Capitol honors top tax payers in Iloilo

January 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

THE Municipality of Mina received an Excellence Award from the Iloilo Provincial Government through the Provincial Treasurer’s Office for having maintained an outstanding performance in tax records management for six consecutive years.
The awarding, held on Friday at Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center, honored the Outstanding Taxpayers and Top Performers in Municipal Treasury and Assessment Services in the Province of Iloilo for Calendar Year 2011.

Awarded were Top Real Property Tax Payers, Top Business Tax Payers, Top Performers in Realty Tax Collection, Top Performers in Tax Records Management, Top Performers in Prompt Remittance of Provincial Tax Shares, Top Performers in the Collection of Annual Fixed Tax for Delivery Trucks and Vans, and Top Performers in the Early Submission of e-Statement of Receipts and Expenditures.

Provincial Administrator Raul Banias represented Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. in the awarding ceremony attended by the representatives of awardee establishments and officials of awardee local government units (LGUs).

The Top Real Property Tax Payers are: 1) Camella Communities (P3,418,356.63), 2) Pepsi Cola Products Phils., Inc. (P2,828,427.05), 3) Coca Cola Bottlers Phils Inc. (P2,523,956.96), 4) Property Company of Friends (P2,004,796.80), 5) Vitarich Corporation (P1,570,526.38), 6) Smart Communications Inc. (1,386,176.50), 7) New Panay Agri-Ventures Devt. (P1,237,397.28), and 8) Prycegases Inc. (P1,050,348.48).

The Top Business Tax Payers are: 1) Coca Cola Bottlers Phils. Inc. (P7,909,936.56), 2) Pepsi Cola Products Inc. (P2,633,786), 3) SPC Island Power Corp. (P1,060,780), 4) Vitarich Corp. (P1,025,854.73), and 5) Profriends (P1,013,202.99).

Top Performers in Tax Records Management: 1st Place – Cabatuan, 2nd Place – Bingawan, 3rd Place – Guimbal, 4th Place – Barotac Nuevo, and 5th Place – San Joaquin.

Top Performers in Prompt Remittance of Provincial Tax Shares: 1st Place – Cabatuan, 2nd Place – Bingawan, 3rd Place – San Rafael, 4th Place – Mina, 5th Place – Guimbal, 6th Place – Calinog, 7th Place – Dueñas, 8th Place – Sta. Barbara, 9th Place – Leon, and 10th Place – Concepcion.

Top Performers in the Collection of Annual Fixed Tax for Delivery Trucks and Vans: 1st Place – Leganes, 2nd Place – Cabatuan, 3rd Place – Dumangas, 4th Place – Oton, and 5th Place – Zarraga.

Top Performers in the Early Submission of e-Statement of Receipts and Expenditures: 1st Place – Mina, 2nd Place – San Rafael, 3rd Place – Cabatuan, 4th Place – Dueñas, 5th Place – Guimbal, 6th Place – Zarraga, 7th Place – Calinog, 8th Place – Dingle, 9th Place – Oton, and 10th Place – Badiangan. (ECG/Capitol News)


Savannah: A showcase of a visionary’s dreams

June 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

March 6, 2012

By: Francis Allan L. Angelo

SENATOR Manuel “Manny” B. Villar does not stop dreaming of the best things for his home province.

With his renewed energy as a businessman at the helm of top land developer Vista Land, Sen. Manny envisions what could be his most ambitious project in the country – to build a new city in Iloilo.

In a laidback talk with the Iloilo media, Villar said he plans to expand the 500-hectare Savannah project which spans three barangays in Oton, Pavia and San Miguel.

“I’m investing heavily now in Iloilo. I really feel that we should all help Iloilo become once again the Queen City of the South. Kasi parang naiiwan sya e, and only Ilonggos can help Iloilo so we can catch up,” he said.

Savannah is a major project of Camella Homes under the Vista Land group. Villar said he plans to expand and make Savannah the gem of his projects in Visayas.

“We have 500 hectares here so far, but eventually it will expand to 600 hectares. This will be the biggest in the whole of Visayas. We have 2,000 homes here, more or less and around 1,700 are already residing here. It’s growing fast and we will put up 200 homes more,” he said.

Aside from the residential area of Savannah, Villar is also keen on putting up a commercial complex to complete his dream of “a city within a city.”

“This would be the biggest commercial area to complement the school and football field we put up. We will also put up a church soon. Maybe this year we can break ground for the church and the commercial area. We want to make this project a full development as we have been here in the last 11 years so we decided last year to make this project a new city. It would be better planned,” he added.

Villar said his grand design for Savannah would be “different and similar to Iloilo.”

“Similar in other ways, but different in some ways because the problems in the city would be addressed here. As you can see, we are more attuned to the environment with the green areas we preserve. More trees and open spaces.”

The centerpiece of Savannah’s commercial area would be the Camella mall which is envisioned to “bring shopping nearer to the homes.” It will also play host to business processes outsourcing firms to bring employment closer to the community.

Aside from going back to their home province, Villar said he is very bullish on Iloilo because of the Ilonggos prudent ways when it comes to money and investments.

“I have big dreams for Iloilo. Ilonggos are very prudent when it comes to their investments. I was proven right by the success of our Savannah project and other developers as well. Ilonggos are more diligent and industrious, thus they are very careful with their investments,” Villar said.

But the founder of Vista Land does not only look after their company’s bottom line. The major developments slated in the coming years are also aimed at spurring all types of industries.

“Suppliers and construction firms make business from projects. The maintenance teams and construction workers find employment. Even the transportation sector and the small carinderias (eateries) outside the subdivision benefit from our project,” Villar added.

As a full-blooded Ilonggo, Villar pledged to redefine Iloilo’s landscape through his Camella projects.

Camella and Savannah will transform Iloilo. I have and will always love Iloilo that’s why I’m devoting more of my time here,” he said.


Camella – Iloilo to be a new ‘city’ soon

March 10, 2012 § 2 Comments

CAMELLA, the biggest home builder in the Visayas, is up for a much brighter and fruitful 2012.

In Iloilo, in its bid to give the Ilonggos the best of everything, Camella will soon bring in essential amenities closer to homes.

Sen. Manny Villar, the founder of Camella, vowed to make Savannah, a Camella residential master-planned community encompassing Oton, Pavia and San Miguel in Iloilo, a new city and eventually, make Iloilo again the Queen City of the South.

“We want this to be different and at the same time similar to Iloilo City. We avoid traffic in the city, so we’re building our own city,” Villar said.

He furthered that Camella will bring shopping closer to homes, thus they hope to put up at least 5 Camella malls in the country this year. Here in Iloilo, the construction of Camella mall which will rise in an about 6 thousand sq. meters lot area will start within this year.

And in addition to the school and the world class, FIFA standard football field in Savannah, a church will also be put up soon.

With the existence soon of new all-important amenities, Villar also considers inviting business processing outsourcing companies in the area hoping to generate jobs among Ilonggos.

He said that eventually there will be BPOs in Camella here right after the commercial have started.

On the other hand, Villar believes that Ilonggos being prudent, diligent and industrious deserve the best with the type of housing Camella builds. He added that Camella will put up another 200 homes this year in Savannah, the largest and most successful master-planned community in Western Visayas.

Savannah is also proud on embarking on a community-wide environment campaign that feature rain water collection to nourish its community’s green spaces and lush landscaping, a zero waste management program with benefits that cascades down to every homes, organic farming through de-composting, and soon, the utilization of solar panels to power street lamps and to partially support the energy needs of its expensive community clubhouses and common areas.

With Savannah, you and your family will definitely have that one of a kind haven made to make your life easier and comfortable.

Camella is the subsidiary catering to the mid-market segment of Vista Land and Lifescapes, the country’s largest home builder. It has 36 years of experience, built more than 250, 000 homes and maintains a strong presence in Mega Manila and 28 other key provincial destinations and 56 cities and municipalities, while aggressively expanding to other regions./PN

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March 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Tuesday, 20 September 2011 02:11 Sports – Headlines

The ultimate fitness and adventure event in time for Camella Iloilo’s 11th Anniversary is set on September 24, 3PM at Savannah Main Entrance. “Savannah Adventure Run” invites runners and fitness enthusiasts all over the city to take part in the sports event. Participants can win exciting cash prizes, medals, tokens and a chance to be featured in local newspapers for winning in 11K, 5K and 3K categories. Run routes will start at Savanna main entrance and will cover all over Savannah. Registration fee is only P150 with free Dri-fit singlets. Freebies, souvenir photos and snacks will be provided after the race. Those interested can register at Savannah Main Office along corner General Luna-Jalandoni streets, Savannah HOA Office, Run-Club at Robinson’s Iloilo, Paforma Boutique and 5 Star Office infront of La Paz Plaza. For Further inquiries, please contact these mobile numbers 09176888008, 09228228211 or call (033) 337-7699.*

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February 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

Younghusband brothers train Ilonggo kids on football

February 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

Monday, 09 January 2012 00:00



Younghusband brothers, James and Phil of the Philippine Azkals, shared their skills in football to Ilonggo kids during the 1st Savannah Football festival at the newly inaugurated Savannah football field yesterday.

After the championship game, the Younghusband brothers conducted a football clinic among the 82 teams that participated on the tournament. The participants of the football clinic were kids of U-8, U-10, and U-12.

Through The Younghusband Football academy, they have been handling trainings since Januray 2010.

“We love sharing our skills, and want to help especially the unfortunate youth who dream of becoming the next generation’s football heroes,” said Phil.


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Vista Land launches GreenViron

February 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

Thursday, 19 May 2011 13:14 Lifestyle

With an admirable advocacy to protect the environment and planet Earth, Vista Land recently launched GreenViron at Camella Savannah in Pulo Maestra Vita, Oton, Iloilo. Right after registration, attendees went to the Body Jam session, a 30-minute exercise activity led by health buffs and participated in by Camella officers, staff, contractors, brokers and agents and Camella Savannah homeowners.


The activity was led by Camella Visayas Business Development Head for Visayas Atty. Pamela Gako, Camella Tech Serve Head for Visayas Engineer Ernesto Concio Jr. and Camella Iloilo General Manager Lily Donasco with Camella Marketing Staff Amor Latumbo as host. The launch of the GreenViron sustainability program was simultaneously held in all Camella communities nationwide.


GreenViron is a collection of programs designed to sustain Mother Nature inspired by the vision of Vista Land to rehabilitate the planet, to protect what limited resources still exist and to create values that support an eco-friendly way of living. The GreenViron icon is a composite of two words, “Green” and “Environ.” “Green” denotes today’s massive movement towards sustainable methods and technologies designed to rehabilitate a badly polluted, ravaged planet. “Environ” is a verb. It is an act of surrounding, or enclosing. Vista Land chose that verb because it stands for inspiring people to move, get out there and rehabilitate the planet as our home. Vista Land’s commitment to the global call to preserve the environment is shown in the programs adopted from the international award-winning Villar Foundation. “Camella Iloilo, in partnership with the Villar Foundation has been doing this by looking at things in our immediate vicinity and by discovering what needs to be fixed,” says General Manager Lily Donasco.  Camella believes in the advocacies of the Villar Foundation and is doing its share in support of these advocacies. There are four specific programs under GreenViron: Waste segregation and recycling; vermi-culture- an organic way to produce fertilizer; earth worm castings; coconut coir that is being woven from husks that were discarded into waterways thus damming the rivers. Coco coir nets are used to prevent soil erosion; and an assortment of trees is being planted to create green zones that purify the air, hold the soil, and soothe the spirit.


In the past years, one million trees have been planted. Through GreenViron, we will continue planting a million more trees in the coming years.


As an act of commitment, Camella officers, staff, brokers, agents, contractors , workers, and homeowners recited the Oath to Mother Earth before the massive tree planting activity. The oath is an act of turning everyone into committed believers, a symbol of love and concern for our children’s future towards a sustainable planet.*


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