The search for the best of the Philippines’ real estate is underway

Seventh edition of the PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards is coming with a new category and head judge, at a time of strengthening fundamentals

Winning and highly commended entrants of the 2018 PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards

A “strong and stable” Philippine real estate market is gearing up for the seventh annual edition of the PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards, which will be announced on Friday, 5 July 2019 at an exclusive gala dinner at the Fairmont Makati ballroom, attended by the industry’s most influential leaders.

Presented by global brand Kohler, the long-running competition is the gold standard for excellence in Philippine real estate, recognising development, design and innovation, as well as shining the spotlight on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Sustainable Development, Design and Construction, Building Communities, Customer Care, and Public Facility projects.

Shortlisted nominees in more than 35 competitive categories will be announced in June, including finalists for outstanding condominium and housing development in Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao.

New category and chairperson

The residential categories are further divided into luxury, high-end, mid-end, and affordable segments that follow new pricing eligibility criteria to accurately reflect current market conditions. (Visit for details.)

There are also open categories for alternative housing, resort, office, BPO office, retail, hotel, mixed-use, and township development, as well as their corresponding architectural, interior or landscape design awards.

In addition, the independent panel of judges has introduced a new category for Best Co-Working Space, as demand for flexible and serviced work spaces spike in Metro Manila, particularly in the central business districts of Makati and Bonifacio Global City, according to a recent report by JLL.

The newly elected awards chairperson is Christophe Vicic, JLL Philippines’ Country Head, succeeding Jaime A. Cura, PhD of the RGV Group of Companies, who remains a member of the judging panel comprising respected industry experts. Representatives from BDO Roxas, Cruz, Tagle & Co. oversee the fair, ethical and transparent judging process.

Christophe Vicic, JLL Philippines’ Country Head, presenting at last year’s awards

Key dates for the 2019 edition are:

  • 26 November 2018 – Nominations and Entries Open
  • 3 May 2019 – Nominations Close
  • 10 May 2019 – Entries Close
  • 27 May to 7 June 2019 – Site Inspections
  • 10 June 2019 – Final Judging
  • 5 July 2019 – Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Makati, Philippines
  • 29 November 2019 – Grand Final in Bangkok, Thailand

Standing alongside the best of Asia

More than 300 guests attend the annual awards night in Manila, which also celebrates the Philippines Real Estate Personality of the Year. Past titleholders include former Senate president Manny Villar, Philippine Green Building Council chair Raymond Rufino, unicorn entrepreneur Robbie Antonio, and Megaworld founder Dr Andrew L. Tan, who was named the first-ever recipient of the PropertyGuru Icon Award at the regional PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final held last November in Bangkok, Thailand, where The Podium by SM Keppel Land collected two regional awards.

Jules Kay, business director of the Asia Property Awards, said: “Quality developments in the country are being promoted across the region through the Philippines Property Awards programme, which recognises the Philippines as a forward-thinking, fast-growing and innovative property market that stands along with the best in Asia.”

Commenting on the stability of the sector, Kay told ANC, The ABS-CBN News Channel in Manila: “The Philippine property sector is unique because the fundamentals here are very strong and stable, with a lot of foreign direct investment and overseas remittances coming in continuously, giving a nice balance of domestic strength and international interest. The Philippines also keeps its property sector well-managed in that the highs and lows are less extreme compared to neighbouring countries in ASEAN.”

The 2019 PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards is supported by platinum sponsor Kohler; gold sponsor Hitachi Elevator; official newspaper The Philippine STAR; official magazine PropertyGuru Property Report; and official supervisor BDO Roxas, Cruz, Tagle & Co., CPAs.

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