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Property Market Insider: RLC Residences, Colliers reveals condo trends and insights in recent property preview

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

RLC Residences

IN PHOTO (Left to Right): RLC Residences Business Development and Design Head, AVP Stephanie Anne Go, Sales Group Head Mac Dang, Marketing Head and Chief Integration Officer Karen Cesario, Colliers Research Director Joey Bondoc, and Home Buddies Founder Frances Cabatuando at the brand’s Special Property Preview 

 


In a recent property preview event, RLC Residences showcased its commitment to innovative design and sustainable living with an insightful discussion about real estate trends alongside Joey Bondoc, Research Director at Colliers International Philippines.

"We are proud to be at the forefront of the Philippine real estate market, offering innovative and sustainable living solutions to our customers," says Karen Cesario, Marketing Head and Chief Integration Officer of RLC Residences. "Discussing with expert property consultants like Joey Bondoc allows us to stay ahead of market trends and provide Filipinos with the best possible options for their real estate investment needs.”

Considerations in property investment

In his talk, Bondoc shares four key considerations and intentions that should drive the condominium market. His list includes location, renting prospect, developer record, and price. 

According to Bondoc, buying a property in the right location is key and respondents of a Colliers study feel the same way as 62% prioritize proximity to offices, malls, and other amenities when buying a condo unit in Metro Manila. This trend is particularly evident in the success of RLC Residences' SYNC N-Tower located in Pasig, which boasts 71% units sold to date. Accessible to Makati, Fort Bonifacio, Eastwood City, and Ortigas Center, SYNC has resonated with urban dwellers seeking a strategically located residence that complements their lifestyle.


Joey Bondoc, Research Director at Colliers International Philippines, during his presentation 

at RLC Residences’ Special Property Preview

 


Moreover, Bondoc emphasized thinking long-term and considering looking for properties that are projected to attract renters and occupants. In the same vein, a referenced Colliers study entails that 45% of respondents plan to use their upcoming property purchase for end-use while 55% intend to use it for investment. The return of expatriates can also be seen as a significant factor contributing to the demand for investment properties. For this specific niche, Woodsville Crest’s proximity to the airport makes it an ideal rental unit for expats and a smart investment opportunity for Filipinos. Woodsville Crest is RLC Residences’ nature-inspired development located in Merville, Parañaque, which is also accessible to CBDs like Makati and BGC. 

Third on his list, Bondoc advised the audience to put a prime value on developers’ track record when making investment decisions. This bodes well for RLC Residences as the brand brings in Robinsons Land’s three-decade legacy in the industry. A strong track record instills confidence in stakeholders looking for reliable and reputable developers to invest their hard-earned money. This industry expertise is evident in the success of Sierra Valley Gardens, one of RLC Residences’ award-winning pre-selling developments located in Cainta, Rizal that has seen a remarkable appreciation rate of 47% since its launch date in 2020. The project has received multiple accolades locally and abroad for its features such as smart home-ready units, strategic location, and amenities for various pursuits.

Ticking off the first three considerations while also spending within your capability is the ideal real estate investment according to Bondoc. But more than the total contract price, affordability is also determined by the payment terms. He observed that developers have started to offer lower amortization rates partnered with extended payment terms beyond six to 18 months from the turnover date. 

Moreover, sustainability is also increasingly becoming a priority for condominium buyers. Forty percent (40%) of surveyed individuals in a Colliers study consider sustainable features as an important factor when making a purchase. One project that reflects this need is Woodsville Crest featuring vast green spaces and nature-inspired amenities. The development is set to adapt other environment-friendly features such as a rainwater harvesting system for non-potable requirements of the development, bike parking areas, and e-vehicle charging stations. 

Bondoc’s considerations give a sneak peek of the market’s priorities as they navigate the optimistic residential real estate landscape in the country. 

Factors supporting residential demand

Fortunately for budding investors, the Philippine economy is on a trajectory of growth creating a favorable environment for the real estate sector. Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that the Philippine economy expanded by 5.6% in 2023 and the 2024 growth forecast of multilateral lending firms and credit rating agencies is between 5.8% and 7.5%. This development is driven by various factors including increased remittances from overseas Filipino workers and heightened infrastructure spending. 

Regional economies are also experiencing improvement, with GDP growth per region ranging from 5.9% to 9.3% in 2022. Household spending, fueled by remittances from countries such as the United States, Singapore, and Saudi Arabia, has contributed to this growth. Inflation has also slowed down and the average mortgage rate has remained stable. Unemployment has also decreased, indicating a strengthening labor market.

Infrastructure spending is also seen as a priority for the Philippine government, with allotments increasing significantly from Php 406.59 billion in 2015 to Php 1.3 trillion in 2023. Projects such as the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge, MRT-3 rehabilitation, NLEX-SLEX Connector, Pasig River Expressway, and the Metro Manila Subway are expected to further enhance connectivity within various cities across multiple regions, which would help and drive property appreciation in years to come.

Looking ahead, the residential demand is expected to be supported by the rise in OFW remittances, the return of expatriates, and the development of more integrated communities. Overall, the Philippine real estate market remains resilient, with strong fundamentals and a promising outlook for the future.

"The Philippine property market is unquestionably on the rebound, showing strong signs of recovery. We're witnessing a glimmer of hope, or whatever you want to call it, at the end of the tunnel. The Philippine economy is undeniably on the upswing. Many are asking us, 'When is the right time to invest?' The answer is clear: the right time to invest is now,” Bondoc remarked. 

Individuals looking to invest in residential real estate can check out various RLC Residences condominium projects at rlcresidences.com.
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#TeamSouth: 5 things to enjoy and look forward to in the South

Monday, February 26, 2024

Woodsville Crest

Team South or Team North? The running quip among friends is that Southies ( or Southerners - slang for people living in the South of Metro Manila) have always been adjusting to those living in the North. While this must be true for some, the South has its own offerings that people can enjoy and love. Its strategic location and connectivity are just two of the reasons why RLC Residences chose the area to be the home of its nature-inspired development, Woodsville Crest.

Woodsville Crest, RLC Residences’ soon-to-be Oasis South of Metro is located at Merville, Parañaque making it accessible to Metro Manila’s central business districts (CBDs) and the vibrant lifestyle destinations in the South. Recently, the developer launched Olive, Woodsville Crest’s latest building that offers a holistic living experience for a gentle blend of work, leisure, and community life. Learn more about the perks of living in the South below. 

Jetsetter-friendly! 

Southies can say ‘Yes!’ to more #TravelGoals this year as the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is within reach so flying in and out of the city or the country is such a breeze. Moreover, if you’re living in Woodsville Crest, aside from being just 5 kms away from the airport, there’s an added benefit of being able to have a post-trip relaxation with its nature-inspired design filled with vast open green spaces and multiple relaxing pools. 

So accessible (especially to CBDs)!

There are so many places people can go to in the South, thanks to being well-connected to different cities through major roads like the Cavitex-C5 Link, SLEX, and Skyway which has also improved the traffic flow in the area. Additionally, upcoming transportation developments Laguna Lakeshore Road Network Project and LRT-1 Extension are already underway which will soon make the South more accessible than ever. 

Aside from these, future residents of Woodsville Crest can also enjoy being connected to key destinations, thanks to its direct access to Edison Avenue and West Service Roads. Going to work or even leisure destinations within the area is going to be easy and convenient.


Lots of hangout spots! 

When it comes to hangout places, the South boasts of well-loved dining, shopping, entertainment, and recreational options. The Molito Lifestyle Center is a go-to destination for a reason with its curated dining options and shops while still having a laid-back alfresco park at the center. And just a few stones thrown away are Alabang Town Center (or ‘ATC’ as legit Southies call it ;), Festival Mall, which has its own indoor roller coaster, plus BF Homes - which is literally a home to multiple food destinations. South experience won’t also be complete without visiting the relaxing beaches and resorts in Batangas, Cavite, and Laguna. 

Exciting activities!

Culture vultures in the South bask at two of Metro Manila’s top entertainment and leisure destinations: Solaire Resort and Newport World Resorts known for staging world-class plays, musicals, ballet shows, and more. On the other hand, outdoorsy types can also take advantage of the Southwoods Golf and Country Club, while historical sites in Cavite and Laguna also offer a fun yet informative experience to those in search of other activities to enjoy.

Dampa seafood and more

Seafood lovers living in the South are in luck as the area, particularly Parañaque, is a haven for those craving Dampa-style seafood. The Dampa area, a fresh seafood market with accompanying restaurants, is just around the corner. Simply buy your seafood of choice and ask the chefs to cook it how you like.

Aside from this, nearby provinces also offer delectable dishes plus delicacies that everyone can enjoy. Famous Batangas Lomi, Laguna’s sought-after Buko Pie, and Cavite’s Bibingkoy are some of the favorites Southies are proud of.

“There’s really a lot to love in the South and we’re happy to contribute to the long list through Woodsville Crest. With its strategic location, future residents can enjoy the balance of an exciting and peaceful lifestyle,” says RLC Residences Marketing Head Karen Cesario. 

For those interested in seeking their sanctuary in the South with Woodsville Crest, visit rlcresidences.com.


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Aurelia Residences' Topping Off Ceremony Marks a Milestone in Luxury Living

Friday, January 26, 2024

Photo (From Left to Right): Ms. Maria Rochelle S. Diaz, Executive Vice President Commercial of Shang Properties Inc., Mr. Wolfgang Krueger, Executive Director of Shang Properties Inc., Mr. Lance Gokongwei, Chairman of Robinsons Land Corporation, Atty. Karlo Marco P. Estavillo, President of Shang Robinsons Properties Inc., Mybelle Aragon-GoBio, Senior Vice-President and General Manager for the Robinsons Industrial and Integrated Developments and Robinsons Logistix and Industrials divisions, Mr. Chad Sotelo, Vice President of Shang Robinsons Properties, Inc.


Aurelia Residences, the beacon of sophisticated urban living in Metro Manila, achieved a remarkable milestone on January 24, 2024, as it celebrated its Topping Off Ceremony, reaching the summit of its tower. This event not only signifies a physical accomplishment but also underscores the unwavering commitment and vision of Shang Robinsons Properties Inc., a joint venture between Shang Properties Inc. and Robinsons Land Corporation.

The prestigious Asia Property Awards recently bestowed upon Aurelia Residences the title of "Best High-Rise Condo Development in Asia." This international recognition, alongside the "Best Ultra Luxury Condo in Metro Manila" and "Best Condo Development in the Philippines" accolades from the 11th PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards, solidifies Aurelia Residences as an architectural marvel both locally and globally.

The awards reflect the development's dedication to excellence and innovation. With meticulous attention to detail and a passion for providing an unparalleled living experience, Aurelia Residences is reshaping the landscape of luxury properties in the heart of Metro Manila.

"Atty. Karlo Marco P. Estavillo, President of Shang Robinsons Properties, Inc., expressed, "Today is a momentous day for Aurelia Residences, and we are thrilled to share this milestone with everyone. The Topping Off Ceremony marks a significant step towards realizing our vision of creating a residential masterpiece that not only meets but exceeds the expectations of our discerning clientele."

Aurelia Residences

As construction progresses, Aurelia Residences remains steadfast in its commitment to delivering a property that not only meets the highest standards but also sets new benchmarks for exemplary luxury living. Soon to be an iconic structure in the central business district of Bonifacio Global City, Aurelia Residences promises to redefine the standards of opulent living.

For those eager to learn more about Aurelia Residences, visit the official website at www.aureliaresidences.com. Stay updated on the latest developments and announcements by following Aurelia Residences on Instagram (@AureliaResidences) and Facebook (@aureliaresidencesofficial). Experience the epitome of luxury living as Aurelia Residences continues its journey towards becoming a residential masterpiece in the heart of Metro Manila.
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Citadines Roces Quezon City Sets a New Standard in Upscale Living

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Citadines Roces

Citadines Roces Quezon City made a spectacular entrance into the cityscape on January 19, 2024, ushering in a new era of urban lifestyle experiences. The grand opening event was nothing short of excitement, with guests treated to engaging activities, a property tour, and a delightful culinary experience at Alejo, the in-house modern Filipino restaurant. on City, and the allure of its strategic location.

The inauguration event was graced by esteemed personalities, including Ascott Country Manager Philip Barnes, Citadines Roces QC Assistant Residence Manager Thea Peregrino, and other key figures from JG Jinmen Leisures Corporation, the Lim Family, the Local Economic Investment and Promotions Office, and the Department of Tourism. The ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the beginning of Citadines Roces Quezon City's journey towards redefining upscale living.

The Residence Manager, Thea Peregrino, expressed the vision of Citadines Roces Quezon City in creating a dynamic environment aligned with the vibrant spirit of Quezon City. The aim is to offer guests an experience where they can grow their love for the city during every moment of their stay.

With 185 well-appointed apartments, Citadines Roces Quezon City provides a sanctuary that captures the city's essence while ensuring the utmost privacy. The six main room categories cater to diverse preferences, emphasizing space optimization and guest comfort.

Citadines Roces amenities

Beyond the apartments, the property boasts a range of facilities, including a fitness center, swimming pool, laundrette services, and a lounge. Meeting rooms and function rooms equipped with modern amenities cater to the needs of professionals, seamlessly blending work and play.

Alejo, the in-house modern Filipino restaurant, stands out as a culinary gem. Combining traditional tribal aesthetics with contemporary design, Alejo offers a warm ambiance that celebrates Quezon City's vibrant spirit. Executive Chef Kris Espinosa invites guests to embark on a flavorful journey rooted in the rich tapestry of Philippine culinary heritage.


Alejo's menu features standout dishes like Soft Shell Crab Okoy, a crispy and succulent delight paired with pinakurat vinegar and Calamansi vinaigrette side salad. The Duck Leg Adobar, showcasing tender duck leg confit bathed in adobar sauce, is another must-try.

Situated near the Metro Manila Skyway, Citadines Roces Quezon City serves as a gateway to the city's attractions, offering easy access to corporate offices, entertainment options, and shopping centers like SM North EDSA and Ayala Malls Trinoma.

For those ready to explore Citadines Roces Quezon City, an early bird promo awaits with up to 35% off on stays. To secure your spot and stay updated, visit the official website and follow the social media pages on Facebook and Instagram.

Citadines Roces Quezon City emerges as a beacon of upscale living, blending comfort, style, and a vibrant urban experience. With its grand opening setting the stage for an inspiring year ahead, this property invites you to discover your love for the city in a dynamic and luxurious setting.
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Luxurious Living Experience at 1001 Parkway Residences in Filinvest City: The Soon-to-rise Tallest Residential Tower in Alabang

Thursday, January 4, 2024

1001 Parkway Residences

In a resounding testament to its unwavering commitment to delivering unparalleled living experiences, Filigree, a renowned luxury real estate brand, recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its prestigious project, 1001 Parkway Residences. The event provided a tangible glimpse into the project's progress, with excavation works in full swing this fourth quarter of 2023 and the much-anticipated first pouring scheduled for the first quarter of 2024.


The groundbreaking ceremony witnessed the presence of key figures, including Filinvest Alabang Inc. President & COO Catherine Ilagan, Senior Vice President for Residentials & Estates Daphne Sanchez, and other distinguished personalities like Andrew Gotianun III, Winnie Lim, Cherie Fernandez, and Jun Rodriguez.

Daphne Sanchez, Senior Vice President for Residentials & Estates, expressed excitement about the future prospects of 1001 Parkway Residences. She stated, "With the recent groundbreaking milestone, future residents of 1001 can look forward to all the benefits of high-rise living in a cosmopolitan neighborhood." She emphasized that the project's allure extends beyond its iconic location along Filinvest City's Millionaire’s Row, as it seamlessly merges two highly sought-after worlds.

Upon completion, 1001 Parkway Residences is poised to become the tallest residential tower in Alabang, making a bold architectural statement against the backdrop of Filinvest City’s skyline and expansive park system. The property's interiors and meticulously designed amenities will showcase understated elegance, offering a perfect blend of beauty and functionality.

Residents at 1001 Parkway Residences are promised a holistic live-work-play concept. Common amenities promote a healthy lifestyle and community synergy, while private spaces prioritize the integration of beauty and functionality. Each unit features a balcony for residents to relish the outdoors within the comfort of their homes, and strategically placed windows ensure ample natural light and ventilation. Garden units offer breathtaking views of the future Creekside Park.

Adding to the allure is the property's strategic location in Filinvest City, the country’s first LEED Gold-certified central business district. Situated along Millionaire’s Row at Spectrum, Filinvest City’s premium district, residents enjoy convenient access to essential establishments – from commercial centers and shops to leisure venues and parks, all within close proximity.

As construction progresses, 1001 Parkway Residences is set to redefine upscale living in Metro South’s garden business district, seamlessly blending nature and urban living. To embark on this journey of opulence and sophistication, visit Filigree's official website. Elevate your lifestyle at 1001 Parkway Residences – where luxury meets the art of living.


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RLC Residences’ breaks ground for Tower D of AmiSa Private Residences

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Amisa Tower D Groundbreaking Ceremony. From left to right:RLC Residences Cebu Sales Director Federico Pandagani, RLC Residences Vice President for Project Management Engr. Emmanuel Arce, Cebu Cluster Head Melissa Magno, Cebu Sales Director Leoniza Aguitong, Cebu Branch Head Gretchen Marie Lim Belleza, Cebu Sales Directors Eugene Arcena, and Dennis Siongco


Before the year ends, RLC Residences achieved another construction milestone as it held a groundbreaking ceremony for the fourth tower of AmiSa Private Residences.

Present during the event were RLC Residences Vice President for Project Management Engr. Emmanuel Arce, RLC Residences Cebu Branch Head Gretchen Marie Lim- Belleza, RLC Residences Cluster Head Melissa Magno, and RLC Residences Cebu Sales Directors Federico Pandagani, Leoniza Aguitong, Eugene Arcena, and Dennis Siongco.

“We are very excited to start bringing to life the fourth tower of AmiSa Private Residences. This development has a very special place to our hearts given its unique features and resort-like offerings. We believe our clients are also excited to call this haven their own where they can enjoy a relaxing life in Cebu,” said RLC Residences VP for Project Management Engr. Emmanuel Arce.

Located at Punta Engano in Mactan City, Cebu, AmiSa Private Residences is a leisure residential development by RLC Residences that offers relaxing, unobstructed beach views that can be enjoyed from the unit’s balcony. The first three towers of this development are now finished and are being enjoyed by its residents, while the pre-seling fourth tower was introduced in 2022.

To know more about AmiSa Private Residences and other RLC Residences projects in Manila and Cebu, visit rlcresidences.com or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
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Shang Properties Soars into 2023: A Resounding Success with Rebranding Triumph and Exciting New Property Launches

Thursday, December 7, 2023


True to its mission to create exemplary spaces in the residential, commercial, and business segments, Shang Properties ends 2023 on a high, marked by a successful rebranding campaign and new, exciting developments. These achievements are a testament to its status as the preferred luxury real estate developer in the Philippines and signal a brighter future for the company.

This year, Shang Properties officially introduced its refreshed brand identity as a developer with thoughtful architecture and development, exquisite taste, and the utmost regard for privacy and exclusivity. This ushered in a new era of luxury living through curated spaces beyond expectation. Its secret? Paying attention to detail, whether big or small.

The new emblem wholly embodies the Shang Properties brand identity, and now boasts a clean and more streamlined look. Its text is updated to reflect the brand’s design philosophy—that of uncompromising vision, elegance, and harmony in all details.

The logo retains The Crane, Shang Properties’ iconic emblem that has signaled luxury and sophistication since the developer was established in 1987. Likewise, familiar elements and colors have been kept to pay homage to its DNA as a curator and innovator in the space of elevated living.

Shang Properties announced its rebranding with a series of events to showcase its refreshed identity within the company and to the public.

In June, the property developer gathered employees to cascade the campaign internally in a well-attended town hall. Shang Properties employees received a Welcome to the New Shang Employee Kit. Soon after, the brand held an intimate and exclusive roundtable discussion to highlight the rebrand with top-tier business and lifestyle media. These selected journalists were first to witness a specially prepared teaser of the brand film which was set to premiere at the official launch event.

Shang Properties representatives raised their glasses to celebrate the official unveiling of its rebrand— a remarkable milestone of the company’s decades-long history.



In October, Shang Properties concluded its rebranding campaign with an afternoon soirée at Shangri-La at the Fort in Bonifacio Global City to reveal its refreshed brand and logo.

Guests were treated to an elegant afternoon that embodied the company’s new identity and logo, and were able to raise a toast to this new era of the brand. A gallery was also mounted, exhibiting residences and commercial spaces designed by Shang Properties since it was established over 30 years ago. 

The property developer also unveiled its brand film, which showcased the new Shang Properties and echoed its steadfast direction and philosophy in that paying attention to details makes all the difference. 

To further reveal its new branding, Shang Properties had also arranged a shoot that highlighted the details that make Shang Properties unique in the luxury real estate space. These were printed as advertising materials that were displayed in various local newspapers and magazines.

A glimpse into the future of luxury living

This year, Shang Properties had also announced exciting developments that will be included in its storied portfolio of exemplary life spaces.

Laya by Shang Properties

The first is Laya by Shang Properties. The residence will be a thoughtfully designed canvas for self-expression, a community for human connection, and a space for cultural enrichment. Its amenities cater to different needs and lifestyles, and its location—right at the heart of Pasig City—allows residents to thrive in close proximity to everything that matters most and enjoy a seamless connection between work, play, and rest. 

Shang Properties is also set to launch two new residential developments, one in Quezon City and another in Cebu City, the developer’s first foray outside of Metro Manila. 

To learn more about Shang Properties, visit the website at shangproperties.com and follow Shang Properties on its official social media pages: @ShangProperties on Instagram and Facebook, @ShangPropertiesOfficial on YouTube, and Shang Properties on LinkedIn.




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Building Dreams, Winning Awards: RLC Residences gets global recognitions in Dubai

Friday, November 17, 2023


In a promising kickoff to the month, the residential division of Robinsons Land Corporation, RLC Residences, has clinched two prestigious awards for its dedication to constructing beautiful, well-designed condominiums in the Philippines.

Dubai-based International Business Magazine Awards hailed RLC Residences as the recipient of Real Estate Developer of the Year Philippines and Best Property Development Company in the Philippines 2023 during its recent awarding ceremony at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai. The annual awarding ceremony honors the extraordinary accomplishments of companies from various sectors such as real estate in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa, and America.

“It is an honor to receive international recognitions like these for RLC Residences. We are proud of the work that we do and of our commitment to building nurturing condo spaces so our homeowners can design and live their best lives. Thank you so much, International Business Magazine Awards, for recognizing our efforts to Raise, Live, and Connect not just here in the Philippines but also in other parts of the world,” says Karen Cesario, RLC Residences Senior Director, Marketing Head and Chief Integration Officer.

The awards also came in time for the brand’s efforts to expand its network in Dubai, as RLC Residences prepares to open its new office in the city. This strategic move aims to provide delightful customer service to investors and homebuyers in the Middle East region who have long supported the brand and its projects.

Now in its 6th year, the International Business Magazine Awards annually highlights the exemplary endeavors of corporations that consistently demonstrate exceptional leadership abilities. This UAE-based online publishing company continuously strives to acknowledge and appreciate the hard work and dedication to achieving success in the competitive world of international business. 

Learn more about RLC Residences and its projects by visiting rlcresidences.com or by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
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Citadines Bacolod City: Unlocking Potential in Panay Region’s Hospitality Sector

Saturday, November 4, 2023

Citadines Bacolod City

The Ascott Limited, a leading international hospitality company, will be redefining the industry once again with Citadines Bacolod City, the newest addition to its roster of properties. Located in the heart of Bacolod. The premier-serviced residence, which marks Ascott's maiden entry into the city, is positioning itself as a game-changer in the local hospitality scene.

Bacolod City, known as the "City of Smiles" is a vibrant and progressive urban center located in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. It is the capital city of the province and serves as its economic, cultural, and administrative hub. The city’s rapid urbanization has had a significant impact on its tourism and hospitality sector, transforming it into a thriving destination that attracts both domestic and international travelers.

City of Smiles

Gearing up for 2024, Citadine’s targeted venture is Bacolod’s well-celebrated Masskara festival, which attracts tourists from all over the world. A part of their preparation was the exclusive VIP Night last October 19, which welcomed special guests Mr. Jose Franco Soberano, COO of Cebu Landmasters, Mr. Mathias Bergundthal, Director of SLI Hotels and Resorts, and Mr. Alec Lsutre, President of Capitaine Inc. The event gave a peek into the fun and excitement Citadines has planned for the upcoming year, featuring Masskara performers all night long - drummers, dancers, and singers - giving Bacolod a taste of what’s to come. 

The VIP Night also explored “How Citadines will Change the Hospitality Landscape in Bacolod” with Ascott General Manager Philip Barnes, opening with an optimistic eye for the upcoming opening.

The Citadines brand is committed to providing a seamless blend of convenience, comfort, and connectivity to cater to the diverse needs of both business and leisure travelers. Each Citadines property exudes a distinct style and character, reflecting the local culture and community, while maintaining a consistent philosophy of “bringing you to the city, and the city to you”. 

Looking forward to its opening in 2024, A property viewing was also integrated to boast the array of world-class amenities designed to elevate the guest experience. Showcasing the infinity pool, which offers stunning views of Bacolod's skyline, and the fully equipped fitness center to cater to health and wellness enthusiasts. Citadines excites everyone with a teaser of their several restaurants. For those wanting to try out local cuisines and regional specialties, stop by Citadines’ Negrense, your one-stop destination for all the delicacies Negros Occidental. The property’s team of chefs will collaborate with local cooks to deliver flavors unique to each city in the region. 

Viennoiserie and Italian, Citadines Bacolod City’s lobby café and bakery, will treat guests with an irresistible blend of aromatic coffee experiences through its collaboration with Coffee Culture, a popular and innovative artisan coffee roaster of local and imported beans. Aligning with the property’s brand signature, “for the love of coffee”, guests can choose from a menu inspired by the local coffee culture and leisurely enjoy food and beverages in an ambiance that radiates comfort and sophistication. Viennoiserie and Italian’s skilled baristas are devoted to transforming each cup of coffee into a journey of flavors, using carefully sourced beans that reflect the essence of the region's coffee heritage.

The property also boasts a selection of versatile event spaces, thoughtfully designed to accommodate a wide range of gatherings and occasions, such as a grand ballroom. This part of the property provides a spacious and versatile venue, making it an ideal Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) destination in the region. With its state-of-the-art facilities and adaptable layout, this pillarless marvel is poised to be a true game-changer in the MICE industry in the area, setting new standards for elegance, flexibility, and sophistication in event spaces.

"As a property managed by The Ascott Limited, Citadines Bacolod City exemplifies our commitment to providing a seamless blend of comfort, convenience, and top-notch service," said Philip Barnes, the Ascott Limited’s Country General Manager. "We are delighted to bring this exceptional brand to Bacolod City and offer travelers a sophisticated stay experience."

The property’s strategic location puts it in close proximity to several of the city’s key amenities and facilities. This includes some of Bacolod City’s top universities, shopping malls, central business districts, and restaurants. Citadines Bacolod City’s central location makes it an attractive choice for business and leisure travelers seeking a well-connected base to explore the city's vibrant offerings.

Along with Bacolod’s rapid urban growth, Citadines Bacolod City’s establishment in the city can help pave the way for further economic boon for the area as a whole. The property’s capacity to become a MICE destination leader in the region can significantly contribute to the city’s revenue generation, business opportunities, and diversification of income. It can also help maintain the region’s occupancy levels, especially during special cultural events like the Masskara Festival, and promote the Ascott brand to the Visayas region.

In terms of future growth, Ascott believes Citadines Bacolod City presents a steep growth potential in the coming years. With Bacolod's popularity as a travel and business hub continuing to soar, the property is well-equipped to cater to the increasing demand for sophisticated accommodations and events facilities. Through its establishment in Bacolod, Ascott aims to strengthen its brand presence in the Panay area by exploring opportunities for expansion and enhancing guest experiences in other key cities within the region.

As Citadines Bacolod City opens its doors to the public, the property invites guests to indulge in a world-class stay experience, backed by Ascott's legacy of exceptional service and unparalleled hospitality. Guests can reserve and advance and look out for updates by visiting the property’s official website and the following social media pages, Facebook and Instagram.


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Shang Properties: Unveiling a New Era in Luxury Real Estate

Friday, October 20, 2023

Shang Properties

Shang Properties marked the dawn of a new era in luxury living last October 17, 2023 at the prestigious Shangri-La The Fort in Manila's Bonifacio Global City. Renowned as the Philippines' foremost developer and curator of Exemplary Life Spaces, Shang Properties unveiled its revitalized brand identity, complete with a new logo, branding, and a tantalizing glimpse of its forthcoming luxury projects. This grand reveal took place during an afternoon soirée, where the essence of Filipino culture was celebrated in every detail.

Wolfgang Krueger

“Our brand refresh is a reflection of the changing world. Times have changed and consumers have different needs and desires. We recognized that we need to innovate and adapt to our market’s tastes. But what remains is our commitment to boldly moving forward, staying true to our promise of excellence, and setting higher standards in luxury living. In this new era of sophistication, we are not just changing with the times. We are leading the change,” said Wolfgang Krueger, Shang Properties’ Executive Director.

A new look of modern luxury and sophistication

Shang Properties unveiled its fresh brand identity through a captivating brand film, underscoring its core philosophy that meticulous attention to detail, regardless of scale, has a transformative impact. This milestone firmly establishes Shang Properties as the preeminent brand in the premium real estate market, known for its thoughtful architecture and development, refined taste, and an unwavering commitment to privacy and exclusivity.


In a prominent display of their dedication to precision, Shang Properties introduced a new logo characterized by a more streamlined and immaculate design. The text has been carefully refined to exude an understated aura of modern luxury and sophistication. This revamped aesthetic aligns seamlessly with Shang Properties' overarching design ethos, emphasizing an unwavering commitment to visionary concepts, elegance, and the harmonious integration of every detail.

The iconic Crane, an enduring symbol representing power, strength, and permanence in the Shang Properties brand, remains a central element. Its presence signifies the company's enduring promise to craft inspired spaces marked by meticulous thoughtfulness and harmonious design. Additionally, Shang Properties pays homage to its previous logo by retaining familiar elements and colors that maintain a strong connection to the brand's heritage and DNA.

Designing a well-appointed life

Shang Properties also introduced its newest portfolio of properties, poised to become the most sought-after addresses in the market.

Among these, the spotlight shines brightly on "Laya by Shang Properties," a captivating project nestled in the heart of Pasig City. Laya offers residents a canvas of modern and meticulously crafted spaces, allowing them the freedom to tailor their living environments to their unique expressions of self.

Furthermore, the presentation featured recently launched developments, including the prestigious "Shang Residences at Wack Wack." Additionally, there are two noteworthy projects from Shang Robinsons Properties, Inc., a strategic collaboration between Shang Properties and Robinsons Land Corporation, namely "Aurelia Residences" and "Haraya Residences." As a delightful tease for guests, the developer also provided tantalizing glimpses of two forthcoming projects in Cebu and Quezon City, promising more exciting offerings in the near future.

L-R: Rose Morales (Senior Director - Head of Group Sales), Andrew Den Oudsten (Executive Vice President of Operations), Sheila Sepulveda (Chief Human Resources Officer), Wolfgang Krueger (Executive Director), Jayme Uy (Marketing Director), Atty. Karlo Marco P. Estavillo (Chief Operations Officer), Joy Polloso, (Executive Vice President of Retail and Commercial)



An afternoon of delights

Shang Properties' soirée was a celebration of elegance, mirroring the company's fresh brand identity and logo. Attendees were treated to a captivating journey through a gallery showcasing the remarkable residences and commercial spaces meticulously crafted by Shang Properties. This immersive experience offered a glimpse into the company's illustrious 36-year history and its portfolio of award-winning developments. Adding a harmonious touch to the evening, guests were serenaded by Nicole Laurel Asensio, a renowned Filipino singer, songwriter, and actress.

Krueger, Shang Properties' spokesperson, remarked, "Our revitalized logo and branding signify the commencement of a new era of sophistication. The luxury real estate landscape is in a constant state of transformation, and we are committed to being at the forefront of this evolution. We aim to redefine luxury and establish new benchmarks. Our journey is just beginning, and we are privileged to continue crafting Exemplary Life Spaces."

For further insights into Shang Properties,  explore their website at www.shangproperties.com and stay connected with Shang Properties through its official social media channels: @ShangProperties on Instagram and Facebook, @ShangPropertiesOfficial on YouTube, and Shang Properties on LinkedIn.


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RLC Residences and Robinsons Land win developer awards and more recognition from PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards 2023

Friday, September 29, 2023



Property Guru, Asia’s leading real estate award-giving body, recently announced the winners of this year’s Philippines Property Awards in a gala dinner held September 22 at Shangri-la The Fort in Taguig City.

RLC Residences received the Best Lifestyle Developer recognition, while its mother company Robinsons Land got the coveted Developer of the Year citation, along with the Best Developer Visayas award – three of the most prestigious titles given during the night. 

“Thank you, PropertyGuru, for these awards. Speaking on behalf of RLC Residences, we launched the brand in 2021 - smack in the middle of the pandemic. Despite the challenges, the whole team made all the efforts to bring RLC Residences to where it is now and is continuously bringing the idea to life. So to the whole RLC Residences team, thank you for all the hard work and congratulations to us. Looking forward to more years to come,” said RLC Residences Senior Vice President and Business Unit General Manager John Richard Sotelo in his acceptance speech.

Apart from these prestigious titles, RLC Residences’ developments also received awards. Sierra Valley Gardens situated within a destination estate in Cainta, Rizal won the Best Condo Development in Luzon. Woodsville Crest, located at Merville, Paranaque City, received the Best Smart Home Development accolade in recognition of the safety and security technological features found within the development. “This came very timely, as we had just recently launched the third building of Woodsville Crest. So to the team behind Woodsville Crest, congratulations. This makes all the hard work worth it,” mentioned Sotelo.

The Residences at The Westin Manila, an upscale development in Ortigas Center developed in partnership with Marriott International, was hailed the Best Luxury Condo Development in Metro Manila. The property is home to generously sized living spaces outfitted with branded and signature deliverables and four-level amenities anchored on Westin’s Six Pillars of Well-Being. Meanwhile, SYNC – a pre-selling development located along C5 Road in Pasig, City – received a Highly Commended citation under the Best Integrated Work-From-Home Development for its unique features and amenities designed for working professionals. 

“We are truly honored to be recognized along with the best in the country and be one of its representatives in the regional awarding ceremony in Bangkok. We are also equally proud to be part of Robinsons Land and its quest to bring to life world-class real estate developments here in the country. We dedicate this success to all hardworking and passionate members of RLC Residences and our clients who have been inspiring us to deliver beautiful and well-designed homes,” shared Sotelo. 

Now in its 11th year, PropertyGuru Awards recognizes the finest in real estate in Asia and annually celebrates the extraordinary achievements of different developers at a domestic and regional level. 

Learn more about RLC Residences and its award-winning properties across the country by visiting rlcresidences.com or following them on Facebook and Instagram

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A flourishing oasis: RLC Residences unfolds Phase 2 of nature-inspired property Woodsville Crest

Friday, September 15, 2023

Woodsville Crest

Modern life moves at a breakneck speed, resulting to us dreaming of a sanctuary that nurtures our well-being. RLC Residences understands this yearning, which is why the developer is proud to unveil the second phase of Woodsville Crest through the launch of the newest building, Olive. This nature-inspired haven, tucked in the city of Parañaque, promises to provide a relaxing and restful home equipped with smart and sustainable features.

“With the current lifestyle of our home seekers, we found out that they are also on the lookout for a home that they can call their sanctuary. That’s why we designed Woodsville Crest with this as the priority – from unit offerings and its deliverables down to the amenities and the features of the whole property. We hope that Woodsville Crest can be their oasis where they can embrace a life of calm and serenity while still enjoying the convenience of living in the city,” says RLC Residences’ Senior Director, Head of Marketing, and Chief Integration Officer Karen Cesario. 

Your Oasis South of Metro

Situated within the Woodsville Complex in Merville, Parañaque, Woodsville Crest prides itself with a relaxing suburban home equipped with smart and sustainable features, amenities that are nature-inspired, and a location that easily connects home seekers to destinations and opportunities that truly matter. 

Location-wise, soon-to-be residents of Woodsville Crest can enjoy the convenience it will provide – thanks to its direct access to West Service Road and Edison Avenue. With this as their address, they can easily reach the numerous opportunities in areas such as Makati, Bonifacio Global City, and Ninoy Aquino International Airport as well as the recreational spots like Tagaytay City. 


As for the property itself, Woodsville Crest features a rustic and contemporary design with subtle nods to comfort and style. Home to breathable spaces ranging from studio to executive two-bedroom units, the living spaces are equipped with future-ready features such as Smart Lock accessible via PIN, mobile app, fingerprint, and mechanical key; Audio-Video Intercom directly connected to the reception area to screen guests before they come up the unit, and Smart Lights that can be controlled using the panel or via a phone app. 

Thoughtful provisions like work-from-home areas and ergonomic storage spaces, plus other upgrades in kitchen and toilet and bath areas are also added in the living spaces of Woodsville Crest. For instance, each unit comes with a dedicated drying area for laundry while some offer a balcony with shadings that are aesthetically-pleasing at the same time functions as a cover to the sun’s rays.


This attention to detail also applies to the property’s facilities. Residents can enjoy a suite of rest and relaxation amenities such as the Outdoor Pool and open landscaped areas that are idyllic spots for restorative practices like yoga and meditation.

The nature-inspired property also promotes joyful encounters, as Woodsville Crest features spaces for socializing like the picnic groves, a pet park, and play areas for kids. 

Your Sustainable Oasis

Woodsville Crest stands as a testament to RLC Residences' commitment to sustainability with a wide range of environmentally-sound features within the property. Starting off with a solar-powered e-charging parking station for electric vehicles and bike parking slots offered to residents. Moreover, solar-powered street and garden lamps dot the property, complemented by the rainwater harvesting system to be used for landscape irrigation and other non-potable use within the development.

“There are a lot of features to look forward to in Woodsville Crest. And truly, we thank our customers and homeseekers for inspiring us to design this property. We can’t wait to welcome them home so they can enjoy the life that awaits them in their oasis South of Metro,” shares Cesario.

Interested individuals regarding Woodsville Crest may connect with a Property Specialist via rlcresidences.com or follow the developer on Facebook and Instagram for more updates.

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Filinvest City brought vision to life with its first sustainable smart city in the country

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Filinvest ‘Cityzens’ get around the city aboard the Global Electric Transport Comet electric vehicle offers a cashless and environment-friendly commuter transport system


Long before smart cities were envisioned to be a possibility in the country, one of the Philippines’ leading real estate developers has started laying down the foundation of a smart and sustainable city in the early 1990s, designing a groundbreaking sustainable township in a sprawling 244-hectare prime property in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

This pioneering development is Filinvest City – a vision that was brought to life, thanks to the forward-looking ethos of Filinvest Alabang Inc. (FAI). 

As the first and only green-certified central business district in the country, Filinvest City is awarded with a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold in Neighborhood Development Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, as well as a BERDE-Certification with a 3-star rating under the Philippine Green Building Council, Filinvest City is truly ahead of its time, seamlessly integrating life’s conveniences around nature. 

Fully integrated and self-contained, the development is divided into districts with a balanced mix of developments such as residences, leisure hubs, top educational institutions, and medical and wellness facilities, all within close proximity for easy walkability and safety.

“We believe that these features of Filinvest City are the main reasons its land value continues to appreciate over time. The city continues to evolve and modernize to meet the ever-changing needs of people,” stated Don Ubaldo, FAI First Vice President for Townships. 

Yet despite all the developments that have been achieved over the past 30 years, the improvements and innovations are not about to slow down as the township looks forward to the next three decades with even better innovations that will further enhance the quality of life of its people and the environment.


They’re already taking significant steps, beginning with the city’s security, connectivity and accessibility. For motorists, the city offers its ecological parking facility, featuring two slots of e-vehicle charging stations for public use. To involve and inspire the community to recycle, the parking area of this charging station features sustainable pavers which use far less equipment in production, Filinvest City has partnered with Green Antz to upcycle residents' plastics into building materials that would be used for purposeful display at Filinvest City’s Central Park. 

Further strengthening its commitment to sustainability, Filinvest City has installed the District Cooling System in 2017, the largest cooling facility in the Philippines that enables 16 of the city’s buildings to outsource chilled water needed to cool their interiors at Northgate Cyberzone. Filinvest City has also upgraded its existing sewage treatment plant and introduced a new water treatment plant, enabling it to safely recycle and reuse water for landscaping. While in the city’s commercial developments like Festival Mall, solar panels have been operating since January 2022, a 2.8 MWp solar rooftop solution at Filinvest Land Inc.’s Festival Mall in Alabang. The intelligent system will supply about 28 percent of the mall’s peak demand and save close to 41,000 tons of CO2, an equivalent to removing approximately 9,000 cars off the roads of Metro Manila.

And since security is a key pillar of communities like Filinvest City, for better monitoring, management and recording of city activities, it has installed CCTVs in strategic locations and common areas of the city. 

On top of these, as part of the city’s rapid move as a smart city is the infrastructure for connectivity to grant public access to free WIFI, allowing them to utilize the city’s service and operating systems for free. This includes the FC App, the city’s app that commuters will be able to use to get access to the Get Pass online feature which has a GPS integration to track the PWD-friendly Global Electric Transport (GET) Comet E-Vehicle – a cashless and environment-friendly commuter transport system to help Filinvest Cityzens to get around the city.

For Filinvest City’s parks, many improvements are also set to happen to provide ease and better wellness for people and nature. Solar powered streetlights will soon cover the walkways of Filinvest City Central Park. Smart benches will also be provided where people can use wireless phone chargers. 

And to celebrate Filinvest City’s meaningful first 30 years and to continue its smart, sustainable initiatives where people can get more actively involved, it has organized the “Run for the Future: Building a ECOmmunity Together”, a fun run perfect for family, friends and even pets this August 26. Participants were able to enjoy great food and performances from Spongecola, The Ridleys, and DJ Wicked Adobo. Proceeds of the event were donated to Pedro E. Diaz High School, in partnership with the Environmental Sanitation Center, Muntinlupa.

“Everything we do is intentional - from the infrastructure to the amenities and creative activations around the city. They are all in place to support our move towards becoming the first smart city in the country where people and the environment can benefit from each other,” concluded Ubaldo. 

To know more about Filinvest City, visit its website at https://filinvestcity.com/ and Facebook account at https://www.facebook.com/FilinvestCityOFFICIAL/.
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Ushering the City to Progress: Mandaue to benefit from multiple developments

Friday, September 1, 2023

Mantawi Residences

The city of Mandaue lies in a strategic location. From the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, it is the gateway to the cities and municipalities in the province. It is also just minutes away from the major growth points in the Metro Cebu area. The prime positioning of Mandaue has helped in fast-tracking progress in the city, being recognized as one of three highly-urbanized cities in Central Visayas1 and the industrial hub of the region. It is home to about 10,000 industrial and commercial locators2.

Mandaue continues to look to the future with multiple developments that will usher the city towards progress: 



Mantawi Residences

Mantawi Residences is RLC Residences’ first premium development in Cebu. It is strategically located in Ouano Avenue and promises spacious and smart home-upgraded units ranging from one to three bedrooms and penthouse suites. These units all come with loggia – an extended living space where soon-to-be homeowners can comfortably relax while appreciating the beautiful city skyline of Cebu.

Apart from these, residents will be treated to hyper-sized indoor and outdoor facilities spread out in 1.3 hectares of amenity area. These include beach-inspired swimming pools, landscaped areas, jogging trails, a pet park, a spa, and indoor amenities including a game room, a work lounge, and a private theater among others.

Aside from elevating the lifestyles of its future residents, Mantawi Residences will also open its ground floor to house global brands and upscale dining areas that will level up commercial activities in the area. 

Metro Cebu Expressway

The Metro Cebu Expressway (MCE), a 56.9 km long project, is expected to solve the traffic congestion within Metro Cebu. The South to North expressway is divided into three segments including the Minglanilla – Cebu City – Mandaue/Consolacion Bdry portion; Mandaue/Consolacion Bdry. to Danao City section; and Naga City – Minglanilla component. 

Once completed, MCE aims to ease the movement of people and commerce in Metro Cebu’s Central Business Districts and economic/export and tourism zones. Providing mobility, MCE targets to drive economic growth across Cebu’s urban districts. 

Cebu Bus Rapid Transit 

Also on a mission to decongest roads is the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (CBRT), a bus service with dedicated routes traversing a 13.8-kilometer road. The project seeks to provide commuters with a faster alternative transportation to and from schools, workplaces, and other lifestyle centers. 

Under the project, buses will run on a priority lane- one in each opposite direction- while the rest of the lanes will be opened for mixed-use traffic. 

“Cebu is simply beaming with progress. The extensive transportation systems on the works promise great opportunities to Cebuanos and even greater returns for investors. These are also our considerations in bringing about Mantawi Residences right in Mandaue, so that our future residents can benefit from living right at the frontier of progress” says Karen Cesario, RLC Residences’ Senior Director, Marketing Head and Chief Integration Officer.

New Cebu International Container Port

Future development in Mandaue are all geared towards improving the quality of life thru economic progress, and the upcoming New Cebu International Container Port (NCICP) is no exception. This new project will be built on a reclaimed area in Consolacion and is set to help ease the state of doing business in the area through better infrastructure. Featuring a berthing facility that can accommodate two 2,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit vessels at the same time, NCICP is seen to aid in flourishing local business with competitive prices and increase economic opportunities for the residents once fully built and operational.

With its improved facilities and structures for containers with an inclusion of an access road and bridge, the NCICP is expected to ease the increasing volumes being handled by the Cebu International Port and enhance the flow of goods and services in the Visayas region. 

Premiere Waterfront Development by Global City Mandaue Corporation 

The Global City Mandaue Corporation is developing a 101-hectare premier waterfront project along the Mactan Channel. It will feature office spaces, malls, luxury retail options, hotels, resorts, and restaurants. Cultural spaces like galleries, museums, and libraries will also rise. Pocket parks, pathways, and playgrounds will complete the vibrant lifestyle experience.

The project had its groundbreaking in May of 2022. When it is completed, those living in Mantawi Residences will have access to a hub for business, culture, education, and entertainment. 

“Mandaue truly has a lot more to offer in the coming years and we can’t wait for our future homeowners at Mantawi Residences to say that they made the right choice,” remarks Cesario. 

To know more about Mantawi Residences, visit rlcresidences.com .
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