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A Healthy Sanctuary to go with the ‘New Normal’
The Ortigas East estate features pedestrian lanes and open spaces that make it easier to walk from one area to another
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Having spent most of your waking hours inside your home over the past two months would have led to some realizations and revelations.
Either you have started appreciating a time well spent cooped up in the comfy, relaxing sanctuary that is your home, or you suddenly find yourself wanting more. You may have found yourself being productive working at home or you found it difficult to concentrate, becoming stressed and uneasy while ploughing through your daily tasks. You may have a newfound appreciation for the community or building you live in, or you may have begun noticing flaws, finding your space to be too constricting and lacking in things you have wanted for a home.
Architects and interior designers know all these too well. The way a building or community is designed and built has a profound effect on one’s productivity, mood and health. For instance, the lack of natural light source, proper ventilation and green open spaces alone has been known to negatively affect one’s overall well-being.
An article penned by Christele Harrouk in March this year for archdaily.com cited the psychology of space or “the study of human relations and behaviors within the context of the built and natural environments.” Harrouk pointed out that “lighting, colors, configuration, scale, proportions, acoustics, and materials address the senses of the individual and generate a spectrum of feelings and practices. From inducing warmth and safety, defining well-being, or creating a positive and efficient working environment, space can have a whole lot of impact on how we act or on what we feel.”
Residents are enjoying wide open spaces in Circulo Verde.
Wealth of benefits
And the same holds true for outdoor spaces.
Scores of studies have shown the wealth of benefits that can be had from having lush greenery and wide open spaces where people can walk, exercise, commune with one another, and get a refreshing breath of fresh air. Having these pocket parks spread across the community can already help relax one’s mind and body and generally, offset the stress of living in the city.
Journalist and urban planning researcher John Surico discussed “the power of parks in a pandemic” in his article for Citylab in April. He cited that “for city residents, equitable access to local green space is more than a coronavirus-era amenity. It’s critical for physical, emotional, and mental health… The COVID-19 pandemic should reawaken interest in parks and open spaces long overlooked by city officials, or unnoticed by city residents.”
Future residences in Ortigas East will offer ample spaces.
Open spaces in cities
Although Metro Manila lacks adequate spaces, there are a few pioneering property developers that have taken on the task of providing lush parks within their communities.
Take the case of the 10-hectare Circulo Verde by seasoned developer Ortigas Land.
Tucked in a quieter nook in Quezon City, Circulo Verde offers a well-deserved sanctuary in the middle of the city, where you can easily enjoy nature alongside modern conveniences. It’s predominantly a residential community with support retail in a nice part of Metro Manila where residents get unique views and water features because of the Pasig River.
Circulo Verde’s Avila North and South
What’s good here is that residents get to revel in the wide open spaces within the community as only a third of the estate has so far been developed. Circulo Verde is currently home to five residential towers; a townhouse community; an Industria Mall where you can enjoy the parks, shops and exclusive recreational facilities; the CV Sports Hub; CV Pitch; a bike playground; CV Quad (basketball, volleyball, badminton court); and Hachi Park, which is an off-leash dog park.
But even though a second phase of development for Circulo Verde is in the offing, Ortigas Land is making sure that it will continue providing the much needed breathing space in this part of the urban jungle—like what it does in its other developments.
The 16-ha Ortigas East estate
In Pasig, the 16-ha Ortigas East features wide pedestrian lanes and open spaces that make it easier to walk from one area to another—an advantage that surely comes in handy especially since this estate features multiple components (residential, offices, commercial, retail and entertainment hubs) that are strategically placed near one another.
For sure, nothing beats having a curated, diverse mix of offerings within a single estate just like all the developments of Ortigas Land.
But what makes its estates stand out is the fact that Ortigas Land also took to heart the importance of health and well-being of its residents, guests, tenants and workers—and it does so by meticulously and thoughtfully creating spaces not only inside the homes and buildings, but also outside one’s residence and within the community.
Laying the Groundwork
As the COVID-19 pandemic would drastically upend economies, governments, business and individual lifestyles, it just as also swiftly shifted priorities and reshaped preferences.
The increasingly discerning eye of customers may have kept many businesses on their toes over the last several years but this health and economic crisis has offered a new perspective on how companies can and should further exceed expectations. There’s a growing appetite for an even higher quality, a more efficient system, and a better delivery of obligations, preferably beyond what was committed—all of which should comprise the new minimum.
In the real estate industry for instance, the last decade saw many developers flaunting the benefits of a mixed-use community, highlighting the presence of several components that allow you to live near where you work and where you can relax, dine out and unwind after a long day.
Ortigas East estate
Focus on “more”
But as the COVID-19 pandemic hits the country and throws everyone off course, many are now looking for more, more and more: the so-called “essentials” should not only be near, it should also be just a stone’s throw from where you live (read: walkable); a medical facility should at least be within convenient reach; and the building should adhere to established green standards.
There’s been a shift in one’s priorities, too: beyond location and amenities, there is a growing interest on communities that can foster health and wellness amid the ongoing threat of the new coronavirus, can provide bigger open spaces as social distancing measures now become a norm, and most importantly, have an efficient property management team that can aptly and immediately respond to the crisis at hand.
Responding to COVID-19
A series of articles by global design and architecture firm Gensler has sought to explore “how design is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.” One of these articles, in particular, looked at what has to change for mixed-use developments to be both safe and vibrant.
The piece authored by J.F. Finn III and Duncan Paterson cited “a renewed focus on making our spaces and places healthier and safer.” It noted that “healthy building standards will come to the forefront” with focus on ensuring safer interchange of clean air in our built environments and help to address “air-hygiene.” The introduction of outside air will also become a greater part of new-builds, according to the authors, as the “introduction of fresh, clean air not only helps maintain healthier environments, it can help dilute the human-to-human passage of airborne elements.”
Another article in this series highlights the critical role that technology will play in creating a touch free environment—facial recognition technology; digitally controlled temperature scanners; LED lights that can provide visual cues as to where people should stand safely away from others; integral technology that darkens the panels based on the path of the sun, eliminating the need for shades or blinds; and sensors that can track optimal weather conditions and open the panels to allow fresh air inside.
The Royalton features trapezoidal canted windows and light shelf to provide adequate ventilation and lighting.
Delivering ‘new normal’
These concepts are not too far off. In fact, some estates and mixed use communities in the Philippines have started to introduce “more” significant features that ensure the overall wellness of its residents even prior to the crisis and which have proven to be responsive to COVID-19. These estates are well-equipped to deliver what seems to be, at the moment, the new normal.
Ortigas Land’s 10-hectare Capitol Commons in Pasig City, for example, offers a healthy mix of upscale residences, premium-grade offices, the Estancia Mall, Unimart, an SM store, a food strip called Gastro Hub and a lush, refreshing green urban space—all of which are within walking distance from one another, thanks to the pedestrian-friendly sidewalks built for convenience.
Residential towers in this estate, while each sporting a unique character, offer wellness across several fronts. The Empress, touted as the first wellness real estate in the country, has smart living features such as an app to control appliances and switches, as well as temperature and contact sensors. It also makes use of color therapy to influence one’s well-being and stimulate positive emotional responses, while its biophilic design allows one to commune with nature, and in the process reduce stress, improve cognitive function, and enhance mood and creativity.
The three other towers here, The Royalton, The Maven, and The Imperium, also highlight the importance of having spacious units, pocket parks and other features such as trapezoidal canted windows and light shelf to provide adequate ventilation and illumination inside the unit—all of which are geared towards helping ensure one’s health and well-being.
Estancia Mall at Capitol Commons
Equipped with essentials
Ortigas East is another prime example of a masterplanned community that can truly provide residents a holistic lifestyle premised on convenience, accessibility and even sustainability. And it has more than proven itself during this crisis.
Since the lockdown began mid-March, the different features within this 16-ha masterplanned estate along C-5 Road in Pasig proved to be a lifesaver for many of those working within Ortigas Estate and more so, for the villages and communities surrounding it.
The banks, offices, grocery store, pharmacies and several dining outlets that allowed deliveries and takeouts provided a much needed lifeline as they have remained open during the enhanced community quarantine. It’s also a safe environment where social distancing measures were observed, temperatures were checked every time you enter an establishment, and constantly roving guards had ensured that Ortigas East remains a secured community.
Clearly, Ortigas Land, through its estates, delivers beyond expectations, showcasing an expertise honed by close to nine decades of experience in creating upscale, mixed-use communities.
Beyond satisfying the oft considered factors such as strategic location, accessibility and connectivity, well-thought-out amenities and attractive investment proposition, Ortigas Land’s estates have already laid down the essential groundwork that will enable its residents, guests, tenants and office workers to better adjust to what may eventually become the new normal.
The Empress makes use of color therapy to influence one’s well-being.
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Best Partners in the Worst Times
When 2020 began, who would have thought that the world was going to face a deadly pandemic?
Truth be told, no one saw this coming. While some doctors and scientists pondered the possibility of an outbreak early on, many of us were too busy with our daily lives to realize the severity of the situation. Now, as we try to make it through the crisis, we can only rely on the safety of our homes to protect us from possible infection.
Thankfully, many homes today have been built to withstand the challenges. Projects spearheaded by established companies, in particular, offer essential facilities and comfortable amenities during quarantine. Even without knowing future possibilities, seasoned real estate developers have prepared well, building homes meant to serve as safe havens in any storm.
Let’s take a look as to how established developers are the best ones you can rely on during uncertain times. Even without knowing the future, you can be ready for it by partnering with the best to ensure your survival.
A 10-hectare community in Quezon City, Circulo Verde offers race tracks for bike and RC car aficionados.
While there are a variety of real estate companies that exist nowadays, only a few focus on providing you with more than just a home. Ortigas Land, for example, takes into consideration domestic and career needs when planning its projects. From location to interior details of each unit, this developer ensures that everything is within easy reach for you to live a full life.
In particular, the Circulo Verde community in Bagumbayan, Quezon City offers residential and community amenities. With each residential tower equipped with several garden areas, you can enjoy nature without having to leave your home. Coupled with the community park, retail shops, a bike track and an RC race track, you can easily unwind and relax in these areas right within the estate. In addition, Ortigas and Eastwood City are just a stone’s throw away, making it the perfect place to settle in for working yuppies or young families.
Quality design, construction
When you buy a pre-built home, you have no way of knowing the workmanship and structural integrity of the building. That is why when it comes to your residence, you should research and trust only the companies with a solid reputation. More often than not, those with decades’ worth of experience prove to be the most reliable ones if you’re looking for long-term results. Ortigas Land fits this bill with close to nine decades of experience in building construction and real estate.
Going back as far as the early 20th century, the group pioneered many masterplans in Metro Manila. The Greenhills Center, Circulo Verde, and Ortigas Center are only some of the communities established by the real estate giant over the years. Its list of completed projects continues to grow, with the company set to open more residential and commercial projects in its newest venture, Capitol Commons in Pasig City.
You can be further assured of quality design and construction if you choose to work with a developer that can deliver quality results. A well-made decision today can provide you a secure future, even in the most difficult circumstances.
Though it is considered the first shopping complex in Metro Manila, Greenhills Center remains attuned with the times with its continuous renovation and expansion projects.
Going contactless when it comes to devices used to be a luxury. This technology, however, has proven to be helpful in our fight against COVID-19 and other pathogens. In the Philippines, only a few real estate developers are including this feature in their current projects.
Ortigas Land has proven itself worthy of mention again with its new offering at Capitol Commons, the Empress residential project. Still in its pre-selling stage, the Empress is designed with smart living features. Each unit features keyless entry, cloud-linked devices and smart plugs to ensure that limited contact is needed to operate your home. Airconditioners, smoke detectors, light switches and temperature monitors can all be controlled from your mobile phone or via a motion sensor. This technology ensures that your home’s commonly used appliances and devices can be controlled easily and conveniently. For sure, this feature will also come in handy in times of virus outbreaks and disease fears.
Each unit in Ortigas Land’s Empress project is fitted with smart home features providing touch-free control.
A holistic township
The best developers don’t just create buildings–they create communities. With a home built inside a township, you can be sure that your family will enjoy the ease of accessibility. Commercial centers and office buildings are just nearby. Essential institutions such as hospitals, supermarkets and schools are also a few minutes away. In a township, you can live a full life without venturing beyond your comfort zone.
Ortigas Land projects are founded on the estate concept. Going beyond one building allows the group to design not only your home, but also your lifestyle. A holistic estate will allow you to grow and thrive without having to travel far. Investing in a property by Ortigas Land does not only get you a building unit, it provides you an opportunity toward better living.
Prepare for your future by teaming up with tried-and-tested companies when it comes to real estate. Established brands such as Ortigas Land ensure that you get more than just a home with your investment. They seek to give you peace of mind during ordinary days and periods of crisis.
While no one knows the challenges that await us tomorrow, there’s no harm in preparing for them today. Go with seasoned developers when it comes to buying your new home. Once you do, you can be assured that even during the worst times, you have the best partners to help you pull through.
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When Luxury Becomes Your Lifeline
Set to rise in front of the Capitol Commons Park, the Empress turns luxury into the new necessity
If you were hunting for a home a few months ago, you probably considered the following factors in your selection: location, amenities and cost. With the rise of the Covid-19 pandemic, however, these priorities may have taken a backseat as you realize the new essentials: comfort and convenience. Once deemed a luxury, these elements have become crucial in surviving weeks’ long confinement with your mental and physical health intact.
If you’re still planning to move homes or invest in a project right after the quarantine, consider a residence that ensures you get the best in terms of comfort and convenience. The Empress at Capitol Commons, for example, features several design elements that aim to make you feel happy to stay at home even without the quarantine. Reconsider the elements which you once saw as luxury but which now defines the new necessity. Check out what makes the Empress your ideal lifeblood in times of pandemic and of everyday life.
The therapeutic use of colors in Empress’ interiors provide a visual break from the daily grind.
Uplift mood with color
Color has long been discovered to affect our mental health and moods. With the right palette of hues, your home can turn to a relaxing haven that offers solace during your most stressful days.
The Empress takes pride in the therapeutic use of colors in its interiors. The common areas like the main lobby and the resident’s lounge are washed in neutral and light colors. These shades provide you with a blank slate that allows you to unburden your mind of the day’s worries and recharge for tomorrow. In addition, spots of green areas provide you visual breaks to help you rest your eyes during times of work at home. This is essential to ensure your mental well-being especially if you have to stay home for a while.
The Empress innovates residential design with smart home features.
Minimize contact with a smart home
Nowadays, it pays to go contactless. Reducing the need for touch has been proven to reduce our chances of being infected with viruses or bacteria. Ordinary things like doorknobs, light switches and remote controls have been noted for harboring the most of these pathogens, invisible yet deadly to us humans.
Thankfully, technology has given us a way out. With a smart home system, you can control temperature, light, humidity, air-conditioning and sound with just a touch of your cellphone’s button. This feature is one of the key design features of homes at the Empress. Contact is limited with a keyless entry through a smart door. A home gateway links your devices to an online cloud, which allows you to monitor your smoke detectors, air-conditioners, light switches, motion sensors and temperature sensors. In addition, smart plugs are provided in each unit, allowing you to enjoy television and operate kitchen appliances with minimal use of hands. With a smart home at the Empress, there’s no need to worry about death or disease by contact.
Find nature in biophilic architecture
One of the problems often encountered by urban dwellers is the lack of green spaces in the city. For those of us who are bereft of nature nowadays, that can translate to anxiety, brooding and stress. In addition, having no access to our natural surroundings can limit our attention capacity, creativity and overall connection to the world.
While located in a bustling city, the Empress at Capitol Commons recognizes this human need to be one with nature. It introduces biophilic concepts in its architectural features. By biophilic, we refer to elements which are inspired by natural processes and features. Through various scientific studies, biophilia has long been established as a necessity to improve our health, moods, energy and overall sense of well-being.
The Empress embodies the concept of “yin and yang,” which implies a balance of quiet and active spaces. The interiors take after a Japanese garden, spreading Zen vibes to residents, employees and visitors. Landscaped areas are set to fill the amenity floor, which successfully defines the active zone and space for contemplation. Most importantly, the Empress is situated right in front of the Capitol Commons Park, which offer majestic views of lush vegetation and open spaces to help you breath and settle in.
This model unit of the Empress gives us a peek on the relaxing life waiting for us in Ortigas Land’s latest venture.
Self-sustain with a strategic location
Access and proximity to essential providers such as supermarkets and restaurants are usually touted as convenience features in residential projects. In the light of global pandemic woes, however, this feature has become the saving grace of many, ensuring their security and survival.
Living at the Empress means that you are just a few steps away from Unimart and Santi’s Delicatessen, which offer grocery essential you may need on a day to day basis. The area also caters to the Estancia Mall and its expansion, ensuring that other necessities are met without need for long distance travel. Lastly, numerous cafes, restaurants and bars populate Capitol Commons and its surrounding vicinity. This ensures that you can still access a wide variety of food choices and entertainment options should you need to stay in for long periods of time.
At the Empress, convenience and comfort are treated as necessities and not just mere luxuries. These elements will help you make it through the most difficult challenges you may encounter in life, may it be a pandemic or the daily grind. Developed by established real estate giant Ortigas and Co., you can also be sure that the build and design of the building are up to world-class standards.
Don’t be ashamed to seek out the best if you know that it will help you survive and thrive in the long run. The Empress is set to rise in the city soon, and now is the right time to secure your lifeline for tomorrow.
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Your Health is Our Priority
Ortigas Land ensures that all our developments comply with the precautionary measures as prescribed by the Department of Health.
Safety protocols are being strictly implemented to protect the welfare of our clients, partners, and employees. Hand sanitizers are available in all entrances of our developments as well as hand soap in our restrooms. Temperature checks are also being conducted at the entrances of all of our developments.
Those who present fever and/or respiratory symptoms will be asked to seek immediate medical assistance and call the DOH Hotline (02)86517800 local 1149-1150 for proper referral to the appropriate health facility.
Stay safe everyone.
Distinct offerings define Ortigas Land estates
Each has its own unique character, a distinct quality that smack-dab caters to the precise needs of its market.
Beyond just creating differentiators that allow its mixed-use estates to stand out, Ortigas Land is more importantly offering variations of enhanced lifestyles within its four master-planned estates to suit the evolving requirements of a much wider base of clientele.
According to Ortigas Land president and chief executive officer Jaime E. Ysmael, they make sure to leverage on the strengths of each estate by creating offerings specifically for the markets they sought to serve. From Capitol Commons in Pasig City, Ortigas East along C5 Road, Circulo Verde in Quezon City, to Greenhills in San Juan City, all four estates exude their own definitive vibe that many of today’s urban dwellers seek and aspire for.
“We are fortunate to have a very good land bank with the four estates uniquely positioned in key locations that make them attractive in itself. Of course, that’s not enough. We also have to do a lot of things with respect to the masterplan to make it really attractive for the intended customers. It’s also about having a clearer view of the kind of positioning that we intend to have for specific estates because they have characteristics that are unique to them,” Ysmael explained.
“Greenhills is really known for its shopping component so we’ll leverage on that, while Capitol Commons is all about being a lifestyle destination. Ortigas East is a work in progress, but we believe that its unique location and connectivity are something we can leverage on, then Circulo Verde is more of an enclave—a predominantly residential community with support retail in a nice part of Metro Manila where you have unique views and water features because of the Pasig River. The rest [of our land bank] are pretty much small parcels within the Ortigas Business District that benefits from the fact that it’s located in Ortigas Center, which is at the very center of Metro Manila,” he added.
And even within these four estates, one can readily find a curated, diverse mix of offerings, from residential, commercial to office developments that create a self-contained community to complement the hurried pace of modern-day living—not to mention the lush greenery in pocket parks and open spaces that offer a much-needed breathing space in the heart of the urban jungle. Some of these components already exist within the estates while planned ventures are set to provide a more exciting, more promising proposition for the homebuyers and investors of Ortigas Land.
Within a 10-hectare expanse in Pasig City is a healthy mix of upscale residences, premium-grade offices, a shopping mall, a food strip and lush pocket parks that seek to redefine one’s concept of urban living.
Capitol Commons, one of the newer districts to rise in the metro, proves to be the archetype of future cities where comfort, accessibility and convenience are all a given.
So far, Ortigas Land has launched here four upscale residential projects: the 64-story Royalton, the 62-story Imperium, the 62-story Maven and the 56-story Empress.
Comprising the commercial and entertainment component of Capitol Commons are Estancia Mall and the newly opened Estancia East Wing where the first-ever Ortigas cinemas and an SM store can be found; Unimart; and Gastro Hub, a food strip offering different dining concepts to the market.
Meanwhile, the upper floors of the Estancia Mall house 15,000 sqm of premium office spaces known as the Estancia Offices, while the Capitol Commons Park provides a refreshing green urban space where residents and guests can just relax.
Capitol Commons checks on accessibility, too, since it’s located along Meralco Avenue cor. Shaw Boulevard, within Ortigas Center in Pasig City. A lot of major thoroughfares and transport nodes are highly accessible, thus making it easier for anyone to go to and fro Capitol Commons, whether via private car or public transport.
Everyone’s favorite shopping mecca is undergoing a massive, P60-billion redevelopment plan to make the 16-ha Greenhills at par with the rest of the districts in the metro.
According to Ysmael, the ongoing Phase 1 of redevelopment here, which entailed a P10-billion capital outlay, will see the completion of a new mall with an office-for-lease component to be ready by 2021 to 2022. As much as 100,000 sqm of fresh leasable space will be made available upon completion.
So far, two residential projects have been launched in Greenhills, namely the 53-story Viridian and the 55-story Connor, while a wide array of dining and retail concepts awaits guests and residents at the shopping centers here, Unimart, O Square 1 and 2.
Greenhills may still be in the early stages of its redevelopment plan, but an exciting and impressive vision for this estate makes it all worth the wait.
Ysmael earlier said that the target was to transform Greenhills into a bustling, integrated estate: with a shopping center that will be expanded and modernized to augment the estate’s retail strengths; offices, upscale residential high-rises; possibly, serviced residences or a hotel; a new boulevard; and cinemas.
“We would like to make sure that Greenhills will retain that charm and tradition of having small shops. The first phase of development will make it much more complete as we will be adding more shops while at the same time retaining the original elements so we can continue the Greenhills legacy,” he had said.
Tucked in a quieter nook in Quezon City is a residential enclave that creates a new benchmark in city living.
At the 10-ha Circulo Verde, one can have a well- deserved sanctuary in the middle of the city, where you can easily enjoy nature alongside modern conveniences. As Ysmael had put it: “Circulo Verde is more of an enclave, a predominantly residential community with support retail in a nice part of Metro Manila where you have unique views and unique water features because of the Pasig River.”
Here, you can find five residential towers; a townhouse community, an Industria Mall where you can enjoy the parks, shops and exclusive recreational facilities; the CV Sports Hub; CV Pitch; a bike playground; CV Quad (basketball, volleyball, badminton court); and Hachi Park, which is an off-leash dog park.
According to Ysmael, only a third of the estate has been developed, which means one can expect more exciting offerings over the next decade.
Exciting things are heading towards this bustling corridor, touted as the new battleground for real estate developers.
Along C5 Road in Pasig City is the 16-ha Ortigas East where a residential community (Maple at Verdánt Towers) and Glaston, which offers office spaces for sale, have been launched. It is home to Tiendesitas, a shopping complex; Silver City Office Campus; and other locations that include SM Hypermarket and Transcom Center.
While Ortigas East is already a thriving community, more can be expected upon completion of its P50-billion redevelopment plan.
According to Ysmael, they will be unveiling a fresh look for and a unique concept behind Ortigas East, formerly known as Frontera Verde, as based on the new masterplan. It will anchor on the fact that Ortigas East has one of if not the best locations among the company’s estates given its three major access points.
“It has a very unique location. Also, we have some anchors there which we believe will add to the viability and vibrancy of the estate,” he said.
One of the initial plans is to put up a new mall with an office-for-lease component to complement Tiendesitas.
“We will configure it in a way that will make it stand out because that corridor is quite competitive. As you know, C5 is the new battleground and that’s why we have to make sure that our new products in that area will be competitive and will stand out,” Ysmael said.
“We’ll see if we can already outline the beginnings of what the new Ortigas East will look like. We will put in the necessary infrastructure utilities, landscaping, lampposts, signages, pedestrian areas, and then of course, we will have the mall, office component, and Maple, the first in a series of residential towers. We’ll intensify further the effort there so that we can already start demonstrating to the public what the new Ortigas East will look like,” Ysmael explained.
New era dawns for pioneer builder Ortigas Land
It’s been one phenomenal year that marked significant turning points in its 88-year legacy.
Ortigas Land Corp., formerly Ortigas & Co., is ending the year strong, to say the least, with a stellar financial performance, successful project launches, sold out residential towers, exciting and innovative developments in the pipeline, new prospects that will diversify its growing portfolio, and a change in its corporate name, meant to further solidify the company’s position as a seasoned real estate developer.
All these only make Ortigas Land a formidable force to reckon with, as it builds on the solid legacy of the Ortigas brand while further enhancing its offerings on the back of the strengths and expertise of its partners, Ayala Land and SM Prime.
“All of these are part of the success story that we have demonstrated over the last couple of years. Of course, the Ortigas legacy, its development experience, and workforce provided the original DNA. What we did was build on that, added new things coming from the Ayala DNA and SM Prime DNA and effectively, marry all these three. So far, it worked,” Ortigas Land president and chief executive officer Jaime E. Ysmael said in an interview.
And the numbers, indeed, attest to that success.
“It’s another banner year for the company. We expect our top line to grow double digit at 20 percent thereabouts, while the bottomline is stronger, with 27- to 28-percent growth on the back of the continued high performance of the residential and office-for-sale business, as the demand continues to be quite brisk while pricing is also quite good. Of course, there’s also the continued strong performance of our mall business despite the continuous redevelopment of Greenhills. Our other malls in Estancia, Tiendesitas and even Circulo Verde have actually been active in terms of leasing out,” Ysmael told the Inquirer.
“We’ve now reconfigured most of our malls to accommodate new tenants and new concepts. We’re now almost fully leased in terms of mall space. For our offices, we’re practically 100-percent leased as traditional offices have started to come in strongly. So we expect another banner year for the company,” he added.
Ysmael pointed out that when the partnership started in 2014, the net income then was only around P100 million. This year however, he revealed that their net income may hit around P2.3 billion, about 20 times higher than their earnings when they entered this sector.
Part of this robust growth can be attributed to the continued completion of residential, mall and office projects as based on the massive redevelopment plan for its four masterplanned estates, as well as the company’s clear-cut, ingenious strategy that brought Ortigas Land to a new level of growth and profitability.
Ysmael further disclosed that Ortigas Land currently enjoys a healthy balance between its leasing income and development income. He expects that in the immediate term, they will see an increase in the contribution of the development side of the business or the property for sale side, which they meanwhile intend to complement with a continued expansion program for the malls.
Sustaining this stellar financial performance, however, would require Ortigas Land to continue launching new projects in its key estates every year. This year, for instance, the company had two major launches: The Galleon, a 39-story mixed-use project that will offer premium grade office spaces, and The Empress, a 56-story residential tower set to rise within Capitol Commons in Pasig City, and touted as the “first wellness real estate in the country.” These two projects can generate a combined P28 billion in sales for the company.
“The key is to continue launching in our four estates while making sure that our estates would be developed based on our plans. We will continue to market, promote, and position them for the intended market and so far, we’re quite happy with the way the estates have been performing,” Ysmael said. “We will continue to innovate as well and try to introduce something different, which we believe is the key to ensuring the success of these developments.”
Ysmael cited as an example the 10-hectare Capitol Commons where it has four residential projects namely The Royalton, The Empress, Maven, and The Imperium; office spaces; Estancia Mall; a food strip called Gastro, and Unimart.
“Capitol Commons, as you know, is already on the map. Everybody recognizes the successful model of development there and we continue to enhance it with new offerings like the opening of the new wing of Estancia Mall which will add another excitement to the overall estate with the introduction of more shops. More specifically, we will now have an anchor department store which is the SM Store and also, we will have our very first Ortigas cinemas where we’ll have six screens, two of which will be high end which we call The Screening Room and hopefully, the first of its kind as one of them will be the first e-games ready cinema,” Ysmael explained.
The three other estates are the 16-hectare Ortigas East along C5, for which the company will be rolling out a P50-billion masterplan; the 16-ha Greenhills, which will see a P60-billion allocation for its own redevelopment, and the 10-ha Circulo Verde, located along Calle Industria in Quezon City.
For 2020, Ortigas Land plans to launch three major projects—one each in Circulo Verde, Capitol Commons, and Ortigas Center, which would collectively have about P29 billion in sales value.
“By next year, hopefully, we can start one office-for-lease project within Capitol Commons so that by the time the proposed subway gets completed, we have one other office tower that will take advantage of the connectivity. I’m also asking the team to push harder and at least be in a ready-to-launch mode—not just for malls and offices-for-lease, but even for property-for-sale, whether residential or offices, in identified locations so that we are ready to (offer something new) depen-ding on market situation,” Ysmael disclosed.
As Ortigas Land aggressively moves to become a major player in the local real estate industry, it has also undertaken a name change this year to further enhance the brand’s offerings.
“Now that we have built up the brand to a level we’re comfortable with and given all the projects we’ve launched that allowed us to become a top-of-mind choice, it’s time to also change the corporate name. We’re changing it to Ortigas Land Corporation to best depict the brand that we stand for and the business that were in. We believe this will further enhance the value and the strength of the brand. Ortigas Land Corporation is the holding company, then our leasing arm is now Ortigas Commercial Corporation, instead of Capitol Commons Corporation, while our development arm will remain OCLP or Ortigas & Co. Ltd. Partnership,” he said.
“We still carry the Ortigas name which, at the end of the day, is in itself quite strong. We’re just making it clearer for the public but it’s the same brand promise, same set of values, vision and mission that will guide us. At the same time, (the name change) denotes progress—it’s something that is forward looking and truly solidifies our position as a real estate developer,” Ysmael added.
Amid this name change in the course of the company’s 88-year history, Ortigas Land will become even more aggressive in terms of project launches, while retaining the mission, vision and values redefined when the partners came in back in 2014. These, he added, remained relevant and consistent with the positioning of Ortigas Land.
In fact, Ortigas Land is even exploring potential prospects in co-working and co-living spaces as well as in the logistics business, to take advantage of the increasingly robust sharing economy and the growth of the Philippine real estate industry. This was also meant to maximize the landbank of the company’s subsidiaries outside Ortigas Center.
“It’s all work in progress —we’re still studying it. But the intent is to actually diversify into other businesses that are aligned with the overall business of Ortigas. Taking advantage of what we already have in terms of landbank is something we will be pursuing to diversify the portfolio,” he added.
“For now, aided by the landbank we currently have, we intend to continue growing. We’re trying to see if we can expand initially in adjacent areas (of our estates) to enlarge our footprint because with the success of our developments, the availability of land may start to become an issue. We are looking at areas for expansion within the current estates we have and also within the trade area where we operate which would be the cities of Pasig, San Juan and Quezon City,” he said.
It’s an exciting time indeed for Ortigas Land as a new era dawns for one of the pioneers in the Philippine real estate industry. Without a doubt, one can only expect great things from a partnership that banks on a wealth of experience culled from close to nine decades of operation and the expertise of property giants that have made significant waves in the local economy.
FIRST LOOK: Ortigas Cinemas Is Now Open at Estancia's New Wing
You can now catch the latest films in Estancia Mall!
Natural Home: How to Create Green Spaces in Your Condo
Admit it; as convenient as it is to live in Manila, you wish the air was a bit cleaner. While you may think that your best bet for fresh air is to visit the province, you can still get your fix while living in the city.
A recent study published in the Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change Adaption in Urban Areas Journal found that urban green spaces like the nearest park have significantly better air quality compared to the rest of the city. This is because they’re full of trees and plants that filter out pollution. Trees also cool the area by providing shade and spritzing water vapor. Apart from their physical benefits, green spaces may help improve one’s mental health, as walking around them reduces stress.
However, not everyone has the time to blow off steam at the park. After a long day, you want to rest and unwind in your bed. Fortunately, you can do more than turning on the AC to improve your indoor air quality. You can actually create your own green space in the comfort of your home. Here’s how to do it.
Small Plants, Big Benefits
If you’re worried that the Ortigas Avenue condo you got during preselling is too intimate for greenery, there are a lot of tiny plants to choose from. Start with succulents. They’re low maintenance and come in different interesting shapes and colors. Take these choices into consideration:
Echeveria - This is a rose-shaped succulent that can come in light green, brown, or even purple. They also produce flowers during the summer.
Aloe Vera - If you’re a skincare buff, this succulent is perfect for your home. Once your plant is about a year old and has a reddish shade to it, you can snip one of its leaves to harvest its gel. This substance can be used to moisturize your skin or treat sores and burns.
Jade Plant - These have puffed, bright green leaves that can jazz up any room. Plus, they’re a symbol of good luck!
These succulents only need watering when their soil gets wholly dried out. Place them on your terrace or let them decorate your windowsill to get as much sun as possible.
The Wall is Your Friend
If you’ve amassed a collection of plants and you’re running out of floor space, it’s time you used your wall. There are many vertical gardening kits to choose from online, and they require little to no tools to set up. You can also get creative and easily craft your vertical garden using old drawers and dressers. If you want to grow some vines, create a trellis with some wood, nails, and glue.
Your condo is an escape from the chaos and pollution of the city. Make it even more comfortable by making small green spaces in every room. Use these suggestions, and you’ll be greeted by the relaxing and healthy ambiance of your plants every time you come home.
Live in a Green Space
If you want to enjoy nature without leaving home, the Verdant Towers by Ortigas East is for you. Our new development is situated along Ortigas Avenue and Julia Vargas Avenue, which is known for having 40% green spaces and convenient, interconnected walkways. And with amenities like a lounge pool and a garden deck, you’ll definitely get the relaxation you need after a long day at work.
Contact us today to learn more about this exciting new project.
5 Good Reasons to Move to Pasig
These days, up-and-coming professionals, high-level executives and those seeking a relaxed atmosphere to balance their active lifestyles are attracted by Ortigas Center in Pasig City. Here’s why you should consider moving to this established metropolis in the heart of Metro Manila.
- You can Live Close to Work
Years ago, this formerly rural district of over 750,000 people evolved into a 1st-class highly urbanized city. It has transformed into a vibrant city that’s home to thousands of businesses, approximately 7600 and counting. Part of Pasig City is Barangay San Antonio, where Ortigas Center is located. This busy district is home to many companies in diverse industries such as BPO, IT, banking, beverages, real estate, entertainment, and advertising. Finding a home and growing roots here is possible, especially when you have the right skills to carve a career path. To live closer to your workplace in Ortigas, consider a condo for sale in Capitol Commons.
- Schools are Nearby
Speaking of skills, you or any children you plan to have can get quality education from the nearby educational institutions. Schools for all of your kids’ stages in education can be found in Pasig, from preschools to universities. Choosing them is a matter of deciding what paths your child wants to take and how much you’re willing to allocate for their education.
- Abundant Food Choices
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of dining options in Pasig City. Barangay Kapitolyo alone offers a vast number, ranging from simple carinderia fare to popular pork BBQ, to sushi and many Filipino and international cuisines. Even the most fastidious of foodies will be spoiled for choice in Pasig City.
- It has Rich Heritage
Pasig city has a few hidden historical and cultural gems. There’s the Freedom House, the oldest, long-standing bahay na bato similar to those in Batanes, and it is still occupied by the direct descendants of one of its first occupants, Don Cecilio Tech y Cabrera. Pasig is also home to possibly the oldest bakery in Manila, the Dimas-Alang bakery which opened in 1919 by Ambrosio Lozada.
Dimas-Alang bakery still operates today, and you can catch the aroma of freshly-baked pandesal wafting through its doors.
- There’s a New Mayor
One of the biggest stumbling blocks for people to consider moving to Pasig city was its appalling traffic situation. Fortunately, there’s a new mayor in town who appears to be very serious in dispensing with the old, ineffective methods and, instead, finding novel and creative ways to ease traffic.
Thanks to the fast-rising developments that include condominiums, malls, and office buildings, coupled with already-established recreational and entertainment features, Pasig City is quickly becoming a viable location for up-and-coming professionals and those established in their careers. These are only a few reasons why you should consider moving to Pasig city, as buying a home or condo here is bound to be a wise decision and a good investment.
What condo suits your personality?
Nowadays, a condominium is not just a place to sleep and crash in. It serves an important purpose of accommodating our basic needs, hobbies and priorities in life. Besides offering ample space and an ideal location, the best condominium is one that is conducive to your lifestyle.
The Capitol Commons in Oranbo, Pasig City, is one of the few mixed-use developments where you can choose to live in a condominium that suits your personality. Developed by seasoned developer Ortigas & Co., this community offers a mix of residential, commercial and entertainment spaces for just about every person.
If you’re looking to live, work and thrive in an area which offers both comfort and convenience, consider the different residences that make up Capitol Commons. Choose the best place for you to live in by checking out which personality describes you below.
For the architecture aficionado
Dubbed “The Sexiest Tower in the City,” the Royalton is a 64-storey building that offers a unique architectural experience. Currently targeting a turnover date this end of 2019, the building is designed with the concept of a veil in mind.
Taking cue from the folds of a fabric, the façade of the structure is made up of sweeping curves. No balcony is alike as each floor offers a unique view of Ortigas Center, Pasig River, Laguna de Bay, and the Sierra Madre mountain range.
True to its name, the Royalton offers units that are fit for anyone dreaming of a royal lifestyle. The building features exclusive amenities such as a lap pool with cabanas, landscaped garden, community room and a business center. There are also retail units and a grand lobby welcoming residents on the ground floor.
The Royalton was designed with sophistication in mind. The building has 100 percent emergency power provision for common areas and 50 percent provision for each unit. There are five high-speed elevators that can service residents on the go, as well as a “club room” for their private affairs.
The Royalton Tower is located along Camino Verde Road, fronting the Paragon and Estancia Mall. For someone who values good design, breathtaking views and a comfortable environment, the Royalton is the best place to be. It offers a home fit for a king, without the high-maintenance castle.
For the sanctuary seeker
The Empress Tower at the Capitol Commons is the ideal location for one who wants to take a break from city living.
Within this 56-storey structure are spaces that can easily soothe the weary urbanite. Wellness is clearly the priority in this chic residence, which boasts of a smart home, therapeutic colors, sustainable features and a biophilic design.
Health is given emphasis here with the relaxing design of the interiors. Color is used to influence mood and the psychological well-being of residents. Units are available in one-, two-, three-bedroom cuts, as well as three-bedroom bi-level size.
The design of the Empress is patterned after the “yin” and “yang” duality that is common in Chinese culture. The yin or quiet spaces are evident in the garden, pamper room and reading room. The yang or active zone, meanwhile, is seen in the pool, gym, children’s playroom and dance studio.
The Empress is the latest addition to the projects to be built in Capital Commons. Targeted for completion in 2026, there is much anticipation building up for this health-driven residence in the heart of Pasig City.
For the luxury lover
Rising 62 storeys high, the Imperium is the most exclusive offering of Capitol Commons. It has exclusivity written all over it, with only four units to a floor. Spacious spaces are available here—the smallest one featuring a two-bedroom layout.
The most unique feature of the Imperium is its slanted windows, offering a shaded view of Pasig City and Capitol Commons Park. Its amenities are also some of the best one can avail themselves of in the city. Residents can make use of the infinity-edge pool, landscaped garden decks, residential lounge and even a mini-theater furnished with recliner chairs.
Even though it is slated for a 2020 turnover, the Imperium has already garnered accolades from award-giving bodies. It has won the Best Luxury Condo Architectural Design and the Best Luxury Condo Development (Metro Manila) categories in the 2018 Philippine Property Awards of the Property Guru. If you want an address that speaks for itself, this residence immediately puts you at the top of society.
For the youthful yuppie
The Maven, a 62-storey residential tower, was designed with yuppies in mind. Colorful, vibrant and curated, the building boasts of spaces which encourage community interaction. Its unique feature is its five play rooms which are designed to be located at the center of the tower structure. These rooms are to be designed differently for residents to relax in and enjoy.
Maven is the only tower in Capitol Commons offering small units. The studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units populate the tower, which are ideal for young professionals sharing spaces. In terms of amenities, the tower offers a fitness center, a party room, meeting rooms, play rooms, a swimming pool, a game room and a media room to keep its residents entertained and active.
The building is conveniently located in front of the Estancia Mall, which offers everything a city dweller might need. Unimart is walkable, making a quick run to the grocery a simple errand. Overall, the Maven is ideal for the young and young-at-heart who wants to be at the center of action and fun.
A development for everyone
Offering condominiums that suit different lifestyles, Capitol Commons is a place for various personalities.
Whether you seek solitude or action, luxurious or shared spaces, there is a condominium that can cater to your lifestyle in Ortigas & Co.’s development. Visit Capitol Commons today and discover your future residence amid a green environment and a vibrant community.
What Makes Ortigas CBD Perfect for Office Space Hunting for Startups?
Central business districts, or CBDs, serve as the economic hub of a city or region. As the focal point of trade, CBDs are characterized by well-developed infrastructure, high-performing utilities, major developments, high foot traffic, and accessibility.
In the Philippines, the three major CBDs are located in Makati, Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig, and Ortigas. Each contributes largely to the country’s economic growth. But of the three, Ortigas is the most ideal for startups.
Take a look at what sets Ortigas CBD apart from the other two.
Office lease rates in Metro Manila are getting more expensive, now averaging P1,419.68 per square meter. As the rates continue to rise, Ortigas CBD is the ideal area to lease. An office space in Ortigas Center can go as low as P500 per square meter per month, which is significantly cheaper than the P1,300 to P1,600 rate in Makati CBD.
The affordable lease rates in Ortigas Center make it ideal for small and medium businesses and startups that are working with tight budgets. Apart from affordability, the low rates give investors plenty of room for value for appreciation, which can increase your return on investment.
Ortigas Center acts as a pass-through point for these key metropolises: Pasig City, Quezon City, and Mandaluyong City.
The CBD is bounded by three major thoroughfares: Shaw Boulevard on the South, Epifanio de Los Santos Avenue (EDSA) on the West, and Ortigas Avenue on the North. Ortigas Center’s strategic location places it in proximity to transport networks and terminals by way of the Metro Railway Transit (MRT), bus stations, and jeepney bays.
Upcoming infrastructure developments such as the BGC-Ortigas Link and the MRT Ortigas South Station are expected to reduce traffic congestion. These projects will cut travel time, making it easier for professionals and consumers to get to and from the area.
Points of Interest
Anchored on Mandaluyong, dubbed the “Shopping Capital of the Philippines,” Ortigas Center serves as a gateway for mall-goers. This is a big advantage for Ortigas since shopping malls have ingrained themselves into the modern Filipino culture. Among the many malls located in Ortigas Center are Shangri La Plaza, the Podium, SM Megamall, Robinsons Galleria, and Estancia Mall, which is a relatively new addition to the mix.
Ortigas Center is abundant with lifestyle destinations. First is Barrio Kapitolyo, a popular “food crawl” spot. Kapitolyo is home to an extensive selection of cafes, bars and pubs, and restaurants, allowing foodies to indulge in international and local flavors in their own backyard. Another go-to lifestyle spot is Capitol Commons, a mixed-use development that houses the Estancia Mall.
These key spots in the Ortigas CBD ensure that the area is always teeming with people. Steady foot traffic in a certain location can be potentially good for a business, especially startups, since it increases the chance of visitors in brick-and-mortar shops. Heavy foot traffic may also help raise awareness about the brand since more people encounter its logo, signages, symbols, and other marketing materials.
Ortigas CBD is also home to high-end and low-end stores, which means it can attract consumers from middle- to high-income brackets. Compared with Makati and BGC that some people may find too upscale or expensive, Ortigas Center can capture a larger share of the market by means of socioeconomic class. Startups and small businesses can benefit from this market position to create as much noise about their brand as possible.
Ortigas Center is a bustling nest of industries, from financial institutions and banks, BPOs, retail, real estate, manufacturing, and media. As such, your startup can expect high-quality office buildings with all the amenities your business will need. A prime example is The Galleon.
Office Spaces in Ortigas Center
The Galleon is a two-tower, mixed-use development with modern, functional office spaces - a unique offering within the heart of Ortigas CBD. Its convenient location ensures that everything your startup needs is within your reach.
Contact us today to know more about the latest developments in Ortigas Center.
Greenhills Laser Light Symphony To Run Until January!
It’s going to be an exciting holiday season as Greenhills launches its first Laser Light Symphony that is sure to keep everybody entertained.
The first of its kind in the Philippines, this brilliant show features two expert laser dancers showcasing their talents with the play of laser lights – a delightfully entertaining and colorful show that will appeal to all. Staged in collaboration with Smart, the laser show will run every half hour from 6 to 10 pm from November 15 through January 5, 2020 at the G-Strip Parking area, bringing an element of fun and surprise to the holiday festivities. Best of all, this laser show is free. Watch the inaugural show on November 15 and be amazed at the amazing fireworks that will signal the start of the Christmas festivities.
The laser show is a unique accompaniment to the Christmas Night Market that will rise at the same spot, allowing everyone to enjoy the best holiday shopping right at the country’s shopping mecca – right up to midnight. Tenants such as Kyuri Sushi, Curry Boss, Sinji Dimsum, Pinoy Yakitori, Bulacan Lugaw Kitchen, The Tipsy Tea and so much more will be there to fill everyone’s holiday cravings. Find gifts for everyone on your gift list as you make your way through the widest array of items you can ever dream of. For even more choices, there’s also the Wonderland Bazaar at the VMall Lobby and the Holiday Tiangge Fair at the Center Mall, both open until 10 PM, with items to match every budget. Start your Christmas shopping with the array of clothes, accessories, bags, furniture, makeup, and specialty food at the fair.
What’s Christmas without food? For the most memorable dining experiences this Christmas, Greenhills has partnered with Mastercard and Zomato for Holiday Feast with Treats, where diners with a single receipt worth P2,000 and use their Mastercard debit, credit, or prepaid card to enjoy special treats. Get rewarded at participating food establishments such as Bangus Republic, Bijin Nabe by Tsukada Nojo, Jay-jay’s Chicken Inasal, Kamameshi Town, Luk Yuen, Mesa, Mom & Tina’s, Moshi Koshi, Pho Hoa, Shakey’s, Shrimp Bucket, Sugar House, Omakase, Tim Hortons, and more.
Spreading the spirit of good cheer will be Santa Claus, who will come for a meet and greet every Saturday of the Christmas Season, right at the VMall on Greenhills’ Giant Santa Chair. Indulge your little ones’ fantasies with a photo session with the man in red. To let everyone feel the joy of the season, carolers will serenade guests with well-loved holiday songs every Sunday in the run-up to Christmas.
Keeping a beautiful Filipino tradition alive, Simbang Gabi masses will be held nightly from December 15 to 23 at the Chapel of the Holy Family right within the mall – allowing guests to hear mass right while staying close to all the conveniences and delights that Greenhills Shopping Center offers.
Drop by Greenhills for a great Christmas experience! For more information on Greenhills’ Christmas Festivities, visit their social media pages at www.facebook.com/greenhillsofficial and www.instagram.com/greenhillsph, and subscribe to their newsletter at www.ortigasmalls.com.
All the essential, adorable and edible must haves from Tiendesitas Pet Village
Gerald Dizon (Philstar.com) - November 19, 2019 - 1:55pm
MANILA, Philippines — Through easy and tough times, you can always count on your pets for companionship, comfort, and cheer. They stay without judgment and suspicion, and are only happy to see you, any time of the day.
Owning pets is so beneficial that they can, in fact, even help you live longer.
In a recent study, pet ownership—of dogs, for example—has been associated to reduce mortality by 24%, as opposed to non-ownership. Separate research suggests that even just watching cat videos online leads to better emotion regulation.
These are just a few good reasons why pet owners should treat their pets with the utmost care, whether feline, canine, and everything else in between.
For existing pet owners and those planning on having their own fur babies, Tiendesitas Pet Village is the perfect place to visit. With several stores ready to cater to all your pet needs, you’d be hardpressed to look anywhere else.
Here are just some of the Pet Village stores you can visit, and all the must-haves they offer:
1. Pampered pets at Petville Hotel
Petville offers daycare services in the metro, where pets are taken care of while the owners are away. Philstar.com/Erwin Cagadas
Much like real parents, you want trusted friends and family to look after our pets when we are out or away. But what if none of them are available? Thankfully at Petville, you can rest easy.
“We’ve been in the pet care and grooming business since 2011, and the emergence of pet hotels is a relatively novel concept in the country, and there is now a growing demand. We at Petville offer daycare services in Metro Manila so that their owners can leave their pets with us during their busy schedules,” said Brian Chua, proprietor of Petville.
The business also offers specialized services, depending on the specific needs of their pets, like frequency of feeding, playtime, and so on.
2. Professional shots by PetSnaps Studio
PetSnaps creates lasting memories with pets through professional shots. Philstar.com/Erwin Cagadas
Pets often do stuff that just makes you go “aww.” They have unexpected expressions and cute acts that can melt your heart and make your day. As is often said about children, furbabies themselves also grow up so fast.
Create lasting memories with your pets through professional shots.
PetSnaps, a premier photography studio for pets, does precisely this for pet parents. With their passion, skill, and patient handling, the people over at PetSnaps can produce crisp, high-quality snapshots. These are perfect if you’re looking to get long-lasting mementos, or just aiming to level up your #Petstagram game. Visit their Instagram for more details.
3. Nutrition boost from GAT Petshop
GAT Petshop offers nutritional supplements to help advance your pet’s overall health and performance.
Re-established in 2017, GAT Petshop is a one-stop-shop for all things pet essentials. Immediately captivating at the storefront is the abundant display of pet nutritional supplements, which come in different forms and uses.
Whether you want to boost your pet’s energy and appetite, improve coat quality and shine, digestion, mobility, and memory, GAT Petshop is the place that has the right merchandise. This is the store to go so that you can improve your pet’s overall health and appearance.
4. All for pet satisfaction by PetCo.
PetCo. has products that cater to different pet parenting lifestyles.
5. Organic is also best for pets – Pawfect!
Pawfect offers good quality, organic trade goods that are sourced from European countries, like France and Germany.
Edward Limoanco established Pawfect 15 years ago in Tiendesitas, specializing in pet care needs and good quality, organic trade goods that are sourced from European countries, like France and Germany.
Being in the business of show dogs and having competed as an exhibitor himself for the last 30 years, Limoanco naturally advocates for animal health and knows more about pet care than your average fur parent. Because of this, he has earned the trust of the store’s long-time clientele when it comes to pet-rearing needs.
“We’ve been here for 15 years, and we’re doing well because we have a lot of customers who trust us to take care of their dogs. We don’t force them to buy things they don’t need. With our years and years of experience and know-how, we know what’s good for our customers’ pets, so we know what to tell them when they consult with us,” he said.
6. Adorable accessories by Dogaholics
Over the years, Dogaholics Petshop has evolved to cater to the needs of other pets: cats and other small animals, like hamsters and rabbits—including all manner of accessories.
For nine years since 2010, Dogaholic Petshop has been providing customers apparel and supplies of the best quality. Storeowner Minda Baldo, who was originally specializing in dog supplies, has evolved the store to cater to the needs of other pets: cats and other small animals, like hamsters and rabbits—including all manner of accessories.
Most notable of these are their leashes, and cute dog “jerseys” in time for the basketball season.
Treat your pets at Pet Village today
“Pet Village aims to give the best pet shopping experience in all of Manila, especially since we have everything pet owners need all in one place, making it very convenient and accessible, because it saves you the time from having to visit separate shops in different points in the metro, for example,” shares Gerald Tarayaw, owner of GAT Petshop.
“Treat your pets like you would important people in your lives, because like human beings they need love, care, and protection. Given all the irreplaceable happiness and affection they inspire in you, it is only right that you give them the best care,” he added.
Tiendesitas' love for pets doesn't end here! This holiday season, Pet Village shares the gift of wonder at Pets Unleashed.
Located right at the center of the stores, Pets Unleashed is a giant Christmas box where visitors can enter and enjoy an animal and lights show projected from floor to ceiling to all four walls. This unique and exciting destination is perfect for pet lovers young and old.
Visit the Pet Village in Tiendesitas Mall at Ortigas Avenue Corner E. Rodriguez Avenue, Pasig. You can also follow Tiendesitas Mall on Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for their newsletter at https://www.ortigasmalls.com/tiendesitas/ for more updates.
Read more at https://www.philstar.com/lifestyle/shopping-guide/2019/11/19/1966244/all-essential-adorable-and-edible-must-haves-tiendesitas-pet-village#oOdfmDSEVywxrOMs.99
Tunnel of light illuminates Pasig
The usual bright lights and noise of establishments in Frontera Verde were replaced by well-loved Christmas tunes and a lights display as Ortigas East launched its annual Christmas Street Musical Tunnel on Monday, ushering in the holiday season.
Now on its third year, the light display continues its tradition of lighting up the stretch of Frontera Verde with red, blue, and green lights that flicker to the beat of the music.
This year, Ortigas East also included a separate lights show inside Tiendesitas called “Gift of Wonders.” Shaped like a giant gift box, mall-goers can go inside to look and take photos of a room full of twinkling lights.
Both installations will run every night starting at 6pm and ending at 10pm, from November 5 to January 5, 2020.
Capitol Commons Condos: Everything You Need Right at Your Doorstep
More and more people are moving into the heart of major cities, specifically in central business districts (CBDs). The Jones Land LaSalle’s Philippine Property Digest revealed in their 2017 report that about 125,000 residential condominium units will soon add to the total housing market of Metro Manila, from the second quarter of 2017 until 2021.
One of the developments that is quickly getting traction is Capitol Commons. Hailed as the Best Mixed-Use Development in the Philippines 2019 by the Asia Pacific Property Awards, Capitol Commons is a 10-hectare community that showcase modern living spaces, office buildings, and commercial areas that feature premium entertainment and retail selections.
Its three residential towers are The Royalton, which is about to be turned over to homeowners, The Imperium, and the Maven. The last two are still in the pre-selling phase, so there are still Capitol Commons condo units for sale. And with these three key benefits, Capital Commons is poised to become the next address of choice in Pasig City.
Modern and Top-notch Amenities
The three condominium towers feature an incredible array of amenities suited for diverse lifestyles. The Maven, The Imperium, and The Royalton have their own set of facilities dedicated to leisure and recreation, entertainment, and fitness. Residents can also accomplish tasks from the comfort of their home, since each tower houses its own meeting rooms and function rooms.
These amenities make Capitol Commons the perfect abode for those with dynamic lifestyles without sacrificing their work-life balance.
Capitol Commons benefits from its prime location in the bustling Ortigas CBD, which boasts of world-class entertainment, great working opportunities, and prominent establishments. Residents have the chance to grow professionally because a wealth of job opportunities is close to their home.
The development is within a short distance from premier schools, such as Saint Pedro Poveda College, St. Paul College Pasig, La Salle Greenhills, and University of Asia and the Pacific. Also within proximity is the Medical City, one of the leading providers of patient care in the Philippines.
Ortigas is accessible as well, being near the Metro Railway Transit (MRT) Ortigas Station, bus terminals, jeepney bays, and UV Express stations. Infrastructure developments, such as the BGC-Ortigas Center Link (with a target date completion by 2020) and the Ortigas South subway station (with a target date completion by 2025) are also expected to cut travel time to minutes. So if you’re planning to visit neighboring cities, like Bonifacio Global City in Taguig or the Makati Central Business District, you can easily find a convenient transport method.
Prime Entertainment Hub
Capitol Commons residents may also easily head to Kapitolyo Village, a popular food hub. This famous food destination is home to an extensive range of cafes, international and local restaurants, and bars and pubs, allowing foodies to go on a gastronomic adventure without having to stray too far from their homes.
For mall visits, there is the Estancia Mall, a shopping haven that houses retail and dining options. The mall is home to international luxury brands, giving residents a global shopping experience without having to book a flight.
Office spaces are situated at the top eight floors of the mall, collectively known as Estancia Office.
When it comes to choosing your home, location does matter. Capitol Commons is the perfect illustration of this valuable factor for every real estate purchase.
Everything Within Reach
Capital Commons’ ideal location plus its amazing residential spaces make it the perfect address for people who thrive in the hustle and bustle of the city life. Fill out our short contact form for inquiries about our real estate developments.
To New Heights: How to Effectively Communicate With Employees About Your Office Move
Your office’s physical environment significantly impacts your workers’ productivity. If your office building has poor lighting, fluctuating temperatures, or even regular power and internet failures, it may be time to relocate. However, moving is still a big shakeup for your company. Some employees may find it hard to commute to your new location, while others may be worried about work schedules being disrupted. Months before you start work, consider these pointers to effectively communicate with your workers about the big move.
Announce Plans as Soon as Possible
Even if you only have preliminary drafts of your new office or you’ve found the perfect workplace for sale or rent in Ortigas, let your employees have a heads up on possible moving and construction dates as soon as possible. Gather everyone for a short meeting and show them the plans. Make the following details clear: the building name and address, tentative moving day, and features the new office or building has that your current one doesn’t have.
If you have multiple designs you’re choosing from, ask your employees to vote for the entry they like the most. This way, you’re giving your workers an office they want to work in. This short announcement allows your employees to anticipate the move and adjust their work schedule accordingly. After the meeting, keep your door open if anyone has questions or suggestions about the move that they want to ask or discuss privately.
Form a Moving Committee
Now that you’ve revealed your plans, it’s time to gear up for the move, even if it is months away. Start by forming a moving committee that you can brainstorm with about the timeline, packing methods, moving companies to hire, and possible vehicle or housing incentives for employees who may have to commute further to get to your new location.
It’s ideal to have managers and team leaders as members of your committee, as they know the needs of their department the most and they can cascade updates down to their members without having to call a big meeting.
Provide Helpful Informational Material
Ask a few people from your committee to create an information pack for workers. Include updates about the information you disclosed during your initial announcement. Indicate how the workplace will be set up. Will you be transitioning to an open office system? Or are you going to go with a more private design with cubicles? Make sure to back these changes up with research.
Tell them about the amenities the building has like better parking and security. Will your future windows let in enough natural light? Natural light is one of the workplace qualities employees want the most, as it improves mood and wellbeing. You can distribute these facts through email as a full-fledged booklet. Chunking the information down as a weekly newsletter with a countdown may also build excitement among employees.
Even if you’re excited about your move, your employees may have concerns about your soon-to-be workplace. Keep them informed and engaged by providing regular updates and assurance that the relocation is worth it. Before you know it, it’ll be business as usual in your new place.
Choose an Experienced Developer for Your Property
Safety and comfort are vital when choosing an office space. Here at Ortigas & Company, we provide secure and well-maintained office spaces for a wide range of industries. Our buildings are all situated in prime locations across Pasig, San Juan, and Quezon City. One of our offerings is the 34-storey Glaston Tower, which is well on its way to a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
Contact us today to secure the office space you need.
Spread the Wealth: What a Condo Investment Does for Your Portfolio
Diversification is the key to maintaining a strong investment portfolio. It’s typical for your holdings to sometimes fall short and at other times do well, depending on how the market performs. But limiting yourself to a single asset type, stock, or industry could also affect your portfolio because it creates risks that may lead to a major financial loss.
In distributing your investments to different assets, sectors, and industries, you’re creating a safety net for your portfolio. A diverse portfolio of investments gives you the ability to offset risky choices with dependable ones. In doing so, you can avoid losing the entirety of your investments from a poorly made decision.
Real estate is a popular choice for diversification. Beginners and veterans of the game invest in different properties for its resilience, dependability, and high capital appreciation. This tangible commodity has big ROIs that will start showing as early as the day you make the down payment.
Aim for the Sky: The Advantages of High-Rise Properties
High-rise properties are sought-after by investors. Condominiums, in particular, are gaining popularity for their design, affordability, and location. So the pre-selling of condos from Capitol Commons to Ortigas East is a common sight. These high-rise properties, influenced by the influx of professionals moving to the city, have features that are attractive selling points that make them smart investments.
What else do condominiums contribute to your portfolio?
The country’s real estate market continues to experience a steady growth rate. This is especially true for properties in urban areas. As the population grows, the demand for affordable housing will as well. Investing in a condominium in or around central business districts (CBDs) ensures the stability of your asset. Even if there is a property bubble in a specific city, this will rarely affect other locations.
Investing in real estate requires patience and trust. Price depreciation and dips in demand will occur. But the market's resilience has proven that these are only temporary. Once they pass, prices will go back to normal and your property will experience a positive appreciation. Moreover, you can increase your property’s value by adding improvements or modifications that make it a desirable living space.
As a tangible asset, your real estate investment will be in your portfolio as long as you hold onto it. You can also easily leverage it across different revenue streams. When located in a popular area, you can rent it out for passive income or sell it for a larger, one-time profit.
When you don’t put all of your eggs in one basket, you prevent a potential loss. And using real estate to diversify allows you to reduce your portfolio’s volatility. With the right investment, you’re also likely to get a better return.
But the key is choosing the ideal property at the right time.
Why You Can’t Go Wrong with Ortigas & Co.
Ortigas & Co. is pre-selling premium condos in prime locations. The Maven at Capitol Commons has 62 stories of beautiful living spaces and unique facilities designed for future residents who want to pursue their passions.
Get in touch with us today for any questions about our properties.
Wealth of wellness fit for an Empress
Seasoned developer Ortigas & Co. is bringing a novel, possibly a gamechanging concept to the real estate scene.
Through the Empress, a 56-storey residential tower set to rise within Capitol Commons in Pasig City, Ortigas & Co. will be introducing to the Philippine market what it claims to be the “first wellness real estate in the country”—one that would allow residents to live, breathe and take it easy in a space that embodies the true meaning of home.
Wellness lifestyle real estate refers to homes that were proactively designed and built to support the holistic health of the residents. And as wellness lifestyle real estate and communities gain traction globally, the Philippines, too, will soon have its taste of such a residence that has your wellness as priority.
At Empress, future residents will surely revel from the joys of living in the heart of a bustling city while fostering a sense of self and a sense of community, through a space designed to have all the elements necessary to achieve balance and wellness—concepts that have become increasingly elusive and even priceless, amid the fast and exciting pace of lifestyle in most major urban centers.
So what is this lifestyle all about? Six things will tell you six ways how Empress will help improve your well-being.
Technology gave rise to a new level of comfort and convenience as it now allows you to complete some of your tasks, errands and even business transactions with just a few taps on your phone.
And it’s that kind of lifestyle that awaits at Empress given its smart living features. A mobile phone app allows you to easily control your unit’s smoke detector, smart plug (for your smart TVs and kitchen appliances), IR control smart aircon, smart light switch, temperature sensor, and contact sensor (door, motion and water).
A home designed for wellness should be able to reduce the stress one has to face every day and hence, it has to be mindful of the residents’ needs.
For the future residents of Empress, they no longer need to bother with certain details when they move in as units would already have a lavatory with vanity cabinets, integrated microwave oven cabinet, a WiFi router cabinet, built-in shower bench, built-in cabinets with lights, kitchen cabinets with task lights, USB ports in all the bedrooms, as well as an intercom with videophone.
Scores of studies have shown that colors can influence one’s well-being and stimulate positive emotional responses. The wrong use of these colors, whether too much or lack of, may however have an adverse impact on the residents.
Empress knows all too well that color can have a tremendous influence on the emotions and physical health of an individual and hence, it considered the impressions of a color and the kind of message it conveys.
For instance, red is said to bring warmth, energy and stimulation while blue can help calm breathing and heart rate. The color green is said to help calm the nervous system whereas yellow is seen to bring a sense of security. Such colors have been strategically integrated in the common spaces at Empress as these are seen important in creating the psychological mood or ambience to support the function of a particular space.
Empress will allow you to nurture a connection with nature without needing to travel far and leave the convenience of your home. Within Empress, you’ll find pockets of spaces with lush greens and blooms that are sure to soothe your frazzled nerves.
Ortigas & Co. believes that the use of plants in spaces can create a natural and human-centered approach that can help improve work and living spaces that offer numerous benefits to one’s health and well-being. More specifically, a biophilic design as that of Empress, can help reduce stress, improve cognitive function, and even enhance mood and creativity.
In feng shui, it’s all about balance. It’s through having that balance that you are able to promote peace and harmony within a space, and allow positive energy to flow through your home.
Certified master feng shui consultant Joyce M. Co noted that the design features and components of the Empress present the five elements namely water (also representing the color blue), with the swimming pool; wood (green), with the use of natural plants and wood; fire (red), with good lighting in the so-called active areas; metal (white/silver/gold), with the use of these color tones throughout the building; and earth (yellow), as represented in the careful planning of structural design and materials used.
“The use of these five elements basically constitute the basic principles of feng shui. You can see these in the Empress’ color therapy palettes which were used in the strategic places where there is a need to produce, subdue and control certain areas to create a well-balanced space,” Co explained.
Amenities at the Empress were also carefully planned and strategically divided into two areas namely the quiet zone, where you’ll find the garden, wellness lawn and reading room, and the active zone, where the pools, lounge areas and play areas, among others, are located. These zones, Co said, are basically attributed to the “yin and yang” thus, creating a perfect balance of spaces based on their function.
Beyond all these features that make Empress an ideal home in the bustling metro, there are sustainable measures being employed to ensure that this 56-storey tower will last for future generations to enjoy, but with a reduced carbon footprint to benefit the environment.
This is why Ortigas & Co. is ensuring that the Empress is green building compliant, through the provision of open spaces, a materials recovery facility and rainwater collection tank, among other features.
Ortigas & Co. wins 'master planner' award
Property developer Ortigas & Company was recognized as the “Master Planner of the Year” during the Japan International Property Awards (JIPA).
The recognition, which was deliberated by a panel of industry experts from various fields in real estate, was awarded to the Philippine company in a ceremony held on September 4 at Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills in Tokyo, Japan.
The “Master Planner of the Year” award is a special distinction given to developers who have executed their vision of building seamless communities that integrate a diverse selection of developments in a masterful way.
Ortigas & Company is the developer of Greenhills Center, Ortigas East, Circulo Verde and Capitol Commons.
JIPA said Ortigas & Company has been successful in introducing properties which have become hallmarks for celebrating life's defining moments. The award-giving body also recognizes that the company is able to evolve with their communities and deliver products of innovation and creativity catering to the needs and dreams of today's future generation.
For more than 88 years, Ortigas & Company has been guided by the philosophy of master-planning—developing spaces for communities to thrive and evolve with the people who live in these spaces. As one of the pioneer developers in the country, Ortigas & Company has built—and continues to introduce—properties that cater to the evolving needs of its customers.
Ortigas & Company is able to offer something different and unique to shape the urban landscape of Metro Manila. Each estate has residential, retail, and office spaces, and has integrated green open spaces such as parks and recreational hubs; testament to the company’s commitment of building great places for life.
Each residential tower offered by the company across its estates boast distinct features and unique amenities appealing to different investors, depending on their lifestyle. The various offices are strategically located to be confined within the estates, and another one is set to rise at Ortigas Center, one of the country’s top Central Business Districts.
The retail concepts of the company continue to attract crowds as the company always searches for new concepts among budding entrepreneurs and established brands in the country.
Last year, Ortigas & Co. was given a special award by JIPA recognizing the company as the Fastest Growing Real Estate Developer.
The Japan International Property Awards showcases Southeast Asia’s best developments from residential to commercial, recognizing top regional developers and their flagship projects that passed the rigid Japanese standards of development excellence.
Built for wellness
Some city governments are starting to encourage mobility by clearing road obstructions to provide lanes where people can walk or ride their bikes. More parks and wide open spaces are being provided to the public, while private fitness gyms and health and wellness centers have started to proliferate.
Even the Department of Health (DOH) is promoting wellness and encouraging Filipinos to adopt a healthier and more active way of living to help reduce major health risks that go with a sedentary lifestyle.
Wellness in cities
Wellness refers to the state or condition of being in good physical and mental health. Achieving wellness in the concrete urban jungle, however, could pose a serious challenge to city dwellers given the lack of open spaces, pollution, limited time to exercise and the highly stressful, fast-paced lifestyle.
Urbanites, however, now have a choice. They can choose to find a home where they are afforded that space to live, breathe and take it easy.
Seasoned developer Ortigas & Co. is introducing the concept of a wellness lifestyle to the Philippine market through the Empress—a 56-storey residential tower set to rise within Capitol Commons in Pasig City. This is touted to be the country’s first “wellness lifestyle real estate” where homes are proactively designed and built to support health and well-being of residents.
Indeed, it is possible to counter the stress and chaos that have become constant companions of those living in urban communities. Wellness can be within easy reach, thanks to projects like the Ortigas & Co.’s Empress, where you are given spaces that will allow you to lead an active lifestyle and achieve balance. And even within your unit there, you can also mirror the kind of wellness offered by the Empress. Here’s how.
Choose ‘happy’ colors
Do away with the hospital look. Each room in your home should exude warmth and joy. Choose colors which induce happy feelings and stimulate positive emotional responses.
Paint your space with the color red to bring warmth, energy and stimulation. Blue is soothing to the eyes, brings about calm and helps normalizes the heart rate. Green meanwhile relaxes the eyes while yellow brings a sense of security.
Take a walk
Combat stress by taking a walk as this can clear the head and increase your heart rate. Stop living a sedentary lifestyle. Move while your body still allows you to move. Brisk walk or follow a exercise regimen for an hour or so. Roam around the garden and enjoy the lush view and just forget the world. Fortunately, Empress will offer parks and open spaces where you can take a leisurely walk, spend some quiet moments, or meditate.
Find your spot
Don’t allow work to rule over your house. Find a spot where you can just breathe in the sights. It may be a nook where you can read a book in peace. Or just a comfy couch where you can laze around and think of nothing. Empress will offer expansive views of the metro that will surely calm and soothe your nerves.
Choose a place that fits the bill of having the best environment and a home that allows you to be the best version of yourself. The road leads to Empress by Ortigas & Co. It has all the amenities that one seeks to achieve health and well-being. From biophilic designs to color therapy, Empress aims to create a balanced lifestyle where its residents achieve holistic growth.
A seamless blend of local, foreign expertise
Nearing nine decades in the real estate scene, Ortigas & Co., plans to scale new heights in an aggressive, ambitious expansion plan. And with a massive redevelopment plan underway, Ortigas has also secured and acquired the services of topnotch local and foreign firms to help ensure the sustainability, liveability, quality and value of its developments.
While Ortigas & Co is going full throttle in creating landmark developments in Metro Manila to provide Filipinos better communities with a world-class feel, it has also employed the latest technologies in creating these masterpieces while adhering to a strict building guideline across all developments.
This seasoned developer has long placed its faith on local architectural firms as it continues to acquire services from reliable local construction companies. But in keeping up with the times, Ortigas & Co. has also acquired the services of foreign partners (for design and architecture, among others), who can lend their expertise regarding the most innovative and latest techniques available.
Top design firms
Ortigas & Co. turned to premier design firms such as RTKL, which has consistently ranked among the world’s top design firms. As proof of its renowned expertise, Building Design in 2011 ranked RTKL’s retail sector first in the world; its planning services, third; and its urban design, fifth.
For 70 years, RTKL has created one of the most memorable and successful environments for developers, retailers, investors, institutions and public entities. Its work has been a cut above the rest with numerous accolades received across multiple disciplines and sectors. Included in its portfolio are the Dubia Creek Harbour, The Pearl in Doha, Qatar and LA Live in Los Angeles, California.
Now, RTKL will serve as the consultant arm for the masterplan of Capitol Commons and also of Ortigas East.
The company will roll out a P50-billion masterplan to redevelop “Ortigas East,” which is formerly known as Frontera Verde along C5. This estate is launched with an initial offering of the first office-for-sale building, The Glaston Tower.
The Glaston Tower is poised to become Metro Manila’s prime business address. The 34-storey building plans to infuse more life into the office space market with its unique form and functionality. This building is also a recipient of Bronze Stevie Awards for innovation in business-to-business products under the New Product Category.
Capitol Commons estate in Pasig, on the other hand, will continue to undergo development with a P26-billion fund to bring it to a new level of growth and profitability.
Estancia, Capitol Common’s retail component, opened its doors to retail markets with 15,000 sqm of prime offices on its upper floors. But it was the three luxurious residential towers in Capitol Commons that takes the cake for future residents with a taste for the good life. The Royalton, The Imperium and Maven will offer a range of experiences for families, millennials and guests.
The Imperium at Capitol Common even bagged the Best Luxury Condo Architectural Design during the 2018 Philippines Property Awards. Highly Commended citations were bestowed for Maven, The Imperium and Capitol Commons for mixed use development of the year.
The sound structural integrity of every building of Ortigas & Co resonates with its desire to create a building that will last from one generation to the next. Magnusson Klemencic (MKA) is the chosen structural and civil consulting engineers by Ortigas & Co. The firm carries a long history of enhanced expertise in seismic, wind, vibration, blast-engineering and site strategies for low-impct design, site infrastructure planning, strategic water planning and excavation shoring.
Magnusson Klemenic has 99 years of building experience in creating safe, highly functional, innovative designs that withstand the test of time. With projects in over 54 countries, MKA has consistently created safe, economical and state of the art design for buildings of all sizes. Among its most notable works are Chase Center in San Francisco, Vista Tower in Chicago and China’s Hunan Road Suning.
Not to be outdone is the 16-ha Greenhills Shopping Center. Being the crown jewel of the entire Greenhills complex, it will also house the first luxury residential tower—The Viridian in Greenhills. It is now being currently turned over to its buyers. Conor, another residential tower in Greenhills estate will soon rise, was launched early this year.
The Galleon is the newest offering located in the heart of Ortigas Center. It is a two-tower, mixed use development complete with a ultra-modern design. A roster of highly renowned experts is helping create this latest gem in Ortigas Center. Ortigas & Co. tapped Architecture International Ltd. (San Francisco) as its masterplanning and concept architect. Among the more well known works of this US-based firm include the Lotte Tower in South Korea; Verona Office Towers in Italy, and Xi’an Hi-tech Business Center in China.
The architect of record is GF and Partners Architects, while for interior design, Ortigas & CO. commissioned the services of andAssociates. It also tapped world class structural and civil engineering firm Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA) to create a modern, functional office space with a view of lush landscapes in the communal gardens.
There’s no stopping Ortigas & Co when it comes to innovating the Metro Manila skyline.
Soon, The Empress will be added to its roster of master-planned developments in Capitol Commons.
The Empress, a residential building that showcases fine living, exudes femininity and strength. Three things that were top of mind when The Empress was designed: health, balance and well-being.
A balance of yin and yang to complement the lifestyle of its residents. The Yin will comprise the quiet places such as garden, pamper room and reading room. The Yang will be embodied in active zones like pool, gym, function halls and dance halls.
With an unparalled land bank and a long list of experience in building townships, Ortigas & Co. has more to offer in developing choice residential communities, coveted commercial areas and prime business spaces. The revitalized property giant plans to give and build more for the Filipinos.
Common desire for functional design
It’s not just about aesthetics. Beyond appealing to one’s senses, efficiently designed spaces and structures actually play a key role in the well-being of the residents and tenants.
Numerous case studies and projects have already shown that design can influence one’s health, productivity, behavior, and at times, even one’s mood. But achieving an ideal design suitable to today’s urban dwellers entails meticulous planning, painstaking attention to every single detail of the project, and a certain expertise honed by years of experience. It also meant taking no shortcuts and paying for premium materials to create an environment conducive to one’s wellness.
Fortunately, there are local developers who recognize the significance and impact of the built environment on the quality of life of residents, visitors and other guests and locators.
Designed for a purpose
In Pasig City, for instance, the 10-ha Capitol Commons is offering an integrated urban haven, where each component was designed and strategically placed to complement the other facets of this mixed use project. While showcasing a stunning architecture that features Philippine culture, Capitol Commons provides residents, workers and guests with a much needed breathing space at the heart of the urban jungle.
Seasoned developer Ortigas & Co. aptly displayed its prowess and expertise arising from an eight-decade legacy in creating this sanctuary. How so?
Ortigas & Co. designed and had masterplanned Capitol Commons to house five luxury residential towers, strategically located in areas where residents will still enjoy privacy, security and exclusivity. While this is so, residents and guests will still find it easy to reach the prime office spaces and commercial areas that showcase a wide array of retail, dining and entertainment selections at Estancia, Unimart Supermarket and Gastro, a strip of free-standing concept restaurants. The idea is to have all these within walking distance from your home.
Lush parks and open spaces abound within the development, too, with the Capitol Commons Park serving as the “green heart” and the centerpiece of balance and holistic wellness. Almost a hectare of space has been made available for residents and guests to relax and enjoy leisure activities with loved ones.
Designs with benefits
All the planned residential towers, located within a 1.4-ha block within Capitol Commons, were also designed to derive certain benefits for the people.
Each project, which has a distinct architectural design, poised to grace the Ortigas skyline, will offer breathtaking views of either Ortigas Center, Pasig River, Laguna de Bay and mountain ranges. Each has its own character and was designed to provide comfort and convenience to its residents.
For example: The Royalton, a 64-storey luxury residential condo, was designed to be “a home fit for royals.”
According to Ortigas & Co., the design inspiration for The Royalton is what it called as “The Veil”—which showcases a sweeping, sexy tall building that is iconic and aesthetically unique. The veil “seems to lightly wrap on the building as if to flutter and flap in the wind. The fold in the fabric of the veil becomes the balconies of the units. Just like the fold of the fabric, the balconies will not have the same cuts and sizes, giving a unique lay-out on each floor and different features in each unit,” it explained.
The tower was also designed to have a proper orientation of the sun and wind, enabling it to block off solar heat from the afternoon sun, thus protecting its residents, guests, workers.
Designed to maximize
The Imperium, which is Latin for “Power to Rule,” is the second residential project to be launched within Capitol Commons. True to its name, this 62-storey tower is touted as the next highly coveted piece of real estate property in Metro Manila. A premier address offering only four units to a floor, this luxurious high rise exudes sophistication with its simple yet elegant architectural design.
According to Ortigas, The Imperium is shifted forward to ensure unobstructed views, while emphasizing its majestic positioning as the “king” of the block, hence its imperial name. In contrast with The Royalton’s sexy and sweeping curves, The Imperium’s architectural design is simple and elegant, made up of clean lines that emphasized its circular form from afar, it added.
Ortigas further pointed out that the trapezoidal canted windows were designed to provide an impressive perspective not just of the horizon but of the Capitol Commons park below. Aside from providing a unique viewing experience, other benefits from this design would be increased illumination and ventilation inside the units.
The Imperium also has a light shelf, an architectural element that allows daylight to penetrate into the units by using a surface to bounce the visible light up towards the ceiling and down into the unit space. This simple horizontal surface reduces the need for artificial lighting, counteracts the harmful glare of direct sunlight, and helps in the preservation of furniture inside the units.
The design of The Imperium offers more height and space given its beamless ceiling, which was achieved through the use of flat slab ceiling directly supported by columns. Obviously, this increases the net clear ceiling height, thus adding more space in a unit, Ortigas said.
Designing for the young
At 62 storeys, The Maven was designed to standout. Its design was inspired by the “lantern” which “symbolizes a movement towards the hip generation. The three-bedroom special units, located at the topmost floors, are said to form the shape of a lantern. A vertical notch on the building face serves as a breezeway while punched balconies create depth and character in the building.”
Located at the northeast corner of Capitol Commons, Maven is seen to be the new haven—an ideal space for the young modern dweller to live, work, play and learn since everything is practically just right outside your doorstep.
Designing for balance
And soon, Ortigas & Co. will be launching its fourth residential project here called “The Empress.” As its name suggests, the latest development will exude femininity and strength while, at the same time, bear that natural nurturing touch of a woman, which means health, balance and well-being would be the top priorities when The Empress was being designed.
To create that much sought balance amid the frenetic pace of life in the city, The Empress was designed to offer a balance of “yin” and “yang” spaces, with yin comprising of the quiet spaces (garden, pamper room, reading room) while the yang pertaining to the active zone (pool, gym, function halls, fitness and dance halls, etc.).
Taking wise, vigilant steps to ward off ‘hungry ghost’
It’s that time of the year when many prefer to lay low, stay out of the limelight and avoid making crucial decisions.
In Chinese culture, the seventh month of the lunar calendar year or most commonly known as the Ghost Month is considered a dangerous period, a time to be extra vigilant and careful, particularly at night.
“The Ghost Month is when the portals of astrological heavens open, allowing spirits to go in and out the portal. The gates of hell are open and when this happens, the (spirits) can easily penetrate our world and do harm. That’s the reason why there are certain taboos during this month,” said certified master feng shui consultant Joyce M. Co.
During this month of hungry ghost, it is widely believed that the yin overpowers the yang, and when the yin chi dominates a house, it starts to attract ghosts and wandering spirits, which were released from hell to roam freely among the living.
While there are precautions you can take, it doesn’t mean that your life will stop during Ghost Month, Co stressed.
“Of course, this doesn’t mean you will stop everything literally. You cannot stop your business during this month, you need to move on with your life. My one advice is to not risk it too much, or take calculated risks. For instance, when you invest, make sure to invest in something that would likely prosper,” Co explained, adding further that this practical advice can go for everything else in one’s life all year round.
One of the best options for investment, according to feng shui, is real estate, Co disclosed.
“Real estate is earth. In feng shui, we talk about five elements namely water, metal, wood, fire and earth. Earth is considered dominant because all elements are there and therefore it can control and affect the other four elements. In feng shui, land is like food which is a basic commodity,” Co explained.
Certain real estate developments however trump other property projects as these have characteristics considered favorable under feng shui.
Co pointed out that feng shui is all about balance, about common sense and practicality.
To usher luck in your investment, choose a reliable developer with a solid track record that can offer you tangible proof about the kind of developments that a company can create. She further advises a potential homebuyer or investor to choose a development that caters to one’s needs and whims, whether it’s about convenience, accessibility, privacy, wellness options, among others, which can give you a holistic, well-balanced lifestyle.
Co further pointed out the significance of land configurations and having conducive living spaces, which are necessary in creating good feng shui.
“Space is very important. It’s one of the basics in feng shui—having air to breathe and space to explore. Air should be meandering. For practical reasons, would you like to live in a cramped space with limited air? When investing in a property like a condo unit, you have to make sure there is enough space,” Co further explained.
Hence, it would be good for your feng shui—and practical too—if you invest in a property that could give you enough space to move around and ample breathing room as well.
Currently, there are developers like Ortigas & Co. that have been creating masterplanned projects that provide residents that much sought space and sanctuary in the middle of a bustling city.
The 10-ha Capitol Commons, touted as a new destination for luxury living, is one mixed use development that offers modern living spaces, office facilities, commercial areas that showcase an array of retail, dining and entertainment selections, as well as lush parks and open spaces that provide the residents, office workers and tenants a much needed breathing space at the heart of the urban jungle.
Here, one can expect no less than a life well lived—one that is centered on comfort, convenience, elegance and wellbeing.
So far, three upscale residential towers were already launched namely 64-storey The Royalton, 62-storey The Imperium, and 62-storey The Maven. Estancia Mall meanwhile offers an array of exciting retail, dining and entertainment options, while the upper floors house 15,000 sqm of prime office spaces.
Accessibility is not a problem too since Capitol Commons is located along Meralco Avenue cor. Shaw Boulevard, within Ortigas Center in Pasig City, and is near major thoroughfares and public transport nodes as well.
Developer ups the ante at famed Kapitolyo
The vibrant Kapitolyo village in Pasig City has been long known to be dotted with food hubs catering to various tastes and cravings.
Ranging from cafés, restaurants with international and local menus, to various bars and pubs, the streets of this mixed-use area have been attracting scores of visitors for years precisely because it was a food destination.
But today, Kapitolyo is no longer just a food destination. Now looming above the famous Kapitolyo restaurants are premium developments housing the same food hubs, with office spaces and residential areas now standing alongside them. And this perhaps has become the reason why this 96-ha area has been transformed into a major investment destination in the highly urbanized city of Pasig.
The area now prides itself as the home of premier development Capitol Commons, brought to the city by real estate pioneer Ortigas & Co.
But the rise of various horizontal business and residential spaces was not done all at once.
Ortigas & Co. first built The Royalton, a 64-storey residential condominium at Capitol Commons. The Royalton is known best for its veil-like appearance, allowing the tower to block the afternoon heat while residents enjoy a view of the Pasig River, Laguna de Bay and Sierra Madre Mountain Range. Its unique shape is also accompanied by the varied designs of its individual units—no two rooms are made alike.
Also rising in Capitol Commons is its second residential building, The Imperium, designed with trapezoidal canted windows made to lessen the need for artificial lighting. This 62-storey tower will have 233 two- to three-bedroom units and suites.
The Maven, another 62-floor residential tower, is different than The Imperium as this future premium high-rise will feature a resort-like amenity bar of five floors, distinctly designed for people “in pursuit of their passion.”
Capitol Commons, however, has more than just residential homes to offer: Ortigas & Co. also made Kapitolyo an even more luxurious space through Estancia Mall. Besides housing the food destinations Kapitolyo was once known for, Estancia became the home of many global luxury brands.
Situated at the top eight floors of this mall are office spaces, collectively known as Estancia Office.
Developed along Shaw Boulevard and Meralco Avenue, Capitol Commons stands in close proximity to other shopping malls and allows faster travel to public transportation.
Easier access to these destinations have further raised Kapitolyo’s land value to almost P250,000 to P300,000 per square meter, according to online real estate platform Lamudi.
Indeed, Kapitolyo Village has since evolved from a well-known food hub to a high-quality investment destination, surrounded by a lively environment made even more vibrant by the premier developments of Ortigas & Co.
Get Fit with Friends and Family at CV Sports Hub
Circulo Verde is a 10-hectare community located in the Metro. Combining nature with modern urban living, Circulo Verde features urban residences such as condominiums and townhouses and amenities including parks, restaurants, and shops.
Whether you’re a young professional, a newly married couple planning to start a family, or someone who is nearing retirement age, the Circulo Verde community is definitely a place you should consider. In addition to the perks of modern living, Circulo Verde also features CV Sports Hub, a place for sports enthusiasts, fitness buffs, or even those who want to take the first step towards a healthier, more active lifestyle. The sports hub features outdoor and indoor sports facilities that you can enjoy with friends and families.
Ride Like a Pro in The Bike Playground
The Bike Playground is a newly opened pump track that is beginning to grab the attention of cyclists both in and outside Metro Manila. Developed by Ortigas & Company in collaboration with global pump track and trail builder Velosolutions, The Bike Playground is the first and only indoor asphalt pump track in the Philippines. The indoor pump track is designed with berms, rollers, and jumps that loop back on itself, allowing you to ride the course continuously without pedaling. Experienced riders can ride the pump track to showcase complex stunts but it is also a suitable area where newbie cyclists can learn and practice new cycling skills.
The Bike Playground also has an outdoor trail, ideal for cyclists and bikers who don’t have time to go out of town to get their trail biking fix. The outdoor track features a rough and grassy terrain, perfect for those who want to test their skills on uneven surfaces. The track also has a giant ramp that lets you experience the thrill of riding up and down a hill. Located outdoors is also the Kids Track, built for the young ones and those who are not yet confident to try the pump track and outdoor trail.
The Bike Playground is not just for cyclists. If you have friends or relatives who ride skateboards and scooters, you can also bring them with you so you can try the amenities together. The Bike Playground also offers bike and gear rentals at affordable rates. If you have kids, you can enroll them in the facility’s cycling class.
Play Different Sports at CV Quad
Situated just beside The Bike Playground is CV Quad, a spacious outdoor court where you can play basketball with your friends. If you’re going alone, you can also use the area for running and jogging.
Where Urban Living Meets the Beauty of Nature
At Ortigas & Company, we conceive and build master-planned developments where people can live, work, shop, and play. We offer residential properties located close to entertainment, retail, and sports facilities. For more information about our developments, contact us today.
Looking for an Office Space in the Metro? Consider Ortigas CBD
Metro Manila is one of the prime business destinations in Asia. The city, in recent years, has picked up some steam and became an emerging global city like Jakarta, Shanghai, and Seoul. In fact, UK-based Oxford Economics predicts that Metro Manila will be the 9th fastest-growing city in the Asia-Pacific from 2018-2022, according to its report published in Inquirer Business.
Apart from being on that list, Metro Manila is a strategic location for both government offices and commercial spaces due to the types of property available, accessibility, and availability of space.
If your business is looking to rent office space in the metro, consider leasing one of the available commercial spaces in Ortigas. Here are great reasons to go for this location:
Affordable Lease Rates
Office spaces in Metro Manila, according to the Philippine News Agency, are becoming more expensive. Makati CBD, for instance, has the highest weighted average lease rate at 1,419.68 pesos per square meter per month. Ortigas CBD, on the other hand, is becoming the least costly market for office space. Its weighted average lease rate is 698.72 pesos. Small businesses and start-ups with a tight budget can opt for the lower rates in Ortigas.
Situated at the boundaries of Quezon City, Mandaluyong, and Pasig, Ortigas is unquestionably accessible. Getting to the central business district, in fact, is easy. Professionals working here can commute to Ortigas Center via the following:
- Metro Railway Transit (MRT) along EDSA – If they’re coming from EDSA-Taft Avenue or North Avenue, they can opt to take the train to Ortigas Station.
- Bus – Those coming from the South can ride a bus going to Fairview or Monumento and disembark at Ortigas. On the other hand, those coming from the North can take a bus going to Baclaran and get off in Ortigas.
- Jeepney – Some jeepneys in the Cainta Junction have EDSA Central as one of their stopovers. Additionally, those coming from the city of Mandaluyong can ride a jeep bound for a mall in EDSA-Shaw. From there, they can take the overpass and walk towards their destination.
- FX – They can ride this PUV in LRT-2 Pureza Station going to major malls in Ortigas. There are also FXs in Quiapo, which goes directly to Ortigas Center. · Subway – The proposed Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP) will have two stations that will make Ortigas Center more accessible to the public. The first is the Ortigas North Station, whose future location will be in front of Ortigas Building. The second is the Ortigas South Station, which will be in Capitol Commons.
The streets in Ortigas are well lit throughout the night. There are police officials riding in their motorcycles who are visible in nearly every street. Employees working in the graveyard night can enjoy peace of mind knowing that they’re safe as they walk to their place of work. Additionally, Ortigas have overpasses that help keep people safe. In October 2017, three of these walkways opened in Ortigas Center as part of the efforts by the local government and the private sector to make urban cities friendlier to pedestrians. With these convenient bridges, professionals can safely and easily reach the other side without having to walk through the large roads of the central business district.
Ortigas Center is a bustling nest of industries, from BPOs to banks. A few of the master-planned developments that offer commercial spaces for lease are The Offices at Estancia, Silver City, and The Glaston Tower. Get in touch with us today for more information about our real estate developments.
Ortigas launches P14-B office tower
Ortigas & Company is expanding its office portfolio with the launch of the first phase of The Galleon which is expected to generate P14 billion in sales.
The project is a mixed-use, two-tower development which will soon rise in the heart of Ortigas Center and offer office, retail, and residential spaces.
The first tower to be introduced will be the office building which will provide spaces fit for the needs of businesses — whether multi-national companies, conglomerates, or professional firms.
“We are excited to introduce The Galleon to the market, especially as this is a premier development in the Ortigas central business district,” said Ortigas & Company President Jaime E. Ysmael.
He noted that, “as the demand for high-quality office spaces continues to rise, we are confident that this property will be able to offer something new to investors who place apremium on convenience, accessibility, sustainability, and the prestige to claim their own piece of Ortigas Center.”
Offices at The Galleon will consist of 31 office levels with food and retail establishments on the first two levels of the building. There will also be five levels of basement parking to accommodate office tenants and retail patrons.
Unit sizes for office spaces start at 75 square meters to 767 square meters, with prices ranging from P20.9 million to P184.3 million. It has a net saleable area of 47,000 square meters priced from P250,000 to P266,000 per square meter.
Set to rise along ADB Avenue and right across the Asian Development Bank Headquarters, The Galleon offers convenience, and accessibility given its location. Various food, retail, and entertainment establishments surround the property.
“The Galleon is the first development this year that we’re introducing as we celebrate our 88thAnniversary. As we anchor our premier development in Ortigas Center, we aim to strengthen our position as a developer that builds great places that complement and enhance the lives of people,” said Ysmael.
Ortigas and Co. expects P14 billion in sales from office-for-sale building
Property developer Ortigas and Co. on Wednesday said it is spending some P11 billion to develop The Galleon, a mixed-use, two-tower property that will be built near the Asian Development Bank in Ortigas Center.
Company president and CEO Jaime E. Ysmael said the company will first launch the sale of office spaces, which he said will be a premium space and not for the business process outsourcing sector. The company is expecting P14 billion in sales from the project, which it is selling at an average price of P266,000 per square meter.
The first tower to be introduced will be the office building, but the entire development will also have retail and residential spaces.
“As the demand for high-quality office spaces continues to rise, we are confident that this property will be able to offer something new to investors who place a premium on convenience, accessibility, sustainability and the prestige to claim their own piece of Ortigas Center,” Ysmael said.
There will be about 47,000 square meters in net saleable area and will be completed by 2025.
Offices at The Galleon will consist of 31 office levels with food and retail establishments on the first two levels of the building. There will also be five levels of basement parking to accommodate office tenants and retail patrons. Unit sizes for office spaces start at 75 square meters to 767 square meters, with prices ranging from P20.9 million to P184.3 million.
“The Galleon is the first development this year that we’re introducing as we celebrate our 88thAnniversary. As we anchor our premier development in Ortigas Center, we aim to strengthen our position as a developer that builds great places that complement and enhance the lives of people,” Ysmael said.
Other office portfolio of the company, which comprises of The Glaston Tower and Silver City in Ortigas East, the Ortigas Building and the IBP Tower in Ortigas Center and the Offices at Estancia in Capitol Commons.
Ortigas & Co. sets P12-B capex for 2019
Property developer Ortigas & Co. has allotted P12 billion to capital expenditures this year to finance expansion initiatives.
“Our capex for the year is about P12 billion for all of our requirements for the year ... Last year was only about P9 billion,” Ortigas & Co. president and CEO Jaime Ysmael told reporters at a news briefing in Pasig City on Wednesday.
“That would all be funded by internally generated funds and some borrowings,” Ysmael noted.
Among the major projects to be launched this year is the P11-billion mixed-used “The Galleon” in Ortigas Center along ADB Avenue, offering office, retail, and residential spaces
The project will be launched on July 21, 2019 and is targeted to be finished by fourth quarter of 2025.
“As the demand for high-quality office spaces continues to rise, we are confident that this property will be able to offer something new to investors who place a premium on convenience, accessibility, sustainability, and the prestige to claim their own piece of Ortigas Center,” Ysmael said.
In the next five years, Ortigas & Co. is looking at a capital expenditure program of around P12 billion to P15 billion.
“We see P12-P15 billion in capex over the next five years as we pursue our expansion plans,” Ysmael said.
Ortigas & Company Anchors Its Premier Development In Ortigas Center With The Galleon
Ortigas & Company sustains its momentum in expanding its office portfolio with the launch of The Galleon, a mixed-use, two-tower property which will soon rise in the heart of Ortigas Center which will offer office, retail, and residential spaces.
Poised to become Metro Manila’s next prime business address, The Galleon offers a rare opportunity for investors to own a piece of Ortigas Center. The first tower to be introduced will be the office building which will provide spaces fit for the needs of businesses—whether multi-national companies, conglomerates, or professional firms.
“We are excited to introduce The Galleon to the market, especially as this is a premier development in the Ortigas central business district. As the demand for high-quality office spaces continues to rise, we are confident that this property will be able to offer something new to investors who place a premium on convenience, accessibility, sustainability, and the prestige to claim their own piece of Ortigas Center,” says Ortigas & Company President and CEO Jaime E. Ysmael.
The Offices at The Galleon will be the first tower to rise in the development. The 30-storey office tower will be built with sustainability features that will benefit both the community where it sits and tenants who see value with investing in an upscale office space in one of the metro’s prime CBDs.
Offices at The Galleon will consist of 31 office levels with food and retail establishments on the first two levels of the building. There will also be five levels of basement parking to accommodate office tenants and retail patrons. Unit sizes for office spaces start at 75 square meters (850 sq. ft) to 767 square meters (8,256 sq. ft), with prices ranging from PhP 20.9 million to PhP 184.3 million.
The tower exudes a modern look, with glass exteriors allowing natural light to fill the spaces. The design is intended to showcase the promise of high-quality and premium spaces which is offered by The Galleon.
Set to rise along ADB Avenue and right across the Asian Development Bank Headquarters, The Galleon offers convenience, and accessibility given its location. Various food, retail, and entertainment establishments surround the property. Situated near EDSA, and rising in the most central point of Ortigas Center, navigating to the surrounding cities is made easy.
Life at the Philippines’ First Eco-estate Looks Amazing
We’re getting a sneak peek inside Ortigas East and the early impressions are stunning. Ortigas & Company is developing the mixed-used project as Metro Manila’s first eco-estate. Sustainability is at the heart of this modern community that is set to become one of the Philippines’ premier lifestyle hubs.
Residents, workers and visitors will be able to enjoy functional spots, parklets, tree-lined roads and public art displays that intermingle with the residential, retail and commercial spaces. The development has been designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle with its pedestrian-friendly streets making it ideal for walking.
Another key benefit of Ortigas East is that it is the only development along the C5 corridor that has three main access points: C5, Ortigas Avenue and Julia Vargas. The community sits at the nexus of economic activity in Metro Manila and is likely to become the city’s next prime business address.
1st residential building launches in Ortigas East
Maple at Verdánt Towers is the first residential building to launch in Ortigas East and will provide a home to many inside the impressive fully integrated estate. Ortigas & Company has worked carefully to craft a living space befitting of the eco-estate.
The interiors use natural materials, such as wood and stone, to create an inspired minimalistic design. Meanwhile, the amenity deck of Maple at Verdánt Towers features a Gardenwalk that boasts lush landscaping and captivating design to enrich daily life.
Those living here will find both indoor and outdoor play areas for children along with a swimming pool, residents’ lounge, game room and outdoor community space surrounded by greenery.
Of course, the needs of modern residents have been taken into consideration throughout Maple at Verdánt Towers. There are retail spaces at the ground level of the building along with nine levels dedicated to parking. Additionally, 100 percent backup power is available for every last unit at the development.
Living large in Maple at Verdánt Towers
No feature stands out quite like the inclusion of both townhouse and garden units inside in Maple at Verdánt Towers. These rare residential spaces offer a vibrant life in the heart of the city.
The two-bedroom garden units are located on the amenity level of Maple at Verdánt Towers. Each residence has two levels and range in size from 137 to 164 square meters. In addition to this, there is a private, green space with spectacular views of the BGCskyline.
The townhouse units are for those who want to enjoy space and exclusivity without needing to leave the city. These impressive homes have three bedrooms and come with a bi-level configuration. This setup allows them to have a front yard, balcony and private garden. The townhouses have also been equipped with an exclusive elevator from the parking at podium level 2 to the townhouse units.
There are only six townhouse units and four garden units in Maple at Verdánt Towers along with a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom condos.
Invest today, enjoy tomorrow
It’s only a matter of time before Ortigas East becomes Metro Manila’s next iconic area. That is why now is the best time to invest. Doing so will allow you to own a property that offers both value for money and a high potential for growth. With a wide-range of new developments in the pipeline, prices in the future look set to increase at Ortigas East.
Those who want to enjoy life in a modern, vibrant community can be among the first to live in Ortigas East by securing a unit in Maple at Verdánt Towers. For real estate investors, there is significant potential for leasing income with new office developments set to be part of Ortigas East.
Ortigas Projects Win 2019 Asia Pacific Stevie Awards
MANILA, Philippines — Premier property developer Ortigas & Company added three Bronze Stevie Awards to its achievement roster as its projects – The Glaston Tower, Maple at Verdánt Towers, and Ortigas Art Festival – received recognition at ceremonies held recently at the InterContinental Hotel, Singapore. Winning bronze in this year’s Asia Pacific Stevies are The Glaston Tower (for Innovation in Business-to-Business Products under the New Product Category); Maple at Verdánt Towers (for Innovation in Consumer Products and Services under the New Product Category); and Ortigas Art Festival (for Innovation in the Use of Events). Deemed as one of the most prestigious and globally acclaimed award-giving bodies across multiple industries, the Stevie Awards honors achievements and public contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide. This year’s Asia Pacific tilt recognized companies’ adept use of innovation in its delivery of products and services. “We are honored to have been recognized again by the Stevie Awards. This will further inspire us to continue to innovate and introduce products that address the ever-evolving needs of our customers. The awards are a testament to our commitment to excellence and global competitiveness,” said Ortigas & Company president and chief executive officer Jaime E. Ysmael. Poised to become Metro Manila’s next premier business address, The Glaston Tower in Ortigas East is an office development set to provide spaces for both startups and traditional companies.
It is the first office for sale from Ortigas & Company. Through its prime location in an eco-estate, The Glaston Tower offers a holistic environment that fosters productivity and promotes an ideal balanced lifestyle for the modern Filipino professional. Maple at Verdánt Towers, another Ortigas East project, is a prime residential space that will provide city dwellers with a refreshing escape within the heart of the bustling metro. Townhouses and condominium units are masterfully combined to offer living options that provide respite while being conveniently located in an integrated estate that affords access to all business and leisure comforts. Held at Estancia in Capitol Commons, the Ortigas Art Festival featured contemporary art from up-and-coming artists. It made art a more accessible and engaging experience for all by locating the event at Estancia, thus also transforming the mall into a creative space for visitors.
Ortigas Projects Bag Asia Pacific Stevie Awards
Premier property developer Ortigas & Company has added three Bronze Stevie Awards to its achievement roster as its projects The Glaston Tower, Maple at Verdánt Towers, and Ortigas Art Festival received recognition in recent ceremonies held at the InterContinental Hotel, Singapore.
Winning bronze in this year’s Asia Pacific Stevies are: The Glaston Tower, for Innovation in Business-to-Business Products under the New Product Category; Maple at Verdánt Towers, for Innovation in Consumer Products and Services under the New Product Category; and Ortigas Art Festival, for Innovation in the Use of Events.Deemed as one of the most prestigious and globally acclaimed award-giving bodies across multiple industries, the Stevie Awards honors achievements and public contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide. This year’s Asia Pacific tilt focused on and recognized companies’ adept use of innovation in its delivery of products and services.“We are honored to have been recognized again by the Stevie Awards. This will further inspire us to continue to innovate and introduce products that address the ever evolving needs of our customers. The awards are a testament to our commitment to excellence and global competitiveness,” said Ortigas & Company president and CEO Jaime Ysmael. Poised to become Metro Manila’s next premier business address, The Glaston Tower in Ortigas East is an office development set to provide spaces for both startups and traditional companies alike.
LOOK: Christmas Street Light Musical Tunnel dazzles Pasig
As night falls and the spotlights dim from a stage, a medley of lights and Christmas music burst along Frontera Drive in Pasig City.
The Christmas Street Light Musical Tunnel opened to the public for its second year, entertaining visitors with a colorful light display synced with various yuletide jingles.
The highly acclaimed display stretches along a section in front of the Tiendesitas shopping center, covering the street with 2,368 pixels of light, made up of red, blue, and green bulbs, flickering to the beat of the music.
From November 7 until January 7, 2019, the musical light show will play every 30 minutes from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., even as vehicles pass the festive street.
Ortigas & Company has big plans in store for their malls, Rappler
A new mall in Greenhills, award-winning Christmas campaigns in Estancia and Tiendesitas – get to know some of Ortigas & Company’s upcoming plans and activities
MANILA, Philippines — Changing times call for changing needs.
Ortigas & Company has taken these words to heart as they have been prepping big plans to beef up the customer experience across their properties. You could see these from wide-scale initiatives in upgrading their malls to the smaller events and activities held inside them.
Here’s what to look forward to in the coming months and years.
A modern approach to retail
Ortigas & Company is ramping up its P 60-billion development of Greenhills, starting off with a new regional mall. The mall will be a mix of popular global and local brands, as well as Greenhills’ signature tiangges.
Eyed to open in 2021, it’s estimated that the mall will be able to house 150 brands and 2,000 tiangge stalls. It will be seven floors tall, as well have three basement levels for parking.
“We are building on the format that we have now, and making it more attuned to the current trends of global and local retail,” Ortigas & Company Vice President and Ortigas Malls General Manager Arch. Renee Bacani shares.
She adds that while this will be a reinvigoration of Greenhills, it will not lose sight of its advocacy of helping local entrepreneurs. “We have always supported Filipino entrepreneurial talent and we will continue to be a retail incubator for these up and coming businesses,” Bacani stresses.
Fueling San Juan’s growth
The mall is merely an early stage of a long-term plan in developing the San Juan area. In the coming years, the mall will be a central link to more properties in the area: The Connor at Greenhills, a revamped Unimart, McKinley Arcade, and an upcoming BPO office space.
Sustainability, accessibility, community: Ortigas East is the metro’s eco-estate
By: Inqiurer.net Brandroom
Championing well-being for the public and the environment, this Ortigas & Company development is a worthy investment
The Philippine property market remains robust with developments that offer all sorts of value: affordability, accessibility, and amenities, among others. With all the options available for property buyers, premier developer Ortigas & Company makes a compelling case on why its newest estate, Ortigas East, is worth the investment.
Ortigas East, formerly called Frontera Verde, is now being redeveloped by the company with a P50-billion outlay into an “eco-estate”. This is Ortigas & Company’s first redevelopment plan conceived under the synergy of Ortigas & Company, Ayala Land, and SM Prime. The estate aims to seamlessly integrate a modern, bustling community with a lifestyle grounded on accessibility, community, and sustainability.
“Through the synergies present in Ortigas & Company, we are coming up with a truly unique and iconic eco-estate called Ortigas East. Our masterplan is designed for the efficient and innovative use of mixed-use properties covering residential, retail, and business. All these facets come together to provide the market with an attractive product that they can invest, work, and live in,” said Ortigas & Company Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Thomas F. Mirasol.
Increased property value with location, accessibility
A prime reason why Ortigas East is attractive is because of Ortigas & Company’s proven performance as an investment. Property value in the Ortigas East area has doubled in the last five years. Headlining its distinctions is the estate’s excellent location. Ortigas East is the only development along the C5 corridor that has three main access points: C5, Ortigas Avenue, and Julia Vargas. Its strategic location puts it at the nexus of economic activity.
In fact, Ortigas East is set to become Metro Manila’s next prime business address — a natural extension of the Ortigas central business district. With a high office occupancy rate of 95% according to Colliers International, Ortigas-based offices remain in-demand especially to those looking to base their operations in the area.
Earlier this year, Ortigas & Company launched its first office development in Ortigas East: The Glaston Tower. With 81% uptake only a few hours after its launch, The Glaston Tower proves the strong demand for office supply in Ortigas and marks Ortigas East’s first phase of redevelopment.
The property is also friendly to public transportation, private motorists, and pedestrians. Apart from the three main access points, Ortigas East will have a multi-modal transport terminal, a six-lane boulevard connecting Ortigas Avenue and Julia Vargas, as well as spacious tree-lined road networks within the estate.
Creating an eco-estate
Ortigas & Company is working with world-class firms to create this modern, self-sustaining eco-estate: Callison RTKL is the design consultant for master planning, while WSP serves as consultant for traffic analysis.
“Our vision for Ortigas East is to become the eco-estate. We want to build a fine example of sustainability. Ortigas East is going to set the bar in innovative design and master planning, and will fully showcase our company’s commitment to build healthy, happy places where people desire to work, shop, and live,” Mirasol shared.
To achieve this eco-friendly vision, Ortigas East will have 40% green, open space that will combine functional spots, parklets, tree-lined roads, and integrate public art. The development is also designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle through walking with its pedestrian-friendly streets.
The eco-estate’s redevelopment will come in three phases. Kicking off the first phase are The Glaston Tower, a connecting regional mall, and a residential development that will be launched soon. The second phase will focus on community as Ortigas East unveils its open spaces, parks, and more residential offerings. The final phase, meanwhile, will bring in a hotel — a first for an Ortigas & Company estate — and more retail and office developments.
Setting the standard for sustainability
With its focus on environmental sustainability, Ortigas East is setting the standard as the metro’s eco-estate.
It is bent on reducing carbon emissions through encouraging the use of bicycles by designating bike lanes and bike stands in the property, and prioritizing sustainable lighting throughout the estate. Ortigas East will also promote efficient water use through the implementation of a rainwater recovery system per building.
Lastly, Ortigas East is committed to implementing an efficient waste management system that encourages recycling and proper waste disposal that promotes health and cleanliness throughout its neighborhood.
“We believe that it is of absolute importance to adopt a forward-thinking mindset by constantly reinventing our processes and designs, to make our properties more attractive to investors. We are doing this with our eco-estate Ortigas East, and we are eager for the community to experience this and benefit from it,” Mirasol concluded.
Ortigas & Company to spend P26B on Capitol Commons
The property developer is expanding Estancia mall and constructing condominiums at Capitol Commons in Pasig City
MANILA, Philippines – Property developer Ortigas & Company will spend P26 billion on Capitol Commons, its 10-hectare mixed-use estate in Pasig City.
The investment includes funds for the expansion of the upscale Estancia mall.
Estancia's expanded section will have a gross floor area of 76,000 square meters (sqm). Ortigas & Company said on Thursday, July 5, that this section will include:
- a department store by retail giant SM
- global lifestyle brands
- office spaces (11,000 sqm of the total 76,000 sqm)
The mall's new section is expected to be opened in 2019.
Three condominiums will also rise at Capitol Commons – Royalton, Imperium, and Maven – set for completion in the next 3 years.
"Capitol Commons is one of our key fully integrated developments in the Ortigas central business district (CBD). It is an enclave positioned as truly modern and global, and we are fully committed to unlocking its value," said Ortigas & Company president and chief executive officer Jaime Ysmael.
The property developer also noted that the Ortigas CBD would be more accessible through government infrastructure projects.
These include the P1.6-billion Bonifacio Global City-Ortigas Center Link Road Project, which broke ground in July 2017 and is expected to be completed by March 2020. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said this road would cut travel time between Taguig City and Pasig City to just 12 minutes.
Capitol Commons can also eventually be reached through the Ortigas South Station of the planned Metro Manila Subway. The P356.96-billion subway will run from Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City, and is expected to be completed by 2025.
"Our master plan for Capitol Commons takes into account not only today's lifestyle, design, and construction trends, but also upcoming developments that involve the wider community. This investment will prepare us to become a truly integrated hub for live-work-play on this side of Metro Manila," Ysmael said.
Aside from Capitol Commons, Ortigas & Company's mixed-use developments include Greenhills Center, Ortigas East, and Circulo Verde.
Back in March, Ortigas & Company said it would spend P50 billion to redevelop the 16-hectare Ortigas East, formerly named Frontera Verde. – Rappler.com