New Year is coming, and so do the new makeup trends you need to know this 2017! With that in mind, we listed down the top makeup styles that are sure to rock this coming year! From splash of colors to recurring ‘80s hits, take your pick and stay fab, glam, and beautiful with or without the help of a professional makeup artist in the Philippines!
Get Smoky and Smudgy
Clear and defined makeup is out, smeared makeup is in! Scrap your perfectly worn lines because smoky and smudgy eyeliner looks are going to rein this 2017. Experiment with black and gray or take it to the next level with different shades of brown! Don’t forget to wing out at the corners for a more fabulous look!
Shimmer on Glitters
We have seen the glitter trend glimmer last year, but it is sure to shimmer even brighter in 2017. Professional makeup artists both international and in the Philippines have become even more creative. Aside from the stylish glittering lips, expect to see glitters in odd facial parts such as the eyebrows and the forehead!
Drape Like in the ‘80s
Look what’s making a comeback in 2017: draping, the ‘80s’ way of wearing blush high along the corners of the cheekbones to the sides of the eyes. There are two ways to apply the blush: wear it heavy-hand or keep it subtly applied from your cheek to your temple!
Splash ‘Em with Colors!
Back with another ‘80s style, being playful with colors will surely be loved this coming year! Splash your cheek with different colors—pink, purple, blue—and achieve a jazzy look. Painting your face entirely depends on your preference. Either go for subtle swipe or go for dramatic splash—it is all up to you!
Aside from sporting a colorful look, fresh and clean makeup style will remain a trend in 2017! Less is more, and that also applies when wearing makeups. With just a touch of concealer and light foundation, your natural beauty is bound to shine this coming year!
Be Bold and Playful
Red lipstick is already a given, so for this year, makeup artists are going for bolder lip statements! From lipstick shades like electric orange and purple-gray to textures such as matte and glossy, all these are welcomed this 2017. You can even match two tones for an even more playful look!
Go Glow, Gloss!
Glistening your skin, lips, or lids is in this coming year! Use of traditional highlighter, intense skin prep, moisturizer, and even petroleum jelly will be the new trend because the shinier the skin the better. Yes, you’ve read that right: petroleum jelly.
There you have it! Now that you know the makeup trends for next year, you can easily pull off that perfect look like a professional makeup artist in the Philippines. Get your kit ready and start to experiment these makeup techniques so you’re prepared to welcome 2017 in style!
Wouldn’t it be nice to buy that condominium for sale in Baguio and feel the Summer Capital’s breeze? Aside from being one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines, the ‘City of Pines’ is also known for its definitive cafés and restaurants.
There’s a new trend in the country and it has reached the illustrious city. Here’s a restaurant to visit for an ultimate bonding experience for you, your family and your friends! It’s not your run-of-the-mill café & it’s also a board game haven.
Board games are making a comeback and Raduno Café and Restaurant is riding the wagon. The diner is located at 2/F Lachica Bldg. #111 Jungletown, along Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City and is open from Monday to Sunday, 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
The Board games
(Facebook / Raduno Cafe and Resto)
Patchwork is a game for two players in which you buy tiles and place them on your board so they interconnect in an effort to fill all the empty spaces on your board. Talk about an unconventional date. Sushi Go, on the other hand, can have as many as five players. It is a card game that is all about strategy; a perfect game to play with your family and friends.
(Facebook / Raduno Café and Resto)
Adventure Time Love Letter is a game of risk, deduction, and luck for 2–4 players based on the themed with characters of the hit cartoon Adventure Time. Players are suitors trying to gain the affections of Princess Bubblegum. How fun is that!?
(Facebook / Raduno Café and Resto)
Winter is, indeed, coming—your favorite television show is now a board game! One of Raduno’s most played games is A Game of Thrones: The Card Game. This epic game’s goal, simply put, is to emerge victorious against other houses and against the dark forces outside the wall. It is a card game of intrigue, diplomacy, and strategy for two to four players. A condominium in Baguio is a pretty sweet deal just to be closer to fascinating board game shelter that “houses” this hard to find item.
The Food & Drinks
(Facebook / Raduno Café and Resto)
S’mores are just the perfect comfort food. The gooey combination of roasted marshmallows, frothy chocolate and graham crackers is a great companion for your board game session.
(Facebook / Raduno Café and Resto)
Coffee drinkers, rejoice! This board game haven slash food hub slash coffee sanctuary offers a social experience like no other. Who wouldn’t love to get that extra energy boost? They also serve cold beverages such as shakes and lemonades.
(Facebook / Raduno Café and Resto)
This platter is composed of savory pasta, crispy fries, delectable chicken and toothsome bread. Aside from these appetizing food selections, the resto also offers pizza and burgers.
These are just some of the features Raduno Café and Restaurant. So step out of the four corners of your condominium in Baguio and drop those phones! There’s a new trend and it’s time for you to get on the bandwagon. Board games are totally in this 2017!
The World Health Organization is an international institute that has been looking after the well-being of the members of the United Nations since its establishment in 1948. Since then, United Nations has religiously fulfilled its role in uplifting the world’s health and played major parts in eradicating smallpox and controlling other communicable diseases such as HIV or AIDS, Ebola, Malaria, and tuberculosis. It is the lead and front running body in educating the public about sexual and reproductive health, development and aging, nutrition, food security, healthy eating, occupational health, and substance abuse. Yearly, it gathers budget from voluntary contributions from all around the world.
Each year, the World Health Organization publishes World Health Statistics to help interpret the current status of the world’s health through numbers. These are taken from various significant studies and are carefully plot down into meaningful numbers. The indicators used in this report have been included on the basis of their relevance to global public health, on data availability and quality, and on the reliability and comparability of the resulting estimates. Taken together, these indicators provide a comprehensive summary of the current status of national health and health systems in the following nine areas:
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WHO presents World Health Statistics 2015 as an integral part of its ongoing efforts to provide enhanced access to comparable high-quality statistics on core measures of population health and national health systems. Unless otherwise stated, all estimates have been cleared following consultation with Member States and are published here as official WHO figures. However, these best estimates have been derived using standard categories and methods to enhance their cross-national comparability. As a result, they should not be regarded as the nationally endorsed statistics of Member States which may have been derived using alternative methodologies.
The World Health Statistics 2015 has presented these status and trends.
- Between 1990 and 2013, the number of children affected by stunting declined globally from 257 million to 161 million, representing a decrease of 37%.
- Progress in child survival worldwide has been described as one of the greatest success stories of international development, with child deaths being almost halved over the last two decades compared to the 1990 MDG baseline. Between 1990 and 2013, the mortality rates of children under five declined by 49%, falling from an estimated 90 deaths per 1000 live births to 46 deaths per 1000 live births.
- The prevalence of contraceptive use among women aged 15–49 years who were married or in a consensual union increased globally from 55% in 1990 to 64% in 2012.
- In 2013, an estimated 2.1 million people were newly infected with HIV – down from 3.4 million in 2001. By the end of 2013 about 12.9 million people were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) globally.
- Globally, an estimated 3.2 billion people are at risk of being infected with malaria and developing disease, with 1.2 billion at particularly high risk (greater than a one-in-thousand chance of getting malaria in a year). According to the latest estimates, 198 million cases of malaria occurred globally in 2013 and the disease led to 584 000 deaths. The WHO African Region bears the highest burden of malaria, accounting for an estimated 90% of all malaria deaths worldwide. More than three quarters (78%) of malaria deaths occur in children aged < 5 years.
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These trends and statuses in presented in the World Health Statistics 2015 will continue to affect the operations of the World Health Organization in years to come but most of all, it will also affect the landscape of the industries that has depended on the industry of healthcare. This could also affect the industry of healthcare outsourcing being one of the leading resource in providing immediate solution.
Fans of the 20 year old franchise Pokémon went crazy when Pokémon Go was officially released in the Philippines last August 6. According to Rappler, Pokémon Go has been downloaded over 100 million times since its release! The hype is real…especially for Davaoeños. They even have a Facebook page just for it.
(Facebook/ Pokémon Go Davao City)
For those who have been devoured by a Dark Void and do not know what Pokémon Go is, all you need to know is that it is an “augmented reality” game that gains access of your camera and GPS that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world. Simply put, it makes a cartoon map of the place you are in, scattering several Pokémon for you to abduct them and turn them into a cute and cuddly fighting force. To do this, you really have to go out of your house and into the wild to catch ‘em all. You can even use your Pokémon to battle other people’s Pokémon. You can be the very best (like no one ever was) through Pokéstops: places, such as landmarks, where you could physically go to gather in-game items such as Eggs, Poké Balls, Potions and more! You can even lure a Pokémon to a Pokéstop for 30 mins. If you’re up for socializing, other people can also benefit from the effect, too.
Going back to Davao, people are losing it there! On their Facebook page, Pokémon GO - Davao City, gamers share vital information on where the Pokéstops are. I wouldn’t be surprised if people would go to Davao and rent condominiums just to be closer to these Pokéstops.
Speaking of Pokéstops, here are 5 hot spots in Davao that will surely make you travel across the land to rent condominiums and just play Pokémon:
People's Park is the most famous hot spot in Davao because it contains eight Pokéstops. Rizal Park San Pedro is also teeming with Poké-life. Aside from enjoying the weather and the scenery, Parks now provide a place where trainers can socialize.
(Facebook / Pokémon Go Davao City)
The Royal Mandaya Hotel Davao is just a 4-minute walk from People’s Park. You can also search for Pokéstops in Davao condominiums nearby if you like the exercise but be careful when walking and watch out for cars!
Colleges and Universities
There is a pretty good chance that you will run into several trainers in Ateneo de Davao University and Davao Doctors College. If you are not attending these schools, you may pay them a visit provided that they let you in—the last thing you’d want is to have trespassing charges against you.
Abreeza MALL Davao and Gaisano Mall of Davao (GMALL) are rejoicing because of consumers swarming in their malls for Pokéstops! Who knew that a simple game like this could be a marketing strategy?
(Facebook/ Pokémon Go Davao City)
Praise Helix, indeed! San Pedro Church is just one of the many churches that contains at least one Pokéstop.
Before you hop on a plane and go to Davao to shop for condominiums near these Pokéstops, be aware of the risks first. Reports have been circulating about the hazards of playing Pokémon Go. In a news report by ABS-CBN News, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) issued a warning against playing Pokémon Go while driving while the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) also cautioned the users to be mindful of their surroundings.
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Being a professional makeup artist in the Philippines has always been seen by the public as a profession that banks on creativity and imagination. But if one will keep a closer eye on this occupation, it will also need good communication skills, patience and concentration, ability to work under pressure, attention to details, and willingness to adopt to change in order to excel. If you think that being a professional makeup artist is all fun and glamour, you have never been so wrong in your life. Being a professional makeup artist, like any other career, has it owns sets of occupational hazard. While it may be not as dangerous as those of policemen or soldiers who are deployed in the field, makeup artist can still put their health at risk while showing off their craft to the world.
Yes. You’ve read that right. Even a seemingly harmless profession such as being a makeup artist can be a life-threatening work. Makeups and cosmetic products sometimes contain chemicals that can be harmful in huge volume and may have beyond the skin surface effects. The American Cancer Society has also looked into the possibilities that cosmetics may also contain carcinogens that may cause cancer. As makeup artists who use these products as a medium for their work, they tend to be more exposed to the harmful effects of these substances.
Lead, for example, is a contaminant that may be present in over 650 cosmetic products like sunscreens, foundation, nail polish, lipstick, and whitening toothpaste. It has been proven as a neurotoxin that can cause behavioral, learning, and language impairment. Another substance that is present on antifungal agent and antimicrobial creams and lotions, parabens is known to cause breast tumors as they are absorbed through the skin. Ethylene Oxide, an identified mammary carcinogens in animals, can also be found in some personal care products such as shampoos and body washes. Triclosan on the other hand, is used in antibacterial soaps, deodorants and toothpastes to limit the growth of bacteria and mold. The chemical, which is classified as a pesticide, can affect the body’s hormone systems—especially thyroid hormones, which regulate metabolism—and may disrupt normal breast development.
These are just few of the substances that can be found on cosmetic products that can pose hazard to both anyone who will be exposed to them. To keep the public safe from these substance and make sure that products containing these substances won’t reach the consumers, the Philippine Government has passed an act to ensure the safety and purity of foods, drugs, and cosmetics being made available to the public by creating the food and drug administration which shall administer and enforce the laws pertaining thereto also as the Republic Act No. 3720 or Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. One of its provisions is to create the Food and Drug Administration or DFA which is will inspect the food, drugs, and cosmetics.
It is wonderful to think that even though the occupation a being a makeup artist is considerable an art that uses the cosmetics as medium and the human skin as their canvass, the government do not take lightly the hazards that they may exposed with. While this does not mean that they are totally free from any hazards, this is a good assurance that makeup artist can go share their craft to the world knowing that someone got their back.
I started playing golf at the best golf course in the Philippines – Sherwood Hills. I fell in love with it and I promised myself to play at the best golf course on each continent on the world!
Cypress Point Golf Course (USA)
Cypress Point is a private golf club in California USA that has a single 18-hole course. The course has a series of three dramatic holes that play along the Pacific Ocean, the 16th, 17th, and 18th. See it here:
Created by well-known designer Alister Mackenzie in 1928, this extraordinary and timeless masterpiece is consistently on top of golf courses leading board, created by all major publications. The golf course also offers natural beauty that is incomparable anywhere.
Cypress Point is regarded as the most exclusive course in the world. Why? Because you cannot stroke here the golf ball unless you are invited by a club member. The annual membership fee is equally dividing the total operating expenses amongst all members. Each member is to pay the same amount regardless of how many times they play all year or how many times they visit the club.
Terravista Golf Course (Brazil)
One of the most famous Brazilian courses, located at one of the most glamorous places in Latin America, Terravista Golf Course is an experience like no other. Its 14th hole, the signature hole of the course, lies its green at the edge of a 50m cliff, right beside the see. From the tee box, you can see giant sea turtles swimming in the Atlantic.
Terravista Golf course is an 18-hole course opened in 2004, designed by Dan Blankenship. Arch. Dan writes “Terravista Golf Course has proven to be the most enjoyable project of my career. Working in an area with incredible ocean views from seaside cliffs, native Brazilian rain forest, contours almost ideal for a golf course, and knowing that Brazil was discovered at this exact location 500 years ago, was a wonderful experience.“
The front nine holes are routed through an Atlantic rainforest while the back nine are played closer to the coast, with four holes laid out along the cliff's edges.
Royal County Down Golf Club
Royal County Down is at Newcastle, a little holiday town at the feet of the amazing Mountains of Mourne. Opened on March 23, 1889 (about 127 years ago), Royal County Down is one of the oldest and history-rich golf clubs in Ireland. It has two 18-hole links courses – the Championship Course and the Annesley Links.
The 4th and 9th holes are both universally loved. The 4th is the most scenic long par threes in golf. It is described by a commentator as this "Innumerable gorse bushes, ten bunkers, three mountain peaks, and one spare equals the most magnificent view in British golf". However, the 9th hole, a long par four, is one of the most photographed holes. The line from the elevated tee is directly at the Slieve Donard peak and the sweeping fairway lies eight feet below.
The Cascades at Somabay (Egypt)
The Cascades at Somabay is an 18-hole golf course opened in 1998. It was the first championship course in North Africa or the Middle Ease to be designed by Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
The 614-yard 2nd hole is a monster to tackle so early in the round. It takes from the pair of lion-shaped sphinxes (where it takes its name "Lions in waiting") that loom over the entrance to the hotel behind the green. On the back nine, the hole of note, called "Dilemma, dilemma" at the par four 12th, can be played in one of two ways due to its split fairway.
The best holes on the course are those lying on the seaside at 5 and 6 on the outward half, 14th and 15th on the inward circuit. "The Pebbles of Soma", which is the short 5th, introduces a continuous narrow bunker on three sides of the green whilst the 186-yard 14th demands a tee shot played across a gully to a wide but shallow green protected by three intimidating bunkers.
Blue Canyon Country Club (Thailand)
The one and only three-time host of Johnnie Walker Classic, The Blue Canyon Country Club, located in Phuket Thailand is ranked by international media as one of the most prestigious and glamorous golfing establishments in the region. It is created in a 720-acre verdant valley against a magnificent background of the amazingly majestic Phang Nga Mountains and the Andaman Sea.
The course was created around existing canyons and woodlands, with almost no interruption to the natural landscape and wildlife. Truly, the golf course is a masterpiece of designed, characterized by spectacular and daunting natural hazards including taunting water features, with towering trees.
Royal Melbourne Golf Club is recognized as the No. 1 golf club in Australia with two of the pre-eminent golf courses in the world. Founded in 1891, the golf course has been hosted numerous national and international event. It is a 36-hole course that is divided into two - 18-hole each course, the West, and the East. It is Australia's oldest extant and continually existing golf club. It has a capacity of 15,000 spectators.
The golf course offers:
Why do they say all roads lead to Davao? Is it because of the upswing of Davao condominiums, and commercial and business establishments? Does it have something to do with its famous tourist spots that always have repeat visitors? Or is it only for the sole reason that this is the official residence of President-Elect Rodrigo R. Duterte?
Let us have a brief History 101 first. The phrase ‘all roads lead to Davao’ is from the proverb ‘all roads lead to Rome.’ Do all roads actually lead to Rome? Indeed. As stated by Buzzle, “the ancient Romans built an amazing network of roads everywhere they went, such that roads from every city eventually led back to Rome.” However, this article will focus in the economic standpoint of the phrase ‘all roads lead to Davao.’
Here are the five economic indicators why all roads lead to Davao:
Davao City is one of the highly urbanized cities in the Philippines with a total population of 1,449,296 as of May 1, 2010, based on Philippine Statistics Authority’s (PSA) record. It got the 4th spot and the only populous city outside NCR.
In order to keep up with the large number of people, the real estate sector is thriving as well. It is important to note that birth rate doesn’t only contribute to the city’s population growth but also the continued local migration. Lea C. Walker, a licensed broker in the city, said in BusinessWorld “the real estate industry in Davao City has boomed in the last six years.” It was also the top investment in the Davao Region during the first three quarters of 2015, according to DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) Region 11.
In an article on BusinessWorld, “major Philippine property firms, including Ayala Land, Inc. Filinvest Land, Inc., Megaworld Corp., Robinsons Land Corp., and Vista Land and Lifescapes, Inc. have existing or on-going projects in the city.” As proof, Megaworld’s Suntrust Properties, Inc. has sales worth P1 billion for its One Lakeshore Drive condominium project in Davao City from January to May 2016.
How are they going to deal with the traffic in a city of 1.4 million people? The local government already thought of ways as told by BusinessWorld. They’re planning to develop a Light Rail Transit (LRT) system, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Highly Prioritized Bus System (HPBS).
Among the three, the most ambitious project is the LRT system. This was proposed by Korean Engineering Construction Co. Ltd. (KEC). It will cover 28.4 kilometers between the southern side of the city and the airport in the north. The estimated cost of the project is more or less P30 billion. Last January 2016, the city council still awaits approval from the next administration. Well, it seems the future of Davao LRT is rosy because of the result of the last elections.
The significant change in the tourism sector was felt after the victory of the Mayor turned President Rodrigo R. Duterte. Tourism Davao Regional Director Roberto P. Alabado III said on BusinessWorld the “tourism stakeholders are now challenged to improve services and products. Tour operators are now exploring new products… more tour packages can be offered in Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, and Compostela Valley.”
Davao City is the home of Eden Nature Park, D’ Bone Collector Museum, People’s Park, Museo Dabawenyo and the tallest peak in the country, the Mount Apo. Each earned a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ in TripAdvisor.
A Prime Outsourcing Hub
The authorities have already spoken. Davao City can compete against Metro Manila of being a Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) destination. Why? It is one of the five New Wave Cities in the country. The New Wave Cities program is thru the initiative of DOST-ICT Office and the IT-Business Process Association of the Philippines (iBPAP). Its aim is to develop globally preferred outsourcing destinations outside Metro Manila. In addition, according to Sun.Star, Davao City went up by 3 notches from 69th to 66th based on Tholon’s Top 100 BPO destinations in the world in a January 29, 2016 report.
In a study entitled “Davao, Philippines: Making Waves as the Next Prime Spot for Outsourcing” by Open Access BPO, the city provides the following services: voice-based processes; animation services; data processing; back office solutions; finance and accounting; application development for IT; and transcription services.
The growth of the BPO sector in Davao does not only contribute millions of revenues but it also increases employment opportunities as well. Ivan C. Cortez, the OIC of Davao City Investment Promotions Centre (DCIPC), tells Sun.Star that 34,000 jobs were created by the end of 2015 due to the multimillion investments from the BPO industry. Furthermore, because of more creation of jobs across all industries with some 4,880 issued permits to new business establishments in the city, the market for the housing and condominium projects in Davao City also expanded, as explained by Sun.Star.
To sum it up, all roads lead to Davao because of the rise of new condominiums; the influx of job seekers as the BPO sector grows; the soon-to-be improved transportation system and the incessant arrival of tourists. Aside from the peace and order the city takes pride in, the boost on its economy is a clear indication that it would attract more local migrants in the future.
After watching the video above, I have this strong urge to write an article on how we can prevent the spread of mosquitoes in our home and it is not just because the ‘rainy season’ is coming that this topic seems fit. Seriously, those bloodsuckers have to stop. Now. They don’t care if the recently bought for sale house and lot of yours is in Laguna, Manila or Batanes—they are going to follow you and your delectable blood anywhere. Who is the most likely victim? The unprepared, of course!
Here are the safety measures you must apply to free yourself and your family from the clutches of this pesky parasite:
Get rid of stagnant water
Stagnant water is the breeding ground of mosquitoes. According to National Environment Agency of Singapore, the top five main breeding habitats of mosquitoes at home are domestic containers, flower pot/trays, ornamental containers, plants (hardened soil and plant axis), and toilet bowl/cistern. Drain it dry of water daily. For the toilet bowls, make sure the lid is closed after use.
The site also listed their unusual breeding grounds like planter box, discarded receptacle, barbeque pit, canvass sheet, plant axil, and air conditioner tray. If it can be covered, might as well do it. Unused containers or tires must be thrown away. Or better yet, free up your house and lot of trash and put them on sale/discharge them at any junkshops in Laguna, Quezon City, or Novaliches.
Avoid dark-colored clothes
We are not saying you should update your whole wardrobe because this is still a matter of personal preference or style. But did you know mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors? The scientists in University in Wisconsin-Madison found out that “black or dark-hued clothing of any color is often more attractive to many types of nuisance mosquitoes than light clothing. The general order of preference was black (most attractive); red (very attractive); blue (attractive to neutral); green, yellow, and while (less attractive).” Better start collecting pastel colored clothing.
This is not related to color-code clothing but it is advisable to wear long-sleeved tops and pants as a cover up. This type of clothing is also perfect during cold months.
Admit it—the moment the heat of El Niño dissipates and the chilly La Niña enters, some of us might or might not be lazy when it comes to freshening up because of the cold weather. Unfortunately, breathing and sweating are definitive ways of flirting with mosquitoes according to an article in the Examiner, which are equivocally ways of flirting with death as well. In addition, “mosquitoes use exhaled carbon dioxide, body odors and temperature, and movement to home in on their victims,” tells the National Geographic. This is how these pests detect us and if I were you, don’t be lax in the hygiene department.
Go for natural repellents
Stop yourself from stockpiling on bug spray ammo. Insecticide is not only expensive but it harms the environment as well. Try eco-friendly variants such as lemon eucalyptus oil, lavender, cinnamon oil, thyme oil, Greek catnip oil and soybean oil, Healthline recommends.
Rainy season or not, we should not let our guard down because we may never know who might be their next victim. Although mosquitoes love humid temperature, the standing water we take for granted could get them closer to us and to our loved ones. Don’t take mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever, malaria, and yellow fever lightly. Who wants to fall prey to mosquito’s six-needlelike mouthparts? Do you need more convincing? Just look at the lethal arsenal of a mosquito below. Darn scary, right?
The Baguio condominiums of today could be the cultural heritage of tomorrow. This is what happened to the three old structures in Baguio City, namely, the Colegio del Santisimo Rosario (Diplomat Hotel) Ruins in Dominican Hill; the Laperal House in 14 Leonard Wood Road; and the recently added Peredo’s Lodging House in Saint Joseph Village. The National Museum of the Philippines declared these three as ‘Important Cultural Properties.”
What is an ‘Important Cultural Property’? According to ‘National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009’ or the Republic Act no. 10066, it should have an “exceptional cultural, artistic and historical significance to the Philippines, as shall be determined by the National Museum and/or National Historical Institute.” As an ‘Important Cultural Property,’ the government has an obligation to provide funding for its protection, restoration and conservation. What made these landmarks become worthy of an official heritage marker? Let us have a brief Baguio History 101 regarding these structures below:
According to Mysterious Britain & Ireland website, during the 20th century, this two-story edifice, formerly named ‘Collegio del Santissimo Rosario,’ served as a seminary of the Dominican Order, and then converted into a vacation house due to lack of enrollees.
The building had a dark and bloody past during the World War II. It became a refugee camp for those who want to hide from Japanese soldiers but they were later found out. There was a rumor that several nuns and priests were beheaded there, and babies were said to be massacred near its fountain.
It was restored in 1947 by Tony Agpaoa and he revived it as a hotel, hence the name ‘Diplomat Hotel.’ Its operation shutdown when Agpaoa died in 1987. The government renovated it in 2012 and it is now called “The Baguio Dominican Heritage Hill and Nature Park.”
Laperal White House
DoonPoSaAminPH says this Victorian-styled house was originally owned and built by the Laperal clan in 1920. During the World War II, the Japanese forces claimed it and they used it as a temporary garrison. The house had been a witness to brutal killings of men who were thought to be spies. Women were not spared and were mercilessly sexually assaulted inside.
In 2007, business tycoon Lucio Tan bought it. It was then restored and maintained. The house was later turned into a gallery in 2013 where Filipino artists could showcase their bamboo and wood crafts. This was through the efforts of Tan Yan Kee Foundation and the Philippine Bamboo Association. It is still operates to this day for the entrance fee of Php50.
Peredo’s Lodging House
According to Manila Bulletin, the National Museum declared it as a heritage site last December 28, 2015. Another Victorian-inspired structure, the 101-year old two-story house was built in 1915 and owned by Roque and Rita Peredo. It was able to withstand two world wars, American and Japanese colonial invasions, natural disasters and 14 years of dictatorship. It became a refuge to relatives and friends when the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Baguio City in July 16, 1990.
It is quite admirable that our government was doing its part to preserve these historical sites, even though there were lapses just like the ‘demolition’ of the Army and Navy Club and the ‘national photobomber’ Torre de Manila. In the case of the Army and Navy Club, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) gave Oceanville Hotel and Spa Corp. permission to be converted to a boutique hotel. However, NHCP issued a ‘cease and desist order’ (CDO) because the developer tampered with the main building without the agency’s permission, reported by Rappler. While the Torre de Manila, as pictured below, is indeed an eyesore to the public and is said to be had violated zoning rules.
Army and Navy Club after clearing operations
Torre De Manila behind Rizal Monument
It would be 50 years or so before condominiums in Baguio City or other landmarks in the country could achieve a historical significance. But why do we have to save these historical structures? Try to imagine this: hundreds of years from now, future societies would be the ones excavating and exploring the places where we lived. Discovery after discovery, they will look in awe and say, “So, this was the life of our ancestors.” This is what we felt when archeologists discovered the Parthenon of Greece, the pyramids of Egypt and the Colosseum of Rome. If these structures were not preserved, or worst, destroyed, what would be our legacy to the future generations? Or will we just accept the demise of our cultural identity and let our “footprints” be washed away because of neglect?
Any condo for sale in Pasig won’t be able to protect us from existential threats to humanity. How are we going to survive terrorist attacks, nuclear warfare, catastrophic natural disasters, A.I. takeover, or the (inevitable, IMO) zombie apocalypse that are bound to annihilate humankind in the future? We know we might be exaggerating a bit, yet there are private corporations and civilians who take this doomsday, “sh*t hits the fan” scenario seriously—too seriously, even.
These proactive individuals are called ‘preppers’ that means, according to Cambridge Dictionaries Online, “someone who believes that a war or disaster will happen soon, and who learns skills and collects food and equipment, in order to be ready for it.” To a prepper, disaster preparedness is not enough. Have you ever heard of survival shelters? Well, this is what a post-apocalyptic real estate looks like:
Nike Missile Site Bunker
There are more than 200 missile sites strategically scattered in the USA. These are the remnants of the Cold War that once defended them from the incoming Soviet bombers. If you want to build a fortified fortress, the logical thing to do is construct it on a former military base. This is the clever move of 20th Century Castles, LLC. They bought one of the decommissioned Nike missile sites and turned it to $1.5 million bunker.
As said by the Verge, “the residence boasts a kitchen, four bedrooms, two baths, an exercise room, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and an elevator for lowering the owner’s… automobiles below the surface,” so you can ward of zombies in style.
The Deployable Survival Capsule
Don’t fancy being in a desolate place like a missile site? You can choose your preferred location and dig a hole to bury this bug-out shelter, the Deployable Survival Capsule developed by 20th Century Castles, LLC, too.
It resembles a submarine divided into two sections (36’ and 20’ long) and costs $275, 000. The pod is big enough for six persons. Its has a fresh water tank, sanitation tank/septic system, LPG tank, bathroom & shower, communications center, kitchen, dining area, power generator, fridge/freezer, and bunks, as stated on their site. The survival capsule is fully-equipped and designed to last a 90-day period of isolation. It has built-in biochemical air infiltration, heater and HVAC, perfect for a Noah’s Ark end of days. Speaking of Noah’s Ark…
Survival Community Shelters
In 1980, Robert Vicino once hoped to build an underground, blast-proof shelter that can house 1,000 individuals and can withstand global cataclysmic events. But it took 28 years before his dream came into reality and in 2008, the Vivos project was born.
Currently, they offer three co-owner shelters called Vivos Europa One, Vivos Indiana and Vivos Trine. According to terravivos.com, the Vivos Europa One is invincible to “nuclear blast, a direct airliner crash, biological and chemical agents, massive shock waves, earthquakes, electro-magnetic pulses, flooding and virtually any armed attack.” Dubbed as the modern day “Noah’s Ark”, it can accommodate only 34 high net worth families.
On the other hand, the VIvos Indiana is an 80-person nuclear hardened underground complex. The site says it is “less expensive” than Vivos Europa One and designed to last “one year of fully autonomous survival, without needing to return to the surface.” Last is the Vivos Trine, the largest of the three that can contain 150 to 500 people.
The Survival Condo
For those Hunger Games fans out there, do you remember District 13? It has a great likeness to Larry Hall’s Luxury Survival Condo. So, is this the future District 13? Nah, we don’t think so. Keyword: ‘luxury.’ It is quite opposite from the lone district. The structure was built in a Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS) in Kansas.
Each unit costs $1.5 Million to $4.5 Million. Its key features are elevator, theater, generator, wind turbine, indoor shooting range, hydroponic food, aquaculture, rock climbing wall, game arcade, indoor pool & spa, and more. It employs a military grade security and has its own minor surgery center, almost everything that ISN’T district 13.
With dwellings like this, gated communities with security guards and highly secured for sale condo in Pasig will be the thing of the past because bunkers with a blast door will become the norm. The post-apocalyptic future seems bright and secure but sadly for billionaires only.
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