Nominations sought for categories including Best Mixed-Use Development and Best BPO Office Development

Philippines Property Awards 2017
(L-R) Paul Ashburn, co-managing partner, BDO, official judging supervisor; Terry Blackburn, founder and managing director, Asia Property Awards; returning judge Cyndy Tan Jarabata, president, TAJARA Leisure and Hospitality Group; and new judge Monique Cordelio-Pronove, CEO, Pronove Tai

The countdown has begun for the annual Philippines Property Awards, the biggest real estate awards programme in the country and an acclaimed international event organised by PropertyGuru Group, Asia’s leading online property group.

Celebrating its landmark fifth year, the 5th 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 Davao.

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

Entrants for the 2017 edition can expect 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.

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

Nominations are now being accepted here. Submissions can come from developers, consumers and the general public. There is no fee to enter in any category.

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

The official shortlist, comprising one Winner and up to four Highly Commended in each category, will be revealed by an independent judging panel 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.

A new Real Estate Personality of the Year will also be named by the editors of Asia’s industry leading Property Report magazine before the gala dinner.

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The fifth edition of the Awards was formally launched on 31 August 2016 to local media at the Narayan Room of Fairmont Makati. It will be followed by an exclusive launch party in Cebu City’s famous Anzani + Bellini Champagne Bar on 1 September 2016.

Launching the awards, Terry Blackburn, founder and managing director of the Asia Property Awards, said: “We are grateful for the incredible support from developers, sponsors, media partners and business associations over the years – without it there would be no fifth edition of the Philippines Property Awards.”

He added: “The participation from major and up-and-coming developers continues to grow year after year because they understand the impact of the Awards in the industry. 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 and Davao. It is a reflection of a strong Philippine real estate sector that is focused on improving quality and sustainability.”

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The official press launch for the 5th Philippines Property Awards 2017 was held on 31 August 2016 at Fairmont Makati, hosted by multimedia personality Bea Fabregas

With an average attendance of 300 industry-leading 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 real estate events of the year. The event is preceded by the Property Report Congress Philippines, a top-level conference featuring Asia’s industry leaders.

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.

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The event receives wide national and international acclaim through influential media outfits including Property Report, the official media partner, as well as PropertyGuru’s market-leading property portals in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, which are used by more than 16 million real estate consumers.

The Philippines Property Awards promotes the country’s best current developments and latest innovations to a wide international audience across Southeast Asia. As always, the ‘Best of the Best’ winners from the Philippines will compete in the regional grand finals at the South East Asia Property Awards, held annually in Singapore, opening up their businesses to new audiences around the region. Philippine developers who have won at the grand finals include Ayala Land Inc, which was named Best Developer (South East Asia) in 2014.

More information about the Philippines Property Awards are available on the official website.