Philippines Property Awards 2014 winners revealed

The top real estate executives and industry leaders in the country gathered to recognise the best developers, developments and design firms at the second annual Philippines Property Awards 2014

The Philippines’ biggest real estate event of the year was held on Tuesday, 19 August, at the Fairmont and Raffles Makati in an exclusive gala dinner and awards presentation ceremony, where Tourism Secretary Ramon Reyes Jimenez Jr. gave an enlivening speech as the evening’s Guest of Honour.

“Secretary Jimenez called for the developer’s present to create iconic buildings for the world to associate with the Philippines. I am sure that call will be heeded and the quality of the developments recognised at the awards shows a high level of innovation already in the sector.” said Terry Blackburn, CEO of Ensign Media, organisers of the Awards. “Although the majority of development activity is still focused on Manila it was great to see an even stronger presence from Cebu this year and high quality entries from Davao. Special congratulations are also due to Ayala.”

A total of 18 awards across three categories—namely, Developers, Developments and Design—were handed out during the glittering black-tie event, which was attended by more than 250 guests from all over the country who came to cheer on the best companies, projects and properties in Manila, Cebu and Davao.

Ayala Land nabbed the most prestigious award of the evening as Best Developer, beating Filinvest Land Inc., which received the highly commended honour. Ayala Land also received highly commended citations in the Best Housing Development (Manila) and Best Affordable Condo Development (Manila) awards.

“I do not think that many would argue with their Best Developer award this year and I am sure that the category will be even more competitive next year,” added Blackburn.

Anchor Land Holdings Inc.’s mixed-use residential development Admiral Baysuites, which faces the world-famous Manila Bay, was named Best Luxury Condo Development (Manila), while Azure Urban Resort Residences from Century Properties Group was recognised as the Best Mid-Range Condo Development (Manila).

Other winning residential properties were Federal Land Inc.’s Marco Polo Residences Towers 1 and 2, which received the Best Condo Development (Cebu), and Abreeza Residences, another Ayala Land property, which was named Best Residential Development (Davao).

Arya Residences, a flagship project of ArthaLand Corporation in Bonifacio Global City, was a double winner in the Design category, taking home the Best Residential Architectural Design and Best Residential Interior Design awards.

Another big winner, SM Aura Premier, owned by SM Prime Holdings, also nabbed two awards: Best Commercial Development (Retail) and Best Commercial Architectural Design (Retail).

Meanwhile, SM Prime affiliate SM Development Corporation (SMDC) bagged the Special Recognition in CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) award for its positive impact on the Philippine’s burgeoning real estate sector.

Winners at this year’s event are now eligible to compete at the fourth annual South East Asia Property Awards, which will be held at The Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore on 16 October, for the most coveted industry awards in the region.

This year’s highly respected judges panel was once again led by TAJARA Leisure & Hospitality Group Inc. president Cyndy Tan Jarabata, who brought her experience to the role to ensure that all the eligible entries were comprehensively assessed.

“The winners Ayala Land has a very comprehensive portfolio and deservedly won the evening’s top honour,” Tarabata said. “They have everything from affordable to luxury, vertical to horizontal, hotels, retail, and they’re not just present in Metro Manila but in other cities in the Philippines as well. More important to note is that in almost all these categories, they’ve been successful as well.”

The other highly qualified members of the central judges panel at this year’s Awards were celebrated architect William V. Coscolluela; Lindsay J. Orr, chief operating officer of Jones Lang LaSalle Philippines; Rommel M. Leuterio, group president of Property Management & Development Group, ICCP Group; Jaime A. Cura, Ph.D., vice-chairman of the RGV Group of Companies; and Jose Oscar O. Salvacion, president of Design Coordinates,inc. / Construction Project Managers.

In addition to the aforementioned award categories, one of the top honours of the night was given to property tycoon Dr. Andrew L. Tan, who was selected by the editors of Ensign Media’s Property Report magazine as the Philippines’ Real Estate Personality of the Year.

The 61-year-old Tan, who is chairman and CEO of urban developer Megaworld Corporation, was chosen for leading one of the country’s biggest real estate conglomerates, which is also celebrating its 25th year in the industry.

“The driving force behind this is Dr. Tan and he has proven himself time and time again to be one of South East Asia’s most astute and forward thinking businessmen,” Blackburn said.

“He has created a property empire to stand alongside his other business interests and make himself one of the dominant figures in the Philippines business community.”

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Full list of Winners and Highly Commended at the 2014 Philippines Property Awards:


Best Developer

  • WINNER: Ayala Land Inc.
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Filinvest Land Inc.

Special Recognition in CSR


Best Commercial Development (Office)

  • WINNER: The Globe Tower

Best Commercial Development (Retail)

  • WINNER: SM Aura Premier
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Century City Mall

Best Housing Development (Manila)

  • WINNER: Portofino
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Avida Parkway Settings Nuvali

Best Luxury Condo Development (Manila)

  • WINNER: Admiral Baysuites

Best Mid-Range Condo Development (Manila)

  • WINNER: Azure Urban Resort Residences
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Jazz Residences

Best Affordable Condo Development (Manila)

  • WINNER: ASiA Enclaves
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Avida CityFlex Towers BGC

Best Condo Development (Cebu)

  • WINNER: Marco Polo Residences Towers 1 and 2
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Park Point Residences

Best Commercial Development (Cebu)

  • WINNER: Park Centrale Cebu

Best Residential Development (Davao)

  • WINNER: Abreeza Residences
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Camella Northpoint

Best Mid-Range Condo Development (Resort)

  • WINNER: Crosswinds


Best Residential Architectural Design

  • WINNER: Arya Residences

Best Residential Interior Design

  • WINNER: Arya Residences
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Jazz Residences

Best Commercial Architectural Design (Retail)

  • WINNER: SM Aura Premier
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Century City Mall

Best Commercial Architectural Design (Office)

  • WINNER: The Globe Tower

Best Landscape Architectural Design

  • WINNER: Bonifacio High Street

Best Hotel Architectural Design

  • WINNER: Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila


Real Estate Personality of the Year

  • Dr. Andrew L. Tan, Megaworld Corp.