A 20/20 VISION

Eternalites participated in the two-day Sales Managers’ Convention (SMC) for 2020, held last November 18 and 19, 2019, at the Citystate Tower Hotel in Manila.

The SMC aims to prepare our sales managers for another challenging year ahead. This year’s resource speaker was Mr. Mondo C. Castro of Salt & Light Ventures.

 

Eternal Gardens unveils Transfiguration of Jesus, inaugurates San Vicente Ferrer Plaza in Cabuyao City

 

Leading memorial-park developer Eternal Gardens unveiled on June 18, 2019, Tuesday, the image of the Transfiguration of Jesus at its newest branch in barangay Mamatid, Cabuyao City, Laguna.  San Vicente Ferrer Plaza in honor of the patron saint of barangay Mamatid was also blessed along with the Transfiguration image.

House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was the guest of honor in the event, which was also graced by local government officials, headed by Cabuyao City mayor Rommel A. Gecolea, Vice Mayor Leif Laiglon Opiña, and Barangay Mamatid chairwoman Erlinda Alcasabas.

Former First Gentleman Jose Miguel T. Arroyo and former Camarines Sur Rep. Dato Arroyo was with Speaker Arroyo.

They were welcomed by top company officials of Eternal Gardens, led by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer D. Edgard A. Cabangon.

San Vicente Ferrer Plaza

Eternal Gardens chairman and chief executive officer D. Edgard A. Cabangon (4th from right) shakes hands with House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo following the blessing and inauguration of the San Vicente Ferrer Plaza at Eternal Gardens Cabuyao branch yesterday. With them from left: branch manager Alexander Atienza, Eternal Gardens vice chairman Benjamin V. Ramos, Eternal Plans Inc. vice chairman and chief executive officer D. Antoinette C. Cabangon Jacinto, Cabuyao City vice mayor Leif Opiña, former First Gentleman Atty. Jose Miguel Arroyo, Gomer Torres, Barangay Mamatid chairwoman Erlinda Alcasabas, Cabuyao City Mayor Rommel Gecolea, and Eternal Gardens president and chief operating officer Numeriano B. Rodrin.

The event started with a Thanksgiving Mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Gomer Torres, parish priest of the Diocesan Shrine & Parish of San Vicente Ferrer, who also officiated the blessing.

The concrete image of the Transfiguration of Jesus at Eternal Gardens Cabuyao is a work of veteran sculptor Conrado Balubayan, while the image of San Vicente Ferrer at the center of the new plaza is a creation of artist Jubail Bautista.

Eternal Gardens Cabuyao is the company’s third branch to open in the Province of Laguna, following its branches in the Cities of Biñan and Santa Rosa, and 11th memorial park nationwide. It broke ground on October 23, 2018.

The other branches of Eternal Gardens are located at Baesa, Caloocan City; and in the cities of Dagupan, Batangas (Balagtas and Concepcion), Lipa, Naga, Cabanatuan, and Cagayan de Oro.

Founded in 1976 by the late Ambassador Antonio L. Cabangon Chua, Eternal Gardens is part of the Eternal Group together with Eternal Plans, Inc., Eternal Crematory Corporation, and Eternal Chapels and Mortuary.

Eternal Gardens honors Top Producers for 2018

Congratulations to all the winners of the recently-concluded Grand Annual Awards Night (GAAN) of Eternal Gardens for the marketing year 2018!

Shown in the photo are the top awardees with our company executives, namely (from left) Marvin C. Timbol, Eternal Gardens vice president for Finance; Benjamin V. Ramos, vice chairman; Antonio Uy, Top League Manager;
Carmen Resma, Top Regular Unit Manager and Rookie of the Year;
Cynthia Leycano, Top Regular Sales Counselor; D. Edgard A. Cabangon, chairman and chief executive officer;
Helen Abesa, Top General Agency Manager and Recordbreaker of the Year;
Rachelle Anne Aguilar, Top League Sales Counselor; T. Anthony C. Cabangon, director; Numeriano B. Rordrin, president and chief operating officer; and Jose Antonio V. Rivera, vice president for Sales and Marketing.

Naga City mayor John G. Bongat (center) receives the glass-encased image of the Transfiguration of Christ from Eternal Gardens chairman and chief executive officer D. Edgard A. Cabangon (3rd from left), and a gift from director T. Anthony C. Cabangon (3rd from right) as tokens of appreciation for being the Guest of Honor at the Grand Annual Awards for 2018 of Eternal Gardens.

The GAAN for 2018 was held on April 24, 2019 at the Manila Grand Opera Hotel in Sta. Cruz, Manila, with Naga City Mayor John G. Bongat as Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker.

Growing in Number, Reaching Farther: SMC for 2019

The sales managers from the different branches of Eternal Gardens enjoyed a fun and exciting Fellowship Night last November 20, 2018, Tuesday, at the Citystate Tower Hotel in Manila. Top company executives, including chairman and chief executive officer D. Edgard A. Cabangon, and director T. Anthony C. Cabangon, were present at the once-a-year gathering for the chance to bond with the hardworking sales managers.

The second day of the Sales Managers’ Convention for 2019 was dedicated to learning and enhancing the skills of the delegates. Giselle L. Barrion, corporate trainer, motivational speaker, and managing director of Great Learnings and Beyond Management Consultancy Services, facilitated the seminar entitled “Ready, Set, Goal! The Art of Re-Energizing A Talented Sales Force,” which was held on November 21, 2018 at the Citystate Tower Hotel.

Later on the same day, the branch managers presented their respective sales commitment for the coming marketing year 2019.

Eternal Gardens now in Cabuyao City

Eternal Gardens celebrated the groundbreaking of its 11th branch on October 23, 2018 at Barangay Mamatid, Cabuyao City, Laguna, with House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as the Guest of Honor. Arroyo (5th from left) is photographed with company executives led by chairman and chief executive officer D. Edgard A. Cabangon (6th from left). With them are local officials, and guests, including (from left) Erwin Aala, representative of Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez; Cabuyao Mayor Rommel Gecolea, Eternal Gardens vice chairman Benjamin V. Ramos, Barangay Mamatid chairman Erlinda Alcasabas, Laguna 2nd District Rep. Joaquin Chipeco, Jr., architect Lerma Balolong, Eternal Gardens director T. Anthony C. Cabangon, and Eternal Gardens Cabuyao manager Alexander Atienza. Behind them are president and chief operating officer Numeriano B. Rodrin, former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo, and Congressman Dato Arroyo. Photo by ROY DOMINGO

Eternal Gardens marks 42 years

Leading memorial park developer Eternal Gardens celebrated its 42nd anniversary on Saturday, with a simple gathering of its employees at the Cherry Blossoms Hotel in Ermita, Manila. The highlight of the event was the recognition of 42 employees for their many years of loyal and dedicated service to the company.

Leading the list of service awardees were Eternal Gardens President and Chief Operating Officer Numeriano B. Rodrin, and Budget and Compliance Manager Ernesto N. Umali, who have both been with the company for 40 years. Leading the celebration are (from left): Eternal Gardens Vice President for Sales and Marketing Jose Antonio V. Rivera, Vice Chairman Benjamin V. Ramos, Director T. Anthony C. Cabangon, Umali, Rodrin, Chairman and CEO D. Edgard A. Cabangon, Vice President for Human Resources Management Division and 35-year service awardee Victoria C. Nava and Vice President for Finance Marvin C. Timbol.

 

*First published in the BusinessMirror

Eternalites go to Taiwan

Eternalites took a break from the usual hustle and bustle of selling memorial properties to enjoy their well-deserved reward for all their hard work.

Last April 26, 2017, 51 qualified sales associates from the different branches of Eternal Gardens flew to Taipei, Taiwan for the Asian Tour 2018. Top company executives, including chairman and chief executive officer D. Edgard A. Cabangon, director T. Anthony C. Cabangon, and vice chairman Benjamin V. Ramos, joined the delegates in their 4-day trip to Taiwan. The tour was part of the agents’ incentives for their outstanding sales performance for 2017.

Divided into two groups, the delegates left for Taipei on the morning of April 6, Thursday, one day after the Grand Annual Awards Night. On the first day of their tour, the first batch of Eternalites to arrive in Taiwan visited the Mitsui Outlet Park for an afternoon stroll. They then proceeded to the Vigor Kobo Pineapple Cake Factory where they had baking lessons, made their own pineapple cake, and toured the museum. The second batch of delegates, meanwhile, visited CKS Memorial Hall and passed by the Presidential Palace before going to the Vigor Kobo Pineapple Cake Factory for their museum tour, baking lessons, and pineapple cake making session.

The two groups met up that evening and shared a hearty 10-course meal before turning in for the night at the Sunworld Dynasty Hotel.

On day two of the tour, the delegates headed outside Taipei to experience baking scallion cake, which is a popular delicacy in Taiwan. They also visited the Kavalan Whiskey Museum in Yilan County where they got to taste different kinds of whiskey.

In the afternoon, the delegates went to Shifen Old Street for the Flying Lantern Experience. There, they wrote their wishes on giant lanterns before releasing them in the air. Most of them, of course, wished for more sales this year. The group’s next stop was the Ximenting Shopping area before having dinner at Takao 1972 restaurant.

Day three of the Eternalites’s Taiwan tour began with their transfer to another hotel, the New Taipei Hot Spring Hotel, where they would be staying until they leave for Manila. Then they went to Taipei 101 where they had lunch at Din Tai Fung restaurant. In the afternoon, the delegates visited Tamsui Old Street, Fisherman’s Wharf for more picture taking and sightseeing. In the evening during dinner, the general agency managers took the opportunity to express their gratitude and appreciation to the management of Eternal Gardens for a very fun tour.

On the last day of the tour, it was the first batch of delegates’ turn to visit the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall and pass by the Presidential Palace, while the second batch visited the Mitsui Outlet Park, before heading to the airport for their flight back to Manila.

It was the first time that the Eternal Gardens delegation visited Taiwan for the Asian Tour, and it was indeed a very enjoyable experience for those who were able to join. The agents particularly enjoyed the dining experiences that they had throughout the trip. And with their carefully planned itinerary, they were able to maximize their time in Taiwan by visiting as many tourist spots as possible.

Next year, the management is eyeing South Korea to be the destination for Asian Tour 2019.

Eternal Gardens celebrates Grand Annual Awards

Eternal Gardens recognized its top producers for 2017 during its Grand Annual Awards Night held last April 25, 2018, Wednesday, at the Citystate Tower Hotel in Ermita, Manila.

Addressing the sales personnel, officers, and employees of Eternal Gardens, Mayor Danilo Fernandez of the City of Santa Rosa, who was the guest of honor at the event, likened the memorial care company to Santa Rosa, saying that both the company and the city have embraced change and innovation in order to bring about improvement.

Santa Rosa City mayor Danilo Fernandez (3rd from right) poses for a photo with Eternal Gardens executives after being presented a token of appreciation for being the Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker at the company’s Grand Annual Awards Night. From left: Eternal Gardens Vice President for Finance Marvin C. Timbol, Vice Chairman Benjamin V. Ramos, President and Chief Operating Officer Numeriano B. Rodrin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer D. Edgard A. Cabangon, Mayor Fernandez, Eternal Gardens Director T. Anthony C. Cabangon, and Vice President for Sales and Marketing Jose Antonio V. Rivera.

“Eternal Gardens maximizes the use of land space to provide products other than the traditional memorial lot, now there are those apartment-style structures, crematories and chapels. This is the change needed to go on with continuous improvement,” Fernandez said. In the same way, the mayor pointed out, Santa Rosa City has transformed itself from a municipality to a modern city, from an agricultural zone to an industrial zone, to bring about improvement in the lives of its people.

In his own message to the Eternal Gardens sales force, company chairman and chief executive officer D. Edgard A. Cabangon lauded the awardees for their outstanding sales performance in 2017.  “We commend and admire you for your great role in the continuing success of Eternal Gardens,” he said.

Eternal Gardens Board Director T. Anthony C. Cabangon, on the other hand, pointed out that despite possible challenges that the company may meet in the future, the sales force of the company should always strive for growth every year to make it stronger than ever. “We have to excel yearly. We have to grow every year from strength to strength to continue our legacy of excellence,” Cabangon said.

More than 50 sales associates were honored for top sales production in various categories during the Awards Night. They include Helen Abesa, top general agency manager; Nayda Cuenca, top regular unit manager; and Rosemarie Tang Lee Say, top regular sales counselor, who was also named Family Estate Specialist of the Year.

This year’s Rookie of the Year awardees were Juvy Manalo, Regular Unit Manager; and Florencia Mea, Regular Sales Counselor. For the Garden League category, the top awardees were Ma. Theresa Manlapig, top league manager; and Rachelle Anne Aguilar, top sales counselor.

Garden League Achievers with Eternal Gardens vice president for Sales and Marketing Jose Antonio V. Rivera (leftmost), vice president for Human Resources Management Division Victoria C. Nava (3rd from right), and vice president for Finance Marvin C. Timbol (rightmost).

Specialist Awards were also handed out to individuals who excelled in a particular area of sales. They were Alita Casinillo, Lawn Specialist of the Year; Mario Jojo Manalo, Garden Specialist of the Year; Apolonio Abesa, Account Specialist of the Year; and Marites Ramirez, Spot Cash Specialist of the Year.

Specialist Award recipients and Rookie of the Year Awardees for 2017 with Eternal Chapels vice president for Mortuary and Chapel Operations Jaime B. Bangalan (leftmost), Eternal Gardens vice president for Finance Marvin C. Timbol, and vice president for Sales and Marketing Jose Antonio V. Rivera.

Aside from the awarding ceremony, there was also a Search for the Male and Female Stars of the Night, which was won by Naga Branch, through their representatives Rodolfo Pacheco, Sr. and Josephine Reyes. During their traditional dance, the couple was serenaded by one of the country’s top performers Randy Santiago, who also entertained the crowd with medleys of upbeat songs and some of his greatest hits.

Another highlight of the evening was the grand raffle draw of exciting cash prizes. The following day, qualified sales managers and agents flew to Taiwan with the branch managers and executives as part of their incentives for a very productive year.

Dalamhati Chapel and Columbarium inaugurated at Eternal Gardens Baesa

In Photo: Eternal Gardens Vice President for Finance Marvin C. Timbol (from left), Vice President for Human Resources Management Division Victoria C. Nava, Vice President for Operation of Eternal Chapels Mortuary and Chapel Services Jaime B. Bangalan, Eternal Gardens President and COO Numeriano B. Rodrin, Eternal Gardens Chairman and CEO D. Edgard A. Cabangon, Fr. Tony Bayod, Eternal Gardens Vice President for Sales and Marketing Jose Antonio V. Rivera; and Cora Aloran, owner of Evergold Memorial Service, lead the traditional coin shower after the blessing.

THE Dalamhati Chapel and Columbarium at Eternal Gardens Baesa in Caloocan City had its blessing and inauguration on September 18.

Attended by Eternal Gardens Baesa’s funeral partners, former sales agents and company executives, the simple celebration began with a thanksgiving Mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Tony Bayod of the Santa Quiteria Parish, Caloocan City.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony, led by Eternal Gardens Chairman and CEO D. Edgard A. Cabangon, and the blessing of the chapel and columbarium followed shortly after the Mass.

 

Photo by Rudy Esperas