Saturday, July 11, 2015

SM Prime Holdings cited as Best Developer at the Philippines Property Awards 2015

After a rigorous six-month entry process, SM Prime Holdings bagged the Philippines Property Awards 2015 top award for Best Developer in the prestigious gala dinner and awards presentation ceremony held July 9th at the Raffles and Fairmont Hotel in Makati. The SM Group bested last year’s champion Ayala Land Inc (ALI), which took home a Highly Commended accolade in the category along with fellow nominee Megaworld Corporation.

SM group had a 9 multiple nominations in 25 award categories, and was also declared Winner in several other categories, including Best Retail Development and Best Retail Architectural Design, both for Mega Fashion Hall (SM Mega Megamall Expansion 2) Building D, through subsidiary First Asia Realty Development Corporation. SM Development Corporation (SMDC) unit won the trophy for Best Landscape Architectural Design for Shell Residences and received two Highly Commended certificates in the award for Best Affordable Condo Development (Metro Manila), as well as Highly Commended honours for another affordable condo project and a mid-range resort development.

With an opening speech by Noel Carino, president of CREBA (Chamber of Real Estate and Builders' Associations Inc.) and attended by VIP guest Architect Maria Benita O. Regala, national president of the United Architects of the Philippines, the 3rd annual Philippines Property Awards was hosted by David Celdran and presented by Property Report magazine, and was co-sponsored by gold sponsors Kohler and Uratex Premium Mattresses, silver sponsor TEKA, supporting association CREBA, and Sanpellegrino, the Official Supplier of the Asia Property Awards 2015.

More than 350 of the nation’s brightest leaders and talents in real estate, architecture and design competed for the 25 award categories covering the best developers, developments and designs in the local real estate sector, the Awards celebrated the finest current projects in the residential, commercial, office, retail, hospitality, villa and green segments in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao.

Ayala Land Inc. took the award for Special Recognition in CSR for its commitment to building sustainable communities in the Philippines, plus another award for Best Residential Architectural Design. Its subsidiary Alveo Land Corporation was declared two-time winner for its latest condo and residential projects in Cebu and Davao, respectively, while its Avida Land unit also received two Highly Commended certificates.

Other multiple winners of the evening included Megaworld Corporation, with double wins in the Best Luxury Development (Resort) and Best Residential Interior Design, in addition to six Highly Commended awards; Vista Land and Landscapes Inc, taking home the Best Housing Development (Metro Manila) and Best Housing Development (Philippines) trophies; WJGlobal Inc, picking up two awards for Best Hotel Development and Best Hotel Architectural Design; Robinsons Land Corporation, taking the accolades for Best Mid-range Condo Development (Metro Manila) and Best Condo Development (Philippines) for the The Sapphire Bloc; and BDO Unibank, picking up the Best Office Development, Best Office Architectural Design and Best Commercial Development (Philippines) awards for its new BDO Corporate Tower Ortigas project.

Winners qualify to compete on the regional stage at the Asia Property Awards grand finals on October 21. The 5th annual South East Asia Property Awards 2015 will be held at the prestigious Shangri-La Hotel Singapore.

Do visit for more information on the Philippines Property Awards

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Nestlé Expo 2015 puts emphasis on Wellness Breakfast

What is your typical pick for a morning meal? Do you make time to prepare a balanced breakfast of protein, fat and carbohydrates or do you like  it easy on the most important meal of the day? Do you just grab a cup of coffee with toast and go? While some breakfast choices are better than others, eating a quick breakfast is better than skipping it.

Now on its 7th year, the latest Nestlé Expo focuses on the importance of a healthy breakfast in achieving personal success, the very same theme of Nestlé Philippines’ Nutrition, Health and Wellness advocacy this year. Wellness Breakfast is driven by the important role the first meal of the day has in terms of nutrition, according to SVP and Director of Communication and Marketing Services Paolo Mercado. And Nestlé makes it possible to prepare healthy breakfast that are simple, complete and easy to pack.

This much awaited annual event is a dynamic celebration of wellness that draws over 30,000 visitors and is a major component of Nestlé’s long-term advocacy to promote Nutrition, Health and Wellness (NHW) among Filipino families.

The Nestlé's My Wellness Plate

“Nestlé’s ‘My Wellness Plate’ teaches that half your plate should be ‘glow’ foods (fruits and vegetables) and the other half should be a combination of ‘go’ foods (carbohydrates) and ‘grow’ foods (proteins), accompanied by a healthy beverage. Nestlé recommend that the principle of ‘My Wellness Plate’ be followed in every meal, starting with breakfast, for one to be able to meet his or her nutritional needs,” Mr. Mercado said.

Nestlé Wellness Ambassadors

The Nestle Wellness Celebrity Ambassadors Dani Barretto (fashion and lifestyle blogger), James Younghusband (professional athlete) and Nicole Hernandez-delos Angeles (former model and mom) were introduced during Wellness Expo Presscon held last July 4th.

21 Mornings Program

Nestlé is launching the 21 Mornings Program come July 8,2015 to highlight the importance of breakfast in kick-starting your day. This is a 21-day breakfast sampling activity designed by Nestlé Philippines chefs and nutritionists to help you get started on a wellness breakfast habit.

The 21 Mornings Program will visit selected venues to provide free nutritional consultation and promote awareness on various breakfast options via the Wellness Breakfast Truck. Nestlé Brand Ambassadors will be there to help consumers learn about the benefits to eating a healthy breakfast and entice them to sign up for the 21 Mornings Program, which the Wellness Breakfast Truck offers. The first 500 consumers who lines up at the Breakfast Truck on different locations will get a free breakfast (their choice among 15-minute Wellness Breakfast, Wellness Breakfast To Go and 5-Star Wellness Breakfast) plus a Nestlé beverage.

Do visit the Nestlé Choose Wellness website at to know more about the Nestlé 21 Mornings Program.

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