The brightest names in Philippine real estate will come together tonight in Manila

Tonight the archipelago’s most prestigious real estate awards programme, the PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards, presented by Kohler, will finally reveal the winning and highly commended companies during its fifth annual gala dinner at the Fairmont Makati.

Nearly 20 companies are officially on the shortlist, a mix of past Winners and emerging developers, such as Megaworld Corporation, Robinsons Land Corporation, ArthaLand, AppleOne Properties Inc from Cebu, and Damosa Land from Davao.

Representatives from the country’s insurance giant the Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company (Philam Life) will also join the gala dinner because the firm has been nominated five times in various office and design categories.

The ceremony will also welcome members of the judging panel led by JLL Philippines chairman Lindsay J. Orr, site visit judges, representatives from media partners and supporting associations, and Paul Ashburn, co-managing partner at official supervisor BDO.

Before the awards presentation, Terry Blackburn, founder and managing director of the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards will welcome Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon T. Teo, who is set to give the opening keynote address. Secretary Teo will be accompanied by Tourism Undersecretary Alma Jimenez.

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Another VIP, Atty. Amado Valdez, chairman of the Philippine Social Security System, will be seated with the judges. David Gazashvili of CARE Philippines, the programme’s official charity, will give a presentation during an intermission.

Five-time nominee Robinsons Land Corporation’s 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, is set to give his acceptance speech towards the end of the evening.

The evening’s emcee will be Issa Litton, a local television personality and well-known figure in the country’s biggest social events.

Watch this space for the full list of Winners and Highly Commended at the fifth annual PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards.

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