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JU8T A NUDGE OR A TOUCH
WITH SERVO-DRIVE SYSTEM, THE NEW ELECTRIC OPENING MECHANISM BY AUSTRIAN
FITTINGS MANUFACTURER BLUM, ANYONE CAN BE A SMOOTH OPERATOR IN THE KITCHEN.
Ever seen how people move around in the kitchen? Here’s a familiar scenario. Watch
as they pull out a drawer and close it with a slight swing of the hip. And if there are
smudged fingertips or hands full of pans and pots involved, many kitchen users can
attest to the wishful thinking of having a third hand.
So, when Austrian fittings manufacturer Blum designs its latest products, it aims to
enhance user convenience and meet contemporary design requirements. To do that,
it begins by observing how kitchen users move around the space. The result of
Blum’s research and innovation is Servo-drive, a touch open mechanism designed to
assimilate the way we naturally use the kitchen. The electric opening support for
drawers and high fronted pull-outs is an innovation that adds a new dimension to their
characteristic soft and silent motion.
Servo-drive works on the basis of a small actuator that sends an opening signal and
sets the pull-out motion from the back of the cabinet. Opening the drawer or pull-outs
becomes a fascinating experience with Blum’s Servo-drive technology. Just a slight
touch on the handle-free fronts or a soft tug on handles will open the drawers and pull
-outs immediately. So all you need is a nudge of your knee to open the base units.
You’ll have both hands free to retrieve or return items to their places. Ultimate con-
venience, indeed.
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The high fronted pull-outs and drawers run freely with no rigid connection to the drive unit to
ensure maximum safety. Stop them at any position as they open or close. Set them in motion
as they effortlessly close. You don’t have to worry about the drawers opening all the way if you
don’t want them to. And should there be a power failure, the pull-outs can still function as per
normal without a glitch.
This touch open mechanism is a breakthrough for high-fronted pull-outs and drawers. By
eliminating the need for handles or grooves meant to aid the opening and closing of the units,
it ranks high in the style department. With a focus on comfort and functionality that appeal to
our natural movements, the latest trend in Europe to hit our island will turn into smooth opera-
tions in the kitchen.
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Beauty and Bliss in High Living

Vol. II No. 5
March 2008
EDITORIAL

Daniel r. dela Cruz
PUbLISher

Arnold A. Altamira
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rene Isidro
CoLUMNISTS

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grip bueta
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SALES AND MARKETING

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TO PRO wRESTLING fANATICS of my
generation, it is Macho Man randy Savage’s
dramatic entrance theme. To music scholars, it
is Sir edward elgar’s classic opus of fve marches
for orchestra. To everyone else, it is known
simply as “that graduation song.”
Tis month and carrying on to early next,
“that graduation song” will blare repeatedly
across the entire archipelago as thousands
of students march and take center stage
to receive the rolled-up piece of paper
that represents the culmination of years of
scholastic toil and extra-curricular frolic.
Peers will be delivering emotionally-charged
speeches that already look longingly back
and excitedly forward. Meanwhile, elders of
signifcant accomplishment will wax romantic
and dispense advice on how these youngsters
should go about in the “real world.”
we salute the class of 2008. whether the real
world is a two-by-two-meter ofce cubicle, an
ambitious entrepreneurial endeavor, further
studies, or the dogged pursuit of a treasured
passion, we wish them all the success. we
hope they hold on to their youthful idealism as
they navigate through this societal confusion
wrought by generations of uncaring caretakers.
Moving on, the condo unit is increasingly
becoming the preferred residence of young
professionals and fresh graduates on their frst
foray at independent living. In this issue, we
carry various stories and helpful tips related
to sweet solo living. we also have as our main
property feature Te gallery by Crown Asia. It
is a 27-storey residential condominium project
soon to rise in busy Salcedo Village, which is
ideally situated and designed to ft the needs of
today’s young urban warriors.
Speaking of initial sorties, we introduce in
this issue Bahay Central, a special section
that focuses on the broader subset of realty
development that is, as the title suggests,
housing projects. here, we showcase the
equally vibrant horizontal development scene,
as well as allied services and features. we see
this baby progressing into a regular, full-scale
publication in no time.
Lastly, we tip our hats of to the brilliant and
brave men and women behind the global
Pinoy International roadshow. Tey are
currently crisscrossing the United States -- and
later on europe and the Asia Pacifc region -- in
a gallant attempt to “bring home” filipinos
from all over the globe. we cheer them on and
share their dreams.
Mabuhay!
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REVIEw CENTRAL 65
Te hottest lifestyle picks
CONDO GUIDE 86
Your condominium hypermarket
CENTRAL MARKET 92
Classifed ads
HAPPENINGS 94
Te 10th International
Madrid real estate exhibition
brittany breaks ground
Te residences at greenbelt
wins award
w.h. Taft residences
assigns management contractor
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contents
COLUMNS
I-design
Moving to a new place?
Here are some hot tips 76
Jigs Adepuin
Legal
Understanding condo contracts 78
Atty. Edwin Calica Cacayorin, Jr.
Multiple Meaning
Blending of forms 80
Ariel N. Valerio
The Condo Café
Condo mania in the city 82
Renne Isidro
The Global Pinoy
Crossing the coasts with dreams 84
Daniel R. dela Cruz
IS A PUbLICATIoN of
www.condo.com.ph
Daniel r. dela Cruz
Ceo/ PreSIDeNT
Danilo r. dela Cruz, Jr.
ChIef oPerATINg offICer
bing Lau
exeCUTIVe VICe PreSIDeNT
renne Isidro
SeNIor VICe PreSIDeNT – ADMINISTrATIoN
AND MArKeTINg

Patrick r. blanco
VICe PreSIDeNT – SALeS

Andy bellajaro
VICe PreSIDeNT – INVeSTor reLATIoNS

Mary rose S. espina
VICe PreSIDeNT – INTerNATIoNAL
SALeS (gLobAL MArKeT)

Justin Park
MANAgINg DIreCTor – INTerNATIoNAL
SALeS (KoreAN MArKeT)

Michelle Santos
oPerATIoNS MANAger

Nel garbanzos
ADMINISTrATIoN AND
CoLLeCTIoN offICer

Atty. edwin Calica Cacayorin, Jr.
LegAL CoUNSeL

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Offering a new
design approach 42
A life free of worries 44
Living, loving green 46
Home is the reluctant star 49
Basic guidelines
for bedroom decoration 52
Sofas are back in style 54
Interior decoration
with exclusive
lighting designs 56
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24 THE GALLERy:
Showcasing the art
of condo living
Crown Asia ofers afordable luxury as it
ventures into high-rise development
for the frst time
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Designer’s Corner
Minute style 10
Smart hints for small spaces
in good taste
Te one-man show 14
Te joys of kitchen mastery
Feature
Your dream job
is just a click away 20
Te Jobstreet commitment
Te big BPO bubble 22
Te jobseekers’ manna
Man on Top
Developer-at-law 16
Legacy Ventures head honcho
Dweller yeller
Oh, the nearness of work 30
Condo yuppies get to gloat
condo memo
Transferring condos
within the CBD 32
A condo denizen’s “moving” story
Tips
Personalizing a new home 34
spotlight
It’s Señor at the
helm of Genesis! 36
Te Spanish gentleman
in charge of dispensing
Filipino hospitality
Preview
Loving urban living 58
Steadily moving up 60
Te joys of loft living
and shopping 62
Epilogue
Ofering to the people 98
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A STUDIO TyPE or one-bedroom
condominium unit…what are the
possibilities?
A common residence for young
professionals, students, fresh
graduates and even sometimes
newlyweds, the studio or one-
bedroom is not exactly a vast
space but a cozy nest usually
situated smack in the heart of
the city with the dweller living
the fast-paced, urban lifestyle.
The scarcity of space however,
shouldn’t be taken as a limitation
but instead, a chance to display
one’s creativity and personality.
here are some tips on how to
tackle the challenge at hand:
Know the occupant. first and
foremost, assess yourself -- your
personality, behavior and lifestyle.
Are you a law student who loves
to take out and goes home to your
parents’ house on weekends, or a
5-star hotel chef who loves throwing
parties? Are you newlyweds in the I.T.
business who work from home most
of the time, or a senior US citizen who
visits every six months then leaves a
caretaker to look after the unit during
your absence? Tese are evaluations
you have to do before designing the
space.
Since this is a place where only
one or probably two persons will be
living in, might as well treat it like a
bedroom that has everything “you” in
it. Tis will make sense when you see
how much space you have or do not
have. Common questions you may ask:
why do I need this much space for a
kitchen when I don’t plan on cooking
at all? Do I need a sala set when I
know I won’t be inviting guests over?
Maybe I need a dining table for four
because I often invite friends over for
dinner? where do I put all my clothes
and law books? I plan on having my
clothes washed at the Laundromat
downstairs so why do I need to have a
laundry area? once this is settled, the
division of space to answer your needs
can be derived. Now, we move on to
what can be found in these spaces.
Multi-function areas/furniture.
for sleep, entertaining guests and
relaxation, the common pieces are the
daybed, sofa bed, futon and the La-
zyboy recliner. Tese pieces are used
for seating and sleeping purposes.
Tus, if you plan on inviting guests,
there will be enough room for them
to lounge and even sleep on. If there
is a bedroom, the daybed with pullout
or bunk bed with pullout works best
to maximize space and squeeze in
more people. Te sofa bed, futon and
recliner in the living area can accom-
modate sleepovers as well.
Te all-around table can be used
for dining, food preparation, studying,
Interior desginer Kat Villanueva shares how a little creativity, common sense, and design savvy
can make that “transition” studio or one-bedroom unit roomier, livelier, and more liveable
Minute style
designer’s corner
Photography and illustration by Kat Villanueva
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working, hobbies, etc. get the size
that best suits your needs. If you feel
you don’t need one, scrap it of your
list! Te ottoman is also a sure winner
because it can act as a seat, cofee
table or footrest. Decide on which
activities can coincide or not, what
the routine will be. Do you eat while
studying or working on your laptop?
will you watch TV while lying in bed?
Do you need a bed separate from the
sofa so you can nap while some guests
are watching TV in a diferent area?
Tink of what works for you. Do not
plan your unit in such a way that you
will have to build your routine around
it. It should be the other way around.

Partitions and Screens. Now that
you have the diferent areas fgured
out, you may want to put a demarca-
tion line to separate spaces based on
their purpose. Most of the time, parti-
tions are a no-no for these units since
putting walls will make it look smaller,
and even obscure the only existing
window that provides natural light and
air circulation. Sometimes, though,
these partitions are needed for privacy
in the bedroom or a way of keeping
the kitchen stench out or confne the
aircon breeze within one room. other
ways of dividing the space without
building walls would be putting divid-
ers or screens, elevating some areas,
a diferent wall color, furniture layout
or simply placing an area rug on the
foor. Tese are ways to diferentiate
areas without sacrifcing the airiness of
the space.
Light and Shade. Lighting plays
a vital role in making the space look
bigger, and so does color. observe
the natural light that enters the room,
if any. Do you mind getting a high
electricity bill or not? Do you need
task lighting for your work or it doesn’t
matter so much because when you
get home, all you do is relax and sleep?
what feel do you wish to achieve?
Dark colors usually make a room look
smaller so it’s best to work with bright
and light hues in these spaces but bear
in mind that light and color work hand
in hand. Dark colors wouldn’t matter
so much if there’s sufcient lighting
to make the space look more vibrant
and bright. Conversely, even if you use
light colors but provide minimal light-
ing, the space may still appear dim and
dull. So, even if you paint your walls a
pale white, you may still achieve a cozy
ambience if you combine it with warm
white lights because the lights will
make the walls appear yellow.

Tink vertical. Te foor area
is already constant, with no way to
Putting dividers or screens,
elevating some areas, painting
walls with a diferent color,
furniture layout, and an area
rug are ways to divide space
without building walls.
Your units layout
should be built
around your routine.
expand. So, no other way to go but
up! Make use of wall space with
built-ins. Tese built-ins may consist
of cabinets, open shelves, furniture,
hooks that serve as storage, display
and even extra seating or desk space.
Tis system helps maximize space
and save on furniture pieces. A typi-
cal example of this are those double
decked beds that have a bed on top
and work space underneath. You
can play with this idea depending on
what you need. Te bed on top and
your closet underneath? or maybe
an enterainment center below with
a lounging area on top? An entire
side of the room can be flled with a
built-in cabinet concealed by doors
that make it look like a wall. Tis way,
there’ll be enough storage space and
all clutter is out of sight. If you are
blessed with high ceilings, you may
get away with a mini loft.
Tese are just some tips to help
you get started and make designing
that studio or one-bedroom unit a
little less challenging. Again, it never
hurts to ask help from professionals.
bottomline is, the same questions
should be addressed: what do you
want? what do you need? what is
feasible? Designing isn’t all technical;
the human factor is very much a part
of it. Te end goal is not just to de-
sign a house or a home, but a lifestyle
as well.
Lighting and color play
vital roles in making
space look bigger.
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BLEED: 8.75” x11.25”
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SIZE TRIM: 8.5” x 11”
BLEED: 8.75” x11.25”
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in good taste
I NEVER THOUGHT
I would learn how to
cook. while my dad
usually gets up at 4 in
the morning to buy the
freshest meat in the
market and stock our
pantry silly, my younger
brother and I would
only budge after the
wonderful aromas have wafted from
the kitchen into our noses. we weren’t
required to help out, but we hAD to
taste everything he cooked, and tell
him if it was either good or very good!
from pata tims and yang chow fried
rice to roasted pork loins and heaping
bowls of linguine with olive oil and
fresh tomatoes, there was always more
than enough food for the three of us to
go around. My interest in cooking basi-
cally started and ended at what dish
would be prepared next!
but when I moved out, I realized
that I would have to step up to the
plate so to speak, if I wanted any of the
home-cooked goodness we were so
accustomed to. Tough I had not (and
probably never will) develop a palate
for instant noodles or canned food,
the idea of ordering take-out or buy-
ing cooked viands day in and day out
didn’t appeal to my senses either. It was
time to bring on the elbow grease.
I started with the simplest recipes
from my thrift-bookstore cookbooks
and google searches (i.e., “cooking
for dummies,” “breakfast 101”) – like
scrambled eggs and beef patties and
then pastas and stir-fries, and eventu-
ally made my way to the oven for batch
after batch of singed, rubbery brownies
and cakes that had the life defated
from them. It wasn’t easy, and certainly
not always appetizing, but since no
one else had to endure the distress
of sampling my “creations,” I kept
persevering until I pleased my harshest
critic: myself!
Now that I have a few good recipes
up my sleeve, I wonder if I should have
ever stepped in the kitchen; because
I don’t really want to get out! It’s not
a case of gluttony, mind you – aside
from being so much fun, I’ve found
that preparing your own meals can
actually help you lose weight and even
save you a lot of money! You know
Te one-man show
Condo Central contributing photographer Shaira Luna shares her
story about how living independently has helped her become the
kitchen wizard she now is
exactly what’s going into your system,
and you’re less likely to consume all
those sugars and preservatives that
come with ready-made meals.
what about leftovers, you ask? well,
here’s one of the greatest tips of all:
befriend your freezer and zip-lock bags!
breads, rice, soups, stews – there are
very few things that can’t be frozen and
then thawed when you need it. Cook
it once and eat it twice or thrice, that’s
what I say. Microwaving and reheating
really is more efcient than making
every meal from scratch; just don’t
forget to label everything with the
name and date before packing them in
the icebox!
Te only downside to this whole she-
bang is that after a while, you long for
someone to feed your ego and go ooh
and aah over your labor. why, cooking
is as much about you as it is the food!
from me to you, just make the most
out of your space and time, so once the
opportunity to cook for other people
arises, you’ll surely hear the fnger-lick-
ing and lip-smacking resound.
Now please excuse me while I cook
some Spicy braised Spareribs with
Tausi that’ll make my dad proud!
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man on top
Developer-at-law
Te company ambitiously aims to revolutionize the real estate
industry and uplift the country’s standards in the felds of
commercial, industrial, and residential development. Condo
Central talks to the man tasked to make it all happen
Photography by Godwin Nerona
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In an industry
dominated by
businessmen, lawyer
Carlos Wilfredo Pineda
shows his top form
as the brains behind
Legacy Ventures.
HE SPENT long years and huge sums
studying and training to be a lawyer.
when he fnally became one, he real-
ized he wanted to be a salesman. And
thus began the colorful corporate
journey of Carlos wilfredo b. Pineda,
President of Legacy Ventures realty
and Development, Inc.
while it is true that he shunned the
litigation aspect of his profession very
early in his career, he maintains that
his law education still serves him in
good stead. In every position he has
held in every company he has been
with, his legal background has always
given him an advantage.
“In realty development as in any
trade, at the end of everything, there
is always the legal facet,” the Ateneo
Law School alumnus points out.
“Among many others, there’s taxation,
the corporate code, contracts, hLUrb
and local government regulations, and
building codes. All of these require a
keen understanding of the law so in
this vein, I haven’t really stopped be-
ing a lawyer,” he says.
but of course, it is in sales and mar-
keting where he really made his mark.
he had previously weaved his magic
for San Miguel Corporation, gotesco
Properties, Inc., and most recently, for
a Dutch insurance company.
“At Legacy Ventures, I am tasked to
conceptualize and implement market-
ing plans and strategies more than
anything else,” Pineda says. “And of
course, to also be a team leader who
can manage and make people move.”
right now, the focus of his at-
tention is on Legacy Venture’s pilot
project, Sentosia. It is an exclusive
cluster of 127 elegant duplex and qua-
druplex condominium townhousing
units along fast-developing Macapagal
Avenue near the Manila bay.
Te project, which takes on an
attractive neo-Singaporean theme,
was launched last year. It is composed
of fve phases featuring charming
residences interspersed with frst-class
amenities and facilities. Phase I will
be ready for occupancy by this month
while Phase II will be completed by
the end of the month. Te third phase
is more than ffty percent fnished,
while work is underway for the fourth
phase. by the end of this year, the
entire 1.7-hectare development will
have been fnished. “we are selling
something that you can already see.
we don’t take the buyers’ money frst
before constructing,” Pineda says.
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when Pineda is not on site visitation,
he is engaged in marathon meetings -
- with stakeholders, brokers, suppliers,
and other members of his team. he
counts himself lucky to be surrounded
by people of impeccable credentials
and integrity. he explains: “we are
a young, dynamic organization of
professionals from diferent felds.
but we are all friends here. we discuss
and we listen to each other. Te good
relationship has always been there.
Tat makes it a lot easier.”
Pineda’s leadership has indeed
done wonders for Legacy Ventures.
Sentosia is almost sold out and the
company is all set to break ground for
its next two projects. “Te second
undertaking will be a unique two-
tower development which will be
launched most probably the third
quarter of this year,” he says. “After
that, we are having another vertical
development which will romantically
bring back the old Manila charm.
Tese should be exciting times for the
property market.”
N
o matter how silly or trivial the question may seem, I’d ask
right then and there if I don’t know. I won’t pretend to
know something I don’t. Just don’t be afraid or embarrassed
to say that you don’t know, and you will learn.
Pineda is on his third year at the helm
of Legacy Ventures. he proudly says
that he is now versed with practi-
cally every aspect of the industry. he
admits, though, that at the beginning,
he groped with the technical side of
the business. he had to do heavy
self-studying and fast-track his learn-
ing of basic architectural, engineering
and design concepts. he also credits
his team of engineers and architects
for walking him through the salient
points of the trade.
More than all these, however,
Pineda says that he learned so much
so fast because of his inquisitive na-
ture. he shares this parting shot: “No
matter how silly or trivial the question
may seem, I’d ask right then and there
if I don’t know. I won’t pretend to
know something I don’t. Just don’t be
afraid or embarrassed to say that you
don’t know, and you will learn.”
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feature
THE POPULATION of the Philip-
pines is estimated to hit the 90
million mark very soon. with this
eventuality comes the ever-growing
problems that plague our society
– poverty, housing, food security,
education, and employment.
Surely, one of the areas that our
government has to focus on is how
to provide gainful employment to
the thousands of new graduates
each year. however, it’s not only
the government’s problem. Civic
groups, Ngos and various institu-
tions have come up with numerous
programs to address this concern.
on the corporate side, companies
like JobStreet.com are doing their
fair share to give our youngsters a
brighter future.
JobStreet.com is the No. 1 Job Site
in the Philippines and runs the lead-
ing recruitment site, www.jobstreet.
com. Te company operates in
various countries in Asia, including
Japan, Indonesia, India, Singapore,
bangladesh, Malaysia, Vietnam, and
of course the Philippines. Accord-
ing to their statistics, they help
1.4 million filipinos each year land
employment.
grace Colet, JobStreet.com’s Coun-
try Manager says that despite the
admittedly sorry state of our educa-
tion system right now, our workforce
remains to be competitive here and
abroad. Anyone can fnd a respect-
able job, all it takes is hard work and
the drive to succeed,” says Colet.
JobStreet.com ofers jobs for
people looking to move up the career
ladder, fresh graduates, and even
those who are not degree holders.
of the millions of jobseekers they
try to assist, 27% are entry level
applicants. Teir website boasts of
over 10,000 jobs monthly from over
10,000 companies nationwide. Job-
Street.com has also forged alliances
with foreign recruiting partners,
examples of which are from Australia
and China, to better improve the
jobseekers’ opportunities.
In addition, to the market of fresh
graduates, JobStreet.com actively
participates in job fairs and career
events for students. Tey continu-
ously work hard to remain top-of-
mind of students when it comes to
online job portals. Te company also
partners with various websites like
Philstar.com and PeP.com – sites
that youngsters usually visit – to
reach out to their computer-savvy
Grip Bueta takes a walk down Jobstreet and
discovers how this young company is turning
millions of dreams into productive and
lucrative realities
Your dream job
is just a click away
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clientele.
Te company says that one of
the ways they help in alleviating the
education problem in facilitating
employment is by making it easier
for employers and employees to cre-
ate a perfect match. Trough their
website, employers are able to specify
what kind of detailed information
they need, and the website allows
them to require this from their appli-
cants. on the employee-applicant’s
side, with the detailed description
of the jobs that are posted, they can
easily chose a job and a career that
ft their preference. Tis ‘system’
makes it quicker and indeed easier
for a person to fnd a job, and for an
employer to add a potential asset to
his/her workforce.
As to how the company plans
to expand, they say that they will
focus their eforts on building more
partnerships, tapping industrial and
professional organizations, and thus
be able to ofer wider variety of jobs.
Tey also said that they will continue
on improving and enhancing the
services they ofer in their website, to
make it easier and more convenient
for the public to use. Add to this the
plan of the company to create career
enhancement seminars and training
programs for fresh graduates and
other jobseekers alike.
Te eforts of companies like
JobStreet.com are indeed impressive.
And with the internet becoming
more and more accessible, applying
online becomes the fastest, easiest,
and most cost-efective way to land
that dream job.
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feature
BUSINESS PROCESS OUTSOURCING
(bPo) is one of the latest trends in the
career industry. It involves contract-
ing a third-party to provide certain
services for a company. Te most
widely known segment of bPo is the
contact center sector, or what is more
popularly known here as call centers.
Apart from call centers, bPo also
includes the back ofce operations for
non-voice, software development and
maintenance for IT services, engineer-
ing and design, transcription, and
animation and game development.
Mitch Locsin, President of the
business Processing Association of
the Philippines (bPAP) reveals that
the bPo industry remains viable
eight years after its inception in the
country. “while we are currently rec-
ognized the number two player in the
world after India, we are the fastest in
terms of growth,” says Locsin. “Since
2000 we’ve been growing by 35-40%
each year.”
bPAP’s clients include giant mul-
tinational companies such as hSbC,
Citibank, JP Morgan, Deutsche bank,
bank of America, and Capital one.
International air carriers are likewise
part of its growing clientele.
Te continuing trust these com-
panies give our workforce has made
the bPo industry one of the leading
providers of employment at present.
It has become, in fact, the fastest
growing industry in the Philippines.
Among all bPo sectors, the contact
center is the biggest. Tere are more
or less 124 contact centers in the
country with about 160,000 full-time
employees and 95,000 total seats. Its
estimated revenue for the year 2006
reached up to US$ 2.3 billion. “Te
need is in the thousands per month
for contact center agents,” says Locsin.
however, the acceptance rate for
contact center applicants is only 10%.
Tis problem is currently being ad-
dressed through companies providing
english profciency and communica-
tion skills trainings, which take any-
where from 50 to 100 hours. “Normal-
ly 60-80 % of the people being trained
are eventually hired,” says Locsin.
Indeed, it seems there’s a bright
future ahead for the bPo industry in
terms of expansion and stability. “we
are seeing a lot of growth and moving
up the value chain, and doing higher-
value type of services. we are also
seeing a lot of growth in the engineer-
ing services outsourcing, and the ITo,
which is the software development
and maintenance side,” concludes
Locsin.
If not for this pleasant phenomenon that hit our shores eight years ago, our
unemployment statistics could be so much worse. Katrina Guevarra cursorily
examines the industry that continues to provide gainful careers to thousands
Te big BPO bubble
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cover story
Crown Asia continues to cultivate a balanced, healthy and active
community life that fosters values and goodwill among homeowners as
it builds the ideal haven for today’s breed of young, driven individuals
Showcasing the
art of condo living
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AS THE REAL ESTATE trade gets increasingly
competitive and the property market more
discriminating, developers are constrained
to come up with more than just superficial
marketing gimmickry. To stay afloat, they
have to deliver absolutely smart innovations
and offerings.
for Crown Asia, its sound corporate
philosophy has enabled it to stand head
and shoulders above the growing pack of
developers catering to the middle-income
segment of the market. for over a decade
now, the proud Vista Land & Lifescapes
affiliate has not only built superb and stylish
homes for thousands of filipino families, it
has likewise stayed committed to cultivating
a balanced, healthy, and active community
life that fosters values and goodwill among
homeowners.
As a result, Crown Asia has been able to
perpetuate thriving, lived-in communities in
key locations in and outside Metro Manila.
The list includes La brea and granwood Villas
in Quezon City; beacon Place in Las Pinas;
La Mediterranea, Citta Italia and Vivace in
Cavite; La Marea and fortezza in Laguna;
Cottonwoods, Maia Alta and Mia Vita in
Antipolo; and Presidio in Paranaque City.
Now, Crown Asia treads new and
exciting ground as it endeavors to break
into the vertical development scene by
way of The gallery – a 27-storey residential
condominium opus. It is envisioned to be
the ideal haven for today’s breed of young,
driven individuals as well as starting out
families who give high premium on practical
purchases and intelligent investments.
ostensibly, the project’s location is its
biggest come-on. Situated at the corner of
LP Leviste and San Agustin streets in Salcedo
Village in Makati City, The gallery sits at the
heart of a pulsating patch of workplaces and
leisure attractions.
Just outside its borders are the corporate-
headquarters of leading local and multina-
tional companies. It is likewise surrounded
by a steadily growing number of offices that
house burgeoning call centers and other
business process outsourcing firms.
Meanwhile, charming restaurants, trendy
bars and quaint specialty shops speckle
Salcedo Village’s side streets, affording The
gallery residents a smorgasbord of fine
recreational picks. on Saturdays, the famed
Salcedo weekend Market attracts hundreds
of shoppers from all over the Metro for its
bargain of fresh and cooked food, regional
delicacies and specialties, organic fruits and
vegetables, and decorative plants and fowers.
Plus, of course, neighboring Legaspi
Villageboasts of some of the grandest
entertainment and commercial
establishments.
Apart from its desirable location, The
gallery likewise carries the illustrious crest
of Crown Asia as a builder of dwellings that
feature structures of superior quality and
designs of enduring excellence.
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The high-rise masterpiece takes on
an urban and modern design marked
by bold, clean lines. only top-of-the-
line construction materials such as
hardwood floors, as well as the latest
textures and colors, are used.
The efficiently laid out living spaces,
which range from 25 sqm for the
one-bedroom suite to 200 sqm for the
three-bedroom unit, are characterized
by big, beautiful picture windows that
open up to majestic skyline views.
Slated to be ready for occupancy by
the last quarter of 2011, The gallery
also boasts of amenities and activity
areas that are aligned with the updated
lifestyles of its intended residents. The
ground floor is dedicated to choice
retail outlets such as coffee shops, bars,
and restaurants. The amenities deck,
which can be found on the seventh
floor, includes a fully-equipped gym
and fitness center, a good-sized infinity
pool, and multi-function rooms – all
for the exclusive use of its homeowners.
Moreover, a mini-theater is available
for private viewing and intimate
gatherings.
but arguably, the best part about
The gallery is that it allows you to own
a piece of prime property that puts
you in the midst of all the action, but
does not put you in a serious financial
dilemma. with packages that start at
P2.2 million and an array of flexible
financing schemes to choose from, The
gallery truly becomes an affordable
luxury.
how Crown Asia manages to do that
is yet another work of art.
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dweller yeller
Jasmin
Age: 28
Sycamore Tower, Mandaluyong
IT’S NOT ACTUALLy that near but
since I work in Makati and my sister
works in ortigas, our place is in
between making it convenient for
both of us. I would say that living in
a condo is convenient in the sense
that we don’t have to take care of
paying utilities since everythig is
done by our admin ofce, keeping
our area/environment clean due
to janitorial services and also pest
control services, worrying about
safety/security and in times of
power interruption, there is a
generator.


THE PRIMARy ADVANTAGES I see in living in a condominium
is that I don’t have to worry about security that much. being
alone, I don’t have to think who would I entrust my place to.
Also, most condominiums now are located at the center of the
city wherein many establishments are a taxi ride away, instead of
bringing my car and worrying about parking space.
Paul
Age: 22
Alpha Salcedo
Condominium,
Makati
LIVING IN A CONDO near
work’s the most convenient
aspect in urban lifestyle. No
trafc hassle. Less costs — no
gas expense.
Age:25
Cedar Mansion,
ortigas Center
Ivanna
One of the advantages of living in a condo is that
it puts you in the middle of everything: work,
recreation and lifestyle. We ask some young condo
denizens how being near their respective places of
work makes everything a little bit easier and more
comfortable. Let’s hear what they have to say
Oh, the
nearness
of work
Age: 23
Valero Plaza,
Salcedo Village
fOR ME, living about 15 minutes
(without trafc) from work is
easier and less stressful. I don’t
have to drive that far to get to
work that’s why I think once I’m
in the ofce I still have the energy
to do my job and reach 105%
performance of what has been
expected of me. Also, I could work
late and not mind because I have
a short traveling time.
J.Ann
Jasmin
Age: 28
Sycamore Tower, Mandaluyong
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Before embracing the condo lifestyle, Oscar Benedict Contretras, Jr. lived most of his
life in an exclusive subdivision in Pasig City. Today, this Product Manager for PHINMA
Education Network cannot see himself living elsewhere
condo memo
DURING THE LAST qUARTER of
2006, our family of three (my wife,
my then 4-year-old daughter, and I)
moved out of the Ayala-developed
and -managed Asia Tower in Legaspi
Village. It was time to upsize from the
77-square meter, two-bedroom, two-
bathroom unit that my parents had
generously allowed us to use rent- free
since my wife and I got married in
1999.
our new home would be a 180-
square meter unit at the Megaworld
and globus Asia-developed Salcedo
Park in hV dela Costa in Salcedo
Village. Te unit was a lot more spa-
cious than our Asia Tower pad with
3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms plus
a maids’ room with its own toilet
and bath. Te space was more than
adequate for my family and the two
members of our household staf. It
was also good that each foor had only
three units.
while space was the main factor
in our decision, we were pleased to
discover that the amenities of Salcedo
Park were also quite impressive. Te
infnity pool at the 6th foor was by
far one of the better condo pools we
had seen.
but there were also trade-ofs, if
you can call them that. our old condo
at benavidez street was literally across
the greenbelt malls and for mall rats,
it can’t get any more convenient than
that. Salcedo, on the other hand, is
farther from the action, although
it has its own attractions like the
famous Saturday market and a decent
number of good small restaurants.
Tere’s also property management.
Tough Ayala-managed residential
properties are known for their rela-
tively high quarterly dues, the superb
service provided by the Ayala Proper-
ty Management Corporation (APMC)
is close to legendary. During the seven
years we stayed at Asia Tower, staf
members -- from the front desk to
the janitors -- had a ready smile and
hearty greetings of “good morn-
ing!” or “good evening!” Te staf
responded to our requests and solved
our problems with dispatch and ef-
fciency. residents were always kept
informed of any signifcant events and
occurrences. Te common areas were
kept meticulously clean.
what we frst encountered in our
new home was an administration of-
fce stafed with people hired directly
by the condo association. while Ayala
requires that all their developments
be managed by APMC, Megaworld
pretty much allows the condominium
associations to make their own prop-
erty management arrangements. we
thus had to contend with indiferent
guards and maintenance people,
and elevators which did not work a
hundred percent.
early last year, however, the as-
sociation at Salecedo Park decided to
engage the services of first oceanic
Property Management, Inc. – the
property management subsidiary of
Megaworld. Tankfully, there have
been some improvements since then.
we are hopeful that first oceanic
will soon be able to provide us with
service at par with what we had been
used to in our old place.
So there you have it, our quick story
of our pleasant and not so pleasant ex-
periences in transferring condos. In the
end, it all really depends on what you
think is your priority at the moment.
In our case, space was the primary
consideration and we are quite happy
with the decision we made.
Special or straightforward, happy or
horrifc, your stories as certifed condo
dwellers are welcome here. E-mail
editor@condocentral.com.ph
Transferring condos
within the CBD
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tips
Personalizing
a new home
MOVING HOUSE is always traumatic.
Te upheaval of packing boxes, carefully
protecting your precious possessions and
entrusting all to a removal company lorry
is full of angst, but it all becomes worth it
when you fnally arrive at your new home.
or is it?
As you stand in your new hallway and
look around at the blank walls and bare
foors as you walk through empty echo-
ing rooms or sit surrounded by boxes,
the feeling of loss can be overpowering.
fortunately it doesn’t last long. Suddenly
you will feel an overpowering urge to make
the place your own.
A new house is always sterile and char-
acterless; so it is about this time an average
person starts thinking about color charts,
carpets and long conversations with deco-
rators and builders. It doesn’t generally take
long before the new house starts to look
like a home but invariably there is some-
thing very important missing.
Tat “special something” is your memo-
ries. Now is the time to add something
special to your home. Interior designers
know that one of the quickest ways to make
a place feel like home is to hang pictures.
Not just any pictures, but carefully chosen
photographs of people and places that are
really special to you.
Tink about the things that are impor-
tant in your life. family and friends will be
at the top of your list followed by places
you love. Take a minute to look out your
old family photos. get them scanned and
printed properly and you will be amazed at
how good they can look on your walls.
If you really loved your old house then
why not take a little of your old home with
you when you move? Carefully chosen im-
ages of your old neighborhood (and maybe
your old neighbors!) will make a lasting
reminder of the good times you shared.
If you are concerned that a simple
photograph may not look as sophisticated
as you would like, then think again. Tese
days there are companies which can take
your basic digital image, edit and enhance
it and turn it into a real piece of art. by
printing your image onto canvas or tex-
tured art paper rather than conventional
matt or gloss, you can end up with an
heirloom.
but that isn’t the whole story. You can
also use distinctive images to personal-
ize your space in other ways. If you have a
room that is slightly darker than you might
like then use a brightly colored photo to
lift the highlights. go out with your digital
camera and capture a brilliant autumn
woodland scene with oranges and yellows,
or maybe use a seascape from your last
summer holiday complete with the sun
shining on the water.
from the grottiest bedsit to the grandest
stately home; no matter where you move, it
won’t take long before you make the place
your own, but always remember that you
can stamp your personality on a new home
simply by using personal pictures. Just use
your imagination and no matter what im-
ages you choose your new home will soon
look absolutely fantastic. enjoy!
Interior design and the photograph go
together like that famous horse and car-
riage, and as Learntodream ofers the very
highest quality photographic printing ser-
vice you can imagine, the marriage between
them and the world of interior design is one
that is made in heaven. So when you have a
new home and want to make the inside just
you, think about having one of your own
digital photos enlarged. See their site at
http://www.learntodream.co.uk .
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Your new home should refect the kind of
personality you have. read how you can
give your new house a touch of “you”
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fOR A MAN Of HIS STATURE, Señor
Miguel g. Cerqueda surprisingly flls
the room with a unique sense of ease
and composure. Tere is absolutely no
sign of the overbearing temperament
that usually characterizes men of
immense success, considering that
Cerqueda is considered one of the big
names, if not a pillar, in the hotel and
hospitality industry in the Philippines.
Perhaps the operative word here is
hospitality. And as a person who has
made quite a mark in an industry
that peddles such an amiable human
trait, Cerqueda surely knows how to
use it and further a filipino brand of
hospitality.
endeared to be “Te Señor” to
his people, colleagues and friends,
Cerqueda has been in the hotel and
hospitality business for more than
35 years, both locally and abroad. he
is currently the president of genesis
hotels and resorts Corporation,
a company that manages a chain
of hotels, resorts and full -serviced
residential suites nationwide. his
previous engagement was with Te
For long-time hotelier and Genesis president
Miguel “Señor” Cerqueda, the Filipino has a distinct
brand of hospitality that deserves acclamation
It’s Señor
at the helm
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spent most of his years as a hotelier
and where he occupied various key
positions, the last of which was as vice
president and general manager until
1999. he also previously held similar
distinguished functions in Inter-
Continental hotels before he worked
for Te Manila hotel in 1977.
“I felt it was a good time for me to
go on my own,” Cerqueda says, while
recounting how he worked for Te
Manila hotel for over 20 years.
but before we go into his current
job as the top man in genesis, let us
provide you with a little background
on Cerqueda and how, as a Spanish
national, he had made the Philippines
his home.
Cerqueda was born in Seo de Urgel
(Lerida) in Spain on March 29, 1947. he
received his primary education at the
Andorra Municipal high School while
fnished his secondary education at the
La Salle in Seo de Urgel, where he also
attended college.
In 1967, Cerqueda graduated from
the ecole hoteliere de Lausanne (ehL)
in Lausanne, Switzerland, the world’s
frst “hotel school,” established in 1893.
ehL boasts of around 25,000 members
of the alumni who are hotel executives
around the world.
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a cross between a condominium
residence unit and a hotel. Simply put,
it has the characteristics of both a
condominium residence and the fully-
serviced hotel.
“A condotel has two of the main
components of dwelling: frst is the resi-
dential aspect which is what you buy;
and the hotel component, which has
the transient aspect,” Cerqueda says.
In a condotel, the housekeeping is
provided for, including laundry and
other services you wouldn’t fnd in
an ordinary condo residence. genesis
provides the management for the
condotels it handles, including the
people and systems. Te company
currently manages properties that
include the Astoria Plaza, the regalia
Tower Suites, Te baguio burnham
Suites and the A.Venue hotel Suites
in Makati which is slated to open
this month. genesis will also manage
some upcoming properties, such as
the one Tagaytay Place (set to open
late 2008); the Antel Spa residences
(opening on the third quarter of
2009); and Te henry (also opening
late 2008). Cerqueda says genesis has
just concluded another management
contract with Camarines Sur gov. elrey
Villafuerte for the CamSur Villas.
he says condotels as an investment
is beginning to be appreciated more
because of an abundance in the market
of tourists and transients who want
more than just a hotel or a condo unit.
he encourages developers of high-rise
properties to lean more into building
condotels as a matter of investment.
As a matter of business philosophy,
Cerqueda says it always wise to invest
in people. he says he relies a great deal
on the filipino brand of hospitality not
only in the area of direct service but
also in management. he says filipinos
can shine in this industry because we
have that innate quality of unqualifed
accommodation.
In fact, most of the people under
him are filipinos, including the
managers in every condotel they
handle. he says these are the same
people he worked with in the past
and who have earned his trust and
confdence because of the quality of
work they provide.
Take for example Ping regalado,
hotel manager for the Astoria Plaza. he
says “Te Señor” is like a father to them,
who treats them with unqualifed
support and guidance. of course most
fathers will employ discipline to erring
children, but that is but normal in a
family, much more in a filipino family.
“he only wants what’s best for his
children,” regalado says of Cerqueda.
Ditto with Jose Antonio C. Mijares, the
hotel manager of A.Venue hotel Suites
in Makati. “Señor Miguel g. Cerqueda
is not only a fatherly mentor to us all
but is also a patient guide and teacher,
always with us all the way. It is quite
amazing that a man of his stature and
experience has managed to always
stay humble and very down-to-earth,”
Mijares adds.
for genesis, Cerqueda reveals
grand plans for the company. Soon,
he says, they plan to expand abroad.
he said he was lured to the shores
of the Philippines after he married
Christine Aguado, a filipina. It was
at this point that he started his long
career as a hotelier.
In 1999, he went on his own and
co-founded the genesis chain of
hotels. At frst glance it would seem
that it is a bit of a deviation from his
previous employment as a hotelier, but
Cerqueda assures that they are more
similar than diferent.
A condotel, he explains, is literally
A room at the Regalia
Tower Suites in P. Tuazon
St., Cubao, Quezon City.

Facade of the Baguio Burnham
Suites located in Kisad Road
overlooking the famous
Burnham Park in Baguio City.
but frst, genesis has to establish a
good and solid local name that will be
the object of recognition. It has been
in existence for nearly nine years and
it has already created a niche in the
management of hotels, resorts and
condotels. he says currently, there are
a few filipino management companies
engaged in providing condotel service
to developers and owners, but he
says, “I believe we are the one that
can ofer more experience and more
management know-how because
of our deep understanding of the
industry.”
Cerqueda indeed has earned the
right to faunt experience as a key
factor in managing condotels. As the
top man for genesis, developers and
owners can rest assured that they are
in good hands.
For inquiries and reservations
on any of the Genesis - managed
properties, you may call telephone
numbers (+632) 635-5558 and (+632)
633-6766 or visit their website at www.
genesishotels.com
Astoria Plaza’s
spacious room
in the Ortigas
Business District.
A suite at One Tagaytay
Place in Tagaytay City,
slated to open late 2008.
Ping Regalado,
hotel manager for
the Astoria Plaza.
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B U Y S E L L R E N T
Earth+Style
Nuvali
Commonwealth
Estates
Rica Peralejo
opens her door
Basic bedroom
decoration
Choose the right sofa
Set the mood
with lighting
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March 2008
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Earth+StylE Corp. plans to imple-
ment a new design approach that will
provide a new level of modern home
architecture for the families in Jubilation
New Biñan.
Dubbed the Amanzaya Home Series,
the designs were inspired by the Filipi-
no’s quest for harmony and happiness.
Jubilation New Biñan is Earth+Style’s
fast rising township community in La-
guna that offers modern and traditional
Filipino outlook. This is where families
grow in an environment that combines
the elements of cosmopolitan and small
town living.
“The name Amanzaya is a fusion of
different Asian languages that embodies
the idea of an abundance of harmony
and happiness, refecting our goal in of-
fering unique home designs for people
who want to live in Jubilation,” says
Leonardo Dayao Jr., design manage-
ment group head.
Dayao explains that the Amanzaya
series continues the story of fusion that
guided the development of Jubilation
New Biñan, where one fnds homes
that bring together the best elements of
Asian culture.
“With the Amanzaya home series,
we wanted to create houses that em-
body the personality of the families
that will soon live in them. We de-
signed elements that they would want
in their houses, making them feel more
comfortable and happier in their new
homes,” says Cecille Umagtang, home
design department head.
Umagtang said that the Amanzaya
homes were divided into three design
themes; each refecting the personal
tastes of the different prospective buy-
ers.
Hana was inspired by minimalist and
Zen architecture, presenting a sophisti-
cated and uncluttered set up for those
who desire a calm and peaceful abode;
Sundara, on the other hand, embraces
an exotic look highlighted with distinc-
tive Asian elements in order to present
a more grandiose living space for the
family; Anika features a contemporary
architectural approach that captures
international Asian styles that present a
perfectly timeless home where one can
raise a family.
Colors are also used to bring out the
personalities of each home design with
terra cota to embody a vibrant home,
azure grey for that cool and calming
atmosphere and thistle mauve for those
who desire a mix of both.
Brown is a prevalent color in the
house designs, unifying all the elements
while giving each home a natural, earth-
ly and Asian feel; while black is used as
Offering a new
design approach
Earth+Style is banking on a new design concept that will
surely captivate the modern and traditional Filipino family’s
values by building homes with different themes
property showcase
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the accent in each design, giving a cer-
tain degree of mystique, sophistication
and drama to the house series.
“We designed for the future, ensur-
ing that each house is structurally sound
and using materials that are able to
withstand the test of time. We want to
create homes where people will grow
in,” says Umagtang.
Among the materials featured in the
Sundara and Hana variants are armor
wood and engineered wood, whose
moisture content is less than that of
ordinary wood and thus can withstand
weathering.
Roofng comes in the form of con-
crete tiles, which is more resistant to
wear and tear, possesses good insulat-
ing properties and is both aesthetic and
functional.
Anika variants, on the other hand,
feature doors and windows that are pre-
fabricated and prepainted to make them
more resistant to wear and tear. The
doors are also protected with chemi-
cally treated brackets and even feature
a warranty to guarantee quality and du-
rability.
The windows have steel casements
that help protect them from the ele-
ments.
According to Umagtang, the best fea-
ture of the Amanzaya home series is the
confuence of space that is incorporated
in the designs.
The Amanzaya home designs offer
45 different variants, with prices ranging
from P2.4 million to P5 million, ensur-
ing fexibility of choice for those seeking
to build new homes.
More information is at www.earthand-
style.com.
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property showcase
Learn how a maverick realty company has lasted for decades
providing stylish but affordable homes in the Queen City of the South
A life free
of worries
CEbuanoS arE known as a frugal
lot, always demanding value for their
money’s worth. Companies could
splurge on marketing and advertising
to hype their products but if Cebua-
nos don’t fnd value in it, it will never
stay long in the Cebuano market. On
the other hand, even if one just relies
on word-of-mouth marketing, if the
product has value, it will sell like hot
pan de sal.
And that’s exactly what has kept
Cebu-based Commonwealth Estate,
Inc. (CEI) going through the years.
Having been in the property develop-
ment business for almost two decades
now, Commonwealth has learned
more than a thing or two about what
Cebuanos want in looking for a place
they can call home.
A holistic approach on a whole range
of considerations that goes in the bu-
ying of a house like structural sound-
ness, aesthetics, site security, amenities
available, on-time delivery of the unit,
and future resale, are all the order of
business at Commonwealth. After con-
sidering these, the buyer should gain
the value of peace of mind.
Peace of mind that when one fnal-
ly decides to buy a Commonwealth
Estate unit, worries of whether the
structure will crack or not, or wheth-
er the family will have security in
the premises, or even whether when
the property is eventually sold if it
will gain economic value, will all be
erased.
“A life free of worries with a com-
fortable and secure home and neigh-
borhood is the kind of lifestyle that
we give, as we all want the best for
our families,” intimates Steve Liu,
President of Commonwealth Estate,
as their motivation in every project
the company undertakes.
A simple testament to this is the re-
peat purchases of several CEI home-
owners. Some buyers acquire as many
as six units in different CEI deve-lop-
ments to either be one’s home, or be
rented out, or just acquired as a real
property investment.
This Cebu-based property devel-
oper has continuously led the pack in
the mid-end market segment despite
the entry of Manila-based develop-
ers, owing to their business philoso-
phy of giving every client that value
of peace of mind.
Together with its sister company,
Primary Structures, which itself is a
homegrown heavyweight in the con-
struction industry —CEI builds every
project using only the most advanced
construction technology and offering
it to the market with the most inno-
vative fnancing to make it easy for
the middle class Cebuano to own a
house.
Being a homegrown company
gives Commonwealth Estate the ad-
vantage of understanding better the
Cebuano market. And in keeping in
step with the changing landscape of
Cebu, Commonwealth Estate is com-
ing up with a new and affordable
mid-end condominium project, the
Woodcrest Residences.
Soon to be launched Woodcrest
will be a nine-storey residential con-
dominium community that will rise
in the Guadalupe area, just minutes
from the heart of Cebu City. The new
development will carry the amenities
of a high-end condominium project
but will be affordable for the growing
mid-end market and with the quality
of a Commonwealth Estate.
Gaining the market’s trust after
years of successful projects, Com-
monwealth Estate has also given back
to the community by developing La
Montaña Homes. La Montaña is the
company’s corporate social responsi-
bility project designed to give every
blue collared Cebuano the chance to
own affordable and quality homes.
With a string of residential subdi-
visions and condominiums, from the
very frst of the Villa Del Rio series to
its new projects as the Brookfeld Sub-
division, the Collinwood and 188 Sun-
fower Drive, Commonwealth Estate
has evolved to be a formidable name
in the property development industry
in Cebu, developing not only quality
homes but well-planned and respon-
sibly managed communities.
For more information, call Global
Pinoy: Philippines +639285002391,
+6328123333 USA +17025537303,
+17025255772 www.globalpinoy.ph
info@globalpinoy.ph
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property showcase
Celebrate life, nature and technology
all at once in this unique development
that will soon rise in the country’s next
modern metropolis
Living,
loving green
property showcase
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Combining EnvironmEntal sustainability with
economic productivity, Avida Settings Nuvali prom-
ises families greener living at a rising metropolis.
Nestled within the 1,600 hectare development
envisioned to be the country’s next modern me-
tropolis, Avida Settings Nuvali offers residents the
chance of a revived life with a landscape of natural
beauty at their doorstep.
Inspired by the concept of Evoliving (defned as
the seamless weaving of life, nature and technol-
ogy), Avida Settings Nuvali offers unique, earth-
friendly features and amenities. Homes are not only
models of modern design but of sustainable living,
as evident in the use of double piping systems to use
recycled water, among other design innovations.
Apart from its design principle of dedicating at
least 45% of the development to open spaces, chil-
dren are provided more room to play outdoors with
the Avida-exclusive green ribbon neighborhood
pattern that gives them access to a large garden via
their own backyards. Jogging paths, tree-lined pe-
destrian lanes and bike trails encourages healthier
living, while reducing emissions from use of motor
vehicles.
“Avida believes that living with nature revives
your life. Imagine a place where carpets of grass
replace concrete roads. Birds chirping replace the
drone of the engine. Tall trees replace skyscrap-
ers. This place--where life is relived and revived--is
what we are celebrating today. This is Avida Settings
Nuvali,” said President of Avida Land, Leo Monte-
negro, during the launch of Avida Settings Nuvali.
And while residents enjoy the benefts of being
in touch with mother nature, Avida Settings Nuvali
is also conveniently close to the urban pulse. Nes-
tled within the South’s picturesque surroundings,
it is approximately 15 minutes from the Sta. Rosa
exit, 30 minutes from Alabang, and 50 minutes from
Makati. Shuttle services are also available, both in
and outside of the Nuvali community, so commut-
ing is not a problem.
There’s also plenty to do within Nuvali itself.
Aside from BPO offce buildings in a campus set-
ting, residents can hop on the water taxi to go to
the retail center Overlooking a lake that is not only
scenic but will be used for irrigation and water re-
cycling, they can enjoy al-fresco dining or have a
cup of coffee while surfng the net via a wireless
access point.
With clean surroundings and environmentally-
friendly designs, Avida Settings Nuvali ensures
the health and overall well-being of residents and
their families. It also gives them peace of mind
with its tight 24-hour security and efficient village
management.
This worry-free promise also extends to their
buying experience. Avida Setting Nuvali homes
are not only affordable – easy and fexible payment
schemes and dedicated customer hotline are also
available to address all their concerns.
The serenity of nature contained within a bus-
tling metropolis--Avida Settings Nuvali has the right
formula to revive the spirit, rejuvenate the body and
give new meaning to sure and secure living.
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CondoCentral | 4·
Rica further clarifes that her reason
for leaving is not burnout. She may not
be as energetic and bubbly as she was
when she started out as one of the pre-
cocious pre-teens in Ang TV, but she
defnitely still has what it takes to cope
with the physical demands.
“I’m not tired, I’m really just an in-
trovert,” she confesses. “I usually lock
up in my room and go out only when
needed or when I want to, which is
rare. And that is not a characteristic
of an artista.”
Coming from someone who has
spent more than half her life under
glaring lights and probing eyes, such
assessment can be seen as somewhat
belated. Then again, “belated” is
something she does not particularly
mind being.
At 26, Rica has decided to go back to
school. She is now on her second se-
mester as a full time student at Ateneo
where she takes up creative writing
and where she gamely interacts with
classmates ten years her junior. Her
Rica Peralejo opens her door —and her heart —and candidly
shares stories about new passions and old dreams. arnold a.
altamira listens in and writes
Home is the
reluctant star
Photography by Godwin Nerona
return to the academe was not exactly
prompted by the romantic notion of
having to “obtain a college diploma no
matter what.” Rather, it is pragmatism
fuelled it.
She says, “If I am to do what I want
to do, I should be able to know how to
write. It is a tool for me, to help me be
equipped.”
She knows she will eventually re-
connect full-time with the industry,
but mostly on a different capacity.
She envisions doing documentaries
and perhaps indie movies. She is like-
wise keen on setting up her own ed-
iting house. “I want to maximize the
experience and the knowledge I have
gained and integrate it with what I’m
training for at present. But it will be
more behind the scenes… the creative
facets.”
For now, she builds the foundation
as she buries herself into her books
and pounds away on her computer
keyboard, hoping to one day make a
more meaningful difference in an in-
dustry that, though far from perfect, is
one that will always be dear to her.
whilE an unEnding StrEam of
hopefuls jostle and claw their way just
to be at the doorstep of the glitzy and
glamorous world of show business, ac-
tress Rica Peralejo – at least for the mo-
ment – has decided to quietly slip out
the backdoor.
Not that offers have become scarce
or projects have become less fnan-
cially enticing. Far from that. The
decision was a result of thorough self-
assessment that brought forth a rather
simplistic epiphany.
“I fnally realized I wasn’t cut out to
be a celebrity,” Rica shares. “I am an
actress, yes, but I am not a star. Being
a star with all the expectations attached
to it is a part I just can not play right.”
Well, to be accurate, she is not to-
tally removed from the business as she
still has a hosting stint in the morning
show, Umagang Kay Ganda. But un-
dertakings as this, which she totally
loves doing and absolutely desires, are
about the only ones she will accept in
a heartbeat.
She admits, though, that there will
be some other projects or endorse-
ments she might consider doing once
in a while. “Of course I also have to
earn,” she says.
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a new “old” home
Siblings settling down and an aunt
migrating ushered in a rigodon in the
Peralejo household. As a result, Rica
found herself “gifted” by her mom
with their old house that she has trans-
formed into one that is now truly her
own. “I sought the help of a designer
friend, but most of this is me,” she
proudly declares.
Her three-bedroom abode, which
took almost a year to spruce up, is a
charming confuence of personal taste
and family heritage. Vivid colors and
clean lines are pleasantly enhanced by
naturally bright and airy interiors. An-
tiques and vintage pieces are casually
strewn all over the house.
“The grandfather clock, the vintage
stovetop, the century-old rocking chair
at the corner, and some other old stuff
– I got them either from my mom or
my lola,” she says. “The rest, I have
accumulated over the years during my
travels in and out of the country.”
She adds, “I never realized I was
drawn to antiques and vintage items
that much until I was putting the house
together and discovered how plenty I
have of them. I guess I’m an old soul.”
The absolute scene-stealer, however,
is the long wooden table that straddles
imposingly in what is supposed to be
the living and dining areas.
She narrates: “In my family, the din-
ing table is where more than food, but
memorable stories and hearty laughter
as well, are shared. We spend count-
less hours there no matter how seem-
ingly cozier the other parts of the house
are. So I had this big table made. I had
a karpintero put together the three solid
Oakwood planks I personally bought.
This is where I eat, study, write, hang
around, and entertain guests.”
And it is in bringing friends over
and entertaining them that had her
fnally appreciate and acknowledge
entitlement to the house. “Before, I
used to still sleep in my mom’s room,
which by the way is in the house
just beside this one, even when I al-
ready had this,” she explains. “But
ever since I’ve started having guests
around and serving them, I was like,
hey, this is me… this is now really my
own place!”
Undoubtedly, in love is what Rica is
with her new home. “I can spend a
week just cooped inside and wouldn’t
notice the time.”
That is not hard to imagine as her co-
coon – her hypnotically relaxing bed-
room – is snuggled in a cozy continuum
that has an amply equipped entertain-
ment room on one end, and a spacious
shower and bath with walk-in closet on
the other. And she boasts that she per-
sonally takes care of the upkeep.
Aside from the new house, Rica
has also invested in two condominium
units. She says she intends to sell or
rent them out eventually. If time per-
mits, she is also looking into engaging
in business ventures that involve things
she is crazy about. “A coffee house
maybe…or perhaps hand-made bags,”
she says. “I don’t know yet. I’m bad at
handling money so that is what I’d like
to work on frst.”
Also on her to-do list this year is to f-
nally be able to drive around the city by
herself, join a mountaineering club, and
go out on more diving expeditions.
Whatever she decides, or if she does
resolve to take on all of them at the
same time, she believes she can hack
it. “I feel I am making very sound deci-
sions about life right now. I feel I have
achieved a state of calm and balance
and happiness that I’ve never experi-
enced before. I attribute all that to my
hero, Jesus Christ,” she says.
And such is Rica Peralajo’s new life.
She may have stepped away from the
spotlight and shunned stardom, but boy,
the girl has not stopped shining.
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your bEdroom iS the perfect place to
relax and rest. This is your personal space
where you hope to rejuvenate after a long
and tiring day of work. A good night’s sleep
can provide the perfect rejuvenation for an
enthusiastic beginning the next day. Thus, no
effort must be spared while decorating your
bedroom.
The frst thing to remember while decorat-
ing your bedroom is the ambience and mood
that you want to set up there. Also, the kind
of space you have in your bedroom and the
wall color will make a lot of difference in the
proper selection of bedroom furniture. This
is the room you want to make most personal
and so special attention needs to be paid to
what you like to be surrounded with in your
intimate hours.
Another point is that you will want your
bedroom to be free of clutter and noise. Thus
try to avoid any form of noise in your bed-
room by keeping TVs or music players out or
at least at low decibel levels. Moreover, try
not to bring too many items in your bedroom
as that could make the bedroom look chaotic
and crowded.
While you are decorating your bedroom,
you must pay attention to the kind of sur-
roundings you like. If you like a playful en-
vironment, you can buy bright and colorful
contemporary bedroom furniture. You could
also use wall colors that are zestful and mood
lifting. Pinks, light blues and whites are pe-
rennial favorites of younger people. More
mature ones could go for browns, grays or
shades of green.
To create a sober look, you can get many
exquisitely carved wooden furniture with
matching beds, bedside tables and dressing
tables from furniture stores. Even the closet
can be made of wood to add to the formal
look. Make sure that the furniture is not too
close to each other. The bed, naturally, will
be the centerpiece in any bedroom. Hence,
you will have to be particular about the type
of bed you purchase.
Before buying a bed, take a look at the size
of your room. A small bed in a large room and
a huge bed dominating a tiny room will look
awkward. Another important thing about any
bed will be the comfort quotient. If you buy a
fancy bed with lots of intricate work but real-
ize that it is not very conducive to sleep on,
you will be sorely disappointed. Always buy
beds that are of the right size for your body.
Beds that are too small can invite leg and
back pains.
A dressing table in a bedroom depends
entirely upon the person residing in it. For
women who like using a lot of make up, stor-
age space will be a necessity. Thus a proper
dressing table with lots of separate drawers
and a full length mirror will be a good choice.
If, however, you are not too fussy about dress-
ing up, you can opt for simple wall hanging
type of mirror or mirror in the closet.
Make your bedroom special with a little
thought about your own likes and habits. You
can make it your own home within a home
with a little care and thoughtfulness.
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The bedroom is the most personal of places in your house.
Make sure you decorate it properly
Basic guidelines for
bedroom decoration
home hints
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Basic guidelines for
bedroom decoration
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whEn you purChaSE furniture
for your house, you should care-
fully consider incorporating it with
the general lines and design of the
walls; the shapes and colors of the
windows; and the architectural at-
mosphere you want to convey to
both your guest and yourself. A sofa
is a piece of furniture that does not
only have to be beautifully and el-
egantly created, but it also has to be
comfortable and inviting.
Being the center piece of your liv-
ing area, it will immediately become
the center of attention and the start-
ing point when appreciating the style
and aesthetics of a house. Your sofa
choice should depend on the space
available; the style of the house; and
the young capricious members of the
house that are likely to damage it in
any way. You might want to consider
a second hand sofa if you’re renting
a place or don’t intend on staying
too long in that certain apartment.
Quality sofas can be affordable
and stylish or practical if you search
closely. It is advisable to visit your
local stores or, for more preten-
tious buyers, one can arrange for
a custom-made, personalized sofa
that will have all your requirements
down to the very last details: color,
style, texture, material, practical-
ity or fnancial cost. There can be
traditional sofas, with classic shapes
or lavish leather sofas. Remember
that this is a piece of furniture that
is supposed to blend in with the rest
of the living room or highlight sim-
plicity, comfort and elegance. Never
make it too obvious or too striking
by choosing the wrong color or an
outrageous size just to make up for
the lack of opulence or décor in the
surrounding areas.
The styles vary from two-seat sofas
(for those hard up on space); section-
al sofa (three or four seats); a faint-
ing sofa or couch (which is usually
backless or part backless) a canapé
(usually purchased for ornamental
purposes) or an ottoman (known as
a footstool). Again, if you are in dire
need of some space, you can buy a
sofa that can convert into a bed, thus
becoming very practical.

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which is there to inform consumers
when it comes to purchasing a sofa.
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wHEN REMODELING and decorat-
ing, we usually look for furniture, paint,
carpets and decorative items such as
pictures. however, the lighting can have
a big impact on the overall look of a
room. Te lighting design can evoke
the right mood or ambiance of a space.
with careful design and planning for
the type, color and hue of the lighting,
the room can be given a diferent ambi-
ance. Te right lighting can set a mood,
improve productivity and contribute
to people’s sense of well-being. It can
transform unappealing spaces into
desirable ones. bright rooms give a posi-
tive and optimistic feeling, while darker
rooms are more intimate and romantic.
research had proven that light can
make a big diference in how we feel.
good lighting design will not make
you frustrated in the kitchen when you
are not able to see what you are doing.
And it will stop the arguments in the
bedroom over whose turn it is to get
up to switch out the light. Instead, you
should be able to transform a room
from a bright, vibrant living space to the
setting for a romantic dinner for two.
Natural lighting is the light from
the sun that comes through windows
and doors. Direct sunlight is a healthy
source of light, but the brightness and
intensity is very variable. Te time of
the day, the season or the weather
all infuence natural light. To control
the quantity of natural light, diferent
types of glass or curtains can be used.
Difusion and refection are great ways
to control this free light source. A good
idea is to fnd the wall that received di-
rect light from the sun and paint it in a
bright color. Te refected light creates
an ambiance in the room. Te surface
of the wall can control the difusion of
the light; rough surfaces have diferent
efects than smooth surfaces.
Artifcial lighting can be any kind
of lamp. Tis light source can be
controlled in every aspect; intensity,
color, and the area of spreading. To get
the desired efects in a room, the best
idea is to use a combination of diferent
types of artifcial lighting. Ambience
lighting is to lighten the whole room
and give a certain ‘mood’ to the space.
Accent lighting is used to illuminate
certain aspects or details of the interior
decoration, as sculptures, pictures or
display shelves.
Lighting could be functional or aes-
thetic. functionally, the lighting needs
to be correct for the intended purpose.
A great example of functional lighting
is task lighting: lamps for reading, lights
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be glare free to make the task easier
without straining the eyes. Aestheti-
cally, the lighting gives an ambiance to
the space. for creating an ambience,
environment lights are used in ceiling
corners or along the sides of the room.
Te intensity and color of the lights are
important for the ambiance. for ‘mood’
lighting, it is very important that the
source of the light is hidden.
with a few lighting design ideas, you
can change the visible appearance of a
room and make it look larger or smaller.
rooms with high ceilings can get a
cozier radiance by using lighting that is
lower than the ceiling. Te light should
not escape beyond the height of the
source. Use a lampshade that directs the
light downwards. Te other way around,
by using lighting pointed at the ceiling,
rooms appear to be higher.
Standing lamps and table lamps
work great for specifc purposes and
lighten up only an area of the room.
A lamp should be placed behind a
reader’s shoulder. Lamps are also
perfect to brighten up dark corners
in rooms. And of course, decorative
lampshades on corner end tables and
bedside tables enhance the ambiance
and bring attention to a specifc area
of the room. Te style of the fxtures
will add to your interior decoration,
whether turned on or of.
Lighting is just as important in
interior design as the colors or the style
of furniture and accessories. Your entire
work in decoration can be ruined at
once by poor lighting. but carefully
planned lighting will greatly enhance
the best details in your design.
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preview
TODAy’S URBAN
LIVING options are
becoming much more
attractive for the
young and mobile pro-
fessional seeking his/
her frst condo home.
with the homeown-
er’s active lifestyle, a
condo home should
present easy access
to business, service,
leisure and recreation
venues while preserv-
ing privacy and peace
within the confnes of
the building.
one of the
outstanding projects
to ofer such lifestyle
is Sycamore Tower
at Dansalan gardens
Condominiums in
Mandaluyong City.
here, residents are
treated to a “Sycamori-
an” urban living lifestyle
that takes into account
the essential needs
and wants of today’s
homeowners through a
unique blend of utility
and aesthetics.
Te “Sycamorian” Essentials:
Space: Units within this high-rise
tower exude privacy through an ef-
fcient building design that provides
abundant living spaces. Tis extends
to the rest of the sprawling develop-
ment characterized by an expansive
and lush outdoor tropical oasis. In
fact, 65% of the property is allocated
for gardens, pools, and recreational
facilities that allow unit owners plenty
of “space to breathe.”
Mobility: Move freely, day and
night. Sycamore Tower ofers mobility
and accessibility through a convenient
location that places residents in or
near the heart of the city, with easy
access to nightlife, arts, museums,
shopping malls, and ofces.
Details: with such a market that is
used to urban conveniences, practical-
ity, and stylish trends, DMCI homes
made sure that Sycamore Tower ofers
ofer top-rate facilities and luxurious
details, from the hotel-like lobby, unit
fnishes, and building
accents.
oomph: Tere is
also an added “oomph”
to experience, with the
resort-style living where
life’s precious moments
can be savored with
gusto.
At Sycamore Tower,
pleasure is at the dis-
pense of every hom-
eowner, through a wide
variety of amenities that
the whole family can
enjoy. Toddlers can bask
freely at the indoor play-
ground or children’s pool;
while young adults can
while away time enjoying
the audio-video room,
adult pool, billiards, table
tennis, basketball, gym,
and dart board facilities.
Adults will surely appreci-
ate the peace and quiet of
the landscaped gardens,
koi ponds, gazebo, and
resident’s Lounge areas,
where they can de-stress
after long hours at the
ofce.
Sycamore Tower is
the second building at Dansalan gar-
den Condominiums, a sprawling 8,000
sqm development in vibrant Manda-
luyong City, which is located near the
premier districts of ortigas, bonifacio
global City, Makati CbD, rockwell
Center, greehills and eastwood City.
Tis 31-level tower which is com-
posed of 355 units is equipped with
individual electric and water meters,
individual mail boxes with keys, and
provisions for cable TV, intercom and
telephone line connection. Te tower
also features impressive condo facili-
ties, including individual unit’s drying
area at the roof deck, four levels of
basement parking, three high-speed
passenger elevators, automatic fre
sprinkler system, ample water supply,
and space for commercial areas.
All units, except the one-bedroom,
come with balcony and utility/maid’s
room while penthouse units come
with a spacious lanai. Te expansive
feel is further emphasized by the
unobstructed views of the Makati and
ortigas skyline.
Sycamore Tower is strategically
located in the quiet corner of boni
Avenue and M. Vicente St. (former
Dansalan St.) in brgy. Malamig, Man-
daluyong City. It is only three blocks
away from eDSA and a few minutes’
drive to premier shopping and busi-
ness districts. It is close to reputable
schools like Poveda Learning Center,
Discover the essentials of a truly complete urban residential lifestyle as
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Using a palette of neutrals with
accents of lime green, Wilmer
evokes a refreshing, tongue-in-
cheek ambience that goes against
the traditional look of sales ofce.
La Salle greenhills, and xavier School.
Transportation facilities such as MrT
and bus stops are also accessible.
because it is built by the country’s
only triple A builder/developer,
home buyers are assured of a high
quality, safe home in a fully-serviced
resort-like community managed by a
professional team.
Sycamore Tower is ready for oc-
cupancy by the frst quarter of 2008.
for as low as 10% down payment at
an investment package that’s within
means of the middle-income market,
residents can move in to their new
home and live the “Sycamorian”
lifestyle.
For inquiries on Sycamore Tower
and other DMCI Homes projects,
please call 888-3333 or visit www.
dmcihomes.com.
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quickly taken up by enthusiastic buy-
ers. It will be ready for turn over by
the first Quarter of 2008.
Te second phase, which is com-
prised of six 11-storey high-rise con-
dominiums all packed in a 3.1-hectare
gated property with 24-hour security,
contains all the trademarks of a
PhINMA Properties project, replete
with all the modern amenities one
can look for. A crystal-clear swim-
ming pool, an avant-garde clubhouse,
world-class badminton and basketball
courts, playgrounds, a gym, spacious
commercial areas, and provision for
parking buildings are just some of
the attractions contemporary urban
denizens can look forward to at
fountain breeze. Living up to its slo-
gan “Complete lifestyle, one address”,
fountain breeze ofers home options
to meet the varied lifestyle of today’s
discerning buyers.
Units in Phase II range from 30 to 40
square meters but are expandable to
60, 70, 80, 90 or even 100-square meter
confgurations. Tey come almost
complete, with painted walls and ceil-
ings, vinyl foor tiles, modular kitchen,
even aluminum windows which lend
distinct beauty to any structure but is
seldom used in other projects because
of high acquisition cost but lends true
beauty to any structure.
Te good news is, for as low as
P10,000 per month thru PAgIbIg
Having proven its mettle in the mid-rise condo segment,
PHINMA Properties now boldly and aggressively ventures
into high-rise development
Steadily
moving up
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REAL-ESTATE developer PhINMA Properties one of the leading names in af-
fordable medium-rise condominiums, reiterates its commitment to making city
living much easier with the opening of the second phase of its fountain breeze
property located at the heart of Sucat in Parañaque City.
Located just 30 minutes from the Makati Central business District and a mere 15
minutes from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, fountain breeze promises to
invigorate everyone’s senses in terms of pure lifestyle living bliss and harmony.
fountain breeze’s frst phase which is composed of 493, 30-square meter
condo units in walk up clusters was launched mid-December 2007 and was
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of PhINMA Properties, “we’re now
in that stage where we have already
proven ourselves in terms of medium-
rise development. Now, we’ve become
bolder and more aggressive in our
business strategies, and the second
phase of fountain breeze, which is
high-rise already and is really selling
well, will prove that we can replicate
the same success from our medium-
rise projects, all through sheer hard
work and team cooperation, and of
course, high-quality homes.”
he adds, “People know they can
never go wrong when choosing a
PhINMA Properties project. Tey
know that when we build homes, we
don’t just build homes, we build a
community; a community made up of
homes that are not only aesthetically
beautiful and quality-made but secure
and afordable as well.”
beauty, security, safety, aford-
ability, and high quality, are just some
of the qualities that make fountain
breeze truly what it is: the essence of
lifestyle.

For other details concerning the
Fountain Breeze or if you want to fnd
out all the other real-estate develop-
ment projects of PHINMA Properties,
call 535-6800 or 533-7777 or log on to
www.phinmaproperties.com or email
info@phinmaproperties.com.
fnancing, one can already avail of all
these exciting amenities and features
not found in other properties in the
Metro Manila area.
Te fountain breeze property
also marks the frst time PhINMA
Properties is venturing into high-
rise property development. Making
its name as one of the top and
most innovative medium-rise
condominium developers in the
country, PhINMA Properties really
left no stone unturned to make the
fountain breeze a true barometer of
urban lifestyle living.
Comments willie Joven Uy,
President and Chief executive ofcer
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Pasig and Quezon cities. Southwest
in the Mandaluyong City side are
Te Podium, St. francis Square, SM
Megamall, Shangri-La Plaza and
Starmall. Metrowalk in the west, the
newest entertainment spot in Pasig,
complements good daytime shop-
ping with a fun-flled nightlife.
Also making the 41-storey eton
emerald Lofts the best choice for a
comfortable urban living experience is
its proximity to ofces, hospitals and
schools.
Loft living is becoming popular with
urbanites looking for units that have
an open platform as sleeping area.
Te extra elevated space is primarily
what makes lofts more attractive than
the box-style units common in many
condos.
As a loft can accommodate the bed,
for example, it allows for fair distribu-
tion of furnishings and, therefore,
easier movement of occupants. by also
allowing better furniture arrangement
in the main foor, the interior design
already complemented by the loft can
be enhanced.
each loft unit is complete. floors
are tiled and in wood fnish. walls
and ceilings are painted.
Condo amenities make for a more
comfortable loft lifestyle. In the middle
of the twin tower are swimming pools
for adults and children. Tere is a gym,
a children’s play area, a spa, a cofee
shop, a beauty salon, a convenience
store and a casual dining restaurant.
builder and real estate developer
eton Properties Philippines Inc.,
the real estate arm of the Lucio Tan
group of Companies, is scheduled to
fnish the construction of the eton
emerald Lofts in December 2011.
Te joys of loft living
and shopping
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Live, shop and dine conveniently and comfortably
with the all-loft condominium building that sits in the
midst of one of Metro Manila’s favorite shopping and
entertainment destinations
CONDOMINIUMS have become the
preferred home of today’s urbanites,
particularly professionals. Te appeal of
these self-contained residential build-
ings continues to grow as its amenities
and design evolve to suit the varying
tastes of individuals.
Making urban lifestyle truly gratifying
is when it is experienced living in a loft
located within a shopping destination.
Te beauty of the loft combined with
the convenience and ambience of nearby
shopping malls produce that unmistake-
able cosmopolitan feeling. however, loft
living in a place hosting one mall is difer-
ent from loft living in a shopping mecca.
Te eton emerald Lofts, a landmark
project of eton Properties Philippines,
Inc., ofers such exciting loft living
because it is in the heart of ortigas
Center in Pasig City. Te ortigas
Center is one of the premier shopping
destinations in Manila with six malls
catering to diferent walks of life.
from the corner of emerald Avenue,
garnet and Sapphire Streets, the frst
all-loft twin tower condominium in the
Philippines is just a stone’s throw from
robinson’s galleria in the boundary of
Making urban lifestyle
truly satisfying is when it
is experienced by living
in a loft located within a
shopping destination.
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toP oF tHe LISt
ON AVERAGE, a person
changes phones almost
once a year, some
gunning for every new
product that comes out.
but from all the phone
juggling, the Motorola
rAZr2 phone makes
you drop the rest into
the pavement. Not only
is the rAZr2 innovative
with its new features like
being able to reply to
text messages without
opening the unit, it mag-
nifes other components
like camera strength and
music output. Tis is the
ultimate weapon for a
lifestyle that needs con-
stant calls and frequent
fashing of fancy hand-
sets. You can actually feel
a bit of endorser David
beckham when you look
at yourself in the mirror
holding the rAZr2.
Very sexy man, very sexy
indeed.
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Not your
one-hit-wonder
woman
ALREADy on their 6th album, foo fighters still pack punches with ev-
ery single. with their rifs everlong so changing, the album is no surprise
that the guys can still pull of one of 2007’s biggest alternative releases.
Te band made the album with the help of gil Norton, the same
producer back in their 2nd album, Te Colour and the Shape, giving this
album more kicks and a possible collision course towards the billboard
200 and the grammy.
front man Dave grohl and the band, with their single “Te
Pretender” rekindles the kind of videos we’ve all seen and love. but for
now, echoes, Silence, Patience & grace, grab a copy, and pray that one
day the band comes here for a concert, and then some.
Echoes of greatness
music
review central
MANy TIMES over, a writer contemplates on his life.
how much he’ll earn with his one promising work or
maybe what to look at on a sunny Sunday morning as
he veers out the window. Collins’ work thrives on the
simplicity of life and squeezes out the poems in little
things and common situations. Arguably straying from
his poetic direction from his previous years, Te Trouble
With Poetry tends to reach out to the reader more than
just present an idea to the one who opens the pages.
Defnitely a patch of poetry one would expect from the
poet laureate of the U.S.
A poet’s
troubled life
books
music
BEING A DAUGHTER to musician parents,
it is not too surprising that Colbie Caillat
landed herself a musical career. Coco is her
frst recording album and she made it big in
the online realm, topping sales in the online
music stores. her only released break-
through single, “bub-
bly” went to Top 10
charts everywhere but
sadly enough, that was
the only single she had
ever released so far.
It’s a shame because
the rest of the tracks
in the album sound
much better than the
sole single. My favorite
track, “oxygen” is wor-
thy of its title, having a
refreshing feeling to it.
but frankly, the latter
part of the tracks are
a little typical and
boring to listen to
but then, it fts the
soothing mood of the
summer tune. hey, I’m
embracing summer way early but I’m just
being positive here. Tis new artist has the
potential and it would be unfortunate if she
only made it to the one-hit-wonder’s list.
-Brian Andrew
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MR. RATAN N. TATA, chairman of
the Tata group and Tata Motors,
recently unveiled the Tata Nano,
the People’s Car from Tata Motors
that India and the world have been
looking forward to. A development
which signifes a frst for the global
automobile industry, the People’s
Car brings the comfort and safety of
a car within the reach of thousands
of families. Te People’s Car will be
launched in India later in 2008.
Speaking at the unveiling cer-
emony at the 9th Auto expo in New
Delhi, Mr. Tata said, “I observed
families riding on two-wheelers – the
father driving the scooter, his young
kid standing in front of him, his wife
seated behind him holding a little
baby. It led me to wonder whether
one could conceive of a safe, aford-
able, all-weather form of transport
for such a family. Tata Motors’ engi-
neers and designers gave their all for
about four years to realize this goal.
“Today, we indeed have a People’s
Car, which is afordable and yet
built to meet safety requirements
and emission norms and to be fuel
efcient. we are happy to present
the People’s Car and we hope it
brings the joy, pride and utility of
owning a car to many families who
need personal mobility.”
Stylish,
comfortable
Te People’s Car, designed with
a family in mind, has a roomy
passenger compartment with
generous leg space and head
room. It can comfortably seat four
persons. four doors with high
seating position make ingress and
egress easy.
Yet with a length of 3.1 meters,
width of 1.5 meters and height of
1.6 meters, with adequate ground
clearance, it can efortlessly
maneuver on busy roads in cities
as well as in rural areas. Its mono-
volume design, with wheels at the
corners and the power train at the
rear, enables it to uniquely combine
both space and maneuverability,
which will set a new benchmark
among small cars.
when launched, the car will
be available in both standard and
deluxe versions. both versions will
ofer a wide range of body colors,
and other accessories so that the car
can be customized to an individual’s
preferences.
fuel-efcient engine
Te People’s Car has a rear-wheel
drive, all-aluminum, two-cylinder,
623 cc, 33 PS, multipoint fuel injec-
tion gasoline engine. Tis is the frst
time that a two-cylinder gasoline
engine is being used in a car with
single balancer shaft. Te lean design
strategy has helped minimize weight,
which helps maximize performance
per unit of energy consumed and
delivers high fuel efciency. Perfor-
mance is controlled by a specially
designed electronic engine manage-
ment system.
Meets all safety
requirements
Te People’s Car’s safety perfor-
mance exceeds current regulatory
requirements. with an all sheet-
metal body, it has a strong passenger
compartment, with safety features
such as crumple zones, intrusion-re-
sistant doors, seat belts, strong seats
and anchorages, and the rear tailgate
glass bonded to the body. Tubeless
tires further enhance safety.
Environment-friendly
Te People’s Car’s tailpipe emis-
sion performance exceeds regulatory
requirements. In terms of overall
pollutants, it has a lower pollution
level than two-wheelers being manu-
factured in India today. Te high fuel
efciency also ensures that the car
has low carbon dioxide emissions,
thereby providing the twin benefts
of an afordable transportation solu-
tion with a low carbon footprint.

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eyes set on the SLK will surely
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down to the leather furnished
interior, this ride is something
you’d want to drive for miles.
beauty aside, this rider packs a lot
of horse power under the hood.
Sophisticated and powerful, the
SLK refects the personality of its
owners perfectly. with the SLK,
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giant glass case around the car
and worship it after long days at
work. Somehow, it’s just a notch
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ORIS HAVE AGREED an extension
to our sponsorship deal with world
Champion Venezuelan freediver
Carlos Coste.
having fully recovered from
injury in 2006 Carlos has an ambitious
competitive programme for 2008.
Tis year he hopes to maintain his
world Champion status in the Vari-
able weight discipline and also hopes
to set new records in the Constant
weight No fins category.
Speaking from his training camp
in Venezuela, Carlos said: “I feel very
proud to have the support of oris.
My name on one of oris’ bestselling
watches which is available all over the
world is a unique experience. And to
go into the water with oris behind
me is a huge motivation. A reliable
watch is one of the most important
pieces of equipment a free diver can
have. Luckily for me oris watches are
not only stylish –they’re also ft for
professionals.”
Carlos trains all year round to pre-
pare for competitions and credits his
positive mental attitude and supreme
mental strength for his success so far.
A visibly impressed Ulrich herzog,
Ceo and Chairman of oris com-
mented: “Carlos is an extraordinary
role model, and one we’re proud
to be associated with. his record
as a sportsman speaks for itself; his
discipline and dedication to what he
loves refect the qualities I personally
admire. we’re delighted to be with
Carlos every step of the way in his
record-breaking attempts. we share
his passion for the extraordinary, and
his quest for perfection. we wish him
the very best of luck for 2008.”
Oris and
Carlos Coste
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INTERIOR DESIGNERS belong to a
diferent category of professionals. for
one, the profession is not for every
Tom, Dick or harry; you’d have to be
truly gifted in order to make it big in
this vocation. It gives you a feeting
sense of exclusivity, a somewhat elitist
demeanor knowing you are one of the
very few people who has a knack for
knowing how things fall into place at
just the right stroke.
Jigs Adefuin is one of those
people. It is by sheer providence that
Adefuin, a board exam topnotcher,
crossed paths with Condo Central
and eventually agreed to share his
expertise in the area of interior design
as a columnist for the magazine’s avid
readers: the condo urbanites of today.
Tis is why we here at Condo Central
deemed it necessary to introduce our
new design columnist, a relatively
young but vibrant Adefuin.
As a successful interior designer
running his own frm, we can safely
say that Adefuin has made his mark
in the industry. Te mere fact that
his frm, the Adefuin Design Studio
(ADS), has been receiving positive
response from the market is a testa-
ment to his skills and creativity.
Adefuin graduated from the De
La Salle University-CSb in 2004 and
Philippine School of Interior Design
in 1995. when he took his licensure
exams, he placed 10th. he said only a
few from his batch at CSb really prac-
ticed their profession, and a fewer still
have shown any remarkable penchant
for the job.
As a young interior designer, Ad-
efuin took a job at the Nardy Aquino
Interior Design Studio, where he
stayed for about four years. he then
moved on to ethan Allen home Interi-
ors where he stayed the longest at six
years. he took a year of and went on
a sabbatical in the United States to
initially pursue further studies, but
he decided to forego his plans and
returned home.
It was at this point where he de-
cided to put up ADS. Now going solo,
Adefuin has made his condo unit in
Parañaque his virtual ofce.
Adefuin said he mostly designed resi-
dential spaces, although he has handled
commercial spaces too. his philosophy
has always been to make sure the client
gets what he or she wants.
“Always aim for design excellence,”
he said, “as this will make or break you
in this profession.”
Tis is especially true because
interior designers are akin to artists
such as painters. Te requirements for
disposition in this profession border
on the artistic yet the practical. Tey
have to blend beauty with function.
Adefuin says it takes a little bit of
eccentricity to make it big in this pro-
fession. “You would have to provide
for the most little of details in order
to get the efect you desire. Always try
to learn something new and improve
your craft. Do not stay stagnant,” he
explains.
spotlight
Aiming for
design excellence
For topnotch interior designer and new Condo Central
design columnist Jigs Ranada Adefuin, a nose for innovation
and an incessant appetite for new knowledge
IN THIS AGE of technology, scien-
tifc inventions are aplenty.
Te conversion of trees to writing
paper chronicled human history in
compressed form. Computer micro-
chips further compressed knowledge
and information. Superbio com-
presses tons of human garbage to
produce water and fertilizer.
If the gunpowder launched wars
and revolutions, Superbio revolu-
tionizes life in an almost miracu-
lous way that is neither fiction nor
fairy tale.
Invented by Chun Il-Koh, Korean
scientist, Superbio was initially
intended to solve Korea’s solid
waste management problems. but
his genius produced a technology
unparalleled in human history. Not
only will the problem of solid waste
disposal will be managed, but a safe
and sustainable environment will be
maintained.
“Superbio addresses the press-
ing issue of biological conversion of
organic wastes into re-usable end
products, using a series of patented
and unmatched technology.”
Te key ingredient of Superbio
is the use of microorganisms called
actinomycetes which, together with
other aerobic microbes, are mixed in
optimal proportion to induce high-
speed decomposition.
It is a complete and compact
high-speed wate treatment system
that completely converts biodegrad-
able wastes into organic fertilizer
and clean water within 24 hours.
“Just imagine how clean a con-
dominium can be the moment resi-
dents start using Superbio,” lawyer
elba Cruz says. She is also a member
of biohitech Philippines, Inc. which is
the registered distributor of Super-
bio in the Philippines. She adds that
the product is already in use in other
parts of the world.
Superbio maintains the clean en-
vironment of the Lotte supermarket
chain and condo complexes in Ko-
rea. It can also be found in fairway
market chain and restaurants in New
York and Albertson’s in Manhattan.
evidently a world-class product,
Superbio will soon be distributed in
various parts of the globe to realize
the inventor’s vision of a sustainable
environment.
“Approximating zero waste,” Cruz
adds, “Superbio further transforms
garbage to gold and makes it a high-
speed organic waste decomposition
solution.”
Tons and tons of garbage can be
processed in 24 hours to produce
49% biodegradable materials water
and fertilizer, 42% recyclables, and
9% residuals.
Superbio further provides the fol-
lowing benefts: 1) 100% conversion
of garbage to biofertilizer and clean
water; 2) high-speed decomposi-
tion in 24 hours and use of patented
devices and microorganisms; 3) en-
vironment solid waste management
solution in compliance with the law;
4) social and lifestyle upgrade in
sanitation, safety and home or work
conditions; 5) health and hygiene
safeguards from minimized costs for
sanitary, pest control and reduced
diseases and epidemics; 6) ecologi-
cally safe and natural method that
reduces pollution and global warm-
ing; and 7) new economic benefts
including streamlined workfows,
segragation that enhances recycling
programs, and extension of the use-
ful life of landflls.
Te existing Superbio model
unit can already be found in the
Philippines at the Manila Jockey Club
where it will also be launched this
month.
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Moving to
a new place?
Here are some
hot tips
MOVING TO A NEw PLACE for the
frst time gives you a mixed feeling
of excitement and anxiety. I am also
undergoing such a phase as I write for
Condo Central for the frst time. be-
lieve me, the feeling is the same, but I
am more excited than anxious.
If you are faced with such an event,
don’t fret. I am even glad I would
be able to share my professional
knowledge and skills in helping
others beautify their homes!
but back to the topic, here are
some tips on how to transform your
drab place into a remarkable space!
STORAGE. Make sure you have
enough storage space for all your
things (and the things you’ll have).
remember, a lot of cabinet spaces
in a room are better than a spa-
cious room without provisions for a
closet or storage.
MOTIf. You’re totally clueless about
interior design yet you want to have
a picturesque home? It’s best to
plan carefully right from the start.
It would take a little research and
it’s important to know what you
really want. establish a motif, and
then commit to it till the very end.
formulate a motif. You can do this by
looking at the architectural elements
of your new place or get ideas from
your favorite clothes, or simply get
ideas from the antique pieces you
can’t let go. but it’s crucial to initially
know what you really want in order
to jumpstart your interior design
project.
PROPORTION. when you have
established the look you want to
achieve and you are starting to buy
the things you need for your new
home, make sure that everything is
in proportion to everything that you
put in the space. for me, everything
is about proportion. for example,
the sofa set should be proportioned
with the space of the living room.
Te cofee table and the end tables
should be in proportion with the
sofa set, then the lamps should be in
proportion with the end tables. And
the list goes on.
COMfORT. Do not compromise
comfort when choosing your mat-
tresses, chairs and the sofas. Make
sure they are to your liking. Always
assess by lying on the mattresses and
sitting on the chairs, couch or sofas
to see if they pass your standards for
comfort.

fUNCTION. As an interior designer,
I prioritize function over aesthet-
ics. Interior design is, after all, about
enhancing the lives of my clients.
Always put in mind to get pieces that
have double purposes such as a sofa
that could double as a bed for guests;
a cofee table that could serve as
additional storage; or a chair that you
could actually use for sitting and not
just as a conversational piece.
COLOR SCHEME. Choosing color is
so much fun and exciting! when de-
ciding on color, you should always ask
yourself the reasons you chose a spe-
cifc color as well as the efects you
want for the specifc color that you
chose. when you have established
the color that you want for a certain
room, ask yourself again whether you
want another color to go with the
frst color or how many other colors
you want to go with the frst choice
of color. remember, whatever color
you choose, additional colors should
always complement and/or blend
well.
ACCESSORIZE. If you’re an admit-
ted newbie in accessorizing, I would
advise you to begin with the heaven,
Man and earth theory. It is the
method of accessorizing wherein you
have three diferent accessories, with
three diferent heights, arranging
them together in a group. remember,
always glam it up and do complete
the look.
I-design
Jigs Ranada
Adefuin, PIID
Moving to
a new place?
Here are some
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Legal
Options
Atty. Edwin Calica
Cacayorin, Jr.
Understanding
condo contracts
IN BUyING a condominium unit, the
point of litigation is most often not
on what is provided in the contract,
but on the circumstances involved in
the transaction. Te contract itself is
legally worded in such terms as may
appear fair to both parties.
Do request however from the
seller to fully explain (a) the terms of
payment, in case of default in paying
the premium – what happens; (b) the
delivery or, more interestingly, the
non-delivery of property on its due
date – what are your options; and
(c) whether there is a provision that
the buyer can rescind the contract, if
there is – what are the grounds.
To rescind a contract simply
means that one can walk away from
the agreement if the other party
does not comply with its obligations.
Te power to rescind is fundamen-
tally rooted in the law and is read
inherently in all contracts. It is better
though to ask the seller about your
right to rescind as it may have impli-
cations that are already covered in
the contract.
be conscious of the reputation
of the developer and the contrac-
tor. Check the title of the property
for adverse claims, mortgages and
other encumbrances. Investing in real
estate may be highly proftable in the
future but it is also risky. You might
end up buying a unit that has been
mortgaged or worse, had earlier been
sold to another.
Consider too that what you are
buying is what you see physically in
the unit and, in case of pre-selling,
what it would look like based on how
you imagine the blue print as will be
constructed. Te size of the pipelines
for the water and for the sewerage
is always a concern. flushing a toilet
with insufcient water may not be a
legal issue but, more importantly, it is
one of convenience. Inspect as much
as you can the construction of the
unit as well as the blue print, and if
need be, consult an architect or an
engineer.
Do not completely trust the agent
of the seller. You may chance upon
an outstanding deal to an excellent
property constructed by a well-repu-
table developer with all the docu-
ments in order but you gave your
money to the wrong person. Inquire
with the seller on who to deal with,
if he or she authorized in writing to
sell the property and to receive the
payment or premium.
finally, always document each
transaction and keep the originals
as well as photocopies organized for
your legal protection.
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Meaning
Ariel N. Valerio
THE POST-MODERN, post-struc-
turalist, or post-colonial period
(depending on the reader’s interpre-
tation of periodization) we live in
is now dominated by tendencies in
the Age of Aquarius – earth-bound,
spiritual, feminine.
Tis is perhaps the reason behind
the recent blending of forms in the
coined phrase “art-chitecture” that
emphasizes art in the emergent
edifces fowering all over the Philip-
pines.
A quick look at online data reveals
that the concept of “art-chitecture”
dates back to the early ‘80s but uti-
lizes architectural or building materi-
als to form art or what can be called
in painting as mixed media or in pop
culture as installation art.
further back, some practitioners
of “art-chitecture” trace its roots to
the Art Deco movement in the ‘30s
where there was a persistent desire
among artists to modify the prod-
ucts of renaissance.
on the other hand, “art-chitec-
ture” can also put emphasis on
“chitecture” where the focus of
artistic modifcation are the build-
ings themselves. one architect even
went as far as dotting a subdivision
with individual houses that look like
spaceships. Te architectural design
was called futuristic, owing perhaps
to the popular flm extra Terrestrial
(e.T.), but properly belongs now to
the category of “art-chitecture.”
from mixed media and installa-
tion art to art deco and futuristic
designs, the current trend in design is
lined with earth-bound, spiritual and
feminine desires.
A practitioner of this concept
defnes his vocation, thus: “Artchi-
tecture is based in the new valu-
ation of a concept that embraces
the principles of oscar Niemeyer’s
modernism, and other contempo-
rary art movements. It champions
the fusion of art and architectural
structures organically inserted into
the ecosystem that surrounds us,
and propitiating a three-dimensional
link—work-space-structure.”
In the early ‘80s, I remember
reading an article written by a poet-
journalist for the Sunday magazine
of a national daily which character-
izes the 21
st
century with a “universal
convergence of the human spirit.”
Te fast-paced development in
information technology provides the
“universal convergence” where con-
trasting and even opposing views can
be found in the information highway
and wars can be waged in the human
mind instead of the geographic ter-
ritories.
Tese almost invisible microchips
are crossing the boundaries of class,
gender and ethnicity in an invincible
manner though not necessarily
unregulated process. In fact, both
search engine giants Yahoo and
google were recently penalized by
the US government through taxes
for their online betting games. Un-
scrupulous programmers and petty
hackers can also harm information
stored in individual internet boxes or
corporate libraries.
Te “human spirit,” however, is for
the artists to ponder on. Te advent
of “art-chitecture” is one manifesta-
tion of an artistic desire to make life
inside condominiums as humane as
possible. In a sense, the present crop
of architects are well-entrenched in
culture and the arts to know that art
is not just a piece of poetry or pain-
ting that can be framed and hung on
one’s wall but the wellspring of one’s
humanity.
but what, after all, is “humanity”?
An existentialist may say that it is the
endless opening and closing of doors
in a never-ending hallway. A material-
ist, on the other hand, may claim
that one’s humanity is what produces
and reproduces the human being and
his environs.
Te key words are “hu” and “man”
where “hu” is being defned lately
by practitioners of meditation as an
utterance that unifes an individual
with his god; “man,” meanwhile, is
both the biological product of evolu-
tion and destiny’s creation.
A discourse on “humanity” may
require a doctoral dissertation but
for the purposes of “art-chitecture,”
it is that entity which makes an
abode exude life and puts premium
on comfort, convenience and style
– a direction that blends form with
content, material with spiritual, mind
with matter, and everything else
possible to make this world a better
place to live in.
Blending of forms
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TwO DECADES back,
condominiums were visible only in
the Makati and Manila bay areas.
over the last decade, we experienced
the rapid development of fort
bonifacio, rockwell, ortigas and
North edsa. More recently, we have
seen condominiums rising all over
the metropolis; from Valenzuela City
to the North, Las Piñas to the South,
and e. rodriguez to the east.
Condominiums are now designed
as total communities with access to
malls, churches, schools, and ofces.
Tey even designed resort amenities
complete with wellness spa and all
the facilities that you need in your
daily life. And what do we expect to
have in the next three to fve years?
Te rise of condominium cities
- the city within the city. After fort
bonifacio, we will experience the new
developments in the Quezon City
area, particularly the C-5 area up to
the Quezon City Circle and North
edsa. Manila may soon say goodbye
to the postwar buildings along Ave-
nida rizal and recto Avenue.
even the former fshing town of
Malabon will soon have its condo-
minium city, with the vast land along
Potrero and Acacia area. Soon urban
planners will be busy with the devel-
opment of these properties. within
the next decade, condo living will be
the new lifestyle. Urban dwellers will
soon say goodbye to these postwar
apartments and dormitories.
So when is the best time to buy?
Now is the best time to buy when
you could still get the best location
possible.
but before you hand over your
hard earned money for your condo
investment, let me share with you a
checklist to consider:
• Make sure you get a professional
broker who will help you decide
to get a unit that is best suited for
you. remember that real estate
investment transcend your lifetime,
extending up to three generations.
•get the best possible location
that will suit your budget. Don’t
expect to get a condo unit at Te
fort bonifacio if your budget is below
P2M.
• Make sure you invest in a project
from a reputable developer. Do not
be taken away by the lavish proper-
ties and audio visuals presented to
you. Take time out and research the
capacity of the developer or even the
marketing arm.
• Make sure you can aford and
sustain the unit you will get. Tere
are so many properties that are in
the secondary markets at bargain
prices because buyers were not able
to sustain monthly amortization of
their investment.
• explore what are the feng-shui
complications or just follow your gut
feel. If you feel it’s a good investment,
then go for it. If you have doubts,
check other options.
• Know who will manage the
condominium. well-managed con-
dominiums have higher resale value.
Mismanaged condominiums end
up with unlighted areas with poor
security.
• Check the stage of development
and completion date of the project.
I remember a friend who invested in
a condo so when his son goes to col-
lege, he will have a place to stay near
the school and the location is also
near the central business district.
well, his son has fnished his degree
and now rents a condo unit here in
Makati while the condo he got has
been idle for the past decade.
If you have any inquiries and ques-
tions regarding condominiums, please
feel free to visit the author at Condo
Café located at 2/F P&L Bldg., 116 Le-
gazpi St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
or call him at (632) 812-3333 or e-mail
renne@condo.com.ph.
Te
Condo
Café
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Condo
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THE SNOw by the window pane
melts and reveals a panorama of
the land of milk and honey that so
many filipinos want to see. but I just
sigh with relief that I’m fnally here
in New York, ready to proceed with
the roadshow as scheduled. Despite
the heater inside the hotel room, I
feel cold but sweating with the sales
prospects.
I fx my overcoat and lean on the
window sill. I think of my ofce in
Makati and the faces of hope that
sent me to the airport. I think of the
booming sales inventory of Condo.
Com.Ph, Inc. and dream that the same
is happening in the US.
Dream. It all started with a dream.
In my younger years, I dreamt of own-
ing a condo unit when condos were
still a rarity. I dreamt of a life amid the
hustle and bustle of everything phan-
tasmagoric. Now everything seems to
be a dream to me.
I hope the dreams come true. New
York. New Jersey. Chicago. florida.
Nevada. Arizona. California. I am
about to cross half of the world in a
year’s time. Tat in itself ought to be
a personal milestone. but I have to
spread the word among all filipinos in
the US that everywhere in the Philip-
pines, decent dwellings are abloom
like mushrooms.
Tough job. I hear my teammates
say. but we all share the same dream.
It is within our reach. I can feel it in my
guts. I can feel it in the air. I can see
it through the snow melting by the
window pane to reveal the prospects
of success.
I suddenly recall my interview
with the American consul. Do I have
plans of staying in the US for good? I
said no. I love my country. I love the
Philippines. I must share this love with
other filipinos in the US. I must share
with them, too, the good fortune
that has come my way through sheer
hardwork. And dreams.
It will defnitely not be easy to
muster all my accummulated knowl-
edge and skills on real estate sales
in a foreign land. Tere are cultural
boundaries. Tis early I am already be-
ginning to feel the culture shock that
often comes with a sudden change in
environment. but with my teammates
around, I hope to go through business
smoothly. And come back to the Phil-
ippines with smiles on our faces.
Major real estate developers have
entrusted us a portion of their sales
eforts by sponsoring this real estate
caravan. I am deeply grateful for the
gesture. I want them to be doubly
grateful when I come back with more
than the target number of investors
sharing with our dreams.
Te commitment is mutual. we
shall not fail them. I hear a series of
knocks on the door. I hear the enthu-
siastic voices of my teammates echo-
ing down the hall. I open the door and
greet them with bear hugs. I suddenly
miss the Philippines but we have to
live up to our commitment.
America, here we come!
Te Global
Pinoy
Daniel R. dela Cruz
Crossing the
coasts with dreams
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Bonifacio Heights 2 Unfurnished 41 sq.m. 0 P15,000/month
Bonifacio Heights 2 Fully furnished 46 sq.m. 0 P25,000/month
One Mckinley Place 2 Fully furnished 114 sq.m. 1 P100,000/month
Serendra 2 3 Unfurnished 108 sq.m. 0 P110,000/month
Serendra 2 1 Fully furnished 54 sq.m. 0 P50,000/month
Bonifacio Ridge 3 Fully furnished 113 sq.m. 2 P100,000/month
One Mckinley Place 1 Fully furnished 78 sq.m. 1 P70,000/month
One Mckinley Place 2 Fully furnished 110 sq.m. 0 P110,000/month
Rosewood Pointe 2 Unfurnished 49 sq.m. 0 P60,000/month
One Serendra 1 Semi-furnished 79 sq.m. 1 P80,000/month
Kensington Place Studio Fully furnished 36 sq.m. 0 P30,000/month
Forbeswood Heights 3 Fully furnished 155 sq.m. 1 P130,000/month
Penhurst 2 Semi-furnished 94 sq.m. 1 P65,000/month
Penhurst 3 Semi-furnished 145 sq.m. 1 P100,000/month
Kensington Place Studio Fully furnished 34 sq.m. 0 P30,000/month
Legaspi Village, Makati
One Legaspi Park 2 Fully furnished 90.77 sq.m. 0 P110,000/month
One Legaspi Park 1 Fully furnished 60.25 sq.m. 1 P70,000/month
Greenbelt Parkplace Studio Fully furnished 36 sq.m. 0 P35,000/month
Frabella 2 Fully furnished 169 sq.m. 0 P85,000/month
Biltmore Studio Bare 62 sq.m. 0 P37,000/month
Biltmore 1 Fully furnished 82 sq.m. 1 P70,000/month
Greenbelt Radisson Studio Fully furnished 34.3 sq.m. 0 P30,000/month
Shang Grand Tower 1 Fully furnished 132 sq.m. 0 P130,000/month
One Legaspi Park 2 Fully furnished 96 sq.m. 1 P100,000/month
One Legaspi Park 1 Fully furnished 62 sq.m. 1 P55,000/month
Shang Grand Tower 2 Fully furnished 135 sq.m. 1 P140,000/month
The Asia Tower 2 Fully furnished 75 sq.m. 0 P65,000/month
The Asia Tower 2 Fully furnished 75 sq.m. 0 P65,000/month
Greenbelt Park Place Studio Fully furnished 37.1 sq.m. 0 P30,000/month
Greenbelt Park Place Studio Fully furnished 36.5 sq.m. 0 P35,000/month
Greenbelt Park Place Studio Fully furnished 36.5 sq.m. 0 P27,000/month
Greenbelt Park Place Studio Fully furnished 36 sq.m. 0 P35,000/month
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Pacifc Regency 1 Unfurnished 46 sq.m. 0 P15,000/month
Popular Place Condominium 2 Unfurnished 57 sq.m. 1 P16,500/month
Popular Place Condominium 2 Unfurnished 57 sq.m. 1 P16,500/month
Popular Place Condominium 2 Unfurnished 57 sq.m. 1 P16,500/month
Burgundy Transpacifc 1 Unfurnished 25 sq.m. 0 P13,500/month
Burgundy Transpacifc 1 Unfurnished 28 sq.m. 0 P13,500/month
One Wilson Place 2 Unfurnished 102 sq.m. 1 P24,000/month
Mandaluyong City/ Pasig
Mayfeld Park Residences 2 Unfurnished 48 sq.m. 1 P20,000/month
East Ortigas Mansions 2 Semi-furnished 80 sq.m. 1 P15,000/month
Parc Royale 1 Fully furnished 60 sq.m. 0 P35,000/month
California Garden Square 2 Fully furnished 60 sq.m. 0 P16,000/month
California Garden Square 2 Fully furnished 60 sq.m. 0 P35,000/month
California Garden Square 2 Semi-furnished 57.5 sq.m. 0 P14,000/month
Quezon City
Novalesa Millenium Bldg. Studio Semi-furnished 30.53 sq.m. 0 P16,000/month
Spazio Bernardo Studio Semi-furnished 33 sq.m. 0 P6,000/month
One Orchard Road 2 Fully furnished 73 sq.m. 1 P50,000/month
Grand Eastwood Palazzo 2 Unfurnished 73 sq.m. 1 P35,000/month
Prince David Condominium 2 Semi-furnished 82 sq.m. 0 P25,000/month
Tropical mandarin 2 Fully furnished 146 sq.m. 1 P50,000/month
Tropical mandarin 1 Fully furnished 1 P45,000/month
salcedo Village, Makati
Salcedo Park 2 Unfurnished 179 sq.m. 2 P70,000/month
Splendido Gardens 3 Unfurnished 279 sq.m. 0 P120,000/month
Grand Tower Condo 2 Fully furnished 155 sq.m. 0 P75,000/month
Grand Tower Condo 2 Fully furnished 155 sq.m. 0 P75,000/month
Grand Tower Condo 2 Fully furnished 155 sq.m. 0 P75,000/month
The Peak 1 Fully furnished 67 sq.m. 0 P27,000/month
Antel Platinum 1 Fully furnished 50 sq.m. 0 P30,000/month
Pasong Tamo/ Dela rosa/ ayala ave./ rockefeller, Makati
Oriental Gardens Lotus Tower Studio Fully furnished 37 sq.m. 0 P25,000/month
MET 1 1 Bare 29 sq.m. 0 P13,500/month
Oriental Gardens Studio Fully furnished 33 sq.m. 1 P25,000/month
Sison Mansion Studio Semi-furnished 25 sq.m. 0 P6,000/month
Sison Mansion 1 Fully furnished 45 sq.m. 0 P15,000/month
The Columns at Ayala 1 Fully furnished 48 sq.m. 1 P40,000/month
Paranaque/ Marikina/ Taguig
Chateau Elysee 1 Semi-furnished 28 sq.m. 0 P9,000/month
Picasso @ Presidio Brittany Bay 1 Semi-furnished 49 sq.m. 0 P15,000/month
Marquinton Residences 2 Semi-furnished 49 sq.m. 0 P18,000/month
Vista De Lago Villas 2 Semi-furnished 58 sq.m. 1 P19,000/month
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Baguio City/ Cebu City
The Zone Vill 2 Fully furnished 149 sq.m. 1 P8,500,000
The Zone Vill 2 Fully furnished 43 sq.m. 1 P2,500,000
Winland Towers 2 Unfurnished 80 sq.m. 0 P8,000,000
Bonifacio Global City
Forbeswood Heights 1 Unfurnished 48 sq.m. 1 P5,200,000
Forbeswood Heights 3 Fully furnished 155 sq.m. 1 P18,500,000
Forbeswood Heights 2 Unfurnished 85 sq.m. 1 P7,600,000
Kensington 2 Bare 65.79 sq.m. 1 P5,900,000
Serendra District 1 2 Semi-furnished 134 sq.m. 2 P16,000,000
Two Serendra 2 Unfurnished 73 sq.m. 1 P10,500,000
Serendra 2 1 Unfurnished 60 sq.m. 0 P6,800,000
Forbeswood Heights 1 Unfurnished 48 sq.m. 0 P3,800,000
South of Market 1 Fully furnished 36sq.m. 1 P4,600,000
South of Market 1 Fully furnished 38 sq.m. 1 P4,800,000
South of Market 1 Fully furnished 39 sq.m. 1 P4,900,000
Fairways Tower 1 Unfurnished 52 sq.m. 0 P5,200,000
Rainbow ridge Studio Semi-furnished 37.5 sq.m. U.R. P1,250,000
One Mckinley Place 2 Fully furnished 110 sq.m. 1 P10,800,000
Legaspi Village, Makati
Greenbelt Radisson Studio Unfurnished 34.3 sq.m. 0 P3,800,000
Greenbelt Parkplace Studio Bare 36.5 sq.m. 0 P4,600,000
Greenbelt Parkplace Studio Fully furnished 36 sq.m. 1 P5,000,000
One Legaspi Park 1 Fully furnished 66 sq.m. 1 P8,000,000
Greenbelt Parkplace Studio Unfurnished 36 sq.m. 1 P5,500,000
Greenbelt Radisson Studio Unfurnished 36 sq.m. 0 P3,500,000
Greenbelt Radisson Studio Unfurnished 36 sq.m. 0 P3,500,000
Greenbelt Radisson Studio Unfurnished 40 sq.m. 0 P4,000,000
The Residences at Greenbelt 3 Unfurnished 187 sq.m. 2 P24,000,000
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Hampstead Gardens 1 Semi-furnished 36 sq.m. 1 P2,000,000
Burgundy Transpacifc Place 1 Unfurnished 25 sq.m. 0 P2,000,000
Ortigas Center/ Mandaluyong/ Greenhills, san Juan/Pasig
Megaplaza 1 Fully furnished 45 sq.m. 1 P4,000,000
AIC Gold Tower 3 200 sq.m. 0 P9,000,000
AIC Gold Tower 3 197 sq.m. 1 P10,480,220
Cityland Megaplaza 1 Fully furnished 35.62 sq.m. P2,200,000
East Ortigas Mansions 2 Fully furnished 61 sq.m. 1 P3,800,000
Malayan Plaza 1 Fully furnished 56.66 sq.m. 0 P4,200,000
Galleria Regency 2 Fully furnished 87 sq.m. 1 P11,000,000
Wack-wack Twin Tower 3 Fully furnished 165 sq.m. 1 P9,000,000
California Garden Square 2 Bare 57 sq.m. 0 P2,200,000
California Garden Square 2 Semi-furnished 57.5 sq.m. 0 P3,000,000
California Garden Square 2 Bare 57.5 sq.m. 0 P2,500,000
San Francisco Gardens 2 Semi-furnished 88 sq.m. 1 P3,500,000
Cambridge Village 1 Unfurnished 40 sq.m. 0 P1,000,000
Goldhill Tower 3 179 sq.m. 1 P5,000,000
Quezon City
Victoria Station 2 Unfurnished 42 sq.m. 0 P2,150,000
Regalia Park Condominium 2 Unfurnished 62 sq.m. 0 P2,400,000
Prince David Condominium Studio Fully furnished 34 sq.m. 0 P2,500,000
Victoria Station 3 Unfurnished 42 sq.m. 0 P2,150,000
Olympic Heights Tower 1 1 Fully furnished 54 sq.m. 0 P4,000,000
rockwell/ Pasong Tamo/ Makati ave./ Dela rosa, Makati City
Joya at Rockwell Center 2 Unfurnished 100 sq.m. 2 P12,000,000
CMET 2 3 Unfurnished 120 sq.m. 0 P6,500,000
Millenium Plaza 1 Semi-furnished 59 sq.m. 2 P4,500,000
Oriental Gardens Lotus Tower Studio Fully furnished 37 sq.m. 0 P3,000,000
A. Venue Residences 1 Unfurnished 38 sq.m. 0 P4,000,000
CMET 1 1 Unfurnished 29 sq.m. 0 P2,000,000
Makati Prime Tower Studio Fully furnished 23 sq.m. 0 P1,500,000
CMET 1 1 Unfurnished 28 sq.m. 0 P1,500,000
CMET 1 Studio Semi-furnished 20 sq.m. 0 P1,400,000
CMET 1 Studio Semi-furnished 27.36 sq.m. 0 P1,800,000
Cityland 9 3 Semi-furnished 83 sq.m. 1 P3,300,000
Cityland Pasong Tamo Tower 1 Fully furnished 34 sq.m. 1 P3,700,000
Makati Cinema Square Tower 3 Fully furnished 149 sq.m. 0 P9,000,000
West of Ayala 3 Fully furnished 136 sq.m. 2 P9,500,000
salcedo Village, Makati
One Lafayette 1 Semi-furnished 60 sq.m. 1 P5,000,000
Easton Place 2 Unfurnished 126 sq.m. 1 P8,500,000
Easton Place 2 Unfurnished 126 sq.m. 0 P8,500,000
Easton Place 3 Unfurnished 189 sq.m. 1 P12,500,000
Prince Tower Condo 1 Fully furnished 61.18 sq.m. 0 P3,000,000
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Condo! Condo!
FOR SALE
ForBesWood heights
Bonifacio Global City
1-BR, 59 sq.m., unfurnished, 2 T&B, 1 maid’s room,
P5M (negotiable)
one MCKinleY PlACe
Bonifacio Global City
1-BR with balcony, 76 sq.m, unfurnished.,
1 parking slot, P6.7M
PenhUrst
Bonifacio Global City
2-BR, 97 sq.m., fully furnished, 1 parking slot, 1
maid’s room, 3 T&B, P8.5M (negotiable)
soUth oF MArKet (soMA)
Bonifacio Global City
1-BR, 38 sq.m., fully furnished, fully ftted, nice
view, higher foor, P4.2M
eAston PlACe
Salcedo Village, Makati City
2-BR with balcony,126 sq.m., unfurnished,
1 parking slot, 1 maid’s room, 3 T&B, P7.5M
one lAFAYette
Salcedo Village, Makati City
1-BR, 60 sq.m., unfurnished,1 parking slot, newly
renovated, P5M (negotiable)
the PArKlAne
Salcedo Village, Makati City
3-BR,186 sq.m., unfurnished,1 parking slot, 1 maid’s
room, 3 T&B, P8.5M
one legAZPi PArK
Legazpi Village, Makati City
1-BR, 61 sq.m., unfurnished,1 parking slot, corner
unit, very nice view, P7.2M
FOR LEASE
one MCKinleY PlACe
Bonifacio Global City
1-BR with balcony, 76 sq.m., fully furnished,1 park-
ing slot, P50,000
ForBesWood heights
Bonifacio Global City
1-BR, 59 sq.m., unfurnished, 2 T&B, 1 maid’s room,
P40,000
PenhUrst
Bonifacio Global City
2-BR, 97 sq.m., fully furnished, 1 parking slot, 1
maid’s room, 3 T&B, P60,000
one legAZPi PArK
Legazpi Village, Makati City
1-BR, 61 sq.m., fully furnished, 1 parking slot, nice
view, P60,000
the PArKPlACe
Legazpi Village, Makati City
1-BR, 38 sq.m., fully furnished, nice view, P30,000
WestgAte PlAZA
Salcedo Village, Makati City
2-BR, 115 sq.m., fully furnished, 1 parking slot,
3 T&B, 1 maid’s room, P40,000
For viewing requests, call Constatino
at +639217699685
liVe And inVest
in A PlACe
thAt YoU
deserVe

PortoFino
House and lots for the fne people
P8M - P44M

AVAnt
Fort Bonifacio
Studio - P2.9M - P3.3M
1-BR - P4.5M - P4.9M
2-BR - P7.1M - P10.2M
3-BR - P11.8M

el PUeBlo
Very afordable
Studio - P.63M - P.80M
1-BR - P.96M - P.98M
2-BR - P .96M - P.98M
3-BR - P1.24 - P1.56M

Call or text Charles Herrero +639167635322
resAle
Condo Units
two serendra
Bonifacio Global City
2-BR, 73 sq.m., 2T&B, 1 parking slot, P10.5M
South of Market (SOMA)
south of Market
Bonifacio Global City
1-BR, FF, 36.54, 1 T&B, 1 parking slot, P4.6M
1-BR, FF, 38, 1 T&B, 1 parking slot, P4.8M
Cityland Pasong tamo tower
1-BR, FF, 34 sq.m., 1 T&B, 1 parking slot, P3.7M

Please contact Norma Robles
at +639178557174/ +639202623145
Condo Units
For sAle
grand hamptons tower ii
Bonifacio Global City
One-bedroom with balcony 46 sq.m. P3.3M
Vito Cruz Tower
Near DLSU-Taft
24 sq.m. P1.2M
Call or text Bing Lau at +639209027280
legAZPi VillAge
Condos

greenbelt radisson
Legaspi Village, Makati City
S 36 sq.m. P3.5M

greenbelt radisson
Legaspi Village, Makati City
S 36 sq.m. P3.5M

greenbelt radisson
Legaspi Village, Makati CIty
S 40 sq.m.P4M

greenbelt Parkplace
Legaspi Village, Makati City
S 36 sq,m. 1 parking slot P5.5M

greenbelt Parkplace
Legaspi Village, Makati City
S 36.5 sq.m. P4.6M

greenbelt Parkplace
Legaspi Village, Makati City
S 36 sq.m. 1 parking slot P5M

Call or text Dexter R. dela Cruz at +639214643185
central market
Best deAl!
oFFiCe And CoMMerCiAl
ProPerties

QuEzOn City: LOtS FOR SALE
Cubao, 1031 sq.m. P30,000/sq.m
Rotonda, 2000 sq.m. P30,000/sq.m

PASig City: OFFiCE SPACES
FOR SALE
San Miguel Avenue, penthouse unit,
348 sq,m., 2 parking slots, P10M
San Miguel Avenue, 198.27 sq.m.,
1 parking slot, P8.5M
San Miguel Avenue, 197.00 sq.m., P 5.6M

ADB Avenue, 579.066 sq.m., P600.00/sq.m.

MAndALuyOng City:
OFFiCE SPACE FOR LEASE
Pioneer, 6000 sq.m., P650/sq.m.
Ideal for call center operation

CAvitE: OFFiCE SPACE
FOR LEASE
Carmona, 6,400 sq.m., P200/sq.m.
Ideal for call center operation or corporate ofce

MAkAti: OFFiCE SPACES
FOR LEASE
Ayala Avenue,
23 sq.m., 32 sq.m.,
36 sq.m., 78 sq.m., P410/sq.m.
dela rosa,
183 sq.m., P300/sqm
rada,
169 sq.m., P350/sq.m.,
303 sq.m., P300/sq.m.,
652 sq.m., P300/ sq.m.,
526 sq.m., P350/sq.m.

gREEnhiLLS, SAn JuAn:
COMMERCiAL AREAS
FOR LEASE
Annapolis
54.04 sq.m., 35.40 sq.m., 32.45 sq.m.,
47.00 sq.m., 38.99 sq.m., 15.48 sq.m.,
P600-P650/sq.m.
Ideal for fower shop and jewelry shop

BOniFACiO gLOBAL City:
COMMERCiAL SPACES
FOR LEASE
The Fort, 63.91, P1,200/sq.m., 46.09 sq.m., P800/
sq.m., 62.27 sq.m., P1,200/sq.m., 50.37 sq.m.,
P1,200/ sq.m, 59.17 sq.m., P1,200/sq.m.
Ideal for convenience store and restaurant
For more information, contact Mr. Henry
Mondoñedo at 473-4379 or 09202862981.
F1 CitY Center
at Bonifacio global City
Take a look into the future of urban living. This is
F1 City Center. Breathing new life into the city.
Available units: commercial, condotel, fats and lofts
Own a unit for as low as P4.5M
Another condominium project by First Global
BYO, project manager of Fort Palm Spring
Now selling! Call Rene Isidro at +639159708815
toP BroKer’s
PiCKs!

one Mckinley Place
Bonifacio Global City
2BR 110 sq.m. FF 1 parking slot P10.8M

Joya at rockwell Center
Rockwell, Makati City
2BR 100 sq.m. P12M

West of Ayala
Sen. Gil Puyat, Makati City
3BR 136 sq.m. 2 parking slots P9.5M

south of Market
Bonifacio Global City
1BR 38 sq.m. FF 1 parking slot P4.8M

south of Market
Fort Bonifacio Global City
1BR FF 39 sq.m. 1 parking slot P4.9M

south of Market
Fort Bonifacio Global City
1BR FF 36 sq.m. 1 parking slot P4.6M

Makati Cinema square tower
San Lorenzo Village, Makati City
3BR FF 149 sq.m. P9M

Forbeswood heights
Bonifacio Global City
1BR 48 sq.m. P3.8M

Call or text Grace Geverola at +639278369426
Celadon Park
Leisure condo living
at the heart of Manila
For as low as P14,000 per month
By Community Innovations
(An Ayala Land company)
Live the life you deserve
Call Patrick R. Blanco at +639179809477
tWo serendrA
(the Aston)
Bonifacio global City
Suburban living in the city
For as low as P14,000 per month
By Community Innovations (An Ayala Land company)
Live the life you deserve
Call Royce Co at +639177946010
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THE TENTH EDITION of the Interna-
tional Madrid real estate exhibition,
to be celebrated from April 8th to
12th this year, will gather all the prod-
ucts from foreign markets in Ifema’s
pavilion number 12. “Te signifcant
increase in the number of interna-
tional developers and visitors in the
last two editions of our exhibition, as
well as the growing interest of Spanish
investors in other real estate markets,
specially those from Latin America
and the eastern europe, drove us to
enlarge the areas dedicated to inter-
national products and companies,”
explains Santiago herreros de Tejada,
director of International expansion
of Planner reed. both the presence
of public institutions from Latin
American and european markets and
the visits of the highest representa-
tives from the most important real
estate market authorities in emerg-
ing countries have helped SIMA to
become a real business platform and a
privileged bridge between europe and
Latin America.
After ten editions, SIMA has turned
into a barometer that measures the
actual situation of the Spanish real es-
tate market. In this sense, internation-
al presence in this exhibition, bigger
and bigger every year, is a refection
of how the market is evolving around
the world. former International
Madrid real estate exhibition shows
have demonstrated that territorial
diversifcation is one of the strategies
adopted by developers, companies,
investors and fnal buyers. According
to recent data published by banco
de españa -Te Spanish National
bank- investments in properties made
by Spanish buyers abroad have grown
up to 2.619 million of euros until last
September, which means 69 percent
more investments –quantifed in
million of euros- than those registered
during last year’s same period, and 11
percent more than those registered
at the end of 2006 -2.346 million of
euros. “Nowadays, not only Spanish
development companies are frequent-
ing a global scenario, also Spanish buy-
ers have attained maturity and they
are looking for opportunities in other
markets. Moreover, there are more
investment tools and channels, which
make it easier for buyers to manage
their investments abroad. During four
consecutive days, a new international
pavilion will ofer to developers and
investors the most appealing business
opportunities and investment tools
from more than 50 countries,” he
adds.
Argentina, the apple
of Latin America’s eye
four months before the exhibition’s
inauguration, more than 30 Latin
American companies have leased
space in the International Madrid
real estate exhibition. Te economic
recovery of markets from the other
shore of the Atlantic and the possibil-
ity to get higher proftability ratios
than in Spain or than in the United
States are encouraging savers to
invest in properties in Latin America.
Companies from Argentina, brazil,
Colombia, Uruguay, Panama, Mexico
and Chile will take part in SIMA’s
tenth edition once again. “Some of
the most used formulas by entrepre-
neurs and investors to penetrate Latin
American markets are to purchase
huge buildings in fnancial districts
in order to rent them out as compa-
nies’ headquarters, to buy land in the
coastline to build second-home devel-
opments or to buy apartments under
a condo-hotel system,” he points out.
Argentina will have one of the most
numerous representations of those
participating in SIMA08. Accord-
ing to Jaime garbasky, president of
grupo ecipsa, “the apple in the eye”
of Latin America generates profts
up to 35 percent of the property’s
original value, and annual incomes for
renting activities are about 12 percent.
Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Panama and
Uruguay are some of the other Latin
American markets that will partici-
pate in SIMA08. “Chile’s higher degree
of legal certainty, second-home
housing developments in the pipeline
in Uruguay and a strong demand of
properties in Mexico are some of the
attractive factors of those markets,”
he says.
eastern europe, in the spotlight
Spanish developers and investors
also consider emerging markets
from eastern europe as an objective.
Countries as such Poland or bulgaria
real estate players from all over the world converge in the charming
Spanish city of Madrid to showcase their wares, get a better feel of
the international market, have fun, and do serious business
SIMA08 bets
heavily on a global
real estate market
happenings
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ofer business opportunities and high
levels of proftability to the most
skillful investors. So far, bulgarian
market counts on one of the broadest
representations in SIMA. “bulgaria has
successfully culminated a transition
from dictatorship to a democratic
government. besides, bulgaria is a eu-
ropean Union member, which means
that macroeconomic stability and
constant growth are essential features
of its emerging economy,” explains
Santiago herreros de Tejada. Com-
panies such as Inmoban or bulgaria
house will be participating in SIMA’s
tenth edition.
Te International Program
strengthens its position
for the fourth consecutive year, SIMA
will hold the International Profes-
sional Program, to be celebrated from
April 9th to April 11th. “Tis program
is being supported and sponsored by
the most important developer associ-
ation from all around the world. NAr
(National Association of realtors) has
designed, along with SIMA organiz-
ers, lectures and sessions which will
be included in this program. Te
promotion made by this association
among its members has been one of
the key factors of the International
Program success. Trough these years,
we have achieved the very same tight
collaboration with other european as-
sociations, such as CeI or CePI,” points
out Santiago herreros de Tejada.
SIMA08 International Program will
analyze investment opportunities
available in emerging markets from
Latin America and eastern europe,
market trends such as a growing ten-
dency in europe to buy second-home
properties abroad, new sales channels
and the ultimate marketing tools.
other lectures of the International
Program will talk about the new sec-
ond-home buyer in Spain. Some of the
questions to be answered by experts
who will participate and discuss in
these forums will be, for example, how
the Spanish second-home purchaser
has evolved in recent years or which
are the products preferred by german
or british buyers.
New buying-and-selling tools
- buy to let, condo-hotels and
leaseback - will be another topic
to be discussed during this event.
Also, while the program is taking
place, quick meeting sessions will be
offered, so developers and inves-
tors from different markets could
contact each other.
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PIONEERING has always been an
apt description for real property
developer brittany Corporation. At
the forefront of innovation, it has
literally and fguratively broken many
new grounds and sculpted the land
to create various masterfully planned
properties that are not only unique
but have come to set the trends in the
industry.
To name a few, the expansive Porto-
fno development has brought Italy to
Manila. Switzerland has found a home
in Tagaytay with the Swiss-inspired
Crosswinds. And the postcard row of
San francisco along with its laid back
lifestyle has served as the inspiration
for brittany bay.
Typical of brittany Corp. to take
things a step further, it has also
embarked on re-shaping the skyline as
well. Marfori at brittany bay in Sucat
and Mosaic at greenbelt are among its
latest vertical residential developments
that ofer unique properties tailor-
made to provide an escape from the
urban jungle.
once again breaking new ground,
this time within the famed bonifacio
global City, is brittany Corp.’s most
recent development that strengthens
the property developer’s maverick
spirit. occupying what is perhaps the
last remaining area within the much-
sought after “golden triangle” at the
heart of Crescent Park west, Avant at
the fort is a refection of ingénue in all
aspects.
“we are extremely excited to ofer
Avant at Te fort. Tis is one of our
hallmark masterplans – one that has
challenged us to be unrelentingly
creative from the architecture building
to the interiors of every living space
inside!” brittany Corp. president Jing
Serrano enthused.
with respect to vertical develop-
ments, Avant will transcend conven-
tional condo living with its refreshing
innovations and artfully experimental
architectural design. More importantly,
Avant at Te fort will adopt a phi-
losophy of environmental responsive-
ness through the practice of green
architecture.
Avant at Te fort will be designed
to the last square inch to bring forth
not only an architecturally beautiful
vertical residential development, but
one that is just as well-designed on the
inside.
“we at brittany Corp. are very
confdent that Avant at Te fort will
set another trend in vertical residen-
tial properties. More importantly, we
believe that this will pave the way in
changing the market’s perceptions and
expectations and will raise the quality
of living in the urban areas. Avant is
truly a landmark development we are
proud to include in our portfolio of
properties,” concluded Serrano.
Avant at Te fort held its ground-
breaking ceremonies last Saturday,
february 16 at the site, with special
guests architect Albert S. Yu, Taguig
Mayor Sigfrido Tinga, brittany head
of Vertical Developments Dada de
guzman and brittany’s head of Cor-
porate Communications Nova Noval.
Interested clients were also treated to
a sneak peak of what is in store at the
Te embassy Cafeteria immediately
after the ceremonies.
brittany Corporation is a maverick
real estate developer of innovative
and creative lifescapes. Its eclectic and
vibrant portfolio includes brittany bay,
Crosswinds, Portofno, georgia Club,
Te Islands and Mosaic at greenbelt.
with masterplanned communities
steeped in character, stylistic and the-
matic appeal, rich architectural details
and excellent craftsmanship, it success-
fully and continuously reinvents the
local real estate landscape.
For inquiries and advance previews,
please call 8374093 or 8372868
happenings
Brittany breaks new
ground with Avant at Te Fort
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PHILTOwN PROPERTIES INC,
one of the fastest growing bou-
tique developers in the country
seals pact with South eastern
equities Construction and Services
Phils, Inc. (SeeCSP) as its Manage-
ment Contractor. Tis agreement
ensures the construction and early
delivery of the w.h. Taft residenc-
es units to its buyers.
Te w.h. Taft residences is a
30-storey residential tower located
along Taft Avenue, a brisk, busy
area beside De La Salle University
and across College of St. benilde.
Tis 4th vertical project of Philtown
Properties is sure to build a strong
identity, featuring the frst ever
completely wi-f enabled building
in the metropolis; it is defnitely the
ideal home for students and young
professionals alike.
SeeCSP based in Australia
represents the merging of a group
of specialized and diverse, yet
complimentary, manufacturing,
construction and fnance interests
from Australia and the Philip-
pines. SeeCSP has been founded
as a result of common objectives
and expertise of a group of highly
qualifed individuals from several
nations that when combined rely
on fundamental and successful
business practices.
established in 1995, Philtown
Properties Inc. was initially orga-
nized as the property frm of the
rfM group. Trough the years, the
Company has developed a number
of horizontal and vertical projects
in the vicinity of Metro Manila.
with this venture, the two
companies will now work together
to achieve on-time project comple-
tion, thereby creating higher real
estate values not only for Philtown
and SeeCSP, but also to buyers in
this project as well.
Australian Firm assigned as
the Management Contractor
for W.H. Taft Residences
AyALA LAND PREMIER, the
Philippines’ leading property
developer for the high-end market,
received a prestigious international
award. Its signature project, Te
residences at greenbelt, won as
the “best high- rise Development,
Philippines” in the recently concluded
International Property Awards.
Considered the “world Cup of
Property”, the International Property
Awards, in association with CNbC, is
the world’s largest property com-
petition and the most anticipated
event in the industry. Supported by
no less than fve media partners and
nine professional bodies, they have
attracted entries from a record 57
diferent companies this year. entries
were judged by a panel of profession-
als whose collective knowledge of the
property industry is second to none
and unsurpassed by any other property
awards. Chaired by eric Pickles, british
Shadow Secretary of State, this year’s
judges included Imtiaz farookhi, chief
executive of the National house build-
ing Council; Peter bolton King, chief
executive of the National Association
of estate Agents; and Jonathan Price,
president of the International real
estate federation (fIAbCI).
however, in spite of the scheme’s
global nature, only a small number of
awards are allocated for each country.
Te fact that Ayala Land Premier has
earned one of these coveted awards is
sure proof that it can not only compete
but also triumph within the highly
competitive global property arena.
Te residences at greenbelt is a
true example of a world-class high-rise
development. Its enviable location is
in itself a winner; situated at the heart
of Makati’s Central business District
and integrated with the renowned
greenbelt Lifestyle Center. Tis exciting
address provides easy access to a host
of the best work, business, shopping,
dining and entertainment destinations
in the Philippines.
with the country’s top construction,
engineering and design teams provid-
ing their expertise, Te residences
at greenbelt boasts an outstanding
architectural design that complements
and seamlessly blends with its location.
residents will get to choose between
various unit types that promise gener-
ous space and comfort. Tey will also
get to enjoy full-scale amenities in the
development, as the podium area of
Te fifth will house frst-rate facilities
such as gyms and spas, function rooms
and entertainment halls, pools and Zen
gardens. residents are also assured of
the safety and upkeep of the develop-
ment at all times through the Ayala
Property Management Corporation
(AMPC). In fact, the 24-hour concierge
service provides premier resident as-
sistance for various needs at any time
of day.
Te recognition from the property
industry’s most prestigious award-
giving body serves to bolster and
strengthen Ayala Land Premier’s place
as the country’s top property develop-
er. “Te characteristics that make Te
residences at greenbelt an award-win-
ning property are also the hallmarks
that have always distinguished an Ayala
Land Premier development,” shared
Ayala Land Premier head bobby Dy.
“Ayala Land Premier does not only
provide living spaces: it promises and
delivers innovatively designed, excep-
tionally engineered, master-planned
communities.”
each Ayala Land Premier project is a
study on the perfect synthesis of excel-
lent location and enviable surround-
ings - and all possess that most distinct
of Ayala Land Premier trademarks: an
unsurpassed commitment to quality.
“Tis award is proof positive of Ayala
Land Premier’s unwavering adherence
to product excellence,” said Dy. “rest
assured, our clients can always rely on
us to provide them with residential
spaces worthy to be called homes.”

Te Residences at Greenbelt wins
highly prestigious property award
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Ofering
to the
people
THE ICON of selfessly ofering oneself to the
country, the UP oblation faces the heavens
with open hands and outstretched arms, heed-
ing his country’s need.
Ten UP President rafael Palma commis-
sioned Professor guillermo e. Tolentino to
construct the sculpture. with Anastacio T.
Caedo, Professor Tolentino’s apprentice, they
forged the oblation. Te oblation is based on
the second verse of the National hero, Jose
rizal’s Mi Ultimo Adios:
In felds of battle, deliriously fghting,
Others give you their lives, without doubt,
without regret;
Where there’s cypress, laurel or lily,
On a plank or open feld, in combat or cruel
martyrdom,
If the home or country asks, it’s all the same - it
matters not.
Te sculpture at Quezon hall in Diliman,
Quezon City is a bronze replica. Te original
oblation resides in the Main Library at the
gonzales hall.
Certainly, there is a need to replicate the
oblation and forge heroes who will willingly
ofer their lives for the people.
epilogue
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