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Planning to build a house? Here’s why you need an architect

WHEN planning to build a house, some people think they only need to hire a civil engineer or a contractor, but not an architect. For some, hiring an architect is seen as expensive, unnecessary or prolonging the construction process.

Luxury condo offers ‘best’ views of Pico de Loro Cove

FREIA, the latest residential condominium to be launched at Hamilo Coast in Nasugbu, Batangas, offers the “best, most prime views” of Pico de Loro Cove.

TLDC, Dusit sign management agreement for Dusit Princess hotel in Lipa...

LIPA CITY will soon have its first international hotel chain, when the Dusit Princess Lipa opens by 2021.

Shares rebound on improved inflation prospects

LOCAL EQUITIES recovered on Thursday due to improved market sentiment, with inflation expected to continue easing amid softening oil prices.

IPC teams up with Conversant for CDN service

IP CONVERGE Data Services, Inc. (IPC), an ePLDT company, has teamed up with Singapore-based digital media solutions provider Conversant Solutions, Inc. to offer the country’s first enterprise-level Content Delivery Network (CDN) service.

Shiptek launches online logistics application XLog

SHIPTEK SOLUTIONS Corp. officially launched XLog, an online platform that will streamline and smoothen logistics processes.

Red Hat partners with DICT on open source app platform

RED HAT, INC. has partnered with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on the creation of applications for the government using open source technology.

Manila Bay Area seen overtaking Makati CBD by 2021 — Colliers

DEMAND from foreign employees of offshore gaming firms is boosting the growth of the Metro Manila’s residential condominium market, particularly in the reclaimed area fronting Manila Bay.

Best developers honored at Lamudi awards

ONLINE property marketplace Lamudi recognized the year’s best real estate developers and projects at The Outlook 2018 Philippine Buyers’ Choice Property Awards.

8990 establishes hospitality unit

8990 Holdings, Inc. is making its foray into the hospitality industry, saying it plans to spend over P5 billion to develop 3,000 hotel rooms in key tourist destinations.

GoBear, CredoLab partner on credit scorecard app

SINGAPORE-BASED GoBear and CredoLab have partnered on an app that aims to reach the 16.8-million underbanked Filipino people.

P.A. Alvarez inks 2 new deals with Japan’s HHPC

P.A. Alvarez Properties & Development Corp. (P.A. Properties) is expanding its partnership with Japan’s Hankyu Hanshin Properties Corp. (HHPC) with new projects in Cavite and Batangas.

Lazada PHL reveals best-selling brands during 11.11 sale

XIAOMI, Philips, Maybelline and Olay were among the top-selling brands during Lazada Philippines’ 11.11 Shopping Festival.

Outsourcing firms, POGOs fuel office space demand

EXPANSION of outsourcing companies in the first nine months of 2018, coupled with the continued growth of offshore gaming operators, continued to fuel the robust demand for office space in Metro Manila.

WeWork to open 1st Philippine hub

NEW YORK-BASED co-working space provider is expanding in the Philippines with the opening of its first hub in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City next month.

Revolution Precrafted inks P10-B deal with CCI

REVOLUTION Precrafted on Monday said it has signed P10-billion deal with Community Creators, Inc. (CCI)to supply homes for the latter’s two residential communities in Rizal and Bulacan.

Lapeña charged with graft

THE NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has charged Bureau of Customs (BoC) Commissioner Isidro S. Lapeña with graft, gross neglect of duty, and grave misconduct, in connection with technical procedures regarding the release of shipments containing ceramic tiles last March.

Holiday Inn opens in Baguio City

THE InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) recently opened a Holiday Inn in Baguio City.

DMWAI unit gets go signal for residential project

D.M. Wenceslao & Associates, Inc. (DMWAI) on Thursday said its subsidiary has received from the government a license to sell units at its new residential project in Aseana City.

Quezon City launches mobile app on ordinances

THE QUEZON CITY local government has launched an online database of ordinances accessible via a mobile application as it aims to raise awareness about the city’s rules.

How to solve the waste plastic problem one ‘ecobrick’ at a...

A BULACAN-based company is using waste plastic laminates or sachets to produce “ecobricks,” which are touted as a solution to the solid waste problem and a “green” alternative to hollow blocks.

New Seda hotel offers full-resort experience

AYALA LAND Inc.’s Seda brand continues to expand throughout the country, with the recent opening of the hotel in Lio Tourism Estate in El Nido, Palawan.

CG Hospitality takes over The Farm at San Benito

KATHMANDU-BASED CG Hospitality Holdings is planning to expand The Farm at San Benito, after it took over the management of the eco-luxury medical wellness resort in Lipa, Batangas.

Amarilyo Crest opens amenity area

FILINVEST LAND, Inc. (FLI) recently inaugurated the amenity area of Amarilyo Crest in its Havila township. Amarilyo Crest’s amenity area includes pools, open spaces, a gazebo, parks, and an exclusive clubhouse.

Grab launches premium tricycle service

GRAB Philippines (MyTaxi.PH, Inc) partnered with distributor AutoItalia Philippines Enterprises, Inc. to offer the GrabTrike Premium service using the three-wheeled Piaggio Ape.

Filipino hotel chain expands

THE ORIENTAL Hotels and Resorts is expanding in several key tourist destinations in the Philippines, by acquiring old buildings and transforming them into hotels.

Most workers considering change of career, industry — Monster.com

THE vast majority of the work force is considering a change to another industry for improved financial prospects and stability, job search site Monster.com said, citing the results of a survey.

CLI, Archdiocese of Cebu sign lease agreement

CEBU Landmasters, Inc. (CLI) on Monday said it has signed a lease agreement with the Archdiocese of Cebu to redevelop the latter’s 6,670-square meter (sq.m.) property in downtown Cebu.

Hilton Manila highlights sustainable practices

NEWLY-OPENED Hilton Manila is implementing sustainable practices in its operations, as part of the global hospitality company’s commitment to reduce its environmental footprint.

PHirst Park Homes plans 15 communities in 5 years

PHIRST PARK Homes Inc. is planning to launch 15 master planned communities in Central Luzon and Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) within the next five years.

Developers urged to use renewable energy in projects

REAL estate developers should adopt sustainable practices in their projects, including the use of renewable energy, in response to increasing demand from home buyers.

Designer lighting brand Faro launched in Philippines

LANDLITE Philippines Corporation (LPC) recently introduced Faro Barcelona, a Spanish brand for lamps and ceiling fans, in the Philippine market.

MediXserve, ADMU launch blockchain research laboratory

MEDIXSERVE, IN partnership with Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), has officially launched AMBERLab, a university-based blockchain education and research laboratory.

Cebu condo expected to generate P1.5-B sales

MEGAWORLD Corporation said it expects to generate P1.5 billion in sales from its fourth residential project in The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.

How PHL housing industry can attract more foreign capital

JOINT ventures (JV) with foreign players in the low-cost and economic housing sector may help address the housing backlog in the Philippines, according to Pinnacle Real Estate Consulting, Inc.

AirSWIFT mounts direct flights to Sicogon island

AIRSWIFT Transport Inc. has launched direct flights from Manila to Sicogon Island Tourism Estate (SITE), making the northern Iloilo island destination more accessible to tourists.

Avida aiming to attract millennials with Mandaluyong condo

AVIDA LAND Inc. is targeting millennials looking for a compact living space with its new project in Mandaluyong City.

Grab Philippines beefing up safety features for users

GRAB Philippines (MyTaxi.PH, Inc.) unveiled on Monday its “Safer Everyday Tech Roadmap” which aims to address safety concerns of both drivers and passengers.

Megaworld eyes P700 million from Cavite condo project

MEGAWORLD Corp. expects to generate around P700 million in sales from its first residential condominium inside its Maple Grove township in General Trias, Cavite.

Platform launched to improve LGUs’ integrity

THE Local Government Integrity Circles (LoGIC) Network has formally launched a platform that is meant to promote a culture of integrity among local government units that includes the reduction of red tape.

MediXserve builds blockchain unified medical records system

MEDIXSERVE IS rolling out a unified blockchain-based electronic medical record (EMR) system to make patients’ medical histories trackable “from womb to tomb.”

Megaworld adds 3rd hotel to Iloilo Business Park

MEGAWORLD Corp. is continuing to expand its homegrown hotel brand, as it revealed plans to open a Belmont Hotel within the Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

Top brands to open at Acienda Designer Outlet

TOP BRANDS are set to open at the country’s first international outlet mall Acienda Designer Outlet, hoping to attract shoppers with steep discounts and good deals.

Coming soon: Pacquiao-designed condominiums

REVOLUTION Precrafted Properties, Ltd. is expanding its design partnership with boxing icon and senator Emmanuel “Manny” D. Pacquiao to include “high quality and affordable” condominiums.

New threats and old making life difficult for network security

CYBERCRIMINALS are rolling out new methods of penetrating data systems associated with the growing popularity of cryptocurrency mining, though older methods linked to decades-old work software remain relevant threats, network security firm Trend Micro Inc. said.