Taking advantage of children’s strong yearning for new knowledge and skills, Zinnia Towers in North EDSA, Quezon City recently held its own version of a play city to allow kids in the community to learn and have fun at the same time.
The DMCI Homes development recently held “Kidzinnia,” a five-day workshop that involved children who lived in the community. Spearheaded by Zinnia Towers’ Property Management Office (PMO), the event included workshops on gardening and recycling activities as well as other fun activities such as games, storytelling, a treasure hunt, and role-playing.
Only 15 to 20 children were expected to turn up at the workshop, but in the end, the event counted over 40 participants – a testament to just how active both the Zinnia Towers’ community and PMO are.
Through the activities, children were able to learn about the Zinnia Towers community, and know more about the roles of the people they interact with everyday, from the DMCI Homes property management staff, to fellow residents.
The kids also learned about taking care of their surroundings, and were oriented on the community’s house rules in an enjoyable and exciting way. With their safety in mind, the kids were also given an emergency preparedness workshop.
The event ended with a hands-on activity that allowed participants to actually experience what it’s like to work in the property management aspect, stepping into the shoes of security guards, housekeepers, receptionists, officers, and property managers. This way, the kids were able to truly learn the value of doing their best, working together, doing the right thing, and making other people happy.
Resident Gerald Sanchez, a parent at Zinnia Towers, said that Kidzinnia was a “great activity”, sharing that he appreciated that it was both informative and fun.
“Keep it up,” he told the PMO, referring to the event’s success.
According to Zinnia Towers property manager Edilyn Perez, the idea for the event came about because they wanted to get children more involved in the community.
“The PMO believes that children have a positive impact and contribution to the community,” she said, explaining that children are a factor to having a safe, clean, and healthy environment.
The workshops according to Perez were designed to teach children how to be better members of the Zinnia community, in an interesting and experiential way. They also aimed to instill values that will benefit the children in the long run, and help them not only at home, but also in school, and with their friends.
For instance, she explained that learning about property management and having that hands-on experience not only made the children more aware of house rules, but because property managers are leaders, the experience also helped instill leadership skills in the kids, training them to be more proactive in the future.
KidZinnia was only one of several events held by the PMO for its residents. They also held a bazaar as well as a Santa Cruzan to keep Filipino culture alive while giving the residents an opportunity to bond, make friends, and have fun.
“We want them to have not just a home, but a community,” Perez said.
Indeed, community is the best word to describe what the residents at Zinnia Towers have. The best part is, their community includes the entire family – especially the kids.
Zinnia Towers is one of the 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.
For more information on Zinnia Towers and other DMCI Homes projects, call (+632) 546-4500 or explore dmciresidences.com. News and other updates are also posted on our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
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.
To learn more about Stellar Place and other DMCI Homes projects, call (+632) 546-4500 or explore dmciresidences.com. News and other updates are also posted on our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
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.
Ice candy is one of the all-time Pinoy favorite treats for both kids and adults especially during the scorching summer months. Recently, one unique variation of the popular frozen refreshment has created a buzz around the metro with its creamy and refreshing smooth flavor.
This is Tristan’s Ice Cream Candy which is ice candy with the richness of ice cream. Concocted by Tristan Cristobal, a former Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) turned entrepreneur, the story of the ice cream candy’s success dates back when he was still working as an accountant in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and how his business got its breakthrough at a DMCI Homes community called Cedar Crest, located in Acacia Estates at Taguig City.
“I decided to venture into this business after being inspired by a concept from a friend,” said Tristan, as he narrated the journey of how he began his personal study on ice cream-making while working abroad.
“The Cedar Crest community was really the first to believe in my product,” recalled Tristan. “It’s really hard to find people who will give you the opportunity. Luckily, the convenience store here gave me the chance, starting with buying 50 pieces late last year.”
Cedar Crest is medium-rise enclave that has been home to the Cristobal family for over five years. Personally for Tristan, it is both a sanctuary and a springboard for his business.
He launched his ice cream candy during one of Cedar Crest’s video feasts, which is a gathering that spread God’s Word in a series of recorded talks. After the celebration, Tristan distributed samples of his product to let his neighbors taste his creamy and refreshing homemade ice cream candy which comes in different flavours such as pandan, caramel, strawberry, chocolate, and a lot more.
From then on, the community convenience store began placing orders which increased over the months. The number of Tristan’s resellers eventually grew and now reaches Las Pinas, Parañaque, Novaliches, Bataan, Quezon and as far as Nueva Vizcaya. The product even caught the attention of morning TV show Unang Hirit and was recently featured in the program.
Importance of financial literacy for OFWs
Tristan also notes that making ice cream candy is one of his investments to help secure the future for himself and his family. Apart from his ice cream candy business, one of the things he is passionate about is helping his fellow OFWs save money and get back home to their families.
Hence, during his last two years abroad, Tristan and his wife became active in the Angat Pilipinas Coalition for Financial Literacy.
“Through Angat Pilipinas, I sometimes led talks on financial literacy to help my fellow OFWs build the future that they want within their envisioned timeframe. The advocacy is about educating OFWs to use their earnings wisely,” he said.
Supportive and relaxing community
As his ice cream candy business continues to grow, Tristan’s day also becomes busier. He is actually a one-man team from making to packaging the ice cream candy and even delivering the orders. Fortunately, coming home to Cedar Crest has always been a relaxing affair for Tristan and his family, beginning from the grand sense of arrival at the entrance gate all the way to their two-bedroom unit.
“Coming home always gives me a relaxing feel. Actually when we first visited the place five years ago, it was already love at first sight,” he recalled. “We were newly married back then and looking for a house of our own. We immediately fell in love with the ambiance and the environment.”
Tristan particularly finds peace of mind and comfort at the condominium community, and appreciates its safety and security which is ideal for his children.
“I think the community is perfect for raising a family. Coming home here takes away all my stress. It feels as if you’re not in the city. There are lots of trees and fresh air throughout the condo. The amenities are designed well and the Property Management Office is proactive in addressing concerns and holding events which everyone in the community enjoys,” he said.
For Tristan, having a high quality home for his family in a supportive and peaceful community is more than just a dream come true – it is also an opportunity to make something more out of life such as what made his ice cream candy an increasingly favorite dessert and snack among people of all ages.
Inquiries and orders on Tristan’s products can be coursed thru Facebook with its official account as Tristan’s Ice Cream Candy while those interested in the Angat Pilipinas advocacy can visit www.angatph.com or in their personal website www.thecristobal.info .
Cedar Crest 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.
To learn more about Cedar Crest and other DMCI Homes projects, call (+632) 546.4500 or explore www.dmciresidences.com. News and other updates are also posted on our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and YouTube.