In today's world where everything comes in an instant, keeping fit has become an even more complicated issue for most people with the increasing uptake of modern conveniences.
In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980 which it attributed to a "rise in physical inactivity due to the increasingly sedentary nature of many forms of work, changing modes of transportation, and increasing urbanization."
For DMCI Homes' Stellar Place resident, wellness coach Lyra Vallejos however, modern-day conveniences should be seen as an advantage rather than a hindrance to a healthy lifestyle.
The easy access to information and fitness facilities especially to condominium-dwellers like her, Vallejos said, should be used to the hilt to have a healthy and enjoyable life experience.
"It's not really hard to be healthy but of course it's a kind of mind-setting also and your willingness to embrace a healthy lifestyle," said Vallejos who at 46, could easily pass up as someone who is in her late 20s.
The mother of two boys, Carl and Marco, has been leading wellness activities together with the Property Management Office (PMO) in DMCI Homes' development along Visayas Ave., Quezon City, most recent of which was the "Biggest Loser" challenge in March this year.
"I only wanted to share what I know to help people choose more wisely or consciously about what they're eating. What they are feeding their body on a daily basis without really depleting the nutrients of our body," Vallejos shared.
"So every week we meet up and then I weigh them in. I give advices and most of all I give lectures. I make them aware of the calories that their body can burn and how to help improve their metabolism, what food to avoid, and what kind of exercise they can do," she added.
The encouraging response of her fellow Stellar Place residents to the weight loss challenge, she said, was enough reward for her as a wellness coach knowing that she has made a difference in the community.
Being sickly when she was young and having some of her relatives dying from stroke at an early age, Vallejos has embraced healthy living and made it a personal mission to promote awareness about the importance of one's health.
"Actually, if you talk to the (weight loss) challengers, after the sessions, they were not really into the prize anymore because they have seen the value of what they are doing," Vallejos shared.
"Our motivation was to promote wellness and also to promote healthy active lifestyle and health awareness. And even until now, even after the challenge, the participants are still together. They are still doing some exercises and I still check on them from time to time," she said.
This is the same attitude that she and her husband Caesar, want to impart on their children—to treasure one’s health amid the comfort offered by modern-day conveniences.
So in choosing a home for her family, Vallejos said she wanted an environment that promotes quality lifestyle for the holistic development of her children.
"We are all into swimming. When we saw the swimming pool here in Stellar Place, we were really excited. We also like the gym because we are into healthy living," she said.
Living in a three-bedroom unit at Stellar Place for the past three years has been nothing but a wonderful experience for the Vallejos family with the development's excellent location and wide array of leisure-inspired amenities.
"We love staying here. It's tailor-made for our lifestyle. We want a place where we can feel secure because we are really very particular about the security and the amenities. And the location is perfect. It's like the center of everything--schools, malls, and the North Luzon Expressway. I really like the location," Vallejos said.
"Comparing DMCI Homes to other developers because we also have a property made by another developer, DMCI Homes really stands out. Just upon entering, you will already feel the homey ambience. We really found a home here in Stellar Place," she added.
Stellar Place is one of developments of DMCI Homes, the country’s first Quadruple A real estate developer known for building quality resort-inspired communities in Mega Manila, Baguio, Boracay and Davao City. Each of its properties is built with world-standard craftsmanship borne from D.M. Consunji Inc.'s over 60 years of expertise in the construction and development industry.
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DMCI Homes President Alfredo R. Austria said the company’s hot-selling properties is a result of the country’s first Quadruple A builder-developer’s continuing campaign to instill a culture of quality among its employees.
Austria made the pronouncement during the relaunching of the company’s select quality programs and awarding of winners of employee-engaging projects recently as he revealed that DMCI Homes is poised to hit its P26 billion 12-month sales target this year in just the first half of 2017.
This year’s edition of Sikat, Kapit-bisig and Tigbayon (Enhancement of Existing Design Features) were launched while quarterly winners of Tumpak and Angat as well as employees who recently passed the board examinations were all recognized during the event held last June 8 at the Multipurpose Hall of DMCI Homes Corporate Center.
“It really speaks volumes because it only means that a lot of people believe in DMCI Homes. Many people believe DMCI Homes offers the best value because the money they will be spending will get the best quality in return,” Austria said in his speech.
“So it is very important, moving forward, for us to further cultivate our promise of quality,” he stressed.
The DMCI Homes president thus lauded the latest batch of awardees of the company’s quality programs as well as employees who recently passed their respective licensure examinations for their unceasing drive for self-improvement.
“Quality begins in each one of us. We all have our own weaknesses, we all have our shortcomings. We all need to constantly improve ourselves to be able to render better service, better quality products especially in a very competitive atmosphere that we have in today’s world,” Austria told the awardees and board passers.
Spearheaded by the Quality Council, all quality programs primarily aim to inculcate a culture of quality in the company and at the same time encourage employees to emulate DMCI Homes’ core values on integrity, excellence, customer orientation and interdependence.
Pasig City area emerged triumphant in the hardcourt battle among DMCI Homes communities this year, bringing home both the senior and junior division titles of the 2017 DMCI Homes Communities Basketball tournament.
The senior team of Pasig communities overcame a 13-point deficit in the second quarter to beat defending champion Acacia Estates 96-76 in the championship game held recently at the DMCI Homes Corporate Center Multipurpose Court in Makati City.
Senior division season Most Valuable Player Roy Cayanan and finals MVP Francis Camacho combined for 35 points to power their team's romp in the third quarter to put the game away for good for Pasig communities.
The different DMCI Homes communities in Metro Manila were grouped into five areas for the competition. Area 1 represents communities in Quezon City; area 2 for Acacia Estates, DMCI Homes' township development in Taguig City; and Area 3 for residences in the south.
On the other hand, Area 5 covers eastern Metro Manila while Area 6 constitutes communities in the Pasig City area.
Pasig seniors' team head coach Noel Panganiban in an interview said they always look forward to playing in the annual summer league which aims to foster closer community ties and encourage camaraderie, unity, and sportsmanship among residents of DMCI Homes condominium communities.
"This is a very good league. Aside from building camaraderie among residents, it also serves as an avenue to develop young players because of the high level of competition," Panganiban said.
"We are very happy that we won the title this year," he added.
The Area 1 team representing communities in Quezon City, meanwhile, beat Southern Metro Manila communities, 101-84 in the battle for third place.
Pasig communities also reigned supreme in the junior division beating Acacia Estates 95-74 in the finals behind the masterful performance of season and finals MVP, 17-year-old Ernest Navarro.
Cash prizes and trophies were awarded to the top three teams in each division with the champion taking home P50,000 cash.
Known for building high quality, best value homes and resort-inspired communities that promote quality lifestyle among Filipinos, DMCI Homes, which has at least 50,000 residents, has been holding the annual basketball league since 2012 in its belief that participating in team sports develops character, accountability, dedication, and leadership, among many other traits.
The DMCI Homes Quality Council recently recognized the second batch of awardees for the company’s year-long Tumpak construction quality management competition.
Project sites were graded by the Quality Management Department from Jan. 1 to March 31, 2017 to select the second crop of Tumpak awardees.
The recognition of winners was led by DMCI Homes President Alfredo Austria during the launch of this year’s edition of Sikat, Kapit-bisig and Tigbayon (Enhancement of Existing Design Features) Quality Programs last June 8 at the Multipurpose Hall of DMCI Homes Corporate Center.
Maple Place, manned by project-in-charge (PIC) Eric Emocling and area manager Ronie L. Correa, earned two recognitions, winning both Compliance Consciousness and Quality Responsiveness awards for projects with 0-30 percent progress (Category A).
Another awardee is Lumiere Residences which won the Compliance Consciousness award for projects with 31-79 percent progress (Category B). The development along Pasig Boulevard corner Shaw Boulevard in Pasig City is being managed by PIC Mark Lavapie and area manager Christian Manahan.
The Compliance Consciousness award is given to project sites having the least number of non-compliance report (NCR) issued. The project sites should also have the shortest average number of days to resolve NCRs and the least number of open NCRs during the same period.
Zinnia Residences which is handled by PIC Johncel Tuquero and area manager Antolin Borlaza, on the other hand, won the Compliance Consciousness award for projects with 80 and above progress (Category C).
Meanwhile, Brio Tower which is supervised by PIC Enhart Tolentino and area manager Christian Manahan won the Quality Responsiveness Award-Category B. The award is given to project sites with no recurring NCR.
Organized by DMCI Homes Quality Council, Tumpak is one of the group competitions introduced in 2016 which aims to promote and inculcate a culture of quality in the company and encourage employees to emulate core values on integrity, excellence, customer orientation and interdependence.
The grading of project sites will continue until the last quarter before the grand awarding of winners in December this year.