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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

LOOK: The Winners at the 2nd Lamudi 'The Outlook' Awards

Lamudi, the Philippines’ leading online real estate platform honors Local Real Estate’s Best Players and Industry Projects at the recently concluded The Outlook 2018 gala dinner and awards presentation at the Makati Shangri-La last November 15, 2018. Now on its second year, The Outlook 2018 is hosted by Lamudi and co-presented by Philippine Daily Inquirer Property aims to recognized the best real estate developers and projects in the past year.

The Outlook 2018 Winners

Lamudi Co-Founder and global CEO Kian Moini opened the evening with a major announcement--that Lamudi recently welcomed two new investors, leading global media companies Axel Springer SE and Ringier. According to Moini,
“the majority of funding can and will be spent on growth given the company’s comfortable financial situation and a clear path to breakeven.”
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno delivered the evening’s first keynote, highlighting the country’s sound economic fundamentals and sustained investment grade rating. Meanwhile, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo shone the spotlight on real estate as a key driver of economic growth--underscoring that the industry is far from overheating and that the central bank sees no evidence of asset price bubbles. Lastly, Ambassador Jose Santiago L. Sta. Romana, Philippine Ambassador to China, discussed strengthening China-Philippine relations and the cross-border opportunities that have opened up, particularly in the property sector. The keynote speeches followed into the awards segment of the evening. The awards were presented based on the extensive property seeker survey conducted by Lamudi. The winning developers and projects are as follows:


Best Affordable Condo of the Year 2018
  • Amaia Land Corporation - Amaia Steps Mandaue
Best Premium Condo of the Year 2018
  • Alveo Land Corporation - Solinea 

Best House of the Year 2018
  • Cebu Landmasters, Inc. - Casa Mira South
  • Megaworld Corporation - Iloilo Business Park


Best Affordable Condo of the Year 2018
  • For Amenities: Filinvest Land, Inc. - Sorrento Oasis
  • For Investment Opportunity: C5 Mansions Development Corporation - Ridgewood Towers Premier 
Best Premium Condo of the Year 2018
  • For Customer Service: DMCI Homes, Inc. - Kai Garden Residences
  • For Trust & Reputation of the Developer: Avida Land Corporation - Avida Towers Asten 
Best Luxe Condo of the Year 2018
  • For Customer Service: Federal Land, Inc. - Grand Hyatt Manila Residences
  • For Location: Anchor Land Holdings, Inc.

Best Affordable House of the Year 2018
  • Filinvest Land, Inc. - Claremont
Best Premium House of the Year 2018
  • Brittany Corporation - Portofino Alabang

Best Mixed-Use Development of the Year 2018 - Luzon
  • For Amenities & Location: Megaworld Corporation - McKinley Hill
  • For Investment Opportunity: SM Prime Holdings, Inc. - SM Mall of Asia Complex

Best Green Project of the Year 2018
  • Imperial Homes Corporation - Solana Verde
Best Innovation Project of the Year 2018
  • Italpinas Development Corporation - Miramonti Green Residences
Personality of the Year 2018
  • Mr. Jeffrey Lim - President & Executive Director of SM Prime Holdings, Inc.

Mr. Jeffrey Lim, Executive Director and President of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. won Personality of the Year. Jose Mari Banzon, Executive Vice President of SM Development Corporation, received the award. The award was presented by (L-R) Bhavna Suresh, CEO of Lamudi Philippines; and Kian Moini, Co-Founder and CEO of Lamudi.


Best Boutique Developer of the Year 2018 - Visayas and Mindanao
  • King Properties, Inc.
Best Boutique Developer of the Year 2018 - Luzon
  • Primehomes Real Estate Development, Inc.
 Best Developer of the Year 2018 - Visayas and Mindanao
  •  Megaworld Corporation 

Iloilo Business Park by Megaworld Corporation won Best Mixed-Use Development in Visayas & Mindanao. Harold Geronimo, Senior Assistant Vice President and Head for Public Relations and Media Affairs received the award. The award was presented by (L-R) Chris Nelson, Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines; Christopher Lopez, Chief Commercial Officer of eCompare mo; Jean de Castro, Chief Executive Officer of ESCA Incorporated; Lars Wittig, Country Manager of Regus; Cristina Romero, Lamudi Head of Account Management; and Aina Cruz, Lamudi Head of Brand.

Best Developer of the Year 2018 - Luzon
  •  Ayala Land, Inc.

Avida Towers Asten by Avida Land Corporation won Best Premium Condo in Luzon for Trust & Reputation. Tess Tatco, Marketing Head and Yani Manuel, Marketing Manager received the award. The award was presented by (L-R) Angie de Silva, AVP for Foreclosed Properties, SSS; Leonardo Bruge, Deputy Director of ICCPI; Frances Nunag, The Outlook Director; Gilles Hage, Vice President for Commercial of Lamudi; and Michael Mccullough, Managing Director of KMC Savills.

“We hope that The Outlook may continue to push all of us in the real estate industry to keep breaking barriers and raising the bar higher every chance we get. Hand-in-hand, I believe that through our collective efforts to achieve and do better every time, we can create a culture of excellence that will inspire everyone and elevate the industry,”
said Lamudi Philippines CEO Bhavna Suresh in her closing speech.

About Lamudi
Lamudi is an innovative real estate property platform that offers a wide range of properties for sale and for rent in the Philippines. The paltform is a part of the Rocket Internet group, which is the fastest and the most successful online venture builder across the globe. Rocket's success can be attributed to an exceptional team that has been building online companies since 1999, creating over 100 market leading companies in 50+ countries. Rocket possesses an unrivaled expertise in launching various ventures, as well as the proficiency of an international company with an acute understanding of the local market.

It has over 100K properties listed, receiving around 1.5M visitors per month. Property seekers can easily find a house, condo, apartment, land, or a commercial space online. Individual sellers and real estate brokers are guaranteed a trusted online presence by providing them their own personalized page. It provides a high level of transparency through professional photos, comprehensive property details, and regularly updated listings. The users combine location, property type, and offer type effortlessly to find exactly what they are looking for. Whether permanently, for long-term, or for short-term, using Lamudi to buy or rent properties is fast, secure, and stress-free.

A collection of properties in the most dynamic locations in the Philippines can be found on the website. From luxury condominiums to warehouses, from Quezon City to Zamboanga, Lamudi’s listings offer something for everyone. Their website even has a comprehensive online Journal that provides interesting articles and property advice. Lamudi’s service is easy to use and Lamudi’s listings cater to all your real estate needs. Everything is just a simple click away. Find your penthouse in Makati or an office space in Muntinlupa, and let Lamudi take care of the rest.

For more information on The Outlook 2018, visit


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Resort Mall Island Central Mactan to welcome Island Sky Lounge & Bar in 2019

Island Central Mactan is indeed more than just a Mall. Next year, Island Central Mactan Mall is set to house the spacious, al-fresco setting, its very own Island Sky Lounge & Bar at its roof deck with the exclusive view of Mactan Channel, the Bridges and mainland Cebu.

A Photo perspective of the Island Sky Lounge and Bar at Sunset

Island Central Mactan Mall is blessed with its location in proximity to Mactan Cebu International Airport in Lapu-Lapu City with just 3 minutes travel time which means it's just minutes away from Mactan Island's famous and world class resorts & beaches.

Guest and Tenants at the Island Central Mactan Tenants Appreciation Night held at he future location of Island Sky Lounge

Fire Dancers performing at the Roof deck of Island Central Mactan Mall, the future location of Island Sky Lounge

The Island Sky Lounge is expected to gather half a score names in the nightlife and bar scene of local to international offering. Technically you can just do bar hopping within Island Sky Lounge Bar when your cravings suddenly switches.

Edwin Lim, Island Central Mactan CEO address the Tenants and Guests at the Tenants Appreciation Night

Aside from the Island Sky Lounge, these are other developments in the Island Central Mall compound that construction and or preparations is ongoing. One of it the Food Hall that will form part of the Mactan Wharf at the back of the the Mall where commercial units compliments the waterfront development and sea transport advancement.

The proposed exterior of the Food Hall at the Mactan Wharf, an expansion to the Main Mall.

Topline Marina which is docking at the Mactan Wharf is also taking trips to and fro Pier 3 Cebu City vice versa. Topline Marina deploys two vessels for initial operation which caters 32 daily trips starting 5AM through 8PM.

Marcelo Fernan Bridge and Mactan Channel as viewed from Island Central Mactan Island Sky Lounge. Also in the photo, Topline Marina Ferryboat (lower right corner) sailing back to Mactan Wharf.

Island Central Mactan has a 6 level mixed-use waterfront hub for transport and lifestyle. It has both commercial retail and BPO office component at the neighborhood of Mactan Economic Zone in Lapu-Lapu City. It is a complex of shops representing merchandisers with interconnecting walkways enabling visitors to walk from unit to unit along with a parking area and a modern, indoor version of a traditional marketplaces. Tenants includes supermarket, restaurants, service shops, concept stores, travel lounge, sky lounge and bars, and event area to cater the growing demand of both the locals and domestic and international tourists.

Island Central Mactan Mall New Developments and Features posted at Cebu Events Blog

Friday, December 14, 2018

51Talk: 100,000 Filipino English Teachers over the next 5 Years

51Talk is a leading brand of online English education with over 16,000 home-based Filipino teachers teaching online and 10 million registered learners in China taking 3 million one-on-one online lessons every month. It was established in China seven years ago, 51Talk was launched in the Philippines in 2012.

51Talk Founder and CEO Mr. Jack Huang during a Presscon with Philippines and Chinese Media.

In their recent Presscon in the Philippines "Road to 100K Online Filipino Teachers" 51Talk seeks cooperation with the Philippines to grow 100,000 Filipino English teachers over the next five years, as well as enhancing the friendship between the Philippines and China.

51Talk deploys AirClass Online Class Platforms such as Facial Recognition and Background Enhancer Technology for effective teaching.

Mr Jack Huang present its plans for cooperation with the Philippine government, academe, and the business community over the next five years, he also presented its current status and development in the Philippines and its future strategic planning.

51Talk has deployed a leading curriculum development team providing quality learning experience to Chinese children.

Mr Huang also discussed their plans on supporting the development of the ESL (English as a Second Language) industry in the Philippines through in-depth alliances and cooperation with the government, business community, academe, and other stakeholders.

Mr. Jack Huang said there is a strong demand for online English lessons for children in China, based on the fact that the household investment in education and English requirements for students have been on the rise. A report from Chinese Academy of Social Sciences shows that China has a large English consumer group of 300 million people. The number of online English learners has reached 19.689 million, but the demand for online foreign teachers has exceeded 500,000. 16,000 plus Filipinos are currently teaching online at 51Talk, and the demand will grow to 100,000 home-based online teachers in the Philippines in the next five years.

Road to 100K Online Filipino Teachers Forum with the government, business community, academe, and other stakeholders.

51Talk aims to promote the Filipino teachers in China. It also hopes to make Filipino online English teachers the new future of English language teaching (ELT). 51Talk said the Philippines ranks among the best English speaking countries in Asia. The Philippines has maintained its top two ranking in the IELTS English test in Asia over the years. It has also been rated as the country with the highest level of business English in the world.

Those who teach undergo extensive training before embarking as online home-based English teachers. Online teachers should have:
  • College degree
  • Can speak English well
  • Should have the capability to do home-based teaching by having a reliable internet connection and a good computer setup.
Chinese children learn a lot from Filipino teachers, whom they often see as professional and passionate. It also helps that Filipino teachers and Chinese students share common cultural ground and the same time zone, making schedule healthy for both teacher and students. 51Talk’s platform has been available in the country for the last 7 years with training centers in key provinces like Bacolod, Baguio, Cavite, Cebu, Davao, Pampanga & Pasig.

Chinese Students Love their Filipino ESL Teachers

51Talk is listed as COE on the New York Stock Exchange and is currently the leading brand for online English education in China and is the first Chinese online education company listed in the United States. 51Talk is headquartered in Beijing and has branches in seven cities: Shanghai, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Jinan, and Suzhou in China, and has presence in major cities in the Philippines. At present, the company has a total of 4000+ employees worldwide.

Visit 51Talk websites for more info at and

51Talk: Road to 100k Online Filipino Teachers posted at Cebu Events Blog