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It takes hard work to keep resort unchanged

on Oct 27, 2014

It takes hard work to keep resort unchanged El Nido Resorts’ Miniloc Manila Bulletin: October 20, 2014 The owners of Miniloc, the first property of El Nido Resorts in Northern Palawan, are proud to say that little has changed since it was first established as a dive resort in 1982 by a joint venture between Japanese and Filipino groups. The collection of thatched-roof cottages tucked into a cove of Bacuit Bay retains its quaint village charm, according to officers of the Ten Knots Group, which after changes in ownership is now part of the Ayala Land Hotels and Resorts Corp. (AHRC).   Miniloc resort of the El Nido Resorts     The 1.5-meter jacks and hundreds of damsel fish, fusiliers and other tropical species continue to teem near the shoreline. Miniloc’s backdrop of sheer limestone cliffs remains visible from any part of the resort, which has remained a nature hideaway untouched by commercialism and intense development. In fact, great effort is exerted by the group to maintain the original low-key ambience of the resort while constantly upgrading the guest experience, according to Joey Bernardino, Ten Knots director of sales and marketing. Ten Knots recently undertook a series of renovations over two months to reinforce the existing structures. New changing rooms and bathroom upgrades in the guest rooms were also carried out for the comfort and convenience of guests. The collection of thatched-roof cottages tucked in a cove of Bacuit Bay.     Last September, Miniloc re-opened its doors and welcomed its first guests for the season, visitors who enjoy the rustic charm of wooden floors and sawali walls. According to Laurent Lamasuta, Ten Knots Group president, the type of traveler attracted to Miniloc highly appreciates experiencing local culture and the natural environment that supports it.  Improvements included better access to facilities for persons with disabilities.     Sustaining the natural and cultural beauty of Miniloc and the other islands of the El Nido resorts collection has been a goal of its shareholders since its founding in 1982. According to the archives of the El Nido municipality, which hosts three of the four island resorts of the Ten Knots Group (namely, Miniloc, Lagen and Pangulasian), the place was “discovered” by...

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Nuvali campaign promotes walking, biking

on Oct 27, 2014

Nuvali campaign promotes walking, biking     Manila Bulletin: October 22, 2014 Nuvali, the sprawling eco-community in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, recently launched a campaign called “Share-the-Road” which encourages residents and workers who live within the development and nearby areas to shift to a biking lifestyle. Adapting the greener and healthier lifestyle concept, right down to the modes of transportation with transit stops, e-jeeps and e-shuttle vans, Nuvali hopes to remind people that commuting using eco-friendly transport instead of riding cars saves on gas consumption and reduces carbon footprint.                   One Evotech, the office development in Nuvali’s Lakeside Evozone also adheres to the environmentally-conscious spirit fostered by Nuvali. Sustainable features like bike ramps encourage alternative means of mobilizing. Stairs are strategically located to have access to the scenic open areas outside, discouraging the use of elevators and encouraging not just cleaner but healthier way of moving about around the locality. Apart from “Share-the-Road,” Nuvali stays true to its commitment to being an advocate of sustainable living through healthy and environment-friendly activities such as off-road biking, running, trekking and even...

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InterCon bags international travel plums

on Oct 27, 2014

InterCon bags international travel plums   By MST News | Manila Standard Today Oct. 24, 2014 at 05:10pm     InterContinental Manila received the Best City Hotel – Manila award in the recently concluded TTG Travel Awards celebration held in Bangkok, Thailand. The InterCon was also recognized as Philippines’ Leading Business Hotel in the World Travel Awards.   Intercontinental Manila  is the best city hotel     The TTG Travel Awards is one of the most coveted awards given to travel industry suppliers and practitioners in Asia-Pacific. InterContinental Manila’s mother company IHG (Intercontinental Hotels Group), won a total of 23 recognitions for its hotels across Asia and Australasia – one of which is InterContinental Manila’s Philippines’ Leading Business Hotel award.    ...

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Filinvest puts a human touch in Northgate Cyberzone

on Oct 27, 2014

Filinvest puts a human touch in Northgate Cyberzone   By Richmond S. Mercurio (The Philippine Star) Updated October 24, 2014 – 12:00am Northgate Cyberzone is an 18.7-hectare PEZA-registered IT zone in Filinvest City masterplanned and built around the needs of technology-based companies. MANILA, Philippines – Office developments go beyond just bricks and mortar for the Filinvest Group of the Gotianun family. With decades of experience in the property sector, it knows and understands well how little things can make a big difference in the real estate market. While it is true that locators want large floor spaces and lavish amenities when it comes to office buildings, it’s the “human touch” that always gets the job done, Filinvest group head for offices Maricel Brion-Lirio told The STAR in an interview. “The key of the game here is relationship. At the end of the day, everyone is doing the same thing so it’s really relationship and personalized service that makes the difference,” Lirio said. Filinvest’s human-centric approach is currently evident in its Northgate Cyberzone development, a premiere IT park located in the dynamic Filinvest City in Alabang. The 18.7-hectare PEZA-registered and masterplanned IT and BPO hub boasts of unique offerings such as its own fire truck, fire station and tie-up with lifeline emergency ambulance service. “This ambulance service, we’re actually paying for their monthly fee. They don’t pay for anything once they call. So it’s there for emergency purposes, at least these guys are there 24/7,” Lirio said.   Aside from also having 24/7 shuttle service and security force, Northgate Cyberzone also has a 14-wheeler mobile generator set that can provide power for 48 continuous hours. The mobile generator is on top of back-up generators already installed in each building. “As we all know, BPOs are very particular for their power requirements so that’s why we decided to have the mobile generator in site,” she said. Lirio said Northgate Cyberzone has also been regarded as having one of the lowest attrition rates among all BPO parks in the country by top officials of its existing locators. She said the feeling of security along with the residential and retail amenities that the IT park offers were among the top reasons cited by employees...

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Rich investors buy into Manila’s luxury condos

on Oct 27, 2014

Rich investors buy into Manila’s luxury condos   By Joel Lacsamana (Manila Standard Today) Oct. 10, 2014 at 07:50pm     Ayala Land’s East Gallery Place will soon be an elegant addition to Manila’s changing skyline.     The event was the epitome of glitz. Great food, flowing drinks, a lovely, violin-playing girl to entertain the media, and a “transforming” show unit which could morph into whatever a deep-pocketed buyer would want from a high-priced, luxury  condominium with a million dollar view. In this case,  a visual artist, a business executive, and a friendly chef from Café Ysabel, showed the audience why Ayala Land’s new offering, the 50-storey East Gallery Place, would look right at home in the trendy cultural district of Bonifacio’s Global City. The event was a success, and after the “ooh and ahhs” over the project’s high quality and design features had subsided, Ayala Land Premier’s top executives felt confident and satisfied that all is going well in the Philippines’ luxury residential condominium market. “There is a strong interest, particularly foreign, in the Philippines’ luxiury condominium market,” said Jose Juan Z. Jugo, vice president of Ayala Land, and group head of Ayala Land Premier. Typically, 40 percent of space in newer condominiums is owned by foreigners, the maximum they are allowed. Foreigners cannot own land in the Philippines, but they are allowed to hold condominium titles as long as 60 percent of the development’s total floor area is owned by Filipinos. The interest of Foreign investors, most of them from Asia, are fuelling the demand for luxury residential condominiums. Changing skyline Ayala Land Premier has unveiled The East Gallery Place, a high-end residential condominium building in Bonifacio Global City.  Shown looking at the scale model of the project are (from left) Ayala Land Premier studio head Manny Illana, Ayala Land Premier head Jose Juan Jugo, residential building projects head Catleya Moya and sales head Mike Jugo. TEDDY PELAEZ     Manila’s changing skyline reflects the Philippines’s increasing wealth, with many similarly stylized high-rises sprouting up across the capital of a country that was once regarded as one of the region’s economic basket cases. Yield-hungry investors from Malaysia to Japan now buy Philippine condominium space in bulk,...

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MPIC-Alaminos tie-up eyes endangered mangroves

on Oct 27, 2014

MPIC-Alaminos tie-up eyes endangered mangroves   By Joel Lacsamana (Manila Standard Today) Oct. 24, 2014 at 05:30pm   The Philippines’s coastal real estate needs a healthy mangrove population to protect itself from storm surges and high winds associated with tropical typhoons. But the mangrove population has been plummeting, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) and National Food Research Institute (NFRI), a research organization under the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.   Alaminos, Pangasinan Mayor Arthur Celeste and Jose Ma. Lim, president and CEO, Metro Pacific Investments Corp., (MPIC), show model of a planned Mangrove Propagation and Information Center in Luzon.  Flanking Celeste and Lim are Melody Del Rosario, vice president, media and corporate communications, MPIC; and David J.Nicol, chief financial officer, MPIC.     To address this alarming issue, Metro Pacific Investments Corp., (MPIC), represented by Metro Pacific Investments Foundation (MPIF), recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the City Government of Alaminos, Pangasinan to collaborate in putting up a Mangrove Propagation and Information Center. The agreement was signed by Jose Ma. K. Lim, president and CEO, MPIC and Hon. Arthur F. Celeste, Mayor Alaminos, Pangasinan in the presence of David J. Nicol, chief financial officer, MPIC and Melody M. Del Rosario vice president, corporate communications, in Makati City. “We recognize the importance of addressing the declining mangrove population, said MPIF President & CEO, Jose Ma. K. Lim. “We partnered with the City Government of Alaminos to pursue a common mission of preserving and propagating mangrove to protect the country’s coastal and marine biodiversity.” Under the agreement, the Center, through MPIC’s Shore it Up program, will undertake the development of mangrove nurseries, the multiplication and planting of mangrove trees in coastal estuarine areas and the rehabilitation of degraded mangrove ecosystem, among others. To raise mangrove awareness in Pangasinan, the Center will also provide information both for locals and visitors about mangrove ecosystem, its benefits and how people can help to propagate and protect them. MPIC/MPIF is providing the funding for the infrastructure project amounting to P4 Million.   Dwindling Mangrove population With a deforestation average rate of 4,000 ha a year, the country’s mangrove population went...

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