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Developers target 1M new homes by 2016

WHILE THE FLOODING and the need for high-rise accommodation seem inevitable, a more balanced and holistic development should be advocated. ARNOLD ALMACEN

The Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA) is working to meet the first milestone of the housing industry roadmap, prioritizing the development of one million new homes by 2016. SHDA, the country’s largest housing development association, said the past year had seen awareness rise on housing problems, especially in the face of national calamities.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

One of the world’s best Marco Polos opens

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THOUGHTFUL provisions are made with the plush goose down bed toppers for the ultimate sleeping experience.

The Marco Polo Hotels Group, an international hotel chain based in Hong Kong that operates hotels in the Asia Pacific region, has recently opened its third hotel property in the country. Following its hotels in Cebu and Davao, the group is expanding its presence with the opening of a 316-room, five-star hotel in the Ortigas business district.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Planning a successful green house project

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Summer is definitely here. Many are constantly complaining and longing for the cool weather present during the early part of the year. Summer is also that time of year when many homeowners embark on house construction. They surmise that it is the best time to avoid costly delays in the construction due to heavy rains.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Convention reveals survival guide for Filipino architects

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CULTURAL PLANNING is the strategic and integrated planning and use of cultural resources for economic and community development.  Above is the Vigan Cathedral altar. Photo by Amado de Jesus & Associates—Green Architecture

There is nothing like a string of natural calamities of unprecedented forces to stir the survival instincts in all of us. For the country’s thousands of architects, such events have forced them to literally go back to the drawing boards to rethink, unlearn and relearn their profession.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

And finally, wireless electricity!

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TESLA’S Watclyffe Tower was “planned to be the first broadcast system, transmitting both signals and power without wires to any point on the globe.  The huge magnifying transmitter, discharging high frequency electricity, would turn the earth into a gigantic dynamo which would project its electricity in unlimited amounts anywhere in the world.”    CLIPARTILLUSTRATION

Nikola Tesla was a mad man. Or so the world thought. But in his madness was genius. Tesla was a visionary, a man whose ideas were way beyond his time. He deserves much credit for electrical system concepts that have since developed into today’s tangible and useful technology.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

Hardieflex biggest winner in 1st architects’ choice awards

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Cement boards company James Hardie Philippines Inc. bagged the most number of awards given during the recently concluded BCI Asia Architects’ Choice Awards (ACA) at the Manila Marriott Hotel in Pasay City.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Shangri-La Boracay jewel on the world-famous island

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RESORT luxury with pool in the Garden Villa of Shang Boracay

Summer is officially here! So our property focus is shifting to beach resorts. Any look at the top beach resorts in our country must include the Shangri-La Boracay Resort & Spa. Its expansive territory houses some of the country’s most indulgent and stylish villa accommodations, with indigenous flair, offering its guests an experience of the ultimate tropical island luxury.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

Hard-hit Vallejo, Calif. property market now on an upswing

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The housing market in this city with a large Filipino American community is on the upswing, a sharp contrast to the market’s slide in 2008.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Latest Business Stories,Property Guide | Read More »

Condo or house and lot? 8 factors to help you decide

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Do you find yourself in a predicament whether to buy a house and lot or a condominium unit? Choosing a location, and determining the budget, will help you make a swift purchasing decision, but these don not comprise all factors.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Water, a finite resource

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This month we observe International World Water Day. Sustainable use and management of freshwater resources is critical because water shortage due to droughts in some parts of the world (time) can cause a shortage of and a rise in prices of food.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Stylish beach condos in Hamilo Coast

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SPACIOUS and well-appointed beach condo

With the blooming Philippine economy, owning a beach home is not far beyond the reach of some people. However, the mechanics of buying land, securing permits, tapping a freshwater source, connecting to the power grid, providing sewage and garbage systems, and, finally, hiring caretakers for security can shatter any fantasies of lazy days basking under the sun. And all that has to be dealt with before the first nail is hammered in constructing your dream vacation home.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

PIFS an event for Filipinos to be proud of

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BEAUTIFUL interior showroom of Far East Furniture at Manila Fame

Filipino arts and crafts have reached incredible heights. Walking through the Philippines International Furniture Show (PIFS) last week was amazing.

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

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