Last week, I was invited to grace the prestigious Philippine Property Awards at the Fairmount Raffles Building in Makati. It was my first time covering this event and since I now work in the Real Estate Development Sector I was kinda familiar with some of the Developers who were also nominated and shortlisted in the various categories.
The event commenced in the evening wherein flocks and droves of property developers and business leaders all graced the event.
Megaworld Corporation took home its first-ever Best Developer award as well as three more gongs and 13 Highly Commended honours at the fourth annual Philippines Property Awards gala dinner.
The Dr Andrew L Tan-led company started the evening with an unprecedented 16 nominations, with Uptown Bonifacio getting six nods. The high-end urban township eventually won Best Residential Architectural Design for the Uptown Ritz condominium development.
Last year’s Best Developer winner SM Group was nominated for 10 awards through its various subsidiaries and eventually took home Best Commercial Development (Philippines) for SM Seaside City Cebu, a retail project undertaken by its commercial investment arm, SM Prime Holdings Inc.
The conglomerate, headed by Henry Sy Sr, the country’s richest man, also won the coveted Special Recognition in CSR for providing Filipinos “five-star” homes in prime locations around the country, as well as promoting a conducive learning experience for the youth by building and remodelling overpopulated public school classrooms across the islands.
Presented by Hansgrohe, the fourth edition of the Philippines Property Awards 2016 welcomed a new category to reward the country’s outstanding boutique developers. In the category for Best Boutique Developer, AppleOne Properties Inc pipped King Properties. Fellow Cebu-based firms, Primary Homes Inc and Cebu Landmasters Inc, collected several Winners and Highly Commended accolades in other categories.
With this year’s entries doubling to more than 200 compared to 2015, the time has come to widen the scope of the programme, a move that was welcomed by the independent panel of judges and trusted awards supervisor BDO.
Another highlight of the ceremony was the presentation to former Senate President Manuel B Villar Jr, founder of the Vista Land Group, of the Real Estate Personality of the Year award by the editors of Property Report. It was the only award not selected by the independent judging panel.
Known for his master planned developments called “Communicities,” the self-made billionaire saw his construction supplies business in the early 1970s grow into a quality housing developer.
The rise of the country’s emerging markets was featured prominently at the Property Report Congress Philippines, a high-level forum that discussed the past, present and future of the local real estate industry. It was the first time that the Congress took place in the country after the successful debut in Singapore in 2015. The Philippine conference preceded the black-tie gala gala dinner at the Fairmont Makati and was joined by experts from all over the archipelago and further afield, including current and former Winners and Judges from the Philippines Property Awards.
Full list of Winners and Highly Commended at the Philippines Property Awards 2016:
Best Developer (Philippines)
Winner: Megaworld Corporation
Best Boutique Developer
Winner: AppleOne Properties Inc
Special Recognition in CSR
Winner: SM Development Corporation (SMDC)
BEST OF THE BEST
Best Green Development
Winner: Arthaland Century Pacific Tower by ArthaLand
Winner: Menarco Tower by Menarco Development Corp
Best Mid-Range Condo Development (Metro Manila)
Winner: Acqua Private Residences by Century Properties Group Inc
Salcedo Square by Vista Residences (Vista Land Group)
Sorrento Oasis by Filinvest Land Inc
The Residences Commonwealth by Century Properties Group Inc
Best Affordable Condo Development (Metro Manila)
Winner: Hacienda Balai North Quezon City by Phinma Properties
Grace Residences by SM Development Corporation (SMDC)
Suntrust Shanata by Suntrust Properties Inc by Megaworld Corporation
Trees Residences by SM Development Corporation (SMDC)
Check out their site for the full list of winners. Congrats to all who bagged the awards 🙂
About Philippines Property Awards:
Returning for a fourth successful year in 2016, the Philippines Property Awards is part of the regional Asia Property Awards programme. The Philippines Property Awards is the biggest and most credible industry awards in the archipelago, with the top and emerging names in real estate celebrating the best developers, projects and designs in Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao and emerging resort destinations.