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Finding ‘home’ in the busy metropolis

From L-R: Architect Willie, Salinas, A&E Head; Ms. Jojie Guzman, Pro-Friends President; Mr. Juny Santillan, Project Manager; Mr. Gus Leonardo, COO and Business Unit IV Head; Engr. Jun Villa, AVP for PDG Vertical

Most Filipinos are in search for, not just a house, but a property they can call “home.” Owning a space for families and young professionals is more than just a monetary investment – it is one that hopes to last for a lifetime.

Posted: September 28th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Starck firm to design riverfront property

STARCK meets Warendorf, a German kitchen system. The opaque glass, leaf patterns and Venetian edgings lend character to the kitchen. The plastic wall lamp is by Starck, but of course.

Known for its $10-million apartments, design icon Philippe Starck’s company called Yoo is creating the common areas of a condominium by the Pasig River.

Posted: December 11th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

That luxury-condominium lifestyle

“THE GRAND Penthouses have been designed with the ideal owner in mind: highly successful, welltraveled, with a keen appreciation of diverse cultures, fine dining and casual luxury,” says Vicente Formoso, vice president of Shang Properties. PHOTOS BY NELSON MATAWARAN

It feels like living in the sky in the grand penthouse in a luxury development in Ortigas. The three-story enclave offers a sweeping panorama of Manila Bay and Laguna Lake; an infinity pool on the rooftop, a glass-walled lounge, open space with double-height ceiling, and floor-to-ceiling windows that let the outdoor view in.

Posted: February 15th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘The First-Choice Cosmopolitan Address’


One Eastwood Avenue makes it perfectly clear. It’s the one – the only one – for you. Set on the best, most prestigious location in Eastwood City, your modern address tells the whole world you’ve arrived. And with two towers rising high, high above Eastwood Avenue, it epitomizes where you are in life. Tower 1, [...]

Posted: February 8th, 2012 in Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Convenience is tops

Alveo roof deck

Escalating prices of petroleum products, horrendous traffic as well as high toll fees have all made it less likely for real estate buyers these days to consider investing millions of pesos in homes far from where they work and play and where their children go to school. And the loss of single-detached homes in the [...]

Posted: August 6th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Inspired by the Nipa Hut

Climate conscious design emphasizes natural lighting and ventilation

With construction costs and property values soaring into the stratosphere, a “dream home” remains just that for most of us – a dream. Even the relatively well-heeled are balking at the massive investment that a single detached residence in an exclusive metropolitan subdivision now represents.  Many are instead opting for the greater convenience and investment [...]

Posted: August 6th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Will Mother Earth move in with you in that condo?


It has often been the inevitable side effect of industrialization and urbanization: Where humans create habitation for their own species, other creatures of the planet are evicted, whole environments irreversibly altered and ecological balance thrown into disarray. It’s just too much for Mother Earth to take.  Unfortunately, we don’t know any better until she throws [...]

Posted: August 6th, 2011 in Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

The Filipino condo culture


With dense populations in urban areas and land prices going sky-high, there has been no way to go but up – build-up that is, with high-rise condos. And condo prices, whether for purchase or rental, are still affordable to upper and middle-classes. Should government move in with low-cost condos, alone or in partnership with the [...]

Posted: August 6th, 2011 in Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Ito Kish creates his own single’s pad

Photo by Bobot Meru

At first look, the condo unit of design consultant/entrepreneur Margarito “Ito” Kish is the exemplary single man’s pad – contemporary, sleek, and obviously tidied up by a help. It has custom-made furniture, piped-in music, and art. Beyond function and purpose, however, it could be mistaken for an extension of his showroom, Kish. Furniture is clustered [...]

Posted: July 19th, 2011 in Cocoon Magazine,Photos & Videos | Read More »

New Makati high-rise rewriting rule in high-end home security


Already redefining privileged living standards with everything in quality, luxury and service, The Grand Midori Makati has another symbol of excellence, one that every cosmopolitan homeowner only dreams of – security that can rival, or even surpass that of five-star luxury resorts. Indeed, The Grand Midori Makati has been conceived with a signature mix of [...]

Posted: June 4th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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  2. Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  3. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  4. This is not just a farm
  5. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  6. Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  7. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  8. Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  9. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  10. Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  1. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  2. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  3. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  4. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  5. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  6. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  7. Boots Anson-Roa to wed in Eddie Baddeo
  8. Prince William fuels speculation of second royal baby
  9. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  10. This is not just a farm
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  10. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?


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