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GK Taguig 2.0! - The Best for the Least

On 8-8-08, instead of watching the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics, I witnessed the launching of the new GK Designer Village (GK 2.0) by Tony Meloto and the grand vision for Taguig 2.0 by Mayor Freddie R. Tiñga!

All the best architects in Manila will be helping to design the next level of GK community. The best architects for the least of our brothers (and for the least fees). The new GK community looks like the HDB (Housing & Development Board) Condos of Singapore. It would be low cost condominiums designed and supported by the countries top architects: Bobby Manosa, Bong Recio, Jun Palafox, Edith Oliveros, Budji Layug and the top architects of the United Architects of the Philippines! The first GK Designer Village site will be created in Taguig along C5. No doubt, GK is building a First World Philippines and raising a First Class Filipino.

"To build a nation is to have direct impact on the lives of the poor and to influence those who have the power and the means to help them. It can start with charity but it must be a work of social justice to even the playing field and to recognize that all Filipinos are equal in worth and dignity. It begins with the heart where love resides, but it must be sustained with excellence and stewardship. We have to raise Filipinos to be first-class citizens in the Philippines so none of our people will feel second-class anywhere in the world." - Tony Meloto

Aside from being a Tony Meloto fan, I'm now a fan of Mayor Freddie R. Tiñga. He is transforming Taguig to be world class city by leveraging on technology to solve social issues in our country today. To bridge the gap between the public school education and private schools, he is implementing a distance learning program in the public schools. It would be equipped with Video Conferencing facilities to get the best teachers to educate the students of Taguig.

He also envisions Taguig to be the first 100% WIMAX city in the country! Yahoo! He is doing it by creating his own telecommunications company in Taguig. In my previous job, I worked with Smart and Globe to influence them to give unlimited broadband access for free or minimal cost. But the Telco giants are controlling unlimited broadband access for fear that it might have a huge impact on their voice business. I admire Mayor Tiñga's vision and if Globe/ Smart won't do it, he will build his own telecommunication system. Clap! Clap!

Did you know that Taguig will be equipped with 194 surveillance cameras by the end of 2008 and 400 cameras by end of 2009? They use Israeli technology for their cameras such that they could monitor the entire city virtually and they can even zoom in on plate number as needed. This would significantly reduce the crime rate in Taguig.

Lastly, he is planning to build a new modern airport in Taguig with better runway facilities, and to automate 100% of all the government transactions. Wow! All I can say is, let me know how I can help you, Mayor Tiñga, and I can offer my services and expertise to the city of Taguig.

I'm glad that we made a great decision to move from Manila to Taguig City. I'm voting Tony Meloto for President in 2010!

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Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.

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this is amazing! i am actually very surprised and amazed at how fast taguig is transforming! i am also hoping that the telco giants would follow mr.freddie's initiative. actually, i am a bit dismayed when i go over my monthly expenses and see that a huge chunk goes to communication bills (instead of basic needs). it's weird that we spend so much just to keep in touch with our family, friends... in other countries they have phone plans that really cater to users without being so expensive. hope the country is headed in this direction.

Well, Smart and Globe is just concerned about profits despite all their press release about helping the country. If they really want to help, they should enable unlimited broadband access for free or at a minimal fee. If they don't change, their business model will be obsolete in a few years.

Yes, the country will be headed in that direction with or without Globe and Smart.

we can thank the gucci gang and embassy
for the surveillance cameras in taguig.

kailangan kilatisin talaga para
di masira ang siyudad ni tiñga.
hahaha!

this news even makes me happier about investing at the fort. thanks for sharing anton.

oh well, im from taguig and i say i dont buy it. As if we're not used to all those politician promises. i mean mayor tinga has been in position for God knows how long. I can still remember his father being the congressman for decades.

its a good thing that he has plans for our city but i wont believe everything until it happened.

a brother from SFC is a fulltime GK worker working on this project. i'm really amazed by this development. i even asked him if i can get my own GK house, meron bang for sale? haha. i hope to see you in one of the builds, anton :)

Not sure if politicians should have private businesses on the side.
Always the risk that you have conflicts of interests.

With all the monies pouring in from the fort bonifacio developments, it's not impossible to accomplish his plans. I will be optimist on this one. We should already give him credit just for giving the city back its tax money, instead of pocketing them. I'm sure the Binays are weeping over their lost of the Fort to Taguig =)

Oh, and I admire Tony Meloto and his family very well too. But to become the next President, that's too much! I would just love to see him continue helping the poor -- and I mean the really poor ones. Which brings me to this new condo-style housing. I think GK should be very careful with this one. If it ends up being really nice a housing project, it's not unlikely that opportunists will just cash in on their new home (extreme makeover Atlanta home foreclosure comes to mind). I like the older style of GK villages.

It's interesting how the home ownership stat for Taguig might look like in the near future. Low income families own homes, as well as the high income ones. But the middle class would still be renting =)

TM already said he has no plans to run for president. That's just something his detractors are saying to discredit him. :)

tony meloto from what i heard is really a great guy to work with i just hope european union will help tony meloto in financing condominiums for the lower medium end of the societies who barely make it these days coz of high food-oil prices quality but not over charged i am 'patiently' waiting for gmmahoney's belief that european union and NATO will increase it's low-medium cost financing will stand side by side with her causes

helping to uplift educate house the poor about[8 million]is what i meant with gmmahoney's causes & beliefs when i said "will stand side by side with her causes" coz of her families european permanent homes-residences and united states being member of NATO alliances based in europe who knew gmmahoney's desire[for a very good reason]to make philippines a new world 'model' coming from old third world country to a new modern highly advanced civilizations and 'thanks' to all other asian countries to u.s. china's {taiwan down under too}aids in particular thanks to full restaint in all squabbling filipino politicians thank you coz not to be a pain in the butt is certainly hard to do so go go go do a better job this time....i learned that future new tenants home payments for all this new condominiums will be automatically deducted from there wages so NO WAY they can cheat the new condo home payments system coz any business with no profits is not a business at all also a homeowners insurance will kick in just in case so it is a solid business system NEWLY in place lol!

tony meloto should focus on helping the very poor by building more low costs housing projects and hopefully besides condo meloto will also BUILD AGAIN those lovely cutest architectural low cost fantasy dream houses again..i meant those original first DREAM homes houses we find them a 'tourists' welcoming-visit us areas to be curious about lol and thank you tony meloto if my original dream first houses wishes will be acknowledge coz with gardens makes these original cute houses more of a mini palaces look like miniture kingdoms but filipino styles lol

tony meloto should focus on helping the very poor by building more low costs housing projects and hopefully besides condo meloto will also BUILD AGAIN those lovely cutest architectural low cost fantasy dream houses again..i meant those original first DREAM homes houses we find them a 'tourists' welcoming-visit us areas to be curious about lol and thank you tony meloto if my original dream first houses wishes will be acknowledge coz with gardens makes these original cute houses more of a mini palaces look like miniture kingdoms but filipino styles lol

political ambition that high might just stress-scandalized-ruin him as public servant-philantrophist in the long run lol.. for decades filipinos are being wasted from past experiences-history just to win political seats or other types for a price.. pictures of a low type civilizations almost 'primitive' like cavemen who do not have rules who do not care for any laws & regulations .. a beautiful modern homes buildings public roads highways any huge businesses any properties clothings jewelries do not automatically makes 'you' anyone any filipinos a civilized society-world it do not accept do not acknowledge highly urbanized highly modern infrastructures no matter how advanced how beautiful if community crimes is a tolerable matters a tolerable state of the mind if this same societies do not make thorough efforts to lower philippines crimes under 1% at the least nationwide coz only a self sufficient highly prepared highly law abiding concious societies-communities is what makes any country an acceptable standards etc. only civilizations with factual sciences and those that works like 'miracles' so good luck to the country's latest housing projects thank you philippines thank you former mr.AC old & new public services thank you to more TM public services GOD bless philippines lol....

.....mccain should not choose biden as vice president the irish incidents of mad cow desease in ireland is no joke irish are orgnized & stubborn when it comes to terrorism if biden comes in as united states vice president rest assured new hatred will grow in america asia or like philippines will become a toy playground for irish notorious organized crimes i hope i am mistaken but some high techs protect them....an irish politician from utah or anywhere are better than hateful stubborn biden....

....if mccain a hard core republican but kind hearted wants to chance the bad image of united states of america into a productive with common sense power but "non threatening kind" of new americans then barbara boxer of california a female and an opposite but a no non sense democrat is the best choice of his party's vice presidnetial candidacy....that is only if republicans wants a new kinder gentler but productive new united states of america where wealth anf treasures are not necessarily going to war but can also be done thru wiser selections better judgements better quality of productions and a healthy 'competitive' friendlier america not A WID WILD WEST KIND this time and 'listen to all sides' first before jumping to any 'conclusions' plus asia must be considered as a good quality friendly partner of the world not a 'continent of brown mules' or just like americans past 'perceptions'od asians in past history this is only if mccain really wants a great new america under new quality & better society'meaning transparency is a must too....

american politics american foreign policies has impact anywhere in the world since america has a lot of investments in taguig city philippines nationwide not only in kawad kalinga but other social services too.. so a good asia friendlier new american leaderships in u.s. government are crucial to philippines future relations in peace world diplomacies and of course in extra investments such as enviromental clean ups housing projects highways etc that needs financings

....filipinos philippines had been deprived cheated of their own wealth of their own independence of their own talents cheated deprived of their chances to highly advanced for decades for centuries by the help of united states foreign policies that protects few white men's priorities and that is not a fantasy or rumors just read past world history.....why do you think philippines improved last year meaning....filipinos without focusing on u.s.traditional agendas that prioritize benefits specific agendas a third world country can rise to decency can rise to educate or lead on their own.....that is the main point filipinos must address face reality that filipinos economically must stand independent meaning.....stay away from america's 'dark' past strategies
where they come in helping you decade after but ONLY because they needed to come in to take over by using third world coumtries as fall guys as the brown mules of for their past decades of political failures for economic reasons ....now you have taguig city now you have poorest disadvantage unfortunate filipinos FINALLY going to decent school infrastructures benefitting FINALLY after decades centuries of filipinos long painful struggles for their own kind to please see us WE ARE HERE we need help we need opportunities we need chances in life so we could moved on FINALLY philippine government saw their own filipino countrymen poorer hungry sheltered under carton boxes under bridges hungry sick no one to turned to while trapped NOW FINALLY places like taguig rises to fill the needs of these poorest segments of philippines societies....to answer the long awaited painful historical past sufferings callings but was denied for past decades....now filipinos that finally your government is sheltering your housing employment needs but beware....coz everytime a third world country like you rises pay attention how americans will TRY to slowly come in and slowly will try take that away from you
with the help of few white europeans in powers but that will only happened if you allow them to take what what originally belongs to you but deprived you cheated you behind your back deprived you of your own talents by whatever international investigations they planted from the very beginning from their own personnal activities but neede brown mules to do the JOB for them without you knowing it....it is called cicled them by using their own weaknesses vulnerabilities.....meaning a circle of world wide lies planned deciets back stabbing you using families agaisnt families friends agaisnt friends neighbors agaisnt neighbors while pretending these few whitemen in america's highest powers
didnt know in advanced before they happened why? coz they needed brown mules to carry the burdens of their own 'failures' lol!.....meaning they are depriving cheating you onec more again and again lol sad but they are the powers so what can you do? cant even call communicate coz they cut it for many years lol....

....filipinos philippines had been deprived cheated of their own wealth of their own independence of their own talents cheated deprived of their chances to highly advanced for decades for centuries by the help of united states foreign policies that protects few white men's priorities and that is not a fantasy or rumors just read past world history.....why do you think philippines improved last year meaning....filipinos without focusing on u.s.traditional agendas that prioritize benefits specific agendas a third world country can rise to decency can rise to educate or lead on their own.....that is the main point filipinos must address face reality that filipinos economically must stand independent meaning.....stay away from america's 'dark' past strategies
where they come in helping you decade after but ONLY because they needed to come in to take over by using third world coumtries as fall guys as the brown mules of for their past decades of political failures for economic reasons ....now you have taguig city now you have poorest disadvantage unfortunate filipinos FINALLY going to decent school infrastructures benefitting FINALLY after decades centuries of filipinos long painful struggles for their own kind to please see us WE ARE HERE we need help we need opportunities we need chances in life so we could moved on FINALLY philippine government saw their own filipino countrymen poorer hungry sheltered under carton boxes under bridges hungry sick no one to turned to while trapped NOW FINALLY places like taguig rises to fill the needs of these poorest segments of philippines societies....to answer the long awaited painful historical past sufferings callings but was denied for past decades....now filipinos that finally your government is sheltering your housing employment needs but beware....coz everytime a third world country like you rises pay attention how americans will TRY to slowly come in and slowly will try take that away from you
with the help of few white europeans in powers but that will only happened if you allow them to take what what originally belongs to you but deprived you cheated you behind your back deprived you of your own talents by whatever international investigations they planted from the very beginning from their own personnal activities but neede brown mules to do the JOB for them without you knowing it....it is called cicled them by using their own weaknesses vulnerabilities.....meaning a circle of world wide lies planned deciets back stabbing you using families agaisnt families friends agaisnt friends neighbors agaisnt neighbors while pretending these few whitemen in america's highest powers
didnt know in advanced before they happened why? coz they needed brown mules to carry the burdens of their own 'failures' lol!.....meaning they are depriving cheating you onec more again and again lol sad but they are the powers so what can you do? cant even call communicate coz they cut it for many years lol....

.....oohhh and to make sure philippines filipinos will not become or fall as victims
as brown mules as asian fall guys to a few whitemen in powers go independent....meaning do not attached your stock market directly to americans markets coz american system are geared to manipulate smaller countries so stay away beware of these consequences....stick to your own philippines pprograms best way to handle conflicts problems.....always remember your own weaknesses are their weapons to deprived cheated filipinos of their rights to highly advanced to shelter your poorest societies so hold tight on filipinos on educating them NOW do not wait keep moving FOR THE LOVE OF YOUR COUNTRY please keep moving please keep civil keep fighting with smiles lol!.....keep moving forward....thank you filipinos....thank you asia.....

.....oohhh and to make sure philippines filipinos will not become or fall as victims
as brown mules as asian fall guys to a few whitemen in powers go independent....meaning do not attached your stock market directly to americans markets coz american system are geared to manipulate smaller countries so stay away beware of these consequences....stick to your own philippines pprograms best way to handle conflicts problems.....always remember your own weaknesses are their weapons to deprived cheated filipinos of their rights to highly advanced to shelter your poorest societies so hold tight on filipinos on educating them NOW do not wait keep moving FOR THE LOVE OF YOUR COUNTRY please keep moving please keep civil keep fighting with smiles lol!.....keep moving forward....thank you filipinos....thank you asia.....

i want those original mini extra colorful houses back in 2006 those first striking mini but soooo cute and with mini fences-gardens filipino housing communities thank you

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