The Philippines’ best celebrated at the first Philippines Property Awards

The Philippines’ real estate industry came together on Monday, 30 September to acknowledge the best of the best at the Philippines Property Awards 2013 gala dinner and awards presentation ceremony held at the Fairmont Makati in Manila. A speech by Guest of Honour Senator Franklin Drilon followed opening remarks by Terry Blackburn, CEO of organisers Ensign Media and Chairperson of the Judges Cyndy Tan Jarabata, which set the tone for an exciting evening of celebration.

Although a first for the Philippines, the awards are part of the South East Asia Property Awards, which have been held in Singapore for the last three years and built on the organiser’s experience of the eight year old Thailand Property Awards.

“We decided that the next destination for the Property Awards was the Philippines simply because it is the most exciting emerging market real estate destination in South East Asia right now,” Terry Blackburn said. “There are premium quality developments going up all over metro Manila and in resort destinations such as Cebu and Boracay that are a match for anything in the rest of Asia.”

In total, 17 awards were on offer in four categories: Developer, Development, Design and Real Estate Services. The development categories included awards for condos in Metro Manila and Cebu as well as housing and resort developments nationwide. The Design categories reflect the best in residential, commercial, hotel and interior design and Real Estate Services rewards consultancies and agencies.

The biggest award of the evening, Best Developer went to Shang Properties Realty Corporation who beat out competition from (DMCI) Project Developers, Inc. and Robinsons Land Corporation for the coveted award. Best Boutique Developer was won by ArthaLand Corporation who also capped a good evening by claiming the Best Residential Architectural Design award and the Best Luxury Condo (Manila) award for their Arya Residences development, making them the biggest winner of the night.

For the Best Commercial Development category, the judges decided to give out two awards to reflect the diversity of properties in the sector. The first award was given to Zuellig Building for Best Commercial Development (Office) while the second award was handed to Magnolia Town Center for Best Commercial Development (Retail). Zuellig also won an award under the Best Commercial Architectural Design category.

Jones Lang LaSalle did best in the Real Estate Services categories bringing home two out of the three awards for Best Property Management Company and for Best Commercial Agent. Alveo Land took the final award in the segment for Best Residential Agent.

“The quality of nominations and entries this year was exceptional and have set the bar high for next year’s Philippines Property Awards,” said Blackburn. The Winners in all categories will now go on to compete for regional recognition in the South East Property Awards that will be held in Singapore on 31 October of this year.

A panel of judges with oversight by BDO Alba Romeo & Co evaluated all nominations and entries this year. The short-listed projects were subjected to site inspections before the judging panel submitted their list of Winners and Highly Commended developments and businesses to BDO International Limited.

“The independent panel of judges as well as the entire judging process is paramount for us and has been the cornerstone of success for these awards. BDO International Limited oversaw the entire process from start to finish ensuring that the judging process was done fairly and without bias nor favour,” added Blackburn.

Lastly, the title of Real Estate Personality of the Year, which was chosen by the editorial team of Property Report Magazine, was awarded to Tony Aquino, President and CEO of Ayala Land Inc. “We chose Mr Aquino as the recipient of this award based on his proven track record of leadership and a clear commitment to providing real estate services that extend beyond just buildings to improve the quality of life,” said Jules Kay, managing editor of Property Report Magazine.

“Under his stewardship, Ayala Land Inc continues to set new benchmarks for excellence in the real estate industry, and such achievements deserve recognition.”


PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Philippines) 2013

Best Developer

  • WINNER: Shang Properties Realty Corporation
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: DMCI Project Developers, Inc. Robinsons Land Corporation

Best Boutique Developer

  • WINNER: ArthaLand Corporation
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Alphaland Corporation Manosa Properties, Inc.

Best Commercial Development (Office)

  • WINNER: Zuellig Building

Best Commercial Development (Retail)

  • WINNER: Magnolia Town Center
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Parkmall Cebu Century City Mall

Best Housing Development (Philippines)

  • WINNER: Aventi Townhomes
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ridgeview Estates NUVALI Astele (primaryhomes)

Best Luxury Condo Development (Metro Manila)

  • WINNER: Arya Residences
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Admiral Baysuites One Shang Place Raffles Suites

Best Mid-Range Condo Development (Metro Manila)

  • WINNER: Avida Towers Bonifacio Global City – 9th Avenue
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED Asia Enclaves Alabang One Castilla Place

Best Condo Development (Cebu City)

  • WINNER: 1016 Residences
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Avida Towers Riala Park Point Residences

Best Condo Development (Resort)

  • WINNER: Pico de Loro Cove at Hamilo Coast
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Aqua Boracay by yoo Boracay Newcoast

Best Residential Agent

  • WINNER: Alveo Land
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Crown Asia Properties, Inc. Leuterio Realty and Brokerage

Best Commercial Agent

  • WINNER: Jones Lang LaSalle Philippines, Inc.
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Leuterio Realty and Brokerage

Best Property Management Company

  • WINNER: Jones Lang LaSalle Philippines, Inc.
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: FPD Asia Property Services, Inc.

Best Residential Architectural Design

  • WINNER: Arya Residences
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Anchor Skysuites Admiral Baysuites

Best Commercial Architectural Design

  • WINNER: Zuellig Building
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Parkmall Cebu Marquee Mall

Best Hotel Architectural Design

  • WINNER: Fairmont Makati, Raffles Makati and Raffles Residences
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Cocoon Boutique Hotel The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences

Best Residential Interior Design

  • WINNER: Admiral Baysuites
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED: Anchor Skysuites Lantana Lane

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