Putting up Cell Sites is Telco Industry’s Single Biggest Challenge

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Being one of the Asian countries with lowest cell site density, the Philippines is forced to serve more internet users per cell site compared to most of its neighbors. Setting up more telecommunications infrastructure continues to be challenging in the country, hampered by lengthy permit applications and some uncooperative stakeholders.


Latest data from TowerXchange and We Are Social showed that user-per-cell site density in the Philippines is now about 4,036, based on estimates of 16,600 total cell sites against internet users of around 67 million internet users as of first quarter of the year. This shows a stark difference when compared to some of its neighboring countries like India, Indonesia, China, and Vietnam.

India, with 1.459 million cell sites against 462 million internet users, has a user-per-site density of 316. Indonesia, with over 91,700 cell sites against 132.7 million internet users, has a user-per-site density of 1,446. China, with 1.95 million cell sites against 751 million internet users, has a user-per-site density of 384. While Vietnam, with 70,000 cell sites against 64 million internet users, has a user-per-site density of 914.

The disproportionate number of cell sites versus internet users in the Philippines is mainly attributed to difficulties in securing permits from various local government units (LGUs), homeowner associations (HOAs), and other stakeholders, causing considerable delay in the construction of such facilities, Globe Chief Technology and Information Officer Gil Genio said.

For Globe Telecom, more cell sites are needed as its network saw mobile data traffic soar by 49 percent to 641 Petabytes during the first nine months of 2018, from 430 Petabytes recorded in the same period in 2017. As of end September 2018, Globe clocked in 65.4 million mobile customers, the majority of which are internet users. For instance, around 246,700 Globe active customers in Cotabato City in Maguindanao are forced to share only 13 cell sites. This shows the urgent need to build more towers in order to serve the current data traffic that continuously grows exponentially over the past months.

“Consumer demand for mobile data is growing at an explosive rate. This means more and more cellular towers have to be deployed to keep up with the demand. But deployment is only the final step to a potentially long, costly site acquisition process,” Genio said.

Lengthy permits

To cater to the rising demand for data, Globe has been accelerating the deployment of cell sites across the Philippines. This is part of its initiative to continue building on its network capacities for better quality of internet experience. But in the absence of regulations on the construction of passive telecommunications infrastructure, LGUs impose their own requirements, slowing down the deployment of cell sites.

Aside from LGU permits, HOAs, exclusive subdivisions, and building administrators also impose certain guidelines and requirements based on Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) Resolution No. R-626 issued in 1998. From negotiations and documentation of prospective cell site location to securing structural permits and approvals, Globe estimates an average of eight months and over 25 permits before it can build one cellular tower.

Non-present health risks

Several exclusive villages and HOAs in the Philippines also refuse to have network-boosting cell sites deployed in their vicinity because of unfounded health risk linked with exposure to radiation emitted from cell sites.

Global authorities in radiation safety, like Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and World Health Organization (WHO), have affirmed that proximity to cell sites does not cause any known health risks, contrary to what many HOAs and exclusive villages in the country believe. Even the Department of Health has taken all the necessary precautions in ensuring that the Philippine standard of thermal emissions from local cell sites are at least four times lower than what has been approved globally.

In a bid to bring the Philippines closer to first-world internet connectivity, Globe continues to push for cooperation among all stakeholders, from the public sector, down to the barangay level,  property developers, and homeowners.

CDO Bloggers 10 and Fabulous!

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The first time I engaged into blogging was February of 2009 when a church mate and a cousin inspired me to start one (Thanks to Ate Lalaine and Pinay Mommy Online). I then attended the Mindanao Bloggers Summit way back October 24, 2009 and happened to meet the pioneering's of CDO Bloggers. I was not that active back then but I already joined the premier blogging organization of Cagayan de Oro after a month.

Fast forward....

Voila!!! I never thought I was part of this organization for almost a decade now! Simply Amazing! 

A week ago (November 17, 2018), CDO Bloggers recently concluded our first Bloggers Ball themed: “Rebels in Black & Gold: The CDO Bloggers 10th Anniversary Bloggers Ball”. Though our ball was not the typical kind of ball hold in a very prestigious hotels with a sumptuous fine-dining thingy. Ours is different, it was done out of passion, determination, dedication and hard work from the officers and of course the generosity from our beloved sponsors.


Everyone in the organization was so excited for this long awaited event which was finally realized after years of planning and brainstorming. The night was full of fun and glamour when the members and guests were on their best Black and Gold themed dress! So nice to look at that everyone was so prepared for the ball night! 
the TERs in their glamorous black and gold themed


The Program Proper

The program started with an opening prayer led by Ms Judy Teves and was welcomed by our VP for events Ms Ruby Caberte...

the photos below will tell on itself....

Mike Abonitalla shared the history of the org on how they started....
raffles were given in between's..thanks to our generous sponsors...

the crostini bar from Restaurant Damaso
our President Ms. Maia giving her closing remarks...thanking the sponsors...

The Highlight....

I happened to meet our keynote speaker up-close for the first time and I could say that he is a cool politician... No other than Atty. Rufus B. Rodriguez~ the Congressman of the 2nd District of Cagayan de Oro!

He admitted that he is new to the social media thing.  Sharing to you some highlights of his speech...

The dissemination of information was difficult, because you can only reach a few of your constituents that way. Today, blogging and social media are bringing the people and communities together such that timely and relevant information is shared between us, their representatives in the government, and them, our constituents.
 The bloggers are close to my heart because like me, you work hard on writing about something relevant that you feel should be shared to others for the common good. I know how hard it is to think of a topic, to research it, to weave your own thoughts into the topic, to edit, to re-edit, to re-edit the edited before sending it out into the world. I know what it feels like when someone tells you your writing is not good enough. And I know what it takes to keep on writing despite that. And I share with you that wonderful feeling when your words have caused people to think or to take action or to talk about an issue.
 The CDO Bloggers group is now on its 10th year and you have already proven yourself in the digital world. You will become increasingly relevant not just in Cagayan de Oro, but in the entire Philippines in the coming years. And I hope that, kung malooy ang Ginoo ug tabangan ako ninyo, I will become a Congressman again, I will be able to work with you so together we can ensure that bloggers will be given technical assistance through trainings and funding for projects and activities so you can continue to make positive impact in society.
Thank you so much Atty. Rufus Rodriguez for the precious time you spent with us and for imparting and encouraging us with your words of wisdom to continue what we've started. I salute you Sir as a person and my long time wanting to be a lawyer was awakened that night. *hoping* 

Strike a pose with our Keynote Speaker Atty Rufus Rodriguez


 Event Sponsors:

  • Atty. Rufus Bautista Rodriguez 
  • SM CDO Downtown Premier for our venue (especially Ms. Ivy Guantero) 
  • Restaurant Damaso for the uber delicious crostini bar 
  • Centrio Mall (for the Robinsons gift certificates) 
  • N Hotel (for the overnight stay gift certificate) 
  • Ororama (for the gift certificates) 
  • StreetBy (for the gift cards) 
  • Smart (for the delicioso porchetta) 
  • Krispy Kreme (for the four dozen Original Glaze doughnuts) 
  • Louie Yee for the projector and screen 
  • Vital Audio (for saving us with their lights – and for the audio system) 
  • Odyssey Airport Vans (for transporting our non-CDO-based bloggers) 
  • John Teves for the photos 

Thanks also  to our friends KC and Alvin of The Explorer’s Channel, Kim of CDO Dev, Dave of Urban Life-Mindanao Gold Star Daily, Manolo Fortich Bloggers Association (Lee, Heterae, and Keinly), and Iligan Bloggers Society (Xy-Za) for, celebrating your glamorous night with us!
CDO Bloggers members and guests
Once again, thank you CDO Bloggers (Officers) for making this event possible, indeed, it was a successful one!

The Officers..ooppss!! insert Edu

TJxKZ Concert in CdO!

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Wow! As in, I was in awe during the concert of TJ Monterde (proud Kagay-anon) and KZ Tandingan  (proud Davaoena) last Saturday, February 17, 2018. The Atrium was all jammed-packed with their supporters from Luzon to Mindanao.

The Kagay-anons were all excited to hear from KZ's "Rolling In The Deep" version which she bagged as the #1 Singer 2018 in China last February 9, 2018. And so true, we were able to hear it from her singing live...

 

Indeed, she has the powerful voice that everyone would love to appreciate...

The concert was all worth the price since the people did enjoy the night and had so much fun. TJ's charm draws the crowd and KZ's naturally born entertainer (sense of humor) makes the night more lively! No boring moments with the lovely couple.






Another hit song sung by KZ..."Two Less Lonely People" from the movie Kita-Kita...



Thanks VIVO Philippines for bringing them here and letting us here the powerful voice of #TJxKZ!

Vivo celebrates Chinese New Year with CNY Photo Contest

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To celebrate the Chinese New Year this 2018, Vivo has launched a special photo contest with well-known lifestyle bloggers for a first taste.

Held February 3 and 4 at Binondo, Manila, Vivo invited 18 lifestyle bloggers for an eventful photo walk around the oldest China town in the world.

Bloggers were asked to capture photos that embody the Chinese culture like cuisine, the ambience, the traditional lucky ornaments, or Binondo’s old town charm.  

Bloggers enjoyed taking photos with their Vivo smart phones features: the 24MP front camera for perfect CNY celebration selfies complemented by the camera’s HDR mode for stunning images with dramatic shadowing and highlights and the portrait bokeh for added aesthetics.

The professional mode, which mimics the manual mode of DSLR cameras, allows users to adjust the exposure, white balance, ISO, and focus mode creating creative photos.

Vivo’s signature Face Beauty spec ensures that anyone’s selfie is flawless with natural face enhancements. The Ultra HD mode takes hi-resolution photos at 9216 x 6192 (64MP), allowing shots with crystal clear details.

Not the least, bloggers were able to come together for a good group shot with the Groufie technology which boasts of a panorama-panning effect for big group shots without leaving anyone out.

The two-day Binondo photo walk with the bloggers was a special promotional event to get the bloggers’ followers to join Vivo’s Chinese New Year (CNY) Photo Contest thru which participants shares their best Chinese New Year-inspired photos and upload them in their Instagram account for a chance to win a brand-new Vivo V7+.

The bloggers’ photo walk for Vivo’s CNY Photo Contest was a resounding success as over 200 entries have been uploaded on Instagram by February 14.

The four best creative photos were chosen by the participating lifestyle bloggers with one winner announced during the Chinese New Year celebrations last February 16 at the Lucky Chinatown Mall. During the event, Vivo showcased the Chinese New Year-inspired photos in a special photowall. Vivo’s official mascot Little V entertained the crowd with a dance rendition of the hit song 24k. Later, Vivo awarded the Chinese New Year Photo Contest winner Angela Palacio for her photo of her Vivo V5 capturing an illuminated stretch of red Chinese lanterns.
   
 

 CNY Winner Angela Palacio

The lifestyle bloggers who joined the Vivo CNY Photowalk included: Ana Gonzales, Rhea Gonzales, Katt Valdez, Myke Soon, Ryan San Juan, Cristelle Torres, John Bueno, Paul Chuapoco, and Yuki Tansengco (feb. 3); Ed Uy, Jeman Villanueva, Justin Montas, Jerhwin Hernandez, Nikole Maturan, Anthony Neilson, Collen Vidal, Louie Denver, and SlyveSy (Feb. 4).

Vivo Influencers also helped promote the CNY Photo Contest through their Instagram accounts: KZ Tandingan, TJ Monterde, Darren Espanto, Joyce Pring, Tony Labrusca, and Sassa Dagdag.

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at www.vivo.com/ph or check out their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VivoPhil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivophil/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivo_phil) accounts.

CdO's Chinese New Year Festival 2018 Calendar of Events

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Feb 10 Cagayan de Oro Chinese New Year Festival
Launching Program
4PM/Mini Park, Executive House, City Hall
Feb 10-25 Feast on Food
Mall Hours, Participating Restaurants
SM CDO Downtown Premier
Feb 14-18 Chinese New Year Pick Up a Prize
Mall Hours, Gaisano City Mall
Feb 15 Love Strings w/ Zia Quizon & Robin Nievera
6PM, Skylark at the Fifth
SM CDO Downtown Premier
New Year’s Eve Ceremonies & Fireworks
Bell Church, Macasandig (10PM)
Feb 15-18 Chinese Food Bazaar
Mall Hours, Limketkai Mall Rotunda
Feb 16 Motorcade
Rodelsa Rotunda-Bell Church (8AM)
Distribution of Tikoy
Bell Church, Macasandig (9-11AM)
Chinese Food Bazaar
G/F near CM Recto Concierge
Mall Hours, Centrio Mall
Dragon and Lion Dance (10AM, Mall-wide)
SM CDO Downtown Premier
Bounteous Flavor Lunch Buffet with the Kong Hua Dragon Lamp;
Lion Dancers (11:30AM-2PM)
KaVe Restaurant, Limketkai Luxe
Chinese New Year Cultural Show
Oro Christian Grace School & Kong Hua School
2PM, Limketkai Mall Rotunda
Mixed Martial Arts Worshop (2PM), 4/F Event Center
Gaisano City Mall
Lion Dance
4PM, Mall Wide
Chinese New Year Celebration
4PM, Activity Center
Centrio Mall
Flavors of Fortune Dinner Buffet
4th Floor, Misto, Seda Centrio (6-10PM)
Lion Dance (7PM), 4th Floor Lobby
Seda Centrio
Feb 17 Lion & Dragon Dance
Kong Hua School
7AM, Ororama Carmen
9AM, Ororama Cogon
Chinese New Year Cultural Show
4PM Ororama Cogon
TJ and KZ Vivo in CDO
7PM, Limketkai Center Atrium
Feb 10-28 Symphony of Lights Show
6-10PM Daily
Executive House, City Hall


Feb 18 Higala Malingaw Lingaw Ta Variety Show
Chinese New Year Special
11AM, Limketkai Mall Rotunda
Asia Chinese New Year Costume Parade
2PM, Ground Floor & Event Center
Gaisano City Mall

Win an all-expense paid trip for two to Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Maldives in the PayMaya Travel Blowout promo

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Paying with PayMaya will take you places as the country’s pioneer and leader in digital payments once again rewards customers with a chance to experience global travel destinations in the PayMaya Travel Blowout, running from February 1 to May 31, 2018.

For each month from February to May, one lucky PayMaya account holder will win a five-day trip for two to each of the featured destinations, namely Taiwan in February, South ​Korea in March, Japan in April, and Maldives in May.  

The prize includes roundtrip airfare and accommodation for two, and Php50,000 in PayMaya credits to shop, dine, and explore with the convenience of going cashless. Each trip is also complete with tours and a well-curated itinerary so winners can just pack their bags and enjoy the best of what the country has to offer.

There are many ways to join the promo. Account holders can do any of the following to earn one raffle entry: register a PayMaya account, purchase and activate a PayMaya physical card, have a PayMaya account upgraded, pay bills in full (minimum P300), or pay using PayMaya (minimum P1,000 single-receipt). Raffle items are cumulative until the end of the promo period.

“Gone are the days when overseas travel is only for the carded few. With PayMaya, millennials can seize travel opportunities online, expand their worldview, and dive into exciting adventures even without a credit card. Every Filipino deserves to reach their must-visit travel destination and PayMaya is here to help them take the first step,” said Paolo Azzola, COO and Managing Director, PayMaya Philippines.

“The Travel Blowout promo is our way of thanking our PayMaya customers, the #NowNation, and helping them pursue their love of travel. PayMaya is by far the fastest way to book a flight, even during a seat sale, for those who don’t have a credit card. It’s their ticket to enjoying the best deals and making the most of their lives, right here, right now.” said Raymund Villanueva, Head of PayMaya Issuing Business

PayMaya is a free and secure prepaid e-wallet that allows account holders to send and receive money, pay their bills, and shop anywhere online that accepts Visa or Mastercard payments. Account holders simply have to download the PayMaya app or activate an account via PayMaya in Messenger (@PayMayaOfficial), register, and load up in over 15,000 touch points nationwide including 7-Eleven branches, SM Business Centers, Robinsons Business Centers inside Department Stores, Touchpay Kiosks, UnionBank ATMs, Shopwise, Wellcome, 2Go, ExpressPay, Cebuana Lhuillier, and Palawan Pawnshop branches, Smart Padala centers, and Metrobank Online.

PayMaya enables customers to book flights via seat sales, take advantage of travel promos online, book affordable accommodations via Airbnb and other providers, purchase travel essentials via Lazada and ZALORA, travel cashless via transportation apps like Uber and Grab, and tap-to-pay at toll gates in NLEX and CAVITEX.

Account holders may also opt to have a PayMaya physical card, which can be linked to their mobile wallet, so they can pay in groceries, malls, or any store that accepts card payments. Moreover, customers can instantly convert their PayMaya funds to foreign currency by withdrawing cash in ATM machines abroad. Physical cards can be ordered online at www.paymaya.com/shop.

PayMaya Philippines is the digital financial services arm of PLDT’s Voyager Innovations. To know more about PayMaya’s products and services for consumers and businesses, visit www.paymaya.com. Be the first to know PayMaya’s latest promos and announcements by following @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

Live Concert of TJ and KZ in CdO!

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It's been a while that I haven't seen a concert of my fave singers....and now, I am so excited to witness and hear the jazz and Filipino rap-infused performance of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” by our own KZ Tandingan who bagged the number 1 slot of the weeks' Singer 2018 episode in China last February 9, 2018.

Yeah, I will be witnessing KZ and TJ performing live here in CDO this coming February 17, 2018 at Limketkai Atrium. An excited fan here of this lovely couple. Thanks to Vivo Philippines for bringing them here!!!



You can buy your tickets through the following establishments/ticket outlets:
Limketkai Bizhub
Wild Zee Office
Dunkin Donuts 

or you may call 0928-9142333


Let's support or very own fellow Kagay-anons~ TJ Monterde! 
See you all there!!!!