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Vol. 1, No. 2 June , 2005 The official newsletter of the Bosconian International Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (BICC) BICC at ‘full steam ahead’ Bad weather notwithstanding, the 3-in-1 celebration arranged alphabetically showing the picture and general of the new BICC went through on December 2, 2004 at information about the person. And the third part is the Skyline Restaurant at the World Trade Center, CCP membership by sector. This portion will list membership Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila. The special guest classified into 14 sectors. Members will be invited to of honor and speaker was Ms. Zoraida Amelia Alonzo, support this project by way of advertisements. The Chair & CEO of SB Corporation and Coordinator for Directory is expected to be off the press before the year National SME Agenda, who also acted as inducting 2005 is over. officer for the incoming members of the board of trustees To cap the year 2005, BICC will hold another and sector heads. gathering for the Christmas Party sometime during the About one hundred members braved the first week of December, 2005. Watch out for this. stormy evening to attend the Launching, General Regular activities. Kapihan ng Bosconian Membership Assembly, and Christmas Party of BICC. is held every Friday starting 7:30 a.m.ending at about It was a celebration of sorts for some past pupils who 10:00 a.m. Venue is at The Exchange, 2nd Floor, saw their former Salesian superiors and mentors who Richmonde Hotel, 21 San Miguel corner Lourdes Streets, likewise ignored orders to remain indoor for that day. Kapihan ng Bosconian is where the action is. Join us Ortigas Center, Pasig City. The place is in front of every Friday, from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m., Richmonde Hotel, The celebration ended with a promise to see Pasig City. To page 3, pls. each other again on similar occasion. True enough, it was repeated on March 18, 2005 at the Valle Verde Beneficiaries of BICC Country Club. (See related story on page 2.) World Trade Center, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Coming events. Then again, come June Manila. Guest of honor and speaker will be Secretary The BICC Board of Trustees and Sector Heads have 17, 2005, Friday, BICC will meet once more for the 2005 Juan B. Santos of the Department of Trade and Industry. identified the beneficiaries of its fund-raising activities. A Second Quarter General Assembly at Skyline Restaurant, The awardee for this quarter is Commissioner Alipio resolution was passed on January 15, 2005 at the Manila Fernandez, Jr. of the Bureau of Immigration for his worthy Polo Club which states: “Be it resolved that Tuloy sa Don achievements in government service. Bosco and Pugad Busko be adopted as primary beneficia- In the belief that Bosconians are everywhere in ries for all BICC social responsibility and fund-raising the industry, the BICC has embarked on a “colossal” activity activities.” featuring Bosconian talents in the field of entertainment. This To page 3, pls. is a project conceptualized by Antonio M. Bernardo made possible by ALL BOSCONIANS – from planning to logistics to production to performing artists. It will also display creations What’s Inside of fashion designers to be presented by male and female 2005 1st Quarter Assembly 2 models who are likewise, all Bosconians in some ways. It Lending seminar 2 will be held sometime in January 2006. Final details will be PCCI membership 2 announced later. Watch out for it. Top posts in PETEF 3 Another activity to watch is the Trade Exposition BICC gets SEC approval 3 and Exhibit. As planned, the exhibit is now in process. In fact, the committee for this specific project has made Canadian immigration expert 3 exploratory talks and initial discussions with an exhibit Meet the force 3 organizer. Tentative date of the exhibit is on November 25 Improved BICC website 3 to 28, 2005. Final details will be announced later. I-text mo na lang 3 One of the benefits for being a member to BICC In what sector do I belong? 4 is the chance to meet and network with other members of A mark in the food industry 5 Inducting Officer, Chair Zorayda Amelia Alonzo, swears the other sectors. And in order to do that, the Secretariat is Benefits, discounts, & privileges 5 into office the incoming members of the BICC Board of Trustees and Sector Heads during the Launching, producing the Trade Directory. The Directory will have A place for all seasons! 6 General Assembly, and Christmas Party held at the three parts. The first part is the general information about the We hit it! 6 Skyline Restaurant on December 2, 2004. organization. The second part is the general listing of members Philippine Chamber of Philippine Electronics and BICC is a member of: Commerce and Industry Telecommunications Federation, Inc. well as its plans of tie-up with the World Organization of Salesian Past Pupils in Rome, Italy in two to three years News time. Atty. Bernardo called for further support in all of its members to help strengthen the organization in the years to follow. The welcome remarks was followed by the presentation of the plaque of Merit Award to Governor- 2005 First Quarter designate Amando M. Tetangco, Jr., HS 1969 Membership Assembly valedictorian of Don Bosco-Pampanga, by Vice Chairman Teodoro B. Javier and Atty. Bernardo. Governor The Bosconian International Chamber of Commerce Tetangco graciously responded to the recognition. The membership assembly was honored by the General Membership Assembly for the First Quarter of Mr. Javier next introduced the night’s guest of presence of of BSP Governor-designate Amando 2005 was held on March 18, 2005 at the Valle Verde honor and speaker. Secretary Purisima’s speech M. Tetantco, Jr (left) and Secretary Cesar V. Purisima of the Department of Finance. Country Club in Pasig City. In attendance were about centered on his department’s motto “Magbayad ng Wastong 120 members, together with the guests of honor, Buwis,” which is a call to every Filipino to pay their taxes Secretary Cesar V. Purisima of the Department of correctly because the country needs it now more than ever. Finance and Governor-designate Amando M. Tetangco, He mentioned in his speech the means the finance department Jr. of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). will be implementing under his leadership to efficiently collect The members and guests were welcomed taxes like tax evader persecution and the pushing of a 2% by BICC President, Atty. Antonio M. Bernardo. His VAT increase which will help the country’s growing budget remarks centered on the importance of the growing deficit. number of Bosconians in the different careers or Fr. Armand Robleza, SDB, the National professions, like for instance, in the military or government Salesian Delegate of DBAPNF, later that evening gave an service. This, he further said, is the uniting force among inspirational talk, followed by entertainment numbers the different sectors of the association. He also addressed presented by the younger generation of Bosconian students. the progress the organization is having with the The event finally ended around 11 pm with the singing of the Some members of the Board of Trustees and guests development of the official website and data base, as hymn, Hail to St. John Bosco. RCO are all smiles as they pose for posterity. BICC conducts lending seminar SUPPORT your organization. Please pay your dues on time. Know where to get financing for your Philippines; Maria Teresa M. Reyes, Senior Manager business – big or small. This was the topic of the of SME Sector of BPI Family Bank; and Neil C. This will allow you to enjoy the seminar conducted by BICC, DB Students’ Business Center Manangan, Manager and Business Development benefits of your membership. (DBSBC) and Small Business Guarantee and Finance Officer of Planters Bank. Consultants and account officers Corporation (SBGFC), an from other banks and lending Please disregard this notice if payment has been made attached agency of the companies were available Thank you. Department of Trade and for a one-on-one Industry. This was held on April consultation with 20, 2005 at the Amorsolo participants. These banks Ballroom of the Holiday Inn were Bank of Commerce, Galleria Manila, Ortigas Center, BMS Rural Bank, Asia Please take note: Pasig City. Trust, BPI Family Bank, Telefax: (6 32) 534-3481 Speakers from Land Bank of the Website: www.bicc.org.ph leading financing companies Philippines, and Planters presented their credit facilities Bank. Email: email@example.com that are open to local The invocation SMS: 0921-6032036 (Text Only) businesses. The morning was delivered by Fr. session had the micro financing Eliseo Santos, SDB, facilities discussed by A seminar resource person receives token of Spiritual Moderator of distinguished speakers like appreciation from Antonio M. Bernardo (center) DBTC. The participants for Editorial Board Vergel M. Manila, Operations while Alfredo G. Yatco III looks on. the morning and afternoon Editor-in-Chief Officer of Quedancor; Luna C. sessions were welcomed Antonio M. Bernardo David, Vice President of SBGFC; and Cressida Alday- by Perfecto O. Bernad, Jr., Dean of College of DBTC Mendoza, Assistant Department Manager of Land Bank of and Deo Lopez, Head for Real Estate and Construction Editorial Consultant the Philippines assisted by Diosdado Domingo. This Sector, respectively. Also present to give moral support was followed by an open forum moderated by Hector M. were Benel P. Lagua, President and COO of SBGFC, Alfredo G. Yatco III Olmedillo, Vice President for Guarantees of SBGFC. Antonio M. Bernardo, President of BICC and Alfredo Likewise, the afternoon session had the SME lending G. Yatco III, President of DBSBC. Sarah Jervoso, a Managing Editors facilities as presented by Ignacio C. Serrano, Senior Bosconian, acted as emcee and moderator in some Daniel M. Pagaduan, Jr. Assistant Vice President of Development Bank of the parts of the seminar. Jose Maurice R. Funtanar Madelyn M. Cruz BICC is now a member of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI). The official advice was sent through a letter dated April 26, 2005 by PCCI President, Editorial office is located at the 2nd Floor, Ambassador Donald G. Dee, addressed to BICC President, Antonio M. Bernardo. The Big Chapel Building, Don Bosco Technical College, letter states: “We are pleased to inform you that the Board of Directors, during our last Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines with Telephone No. (6 32) 534-3481. April 15, 2005 (meeting), approved your company’s application for Membership in the Chamber.” Amb. Dee continued by saying, “In behalf of the Board of Directors and Contributions in whatever form (article or cash) are welcome. Officers of PCCI, we would like to welcome you as a new member to our Chamber. We know that you will be pleased with the service we provide to all our members.” 2 Top posts for BICC Bosconians invite in PETEF Canadian immigration expert The Bosconian International Chamber of Commerce, On February 11, 2005, the Kapihan Inc. (BICC) was elected once again as a Trustee in the got the highest number of attendees Board of the Philippine Electronics and when Josephine Victoria Tañada Telecommunications Federation (PETEF) during the Yam was invited to talk about Canada’s annual meeting of PETEF recently. Added to this honor Immigrant Investor Program. was the appointment of the BICC representative, Atty. Yam is a licensed Rolando Alarcon, to head the Ways and Means/Sports law practitioner in the Philippines, in Committee. Ontario, Canada and in New York. She Furthermore, two members of the BICC were heads the Josephine Yam Professional Corp (JYPC) which Antonio M. Bernardo (center in white) poses with elected to the top posts of the PETEF Foundation; Rolando is a Canadian Immigration law firm based in Ontario, members of Batch 1980 when he presented BICC to the Alarcon as President and Roberto Duque as Vice Canada. Yam has practiced law with some of the largest alumni during the Cebu-Punta Princessa Homecoming on February 6, 2005. President. Alarcon is the President of TGM Philippines and prestigious law firms and is also a member in good and a BICC Head for Information and Communications standing of bar associations here and abroad. She was in Technology Sector while Duque is the President of Manila from February 1 to 25 from Toronto to sign partnering Wireless Works, Inc. and a member of the BICC Board agreement with The Law Firm of Antonio M. Bernardo (TLF- Watch out for the of Trustees. AMB) and for some speaking engagements. ALL-BOSCONIAN BICC is an active member of the PETEF since 1994. PETEF has been in existence since March CONCERT 1969 with members consisting of 17 associations, 97 companies and 32 individuals. Aside from Alarcon, another BICC member, Gabriel Pimentel of Mabuhay BICC at ‘full steam ahead’ . . . Satellite Communications, was elected to the Board of From page 1 Directors. Lourdes School and near the old Medical City. Since the Meet the force Kapihan started in September 2004, we have had speakers like Ms. Josephine Tañada Yam, Frs. Rocky Evangelista, and Jun Lingad, Bal Evangelista and the latest, Philip Torres. Product samplings were given out like Gelato Ice Cream of Joel Lee, DXN coffee of Michael Ventanilla, and book of Mr. Torres. As if not enough with just plain Kapihan, Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) were signed between BICC and Joel Lee, Alfred Punay, Alex Cristobal, BICC gets SEC approval Keep Kool, and Café Lupe. More MOA are expected to be signed. The agreements made official the granting of The working force behind BICC is the Secretariat. With The BICC has been granted juridical personality and permit discounts and privileges by members in business to President Tony Bernardo, they are (from Left), Jose to operate as non-stock, non-profit organization by the card-bearing BICC members. Maurice R. Funtanar, Web Master; Madelyn M. Cruz, Membership Assistant; and Daniel M. Pagaduan, Jr., Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Meantime, visit our website www.bicc.org.ph Executive Director. on December 1, 2004. for more information about BICC. I-text mo na lang ! Beneficiaries of BICC . . . From page 1 For instant inquiry and reply regarding the latest calls are allowed. The SMS number is a dedicated developments about BICC, members can send SMS number allotted to answer questions or to inform and to Both Tuloy and Pugad are refuge for way- messages to +63 921 603 2036. It is a computer- remind members of the latest news and activities of ward streetchildren and migrant youth. Tuloy is run by Fr. based Short Message Service System that is BICC. The service is operated by the Secretariat during Marciano “Rocky” Evangelista, SDB in Muntinlupa designed for mass distribution and for that, no voice regular office hours. City while Pugad is run by Fr. Salvador F. Pablo, SDB in Makati City. THE ONLINE DATABASE IS NOW UP! BICC members can now have access to the online database in our website: www.bicc.org.ph. This feature became operational since May 16, 2005 with the combined effort of the Secretariat and the Web Master. This new feature enables members to search or match their businesses with other registered members in the database. It also lists members and their sector affiliations. The database is updated every Friday of the week. Classified information contained in this site can be accessed by members who have paid their membership dues by using the ID Card number as username and password that is provided by the BICC Secretariat. As an added service to members, we are accepting announcements and advertisements in the website through the Classified Ads Section. For a minimal fee, a member can advertise his company, products, or services. You can even post buy and sell items and view the latest developments and news through the News Central. Lastly, members can now be updated of BICC’s upcoming activities in the Calendar of Events. In the days to come, expect more features and services using our web. 3 There is one question commonly asked by applicants for membership to BICC and even those who have already registered. - “In what sector do I belong?” In response to this, we print below the descriptions of I C B C Sectors each of the fourteen sectors. It is the hope of BICC to answer the question and to finalize the listing as accurately as possible before the Trade Directory gets to press. 1. FINANCIAL SEVICES to different places in our archipelago. Members of this sector engineering, architectures, real estate agents and quantity This sector brings together individuals who are involve in also are involved in the promotion of the country’s tourist surveyors. finance institutions and respond to the financial needs of spots and destinations to push our tourism industry. They people by providing financing, consultancy and through help as well in regional development and in the generation of 10. EDUCATION, TRAINING, RESEARCH, proposals of policies. They play a major role in stabilizing income for many local businesses. AND CONSULTANCY the Philippine economy, as well as help restructure and These individuals are mostly educators of different levels modernize the country’s financial institutions. Members 7. INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS of the academe from primary, secondary, collegiate, included in this sector can be found in banking, capital TECHNOLOGY graduate, specialization and those for special education. market, insurance, e-securities, e-finance and other This sector deals largely with providing and maintaining Their top priority is to teach people and help develop financial organizations. connectivity of people all over country and the world potentials. The sector is also involved in the development through different technological means present today like of new methodological means to help clients find effective 2. MANUFACTURING phones, satellites and the World Wide Web. They are also solutions to their business processes through quantitative This sector brings together individuals whose work or responsible for developing programs which in turn deliver and qualitative research and by means of consultancy. businesses are involve in the processing of raw materials solutions to different enterprises and infrastructures problems into finish goods or services which in 11. AGRIBUSINESS, turn will be suitable for the needs and ENVIRONMENT, AND demands of other businesses and NATURAL RESOURCES individuals. These products would This sector has members who deal range from steel, chemical, textile, largely on environmental strategies and computer and electronic products and opportunities to help the people benefit a lot more. The manufacturing sector from them. Their goal is not only to also employs great number of individual maximize natures full potential but they and is one of the key elements in a are also involved in the environmental stable economy. causes like waste management, reduction of pollution and the use of 3. GOVERNMENT SERVICES recycled materials. Members also act These individuals are public servers as consultants to other businesses of the country, both elected and which needs help manage their waste appointed locally and nationally. Their disposals, pollution control or propose key work is to rule in behalf of the other alternatives which are ecologically country and make decisions and laws friendly and safe. which will push for the common good of all. Members are socially aware of 12. RESTAURANT AND what are needed, what are morally FOOD SERVICES right and at the same time bringing with This sector involves individuals who them the Bosconian values they have have work or business in line with the learned when they were young. food industry. Many members of this Politicians, Police Force and other entities make up this which are strategic securities for company database, training sector are food producers, food processors, manufacturers sector. of personnel, IT solutions and other product and services and owners of establishment that caters food to the public. that are very beneficial to growth of the company. Service and quality are very important in this business 4. MILITARY SERVICES as it is the key to its success. This sector combines uniformed men and women of the 8. MASS MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT country. Their pledge is to service and protect the country AND SPORTS 13. TRADING from attacks, disasters, and calamities as well as maintain Bosconians in this sector has jobs or own establishments Bosconians in this sector work mainly involves import peace and order throughout the nation. These individuals that are focused on creating, disseminating, or providing and export oriented businesses. They are key players in serve under the Armed Forces of the Philippines. means to distribute information to other people. These in turn expansion of the country’s outputs and exporting these gives them a big opportunity to influence other people’s goods to countries all over the world. They also extend 5. PROFESSIONALS view, choices and preferences. They are engage in providing consumption possibilities of the Filipino market by making Members of this sector are skilled whose main input in important up-to-date headlines and happening around the world wide products available here. This sector also the economy through human capital. Their profession is world and bring different channels of entertainment to their contributes greatly in promoting the country’s products, defined mainly by their individual expertise and trainings viewers. Their means of communication ranges from print, handicrafts and services which in turn help promote which they use to serve and protect the people. Members TV broadcasting, radio and today’s most accessible channel, tourism and Filipino first class production. of this sector can be found in fields like Architecture, the internet. Medicine, Law, Engineering and a lot more. 14. NON-FINANCIAL SERVICES 9. CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE This sector unites different individuals whose work or 6. TRAVEL, TOURISM AND This sector produces and sustains demands for various businesses are from small and medium enterprises in the TRANSPORTATION types of houses and infrastructures. They are mainly country. Here, different services or products, both retail This sector unites individuals who are involved in involved in property development, maintenance, and wholesale are given to their customers. Mostly all maintaining and providing transportation to the people all management, investment, construction and sales. Their goal businesses here are standard stall type which are both over the country. Their operation covers transportation is to give every Filipino a home or workplace which is both easily accessible to the market and provide convenience through air, water, rail and road which brings accessibility affordable and stable. Main jobs here are civil and structured to the people. RCO 4 Restaurant and Food Sector Making a mark in the food industry Features When you are asked where you’d find successful (dealer of tuna products and other fish supplies), etc. have in Operating a food business has some marked Bosconians in the industry, what are the most logical common? Answer: These are just some of the many difference as compared to managing “traditional” sectors you would say? You’d normally answer, “Look establishments that are owned and/or operated by companies where you find many Bosconians. For for them in the engineering and IT fields.” Bosconians! instance, you would have to deal with employees who It’s no big surprise that majority of Bosconian mostly come from a different academic, professional or graduates land meaningful and fulfilling careers in technical social background as you do. The work hours are also fields largely as a result of the training that they get in Don different. Work in the traditional office becomes hectic Bosco, from high school to College. during the so-called “office hours,” which is anywhere You will easily find Bosconians in from 7am to 6 pm, whereas work in the food industry manufacturing companies, in telecommunications and reaches its peak during hours when office workers are semiconductor firms, as well as in computer and IT- not at their desks. related companies. Bosconians flourish in these There are also differences in the challenges, organizations as engineers, technical support personnel, as well as some similarities. The bottomline to making it technology managers, and the like. It’s also not surprising in the food and restaurant industry? Just like in any other to find Bosconians taking their place in the sun in these business, it’s to make sure that your products and services same companies, but on the non-technical side of the offer the best value for your clients’ money. You need to fence – in sales or marketing. constantly innovate, taking into consideration your clients’ Then again, there are Bosconian past pupils ever-changing tastes. who are successful in the government and in the military. What makes the aforementioned Bosconian We have some known schoolmates in the entertainment food and restaurant businesses unique? Aside from being field. There are those who venture into trading or the members of the BICC, these establishments conduct medical field. It’s quite natural nowadays to find Bosconian “business with a heart.” What’s more, these graduates in these areas. establishments offer various incentives to BICC But have you heard about Bosconians in the members! food and restaurant industry? So, the next time you are asked where to find That’s right. There are now several Bosconian Just what is it about the food and restaurant successful Bosconians? You can do the usual and point graduates who have chosen to make their mark in this industry that some Bosconians find attractive enough to them to the engineering and technical industries, the relatively unknown field – that is, unknown to most venture into it? Well, apparently a lot. Aside from the obvious government or military, the entertainment or medical technically-inclined Bosconians. What do establishments objective to make a profit, the food and restaurant industry fields…. or you can point them to Café Lupe, Shakeys, like Café Lupe, International Family Food Services (which offers many opportunities to learn about an almost foreign or Aruba and proudly say, “There are successful operates Shakey’s), Gelato Eliseo (supplier of authentic industry to Bosconians, as well as provide an avenue to Bosconians behind those establishments!” – Dominic Italian ice cream), Aruba Bar & Restaurant, Krommp widen business horizons. Mendoza, DBTC HS Batch 1986 BEN EFITS, DISC OU NTS AN D PRIVILEGES NAME OF COMPANY NAME OF MEMBER PRIVILEGE PRODUCTS/SERVICES JME FOOD P RODUCTS CORP . Joel Lee 15% dis count on gelato pres entations Gelato ic e cream and cakes 7 Lourdes Cas tillo St., Bgy. Don Manuel 10% dis count on monoporzione Quez on City (ready to serve items ) (Pic k-up basis ) KROMM P FOOD INDUSTRIES Alfredo Mic hael Punay 10% on process ed produc ts Food products #2 Badminton St., St. Franc is Village Cainta, Riz al BALITE BUILDERS & DEVELOPMENT CORP. Ramon A . Balite 35% dis count for home and Aircon maintenance & repair. BB DC Bldg., 26-A , 20th A venue offic e airc on c leaning and Cubao, Quez on Cit repair. ALEX CRISTOBAL FAS HION HOUSE Alex Cristobal 10% dis count on made-to-order Dres s and fas hion hous e. 17 Guy abano St., Quirino 2B c lothes , formal and c as ual wear. Proec t 2, Quezon City (Gowns, barong tagalog, suits , pants and other apparels .) ARUBA BAR AND RESTAURANT Dominic Mendoza 10% dis count on food and drinks Bar and restaurant Metrowalk Complex , Ortigas Center, Pasig City SHAKEY'S Vic ente Gregorio 10% dic ount in s elec ted Piz za and pasta. S hakey's outlet DON BOSCO FITNES S CENTER Charlemagne Guinto S pecial dis counted rate Body fitnes s center Mandaluy ong City KS T AUTO AIRCON CENTER Patrick Ilada 10% dis count on parts Car parts and servic es 6-F Cardiz St., Banawe, Q.C. AV CP TRADING SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL Arman C. P es cas io 5% dis c ount on sale LCD projectors and office 413 F. Ortigas St., Mandaluy ong City 25% dis count on rental automation produc ts CAFÉ LUP E Alvin M. Carranz a 10% dis count on food and drinks Bar and restaurant Guadalupe, Mak ati City Fine print for people with clear vision Statistics indicate that as a result of overwork, modern executives are dropping like flies on the nation’s golf courses. (Ira Wallach) The definition of a consultant: Someone who borrows your watch, tells you the time and then charges you for the privilege. (Times Newspaper) In the business world, an executive knows something about everything, a technician knows everything about something, and the switchboard operator knows everything. (Harold Coffin) 5 Travel, Tourism and Transportation Sector A place for all seasons! An hour’s drive from Makati is a resort that is a repository Doña Jovita Garden Resort is nestled in a trips can easily be accommodated. Sports facilities of exotic trees and plants not commonly seen together in one 2.5- hectare property at the foot of Mt. Makiling located include billiards, table tennis, fishing, tug of war, mahjong, place. at Km. 57 of the Calamba National Highway. Look for chess, darts, pony rides, volleyball, a half court and Kamuning and Kamias are streets bisected by the giant fountain jar (banga) as your landmark. It is an soon, a full-sized basketball court. EDSA, but did you know that one is a Doña Jovita Garden Resort flowering bush and the other a tree whose fruit provides portable grills for barbecuing, although was used for the sour flavoring of sinigang most guests would rather enjoy dining at Tita until Knorr, Maggi and Mama Sita came along. Lettie’s Pilipino Restaurant, which offers all- And did you know that the mabolo time native favorites such as bulalo, kare- is an exotic tropical fruit whose tree is the kare, crispy pata, lechon kawali and laing. source of the famous black hard wood known Among the seafood dishes, tilapia sa gata is as kamagong. the leading followed by the crispy fried hito In the United States cotton used and kilawing tanigue. for filling pillows is harvested from a bush, but Right next door to Doña Jovita’s in the Philippines it comes from a giant tree tropical garden is its Mediterranean Garden. known as kapok. With just a short walk, the tropical garden And for coffee lovers, have you atmosphere transforms into a manicured seen how a coffee tree looks like? If you pass garden setting, interspersed with palm trees Silang going to Tagaytay, you probably have, and flowering plants. The formality yet homey without knowing it. But have you seen a ambiance of Doña Jovita’s Mediterranean chocolate tree? Chocolate, like coffee, is Garden has made it the venue of choice for extracted from ground roasted seeds of its weddings, debuts, and even corporate fruit and grows in bean-size clusters. functions such as team building and Chocolate seeds, on the other hand, grow management planning sessions. inside a pod of the cacao fruit. It is edible and Doña Jovita Garden Resort is is eaten like you would a santol seed. ideal take-off point for the short hikes to Mt. Makiling a must-see place which cannot be imagined fully in a These and more exotic familiar tropical fruit where one can enjoy a breathtaking view of Laguna feature article. If you want to commune with nature and trees, such as durian, duhat, avocado, bignay, chico, Lake. listen to birds chirping, Monday to Thursday would be siniguelas, kasoy (cashew), sampaloc, santol, kaimito, Doña Jovita Garden Resort has one giant best. But if you enjoy the sounds of people having fun guyabano, anonas, mango, papaya, banana, and the ever pool, four medium-sized pools and two kiddie pools, and enjoying themselves, go on a weekend. Don’t present towering coconut trees, are labeled with their one of which has a playground with cartoon mascots. forget to ask the front desk about getting you the famous scientific and local common names. These give the place a All pools can be reserved for exclusive family use or original buco pie when you check-in. This way you botanical garden atmosphere rather than a resort, where functions for bigger groups. avoid having to line up at the buco pie store. it not for the swimming pools, native cottages, cozy The cottages vary in size, and can Visit Doña Jovita Garden Resort’s huts, and tree houses magnificently landscaped with accommodate 8 to 20 persons for overnight or daytime. website at www.donajovitagardenresort.coms.ph ornamental and flowering plants. Day tour groups of 1,000 guests such as school field or call (02) 807-0245 / 842-2057 or (049) 545-3740 / 545-6657. We hit it ! CONGRATUL ATIONS TULA CONGRATUL The BICC started operations in August last year with nothing but a staff and a computer in a small BICC congratulates Lea V. Lumanang for pass- office extended to us by DBMAA. We moved on, despite the odds, with only one mission: to get the ing the recent Board Examinations for Chemical critical mass of Bosconian professionals and businessmen to join the organization. In less than ten Engineers. Lea is a member and an alumna of months, we hit the 300 mark, and will still continue counting. Don Bosco School Manila. ChamberNews is the official quarterly newsletter published by the Bosconian International Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (BICC) for members and friends. Its Editorial Office is located at the Don Bosco Technical College, Gen. Kalentong St., Place Mandaluyong City with Telephone No. 534-3481. stamp here Printed matter. May be opened for postal inspection.
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