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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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A place to call home

on Mar 23, 2015

A place to call home   March 21, 2015: Manila Bulletin     When looking for a place to call home, an important consideration, other than the location, is to take into account the reliability of the developer to deliver on their promise as well as maintain the property after deed of sale. 53 Benitez, Rockwell Primaries’ first project, boasts of all the right services and amenities that would fit the needs of homeowners looking for the convenience, accessibility, and privacy for their loved ones. Situated at the ideal spot in P. Tuazon corner C Benitez, 53 Benitez provides parents the accessibility of major thoroughfares and is in perfect proximity to key schools and universities, hospitals, retail shops, and churches. With the convenience of its location, 53 Benitez allows families to be able to reach these establishments easily. “We know how some families continue to search for the place that they can call a home. With 53 Benitez, we took into account the accessibility of the location to the elements that are important to our homeowners. The convenience of being able to reach nearby establishments within minutes contributes to the lifestyle that our homeowners deserve,” said Malou Pineda, senior vice president at Rockwell Primaries Development Corporation. With seven residential floors in two towers, 53 Benitez provides spacious living spaces for young families. Each unit includes a balcony and is allotted a drying cage, having enough extra room for the different lifestyle needs of each family. The two and three-bedroom designs present unlimited possibilities for homeowners to transform their units to the homes that they all dream of. Aside from the two mid-rise condominums on the compound, 53 Benitez has multiple amenities available. Some of these amenities include: an adult and kiddie swimming pool, a convenience store, laundry service, water station, and reliable security measures. The clubhouse serves as the perfect venue to receive and entertain guests for any type of function. Twenty-four-hour security and perimeter lighting, emergency power for common areas, automatic fire alarm and fire protection system, and CCTV monitoring systems protect those within the 53 Benitez compound.   Want to know more about this project? Click...

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Is Philippine property getting bubbly?

on Feb 23, 2015

Is Philippine property getting bubbly? Leslie Shaffer     (CNBC) Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | 5:40 PM E Property prices in the Philippines have surged over the past few years, but it isn’t clear puffed up valuations stack up to a bubble. Flashing yellow lights abound. Illya Heng, CEO of property developer D Prime, plans to build an around 760-unit project on 2 hectares of land on the island of Boracay. She’s offering buyers 50 percent in-house financing, a move which can allow buyers to skirt any loan-to-value requirements banks might put on a mortgage, although she expects most will pay cash. Heng, who said her project is seeing a lot of investor interest at pre-launch events, plans to offer mostly around 52-square-meter (560 square foot) furnished units at around 500,000 Singapore dollars ($400,000) — slightly more expensive than many similarly sized units in nearby Singapore, one of the world’s most expensive property markets. Of course, Boracay offers a desirable location, named the world’s best island by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2012. And Heng is quick to highlight that her units aren’t going to be as utilitarian as many Singapore properties, claiming they will offer Santorini-style design, referring to the Greek island known for blue-capped, white-washed buildings. But Santorini-style is cheaper in Santorini — a 120 square meter (1,292 square feet) two-bedroom, two-bath maisonette with a sea view in Thira, Santorini was recently listed at 150,000 euros ($179,000). However, Heng said she’s only betting on property in Boracay, not the other more than 7,000 islands that make up the Philippines. How high? It isn’t clear just how much property prices may have climbed throughout the country as pricing data are hard to come by. The central bank, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), has delayed the launch of a property price index until sometime in 2015 from the first half of 2014. Data from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) show pricing of flats and commercial properties in the Makati area of the capital Manila has risen nearly 50 percent per square meter in peso terms from the first quarter of 2008, when the data set begins, through the third quarter of 2014. Land prices for Makati — the only...

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