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Marco Polo Parkview Residences: The Queen City’s Ultimate Discovery of a Life Time

Federal Land Inc. sequel to the highly successful two tower high rise real estate  project, ” The Residences” is a highly prestigious, well planned -luxury development within the Marco Polo Hotel complex dubbed as the “Marco Polo Parkview Residences. The Marco Polo Parkview Residences is poised to become the Queen City’s ultimate discovery of a life time. This new project of Federal Land, Inc., the real estate arm of the Metrobank Group headed by Mr. George Ty will be soon unveiled and be made available for its prospective residents. It will also soon claim as the rightful gem of the south within the picturesque view of the Nivel Hills overlooking the whole stretch of  the city of Cebu, Mandaue and the Island of Mactan.

Marco Polo Parkview will be the third tower of in the FLI owned Marco Polo Hotel ( formerly Cebu Plaza Hotel) complex nestled at the Nivel Hills, Cebu. The 28 storey tower is slated to house both indoor and outdoor amenities designed by the  Chicago based Getty’s Group while landscape will be designed by the famous EA Aurelio Landscape Architects.

The new project is positioned as a five star luxury development where tenants are treated like hotel guests. It will be managed by the world renowned Marco Polo Hotel group. The tower will stand about 90 meters from the ground, with a 3.2 meters floor to ceiling height which is unparalleled in the current residential condominium development in the city aside from a maximized natural lighting and ventilation.

The project is a testament to the Federal Land, Inc. and the Metrobank Groups trust in the continuously contracting condominium market in Metro Cebu. The  more than P/1  Billion project development budget is considered a major investment of FLI from among its many projects in both Metro Manila and Cebu.  The company will also  soon develop a resort complex in the Island of Mactan.

The Marco Polo Residences is the first of its kind in the Queen City of the South which will soon grace its fast growing skyline. It is the first high-rise luxury enclave in the city with an unimpeded view of the skyline. It will soon be a  great source of pride of every Cebuano.


“City Soho” : A New Addition to Cebu’s ever growing Skyline

As they say, “Cebu never fails to Amaze”.. certainly because Cebu is simply amazing!!!! And with its continued booming real estate industry comes another project of the Cebu based Golden Peach Properties, Inc. dubbed as the ” City Soho”.

City Soho is designed within the concept of Small Office, Home Office. This new concept gaining popularity in Manila is a fusion of both office and home right in your own lifestyle condominium living. The “City Soho” is a 30 storey edifice with a commercial enclave in its mezzanine floors located in the busy B. Rodriquez St., near Fuente Osmena, Cebu City. The project designed by TVA Partners Architects  is a sequel of Golden Peach Properties highly successful “One Pavilion Mall and Condo Project” located in Guadalupe., Cebu City.

The “City Soho” project will house a mall with supermarket, plenty of car parking’s, and condominium units (Condo-Hotel & or Condo-Residential). The first few floors are ideal for Small Office Home Office (SOHO) for Business Office, Doctors Clinics, Dental Clinics, Law Firms, BPO offices, Medical Laboratories, and many more. As saying goes “Why Rent, If You Can Own” “Small Down-Payment and Balance is under the Rent to Own Program”.

The location of City Soho is ideal as a very good investment as well as offering an ideal living opportunities considering its location which is a good value proposition.

Goldpeach Properties, Inc. is a newly established entity under the Cebu based Gaisano Capital Group. It will be its second foray into the lucrative high rise residential condominium business, but there’s still more project in the pipeline which would not just amaze but truly makes all Cebuano’s proud.

City Soho Perspective

“City Soho” prides of being located right smack into the heart of the uptown Cebu area where everything such as church, hospitals,clinics,  entertainment centers, restaurants and food outlets, government offices, malls, commercial establishments etc., is just within a walking distance.

As a Skyscraper enthusiast, I certainly welcome this new and exciting development in our beloved Cebu, especially that this is another development of a future true blooded Cebuano…

Harold’s Hotel Review

Harold’s Hotel is one of the newest Business Class hotel to open in the Queen City of the South. It has a sleek and classy architectural design reminiscent of Spanish-American  era building structures. This 13 storey edifice prides itself as the  friendliest business class hotel in town with rates within the range and services at par with five star hotel. It’s amenities includes a Board Room for short meetings, a large and high ceiling Emerald Room for functions, a Business Center, a Fitness Center and a bar overlooking the entire Cebu City, where you can see the breath taking Cebu city skyline by night and day. The hotel just opened its doors for business last January 2011 and it had already been experiencing full capacity everyday. It also have  a functional  and user friendly website where guests can inquire available rooms in real time and at the same book and pay online.

Our Company, Infovision Research Systems was able to hold a seminar in Harolds Hotel for a day. We were accommodated in the Roof Deck area where the bar and the Board Room is located, which can be reconfigured to accommodate for meeting, seminars, forums for at most 50 people.

Our experience with the Hotel as far as we are concerned is Excellent. From day one of our negotiations with its very dynamic marketing associate named  Xenia was exciting. The fact that they treated us like we really don’t expect it as we are still shopping for a better deal with existing hotels for our seminar venue. From that day on, we didn’t hesitate to close the deal as we are convinced that the rate being offered to us reasonable while checking on the site, we are convinced that the venue is the best location which our future participants could be gain the required knowledge and at the same time be comfortable with.

On the day of the Seminar, i can personally rate the hotels services as very satisfactory, sanitation and cleanliness as very satisfactory, food and presentation is very satisfactory, pricing as very satisfactory ( commensurate to its status as a Business Class hotel), staff is very accommodating and helpful. Over-all, i am rating Harolds Hotel in my personal view  as Very Satisfactory to Excellent.

The hotel has more or less 145 rooms, 90 of these are classified as guest rooms, 36 as Superior rooms while the rest are Deluxe rooms. Though i haven’t experienced staying in the hotel, although i have the privilege to stay its for a night, i have heard quiet a good number of impressive reviews from its satisfied clients. Owned by the Cebu based, GPH Properties, the hotel in terms of services, accommodation and amenities can be even mistaken as an internationally managed.

I am personally congratulating the staff and management of the Harolds Hotel for being  truly imbuing the Cebuano hospitality spirit in its operational dynamics. This only shows that the hotel need not be International to experience an international standard accommodation and services.

Recommendation :  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Birch Residences Cebu

Introducing the newest skyscraper to grace Cebu’s Skyline soon!!! The Birch Residences Cebu !!!

The Birch Residences Cebu is a sequel of the Mirobeni Holdings Inc. high rise residential project dubbed as the Birch Tower in Malate, Manila. The Birch Residences Cebu will have 53-55 level from the ground including the mezzanine lounge, the 10 level parking, 40 units of residential floors, amenity areas such as pool, open space, 2 penthouse units and one floor for mechanical floor. BRC will be a similar development with the Birch Tower in Manila with more or less 10 units per floor density, a wide aisle space using granite tiles and a floor to ceiling height of 3.7 meters. BRC will be located in a company owned property located in Ranudo St., Ramos, Cebu City. It is just infront of the Casino Espanol Club.

Cebu : Emerging Shopping Mecca of Asia

Cebu is a well known tourist destination of the country. It had attracted almost 2 million of both domestic and foreign tourists from across the globe. Well known for its beaches, food, heritage and cultural celebration such as the world’s famous Sinulog Festival, no wonder Cebu is ranked as one of the best island of the world by Travel+Leisure magazine.

This island city’s stature never fails to catch the attention of foreign tourists like the Japanese, Chinese, Koreans, Russians, Americans and Europeans. These people did not just stay and visit Cebu but for some chose to retire and live here or do business.

But wait, the economic boom of Cebu which started in the 90’s continues to put Cebu in the business map. And with the effect of the triple whammy industry which Cebu is strong, BPO, Tourism and Manufacturing made it an economic powerhouse with exports at more than $2billion a year while tourism receipts accounted more than P/5 Billion yearly. The current status of Cebu as an emerged BPO center of the world attracted key BPO players and had slowly developed the KPO sector, directly employing more than 100,000 people and indirectly employing 200,000 others.

The advent of this triple whammy industry to Cebu made its real estate industry vigorous. The Real Estate industry grows to as much as 20% last year which is higher even than the growth of Metro Manila according to the PAREB. This is the reason where highrise structures, residential, office, hotel or mixed use continues to shape the fast changing skyline of Cebu. Real Estate value also skyrocketed by more than 20% since the year 2000.

By these developments and continued progress, Cebuano’s purchasing power grew by 100% estimate while enjoying a very good employment rate. Cebu also has a large concentration of middle class in the country party due to its higher entrepreneurship value.

Because of these obvious reasons, the Retail industry which is dominated by SM, Ayala, Robinsons and the homegrown Gaisano Stores decided to cash on the large opportunities ahead as Cebu’s economy will further contract in the next five years. Mall developers are rushing in with their developments of expansions and or new malls. Based on the Skyscraper City’s Cebu’s count there were more than 10 large malls to be opened starting 2011 up to 2013.

Notable to these mall developments are the SM Seaside City which is currently under construction at the South Road Properties and is projected to become SM’s flagship mall in Vismin and perhaps its most innovative and top of the class mall design ever. It will have more than 250,000 sqm of GFA.. slightly bigger than the SM City Cebu, but will have a circular design with a tower at the center. The mall is major development within the SM Seaside complex which will soon have hotels and residential condominiums. On the other hand, Ayala Center Cebu is currently developing its expansion to complete the circular design. The expansion is projected to add more or less 80,000 sqm of GFA and if finished by last quarter of 2012, Ayala Center Cebu is projected to become a lifestyle mall, housing the best local and international brands we normally see only in its Greenbelt Mall. The Ayala Center expansion and the malls renovation will showcase as one of the best Ayala mall in the country employing best practices in mall development. Robinsons, although quiet late in the scene but did not want to be left behind. Robinsons Maxilom, is currently under construction at its property in the North Reclamation Area about 1 kilometer away from SM City Cebu. It is probably the best mall of Robinsons in the country incorporating a green architecture likewise adapting to modern design which is shown through clean execution of geometrical shapes of the structure. The Robinsons Maxilom with an estimated GFA of 150,000 promised to be a pride to the more then 2 million Cebuanos. The Gaisano’s, not to be outdone is also planning to build a large mall in SRP near Talisay and some medium sized malls all over Metro Cebu and the province.

With SM, Ayala and Robinsons building its best malls in Cebu and bringing the best brands, facilities ,innovative and excellent designs perhaps we could safely say, that this is a manifestation of the developers respect towards Cebuanos talent, creativity and workmanship, being the undisputed Design and Creative Capital of the Philippines. Needles to say, Cebu had been well known in design of furniture, fashion, jewelries, fashion jewelries and so on. In addition, the Cebuano’s character of being partial to value and yet affordable products had been factored in the equation to conceptualize the design of these malls. Cebuano’s is partial to the best.

And with all of these malls set to open starting on the last quarter of 2012 and 2013, it is just fitting to claim that Cebu is now an emerging shopping mecca, not just of the Philippines but as well as of the Asia. By 2013, we will see an overflowing of tourists to come not just enjoy the usual attractions Cebu can offer but as well as shop.