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Shortlist announced for 5th Philippines Property Awards 2017

Nearly 20 companies are in contention for the archipelago’s most prestigious industry awards for real estate excellence, including last year’s top winners

Megaworld Corporation roars to the top of the race with 25 appearances in the final shortlist

The complete 2017 shortlist for the fifth annual PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards has been announced, featuring previous winners and up-and-coming developers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Spanning the residential, commercial and design sectors, the final shortlist is led by 2016 Best Developer winner Megaworld Corporation, which is known for pioneering the integrated urban township concept in the country.

Presented by title sponsor Kohler, this year’s competition could become another landmark event for the celebrated developer as it collects a total of 25 official nominations, more than any other company.

Megaworld projects are competing against each other in various categories, including Best Luxury Condo Development and Best High End Condo Development for Metro Manila, Best Retail Development, and Best Residential Architectural Design.

Developers Robinsons Land Corporation and ArthaLand are joined by The Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company (Philam Life) in second place with five nods each. Philam Life, currently the largest insurance firm in the country, made the cut after entering its long-awaited office building located in Cebu Business Park.

When the company launched its project more than three years ago, they said it would be one of the tallest towers in Metro Cebu. The company plans to make the office building, which has been nominated for Best BPO Office Development, its headquarters in central Philippines.

With a very strong business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, modern office buildings are in high demand not just in Metro Manila. Lindsay J. Orr, chairman of JLL Philippines and head judge of the Philippines Property Awards, believes that the sector will continue to flourish despite recent plans to levy exorbitant taxes on US-based outsourcing firms that conduct business in the country.

Opening new doors

“My take on it is that those BPO contracts with the US will still be honoured. Doors are also opening to China and Russia. I look at it more as an opening up of a relationship to other countries,” he said.

The fifth edition of Awards is also opening doors to new categories in the expanded 2017 programme. For the first time, the panel of judges will honour developments that incorporate universal design elements.



“Universal Design is the design of a built environment that can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability,” explained Terry Blackburn, founder and managing director of the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards. “We are proud to recognise it alongside longstanding awards for corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable development as part of PropertyGuru Group’s own CSR mission.”

“With the commercial real estate and condominium segments in the Philippines flourishing, we believe it’s time to reward the developers who put consumers first,” he added. “Their projects exhibit dedication and excellence in real estate for which the Awards stand.”

Rapidly-growing real estate market

A total of 89 entries were received this year, following a six-month nomination and judging process supervised by BDO, one of the world’s largest accountancy and auditing firms.

Winners will be revealed at a black-tie gala dinner and awards presentation ceremony on Thursday, 4 May 2017, at the Fairmont Makati, were about 300 of the country’s top industry executives will be in attendance, including the evening’s guest of honour, Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon T. Teo, who will be giving the opening keynote address and discuss the impact of the country’s tourism sector on the rapidly-growing real estate market.

During the gala dinner, a special award will be also be presented to Robinsons Land Corporation president Frederick D. Go, who has been chosen by the editors of Property Report magazine as the 2017 Philippines Real Estate Personality of the Year for “leading the company that transforms people's dreams into reality through real estate projects that last generations.”

Building dreams

“We want to leave a legacy of having improved the quality of life of everyone we have touched in our businesses, whether they are a mall customer or partner, an occupant in our office buildings, a hotel guest or a homeowner,” Go said on behalf of his firm. “We are building the business of building dreams and making life better.”

Main competition category country winners in the Philippines will advance to the two-day PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards grand finale this November at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore to compete for more regional accolades and to be crowned "the best in Asia”.

Hari V. Krishnan, CEO of PropertyGuru Group, said: “Congratulations to the developers who made the shortlist of the PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards. We’re excited to learn about the impressive projects across different segments, including the rapidly-growing office sector. This generation of young and tech-savvy real estate consumers, many of whom are thinking of buying or renting their first property in the Philippines, will be more equipped to make confident and informed property decisions based on the results of this year’s competition.”

PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards 2017 gala dinner is supported by title sponsor Kohler, co-sponsors JLL Philippines and Regus Philippines, official broadcaster The ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), official newspaper The Philippine STAR, official property portal Zipmatch.com, official charity CARE International, official supplier Titania Wine Cellar Inc, media partners Inquirer.net, Oxford Business Group, HGTV Asia and PropertyGuru Property Report magazine, supporting associations British Chamber of Commerce Philippines and European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, and official judging supervisor BDO, the world’s fifth largest auditing and accountancy firm led by co-managing partner Paul Ashburn.

Below is the shortlist of the PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards 2017:

DEVELOPER

Best Developer

  • WINNER to be revealed on 4 May 2017

Best Boutique Developer

  • AppleOne Properties Inc
  • Keyland

BEST OF THE BEST

Best Green Development

  • ArthaLand Century Pacific Tower by ArthaLand
  • Philam Life Center Cebu by The Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company (Philam Life)

Best Universal Design Development

  • St. Moritz Private Estates by Megaworld Corporation
  • Vista Taft by Vista Residences, Inc. (Vista Land Group)

Best Condo Development (Philippines)

  • WINNER to be revealed on 4 May 2017

SPECIAL AWARDS

Special Recognition in CSR

  • ArthaLand
  • Century Properties Group Inc
  • Megaworld Corporation
  • Robinsons Land Corporation

Special Recognition in Sustainable Development

  • ArthaLand
  • Robinsons Land Corporation

DEVELOPMENT CATEGORIES (RESIDENTIAL)

Best Luxury Condo Development (Metro Manila)

  • Livingstone by Century Properties Group Inc
  • St. Moritz Private Estates by Megaworld Corporation
  • The Florence by Megaworld Corporation
  • The Royalton by Ortigas & Company

Best High End Condo Development (Metro Manila)

  • 27 Annapolis by Bayswater Realty
  • 8 Forbes Town Road by Megaworld Corporation
  • One Eastwood Avenue by Megaworld Corporation
  • Solstice by Alveo Land Corporation

Best Affordable Condo Development (Metro Manila)

  • Casa de Sequioa by Keyland
  • Vista Taft by Vista Residences, Inc. (Vista Land Group)

Best Urban Condo Development

  • Urban Deca Tower Edsa by 8990 Holdings, Inc.

Best Condo Development (Cebu)

  • AppleOne Banawa Heights by AppleOne Properties Inc
  • One Pacific Residence by Megaworld Corporation

Best Residential Development (Davao)

  • Damosa Fairlane by Damosa Land
  • Seawind by Damosa Land

Best Residential Development (Resort)

  • Tagaytay Highlands (Woodridge Place) by Highlands Prime, Inc. (SM Group)

DEVELOPMENT CATEGORIES (COMMERCIAL)

Best Office Development

  • Alliance Global Tower by Megaworld Corporation
  • ArthaLand Century Pacific Tower by ArthaLand
  • Philam Life Center Cebu by The Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company (Philam Life)

Best BPO Office Development

  • Philam Life Center Cebu by The Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company (Philam Life)
  • Scape by Asya Design
  • Southkey Hub by Keyland
  • Tower One Plaza Magellan by Megaworld Corporation

Best Retail Development

  • Robinsons Galleria Cebu by Robinsons Land Corporation
  • Uptown Mall by Megaworld Corporation
  • Venice Grand Canal Mall by Megaworld Corporation

Best Mixed Use Development

  • 8 Forbes Town Road by Megaworld Corporation
  • Base Line Center by Cebu Landmasters, Inc.
  • Grand Tower Cebu by Grand Land Inc.

DESIGN CATEGORIES

Best Residential Architectural Design

  • One Eastwood Avenue by Megaworld Corporation
  • One Pacific Residence by Megaworld Corporation
  • One Uptown Residence by Megaworld Corporation
  • The Radiance Manila Bay by Robinsons Land Corporation

Best Residential Interior Design

  • St. Moritz Private Estates by Megaworld Corporation
  • The Sapphire Bloc by Robinsons Land Corporation
  • Three Central by Megaworld Corporation

Best Retail Architectural Design

  • Uptown Mall by Megaworld Corporation
  • Venice Grand Canal Mall by Megaworld Corporation

Best Office Architectural Design

  • Alliance Global Tower by Megaworld Corporation
  • ArthaLand Century Pacific Tower by ArthaLand
  • Philam Life Center Cebu by The Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company (Philam Life)
  • Scape by Asya Design

Best Residential Landscape Architectural Design

  • Damosa Fairlane by Damosa Land
  • One Pacific Residence by Megaworld Corporation
  • One Uptown Residence by Megaworld Corporation
  • The Florence by Megaworld Corporation

Best Office Landscape Architectural Design

  • Alliance Global Tower by Megaworld Corporation
  • Philam Life Center Cebu by The Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company (Philam Life)
  • Scape by Asya Design

Best Retail Landscape Architectural Design

  • Uptown Mall by Megaworld Corporation

PUBLISHER’S CHOICE

Real Estate Personality of the Year

  • Frederick D. Go, President, Robinsons Land Corporation

 

For tickets or more information about the fifth annual PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards, email info@asiapropertyawards.com or visit the official website: AsiaPropertyAwards.com/philippines-property-awards/

Asia Property Awards 2017 programme revamped to include 14 markets

Now celebrating its 12th year, the region’s most prestigious real estate awards series goes Asia-wide

Big changes are coming to the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards series, which is expanding in 2017 to include categories for exciting markets such as Mongolia, Laos, Sri Lanka, India and the Maldives.

The prestigious annual ceremony in Singapore, which will now also feature China, Hong Kong and Macau categories, will be held over two nights at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands on 7-8 November 2017.

“It has been an exciting journey for the Asia Property Awards after joining PropertyGuru last year,” said Terry Blackburn, founder and managing director of the Awards. “Our expanded awards scheme is a tribute to the strength of the Asian real estate industry. Fair judgement and transparency of process are at the heart of the Awards and we’re delighted to introduce the awards system to Asia’s rapidly growing property markets.”

He added: “For more than a decade we’ve had incredible support from various developers, who have been instrumental in the growth of the property sector. As we explore new countries for the platform, we will ensure that the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards truly is the region’s benchmark for the finest real estate developers, developments and design in the region.”

The 12-year-old programme, which was first launched in 2005 by Ensign Media in Thailand, also holds annual black-tie gala dinner events in Cambodia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia, playing host to up to 600 C-level executives, senior industry figures and VIPs at each event.

Country winners from the aforementioned 14 markets advance to the seventh annual PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards grand final in Singapore on 7-8 November to compete for regional titles and be crowned the “best in Asia” in 2017.

Last year’s grand final champion was Malaysia’s Sime Darby Property, which collected the biggest award for Best Developer (South East Asia).

“The recognition of Sime Darby Property as the Best Developer in South East Asia by such esteemed industry experts is further testament of our commitment as a trusted developer. We were very honoured to receive the award and our heartfelt appreciation goes to the organiser,” Dato’ Ir Jauhari Hamidi, managing director at Sime Darby Property, said in a press statement last November.

The PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards has an unparalleled reputation within the Asian real estate industry for being credible, fair and transparent, with an independent judging body, which comprises luminaries representing all real estate sectors, and a trusted awards supervisor in every market.

Following the format of the country awards, categories are divided into three sections: Developer, Development, and Design. All eligible nominations are rigorously and fairly judged by the panels of experts, based on the most detailed and fairest criteria:

  • Developers – reputation, image and corporate social responsibility initiatives; overall track record; displays of innovation; and achievement in the past 12 months.
  • Development and Design – location; value for money; unique selling points; state of completion; sales success; design concept, innovation and use of space; quality of amenities; and construction and materials used.

New regional categories to join the 2017 Awards include Best Mixed Use Development (Asia). While the award was presented in select country ceremonies last year (Singapore, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong/Macau), it will be the first time that a regional winner will be named.

Another new category is Best Universal Design Development (Asia), which is open to residential and commercial developments across the region that will be shortlisted in any category at the country awards. The project must be built environment that can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability.

Overall, there will be seven Design, eight Development and two Developer categories at the grand finale ceremony.

Hari V. Krishnan, CEO of PropertyGuru Group, said: “Because of the Asia Property Awards, consumers are empowered to make confident property decisions, whether they’re first-time buyers, expat renters or serial investors. Property knowledge is essential in our culture at PropertyGuru. We wish the country winners the best as they advance to compete at our grand final in Singapore."

The two gala events will each begin with a two-hour international networking cocktail reception, followed by the opening remarks and speeches, four-course dinner, and the awards ceremony proper. The first night on 7 November focuses on Singapore categories, and the second night on 8 November features the new markets and the regional competition. Alongside the gala dinner, PropertyGuru's C-suite conference – the two-day Singapore Real Estate Summit 2017 – will be held at the same venue in the daytime.  

For more information about the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards, email info@asiapropertyawards.com or visit the official website: AsiaPropertyAwards.com.

Nominations for 5th Philippines Property Awards gather momentum

Outstanding real estate developers and projects in Mega Manila, Cebu, Davao and key resort and BPO office locations are waiting to be recognised

Media briefing for the 5th PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards 2017 held on 1 February in Makati City

Deadline for submissions is on Friday, 3 March 2017

Nominations are open and are now flooding in for the fifth annual PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards, the biggest and most prestigious real estate awards programme in the country.

Presented by Kohler in 2017, the acclaimed international event is organised by PropertyGuru Group, Asia’s leading online property group. The organisers are calling on Philippine developers as well as real estate agents, architects, interior designers, construction companies, suppliers and the general public to continue sending in their nominations online via AsiaPropertyAwards.com/nominations/. There is no fee to enter in any category.

BDO, one of the world’s largest accounting and auditing firms, has been appointed once again as official judging supervisor to ensure that the entire nomination and judging process is fair and transparent.

Celebrating its landmark fifth year, the Philippines Property Awards 2017 is the search for the Philippines’ best property developers and developments located in the established and emerging property markets of Mega Manila, Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao, in addition to popular and emerging resort destinations and BPO office locations across the country.

Each year since its establishment in 2013, the Philippines Property Awards have highlighted the exciting evolution of the country’s real estate sector. Last year a total of 17 shortlisted developers walked away with 26 awards following a rigorous, six-month nomination and judging process.

Winners and Highly Commended awardees at the Philippines Property Awards 2016 gala dinner

Megaworld Corporation collected a record-breaking 17 awards and Highly Commended honours, including the 2016 Best Developer (Philippines) gong, while SM Prime Holdings Inc and Vista Land Group received multiple accolades, including one for Vista Land chairman Manny Villar for Real Estate Personality of the Year.

The 2017 edition presents an expanded awards scheme. New categories have been added, including a Special Recognition in Sustainable Development, which will reward the sustainable initiatives of outstanding developers from Luzon, Visayas or Mindanao.

Read next: 5th Philippines Property Awards 2017 launched, introduces new categories

There will also be new awards for Best Mixed-Use Development and Best BPO Office Development reflecting the growth of those sectors.

To be eligible for the Best Developer and Best Boutique Developer categories, entrants must have completed five and two projects, respectively, since January 2012, while projects entering the Development categories should have a completion date between January 2017 and December 2019.

'More recognised nationwide'

Chairman of the judging panel Lindsay J. Orr, chairman of JLL Philippines, reflects on the judging process and importance of the Awards programme: “The panel had quite a task last year simply because there were a lot more entries across various categories and regions, up by around 50 percent, and the numbers of categories increased as well. We also received entries from new companies. I think it’s because this Awards are becoming more recognised nationwide. It’s certainly on the map and we hope this continues in years to come.”

Chairman of the Philippines Property Awards judging panel Lindsay J. Orr, chairman of JLL Philippines, said that high-end developers are bullish in 2017

The official shortlist of nominees, comprising one Winner and up to four Highly Commended in each category, will be revealed by the independent judging panel led by Orr in early April 2017. The black-tie gala dinner is set to take place on 4 May 2017, once again at the Fairmont Makati, the official hotel venue of the Awards.

Prior to the gala dinner, a new Real Estate Personality of the Year will also be named by the editors of Asia’s industry leading Property Report magazine, PropertyGuru Group’s premium publication.

Main driver for Philippine economy

Terry Blackburn, founder and managing director of the Asia Property Awards, says of the growing impact of the Philippines Property Awards: “The support from developers, sponsors, media partners and business associations we have received over the years has been incredible – in the last five years we’ve seen the awards programme expand to include categories specifically created for regional developments in key markets such as Cebu, Davao and Iloilo.”

He adds: “The Awards continues to reflect a very strong Philippine real estate sector, which has now become one of the main drivers of the fast-growing Philippine economy that grew by around 9 percent in 2016.”
 

With an average attendance of 250 senior industry figures, C-level executives, architects, designers, suppliers, construction, real estate and media professionals, the Philippines Property Awards annual gala dinner is one of the most anticipated industry events of the year.

Each gala begins with a two-hour international cocktail networking reception, followed by a lavish four-course dinner, and the awards ceremony. Previous VIP guests and keynote speakers include Senator Franklin Drilon and former Tourism Secretary Ramon Reyes Jimenez Jr.

Wide international audience across Asia

The event receives extensive coverage through influential media outfits including official broadcaster ANC (The ABS-CBN News Channel), official newspaper The Philippine STAR, official property portal ZipMatch.com, media partners HGTV Asia, Inquirer.net and Property Report, as well as PropertyGuru Group’s market-leading property portals and affiliates used by more than 23 million property seekers in in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Read next: ZipMatch named Official Property Portal of Philippines Property Awards 2017


As always, the Philippines Property Awards promote the country’s best current developments and latest innovations to a wide international audience across Asia. The ‘Best of the Best’ winners from the Philippines will compete for regional accolades in grand finals of the Asia Property Awards held annually in Singapore in November, opening up their businesses to new audiences around the region.

Philippine developers that have won at the grand finals include Ayala Land Inc, which was named Best Developer (South East Asia) in 2014, and SM Prime Holdings Inc and ArthaLand Corporation, which collected the Best Hotel Architectural Design (South East Asia) and Special Recognition in Sustainable Design (South East Asia) gongs, respectively, in 2016.

Philippines Property Awards 2017 judge Raymond Rufino of The Net Group explains why many local developers are now committed to sustainability and green amenities at the media roundtable in Makati on 1 February 2017[/caption]

Hari V. Krishnan, CEO of PropertyGuru Group, comments: “As a ‘hyper-growth’ technology company, a core tenet of PropertyGuru Group’s culture is to pursue greatness, which is mirrored by the exceptional quality of entrants in the Asia Property Awards year after year. Our brand promise is to help people make confident property decisions. The Awards platform is a key part of our offline solution, and allows consumers to identify the highest quality real estate developers in the region and thus be more confident in their property decisions.”

More information and eligibility rules of the Philippines Property Awards 2017 are available on the official website.

 

11 shortlisted developers are vying for Cambodia Property Awards 2017

Former Winners and new entrants go head-to-head in the country’s biggest annual real estate event



Phnom Penh City Center leads the race with a total of 5 nominations

Eleven of the Kingdom’s leading real estate developers have made the shortlist for the second annual PropertyGuru Cambodia Property Awards 2017.

More than 30 projects located in prime investment destinations across Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville joined this year’s competition, with the Winners and Highly Commended set to be revealed at the black-tie gala dinner on Friday, 24 March at the prestigious Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra.

Phnom Penh City Center leads the list of official nominees, with a total of five nominations across the Development and Design categories, including Best Housing Development (Phnom Penh) and Best Retail Development. Its parent company's corporate headquarters, called ‘The Vanguard,’ is nominated for Best Office Development and will go up against two-time nominee TACC (C.R.) Ltd, developer of the mixed-use project called ‘The Gateway.’

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Other companies that received multiple nods include: Habitat, which is vying for three awards including Best Condo Development (Phnom Penh); twice-nominated Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh from developer Khou Investment Co., Ltd; and Les Bijoux d'Angkor, which is up for two awards.

Borey Peng Huoth, winner of the Best Developer (Cambodia) title at the first-ever PropertyGuru Cambodia Property Awards, returns with nominations for its critically-acclaimed Grand Star Platinum project in the Best Housing Development (Phnom Penh) category. Already a double winner in 2016, Grand Star Platinum enters the awards race again due to further development and construction in the property.

Below is the full shortlist of the PropertyGuru Cambodia Property Awards 2017:


DEVELOPMENT CATEGORIES

Best Condo Development (Phnom Penh)


  • Habitat by Habitat

  • The Gateway by TACC (C.R.) Ltd


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Best Housing Development (Phnom Penh)

  • Grand Star Platinum by Borey Peng Huoth Group

  • Residence90 by Phnom Penh City Center


  •  

Best Residential Development (Siem Reap)

  • Les Bijoux d'Angkor by RGL Equity (Siem Reap) Co., Ltd.

  • Phum Barang by MTP Invest


  •  

Best Office Development

  • The Gateway by TACC (C.R.) Ltd

  • The Vanguard by Phnom Penh City Center


  •  

Best Retail Development

  • Copper Cambodia by LMYP Co., Ltd

  • The EDGE by Phnom Penh City Center


  •  

Best Hotel Development

  • Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh by Khou Investment Co., Ltd  

  • Sun and Moon Urban Hotel by Ada / LBL International


  •  

Best Mixed-Use Development

  • D’Seaview by Camhomes (Under HLH Group)  

  • The Gateway by TACC (C.R.) Ltd


  •  

DESIGN CATEGORIES

Best Residential Architectural Design

  • Habitat by Habitat

  • Residence90 by Phnom Penh City Center


  •  

Best Residential Interior Design

  • Habitat by Habitat

  • Les Bijoux d'Angkor by RGL Equity (Siem Reap) Co., Ltd.


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Best Retail Architectural Design

  • The EDGE by Phnom Penh City Center


  •  

Best Hotel Architectural Design

  • Sun and Moon Urban Hotel by Ada / LBL International


  •  

Best Hotel Interior Design

  • Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh by Khou Investment Co., Ltd

  • Rosewood Phnom Penh by Vattanac Capital

  • Sun and Moon Urban Hotel by Ada / LBL International


  •  

Best Landscape Architectural Design

  • Grand Star Platinum by Borey Peng Huoth Group

  • Habitat by Habitat


  •  

SPECIAL AWARD

Special Recognition in Green Development

  • Phum Barang by MTP Invest


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Note: The Winners in the Best Developer, Best Residential Development (Cambodia), and Best Commercial Development (Cambodia) categories will be announced during the gala dinner on 24 March 2017. The Cambodia Real Estate Personality of the Year winner will be revealed by the editors of Property Report before the event.

After several months of screening, deliberations and site visits, the Awards’ nine-member independent judging panel led by chairman Sorn Seap, founder and director of Key Real Estate Co Ltd, will meet one last time to finalise their assessment under the guidance of official judging supervisor BDO, the world’s fifth largest accountancy and auditing firm.

“The property boom in the past 10 years has seen a drastic change. In 2007 there were only two high-rise buildings in Phnom Penh – now we have hundreds across the city,” says Sorn, who was elected head judge earlier this year. “Land prices have also grown exponentially for up to 75 percent in the last decade, and certain developments have been valued between USD3,500 and 4,500 per square metre. This growth has made the Cambodian real estate market very attractive for investors in the region and Asia.”

More: Cambodia Property Awards 2016 celebrates the best in the world of real estate

He adds: “I certainly gained a lot of new knowledge from the other judges, who possess different skills than myself, at every stage of this competition. In the last six months we exchanged expert opinions and technical considerations, and discussed various strengths of each entry. I feel so proud to be a judge for the Cambodia Property Awards 2017.”

Top country winners in Cambodia will be moving forward to the two-day PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards grand finale this November in Singapore to compete for more regional accolades.

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Hari V. Krishnan, CEO of PropertyGuru Group, comments: “We’re delighted to be back in Cambodia for a second year to promote the best projects and help property seekers in identifying the best developers to target for their dream homes and property investments. 

“Cambodia real estate has grown tremendously in the last few years, and we look forward to bringing lessons from the more established regional markets to this country, to assist with the maturation process. PropertyGuru Group’s presence in Cambodia through the Asia Property Awards helps us progress our company mission of helping people make confident property decisions."

More: What you didn’t see on TV during the Cambodia Property Awards 2016

With much fanfare and media coverage, the inaugural Cambodia Property Awards in February 2016 was attended by more than 300 high-profile guests and VIPs, including His Excellency Dr Pen Sophal, representative of His Excellency Senior Minister Im Chhun Lim, who gave the keynote address.

The 2017 event aims to surpass last year’s guest list. Support from various sectors have poured in, including this year’s co-sponsors Royal HM Trading Ltd and Jotun (Cambodia), official property portal Realestate.com.kh, supporting associations European Chamber of Commerce Cambodia and British Chamber of Commerce Cambodia, and media partners Southeast Asia GLOBE, Construction & Property, and Property Report magazine.

Borey Peng Huoth Group's delegation during the first-ever Cambodia Property Awards gala dinner on 25 February 2016

“Cambodia is a small but certainly fast-moving market, with plenty of room for everyone, and it’s a delight to see these returning and new developers joining the Asia Property Awards,” says Terry Blackburn, founder and managing director of the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards.

“There has always been a huge potential in Cambodia real estate, especially in the affordable housing segment, given that the Cambodian finance sector is more consolidated compared to other neighbouring countries in ASEAN,” he continues. “The Awards programme gives the local industry a big push for innovation and opportunity to continue raising the bar of excellence.”

Before the much-anticipated gala dinner and ceremony, the editors of Property Report will also name Cambodia’s Real Estate Personality of Year, whose influence and achievements resonate across the kingdom.

Tickets and partnership opportunities for the Cambodia Property Awards 2017 are still available. For details, email info@asiapropertyawards.com or call +66 (02) 204 9555. 

More information are also available on the official website.

Read next: Watch the highlights from the first-ever Cambodia Property Awards

 

Final shortlist for Myanmar Property Awards 2016 unveiled

The calibre of nominees is a testament to Myanmar every-improving real estate industry

Asia Property Awards



With such formidable contenders coming from various segments of the local property sector, the second annual Myanmar Property Awards has this year exceeded even the expectations of the judging panel.

One of the leading corporations in the country, Shwe Taung Development Co Ltd is a clear front-runner for many of 2016’s biggest gongs after being shortlisted in the condominium, office, retail and hotel categories. The company picked up a total of six nominations, double the honours received by runners-up Capital Development Ltd, Keppel Land International, and Hoang Anh Gia Lai Myanmar Co Ltd.

Following on from a hugely successful inaugural ceremony last year that was attended by more than 250 guests, the Myanmar Property Awards welcomed submissions from the country’s top and emerging real estate firms, including last year’s champion Yoma Strategic Holdings, a two-time nominee this year with one nod going to its acclaimed Galaxy Towers at Star City Phase I.

The final shortlist was revealed on 3 June in a well-attended press conference at the prestigious Sule Shangri-La Yangon, official hotel venue of the Myanmar Property Awards.

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It had been nearly a six-month wait since the launch of the 2016 Awards. In the last few weeks all eligible entries underwent a fair and transparent judging process.

“We’ve received very high quality entries across the board. Many different types of companies and projects have entered. And all of them are very high standard in 2016 in terms of actual developments, so we’re quite happy with all the finalists,” says Richard Emerson, formerly country manager of Savills Myanmar and the chairman of the independent panel of judges.

“It’s fair to say that we got a lot of entries from very large-scale projects this year, which were missing from last year’s lineup. This gives the Myanmar Property Awards breadth,” he adds.

The winners are set to be revealed on Thursday, 30 June, in an exclusive, black-tie gala dinner at the Sule Shangri-La Yangon.

More: Myanmar to grow the fastest in Asia-Pacific this year

With the country’s historic general election in 2015 – widely considered the country’s first free election in 25 years – behind it, Myanmar is on the brink of welcoming a steady surge in demand for various types of outstanding property developments, as well as world-class renovation projects.

Emerson says two new categories are being added to the awards programme this year as it continues to grow in popularity among developers and real estate consumers alike. “There’s a special category regarding renovation projects, which is very topical, so we look forward to presenting that. We’ve also included a category for Best Boutique Developer, which is great.”

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Meanwhile, BDO, one of the world’s largest accounting firms, joins the Myanmar Property Awards for the first time as official awards supervisor, extending the company’s decade-long partnership with the 11-year-old Asia Property Awards programme.

“BDO is excited to be involved in the supervision of the Myanmar Property Awards this year,” says Paul Ashburn, co-managing partner of BDO. “The awards are a showcase of the exciting developments currently underway in Myanmar. The enthusiasm shown by the entrants is very encouraging and a healthy sign for the potential of the country's real estate market.”

Also debuting on the same day is the Property Report Congress Myanmar 2016, a high-level conference featuring top regional executives and local experts who will discuss the most important issues today in Myanmar real estate. The whole-day conference, which features keynote speeches and panel discussions on online marketing, mortgage planning and property management, will take place right before the awards ceremony.

More: Top real estate conference coming to Yangon

[caption id="attachment_51753" align="aligncenter" width="1920"]Myanmar Property Award 2016 press conference On the panel: - Aung Kyas Thu from sponsor Rinnai; Richard Emerson, chairman of the Judges; Terry Blackburn, founder and managing director of Asia Property Awards; Paul Ashburn, co-managing director of awards supervisor BDO; and Kyaw Kyaw Myint from sponsor Teka[/caption]

Covering a range of segments, including condominium, housing, hotel, resort, serviced, renovated, office and retail, the Myanmar Property Awards will give away 17 trophies in 2016, including one for the Real Estate Personality of the Year, a special, non-compete award chosen by the editors of Asia’s industry-leading Property Report magazine to recognise an individual who has changed Myanmar’s property landscape.

“It is our honour to return for a second year in Myanmar, which is riding high on recent reforms, robust tourism, remarkable economic growth, and even more commendable real estate projects that are worthy of representing Myanmar at the grand finals in Singapore at the South East Asia Property Awards in November,” says Terry Blackburn, founder and managing director of the Asia Property Awards.

“The Myanmar Property Awards exists to highlight the achievements and reward the successes of the finest real estate in the country. Seeing it grow to include more segments of the industry is only adding to its credibility.”

[caption id="attachment_51759" align="aligncenter" width="1920"]BDO, one of the world's biggest accounting firms, joins Myanmar Property Awards as official supervisor BDO, one of the world's biggest accounting firms, joins Myanmar Property Awards as official supervisor[/caption]

PropertyGuru, Asia’s leading online property group, is the organiser of the Asia Property Awards.

More information on the Myanmar Property Awards are available on the official website. Early bird tickets for the event are offered until 10 June.

Below is the full shortlist for the Myanmar Property Awards 2016:

DEVELOPMENT

Best Condo Development

 


  • Crystal Residences by Shwe Taung Development Co Ltd

  • Gems Garden Condominium by Capital Development Ltd

  • Galaxy Towers at Star City Phase I by Thanlyin Estate Development Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Yoma Strategic Holdings

  • Rosehill Residences by Soilbuild Group Holdings Ltd

  • The Lake Suites by Hoang Anh Gia Lai Myanmar Co Ltd




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Best Housing Development

  • Lotus Canal View Villas, Lotus Garden, Pun Hlaing Golf Estate by Yoma Development Group




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Best Serviced Apartment Development

  • Clover Suites Royal Lake by Clover Hotels Group

  • Green Vision Kokkine Residence by Green Vision Construction Company Limited




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Best Office Development

  • Junction City Tower by City Square Office Co Ltd (a member of Shwe Taung Development Co Ltd)

  • Myanmar Centre Tower by Hoang Anh Gia Lai Myanmar Co Ltd

  • Sule Square, Yangon by Traders Square Company Limited




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Best Retail Development

  • Junction City Shopping Centre by City Square Commercial Co Ltd (a member of Shwe Taung Development Co Ltd)

  • Myanmar Plaza by Hoang Anh Gia Lai Myanmar Co Ltd




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Best Hotel Development

  • MELIA Hotel by Hoang Anh Gia Lai Myanmar Co Ltd

  • Pan Pacific Yangon, Junction City by City Square Hotel Co Ltd (a member of Shwe Taung Development Co Ltd)

  • Sedona Hotel Yangon (Inya Wing) by Keppel Land International




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Special Recognition for Renovated Property

  • 491-501 Merchant Street by Turqouise Mountain

  • Scott @ 31st Street by Haven Development Co Ltd




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DESIGN

Best Residential Architectural Design

  • 68 Residence by United GP Development Co Ltd

  • Gems Garden Condominium by Capital Development Ltd

  • Rosehill Residences by Soilbuild Group Holdings Ltd




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Best Residential Interior Design

  • Gems Garden Condominium by Capital Development Ltd

  • Kabaraye Executive Residence (KER) by Living Square Co Ltd




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Best Retail Architectural Design

  • Junction City Shopping Centre by City Square Commercial Co Ltd (a member of Shwe Taung Development Co Ltd




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Best Hotel Architectural Design

  • Pan Pacific Yangon, Junction City by City Square Hotel Co Ltd (a member of Shwe Taung Development Co Ltd)

  • Sedona Hotel Yangon (Inya Wing) by Keppel Land International




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Best Hotel Interior Design

  • Sedona Hotel Yangon (Inya Wing) by Keppel Land International

  • Scott @ 31st Street by Haven Development Co Ltd




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Note: The Best of the Best winners for Best Developer (Myanmar), Best Boutique Developer, Best Commercial Development (Myanmar), Best Residential Development (Myanmar) and Best Green Development will be revealed during the gala dinner.

 

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