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Cebu, Clark, Mactan ‘ripest’ for expansion

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Is it finally the time for urban centers outside of Metro Manila to experience their own property boom? With a growing young population in locations such as Clark, Mactan and Cebu, will more jobs available to them there in the next few years offer a more attractive living option?

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

New subdivision in Calamba

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THE ALTO, a two-story, single attached unit in Gran Avila

With affordable housing in mind, developer Stateland Inc. launched its newest economic housing project in the South.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

WorldBEX and Manila Fame: 2 big events you should not miss

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ROOFTOP display by Cai Lim-Regala and MJ Tan of CRL Interior Designs

Exciting developments are happening in the building and construction scene with the opening of the 19th WorldBEX at the World Trade Center. The construction trade show, hailed as Asia’s biggest and most awaited construction event of the year, includes professionals, traders, importers, exporters, associations and other exhibitors.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

Keeping that intruder away

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I had been reading up on and following the tragic death of Reeva Steenkamp, the aspiring South African model who was shot and killed by her famous “blade-runner” boyfriend, the double-amputee Olympian runner Oscar Pistorious. Was it pre-meditated murder? Culpable homicide? Or a simple accident? Pistorious claims he’d mistaken his girlfriend for a burglar. And through a locked bathroom door he shot her. Living through trial by law and by opinion, the greater tragedy is ironically his.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Renovation or new construction

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A SUCCESSFUL renovation project is marked by the seamless integration of the old and the new with careful planning and close collaboration with the owners.  No part of the project should stick out like an add-on

How can you tell if you should renovate or build a new structure? This is the quandary that many homeowners face when they want to extend the life of their house. Should they just renovate certain parts of the house or renovate the entire house, build from scratch or simply repaint the house to give it a new look?

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

New boutique hotel for travelers

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AZUMI hotel in Alabang

I used to think of Alabang as a sleepy town, kind of like a place where parents live in retirement haven. Not anymore. The development of the city is amazing, especially in the hotel sector.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

International luxury hotel operators gravitate to PH

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TO FURTHER accommodate the growing number of visitors, more hotels are slated to be constructed within Newport City by 2016.

Marco Polo Hotels, Ascott The Residence, Maxims Genting, City of Dreams, Solaire Resort and Casino, Hyatt, Marriot Manila, Shangrila Hotels and Resorts, Conrad Hotels and Resorts, The Westin Philippine Plaza Manila, Hilton, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Stylish resort strives to make staying ashore as pleasurable as diving itself

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AIYANAR Clubhouse in Anilao

Now that March is here, it’s time to check out properties outside Manila. One destination very near Manila that is somewhat off the radar is Anilao in Batangas.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

Stories behind the brushstrokes

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While there are many things that bring us joy, one cannot deny that beauty, creativity and the deep mystery that constitute the origins of visual art stir our many emotions. In this year’s Art Fair Philippines, the second of what we hope will be a continuous and ever-growing show of great local contemporary art, we felt it all.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

Popular BPO sites driving PH property up

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A robust business process outsourcing (BPO) sector—which is expected to remain strong in 2014—will drive the real estate industry further up this year.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Two art exhibits and a book launch

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“OFF with her head!” by Daniel dela Cruz at Art Fair Philippines

Real estate and art have a lot in common. If the acquisition is excellent, both appreciate in value and become worthwhile investments. I like to think that buying property and art can be better than keeping money in the bank.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

Designing a green vacation house

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COMPOSITE image of actual site with the 3D CAD rendering of vacation house simulating the sunlight and shadows at 3 p.m. in December. The building orientation ensures that there is no direct sunlight into the living room even at 3 p.m.  photo: ArchITECT Amado de Jesus & Associates/Green Architecture

Working in a foreign land for many years can be quite stressful. Given the work discipline and hectic schedule in industrialized countries, it seems inevitable that upon retirement, one would seek the quiet and relaxing atmosphere of a vacation house, away from the noise and pollution of a busy metropolis like Metro Manila.

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

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