Media & Press Release

La Filipina gives hope to Filipino athletes with its first Power Up Run

The maker of the only corned pork in the Philippines, La Filipina, starts the year 2020 by doing its first-ever Fun Run aptly titled “Power Up Run” on February 23, 2020, at Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila. 

True to its brand name, the local brand of corned pork and luncheon meat products takes you to the historical landmarks of Fort Santiago and Intramuros not only to make it more interesting to the runners but also a unique way of promoting the Philippines’ history and culture. This run is made possible in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Intramuros Administration (IA).

Coming from the brand’s tagline, “Power Up with La Filipina”, Power Up Run encourages everyone to start your day right by eating protein-rich breakfast like La Filipina’s Corned Pork or Luncheon Meat. These meals bring power to your performance whether you do a sport or any regular activity that you have for the day.

La Filipina products are protein-rich and infused with milk. Unlike other canned meat products, La Filipina products do not use any extenders and trans fats, making them healthier meal alternatives.

La Filipina understands that other than choosing a healthy meal, engaging in physical activities is vital to keep everything in balance. “The company values its consumers; thus, we give them an opportunity to be healthy in a fun way,” tells Ms. Danika Co, La Filipina’s Brand Manager

Apart from promoting tourism, history, health, and fitness, the run’s utmost goal is to extend help to aspiring Filipino athletes and teams who possess enormous potential to represent the country in different sports; however, they could not do so due to insufficient financial support.

We like to encourage both athletes and non-athletes to help support the cause of La Filipina in supporting Filipino sports teams,” says Ms. Co.

The proceeds from this worthwhile project will aid selected sports teams to continue training for their chosen sport. 

At present, La Filipina is supporting teams in various sports such as volleyball, basketball, Sepak Takraw, Dragon Boat and dance. Aside from helping La Filipina’s existing Sports Teams, they will also support the GBM Squad, a group of young athletes that focuses on running, from public schools of Manila, Valenzuela, and Quezon City.

The La Filipina Power Up Run offers various distance runs to choose from – 1.5K, 3K, 5K, and 10K. Race fees are as follows: P500.00 for 1.5K, P550.00 for 3K, P650.00 for 5K, and P760.00 for 10K. Corporate promo such as 10+1 and student discounts are also available. All runners will get singlet, racebib, finisher’s medal, and La Filipina loot bag. There are also other fun activities during the run itself like inflatables, etc.

Registration is now open. Register at La Filipina’s official Facebook page. You may also visit the official on-site registration partner, Chris Sports at their selected branches – Robinsons Place Ermita, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North-Annex, and Glorietta.

For more information about La Filipina’s Power Up Run, you may contact Ms. Nikka Ramos of Aldenver Marketing, the official PR and Marketing Partner of La Filipina Power Up Run at 0927-8484533 or 0918-8133333. You can send your queries about this run at aldenver.veronicaramos@gmail.com. For other important announcements or updates, visit La Filipina’s Facebook page.

Media & Press Release

CROWNE PLAZA MANILA GALLERIA UNWRAPPED THE SEASON WITH ITS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

The most wonderful time in Ortigas Center has finally arrived as Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria unveiled its 25-feet high Christmas tree before its corporate clients, media partners and hotel guests through a lighting ceremony happened last November 7, 2019.

Robinsons Land Corporation, Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria and Holiday Inn Manila Galleria’s executives led the tree lighting ceremony together with their guest of honor, Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, who also expressed her inspiring and encouraging holiday message.

Welcoming the guests, Executive Assistant Manager Gibeth Gloria also imparted about both hotels’ upcoming renovation, saying:

“What could be a better way to celebrate Holiday Inn Manila Galleria’s 20th anniversary and Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria’s 15th anniversary than offering its refreshed and newly renovated rooms and other facilities which we will unveil in the year to come.”

Celebrating the true spirit of the season, a donation was presented to Children’s Joy Foundation in support towards their cause of providing assistance and shelter to the children entrusted to their care. The event was concluded with a sumptuous dinner at Seven Corners.

Whimsical Christmas Celebration

Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria and Holiday Inn Manila Galleria invite you to celebrate the season with your loved ones over jubilant sojourns, yuletide celebrations, and myriad of gastronomic delights at Seven Corners, Xin Tian Di, Fab Restaurant and Bar One. Holiday hampers and delectable goodies are also available for takeaway. While, a blissful countdown party will also take place as we ring in the New Year.

For Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria inquiries, call (02) 8633 – 7222 or email cpgm.reservations@ihg.com. For Holiday Inn Manila Galleria inquiries, call (02) 8633-7111 or email higm.resevations@ihg.com. Like them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/crowneplazamanilagalleria and www.facebook.com/himanila and follow them on Instagram: @crowneplazamanilagalleria and @holidayinnmanilagalleria.

Part of the IHG global portfolio, our Crowne Plaza hotels are ready 24/7 with premium accommodation, business-ready services and spaces, and fast and fresh food that keep guests productive, connected, rested and restored during their stay. As the fourth largest upscale full-service hotel brand in the world and one of the fastest growing, the Crowne Plaza brand has a solid foundation for future growth. The portfolio stands at nearly 423 hotels, and the global pipeline has nearly 88 hotels. At Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts we believe business travel should work better. In every market in the world, business has changed, and so has work. It’s more digital, more flexible, more mobile, more connected. As one of the world’s largest upscale brands, we have properties located in major urban centres, gateway cities and resort destinations all around the globe.. Our Sleep Advantage® program ensures our guests get a great night’s sleep to power through their day. For reservations at Crowne Plaza properties, visit www.crowneplaza.com or call 1-800-2CROWNE. Connect with us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/crowneplaza or Facebook: www.Facebook.com/crowneplaza.

With over 15 hotel brands, IHG (Intercontinental Hotels Group) is one of the world’s leading hotel companies, whose purpose is to provide True Hospitality for everyone

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns 5,518 hotels and 825,746 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. With 1,828 hotels in its development pipeline, IHG expects to add nearly 267,235 rooms across its brands portfolio over the next few years.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.

Visit www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and www.ihgrewardsclub.com for more on IHG Rewards Club. For our latest news, visit: www.ihg.com/media, www.twitter.com/ihg, www.facebook.com/ihg or www.youtube.com/ihgplc.  

Media & Press Release

Cebu’s finest young sharpshooter: Roygbiv Barro


Roygbiv “Roy” Barro has the eye an eagle.

Born in Mandaue City, Cebu, Roy’s career as a shooter arguably began at a tender age. He was in grade 10 when he found his passion for shooting. And from then on, he has etched his name quite remarkably in the firing range.

Roy is part of Cebu Practical Shooting Group, one of the elites in the Visayas region.He is also a member of the Philippine Practical Shooting Association.

Due to his grit and superb shooting skills, he is also recognized by top agencies in the Philippine National Police, including the BJMP, CIDG-7 and SWAT, where some high-ranking officials proudly commend him.

Speed, accuracy and power are the heart of the practical shooting, and Roy blends them well into a winning combination.

He has done a lot of maturing in the last years. There were a couple of championship games that he has won that has toughened him and made him one of the most formidable opponents in the competition shooting circuit.

He has bagged more than fifteen championship titles in different shooting competitions just for the last two years. His most recent title came from the Senator Bato Dela Rosa’s “Bato Cup 2019” in the Bureau of Corrections Firing Range in Muntinlupa City, his very first game outside the Visayas battlefield. He was accorded with the Junior Category Championship title by the good senator himself.

Young and sharp

While most teenage age boys were playing games, Roy was shooting for the Visayas records.

In a short span of time in the said sports, he has developed outstanding performances in the range.

Just as an eagle descends from the sky to attack its prey, Roy maintains sharp focus and accurate perception throughout the approach and attack at his aim. No wonder, he’s one of the youngest sharpshooters in Cebu.

He’s also one of the few practical shooters who has made it outside the Visayas battlegrounds.

On hard work, discipline and humility

Roy believes that to become somebody in the field one must work hard for it.

“Majority of the sharpshooters in my place are older than me. And that adds up to the pressure of getting a name in the field. But I am much focused and I really put my heart into it.”

Hard work and discipline runs in his blood. A month before his competition, he makes sure that he keeps a routine faithfully.

“I’m a very busy person. I have to balance being a student and an athlete. So what I do, on weekdays at home, I will do dry firing and, over the weekends I also go to the range and practice there from 8 o’clock in the morning until 5 o’clock in the afternoon.”

He believes that hard work, discipline and consistency are basics of a becoming successful in one’s field.

Although the 19-year old young blood has already accomplished a lot yet he remains to be humble at heart.

“I always keep my feet on the ground because I know that there’s a lot that can happen. I’m still young. Yes, I do achieve awards and praises, but I always tell myself that these are temporary. I never let praises get to my head. I just always move forward.”

Roy: A multisport athlete

Not only Roy can stand fearlessly in the middle of a firing range he is also feared by many in the football field.

Before becoming a sharpshooter Roy was first one of toughest kickers in Visayas. For eleven years he has been apple of the eye of Cebu in football sports.

With a passion and competitive spirit to boot, the De La Salle University in Manila proudly took him in the University’s football team.

When asked about his long-term plan on both sports: “After my football career in college, I will focus on shooting. I will try my best to improve. I plan to continue this until I get old.”

Roy’s focus on his goals in life reflects that of an eagle, that no matter how far or impossible it seems, with great focus and heart to it, he will definitely reach it.

“I will achieve it or I will die trying,” confidently affirmed by Roy. He aims to become a world champion in practical shooting. The country has another young Filipino pride from Cebu who is set to fly his way to the world.

Media & Press Release

10,000 attendees all over Southeast Asia to join and celebrate the best that Philippine innovation and startups have to offer!

Techtonic Summit is back – bigger and better this 2019 as they stage the largest tech conference in the country. This year’s theme, Festival of Innovation, celebrates Philippine innovation and ever-growing startup culture. Featuring 10,000 attendees, 200+ partners, and exhibitors, and over 50 startups, every-one is invited to take part in the 2-day event on November 15-16,2019 at SMX Convention Center Aura.

Since 2017, this summit has cultivated an inclusive venue where startups, stakeholders, and key figures come together to share ideas, technology, and expertise from all over Southeast Asia. In the past two years since, they’ve had almost 15,000 attendees – a testament to the burning flame of the Philippine startup ecosystem.

“Techtonic is really meant to be an inclusive platform to celebrate how far we’ve come in championing tech startups and innovation in the country. The event is made to make noise and shine the spotlight on the PH and our talents vis-a-vis the rest of Southeast Asia. Our successful 2-year run is a testament of that,” explains Techtonic Summit 2019 Managing Director, Alea Ladaga.

Aside from startup pitches and exhibits showcasing the newest advancements in the business world, guests can also anticipate panels composed of the most accomplished professionals in Asia. The summit aims to provide its guests countless avenues to grow their networks, establish their business presence, and learn from both fellow guests and veritable giants from the corporate, academic, media, and government industries.

This year is an even bigger event featuring two stages: the Main Summit Stage, and the Startup Stage. These two stages give attendees more opportunities to learn a variety of topics about the innovation and startup community

The main event of Techtonic Summit is the Ring of Fire Pitching Competition, where budding startups throughout Southeast Asia get a chance to pitch to a curated group of local and global investors and potential partners for a chance to win a cash prize of $10,000, a slot in CNN’s The Final Pitch, and more prizes in store!

With the theme Festival of Innovation, Techtonic Summit celebrates not just the advancements of the industry, but the passion, drive, and joy that continues to move communities of technology and business onward.

Organized by:

PMCM Events Management, Social Light Inc, DevCon Philippines, Launchgarage Innovation Hub, The Final Pitch, Podcast Network Asia, ASEAN HR, GoStyle Studio, and Dezynspace

Co-presenter:

Angkas

Major Sponsors:

Microsoft, EventXtra, Toasty, Soldoutt, Acceler8 by UNIONSPACE, MAIN PH

Minor Sponsors:

Pinoy IP Works, Alfox Printing Services, SkullCandy, Industree TV, Zohomail, Cashalo, HoloTech

Exhibitors:

Breeze, Enter PH, Govtech SEA, Jobstream, Talino Labs, Saphron, Ambidextr, Bossjobs, Felnor Unionbank, Felnor Citibank, Felnor Metrobank, FitsLanguage.PH, SNT MFG CORP, Secuna, Alveo Land, PAGCOR, Entrego, OOT Cars, WSP Philippines, BDI Inc., Barkero, JLabs, Team Wellross Realty, ABM Inc, Resellee, Salarium, Richest Blend Cafe, Yoshinoya, Sodexo, Posible, JW Prime, Urban Greens, The Island Bar, FWD,

Media Partners:

Admov, Astig.ph, Jumpstart Media, Transitflix, Asian Journal, Balikbayan PH, Brownbox Media, Business Mirror, Chinese Journal, GoLoly, HomeRadio 97.9 FM,Crossover 105.1 FM Radio, Leapreneur , Malaya Business Insight, Business World Spark Up, Tech Update Asia, Techbeat, The Lifestyle Portal, TV Series Craze, TV 5, WhatsHappening, When in Manila.Com, Net 25 TV, Daily Tribune, Manila Times, Industree.TV, Negosentro.com, World Executive Digest.Com, Executive Chronicles.com, BravoFilipino.com, YoManila.com, EXPAT Travel & Lifestyle Philippines, Asian Journal Publications, Balikbayan, Boy Raket and many more.

Community Partners:

Tourism Promotions Board, Connected Women, Brokerspaces, QBO Innovation Hub, Phildev, Ideaspace, Rotaract Club of Manila, Global South Tech, Recruitday, Angelhub, Whub, Mox Accelerator, Startup Jobs Asia, Penbrothers, Animo Labs, MINT College, NASA Space Apps, Phil IT Org, De La Salle University, DOST-PCIEERD, Accelerating Asia, BNI Philippines, BNI Star Chapter QC Region,

Night Summit Partners:

BAD, The Palace, Revel, Xylo, Yes Please in BGC

Here are the TOP 20 RING OF FIRE Pitching Competition Finalists:

         1.      Agrabah

         2.      Autoserved

         3.      Burket

         4.      ECFULFILL

         5.      Experience Philippines

         6.      Gasmee

         7.      Jungle

         8.      Last Mile

         9.      MedHyve

         10.    Olivia

         11.    Omnirio

         12.    Pandalivery

         13.    Raven

         14.    RentalBee

         15.    Secuna

         16.    Transitflix

         17.    Urban Greens

         18.    Veer

         19.    Washub

         20.    Wizher For more details, visit the website at www.techtonicsummit.com or call 0917 8344978.

Media & Press Release

Lamudi Honors Buyers’ Choice in The Outlook Awards

Leading real estate platform Lamudi gathers the top real estate developers in the Philippines for The Outlook: Philippine Buyers’ Choice Property Awards, a gala event co-presented by Philippine Daily Inquirer Property and Holcim Philippines to be held at the Makati Shangri-la on November 14, 2019. The event recognizes the real estate innovations developers designed in response to the changing needs of property seekers all over the country, with nominees shortlisted by a panel of judges and winners chosen through a survey with 10,000 active Lamudi property seekers.

Lamudi’s preparations started in January, when nominations were opened to all developers in the Philippines until May 31st, provided their development has not won at The Outlook Awards before. There was no nomination fee to submit the name of a project, and no limits were imposed on the number of nominees in all award categories.

The Judges

The real estate platform asked judges to review all the nominations between June and July, using a predefined category-specific score sheet for each category as a guide in shortlisting the nominees. The panel of judges will determine the winners of the Special Awards. The winners for the House, Condominium, Mixed-use, and Grand Awards categories will be determined via a 10,000-respondent survey involving active property seekers on Lamudi.

Here are the panel of judges for The Outlook: Philippine Buyers’ Choice Property Awards:

  • Atty. Robert Nomar V. Leyretana,  Deputy Administrator of the Land Registration Authority
  • Richard Raymundo, Managing Director of Colliers International Philippines
  • Kenneth Stern, Country Manager of RE/MAX Philippines
  • Platzer Georg, Market Development Manager of Ikano Philippines Inc. and Store Manager of IKEA Pasay City
  • Arch. Amado P. de Jesus, Vice Chairman of Philippine Green Building Initiative and  Principal Architect of A. P. de Jesus & Associates
  • Theresa Samaniego, Editor of Philippine Daily Inquirer Property
  • Amelita Remo, Writing Editor of Philippine Daily Inquirer Property
  • Dr. Eduardo Ong, Former Chairman of the Professional Regulatory Board for Real Estate Services
  • Leira Buan, Assistant Secretary of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC)
  • James Buskowitz, CEO of Buskowitz Group
  • Rick Santos, Chairman and CEO of Santos Knight Frank
  • Jason Buensalido, Principal Architect, Chief Design Ambassador and Founder of Buensalido+Architects

The Nominees

The Outlook: Philippine Buyers’ Choice Property Awards, which is supported by the Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA), received an overall increase of 30% in the number of nominations in its third year, with a 90% increase in the number of nominees from Visayas and Mindanao compared to 2018.

Awards for Developments in Luzon

The shortlisted nominees for the Best Affordable Condo in Luzon are:

  • Amaia Land Corporation – Amaia Skies Shaw
  • Cathay Land, Inc. – Stanford Suites 2
  • DataLand, Inc. – The Silk Residences
  • Empire East Holdings, Inc. – Cambridge Village
  • PHINMA Property Holdings Corporation – Arezzo Place Pasig
  • SM Development Corporation – Cheer Residences
  • Sta. Lucia Land, Inc. – Monte Carlo

The shortlisted nominees for the Best Premium Condo in Luzon are:

  • Avida Land Corporation – Avida Towers Makati Southpoint
  • Century Properties Group, Inc. – Iguazu Tower at Acqua Private Residences
  • Costa del Hamilo, Inc. – Freia at Pico de Loro Cove
  • Empire East Land Holdings, Inc. – San Lorenzo Place
  • Filinvest Land, Inc. – Fora Condotel
  • SM Development Corporation – Hope Residences
  • Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation – Torre Lorenzo Central
  • Robinsons Land Corporation – Chimes Greenhills
  • Alveo Land Corporation – The Sandstone at Portico
  • Anchor Land Holdings, Inc. – Princeview Parksuites

The shortlisted nominees for the Best Luxe Condo in Luzon are:

  • Ayala Land Premier – Park Central Towers
  • Megaworld Corporation – The Albany
  • North Bonifacio Landmark Realty and Development Inc. – Grand Landmark Residences South Tower (Grand Hyatt Manila Residences South Tower)
  • Century Properties Group, Inc. – Century Spire
  • Anchor Land Holdings, Inc. – Anchor Grandsuites

The shortlisted nominees for the Best Affordable House in Luzon are:

  • Amaia Land Corporation – Amaia Scapes Bulacan
  • Avida Land Corporation – Avida Southfield Settings NUVALI
  • CitiHomes Builder and Development, Inc. – Liora Homes
  • Demeterland Development Corporation – Valley Verde Villas
  • Filinvest Land, Inc. – Amarilyo Crest
  • PHirst Park Homes – PHirst Park Homes Tanza
  • Taft Property Venture Development Corporation – Cera at Citation Residences

The shortlisted nominees for the Best Premium House in Luzon are:

  • AboitizLand, Inc. – Seafront Residences
  • Brittany Corporation – Promenade
  • Crown Asia – Valenza
  • Filinvest Land Inc. – The Peak

The shortlisted nominees for Best Mixed-Use Development in Luzon are:

  • Ayala Land Corporation – Evo City
  • Costa del Hamilo, Inc. – Hamilo Coast
  • Italpinas Development Corporation – Miramonti Green Residences
  • NAI RCL Philippines – Waves Beach Club and Residences
  • Megaworld Corporation – Arcovia City

Awards for Developments in Visayas and Mindanao

The shortlisted nominees for Best Affordable Condo in Visayas and Mindanao are:

  • Amaia Land Corporation – Amaia Steps Capitol Central
  • Cebu Landmasters, Inc. – Casa Mira Towers Labangon
  • Damosa Land, Inc. – Seawind
  • Filinvest Land Inc. – One Oasis Cagayan de Oro
  • Grand Land Inc. – Amani Citygate Davao
  • PHINMA Property Holdings Corporation – Arezzo Place Davao
  • Taft Property Venture Development Corporation – Soltana Nature Residences

The shortlisted nominees for Best Premium Condo in Visayas and Mindanao are:

  • Anchor Land Holdings, Inc. – 202 Peaklane
  • Ayala Land Premier – The Residences at Azuela Cove
  • Cebu Landmasters, Inc. – 38 Park Avenue
  • Federal Land, Inc. – Marco Polo Residences
  • Filinvest Land, Inc. – Sanremo Oasis at City di Mare
  • Megaworld Corporation – The Palladium
  • Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation – Dusit Thani Residence Davao

The shortlisted nominees for Best House in Visayas and Mindanao are:

  • AboitizLand, Inc. – Amoa
  • ACM Landholdings, Inc. – Salas Real
  • Amaia Land Corporation – Amaia Scapes Iloilo
  • Cebu Landmasters Incorporated – Velmiro Uptown CDO
  • Damosa Land, Inc. – Damosa Fairlane
  • King Properties – Modena Liloan

The shortlisted nominees for Best Mixed-Use Development in Visayas and Mindanao are:

  • Cebu Landmasters, Inc. – Astra Centre
  • Gaisano Grand Group & Grand Land Inc. – The Grand Citygate Davao
  • Italpinas Development Corporation – Primavera City
  • King Properties – Meridian
  • Megaworld Corporation – The Mactan Newtown

Special Awards

The shortlisted nominees for Best Green Project are:

  • SM Prime Holdings, Inc. – Three E-Com Center
  • Century Properties Group, Inc. – Century Diamond Tower
  • Costa del Hamilo, Inc – Hamilo Coast
  • Filigree – Botanika Nature Residences
  • Innoland Development Corporation – Calyx Centre
  • Ayala Land Premier – Cerilo

The shortlisted nominees for Best Innovation Project are:

  • Megaworld Corporation – World Commerce Place
  • Sunshine Fort North Bonifacio Realty Development Corporation – The Seasons Residences
  • Italpinas Development Corporation – Primavera City
  • Innoland Development Corporation – Montage
  • Costa del Hamilo, Inc. – Hamilo Coast
  • Anchor Land Holdings, Inc. – 202 Peaklane

The shortlisted nominees for Best Co-Living Project are:

  • Philippines Urban Living Solutions Inc. – MyTown Co-Living Hubs
  • Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation – The Flats Fifth Avenue
  • First Georgetown Ventures, Inc. – The Grid Dormitel
  • Lino and Kux Co-Living Bedspace – The Communal
  • DEI Properties – iDorm @ The Fort

The shortlisted nominees for Best Co-Working Project are:

  • Unionspace – Acceler8
  • Common Ground – Common Ground – ArthaLand Century Pacific Tower BGC Branch
  • International Workplace Group – Spaces
  • Launchpad Coworking – Launchpad Coworking One Griffinstone
  • KMC Solutions, Inc. – Robinsons Gamma

The Philippine Daily Inquirer Property Special Award and the Personality of the Year will also be awarded at the gala night.

Grand Awards

The shortlisted nominees for Best Boutique Developer in Visayas and Mindanao are:

  • ACM Landholdings, Inc.
  • DATEM Homes, Inc.
  • Innoland Development Corporation
  • Italpinas Development Corporation
  • PHINMA Property Holdings Corporation
  • RFK Holdings, Inc.
  • Softouch Property Development Corporation
  • Sterling Land Residences and Development, Inc.
  • Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation

The shortlisted nominees for Best Boutique Developer in Luzon are:

  • ACM Landholdings, Inc.
  • Brittany Corporation
  • Central Country Estate, Inc.
  • Costa del Hamilo, Inc.
  • Citihomes Builder and Development, Inc.
  • Crown Asia Properties, Inc.
  • DATEM Homes, Inc.
  • Demeterland Development Corporation
  • Italpinas Development Corporation
  • Philippine Realty & Holdings Corporation
  • PHINMA Property Holdings Corporation
  • PHirst Park Homes
  • Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation

The shortlisted nominees for Best Developer in Visayas and Mindanao are:

  • AboitizLand, Inc.
  • Alveo Land Corporation
  • Amaia Land Corporation
  • Anchor Land Holdings, Inc.
  • Avida Land Corporation
  • Ayala Land Premier
  • Ayala Land, Inc.
  • Cebu Landmasters, Inc.
  • Damosa Land, Inc.
  • DMCI Homes
  • Federal Land, Inc.
  • Filinvest Land, Inc.
  • Grand Land Inc.
  • Nexus Real Estate Corporation
  • Robinsons Land Corporation
  • SM Development Corporation
  • SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
  • Sta. Lucia Land, Inc.
  • Suntrust Properties, Inc.
  • Taft Property Venture Development Corporation
  • Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc.

The shortlisted nominees for Best Developer in Luzon are:

  • AboitizLand, Inc.
  • Alveo Land Corporation
  • Amaia Land Corporation
  • Anchor Land Holdings, Inc.
  • Avida Land Corporation
  • Ayala Land Premier
  • Cathay Land, Inc.
  • Century Properties Group, Inc.
  • DataLand, Inc.
  • DMCI Homes
  • Empire East Land Holdings, Inc.
  • Federal Land, Inc.
  • Filinvest Land, Inc.
  • Greenfield Development Corporation
  • Megaworld Corporation
  • NAI RCL Philippines
  • Robinsons Land Corporation
  • SM Development Corporation
  • SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
  • Sta. Lucia Land, Inc.
  • Suntrust Properties, Inc.
  • Taft Property Venture Development Corporation
  • Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc.

For more information, visit lamudi.com.ph/outlook2019-awa

Media & Press Release

“Inclusive, Innovative, Interconnected “ The 29th Library Information Services Month Celebration

Pursuant to Proclamation No. 837 s. 1991, Library and Information Services (LIS) month is commemorated during November every year. The LIS month celebration aims to promote awareness of the different services of the library as well as the importance of libraries in our community. It also aims to develop a unified calendar of activities for libraries; generate interests about libraries and services, and discover the best practices of outreach services in various libraries across the Philippines.

This year, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts – National Committee on Libraries and Information Services (NCCA-NCLIS) and National Library of the Philippines (NLP) in collaboration with the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) and other stakeholders will work conjointly in spearheading the commemoration of the 29th LIS month with the theme “ Inclusive, Innovative, Interconnected”. This year’s theme aims to give importance of the role of libraries and information centers and recognize their efforts, advocacies, initiatives, programs, projects and services in building inclusive, innovative and interconnected societies.

The kick-off ceremony will be held on November 5, 2019, 7:15 AM at the NLP Bldg., T. M. Kalaw St. Ermita, Manila. The occasion will be graced by Antique Deputy Speaker District Representative Loren Legarda.  There will be book character parade competition, street dancing, and fun walk to start off the ceremony. The highlight of the event will be the read-aloud session by actress Angelu De Leon and storytelling by Taguig Congresswoman 2nd district Laarni “Lanie” Cayetano. VIPs from government and cultural agencies, students from different schools and universities, librarians from different library organizations and library stakeholders will join in celebrating this historic event. A book exhibit from sponsors and book publishers plus food kiosk from library organizations will make the LIS month celebration more festive as the physical set-up/theme for the month of November is ‘Philippine fiesta’.

Several activities and contests that will highlight the importance and functions of libraries and information centers in building innovative, inclusive and interconnected societies will be organized  at the NLP and public libraries affiliated with NLP nationwide starting from November 5 and will end up to November 29, 2019. Different library organizations and academic library institutions have also taken their part to celebrate this historic event.

The closing ceremonies will be taking place at the NLP as well on November 29, 2019, 9:00 AM .VIP’s from government and cultural agencies, representative from library organizations, public librarians, and other stakeholders were invited to celebrate the closing ceremony of LIS month. It will also feature raffle prizes for the attendees, awarding ceremony for the winners of the LIS contests such as, Most Innovative LIS Month Activity, Public Libraries Marketing and AVP competition, LibLife: A library story (Social Media Contest), Book Diorama, Book Character Parade Competition (Full Cast Edition),  Poster-Making, 2019 Search for Outstanding Public Libraries, Storytelling (Librarians Category) and Librarians Got Talent. Big prizes awaits the winners.

This 29th LIS month celebration becomes possible thru the conceptualization and funding support of NCCA, NLP, PLAI, participation of library organizations, public libraries affiliated with NLP, schools, colleges and universities in Metro Manila, sponsors, media partners, and other stakeholders.

For more information, you may visithttp://web.nlp.gov.ph /lis/   

or you may  also visit our FB page 29th Library and Information Services Month 2019 

or you may coordinate with Ms. Chona S. Galo Chair, Operations Committee at tel no. 310-50-35 loc. 210 or email her at cfsanpedro@nlp.gov.ph

Media & Press Release

Lamudi’s Philippine Real Estate Conference 2019: Shaping the Future of Real Estate

On October 17, 2019, Lamudi successfully held The Outlook Real Estate Conference 2019 at the Makati Shangri-La, bringing together industry thought leaders from all over the country to talk about the hot topics in the Philippine real estate sector.

The Outlook: Philippine Real Estate Conference 2019, with co-presenters Philippine Daily Inquirer Property and Holcim Philippines, provided an avenue for insightful discussion spanning a wide range of topics from sustainability to alternative ways of investing in real estate.

The major sponsors for the event are the International Workplace Group and SMDC, and the official TV partner is Cignal TV. The Outlook Conference has also teamed up with event partner Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA), and media partners Philippine Daily Inquirer Property, Business Mirror, Business World, Malaya Business Insight, Manila Standard, and Philippine Star.

The Role of Developers in Making the Philippines More Sustainable

The Outlook Conference started strong with its first track, “Taking Sustainable Action: Addressing Climate Change Through Real Estate,” where moderator Cathy Saldaña, Managing Director of PDP Architects, steered the conversation into a topic dear to her heart. The panel revealed that though different companies are already pioneering efforts to use solar energy, waste management, and water recycling to be more sustainable, there is a need to adopt a more global, top-down approach to initiate change that will last.

The panelists for this track were Cecilia Domingo, Vice-President and Head of Meralco; Gian Carlo Valerio, Chief Executive Officer of Solana Land; Ram Maganti, SVP for Marketing and Innovations of Holcim Philippines Inc.; and Gay Santos, a financial inclusion specialist/advocate.

The Philippines is blessed with sun and rain, Saldaña noted, both of which can be harnessed as sources of energy. Maganti also mentioned the scarcity of fresh water, prompting the company to use recycled water as part of their sustainability efforts. Domingo talked about the residential and commercial efforts started by Meralco and its subsidiaries, from solar panels to e-sakay as an initiative. According to Domingo, the Meralco compound has already banned single-use plastic, and are active in tree-planting initiatives for carbon reduction.

Real Estate Marketing for a Younger Market

The second track, “New-Age Customer Experience: Transforming Real Estate Marketing in the Age of Disruption,” moderated by Deborah Ong, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Lamudi, explored the role of disruption in shaping a new breed of real estate clients along with strategies that should be adapted to thrive in this new consumer environment. The panel discussed the “end” of the mall to give way to online shopping, and how this prediction years ago failed to take into account the adaptability of Filipinos to change. What could have ended an industry sparked disruption, giving rise to the changes in the way people do business and how consumers consume.

The panelists for this track were Thomas Mirasol, General Manager of Federal Land; Marco Antonio, President & CEO of Century Properties; Tek Samaniego, Property Editor of Philippine Daily Inquirer Property; Jose Soberano III, CEO of Cebu Landmasters; and Eugene Lozano, First Vice President for Sales and Marketing for Megaworld Corporation.

Lozano, who has witnessed the transition from traditional to digital marketing, said there is now a focus on Google Analytics. To successfully implement these changes, Lozano mentioned the importance of informing key people in the team. “We’ve been very busy re-training, providing lectures and materials to different key people just to keep up with the digital transformation of marketing strategies nowadays.”

“The consumer today is more demanding,” Ong noted.

“And they really want to get their money’s worth,” Samaniego added.

Uncovering New Real Estate Sales Strategies

“Fresh Perspectives: Mapping Evolving Real Estate Sales” was moderated by Bhavna Suresh, Chief Executive Officer of Lamudi. The third track leaned towards preparing the sales team for new business models, strategies, and practices that improve how real estate is offered to customers. The panelists mentioned the importance of likability and trustworthiness, the human touch, malasakit, and thinking beyond after-sales.

The panelists were David Rafael, President & CEO of Aboitiz Land; Beth Ventura, President of Anchor Land Holdings, Inc.; Ricardo Lagdameo, First Vice President of Damosa Land; and

Raphael Felix, President of Phinma Properties Inc. and Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA).

Rafael admitted to wondering about the future of real estate. “Will we ever reach a point where people would buy property the way they buy food from Foodpanda or they buy a shirt from Lazada?”

Upon pondering, however, Rafael has come up with an answer: “At the end of the day, the human person buying property will really still need to talk to a human person.”

Startups and Their Exploration of the Sharing Economy

“Paradigm Shifts: Exploring the Sharing Economy in Philippine Real Estate” explored the changing Philippine conditions and the rise of startups that have led to the growth of the sharing economy. Eric Manuel, of Arch Capital Management, moderated the track, which discussed the commute as a major pain point for residents who eventually decide to move to co-living spaces. The very young population of the Philippines wants to be measured by their performance, not their timesheet.  Co-working spaces, on the other hand, allow young professionals to expand their network.

The track’s panelists were Jelmer Ikink, Group Director of MyTown; Nick Padilla, Co-founder, CEO & Space Captain of Kahon.ph; Paul Rivera, Co-Founder & CEO of Kalibrr; and Lars Wittig, Country Manager Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, S. Korea for International Workplace Group.

Shared spaces answer the tenants’ need to escape the commute. Ikink further noted that the future of work, especially its definition, will change over time and to address this, they are working towards a zero-commute lifestyle. This means working, living, and all amenities will be in the same space.

 Choosing Investments: From POGO to Property

“Changing Face: Uncovering Alternative Ways to Invest in Real Estate” zeroed in on the drivers of investor demand, the new investment opportunities available in the market, and how the market can tap into these to encourage a robust real estate economy. The moderator, Cignal TV’s news anchor Danie Laurel, asked about the viability and sustainability of POGO as an investment. Panelists also recommend diversifying as a smart way to invest.

The fifth and final track’s panelists were Richard Raymundo, Managing Director of Colliers; Mikko Barranda, Associate Director of Leechiu Property Consultants Inc.; Iluminada Sicat, Assistant Governor of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas; and Noel Rapadas, Senior Vice President and Chief Finance Officer of Torre Lorenzo.

Sicat presented an interesting fact that will help guide investors in diversifying their portfolio: “We did an assessment of the impact of POGOs on the price of our residences. There was a sudden increase in the price of rent, but if you look at the net contribution of POGOs, it’s not that big, actually.”

Raymundo also noted that if POGOs did not come, “the rents would have corrected anyway.”

Rapadas mentioned that there is still a long way to go for these kinds of investments to be sustainable. He urged investors to look at what drives prices up, and suggested following a fixed plan to see growth. Rapadas also said that despite the increase in the prices of real estate, the Philippines is still relatively cheap compared to other places for investment in Asia.

Projects Shaping the Filipino Community

Keynote speaker Vince Dizon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), shared the plans for New Clark City as part of the Build, Build, Build program. New Clark City is planned to be the Philippines’ first smart, green, and resilient metropolis.

The Outlook Real Estate Conference also gave a platform to Virlanie Foundation, a private, non-profit and non-sectarian organization reaching out to marginalized children and communities in the Philippines. Lamudi and Virlanie launched a partnership program, Cherish-A-Home Fundraising, to help the disadvantaged, abused, neglected, and abandoned children through in-kind and cash donations that will improve their quality of life in any of the foundation’s eight homes. 

The Outlook Conference: Future Forward

Lamudi’s The Outlook: Philippine Real Estate Conference 2019 gathered real estate thought leaders to share their insights on the pressing topics facing Philippine real estate today. The event leads up to Lamudi’s Outlook Awards: The Philippine Buyers’ Choice Property Awards scheduled on November 14, 2019, at the Makati Shangri-La, where property developers from all over the Philippines gather to celebrate the outstanding achievements that shaped the country and steered it to a greener future.

The winners of the awards are determined by a panel of judges and a survey involving 10,000 active property seekers.

To know more about The Outlook Awards 2019, head to lamudi.com.ph/outlook2019.