SM Supermalls and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts & Coffee, Biggest Free Doughnut Treat!

 

KK and SM

SM Supermalls and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts & Coffee are teaming up for the biggest free doughnut treat!

SM Supermalls is bringing back its “Download & Win” in-app mobile game and sweetening the deal by giving away 3 Original Glazed® Krispy Kreme doughnuts each to 100 unique SM Supermalls mobile app registered users every day from April 30 to June 30, 2016.

How’s that for a tasty treat?

Embedded within the SM Supermalls Mobile App, “Download & Win” was the first digital scratch card promotion in the country. Its launch during SM Supermalls’ 30th Anniversary was marked with the giving away of exciting prizes such as free mobile data, free Spotify, Facebook, Games, Unli-Call and Unli Text every day for the entire month of March.

The celebration resumes this month with a shower of doughnuts! And joining can’t be simpler – just download the mobile app and get a chance to win.

Digital Scratch Card

Get your digital scratch card via the SM Supermalls mobile app.

Upon signing up in the SM Supermalls mobile app, you will receive a digital scratch card on the app. Scratch off the gray area to find out if you won. Get another shot of winning the next day until the end of the promo period. With some good luck and the daily habit of checking the app, you’ll be closer to sinking your teeth into those tasty doughnut treats for free.

The SM Supermalls Mobile App is free on Google Play Store and Apple App Store. It is loaded with other features that let you plan your shopping even before you get to the mall. A unique feature of the app is the Feed section that highlights the latest store offerings, discounts and promos, services, as well as movies and events in SM malls nationwide. It also has the Mall Directory that provides a complete list of establishments in the malls while the Mall Map shows the exact location of all stores and mall facilities.

To keep up to date on what’s new, visit SM Supermalls website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Viber Public Chat, and Snapchat.

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Looking for Foreclosed Properties to Purchase?

Lamudi Data Shows Where Buyers Can Find Foreclosed Properties

Global real estate portal Lamudi Philippines studied its data on foreclosed houses

In case homebuyers are wondering where they can get affordable houses, cities in Bulacan, Laguna, and Rizal right on the fringes of Metro Manila offer them the most viable options, as these areas are teeming with foreclosed properties, according to data from global real estate website Lamudi Philippines.

In its latest data analysis, Lamudi found that the cities of San Jose Del Monte (Bulacan), Dasmariñas (Cavite), San Mateo (Rizal), Bacoor (Cavite), and Santa Rosa (Laguna) have the most number of listed foreclosed houses in the website. These are followed by Antipolo (Rizal), Imus (Cavite), Caloocan (Metro Manila), San Pedro (Laguna), and Quezon City (Metro Manila). Caloocan and Quezon City are the lone Metro Manila cities that made it the top 10. Together, these cities comprise 51 percent of all foreclosed houses listed in the Lamudi website.

In terms of prices, San Jose Del Monte offers the most affordable foreclosed houses among the top 10 cities. Foreclosed houses in this Bulacan city average Php336,000. Quezon City, meanwhile, offer much pricier foreclosed houses, averaging Php5.33 million.

CITY AVE. PRICE NO. OF LISTINGS
San Jose del Monte P336,000 1,046
Dasmariñas P686,000 635
San Mateo P503,000 487
Bacoor P1.67 million 320
Santa Rosa P1.08 million 253
Antipolo P2.45 million 225
Imus P1.40 million 221
Caloocan P1.54 million 171
San Pedro P1.49 million 147
Quezon City P5.33 million 145

Average prices of foreclosed houses listed on Lamudi Philippines. Data as of March 31, 2016.

Onsite Search

In terms of onsite search volume, Quezon City is the most-searched city for foreclosed properties in the Lamudi website from January 1 to March 31, 2016.

More than 6 percent of all searches for foreclosed properties conducted during the period involved Metro Manila’s largest city. Quezon City is followed by the cities of Las Piñas, Parañaque, and San Jose del Monte, the provinces of Benguet and Laguna, and then by Caloocan. Together, these areas captured almost 20 percent of total search volume for foreclosed properties in the Lamudi website.

Filipinos’ interest for foreclosed properties has also been increasing every quarter, at least according to Lamudi data.

The property website showed that search volume for foreclosed properties increased 5 percent from Q2 2015 to Q3 2015; 9 percent from Q3 2015 to Q4 2015; and a remarkable 75 percent from Q4 2015 to Q1 2016.

On the other hand, the proportion of searches attributed to foreclosed properties in relation to total searches made has also been increasing every quarter: 1.42 percent in Q2 2015; 1.68 percent in Q3 2015; 2.15 percent in Q4 2015; and 2.34 percent in Q1 2016.

Filipinos Still Uneducated About Foreclosures

However, foreclosed properties may not be on most people’s game plan when buying their first property. Perhaps because of pity or because they feel they are taking advantage of others’ misfortune, Filipino homebuyers may hesitate to buy foreclosed houses.

But this should not be the case. According to Ramil Arquileta, CEO of My Saving Grace Realty and Development Corp., a firm that specializes in foreclosed properties, foreclosed properties offer homebuyers that best affordable option in order for them to finally afford a home.

There are several advantages of buying foreclosed homes, according to Arquileta. “For one, the buyer can use regular housing loan or mortgage financing to acquire the property.”

In addition, the property will also be sold for the outstanding mortgage balance owed by the previous owner to the foreclosing mortgage holder. This means the property will be sold at a much lower price. Most importantly, as properties that became foreclosed are under the name of the foreclosing bank or mortgage holder, the titles will be clear, eliminating the risk for homebuyers to get scammed.

However, Arquileta advises would-be buyers of foreclosed properties to buy only from banks and their accredited brokers/brokerages to minimize the risk of ending up with a problematic property.

But Filipinos’ attitude toward foreclosures looks to be changing gradually, as shown by Lamudi’s data. As more and more banks and financial institutions are exploring online tools to market these non-performing assets, Filipinos will find it easier to discover and inquire about foreclosed properties. At least three major banks are now working with Lamudi to effectively market their acquired assets. As of this writing, there are almost 19,500 foreclosed properties listed on Lamudi, ranging from houses and condos to parking spaces and residential lots.

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ABOUT LAMUDI

Launched in 2013, Lamudi is a global property portal focusing exclusively on emerging markets. The fast-growing platform is currently available in 34 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, with more than 800,000 real estate listings across its global network. The leading real estate marketplace offers sellers, buyers, landlords and renters a secure and easy-to-use platform to find or list properties online. For more information, please visit http://www.lamudi.com.ph

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Derek Ramsay, My Candidate

My Candidate

My Candidate, the Movie

My Candidate, the Movie

Derek, Iza & Shaina give the election season a romantic twist in “My Candidate”

Now, that the election fever has died down. The Filipinos have voted, and lucky candidates have emerged the winners. I think it’s time to get that much needed break and watch a movie. If you have unfriended your favorite movie buddy during the campaign period, well, pick from your loyal friends. *wink*

Showbiz hunk Derek Ramsay, Iza Calzado and Shaina Magdayao give us a different tale of love and romance this election season via “My Candidate” from Quantum Films, MJM Productions, Tuko Film Productions at Butchi Boy Films, producers of the award-winning and critically-acclaimed romantic-comedy films, “English Only, Please” and “#Walang Forever.”

The film is set against a political background and so, it is timely as today’s headlines.

Derek plays Congressman Sonny Suarez, now seeking a Senate seat. He may be a perfect candidate but is painfully shy and a bit withdrawn.

Iza, meanwhile, is Vera Sanchez, Sonny’s erstwhile girlfriend and archrival in his senatorial bid.

She possesses strengths lacking in Sonny.  She's charming as well as engaging but is not able to relate to people from the grassroots.

Shaina is Billie Pono, a life coach and communications trainer.  Sonny’s campaign team hires her services to help polish their candidate’s public speaking skill and innate charisma.

Billie succeeds at turning Sonny into the dream candidate and the two become close while at work.

In turn, Sonny is able to unleash some unresolved issues  in Billie’s life, including her insecurities thereby making her a better version of herself.

The movie’s teaser immediately earned almost a million views, shares and likes the minute it was posted on the “MC” Facebook page.

Netizens swore by Derek, Iza and Shaina’s outstanding performances.

Shaina held her own against Iza in the film, and this may be considered as her biggest break as a lead actress.

Shaina definitely gave the role her all, especially in scenes where her character finds herself slowly falling in love with Sonny.

Take note, Derek and Shaina also register very strong positive vibes on screen. Their romantic scenes together are neither hard sell nor put on, so, their pairing is indeed one of today’s freshest, newest romantic-comedy tandem.

No wonder, Direk Quark Henares is satisfied with his three main stars plus the support cast composed of Al Tantay, Nico Antonio, Ketchup Eusebio, Ricci Chan, Jun Sabayton and Tirso Cruz III in a special role.

The movie imparts all these funny situations during election time coupled with the resounding message that it must indeed be: “Bayan Muna Bago Puso.”

Also part of the movie is box-office director Dan Villegas, who serves as Creative Producer.

Direk Dan is the genius behind such award-winning and blockbuster films as “English Only, Please” and “#Walang Forever.”

His latest hit project is “Always Be My ‘Maybe.'”

Fresh concept. Hilarious story telling. New screen combination.

“My Candidate” gives the election season a romantic twist starting May 11 in theaters nationwide.

FILM              :           “MY CANDIDATE”
CAST              :           DEREK RAMSAY, IZA CALZADO, SHAINA MAGDAYAO, NICO ANTONIO, AL TANTAY, KETCHUP EUSEBIO, RICCI CHAN, JUN SABAYTON ,CHRISTINE BABAO and TIRSO CRUZ III in a special role
DIRECTOR    :           QUARK HENARES
PRODUCERS :          QUANTUM FILMS,  MJM PRODUCTIONS, TUKO FILM
PRODUCTION and BUTCHI BOY FILMS
PLAYDATE   :            MAY 11, 2016

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Potipot Cove

#Destination, Potipot Island

Potipot Island

#Destination: Potipot Island

Potipot Island. Some call it the most photogenic island, and I tend to agree. It’s a small strip off island in Zambales. It’s a kilometer or a 5-10-minute motorized banca ride from any drop-off resort in Uacon, Candelaria, Zambales. I just couldn’t remember the resort across from the island that we stayed in. Ha ha! Will update this blog once I get the name of that resort.

I actually went there in May 2011 with my former colleagues. I know super late post! But better late than never. I can’t show you all our photos because those are like pictorials already. He he!

So let me show you, Potipot Island through these photos.

Banca to Potipot Island

Take a 5-10 minute ride in a motorized boat (banca) to Potipot Island.

The banca to Potipot Island

The banca ride to Potipot Island

Approaching Potipot Island

Approaching Potipot Island

Potipot Island

Nearing Potipot Island

Periphery of Potipot Island (FLM)

Reaching Potipot Island

If I remember, this is the only structure in the island, which serves as an office. There are no inns, no accommodation. But you can pitch a tent, but by nighttime you have to leave the island.

Tree and Beach on Potipot Island (FLM)

Trees lined up along the beach front, and this surrounds the whole island.

Periphery of Potipot Island

More trees and beach, and clear waters surrounding Potipot Island.

More Trees on Potipot Island

Trees provide shade in the inner or center part of Potipot Island.

A clearing at the center of Potipot Island

A clearing at the center of Potipot Island

Posing on Potipot Island

Happily posing on Potipot Island. I just got back from a trip in Boracay here.

On a drift wood at Potipot Island

On a drift wood at Potipot Island. Driftwood abound there, and usually serve as photo opp background. :D

Getting a tan at Potipot Island

Getting more tan at Potipot Island, after spending a week in Boracay. Ha ha!

Posing with a driftwood

Posing with a driftwood, Potipot Island

Reflecting on life on Potipot Island

Reflecting on life on Potipot Island… naks! ;))

The clear water kisses the white sand of Potipot Island.

The clear water kisses the white sand of Potipot Island.

Clear waters surrounding Potipot Island

Clear waters surrounding Potipot Island

Sunburnt at Potipot Island

That was the first time that I got really sunburned!

Resort in Zambales

We stayed in this resort. We rented that house that you can see in this picture. From this resort, you can already see Potipot Island.

Sunset view of Potipot Island from across the resort.

Sunset view of Potipot Island from across the resort.

We had fun going around the small island, taking photos, walking, talking, laughing, and just feeling the sand and ocean water.

We took a private van going to the island, so I can’t really give you clear directions going there. All I can remember is that it took us 6 hours to get there, but it was all worth it!

I stumbled upon a good resource about Potipot Island HERE. Check it out!

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Spend Your Summer at Zoomanity Theme Parks

Zoobic Safari

Enjoy your summer family bonding in Zoobic Safari

This is why I love summer! It’s the perfect time to bond with family and friends and see places.

So where are you spending summer this year? Are you looking for FUN and EXCITEMENT at the same time? Let Zoomanity Group Theme Parks spell them for you.

Zoobic Safari

Think of tigers, crocodiles, snakes, lizards… all alive and wanting to interact with you. These are just some of the animals you can see in Zoobic Safari. It is one tourist attraction in Subic Bay Freeport’s Forest Adventure. Embracing a 50-hectare land, local and foreign guests can expect an astonishing sight of diverse exotic animals roaming and frolicking in their simulated natural habitat. It features a wide range of habitats present in the forest due to the terrain, presence of streams, and fringing grasslands. These represent the major habitats for varied exotic animals featured in Zoobic Safari Adventure Park. This makes the attraction the only Tiger Safari in the Philippines with more than 50 tigers. Don’t forget also the usual breed of tigers and lion known as Ligers.

Address: Group I, Ilanin Forest Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Ticket rates: Adult – P545.00 Kids – P445.00

Paradizoo Theme Farm

Ever want to give your favorite Tita, Tito or Grandparents a tour in a place full of rich gardens and farm animals? Or you just want to enjoy the weekend with your husband and toddler? Your best destination is the Paradizoo Farm in Mendez, Cavite! See the gardens full of vegetables and floral designs. Have a chance to interact with different interesting farm animals like llama, camels, miniature horses, ostriches, greyhounds, labrador retrievers or ride a cart drawn by an albino carabao.

Address: Km. 63 Panungyan Mendez, Cavite
Ticket rates: Adult – P149.00 Kids – P99.00

Residence Inn and Zoori

Do you want experience the cool breeze of Tagaytay while enjoying a rush of excitement and the breath-taking view? Then Residence Inn is for you. It is famous for its Mini Zoo and its excellent location overlooking Taal Lake. I am sure everyone in the family will enjoy this one. Of course, Tagaytay trip isn’t complete without having “Bulalo” or “Tawilis” and pair it with the palate-bursting “Dynamite” or Chili cheese rolls in their restaurant, the Gazebo. Don’t forget to try also the Zipline overlooking Taal volcano. Residence Inn is the perfect place to go if you are on a budget and you are looking for a place away from the city.

Address: Km. 65 Barrio Neogan Tagaytay City
Ticket rates: Adult – P249.00 Kids – P199.00

Zoocolate Thrills

Now,  if you want an out-of-town adventure, fly to Visayas! Zoocolate Thrills is the only Adventure Theme Park in Loboc, Bohol managed by Zoomanity Group. This promising tourist destination in Bohol offers captivating attractions for everyone. A river cruise is provided for those who want to explore the Loboc River. This fun zoo has different animal encounters & enrichment such as ostriches, tigers, and bearcats. They also offer tram ride, horse/buffalo ride and zip/zing ride. Isn’t that fun and exciting?

Address: Barangay Gotozon, Loboc, Bohol
Ticket rates: Adult – P99.00 Kids – P99.00

Zoocobia Fun Zoo

You want a ZOO-per thrilling experience? Zoocobia is much more than a place to view animals. It is a complete educational and fun experience. Situated in the beautiful, lush, forested foothills of the extended Clark Freeport Zone, Zoocobia is an ecological experience of impressive proportions.

  • It has a gravity car that is patterned after the luge in Sentosa Resort in Singapore—The Zooc. It runs on a 400 meter track with three hairpin curves!
  • Have a close encounter with colorful birds perched on tree branches. You will delight at their bright colors and melodious chirping.
  • The PHILIPPINES PRIDE showcases various animals and plants that are endemic to the Philippines – they are indeed the country’s pride.
  • Be amazed with their Garden Maze that features various animals topiaries. The thrill is when you go through the labyrinth and the challenge is to find yourself out of it.
  • All roads lead to “The Barn” where many animal-related activities happen. Experience bottle feeding baby farm animal such as goats, sheep and pot bellied pigs.
  • See a unique collection of stuffed real animals that have been preserved by our taxidermist at the Menagerie.

Address: Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City
Ticket rates: Adult – P295.00 Kids – P295.00

Isn’t that fun and exciting? Book now and avail of the 10% when booked online. Click here.

And to pray tribute to all the graduates, grab the chance to experience the Zooperb Blowout!

Zooperb Blowout

Zooperb Blowout for graduates

Zoolit Coupons!

For only Php399 per booklet, you will receive the following coupons that you can use to all 5 theme parks under Zoomanity Group; 6pcs 50% off for entrance 6pcs Buy 1 take 1 for entrance 2 pcs 50% off for hotel accommodation 1 pc 20% off van rentals 1pc 30% off at Resto 1 free photo and more.

All these savings worth more than Php10,000! To order, please call or text 09166299381.

Zoomanity Group

Zoomanity Group, the happiest places!

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#TBT: Do you Remember the Old Park Square 1?

Old Park Square 1

Old Park Square 1 and Glorietta 1&2

Park Square 1

Old Park Square 1

Park Square 2

Old Park Square 1 still connected to SM Makati with a foot bridge.

Let me do a Throwback Thursday today. Do you remember the old Park Square 1?

The carkpark with establishments on the ground floor used to be my source of good and affordable tech stuff such as cameras, computers, laptops, mobile phones, and even sporting goods.

RJ Guitars were used to be sold there, too.

There was also an outlet of National Bureau of Investigation, where people can renew their NBI clearances.

There was Magoo pizza, Wendy’s, Pizza Hut.

Computer Shops such as Octagon, PC Corner. Camera shops like Canon. Sporting stores Toby’s and there are 2 others actually.

There was a Coleman shop and a frame shop.

There was also a Jesi Mendez salon and a Linea Italia shop that sells high-end branded clothing, shoes and bags in 50% year round.

My college barkadas also used to go to one of our favorite Chinese restos there. I can’t remember the name now. Ha ha!

There was also a pet shop, and a big Sony store. Then a branch of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI).

Much later, there a Sun shop there. Then just right before it was renovated, a Japanese store opened.

What are your memories of Park Square 1?

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John Lloyd Cruz, Western Union’s Global Ambassador

Western Union moving money for better

#JLClovesWU

This standee welcomes me just right outside the Diplomatic Hall at Marriott Grand Ballroom

Yes, John Lloyd Cruz (Lloydie or JLC to his fans), one of the most acclaimed actors in the Philippines today and is recognized as the Philippine Box Office King for his effective portrayals in many award winning Filipino movies, is the new Western Union’s new Global Ambassador for Overseas Filipinos around the world who are sending money for better.

John Lloyd Cruz is the New Global Ambassador of Western Union

John Lloyd Cruz is the New Global Ambassador of Western Union, and feels right at home.

When asked why he accepted this new role, Lloydie said that he wanted to enhance the leadership and emphasize the reliability and dependability of Western Union that Overseas Filipino Workers come to love and trust.

Western Union’s SVP for Southeast Asia & Oceania, Ms. Patricia Riingin also shared that when her marcomm team decided on Lloydie to be the new face of the company, she knew the team made the right choice. Marketing Director, Steve Peregrino said that Lloydie’s character, which is reinventing, being approachable, friendly, and evolving successfully, are the very same values that Western Union is living.

Making him the ambassador for all overseas Filipinos around the world who are sending money for better fits John Lloyd well. Aside from portraying yet another remarkable character in his upcoming Star Cinema movie Just the 3 Of Us, John Lloyd Cruz will also introduce a new wave of Western Union® services as the company takes the lead in reinventing ways to transfer money in a very digital era.

#JLClovesWU

John Lloyd Cruz will bring more credibility to the Western Union (WU) brand.

With more and more Filipinos evolving to embrace the digital age, Western Union is working its way to becoming the market leader in the digital money transfer market. Globally, Western Union has launched WU Connect, a platform that embeds Western Union’s robust global money transfer through third-party platforms. By tying up with leading chat applications WeChat and Viber, consumers can now send money virtually anywhere in the world. With this new feature, Western Union aims to provide solutions and services that will flawlessly integrate into the consumer’s digital habits and lifestyle.

The global brand campaign will roll out this year in the Philippines and in overseas countries including the United States, Canada, and other countries in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia where many Filipinos live and work.

#JLClovesWU - John Lloyd Cruz proud to be part of the Western Union Company

John Lloyd Cruz proud to be part of the Western Union Family

John Lloyd Cruz shares he is excited to become the new leading man of every Overseas Filipino

John Lloyd Cruz shares that he is excited to become the new leading man of every Overseas Filipino.

“John Lloyd Cruz mirrors Western Union’s strengths of having a long and successful track record. He also relates to Filipinos’ aspirations of having an improved family life. As Western Union’s global ambassador for every overseas Filipino, his new role is to advocate moving money for better to every overseas Filipino,” says Patricia Riingen, Senior Vice President, South East Asia and Oceania.

Contract Signing for John Lloyd Cruz new endorsement - Western Union

Contract Signing for John Lloyd Cruz new endorsement – Western Union

“I am very honored and excited to take on this new role, this time not on reel but in the real lives of my fellow Filipinos around the world. I am one with Western Union’s purpose and goals as I admire how Filipinos sacrifice every day to build better lives for their loved ones. In representing Western Union, a company that has grown with Filipinos here and abroad, I am challenged to get to know my kababayans more so that I can effectively do my part in motivating and helping them to uplift their lives, and that of their families.” says John Lloyd Cruz.

#JLClovesWU - Media Launch

#JLClovesWU – Media Launch at the Diplomatic Hall, Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom

#JLClovesWU - reliable & dependable

Western Union depicts reliability & dependability, which OFWs expect from their partner in sending money for better.

#JLClovesWU - Ms. Patricia Riingen, SVP, Southeast Asia & Oceania, The Western Union Company

Ms. Patricia Riingen, SVP, Southeast Asia & Oceania, The Western Union Company, shares that Western Union pioneered the idea of moving money.

#JLClovesWU - Ms. Riingen, Western Union Money Transfer Services has 55,000 locations worldwide

Ms. Riingen further shares that Western Union Money Transfer Services has 55,000 locations worldwide.

#JLClovesWU - Mr. Steve Peregrino, Marketing Director, Southeast Asia & Oceania, The Western Union Company

Mr. Steve Peregrino, Marketing Director, Southeast Asia & Oceania, The Western Union Company, shares that there are 47M active Facebook users. Philippines is the highest digital population worldwide.

Western Union then according to Mr. Peregrino wanted to go omnichannel to reach out to as many Filipinos overseas as they can. He further adds that there are 30 million mobile users, with PH as the fastest growing mobile market in Asia, doing the following activities in this order:

  1. Social media
  2. Shopping
  3. Travel
  4. Gaming

Thus the decision of Western Union to go digital and launch the WU connect platform leveraging chat apps such as WeChat and Viber.

#JLClovesWU - managing money with a click or swipe

WU Connect Platform is helping OFWs manage money with a click or swipe.

John Lloyd Cruz and his first Facebook Livestreaming experience up in WUPinoy

John Lloyd Cruz and his first Facebook Livestreaming experience up in WUPinoy. Visit the WU Pinoy Facebook page for more…

John Lloyd Cruz reaches out to Overseas Filipino with his first Facebook Live engagement

John Lloyd Cruz reaches out to Overseas Filipino with his first Facebook Live engagement.

John Lloyd Cruz is now part of the Western union Family

John Lloyd Cruz is now part of the Western Union family.

#JLClovesWU

John Lloyd Cruz is now part of my blogging memory. :))

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Megaworld and Lamudi Philippines Reach Out to Market Online

Property giant aims to further strengthen online presence for the millennials

Megaworld Partners with Lamudi

Megaworld Partners with Lamudi to reach out to millennials

The way to go these days is online.

That’s why for the real estate industry, easy and real-time viewing of the property is the fast-emerging trend, especially if your market is accessing your business online or through mobile.

And here’s an interesting fact I gathered: 25-year-olds are already buying properties. In fact, they consider buying a property as more important than buying cars. Where was I when i was 25? Ha ha!

Realizing the importance of the digital evolution, real estate giant Megaworld partnered with online property portal Lamudi Philippines to strengthen its online campaign for San Antonio Residence, a new Makati project that eyes tech-savvy millennials as a primary market.

“San Antonio Residence is Megaworld’s 20th residential masterwork in the Makati central business district designed as the ideal home for millennials. Its location and amenities complement the fast-paced lifestyle of the millennials, enabling them to make the most of their time, whether it’s moving up the career ladder or being with their loved ones,” says Eugene Em Lozano, Vice President for Sales and Marketing for Makati CBD, Megaworld.

Taking advantage of Lamudi’s premier listings, recently upgraded mobile app and expert market data, Megaworld will up the game in real estate online advertising. “Now that digital is the way to go in real estate, we believe that Lamudi’s online expertise can help us reach our target market,” adds Lozano.

Lamudi Philippines, together with MyProperty.ph (which the former acquired in 2015), is now the dominant real estate listings portal in the Philippines. And in effort to make itself the go-to place for everything related to real estate, the company also released its Real Estate Market Report for 2015.

“Our website’s large amount of page-views and visits are indicative of how much more potential buyers and renters look online to explore their increased real estate options. With this in mind, we tailored our products and services to the needs of our clients. For Megaworld Makati, our online marketing campaigns fit their carefully designed project meant to cater the modern lifestyle of young Pinoys,” says Jacqueline van den Ende, Managing Director of both Lamudi Philippines and MyProperty.ph.

Here are some stats presented during the media event set for this partnership at the Newport Ultra Cinemas (And oh, we got to watch Batman v Superman, too!).

Megaworld+LamudiPH - yolo

Yeah, YOLO, so why not invest wisely!

Megaworld+LamudiPH & the millennials

Millennials may be glued to their gadgets, but did you know they are now investing, too? A pleasant surprise!

Megaworld+LamudiPH & the mobile market

The mobile market in the Philippines is significantly growing.

Megaworld+LamudiPH & the mobile market 2

People are spending time online on the average, 5.2 hours.

Megaworld+LamudiPH

Millennials are doing transactions in their mobile phones.

Scheduled to be completed in 2020, San Antonio Residence is equipped with exciting amenities such as the very first B.O.N.D. (Begin, Open, Nurture, Discover) area, a Street Fitness Park and a two-story mall. This residential condo project is also conveniently located along Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., a stone’s throw away from all landmarks of the Makati CBD.

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ABOUT LAMUDI
Launched in 2013, Lamudi is a global property portal focusing exclusively on emerging markets. The fast-growing platform is currently available in 34 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, with more than 800,000 real estate listings across its global network. The leading real estate marketplace offers sellers, buyers, landlords and renters a secure and easy-to-use platform to find or list properties online. For more information, please visit http://www.lamudi.com.ph

Visit Lamudi Philippines on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn

ABOUT MEGAWORLD
Megaworld is the Philippines’ largest and pioneer developer of integrated urban townships that provide an efficient mix of residential, office, commercial and institutional developments to create the LIVE-WORK-PLAY lifestyle communities. Aside from being the top builder of residential condominiums, it is also the largest developer and lessor of office spaces in the country today. The company is also a master-developer of themed lifestyle malls and commercial centers, most of them have been regarded as tourism hotspots, in its various townships across the country. For 26 years, Megaworld had already launched 20 integrated urban townships in the Philippines with a secured total land bank of 4,000 hectares across the country. To date, Megaworld has unprecedented track record of completing more than 350 residential buildings, office towers, malls, commercial centers, and hotels across the Philippines. For more information, visit http://www.megaworldcorp.com/.

Going Back to Baguio for the Panagbenga 2016

Probinsyano float in Panagbenga 2016-min

Probinsyano float in Panagbenga 2016 with Coco Martin, Maja Salvador, the highlight of the parade

When my sister-in-law invited me to go with her to Bagiuo and see Panagbenga, I got really excited. We both were, actually. I can’t remember which year I went the first time, but I remember big floats with beautiful fresh flowers parading down Session Road, which was packed with tourists.

With that in mind, off we went!

Cool breeze welcomed us when we reached Baguio around 7PM, Friday, February .

Hungry and tired (I was working on my lappy during the whole trip; good thing I didn’t feel dizzy at all!), we just dropped our bags at Tulip Apartelle (which deserves a separate blog post) and headed out to grab dinner. We ended up at Rose Bowl Chinese Restaurant and yes it was a cold night but we still had our pure and fresh strawberry shake. Ha ha!

The activity on Session Road for Saturday was street dancing. We wanted to watch but we couldn’t get a good vantage point even if we were already in Zola Café. All the verandas of the café and tables by the windows were reserved and paid for!

So, we just watched the program on TV there. Ha ha! We went up to Baguio to watch the festivities on TV. Hilarious! The waiter was nice though because he volunteered to take a few photos but they were in my SIL’s iPad and wasn’t able to get a copy. I just observed that the dancers were sparse, though.

For Sunday, we really reserved a spot by the window to see the floats of the Panagbenga parade. Even though I was running a high fever (due to the cold, perhaps), I still got up and witnessed the most-awaited parade of floats made of fresh flowers.

7-11 Float at Panagbenga 2016

7-11 Float at Panagbenga 2016 with former PBB housemates

Coke Float at Panagbenga 2016

Coke Float at Panagbenga 2016

DOT Float at Panagbenga 2016

DOT Float at Panagbenga 2016

Efficascent Oil Float at Panagbenga 2016

Efficascent Oil Float at Panagbenga 2016

God is our Refuge Float at Panagbenga 2016

God is our Refuge Float at Panagbenga 2016

NLEX Float at Panagbenga 2016

NLEX Float at Panagbenga 2016

Pascual Float at Panagbenga 2016

Pascual Float at Panagbenga 2016

Pepsi Float at Panagbenga 2016

Pepsi Float at Panagbenga 2016

Sitel Float at Panagbenga 2016

Sitel Float at Panagbenga 2016

Zagu Float at Panagbenga 2016

Zagu Float at Panagbenga 2016

URC Float at Panagbenga 2016

URC Float at Panagbenga 2016

Float at Panagbenga 2016

Float at Panagbenga 2016

Float at Panagbenga 2016 2

Float at Panagbenga 2016 2

MELASON Float at Panagbenga 2016

MELASON Float at Panagbenga 2016

To our surprise, there were only few floats, and few major companies who joined. The parade started around 8ish in the morning, and it ended a little past 10am. Rather a short for a major event. To be honest, not quite what I expected. I guess I miss the grand floats in the early years.

Although, a bit disappointed by the parade, still we enjoyed our Baguio trip. We didn’t go to the usual places anymore as we have seen those in the past trips there. Being both accessories obsessed, my SIL and I just scoured the shops selling silver ware and we got ourselves some, of course! Ha ha!

This 4th time that I visited Baguio, I just noticed that the city is less green, not as clean, not as well put together. I hope when go back, I will smell again the pine trees, see more green, and be comfortably embraced  by the cool, chilly wind.

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