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Megaworld elevates township standards with tech, design, connectivity

Property giant Megaworld is embarking on a company-wide program to future-proof its developments around the country through the creation of “iTownships.” The company said its 28-year leadership in pioneering the…

Property giant Megaworld is embarking on a company-wide program to future-proof its developments around the country through the creation of “iTownships.”

The company said its 28-year leadership in pioneering the Live-Work-Play concept of property development in the Philippines gave birth to “Townships.” It is elevating the standards by incorporating digital technology, design innovations, and connectivity into its townships.

“We have assigned teams to study how we can seamlessly integrate smart technology and innovations into our townships. In this fast-changing digital world, we see the importance of aligning our developments to quickly adapt to the disruptions, which we perceive as opportunities,” said Kevin L. Tan, Megaworld senior vice president.

Megaworld AG Tower

Megaworld’s AG Tower.

iTownships projects

Among the projects to be implemented under the program include the digitization of customer service and payment processes, integration of smart home technology in residential units, utilization of digital technology and energy-efficient materials in structural designs, creation of Township Operation Centers across all developments which maximizes 24/7 security and safety monitoring and emergency response in every township, urban art installations and creative pedestrian crosswalks, smart parking system including provision for electric vehicle charging in mall developments, among others.

Green and sustainable features will also be at the core of the program. Some of the initiatives that will be implemented include the conversion of old streetlights to LED and solar-powered lights, green roofing for office buildings, provision of vertical green spaces across developments.

Townships of the future

“iTownships will become our new brand in creating the townships of the future. It is about innovation, integration, internet and interconnectivity. Having these features in our townships does not only make our developments ‘future-ready’, but it also allows us to take greater steps towards sustainability and environmental responsibility,” said Tan.

During the last 28 years, the Megaworld Group built over 660 residential developments, 54 office towers and 15 lifestyle malls in 22 townships and integrated lifestyle communities across the Philippines. (Press Release)

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Megaworld offers special Halloween treat at The Mactan Newtown with 1st-ever outdoor movie cinema in Cebu

This Halloween, scream all you can at the series of spine-tingling, hair-raising horror flicks at the first-ever outdoor movie cinema at The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City. Dubbed as “Fright…

This Halloween, scream all you can at the series of spine-tingling, hair-raising horror flicks at the first-ever outdoor movie cinema at The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City.

Dubbed as “Fright Night,” the Newtown Outdoor Cinema will feature three of the all-time best horror movies this coming October 30 (Sunday), from 5 pm onwards.

The Newtown Outdoor Cinema is Cebu’s first-ever outdoor cinema open to the public, which is located beside The Mactan Alfresco. This will offer a new experience for the family and friends to celebrate Halloween, the company said.

Biggest business, tourism hub

Aside from the free outdoor cinema, The Mactan Newtown brings a plethora of exciting spooky adventures and fun activities day and night for the Halloween celebration this year. This 30-hectare township with a beach is poised to be the biggest business and tourism hub in Central Visayas that imbibes Megaworld’s phenomenal Live-Work-Play-Learn concept.

What’s new is that the beach, the 11.5-hectare beachfront property area of The Mactan Newtown is now open to the public and can let you enjoy water activities such as Stand Up Paddling, Jet Skis, Banana Boat and more, or relax with family and friends while appreciating the white sand shores and unparalleled views of the Hilutungan Channel and Magellan Bay. Open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., you can already have a fun day under the sun for only P150 on weekdays and P199 on weekends.

The Mactan Newtown

OUTDOOR CINEMA. The Newtown Outdoor Cinema located in The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City will feature three of the all-time best horror movies this coming October 30, from 5 pm onwards. It is the 1st-ever outdoor movie cinema in Cebu.

Where to go in Mactan Newtown

Guests and visitors can also visit The Mactan Alfresco, which is the newest dining hub in Mactan that offers a myriad of delectable food finds, which are unique to the island. Patterned after Singapore’s hawker centers, The Mactan Alfresco gives diners a whole new way of experiencing at the world-famous Cebu lechon with its very own Lechon Pit that opens until 10 p.m. There are also live colorful performances every weekend at the area where it showcases the best Cebuano culture and tradition.

After a movie marathon, you can have some downtime along or with someone at the slew of coffee shops inside the township. The Civet Coffee, located at the ground floor of Manulife Tower, has a different ambiance. It is a mainstream coffee shop but with a homey feel with grey tile flooring, wooden furniture and warm lights.

Beside the Coffee shop is Mister Donut which also offers affordable coffee blend in the neighborhood. If you need a quick stop to eat, McDonald’s and 7/11 store are also there where you can have your own comfort food.

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Showing at the Newtown Outdoor Cinema are three highly-rated picks:

It

Based on a 1986 horror novel by great master of horror fiction Stephen King, “It” is a mind-boggling classic film, set in a fictitious town of Derry, Maine, which follows the experience of seven children as they are being terrorized by unknown shape-shifting being (referred to simply as eponymous “It”), which often appears to be as Pennywise The Clown.

The Ring

The Ring is a 2002 American supernatural psychological horror film based on the novel of Koji Suzuki. The plot revolves around the urban legend of a cursed videotape, which victimizes anyone in a week after viewing it. This highest grossing film is famous for its bizarre and haunting image of a white lady with long black hair that lurks out the television set.

The Purge

In order to stabilize the American society, a new government was formed and the new founding fathers declared to hold an annual 12-hour event known as “The Purge,” wherein all crime including murder becomes legal while emergency and law enforcement services are shut down. The Purge is the first of the three American dystopian horror films written and directed by James DeMonaco. (Press Release)

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On a Pokemon hunt? Catch them at The Mactan Newtown

There’s no denying that the Pokemon Go mania has landed in the Philippines, and like many others, Cebuanos are also left with the same question: Where can we find more…

There’s no denying that the Pokemon Go mania has landed in the Philippines, and like many others, Cebuanos are also left with the same question: Where can we find more Pokemons?

No need to worry, you’re going to catch them all—more than 20 Pokemons are currently lurking around the 30-hectare The Mactan Newtown. Prepare to catch Caterpie, Weedle, Pikachu, Rattata, Voltorb, Electrode, Pidgey, Spearrow, Nidoran, Zubat, Paras, Meowth, Poliwag, Magikarp, Eevee, Exeggcute, and many more.

Mactan Newtown PokeStop

POKESTOP. The Dolphin Fountain area at the entrance of The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City is a major PokeStop in Mactan Island.

 

Pedestrian-friendly

The Mactan Newtown has one Poke Gym at the Dolphin Fountain, and is near 4 Poke Stops namely the Mactan Brgy. Hall, Magellan’s Battleship Wood Sculpture, Fr. Jules Chevaller Statue and Sto Nino de Cebu Mactan. What’s more, The Mactan Newtown is very pedestrian-friendly so you don’t have to worry about your safety while you’re busy trying to catch as many Pokémons as you can.

While there, you can even grab a quick bite at The Mactan Alfresco, a hawker-style establishment featuring various culinary dishes. You can also check out the newly-built Lechon Pit, where the famous Lechon Cebu is roasted right before your very eyes, then maybe satisfy your Lechon cravings while at it.

The Mactan Newtown

The Mactan Newtown is real estate giant Megaworld’s very own township with a beach. Currently, the Mactan Newtown’s masterplan includes 10 luxury condominium towers, five to ten more office towers by 2021, five business and leisure hotels overlooking the Hilutungan Channel and a bustling cyberpark.

Soon, it will be home to the Plaza Magellan, a three-level retail and commercial hub with structure inspired by rich Spanish architecture; and The Newtown School of Excellence, headed by the Lasallian Schools Supervision Office. (Press Release)

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Mactan Alfresco serves Cebu lechon fresh off the roasting pit

With its crispy skin and tender juicy meat, Cebu lechon is known around the Philippines and even the world as extraordinarily delectable. Diners now get to take their enjoyment of…

With its crispy skin and tender juicy meat, Cebu lechon is known around the Philippines and even the world as extraordinarily delectable.

Diners now get to take their enjoyment of Cebu’s roasted pork to a whole new level with the opening of the Lechon Pit at The Mactan Newtown’s covered dining strip Mactan Alfresco.

“Nothing compares to Cebu lechon. When it comes to taste, Cebu’s culinary pride is unrivalled in other parts of the country. We want to show there’s more to lechon than its delectable crispy skin and juicy meat,” Tefel Pesigan-Valentino, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls head of marketing and business development, said during the Lechon Pit opening last July 1.

Lechon Pit Mactan Alfresco

CEBU LECHON. Diners get to witness how Cebu lechon is prepared at the Lechon Pit in Mactan Alfresco at The Mactan Newtown.

Cebu lechon roasting

At the Lechon Pit that’s located just beside Mactan Alfresco, diners get to witness firsthand how the world’s best pork dish, as recognized by Time Magazine in its Best of Asia 2009 issue and Anthony Bourdain in one episode of his travel show No Reservations, is prepared.

Every Saturday and Sunday, from 3 p.m. onwards, the Lechon Pit demonstrates the intricate process of Cebu lechon preparation, from seasoning to roasting and ultimately chopping and serving to guests.

Ayers Lechon, which has a food kiosk at Mactan Alfresco, currently operates the roasting pit, which can hold 12 lechons at a time.

Lechon pit Mactan Alfresco opening

LECHON PIT OPENING. Officials open the Lechon Pit in the Mactan Alfresco at The Mactan Newtown. Among those who led the opening were Megaworld AVP and head of public relations and communications Harold Geronimo, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls head of marketing and business development Tefel Pesigan-Valentino, Ayers Lechon operations manager Ronald Maniarez, and Lapu-Lapu tourism officer Hembler Mendoza.

Different experience

Valentino said tourists who want to enjoy a different kind of gastronomic experience can view the live roasting, dine on Cebu lechon fresh off the pit, and enjoy other Cebuano and Filipino dishes on offer at the 11 dining establishments in Mactan Alfresco.

Lapu-Lapu City tourism officer Hembler Mendoza said the live lechon roasting is an add-on to tourism in the historic island of Mactan. He added that Mactan Alfresco’s proximity to the historical destination Liberty Shrine, dedicated to Mactan native and hero Chieftain Lapu-Lapu, makes it doubly attractive to tourists.

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BPO firm Concentrix expands to Cebu in Mactan Newtown; 500 jobs created by yearend

US-based corporation Concentrix will start business process outsourcing operations in Megaworld’s The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City by the second half of 2016, executives from both companies announced yesterday, April…

US-based corporation Concentrix will start business process outsourcing operations in Megaworld’s The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City by the second half of 2016, executives from both companies announced yesterday, April 27.

The outsourcing company will occupy the entire 2,600 square meters of office space on the second floor of Tower 3 at 8 Newtown Boulevard, said Megaworld Corp. senior vice president Jericho Go.

“Concentrix is one of our biggest BPO partners. We value this opportunity of expansion that we can offer them. We’re happy and proud that they’ve chosen another Megaworld township as their home in Cebu,” Go said.

MORE JOBS FOR CEBU. Concentrix and Megaworld officials announce the expansion into Cebu by the BPO company. Concentrix said it plans to hire up to 500 people by the yearend. Present during the press conference were (from left) Megaworld AVP and head of public relations and communications Harold Geronimo, senior vice president Jericho Go, Concentrix country general manager David Brooks, and director for administration Michelle Ignacio. (Photo by Marlen Limpag)

MORE JOBS FOR CEBU. Concentrix and Megaworld officials announce the expansion into Cebu by the BPO company. Concentrix said it plans to hire up to 500 people by the yearend. Present during the press conference were (from left) Megaworld AVP and head of public relations and communications Harold Geronimo, senior vice president Jericho Go, Concentrix country general manager David Brooks, and director for administration Michelle Ignacio. (Photo by Marlen Limpag)

Business continuity

The BPO company plans to have a workforce of 450 to 500 at its Mactan Newtown office by the end of the year.

David Brooks, Concentrix Philippines country general manager, said they’re already in three locations in Manila but wanted to ease business continuity concerns of their clients in case a calamity prevents employees from showing up for work in their other offices.

Concentrix picked Mactan because it’s near the airport and Cebu supports a thriving BPO industry, he added. Concentrix is a first-time locator in Cebu and the fourth BPO company to open at The Mactan Newtown after The Results Companies, Enfra USA, and Manulife.

“The entry of Concentrix in Cebu, through The Mactan Newtown, is a clear indication of our continuing commitment to build the largest cyberpark in Mactan and to further strengthen Cebu’s position as the country’s top BPO hub,” said Go.

Beachfront exclusive to locators

Megaworld plans to finish some facilities at the beachfront by the end of the year so that the BPO tenants at the 30-hectare urban township development can do their teambuilding and other work events there. According to Go, the target is to complete the transformation of what used to be the Portofino Beach Resort into a world-class tourism hub that includes a beach club, sports and recreational facilities, and hotel developments.

“The existing BPO companies in The Mactan Newtown have been ecstatic about the future of the township especially after we revealed our plans for the beachfront and the Mactan Shrine area. Where else in the country can you find a workplace that is just a few steps away from the beach,” he added.

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CEBU WORKFORCE. Concentrix plans to have a workforce of 450 to 500 at its Mactan Newtown office by yearend. Megaworld Corp. senior vice president Jericho Go and Concentrix Philippines country general manager David Brooks visit the area along with other company officials. (Photo by Marlen Limpag)

BPO workers living in Mactan

Go said 25,000 of the over 100,000 BPO workers in Cebu live in Mactan and being able to tap this huge resource is one distinct advantage for The Mactan Newtown companies.

He added that with Mactan’s proximity to the airport and the worsening traffic, the township is in a prime position to become a top IT center in Cebu.

The mixed-use cluster of 8 Newtown Boulevard has total leasable office space of around 25,400 square meters. Each of the four towers has three floors of office spaces while the ground floor will be leased for commercial and retail purposes.

The three levels of Tower 1 are now occupied by The Results Companies, which expanded its operations from One World Center this year.

Office space inventory

With the opening of the new office towers in 8 Newtown Boulevard, the total office space inventory in The Mactan Newtown has already reached over 38,000 square meters, with the capability to generate at least 12,000 jobs.

Megaworld earlier announced that it will build around five to ten office towers in The Mactan Newtown by 2021, offering an estimated 150,000 square meters of office spaces that can accommodate around 45,000 workers in the IT-BPO sector.

The company has allocated P30-billion to develop The Mactan Newtown for a period of seven to 10 years.

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Megaworld’s 8 Newtown Boulevard picked ‘best condo’ in Cebu

Megaworld’s residential development 8 Newtown Boulevard located within the 30-hectare Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City won big at the 2016 Philippine Property Awards held recently in Makati City. 8 Newtown…

Megaworld’s residential development 8 Newtown Boulevard located within the 30-hectare Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City won big at the 2016 Philippine Property Awards held recently in Makati City.

8 Newtown Boulevard took the Best Condo Development in Cebu as well as the Best Residential Interior Design and Best Landscape Architectural Design awards, making it the most awarded residential development in Cebu during the event.

The four-tower residential cluster is Megaworld’s first residential development in Mactan Newtown.

8 Newtown Boulevard

AWARDS. 8 Newtown Boulevard took the Best Condo Development in Cebu as well as the Best Residential Interior Design and Best Landscape Architectural Design awards in the 2016 Philippine Property Awards held recently in Makati City.

Megaworld awards

The condominium development’s awards are among the 17 that Megaworld earned this year, which also included the most coveted Best Developer.

“We are very happy for this major award given to 8 Newtown Boulevard. This just shows a glimpse of the kind of exciting, world-class projects that Megaworld is bringing to The Mactan Newtown, our first and only township by the beach,” said Megaworld Cebu Properties, Inc. president Noli D. Hernandez.

8 Newtown Boulevard boasts of a lavish interior, from a spacious condominium lobby to quaint East Asian-inspired design elements that give a relaxing yet polished vibe.

The property also features top-of-the-line amenities that complement Mactan Newtown’s beach setting, including an amenity deck with a 61-meter infinity pool, a fitness center, and unparalleled views of Cebu’s Hilutungan Channel and Magellan Bay.

The residential cluster also has Japanese-inspired gardens, courtyards, and bathing rooms.

8 Newtown Boulevard Mactan

8 NEWTOWN BOULEVARD boasts of a lavish interior, from a spacious condominium lobby to quaint East Asian-inspired design elements that give a relaxing yet polished vibe.

Live-work-play concept

8 Newtown Boulevard is the first residential development at Mactan Newtown, where other luxury residences, business hubs, leisure hotels, a lifestyle mall, and school will soon rise to bring Megaworld’s perfected live-work-play-learn lifestyle concept to Cebu.

The Philippines Property Awards is one of the highly-recognized award giving bodies in the country organized by Property Report, Asia’s leading luxury real estate, architecture, and design magazine.

Top winners from the Philippines this year will compete with their counterparts from eight Asean countries at the grand finals of the 2016 South East Asia Property Awards this November 10 in Singapore. (Press Release)

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Megaworld net income soars to P10.4 billion in 2015

Megaworld, the country’s largest developer of integrated urban townships and the biggest lessor of office spaces, has breached the P10-billion mark in net core income for 2015. The company’s core…

Megaworld, the country’s largest developer of integrated urban townships and the biggest lessor of office spaces, has breached the P10-billion mark in net core income for 2015. The company’s core profit reached P10.40-billion (net of P181-million non-recurring gain from P10.58-billion), up 10.58% from last year’s P9.40-billion (net of P12.16-billion non-recurring gain).

“We already have a strong roster of townships across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao that are backed by adequate landbanking and carefully-thought masterplans. We have already mastered the art of township development. What we want to put focus on now is how to further grow our rental portfolio, which is integral to being a township developer. Malls and offices are key components of an urban township,” said Megaworld chief finance officer Francis Canuto.

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IN CEBU. The 6 Newtown Boulevard in The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City.

Megaworld core businesses

Megaworld’s consolidated revenues, excluding non-recurring gains, grew 9.37% year-on-year in 2015 to P44.81-billion from the previous year’s P40.97-billion. Each of Megaworld’s core business – residential, rental and hotel operations – hit double-digit growth in 2015.

Megaworld’s leasing business has been the fastest growing business segment in 2015, as rental income grew to a remarkable 23.46%. Leasing income from malls, commercial centers, and offices reached P8.73-billion in 2015 from P7.07-billion the previous year.

Exponential growth

“Our rental business had been growing exponentially the last five years. We are confident that we will reach the P11-billion target by the end of this year as we see continuous growth in consumer spending as well as further expansion of BPO companies, particularly in key growth areas in Visayas and Mindanao where Megaworld is already present,” adds Canuto.

The company launched five townships in 2015, bringing its total township developments across the country to 20. These are Eastwood City in Quezon City, (18.5 hectares); Newport City in Pasay City (25 hectares); McKinley Hill (50 hectares), McKinley West (34.5 hectares), Uptown Bonifacio (15.4 hectares) and Forbes Town Center (5 hectares), all in Fort Bonifacio; The Mactan Newtown in Cebu (28.8 hectares); Iloilo Business Park (72 hectares) and Sta. Barbara Heights (173 hectares), both in Iloilo;

Boracay Newcoast in Boracay Island (150 hectares); Twin Lakes in Tagaytay (1,300 hectares); ArcoVia City in Pasig City (12.3 hectares); Southwoods City in the boundaries of Cavite and Laguna (561 hectares); Davao Park District in Lanang, Davao City (11 hectares); Alabang West in Las Piñas City (62 hectares); Suntrust Ecotown in Tanza, Cavite (350 hectares) and The Upper East (34 hectares) and Northill Gateway (50 hectares) both in Negros Occidental; a vast property beside the Pampanga Provincial Capitol in the City of San Fernando (35.6-hectares); and Westside City in the Entertainment City in Paranaque (31 hectares.) (Press Release)

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8 Newtown Boulevard offers majestic view, top-of-the-line amenities

An infinity pool with a panorama of the Hilutungan Channel and Magellan Bay, a spa and gym with top-of-the-line equipment, and Japanese design features like a rock garden, Onsen room,…

An infinity pool with a panorama of the Hilutungan Channel and Magellan Bay, a spa and gym with top-of-the-line equipment, and Japanese design features like a rock garden, Onsen room, and a Niwa are just among the amenities that await unit owners of 8 Newtown Boulevard at the Megaworld township of Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City.

Megaworld Cebu Properties, Inc. president Noli D. Hernandez, who led a tour of the facilities for the residential towers, said these are scheduled for completion by the first quarter of 2016.

Many amenities for 8 Newtown Boulevard are located at the expanded open space on the fifth level which will connect all four 18 stories-high towers. The pool, called the Horizon Edge, borders the front central portion of this level for 61 meters.

8 Newtown Boulevard Horizon Edge

MAJESTIC VISTA. The Horizon Edge Pool, which is still undergoing finishing touches, offers a breathtaking view of the Hilutungan Channel.

 

8 Newtown Boulevard Room

ROOM WITH A VIEW. The vista from a unit that has been turned over to its owner.

 

8 Newtown Boulevard

FROM THE TOP. The view of the Horizon Edge Pool from the top of the scale model of 8 Newtown Boulevard.

 

Japanese theme

Jojo Hipolito, Megaworld assistant vice president for Cebu sales, said the infinity pool is nine meters wide and measures five feet at its deepest. A few steps down the pool deck is the Japanese rock garden and still at the fifth level but located indoors is the gym and spa.

Hernandez said Mactan Newtown’s first residential project 8 Newtown Boulevard has Japanese-inspired components, including an Onsen (hot spring bath) room and a Niwa or a traditional landscaped garden.

The Niwa will dominate the other side of the fifth level’s expanded open space and feature a man-made lake with a foot bridge.

There will be rooms where residents can experience Japanese hobbies like Ikebana (flower arrangement) and Origami (paper folding).

8 Newtown Boulevard

LOBBY. The lobby of one of the 8 Newtown Boulevard towers.

 

8 Newtown Boulevard Lobby

Another view of the lobby.

 

8 Newtown Boulevard Lobby

LOBBY CENTERPIECE. This interesting light fixture dominates the lobby and was manufactured here in Cebu.

 

Sea vistas

Harold Geronimo, Megaworld head of public relations and communications, said the 8 Newtown Boulevard towers have been positioned to maximize the sea vistas of Mactan.

“Megaworld has been known for developing a lot of world-class communities in Manila and elsewhere, but in Cebu, specifically in Mactan Newtown, we offer not only the township we are known for but the surrounding scenery as well,” Hernandez meanwhile said.

During the tour, he pointed out the huge and plush lobby for the first and second tower clusters and showed a combined unit at the 17th floor.

The second to the fourth floors will have business offices while residential units will make up the fifth to 18th levels of the 8 Newtown Boulevard towers.

8 Newtown Boulevard

VIDEOCOM. Jojo Hipolito (right), Megaworld assistant vice president for Cebu sales, shows to journalists and bloggers the video intercom feature in units at the 8 Newtown Boulevard.

 

 

8 Newtown Boulevard

WORLD-CLASS COMMUNITIES. Megaworld Cebu Properties, Inc. president Noli D. Hernandez (left) says Megaworld is known for developing world-class communities. At right is Harold Geronimo, Megaworld head of public relations and communications.


 

 

Sneak peek into 8 Newtown Boulevard

 
 

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