PRB General Membership Meeting Today

The General Membership Meeting will be today, January 27, Thursday at 4:30 pm. Venue is at Circulo Verde showroom, Ground Floor, Connecticut Carpark (behind Max’s Restaurant) Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan.

The newest project in San Juan, the Viridian at Greenhills. Click for more details.

Several important issues will be discussed, such as the updates on the ongoing CRESAR series, PRC updates regarding real estate education and licensure, proposed committee projects for this year, and the launch of our very own web site, “the PRB blog site”.

Learn how we can communicate and do business in the fastest and most efficient way, get announcements from the board of trustees, follow on feature articles, read news & updates, and get links to individual members’ own sites and see their listings.

The site is envisioned to be a great tool for business, as well as the catalyst for web education and training for the members of our board.

There will also be a presentation by Toto on the newest development in San Juan: the Viridian at Greenhills.

The Pasig REALTORS Board is already on its 20th year this coming week, so join us in today’s meeting as we start the year’s celebration.

The first three to come will get these REALTOR pins and sticker.

See you there!

PRB CRESAR has started

The Pasig REALTORS Board (PRB) Comprehensive Real Estate Seminar and Review (CRESAR) has started with 170 participants attending. The venue is at One Cafe & Events Place, 6th Floor One Corporate Center, Dona Julia Vargas Avenue Corner Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. The CRESAR will be held on the following dates: January 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, February 2, and 4, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Here are more photos taken during the seminar last January 21, 2011:

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To those attending the seminar, may you achieve your dream of becoming licensed brokers. You have the advantage of being taught by Atty. Ariel Martinez, one of the most sought after speaker of today.

Prepare well and good luck!

You’re the Boss

Inspired by the words of PNoy (Philippine President Noynoy Aquino) ‘Kayo ang boss ko’, the 2011 Board of Trustees of the Pasig REALTORS Board (PRB) is raring to serve the members for this year. Their strategy for 2011 would be spelled out in the coming General Membership Meeting (GMM) on Jan 27, 2011.

The following is the new set of PRB officers for 2011:

Atty. Abet Sales – President

Ching Lucero – Vice President

Mau Garin-Garcia – Secretary

Maleen Lamar – Assistant Secretary

Marilyn Recio-Ramos – Treasurer

Ramky Yupangco – Assistant Treasurer

Jenny Acosta – Trustee

Stan Liberato – Trustee

Olive Ong – Trustee

Nick Pongos – Trustee

Not elected but automatically part of the board of trustees as Ex-Officio member is Manny Florendo, our Immediate Past President (IPP).

Here’s the video of their swearing in during the PAREB’s Chirstmas Party last year (video courtesy of  REALTOR Raffy Salaveria, thanks Raffy):

What is special for Pasig REALTORS Board this year is the celebration of its 20th Anniversary. We’re kicking off 2011 with the launching of our blogsite that will coordinate our efforts in celebrating PRB’s 20th year.

To all PRB members, be there on January 27. The first GMM is the most important membership meeting of the year.

See you Pasig REALTORS!

Friendships as Big as Texas

There was an opportunity to visit two friends in Austin, Texas last November 9 and 10 after the National Association of REALTORS Convention in New Orleans (see my previous blogpost for the New Orleans story).

From that visit, I’ve learned a few things:

Colorado River at the Background

1. Friendship trancends time and space; you become friends because you decide to become friends – Mauro is a friend from 1st grade who I haven’t seen for a long time. Over the years we’ve only heard about each other through other friends. Lately though, we had contacted one another through our batch’s egroup. It was from that communication that the plan to meet was hatched.

2. You don’t need to be friends for a long time to become friends for life – From the egroup, I learned about Rigel, who joined the batch when they were in High School. The visit in Texas was the first time we’ve met. However we found out that we have a lot in common: swimming, biking, ham radio, computers, table tennis, keeping fit, our faith, family, and our friends.

The beautiful skyline of downtown Austin, Texas

The Texas Capitol Building

3. Time is valuable for friendship to blossom – We only had a short time but we spend a good deal of it in meaningful activities. We have deep conversation over pancakes and salad at IHOP. We had pictorials at the Texas Capitol building and elsewhere. Mauro recorded an interview and taught me how to make videos (he gave me a flip videocam). Rigel explained to me how to blog. How wonderful and amazing.

Indeed, there is nothing bigger than the friendship I have with Mauro and Rigel. After that visit, I have seen the truth to the saying: “everything is big in Texas”.

To my dear friends, thank you.

Happy New Year!

New Year in the Philippines is celebrated with fireworks in the streets. Although regulated, almost everyone still had access to firecrackers making the celebration of welcoming the new year dangerously exciting. This video shows the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011 from the balcony of my house.

Happy New Year everyone!

May you have a blessed and prosperous 2011.