Plaza Marcela marks 26th anniversary with outreach program for disadvantaged children

Thursday, April 27

 Plaza Marcela, a beloved shopping center named after the Alturas Group of Companies (AGC) family matriarch, recently celebrated its 26th anniversary by organizing an outreach program for disadvantaged children in Bohol. The event was part of AGC’s golden anniversary festivities, marking the group’s efforts in serving the people and uplifting lives. 




The department store is one of the subsidiaries of AGC which includes Island City Mall, Alturas Mall, and Marcela Farms. It has been providing quality products and services to Boholanos for over two decades.


For the celebration, Plaza Marcela organized a free medical consultation along with an art workshop led by Sylvia Gonser, a member of the Baji Arts Collective Group in Bohol.


Around a hundred children from Brgy. Cogon joined the event, which introduced the young ones to the different primary colors and the art of mixing paints. They used recycled circular piggy banks as their canvas, promoting the importance of recycling and creativity.


Additionally, the kids were treated to lunch and snacks, and engaged in games, adding more fun and excitement to the activity. The program concluded with the announcement and awarding of the top ten promising artists and the distribution of gift packs, providing a memorable experience and a token of appreciation for the children's participation.


"We are delighted to celebrate our 26th anniversary with the children, as we strongly believe that providing opportunities for them to learn and create contributes to the overall development of the community. We remain committed to giving back to the Boholanos by offering services and events that cater to their needs and interests," said Ms. Mary Grace Bernaldez, Sr. Supervisor of Alturas Corporate Marketing. 


As an expression of gratitude for the continuous support of the Boholanos, Plaza Marcela will also be offering promos that shoppers will surely enjoy, such as the Grand Anniversary Blowout. Four winners of P50,000 each and one winner of P100,000 are drawn every month. The second draw will be on June 24, 2023, at Island City Mall. 


Moreover, an Alturas Night will be held in celebration of the Saulog festival’s Maoy sa Mayo on May 1 at CPG Sports Complex in Tagbilaran. It will feature The Juans, Adie and Bandang Lapis.  


For more information about Plaza Marcela's outreach program and other events, please visit www.alturasbohol.com


Filipino winners in Zayed Sustainability Prize call for more entries to increase chances of Philippines winning in the 2024 Cycle

Speaking online before 517 viewers from various parts of the Philippines, social entrepreneur Illac Diaz, and science and math educators Ma Regaele Olarte and Jason Albaro recounted their respective experiences in explaining their projects where they used free, cheap local materials, and local technology but which nevertheless turned their projects into sustainable ones that benefitted the communities around them and across the world. 

Past winners of the Zayed Sustainability Prize from the Philippines were invited as guest speakers to the recently concluded webinar for aspiring nominees.

Zayed Sustainability Prize is still accepting submissions for their 2024 Cycle until May 23, 2023, through their online portal.  Candidates can submit their entries in one of these six categories - Health, Food, Energy, Water, Climate Action, and Global High Schools.

Illac Diaz, social entrepreneur

Illac won in 2015 for his Liter of Light project – a sustainable lighting project - which used recycled plastic soda bottles, water, bleach, and simple technology to build bottle lights that marginalized communities used to light their homes, businesses, and streets. To date, more than 350,000 bottle lights have been used by over 145,200 families in more than 15 countries where electricity is scarce. Illac’s NGO My Shelter Foundation is training cooperatives on how to build this technology. Illac is the first Filipino and first Asian to score this Award.

Illac commented, “Liter of Light has expanded to 32 countries, with 212 staff, and helping almost one million people a year. This would not have been possible if we did not win the Zayed Sustainability Prize back in 2015. Filipinos are known for their ingenuity and creativity, especially in addressing social and environmental issues. Despite the abundance of talent and ideas, many Filipinos often face limited opportunities and resources to bring their ideas to fruition.”

He added, “I am honored to have been the first Filipino winner of the Zayed Sustainability Prize in 2015. Now, eight years later, we are passing the torch to a new generation of change-makers. Through this call to action, we hope to amplify the voices of other environmental heroes from the Philippines. I want to encourage our local organizations and high schools to apply for the Zayed Sustainability Prize. It is an incredible platform and opportunity to share our unique innovations with a world that is looking for real, replicable solutions for climate adaptation.”

Illac advised, “It took us three tries. In applying, humility is there, in the fact that the first time, you might not get in. Some innovations are not understood immediately. It takes a bit of patience. The second time for us, we got into the finals. The third time, we won. Your ideas may be groundbreaking and they may not have heard of it before. You might not win immediately with the Zayed Sustainability Prize, but it allows you to be understood by other organizations in the UAE which would recognize you for your work. It is a journey with some pitfalls, so don’t despair.  



Why is the Zayed Sustainability Prize important? Because they do not just award and disappear. They really develop a relationship over time. They are still talking to us, are still friends with us, sharing opportunities with us.”

“This is the chance for us to take the lead, to dominate in energy, food, in industry. This kind of work is really from a Bayanihan spirit, coming all together, to build rather than a pure charity. It is about time the world sees how our ideas in the Philippines can contribute to the global citizenry, to leapfrog from being global beneficiaries to becoming global benefactors. Your ideas can make it, you can even make it much bigger. This could be a life-changing technology, not only for yourself but for millions of other people.”

Muntinlupa National High School

In January 2019, Muntinlupa National High School won the Global High School category, East Asia and Pacific region, making them the second winner from the Philippines. Their entry, called ReVAMP (Revitalized Algae Micro-farm Projects), proposed the building of a scalable solar-powered micro-farm with photo-bioreactors to produce high-value products from green algae (Chlorella Vulgaris) that can be used in food, energy, and medicine. It’s also a source of biofuel. Regaele and Jason used their US$100,000 prize money to make bioreactors and build their algae micro farm - the first in the Philippines.

The prize money for global high schools is meant to be invested into the winning project to make it grow. Ma Regaele Olarte said, “Our US$100,000 prize went to the project so we can expand it. We also benefitted from the project because we advocated for this as science educators. We have a passion for what we're doing. It is very rewarding for us to do this, helping not only the school. If it flourishes, we can help the whole Philippines, especially in the field of green energy. This will be another part of the project when we go to the next phases of its implementation.”

 



Jason Albaro meanwhile revealed that Project ReVAMP has an ongoing patent registration. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) advised Muntinlupa National High School to register the project as an invention. The school, under the Department of Education (DepEd) NCR, has a tripartite partnership agreement with DOST-NCR and I AM SAM Foundation, with the support of the University of the Philippines.  He said, “We are still starting in the Philippines. We’re doing this gradually so we can give better results.”

Their joint advice to interested candidates, “We joined the Zayed Sustainability Prize twice. Always give your best in whatever you’re doing. Don’t give up. Continue to dream big. Have faith in yourselves, in your bright ideas. This might be your big chance to make something big. We urge all high schools, educators, parents, and students to give yourselves this chance. The Zayed Sustainability Prize recognizes effort, so it’s better if you’re working in a team. Judges in the Zayed Sustainability Prize are experts in their own fields. Start your proposals by providing solutions and implementing them in the future. Choose a category when you submit your proposal, it should be a solution to an identified problem in your community.”

Auke Idzenga, CEO of Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation, Inc

Auke Idzenga, CEO of Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation, Inc. who was a finalist from the Philippines in the Water category 2020 Cycle, also spoke at the webinar. He commented, “AIDFI being a finalist in the water category of the Zayed Sustainability Prize resulted in a question if we were willing to implement projects for the Beyond 2020 Program, on which we immediately said yes. On two different islands here in the Philippines, we implemented two drinking water systems utilizing AIDFI ram pumps in previous waterless communities, tremendously improving the situation of some 18,000 villagers. We fully support the idea of new friendships and cooperation under this program and are eager to expand our ram pump projects to other countries as well in collaboration with the Zayed Sustainability Prize.”




Auke explained, “The Zayed Sustainability Prize is a prestigious award and they really pick out the best of the best. If you become a winner, you really have shown the technology works on the ground. if you have several projects working on the ground, then participate.”

About the Prize

The Zayed Sustainability Prize organizers are urging innovators from three sectors - - global high schools, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and non-profits - -  to have the determination to submit their innovative and sustainable solutions and have that one big chance to snatch one of the 10 awards and be recognized on a global stage. They can submit their entries in one of these six categories -Health, Food, Energy, Water. Climate Action and Global High Schools.

For the Health, Food, Energy, Climate Action and Water categories, organizations should demonstrate that they are improving access to essential products or services and have a long-term vision for better living and working conditions.

For the Global High Schools category, their projects should be student–led, with emphasis placed on the students being actively involved in the planning, implementation, and monitoring processes.

Now in its 15th year, the Prize’s US$3 million fund rewards winners US$600,000 in each category. The Global High Schools category is split into six world regions, with each school able to claim up to US$100,000 to start or further expand their project. The six world regions of the Global High Schools category are The Americas, Europe & Central Asia, Middle East & North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and East Asia & Pacific.

There is a three-stage evaluation process, beginning with the due diligence conducted on all submissions to ensure that they meet the Prize’s evaluation criteria. This identifies the qualified entries and results in the selection of eligible candidates. Following this, evaluations are undertaken by a Selection Committee consisting of category-specific panels of independent international experts. From this shortlist of candidates, the finalists are chosen and then sent to the Prize Jury who unanimously elect the winners, across all five categories.  

Winners of the 2024 Zayed Sustainability Prize will be announced at an Awards Ceremony in December 2023.

Pedicab Band to Bring Their Unique Sound to Indie-Rock Event in Cebu

Cebu City, Philippines - The local music scene in Cebu is about to get a significant boost with OTOMATIK: Pedicab Live in Cebu. Headlined by Manila-based electronic rock band Pedicab, the event also features promising local acts from Cebu.



Pedicab is known for their unique blend of indie-rock, electronic, and punk music. Their high-energy performances and catchy melodies have won them a large following nationwide. They have released several critically acclaimed albums and have won numerous awards for their music.



Joining Pedicab on stage will be some of the most exciting indie-rock acts in Cebu, Luxxx, Ala Ahkbar, The Line Divides, Sunday, The Pervs, and Awkward Dancer. These bands have been making waves in the local music scene and are expected to deliver a riveting performance.

The event will take place on April 29, 2023, at the Playground in From Here, Crossroads Cebu. Doors will open at 7 PM. Presale tickets are at P600 and are available until April 26, 2023. You can visit the John Bottles Events FB page for details. However, walk-in tickets are also available at the venue for P750.


The event is organized by John Bottles Events, PAWN Records, Counterflow Productions, and LILA Events Ph—a collective of music enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to promoting the indie music scene in the region. They aim to provide a platform for local artists to showcase their talents and connect with music fans in Cebu and beyond.


"We are thrilled to bring Pedicab and some of the best indie-rock bands in Cebu together for this event," said Bobbi Olvido of John Bottles Events. "This is an opportunity for music lovers to experience the vibrant and diverse music scene in Cebu and discover new artists."

The event is co-presented by From Here, Crossroads Cebu, and Soupstar Music. It is also made possible the following sponsors, PRworks Visayas-Mindanao (Philippines) Alba Uno Hotel, ACES Eye Referral Clinics, Phinance, International Pharmaceuticals Inc., Hearty Meals by Bea, Hibla Natives, Baihaus , Kinaham ni Masyong, Good Habits Cartel, Kusina La Madera, Mr. Xavier Go, Dr. Robbie Decilio, Mr. John Mark Maglana and Mr Jud Sala of Poverty Studios.


For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, visit the @JohnBottlesEvents on Facebook.


Unboxing New Books | GROWTH DIARY OF GOOD KIDS Books

Friday, April 21

 







PURPOSE: 1. Provide children different kinds of interesting and educational stories; 2. Help children to cultivate a good habbit with rightouse personality; 3. Start reading easy English-language stories for preparing their English education. Help your kids away from Phone!! Some parents experience difficulties in educating kids between six to twelve years old. Let your child read these 10 books. It's better than punishment. This series of books (10 books per series) targets 6-12yrs old children who are in the critical period when both their bodies and brains are growing fast. TITLES: “Growth Diary of Good Kids”: 1. Good Habits with All My Life 2. Share Your Gratitude 3. I Am Really Self-Controlled 4. I Am Really Great 5. To Be Honest 6. Brave to Face Difficulties 7. Learning Is Not Scary 8. To be Lenient 9. To Be Independent 10. Parents Are Not My Servants

I ACTUALLY SHAVED MY HEAD | VLOG

 






I vlogged about this day, I really did shave my head for the first time. 

READ MORE ABOUT MY JOURNEY WITH JESUS HERE https://cebufamilybonding.blogspot.co...

JobStreet shows the realities of hiring on social media in video series, urges employers to hire real talent

Thursday, April 20

 JobStreet by SEEK continues its initiative to empower companies in seeking better candidates in 2023 through a series of videos in line with their latest campaign, “Hire Real Talent,” baring the realities of hiring on social media. 

Social networking channels are proven to be an effective way of communication, but using them for seeking talents may be more inefficient than hirers think—and this video series depicts a witty take on real-life scenarios and challenges among employers that use social media for posting their job vacancies.

Aside from encouraging hirers to utilize legitimate job platforms in their recruitment process, JobStreet’s video series attempts to show the truth behind social media recruiting: when you hire through social media, chances are you have no idea who you're interviewing. 

The first video depicts an applicant who resembles the avatar of a newly set-up social media account, illustrating anonymity, a lack of character, or a genuine identity. Likewise, the second video demonstrates the difficulty of recognizing the true applicant whose profile photo is a family portrait. Finally, in the last video, JobStreet displays an applicant with experience working somewhere fictitious, portraying a lack of professionalism and accurate information.   

As users are not required to authenticate their identities or credentials on most social media sites, it is challenging to discern between legitimate and fraudulent accounts. In addition, most social media users do not present themselves professionally and have little to no work experience information, which limits the hirers’ opportunity to fully scrutinize their applicants based on their criteria. 

“While social media is a convenient tool to share information, we want to let hirers know that not everyone in your following or likes is looking for jobs—and the best and most appropriate way to recruit active jobseekers is to reach out to where they are searching for opportunities, and that is through official job platforms,” said Kim Viray, JobStreet Philippines Head of Marketing.

“In today's competitive and fast-changing world, we recognize the challenges that come with the hiring process, which is why we continuously empower hirers and provide them solutions that they need on top of offering a platform with millions of quality and qualified candidates,” he added. 

JobStreet aims to make hiring more convenient and efficient for employers, particularly for SMEs. Through its free job ad postings, businesses are entitled to a 30-day free job posting credit upon registration on JobStreet, giving seamless access to over 14 million registered candidates with free use of powerful candidate management tools, easy-to-use job ad writing tools, inclusion in job recommendations, accessibility on multiple channels, and many other benefits, allowing hirers to focus on selecting the best candidate.

Its beneficial features assure targeted job posting to relevant potential applicants, and it may save time by using screening tools to check and match skills and credentials with the role.




To watch the video series, visit the following links: 

https://www.facebook.com/JobStreetPhilippines/videos/1139168213385418 

https://www.facebook.com/JobStreetPhilippines/videos/544309744353171

https://www.facebook.com/JobStreetPhilippines/videos/232945675833072



About JobStreet by SEEK 

JobStreet is the leading employment platform in Southeast Asia, helping people live more fulfilling and productive working lives and helping organizations succeed. It is a subsidiary of SEEK, a diverse group of companies comprised of a strong portfolio of online employment, educational, commercial and volunteer businesses. SEEK is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and has a strong presence across the APAC region, including six Asian markets – Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand – through the JobStreet and JobsDB brands. SEEK attracts over 500 million visits a year in Asia.


A Golden Day of Giving: Alturas Group of Companies holds 50th-anniversary grand launch with fun, fitness, and philanthropy

Friday, April 14

 The Alturas Group of Companies (AGC) held its 50th Anniversary Grand Launch at the Island City Mall Carpark over the weekend, supporting terminally-ill children in Bohol while commemorating half a century of serving and enriching the lives of Boholanos.


To celebrate this milestone, AGC organized a day full of activities, including a Golden Fun Run, Zumba Marathon, and Comedy Concert.  Proceeds of the Golden Fun Run went to 25-30 young kids battling critical health challenges through the Alay Marcela Foundation outreach program. The funds raised will help support the children's treatments and provide assistance to their families.









Hon. Mayor Jane Yap of Tagbilaran City lauded AGC's commitment to the community, stating, “We are very proud of our strong and solid partnership with the private sector. Alturas Group of Companies has given Tagbilaran City not only livelihood but has uplifted the lives of our people through different socio-civic engagements – from feeding to painting of classrooms to medical assistance and many more.”


"On behalf of the city government of Tagbilaran and the 105,000 Tagbilaranons, we fully support the growth of the Alturas Group of Companies. Fifty years of excellent service, breaking barriers and norms. That is a testament to the commitment and capability only Alturas Group of Companies can do and achieve,” she added.


The Golden Fun Run began with a warm-up Zumba session led by ABODAFI member Jesther and energizing beats from the Pentagon DrumNBeaters. The event featured 5K, 10K, and 21K races. Mayor Yap welcomed the participants and AGC Retail 1 Manager, Ma'am Lyn Uy handed out the awards.


The Zumba Marathon saw participants dancing their way to fitness, with special awards given to the oldest dancer, youngest dancer, and more. The day concluded with a laughter-filled Comedy Concert, which opened with an energetic performance by the Technotronic Dancers, followed by a dance number by The Boys Selection. The concert featured Manila's premier comedians, Amazing Peanut and Justin Tan, as well as local talents Zeke Villanueva and Almar Acoustic session, creating an unforgettable evening of entertainment.


"Our steadfast dedication to enriching lives and facilitating the advancement of Bohol forms the essence of our mission. As we commemorate our Golden Anniversary, we eagerly anticipate upholding our tradition of service, championing sustainable progress, and making a lasting, positive impact on the lives of our community members for generations to come," said AGC General Manager Mar Uy.


The 50th anniversary kick off is not only for the public. AGC also made sure their employees can enjoy and partake in the celebration. On Sunday, The Alturas Group along with their employees held a caravan around Tagbilaran City. After which, they proceeded to the Bohol Wisdom School gymnasium for a basketball tournament. Players of the various teams are employees from different departments within Alturas Group.  


AGC is a key player in the progress of Bohol, providing thousands of jobs to Boholanos and championing food sustainability through the quality produce of Marcela Farms. With a 50-year legacy of service and commitment to the community, AGC continues to drive Bohol towards strategic, sustainable progress while perpetuating its service-centered legacy to the people.


For more information about the Alturas Group of Companies, visit www.alturasbohol.com

CLI ventures into co-living, opens The Pad in Q3 2023

Leading developer in Vismin Cebu Landmasters, Inc. (CLI) through Sugbo Prime Estate, the company’s joint venture with the Fararrons Family introduces its co-living brand set to open for occupancy in Q3 this year.

Located within Banilad High Street, a 7,500 sqm mixed-use property along Banilad Road in Cebu, The Pad Co-Living is CLI’s first co-living space built for students and young professionals looking for a communal space and flexible housing option right at the heart of the bustling city.



The two-tower development features 256-room accommodation available for long-term dormitory stays and hostel bookings of up to 440 persons.

The Pad Co-Living highlights a flexible room arrangement for single, double, or multi-sharing occupancy for up to 4 people. Its fully furnished rooms, curated amenities, and soon-to-open retail outlets are purposely built to provide those who are looking for shared living spaces together with people who have similar values, passion, stories, and ambitions.



Designed to complement the lifestyle of a young hardworking Cebuano, each 15 sqm unit at The Pad Co-Living is complete with a bed with mattress, an ensuite toilet, and bath, a work desk and chair, a closet, and air-conditioning.




The Pad Co-Living’s five-story building is also adorned with an in-house roof deck lounge, a shared cooking area, 24/7 security, and free wifi access ideal for those with remote work. Adjacent to the building is a rooftop restaurant and swimming pool for hostel guests.

Its strategic location along Banilad Road, Cebu City provides nearby access to central business districts, and commercial and retail establishments and is structured along a national road, making it an easy walk or travel for future residents.




The property is a walk away from Cebu IT Park—a hub for Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firms, and a ride away from top educational institutions.

CLI chairman and CEO Jose Soberano III said: “We’re happy to unveil our first venture into co-living. The Pad will provide a secure transient home to young professionals like IT-BPO workers and students seeking well-located, affordable housing that they will be proud of.




Cebu Landmasters has a total portfolio of 10 properties under CLI Hotels and Resorts. 

TOP CEBU FACEBOOK PAGES TO FOLLOW TO STAY UPDATED

Friday, April 7

If you're interested in staying up-to-date with the latest happenings, events, and news in Cebu, here are some Facebook pages that you might want to follow:



Cebu Daily News - Cebu Daily News is one of the leading news sources in Cebu. They provide daily news, feature stories, and opinion pieces about the latest events and happenings in Cebu.


Sugbo.ph - Sugbo.ph is an online lifestyle and travel guide that provides information about the best places to eat, drink, stay, and explore in Cebu. They also feature events and festivals happening around the island.



Cebu City Government - The official Facebook page of the Cebu City Government provides updates about the latest policies, programs, and projects of the local government. They also post news about the city's infrastructure developments and civic initiatives.

Cebu Pacific - Cebu Pacific is one of the largest airlines in the Philippines that has daily flights to and from Cebu. They provide updates on flight schedules, promotions, and discounts on their Facebook page.

MyCebu.ph - MyCebu.ph is a blog that focuses on travel, food, and lifestyle in Cebu. They provide helpful guides, tips, and recommendations for exploring the island.


By following these Facebook pages, you can stay informed about the latest news, events, and developments in Cebu and plan your visit accordingly.

Exploring Cebu's Culinary Delights

 

Cebu is a culinary destination that offers a variety of mouth-watering dishes that will satisfy every food lover's cravings. From classic Filipino dishes to local specialties, Cebu's food scene has something for everyone. In this blog post, we will explore some of Cebu's culinary delights and the best places to try them.



Lechon Cebu - The undisputed king of Cebu's culinary scene is the Lechon Cebu, a slow-roasted pig that is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. One of the best places to try Lechon Cebu is at CnT Lechon, which is famous for its juicy and flavorful pork.






Ngohiong - Ngohiong is a Cebuano version of a Chinese spring roll. The filling is a mixture of ground pork, vegetables, and spices that is wrapped in a thin spring roll wrapper and deep-fried. Larsian BBQ in Cebu City is a great place to try this delicacy.




Puso - Puso is steamed rice wrapped in woven coconut leaves called "puso" in Cebuano. It is a common side dish in most Cebuano meals and often served with grilled meat or seafood. You can find Puso almost everywhere in Cebu.




Chicharon - Chicharon is a deep-fried pork rind that is crispy and crunchy. It is a popular snack in the Philippines, and Cebu has its own version of Chicharon called "Bantayanon Chicharon". It is a specialty of the town of Bantayan and can be bought in most local markets.




Budbud Kabog - Budbud Kabog is a sticky rice cake made from millet and coconut milk. It is wrapped in banana leaves and then steamed. It is a famous delicacy of the town of Catmon, and you can find it in most local markets and pasalubong centers.




Dried Mangoes - Cebu is known for its sweet, juicy, and sun-dried mangoes. It is a perfect pasalubong for your loved ones. You can buy it in most souvenir shops and supermarkets in Cebu.




Otap - Otap is a flaky and crunchy biscuit that is made from flour, sugar, and shortening. It is a favorite pasalubong from Cebu, and you can buy it in most supermarkets and pasalubong centers.



Cebu's culinary delights are just some of the many reasons why the island is worth visiting. So when you're in Cebu, don't forget to explore its rich and diverse food scene.

MagsPeak Mountain Resort & Villas by CLI opens new chapel, Way of the Cross &Rosary Walk ideal for Holy Week devotions

BALAMBAN, Cebu – MagsPeak Mountain Resort and Villas, a joint venture between MagsPeak Nature Park Inc. and leading Vismin developer Cebu Landmasters, is Cebu’s newest destination for Holy Week devotions with the opening of the Our Lady of the Pillar Chapel, Stations of the Cross, Rosary Walk among others, all set against the backdrop of western Cebu’s highlands.

Beginning April 5, 2023, devotees wanting to fulfill their religious observances, especially this Holy Week can now visit MagsPeak for free to fulfill their spiritual devotions including the Way of the Cross, where 14 stations are spread from the entrance of the property up to the top of MagsPeak spanning an estimated 600 meters walk.








In addition, one can immerse in a spiritual retreat inside the Our Lady of the Pillar Chapel that overlooks the mountains, meditate quietly by the Pieta in the Meditation Garden, or take the 800-meter-long Rosary Walk contemplating on the 20 mysteries of the Holy Rosary.

CLI chief executive officer Jose Soberano III says: “MagsPeak provides a space where we can retreat, reflect and nurture our faith. It is CLI’s answer to the need of Cebuanos for a scenic and quiet place for spiritual devotion. We don’t have to go very far anymore, it’s just right here in Balamban.” 

MagsPeak Mountain Resort and Villas is a 21-hectare mountain estate in Magsaysay Peak, Brgy Sunog, Balamban, Cebu, with an elevation of 800 meters. MagsPeak Nature Park Inc. is composed of Cebuano businessmen and fellow Caminoans, Bob Gothong, Segundino Selma Jr., and Ricardo King.

The mountain estate is designed to create a holistic mountain experience for Cebu with an outdoor, religious, and hospitality component, built with sustainability at its core. 

likewise, MagsPeak will be among the starting points of the Camino de Cebu trail via a 42-kilometer route traversing the mountainside of Manunggal, Balamban down to the Municipality of Compostela, Cebu.

The Camino de Cebu is based on the traditional Camino of Spain, which is composed of several trails from Spain, Portugal and France that converge on the City of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain.



By 2025, MagsPeak will accommodate guests looking for a weekend escape with the opening of 12 exclusive mountain villas, 20 hotel rooms, a clubhouse, heated infinity pools, and a farm-to-table restaurant, making it an ideal destination for individuals and families looking for a place to relax and unwind but with a touch of exclusivity. This will be managed by CLI’s hospitality arm, CLI Hotels & Resort.

Cebu Landmasters currently has a hospitality portfolio of 10 hotels, resorts, and co-living in key cities in VisMin. 

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