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Designer prepares to plant Filipino identity in ASEAN

Creating sublime modern spaces through elegant, intelligent designs is a constant challenge that inspires Jigs Adefuin, an interior designer who trained in Italy and recently earned his Masters in Interior and Living Design from the Domus Academy in Milan. He regards his education abroad as preparation for the challenges that the ASEAN integration will present to the industry in the coming years. “While the ASEAN integration of economies will give rise to a competitive global marketplace for designers from all over Southeast Asia, it also levels the playing field. I’m confident that Filipino designers like me will flourish against foreign counterparts, given their readiness and innovative versatility, degree of professionalism and passion to the art. I’m looking forward to establish the Filipino identity along with my brand of creativity while showing to …

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Cebu ecozone consortium seeks city’s endorsement

Cebu City — The consortium that won the bid for a lot at the Cebu City government-owned South Road Properties (SRP) last year has asked the Cebu City Council to endorse its 26-hectare mixed-use economic zone plan. The city awarded the lot to the consortium of Ayala Land Inc. (ALI), Cebu Holdings Inc. (CHI) and SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SMPHI) and Filinvest Land Inc. (FLI) in July 2015. Of the 45.2-hectare lot subjected for bidding, 26 hectares were bought by the consortium of Ayala and SM, and 19.2 hectares by Filinvest. In a letter to Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, dated September 5, ALI, CHI and SMPHI asked the city government to issue the endorsement, which is a requirement for their registration agreement with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA). “The property is part of …

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Philadelphia transit agency to test urine-repelling paint

PHILADELPHIA -- The city's main transit agency plans to try urine-repelling paint to combat smells and complaints about cleanliness. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority will run a trial this fall of a product called Ultra-Ever Dry, a surface coating that makes urine spray back on the offender. SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said complaints are common for any large transit system. SEPTA's maintenance crews are always looking for new ways to tackle cleanup issues aside from their regular cleaning routines, he said. The coating has been used in public spaces in San Francisco and Hamburg, Germany. "From what we've understood, it seems like there's been some success (with the coating) so we are certainly willing to give this a try," Busch said. San Francisco's public works department used the clear, liquid repellent on some of its …

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The comfort of southern living

People are moving away from business districts to enjoy quality time with their families and move freely within the confines of their own homes. That’s the kind of movement that Rockwell Primaries understands, with its development plans that will transform Tribeca to East Bay Residences, a 6.5-hectare residential space in Sucat, Muntinlupa. East Bay Residences is the developer’s biggest project to date and their first residential property in the south side of Metro Manila. With the expansive on-ground amenities as well as its pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, one doesn’t need to choose between city-life and life outdoors. It is a community where parents can give their kids the best of both worlds by allowing them to create childhood memories in a safe environment while at the same time be situated in a prime location …

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Artist brings passion for colors to life

The creative spirit of visual arts begins with the spark of imagination from the innocent minds of children—a universal truth that a viral video featuring popular Malaysian graffiti artist Kenji Chai seeks to narrate. The narrative, dubbed “The Boyhood Dream,” begins with Kenji waiting in a bus stop beside a mother and her son leafing through his sketchbook. He glances away but before he knows it, the mother and young boy have boarded a bus, leaving behind the sketchbook. Kenji satisfies his curiosity and leafs through it, revealing the child’s colorful and precocious drawings. A stroke of genius occurs to Kenji as the following frames show the artist wielding cans of spray paint and buckling to work on a building’s blank wall behind the bus stop. At the end of the video, the …

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Comfortable condos near Ortigas that moderate-income buyers can afford

Prime condominium units near the Ortigas central business district (CBD) are being developed exclusively for the price-conscious buyer. The modern Filipino-themed Acacia Escalades, which is part of the Robinsons Communities portfolio, is located on the main thoroughfare of Amang Rodriguez Street and the corner of Calle Industria in Pasig City. The mixed-use development is composed of two mid-rise buildings, the first of which is ready for occupancy. Developer Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) fulfils the demands of a market that wants comfort and convenience but without the steep prices. Acacia Escalades targets financially-capable young buyers, professionals, and investors, who want to live, work, shop, and relax within a five-kilometer radius.   Libis, Katipunan, Ortigas CBD, Medical City, Robinsons Metro East mall, key lifestyle destinations, and reputable educational institutions are likewise easy to reach. “Most of …

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Outlet mall to rise in Batangas

Shoppers in Luzon can shop their hearts out with items from manufacturers’ outlets. A 9.3-hectare mall is set to open in Lipa-Malvar Batangas, the heart of the Calabarzon region. Only an hour away from Metro Manila, The Outlets will be the next hotspot for a brand new shopping experience. AboitizLand, the developer of the soon-to-open mall introduces the concept of “outshopping,” which has been practiced overseas, especially in the United States. This term means shopping outside the community to find fashionable yet better-priced deals. “The Outlets at Lipa will provide them with a new destination where they can get authentic branded items at discounted prices from their favorite international and local brands year-round,” says Rafael Fernandez of AboitizLand. The Outlets also promises a ‘discount shopping’ experience whole-year round. Discounts may go as low as …

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Convenience of a CBD without city congestion

City living without the usual stress that comes with an urban setting is what Alveo Land promises with the launching of the final addition to The Veranda’s four-building midrise condominium development in Arca South. “The Veranda appeals to a market looking for the convenience of a CBD (Central Business District) without the hassles of city congestion,” Alveo Land Senior Division Manager for Project Development Antonio Sanchez III said. North Veranda, the final addition to the development, is being offered at an average price of P140,000 per sqm. Sanchez said the project was launched ahead of time because of its connectivity and accessibility. “We launched The Veranda in Arca South back in 2014 and it was supposedly a four-year pipeline for us, but after just two years of selling, we’re already ready to launch the …

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Relaxing getaway at the heart of Parañaque

Parañaque City is a residential hub featuring a trove of lifestyle options that blur the lines between business and leisure. It is a place where everything you need to live, work and play is accessible. Home seekers can rediscover the thriving district and its lifestyle benefits with Calathea Place – DMCI Homes’ latest mid-rise condominium project at the heart of Parañaque. Calathea Place is a nature-rich sanctuary situated along Dr. A. Santos Avenue, formerly known as Sucat Road, in Parañaque City. Its prime location in a gated and secured spot along a major thoroughfare will make everyday living more convenient. Given its address, the development will provide a relaxing getaway that balances the hustle and bustle of daily city living. Once completed, it is also expected to offer an ideal home for young professionals …

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Combining the best of Old World and modern Manila

For many Filipinos, there is simply no place like Manila. The city’s iconic spots like the Manila Bay and walled city of Intramuros create a sense of nostalgia, while its cosmopolitan vibe suits the aspirations of the times. Now, one can enjoy a refined urban living that radiates the energies of Manila with The Radiance Manila Bay – one of Robinsons Residences’ latest offerings that recently won “Best Residential High-Rise Development in the Philippines” at the International Property Awards. The condominium’s lifestyle of wellness balanced with dynamism is highlighted by its design – a simple and warm storytelling of Manila’s Old World and modern charms. The interior designs of the amenities and common areas were planned and created by Frenjick Quesada, principal designer of design firm Design HQ (Hirayama + Quesada), together with …

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