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. 


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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