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Pandemic seen to give Metro Manila a chance to correct urban...

THE PANDEMIC has exposed the vulnerabilities of mega-cities like Metro Manila, but it also offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to correct urban planning mistakes, a top urban planner said.

As pandemic upends hospitality industry, hotels roll out measures to ensure...

HOTELS are looking to balance hospitality with efforts to meet hygiene and safety standards in the “new normal,” as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues.

Malls try to woo back shoppers

SHOPPING MALLS continue to implement health and safety protocols to ensure their customers can have a safe shopping experience, as Metro Manila is now under a general community quarantine.

WFH during the ECQ: LPC’s Lylah Fronda-Ledonio and Phillip Añonuevo

WITH enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila nearing the 60-day mark, Leechiu Property Consultants (LPC) executive directors for commercial leasing Lylah Fronda-Ledonio and Phillip Añonuevo now have their work-from-home (WFH) routines down pat.

Office space demand to slow

OFFICE space demand in Metro Manila is expected to slow in the near and medium-term, as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to disrupt businesses.

WFH during the ECQ: Thomson Reuters’ Tes Veloso

WORKING from home (WFH)doesn’t necessarily mean you get to finish earlier than usual.

PHirst earmarks P550M for Batangas project

PHIRST PARK Homes, Inc. (PPHI) is earmarking P550 million for its planned project in Nasugbu, Batangas, as the developer expands its footprint in the...

Cebu developer to build workspaces under IWG franchise

INTERNATIONAL Workplace Group (IWG) signed its first franchise partnership in Southeast Asia, teaming up with a Cebu-based company to develop workspace franchises in the Philippines.

PHirst launches Calamba project

PHIRST Park Homes, Inc. (PPHI) continues to expand its portfolio in the Calabarzon area with the launch of its new residential project in Calamba, Laguna.

Green buildings represent $24.7-trillion investment opportunity — IFC report

GREEN BUILDINGS offer a $24.7-trillion investment opportunity in emerging markets, including the Philippines, according to a report by the International Finance Corp. (IFC).

Ayala estate to rise in Tarlac City

AYALA LAND, Inc. (ALI) is looking to replicate Tarlac City’s beloved poblacion within its new mixed-use estate Cresendo.

SM Prime to issue up to P20-B bonds

SM PRIME Holdings, Inc. (SMPH) is set to issue up to P20-billion worth of bonds, which were given the highest credit rating by the Philippine Rating Services Corp. (PhilRatings).

Vista Land sets interest rates for retail bond offering

VISTA LAND & Lifescapes, Inc. (VLL) has set the interest rates for the fixed-rate retail bonds worth up to P10 billion that it is set to issue next month.

CPG’s Azure makes beach resort experience in the city possible

WHEN Century Properties Group, Inc. (CPG) launched Azure Urban Resort Residences in 2010, not a few scoffed at its plan to create a man-made beach in the middle of Bicutan in Parañaque.

US asserts place in Indo Pacific amid China’s gains in the...

BANGKOK, THAILAND -- The United States is moving to reassert its economic influence in the Indo-Pacific region, amid a long-drawn out trade war with China and as some countries, including the Philippines, have increasingly turned to their northern neighbor for investments to fund infrastructure projects.

ALI’s pocket urban development to help transform Novaliches

IT may be difficult to imagine an Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) estate in the middle of Novaliches, Quezon City.

PLDT gets $1M training grant from USTDA

BANGKOK — The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is supporting PLDT, Inc.’s preparations for the rollout of its fifth generation (5G) network by providing the telecommunications giant with a $1-million (around P50.5 million) training grant.

Alveo’s most expensive condo rises in Makati CBD

IMAGINE living in the heart of Makati central business district and seeing a lush green park from your living room window every day. This may seem like a dream, but not for residents of Parkford Suites Legazpi.

ALI to invest P8B in QC estate

AYALA LAND, Inc. (ALI) is investing P8 billion in a new mixed-use district in Novaliches, Quezon City.

RE growing capacity but needs policy, fund support

ROME, ITALY -- Renewable energy (RE) capacity is increasing around the world, but more needs to be done to address challenges in policy, financing and grid integration, experts said in a forum here last week.

ICCP Group sees growth in townships, industrial estates

THE ICCP Group is seeing continued growth in its property development business, particularly in townships and industrial estates.

There is more to Kobe than just beef

MOST PEOPLE head to Kobe, Japan just to sample the famous Wagyu beef, but there’s so much more to the capital city of Hyogo Prefecture.

The Sphere targets staycationers, business travelers

By Cathy Rose A. Garcia, Associate Editor THE Makati central business district is probably not on most people’s lists of places to have a weekend...

One Vertis Plaza set to become QC’s premiere office address

QUEZON CITY will soon have its first AAA, premium-grade office building, as Ayala Land Premier (ALP) starts work on One Vertis Plaza within the Vertis North complex.

Accor picks Makati for Pullman, Novotel apartments

MULTINATIONAL hospitality group Accor SA is developing the world’s first Pullman Living and Novotel Living standalone apartments in Makati City.

Staying cool in Japan

SUMMER in Japan is usually very hot and humid, but thankfully Japanese consumer companies have come up with many innovative products that help people keep cool.

What to expect from Philippines’ most expensive condominium

AN ULTRA-LUXURY residential condominium being developed in the heart of Makati is grabbing headlines for its eye-watering price tag of around P600,000 per square meters (sq.m.).

Over 100 Popeyes stores in 3 years eyed

THE operator of fastfood chain Popeyes in the Philippines is targeting to open over a hundred stores in the next three years.

Visa offers more dining, travel deals under Epic Experiences

GLOBAL PAYMENTS technology company Visa continues to expand its Epic Experiences program, which gives its cardholders perks and benefits at over 60 restaurants and travel destinations in the Philippines.

Avida targets ‘upgraders’ for Imus subdivision

AVIDA LAND Corp. is beefing up its residential portfolio in Cavite with the launch of a subdivision inside parent Ayala Land Inc.’s mixed-use estate Vermosa in Imus.

Developer KMV Asia focuses on environment-friendly projects

KMV Asia Development Corp. is hoping to distinguish itself from other real estate firms by focusing on sustainable and environment-friendly projects.

How SSI secured deal for Shake Shack franchise

SHAKE SHACK is officially opening today its first Philippine branch in the heart of Bonifacio Global City (BGC), a long way from its start as a hotdog cart in a New York City park 15 years ago.

Xiaomi seeks to grow PHL market share with Redmi Note 7

TECH company Xiaomi Corp. is looking to significantly grow its market share in the Philippines this year, with the launch of its latest mid-range smartphone Redmi Note 7.

Avida’s Makati project targets ‘younger’ and ‘wiser’ millennials

AVIDA LAND Corp. is targeting young professionals and millennials with its latest project Makati Southpoint.

Alfamart to add 200 PHL stores

INDONESIAN mini-mart chain Alfamart is planning to open 200 new stores in the Philippines next year, according to a report by Fitch Ratings.

Uniqlo accepts all clothes for charity recycling initiative

AS PEOPLE clean out their closets before the end of the year, Uniqlo Philippines is hoping more Filipinos will consider donating their old clothes as part of its All-Product Recycling Initiative.

Lazada Philippines to expand partnerships with brands, MSMEs

LAZADA Philippines is planning to expand its partnerships not just with traditional brands, but with micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), as aims to keep its lead in the increasingly competitive e-commerce market.

Why Avida Cloverleaf is a good investment

BALINTAWAK used to be synonymous with textile mills, wet markets and the cloverleaf-shaped interchange linking the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and EDSA.

An unforgettable city

“STOP MASS TOURISM.” The bright red letters were stencilled on a tourist map sign near the Roman Wall ruins in Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella (Old Town).

How beauty brand L’Oréal stays earth-friendly and profitable

L’Oréal is proving that businesses can make a serious and conscious effort to reduce their environmental footprint, and be financially successful at the same time.

Natural gas seen playing complementary role as renewables tech develops

BARCELONA -- Even as renewables continue to grow, the global gas industry is confident natural gas still has a key role to play in the energy sector.

Emerging Asia expected to drive continued demand for natural gas —...

BARCELONA -- The natural gas industry is expected to continue growing in the near future, with emerging Asia seen as the main driver for demand growth, according to an International Energy Agency (IEA) senior analyst.

Decarbonization starts with natural gas; questions remain

BARCELONA -- Is natural gas a transition fuel on the road to a decarbonized future? That was the question posed to several chief executive officers (CEOs) of top energy firms at the Gastech Exhibition and Conference here on Monday.

Favorite Things | No passport, will travel

AirAsia Chair Marianne B. Hontiveros recalls the time she flew from Frankfurt to Manila sans documents.