Feb 092014

HIS penchant for arts has led him into making functional pieces of furniture with some touches of Mindanao designs for a decade now.

Jon Traya, homegrown artist and owner of Raya Arts and Furniture, said what makes his creation distinct is that in every artwork, one can glean through it a brimming Mindanaoan culture.

But more than just a furniture maker and designer, Jon is also advocating the promotion of different tribes in Mindanao that he plans to come up with one piece that is infused with the cultures of IPs and Moro combined.

“Nag visit kami sa Teduray (South Upi, Maguindanao), may weaving sila, gusto ko i-combine sa design, in that context pwede ang muslim at IP magkasama sa isang design,” he said, adding that even through his creations — an expression of peace — the moros and the IPs can live in harmony.

There, he learned that most of the Tedurays are weaving crafts that can be integrated into his furniture.

“I-integrate lang naman sa existing design, kunyari sa sultan chair ko, pwedeng ibi-built in nalang as accent sa chair,” he said.

Traya had also seen the woven products of the Tedurays with great potential if developed further into other forms other than crafts, which can add value to their products.

Traya added he is also hoping that more budding artists will engage in furniture making following Mindanao designs, and encouraging even those in the industry to go a notch higher in furniture designs.

He said Mindanao has all the resources, a great advantage over the contemporary furniture makers, especially in Cebu and other places in the country, except for one problem: only few seem to have the interest and courage to do so.

“I think may edge tayo. Kasi ang resources galing sa atin. We just ship it to Cebu, and they make use of it. But, why not create our own?” he said.

The artist said Mindanao should go beyond being a supplier, but a producer of high quality furniture.

He said he has maintained few skilled workers for now, adding that most of the designs are coming from him. Sometimes, he outsources some materials, which he will assemble into a functional furniture.

Aside from this, Traya also does interior design. “First things first, dapat may design ka. If you have the design, you can manipulate the materials,” he said.

Among his latest projects are a 12-seater and 10-seater tables, and soon the 14-seater table.

“Hapagkainan talaga. Kasi ang nangyari lumiliit na ang mga tables sa bahay,” he said.

Traya shared his humble beginning having only started small at his own backyard.

He added that his arts and the arts of other artists will soon find new home in a new store that will soon open at The Peak of Gaisano Mall of Davao through the collaboration between homegrown artists, non-government organization, and the mall itself.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 10, 2014.

Dec 292013
Kymco launches new bike

KYMCO Philippines recently launched in Mindanao the KTR 125, the latest among the quality but affordable motorcycles that are tailored fit for the bikers in the island. Allan B. Santiago, national sales manager of Kymco Philippines, said a team of researchers from Taiwan and Kymco Philippines came up with the concept of the motorcycle that sought to eradicate the gap between a quality expensive motorcycle and low-cost less quality model. “We want to offer the market with an alternative all-new purpose motorcycle that is value-packed on a more affordable cost,” he said. He said many of the features of the KTR 125 are also found in the more advanced and more expensive brands of motorcycles in the Philippines. “The all-new Kymco motorcycle was conceptualized months ago with the idea of bringing the competition to a new level, by providing a product with more distinct features and a clear advantage that can’t be found in the leading brand,” he said. The latest motorcycle sports a European-inspired design, with a sleek, fluid lines, and a modern head lamp, in what Santiago described as the model that has “more value than its cost.” Other sturdy features of this motorcycle include the perfect square engine, safety reflectors, stylishly-designed tail lamp and full-knuckle guard. He said the full-knuckle guard protects the hands of the bikers, and thus prevent accidents. Santiago said KTR 125 was specially designed for the rough roads, making it perfect for bikers who are always on-the-go to explore the suburbs of Mindanao. Read More …

Dec 162013
DTI to penalize sellers who overprice ‘Noche Buena’ products

STORES that are caught overpricing “Noche Buena” products will be penalized in accordance with the Fair Trade law, an official of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said Monday. Almer Massilones, chief of consumer welfare of the DTI in Misamis Oriental (DTI-MisOr), said the penalties will be based on the revised schedule of penalty under the Fair Trade law. As to the exact amount of the penalties of overpricing Noche Buena products, Massillones said it will be based on Department Administrative Order No. 06, series of 2007 (DAO 06-2007). DAO 06-2007 is also known as the “Revised Schedule of Administrative Fines for Violations of the Consumer Act of the Philippines and some Trade and Industry Laws.” The said order also covers Republic Act (R.A.) No. 7581 or the Price Act, R.A. No. 71 or the Price Tag Law, among others. Based on DAO 06-2007, the fines imposed for violating the Consumer Act of the Philippines depends on the capitalization. Fines If the capitalization is below P20,000 the corresponding fines range from P500 to P1,500. But if it is above P200,000 the range would be from P30,000 to P50,000. Eliza Pabillore, DTI-Misamis Oriental provincial director, said that based on their monitoring there are stores which are not following the standard retail price, thus, a “show cost” order will be issued to them. Show cost orders are given to retailers to give them a chance to explain the price increase. “If there is no sufficient cause for the increase on the Read More …

Dec 132013
Month-long Davao City-wide sale slated

TOURISM and retail players announced yesterday the first month-long city-wide sale in the Philippines that is set from March to April 2014. The Big Davao Fun Sale was announced in yesterday’s press conference called by the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) at SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier. In a briefer, the month long event will offer sale for different products weekly, to wit: March 16-23 for health and beauty products; March 24-30 for electronics and gadgets, March 31 to April 6 for home appliances and travel, and April 7 to 16 for active lifestyle and fashion. DOT assistant secretary and DOT regional director Arturo Boncato Jr., in a statement said this is DOT’s response to the city’s growth in retail industry. It is also aimed to improve the image of Davao as a destination for business and investments. “We invite tourists to come here during the event since Davao City in one of the few cities in the country that have stores that are not yet found or unique from those in Manila and Cebu,” he said. Participating malls are Abreeza-Ayala Malls, Gaisano Grand Mall, Gaisano Mall of Davao, Gaisano Mall of Toril, NCCC Mall, Robinson’s, SM City Davao, and SM Lanang Premier. This is also in cooperation with the Davao City Government and the Philippine Retailers Association while Cebu Pacific is their official airline partner. “Cebu Pacific will also be offering seat sales to so those who want to enjoy the event. We will be announcing the sale in Read More …

Dec 022013
NCCC Mall embarks on multi-million renovation

HOMEGROWN retail company, New City Commercial Corp. (NCCC), is embarking on a multi-million renovation of its supermarket at NCCC Mall of Davao on Ma-a Road in Davao City. But the refurbishment is not only limited to the grocery section. but to the mall itself and the department store, as well. Although he refused to provide figures, NCCC Supermarket president Javelin Lim said they are investing millions of pesos for the renovation being undertaken at the mall. “These changes, especially at the mall’s supermarket, were unveiled on December 1 when NCCC celebrated its 35th year in retail business,” he said. Lim explained that what they are doing right now to improve their retail concepts or services should not be taken as measure to go “head-to-head” with the competition. “We are not going head-to-head. They have their own market and ours have been with for the past 30 years,” he said. Tjader Regis, NCCC Supermarket assistant vice president for marketing, for his part, said the company hired a Hong Kong based consultancy firm to design the new concept of the supermarket. “The conceptualization started last year….Gusto naman naming ipakita na we are at par if not within the standard of excellence that national chains can offer,” he said, apparently referring to national retail giants that have expanded in the city, such as SM Supermalls, Robinsons, Puregold and S & R. With the new design of the supermarket, Regis said that its “looks and feel will be different.” “And the way that we Read More …

Dec 012013
Vital C to open wellness center in Davao

VITAL C-Davao has gone a notch higher in keeping people in top shape, as it is set to open the first-of-its-kind health and wellness center in Mindanao early next year. Albert Obenza, branch manager of Vital C-Davao, said the facility is equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment fit for the Vital C products, and to be manned by doctors and nurses. Among the equipment already in place at the center are the Vital Resonance Analyzer (VRA), Live Cell Analysis (LCA), and Cardio-Vacular Analyzer (CVA), all are imported from Germany. “We’re still preparing the center,” he said. Obenza said they are now in the phase of putting in some finishing touches to the center. They will also train two or three doctors, plus nurses on how to operate the equipment before finally opening its doors to the public. The VRA can determine whether one’s body lacks vitamins and minerals, or the machine can also be more specific by pinpointing which among the body’s organs are not anymore in good shope. “It can detect unsay kulang sa imong system unsa nga organ ang weak… makita pud nato unsa nga product ang dapat itake (It can detect what’s lacking in your system and which organ is week. Then, we’ll know which product to take),” he said. The LCA is used simply to analyze the thickness of the blood. When results from blood samples turned out to be stickier, the patient is prone to stroke and heart failure. Obenza explained that “sticky blood” hampers good Read More …

Nov 192013
Construction of Aeon on track

THE ground works for FTC Group of Companies’ Aeon Tower is already 25 percent complete. Construction manager Buboy D. Espinola, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao, said development works at the project site at present include board filing and the diaphragm wall. They have contracted Advance Construction Specialists to work on Phase 1 of the project. “We are on track with the project and we expect that we finish package 1 by the first quarter of 2014, probably around late January or February,” Espinola said. He said the board filing will be composed of 163 board files placed 45 meters deep in the ground while the diaphragm wall will have a thickness of .7 meters and placed 20 meters deep. “The purpose of the board file is to make the ground stable for the foundation. It will be the one to hold the soft ground so that the soil won’t cave in or set,” Espinola said. He said after the first package is completed, they will proceed to the second package, which is the excavation. This will be done sometime in the first quarter of 2014 and is expected to be done in four months. The foundation is expected to be visible by the second quarter. In addition, they have improved the drainage from the one meter (in diameter) reinforced concrete pipe (RCP) to a 2.3m x 3m rectangular RCP. He said the new design increased the drainage’s capacity by 200 percent. Espinola said the tower will be able to Read More …

Nov 112013
DCWD taps LandBank for online bills payment

DABAWENYOS may now pay their water bills through Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank) iAccess retail and weAccess institutional internet banking facilities. This follows the recent agreement signing between the Davao City Water District (DCWD) and LandBank, accrediting the latter as a biller/merchant under the bank’s bills payment service. The tie-up allows DCWD to offer its clients with a convenient alternative payment channel while also de-clogging traffic in its collection offices. DCWD is LandBank’s first accredited provincial merchant. “We look forward to having more provincial merchant-partners as we know many of their clients will appreciate this hassle-free payment option,” LandBank president and CEO Gilda E. Pico during the agreement signing at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City. On behalf of DCWD’s board of directors and acting general manager Edwin V. Regalado, DCWD OIC assistant general manager for administration Mildred G. Aviles thanked LandBank for being the water utility’s partner in addressing the demands of its customers. Future plans include expanding the partnership to eventually accept payments through LandBank’s ATMs and other available alternative channels, which will provide more payment options for DCWD clients. LandBank cardholders may enroll in LandBank iAccess by simply logging on to www.lbpiaccess.com or visit the nearest branch. Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 12, 2013. DISCLAIMER: Sun.Star website welcomes friendly debate, but comments posted on this site do not necessary reflect the views of the Sun.Star management and its affiliates. Sun.Star reserves the right to delete, reproduce or modify comments posted here without Read More …

Oct 302013
Central Bank says coins are decreasing

BANGKO Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)-Davao regional director Demetrio E. Casipong called on the public to use coins of smaller denominations in order to increase circulation and lower down production cost. He said the number of small value coins such as .5, .10, .25 and .50 centavos in circulation is depleting yearly since people tend not to use them in buying commodities. “Our small denomination coins are depleting yearly since the public tend not to use them,” Casipong told reporters in an interview after the culmination of the 24th National Statistics Month at the BSP seminar hall on October 29, 2013. This has forced the Central Bank to produce more to address the increasing demand of the growing population. Casipong said that each person in the country holds an average of 180 pieces of coins (includes P1, P5, and P10), and when multiplied to the population of more than 90 million, there are around 20 billion of them in circulation. “Based on those estimated figures alone around 50 percent or less of the small denomination coins go back into circulation.” he said. He did not divulge as to how much the circulation has dropped or how much the coin production cost has increased. Casipong said what triggered the low circulation is that the public see them only with little value. “People will either leave their change in their homes in jars or piggy banks or some of them would just give them to the beggars,” he said. “A bag of new Read More …

Oct 282013
Agri-machinery road show in Oro set Nov. 11-15

TO DRUM up the implementation of the agency’s Mechanization Program, the Department of Agriculture (DA)–Northern Mindanao field office, together with its other counterparts throughout the Mindanao island, is slated to conduct the 2013 “Makina Saka” or the Agri-Machinery Road Show on November 11-15 at the Marco Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City. Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala and National Rice Program Coordinator Dante S. Delima will be the honored dignitaries during the formal opening of the five-day affair, in which a press conference will also be held afterwards. The road show will exhibit a wide array of the latest and emerging agri machinery and equipment, particularly for rice which could be availed by the farmers from the DA. It will also include machinery exhibition and actual demonstration of rice mechanization facilities as well as a conduct of seminar/congress/conference which are all geared towards the adoption of farmers to the various machinery and equipment that will be presented. As such is seen to reduce labor in farm work as well as minimize production and post-harvest losses, which will contribute in attaining the heretofore twin goals of the department: food security and self-sufficiency. Expected participants will be around 700 participants, ranging from farmer-leaders, local government unit agricultural technicians, agricultural and fishery councils and officials, and other stakeholders for agri-development. (PIA) Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 29, 2013. DISCLAIMER: Sun.Star website welcomes friendly debate, but comments posted on this site do not necessary reflect the views of the Sun.Star Read More …