Come and have breakfast

There’s a breakfast meeting among businessmen and professionals in the Ortigas Center area where they talk not only about their businesses and profession but also about God’s “businesses” in their lives. I’m refering to the breakfast meeting of the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP) held at Racks in El Pueblo Complex, ADB Avenue corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Pasig City, Metro Manila every Saturday from 8:00 to 9:30 am.

They have been inviting fellow businessmen and professionals for breakfast (for two years now in the venue) and a lot have been “refreshed” and enlightened by the sharing of the group members. Many business owners, some CEOs of companies and other professionals have been attending so if you have the chance to go to this breakfast, you wouldn’t want to miss what they are getting aside from the good food in Racks. The first breakfast is free courtesy of your sponsor, but even without a sponsor you can walk in and introduce yourself  as a businessman or professional.

So if you are in Pasig and is looking for more meaning in your life, I am inviting you to the men’s breakfast. For couples, you may come for the joint breakfast every  last Saturday of the month. There are also similar breakfasts in more than 100 venues all over the Philippines. Even if you’re not from Pasig you can go to one, in fact there’s one in Club Filipino Greenhills every Thursday from 7:30  to 9:00 am. The Greenhills group have been doing this for more than 25 years now.

Anyone who is interested may call me at 0918 923 4955 or 782 6034 . We can meet up at Rack’s Pasig on a Saturday morning, or at Club Filipino if you want to come on a Thursday.

My friends, I hope to see you one of these days. Come and have breakfast with us!

What’s the Viridian?

Viridian is defined as a durable bluish-green pigment coming from the Latin word “viridis”, meaning green. In the english language, it is the more elegant name for the word green. In popular culture, it is used to describe the green design movement.

In the Philippines, it is the name of the newest project to be launched by Ortigas and Company, the developer who built Greenhills. The Viridian at Greenhills is handled by the following lead brokers group: GH Heritage Group, the Prime & Green, and the Castle Group.

The Castle Group is organized with some prominent Pasig Realtors as accredited brokers.  To join, you may contact Toto Acosta or give your email address in the comments section of this post.

For investors, avail of the investment price now as it’s expected to go up once the project is formally launched!

Click here for more details: Viridian at Greenhills.

Click here to see the presentation

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.