PH property companies at forefront of innovation


    The country’s top property firms have been at the forefront of introducing innovations in healthy and energy-efficient urban living, according to Nestor Mangio, president of the Philippines chapter of Paris-based International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI).

    Mangio cited Megaworld Corp., Federal Land Inc., Robinson’s Land Corp., and Prime Homes Real Estate Development Inc. for not just building residential and commercial structures but for engaging in ecologic, economic and ergonomic urban developments where everything is within reach.

    “Their projects virtually serve as precursors to the rise of hikable and bikable cities that we have seen emerging in the continents of Europe and the Americas,” Mangio said.

    “They are practically creating new urban lifestyles while optimizing land use, expanding tourism capacity, generating employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, promoting commerce, providing comforts and conveniences, and virtually introducing a new way of living altogether,” Mangio  said, citing Megaworld’s township as an example.

    “Robinson’s is pairing malls and residential condominiums as a lifestyle package and a value proposition rolled into one, while Federal Land is introducing a themed version of mid-rise development around a commercial hub as its centerpiece like the one in Marikina,” he said .

    “Veering a bit from this approach is Larossa of Prime Homes, whose nature-inspired concept is influenced by the century-old trees that serve as its crown jewels so as to create the ambiance of urban paradise right in the heart of the bustling Quezon City.

    These companies will showcase their unique attributes to a widely cosmopolitan market vis-à-vis a foreign supply and value chain with their own world-class capabilities at the FIABCI World Real Estate Congress slated at the Marriott Hotel in Newport City, Pasay on May 26 to 30.

    The congress will also feature the latest trends including the use of new construction materials like aerated concrete that can float on water and provide significant thermal insulation.

    Featured are innovations like reinforced joints of beams and columns to create an earthquake-resistant structure by addressing the weakest links.