Megaworld and SMDC Win Big at the Philippines Property Awards 2016

The four-year-old event welcomed a record-breaking 200-plus entries from around the archipelago this year

● Megaworld Corporation wins four awards including Best Developer (Philippines)

● Boutique developers are rewarded for the first time in a new category

● High-level industry conference Property Report Congress Philippines debuts in Manila

Megaworld Corporation took home its first-ever Best Developer award as well as three more gongs and 13 Highly Commended honours at the fourth annual Philippines Property Awards gala dinner.

The Dr Andrew L Tan-led company started the evening with an unprecedented 16 nominations, with Uptown Bonifacio getting six nods. The high-end urban township eventually won Best Residential Architectural Design for the Uptown Ritz condominium development.

Last year’s Best Developer winner SM Group was nominated for 10 awards through its various subsidiaries and eventually took home Best Commercial Development (Philippines) for SM Seaside City Cebu, a retail project undertaken by its commercial investment arm, SM Prime Holdings Inc.

The conglomerate, headed by Henry Sy Sr, the country’s richest man, also won the coveted Special Recognition in CSR for providing Filipinos “five-star” homes in prime locations around the country, as well as promoting a conducive learning experience for the youth by building and remodelling overpopulated public school classrooms across the islands.

Presented by Hansgrohe, the fourth edition of the Philippines Property Awards 2016 welcomed a new category to reward the country’s outstanding boutique developers. In the category for Best Boutique Developer, AppleOne Properties Inc pipped King Properties. Fellow Cebu-based firms, Primary Homes Inc and Cebu Landmasters Inc, collected several Winners and Highly Commended accolades in other categories.

With this year’s entries doubling to more than 200 compared to 2015, the time has come to widen the scope of the programme, a move that was welcomed by the independent panel of judges and trusted awards supervisor BDO.

“Whilst there’s still an emphasis on Metro Manila, there was an increase in the number of entries from Cebu and also Davao,” said Lindsay J Orr, chief operating officer of Jones Lang LaSalle Philippines and chairman of the judges. “What we need to do now is to continue to bang the drums and build the awareness for the Philippines Property Awards so that next year we make sure that we’ll have an even larger section of entries from other regions.”

Another highlight of the ceremony was the presentation to former Senate President Manuel B Villar Jr, founder of the Vista Land Group, of the Real Estate Personality of the Year award by the editors of Property Report. It was the only award not selected by the independent judging panel.

Known for his master planned developments called “Communicities,” the self-made billionaire saw his construction supplies business in the early 1970s grow into a quality housing developer.

“I am deeply grateful for, and profoundly humbledby, this recognition from the Philippines Property Awards,” said Villar. “For me, the Real Estate Personality of the Year award is a testament to how Vista Land has been an instrument in improving the lives of Filipinos by providing them homes to live comfortably and communities where necessities are within their reach. “

Proving his company’s worth as a quality housing specialist, Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc took home the Best Housing Development (Philippines) award for Northpoint, located in Davao. This project beat all the residential category winners from across the nation and, along with the other ‘best of the best’ winners from the Philippines, will move on to compete at the South East Asia Property Awards grand finale in Singapore this November.

“As the Asia Property Awards programme continues to grow in its 11th year, we are proud to accomplish our goal to showcase the finest developers and projects from the established and emerging locations in the Philippines,” says Terry Blackburn, founder of the Asia Property Awards and managing director of awards organiser PropertyGuru International. “We look forward to welcoming more entries from regional developers next year as we celebrate the achievements of Philippine real estate.”

The rise of the country’s emerging markets was featured prominently at the Property Report Congress Philippines, a high-level forum that discussed the past, present and future of the local real estate industry. It was the first time that the Congress took place in the country after the successful debut in Singapore in 2015. The Philippine conference preceded the black-tie gala gala dinner at the Fairmont Makati and was joined by experts from all over the archipelago and further afield, including current and former Winners and Judges from the Philippines Property Awards.

JLL Philippines’ Orr delivered the keynote address about the exciting prospects in the local market, whilst an in-depth workshop on digital marketing for Filipino real estate professionals was given by John W. Mims, chief connector and managing director of The Hunting Ridge Group. Other thought-provoking discussions covered the rise of branded residences, the crucial issue of infrastructure problems, the future of green building and the impact of technology in the Philippine property sector.

Full list of Winners and Highly Commended at the Philippines Property Awards 2016:

DEVELOPER

Best Developer (Philippines)

Winner: Megaworld Corporation

Best Boutique Developer

Winner: AppleOne Properties Inc

Highly Commended:

King Properties

Special Recognition in CSR

Winner: SM Development Corporation (SMDC)

BEST OF THE BEST

Best Green Development

Winner: Arthaland Century Pacific Tower by ArthaLand

Winner: Menarco Tower by Menarco Development Corp

Best Commercial Development (Philippines)

Winner: SM Seaside City Mall by SM Prime Holdings Inc

Best Housing Development (Philippines)

Winner: Northpoint by Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc

Best Condo Development (Philippines)

Winner: Acqua Private Residences by Century Properties Group Inc

DEVELOPMENT

Best Luxury Condo Development (Metro Manila)

Winner: Admiral Grand Suites by Anchor Land Holdings Inc

Highly Commended:

Uptown Ritz by Megaworld Corporation

Best Mid-Range Condo Development (Metro Manila)

Winner: Acqua Private Residences by Century Properties Group Inc

Highly Commended:

Salcedo Square by Vista Residences (Vista Land Group)

Sorrento Oasis by Filinvest Land Inc

The Residences Commonwealth by Century Properties Group Inc

Best Affordable Condo Development (Metro Manila)

Winner: Hacienda Balai North Quezon City by Phinma Properties

Highly Commended:

Grace Residences by SM Development Corporation (SMDC)

Suntrust Shanata by Suntrust Properties Inc by Megaworld Corporation

Trees Residences by SM Development Corporation (SMDC)

Best Condo Development (Cebu)

Winner: 8 Newtown Boulevard by Megaworld Corporation

Highly Commended:

AppleOne Banawa Heights by AppleOne Properties Inc

Avenir by King Properties

Mabolo Garden Flats by Primary Homes Inc

The Courtyards at Brookridge by Primary Homes Inc

Best Housing Development (Cebu)

Winner: Solare by Primary Homes Inc

Highly Commended:

Casa Mira Linao by Cebu Landmasters Inc

Velmiro Heights by Cebu Landmasters Inc

Best Residential Development (Davao)

Winner: Northpoint by Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc

Highly Commended:

One Lakeshore Drive by Suntrust Properties Inc by Megaworld Corporation

Best Condo Development (Resort)

Winner: The Vineyard Residences by Global-Estate Resorts Inc by Megaworld Corporation

Best Housing Development (Resort)

Winner: Camella Palawan by Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc

Highly Commended:

Royal Palms Dos by Primary Homes Inc

Best Hotel Development

Winner: Conrad Manila by SM Prime Holdings Inc

Highly Commended:

Admiral Hotel by Anchor Land Holdings Inc

Army Navy Club Restoration and Development by Oceanville Hotel and Spa Corp

Marriott Courtyard Hotel by Megaworld Corporation

Best Office Development

Winner: Ore Central by Monte de Tesoro Corp

Highly Commended:

Arthaland Century Pacific Tower by ArthaLand

FiveE-ComCenter by SM Prime Holdings Inc

Menarco Tower by Menarco Development Corp

Best Retail Development

Winner:SM Seaside City Cebu by SM Prime Holdings Inc

Highly Commended:

Uptown Mall by Megaworld Corporation

DESIGN

Best Residential Architectural Design

Winner: Uptown Ritz by Megaworld Corporation

Highly Commended:

Salcedo Square by Vista Residences (Vista Land Group)

Uptown Parksuites by Megaworld Corporation

Best Residential Interior Design

Winner: Admiral Grand Suites by Anchor Land Holdings Inc

Highly Commended:

8 Newtown Boulevard by Megaworld Corporation

Salcedo Skysuites by Megaworld Corporation

Best Retail Architectural Design

Winner: SM Seaside City Cebu by SM Prime Holdings Inc

Highly Commended:

The Venice Grand Canal Mall by Megaworld Corporation

Uptown Mall by Megaworld Corporation

Best Office Architectural Design

Winner: ArthaLand Century Pacific Tower by ArthaLand

Highly Commended:

FiveE-ComCenter by SM Prime Holdings Inc

Ore Central by Monte de Tesoro Corp

Uptown Tower 3 by Megaworld Corporation

Best Hotel Architectural Design

Winner: Conrad Manila by SM Prime Holdings Inc

Highly Commended:

Admiral Hotel by Anchor Land Holdings Inc

Army Navy Club Restoration and Development by Oceanville Hotel and Spa Corp

Best Hotel Interior Design

Winner: Conrad Manila by SM Prime Holdings Inc

Highly Commended:

Marriott Courtyard Hotel by Megaworld Corporation

Best Landscape Architectural Design

Winner: Ore Central by Monte de Tesoro Corp

Highly Commended:

8 Newtown Boulevard by Megaworld Corporation

SM Seaside City Cebu by SM Prime Holdings Inc

PUBLISHER’S CHOICE

Real Estate Personality of the Year

Manuel B. Villar Jr.

Chairman of the Board, Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc

For more information about the Philippines Property Awards, visit the official website: AsiaPropertyAwards.com/philippines-property-awards/

About Philippines Property Awards:

Returning for a fourth successful year in 2016, the Philippines Property Awards is part of the regional Asia Property Awards programme. The Philippines Property Awards is the biggest and most credible industry awards in the archipelago, with the top and emerging names in real estate celebrating the best developers, projects and designs in Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao and emerging resort destinations.

About Asia Property Awards:

The Asia Property Awards are the largest real estate event in Asia, playing host to annual gala dinners for up to 600 C-level executives and leading industry figures in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Jakarta, Yangon, Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City. The Awards programme has an unparalleled reputation for being credible, fair and transparent, with an independent panel of judges and trusted awards supervisor.

Originally launched by Ensign Media in Thailand in 2005 at the height of Asia’s property boom, the Asia Property Awards in 2016 became part of PropertyGuru, Asia’s leading online property portal group.

About PropertyGuru Group:

Founded in 2006, PropertyGuru Group is Asia’s leading property media group used by more than 14 million property buyers, viewing over 116 million property pages and generating over 500,000 enquiries for real estate developer and agent advertisers every month across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

The Group has a full suite of integrated property media capability, from its original core business in online, mobile and events, to television broadcast (in Indonesia, via an investment and partnership with EMTEK), and a recent acquisition of print and events businesses, under the brand names of “Property Report” and “Asia Property Awards”.


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