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Some say, those who visited Dumaguete for quick trip may end up staying there for good.

True enough, Dumaguete is one of the world’s best places for retiring people to settle down as published by US-based online business magazine, Forbes.com. This “City of Gentle People” was ranked fifth on the list based on the 2014 Retire Overseas Index released by Overseas Retirement letter. Forbes wrote: “Here you’ll find one of the best places for beachfront living on a budget.

Dumaguete is among the cheapest places in the world to live, according to the Retire Overseas Index. The climate is hot and humid. (Dumaguete is protected against most of typhoons in the Philippines.) Dumaguete also sits second next to Nha Trang, Vietnam in terms of affordability. The study noted that a retiree would only need to set aside an average monthly budget of $910 in Dumaguete to spend on living expenses like house rentals, groceries, and basic utilities like water, electricity, gas, cable, phone, and entertainment expenses. Nha Trang, Vietnam, which is hailed as the most affordable city for retirees, would only need a monthly budget of $680.

The 2014 Retire Overseas Index ranked the locations based on 12 factors, namely climate, existing expat community, cost of living, health care, crime, infrastructure, English spoken, real estate, entertainment, residency options, environmental conditions and taxes.

Aside from its low cost of living and warm English-speaking community, Dumaguete is now growing in all aspects especially in tourism. It was hailed as top tourism destination for Chinese tourists traveling independently according to travel booking site Agoda.com released in 2016. The seaside capital city Negros Oriental province was cited for its “diving excursions, whale-watching cruises, and riveting cultural sites.”

The Agoda study revealed an 805 percent increase in bookings for Dumaguete between 2014 and 2015.

Dumaguete’s tranquil and low-key lifestyle has made it a melting-pot of intellectual. More so, its laid-back ambience has charms that can captivate your heart. Its natural jewels have also attracted tourists to keep coming back, others though are captivated by its beauty making them stay in this quiet countryside for good.

When you are in Dumaguete, you enjoy the best of the world–the chance to experience a ‘beachfront living on a budget’ plus, the luxury of enjoying the finer things in life in your own pace.

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The Master Builder


Not known to many, this Cebu-grown property builder is grounded by its purpose to provide decent and affordable homes in Mactan to Filipino families, where profitability comes as second priority. Cebu Landmasters Inc., (CLI) entered into real estate development business in Cebu some 18 years ago. Today, it is one of the fastest growing and multi-awarded builders not only in residential property segment, but also in the commercial building development projects.

CLI started to carve its name in the local real estate scene when it introduced its first project in the progressive town of Balamban, western part of Cebu with a single motivation to provide decent homes to working class. Thus, the project called “San Jose Maria Village,” was born. Before long, the company blossomed into a versatile and branded real estate firm in Cebu, having been able to master its craft in building homes for low to middle income classes, and middle-rise commercial towers in Cebu’s highly desired business districts.

Driven by its corporate philosophy to serve, more than expanding its margins, CLI caught the attention of the market, bringing its name as one of the most trusted builders in the recent years. This opened the gates for development opportunities in Visayas and Mindanao. Today, CLI is hitting the emerging real estate market landscape of Cagayan de Oro, with its Mesaverte Residence project. This out-of-Cebu venture will be followed by planned residential and commercial projects in Davao, Iloilo, Bacolod, while drawing up raw plans for possible Luzon expansion.

CLI chairman Jose R. Soberano III said that simultaneous with its aggressive expansion in building residential projects, his company is ready to spread its wings, beefing up its commercial leasing business. Soberano, who expressed confidence of the long term real estate growth in the Philippines, said that his company is building up its rental side, specifically in Cebu, where demand for office spaces is continuously moving up.

The company is currently constructing several medium to high rise buildings in key areas in Cebu such as Cebu IT Park, Cebu Business Park (CBP), in the old Baseline area, and now eyeing a property in Guadalupe for another mixed-use development. For 2016 alone, CLI is spending at least P5 billion in property development projects, including the completion and opening of projects in Davao, Cagayan de Oro, and Dumaguete cities. By the end of 2016, total portfolio will reach to 25 projects, this include its recent partnership with international hotel brand–The Ascott Limited, for its newly introduced condotel venture called Citandines.

Citandines Tower, is part of the four tower, P3 billion integrated project–Base Line Center, located at the heart of Cebu’s uptown area. According to Soberano, because of the fertile commercial leasing market in Cebu, the company is set to break ground its BPO building in partnership with another capitalist at the CBP, and its upcoming project in Guadalupe will also have commercial leasing component. The company’s existing projects include Park Central, Baseline Residences; Asia Premier at the Cebu IT Park; Midori Residences; and Mivesa Towers in Lahug.

In its residential development front, CLI is building over 3,000 houses in its latest Casa Mira South, the newest and grandest development in the south of Cebu. Casa Mira means wonderful house. It is located at the industrial City of Naga, Cebu, a 14 kilometers away from the South Road Properties (SRP).

Recently, CLI has moved its corporate headquarters to its award winning building in IT Park–the Park Centrale. Its way of moving closer and be accessible to its partner and clients. Looking forward, CLI commits to further polish its mastery in building homes, and supporting the growth of transforming commercial landscape in key areas in the Philippines, without losing balance in upholding strong social responsibility foundation.

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The ‘World’ Comes To Cebu

Local real estate player, AppleOne Properties Inc., is bringing the “best of the world” to Cebu.

Following its first day into vertical developments with AppleOne Tower, a mixed-use development in Cebu Business Park, this homegrown company based in Cebu, is again lifting Cebu’s image as a superior residential destinations is the country, with its world-class AppleOne Banawa Heights project.

Its extensive real estate development experience, motivated AppleOne Properties to continually introduce new and exciting property projects to Cebu’s quality-conscious and sophisticated market.

Inspired by Victorian aesthetics in San Francisco Bay Area in the US, the private clusters composed of three-storey walk-up villas and 12-storey towers with contemporary touch, make-up the 2.8 hectare AppleOne Banawa Heights project.Ray Go Manigsaca, president of AppleOne Properties says the company’s interest to lift the Cebuano’s standard of condominium living has encouraged them to bring the best designs of the world to Cebu.

AppleOne Banawa Heights has a total of 1,400 condo units. Selling like hot cakes since its pre-selling, the project now only has 400 units available for sale.

Among the project’s unique selling points include exclusivity and generous landscaped open spaces. Each level per cluster only has two to five units, making living more private. “This is a project that is very near to the heart of the city. Aside from exclusivity you will also be treated to a lavish mountain scenery,” says Manigsaca. He added the project exudes an atmosphere of vibrancy and colourful living.

AppleOne Banawa Heights’ signature design has earned them the Best Boutique Developer 2016 Award by the prestigious Philippine Property Awards.

Moreover, the firm’s bullish take on Cebu’s real estate scene has led them a anew to bring another world-class brand here. Its subsidiary firm, AppleOne Mactan Inc., inked partnership deal last year with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. to bring the Sheraton brand to Cebu.December 2015 when the AppleOne Mactan broke ground the first branded resort residential development of Sheraton in Southeast Asia in Punta Engano, Mactan Island.

With P4 billion capital expenditure, the firm is set to erect the 250-room The Sheraton Cebu Mactan Resort and the 186-unit The Residences at the The Sheraton Cebu Mactan Resort.

Sitting in a five-hectare property in resort-oriented Mactan Island, this new upscale project is blessed with the magnificent views of the Hilutungan Channel and Magellan Bay.“This project is set to ramp up to a higher level both the residential and hospitality standing of Cebu, “says Manigsaca. Developments at Sheraton is well on-track with the hotel poised to open hopefully by the last quarter of 2018. Sheraton is the second oldest brand of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., It has about 435 hotels and 88 resorts present in more than 70 countries worldwide.

“Partnering with an international brand is a step in the right direction. We are in the age of globalization and as competition continues to intensify, adopting a global brand will further cement our footing here,” says Manigsaca.“Sheraton is a personal choice having been a frequent guest myself of the hotel brand abroad. It’s my dream to bring the brand here for my fellow Cebuano’s to also enjoy and appreciate,” he added.Putting in a residential concept also in the development is a sensible thing to do. According to Manigsaca, residential owners of the condo will get to experience the first-class hotel service and unlimited access to the resort’s amenities.

“Why check-in when you can move in,” says Manigsaca. The Sheraton Cebu Mactan Resort’s completion will be just in time the opening of the Mactan Cebu International Airport Terminal 2 expansion.