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Robinsons Land – Buyer’s Guide

on Jul 23, 2015

Robinsons Land – Buyer’s Guide   Purchasing real estate is an important venture that naturally, leads to many questions and inquiries. Robinsons Land values your trust and understands your need for information. To ease your home buying experience, we have provided a series of Frequently Asked Questions with their corresponding answers. Frequently Asked Questions Definition of Terms Buyer’s Information Sheet – a form that contains client’s essential personal information like contact details, address and etc. Condominium Certificate of Title (CCT) – a legal document which serves as an evidence of ownership over a condominium unit issued by the Land Registration Authority Contract to Sell (CTS) – a contract governing a purchase of a specific Unit/House and lot whereby the terms and conditions of the sale, such as but not limited to the payment terms and transfer of ownership, are stated. Deed of Absolute Sale (DAS) – a contract executed by the seller and the buyer whereby the seller unconditionally transfers to the buyer all its rights, interests and title to the property subject of the sale and the buyer thereby accepts it. Letter of Guarantee (LOG) – a written guarantee from the bank that the buyer/s? has complied with the bank requirements for the release of loan to cover payment for any portion of the purchase price. Real Estate Property Tax (REPT) – a tax levied by the Local Government Unit where the property is situated Reservation Agreement – a document executed by the buyer, declaring his intent to purchase a specific Unit/House and Lot, together with his payment of the Reservation Fee, and subject to the approval by RLC. Reservation Agreement – a form that consists of property description, contract prices, terms of payment and other terms and conditions that the client had agreed upon relative to the purchase of unit Special Power of Attorney – an arrangement that grants authority to one person to act in behalf of another. The person giving authorization is called the principal while the person granted authorization to act in behalf of the principal is called attorney-in-fact. This should not be confused with the term attorney-at-law. An attorney-in-fact does not have to be a lawyer; often used when the principal is unable to act for himself because of illness, travel, disability,...

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Vigan is one of New 7 Wonder Cities

on Jun 16, 2015

Vigan is one of New 7 Wonder Cities by Freddie G. Lazaro December 9, 2014 Vigan City, Ilocos Sur –Vigan, also known as the Heritage City, was declared one of the New Seven Wonder Cities (N7WC) of the world yesterday morning. The announcement was met with cheers from government officials, residents and tourists who set a vigil Sunday night in front of the Vigan City hall to wait for the declaration. The announcement via electronic media was made at 3 a.m., Monday, by Bernard Weber, the president of the N7WC Foundation. The other cities declared in the N7WC were Beirut, Lebanon; Doha, Qatar; Durban, South Africa; Havana, Cuba; Kuala Kumpur, Malaysia; and La Paz, Bolivia.   Mayor Medina along with Governor Ryan Luis Singson and former Governor Luis Chavit Singson led the vigil night. The New 7 Wonders Cities Foundation is the same institution that named the underground river in Puerto Princesa City as one of the New7Wonders of Nature. Mayor Medina, who was happy for the honor, said: Fifteen years after Vigan was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in December 1999, now the city has been declared as new wonder city of the world. On the feast of the Immaculate Concepcion of Mother Mary, we have been blessed with another distinct title. The lady mayor expressed gratitude to all the people all over the world who supported Vigan for the the N7WC. “This is inspiring; it is a tribute to a people who has committed to achieve development and make wonderful things in their lives and in their community even radiating beyond boundaries,” she said. “We thank God for giving Vigan and the entire Philippines this global recognition,” she added. According to Medina, the inauguration for the title is set on May 2015 during the Viva Vigan Festival of the Arts. We congratulate each of these cities for achieving their New7Wonders status, and we look forward to celebrating their election to the canon of 7 with their citizens in 2015, Weber said. N7WC CAMPAIGN New7Wonders Cities campaign began in 2011 with more than 1,200 nominees from 220 different countries. It was later narrowed down to 21 nominees, and later 14 finalists, until the seven cities...

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Kawit: More than just a memory lane

on Jun 16, 2015

Kawit: More than just a memory lane Yla Corotan, CNN Philippines Updated 20:33 PM PHT Thu, June 11, 2015   (CNN Philippines) — There is a growing number of people who are always on the lookout for new budget-friendly places to go to. This growing population, by the way, includes me — an enthusiastic and practical weekend warrior who has a thing for food, places, and (a little bit of) adventure. And since we’re in for a long weekend, I decided to visit Kawit, a town in Cavite known for its rich history and, as I found out, also has more to offer that won’t cost you a lot. Going there: Commuters coming from EDSA southbound/ Buendia-Taft, can take  a bus going to Baclaran via Coastal Road. Get off at Coastal Mall, which has a terminal at the back. Board a bus bound for Kawit. It will take you approximately an hour minus the intense traffic . So it’s best to go there during the weekend. Tip: When an  inspector gives you your ticket, tell him that you’re going to the Aguinaldo Shrine. Be very specific because there’s no bus stop nearby, and you might miss it, especially if you are seated on the right side of the bus. Cost: Buendia to Coastal Mall – P12 / Coastal Mall to Kawit – P25 Aguinaldo Shrine This mansion-turned-national-shrine-and-museum is the ancestral home of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, the first president of the first Republic of the Philippines. This is also where the Philippine Independence was declared on June 12, 1898. Inside the shrine are collections of the general’s personal belongings, as well as displays of the remarkable events that happened in Cavite during its trying times. Aguinaldo’s clothes, wallets, and notes are framed, and you will really wonder how petite he was in person, or how he was as a family man. On the second floor of the mansion are rooms upon rooms that bore witness on the personal lives of the Aguinaldo family. The rooms with secret passages are huge, and the living room where the meetings were probably held had this Philippine map mounted on the ceiling. It was cool and interesting. There’s so much to see inside the...

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A Shangri-La home on the horizon

on Jun 16, 2015

A Shangri-La home on the horizon (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 5, 2015 – 12:00am   An aerial view of Shangri-La at the Fort, with Horizon Homes occupying the top 20 floors. MANILA, Philippines – In a landscape filled with all kinds of residential spaces, Horizon Homes, on top of the soon-to-open Shangri-La at the Fort, rises above the rest as it offers its residents the ultimate hotel experience right at their doorsteps. Developed, owned and managed by Shang Global City Properties Inc., Horizon Homes residents will be able to enjoy Shangri-La’s hallmark brand of hospitality from the heart, without ever having to check out.   Horizon Homes brings together the comforts of home with the convenience and exceptional services of one of the world’s premier hotel companies — the perfect complement to the active busy lifestyle of those who wish to have luxury within easy reach. Homeowners can enjoy the luxury of staying in their own private Shangri-La, with privileges such as dedicated lifts, private amenities and entertainment areas, round-the-clock security and personal concierge services. Owners can take a leisurely swim in the pool, have a sumptuous meal delivered by any of the hotel’s food and beverage outlets, and head to the hotel or to Kerry Sports Manila to enjoy more facilities. Future residents can choose from units ranging from two to four bedrooms, from 250 to 417 square meters, depending on their needs, each equally designed to be extra spacious and comfortable. Horizon Homes puts a premium on privacy, providing only five units per floor.     Overseeing this remarkable development is John Rice, Shangri-La at The Fort’s general manager. A returning executive, Rice previously managed EDSA Shangri-La Hotel in 2006 before moving to Shangri-La’s Beijing hotels – China World Hotel, Traders Hotel and China World Summit – as well as Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai. A special single management system ensures 24-hour management services provided by Shangri-La Hotel. Guests are ensured to have it all at ease with only one management for the whole complex which includes the Shangri-La Hotel, the hotel residences, Kerry Sports Centre, and all the retail outlets. This means that Horizon Homes’ residents will be able to enjoy exclusive benefits from the...

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Manila now one of top 30 cities in the world

on Apr 6, 2015

Manila now one of top 30 cities in the world – study by Cathy Rose A. Garcia, ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 01/08/2015 10:59 AM | Updated as of 01/08/2015 3:15 PM MANILA, Philippines – Manila has been included in the top 30 cities of the world, a study by global real estate services firm JLL showed. This was the first time the Philippine capital was included in JLL’s list of top 30 cities, considered as the world’s largest business centers and real estate markets. JLL said the top 30 cities accounted for over 50 percent of total commercial real estate investment among the Global300. “The cities comprising the Global Top 30 have remained broadly consistent since 2012 – Manila is a new entrant to the Top 30, while Madrid has fallen out, which is symptomatic of the steady shift in the balance of real estate activity towards the Asia Pacific region,” the 2014 update of the JLL Global300 study stated. JLL’s Global300 study covered 300 cities in the world, selected based on an Index of Commercial Attraction which measures an urban center’s economic and real estate power and status. “Rapid urbanization is pushing Manila into becoming one of the largest cities in the world… In a nutshell, it is more people needing more real estate: but let me stress it is not just real estate by itself, but real estate that is adequately supported by infrastructure, and a thought-provoking, credible, sustainable, enforceable master plan,” David Leechiu, JLL Philippines country head, said in a statement. Leechiu noted the unprecedented real estate boom, which has been going on for the last 10 years, is likely to “go on for the medium term.” “It demonstrates dramatic but real fundamentals supporting this economic growth: real and new jobs are being created, real and new wealth as well,” he said. The Global Top30 list divided cities into super cities, mature cities and emerging cities. Under emerging cities, Manila was included along with Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing, Moscow, Sao Paulo and Jakarta. Other Asian cities on the list included Guangzhou, Bangkok, Delhi and Mumbai. The JLL study identified four “super cities” as Tokyo, New York, London and Paris. “Globalization is propelling four cities into the realm of...

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Ayala Land’s ‘Cloverleaf’ aims to become new landmark in Quezon City

on Apr 6, 2015

Ayala Land’s ‘Cloverleaf’ aims to become new landmark in Quezon City   by Betheena Kae Unite (Manila Bulletin) March 23, 2015 Balintawak, the gateway to the north, is where Ayala Land Inc., the company behind the Makati Central Business District, Bonifacio Global Taguig, and Nuvali, expands with another premier development project.Ayala Land has named the project “Cloverleaf” and it is designed to be another addition to its list of products.  It will bear features of exclusivity, convenience, strategic location, and diversity of lifestyle options anchored on a well-thought out blueprint for growth.Ayala Land broke ground for Cloverleaf March 16, at the 11-hectare mixed-used development site in Balintawak, Quezon City. “Our vision is to create a pocket urban development. Cloverleaf will give people access to refreshing retail, business, lifestyle and residential possibilities, elements that create an ideal urban lifestyle,” said Meean Dy, Ayala Land SVP. Cloverleaf, the newest Ayala Land signature project, is a P25-billion development which will be completed within 10 years. It will house a 40, 000 sqm mall, a hospital, two residential towers, and a landscaped pedestrian promenade. A highlight of the development is the 500-meter long landscaped open area that will connect EDSA to A. Bonifacio and will allow residents, shoppers, and workers to have a safe walking experience. The 34 percent of the area will be assigned for residential purposes. Avida Tower and Alveo Tower will occupy a 1.4-hectare area.   Avida Tower will have about 2, 000 units and Alveo Tower will house 600 units. Avida and Alveo towers will be completed by 2019 and 2020 respectively. For the commercial area, 62 percent of Cloverleaf is envisioned to house retail and business developments that will be anchored on the 40, 000 sqm Ayala mall. The mall, which is set to be opened by 2017, is positioned to be a melting pot for Asian culture offering a diverse array of dining concepts for residents of Balintawak, Caloocan, Malabon, Novaliches, and Valenzuela. Across the mall will be the Qualimed Hospital that has 250 beds with state-of-the art medical equipment which will be completed by fourth quarter of 2017. “We always make it a point to locate where our products and services are easily accessible to more people,”...

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DMCI Homes introduces innovations in condo living

on Mar 23, 2015

DMCI Homes introduces innovations in condo living March 11, 2015: Manila Bulletin DMCI Homes, a pioneer in resort-themed mid-rise residential condominium communities in Metro Manila, continues its successful urban living innovation this time by venturing into high-rise development. The developer’s newly completed Flair Towers and upcoming Sheridan Towers, Lumiere Residences and Brio Tower are testaments to its product diversification and evolution into a premier developer the past 16 years. They also represent the company’s competitiveness in the growing residential condo market and the continuous appeal of its resort-style residences to homebuyers.       DMCI Homes became synonymous with spacious units, generous amenities, strategic location, affordability and a unique building design called Lumiventt. The design facilitates natural ventilation and lighting of the building and units through balconies, single loaded corridors, atriums and breezeways. Following the success of its mid-rises, DMCI Homes built communities that mixed mid-rises with residential buildings of 10 to 30 floors like Stellar Place in Quezon City, Rosewood Pointe in Acacia Estates, Taguig , and Dansalan Gardens in Mandaluyong City.  With the higher buildings came the roofdeck amenity called Sky Lounge, now a standard feature. DMCI Homes progressed into high-rise communities featuring 40-floor residences. Such buildings came with new Lumiventt designs such as the Sky Patio and central atriums every five floors to reprise the mid-rise feel. Flair Towers at the corner of Reliance and Pines Streets in Mandaluyong City showcase this innovation. Flair Towers are two 40-story residential condominiums on a 1.7-hectare property. Making up its resort scene are adult and kiddie swimming pools, palm promenade, landscaped gardens, basketball court/ play court, children’s playground, open lawn, cabana and lounge. The resort ambience extends to the towers’ roof deck, where there is a park and an open lounge. Completing the resort environment are hotel-like amenities such as a music room, function hall, fitness gym, business center, etc. DMCI Homes also replicates the resort condo lifestyle in Sheridan Towers, a twin high-rise along Sheridan Street near Pioneer Street in Mandaluyong...

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15 PH Destinations to Visit this 2015

on Mar 23, 2015

15 PH Destinations to Visit this 2015   Pinay Solo Backpacker – Yahoo.com Thu, Jan 8, 2015   With over 7,000 islands to choose from, planning your vacation around the Philippines can be truly mind-boggling. To help you with your holiday decisions this year, here are some places (in no particular order) that you may want to include on your bucket list. 1. Benguet Sitio Pungayan in Tuba, Benguet, well-known as “La Presa” because of the hit TV series “Forevermore”, has been attracting hordes of tourists lately. Though this province is rightfully famous for its strawberry farms, it has more up its sleeves. Climb Mt.Pulag for a breath-snatching view of the sea of clouds during sunrise, and bask in the flower farms and vegetable terraces. Drive along the scenic Halsema Highway in Atok, where you’ll pass by the highest point in the Philippine Highway System. 2. Coron Island (Palawan) Riddled with karts-punctuated lagoons and World War II Japanese shipwrecks that are impeccable snorkeling and diving spots, this paradisiacal island has been dropping jaws for years. All the lakes strewn around the island are part of the ancestral domain owned by the Coron Tagbanaus – the indigenous people of the island who are descendants of some of the oldest people in the Philippines. 3. El Nido (Palawan) This land, where powdery white sands and karst-punctuated sea conspire majestically, reportedly inspired author Alex Garland to write his famed novel “The Beach”. 4.  Antique Finally, the underrated province of Antique is slowly gaining attention   from adventure-seekers. Despite being hit by typhoon Yolanda, Antique is determined to rise again, and one way to help boost their economy is by exploring them. The province is accessible via Iloilo and Aklan, making it an excellent side trip when visiting Boracay Island and Iloilo City. 5. Masbate This rather isolated province in the Bicol region is not just all about cowboys and cowgirls that fill the town during the annual Masbate Rodeo Festival. Masbate is also replete with pockets of white sand beaches riddled with impressive rock formations, 20th century colonial homes, mangrove forests and marine sanctuaries. Interestingly, it is also home to a rare pristine waterfall plunging right into the sea, and drum roll please…it’s the top...

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Experience condo living by the bay

on Mar 23, 2015

Experience condo living by the bay    The Philippine Star Updated March 20, 2015 – 12:00am   MANILA, Philippines – Robinsons Land Corp. (RLC) is building a twin-tower residential condominium that’s a stone’s throw from Manila Bay. With its North Tower coming in 2018, The Radiance Manila Bay will offer its residents an unparalleled lifestyle and experience. The condos not only maximize the view of the famous sunset but also provide water features that soothe the senses. Moreover, its location in Roxas Blvd. is at the cultural heartland of Manila. “This project is unique in our portfolio. While most of our residential towers are at the central business districts, The Radiance Manila Bay is situated outside of it. Still, it’s just across the Cultural Center of the Philippines complex and is accessible to other cultural establishments,” said Mybelle GoBio, senior vice president for Robinsons Residences, RLC’s brand for quality projects. “If you want to be away from the hustle and bustle, and fully enjoy wellness and arts-related recreation, this is the perfect home for you.” GoBio added The Radiance is near the Metropolitan Museum, Central Bank of the Philippines, Museo Pambata, institutional museums and galleries in Pasay, De La Salle University, St. Scholastica’s,  Philippine Women’s University, College of Saint Benilde, School of Design and Arts,  Bangko Sentral, the Finance Center, historic Intramuros,  and popular mixed-use complexes in Manila and in the reclaimed areas by the bay. Moreover, the location is also near Makati, the historic Ermita and Malate districts, the airports and the Coastal Road to Cavite. Architect Albert Yu designed the 1,076-unit condominium complex to enhance the health and comfort of its residents. Each unit is built with generously sized windows and the hallways provide cross-ventilation to allow maximized air flow and natural light. Floor density is also lower compared with other residential condos. Residents will be satisfied with the comfortable unit sizes.  “The cuts are generous compared with the competition. Our minimum size for a 36 sqm one-bedroom unit is affordable. You can get one as low as P4.3 million,” said GoBio. The condos are pocket-friendly with plans for lower monthly amortizations.  With no down payment, a homeowner can pay as low as P17,400 a month for...

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PH real estate gets boost from BPOs, hospitality, gaming, retail

on Mar 23, 2015

PH real estate gets boost from BPOs, hospitality, gaming, retail   Manila Standard Today Mar. 06, 2015 at 08:55pm   Shot in the arm. Strong macroeconomic growth, as well as political stability, contribute to the positive appeal of the Philippines to investors.     The hospitality, gaming and retail sectors are opening up opportunities for multinational investors in the Philippine real estate and property scene in 2015, according to CBRE Philippines. A CBRE report highlighted a steady flow of investments , particularly in gaming and retail, which are new and emerging sectors. It also saw a possible uptrend in the hospitality and office sectors. ASEAN integration But  observers in the real estate, property development and construction scene also noted that the planned ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) economic integration in 2015 would require more commercial and residential infrastructure for highly urbanized cities within the region,  including key cities of the Philippines. The Chamber of Real Estate and Builders Association (CREBA), the country’s largest organization of key players in the domestic real estate industry, expects the Philippine real estate industry to grow further next year because of the ASEAN integration and the region’s increasing role in global economy. ASEAN integration will change the economic landscape of the whole region, particularly the real estate market, with the elimination of tariffs on goods and services by a single ASEAN economy. This would theoretically drive consumer spending higher. The demand for residential spaces adjacent to malls, retail complexes and other recreational spaces would go up. The influx of investment and elimination of trade barriers will allow each country in ASEAN to enjoy free flow of goods, services, labor and capital. But CREBA reiterated the country must continue to pursue relevant market reforms in order to be competitive. Chief among these are possible amendments to foreign ownership restrictions in the Philippine constitution which reportedly hinder the growth of foreign direct investments. Still BPO The business process outsourcing (BPO) sector of the Philippines remains the top driver for investment in the country, with demand being sustained by the country’s cost-effectiveness and demographic dividend. In the last quarter of 2014, vacancy rates in key business districts – Makati, Bonifacio Global City, Ortigas, Quezon City, Pasay,...

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