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Vista Residences carves a community in paradise

Vista Residences is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people to own a “piece of paradise” with Costa Vista Boracay. The condominium arm of Vista Land is unveiling a grand community – comprised of six stunning residential towers, private villas, and a hotel – in the island destination which will span six hectares. It will offer an authentic beach lifestyle desired especially among those who have dwelled in urban cities for a long time. Costa Vista Boracay is located on Punta Bunga beach at the island’s north-western tip, in between Shangri-La and Movenpick Hotels. “[The neighboring properties in the area] are all resorts and you cannot own a piece of it. You can only book a room. Here, you can actually own a unit — whether you have it rented out, or you use …

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SM Seaside City Cebu unveils playful sky park

A Sky Play area designed by internationally acclaimed industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue together with Water Play areas with Froggie-O and rainbow highlights. Add state-of-the-art amphitheaters for live concerts and events and a landscape of verdant foliage with specialty al fresco dining choices. These are the elements that are attracting kids and kids at heart to the newly opened Sky Park at SM Seaside City Cebu, making it a fun destination for family and friends in the Queen City of the South. Within the region, the landscape is intended as a symbol of inspiration and aspiration – a non static and tasteful sense of place has been established which is viewed from all angles of the surrounding development. Influences of form and function have been carefully considered in the design, with a strong relationship …

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Ayala Land Premier unveils show flat for new ultra-luxury Makati project

Ayala Land Premier (ALP) recently launched Park Central Towers, a true icon of design that will soar above the crossroads of Paseo de Roxas and Makati Avenue. It was conceptualized by luxury boutique Singaporean design firm, SCDA in collaboration with architectural firm, Leandro V. Locsin Partners. The towers will stand on a vast 15,860-sqm parcel adjacent to an equally opulent Ayala Land Premier project, Roxas Triangle Towers. These prestigious, ultra luxury developments make up the Roxas Triangle block, which is turning out to be one of the most valuable residential real estate addresses in the country. A glimpse of Park Central Towers’ well-appointed spaces can now be experienced at the project’s recently opened show flat located at the Glorietta 3 Park at Ayala Center, Makati City. Featuring a palatial three-bedroom Aquaview Villa Residence, …

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Lawmakers urge Duterte to push housing department

Declaring that shelter, like education and health, is a basic human right, the chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development joined the call for President Rodrigo Duterte to certify as urgent the bill that seeks to create a separate department for housing. Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez said the House panel is strongly behind this call made by Vice President Leni Robredo and 1Pacman Partylist Rep. Mikee Romero, who authored one of the bills proposing to create a Department of Housing and Urban Development (DHUD). Benitez said the bill ranks high in the list of legislative priorities that his committee has identified for immediate deliberation. “I fully support the call to certify the bill urgent.  It will put housing in the same level as education and health – a …

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Condo-living community is possible

There’s a condominium near the Ortigas Central Business District that offers residents a sense of community, lacking in most high-rises. Acacia Escalades, which is part of Robinsons Communities portfolio, presents to residents amenities and design features conducive to communal activities. For one, the center atrium serves as an open space that connects all the floors to the building skylight that is great for neighbourly chit-chat. Residents also feel more connected to the outdoors with views of the garden. The two L-shaped buildings frame the outdoor amenities at the podium located at the fourth level. The first building is built with 15 stories and 383 units.   The second building, made up of 17 stories with 414 units, will be completed by 2020.   Unlike other lower-priced developments with more than 50 units per floor, this …

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The Manila Hotel adds royal touch to Presidential Suite

Have you ever dreamed about living like a king? Well, truly worthy of world’s royalty, The Manila Hotel’s newly renovated three-bedroom Presidential Suite exudes a taste of grandeur and luxury. Located at the topmost floor of the hotel, it spans a floor area of 1,200 sqm making it one of the biggest Presidential Suites in the Southeast Asian region. It commands a superb view of the Manila Bay. One important factor that was considered before the renovation of the suite was to enable guests to have a glimpse of famous Manila Bay sunset, the stronghold of Corregidor and the poignant ruins of the medieval fortress, Intramuros almost anywhere in the suite. The Presidential Suite is indeed one of the Grand Dame’s jewels. The Manila Hotel took pride in ushering guests back to …

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The Currency rises as Ortigas’ newest landmark

A vertical village that combines form and function has risen in the heart of the Ortigas Center – and is now ready for residents to move in.  It’s called The Currency.  Here – within its 32 stories – excellent location, beautiful architecture, and facilities blend seamlessly. A residence in Ortigas Center is beyond prime as it is known as the second vital business district in the country.  Along its energetic avenues are key business towers, condominiums, bustling hotels – anywhere ¬from second- to sixth-star, and the country’s top malls. Ortigas Center is enclosed by EDSA to the west, Ortigas Avenue to the north, Meralco Avenue to the east, and Shaw Boulevard to the South.  Once a part of what was “Hacienda de Mandaloyon” – a 4,000-hectare estate belonging to the Augustinians – …

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New Eagle cement plant to break ground in Davao

A new Eagle cement plan will break ground in Davao on October 20, 2016. The $300-million cement manufacturing plant will be capable of producing 2 million tons or 50 million bags per year. Ramon S. Ang, owner of Eagle Cement Corp. and president/chief operating officer of San Miguel Corporation (SMC), stated that the new cement plant will help boost production and meet increasing demand from robust infrastructure activities in and outside of Metro Manila. The businessman added that the project is part of the corporation's initiative to help support the country’s growth while strengthening its position in the industry. Davao -- which Ang identified as a "key growth area for the Philippines" -- is also home to SMC's beer subsidiary San Miguel Brewery Inc.’s Davao Brewery, and the corporation's power subsidiary, San Miguel Global …

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Fully furnished units at Skies Sta. Mesa

Amaia Land recently partnered with CLC Marketing Ventures (CLCMV) to offer fully furnished units at Skies Sta. Mesa, making the moving-in process more convenient and hassle-free for homeowners who do not have a lot of time in their hands. “These contemporary units are ideal for investors who plan to lease out homes — a strategic income source,” Joel C. Punzalan, Project Development Head for Luzon Projects said. He also emphasized that the undertaking with CLCMV addresses the needs of clients who put a premium on time and mobility, like young professionals and newly-married couples who want a fresh start. Amaia Land asserts that its fully furnished homes are noted for both quality and affordability and that customers’ satisfaction remains the company’s main consideration. Model units may now be viewed onsite. Adhering to functional and …

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Housing group wants permits centralized under national agency

The country’s largest real estate industry group pushes to centralize certain powers of the local government units (LGUs) under a national agency to cut down on administrative hurdles that beset housing developers all over the country. In a statement, the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Associations Inc. (CREBA) pinned its hopes that bills filed in Congress to amend Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991 will also transfer the power to issue development permits from the local sanggunians back to the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), an agency under direct supervision of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). CREBA national president Charlie A. V. Gorayeb said that at least 87 signatures are required to commence a housing project, from land acquisition to actual development, …

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