(Source: The Manila Times | 8 April 2016)
Property giant Megaworld Corp. dominated the 4th annual Philippine Property Awards as it took home the Best Developer Award after being nominated for a total of 16 awards.
The Philippine Property Awards is part of the regional Asia Property awards organized by Property Guru, a leading property media group in Asia.
At the Awards Gala night held Thursday evening at the Fairmont Makati, Andrew Tan-led Megaworld also won the Best Condo Development Resort award for The Vineyard Residences by its subsidiary Global-Estate Resorts Inc.(GERI) and Best Residential Architectural Design award for Uptown Ritz.
Megaworld also won several other key commendations including Best Luxury Condo development for its Uptown Ritz project; Best Residential Development in Davao for One Lakeshore Drive by its subsidiary Suntrust Properties Inc.; Best Hotel Development for Marriott Courtyard Hotel; Best Retail Development for Uptown Mall Best Residential Architectural Design for Uptown Parksuites; Best Residential Interior Design for 8 Newtown Boulevard and Salcedo Skysuites; Best Retail Architectural Design for Venice Grand Canal Mall and Uptown Mall; Best Office Architectural Design for Uptown Tower 3; Best Hotel Interior Design for Marriott Courtyard Hotel; Best Landscape and Best Architectural Design for 8 Newtown Boulevard.
Meanwhile, the SM Group, last year’s Best Developer, also had its fair share of awards. It took home awards for SM Seaside City Cebu by SM Prime Holdings Inc. as Best Commercial Development, Best Retail Architectural Design and Best Retail Development.
The group was also given a special recognition in CSR (corporate social responsibility) for its initiatives in providing Filipinos homes in prime locations in the country and for its efforts to remodel overpopulated public schools and classrooms across the country.
Entries for this year’s awards were double that of last year as more than 200 entries were recorded.
Lindsay Orr, Jones Lang Lasalle Philippines country manager and chairman of the judges for the Philippine Property awards, noted the increasing amount of entries from outside of Metro Manila.
“Whilst there’s still a emphasis on Metro Manila, there was an increase in the number of entries from Cebu and also Davao,” Orr said. “What we need to do now is to continue to bang the drums and build the awareness for the Philippine Property Awards so that next year we will make sure that we’ll have an even larger section of entries from other regions.”
Another special recognition of the night was the Real Estate Personality of the Year, which was awarded to former Senate President Manuel Villar Jr., founder of the Vista Land Group.
“I am deeply grateful for, and profoundly humbled by this recognition from the Philippine Property Awards,” Villar said. “For me, the Real Estate Personality of the Year award is a testament to how Vista Land has been an instrument in improving the lives of Filipinos by providing them homes to live comfortably and communities where necessities are within their reach.”
Other awardees at the gala night were AppleOne Properties Inc. as Best Boutique Developer; Arthaland Century Pacific Tower by Arthaland and Menarco Tower by Menarco Development Corp. as Best Green Development; Northpoint by Vista Land and Lifescapes Inc., as Best Housing Development; Acqua Private Residences by Century Properties Group Inc., as Best Condo Development; Admiral Grand Suites by Anchor Land Holdings Inc., as Best Luxury Condo Development in Metro Manila; Acqua Private Residences by Century Properties Group Inc., as Best Mid-Range Condo Development in Metro Manila; and Hacienda Balai North Quezon City by Phinma Properties as Best Affordable Condo Development in Metro Manila.
Awards also went to Solare by Primary Homes Inc., as Best Housing Development in Cebu; Northpoint by Vista Land and Lifescapes Inc., as Best Residential Development in Davao; Camella Palawan by Vista Land as Best Housing Development-Resort; Conrad Manila by SM Prime Holdings Inc., as Best Hotel Development, Best Hotel Interior Design and Best Hotel Architectural Design; Ore Central by Monte de Tesoro Corp as Best Office Development and Best Landscape Architectural Design; Admiral Grand Suites by Anchor Land Holdings Inc., as Best Residential Interior Design; and Arthaland Century Pacific Tower as Best Office Architectural Design.
— By Catherine Talavera