 2015 Successfully Takes Off

Article by: Clement Dampal II

Cagayan de Oro, Philippines joined the 3rd Annual 500px Global Photo Walk sponsored by FUJIFILM last September 26, 2015 (Saturday). One of the 11 cities and provinces in the country to join the Global Photo Walk, the event was spare-headed by Gian James Maagad, a Fujifilm Street Photographer based in the Cagayan de Oro.

This year with the global theme of “Explore with Friends” and a local theme of “Human Interaction”, a total of 27 photographers from different communities gathered and joined the fun-filled Photo Walk which started around 7 in the morning. Gian James, the Photo Walk Leader safely managed to led the group and started the Walk at Plaza Divisoria. The group then proceeded to Gaston Park using the Kalye del Mar (Known today as the Don Apolinar Velez St.) and continued towards the St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral exploring some interesting stories to document.

[Photo on the left side: Title: Discover Infinite Happiness
Taken at Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City. #500pxGPW15]

The group crossed the Ysalina Bridge commonly known as the Carmen Bridge going to Vamenta Boulevard and took a left turn at the Castro Street passing the Carmen Public Market. Stayed for a couple of minutes to document something worthy, the group then decided to move to Velez Street corner JR Borja Street passing the new bridge of the city, J.R. Borja Bridge. From there, they moved all the way to Provincial Capitol Grounds also known as the “Vicente de Lara Park” as the final leg of the event. Photographers puzzled up the area, documenting, and capturing the best and inspiring story to share to the world while discovering the meaning of camaraderie.
Image Title: Infinite Mind and the Intimate Soul #500pxGPW15

The Photo Walk ended at the Colours Philippines, Centrio Mall Branch where participants received a FREE 8R photo print from Fujifilm Philippines.

Fujifilm lends its retro style, focus on the photographer, and dedication to constant innovation to this exciting event

The 500px Fujifilm Global Photo Walk is an annual worldwide event where thousands of photographers come together on the same day to celebrate their local communities through their love for photography. Beautiful photos and experiences had during the photo walks are shared, enjoyed, and discussed on 500px. Last year, the Global Photo Walk involved over 7,000 photographers who explored 137 cities on all 7 continents. Walks occurred everywhere from parks, to nature reserves, to busy urban streets with nearly 9,000 images shared across social media and on
Image Title: Don't Give Up #500pxGPW15

Lucky winners of the Global Photo Walk will receive a Fujifilm X-T1 Kit (500PX STAFF PICK: BEST MARKETPLACE PHOTO) awarded for the best photo submitted (and accepted) to 500px Prime, as judged by the 500px editorial team. Another category (500PX STAFF PICK: MOST RELEVANT THEME PHOTO) will receive a Fujifilm X-T10 kit, awarded  for the photo that best captures the theme “Explore with Friends” as judged by the 500px editorial team. Additionally, 500PX STAFF PICK: MOST CREATIVE MOBILE PHOTO Category will also receive a Fujifilm X-T10 Kit, awarded for the most creative photo that is taken with a mobile phone, as judged by the 500px editorial team. POPULAR VOTE: COMMUNITY FAVORITE will be receiving a Fujifilm X30, a prize awarded for the photo that received the highest number of likes on 500px. Lastly, COMMUNITY PICK: FAVORITE HOST will also receive a Fujifilm X30, awarded to the host who submits the best group photo, as judges by the 500px editorial team.

Official hashtags for the Photo Walk: #500pxGPW15, #fujifilmph #coloursdigitalfoto

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Title: Why Not? #500pxGPW15
Explore With Friends. Photo credits: Abel Matthew Silawan

Photo credits: Gian James Maagad
Photo credits: Abel Matthew Silawan

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

BEYOND TV's Hiking For Adults- An Environmental Awareness Series

Part of its Environmental Awareness Series, BEYOND TV is inviting everyone to join the HIKING FOR ADULTS event this coming September 19, 2015 (Saturday) at Mapawa Nature Park, Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City.

The HIKING FOR ADULTS event is one of the many programs of BEYOND TV aside of Krav Maga, Basic Life Support, Survival Skills and Disaster Preparedness, Mountain Biking, and Discover Scuba Diving One Day Activity and Scuba Diving Courses.

Accordingly, "The benefits of of hiking have been enumerated time and again by various articles and websites and yes, probably even by your doctor. We organize hikes in the wasy and moderate category in nearby hiking trails, incorporating talks about the flora and fauna we encounter along the way. Our hikes will include dips in hidden waterfalls and pools, and eating lunch on a grassy meadow, hillside, or among trees."

Beyond TV is a company dedicated to providing kids with opportunities to maximize their full potential through experiential learning, using the natural environment as a catalyst to enable them to meet the challenges of a changing world. We aim to equip kids with the tools necessary for them to become the next generation of caring, self-aware, ethical, responsible leaders that our society needs. And we plan to make it fun!

The rate is at P750 per head with a minimum of 10 persons to compose a hike group which includes the following:
- Outdoor Facilitators and Hiking Guides
- Entrance Fee
- Park Fee
- Free Lunch

08:00 am                        - Meeting at Mapawa Nature Park Manager’s Hall
08:00 am- 08:30 am        - Registration
08:30 am– 09:30 am        - Ice Breakers
09:00 am-12:00 nn          - Trek
12:00 nn- 02:00 pm         - Lunch/Talk at Lake
02:00pm- 02:30 pm         - Finish Trek

02:30pm- 03:00 pm         - Processing

Get in touch with your inner adventurer.

For more info, contact: Ms Reina Bontuyan (0917-708-1568) and/or check their official website BEYOND TV OFFICIAL WEBSITE and facebook for the latest updates: BEYOND TV FACEBOOK FANPAGE.
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