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editor’s note
Carlomar Arcangel Daoana
Beauty and Bliss in High Living
Carlomar Arcangel Daoana
EDitor in ChiEf
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Art DirECtor
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renne isidro
Johanna Acab-faustino
Bernadette Bangayan
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Keith Bryan Cortez
Jaime Licauco
mariel Lorenzo
roel hoang manipon
Dr. Adelaida V. mayo
Jenny orillos
maripet L. poso
Johanna sampan
nadia Camit-upton (London)
reyann Kong (new york)
pranz Kaeno Billones
rhoy Cobilla
shaira Luna

Cherie mae Ayongao
sALEs AnD mArKEtinG DirECtor
Editha B. ignacio
Emma mangalindan
Cyd V. ponce
ACCount ExECutiVEs
Bong Cayanan
CirCuLAtion mAnAGEr
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wEB DEsiGnEr
Revisiting one of my most fAvoRite
flms, American Beauty, I was struck, this
time with more poignancy, the scene where
Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening, playing
the dysfunctional couple Lester and Caroline,
are about to make love. At the corner of her
eye, Caroline catches Lester about to spill his
drink on a $4,000 sofa upholstered in Italian
silk. Te foreplay terminates, with Lester, for
obvious reason, visibly mifed. “Tis is not life,”
he exclaims, gesturing at the things in their
middle-class, suburban home. “Tis is just stuf.
And it’s become more important to you than
living. Well, honey, that’s just nuts.”
As a glossy editor, I sometimes fnd it hard
to remind myself that things are just things
whenever comfronted by an exquisitely beaded
haute couture by Pitoy Moreno for example,
the sinuous evocation of an Italian chair, a
gorgeously designed condo unit sparkling with
Swarovski crystals, or the Zen-like simplicity
of an iPod. We relate to things not only on the
physical but emotional level as well. Tis is the
reason why we have so called “sentimental
objects,” ordinary things with which we accord
their own level of value and signifcance.
It’s just nuts when we let things bear the
brunt of projecting what and who we think we
are to the world. We want to appear success-
ful? Ten let’s purchase that power suit and
PDA phone. We want to look cool and hip?
Ten let’s get that pair of Chucks and the latest
distressed jeans. We want to evoke the notion
of domestic bliss? Let’s buy that $4,000 sofa
upholstered in Italian silk. Instead of doing the
hardwork of how to possibly make our aspira-
tion happen, we instead get into the trance of
“buy mode,” thinking that things will do the
work for us. Well, I have news for you: it ain’t
gonna happen.
Tat’s why I deeply appreciate when things
serve the human, a concept awakened in me
by personally listening and interviewing stellar
designers Karim Rashid and Gaetano Pesche.
Case in point: our cover story, the Manhattan
Garden City (MGC), a revolutionary project of
Megaworld and the Araneta Group of Compa-
nies. Integrating human activities—live, work,
play, move—in one community, MGC ofers
the unique opportunity to respond to the
demands of the modern world and at the same
time nurture personal and social relationships
in a nature-inspired setting. Te ease of doing
one activity after another also engenders free
time that can be devoted to creativity, hobby
and refection.
It is in the same vein that I’m taking my
hats of to Philips which has designed a slew of
simple and yet intelligent products that serve
the many essential needs of soul and body
such as good drinking water, warm light benef-
cial to those aficted with Seasonal Afective
Disorder, story-telling session, among others.
Tis line of products dubbed Simplicity looks
every bit the wave of the future.
I do indulge and encourage a little harmless
shopping spree, as evidenced by two stories
featuring the newly built TriNoma and the new
wing Archaeology in the Power Plant Mall.
What I feel vituperative about is the mindless
purchase of knick-knacks, the blind submission
to marketing, and the sticky reliance on brands
and labels. A variety of options will give us
pause, prompt us to think and consider. Our
Preview section ofers that through fve difer-
ent condominiums and the respective lifestyles
they evoke.
If there’s anything that American Beauty has
taught me, it’s that your life should look better
than your house.
Making things
work— for us
10 eDitoR’s note
making things work - for us
Carlomar Arcangel Daoana
44 Review CentRAl
Te hottest lifestyle picks
70 suRvey
Peripheral mission
Arnold A. Altamira
72 legAl
legal options
Atty. Edwin Calica Cacayorin, Jr.
74 oPinion
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simplicity in complexity
Te most innovative and human-sensitive
products from Philips
18 sPotligHt
Trough the lens of the beholder
America’s Next Top Model judge Nigel
Barker believes that beauty
transcends surface
20 CelebRity
yeng says yes to fame
Pinoy Dream Academy winner Yeng
Constantino proves she is more than a
one-hit wonder
26 northern shopping exposure
28 Digging for good fnds
head to TriNoma and Archaeology for a
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48 Manhattan at our doorsteps
Designed to rise and cluster at the Araneta Center,
Manhattan Garden City is an ideal place to live, work,
play and move
30 Community
bonifacio global City:
living the good life, here
Ladies and gentlemen, the city of the
future is here
38 mAn on toP
Joel Cruz: At the (s)center of things
Te man behind Afcionado welcomes us
into his home
64 soAR
inspirations from
the edge of the world
how a gallery cum cafe in Palawan
braves the odds

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106 ePilogue
in pursuit of the universal wow
Mayie Delgado explores the abstract
quality of the natural world
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wHAt Does it meAn to live a sim-
ple life? In my young mind, it is look-
ing at life from a positive perspective.
It is having realistic dreams and doing
my best to achieve these while trying
to have fun doing so. It is facing every
single day with the right attitude and
a happy disposition. It is believing that
life can be beautiful despite what the
headlines say.
Experiencing a simple, fulflling and
happy life is a decision. At the Philips
Simplicity Event in hong Kong in mid-
March, I learned that it is the freedom
from life’s complexities and knowing
what matters and what doesn’t.
Journalists from various countries
such as China, Japan, Malaysia, Singa-
pore, India, Spain, Germany, Australia,
hong Kong and the Philippines were
invited to experience what Philips has
to ofer to the consumers to make their
life easier, simpler and trouble- free.
“Innovation is the only recipe to
move up one step ahead; thus, we
need to redesign in order to meet the
needs of our consumers. It is our nev-
er-ending commitment to serve them.
And being associated with simplicity
would make the diference,” explained
Andrea Ragnetti, chief marketing of-
fcer of Royal Philips Electronics.
To address the need of the custom-
ers, Philips divided its products into
fve concepts that will beneft its
customers according to age groups.
Tese fve categories are: Listen to
your body, Care for your body, Move
your body, Relax your body and Share
your experiences.
Listen to your body
Tis aims to help you identify and
recognize your body’s needs. Physical
condition plays a vital role on how
you do things and execute your plans.
understanding our body and knowing
how to properly take care of it can
help us perform better to maximize
the end results that we want to
achieve. ‘Listen to your body’ has
three stages that can help us maintain
and make sure that our bodies are
well taken care of.
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
in complexity
A bedside light called Rise
and Shine helps one doze
of with its slow decrease
of light and wakes one
up in the morning with a
burst of sunshine.
in form—a personal instructor
for physical well-being. It is a health
system of motivational tools that su-
pervises one’s physical condition, gives
regular updates and provides advice
about appropriate steps on how we
can ensure our healthy being. Tis
monitoring machine is perfect for your
own room or bathroom, consisting of
Scale (a three-in-one measurement
tool) and Shape (a body measuring
tape) that are both connected to
Refect (a mirror that gives your mea-
surements in miniature silhouettes).
body Cycle—this is made for
women who wish to monitor and be
aware of ovulation, fertility and men-
struation cycles without even going to
the doctor. It has Whisper, an in-ear
thermometer. It provides personalized
health guidance in such matters as
preventing pregnancy, keeping track
of periods and giving a clear over view
of general health.
water font—this provides a sup-
ply of fresh and nutritious tap water
straight from the source. It flters,
sterilizes, mineralizes and chills the
water all at the same time, making it
clean, healthy to drink.
Care for your body
For this concept, the research team
at Philips seeks to ofer scientifcally
proven yet relaxing ways on how to
take care of one’s body and skin. It’s
all about rejuvenating, revitalizing and
energizing. Te following products
have been developed for rejuvenation:
sunshine—a huge, round wall-
mounted disk that changes light
qualities in prevention of Seasonal
Afective Disorder. Sunshine compen-
sates for the lack of light from outside
and helps people relax.
trans light—is a pocket-sized
version of Sunshine that you can carry
everywhere. It lets you relax, energize
and rejuvenate easily and anywhere
with its compact-sized feature.
Rise and shine—this bedside
light helps one doze of with its slow
sunsetlike decrease in light and wakes
you up in the morning slowly and
“Relax Your Mind”
features products that
sets the mood for
relaxation through light
and music.
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to send and receive notes, drawings or
video clips.
storyteller—unique bedtime sto-
ries can come to life with sound and
light efects. Te Storyteller system
enhances a spoken narrative with
sound and light efects to help the
child’s imagination take fight. It rec-
ognizes spoken words, which prompt
its lantern feature to add sound and
light efects.
Te genius behind all these is Ste-
fano Marzano, CEO and chief creative
director of Philips Design. “We have
diferent groups to do research to
see the need of various countries.
We start with the idea of our design
and creation from the necessities and
understanding of our customers. I
also consider the culture, tradition
and economy of various countries
when I’m designing any product,” he
Life can still be simple even in a
fast-paced world. Te key is to always
go back to the basics, and then the
re-inventing can follow.
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 Terapy—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
Tis concept balances entertain-
ment and exercise. Be startled by
these new products:
in shape—a home ftness 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 foor-based game
set that features pressure-sensitive
Play Tiles acting as a gigantic interac-
tive foor display, a Master Tile that
produces power and intelligence
to other tiles and a couple of smart
‘pucks’ for specifc 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.
It has Light Control, a wireless interface
that enables people to choose their pre-
ferred light mood and Sunlight, a mul-
tiple light source that shows animated
decorative patterns on the ceiling and
matching light efects on the foor.
Chameleon—a lampshade that cop-
ies any color desired. When connected
to Light Spectrum, Chameleon copies
that color of the sunlight shade.
music spectrum—a music set that
permits people to create a musical
mood. Te set has a single loudspeaker
that produces sound to and from any
corner of the room.
music Control—a wireless interface
that can be used for exploring the
mood through the music.
Share experiences
Philips saw the need for people to
share experiences and create priceless
moments with family and friends. Te
following are brief concepts that were
family Album—a touch screen
photo album that lets you share your
experiences to your friends and family.
Te Photo Frames enable users to edit,
display and share their digital pictures.
in touch—a touch screen message
board that aids unprompted and
transient communications along with
family and friends. Te interactive,
touch-sensitive mirror enables people
Water Font provides
a supply of fresh and
nutritious tap water straight
from the source.
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A house lamp, Feel Good
produces light therapy that
reduces tension in stressed
muscles and joints.
Te Storyteller system
enhances a spoken narrative
with sound and light
efects to help the child’s
imagination take fight.
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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
the lens of
the beholder
as a bad
infuence to
women of
any age. “Per-
sonally, from
my perspective,
with age, everybody
gets more beautiful,” he says. “You
may have a beautiful face, fantastic
skin, but if you haven’t lived,
haven’t loved, haven’t done any-
thing, I can’t take that picture. I can
invent it, but you can’t see the depth
of that person’s soul.”
Following the start of a local fran-
chise of the reality show, Nigel took Ma-
nila by storm when he visited last May
and spoke to models, aspiring models,
photographers, and fans of America’s
Next Top Model. hosted by Ayala Malls,
Nigel’s Philippine tour included shoots
with local models and talks at Green-
belt and Alabang Town Center.
One of the interesting things he
shares is his accidental break into
the industry. Of British, Sri Lankan,
and Portuguese descent, Nigel was
actually preparing for medicine
school in London when his mother,
who was Miss Sri Lanka in 1967, got
him into a fashion contest in 1988.
Tough he didn’t win the competi-
tion, Nigel found himself embarking
for an exciting career that took him to
the fashion capitals of the world and
eventually switching to photography
in a few years.
As a photographer, Nigel has estab-
lished a name in the fashion industry
with his own frm, Studio NB, which
contributes photos to prominent
magazines such as GQ and Lucky. he
has also been a judge for America’s
Next Top Model with host Tyra Banks
ever since its frst season.
Asked about his glamorous shoot
so far, Nigel shares his most magical
experience with Make a Wish Founda-
tion, a group that supports the cause
for children with life-threatening
illnesses. “We saw all these young
girls who wish to be models for a day.
Tese girls had great lives even if they
were in extreme pain which they got
through. Tat day we gave them a
good day, a happy time, and my most
glamorous shoot.”
And while he’s not a huge fan of
digital retouching, Nigel sees digital
alterations as a blessing in disguise as it
has opened doors for real beauty that is
now the stuf of beauty campaigns. “For
girls like these, I say, I’m not going to do
the retouching. Tat’s a healthy outlook
for fashion, not just rail-thin models
going down the catwalks, which is
unhealthy for young girls,” he says.
So while Nigel still shells out point-
ers to remember like angling oneself for
a photo or keeping the face straight on,
all of it simply boil down to the basics:
“Be healthy, take care of yourself. Relax,
let the camera do its magic.”
He mAy be one of the intimidat-
ing judges of fashion reality show
America’s Next Top Model, but when it
comes to real beauty, model-turned-
fashion photographer Nigel Barker
insists on going back to the basics:
having enough confdence and belief
in oneself.
Indeed, these are two of the most
basic things, repeated so many times
over in many ways, that one can learn
from the fashion industry which Nigel
has been in for 18 years and running.
And with a long and fruitful career
like Nigel’s, these two tips are indeed
a real piece of wisdom. “You can sell
almost anything if you have conf-
dence in your eyes,” he says. “Te eyes
are the windows to your soul, and
anything you feel will show.”
In fact, when asked about his pet
peeves with models, this photogra-
pher reveals right away that it’s actual-
ly models who try to model too much
that get into his nerves. “You just have
to relax, act natural,” he shares.
Interestingly enough, Nigel also
shares his dismay for the trend of
getting younger models that go
to greater lengths to become thin
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feast for one celebrity
yeng ConstAntino has so many
things to be thankful for.
For one, she was the grand winner
of the frst 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,
Yeng received a fully furnished unit
from Globe Asiatique, the same devel-
oper which constructed the house of
the Pinoy Big Brother.
“Sobrang saya po talaga (I was really
happy),” remarks Yeng when asked how
she felt upon receiving the condo unit.
“Kasi ‘pag Pinoy ka, ‘pag maayos ang ba-
hay mo, ibig sabihin may kaya ka o kaya
maayos ang buhay mo. Matagal ko nang
pangarap ang maitira ang pamilya ko
sa may pinturang bahay (For a Filipino,
if you have a decent house, it means
that you are already well-to-do or that
you have a good life. It’s been my long
dream to make my family move to a
painted home).”
Tis chanteuse known for her pow-
erful vocals packed in a petite frame
admits that the ride to stardom has
been dizzying. She was just doing the
rounds of bars with her band, an un-
known group hoping to break into the
scene. She says, “Ngayon tumugtog na
ako sa Araneta, Aliw Teater, kasama
ko pa yun mga artista…Pag-uwi mo sa
bahay, iispin mo ang nangyari sa buong
araw (Now, I perform in Araneta, Aliw
Teater, together with other artists.
Once you go home, you refect on
what just happened).”
As someone who came from hum-
ble beginnings, Yeng is just happy to
reach out to people who share or can
relate to the sentiments in her songs.
She was surprised with the acceptance
of “Hawak Kamay” which she and her
band would perform in their gigs pre-
PDA. Te audience would usually give
a lukewarm response but when the
song fnally hit mainstream attention,
people embraced it with open arms.
“Lahat sila naka-relate, na-apply nila
sa buhay nila (All of them was able
to relate and apply the song to their
lives),” she smiles. “Tapos meron pa
akong naranasan na nalapitan ng ale.
Nabuntis daw sya, bulag ang baby niya,
‘Hawak Kamay’ daw ang kanta niya
sa baby niya (I was approached by a
lady who told me that she gave birth
to a blind baby. She said that “Hawak
Kamay” was her song for her baby).”
Currently, she is working on her next
CD which will feature more songs than
her frst. Tis ASAP regular is one of the
few artists who write their own songs,
drawing inspiration from their own
experiences. She would sometimes stay
in her room, hundred of feet above
the city, crafting tunes and lyrics. “’Ano
kaya naramdaman nya nung sinak-
tan sya ng girlfriend nya?’ So, susulat
ako ng kanta. Ngayon, nalayo ako sa
pamilya ko, na-mi-miss ko sila, isusulat
ko din yun (‘how did he feel like when
his girlfriend hurt him?’ I’d write a song
about it. I’d also write about being be-
ing separated from my family).”
If there is anything that Yeng says
will always remain constant, it is her
afection for her family. She aspired
to reach where she is now because
of them. “Hindi ‘yan magbabago
kahit kailan, kahit anong ilaw pa ang
magpaliwanag sa akin (Tat will never
change despite whatever light will
shine on me).”
Rooted in humility, Yeng is destined
to soar even further.
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 says
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set to emeRge near the best
universities in Manila is Crown Tower,
a 25-story condominium developed
by Polar Mines Devt. Corp. Provid-
ing direct and easy access to schools
of learning, the property is set to
redefne student lifestyle and living
with its cutting-edge amenities such
as swimming pool, 24-hour security,
Wi-Fi library, and provisions for a
convenience store, a laundromat, and
a cofee shop all on the frst foor.
“Te concept of this project is to
actually cater to the highly specifc
needs of the market,” begins Beth
Kalaw, project development ofcer
of Polar. “We would like to ofer the
development to parents who would
send their children to school and
would like them to stay in a place
where they can be safe.”
One good thing about Crown
Tower is its afordability. For P9,000
a month, parents can look forward
to giving their kids an enviroment
that inspires learning, interaction and
quiet study. It’s also a good invest-
ment: the unit can be turned over to
the next child who will go to college
or make available for lease. In-house
fnancing or Pag-IBIG loan can be
availed for easy payment schemes.
Polar also targets small investors
who can plunk their capital into the
property and have the units leased to
students. “We know that there are a
lot of apartments, service apartments,
rentals in the area,” says Kalaw. “Based
on our market researcher, a room
would easily earn at least P15,000 a
month. Tose with small capital can
acquire units and be assured that their
investments will return.”
Polar has decided to make the
design of the building run along the
lines of modern contemporary archi-
tecture, featuring an eloquent blend of
concrete, glass and steel.
“Normally, most of our subdivisions
feature a European theme,” says Beth.
“In Crown Tower, since we’re catering
to young people, we want to inject a
modern feel not only in terms of the
building design but also in terms of
A prospective buyer can choose
between studio and one-bedroom
units: low-maintenance and just-right
options for young people. What sets
them apart from other developers in
the area is that Polar has made sure
that Crown Tower’s hallways are wide
and the ceilings high. “We have more
ventilation on our part, the hallway is
bigger, and the common areas are not
Te units, projected to be turned
over by 2010, will hopefully be
completed by 2009 as the market’s
response has been afrmative.
With Crown Tower, home away
from home is a possibility come true.
home away
from home
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tyPiCAlly, A unit owneR waits
for three to four years before his unit is
turned over as some condominiums are
slow to build. Te money paid for rent
during the time one is waiting could
have been invested on something else,
such as education or the purchase of
furniture and appliances for his new
home. Fast turn-over equals a greater
amount of savings for the end-user.
Chateau Elyseé, the mid-rise marvel
at the heart of Bicutan evoking the
sunny and carefree French Mediter-
ranean life, boasts of a fast turnover.
Tey have recently completed the Ritz
Tower in less than two years. Not one
to waste time, the SM Development
Corp. folded its sleeves and recently
broke ground for a new cluster that
will house 500 units. Turnover date is
projected on December of next year.
“We’re selling very fast,” admits
Gilbert Ang of SM Devt. Corp. “ Te
market likes our product, the pricing
and its afordability. It’s really getting
your money’s worth compared to
other developments.”
Geared toward the renter’s market,
Chateau Elyseé allows clients to move
in immediately and experience the
upgraded condominium lifestyle for
as low as P7,000 a month without
depositing a downpayment. Indeed,
it’s a dream come true for overseas
Filipino workers wanting a condo they
can come home to, retirees seeking
their sanctuaries without getting truly
out of touch, and young professionals
or starting families who want to have
their frst home in the city. SM Devt.
Corp. is currently drafting fexible f-
nancing programs in partnership with
Banco de Oro and PCI Bank to help
them realize their dream faster.
Apart from the fast turnover, SM
Devt. Corp. also prides itself with the
fact that they are providing the residents
with premium amenities and features
comparable to those of other develop-
ments targeted for a high-end market.
“We didn’t sacrifce the quality,”
says Ang. “In fact, 60 percent has been
allocated for open spaces. You don’t feel
like you are living in a condo that is very
cramped. Another advantage is that you
live in a community. It’s not like a typical
condo that when you go out of your build-
ing, it’s the street already. It’s like you’re
living inside a subdivision but instead of
houses, you have condo buildings.”
Te mid-rise condos are provided
with two high speed elevators. All
units, starting with one-bedroom units
at 20 sq.m. to three-bedroom units at
60 sq.m. are fully fnished with high
ceilings measuring up to three meters,
giving residents the space they deserve.
Boasting of a clubhouse and court-
yard with a 25-meter lap pool, kiddie
pool, jogging trail, gym and social hall,
the Chateau Elyseé life is anything
but solitary—all amenities encourage
warm interactions among its inhabit-
ants while still providing them with
their own peaceful sanctuaries.
Showing that SM Devt. Corp. is
keeping its standards, the landscape
area and the front gate are being reno-
vated, in tune with the look of prestige
the property evokes.
Tough Chateau Elysee looks every
bit like a subdivision tucked in a remote
corner of the metropolis, its proximity
to vital centers of life gives it the added
advantage. From here, everything
is within reach—the Makati Central
Business District and the Ninoy Aquino
International Airport in 15 minutes,
various schools, hospitals, and churches,
and an easy access to SM Bicutan via a
shuttle service provided to residents.
In two to three years, Ang envi-
sions the completion Chateau Elysee.
What has been named after a famous
landmark in France is now sun-dappled
community providing luxurious lifestyle.
Model units can be viewed at the Chateau
Elyseé along Doña Soledad Extension,
Bicutan, Parañaque City. For inquiries,
please call Gigi Alcantara at 831-1000.
Sunny disposition at Chateau Elyseé
What has been named after a famous
landmark in France is now a sun-dappled
community providing luxurious lifestyle.
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tHe newest gem to dot the chang-
ing landscape of the metro, TriNoma
(Triangle in Northern Metro Manila),
the newest and most exciting project
of the Ayala Malls, is both warmly
familiar and refreshingly diferent.
Te hustle and bustle of Quezon City
trickles through several easy access
points (with the mall directly linked to
the North Avenue Station of the MRT)
into an incomparable urban sanctuary
for shopping, dining and entertain-
ment. Designed by an award-winning
team, TriNoma is beautiful, fresh
and fun, a home away from home for
Northern Metro Manila and beyond.
Discover your very own Zone, areas
that are efciently designed to satisfy
the specifc needs of every shopper:
Level 2 houses the upbeat and ener-
getic Teen and Sports Zones, char-
acterized by a hip and trend-forward
brand mix, grafti art and pockets of
gathering spaces perfect for meeting
up and chilling out with your barkada.
Gadget bufs and techies have their
very own IT Zone, a sleek and mini-
malist hub for the latest in software
and technology. Also found on Level
2 is a cluster of foreign brands, classics
synonymous with quality and timeless
style. While each Zone is markedly
distinct, they also seamlessly and
fuidly lead into one another.
At TriNoma, parents need not shop
and unwind far from their fun-seeking
kids, as the home, Wellness and Chil-
dren’s Zones share Level 3. Designed
specifcally to address every person’s
need to create a “good nest” for the
family, the home Zone is itself a space
exuding sanctuary chic, with its various
interior design, furniture and home
accessory stores. Te Wellness Zone,
as the name implies, is a softly-fnished
spa-inspired area where even the most
harassed urbanite can relax and, well,
zone out. Children’s Zone is a burst of
color, with children’s brands that play-
fully address education and fun.
here, the stores we know and love
plus the stores we’ve been looking for
have all found a home to be daringly
diferent. It is here that Bench, Pen-
shoppe, Folded and hung, Kamiseta,
Bayo, Oxygen, Adidas and Time Zone
have proudly opened their fagship
stores. Each one boasts of strong,
concept-driven interiors surround-
ing a full and complete merchandise
line. People are People, Shoe Salon,
Toys R’us, Powerbooks, handy-
man, Avant, Galleria Quattrocentro,
Dimensione, hobbes and Landes,
healthy Options, and soon-to-open
Te Spa and the frst ever Fitness
First Platinum enrich your in-mall
experience with their particular
brand of quality services and goods.
International brands to look forward
to are Zara, Mango, Debenhams,
Speedo, Quicksilver, Guess, Giorda-
no, Levi’s, Nine West, Florsheim, Nat-
uralizer, Topshop, Dorothy Perkins,
Lacoste, Esprit, Sisley and Marks &
Spencer, along with newcomers Pro-
mod (France), Lonsdale (uK), Flojos,
Bleach Catastrophe, Res-Toe-Run,
Trunk Show, Tough Jeansmith, GII,
Dumond and the very cute hallmark
Babies are sure to tickle every fckle
global fashionista’s fancy. Brands like
Kenneth Cole, Tag heuer, Schu, VNC,
Iora, Puma, Nike Women, Crocs, All
Flip Flops, Aktiv, Crumpler, Aussino,
Abubot Asia, Te Natural Source,
T-Shirt Project and Viktor Jeans will
open their frst branches in Quezon
City. Medical City, Asian Eye Institute
and Gymboree are also services that
may be availed of at TriNoma.
Active lifestyle brands Nike and
Adidas as well as luggage authority
Travel Club have opened their show-
case stores, as will the frst Philippine
in-mall shops for Rolex, Skechers,
Birkenstock, Merrell, Marc Ecko and
Sperry. So whether its fresh concepts
from old favorites or sought-after for-
eign brands nesting for the frst time
the Philippines, there’s some-
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
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new for everyone to ooh and ahh over.
TriNoma also brings together two
retail giants, providing the best of
the best from sister cities Pasig and
Makati: value-for-money shopping
legends Landmark, opening its second
supermarket and department store at
TriNoma, and Crossings now ofer ev-
eryday essentials and afordable luxury
to the Northern Metro Manila market.
A vast array of restaurants are scat-
tered strategically throughout TriNoma’s
six levels, satisfying every palate and bud-
get. Families and friends will soon enjoy
beloved casual fun and food locales
TGIFridays, Italianni’s, Fish & Co., CPK
and Bubba Gump, while everyone can
expect to indulge their sweet tooth at
Krispy Kreme, Cold Rock, haagen Dazs,
Max Brenner, Mrs. Field’s Café, Nestle
Creamery’s Five Cows and the
very quaint Café Mary Grace. A
diverse selection of cuisines also await at
TriNoma. Good Earth, haiku, hossein’s,
Cyma, La Maison, Casa Armas, Café
Breton, Café Cabalen, Mangan, Crusta-
sia, Recipes and Zong are just among the
dining options to choose from. Restau-
rateurs Larry Cruz, Arnold Co and Erik
Cua innovate fresh and exciting dining
concepts. TriNoma’s Food Choices also
ofers an array of interesting food fares
as well as restaurants like Tokyo Tokyo
and Ineng’s that suit every budget. So
whether you’re out for fne dining or fun
dining, TriNoma’s got something for you.
And the fun doesn’t stop there.
One Thx Cinema and six all-digital
cinemas make big screen entertain-
ment even bigger. Located near the
heart of the entertainment industry,
TriNoma will bring the stars closer
than they’ve ever been. Kids will
fnd it hard to resist the
biggest Timezone in the Philippines,
while live performances at the vibrant
Activity Center will excite old and
young alike. Red Box, ofering the latest
in karaoke technology will also be at
TriNoma. Olympic World and B-Con-
nected are also must-sees at the fourth
Crowning TriNoma’s stunning bufet
of retail, dining and entertainment
choices is its design, fully-integrating the
peace and zen of nature with the upbeat
pace of the urban dream. At the top-
most level is TriNoma Park, an environ-
ment custom-built for outdoor events
and bonding amidst tasteful
landscaping and unique
water facilities. Te
is divided into two levels, each possess-
ing its own unique character: the upper
park level is perfect for gimmicks with
friends while the lower level, accessible
by a clever winding staircase fused with
a romantic, tinkling waterfall, is a more
intimate area for dates or quiet quality
time with loved ones. Be sure to check
out the awe-inspiring water installa-
tions that rhythmically leap and jump
from the ground level all the way to the
topmost level, fowing into serene pools
surrounding the park.
Indeed, everything you need, want
and dreamed about all come together
at TriNoma.
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 fowing water.
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tRAnsCenDing Cookie-CutteR
trends and humdrum fads that fade
so easily, the Rockwell Center’s Power
Plant Mall unveils its newest section,
Featuring an array of unique stores
that showcase fabulous clothes and
quirky accessories, Archaeology
derives its name from the idea that
shoppers may discover their own
personal individual style from the
section’s wide wrange of chic choices.
Whether you’re a high-society diva
or a rock chick, a corporate ingenue
or a romantic bohemian, the thrill
of discovering fantastic fnds awaits
you at Archaeology. It’s a treasure
trove of fashion gems you won’t fnd
anywhere else.
Sensual, feminine silhouettes take
center stage in Archaeology’s Maud,
Graxie, Luca, Marni’s Room and Ruth
& Esther. Shift seamlessly from day
to night with their stunning tops and
skirts in splashes of bright colors and
alluring prints, perfect for dates and
glam night-outs.
Dress for success with classy clothes
from Details & Porcupine, Ilaya Cou-
ture and Pilar. Look sleek, smart and
stylish with their power suits, tailored
jackets and other ofce staples.
Stand out from the crowd with
funky and innovative graphic tees
from Team Manila, T-Box, Grey One
Social and David&Goliath. Teir
unique and eye-catching designs
are defnitely a must-have in every
trendsetter’s wardrobe!
Accent your chic wardrobe with
playful accessories in all permutations
from Evita Peroni, CRu and CamadiV—
gorgeous necklaces, bracelets, earrings,
brooches and other fancy pieces.
Archaeology presents a wide range
of boutique shops owned mostly by
young cutting-edge designers. And
like an archaeological dig, the Power
Plant Mall’s newest section is flled
with fabulous fnds that make the
premiere mall a haven for fashionistas
in the metro.
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
Digging for good fnds
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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
Bonifacio Global City:
Living the good life, here
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imAgine tHis: it’s a Friday morning.
Te alarm clock has just brought you
back to reality. You realize that you
just have half an hour before you’re
considered late for work. It takes you
20 minutes to get up, have a shower
and get dressed. You grab something
for breakfast and run to your ofce
which is just three blocks away.
Eight hours and two cofee breaks
later, you step out and meet your
friends downstairs for a weekly get-to-
gether. Seafood dinner is followed by a
three-hour videoke session. Te night
is incomplete without another round
of cofee and talking. Ten minutes
later, you’re back, tucked in the com-
forts of your blanket and pillow.
urban life without the hassles of
trafc and travel? For hon. Sigfrido
R. Tiñga, mayor of Taguig City, this
is the ideal life they have envisioned
for residents of Bonifacio Global City
(BGC). “Tis is where you ‘live, work,
and enjoy life’,” he said.
Te development of BGC began
in 1996. Based on a masterplan
prepared by hellmuth, Obata +
Kassabaum, Inc (hOK) in 1995, it
was frst managed by Fort Bonifacio
Development Corporation (FBDC),
which was then controlled by Metro
Pacifc Corporation.
When the Asian meltdown hit in
1997, the development slowed down
until 2003, when Ayala Land, Inc.
and Evergreen holdings, Inc. bought
the remaining share of Metro Pacifc
Corp. in FBDC. Slowly, the sleeping
giant is reawakening and promises to
be one of the leading central business
districts in the Philippines.
striking a balance
Worldwide building trends are
towards high-rise and more compact
efcient land use. Although this is the
way to go, urban planner and architect
Danilo Silvestre, stresses that one of the
keys to becoming a great city is main-
taining a “good balance of mixed-use.”
Archt. Joselito Mastrili, city planner
of Taguig agrees, adding that there is
greater incorporation of residential,
commercial, and recreational spaces in
Global City. To date, on-going high-rise
residential projects lined up are Fifth
Avenue Place, Fort Palm Spring, McKin-
ley Park Residences, Seibu, Serendra,
and W Tower. On the other hand, of-
fce buildings include Fort Legend, Net
Quad, and Total Corporate Center.
But Silvestre, who is an alumnus and
former urban Design laboratory head
Bonifacio Global City
integrates art in the
form of brass sculptures
providing an interesting
counterpoint to its
towering buildings.
Serandra is one of
the most exclusive
residential buildings
in GBC.
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of the uP College of Architecture, ob-
serves the need for good public schools
together with the private schools in the
area. “Tere should be developments
with focus on a graduated mix of
income levels,” he says. Regarding this
concern, Mastrili explains that there
are several private schools and colleges
currently in Bonifacio Global City, but
additional public universities and other
educational institutions are envisioned
in the Lakeshore District Master-
plan. Similar to the uS and European
countries, schools will be located in less
densely populated areas, which provide
a better studying environment.
stricter guidelines
Te Taguig local government
means business when it comes to the
balanced development of Global City.
To ensure this, they have been strictly
implementing the Design Standards
and Guidelines (DSG) of Bonifacio
Global City, which is at par with cities
like Singapore.
Te DSG imposes stricter regula-
tions on maximum gross foor area,
parking space, building height, and
percentage of open spaces. In addi-
tion, all condominium units in Bonifa-
cio Global City must not be less than
36 square meters in foor area.
Although these regulations do add
up to the cost of development, Mas-
trili reassures it’s worth every centavo.
“Because of these guidelines, develop-
ers and architects are forced to think
and become more creative with their
design and they come up with a bet-
ter product. Te condominium units
here are much better than anywhere
else,” he says.
Mastrili, who is also managing
partner of the project management
ofce Amcon & Company, Inc., adds:
“Condominium buyers today are
smarter and they know quality. Boni-
facio Global City is a good place for
their investment.”
Related to this, the City of Taguig
also enacted an ordinance regulating
the Transfer of Development Rights
(TDR) within Bonifacio Global City
last year. As a background, Bonifacio
Global City was planned with a Floor
Area Ratio (FAR) assigned to each lot.
For example, a lot with an area of 1,600
square meters having a Floor Area Ra-
tio of nine is allowed only a maximum
of 14,400 square meters of foor area.
Tis controls the development density
for every district in Fort Bonifacio.
An aerial shot of
GBC destined to
be a world-class
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It should also be noted that with
utility lines running underground and
building height restrictions strictly im-
posed, Global City will be a living proof
of an open and airy city. “Maaliwalas is
the idiosyncrasy and essence of Filipino
architecture. You will not fnd a devel-
opment like this anywhere in Metro
Manila except here,” Mastrili says.
new lungs of the city
Aside from being the premiere city,
Bonifacio Global City is expected to
be “the new lungs of Metro Manila.”
With their consideration for open
spaces, some 40 percent will be allot-
ted for parks and recreation areas.
Mastrili discloses that these
landscaped areas not just in Global
City but throughout Taguig, which in-
cludes the Lakeshore District. he adds
that more open spaces also mean
more parking spaces for city residents.
Tis is good news since Silvestre
reveals that amount of public open
spaces in Metro Manila has dropped to
critically low levels in contrast to other
Asian mega-cities. Notwithstanding
such developed mega-cities as Tokyo,
Seoul, hongkong and Beijing, even de-
veloping metropolitan areas as Jakarta,
hanoi, Bangkok and many emerging
megacities in China have defnitive plans
for networks of public open space.
Seoul, as early as 20 years ago, had estab-
lished a greenbelt with widths ranging
from 5-10 kms. outside the city center. It
forms a ring around the city, outside of
which satellite towns were strategically
developed. In metropolitan Tokyo, pub-
lic parks are not just recreation spaces.
Tey are also designed to provide for
disaster mitigation, providing refuge
during earthquakes and acting as bufer
areas, to prevent fre from spreading
between adjacent districts.
In Metro Manila, Silvestre says that
public open spaces, are not only limited,
they are not properly distributed. he
cites Rizal Park and QC Elliptical Circle,
which are not easily accessible to mass
transit lines. On the other hand, he
commends the eforts in improving the
10-meter easements along Pasig River,
which are accessible through ferry boats.
A city becomes more efective when
it connects to other communities.
One of the notable developments in
BGC is reorienting the road network.
From North to South, it was changed
from East to West, linking Global City
from Makati City to C-5. It should be
noted that the north route connects
BGC to Kalayaan Ave while those from
the south will have to choose from
Villamor Air Base, Edsa or C-5.
Related to this, pedestrian move-
ment will be afected but on a positive
note. From the epicenter, the one-ki-
lometer walk leads to more recreation
spaces and commercial areas like
the Bonifacio high Street, Serendra
Piazza, and Market! Market!.
In addition, Mastrili says that care-
ful studies have been taken which
identifed bottleneck trafc in certain
Residents of Serendra
need only to go to frst
foor to enjoy gourmet
dining options.
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areas as future problems. Tus, road
networks have been reconfgured to a
modifed grid type for smoother traf-
fc especially along major roads.
For commuters, Global City is
generally accessible through the Fort
shuttle service. however, Mastrili says a
fully-planned, integrated and managed
Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system will
be launched which will be an improve-
ment to the current loop system.
Looking at a bigger picture, Silvestre
points out that efcient mass transit
systems go hand-in-hand with more
pedestrian-oriented movement and
enhanced urban activity. In a city like
Seoul, which is comparable in both size
and population to Metro Manila, nine
mass transit lines stretch to some 300
kilometers. In contrast, the existing
three lines serving Metro Manila, cur-
rently service less than 100 kilometers.
wholistic development
City development is not just a
physical planning issue, but a socio-
economic concern as well. To make a
major impact in the quality of urban
life, Silvestre says “there has to be a
way by which medium to high-density
residential development can be made
accessible and afordable to lower in-
come groups.” he also reiterates that
education and employment remain
key issues to proper city growth.
While Fort Bonifacio is a high-end
exclusive development, Tiñga agrees
that the rest of Taguig should not be
neglected. “Vertical development is
the way to go. It doesn’t matter to
which demographic class you belong
but the market is still fnicky. We can’t
immediately force them a 20-story
hongkong type housing,” he said.
Te Taguig mayor cites DMCI, one
of the condominium developers, who
is coming up with P2 to 3M residential
packages for middle class families. For
lower income groups and informal
settlers, they have also started provid-
ing two-storey buildings, holding four
units on each foor. With an area of 25
square meters, these bare corner units
may cost between P100T to P150T. “We
have some 30,000 urban poor backlogs.
Tat’s what we’re trying to address. To
meet our 2020 Vision, the only way to
do it is to address the housing problem
of the poor as well,” Tiñga says.
Silvestre adds there should be one
body overseeing the development
of Metro Manila. Although there is
a metropolitan government like the
Metro Manila Development Author-
ity (MMDA), it has been relegated to
trafc control and waste management
leaving planning and land use to the
local government. “Tere should be a
vision of Metro Manila, not a conglom-
eration of 17 municipalities and cities
each doing their own thing,” he says.
Nonetheless, Tiñga and Mastrili are
optimistic that their eforts will slowly
bear fruit. “Te changes we have
initiated will not immediately be felt
by the public in 5-10 years. But in 20
years, the reforms we did now will be
realized,” Mastrili concludes.
GBC is characterized by
wide expanses of greenery
and open spaces.
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man on top
tHink of 75 signAtuRe sCents
and they have it—well, at least their
version of it. And for a LOT, lot less!
You’ll fnd it in almost every mall
in the metro. You can’t miss its huge
billboard on EDSA. You see it in the
credits of prime time TV shows. You
read about it in the pages of the new-
papers. Afcionado Germany Perfume
is undoubtedly making its presence
felt, and a fragrant one at that.
From its humble beginnings—one
small kiosk in Ever Gotesco-Grand
Central in Caloocan City seven years
ago—Central Afrmative Company,
the manufacturer of Afcionado, has
grown into a multi-million corpora-
tion with over 160 stores nationwide
and four more stores soon to open in
Joel Cruz, CEO and president of
Central Afrmative Company and
the nose behind it all, does not look
like a hardcore businessman at all.
Soft-spoken, warm, mild-mannered
and always with a ready smile, Joel is
almost a cross between a hot-shot
fashion designer and a wellness guru
in his immaculate whites. But the man
behind the success of Afcionado is no
doubt one of the country’s big names,
or perhaps the only one, in the local
perfume industry.
Clearly inclined to fashion, Joel
started his buy-and-sell business of
imported apparels right after graduat-
ing from the university of Santo
Tomas with a degree in Psychology.
In 1987, he put up his own garments
manufacturing business, providing
jobs for more than 100 employees.
When eventually his business had to
close, he pursued another one of his
passions, perfumes.
“I’ve always really loved perfumes,”
Joel warmly afrms. “I remember
when I was in college, I used to collect
diferent perfumes. But I also remem-
ber how hard it was for a student like
me to get the perfumes that I liked.
Te cost of a signature perfume is like
P3,000 or P4,000. So, good thing I had
sisters in the States, I would just ask
them to send me the fragrances that
I wanted.”
Rather than talking about his
business plans and export ventures
like most businessmen do, Joel is
more excited to share stories about
Afcionado’s humble beginnings and
his passion for scents.
“We were just renting an apart-
ment costing P5,000 a month, with
only four employees,” Joel begins. “But
once I saw the potential of the busi-
ness, I could foresee that we would
make it big. It took us quite some time
to make it happen. It took us years
before we penetrated SM [malls].”
Just like any other big businesses
that started small, Afcionado’s suc-
cess story is one that’s made of hard
work, dedication and a vision that
involves caring passionately about
something other than success (read:
being able to provide livelihood for its
“So what we did was we went out
of Metro Manila; we went to the Vi-
sayas, Mindanao, Iloilo and Cebu. And
fortunately, after a year, we were given
space in malls like SM and Robinson’s.
Tat’s when it all started to happen.”
his love for scents and his under-
maripet l. Poso gets to meet the man behind the successful fragrance brand
Afcionado, Joel Cruz, and learns a thing or two on how to have the nose for success
Photography by Benhur Arcayan
Joel Cruz:
At the (s)center of things
Lady luck is smiling
at Joel Cruz whose
fragrance line
Afcionado is one of
the most recognizable
and successful brands
of its kind.
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standing for the need to provide the
fragrance afcionados out there with
available and afordable scents were
some of the driving force behind the
success of Afcionado.
“Knowing the Filipino market, it’s
only the A and B market that can
readily aford to buy the signature
scents,” Joel says. “So I had to concoct
something for the C market. Tat’s
why we came up with Afcionado
Perfumes. Te scents are almost the
same, but the price is very reason-
With prices that range from P29
to P190, Afcionado’s scents became
a hit among the students and simple
Filipinos. But for Afcionado, aford-
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, Afcionado has more
than 70 variations of eau de toilette
and 16 colognes, which are based on
diferent signature scents.
After more than 160 kiosks and six
boutique outlets all over the Philip-
pines, Afcionado 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
A huge aquarium
greets the visitor
as soon as he steps
inside Joel Cruz’s
well-appointed unit
at the exclusive Pearl
of the Pacifc.
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bent on increasing the consumers’
awareness about Afcionado 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 Afcionado’s ofcial endorsers.
With a far-ranging vision and nose
for success, Joel no doubt faces a rosy
future ahead.
Te bedroom
swathed in rose
rugs, beddings—is
a corner unit that
overlooks the famed
Manila Bay.
Even before Joel Cruz hit the gold mine and made
it big in the perfumery industry, he was already
enthalled with the idea of living near Roxas
Boulevard, that fabled road in Manila which ofers
a breathtaking view of sunset. he would drive
by the boulevard just to have a glimpse of the
sun slowly dipping into the sea, its many hues of
oranges and reds bleeding into the sky—one fery
gesture that concludes each and every day.
Tough he very well knew that the condomini-
ums by the boulevard cost a fortune by virtue of
the view alone, Joel was undeterred. When fnally
he had the means to acquire a unit, he chose the
highest foor at the Pearl of the Pacifc, an exclu-
sive address right at the heart of the capital.
“It’s perhaps because I have a superiority
complex,” says Joel, when asked why he chose the
topmost foor. “I feel I’m on top each time I look
at the world below.”
Since moving in three years ago, Joel reveals
that living in the condo has been great. “It’s a very
efcient space compared to a house which is big
on maintenance,” he says. “It’s also close to my of-
fce and enables me to immediately attend to my
employees and business partners.”
For the design of the space, Joel admits that
he didn’t consult an interior designer but instead
sought the opinion of his friends. he wanted
the look to be eclectic as signifed by the sofa in
mocha color, the organic-looking cofee table, the
quatriptych Chinese artwork in wood, the huge
Oriental vases, the classical gilded mirror and
dripping chandelier, and the countless knick-
knacks Joel culled from his trips abroad. Disparate
as they may seem, they all blend together as they
are mostly in earth tones, anchored by the grand
piano that sits majestically at the center of it all.
Te curious detail in this eclectic mix of things
is a curve of a pond in the living room, bricked
and highlighted by a painting of a sun-dappled
villa. A water feature springs at the middle, creat-
ing a comforting sound. “It was the idea of a feng
shui expert,” he says. “Since my unit is fronting the
sea, he said it would be lucky to extend the water
element into my own home, creating infnity.”
Carrying the luck even further is an aquarium that
stands by the door, teeming with various fshes.
Aside from providing a daily refuge from the
demands of being the president and CEO of
Central Afrmative Co., maker of the highly suc-
cessful fragrance brand Afcionado and the soon-
to-be-launched skincare line dubbed Joel Cruz
Signatures, the space also gives Joel the venue
to entertain his friends. A natural musician, he
plays the piano for them as they lounge around,
sipping wine.
It seems every bit that his condo represents
his achievement but more than that, it’s actu-
ally a symbol of his good taste. “I always want
the best in everything,” he reveals. “I want to
be surrounded by things that look elegant and
reflect my personality.” his other properties
boast of prime location and to-die-for views,
one of which is another condominium unit
along Roxas Boulevard.
Where he is now is defnitely a far-cry from
where he started when he was trying to make
ends meet. At the top of his game and in great
control of things, Joel seems to exude the same
inner joy that animates the face of Mona Lisa, a
copy of which greets Joel approvingly each time
he steps into his room to repair.
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nate unnecessary chemicals from
their lives can fnd a healthier
alternative with the [A’kin] skin,
hair & body care range which only
use botanical, naturally-based
ingredients, certifed organic
where possible, chosen for their
skin friendly compatibility. Tese
pure ingredients are then carefully
crafted into gentle yet highly ef-
fective formulations to give more
beautiful and healthy hair, skin and
body, paying particular attention
to sensitive skins such as babies,
the elderly and the allergic.Te re-
sult: exquisitely-scented, naturally-
based, ingredient-rich products for
radiantly healthy looking skin and
hair for total peace of mind.
Available at Rustan’s Essenses.
Akin to a natural feeling
fRom A seA of tHousAnDs of
anonymous faces, 30 semi-fnalists
are well on their way to becoming fa-
mous via Be Bench/ Te Model Search,
a reality show hosted by Kris Aquino
and Piolo Pascual that airs every
Sunday, 10:30 pm at ABS-CBN.
Te country’s most promising mod-
els and freshest faces are vying for the
most coveted title of being the latest
Bench image model in the biggest real-
ity search to ever hit TV. In celebration
of its 20th anniversary, Bench is looking
for untapped talents to become part of
the ultra-exclusive and super famous
roster of endorsers of Bench.
In addition, special guest judges and
surprise celebrity mentors will drop by
the show to give their two cents worth.
Viewers may also watch Studio 23’s
weekly specials every Monday and
Saturday. Post event Specials will air in
Lifestyle Network and Myx.
Te contestants’
abilities are tested
each week as they
strive to master the
fashion photo shoots,
perfect publicity skills
and learn the business
aspects of becoming
the next big thing.
For the winners, prizes include a Bench
endorsement deal, a talent manage-
ment contract with ABS-CBN and cash
prizes. Troughout the series, a panel
of leading fashion industry experts will
closely evaluate the progress of the
models to narrow the feld each week.
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on view until Aug. 21 at the
Finale Art Gallery (4/F SM Megamall
A), Gingerbread Girls is an ongoing
process in Yasmin Sison’s “continuing
concerns with the theme of memory
and the possibilities inherent in its
malleability.” her suite of works de-
Girl uninterrupted
tHe toD’s PHilosoPHy which
embraces timeless quality, joins
forces with the brand’s new
creative director, Derek Lam’s
contemporary and fresh sen-
sibility and together create a
harmonious and inimitable
Te spotlight once again
is on the “cult” pieces,
simple, quick and with a
great attention to ev-
ery detail, each of the
ready to wear pieces
is the result of an individual journey,
from the study of its colors, to its
shape and silhouette and is created
for the Tod’s woman, who is simple,
feminine, elegant and contemporary.
Te trousers, which are available in
several materials have been studied
to fatter their wearer’s silhouette,
and to be worn with the cashmere
sweaters and cape designed by Derek
Lam. Te stars of the collection
are undeniably the coats, from the
design with military style closures,
which last season captured the hearts
of hollywood stars, to the elegant
and sophisticated blazer which was
inspired by the aforementioned coat.
A complete novelty to the collection
is the down leather coat, which is
supple and with it’s fox fur lined hood
is perfect for facing the cold winter
with panache and elegance.
Available at Tod’s Greenbelt 4
Coat following
picts girls in dresses, softly gazing or
turning their heads from the viewer,
holding curious objects: a wooden
rod, a small house.
Tough seated on what looks like
a stable metallic chair, the girls seem
to inhabit a mercurial world signi-
fed 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). Te
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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wHAt HAD beCome tHe biggest
news in the real estate fnally broke
Property giant Megaworld Corpora-
tion and the Araneta Group inaugurat-
ed the rise of the three-tower frst phase
of their landmark joint venture project,
the Manhattan Garden City (MGC).
Te country’s frst and only transit-
oriented enclave of residential towers
that boasts of direct connection to
two mass transit lines the LRT2 and
MRT3. It is located at the Araneta
Center, the country’s very frst 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 frst three towers are substantially
sold. We received pending reserva-
tions for corner units, which are avail-
able at Tower 3. Te frst three towers
will comprise what we call Manhattan
Parkway Residence, which will be ac-
centuated by a deluxe retail arcade for
the enjoyment of our residents.”
Buyers have made a beeline not
only for future homes at MGC but also
the unique opportunity of living well
at the center of it all. Indeed, no other
community rivals MGC as the best
place to live, work, play and move.
Live in a new city
Te Araneta Center is steadily
transforming right before our eyes.
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 ofer casual dining, shopping, and entertainment options. But a major
diference 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
Bb. Pilipinas Charity Inc. President
Stella Marquez-Araneta, Araneta
Group CEO Jorge Araneta, Megaworld
Chairman & CEO taipan Andrew Tan,
Quezon City Mayor Sonny Belmonte
and MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando
lead the groundbreaking rites for
Manhattan Garden City.
at our doorsteps
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Te Gramercy carries the
pioneering concept of Century
Properties: all units are fully-ftted,
fully-furnished and fully-serviced.
Te two-bedroom
corner model
unit basks in
European elegance.
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Built as the country’s frst leisure and
lifestyle complex in the ‘60s, the Ara-
neta Center is undergoing yet another
evolution, taking 21st-century urban
living to an innovative and higher level
of leisure and convenience for the
modern city dweller.
It began with the stylish Gateway
Mall, whose eye-catching architecture
lights up its corner. Soon, Araneta Cen-
ter will see exciting developments to-
ward innovative business and residential
components. Already, low-rise buildings
currently in development to house the
growing business process outsourcing
(BPO) sector are in the works. As for the
residential condominium development
to complement the business infrastruc-
ture, MGC ushers in a new kind of urban
lifestyle into the metropolis.
Tis dream of living in this city does
not require frst-time homebuyers to
break their monthly budgets. With
homelite, a home loan partnership be-
tween Megaworld and Security Bank,
they can stretch their home loan to
10 and even 25 years to pay, with low
interest rates from 8.5 to 11 percent
annually. At that rate, the 22.5-square
meter studio unit comes out at a very
afordable Php 10,847 monthly.
homelite ofers the lowest interest
rates in the market, going as low as
5.50 percent annually for a fve-year
term. It also has the longest period
of fxed interest rate for 25 years, at
11 percent. “Tis addresses the need
of the middle-income market and of
foreign-based Filipinos for afordable
home loan facilities and this is one
of the many reasons why MGC is the
top-selling condominium project in
the metro today,” noted Yu.
Work smart
If you are of the people who’s
motto is to work smart and spend
more quality time with the family,
then living and working at Manhat-
tan Garden City, right at the Araneta
Center, is your best option.
If you’re a budding entrepreneur,
consider opening a restaurant or ser-
vice shop at Manhattan Garden City’s
deluxe retail arcade. Araneta Center’s
varied mix of shoppers from the
A-list to the masses brings millions of
customers every day – a perfect target
base for any business!
Or if you want to build your career,
there are various options for you also
at the Araneta Center. Join any of its
BPO locators. Or shift your career to
marketing or operations at any of the
Araneta Center’s myriad shopping,
dining and service shops.
With work just a few steps from
home, you and your family will have
more time to enjoy the Araneta Cen-
ter’s lifestyle oferings. Isn’t that perfect?
Play well
If there’s one thing that the Filipinos
love doing the most, it must be shop-
ping. Some people say that if shopping
were an Olympic sport, Filipinos would
surely be ranked as one of the top con-
tenders. A testament to this is the as-
tounding number of malls around the
country, and the still growing malling
industry. Filipinos spend many of their
leisure time in the mall, and every year
billions of pesos are channeled into
businesses that operate inside these
commercial establishments.
Tis fve-hectare residential project
is a veritable haven for shop-a-holics.
All of its studio, one bedroom and two
bedroom units have easy access to re-
tail and leisure outlets, spelling comfort
and convenience for people on-the-go.
Apart from its own Manhattan
retail arcade that will feature numer-
ous options for leisurely shopping and
casual dining, MGC is linked to the
stylish Gateway Mall through verdant
walkways. Fancy a gourmet meal or a
hearty bufet? Come on down to Cibo,
Italiannis or Super Bowl of China.
Want to buy some new stylish brands?
Have a power
lunch at the
Mandarin Café.
After a day of shopping and
dining at the Araneta Center,
your deluxe unit at Manhattan
Garden City awaits you.
Bb. Pilipinas-World 2007
Margaret Wilson and Bb.
Pilipinas-International 2007
Nadia Lee dela Cruz-Shani
enjoying shopping at
Gateway Mall.
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From dinner for two to
a gimmick with friends,
Manhattan Garden
City provides limitless
dining options.
Tere’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. Tat’s just one of the
commercial establishments that litter
the burgeoning shopping mecca of
Araneta Center. Te Big Dome’s Coli-
seum Circle is a perfect place to grab a
cuppa java with its Starbucks and Cof-
fee Bean & Tea Leaf. Stop craving for
sizzling favorites and hop by Dencio’s.
Te choices are endless.
If even that doesn’t fulfll the inner
shopper in you, check out the bazaars
and fab fnds 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
Need to hoard Christmas decors
at Divisoria? Just take a leisurely train
ride and of you go to good buys and
great deals.
Tree hectares of MGC’s fve-hect-
are area are dedicated to a nature re-
sort setting that features lush gardens,
trellised walkways and quiet gazebos
complemented with rich landscaping
and state-of-the-art leisure amenities.
Its fourth foor podium deck is an
entire world in itself because it makes
one forget of the hurried ways of city
life. Tis nature-centered amenity
recognizes that diferent people have
diferent moods and diferent ways to
spend their “me time.”
Four classes of amenities—active,
semi-active, passive and semi-pas-
sive—cover activities from the most
strenuous such as biking and jogging,
to the more relaxed, such as fower gar-
dening or engaging in quiet contempla-
tion. Tere’s a playground for the active
kids, an adventure area for those rowdy
teens, and a peaceful barbecue or pic-
nic area for adults. Te park-like setting
allows plenty of space for relaxation,
leisure and recreation, social interaction
and nature contemplation.
For example you can do yoga or tai-
chi at any of the Adult Fitness Stations
or meditate in any of its Tranquility
Gardens. Tese various quiet areas are
ensconced throughout the tree-flled
level and guarantee residents gentle
ways to meet their mornings.
Tose who crave for some move-
ment can put on their track suit and
best running shoes and hit the 700-
meter long Garden City jogging trail
with commanding views of Quezon
City. Tere is also the Parkway Gym-
nasium with state-of-the-art ftness
machines for those who want to have
a full exercise but within the reach of
their apartments. Tis spacious gym is
conveniently located beside Parkway’s
day-care center so mommies can do
their Pilates and aerobics within the
sight of their children.
One of the highlights of an active
morning is a visit to the Parkview
swimming complex, one of the very few
to be developed at the very center of
Metro Manila. Tere is a multiple-laned
20-meter lap pool where residents can
practice their diferent 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.
Te 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. Tere are also
massage areas where you may avail of
dry or oil massages.
Move easily
Te country’s frst 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,
Manhattan Garden City’s 729-meter,
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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, fexible
lifestyle may be more conspicuous
than one thinks – because it is right in
the center of the metro.
At the country’s frst 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 fourish 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.
Te Manhattan Garden City is min-
utes away from two of the country’s
premier universities, u.P. and Ateneo;
a short ride away from the prime busi-
ness districts of Makati and Ortigas;
less than half an hour away via LRT 2
from the university Belt and the bar-
gain-hunters’ mecca of Divisoria; and
just a stroll away from the multiple
attractions of Araneta Center itself.
For Manhattan Garden City, “Te
major elements or key factors con-
sidered in planning are connectivity,
transit access, community integration,
and urban transformation,” enumer-
ates Yu. “Connectivity means linking
together the separate parcels of land
that comprise the fve-hectare prop-
erty. Transit access means establishing
physical connection to the LRT/MRT
stations. We made sure that residents
of MGC will have unparalleled access
to these transit lines, enabling them
to enjoy the fastest and safest public
transport available and get them to
their destinations anywhere in Metro
Manila in a matter of minutes, which
is not possible by any other means.”
A landscaped setting – a Garden
City – will embrace every block of
towers at the fourth level. Trees,
fountains, trellises, and shrubbery
will hoist one’s sense of well-being.
Park benches and a tranquility garden
will easily induce a meditative mood.
Jogging pathways will wind invitingly
around the buildings.
Addressing the specifc needs on
how we live, work, play and move,
Manhattan Garden City is not merely
a prestigious address but truly a living
and vibrant community that encour-
ages meaningful lifestyles, motivates
us to aspire, brings nature closer to
our midst and restores our connec-
tion to things that matter.
To know more about the various
advantages of living at Manhattan
Garden City, visit the grand showroom
at the 3rd level of Gateway Mall. Or call
810-3333 or email inquire@theman- for a viewing
Bb. Pilipinas-World 2007
Margaret Wilson having a
relaxing time at the studio
unit’s bedroom.
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foR woRlD-ClAss interior design
executive Grace Milan, designing
homes that fit the modern Filipino
is all about opening one’s eyes to
endless possibilities. The work she
did on the model units of Federal
Land’s The Oriental Place reflects
her unique philosophy and inge-
nious design principles.
“Our aim is to create a dream
home that matches the owner’s
lifestyle and budget,” said Milan,
who has worked on a long list of
noteworthy high-end residential
and commercial projects both here
and abroad. “Since The Oriental
Place perfectly fits the young urban
professionals and start-up families,
the designs we created are func-
tional but aesthetically appealing,”
explained this designer whose work
has been featured in several news-
papers and magazines.
With a creative mix of colors
and furniture, the look and feel of
The Oriental Place units project
a visually-fascinating retreat that
welcomes you to a relaxing home
after a frantic day at work. Fresh
colors provide a light and airy ambi-
ance, while minimalist furniture
free up more space. Milan also put
“see-through” partitions and made
use of the harmonic combination
of mirrors and glass to “open up the
eyes and maximize the illusion of
The good thing about the designs
she did for The Oriental Place units
In Federal Land’s Te 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
project a visually-fascinating
retreat that welcomes you
to a relaxing home after a
frantic day at work.
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is the use of materials that are easily
available in most home-oriented
stores in malls. “We’d like to give
people something to copy when
they get back home; something that
they can easily buy for their homes,”
she quipped.
“The interesting thing about de-
signing interiors in the Philippines is
not everything is available here. So
the tendency of local designers is to
be more creative and resourceful in
coming up with concepts and de-
signs based on local and indigenous
materials,” she said.
Such creativity and resource-
fulness are what can be seen in
the beautiful model units of The
Oriental Place, the newest sought-
after residential address in Makati
perfect for young professionals
and budding families. Located near
offices, malls, schools, and other
establishments, The Oriental Place
gives you more time for your family
and for yourself.
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A few yeARs bACk, real-time com-
munication consisted of the rotary
dial or the coin-operated telephones.
Today, it is the intricate interlace of
some forty million mobile units, in
addition to the web of networked
personal computers.
Formerly, going to the movies or
doing your grocery at 11 p.m. was
totally unheard of. Today, people do
it routinely.
Before, a second job was a foreign
concept. Today, it has become a
realistic option.
Tese examples speak more than
just about current technological
advance, or the continued eforts of
the service sector for betterment, or
the availability of alternative income
options that have opened up for the
Filipino workforce. Beyond expedien-
cy and opportunities, these scenarios
likewise refect the challenges and
realities we have to contend with in
this ever-evolving urban landscape.
Indeed, life in the metro has
become a juggling act. Success, to a
great extent, is now based on one’s
ability to keep pace with society’s
rapid changes and harness the
potentials that come with them. In
a parody of a time-honored adage,
the revised version now goes, “Te
good things that come to those who
wait are which that are left behind by
those who hustle.”
But often, in the steep climb atop
the corporate ladder or the mad
dash for entrepreneurship’s invisible
fnish line, young, courageous, driven
professionals are sidetracked from
an equally important facet of holistic
progress. So much so that it has
become a recurrent theme, not only
in fction, but increasingly in real life:
career-oriented young professionals
with the knack for amassing wealth
but desperately miserable in preserv-
ing domestic harmony.
Lack of quality time and bonding
opportunities among family members
have been invariably labeled as the
culprits. Too bad there is just no way
to add any more to a day’s 24 hours,
or to return to the laid back simplicity
of the olden days.
Triple A builder/developer DMCI
homes recognizes the importance of
a home that not only is superbly built,
afordable, and one that encourages
family togetherness, but likewise one
that does not inconveniently detach
you from the city’s pulse. DMCI
homes has relentlessly pursued this
track by continuously coming up with
frst-rate projects in centrally-located
and fully-serviced communities.
Cypress Towers is a fne example of
a development that responds to the
need of today’s urban warriors for an
ideal home.
Strategically sitting on a 10,700-
square meter prime lot along C5
road in the progressive city of Taguig,
Cypress Towers is a gated community
of three uniquely designed high-rise
buildings. It is near the necessary
bustle of the major business and com-

A refreshing
change of pace
A highlight of the
development is the
buildings’ confguration
that takes after the
pinwheel, letting air fow
freely and enhancing
natural lighting.
Designed to provide a refuge to the “urban
warrior,” Cypress Towers of DMCI Homes is
a ftting place to soothe the ache of modern
living and restore the concept of domesticity
and familial connections
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mercial hubs of Makati, Ortigas and
Bonifacio Global City, but is master-
planned to provide for a lifestyle that
is isolated and conducive for rearing
a family.
A highlight of the development
is the buildings’ confguration that
takes after the pinwheel. With this
pioneering design, air fows freely and
natural lighting is enhanced, providing
a cleaner and fresher living space. Tis
sets the tone for a wealth of other
features that are caringly appointed to
ensure enjoyable everydays at Cypress
Sixty percent of the total land area
is allotted for resort-like recreational
facilities, landscaped areas and open
spaces. Amenities that individual
members and even whole families
can readily enjoy include a Wi-Fi
ready clubhouse, a swimming pool, a
children’s playground, viewing decks,
a sky lounge, indoor and al fresco
dining areas, gazebos, a badminton
court, a game room, a ftness room
and jogging paths.
Additionally, outdoor elements
are made available inside the build-
ings through single-loaded corridors
which allow units to open up to a
garden atrium instead of neighboring
doors. ultimately, this gives resi-
dents the much sought after privacy
that other high-rise developments
fail to provide.
To complete the lavish Cypress
Towers experience, a team of profes-
sional property managers is on
constant standby to make sure that
security and convenience are readily
and continually enjoyed by residents
and their guests.
With today’s accelerated pace of
human transactions, it is reassuring
to know that there is still a sanctuary
in the city where time stands still and
family is priority.
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in new yoRk, the glitziest, most
expensive condominiums are also the
most exclusive. In order to gain entry
in the prestigious address and live
there, one needs to have an approval
from the rest of the neighbors. If you
don’t get their vote, then you need to
look for another place where hope-
fully, you can fnally gain admission.
For W Landholdings, developer
of W Tower located at the Bonifacio
Global City, exclusivity is not about
walling away individuals but keeping
the number of units to a minimum so
that residents can build a tightly-woven
community, call each other by name
and develop a collective emotional con-
nection with the place they live.
“With only 50 residential units, all
bi-level units, there’ll be no more wait-
ing for those over crowded elevators,
no more noisy neighbors you don’t
know, our staf greets all our hom-
eowners by their names, and our main
ofce and residence is just an elevator
ride away,” says Francis Wee, executive
vice president of W Landholdings.
“W Tower is a community where
everyone knows everyone. By having
less residential units, we can give our
homeowners more.”
When most of developers try to
cram as many units in one project as
possible to recoup investment and
maximize proft, W Landholdings
takes a diferent route as it ofers the
lowest residential foors to residential
unit ratio (18 foors : 50 residential
units) and one of the highest parking
slot to residential unit ratio (79 park-
ing slots : 50 residential units). It does
this to give its residents the satisfac-
tion of coming home to a serene,
stylish and spacious place. At the end
of the day, the last thing you want to
encounter is a building abuzz with
people you don’t even know.
Situated at the Bonifacio Triangle
of Bonifacio Global City, W Tower is
projected as an 18-storey commer-
cial and residential building that will
embody Modern Philippine Archi-
tecture. Tasked to execute this is the
architectural and design frm of Budji
Layug and Royal Pineda, homegrown
talents known for their modern
sensibility underlined with a unique
Filipino touch.
“Te trend in the coming years
points towards the creation of more
beautiful structures,” says Francis
when asked why they had to tap an-
other frm when they can very much
execute the design and architecture
themselves. “Tey should exude
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
that the product’s over-all look, and
also how people perceive it, are as
important, if not more, as the physical
structure itself.”
Tough W Tower is exclusive and
exquisite, it is located in what Francis
calls “the practical side of town.” Boni-
facio Triangle is a stone’s throw away,
“practically walking distance” from
the school district which includes the
International School, Manila Japanese
School and British School. Residents
can re-assuringly send their kids to the
best schools without having to drive
them while investors can have their
units rented out to expatriates who
will readily be drawn towards the idea
of proximity.
As of late, 50 percent of W Tower
has been sold while 20 percent has
been reserved, declares Francis. By
the end of the year, W Tower’s units
are expected to be sold out. With the
many value services it provides, that
hardly seems surprising.
Tough 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
RSVP to exclusivity
Executive vice president
of W LandHoldings
Francis Wee envisions W
Tower as a community
where the residents
can nurture social

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bRimming witH tHe eneRgy
and cosmopolitan appeal of the city,
but balanced by the security and
reassurance of being home—Celadon
Manila’s residential enclaves by Com-
munity Innovations ofer easy living
designed for leisure.
Surrounded by nearly 35,000
square meters of open spaces - the
largest in any residential development
in Manila - Celadon Residences (town-
homes) and Celadon Park (condomin-
iums) ofer a retreat for families and
young urban achievers to commune
with the beauty of nature, which is a
rarity in the city today.
Tis lush sprawl of green combined
with Celadon Residences’ Medit-
terenean-inspired townhomes in an
intimate gated residential community
refects the leisurely ideals of Celadon
Manila. Celadon Residences provides
its residents with a wide range of vil-
lage park facilities like adult and kiddie
pools, open playfeld, kids’ playground,
basketball court, and clubhouse
pavilion that encourage community
interaction and fellowship, completing
the uptown living experience.
Celadon Park - a vibrant high-rise
community for urban achievers -
shares the same leisure lifestyle as that
of adjacent Celadon Residences. Tis
is most evident in the condominium’s
leisure club facilities that address the
relaxation and recreation needs of its
residents. Amenities like a meditation
garden, swimming pools with wooden
lounge deck, secluded massage areas
and a gym and ftness center, evoke a
sense of well-being.
Conveniently, Celadon Manila will
also be the site for the biggest BPO
Envisioned to be a mixed-use development
featuring residential and commercial
components, Celadon Manila is giving the
capital the prestige it deserves
Coming home
to chic Manila
Celadon Park
ofers a retreat for
families and young
urban achievers to
commune with the
beauty of nature.
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hub in Manila, and Celadon Park will
be able to provide a dynamic residen-
tial option for urban achievers who
wish to explore the perks of cohesive
in-city living.
True to the synergistic nature of
the development, living in Celadon
Residences and Celadon Park also of-
fers its residents the convenience of a
distinctive retail experience provided
by the Ayala Malls’ Shops at Celadon.
Cofee shops, health spas, salons and
cozy dining destinations are no more
than a short stroll away.
“We have an opportunity to de-
velop a neighborhood that seamlessly
blends the retail and business facets of
this integrated community,” says Iris
Josef, head of Project Development of
Community Innovations. “We want to
broaden the living options for discern-
ing urbanites in Manila by giving them
all three elements of retail, com-
mercial and residential that resonate
the good life in an integrated in-city
Celadon Manila’s residential district
successfully underscores a vibrant and
dynamic lifestyle that is central to the
developer’s concept of leisure in an
integrated community. Together with
its lifestyle retail venue (Ayala Malls)
and business district (Ayala Land Com-
mercial Business Group), it is expected
to raise the bar of living and leisure
standards in uptown Manila.
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Known for its talcum-fne 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
Investing in paradise
Crown Regency Resort and
Convention Center is a prime
project that ofers investors
the unmatched luxury of
owning a piece of paradise.
some sAy it is tHe sPlenDiD
stretch of powder-fne white sand.
Others claim it is the refreshing crys-
tal clear sapphire waters. Not a few
swear it is the festive nightlife and the
sumptuous array of gustatory delights
that abound. Others still, insist it is
simply the pampering… the bustle…
the accessibility… the escape… the
uncertainty… the predictability… the
Whatever their reasons, devotees
keep coming back to Boracay like
pilgrims on a sacred ritual. Locals
and foreigners alike seem helplessly
attached to the enduring allure of this
majestic dream destination.
And now, yet another compelling
reason to be at Boracay beckons.
Sitting on a 12,000-square meter
expanse in the heart of the island,
Crown Regency Resort and Conven-
tion Center (CRRCC) is a prime proj-
ect by J. King and Sons Co., Inc. that
ofers investors the unmatched luxury
of owning a piece of paradise and at
the same time the opportunity to be
fnancially rewarded for it.
Company Chair and CEO Richard
King says that “Crown Regency Resort
and Convention Center investors have
the option to reside in their pur-
chased units, enjoying the privilege
of having frst-class accommodation
in Boracay year-round. Located in
Barangay Balabag in Central Bora-
cay, CRRCC consists of 382 rooms
that all come with standard hotel
furnishings.” Te project is likewise
appointed with top-rate amenities as
ballrooms, conference rooms, a ftness
gym, a Laundromat, food and bever-
age outlets, and the largest swimming
pool in all of Boracay.
While the development in itself is
worth staying for, CRRCC is barely a
three-minute leisurely walk from the
Station 2 beachfront. And with the
Boracay Police and Coast Guard sta-
tions just nearby, it becomes an ideal
nook for some peace and quiet while
being tantalizingly near all the fun
and frolic that Boracay has to ofer.
Besides, “there is no more seasonal
fuctuation in tourist arrivals in Bora-
cay, and there is usually a lack of hotel
rooms”, King adds.
Alternatively, CRRCC buyers will
enrol their units in rental pooling
under the development’s condotel
operations. Tis is ideal for locals
who frequent Boracay for short stays,
or foreigners on extended vacations.
under this scheme, individual owners
may use their units for a generous 45
days every year. For the rest of the
year, the unit will be leased back to
the developer and will be expertly
managed and operated as a hotel
by the prestigious Crown Regency
hotel Group. Te income generating
potential of this arrangement allows
the buyer a full return on investment
in as short as 5 years.
Additionally, several other factors
set CRRCC apart from other con-
dotel projects. First, the minimum
period for enrolment is only 3 years,
compared to other developments
who tie owners down for 5, 10, some-
times 15 years. Tis gives the buyer
more fexibility to decide on how
to handle his investment. Second,
ownership of a unit means auto-
matic membership to Club ultima,
a unique lifestyle membership club
that ofers the amenities of urban
living conceptualized by its Chairman
and CEO, Richard King. Tis comes
with a 7-day free stay at Club ultima
or any Crown Regency operated
hotel nationwide, or otherwise in any
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of the 2,900 Interval International af-
fliated hotels and resorts worldwide.
Moreover, the 45-day stay beneft
can be converted to Free Stay Privi-
lege Certifcates at any of the Crown
Regency hotel chain of properties
and other of-site facilities with no
expiry period on a one to one room
night value.
Slated to open November 2009,
CRRCC is the frst in a chain of four
excellent resort hotel developments
in Boracay that will be undertaken by
J. King and Sons Co., Inc. Te design
of the four resorts was inspired by
the elements of nature. Crown Re-
gency Resort and Convention Center
is “water-inspired” especially because
of its massive swimming pool and
“mermaid” show. Soon to follow
are the equally impressive Crown
Regency Prince Resort in Station 1,
the Crown Regency in Station 3, and
the Crown Regency Bayview Resort
in Bolabog Beach.
For more information on the Crown
Regency Resort and Convention Center,
please contact the Fuente Triangle
Realty Development Corporation at
(032) 418-7191.
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Kamarikutan Kape at Galeri:
Inspirations from the
edge of the world
tHe DesiRe to CReAte an identity
and a home in Puerto Princesa de-
veloped into an idea of putting up a
gallery. “It started out as a quite selfsh
proposition,” she regarded the birth of
One day, Dinggot approached her
mother about renting her property.
“What will you do?” Nanay Dayang
asked. “I want to build a gallery,” she
replied. Nanay Dayang was receptive
of the idea.
“Of all the people I mentioned that
thing, siya lang ‘yung (she was the only
who went) ‘Oh, okay,’” Dinggot related
and took a puf from her cigarette.
“Everybody was like ‘What? A gallery in
Puerto Princesa?’ Tis was in 1993. Can
you imagine? Talagang lahat sila ay (Ev-
erybody was really like) ‘Are you crazy?’
Si Nanay lang ang ‘Okey, sige. But don’t
lease na lang. Let’s be partners.’”
Ten Dinggot provided a glimpse of
their working relationship: “Sometime
between then and now, ‘pag nag-
aaway kami (when we are arguing),
[she goes], ‘Sige buhatin mo ‘yun build-
ing mo.’ (Go and get your building)
Ako naman, ‘Sige maghanap ka ng
developer.’ (And I would go, ‘Okay,
fnd yourself a developer.’)”
She laughed and continued, “But
there is a lot of democratic space
between us naman. Te garden is
hers. Te interiors are mine. Tat is
her forte. Tis is my forte.”
I looked out to garden, now all
dark. I could here insects singing and
the rustling of the leaves. Te rain
became a light drizzle, and the air
was muggy. Inside, we were bathed in
the mellow glow of the lanterns. At
the other end, lights were on for the
newly mounted paintings.
Despite the indiference of the
people around her, the gallery opened
in 1994.
“When it frst opened, it was a
pretty lonely struggle to introduce
the concept of a gallery to a place like
Palawan, which blossomed very late,”
Dinggot said. “It was very hard. To
begin with, there were only a few of
us practicing artists. Tere were six or
seven of us who were active.”
“You cannot naman…” she con-
tinued. “Tere was six of us. What?
Every two months shufe kami?. Hindi
puwede. Isusuka kami ng mga tao rito.
Mauubusan kami ng inspirasyon. (Tat
could not be. People here would be
sick of us. We will run out of inspira-
tion.) Every once in a while, we invite
other artists to come by, visual artists
in and out of Palawan. In the frst year,
we only had two exhibits. Te follow-
ing year we had four or fve. And then
it came to a point na four years after,
ayun, every month na.”
Te café part just sprang up. “It was
an afterthought,” she said.
People who dropped by the gallery
asked for cofee, so they ofered cofee.
Ten guests would ask for sandwich, so
they add sandwiches to their meager
menu. Before long, they asked for
meals. Whenever they asked for food,
Dinggot would make a dash to the mar-
ket for ingredients and Nanay Dayang
would entertain the guests, chatting
them up so they would not notice that
the food was taking long to be served.
Dinggot remembered the kitchen
as a small shack with no walls and only
a gas stove for cooking. Tey had no
freezer, and only a cofeemaker. After
a year or two, they came up with an
ala carte menu. Te menu now lists
diferent cofees, breakfast meals from
dried fsh to toast, sandwiches, pastas,
rice meals, shakes and beer. But then
and until now, they would advise
visiting groups to let them know in
advance the number of people com-
ing and their orders. But they now can
handle sizeable events.
“Te beauty of Kamarikutan is that
we are like family,” Dinggot said. Tey
have only a staf of fve working on
shifts, but when it gets too busy, ev-
erybody pitches in. “Like the gardener
becomes a dishwasher or one who
grates the coconut. Everybody helps.
So even though our staf is lean, we
can still handle bigger functions,” she
“But this is more of a cofee place,”
Dinggot emphasized. “If you look at
In this second and last ofering, Roel Hoang manipon continues the journey to
Palawan’s soul, the Kamarikutan Kape at Galeri which, evoking the organic lines
of the natural world, ofers a nurturing refuge to budding artists
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same way all the materials being used
are from Palawan, from nature.”
Te only foreign things in the place
are the colorful fshes, 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.
Te 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. Te walls are
very neutral so people don’t feel like
masyadong elitista (it’s very elitist). We
indigenized and popularized the con-
cept of an art gallery so people can
come in their shorts, tsinelas (slippers),
and they will still be in a gallery. And
at the same time, we like to think that
we have given a home to local artists,
visiting artists, and to culture as well,
culture and the environment.”
Defning one’s own art space and
acquiring acceptance from the com-
munity are one matter, and then there
is the matter of selling the exhibited
artworks. Artists have to be com-
pensated for their labor and have to
market their works, Dinggot believes.
Materials can cost a lot, and most of
the times they have source them from
Manila, she explains.
Despite the birth pangs and the
veering away from common notions
(or perhaps precisely because of it),
the gallery garnered good reception
from the community, and surprisingly
for a place where art and art making
is arguably still in its infancy, good
patronage for the works.
“We’ve sold quite a number in our
13 years,” Dinggot beamed. “”Di kami
na-zezero (We haven’t experienced
having zero sales).”
But there is a concession for this:
they have to sell at low rates. “We
don’t like to scare away people,” she
the structure, the gallery is bigger.
And this (the café) is an addition.”
It is a curious thing how the two
structures fuse so well together as to
be one. I surveyed the lace again and
saw the division: the hut-café and the
“It is a fusion of both my roots,”
Dinggot revealed. “I was born and
raised in Baguio, so this is patterned
after the Ifugao house. And the gallery
is patterned after the Palawan kalang-
banwa, which means ‘big house.’ It
is communal. Te beauty of it is that
the space is defned no by division or
rooms but by levels of fooring.”
Tat explained the sandy rectangle
pit in the middle of the gallery. Tis
area is usually used during perfor-
mances. As much as the design the
materials used defne the place, giving
it character, almost dictating the as-
pects of the design itself. Te practice
of its construction was infuenced by
a movement that was burgeoning in
and infuencing Puerto Princesa.
“When we were building this, the
seeds of environmental awareness
were being planted in Puerto Princ-
esa,” Dinggot said. “So all of the sud-
den, there was a total log ban. And I
noticed it was changing the landscape
of the city somehow in the sense that
everyone was building in concrete and
metal kasi bawal na nga ang kahoy
(because the use of wood is illegal).”
Coconut lumber were used in the
construction of Kamarikutan, and
at that time Dinggot felt lucky that
many had not yet discovered coconut
lumber, a sturdy building material, and
could order as much as they want.
Tey are now the beams, posts and
fooring, still original. Some have holes
in them where nails used to be. Te
acidic property of the material cor-
roded the nails. Te faws interestingly
come across as part of the design.
Tey are avoiding nails as much as
possible, and instead are using rattan
strips in assembling things. Bamboo,
diferent kinds, makes up for the rest,
especially the furniture, its curves and
waves ofsetting the straight lines of
the coconut components. Te roof
rustles with dried cogon grass.
“Part of the statement of Kamariku-
tan is you can still build aesthetically
using organic, native materials, things
that are here lang,” Dinggot explained.
“Trough the years we managed to
fuse our convictions, our visions, into
one like the garden. Tere is no for-
eign species here. It’s all endemic the
Te bamboo-
lined entrance to
Kamarikutan Kape
at Galeri.
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said. “We have to sacrifce [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. Te 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 diferent media. Hindi
naman puro (not just all) painting.”
And so Kamarikutan began to be
a catalyst for artists aside from provid-
ing home, and as home it fully realizes
its existence by being a nest, a place
for the birth and growth of artists and
the arts in general.
For several years now, Kamarikutan
Kape at Galeri has been known to
hold the Pagdiwata Festival, a week of
workshops and performances, a cel-
ebration of arts and culture in general.
Te workshops do not only include
the familiar modules of painting,
drawing and music, but also of dance,
creative writing, and arts and crafts
like batik making, pottery and textile
weaving. Every April, senior artists and
artisans and students learn from each
other. At nights, they watch perfor-
mances, which are mounted for free.
For the past 13 years, Dinggot
poured her energy into her gallery
and in promulgating arts and culture
in general. In those years, she has not
produced much artwork. It got to the
point when she began questioning
why she is creating art. She reasoned
that she paints because she has some-
thing to say. But then her message or
statement may not get across to every-
one, to those who may not understand
her medium. When people buy her
work and stashed it in their homes,
what happens to her statement?
One day she realized that her art
has changed medium. It has resurged
in a diferent canvas, a bigger canvas
that is Kamarikutan Kape at Galeri,
and the advocacy for the arts and
culture in Palawan.
Dinggot fnished her cigarette,
her mocha complexion glistening
in the mellow light of the lamps she
fashioned herself and her curls catch-
ing that light. Te rain has completely
stopped. It was near midnight, too
late for her to go home. She lives 16
kilometers out in the barangay of
Irawan. She decided to stay in her
halfway house behind the gallery, an
open hut with a studio and a sleeping
area on the upper foor.
I thanked her and said goodbye. I
forgot to ask her about her nickname,
where she got it. Maybe it was from
ingot, I speculated, a mold in which
metal is cast. Tey coined Dinggot,
someone who wrought something
beautiful here in Puerto Princesa.
Getting Tere
Kamarikutan Kape at Galeri is along
Rizal Avenue Extension in the baran-
gay of Bancao-Bancao, Puerto Princ-
esa City. It is near the airport. One can
take any multicab (tricycle) plying the
city to the gallery. Regular fare is Php7.
Rate for hiring the multicab is from
Php20 to Php50.
Kamarikutan Kape at Galeri can be
reached through telephone numbers
(048) 433-5182 and 433-9088, and email One can
contact co-owner Dinggot Conde Prieto
through her mobile phone number
0918-9095571 or email hijadelaluna8@
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to invoke wRiteR’s bloCk, one has
to frst possess the temerity to call him-
self a writer. Yes, I do write. Regularly and
for diferent bosses, taking on an aimless
array of topics most of which I previously
know nothing about. Tis foray of mine
at being published, however, is not much
a testament to literary aptitude as it is a
demonstration of utter chutzpah. In any
case, it helps put pizza on the table.
having said that, I still cannot bring
myself to say, by way of introduction,
“hello, I’m Arnold. I’m a writer.”
What if some smart aleck confronts
me, “A writer, eh? You dare range your-
self against Te Bard, or hemingway,
or Steinbeck, or de Quiros, or Tulfo?”
Or what if a talangka comes up
to me, “A writer, eh? have you won
a Palanca? have you ever been
anointed in one of those workshops
in Dumaguete? Do you know what a
gerund is looking like?”
Tese and a dozen other scenarios
crowd my paranoid, slightly oversized
head whenever I am tempted to
thump my chest and declare myself
a writer. Which brings me to the
problem of assigning a name for what
I am experiencing right now.
I have been trying to write this
column for the past three weeks, it is
two days past my deadline, and nothing
interesting seems to be in the ofng.
Worse, a group of Japanese chaps at an
adjacent table here in the cofee shop
seems to be eyeing my beloved hand-
me-down, yet-to-be paid laptop with
mufed ridicule. While this enormous
gadget which will not run unless plugged
may be museum material to them, it
is for me a solid (in every sense of the
word) companion. A mute witness, if
you may, to my struggles and insecuri-
Arnold A. Altamira
Hard hats
ties. A patient friend willing to indulge
me in extended stare-fests while I wait
for ideas to percolate. An efcient pur-
veyor of the noble pursuits we refer to as
Solitaire and 3D Pinball Space Cadet.
Distracted. I think that is what I
am. All because I want to wear yet
another hat.
having covered the goings-on in
the real estate industry for almost a
year now and at the same time being
a railbird at the Condo.Com.Ph, Inc.
ofce, I have become aware of the
magnitude of it all. Te much-bal-
lyhooed boom is for real. Tere are
tens of thousands of fne products
to be sold and tens of thousands
of ready buyers all set to dot the i’s.
Compound that with the devastating
realization that for the past 12 months
or so, personal friends and family have
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.
Tat is why I have decided: I want a
piece of the real estate pie to go with
my cofee.
I enlisted and underwent orientation
to be acquainted with the important
acronyms every self-respecting real es-
tate professional should know by heart.
Tat very same day, my supposed frst
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. Tey
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
difcult for me to write this column.
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riage. Non-
with any of
these three
simple require-
ments shall cause
the settlement to
be without force and
efect. Note also that
any modifcation or change made on
the marriage settlement must observe
these requirements.
For those lucky ones who fnd love
a second time, entering into a mar-
riage settlement is a bit complicated.
A widow or widower who desires
to remarry must frst liquidate the
property from the previous marriage:
to liquidate means to settle all the
obligations due from the previous
marriage, divide the property among
the heirs, and deliver to each heir, his
or her legitime [“mana” in Filipino].
Te failure to undertake the liquida-
tion before remarrying would result
to a mandatory regime of complete
separation of property to govern the
second marriage as dictated by law
regardless of any marriage settlement.
Likewise a person whose marriage
had judicially been declared annulled
or void must also
liquidate the
community or
conjugal property
– more or less in
the same man-
ner as a widow or
widower. however, his or
her failure to liquidate the
property before remarrying
would VOID—yes, it would
nullify—the second marriage! And of
course, render whatever settlement
entered into as utterly useless.
having given you the foregoing
option, your alternative is: in the
absence of a marriage settlement or
in cases where you unfortunately did
not comply with its requirements, the
property relation between you and
your spouse would be one of absolute
community of property, which means
that except for any property you re-
ceive by gratuitous title (i.e. donation
or inheritance) during the marriage
as well as your personal efects such
as toothbrush, comb or pair of socks
– practically everything else you own
belongs also to your spouse.
Which is more advantageous is not
the relevant question. What you and
your future spouse decide on is.
on property
Atty. edwin Calica
Cacayorin, Jr.
PARt i:
mARRiAge settlement
A mARRiAge settlement is an
agreement between future spouses as
to how the property relation between
them shall be during the marriage. It
may not be a blanket guarantee for
a successful marriage, but do please
consider this option provided by the
law before getting married.
In a marriage settlement, both of
you are free to agree on a complete
separation of property, or to have a
partial separation of property wherein
what each of you owned separately
before the marriage shall remain
separate but whatever property each
of you will acquire after the wedding
shall be considered conjugal and
belong to both spouses. Taking in
mind your character and disposition
as well as that of your future spouse,
you may decide on other kinds of
property arrangement provided it
is not contrary to public policy, nor
inconsistent with the provisions of the
Family Code [in other words, consult
a lawyer to be certain that it would be
legally enforceable].
For a marriage settlement to be
valid, it must be (a) written, (b) signed
and agreed to by the future spouses
(c) before the celebration of the mar-
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Do the checklist 2
in my lAst Column, I gave a
checklist of the 10 things you should
consider before you hand over that
hard-earned money for your condo in-
vestment. Remember that real estate
investment transcends your lifetime,
extending up to to three generations.
Let me recapitulate this checklist
again before we proceed to another
set of checklist you have to consider
once you have decided to purchase
your unit.
• Make sure you get a professional
• Get the best location possible.
• Invest in a project from a repu-
table developer.
• Make sure you can aford and
sustain the unit you will get.
• Check out the design and layout
and all the amenities.
• Investigate the security in the
area and the peace and order in the
• Know who will manage the con-
• Explore what are the feng-shui
• Follow your gut-feel. If you feel
that it’s a good investment, then go
for it. If you have doubts, check other
Now that you have decided to
purchase a unit and will issue a check
for the reservation, take time to read
the reservation agreement (RA). Te
standard RA gives you 30 days to
either pay in cash or terms and it is
nonrefundable. Make sure to make
the check payable to
the developer
or to
the authorized bank. I always advise
buyers to personally pay at the
developer’s ofce to make sure the
availability of the unit. Remember
the unit that you have purchased is
not the same as the model unit. Once
you have paid the reservation, make
sure you possess all the legal papers
that you will need to purchase the
unit, the most common requirements
being two valid IDs with picture. If
you are a foreigner, your passport and
international driver’s license will be
required. Tere will be more require-
ment for those who availing bank and
Pag-IBIG fnancing.
If you are buying from a secondary
market, make sure to get a certifed
true copy of the Condominium Cer-
tifcate of Title (CCT) and a Tax Dec-
laration from the local government.
If you are buying from a pre-selling
project, make sure that they have the
license to sell from the housing and
Land use Regulatory Board.
You must also inquire about all the
taxes you will need to pay. Exempted
from value added tax are the condo
units below P2.5M. Condos ranging
from P2.5M and up are subject to 12%
VAT which you need to pay over the
transfer tax, documentary tax and
other processing charges.
If you are purchasing a ready for oc-
cupancy unit, ask for the condomin-
ium dues payable and what are the
deposit needed for the electricity and
water. If the property is on pre-selling
stage, ask for an estimate of expected
condominium monthly dues.
Make sure that you read, un-
derstand and review the Deed of
Restrictions and the Condominium
Corporation papers which are vital
Once you have fully paid the
down payment, you will re-
ceive the Contract to Sell from
the developer. Tis is your of-
fcial document stating that you
are the owner of the unit subject
to terms and conditions specifed
in the documents. Make sure you
have a copy of all the receipts you
have paid. Industry practice dicates
that the developer should send the
ofcial receipts quarterly.
Some developers may require you
to get insurance equivalent to the unit
cost of your investment if you are get-
ting a unit on term payments, to guar-
antee the unit will still be paid of and
be handed to your heirs if something
unfortunate happens. If the developer
does not require it, make sure to have
an insurance policy that can pay of
the balance of your payment.
Once you are fully paid, the
developer will issue you the Deed of
Absolute Sale and start processing the
transfer of the CCT to your account.
Give a timetable of three months for
these transactions. Some developers
turnover the units while the title is
still being processed
Before you accept your unit, make
sure to make a punch list of your
investment. If possible, get an expert
to help you out. Measurement starts
from center wall; check if all the
specifcations have been followed. If
the unit you got is fully furnished,
check all the items carefully and ask
for warranties. If you are to make
some alteration on your unit, make
sure to coordinate with the building
When you are ready to move in,
spend some time to check the nearby
service provider, try to be part of the
community, check out the nearest
Rotary Club or religious/civic orga-
nization in the area which you can
join. Check out the shortcuts going
in and out of your area. Know your
neighbors. Condo living without any
communication with your neighbors
is boring. Living in a condo here in
Makati, I miss the mornings when
street peddlers knock at our gate for
the early morning pandesal, taho and
kakanin. By mid-mornings you have
the buko man and fruit and vegetables
and fsh vendors. You never run out
of these people till midnight when
they shout, “balut, penoy!”
I miss the thrill when it rains, and
you are not sure whether the road
going home can be accessed or not.
Tere will be things thay you wil miss
but there will be things that you will
love when living in a condo. Five to
ten years from now, condo living will
be a lifestyle.
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wHen i wAs A little giRl growing
up in the Philippines and spending sum-
mers at my mother’s ancestral home in
Biñan, Laguna, my aunts Becky and Eliza
Yaptinchay would take us cousins (Tina
and Teddy Evangelista, and my sister,
Cynthia) to the local movies which
usually portrayed America as the land
of opportunity and with roads paved
with gold! California was particularly
attractive with its terrain and beautiful
weather. No extremes like snow or free-
zing weather for us! Tose were to be
enjoyed only on Christmas card pictures
and postcards.
how lucky I felt then, when eventu-
ally, our young family of fve—my late
husband Paco, and our three little girls,
with faithful housekeeper, Miss Annie
Bacaro, moved to San Francisco in the
‘70s from New York and a brief stint in
Manila, joining the millions of immi-
grants to the Golden State, nicknamed
so because of the gold rush centuries
ago. hence, the Golden State Warriors,
the Golden Gate Bridge, etc.
California proudly possesses the 8th
largest economy in the world and wields
tremendous power in the country’s
decision-making. A few of its gover-
nors have run for the presidency of the
country, successfully like Reagan, or
unsuccessfully, like Jerry Brown, or in im-
migrants’ dreams, like Arnold Schwar-
zeneger. It is also home to many of the
close to four million Filipinos, docu-
mented or otherwise, whose per capita
income is ahead of the largest minority
group in America, the Mexicans.
When I spent winter and spring in
California this year, I visited with so
many old friends, the original OFWs
before being ofcially named so by the
Philippine government. A senior adviser
to many Filipino-American afairs is
indomitable Alice Bulos, awarded many
times over for her work in politics and
community services. A frequent col-
league is Marico Enriquez.
Reliable Rodel Rodis is an attorney,
a member of the College Community
Board, and a strong link to the San Fran-
cisco Mayor’s ofce. In San Bruno, Pong,
a former waiter at Tito Rey, started
his own restaurant, Kuya’s, with his
accountant partner, Babes. I tried their
arroz caldo with chicken and it made
me promise to return for a full meal.
More on them later. A former Fil-Am
Chamber of Commerce head, retired
Bert Galang, gifted with a Tony Bennett-
like voice, enjoys singing occasionally at
various karaoke clubs and is also busy
with his golf clubs.
I drove to Milpitas, was impressed
by their new, modern and architectur-
ally-handsome city hall. Joe Esteves, a
Fil-Am, is the three-term mayor of this
exciting Silicon Valley city. he is both
efcient and charming, and it was with
a feeling of pride as I watched him
preside over his Caucasian council. At
nearby Sta. Clara, Philippine Trade Com-
missioner Nini Mendoza-Alvero has
successfully referred outsourcing clients
to the Philippines.
Fil-Am realtors have surged in the
market. Ina and Ron Davis are such a win-
ning team in Northern California. Years
ago, our children grew up and partied
together. Ina’s siblings, Pilar, Macoy and
Dolly, frequent visitors to America, are
also close friends of ours. Mardolla’s Doji
Llamas does both real estate and fnan-
cing and commutes frequently to Manila.
Gracefully retiring, still beautiful
Nena Iboleon-Sarasola lives in Burlin-
game surrounded by her children and
grandchildren. In the ‘90s, her son Joey,
married our niece, Donna hermano,
and held their reception in our home.
how time has fown. Today, Joey heads
the rail system under President GMA.
Amazing and durable Lita Bauson,
despite various odds, has accumulated
an enviable portfolio of properties
allowing her to work part-time and care
for ailing husband, Johnny. her children
too, were in the same hillsborough
schools as my daughters. Co-worker at
Remax is Ching Evaristo, attractive, ef-
cient and admirable as a working moth-
er. her debutante daughter Monique, is
a promising singer. Children Joshua and
Olivia help her in the business.
I visited with Willie Santamaria, who
works in the Oakland school district,
and of-duty, is a jazz singer reminis-
cent of Ella Fitzgerald. Friends Linda
Byer, always chic and a resident of San
Mateo, and Yvonne Rivilla-Rufno, a loan
consultant, get together frequently. We
listened to fantastic music at henry’s,
owned by a Filipino couple who also
sing at the famous Tonga Room of the
Fairmont hotel.
Banking executive Mars Gueco took
time out from his busy schedule to
lunch with pretty Coco Perez-Relova
and me. Manolo Relova, a childhood
friend in Makati, now runs a travel con-
solidator agency in the Bay Area.
But in that golden state, not ev-
erything glitters. Tere are the typical
problems of migrating Fil-Ams: stress
and anxiety at separation from family,
or with new jobs, adjusting to a new cul-
ture or sufering stress-induced mental
disorders. unlike my student days in the
‘60s, the newspapers now report Asians
involved in crimes, those previously
ignored, denied or not discussed—do-
mestic violence, murder, problems with
chemical imbalances, substance abuse,
alcoholism, etc.
After talking to Fr. Tony Claudio and
Deacon Roy Twitty of St. Catherine’s
Church in Burlingame, I eventually met
psychologist Dr. Dave Ross, Director of
the Behavioral healthcare San Mateo
ofce of the Catholic Charities. Amiable,
almost fatherly, he has been seeing
more and more Asians with psychologi-
cal problems in recent years.
With cooperation from dynamic Phil-
ippine Consul General to San Francisco
Rowena Mendoza, he held a seminar on
healthy family relationships (including
violence, abuse, bipolar and other men-
tal disorders) among Filipino-Americans.
Tey thought that maybe 50 would
attend. More than 200 showed up! Dr.
Ross hopes that the large attendance
will translate into more people aware of,
and seeking treatment, for this rather
common and treatable disease.
Prosperous though they are, the Fili-
pino-Americans share similar problems
with their Filipino countrymen working
abroad in Rome, Dubai, or hongkong,
etc. OFWs are frequently hailed as he-
roes. I wonder if many know the hidden
pain that goes with every success?
E-mail author at
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Cita y. Abad-Dinglasan
California: Te Golden State
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condo memo
i AlwAys imAgine how it would
feel to jump out the window and
count how many seconds till I reach
the cold pavement below. how many
seconds of fight will gravity allow me
before ending my life. I would like to
feel real weightlessness, not the type
you would feel after a few rounds of
scotch. It would be just like bungee
jumping without the cord, and with-
out having the chance to do it again.
A childhood Peter Pan frustration
Tese are things you think of when
you’re life is caught perpetually in a
cycle of eat, work, eat, sleep, wake. So
I’m living in a fancy building, the ones
you see in malls with the small replica
with the merchandisers choosing who
looks rich. Yes, the phrases there are
all too alluring and inviting, and the
pictures really do complement the
words. But there are a lot of stories
those pamphlets don’t tell. Tales that
you can never experience. Rumors
you just hear from a friend of a friend
living way up there.
For example: I don’t know if it was
really true, but rumors spread that on
July 27, the former planet Pluto wiould
be closest to the earth. By some
cosmic motion, it would be visible to
the naked eye. As large as a full moon,
some even said. I suppose it would
look magnifcent or astounding to
everyone, but not everyone has ac-
cess to a 42-story condo in the heart
of Makati. I suppose Pluto would look
better closer, even if it’s just a few
levels above ground. Maybe it would
leave me breathless. Ten again,
maybe not.
Tere are a lot of things you can
imagine when you have a view from
the top. Like how many people would
get soaked if you threw a bucket of
water out the window, how far would
a feather travel if I tossed it on the top
foor on a windy day, how I think I share
a view of the world with God. For a mo-
ment, I do think that I’m an omniscient
being, pulling the strings on the people
more than a hundred feet below.
I’m pretty much sure that I’m the
only person on the foor who thinks
that, probably the only person in
the building. Maybe it’s my life alone
in a condo unit, possibly because
of my usual cycle of eat, work, eat,
sleep, wake. Even in the sanctuary
I call night swimming, there is still
restlessness that follows me like a
shadow. But I don’t think that these
ideas would have come had I lived in
a regular house, with a garden, with a
pet dog or cat, a suburb of two story
houses with newly painted gates, that
sort. If so, my story would have been
diferent. I would be writing about
how I accidentally step on my pet’s
poop every morning as I go out to
groggily fetch the morning paper.
But I live on a multi-awarded condo
just minutes away from work. I live in
a building with a pool, sauna and gym.
Never mind that I don’t own my own
parking space, I have nothing to park
anyway. I live with hundreds of ten-
ants, most of them not even Filipinos,
but I don’t mind, not at all.
I’m keeping the identity of my
building anonymous because more or
less, you can get the same amenities
with all condominiums whose targets
are the well-to-do people in their
30s, foreigners, or those young punks
born with silver spoons. Of course the
stories would be diferent, but you
would have the idea of jumping out of
the window pass you by at least once.
I just believe that services can only do
so much in improving lifestyle.
I for one don’t use the in-house
laundry services. But that wouldn’t be
the point. Te location, the number
of elevators, the rent, the guards that
sleep during graveyard shifts, all these
will not change once you occupy a
unit. And quite frankly, it’s this search
for services that most people perceive
in the surface level. Living on a condo
might as well be like buying an expen-
sive painting which you hardly notice.
Of course when it’s brand new, people
tend to stare at its magnifcence. But
once the dust settles in, face value
drops quickly.
I’ve heard of ghost stories, about ac-
cidents in the building, strange occur-
rences, the paranormal type. I would
run towards the elevator when a door
shuts behind me. It’s just that all those
doors from all those hallways and all
those foors, all of them seem so cold,
so unwelcoming. Tis estrangement
that people don’t get to read on the
brochures. Yes, those doors and cor-
ridors could be cold and consuming,
but there’s always an exception.
Tat’s what living indoors is all
about right?
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
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Te Columns - Ayala Two-bedroom unfurnished 67 sq.m. One parking slot P62,000/month
Cityland Pasong tamo Tree-bedroom Fully furnished 116.9 sq.m. P40,000/month
salcedo Park Tree-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 Tree-bedroom Fully furnished 189 sq.m. One parking slot P90,000/month
easton Place Tree-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 Tree-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
Tree salcedo Tree-bedroom Semi-furnished 183.99 sq.m. One parking slot P70,000/month
Alpha salcedo Tree-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 Tree-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 Tree-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
(penthouse, bi-level)
unfurnished 350 sq.m. One parking slot P120,000/month
le metropole Tree-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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Chino Roces/ Sen. Gil Puyat/ Dela Rosa, Makati 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
Quezon City
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
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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
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
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Penhurst Parkplace Tree-bedroom Fully furnished 110 sq.m. One parking slot P8,500,000
Pacifc Plaza towers Tree-bedroom unfurnished 298 sq.m. Two parking slots P23,000,000
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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 Tree-bedroom Fully furnished 77 sq.m. One parking slot P4,500,000
Danarra Tree-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 Tree-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 Tree-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
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
Bel-Air, Makati City
Pacifc Regency One-bedroom unfurnished 48.19 sq.m. P2,000,000
vito Cruz tower
One-bedroom unfurnished 50 sq.m. One parking slot P2,850,000
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
grand Residences
Two-bedroom unfurnished 54.44 sq.m. One parking slot P4,500,000
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
Manila/ Pasay City
Hidalgo Place Tree-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
(penthouse, bi-level)
unfurnished 320 sq.m. Two parking slots P45,000,000
Rizal tower Four-bedroom
(penthouse, fat)
unfurnished 270 sq.m. Two parking slots P35,000,000
Amorsolo east Tree-bedroom unfurnished 170 sq.m. Two parking slots P19,000,000
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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
Alabang/ Sucat, Parañaque
megaplaza Tree-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 Tree-bedroom Fully furnished 122 sq.m. P8,500,000
California garden square Two-bedroom unfurnished 57 sq.m. P2,800,000
California garden square Tree-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 Tree-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
Tree-bedroom unfurnished 125 sq.m. One parking slot
Ortigas Center/ Mandaluyong City/ Greenhills, San Juan
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1 Cityplace Residences - Tower A Reina Regente St., Binondo, City of Manila 9.7M 13.8M July 2011
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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 Te Bellagio I Forbestown Center, Bonifacio Global City 3.2M 29.6M October 2008
20 Te Bellagio II Forbestown Center, Bonifacio Global City 3.2M 15.9M December 2009
21 Te Bellagio III Forbestown Center, Bonifacio Global City 3.7M 37.9M June 2010
22 Te Olympian @ Cityplace Reina Regente St., Binondo, City of Manila 1.9M 4.07M 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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Legaspi Village, Makati City
2BR 97.7 sq.m. 1 parking slot P11.0M
2BR 97 sq.m. 1 parking slot P10.5M
1BR 69.7 sq.m. 1 parking slot P7.5M
2BR FF 97.7 sq.m. 1 parking slot P90,000/mo.
Bonifacio Global City
1BR FF 38 sq.m. 1 parking slot P4.5M
Salcedo Village, Makati City
1BR 79 sq.m. 1 parking slot P40,000/mo.
Rockwell Center, Makati City
Penthouse SF 336 sq.m. 3 parking slots P230,000/mo.
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Salcedo Village, Makati City
2BR 123 sq.m. 1 parking slot P7.9M
2BR 126 sq.m. 1 parking slot P8.1M
2BR 125 sq.m. 1 parking slot P8.1M
2BR 124 sq.m. 1 parking slot P8.0M
3BR 181 sq.m. 1 parking slot P11.7M
Salcedo Village, Makati City
3BR 285 sq.m. 1 parking slot P11.4M
3BR 285 sq.m. 1 parking slot P12.8M
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Playa del Sol
250 sq.m. P2M
Las Casas de Cabuena
One-bedroom tower P5M
Playa Calatagan
270 sq.m. – 501 sq.m.
P1.5M – P2.8M
Amara en Terrazas
2BR 121 sq.m. P9.5M
3BR 174 sq.m. P12.8M
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hampton Gardens
(Ready for occupancy)
Maybunga, Pasig City (near Ortigas Center)
STD-2BR 19.25 sq.m.-39 sq.m. P810,000-P1.9M
Reservation fee: P20,000

One Sapphire
(Ready for occupancy)
Mandaluyong City
(walking distance from City hall of Mandaluyong)
1BR-3BR 33.5 sq.m.-76 sq.m. P1.19M-P3.6
Reservation Fee: P10,000

P’oint Isabelle (BTO-1 year)
Tagaytay City
42 sq.m.-102.5 sq.m. P2.3-P3.5M
Reservation fee: P50,000

Ofce for lease
Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
400 sq.m. G/F P300/sq.m.
450 sqm 2/F P300/sq.m.

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Antel Spa Residences
Makati Avenue, Makati City
STD 25.35 sq.m. P2.2M-P2.3M
1BR 29.85 sqm. P2.6M- P2.7M
2BR fat 46.18 sq.m.-53.68 sq.m. P4.7M-P4.9M
2BR bi-level 52.20 sq.m.-59.70 sq.m. P4.8M-P5.5M
3BR bi-level 90.16 sq.m.-91.32 sqm. P8.3M-P8.5M

The Metropolitan Tower
Estrella and Amapola Streets across Rockwell Drive, Makati City
STD fat 37 sq.m.- 43 sq.m. P2.9M-P3.6M
1BR fat 51 sq.m.- 53 sq.m. P3.9M -P4.4M
2BR fat 76 sq.m.- P5.9M-P6.2M
2BR loft 102 sq.m.-134 sq.m. P8.5M-P11.2M
3BR loft 120 sq.m.- 121 sq.m. P8.8M-P9M
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The Eton Residences
Legazpi St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
1BR 60 sq.m. P7M-P7.6M
2BR 90 sq.m.-121 sq.m. P9.3M-P11.9M
3BR 154 sq.m.-174 sq.m. P15M-P18.5M
The Columns Legazpi Village
Amorsolo corner Pasay Road, Legaspi Village, Makati City
STD regular 30 sq.m.-33 sq.m. P2.49M-P4.26M
STD-Jr. 1BR 38 sq.m-39 sq.m. P3.1M-P4.6M
1BR 47 sq.m. P4.3M -P5.23M
2BR 67 sq.m.-77 sq.m. P6.71M -P9.85M
2BR loft 82 sq.m. P8.71M-P8.76M
Greenbelt Chancellor
Rada St. , Legaspi Village, Makati City
STD 36 sq.m.-46 sq.m. P3.06M-P4.73M
1BR 38 sq.m.-55.7 sq.m. P3.91-P5.72M
2BR 72 sq.m.-83.5 sq.m. P7.42M-P8.68M
3BR 126.55 sq.m. P13.28M-P13.41M
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Oriental Garden Makati
Chino Roces Ave., Makati City
STD 33 sq.m. P2.1M
1BR 45 sq.m. P 2.7M
The Oriental Place
Makati City
1BR 28.45 sq.m. P1.7M
Bay Gardens – Mactan Tower
Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
1BR 42 sq.m. P3.4M
2BR 92sq.m. P7.3M
3BR 108 sq.m. P8.2M
Marquinton Residences
Marikina City
1BR 33 sq.m. P1.5M
2BR 53.50 sq.m. P2.7M
Call or text Rose Jane C. Dela Rosa
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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
Summit One (C) 150.02 sq.m. P4.25M
Bayview International Tower (R) 135 sq.m. P3.8M
Chateau de Baie (R) 38 sq.m.-145sqm P1.72M-P5.6M
IPI Buendia Tower (R) 44 sq.m.-61 sq.m. P1.75-P2.6M
Crisanta Tower (R) 111.50 sq.m. P4.8M
Reinaissance 3000 (R) 390 sq.m. P14.82M
Le Triomphe (R) 420.98 sq.m. P12.5M
Imperial Sky Garden (C) 244.97 sq.m. P14.7M
Washington Tower (R) 602sqm 29.5M
*R - residential C - commercial
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Bonifacio Global City
36.5 sq.m.
Fully furnished
One parking slot
Asking price (sale): P6,000,000
Asking price (lease): P35,000 per month
107 sq.m.
One parking slot
Asking price (sale): P12,500,000
Asking price (lease): P80,000 per month
Call or text Rowena dela Cruz
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Salcedo Park
Salcedo Village, Makati City
4BR 224 sq.m. 1 parking slot P13M
Ponte Salcedo
Salcedo Village, Makati City
3BR 285 sq.m. 2 parking slots P12M
BSA Mansion
Legaspi Village, Makati
1BR FF 67 sq.m. 1 parking slot P45,000/mo.
Island Plaza
Legaspi Village, Makati City
2BR FF 120 sq.m. 1 parking slot P45,000/mo.
1BR FF 80 sq.m. 1 parking slot P35,000/mo.
Salcedo Park
Salcedo Village, Makati City
3BR 179 sq.m. 1 parking slot P70,000/mo.
Call or text
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Airport Condos
The Amvel Mansions
Parañaque City
1BR 44.8 sq.m. P2.4M
2BR 65.7 sq.m. P3.5M
3BR 92.8 sq.m. P5M
Parañaque City
STD 25 sq.m. P1.4M
1BR 37.1 sq.m. P2M
2BR 46.8 sq.m. P2.5M
Parañaque City
1BR 25.92 sq.m. P1.2M
2BR 52.11 sq.m. P2.5
Call or text Marivic Espanola
at +639202008259

One Lafayette
Salcedo Village, Makati City
3BR 280 sq.m. 1 parking slot P70,000/mo.
Easton Place
Salcedo Village, Makati City
3BR 201 sq.m. 2 parking slots P65,000/mo
LPL Center
Salcedo Village, Makati City
3BR 280 sq.m. 1 parking slot P80,000/mo.
Le Metropole
Salcedo Village, Makati City
3BR 120 sq.m. 1 parking slot P90,000/mo.
One McKinley
Bonifacio Global City
2BR 120 sq.m. 1 parking slot P90,000/mo.
Forbeswood Heights
Bonifacio Global City
1BR 48 sq.m. P30,000/mo.
Call or text Cathy Isidro at +639275720440
One Sapphire
1BR 42.67 sq.m. P1.6M
2BR 72.32 sq.m. P3.0M
3BR 76.53 sq.m. P3.74M
LancaSter the atrium
1BR 47.65 sq.m. P4M
2BR loft 75.67 sq.m. P6.43M
3BR loft 106 sq.m. P9M
Lee GardenS
Studio 35.70 sq.m. P2.6M
1BR 55.50 sq.m. P4M
2BR 101.20 sq.m. P7.33M
3BR 127.70 sq.m. P9.60M
call or text nonoy tumonong
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One Rockwell
Rockwell Drive corner Estrella Drive, Makati City
STD fat 27 sq.m.- 28 sq.m. P3M
One-bedroom fat 53 sq.m.- 68 sq.m. 1 parking slot P6.1M
Two-bedroom fat 80 sq.m. 1 parking slot P8.5M
Three-bedroom fat 120 sq.m. 1 parking slot P13M
One-bedroom loft 65 sq.m.-71 sq.m. 1 parking slot P7.2M
Two-bedroom loft 88 sq.m. P11.2M
Two-bedroom Z-loft 95 sq.m.-97 sq.m. P11.2M
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Rockwell Drive corner Estrella Drive, Makati City
STD fat 27 sq.m.- 28 sq.m. P3M
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A new CoCoon in the heart of
Quezon City has once again trans-
formed itself and morphed into
something new for residents and
visitors of this city. Te North Oriental
Garden Suites and Residences is now
called Swissbel-hotel North Oriental
Garden Suites and Residences. Once
envisioned as a mid market residential
commercial condominium develop-
ment at Edsa North Triangle is now a
Luxury Residential and Suites hotel
with the contract signing held last July
14, 2007 at Linden Suites in Ortigas
Te pioneering Edsa 999 Properties
Development Corporation tied up
with the formidable hong Kong based
resort and hotel management group
to manage and handle the property.
With 26 hotels in the Asia Pacifc
Region and a 3o years experience in
the hospitality industry, the company
is tasked to come up with a fve-star
accommodations and amenities for
Quezon City. It will be the very 1st
major hotel development in the city
with an international brand.
From the original drawing board of
21 foors the building is now 30 foors
and with full hotel amenities such
as 500 seating banquet hall and four
function rooms of diferent sizes, one
fne dining restaurant and one casual
dining, an outdoor swimming pool
and spa with a health club to rival
any major city spa. Tere will be 360
hotel rooms and 120 choiced exclusive
residential units from studio to loft
units and of course a 360 degree view
serenity roofdeck garden.
Te signing was done by EDSA
999 Properties Development Corp.
President Mr. henry Tan and Swissbel-
hotel International President Mr.
Gavin Faull with Ms. Lolita Ching/ VP
Finance of EDSA 999 and Mr. James
Tam/ VP of Swissbel-hotel Interna-
tional. Also present in the signing was
Mr. Alfred Reyes/ GM of Linden Suites
(Swissbel-hotel), Mr. Richard Lim, EVP
Operations of Edsa 999 Properties,
Reverend Juan Lim, Architect harley
Co/ the architect of the building, Mr.
Danny Jota/ Interior Designer of the
hotel and Creative Director of Edsa
999, Ms. Sonia Suganog/ Buss. Dev’t
Manager, Ms. Joan Paras Bautista/ As-
sociate Architect, Ms. Ann Tan King,
Mark King, Matthew Faul, Marketing
Staf of Linden Suites and other staf
of Edsa 999 Properties Development
Te property is located at #999
EDSA Quezon City infront of SM
For more information pls call 632- 687-
3801/4116737/4116773. the Swissbel-
hotel North Oriental Garden Suites and
Residences is a expected to be a major
attraction in Quezon City.
Te condo gets an upgrade
Te signing was done by Swissbel-hotel
International President Mr. Gavin Faull and
EDSA 999 Properties Development Corp.
President Mr. Henry Tan.
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AmiD PomP AnD PAgeAntRy, fne food and
fabulous music, J. King and Sons Co. Inc. held
the grand launch for Crown Regency Resort and
Convention Center-Boracay on July 26 at the
Grand Ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in
Makati City.
J. King and Sons Co. Inc Chairman and CEO Rich-
ard King welcomed guest of honor, DOT Secretary
Ace Durano and hundreds of other friends and
prospective investors to witness the unveiling of
the next big thing that is certain to add vibrancy
and color to the world-renowned island paradise.
CRRCC is the frst in a group of four resorts -- each
one with its own unique quality that adapts the
four elements of nature and each one complement-
ing a certain personality or trait -- that J. King and
Sons Co. Inc. will develop in Boracay.
builDing mAteRiAls like steel bars and ply-
wood panels, foor tiles and roofng 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. Te 4,000-sq. m. center is
a take-of from the ACE hardware stores that
have become a popular and trusted name for
fast and efcient home improvement.
Tis 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.
Te new ACE Builders Center at SM City
North-EDSA has basic materials for construc-
tion and renovation like plywood panels of
diferent 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 artifcial plants, and ofers services like
fower 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 fx
ups and cleanups. Tese include power tools,
electrical and lighting fxtures, storage solutions
and items for cleaning the car and the house.
Behind this massive project and wide array
of products is a strong consumer philosophy.
ACE not only takes pride in ofering quality
hardware and building products, but also in
providing well-trained personnel who can sat-
isfactorily answer any customer’s question and
professionally handle any inquiry.
More than just merchandise, ACE Builders
Center gives anybody the varied possibilities to
build or rebuild his home, enhance his lifestyle
and ultimately enrich his life. Te new ACE
Builders Center is located at the former Super
Sale Club area at SM City North-EDSA.
Ace Builders
center opens at
SM North Edsa
Crown Regency toasts
to its Boracay project
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ConDo.Com.PH, inC. has partnered
with Korean and Japanese investors to
market Philippine real estate, specif-
cally condo units, to their countries.
Tis was formalized with a contract
signing between the top execs of rhe
Korean frm, Philbridge and Condo.
Com.Ph, Inc.
“Te principal properties which
Korean investors are much interested
in are condominium units allowing
foreigners to acquire 100 percent
ownership equity,” says Jay Park,
president of Philbridge. “Our frm has
been engaged in providing the Korean
investors with valuable informa-
tion data and an inventory of good
investments for years. Furthermore,
we have guided them how to secure
and make a proft from their proper-
ties they acquired so that they may
settle down and do business in the
Philippines without any worries. As a
matter of fact, we, foreigners have a
restricted scope to invest as may be
prescribed under the regulations of
the relevant government agencies and
foreign investment act of 1991. “
Te Japanese investor Ouchi Ma-
saaki, chairman of 2525 Services and
Consultancy, Inc. will ink a contract
with Condo.Com.Ph, Inc.
tHe beACHes of boRACAy once
again became the ultimate party ven-
ue for today’s hip crowd as West held
recently the West urban Discovery
event at Club Paraw in Station 1. It’s
a series of events celebrating young
adults’ zest for life and their passion to
explore new challenges. West urban
Discovery visited key locations across
the country with activities.
West urban Discovery matched
the adrenaline levels of today’s young
adults with one scorching night of
great music, good food, overfow-
ing booze, and of course, hot girls.
Boracay sizzled even more with the
Uno Girls, composed of some of the
country’s gorgeous babes who are all
hot names in the entertainment and
fashion industries. Giving beach bums
truly one hot summer night were Kat
Alano, Bubbles Paraiso, Phoemela
Barranda, Valerie delos Santos, Jasmin
Gabriel, April Tanhueco, Eli Nacuspag,
and Juliana Lima Santos.
Making the night even hotter for
spectators was the fashion show,
where celebrities and models took
over the catwalk in sexy beachwear.
Te girls elicited a lot of ohhs and
ahhs from the audience as they parad-
ed in swimsuits provided by Waicoco,
SPF, and Nothing but Water.
After the hot fashion show, party
was next on the agenda with Nyko
Maca Band taking the centerstage
with their infectious electro-latin-hip
hop ditties.
Wild West in Boracay
HAbitAt foR HumAnity
PHiliPPines, in partnership with
the Rotary Club of Manila and the
Taguig city government, celebrated
the completion of the frst two clus-
ter homes (24 units) of Rotaryville
Family Townhomes, at the Food
Terminal Incorporated Complex
(FTI) in Taguig City.
Te project will beneft those
families that have been living within
the FTI vicinity for years and whose
incomes are derived from driving,
selling/vending, and similar odd
jobs. Also benefting from the proj-
ect are the low-salaried government
and private employees who are also
unable to access decent, afordable
housing. Trough funding from
the Pag-IBIG Fund, these employees
will fnally have the opportunity to
have homes of their own at very low
monthly amortizations.
Te goal is to initially construct
twelve three-storey cluster family
townhomes in the current 6,000
sq.m. FTI site, for 144 needy families
of Taguig, with each unit measuring
26 sq.m. plus 9 sq.m. in common
areas. As with most habitat assisted
communities, continuing programs
for values formation, livelihood,
education, health, sanitation and
environmental safety training and
coaching will be provided by soft
program partners.
Habitat for Humanity
takes urban housing
to the next level
Condo.Com.Ph, Inc.
partners with foreign investors
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AskeD wHAt is He PuRsuing
each time he shoots a picture, Mayie
Delgado says that it is to catch the
tail of what he calls as “the universal
wow.” Indeed, in the 128 photographs
comprising his handsome cofee
table dubbed Poetic Images, Delgado
portrays the natural world up-close,
as if his lens wanted to get into every
groove of whorl or every undulation
of light to capture an essence of God
who, after all, hides in the details.
Removed from the context of
their locations, these images—bark
of tree, droplets of water on glass,
spark of jewelry, the disturbance of
receding water—achieve an abstract,
indefnable quality. Says the art critic
Cid Reyes whose proheme opens the
book: “Drawn towards the stillness
of natural phenomena, Delgado
trains his camera on nature and
elicits from it images of form and
feeling, disclosing mysterious and
inefable states.”
Just like any artist, Delgado, es-
sentially, is a lover of beauty. he claims
its abundance anywhere you look: it’s
just a case of training the eye to see.
“Beauty is all around,” he says. “You
can see it in your garden, you can see
it in your home. It’s just a matter of
using your creativity to shoot it in a
way that you coax the beauty out of
the object or the subject.”
Providing a literary texture to
each chapter of the book is a work
by an established poet—at once a re-
fection and a dialogue on and with
the photographs. Te poets include
the book’s editor Alfred Yuson,
National Artist Dr. Edith Tiempo, Dr.
Cirilo Bautista, Dr. Ophelia Alcanta-
ra-Dimalanta, Dr. Gemino Abad, Ri-
cardo de ungria, Dr. Marjorie Evasco
and Lourd Ernest de Veyra. Te col-
laboration proves what Delgado calls
as the “kinship of photography and
poetry,” both of which draw their
sustenance from the images shored
by the visible world.
Tough Delgado runs a string of
businesses and is every bit successful,
he shares that photography ofers him
something diferent: the fulfllment
of desire to express. “An artist has
to always express himself,” he says.
“When you can not express yourself, it
feels like you’re in jail. So you let it out.
Some artists use the pen. Some artists
use the brush. Mine is the camera.”
And by expressing his soul through
the things around us, Delgado reveals
our abiding afnities.
In pursuit of the universal wow
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First Global BYO Corporation (BYO Corp.),
Bonifacio Stopover, 32nd St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Telephone numbers: (632) 815-8080 / 8562138-40 Fax number: (632)856-2137
Log on to: E-mail:
Come home to Fort Palm Spring, the most
prestigious address in Metro Manila and enjoy
the best life has to offer. Live it up on millionaires’ row!
Build Your Own home at direct cost
at Bonifacio Global City
for as low as P6,900 per month.
Ready by February 2009.