Mandaue Chamber of Commerce project finalist in Italy world congress

caption: Editha Bonghanoy found P600 among trash at the Umapad dumpsite in Mandaue City. The amount enabled her to start a food business.

by Maria Eleanor E. Valeros, #CebuBloggingCommunity

CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES — Women in Need, Now Entrepreneurs and Rolemodels or WINNERS made it as a finalist to the 9th World Chambers Congress in Torino, Italy picked from 79 applications of 39 countries.

In an electronic correspondence, Alexandra Jercaianu, project officer of International Chambers of Commerce – World Chambers Federation in Paris, France congratulated the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry as WINNERS has been “selected as a finalist in the Best Non-Conventional Project category.”

A record number of 79 applications from 39 countries were received for the 2015 World Chambers Competition and that the full list of finalists in the said category are: Stavanger Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Norway), Chamber of Commerce of Zaragoza (Spain), Calgary Chamber of Commerce (Canada), and Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Philippines).

According to WINNERS project chairperson Ms. Carmel de Pio-Salvador, the chamber will be joining other finalists in front of WCF’s panel of international judges for a live presentation at the 9th World Chambers Congress from June 10 to 12, 2015 whereby a Q&A session will tackle the innovative nature of the project, the impact of the project on the chamber and or the business community; measurable outcomes (financial, business and job creation, participation rates, membership recruitment, people involvement); the relevance of the program in the target category, as well as potential for the project to be successfully adopted by other chambers of commerce throughout the world.

The “Search for WINNERS” was launched on July 26, 2011 at the Benedicto College Campus in Mandaue City. Now on its fifth season, the project is MCCI’s quest for model women micro-entrepreneurs from Mandaue City who are supporting their families and are struggling to rise from abject poverty through their business ventures. Their stories of perseverance and creativity, integrity and strength of character are to inspire other women to be empowered, says de Pio-Salvador.

Community development leaders validate the competence of these micro-entrepreneurs to represent barangays of Mandaue City. The finalists go through Basic Entrepreneurial Skills Training, Basic Banking, Formulation or Structuring of Business Plans, Personality Development, as well as Sponsors Tour wherein they gather more insights and perspectives in other traders’ business ventures.

“It is our goal to make the program a national advocacy. Women entrepreneurs today make up more than 50 percent of the country’s micro, small and medium enterprises, thus they should be given a place in national development,” de Pio-Salvador shared.

Editha Bonghanoy, for example, is scavenger turned entrepreneur.

Bonghanoy, a vendor from Barangay Umapad, lives near the city’s dumpsite. She used to survive on segregating trash that can be sold at junkshops, a way of life she, sort of, inherited from her mother. One day, while performing the backbreaking task of scavenging, she pulled out of the dump an envelop containing P600 (six hundred pesos) or roughly 14 US dollars (based on US$1 = P43 exchange), as of this writing.

Bonghanoy decided to leave scavenging behind by investing the money in a startup business. She started frying chicken parts like neck and feet which became a hit in the neighborhood. The crispy chicken business provided for her family decent meals, an opportunity to send her grandchildren to school, thereby nurturing hope that the blessing breaks the cycle of poverty in her family.###

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Mandaue Chamber of Commerce project finalist in Italy world congress

caption: Editha Bonghanoy found P600 among trash at the Umapad dumpsite in Mandaue City. The amount enabled her to start a food business.

by Maria Eleanor E. Valeros, #CebuBloggingCommunity

CEBU, PHILIPPINES — Women in Need, Now Entrepreneurs and Rolemodels or WINNERS made it as a finalist to the 9th World Chambers Congress in Torino, Italy picked from 79 applications of 39 countries.

In an electronic correspondence, Alexandra Jercaianu, project officer of International Chambers of Commerce – World Chambers Federation in Paris, France congratulated the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry as WINNERS has been “selected as a finalist in the Best Non-Conventional Project category.”

A record number of 79 applications from 39 countries were received for the 2015 World Chambers Competition and that the full list of finalists in the said category are: Stavanger Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Norway), Chamber of Commerce of Zaragoza (Spain), Calgary Chamber of Commerce (Canada), and Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Philippines).

According to WINNERS project chairperson Ms. Carmel de Pio-Salvador, the chamber will be joining other finalists in front of WCF’s panel of international judges for a live presentation at the 9th World Chambers Congress from June 10 to 12, 2015 whereby a Q&A session will tackle the innovative nature of the project, the impact of the project on the chamber and or the business community; measurable outcomes (financial, business and job creation, participation rates, membership recruitment, people involvement); the relevance of the program in the target category, as well as potential for the project to be successfully adopted by other chambers of commerce throughout the world.

The “Search for WINNERS” was launched on July 26, 2011 at the Benedicto College Campus in Mandaue City. Now on its fifth season, the project is MCCI’s quest for model women micro-entrepreneurs from Mandaue City who are supporting their families and are struggling to rise from abject poverty through their business ventures. Their stories of perseverance and creativity, integrity and strength of character are to inspire other women to be empowered, says de Pio-Salvador.

Community development leaders validate the competence of these micro-entrepreneurs to represent barangays of Mandaue City. The finalists go through Basic Entrepreneurial Skills Training, Basic Banking, Formulation or Structuring of Business Plans, Personality Development, as well as Sponsors Tour wherein they gather more insights and perspectives in other traders’ business ventures.

“It is our goal to make the program a national advocacy. Women entrepreneurs today make up more than 50 percent of the country’s micro, small and medium enterprises, thus they should be given a place in national development,” de Pio-Salvador shared.

Editha Bonghanoy, for example, is scavenger turned entrepreneur.

Bonghanoy, a vendor from Barangay Umapad, lives near the city’s dumpsite. She used to survive on segregating trash that can be sold at junkshops, a way of life she, sort of, inherited from her mother. One day, while performing the backbreaking task of scavenging, she pulled out of the dump an envelop containing P600 (six hundred pesos) or around 14 US dollars (based on US$1 = P43 exchange), as of this writing.

Bonghanoy decided to leave scavenging behind by investing the money in a startup business. She started frying chicken parts like neck and feet which became a hit in the neighborhood. The crispy chicken business provided for her family decent meals, an opportunity to send her grandchildren to school, thereby nurturing hope that the blessing breaks the cycle of poverty in her family.###

Bamboo Bay delivers units by yearend

by Maria Eleanor E. Valeros, newmedia specialist

Artist’s perspective from ceburealtybrokerage.com

MANDAUE CITY, PHILIPPINES (January 10, 2015) — Tower One of Bamboo Bay Community on Hernan Cortes Street is set for inauguration and delivery by end of 2015.

This assurance is made today by Contempo Property Holdings, Inc. president Beverly Dayanan on the occasion of an open house. The merriment was inspired by the Sinulog festivity every January here.

“The festive mood serves to mark a milestone, and that we are now set for turnover of Tower One to unit owners; this is a means of thanking our homeowners for investing in us and, of course, the media for talking about us often,” Dayanan said.

Said milestone is reaching gross sales of P1 billion for 2014 — Tower One being sold out. This is foreseen to be strengthened by structural construction of Towers 2 and 3 by the third quarter. Top clients are women, posting 6 for every 10 homeowners. Proof that the project is more appealing to women banking on the promise of “building enduring relationships as people celebrate life’s best moments.”

Dayanan agrees that women are more gregarious by nature, and they seek to experience how Bamboo Bay would be able to live up to its goal of “shaping communities of good neighbors.”

Bamboo Bay Community is a medium-rise condo development, or just 12 storeys high. Units start at P10,999 monthly.  Check contempoproperties.com. For visiting concerns to model units call 231.0001 to 0002/231.0005.###

One-stop cultural depot opens

by Maria Eleanor E. Valeros, newmedia specialist

MANDAUE CITY, PHILIPPINES — As a Mandauehanon, Cebuano and a businessman, Mr. Eric N. Mendoza has always wanted to showcase the best that his home city and province can offer to local and international visitors because he is proud of our heritage and our products.

“But it has also been a frustration for me that we don’t have such a common venue or one-stop tourist destination to showcase not only our products but also our culture and performing arts,” Mendoza disclosed in a press briefing recently. “Thus, the dream of Vivo Sugbu was born.”

“It is strategically located halfway going to the north of Cebu and halfway going to the south. Thus, it would be an ideal place to set up a one-stop shop for tourists to buy and taste quality products coming from the north and south of Cebu and beyond. This will also give tourists a foretaste of Cebu’s scenic and heritage spots,” Mendoza added.

“Maybe, it is also by God’s design that this dreamer met another dreamer and creative soul, a former classmate in college, Mr. Val San Diego, who was also trying to find a permanent venue to showcase his performers,” he further went.

The San Diego Cultural Dancers, whose excellence in performance is synonymous to the Sinulog festivity, has been representing Cebu and its cultural heritage through the dance – one of the seven arts.

The group, formed in 1947, is commissioned to perform for Pope Francis on January 19 at the Quirino grandstand in line with the papal visit.

“San Diego Dance Company (today) has now found a home here in Teatro Sugbu. They will be performing nightly every Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the week,” according to Mendoza.

By the third quarter of the year, the entire Vivo Sugbu complex at a series of lots on what was occupied by then Amnezia Club (North Reclamation Area), will be opened.

The new venture in tourism is in line with Mandaue City’s vision for 2020 – to become the primary source of high quality manufactured consumer products in the Philippines. To which Mayor Jonas Cortes assured of valuable support in return for business confidence.

“Few stores open with a heart to showcase our own culture, so I commend Mendoza’s team for the effort placed on this endeavor. Rest assured that you are in good company. You are not a separate entity, you are a part of Team Mandaue. Don’t consider yourself as only a wave. You are certainly a part of an ocean,” Cortes vowed.

“It would definitely be more fun in Cebu for 2015 with this new venue, new concept. Everything is here – from talents to dances, culture and the arts,” Department of Tourism – Central Visayas regional director Rowena Montecillo said in closing the program to give way to a spectacle of dances and acrobatic acts at the Teatro Sugbu last January 6, 2015.#