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editor’s note

Beauty and Bliss in High Living

Carlomar Arcangel Daoana

Making things
work— for us
Editor in chief

Chrysler de Guzman
Art director

Godwin Nerona
Layout artist

Benhur Arcayan Revisiting one of my most favorite Case in point: our cover story, the Manhattan
Chief photographer
films, American Beauty, I was struck, this Garden City (MGC), a revolutionary project of
Ana Kristine B. Valenzuela time with more poignancy, the scene where Megaworld and the Araneta Group of Compa-
CONTRIBUTING wwriter Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening, playing nies. Integrating human activities—live, work,
Dexter R. dela Cruz
the dysfunctional couple Lester and Caroline, play, move—in one community, MGC offers
Editorial assistant are about to make love. At the corner of her the unique opportunity to respond to the
eye, Caroline catches Lester about to spill his demands of the modern world and at the same
Arnold A. Altamira
Felicisimo A. Tejuco, Jr. drink on a $4,000 sofa upholstered in Italian time nurture personal and social relationships
Editorial CONSULTANTs silk. The foreplay terminates, with Lester, for in a nature-inspired setting. The ease of doing
obvious reason, visibly miffed. “This is not life,” one activity after another also engenders free
he exclaims, gesturing at the things in their time that can be devoted to creativity, hobby
Contributors middle-class, suburban home. “This is just stuff. and reflection.
Cita Abad-Dinglasan
And it’s become more important to you than It is in the same vein that I’m taking my
Edwin Calica Cacayorin, Jr. living. Well, honey, that’s just nuts.” hats off to Philips which has designed a slew of
Renne Isidro As a glossy editor, I sometimes find it hard simple and yet intelligent products that serve
to remind myself that things are just things the many essential needs of soul and body
Johanna Acab-Faustino whenever comfronted by an exquisitely beaded such as good drinking water, warm light benefi-
Bernadette Bangayan haute couture by Pitoy Moreno for example, cial to those afflicted with Seasonal Affective
Matt Bienvenido
Keith Bryan Cortez the sinuous evocation of an Italian chair, a Disorder, story-telling session, among others.
Jaime Licauco gorgeously designed condo unit sparkling with This line of products dubbed Simplicity looks
Mariel Lorenzo Swarovski crystals, or the Zen-like simplicity every bit the wave of the future.
Roel Hoang Manipon
Dr. Adelaida V. Mayo of an iPod. We relate to things not only on the I do indulge and encourage a little harmless
Jenny Orillos physical but emotional level as well. This is the shopping spree, as evidenced by two stories
Maripet L. Poso
Johanna Sampan reason why we have so called “sentimental featuring the newly built TriNoma and the new
Writers objects,” ordinary things with which we accord wing Archaeology in the Power Plant Mall.
their own level of value and significance. What I feel vituperative about is the mindless
Nadia Camit-Upton (London)
Reyann Kong (New York) It’s just nuts when we let things bear the purchase of knick-knacks, the blind submission
correspondents brunt of projecting what and who we think we to marketing, and the sticky reliance on brands
Pranz Kaeno Billones
are to the world. We want to appear success- and labels. A variety of options will give us
Rhoy Cobilla ful? Then let’s purchase that power suit and pause, prompt us to think and consider. Our
Shaira Luna PDA phone. We want to look cool and hip? Preview section offers that through five differ-
Then let’s get that pair of Chucks and the latest ent condominiums and the respective lifestyles
distressed jeans. We want to evoke the notion they evoke.
of domestic bliss? Let’s buy that $4,000 sofa If there’s anything that American Beauty has
Cherie Mae Ayongao
Sales and Marketing Director upholstered in Italian silk. Instead of doing the taught me, it’s that your life should look better
hardwork of how to possibly make our aspira- than your house.
Editha B. Ignacio
tion happen, we instead get into the trance of
Emma Mangalindan “buy mode,” thinking that things will do the
Cyd V. Ponce work for us. Well, I have news for you: it ain’t
Account executives
gonna happen.
Bong Cayanan That’s why I deeply appreciate when things
Circulation manager
serve the human, a concept awakened in me
Alfred Matrimonio by personally listening and interviewing stellar Carlomar Arcangel Daoana
Web designer designers Karim Rashid and Gaetano Pesche.

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14 RevEAL 64 Soar
Simplicity in complexity Inspirations from
The most innovative and human-sensitive the edge of the world
products from Philips How a gallery cum cafe in Palawan
18 Spotlight braves the odds
Through the lens of the beholder
America’s Next Top Model judge Nigel
Barker believes that beauty
transcends surface

106 epilogue
20 Celebrity
In pursuit of the universal wow
Yeng says yes to fame Mayie Delgado explores the abstract
Pinoy Dream Academy winner Yeng
quality of the natural world
Constantino proves she is more than a
one-hit wonder
26 Northern shopping exposure
28 Digging for good finds
Head to TriNoma and Archaeology for a
unique shopping experience

in complexity
Flying to Hong Kong for the Philips Simplicity
event, Johanna Sampan is introduced to
innovative but simple products that guide the
body, mind and soul back to balance

A bedside light called Rise What does it mean to live a sim- pore, India, Spain, Germany, Australia, These five categories are: Listen to
and Shine helps one doze ple life? In my young mind, it is look- Hong Kong and the Philippines were your body, Care for your body, Move
off with its slow decrease
of light and wakes one ing at life from a positive perspective. invited to experience what Philips has your body, Relax your body and Share
up in the morning with a It is having realistic dreams and doing to offer to the consumers to make their your experiences.
burst of sunshine. my best to achieve these while trying life easier, simpler and trouble- free.
to have fun doing so. It is facing every “Innovation is the only recipe to Listen to your body
single day with the right attitude and move up one step ahead; thus, we This aims to help you identify and
a happy disposition. It is believing that need to redesign in order to meet the recognize your body’s needs. Physical
life can be beautiful despite what the needs of our consumers. It is our nev- condition plays a vital role on how
headlines say. er-ending commitment to serve them. you do things and execute your plans.
Experiencing a simple, fulfilling and And being associated with simplicity Understanding our body and knowing
happy life is a decision. At the Philips would make the difference,” explained how to properly take care of it can
Simplicity Event in Hong Kong in mid- Andrea Ragnetti, chief marketing of- help us perform better to maximize
March, I learned that it is the freedom ficer of Royal Philips Electronics. the end results that we want to
from life’s complexities and knowing To address the need of the custom- achieve. ‘Listen to your body’ has
what matters and what doesn’t. ers, Philips divided its products into three stages that can help us maintain
Journalists from various countries five concepts that will benefit its and make sure that our bodies are
such as China, Japan, Malaysia, Singa- customers according to age groups. well taken care of.

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In Form—a personal instructor the doctor. It has Whisper, an in-ear all about rejuvenating, revitalizing and “Relax Your Mind”
features products that
for physical well-being. It is a health thermometer. It provides personalized energizing. The following products
sets the mood for
system of motivational tools that su- health guidance in such matters as have been developed for rejuvenation: relaxation through light
pervises one’s physical condition, gives preventing pregnancy, keeping track Sunshine—a huge, round wall- and music.
regular updates and provides advice of periods and giving a clear over view mounted disk that changes light
about appropriate steps on how we of general health. qualities in prevention of Seasonal
can ensure our healthy being. This Water Font—this provides a sup- Affective Disorder. Sunshine compen-
monitoring machine is perfect for your ply of fresh and nutritious tap water sates for the lack of light from outside
own room or bathroom, consisting of straight from the source. It filters, and helps people relax.
Scale (a three-in-one measurement sterilizes, mineralizes and chills the Trans Light—is a pocket-sized
tool) and Shape (a body measuring water all at the same time, making it version of Sunshine that you can carry
tape) that are both connected to clean, healthy to drink. everywhere. It lets you relax, energize
Reflect (a mirror that gives your mea- and rejuvenate easily and anywhere
surements in miniature silhouettes). Care for your body with its compact-sized feature.
Body Cycle—this is made for For this concept, the research team Rise and Shine—this bedside
women who wish to monitor and be at Philips seeks to offer scientifically light helps one doze off with its slow
aware of ovulation, fertility and men- proven yet relaxing ways on how to sunsetlike decrease in light and wakes
struation cycles without even going to take care of one’s body and skin. It’s you up in the morning slowly and
pleasantly with its sunriselike beam.
Look Good—a therapeutic system
that cleanses and rejuvenates facial skin.
Feel Good—a house lamp that
produces light therapy that reduces
tension in stressed muscles and joints.
Soft Therapy—a soft touch wear-
able and cordless garment that reduces
tension in strained muscles and joints
in the shoulders and back by combining
infrared heat and vibration massage.

Move your body

This concept balances entertain-
ment and exercise. Be startled by
these new products:
In Shape—a home fitness exercis-
ing machine powered by kinetic en-
ergy and remotely linked to a display
base that gives step-by-step instruc-
tion by a virtual instructor.
Versa Tiles—a floor-based game
set that features pressure-sensitive
Play Tiles acting as a gigantic interac-
tive floor display, a Master Tile that
produces power and intelligence
to other tiles and a couple of smart
‘pucks’ for specific games.
Drag and Draw—is a virtual paint-
ing canvas for creative art activities.

Relax your mind

To support this concept, Philips
came up with these innovations:
Light Spectrum—a home lighting
system that allows people to control
light according to their desired mood. to send and receive notes, drawings or
It has Light Control, a wireless interface video clips.
that enables people to choose their pre- Storyteller—unique bedtime sto-
ferred light mood and Sunlight, a mul- ries can come to life with sound and
tiple light source that shows animated light effects. The Storyteller system
decorative patterns on the ceiling and enhances a spoken narrative with
matching light effects on the floor. sound and light effects to help the
Chameleon—a lampshade that cop- child’s imagination take flight. It rec-
ies any color desired. When connected ognizes spoken words, which prompt
to Light Spectrum, Chameleon copies its lantern feature to add sound and
that color of the sunlight shade. light effects.
Music Spectrum—a music set that The genius behind all these is Ste-
permits people to create a musical fano Marzano, CEO and chief creative
mood. The set has a single loudspeaker director of Philips Design. “We have
that produces sound to and from any different groups to do research to
corner of the room. see the need of various countries.
Music Control—a wireless interface We start with the idea of our design
that can be used for exploring the and creation from the necessities and
mood through the music. photo album that lets you share your Water Font provides understanding of our customers. I
experiences to your friends and family. a supply of fresh and also consider the culture, tradition
nutritious tap water straight
Share experiences The Photo Frames enable users to edit, from the source. and economy of various countries
Philips saw the need for people to display and share their digital pictures. when I’m designing any product,” he
share experiences and create priceless In Touch—a touch screen message explained.
moments with family and friends. The board that aids unprompted and Life can still be simple even in a
following are brief concepts that were transient communications along with fast-paced world. The key is to always
presented: family and friends. The interactive, go back to the basics, and then the
Family Album—a touch screen touch-sensitive mirror enables people re-inventing can follow.

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The Storyteller system
enhances a spoken narrative
with sound and light
effects to help the child’s
imagination take flight.

A house lamp, Feel Good

produces light therapy that
reduces tension in stressed
muscles and joints.

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the lens of
the beholder
Mariel Lorenzo discovers that for the
America’s Next Top Model judge and
photographer Nigel Barker, there is more to
real beauty that meets the lens

He may be one of the intimidat- as a bad

ing judges of fashion reality show influence to
America’s Next Top Model, but when it women of

Photography by Benhur Arcayan

comes to real beauty, model-turned- any age. “Per-
fashion photographer Nigel Barker sonally, from
insists on going back to the basics: my perspective,
having enough confidence and belief with age, everybody
in oneself. gets more beautiful,” he says. “You
Indeed, these are two of the most may have a beautiful face, fantastic
basic things, repeated so many times skin, but if you haven’t lived,
over in many ways, that one can learn haven’t loved, haven’t done any- Though he didn’t win the competi- These girls had great lives even if they
from the fashion industry which Nigel thing, I can’t take that picture. I can tion, Nigel found himself embarking were in extreme pain which they got
has been in for 18 years and running. invent it, but you can’t see the depth for an exciting career that took him to through. That day we gave them a
And with a long and fruitful career of that person’s soul.” the fashion capitals of the world and good day, a happy time, and my most
like Nigel’s, these two tips are indeed Following the start of a local fran- eventually switching to photography glamorous shoot.”
a real piece of wisdom. “You can sell chise of the reality show, Nigel took Ma- in a few years. And while he’s not a huge fan of
almost anything if you have confi- nila by storm when he visited last May As a photographer, Nigel has estab- digital retouching, Nigel sees digital
dence in your eyes,” he says. “The eyes and spoke to models, aspiring models, lished a name in the fashion industry alterations as a blessing in disguise as it
are the windows to your soul, and photographers, and fans of America’s with his own firm, Studio NB, which has opened doors for real beauty that is
anything you feel will show.” Next Top Model. Hosted by Ayala Malls, contributes photos to prominent now the stuff of beauty campaigns. “For
In fact, when asked about his pet Nigel’s Philippine tour included shoots magazines such as GQ and Lucky. He girls like these, I say, I’m not going to do
peeves with models, this photogra- with local models and talks at Green- has also been a judge for America’s the retouching. That’s a healthy outlook
pher reveals right away that it’s actual- belt and Alabang Town Center. Next Top Model with host Tyra Banks for fashion, not just rail-thin models
ly models who try to model too much One of the interesting things he ever since its first season. going down the catwalks, which is
that get into his nerves. “You just have shares is his accidental break into Asked about his glamorous shoot unhealthy for young girls,” he says.
to relax, act natural,” he shares. the industry. Of British, Sri Lankan, so far, Nigel shares his most magical So while Nigel still shells out point-
Interestingly enough, Nigel also and Portuguese descent, Nigel was experience with Make a Wish Founda- ers to remember like angling oneself for
shares his dismay for the trend of actually preparing for medicine tion, a group that supports the cause a photo or keeping the face straight on,
getting younger models that go school in London when his mother, for children with life-threatening all of it simply boil down to the basics:
to greater lengths to become thin who was Miss Sri Lanka in 1967, got illnesses. “We saw all these young “Be healthy, take care of yourself. Relax,
and remain thin, which strikes him him into a fashion contest in 1988. girls who wish to be models for a day. let the camera do its magic.”

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feast for one

Yeng says
yes to fame
Pinoy Dream Academy grand winner Yeng
Constantino shares with Condo Central her joy
over her condo unit, her dizzying ride to fame
and the one thing that will never change

Yeng Constantino has so many

Photography by Pranz Kaeno Billones

things to be thankful for.
For one, she was the grand winner
of the first edition of Pinoy Dream
Academy (PDA). Her album Salamat
under Star Records hit platinum mark
merely two weeks after its release,
courtesy of its monster hit “Hawak
Kamay,” arguably the song of 2006.
And as a sweet topping to her success, bahay, iispin mo ang nangyari sa buong Currently, she is working on her next
Yeng received a fully furnished unit araw (Now, I perform in Araneta, Aliw CD which will feature more songs than
from Globe Asiatique, the same devel- Theater, together with other artists. her first. This ASAP regular is one of the
oper which constructed the house of Once you go home, you reflect on few artists who write their own songs,
the Pinoy Big Brother. what just happened).” drawing inspiration from their own
“Sobrang saya po talaga (I was really As someone who came from hum- experiences. She would sometimes stay
happy),” remarks Yeng when asked how ble beginnings, Yeng is just happy to in her room, hundred of feet above
she felt upon receiving the condo unit. reach out to people who share or can the city, crafting tunes and lyrics. “’Ano
“Kasi ‘pag Pinoy ka, ‘pag maayos ang ba- relate to the sentiments in her songs. kaya naramdaman nya nung sinak-
hay mo, ibig sabihin may kaya ka o kaya She was surprised with the acceptance tan sya ng girlfriend nya?’ So, susulat
maayos ang buhay mo. Matagal ko nang of “Hawak Kamay” which she and her ako ng kanta. Ngayon, nalayo ako sa
pangarap ang maitira ang pamilya ko band would perform in their gigs pre- pamilya ko, na-mi-miss ko sila, isusulat
sa may pinturang bahay (For a Filipino, PDA. The audience would usually give ko din yun (‘How did he feel like when
if you have a decent house, it means a lukewarm response but when the his girlfriend hurt him?’ I’d write a song
that you are already well-to-do or that song finally hit mainstream attention, about it. I’d also write about being be-
you have a good life. It’s been my long people embraced it with open arms. ing separated from my family).”
dream to make my family move to a “Lahat sila naka-relate, na-apply nila If there is anything that Yeng says
painted home).” sa buhay nila (All of them was able will always remain constant, it is her
This chanteuse known for her pow- to relate and apply the song to their affection for her family. She aspired
erful vocals packed in a petite frame lives),” she smiles. “Tapos meron pa to reach where she is now because
admits that the ride to stardom has akong naranasan na nalapitan ng ale. of them. “Hindi ‘yan magbabago
been dizzying. She was just doing the Nabuntis daw sya, bulag ang baby niya, kahit kailan, kahit anong ilaw pa ang
rounds of bars with her band, an un- ‘Hawak Kamay’ daw ang kanta niya magpaliwanag sa akin (That will never
known group hoping to break into the sa baby niya (I was approached by a change despite whatever light will
scene. She says, “Ngayon tumugtog na lady who told me that she gave birth shine on me).”
ako sa Araneta, Aliw Theater, kasama to a blind baby. She said that “Hawak Rooted in humility, Yeng is destined
ko pa yun mga artista…Pag-uwi mo sa Kamay” was her song for her baby).” to soar even further.

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home away
from home

Set to emerge near the best
universities in Manila is Crown Tower,
a 25-story condominium developed
by Polar Mines Devt. Corp. Provid- quiet study. It’s also a good invest- feature a European theme,” says Beth.
ing direct and easy access to schools ment: the unit can be turned over to “In Crown Tower, since we’re catering
of learning, the property is set to the next child who will go to college to young people, we want to inject a
redefine student lifestyle and living or make available for lease. In-house modern feel not only in terms of the
with its cutting-edge amenities such financing or Pag-IBIG loan can be building design but also in terms of
as swimming pool, 24-hour security, availed for easy payment schemes. technology.”
Wi-Fi library, and provisions for a Polar also targets small investors A prospective buyer can choose
convenience store, a laundromat, and who can plunk their capital into the between studio and one-bedroom
a coffee shop all on the first floor. property and have the units leased to units: low-maintenance and just-right
“The concept of this project is to students. “We know that there are a options for young people. What sets
actually cater to the highly specific lot of apartments, service apartments, them apart from other developers in
needs of the market,” begins Beth rentals in the area,” says Kalaw. “Based the area is that Polar has made sure
Kalaw, project development officer on our market researcher, a room that Crown Tower’s hallways are wide
of Polar. “We would like to offer the would easily earn at least P15,000 a and the ceilings high. “We have more
development to parents who would month. Those with small capital can ventilation on our part, the hallway is
send their children to school and acquire units and be assured that their bigger, and the common areas are not
would like them to stay in a place investments will return.” crowded.”
where they can be safe.” Polar has decided to make the The units, projected to be turned
One good thing about Crown design of the building run along the over by 2010, will hopefully be
Tower is its affordability. For P9,000 lines of modern contemporary archi- completed by 2009 as the market’s
a month, parents can look forward tecture, featuring an eloquent blend of response has been affirmative.
to giving their kids an enviroment concrete, glass and steel. With Crown Tower, home away
that inspires learning, interaction and “Normally, most of our subdivisions from home is a possibility come true.

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Sunny disposition at Chateau Elyseé
Typically, a unit owner waits upgraded condominium lifestyle for giving residents the space they deserve.
for three to four years before his unit is as low as P7,000 a month without Boasting of a clubhouse and court-
turned over as some condominiums are depositing a downpayment. Indeed, yard with a 25-meter lap pool, kiddie
slow to build. The money paid for rent it’s a dream come true for overseas pool, jogging trail, gym and social hall,
during the time one is waiting could Filipino workers wanting a condo they the Chateau Elyseé life is anything
have been invested on something else, can come home to, retirees seeking but solitary—all amenities encourage
such as education or the purchase of their sanctuaries without getting truly warm interactions among its inhabit-
furniture and appliances for his new out of touch, and young professionals ants while still providing them with
home. Fast turn-over equals a greater or starting families who want to have their own peaceful sanctuaries.
amount of savings for the end-user. their first home in the city. SM Devt. Showing that SM Devt. Corp. is
Chateau Elyseé, the mid-rise marvel Corp. is currently drafting flexible fi- keeping its standards, the landscape
at the heart of Bicutan evoking the nancing programs in partnership with area and the front gate are being reno-
sunny and carefree French Mediter- Banco de Oro and PCI Bank to help vated, in tune with the look of prestige
ranean life, boasts of a fast turnover. them realize their dream faster. the property evokes.
They have recently completed the Ritz Apart from the fast turnover, SM Though Chateau Elysee looks every
Tower in less than two years. Not one Devt. Corp. also prides itself with the bit like a subdivision tucked in a remote
to waste time, the SM Development fact that they are providing the residents corner of the metropolis, its proximity
Corp. folded its sleeves and recently with premium amenities and features to vital centers of life gives it the added
broke ground for a new cluster that comparable to those of other develop- advantage. From here, everything
will house 500 units. Turnover date is ments targeted for a high-end market. is within reach—the Makati Central
projected on December of next year. “We didn’t sacrifice the quality,” Business District and the Ninoy Aquino
“We’re selling very fast,” admits says Ang. “In fact, 60 percent has been International Airport in 15 minutes,
Gilbert Ang of SM Devt. Corp. “ The allocated for open spaces. You don’t feel various schools, hospitals, and churches,
like you are living in a condo that is very and an easy access to SM Bicutan via a
What has been named after a famous cramped. Another advantage is that you shuttle service provided to residents.
landmark in France is now a sun-dappled live in a community. It’s not like a typical
condo that when you go out of your build-
In two to three years, Ang envi-
sions the completion Chateau Elysee.
community providing luxurious lifestyle. ing, it’s the street already. It’s like you’re What has been named after a famous
living inside a subdivision but instead of landmark in France is now sun-dappled
market likes our product, the pricing houses, you have condo buildings.” community providing luxurious lifestyle.
and its affordability. It’s really getting The mid-rise condos are provided
your money’s worth compared to with two high speed elevators. All
other developments.” units, starting with one-bedroom units Model units can be viewed at the Chateau
Geared toward the renter’s market, at 20 sq.m. to three-bedroom units at Elyseé along Doña Soledad Extension,
Chateau Elyseé allows clients to move 60 sq.m. are fully finished with high Bicutan, Parañaque City. For inquiries,
in immediately and experience the ceilings measuring up to three meters, please call Gigi Alcantara at 831-1000.

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Northern shopping exposure

Directly linked to the MRT and right smack in the middle of frenetic condominium developments,
TriNoma beckons people of Quezon City and beyond to shop, dine and have fun in style

The newest gem to dot the chang- accessory stores. The Wellness Zone, T-Shirt Project and Viktor Jeans will
ing landscape of the metro, TriNoma as the name implies, is a softly-finished open their first branches in Quezon
(Triangle in Northern Metro Manila), spa-inspired area where even the most City. Medical City, Asian Eye Institute
the newest and most exciting project harassed urbanite can relax and, well, and Gymboree are also services that
of the Ayala Malls, is both warmly zone out. Children’s Zone is a burst of may be availed of at TriNoma.
familiar and refreshingly different. color, with children’s brands that play- Active lifestyle brands Nike and
The hustle and bustle of Quezon City fully address education and fun. Adidas as well as luggage authority
trickles through several easy access Here, the stores we know and love Travel Club have opened their show-
points (with the mall directly linked to plus the stores we’ve been looking for case stores, as will the first Philippine
the North Avenue Station of the MRT) have all found a home to be daringly in-mall shops for Rolex, Skechers,
into an incomparable urban sanctuary different. It is here that Bench, Pen- Birkenstock, Merrell, Marc Ecko and
for shopping, dining and entertain- shoppe, Folded and Hung, Kamiseta, Sperry. So whether its fresh concepts
ment. Designed by an award-winning Bayo, Oxygen, Adidas and Time Zone from old favorites or sought-after for-
team, TriNoma is beautiful, fresh have proudly opened their flagship eign brands nesting for the first time
and fun, a home away from home for stores. Each one boasts of strong, the Philippines, there’s some-
Northern Metro Manila and beyond. concept-driven interiors surround- thing
Discover your very own Zone, areas ing a full and complete merchandise
that are efficiently designed to satisfy line. People are People, Shoe Salon,
the specific needs of every shopper: Toys R’Us, Powerbooks, Handy-
Level 2 houses the upbeat and ener- man, Avant, Galleria Quattrocentro,
getic Teen and Sports Zones, char- Dimensione, Hobbes and Landes,
acterized by a hip and trend-forward Healthy Options, and soon-to-open
brand mix, graffiti art and pockets of The Spa and the first ever Fitness
gathering spaces perfect for meeting First Platinum enrich your in-mall
up and chilling out with your barkada. experience with their particular
Gadget buffs and techies have their brand of quality services and goods.
very own IT Zone, a sleek and mini- International brands to look forward
malist hub for the latest in software to are Zara, Mango, Debenhams,
and technology. Also found on Level Speedo, Quicksilver, Guess, Giorda-
2 is a cluster of foreign brands, classics no, Levi’s, Nine West, Florsheim, Nat-
synonymous with quality and timeless uralizer, Topshop, Dorothy Perkins,
style. While each Zone is markedly Lacoste, Esprit, Sisley and Marks &
distinct, they also seamlessly and Spencer, along with newcomers Pro-
fluidly lead into one another. mod (France), Lonsdale (UK), Flojos,
At TriNoma, parents need not shop Bleach Catastrophe, Res-Toe-Run,
and unwind far from their fun-seeking Trunk Show, Tough Jeansmith, GII,
kids, as the Home, Wellness and Chil- Dumond and the very cute Hallmark
dren’s Zones share Level 3. Designed Babies are sure to tickle every fickle
specifically to address every person’s global fashionista’s fancy. Brands like
need to create a “good nest” for the Kenneth Cole, Tag Heuer, Schu, VNC,
family, the Home Zone is itself a space Iora, Puma, Nike Women, Crocs, All
exuding sanctuary chic, with its various Flip Flops, Aktiv, Crumpler, Aussino,
interior design, furniture and home Abubot Asia, The Natural Source,

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Going against the
usual box-type malls,
TriNoma is a breath of
fresh air for its ample
spaces, balconies
overlooking the
cityscape, integrated
greenery and channels
of flowing water.

new for everyone to ooh and ahh over. diverse selection of cuisines also await at biggest Timezone in the Philippines, is divided into two levels, each possess-
TriNoma also brings together two TriNoma. Good Earth, Haiku, Hossein’s, while live performances at the vibrant ing its own unique character: the upper
retail giants, providing the best of Cyma, La Maison, Casa Armas, Café Activity Center will excite old and park level is perfect for gimmicks with
the best from sister cities Pasig and Breton, Café Cabalen, Mangan, Crusta- young alike. Red Box, offering the latest friends while the lower level, accessible
Makati: value-for-money shopping sia, Recipes and Zong are just among the in karaoke technology will also be at by a clever winding staircase fused with
legends Landmark, opening its second dining options to choose from. Restau- TriNoma. Olympic World and B-Con- a romantic, tinkling waterfall, is a more
supermarket and department store at rateurs Larry Cruz, Arnold Co and Erik nected are also must-sees at the fourth intimate area for dates or quiet quality
TriNoma, and Crossings now offer ev- Cua innovate fresh and exciting dining level. time with loved ones. Be sure to check
eryday essentials and affordable luxury concepts. TriNoma’s Food Choices also Crowning TriNoma’s stunning buffet out the awe-inspiring water installa-
to the Northern Metro Manila market. offers an array of interesting food fares of retail, dining and entertainment tions that rhythmically leap and jump
A vast array of restaurants are scat- as well as restaurants like Tokyo Tokyo choices is its design, fully-integrating the from the ground level all the way to the
tered strategically throughout TriNoma’s and Ineng’s that suit every budget. So peace and zen of nature with the upbeat topmost level, flowing into serene pools
six levels, satisfying every palate and bud- whether you’re out for fine dining or fun pace of the urban dream. At the top- surrounding the park.
get. Families and friends will soon enjoy dining, TriNoma’s got something for you. most level is TriNoma Park, an environ- Indeed, everything you need, want
beloved casual fun and food locales And the fun doesn’t stop there. ment custom-built for outdoor events and dreamed about all come together
TGIFridays, Italianni’s, Fish & Co., CPK One THX Cinema and six all-digital and bonding amidst tasteful at TriNoma.
and Bubba Gump, while everyone can cinemas make big screen entertain- landscaping and unique
expect to indulge their sweet tooth at ment even bigger. Located near the water facilities. The
Krispy Kreme, Cold Rock, Haagen Dazs, heart of the entertainment industry, one-hectare
Max Brenner, Mrs. Field’s Café, Nestle TriNoma will bring the stars closer area
Creamery’s Five Cows and the than they’ve ever been. Kids will
very quaint Café Mary Grace. A find it hard to resist the

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Digging for good finds

Power Plant Mall in Rockwell opens a new wing called Archaeology devoted to one-of-a-kind,
cutting-edge apparel and accessories that will make a fashionista’s heart jump a beat
Photography by Benhur Arcayan

Transcending cookie-cutter or a rock chick, a corporate ingenue glam night-outs. Accent your chic wardrobe with
trends and humdrum fads that fade or a romantic bohemian, the thrill Dress for success with classy clothes playful accessories in all permutations
so easily, the Rockwell Center’s Power of discovering fantastic finds awaits from Details & Porcupine, Ilaya Cou- from Evita Peroni, CRU and CamadiV—
Plant Mall unveils its newest section, you at Archaeology. It’s a treasure ture and Pilar. Look sleek, smart and gorgeous necklaces, bracelets, earrings,
Archaeology. trove of fashion gems you won’t find stylish with their power suits, tailored brooches and other fancy pieces.
Featuring an array of unique stores anywhere else. jackets and other office staples. Archaeology presents a wide range
that showcase fabulous clothes and Sensual, feminine silhouettes take Stand out from the crowd with of boutique shops owned mostly by
quirky accessories, Archaeology center stage in Archaeology’s Maud, funky and innovative graphic tees young cutting-edge designers. And
derives its name from the idea that Graxie, Luca, Marni’s Room and Ruth from Team Manila, T-Box, Grey One like an archaeological dig, the Power
shoppers may discover their own & Esther. Shift seamlessly from day Social and David&Goliath. Their Plant Mall’s newest section is filled
personal individual style from the to night with their stunning tops and unique and eye-catching designs with fabulous finds that make the
section’s wide wrange of chic choices. skirts in splashes of bright colors and are definitely a must-have in every premiere mall a haven for fashionistas
Whether you’re a high-society diva alluring prints, perfect for dates and trendsetter’s wardrobe! in the metro.

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Bonifacio Global City:

Living the good life, here
A model for a sensible, well-executed urban planning and home to some of the
most exciting high-rise developments, Bonifacio Global City is destined to become
the country’s premiere residential and commercial district. Felicisimo A. Tejuco,
Jr. reveals its world-class masterplan and interviews urban planner Archt. Danilo
Silvestre, Taguig city planner Archt. Joselito Mastrili and Taguig mayor Sigfrido
Tiñga who are revolutionizing how people live

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Bonifacio Global City
integrates art in the
form of brass sculptures
providing an interesting
counterpoint to its
towering buildings.

Serandra is one of Imagine this: it’s a Friday morning. is the ideal life they have envisioned Striking a balance
the most exclusive
residential buildings
The alarm clock has just brought you for residents of Bonifacio Global City Worldwide building trends are
in GBC. back to reality. You realize that you (BGC). “This is where you ‘live, work, towards high-rise and more compact
just have half an hour before you’re and enjoy life’,” he said. efficient land use. Although this is the
considered late for work. It takes you The development of BGC began way to go, urban planner and architect
20 minutes to get up, have a shower in 1996. Based on a masterplan Danilo Silvestre, stresses that one of the
and get dressed. You grab something prepared by Hellmuth, Obata + keys to becoming a great city is main-
for breakfast and run to your office Kassabaum, Inc (HOK) in 1995, it taining a “good balance of mixed-use.”
which is just three blocks away. was first managed by Fort Bonifacio Archt. Joselito Mastrili, city planner
Eight hours and two coffee breaks Development Corporation (FBDC), of Taguig agrees, adding that there is
later, you step out and meet your which was then controlled by Metro greater incorporation of residential,
friends downstairs for a weekly get-to- Pacific Corporation. commercial, and recreational spaces in
gether. Seafood dinner is followed by a When the Asian meltdown hit in Global City. To date, on-going high-rise
three-hour videoke session. The night 1997, the development slowed down residential projects lined up are Fifth
is incomplete without another round until 2003, when Ayala Land, Inc. Avenue Place, Fort Palm Spring, McKin-
of coffee and talking. Ten minutes and Evergreen Holdings, Inc. bought ley Park Residences, Seibu, Serendra,
later, you’re back, tucked in the com- the remaining share of Metro Pacific and W Tower. On the other hand, of-
forts of your blanket and pillow. Corp. in FBDC. Slowly, the sleeping fice buildings include Fort Legend, Net
Urban life without the hassles of giant is reawakening and promises to Quad, and Total Corporate Center.
traffic and travel? For Hon. Sigfrido be one of the leading central business But Silvestre, who is an alumnus and
R. Tiñga, mayor of Taguig City, this districts in the Philippines. former Urban Design laboratory head

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of the UP College of Architecture, ob- To ensure this, they have been strictly else,” he says. An aerial shot of
GBC destined to
serves the need for good public schools implementing the Design Standards Mastrili, who is also managing be a world-class
together with the private schools in the and Guidelines (DSG) of Bonifacio partner of the project management community.
area. “There should be developments Global City, which is at par with cities office Amcon & Company, Inc., adds:
with focus on a graduated mix of like Singapore. “Condominium buyers today are
income levels,” he says. Regarding this The DSG imposes stricter regula- smarter and they know quality. Boni-
concern, Mastrili explains that there tions on maximum gross floor area, facio Global City is a good place for
are several private schools and colleges parking space, building height, and their investment.”
currently in Bonifacio Global City, but percentage of open spaces. In addi- Related to this, the City of Taguig
additional public universities and other tion, all condominium units in Bonifa- also enacted an ordinance regulating
educational institutions are envisioned cio Global City must not be less than the Transfer of Development Rights
in the Lakeshore District Master- 36 square meters in floor area. (TDR) within Bonifacio Global City
plan. Similar to the US and European Although these regulations do add last year. As a background, Bonifacio
countries, schools will be located in less up to the cost of development, Mas- Global City was planned with a Floor
densely populated areas, which provide trili reassures it’s worth every centavo. Area Ratio (FAR) assigned to each lot.
a better studying environment. “Because of these guidelines, develop- For example, a lot with an area of 1,600
ers and architects are forced to think square meters having a Floor Area Ra-
Stricter guidelines and become more creative with their tio of nine is allowed only a maximum
The Taguig local government design and they come up with a bet- of 14,400 square meters of floor area.
means business when it comes to the ter product. The condominium units This controls the development density
balanced development of Global City. here are much better than anywhere for every district in Fort Bonifacio.

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Residents of Serendra It should also be noted that with critically low levels in contrast to other commends the efforts in improving the
need only to go to first utility lines running underground and Asian mega-cities. Notwithstanding 10-meter easements along Pasig River,
floor to enjoy gourmet
dining options.
building height restrictions strictly im- such developed mega-cities as Tokyo, which are accessible through ferry boats.
posed, Global City will be a living proof Seoul, Hongkong and Beijing, even de-
of an open and airy city. “Maaliwalas is veloping metropolitan areas as Jakarta, Accessibility
the idiosyncrasy and essence of Filipino Hanoi, Bangkok and many emerging A city becomes more effective when
architecture. You will not find a devel- megacities in China have definitive plans it connects to other communities.
opment like this anywhere in Metro for networks of public open space. One of the notable developments in
Manila except here,” Mastrili says. Seoul, as early as 20 years ago, had estab- BGC is reorienting the road network.
lished a greenbelt with widths ranging From North to South, it was changed
New lungs of the city from 5-10 kms. outside the city center. It from East to West, linking Global City
Aside from being the premiere city, forms a ring around the city, outside of from Makati City to C-5. It should be
Bonifacio Global City is expected to which satellite towns were strategically noted that the north route connects
be “the new lungs of Metro Manila.” developed. In metropolitan Tokyo, pub- BGC to Kalayaan Ave while those from
With their consideration for open lic parks are not just recreation spaces. the south will have to choose from
spaces, some 40 percent will be allot- They are also designed to provide for Villamor Air Base, Edsa or C-5.
ted for parks and recreation areas. disaster mitigation, providing refuge Related to this, pedestrian move-
Mastrili discloses that these during earthquakes and acting as buffer ment will be affected but on a positive
landscaped areas not just in Global areas, to prevent fire from spreading note. From the epicenter, the one-ki-
City but throughout Taguig, which in- between adjacent districts. lometer walk leads to more recreation
cludes the Lakeshore District. He adds In Metro Manila, Silvestre says that spaces and commercial areas like
that more open spaces also mean public open spaces, are not only limited, the Bonifacio High Street, Serendra
more parking spaces for city residents. they are not properly distributed. He Piazza, and Market! Market!.
This is good news since Silvestre cites Rizal Park and QC Elliptical Circle, In addition, Mastrili says that care-
reveals that amount of public open which are not easily accessible to mass ful studies have been taken which
spaces in Metro Manila has dropped to transit lines. On the other hand, he identified bottleneck traffic in certain

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areas as future problems. Thus, road economic concern as well. To make a square meters, these bare corner units GBC is characterized by
networks have been reconfigured to a major impact in the quality of urban may cost between P100T to P150T. “We wide expanses of greenery
and open spaces.
modified grid type for smoother traf- life, Silvestre says “there has to be a have some 30,000 urban poor backlogs.
fic especially along major roads. way by which medium to high-density That’s what we’re trying to address. To
For commuters, Global City is residential development can be made meet our 2020 Vision, the only way to
generally accessible through the Fort accessible and affordable to lower in- do it is to address the housing problem
shuttle service. However, Mastrili says a come groups.” He also reiterates that of the poor as well,” Tiñga says.
fully-planned, integrated and managed education and employment remain Silvestre adds there should be one
Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system will key issues to proper city growth. body overseeing the development
be launched which will be an improve- While Fort Bonifacio is a high-end of Metro Manila. Although there is
ment to the current loop system. exclusive development, Tiñga agrees a metropolitan government like the
Looking at a bigger picture, Silvestre that the rest of Taguig should not be Metro Manila Development Author-
points out that efficient mass transit neglected. “Vertical development is ity (MMDA), it has been relegated to
systems go hand-in-hand with more the way to go. It doesn’t matter to traffic control and waste management
pedestrian-oriented movement and which demographic class you belong leaving planning and land use to the
enhanced urban activity. In a city like but the market is still finicky. We can’t local government. “There should be a
Seoul, which is comparable in both size immediately force them a 20-story vision of Metro Manila, not a conglom-
and population to Metro Manila, nine Hongkong type housing,” he said. eration of 17 municipalities and cities
mass transit lines stretch to some 300 The Taguig mayor cites DMCI, one each doing their own thing,” he says.
kilometers. In contrast, the existing of the condominium developers, who Nonetheless, Tiñga and Mastrili are
three lines serving Metro Manila, cur- is coming up with P2 to 3M residential optimistic that their efforts will slowly
rently service less than 100 kilometers. packages for middle class families. For bear fruit. “The changes we have
lower income groups and informal initiated will not immediately be felt
Wholistic development settlers, they have also started provid- by the public in 5-10 years. But in 20
City development is not just a ing two-storey buildings, holding four years, the reforms we did now will be
physical planning issue, but a socio- units on each floor. With an area of 25 realized,” Mastrili concludes.

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man on top

Joel Cruz:
At the (s)center of things
Maripet L. Poso gets to meet the man behind the successful fragrance brand
Aficionado, Joel Cruz, and learns a thing or two on how to have the nose for success
Photography by Benhur Arcayan

Think of 75 signature scents close, he pursued another one of his

and they have it—well, at least their passions, perfumes.
version of it. And for a LOT, lot less! “I’ve always really loved perfumes,”
You’ll find it in almost every mall Joel warmly affirms. “I remember
in the metro. You can’t miss its huge when I was in college, I used to collect
billboard on EDSA. You see it in the diferent perfumes. But I also remem-
credits of prime time TV shows. You ber how hard it was for a student like
read about it in the pages of the new- me to get the perfumes that I liked.
papers. Aficionado Germany Perfume The cost of a signature perfume is like
is undoubtedly making its presence P3,000 or P4,000. So, good thing I had
felt, and a fragrant one at that. sisters in the States, I would just ask
From its humble beginnings—one them to send me the fragrances that
small kiosk in Ever Gotesco-Grand I wanted.”
Central in Caloocan City seven years Rather than talking about his
ago—Central Affirmative Company, business plans and export ventures
the manufacturer of Aficionado, has like most businessmen do, Joel is
grown into a multi-million corpora- more excited to share stories about
tion with over 160 stores nationwide Aficionado’s humble beginnings and
and four more stores soon to open in his passion for scents.
China. “We were just renting an apart-
Lady luck is smiling
at Joel Cruz whose Joel Cruz, CEO and president of ment costing P5,000 a month, with
fragrance line Central Affirmative Company and only four employees,” Joel begins. “But
Aficionado is one of the nose behind it all, does not look once I saw the potential of the busi-
the most recognizable
and successful brands like a hardcore businessman at all. ness, I could foresee that we would
of its kind. Soft-spoken, warm, mild-mannered make it big. It took us quite some time
and always with a ready smile, Joel is to make it happen. It took us years
almost a cross between a hot-shot before we penetrated SM [malls].”
fashion designer and a wellness guru Just like any other big businesses
in his immaculate whites. But the man that started small, Aficionado’s suc-
behind the success of Aficionado is no cess story is one that’s made of hard
doubt one of the country’s big names, work, dedication and a vision that
or perhaps the only one, in the local involves caring passionately about
perfume industry. something other than success (read:
Clearly inclined to fashion, Joel being able to provide livelihood for its
started his buy-and-sell business of employees).
imported apparels right after graduat- “So what we did was we went out
ing from the University of Santo of Metro Manila; we went to the Vi-
Tomas with a degree in Psychology. sayas, Mindanao, Iloilo and Cebu. And
In 1987, he put up his own garments fortunately, after a year, we were given
manufacturing business, providing space in malls like SM and Robinson’s.
jobs for more than 100 employees. That’s when it all started to happen.”
When eventually his business had to His love for scents and his under-

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A huge aquarium
greets the visitor
as soon as he steps
inside Joel Cruz’s
well-appointed unit
at the exclusive Pearl
of the Pacific.

standing for the need to provide the

fragrance aficionados out there with
available and affordable scents were
some of the driving force behind the
success of Aficionado.
“Knowing the Filipino market, it’s
only the A and B market that can
readily afford to buy the signature
scents,” Joel says. “So I had to concoct
something for the C market. That’s
why we came up with Aficionado
Perfumes. The scents are almost the
same, but the price is very reason-
With prices that range from P29
to P190, Aficionado’s scents became
a hit among the students and simple
Filipinos. But for Aficionado, afford-
ability does not necessarily mean
“We really have quality products.
We have our own chemists and phar-
macists, and our raw materials come
from France and Germany. In terms of
longevity, our eau de toilette lasts for
eight hours and our eau de cologne
lasts for a maximum of two hours,”
explains Joel.
Right now, Aficionado has more
than 70 variations of eau de toilette
and 16 colognes, which are based on
different signature scents.
After more than 160 kiosks and six
boutique outlets all over the Philip-
pines, Aficionado is not resting on its
laurels. Aside from its upcoming intro-
duction in the market of his very own
signature line, the Joel Cruz Signa-
ture—which will consist of all-original
scents and other expanded lineup of
personal care products like hand and
body lotion, whitening soap, shampoo
and conditioner, deodorant, facial
powder and massage oils—Joel is also

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The bedroom
swathed in rose
rugs, beddings—is
a corner unit that
overlooks the famed
Manila Bay.

bent on increasing the consumers’

awareness about Aficionado through
“We are aggressive in terms of ad-
vertising and promotions. We target
tri-media, below the line exposure on
TV and billboards. I’m just so happy
that a lot of celebrities are helping us,”
Joel proudly shares. Aside from Lovi
Poe and Cogie Domingo, Chris Cayser,
the hunky singer from Zamboanga,
and Wowowee’s Luningning are also
among Aficionado’s official endorsers.
With a far-ranging vision and nose
for success, Joel no doubt faces a rosy
future ahead.

No way to go but up
he had the means to acquire a unit, he chose the shui expert,” he says. “Since my unit is fronting the
highest floor at the Pearl of the Pacific, an exclu- sea, he said it would be lucky to extend the water
sive address right at the heart of the capital. element into my own home, creating infinity.”
“It’s perhaps because I have a superiority Carrying the luck even further is an aquarium that
complex,” says Joel, when asked why he chose the stands by the door, teeming with various fishes.
topmost floor. “I feel I’m on top each time I look Aside from providing a daily refuge from the
at the world below.” demands of being the president and CEO of
Since moving in three years ago, Joel reveals Central Affirmative Co., maker of the highly suc-
that living in the condo has been great. “It’s a very cessful fragrance brand Aficionado and the soon-
efficient space compared to a house which is big to-be-launched skincare line dubbed Joel Cruz
on maintenance,” he says. “It’s also close to my of- Signatures, the space also gives Joel the venue
fice and enables me to immediately attend to my to entertain his friends. A natural musician, he
employees and business partners.” plays the piano for them as they lounge around,
For the design of the space, Joel admits that sipping wine.
he didn’t consult an interior designer but instead It seems every bit that his condo represents
sought the opinion of his friends. He wanted his achievement but more than that, it’s actu-
the look to be eclectic as signified by the sofa in ally a symbol of his good taste. “I always want
mocha color, the organic-looking coffee table, the the best in everything,” he reveals. “I want to
Even before Joel Cruz hit the gold mine and made quatriptych Chinese artwork in wood, the huge be surrounded by things that look elegant and
it big in the perfumery industry, he was already Oriental vases, the classical gilded mirror and reflect my personality.” His other properties
enthalled with the idea of living near Roxas dripping chandelier, and the countless knick- boast of prime location and to-die-for views,
Boulevard, that fabled road in Manila which offers knacks Joel culled from his trips abroad. Disparate one of which is another condominium unit
a breathtaking view of sunset. He would drive as they may seem, they all blend together as they along Roxas Boulevard.
by the boulevard just to have a glimpse of the are mostly in earth tones, anchored by the grand Where he is now is definitely a far-cry from
sun slowly dipping into the sea, its many hues of piano that sits majestically at the center of it all. where he started when he was trying to make
oranges and reds bleeding into the sky—one fiery The curious detail in this eclectic mix of things ends meet. At the top of his game and in great
gesture that concludes each and every day. is a curve of a pond in the living room, bricked control of things, Joel seems to exude the same
Though he very well knew that the condomini- and highlighted by a painting of a sun-dappled inner joy that animates the face of Mona Lisa, a
ums by the boulevard cost a fortune by virtue of villa. A water feature springs at the middle, creat- copy of which greets Joel approvingly each time
the view alone, Joel was undeterred. When finally ing a comforting sound. “It was the idea of a feng he steps into his room to repair.

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top of the list


tv From a sea of thousands of
anonymous faces, 30 semi-finalists
are well on their way to becoming fa-
The contestants’
abilities are tested
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mous via Be Bench/ The Model Search, strive to master the
a reality show hosted by Kris Aquino fashion photo shoots,
and Piolo Pascual that airs every perfect publicity skills
Sunday, 10:30 pm at ABS-CBN. and learn the business
The country’s most promising mod- aspects of becoming
els and freshest faces are vying for the the next big thing.
most coveted title of being the latest For the winners, prizes include a Bench In addition, special guest judges and
Bench image model in the biggest real- endorsement deal, a talent manage- surprise celebrity mentors will drop by
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Girl uninterrupted
On view until Aug. 21 at the picts girls in dresses, softly gazing or
Finale Art Gallery (4/F SM Megamall turning their heads from the viewer,
A), Gingerbread Girls is an ongoing holding curious objects: a wooden
process in Yasmin Sison’s “continuing rod, a small house.
concerns with the theme of memory Though seated on what looks like
and the possibilities inherent in its a stable metallic chair, the girls seem
malleability.” Her suite of works de- to inhabit a mercurial world signi-
fied by the swirls and undulations of
colors present in their background.
It’s as if they are, despite their realism,
recreated from the aged places of
recollection, from “stories told to me
when I was young.”
As studies in the transubstantiating
power of time and memory, the works
deftly betray their true source (child-
hood), their inspiration (fairytales)
and their attitude (innocence). The
artist argues that one can reclaim
this territory, if only through art, and
that narrative is the enabling force in
this process, settling the windy past
in place.

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at our doorsteps
Conceptualized by Megaworld and Araneta Group, Manhattan Garden City is
a complete and self-sustaining community and yet is linked to the various facets
of the metro. Designed to rise and cluster at the Araneta Center in Cubao, it is an
ideal place to live, work, play and move as it features innumerable establishments
that offer casual dining, shopping, and entertainment options. But a major
difference of MGC lies in its goal of community integration via nature-centered
amenities that will lift the blanket of urban congestion and facilitate neighborly
interaction. Condo Central steps into a “city” where big dreams are made

two mass transit lines the LRT2 and

MRT3. It is located at the Araneta
Center, the country’s very first leisure
and lifestyle center, which gives the
entire family unlimited shopping, din-
ing, and entertainment choices.
Due to increasing demand, Mega-
world is launching Tower 3 of MGC.
“Because of the huge demand,
we are pre-selling Tower 3 ahead of
schedule,” revealed Anthony Char-
lemagne Yu, president of Megaworld
Central Properties Inc. “To date, all of
the first three towers are substantially
sold. We received pending reserva-
tions for corner units, which are avail-
able at Tower 3. The first three towers
will comprise what we call Manhattan
Parkway Residence, which will be ac-
centuated by a deluxe retail arcade for
Bb. Pilipinas Charity Inc. President What had become the biggest the enjoyment of our residents.”
Stella Marquez-Araneta, Araneta news in the real estate finally broke Buyers have made a beeline not
Group CEO Jorge Araneta, Megaworld
Chairman & CEO taipan Andrew Tan, ground. only for future homes at MGC but also
Quezon City Mayor Sonny Belmonte Property giant Megaworld Corpora- the unique opportunity of living well
and MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando tion and the Araneta Group inaugurat- at the center of it all. Indeed, no other
lead the groundbreaking rites for
Manhattan Garden City. ed the rise of the three-tower first phase community rivals MGC as the best
of their landmark joint venture project, place to live, work, play and move.
the Manhattan Garden City (MGC).
The country’s first and only transit- Live in a new city
oriented enclave of residential towers The Araneta Center is steadily
that boasts of direct connection to transforming right before our eyes.

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The Gramercy carries the
pioneering concept of Century
Properties: all units are fully-fitted,
fully-furnished and fully-serviced.

The two-bedroom
corner model
unit basks in
European elegance.

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After a day of shopping and
dining at the Araneta Center,
your deluxe unit at Manhattan
Garden City awaits you.

break their monthly budgets. With at the Araneta Center. Join any of its
Homelite, a home loan partnership be- BPO locators. Or shift your career to
tween Megaworld and Security Bank, marketing or operations at any of the
they can stretch their home loan to Araneta Center’s myriad shopping,
10 and even 25 years to pay, with low dining and service shops.
interest rates from 8.5 to 11 percent With work just a few steps from
annually. At that rate, the 22.5-square home, you and your family will have
meter studio unit comes out at a very more time to enjoy the Araneta Cen-
affordable Php 10,847 monthly. ter’s lifestyle offerings. Isn’t that perfect?
Homelite offers the lowest interest
rates in the market, going as low as Play well
5.50 percent annually for a five-year If there’s one thing that the Filipinos
term. It also has the longest period love doing the most, it must be shop-
of fixed interest rate for 25 years, at ping. Some people say that if shopping
11 percent. “This addresses the need were an Olympic sport, Filipinos would
of the middle-income market and of surely be ranked as one of the top con-
foreign-based Filipinos for affordable tenders. A testament to this is the as-
Have a power Built as the country’s first leisure and home loan facilities and this is one tounding number of malls around the
lunch at the
Mandarin Café.
lifestyle complex in the ‘60s, the Ara- of the many reasons why MGC is the country, and the still growing malling
neta Center is undergoing yet another top-selling condominium project in industry. Filipinos spend many of their
evolution, taking 21st-century urban the metro today,” noted Yu. leisure time in the mall, and every year
living to an innovative and higher level billions of pesos are channeled into
of leisure and convenience for the Work smart businesses that operate inside these
modern city dweller. If you are of the people who’s commercial establishments.
It began with the stylish Gateway motto is to work smart and spend This five-hectare residential project
Mall, whose eye-catching architecture more quality time with the family, is a veritable haven for shop-a-holics.
lights up its corner. Soon, Araneta Cen- then living and working at Manhat- All of its studio, one bedroom and two
ter will see exciting developments to- tan Garden City, right at the Araneta bedroom units have easy access to re-
ward innovative business and residential Center, is your best option. tail and leisure outlets, spelling comfort
components. Already, low-rise buildings If you’re a budding entrepreneur, and convenience for people on-the-go.
currently in development to house the consider opening a restaurant or ser- Apart from its own Manhattan
growing business process outsourcing vice shop at Manhattan Garden City’s retail arcade that will feature numer-
(BPO) sector are in the works. As for the deluxe retail arcade. Araneta Center’s ous options for leisurely shopping and
residential condominium development varied mix of shoppers from the casual dining, MGC is linked to the
to complement the business infrastruc- A-list to the masses brings millions of stylish Gateway Mall through verdant
ture, MGC ushers in a new kind of urban customers every day – a perfect target walkways. Fancy a gourmet meal or a
lifestyle into the metropolis. base for any business! hearty buffet? Come on down to Cibo,
This dream of living in this city does Or if you want to build your career, Italiannis or Super Bowl of China.
not require first-time homebuyers to there are various options for you also Want to buy some new stylish brands?

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Bb. Pilipinas-World 2007
Margaret Wilson and Bb.
Pilipinas-International 2007
Nadia Lee dela Cruz-Shani
enjoying shopping at
Gateway Mall.
There’s Lacoste, Marlboro Classics or
Girbaud. Picking out a present? Check
out Rustan’s, Powerbooks or Beauty
Bar. Plus, grocery shopping is never a
problem too when a Rustan’s Super-
market is nearby. That’s just one of the
commercial establishments that litter
the burgeoning shopping mecca of
Araneta Center. The Big Dome’s Coli-
seum Circle is a perfect place to grab a
From dinner for two to
a gimmick with friends, cuppa java with its Starbucks and Cof-
Manhattan Garden fee Bean & Tea Leaf. Stop craving for
City provides limitless sizzling favorites and hop by Dencio’s.
dining options.
The choices are endless.
If even that doesn’t fulfill the inner
shopper in you, check out the bazaars
and fab finds at Ali Mall, SM Cubao or
Plaza Fair. Whether it’s fresh produce,
electronics & appliances, accessories,
leather goods or garments, everything
that the heart desires is right by your Four classes of amenities—active, ways to meet their mornings.
doorstep. semi-active, passive and semi-pas- Those who crave for some move-
Need to hoard Christmas decors sive—cover activities from the most ment can put on their track suit and
at Divisoria? Just take a leisurely train strenuous such as biking and jogging, best running shoes and hit the 700-
ride and off you go to good buys and to the more relaxed, such as flower gar- meter long Garden City jogging trail
great deals. dening or engaging in quiet contempla- with commanding views of Quezon
Three hectares of MGC’s five-hect- tion. There’s a playground for the active City. There is also the Parkway Gym-
are area are dedicated to a nature re- kids, an adventure area for those rowdy nasium with state-of-the-art fitness
sort setting that features lush gardens, teens, and a peaceful barbecue or pic- machines for those who want to have
trellised walkways and quiet gazebos nic area for adults. The park-like setting a full exercise but within the reach of
complemented with rich landscaping allows plenty of space for relaxation, their apartments. This spacious gym is
and state-of-the-art leisure amenities. leisure and recreation, social interaction conveniently located beside Parkway’s
Its fourth floor podium deck is an and nature contemplation. day-care center so mommies can do
entire world in itself because it makes For example you can do yoga or tai- their Pilates and aerobics within the
one forget of the hurried ways of city chi at any of the Adult Fitness Stations sight of their children.
life. This nature-centered amenity or meditate in any of its Tranquility One of the highlights of an active
recognizes that different people have Gardens. These various quiet areas are morning is a visit to the Parkview
different moods and different ways to ensconced throughout the tree-filled swimming complex, one of the very few
spend their “me time.” level and guarantee residents gentle to be developed at the very center of
Metro Manila. There is a multiple-laned
20-meter lap pool where residents can
practice their different strokes. You are
sure to come out of the water revved
up and feeling refreshed.
But after a hard workout on the
trail, in the gym or the pool, you have
to de-warm and allow your body to
relax and cool back to normal levels.
The Manhattan Parkway Residence
has a spa where you can do just
that. It will have a Finnish sauna and
a steam room where the heat can
relieve bodily tension. There are also
massage areas where you may avail of
dry or oil massages.

Move easily
The country’s first all-in-one
“malling” and commercial area
is also the only point where the
train systems of the MRT and LRT2
converge. To take advantage of this,
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elevated garden walkway will connect
all the towers directly to the two train
systems and to Gateway Mall, placing
its future residents practically at the
heart of the metropolis. For urban
residents, these bump up as some of
the sore spots of living in the 21st cen-
tury. But for Metro Manila residents,
the solution to a balanced, flexible
lifestyle may be more conspicuous
than one thinks – because it is right in
the center of the metro.
At the country’s first all-in-one
“malling” and commercial area, the
only point where the train systems of
the MRT and LRT2 converge, will rise
MGC, an enclave of 20 condominium
towers that will all flourish inside
the Araneta Center. A 729-meter,
elevated garden walkway will connect
all the towers directly to the two train
systems and to Gateway Mall, placing
its future residents practically at the
heart of the metropolis.
The Manhattan Garden City is min-
utes away from two of the country’s physical connection to the LRT/MRT Addressing the specific needs on Bb. Pilipinas-World 2007
premier universities, U.P. and Ateneo; stations. We made sure that residents how we live, work, play and move, Margaret Wilson having a
relaxing time at the studio
a short ride away from the prime busi- of MGC will have unparalleled access Manhattan Garden City is not merely unit’s bedroom.
ness districts of Makati and Ortigas; to these transit lines, enabling them a prestigious address but truly a living
less than half an hour away via LRT 2 to enjoy the fastest and safest public and vibrant community that encour-
from the University Belt and the bar- transport available and get them to ages meaningful lifestyles, motivates
gain-hunters’ mecca of Divisoria; and their destinations anywhere in Metro us to aspire, brings nature closer to
just a stroll away from the multiple Manila in a matter of minutes, which our midst and restores our connec-
attractions of Araneta Center itself. is not possible by any other means.” tion to things that matter.
For Manhattan Garden City, “The A landscaped setting – a Garden
major elements or key factors con- City – will embrace every block of
sidered in planning are connectivity, towers at the fourth level. Trees, To know more about the various
transit access, community integration, fountains, trellises, and shrubbery advantages of living at Manhattan
and urban transformation,” enumer- will hoist one’s sense of well-being. Garden City, visit the grand showroom
ates Yu. “Connectivity means linking Park benches and a tranquility garden at the 3rd level of Gateway Mall. Or call
together the separate parcels of land will easily induce a meditative mood. 810-3333 or email inquire@theman-
that comprise the five-hectare prop- Jogging pathways will wind invitingly for a viewing
erty. Transit access means establishing around the buildings. appointment.

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In Federal Land’s The Oriental Place, one can
create a tasteful, visually-arresting space that is
the clever mix of details and eye-opening colors

The Oriental Place units For world-class interior design noteworthy high-end residential a visually-fascinating retreat that
project a visually-fascinating
retreat that welcomes you
executive Grace Milan, designing and commercial projects both here welcomes you to a relaxing home
to a relaxing home after a homes that fit the modern Filipino and abroad. “Since The Oriental after a frantic day at work. Fresh
frantic day at work. is all about opening one’s eyes to Place perfectly fits the young urban colors provide a light and airy ambi-
endless possibilities. The work she professionals and start-up families, ance, while minimalist furniture
did on the model units of Federal the designs we created are func- free up more space. Milan also put
Land’s The Oriental Place reflects tional but aesthetically appealing,” “see-through” partitions and made
her unique philosophy and inge- explained this designer whose work use of the harmonic combination
nious design principles. has been featured in several news- of mirrors and glass to “open up the
“Our aim is to create a dream papers and magazines. eyes and maximize the illusion of
home that matches the owner’s With a creative mix of colors space.”
lifestyle and budget,” said Milan, and furniture, the look and feel of The good thing about the designs
who has worked on a long list of The Oriental Place units project she did for The Oriental Place units

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is the use of materials that are easily signs based on local and indigenous
available in most home-oriented materials,” she said.
stores in malls. “We’d like to give Such creativity and resource-
people something to copy when fulness are what can be seen in
they get back home; something that the beautiful model units of The
they can easily buy for their homes,” Oriental Place, the newest sought-
she quipped. after residential address in Makati
“The interesting thing about de- perfect for young professionals
signing interiors in the Philippines is and budding families. Located near
not everything is available here. So offices, malls, schools, and other
the tendency of local designers is to establishments, The Oriental Place
be more creative and resourceful in gives you more time for your family
coming up with concepts and de- and for yourself.

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A refreshing
change of pace
Designed to provide a refuge to the “urban
warrior,” Cypress Towers of DMCI Homes is
a fitting place to soothe the ache of modern
living and restore the concept of domesticity
and familial connections

A few years back, real-time com- good things that come to those who
munication consisted of the rotary wait are which that are left behind by
dial or the coin-operated telephones. those who hustle.”
Today, it is the intricate interlace of But often, in the steep climb atop
some forty million mobile units, in the corporate ladder or the mad
addition to the web of networked dash for entrepreneurship’s invisible
personal computers. finish line, young, courageous, driven
Formerly, going to the movies or professionals are sidetracked from
doing your grocery at 11 p.m. was an equally important facet of holistic
totally unheard of. Today, people do progress. So much so that it has
it routinely. become a recurrent theme, not only
Before, a second job was a foreign in fiction, but increasingly in real life:
concept. Today, it has become a career-oriented young professionals
realistic option. with the knack for amassing wealth
These examples speak more than but desperately miserable in preserv-
just about current technological ing domestic harmony.
advance, or the continued efforts of Lack of quality time and bonding
the service sector for betterment, or opportunities among family members
the availability of alternative income have been invariably labeled as the
options that have opened up for the culprits. Too bad there is just no way
Filipino workforce. Beyond expedien- to add any more to a day’s 24 hours,
cy and opportunities, these scenarios or to return to the laid back simplicity and fully-serviced communities. A highlight of the
likewise reflect the challenges and of the olden days. Cypress Towers is a fine example of development is the
buildings’ configuration
realities we have to contend with in Triple A builder/developer DMCI a development that responds to the that takes after the
this ever-evolving urban landscape. Homes recognizes the importance of need of today’s urban warriors for an pinwheel, letting air flow
Indeed, life in the metro has a home that not only is superbly built, ideal home. freely and enhancing
natural lighting.
become a juggling act. Success, to a affordable, and one that encourages Strategically sitting on a 10,700-
great extent, is now based on one’s family togetherness, but likewise one square meter prime lot along C5
ability to keep pace with society’s that does not inconveniently detach road in the progressive city of Taguig,
rapid changes and harness the you from the city’s pulse. DMCI Cypress Towers is a gated community
potentials that come with them. In Homes has relentlessly pursued this of three uniquely designed high-rise
a parody of a time-honored adage, track by continuously coming up with buildings. It is near the necessary
the revised version now goes, “The first-rate projects in centrally-located bustle of the major business and com-

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mercial hubs of Makati, Ortigas and features that are caringly appointed to dining areas, gazebos, a badminton To complete the lavish Cypress
Bonifacio Global City, but is master- ensure enjoyable everydays at Cypress court, a game room, a fitness room Towers experience, a team of profes-
planned to provide for a lifestyle that Towers. and jogging paths. sional property managers is on
is isolated and conducive for rearing Sixty percent of the total land area Additionally, outdoor elements constant standby to make sure that
a family. is allotted for resort-like recreational are made available inside the build- security and convenience are readily
A highlight of the development facilities, landscaped areas and open ings through single-loaded corridors and continually enjoyed by residents
is the buildings’ configuration that spaces. Amenities that individual which allow units to open up to a and their guests.
takes after the pinwheel. With this members and even whole families garden atrium instead of neighboring With today’s accelerated pace of
pioneering design, air flows freely and can readily enjoy include a Wi-Fi doors. Ultimately, this gives resi- human transactions, it is reassuring
natural lighting is enhanced, providing ready clubhouse, a swimming pool, a dents the much sought after privacy to know that there is still a sanctuary
a cleaner and fresher living space. This children’s playground, viewing decks, that other high-rise developments in the city where time stands still and
sets the tone for a wealth of other a sky lounge, indoor and al fresco fail to provide. family is priority.

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RSVP to exclusivity
Though exclusive in appeal and exquisite in architectural design, W Tower is all about
creating a community. Step inside the newest marvel of Bonifacio Global City
Photography by Shaira Luna

cial and residential building that will

embody Modern Philippine Archi-
tecture. Tasked to execute this is the
architectural and design firm of Budji
Layug and Royal Pineda, homegrown
talents known for their modern
sensibility underlined with a unique
Filipino touch.
“The trend in the coming years
points towards the creation of more
beautiful structures,” says Francis
when asked why they had to tap an-
other firm when they can very much
execute the design and architecture
themselves. “They should exude
Benhur Arcayan

character, the triumph of form over

function. If you look at the West,
buildings are known for the architects
who designed them which only means
Executive vice president In New York, the glitziest, most ride away,” says Francis Wee, executive that the product’s over-all look, and
of W LandHoldings
Francis Wee envisions W
expensive condominiums are also the vice president of W LandHoldings. also how people perceive it, are as
Tower as a community most exclusive. In order to gain entry “W Tower is a community where important, if not more, as the physical
where the residents in the prestigious address and live everyone knows everyone. By having structure itself.”
can nurture social
there, one needs to have an approval less residential units, we can give our Though W Tower is exclusive and
from the rest of the neighbors. If you homeowners more.” exquisite, it is located in what Francis
don’t get their vote, then you need to When most of developers try to calls “the practical side of town.” Boni-
look for another place where hope- cram as many units in one project as facio Triangle is a stone’s throw away,
fully, you can finally gain admission. possible to recoup investment and “practically walking distance” from
For W LandHoldings, developer maximize profit, W LandHoldings the school district which includes the
of W Tower located at the Bonifacio takes a different route as it offers the International School, Manila Japanese
Global City, exclusivity is not about lowest residential floors to residential School and British School. Residents
walling away individuals but keeping unit ratio (18 floors : 50 residential can re-assuringly send their kids to the
the number of units to a minimum so units) and one of the highest parking best schools without having to drive
that residents can build a tightly-woven slot to residential unit ratio (79 park- them while investors can have their
community, call each other by name ing slots : 50 residential units). It does units rented out to expatriates who
and develop a collective emotional con- this to give its residents the satisfac- will readily be drawn towards the idea
nection with the place they live. tion of coming home to a serene, of proximity.
“With only 50 residential units, all stylish and spacious place. At the end As of late, 50 percent of W Tower
bi-level units, there’ll be no more wait- of the day, the last thing you want to has been sold while 20 percent has
ing for those over crowded elevators, encounter is a building abuzz with been reserved, declares Francis. By
no more noisy neighbors you don’t people you don’t even know. the end of the year, W Tower’s units
know, our staff greets all our hom- Situated at the Bonifacio Triangle are expected to be sold out. With the
eowners by their names, and our main of Bonifacio Global City, W Tower is many value services it provides, that
office and residence is just an elevator projected as an 18-storey commer- hardly seems surprising.

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Coming home
to chic Manila
Envisioned to be a mixed-use development
featuring residential and commercial
components, Celadon Manila is giving the
capital the prestige it deserves

Celadon Park Brimming with the energy

offers a retreat for and cosmopolitan appeal of the city,
families and young
urban achievers to but balanced by the security and
commune with the reassurance of being home—Celadon
beauty of nature. Manila’s residential enclaves by Com-
munity Innovations offer easy living
designed for leisure.
Surrounded by nearly 35,000 intimate gated residential community shares the same leisure lifestyle as that
square meters of open spaces - the reflects the leisurely ideals of Celadon of adjacent Celadon Residences. This
largest in any residential development Manila. Celadon Residences provides is most evident in the condominium’s
in Manila - Celadon Residences (town- its residents with a wide range of vil- leisure club facilities that address the
homes) and Celadon Park (condomin- lage park facilities like adult and kiddie relaxation and recreation needs of its
iums) offer a retreat for families and pools, open playfield, kids’ playground, residents. Amenities like a meditation
young urban achievers to commune basketball court, and clubhouse garden, swimming pools with wooden
with the beauty of nature, which is a pavilion that encourage community lounge deck, secluded massage areas
rarity in the city today. interaction and fellowship, completing and a gym and fitness center, evoke a
This lush sprawl of green combined the uptown living experience. sense of well-being.
with Celadon Residences’ Medit- Celadon Park - a vibrant high-rise Conveniently, Celadon Manila will
terenean-inspired townhomes in an community for urban achievers - also be the site for the biggest BPO

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hub in Manila, and Celadon Park will cozy dining destinations are no more the good life in an integrated in-city
be able to provide a dynamic residen- than a short stroll away. community.”
tial option for urban achievers who “We have an opportunity to de- Celadon Manila’s residential district
wish to explore the perks of cohesive velop a neighborhood that seamlessly successfully underscores a vibrant and
in-city living. blends the retail and business facets of dynamic lifestyle that is central to the
True to the synergistic nature of this integrated community,” says Iris developer’s concept of leisure in an
the development, living in Celadon Josef, head of Project Development of integrated community. Together with
Residences and Celadon Park also of- Community Innovations. “We want to its lifestyle retail venue (Ayala Malls)
fers its residents the convenience of a broaden the living options for discern- and business district (Ayala Land Com-
distinctive retail experience provided ing urbanites in Manila by giving them mercial Business Group), it is expected
by the Ayala Malls’ Shops at Celadon. all three elements of retail, com- to raise the bar of living and leisure
Coffee shops, health spas, salons and mercial and residential that resonate standards in uptown Manila.

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Investing in paradise
Known for its talcum-fine sand and cerulean waters, Boracay is capped
yet again with another attraction: the Crown Regency Resort and
Convention Center—a condotel project that generates income for the
owners while they’re away or extends their vacation as they luxuriate in
the most photographed beach on earth

Some say it is the splendid furnishings.” The project is likewise

stretch of powder-fine white sand. appointed with top-rate amenities as
Others claim it is the refreshing crys- ballrooms, conference rooms, a fitness
tal clear sapphire waters. Not a few gym, a Laundromat, food and bever-
swear it is the festive nightlife and the age outlets, and the largest swimming
sumptuous array of gustatory delights pool in all of Boracay.
that abound. Others still, insist it is While the development in itself is
simply the pampering… the bustle… worth staying for, CRRCC is barely a
the accessibility… the escape… the three-minute leisurely walk from the
uncertainty… the predictability… the Station 2 beachfront. And with the
adventure… Boracay Police and Coast Guard sta-
Whatever their reasons, devotees tions just nearby, it becomes an ideal
keep coming back to Boracay like nook for some peace and quiet while
pilgrims on a sacred ritual. Locals being tantalizingly near all the fun
and foreigners alike seem helplessly and frolic that Boracay has to offer.
attached to the enduring allure of this Besides, “there is no more seasonal
majestic dream destination. fluctuation in tourist arrivals in Bora-
Crown Regency Resort and And now, yet another compelling cay, and there is usually a lack of hotel
Convention Center is a prime
reason to be at Boracay beckons. rooms”, King adds.
project that offers investors
the unmatched luxury of Sitting on a 12,000-square meter Alternatively, CRRCC buyers will
owning a piece of paradise. expanse in the heart of the island, enrol their units in rental pooling
Crown Regency Resort and Conven- under the development’s condotel
tion Center (CRRCC) is a prime proj- operations. This is ideal for locals dotel projects. First, the minimum
ect by J. King and Sons Co., Inc. that who frequent Boracay for short stays, period for enrolment is only 3 years,
offers investors the unmatched luxury or foreigners on extended vacations. compared to other developments
of owning a piece of paradise and at Under this scheme, individual owners who tie owners down for 5, 10, some-
the same time the opportunity to be may use their units for a generous 45 times 15 years. This gives the buyer
financially rewarded for it. days every year. For the rest of the more flexibility to decide on how
Company Chair and CEO Richard year, the unit will be leased back to to handle his investment. Second,
King says that “Crown Regency Resort the developer and will be expertly ownership of a unit means auto-
and Convention Center investors have managed and operated as a hotel matic membership to Club Ultima,
the option to reside in their pur- by the prestigious Crown Regency a unique lifestyle membership club
chased units, enjoying the privilege Hotel Group. The income generating that offers the amenities of urban
of having first-class accommodation potential of this arrangement allows living conceptualized by its Chairman
in Boracay year-round. Located in the buyer a full return on investment and CEO, Richard King. This comes
Barangay Balabag in Central Bora- in as short as 5 years. with a 7-day free stay at Club Ultima
cay, CRRCC consists of 382 rooms Additionally, several other factors or any Crown Regency operated
that all come with standard hotel set CRRCC apart from other con- hotel nationwide, or otherwise in any

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of the 2,900 Interval International af- gency Resort and Convention Center
filiated hotels and resorts worldwide. is “water-inspired” especially because
Moreover, the 45-day stay benefit of its massive swimming pool and
can be converted to Free Stay Privi- “mermaid” show. Soon to follow
lege Certificates at any of the Crown are the equally impressive Crown
Regency Hotel chain of properties Regency Prince Resort in Station 1,
and other off-site facilities with no the Crown Regency in Station 3, and
expiry period on a one to one room the Crown Regency Bayview Resort
night value. in Bolabog Beach.
Slated to open November 2009,
CRRCC is the first in a chain of four
excellent resort hotel developments For more information on the Crown
in Boracay that will be undertaken by Regency Resort and Convention Center,
J. King and Sons Co., Inc. The design please contact the Fuente Triangle
of the four resorts was inspired by Realty Development Corporation at
the elements of nature. Crown Re- (032) 418-7191.

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Kamarikutan Kape at Galeri:

Inspirations from the
edge of the world
In this second and last offering, Roel Hoang Manipon continues the journey to
Palawan’s soul, the Kamarikutan Kape at Galeri which, evoking the organic lines
of the natural world, offers a nurturing refuge to budding artists

The desire to create an identity I looked out to garden, now all asked for coffee, so they offered coffee.
and a home in Puerto Princesa de- dark. I could here insects singing and Then guests would ask for sandwich, so
veloped into an idea of putting up a the rustling of the leaves. The rain they add sandwiches to their meager
gallery. “It started out as a quite selfish became a light drizzle, and the air menu. Before long, they asked for
proposition,” she regarded the birth of was muggy. Inside, we were bathed in meals. Whenever they asked for food,
Kamarikutan. the mellow glow of the lanterns. At Dinggot would make a dash to the mar-
One day, Dinggot approached her the other end, lights were on for the ket for ingredients and Nanay Dayang
mother about renting her property. newly mounted paintings. would entertain the guests, chatting
“What will you do?” Nanay Dayang Despite the indifference of the them up so they would not notice that
asked. “I want to build a gallery,” she people around her, the gallery opened the food was taking long to be served.
replied. Nanay Dayang was receptive in 1994. Dinggot remembered the kitchen
of the idea. “When it first opened, it was a as a small shack with no walls and only
“Of all the people I mentioned that pretty lonely struggle to introduce a gas stove for cooking. They had no
thing, siya lang ‘yung (she was the only the concept of a gallery to a place like freezer, and only a coffeemaker. After
who went) ‘Oh, okay,’” Dinggot related Palawan, which blossomed very late,” a year or two, they came up with an
and took a puff from her cigarette. Dinggot said. “It was very hard. To ala carte menu. The menu now lists
“Everybody was like ‘What? A gallery in begin with, there were only a few of different coffees, breakfast meals from
Puerto Princesa?’ This was in 1993. Can us practicing artists. There were six or dried fish to toast, sandwiches, pastas,
you imagine? Talagang lahat sila ay (Ev- seven of us who were active.” rice meals, shakes and beer. But then
erybody was really like) ‘Are you crazy?’ “You cannot naman…” she con- and until now, they would advise
Si Nanay lang ang ‘Okey, sige. But don’t tinued. “There was six of us. What? visiting groups to let them know in
lease na lang. Let’s be partners.’” Every two months shuffle kami?. Hindi advance the number of people com-
Then Dinggot provided a glimpse of puwede. Isusuka kami ng mga tao rito. ing and their orders. But they now can
their working relationship: “Sometime Mauubusan kami ng inspirasyon. (That handle sizeable events.
between then and now, ‘pag nag- could not be. People here would be “The beauty of Kamarikutan is that
aaway kami (when we are arguing), sick of us. We will run out of inspira- we are like family,” Dinggot said. They
[she goes], ‘Sige buhatin mo ‘yun build- tion.) Every once in a while, we invite have only a staff of five working on
ing mo.’ (Go and get your building) other artists to come by, visual artists shifts, but when it gets too busy, ev-
Ako naman, ‘Sige maghanap ka ng in and out of Palawan. In the first year, erybody pitches in. “Like the gardener
developer.’ (And I would go, ‘Okay, we only had two exhibits. The follow- becomes a dishwasher or one who
find yourself a developer.’)” ing year we had four or five. And then grates the coconut. Everybody helps.
She laughed and continued, “But it came to a point na four years after, So even though our staff is lean, we
there is a lot of democratic space ayun, every month na.” can still handle bigger functions,” she
between us naman. The garden is The café part just sprang up. “It was explained.
hers. The interiors are mine. That is an afterthought,” she said. “But this is more of a coffee place,”
her forte. This is my forte.” People who dropped by the gallery Dinggot emphasized. “If you look at

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same way all the materials being used
are from Palawan, from nature.”
The only foreign things in the place
are the colorful fishes, which were
given as gifts by Dinggot’s brother-
in-law eight years ago, and they were
“too beautiful to refuse.” Now, they
have grown fat and big, their colors
resplendent against the moss-dark
stones, and have become one of the
attractions of Kamarikutan.
The materials used in the building
of the Kamarikutan are not usual for a
formal establishment like a gallery but
it is Dinggot’s way of making another
statement, this one on the concept of
the gallery itself. “When you think of
an art gallery parang it is so ‘sterile,’ so
formal, so elitist,” she elaborated. “So
the idea was to bring art closer to the
community by way of deconstructing
the idea of a gallery. We don’t sub-
scribe to the formal white cube theory
of galleries kasi nga (because) it is so
sterile, so intimidating. So what we did
is we just ‘indigenized’ the concept of
a gallery. I mean, we’re just a big bahay
kubo (hut) basically. The walls are
very neutral so people don’t feel like
masyadong elitista (it’s very elitist). We
indigenized and popularized the con-
The bamboo- the structure, the gallery is bigger. of the city somehow in the sense that cept of an art gallery so people can
lined entrance to And this (the café) is an addition.” everyone was building in concrete and come in their shorts, tsinelas (slippers),
Kamarikutan Kape
at Galeri. It is a curious thing how the two metal kasi bawal na nga ang kahoy and they will still be in a gallery. And
structures fuse so well together as to (because the use of wood is illegal).” at the same time, we like to think that
be one. I surveyed the lace again and Coconut lumber were used in the we have given a home to local artists,
saw the division: the hut-café and the construction of Kamarikutan, and visiting artists, and to culture as well,
building-gallery. at that time Dinggot felt lucky that culture and the environment.”
“It is a fusion of both my roots,” many had not yet discovered coconut Defining one’s own art space and
Dinggot revealed. “I was born and lumber, a sturdy building material, and acquiring acceptance from the com-
raised in Baguio, so this is patterned could order as much as they want. munity are one matter, and then there
after the Ifugao house. And the gallery They are now the beams, posts and is the matter of selling the exhibited
is patterned after the Palawan kalang- flooring, still original. Some have holes artworks. Artists have to be com-
banwa, which means ‘big house.’ It in them where nails used to be. The pensated for their labor and have to
is communal. The beauty of it is that acidic property of the material cor- market their works, Dinggot believes.
the space is defined no by division or roded the nails. The flaws interestingly Materials can cost a lot, and most of
rooms but by levels of flooring.” come across as part of the design. the times they have source them from
That explained the sandy rectangle They are avoiding nails as much as Manila, she explains.
pit in the middle of the gallery. This possible, and instead are using rattan Despite the birth pangs and the
area is usually used during perfor- strips in assembling things. Bamboo, veering away from common notions
mances. As much as the design the different kinds, makes up for the rest, (or perhaps precisely because of it),
materials used define the place, giving especially the furniture, its curves and the gallery garnered good reception
it character, almost dictating the as- waves offsetting the straight lines of from the community, and surprisingly
pects of the design itself. The practice the coconut components. The roof for a place where art and art making
of its construction was influenced by rustles with dried cogon grass. is arguably still in its infancy, good
a movement that was burgeoning in “Part of the statement of Kamariku- patronage for the works.
and influencing Puerto Princesa. tan is you can still build aesthetically “We’ve sold quite a number in our
“When we were building this, the using organic, native materials, things 13 years,” Dinggot beamed. “”Di kami
seeds of environmental awareness that are here lang,” Dinggot explained. na-zezero (We haven’t experienced
were being planted in Puerto Princ- “Through the years we managed to having zero sales).”
esa,” Dinggot said. “So all of the sud- fuse our convictions, our visions, into But there is a concession for this:
den, there was a total log ban. And I one like the garden. There is no for- they have to sell at low rates. “We
noticed it was changing the landscape eign species here. It’s all endemic the don’t like to scare away people,” she

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said. “We have to sacrifice [by having]
low prices in building up a patron-
age.” And besides, “the level of art is
not mature [enough] to command
[high] prices,” she explained.
She imposes a ceiling on the
prices of works. The most costs about
Php25,000 to Php30,000, and that is
for a major work that can stand up to
four feet. To compensate though, the
gallery is friendly to artists by getting
only a 20 percent cut, as opposed to
the 30 to 40 percent going rate in
Manila, and by taking care of promo-
tions, cocktails and receptions.
However, the patronage here
proves to be insular, and this presents
a problem in the future. “Although we
have many patrons, they are the same
people. Eventually, they will run out
of wall space. We have to think about
that,” Dinggot pondered, but she
tried to look at the positive side of it.
“In a way, this limitation is good,”
she said, “because it challenges us to
experiment with different media. Hindi
naman puro (not just all) painting.”
And so Kamarikutan began to be
a catalyst for artists aside from provid- that she paints because she has some- forgot to ask her about her nickname,
ing home, and as home it fully realizes thing to say. But then her message or where she got it. Maybe it was from
its existence by being a nest, a place statement may not get across to every- ingot, I speculated, a mold in which
for the birth and growth of artists and one, to those who may not understand metal is cast. They coined Dinggot,
the arts in general. her medium. When people buy her someone who wrought something
For several years now, Kamarikutan work and stashed it in their homes, beautiful here in Puerto Princesa.
Kape at Galeri has been known to what happens to her statement?
hold the Pagdiwata Festival, a week of One day she realized that her art Getting There
workshops and performances, a cel- has changed medium. It has resurged Kamarikutan Kape at Galeri is along
ebration of arts and culture in general. in a different canvas, a bigger canvas Rizal Avenue Extension in the baran-
The workshops do not only include that is Kamarikutan Kape at Galeri, gay of Bancao-Bancao, Puerto Princ-
the familiar modules of painting, and the advocacy for the arts and esa City. It is near the airport. One can
drawing and music, but also of dance, culture in Palawan. take any multicab (tricycle) plying the
creative writing, and arts and crafts Dinggot finished her cigarette, city to the gallery. Regular fare is Php7.
like batik making, pottery and textile her mocha complexion glistening Rate for hiring the multicab is from
weaving. Every April, senior artists and in the mellow light of the lamps she Php20 to Php50.
artisans and students learn from each fashioned herself and her curls catch-
other. At nights, they watch perfor- ing that light. The rain has completely
mances, which are mounted for free. stopped. It was near midnight, too Kamarikutan Kape at Galeri can be
For the past 13 years, Dinggot late for her to go home. She lives 16 reached through telephone numbers
poured her energy into her gallery kilometers out in the barangay of (048) 433-5182 and 433-9088, and email
and in promulgating arts and culture Irawan. She decided to stay in her One can
in general. In those years, she has not halfway house behind the gallery, an contact co-owner Dinggot Conde Prieto
produced much artwork. It got to the open hut with a studio and a sleeping through her mobile phone number
point when she began questioning area on the upper floor. 0918-9095571 or email hijadelaluna8@
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Hard hats
To invoke writer’s block, one has gerund is looking like?” ties. A patient friend willing to indulge
to first possess the temerity to call him- These and a dozen other scenarios me in extended stare-fests while I wait
self a writer. Yes, I do write. Regularly and crowd my paranoid, slightly oversized for ideas to percolate. An efficient pur-
for different bosses, taking on an aimless head whenever I am tempted to veyor of the noble pursuits we refer to as
array of topics most of which I previously thump my chest and declare myself Solitaire and 3D Pinball Space Cadet.
know nothing about. This foray of mine a writer. Which brings me to the Distracted. I think that is what I
at being published, however, is not much problem of assigning a name for what am. All because I want to wear yet

Peripheral a testament to literary aptitude as it is a

demonstration of utter chutzpah. In any
I am experiencing right now.
I have been trying to write this
another hat.
Having covered the goings-on in

case, it helps put pizza on the table. column for the past three weeks, it is the real estate industry for almost a
Having said that, I still cannot bring two days past my deadline, and nothing year now and at the same time being
Arnold A. Altamira myself to say, by way of introduction, interesting seems to be in the offing. a railbird at the Condo.Com.Ph, Inc.
“Hello, I’m Arnold. I’m a writer.” Worse, a group of Japanese chaps at an office, I have become aware of the
What if some smart aleck confronts adjacent table here in the coffee shop magnitude of it all. The much-bal-
me, “A writer, eh? You dare range your- seems to be eyeing my beloved hand- lyhooed boom is for real. There are
self against The Bard, or Hemingway, me-down, yet-to-be paid laptop with tens of thousands of fine products
or Steinbeck, or de Quiros, or Tulfo?” muffled ridicule. While this enormous to be sold and tens of thousands
Or what if a talangka comes up gadget which will not run unless plugged of ready buyers all set to dot the i’s.
to me, “A writer, eh? Have you won may be museum material to them, it Compound that with the devastating
a Palanca? Have you ever been is for me a solid (in every sense of the realization that for the past 12 months
anointed in one of those workshops word) companion. A mute witness, if or so, personal friends and family have
in Dumaguete? Do you know what a you may, to my struggles and insecuri- gone on a purchasing spree of prop-
erty – transactions which I could have
easily facilitated and which would
have netted me more than enough to
buy new batteries for my laptop.
That is why I have decided: I want a
piece of the real estate pie to go with
my coffee.
I enlisted and underwent orientation
to be acquainted with the important
acronyms every self-respecting real es-
tate professional should know by heart.
That very same day, my supposed first
deal went sour. A brother of a friend
of my wife was already half-committed
into buying this lovely unit at a resort-
like development somewhere in Pasig.
After all the haggling and rather comical
attempts to salvage the sale, it all really
boiled down to my being three days late.
Nevertheless, this is an endeavor I
commit myself to one hundred per-
cent of the time when I am not trying
to write.
Meanwhile, I observe and I study. I
know this can be rewarding but it also
entails hard work and persistence and
Meanwhile, I hope and I pray. They
say that the bullish outlook for the
industry will carry on for the next few
years and I wish my wife will not run
out of acquaintances.
Right now, I am neither a writer nor
a salesman. And that makes it terribly
difficult for me to write this column.

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on property
or void must also
A marriage settlement is an riage. Non- liquidate the
agreement between future spouses as compliance community or
to how the property relation between with any of conjugal property
them shall be during the marriage. It these three – more or less in
may not be a blanket guarantee for simple require- the same man-
a successful marriage, but do please ments shall cause ner as a widow or
consider this option provided by the the settlement to widower. However, his or
law before getting married. be without force and her failure to liquidate the
In a marriage settlement, both of effect. Note also that property before remarrying
you are free to agree on a complete any modification or change made on would VOID—yes, it would
separation of property, or to have a the marriage settlement must observe nullify—the second marriage! And of
partial separation of property wherein these requirements. course, render whatever settlement
what each of you owned separately For those lucky ones who find love entered into as utterly useless.
before the marriage shall remain
separate but whatever property each Legal a second time, entering into a mar-
riage settlement is a bit complicated.
Having given you the foregoing
option, your alternative is: in the

of you will acquire after the wedding A widow or widower who desires absence of a marriage settlement or
shall be considered conjugal and to remarry must first liquidate the in cases where you unfortunately did
belong to both spouses. Taking in property from the previous marriage: not comply with its requirements, the
mind your character and disposition Atty. Edwin Calica to liquidate means to settle all the property relation between you and
as well as that of your future spouse, Cacayorin, Jr. obligations due from the previous your spouse would be one of absolute
you may decide on other kinds of marriage, divide the property among community of property, which means
property arrangement provided it the heirs, and deliver to each heir, his that except for any property you re-
is not contrary to public policy, nor or her legitime [“mana” in Filipino]. ceive by gratuitous title (i.e. donation
inconsistent with the provisions of the The failure to undertake the liquida- or inheritance) during the marriage
Family Code [in other words, consult tion before remarrying would result as well as your personal effects such
a lawyer to be certain that it would be to a mandatory regime of complete as toothbrush, comb or pair of socks
legally enforceable]. separation of property to govern the – practically everything else you own
For a marriage settlement to be second marriage as dictated by law belongs also to your spouse.
valid, it must be (a) written, (b) signed regardless of any marriage settlement. Which is more advantageous is not
and agreed to by the future spouses Likewise a person whose marriage the relevant question. What you and
(c) before the celebration of the mar- had judicially been declared annulled your future spouse decide on is.

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Do the checklist 2
In my last column, I gave a the authorized bank. I always advise Some developers may require you
checklist of the 10 things you should buyers to personally pay at the to get insurance equivalent to the unit
consider before you hand over that developer’s office to make sure the cost of your investment if you are get-
hard-earned money for your condo in- availability of the unit. Remember ting a unit on term payments, to guar-
vestment. Remember that real estate the unit that you have purchased is antee the unit will still be paid off and
investment transcends your lifetime, not the same as the model unit. Once be handed to your heirs if something
extending up to to three generations. you have paid the reservation, make unfortunate happens. If the developer

Condo Café
Let me recapitulate this checklist sure you possess all the legal papers does not require it, make sure to have
again before we proceed to another that you will need to purchase the an insurance policy that can pay off
Renne Isidro set of checklist you have to consider unit, the most common requirements the balance of your payment.
once you have decided to purchase being two valid IDs with picture. If Once you are fully paid, the
your unit. you are a foreigner, your passport and developer will issue you the Deed of
international driver’s license will be Absolute Sale and start processing the
• Make sure you get a professional required. There will be more require- transfer of the CCT to your account.
broker. ment for those who availing bank and Give a timetable of three months for
• Get the best location possible. Pag-IBIG financing. these transactions. Some developers
• Invest in a project from a repu- If you are buying from a secondary turnover the units while the title is
table developer. market, make sure to get a certified still being processed
• Make sure you can afford and true copy of the Condominium Cer- Before you accept your unit, make
sustain the unit you will get. tificate of Title (CCT) and a Tax Dec- sure to make a punch list of your
• Check out the design and layout laration from the local government. investment. If possible, get an expert
and all the amenities. If you are buying from a pre-selling to help you out. Measurement starts
• Investigate the security in the project, make sure that they have the from center wall; check if all the
area and the peace and order in the license to sell from the Housing and specifications have been followed. If
district. Land Use Regulatory Board. the unit you got is fully furnished,
• Know who will manage the con- You must also inquire about all the check all the items carefully and ask
dominium. taxes you will need to pay. Exempted for warranties. If you are to make
• Explore what are the feng-shui from value added tax are the condo some alteration on your unit, make
complications. units below P2.5M. Condos ranging sure to coordinate with the building
• Follow your gut-feel. If you feel from P2.5M and up are subject to 12% administrator.
that it’s a good investment, then go VAT which you need to pay over the When you are ready to move in,
for it. If you have doubts, check other transfer tax, documentary tax and spend some time to check the nearby
options. other processing charges. service provider, try to be part of the
If you are purchasing a ready for oc- community, check out the nearest
Now that you have decided to cupancy unit, ask for the condomin- Rotary Club or religious/civic orga-
purchase a unit and will issue a check ium dues payable and what are the nization in the area which you can
for the reservation, take time to read deposit needed for the electricity and join. Check out the shortcuts going
the reservation agreement (RA). The water. If the property is on pre-selling in and out of your area. Know your
standard RA gives you 30 days to stage, ask for an estimate of expected neighbors. Condo living without any
either pay in cash or terms and it is condominium monthly dues. communication with your neighbors
nonrefundable. Make sure to make Make sure that you read, un- is boring. Living in a condo here in
the check payable to derstand and review the Deed of Makati, I miss the mornings when
the developer Restrictions and the Condominium street peddlers knock at our gate for
or to Corporation papers which are vital the early morning pandesal, taho and
documents. kakanin. By mid-mornings you have
Once you have fully paid the the buko man and fruit and vegetables
down payment, you will re- and fish vendors. You never run out
ceive the Contract to Sell from of these people till midnight when
the developer. This is your of- they shout, “balut, penoy!”
ficial document stating that you I miss the thrill when it rains, and
are the owner of the unit subject you are not sure whether the road
to terms and conditions specified going home can be accessed or not.
in the documents. Make sure you There will be things thay you wil miss
have a copy of all the receipts you but there will be things that you will
have paid. Industry practice dicates love when living in a condo. Five to
that the developer should send the ten years from now, condo living will
official receipts quarterly. be a lifestyle.

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California: The Golden State

When I was a little girl growing successfully referred outsourcing clients friend in Makati, now runs a travel con-
up in the Philippines and spending sum- to the Philippines. solidator agency in the Bay Area.
mers at my mother’s ancestral home in Fil-Am realtors have surged in the But in that golden state, not ev-
Biñan, Laguna, my aunts Becky and Eliza market. Ina and Ron Davis are such a win- erything glitters. There are the typical
Yaptinchay would take us cousins (Tina ning team in Northern California. Years problems of migrating Fil-Ams: stress
and Teddy Evangelista, and my sister, ago, our children grew up and partied and anxiety at separation from family,
Cynthia) to the local movies which together. Ina’s siblings, Pilar, Macoy and or with new jobs, adjusting to a new cul-
usually portrayed America as the land Dolly, frequent visitors to America, are ture or suffering stress-induced mental
of opportunity and with roads paved also close friends of ours. Mardolla’s Doji disorders. Unlike my student days in the
with gold! California was particularly Llamas does both real estate and finan- ‘60s, the newspapers now report Asians
attractive with its terrain and beautiful cing and commutes frequently to Manila. involved in crimes, those previously
weather. No extremes like snow or free- Gracefully retiring, still beautiful ignored, denied or not discussed—do-
zing weather for us! Those were to be Nena Iboleon-Sarasola lives in Burlin- mestic violence, murder, problems with
enjoyed only on Christmas card pictures game surrounded by her children and chemical imbalances, substance abuse,
and postcards.
How lucky I felt then, when eventu-
OFW Notes grandchildren. In the ‘90s, her son Joey,
married our niece, Donna Hermano,
alcoholism, etc.
After talking to Fr. Tony Claudio and
ally, our young family of five—my late Cita Y. Abad-Dinglasan and held their reception in our home. Deacon Roy Twitty of St. Catherine’s
husband Paco, and our three little girls, How time has flown. Today, Joey heads Church in Burlingame, I eventually met
with faithful housekeeper, Miss Annie times over for her work in politics and the rail system under President GMA. psychologist Dr. Dave Ross, Director of
Bacaro, moved to San Francisco in the community services. A frequent col- Amazing and durable Lita Bauson, the Behavioral Healthcare San Mateo
‘70s from New York and a brief stint in league is Marico Enriquez. despite various odds, has accumulated office of the Catholic Charities. Amiable,
Manila, joining the millions of immi- Reliable Rodel Rodis is an attorney, an enviable portfolio of properties almost fatherly, he has been seeing
grants to the Golden State, nicknamed a member of the College Community allowing her to work part-time and care more and more Asians with psychologi-
so because of the gold rush centuries Board, and a strong link to the San Fran- for ailing husband, Johnny. Her children cal problems in recent years.
ago. Hence, the Golden State Warriors, cisco Mayor’s office. In San Bruno, Pong, too, were in the same Hillsborough With cooperation from dynamic Phil-
the Golden Gate Bridge, etc. a former waiter at Tito Rey, started schools as my daughters. Co-worker at ippine Consul General to San Francisco
California proudly possesses the 8th his own restaurant, Kuya’s, with his Remax is Ching Evaristo, attractive, effi- Rowena Mendoza, he held a seminar on
largest economy in the world and wields accountant partner, Babes. I tried their cient and admirable as a working moth- healthy family relationships (including
tremendous power in the country’s arroz caldo with chicken and it made er. Her debutante daughter Monique, is violence, abuse, bipolar and other men-
decision-making. A few of its gover- me promise to return for a full meal. a promising singer. Children Joshua and tal disorders) among Filipino-Americans.
nors have run for the presidency of the More on them later. A former Fil-Am Olivia help her in the business. They thought that maybe 50 would
country, successfully like Reagan, or Chamber of Commerce head, retired I visited with Willie Santamaria, who attend. More than 200 showed up! Dr.
unsuccessfully, like Jerry Brown, or in im- Bert Galang, gifted with a Tony Bennett- works in the Oakland school district, Ross hopes that the large attendance
migrants’ dreams, like Arnold Schwar- like voice, enjoys singing occasionally at and off-duty, is a jazz singer reminis- will translate into more people aware of,
zeneger. It is also home to many of the various karaoke clubs and is also busy cent of Ella Fitzgerald. Friends Linda and seeking treatment, for this rather
close to four million Filipinos, docu- with his golf clubs. Byer, always chic and a resident of San common and treatable disease.
mented or otherwise, whose per capita I drove to Milpitas, was impressed Mateo, and Yvonne Rivilla-Rufino, a loan Prosperous though they are, the Fili-
income is ahead of the largest minority by their new, modern and architectur- consultant, get together frequently. We pino-Americans share similar problems
group in America, the Mexicans. ally-handsome city hall. Joe Esteves, a listened to fantastic music at Henry’s, with their Filipino countrymen working
When I spent winter and spring in Fil-Am, is the three-term mayor of this owned by a Filipino couple who also abroad in Rome, Dubai, or Hongkong,
California this year, I visited with so exciting Silicon Valley city. He is both sing at the famous Tonga Room of the etc. OFWs are frequently hailed as he-
many old friends, the original OFWs efficient and charming, and it was with Fairmont Hotel. roes. I wonder if many know the hidden
before being officially named so by the a feeling of pride as I watched him Banking executive Mars Gueco took pain that goes with every success?
Philippine government. A senior adviser preside over his Caucasian council. At time out from his busy schedule to
to many Filipino-American affairs is nearby Sta. Clara, Philippine Trade Com- lunch with pretty Coco Perez-Relova E-mail author at
indomitable Alice Bulos, awarded many missioner Nini Mendoza-Alvero has and me. Manolo Relova, a childhood

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View from
the top
Keith Bryan Cortez tilts the frame on how a condo
dweller views his own abode and in a tone tinged
with exquisite boredom reveals the inner workings
of a life perched a hundred feet above ground

I always imagine how it would everyone, but not everyone has ac-
feel to jump out the window and cess to a 42-story condo in the heart
count how many seconds till I reach of Makati. I suppose Pluto would look
the cold pavement below. How many better closer, even if it’s just a few
seconds of flight will gravity allow me levels above ground. Maybe it would
before ending my life. I would like to leave me breathless. Then again,
feel real weightlessness, not the type maybe not.
you would feel after a few rounds of There are a lot of things you can
scotch. It would be just like bungee imagine when you have a view from
jumping without the cord, and with- the top. Like how many people would poop every morning as I go out to sleep during graveyard shifts, all these
out having the chance to do it again. get soaked if you threw a bucket of groggily fetch the morning paper. will not change once you occupy a
A childhood Peter Pan frustration water out the window, how far would But I live on a multi-awarded condo unit. And quite frankly, it’s this search
perhaps? a feather travel if I tossed it on the top just minutes away from work. I live in for services that most people perceive
These are things you think of when floor on a windy day, how I think I share a building with a pool, sauna and gym. in the surface level. Living on a condo
you’re life is caught perpetually in a a view of the world with God. For a mo- Never mind that I don’t own my own might as well be like buying an expen-
cycle of eat, work, eat, sleep, wake. So ment, I do think that I’m an omniscient parking space, I have nothing to park sive painting which you hardly notice.
I’m living in a fancy building, the ones being, pulling the strings on the people anyway. I live with hundreds of ten- Of course when it’s brand new, people
you see in malls with the small replica more than a hundred feet below. ants, most of them not even Filipinos, tend to stare at its magnificence. But
with the merchandisers choosing who I’m pretty much sure that I’m the but I don’t mind, not at all. once the dust settles in, face value
looks rich. Yes, the phrases there are only person on the floor who thinks I’m keeping the identity of my drops quickly.
all too alluring and inviting, and the that, probably the only person in building anonymous because more or I’ve heard of ghost stories, about ac-
pictures really do complement the the building. Maybe it’s my life alone less, you can get the same amenities cidents in the building, strange occur-
words. But there are a lot of stories in a condo unit, possibly because with all condominiums whose targets rences, the paranormal type. I would
those pamphlets don’t tell. Tales that of my usual cycle of eat, work, eat, are the well-to-do people in their run towards the elevator when a door
you can never experience. Rumors sleep, wake. Even in the sanctuary 30s, foreigners, or those young punks shuts behind me. It’s just that all those
you just hear from a friend of a friend I call night swimming, there is still born with silver spoons. Of course the doors from all those hallways and all
living way up there. restlessness that follows me like a stories would be different, but you those floors, all of them seem so cold,
For example: I don’t know if it was shadow. But I don’t think that these would have the idea of jumping out of so unwelcoming. This estrangement
really true, but rumors spread that on ideas would have come had I lived in the window pass you by at least once. that people don’t get to read on the
July 27, the former planet Pluto wiould a regular house, with a garden, with a I just believe that services can only do brochures. Yes, those doors and cor-
be closest to the earth. By some pet dog or cat, a suburb of two story so much in improving lifestyle. ridors could be cold and consuming,
cosmic motion, it would be visible to houses with newly painted gates, that I for one don’t use the in-house but there’s always an exception.
the naked eye. As large as a full moon, sort. If so, my story would have been laundry services. But that wouldn’t be Mine.
some even said. I suppose it would different. I would be writing about the point. The location, the number That’s what living indoors is all
look magnificent or astounding to how I accidentally step on my pet’s of elevators, the rent, the guards that about right?

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Ortigas Center/Mandaluyong/Greenhills, San Juan

Palmdale Heights One-bedroom Fully furnished 40 sq.m. P16,000/month
Skyway Twin Tower Studio Fully furnished 25 sq.m. P15,000/month
Emerald Mansion Three-bedroom Fully furnished 157 sq.m. One parking slot P60,000/month
Swire Elan Suites Studio Unfurnished 35.02 sq.m. P35,000/month
Mayfield Park Residences Two-bedroom Unfurnished 49 sq.m. P20,000/month
GA Tower Two-bedroom Unfurnished 39 sq.m. P20,000/month
Mayfield Park Residences         Two-bedroom Fully furnished  48 sq.m. One parking slot           P30,000/month
GA Tower        Two-bedroom Fully furnished  73 sq.m. Two parking slots         P45,000/month
Parc Royale      Two-bedroom Semi-furnished  170 sq.m. One parking slot           P40,000/month
Swire Elan Suites          Studio Unfurnished      35 sq.m.           P35,000/month

Rockwell, Makati City

Rizal Tower Three-bedroom Unfurnished 283 sq.m. Two parking slots P270,000/month
Rizal Tower Three-bedroom Fully furnished 283 sq.m. Two parking slots P170,000/month
Amorsolo West Two-bedroom Fully furnished 125 sq.m. Two parking slots P100,000/month
Manansala Studio Fully furnished 48 sq.m. One parking slot P35,000/month
Hidalgo Place Two-bedroom Unfurnished 128 sq.m. Two parking slots P85,000/month
Manansala One-bedroom Fully furnished 71 sq.m. One parking slot P60,000/month
Rizal Tower Three-bedroom Unfurnished 336 sq.m. One parking slot P200,000/month
Hidalgo Place   Studio Fully furnished  52 sq.m. One parking slot           P40,000/month

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Legaspi Village, Makati City
One Legazpi Park Studio Semi-furnished 41 sq.m. One parking slot P40,000/month
One Legazpi Park One-bedroom Fully furnished 63 sq.m. One parking slot P60,000/month
One Legazpi Park One-bedroom Fully furnished 60.25 sq.m. One parking slot P70,000/month
Island Tower One-bedroom Fully furnished 120 sq.m. One parking slot P55,000/month
LPL Tower Three-bedroom Fully furnished 134 sq.m. One parking slot P45,000/month
Asian Mansion II One-bedroom Fully furnished 40 sq.m One parking slot P28,000/month
Biltmore Two-bedroom Fully furnished 131 sq.m. One parking slot P80,000/month
Biltmore Three-bedroom Fully furnished 252 sq.m. One parking slot P140,000/month
Colonade Three-bedroom Fully furnished 223 sq.m. One parking slot P85,000/month
Greenbelt Radissons Studio Unfurnished 34.3 sq.m. P35,000/month
Greenbelt Radissons Studio Unfurnished 40.60 sq.m. P25,000/month
Greenbelt Radissons Studio Semi-furnished 34.30 sq.m. P25,000/month
Greenbelt Radissons Studio Fully furnished 34.30 sq.m. P30,000/month
Greenbelt Radissons Studio Fully furnished 34.30 sq.m. One parking slot P35,000/month
Greenbelt Parkplace Studio Unfurnished 36.50 sq.m. P25,000/month
Greenbelt Parkplace One-bedroom Fully furnished 48 sq.m. One parking slot P45,000/month
Greenbelt Parkplace Studio Fully furnished 36 sq.m. P35,000/month
Perla Mansion One-bedroom Fully furnished 51 sq.m. P25,000/month
Perla Mansion One-bedroom Fully furnished 43 sq.m. P28,000/month
Century Plaza Two-bedroom Fully furnished 140 sq.m. One parking slot P60,000/month
Century Plaza Two-bedroom Fully furnished 147 sq.m. One parking slot P50,000/month
Frabella Two-bedroom Fully furnished 150 sq.m. One parking slot P90,000/month
Frabella Two-bedroom Fully furnished 300 sq.m. One parking slot P140,000/month
The Shang Grand Tower One-bedroom Fully furnished 80 sq.m. One parking slot P75,000/month
Greenbelt Parkplace     One-bedroom  Fullyfurnished   36.5 sq.m. P55,000/month

Bonifacio Global City

Bonifacio Ridge Three-bedroom Fully furnished 113 sq.m. One parking slot P80,000/month
Bonifacio Ridge Two-bedroom Fully furnished 113 sq.m. One parking slot P90,000/month
One McKinley Two-bedroom Fully furnished 196 sq.m. One parking slot P100,000/month
Penhurst Parkplace Three-bedroom Fully furnished 118 sq.m. One parking slot P70,000/month
Forbeswood Heights    One-bedroom Fully furnished 49 sq.m.           P32,000/month

Manila/ Pasay City

Vellagio Tower Studio Unfurnished 28.50 sq.m. P15,000/month
Providence Tower Studio Fully furnished 25 sq.m. P12,500/month
Antel Seaview One-bedroom Fully furnished 55 sq.m. One parking slot P25,000/month
Burgundy Transpacific Place One-bedroom Unfurnished 40.08 sq.m. P16,750/month
Golden Empire 1322    Four-bedroom  Fully furnished 250 sq.m. Three parking slots       P180,000/month          
Cityland Vito Cruz Tower         One-bedroom Unfurnished      50 sq.m.           P15,000/month
Le Mirage De Malate One-bedroom Unfurnished 34 sq.m. P15,000/month
Le Mirage De Malate One-bedroom Semi-furnished 44 sq.m. P16,000/month
Le Mirage De Malate One-bedroom Fully Furnished 44 sq.m. P25,000/month
Harrison Mansion One-bedroom Fully furnished 30 sq.m. P13,000/month
Bay Gardens-Anchor One-bedroom Unfurnished 54 sq.m. One parking slot P25,000/month

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Quezon City
Olympic Heights           Four-bedroom Fully furnished  154 sq.m. Two parking slots         P90,000/month
Greenhills Garden Square         Two-bedroom Unfurnished      57.5 sq.m. P18,000/month
Francesca         Two-bedroom Fully furnished  43 sq.m. P23,000/month

Alabang/ Parañaque
Vivant Flats      Two-bedroom Unfurnished      88 sq.m. One parking slot           P90,000/month
Chateu Elyseé   Two-bedroom Fully furnished  53 sq.m. P28,000/month

Chino Roces/ Sen. Gil Puyat/ Dela Rosa, Makati City

Oriental Garden One-bedroom Unfurnished 45 sq.m. P20,000/month
Oriental Garden Studio Unfurnished 33 sq.m. P15,000/month
Makati Executive Tower I One-bedroom Semi-furnished 27 sq.m. P12,500/month
Makati Executive Tower I One-bedroom Unfurnished 36 sq.m. P12,500/month
West of Ayala Studio Fully furnished 36 sq.m. P20,000/month
The Columns– Ayala One-bedroom Semi-furnished 49 sq.m. One parking slot P45,000/month
The Columns - Ayala    Studio Unfurnished      32 sq.m. P25,000/month
The Columns - Ayala    Studio Fully furnished  30 sq.m. P25,000/month
The Columns - Ayala    Two-bedroom Unfurnished      67 sq.m. One parking slot           P62,000/month
Cityland Pasong Tamo  Three-bedroom Fully furnished  116.9 sq.m. P40,000/month

SalcedoVillage, Makati City

Salcedo Park Three-bedroom Fully furnished 179 sq.m One parking slot P75,000/month
Easton Place Two-bedroom Fully furnished 125 sq.m. One parking slot P70,000/month
Easton Place Three-bedroom Fully furnished 189 sq.m. One parking slot P90,000/month
Easton Place Three-bedroom Fully furnished 124 sq.m. One parking slot P75,000/month
Parklane Two-bedroom Fully furnished 136.55 sq.m. One parking slot P38,000/month
Paseo Parkview Studio Fully furnished 30 sq.m. P25,000/month
LPL Center Two-bedroom Fully furnished 148 sq.m. One parking slot P45,000/month
Salcedo Park Three-bedroom Unfurnished 180 sq.m. One parking slot P65,000/month
Grand Tower Two-bedroom Fully furnished 140 sq.m. One parking slot P55,000/month
Grand Tower Two-bedroom Fully furnished 155 sq.m. One parking slot P60,000/month
Three Salcedo Three-bedroom Semi-furnished 183.99 sq.m. One parking slot P70,000/month
Alpha Salcedo Three-bedroom Fully furnished 150 sq.m. One parking slot P75,000/month
Antel Platinum Tower One-bedroom Fully furnished 40.52 sq.m. One parking slot P30,000/month
Manhattan Square Studio Fully furnished 41.66 sq.m. P22,000/month
Manhatttan Sqaure One-bedroom Fully furnished 76 sq.m. One parking slot P40,000/month
Two Lafayette Two-bedroom Semi-furnished 102 sq.m. One parking slot P45,000/month
Two Lafayette Three-bedroom Fully furnished 171 sq.m. One parking slot P85,000/month
Plaza Royale Two-bedroom Fully furnished 155 sq.m. One parking slot P55,000/month
Ponte Salcedo Three-bedroom Fully furnished 285 sq.m. One parking slot P100,000/month
Four Seasons Two-bedroom Fully furnished 170 sq.m. One parking slot P140,000/month
Tifanny Place Two-bedroom Fully furnished 160 sq.m. One parking slot P85,000/month
Le Metropole Five-bedroom Unfurnished 350 sq.m. One parking slot P120,000/month
(penthouse, bi-level)
Le Metropole Three-bedroom Fully furnished 179 sq.m. One parking slot P70,000/month
Le Domaine      Two-bedroom Semi-furnished  117 sq.m. Two parking slots         P50,000/month

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Quezon City
Smile Citihomes Studio Unfurnished 30 sq.m. P600,000
North Ridge Mansion Studio Unfurnished 25 sq.m. P2,000,000
New York Mansion Studio Unfurnished 44 sq.m. P1,400,000
Tropical Mandarin Tower Studio Unfurnished 36.5 sq.m. One parking slot P2,800,000
North Ridge Mansion Studio Semi-furnished 25 sq.m. P2,100,000
Tropical Mandarin Tower Studio Unfurnished 36.5 sq.m. One parking slot P2,850,000
One Orchard Road Studio Semi-furnished  36.5 sq.m. P2,300,000
Regalia Park Towers    Two-bedroom Semi-furnished  70 sq.m. One parking slot           P3,800,000     
Francesca         Two-bedroom Fully Furnished 43 sq.m. One parking slot           P2,200,000  

Bonifacio Global City

Penhurst Parkplace Three-bedroom Fully furnished 110 sq.m. One parking slot P8,500,000
Pacific Plaza Towers Three-bedroom Unfurnished 298 sq.m. Two parking slots P23,000,000

Legaspi Village, Makati

Prince Plaza I Studio Fully furnished 26.74 sq.m. P2,300,000
Tropical Palm Tower Two-bedroom Unfurnished 140 sq.m. One parking slot P7,500,000
Sunrise Two-bedroom Unfurnished 140 sq.m. One parking slot P7,600,000
Greenbelt Parkplace     One-bedroom Fully furnished  36.5 sq.m. P5,500,000

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Rockwell, Makati City
Hidalgo Place Three-bedroom Fully furnished 198 sq.m. Two parking slots P20,000,000
Hidalgo Place Two-bedroom Unfurnished 128 sq.m. Two parking slots P12,500,000
Manansala Two-bedroom Unfurnished 102 sq.m. One parking slot P10,300,000
Manansala Two-bedroom Unfurnished 116 sq.m. One parking slot P11,700,000
Luna Garden Four-bedroom Unfurnished 320 sq.m. Two parking slots P45,000,000
(penthouse, bi-level)
Rizal Tower Four-bedroom Unfurnished 270 sq.m. Two parking slots P35,000,000
(penthouse, flat)
Amorsolo East Three-bedroom Unfurnished 170 sq.m. Two parking slots P19,000,000

Chino Roces/ Sen. Gil Puyat/ Dela Rosa, Makati City

Cityland Pasong Tamo One-bedroom Unfurnished 36 sq.m. P1,900,000
Cityland Pasong Tamo Two-bedroom Unfurnished 66.99 sq.m. P3,000,000
Cityland Pasong Tamo Two-bedroom Unfurnished 66.99 sq.m. P3,000,000
Palm Tower Studio Unfurnished 25 sq.m. P1,300,000
Kingswood Three-bedroom Fully furnished 77 sq.m. One parking slot P4,500,000
Danarra Three-bedroom Semi-furnished 148 sq.m. One pakring slot P3,500,000
Palm Tower One-bedroom Fully furnished 36.36 sq.m. P2,500,000
Oriental Garden Two-bedroom Fully furnished 113 sq.m. One parking slot P12,000,000
Makati Executive Tower I One-bedroom Unfurnished 27 sq.m. One parking slot P2,500,000
Makati Executive Tower I One-bedroom Unfurnished 28 sq.m. One parking slot P2,500,000
Oriental Garden Makati            Three-bedroom Fully furnished  180 sq.m. One parking slot           P12,000,000
Oriental Garden Makati            Studio Unfurnished      37 sq.m. P3,200,000
Palm Tower      Three-bedroom Unfurnished      108 sq.m          P4,700,000
Makati Executive Tower I One-bedroom  Unfurnished      28.7 sq.m. P1,500,000
Cityland 9         Studio Unfurnished      22 sq.m. P700,000

Bel-Air, Makati City

Oxford Suites Studio Unfurnished 36 sq.m. P2,500,000
Ferros Bel- Air Tower One-bedroom Unfurnished      44.24 sq.m. P1,700,000
Makati Prime City Four-bedroom Unfurnished 110 sq.m. Two parking slots P6,900,000
Makati Palace Studio Unfurnished 32.87 sq.m. P1,900,000

Manila/ Pasay City

Pacific Regency One-bedroom Unfurnished 48.19 sq.m. P2,000,000
Cityland One-bedroom Unfurnished 50 sq.m. One parking slot P2,850,000
Vito Cruz Tower
Somerset Mansion Two-bedroom Semi-furnished 87 sq.m. One parking slot P4,200,000
Alpha Grandview One-bedroom Semi-furnished 52.80 sq.m. One parking slot P3,500,000
Balagtas Royal Mansion One-bedroom Unfurnished 28 sq.m. One parking slot P1,500,000
Vellagio Tower Studio Unfurnished 30 sq.m. P2,085,000
Malate Adriatico Two-bedroom Unfurnished      54.44 sq.m. One parking slot           P4,500,000     
Grand Residences
Park Avenue Mansion  Studio Unfurnished 24 sq.m. P950,000
Legaspi Tower 300      Two-bedroom Semi-furnished 183 sq.m. P8,500,000
Alpha Grandview          Studio Semi-furnished  28.4 sq.m. P2,000,000   

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Alabang/ Sucat, Parañaque
Mondrian Residences Studio Unfurnished 46.78 sq.m. One parking slot P2,700,000
Vierra at Britanny Bay One-bedroom Unfurnished 39 sq.m. P2,900,000
Almanza Metropolis Two-bedroom Semi-furnished 38.5 sq.m. One parking slot P2,500,000

Ortigas Center/ Mandaluyong City/ Greenhills, San Juan

Megaplaza Three-bedroom Unfurnished 93.84 sq.m. P3,800,000
Cityland Pioneer One-bedroom Fully furnished 34 sq.m P1,500,000
Palmdale Heights Studio Unfurnished 40 sq.m. P1,400,000
Governor’s Place Two-bedroom Unfurnished 88 sq.m. One parking slot P4,500,000
Valencia Hills Three-bedroom Fully furnished 122 sq.m. P8,500,000
California Garden Square Two-bedroom Unfurnished 57 sq.m. P2,800,000
California Garden Square Three-bedroom Fully furnished 80 sq.m. P3,900,000
California Garden Square Two-bedroom Unfurnished 57.50 sq.m. P2,200,000
California Garden Square Two-bedroom Unfurnished 57.50 sq.m., One parking slot P2,350,000
California Garden Square Two-bedroom Unfurnished 57.50 sq.m. One parking slot P2,400,000
California Garden Square Two-bedroom Unfurnished 57.5 sq.m. One parking slot P2,500,000
California Garden Square Two-bedroom Unfurnished 57.5 sq.m. One parking slot P2,300,000
Casa Madrid Three-bedroom Unfurnished 120 sq.m. One parking slot P5,200,000
Parc Royale      Four-bedroom Semi-furnished  348 sq.m. Two parking slots         P16,000,000
Parc Royale      Two-bedroom Semi-furnished  170 sq.m. One parking slot           P5,500,000
Pioneer Highlands One-bedroom Unfurnished      53 sq.m. One parking slot           P2,800,000
California Garden Square          Two-bedroom Unfurnished 57.5 sq.m. P2,300,000
Grand Emerald Tower  Studio Unfurnished      37 sq.m. P1,250,000
Cortijos Greenhills Three-bedroom Unfurnished      125 sq.m. One parking slot           P4,800,000


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1 Cityplace Residences - Tower A Reina Regente St., Binondo, City of Manila 9.7M 13.8M July 2011
2 Cityplace Residences - Tower B Reina Regente St., Binondo, City of Manila 5.6M 7.2M November 2011
3 Eastwood LeGrand Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City 2.8M 7.6M April 2012
4 Eastwood Park Hotel & Residential Suites Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City 3.3M 12M September 2010
5 El Jardin del Presidente 2 Sgt. Esguerra Ave., Quezon City 2.7M 4.3M December 2009
6 Greenbelt Chancellor Rada St., Legaspi Village, Makati City 3.M 13.4M October 2010
7 McKinley Hill Garden Villas McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 7.5M 9.9M June 2008
8 McKinley Hill Garden Villas - Phase 2 McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 5.2M 14.M June 2009
9 Forbeswood Parklane Tower 1 Forbestown Center, Bonifacio Global City 2.8M 6.7M December 2009
10 Forbeswood Parklane Tower 2 Forbestown Center, Bonifacio Global City 2.9M 4.5M August 2010
11 Manhattan Parkway Residences Tower 1 Manhattan Garden City, Araneta Center, Quezon City 1.6M 4.1M August 2011
12 Manhattan Parkway Residences Tower 2 Manhattan Garden City, Araneta Center, Quezon City 1.6M 4.9M December 2011
13 Manhattan Parkway Tower 3 Manhattan Garden City, Araneta Center, Quezon City 1.7M 4.4M December 2011
14 Stamford Executive Residences McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 1.4M 2.3M November 2010
15 Two Stamford Executive Residences McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 1.5M 2.4M February 2011
16 Residential Resort at Newport City-Montecito Villamor Airbase, Newport City 3.2M 4.0M March 2010
17 Residential Resort at Newport City-Pinecrest Villamor Airbase, Newport City 2.3M 3.7M July 1, 2011
18 Residential Resort at Newport City-Sarasota Villamor Airbase, Newport City 2.4M 4.4M August 1, 2010

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19 The Bellagio I Forbestown Center, Bonifacio Global City 3.2M 29.6M October 2008
20 The Bellagio II Forbestown Center, Bonifacio Global City 3.2M 15.9M December 2009
21 The Bellagio III Forbestown Center, Bonifacio Global City 3.7M 37.9M June 2010
22 The Olympian @ Cityplace Reina Regente St., Binondo, City of Manila 1.9M 4.07M December 2011
23 One Central Park Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City 3.3M 13.3M Decmeber 2009
24 Tuscany Private Estate Upper McKinely Road, McKinley Hill, Taguig City 7.4M 12M December 2011

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Cambridge Village San Andres, Cainta, Rizal 860T 1.4M Clusters 1-4 now fully turned over,
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One Sapphire
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Mandaluyong City
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Tagaytay City
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Newest project
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payment STD flat 37 sq.m.- 43 sq.m. P2.9M-P3.6M
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2BR flat 76 sq.m.- P5.9M-P6.2M

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Pearl of the Orient (R) 39.38 sq.m P3.24M
Imperial Sky Garden (C) 28.40 sq.m. to 52.97 sq.m. P1.71M-P5.3M
Makati Cinema Square (R) 154 sq.m. P6.2M
LPL Manor (R) 150 sq.m. P5.3M
Alpha Salcedo (R) 127.39 sq.m. P7.71M
Kingswood (R) 154 sq.m. P6.17M
Skyland (R) 187 sq.m. P8.25M
Pioneer Highland (R) 122.48 sq.m. P4.6M
Oriental Garden Makati Summit One (C) 150.02 sq.m. P4.25M
Chino Roces Ave., Makati City
STD 33 sq.m. P2.1M PARAÑAQUE
1BR 45 sq.m. P 2.7M Bayview International Tower (R) 135 sq.m. P3.8M
Chateau de Baie (R) 38 sq.m.-145sqm P1.72M-P5.6M
The Oriental Place
Makati City PASAY
1BR 28.45 sq.m. P1.7M IPI Buendia Tower (R) 44 sq.m.-61 sq.m. P1.75-P2.6M
Bay Gardens – Mactan Tower PASIG
Crisanta Tower (R) 111.50 sq.m. P4.8M
Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
1BR 42 sq.m. P3.4M Reinaissance 3000 (R) 390 sq.m. P14.82M
2BR 92sq.m. P7.3M
Le Triomphe (R) 420.98 sq.m. P12.5M
Marquinton Residences Imperial Sky Garden (C) 244.97 sq.m. P14.7M
Washington Tower (R) 602sqm 29.5M
Marikina City
1BR 33 sq.m. P1.5M *R - residential C - commercial
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Forbeswood Heights 1BR 60 sq.m. P7M-P7.6M
Bonifacio Global City 2BR 90 sq.m.-121 sq.m. P9.3M-P11.9M
3BR 154 sq.m.-174 sq.m. P15M-P18.5M
36.5 sq.m. The Columns Legazpi Village
Fully furnished Amorsolo corner Pasay Road, Legaspi Village, Makati City
STD regular 30 sq.m.-33 sq.m. P2.49M-P4.26M
One parking slot STD-Jr. 1BR 38 sq.m-39 sq.m. P3.1M-P4.6M
Asking price (sale): P6,000,000 1BR 47 sq.m. P4.3M -P5.23M
Asking price (lease): P35,000 per month 2BR 67 sq.m.-77 sq.m. P6.71M -P9.85M
2BR loft 82 sq.m. P8.71M-P8.76M
107 sq.m. Greenbelt Chancellor
Rada St. , Legaspi Village, Makati City
Semifurnished STD 36 sq.m.-46 sq.m. P3.06M-P4.73M
One parking slot 1BR 38 sq.m.-55.7 sq.m. P3.91-P5.72M
Asking price (sale): P12,500,000 2BR 72 sq.m.-83.5 sq.m. P7.42M-P8.68M
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One Sapphire
1BR 42.67 sq.m. P1.6M
2BR 72.32 sq.m. P3.0M
Tribeca 3BR 76.53 sq.m. P3.74M
Parañaque City
STD 25 sq.m. P1.4M Lancaster The Atrium
1BR 37.1 sq.m. P2M 1BR 47.65 sq.m. P4M
2BR 46.8 sq.m. P2.5M 2BR loft 75.67 sq.m. P6.43M
3BR loft 106 sq.m. P9M
Parañaque City Lee Gardens
1BR 25.92 sq.m. P1.2M Studio 35.70 sq.m. P2.6M
2BR 52.11 sq.m. P2.5 1BR 55.50 sq.m. P4M
2BR 101.20 sq.m. P7.33M
3BR 127.70 sq.m. P9.60M
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Salcedo Village, Makati City
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Ponte Salcedo
Salcedo Village, Makati City One Lafayette
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3BR 280 sq.m. 1 parking slot P70,000/mo.
BSA Mansion Easton Place
Legaspi Village, Makati Salcedo Village, Makati City
1BR FF 67 sq.m. 1 parking slot P45,000/mo. 3BR 201 sq.m. 2 parking slots P65,000/mo
LPL Center
Island Plaza Salcedo Village, Makati City
Legaspi Village, Makati City 3BR 280 sq.m. 1 parking slot P80,000/mo.
2BR FF 120 sq.m. 1 parking slot P45,000/mo. Le Metropole
1BR FF 80 sq.m. 1 parking slot P35,000/mo. Salcedo Village, Makati City
3BR 120 sq.m. 1 parking slot P90,000/mo.
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The condo gets an upgrade

A new cocoon in the heart of dining, an outdoor swimming pool Danny Jota/ Interior Designer of the
Quezon City has once again trans- and spa with a health club to rival hotel and Creative Director of Edsa
formed itself and morphed into any major city spa. There will be 360 999, Ms. Sonia Suganog/ Buss. Dev’t
something new for residents and hotel rooms and 120 choiced exclusive Manager, Ms. Joan Paras Bautista/ As-
visitors of this city. The North Oriental residential units from studio to loft sociate Architect, Ms. Ann Tan King,
Garden Suites and Residences is now units and of course a 360 degree view Mark King, Matthew Faul, Marketing
called Swissbel-hotel North Oriental serenity roofdeck garden. Staff of Linden Suites and other staff
Garden Suites and Residences. Once The signing was done by EDSA of Edsa 999 Properties Development
envisioned as a mid market residential 999 Properties Development Corp. Corporation.
commercial condominium develop- President Mr. Henry Tan and Swissbel-
ment at Edsa North Triangle is now a hotel International President Mr. The property is located at #999
Luxury Residential and Suites Hotel Gavin Faull with Ms. Lolita Ching/ VP EDSA Quezon City infront of SM
with the contract signing held last July Finance of EDSA 999 and Mr. James NORTH and near AYALA TRINOMA.
14, 2007 at Linden Suites in Ortigas Tam/ VP of Swissbel-hotel Interna- For more information pls call 632- 687-
Center. tional. Also present in the signing was 3801/4116737/4116773. the Swissbel-
The pioneering Edsa 999 Properties Mr. Alfred Reyes/ GM of Linden Suites hotel North Oriental Garden Suites and
Development Corporation tied up (Swissbel-hotel), Mr. Richard Lim, EVP Residences is a expected to be a major
with the formidable Hong Kong based Operations of Edsa 999 Properties, attraction in Quezon City.
resort and hotel management group Reverend Juan Lim, Architect Harley
to manage and handle the property. Co/ the architect of the building, Mr.
With 26 hotels in the Asia Pacific
Region and a 3o years experience in
the hospitality industry, the company
is tasked to come up with a five-star
accommodations and amenities for
Quezon City. It will be the very 1st
major hotel development in the city
The signing was done by Swissbel-hotel with an international brand.
International President Mr. Gavin Faull and From the original drawing board of
EDSA 999 Properties Development Corp.
President Mr. Henry Tan. 21 floors the building is now 30 floors
and with full hotel amenities such
as 500 seating banquet hall and four
function rooms of different sizes, one
fine dining restaurant and one casual

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Ace Builders
center opens at
SM North Edsa
Building materials like steel bars and ply-
wood panels, floor tiles and roofing materials
for the home, lead-free and odorless ACE paint,
bathroom supplies, tools for DIY enthusiasts
You’ll literally have an ace up your sleeve
when you shop for your next big household
project at the new ACE Builders Center at SM
City North-EDSA. The 4,000-sq. m. center is
a take-off from the ACE Hardware stores that
have become a popular and trusted name for
fast and efficient home improvement.
This one-stop shop for home and building
supplies is a haven for both DIY enthusiasts
and homebuilders and contractors. It brings
ACE the helpful hardware to another level, with
the builder’s center now being able to give the
same kind of assistance on a contractor level.
The new ACE Builders Center at SM City
North-EDSA has basic materials for construc-
tion and renovation like plywood panels of
different sizes, dimensional wood or dry wall
wood, steel bars, cornices, baseboards, cement
and PVC doors.
It also has a wide range of tiles, from ceramic
to vinyl to interlocking pavers to creative and
dual-purpose glass blocks. When building your
house, you can choose from outdoor and in-
door iron balusters, grills, railings and brackets.
ACE Paints, which have long known to be
lead-free and odorless, are also available at the
builder’s center. It has 2,000 colors to choose
from, and an automated color matching pro-
gram wherein you simply have to bring in your
swatches which will be scanned by the comput-
ers to give you the colors you want.
Homebuilders will enjoy choosing from the
ACE Builders Center’sn bathroom solutions, all
with free installation service.
Not to be missed at the new ACE Builders
Center is its Garden Corner, which blooms with
live and artificial plants, and offers services like
flower arrangements and landscaping recom-
mendations to customers. It also has a pet
corner for kids and animal lovers.
Like the traditional ACE Hardware stores,
the builders center is also a haven for DIY
enthusiasts with anything and everything for fix
ups and cleanups. These include power tools,
electrical and lighting fixtures, storage solutions

Crown Regency toasts

and items for cleaning the car and the house.
Behind this massive project and wide array

to its Boracay project of products is a strong consumer philosophy.

ACE not only takes pride in offering quality
hardware and building products, but also in
Amid pomp and pageantry, fine food and prospective investors to witness the unveiling of providing well-trained personnel who can sat-
fabulous music, J. King and Sons Co. Inc. held the next big thing that is certain to add vibrancy isfactorily answer any customer’s question and
the grand launch for Crown Regency Resort and and color to the world-renowned island paradise. professionally handle any inquiry.
Convention Center-Boracay on July 26 at the CRRCC is the first in a group of four resorts -- each More than just merchandise, ACE Builders
Grand Ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in one with its own unique quality that adapts the Center gives anybody the varied possibilities to
Makati City. four elements of nature and each one complement- build or rebuild his home, enhance his lifestyle
J. King and Sons Co. Inc Chairman and CEO Rich- ing a certain personality or trait -- that J. King and and ultimately enrich his life. The new ACE
ard King welcomed guest of honor, DOT Secretary Sons Co. Inc. will develop in Boracay. Builders Center is located at the former Super
Ace Durano and hundreds of other friends and Sale Club area at SM City North-EDSA.

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Wild West in Boracay
The beaches of Boracay once truly one hot summer night were Kat
again became the ultimate party ven- Alano, Bubbles Paraiso, Phoemela
ue for today’s hip crowd as West held Barranda, Valerie delos Santos, Jasmin
recently the West Urban Discovery Gabriel, April Tanhueco, Eli Nacuspag,
event at Club Paraw in Station 1. It’s and Juliana Lima Santos.
a series of events celebrating young Making the night even hotter for
adults’ zest for life and their passion to spectators was the fashion show,
explore new challenges. West Urban where celebrities and models took
Discovery visited key locations across over the catwalk in sexy beachwear.
the country with activities. The girls elicited a lot of ohhs and
West Urban Discovery matched ahhs from the audience as they parad-
the adrenaline levels of today’s young ed in swimsuits provided by Waicoco,
adults with one scorching night of SPF, and Nothing but Water.
great music, good food, overflow- After the hot fashion show, party
ing booze, and of course, hot girls. was next on the agenda with Nyko
Boracay sizzled even more with the Maca Band taking the centerstage
Uno Girls, composed of some of the with their infectious electro-latin-hip
country’s gorgeous babes who are all hop ditties.
hot names in the entertainment and
fashion industries. Giving beach bums

Habitat for Humanity

takes urban housing
to the next level
Habitat for Humanity housing. Through funding from
Philippines, in partnership with the Pag-IBIG Fund, these employees
the Rotary Club of Manila and the will finally have the opportunity to
Taguig city government, celebrated have homes of their own at very low
the completion of the first two clus- monthly amortizations.
ter homes (24 units) of Rotaryville The goal is to initially construct
Family Townhomes, at the Food twelve three-storey cluster family
Terminal Incorporated Complex townhomes in the current 6,000
(FTI) in Taguig City. sq.m. FTI site, for 144 needy families
The project will benefit those of Taguig, with each unit measuring
Condo.Com.Ph, Inc. families that have been living within
the FTI vicinity for years and whose
26 sq.m. plus 9 sq.m. in common
areas. As with most Habitat assisted

partners with foreign investors incomes are derived from driving,

selling/vending, and similar odd
communities, continuing programs
for values formation, livelihood,
jobs. Also benefiting from the proj- education, health, sanitation and, INC. has partnered tion data and an inventory of good ect are the low-salaried government environmental safety training and
with Korean and Japanese investors to investments for years. Furthermore, and private employees who are also coaching will be provided by soft
market Philippine real estate, specifi- we have guided them how to secure unable to access decent, affordable program partners.
cally condo units, to their countries. and make a profit from their proper-
This was formalized with a contract ties they acquired so that they may
signing between the top execs of rhe settle down and do business in the
Korean firm, Philbridge and Condo. Philippines without any worries. As a
Com.Ph, Inc. matter of fact, we, foreigners have a
“The principal properties which restricted scope to invest as may be
Korean investors are much interested prescribed under the regulations of
in are condominium units allowing the relevant government agencies and
foreigners to acquire 100 percent foreign investment act of 1991. “
ownership equity,” says Jay Park, The Japanese investor Ouchi Ma-
president of Philbridge. “Our firm has saaki, chairman of 2525 Services and
been engaged in providing the Korean Consultancy, Inc. will ink a contract
investors with valuable informa- with Condo.Com.Ph, Inc.

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In pursuit of the universal wow

Asked what is he pursuing receding water—achieve an abstract, using your creativity to shoot it in a poetry,” both of which draw their
each time he shoots a picture, Mayie indefinable quality. Says the art critic way that you coax the beauty out of sustenance from the images shored
Delgado says that it is to catch the Cid Reyes whose proheme opens the the object or the subject.” by the visible world.
tail of what he calls as “the universal book: “Drawn towards the stillness Providing a literary texture to Though Delgado runs a string of
wow.” Indeed, in the 128 photographs of natural phenomena, Delgado each chapter of the book is a work businesses and is every bit successful,
comprising his handsome coffee trains his camera on nature and by an established poet—at once a re- he shares that photography offers him
table dubbed Poetic Images, Delgado elicits from it images of form and flection and a dialogue on and with something different: the fulfillment
portrays the natural world up-close, feeling, disclosing mysterious and the photographs. The poets include of desire to express. “An artist has
as if his lens wanted to get into every ineffable states.” the book’s editor Alfred Yuson, to always express himself,” he says.
groove of whorl or every undulation Just like any artist, Delgado, es- National Artist Dr. Edith Tiempo, Dr. “When you can not express yourself, it
of light to capture an essence of God sentially, is a lover of beauty. He claims Cirilo Bautista, Dr. Ophelia Alcanta- feels like you’re in jail. So you let it out.
who, after all, hides in the details. its abundance anywhere you look: it’s ra-Dimalanta, Dr. Gemino Abad, Ri- Some artists use the pen. Some artists
Removed from the context of just a case of training the eye to see. cardo de Ungria, Dr. Marjorie Evasco use the brush. Mine is the camera.”
their locations, these images—bark “Beauty is all around,” he says. “You and Lourd Ernest de Veyra. The col- And by expressing his soul through
of tree, droplets of water on glass, can see it in your garden, you can see laboration proves what Delgado calls the things around us, Delgado reveals
spark of jewelry, the disturbance of it in your home. It’s just a matter of as the “kinship of photography and our abiding affinities.

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