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Megaworld set to open La Salle-supervised school in Mactan Newtown

A student-centered learning institution under the supervision of the De La Salle Brothers will open this June for school year 20018-2019 within the Mactan development of property giant Megaworld and…

A student-centered learning institution under the supervision of the De La Salle Brothers will open this June for school year 20018-2019 within the Mactan development of property giant Megaworld and has been officially named “Newtown School of Excellence.”

Megaworld Cebu Properties, Inc. president Noli D. Hernandez said the school will initially offer classes for the nursery and kindergarten levels.

The Newtown School of Excellence is a partnership between Megaworld and the Lasallian Schools Supervision Services Association, Inc. (LASSSAI).

Newtown School of Excellence

Megaworld Cebu Properties, Inc. president Noli D. Hernandez (left) and Brother Narciso Erguiza Jr. shortly after the announcement of the opening of Newtown School of Excellence in the property giant’s township in Lapu-Lapu City.

It occupies around a hectare of space near the entrance of Mactan Newtown along the Mactan Circumferential Road. Megaworld has spent P240 million since it started building the school in 2014, according to Hernandez.

La Salle-supervised school

Brother Narciso Erguiza Jr., LASSSAI president, said a La Salle-supervised school is one that they don’t directly own but run for certain companies or groups under the same educational standards.

A De La Salle school operates with the learners as the central concept. Two other criteria they require for a school they run or supervise are that it must be a Catholic and there must be a good percentage of students from poor families, he added.

Newtown School of Excellence

Newtown School of Excellence. The school will initially offer classes for the nursery and kindergarten levels.

Erguiza cited they ensure that at least 20 percent of the student population are on full scholarships in all their schools. He added he would want to raise this to 30 percent in the Newtown School of Excellence.

“This school will primarily cater to the children of township homeowners, particularly those who live in our condominium developments. We will also cater to the children of the expat community and residents of Lapu-Lapu City and nearby towns and cities as well as the children of those working in nearby businesses and business process outsourcing companies,” said Hernandez.

Newtown School of Excellence

PRESS CONFERENCE. Harold Geronimo (right), Megaworld Senior Assistant Vice President and Head for Public Relations and Media Affairs, answers a question during the press conference to announce the opening of Newtown School of Excellence. 

Technology-based learning

The target is to add grade levels by school year until the Newtown School of Excellence will be running on full capacity up to Grade 12.

Erguiza said the school can accommodate around 1,000 students when it is fully operational.

Newtown School of Excellence

The Newtown School of Excellence, as with any De La Salle school, operates with the learners as the central concept.

The Newtown School of Excellence will have two main buildings when completed. The single-storey Kindergarten Building is composed of three classrooms, a library, playground, and multipurpose hall. On the other hand, the five-story Elementary Building will feature 21 classrooms, audio-visual rooms, computer rooms, music room, home economics room, prayer room, library and learning resource center, auditorium, covered court, physical education instruction room, science laboratories, clinic, and its own canteen.

According to Hernandez, the curricula in the different programs offered at the school will be technology-based and geared towards academic excellence and proficiency.

The Newtown School of Excellence will have two main buildings when completed. Megaworld has spent P240 million since it started building the school in 2014.

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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.

Mactan Newtown Cebu

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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Megaworld opens al fresco foodstrip at Mactan Newtown

Cebu lechon belly, seafood like shrimps and shellfish, native chicken, and pork barbecue are just among the Cebuano dishes you can have at Mactan Alfresco, a newly-opened foodstrip at the…

Cebu lechon belly, seafood like shrimps and shellfish, native chicken, and pork barbecue are just among the Cebuano dishes you can have at Mactan Alfresco, a newly-opened foodstrip at the Megaworld township development Mactan Newtown.

The foodstrip is a covered, circular kiosk that offers open-air dining. Seven of its 14 tenants started operations over the weekend, including Orange Karenderia, Meximama, Choobi Choobi, Manang Sayong, Mama Linda, and Conching’s Native Chicken.

Mactan Alfresco is inspired by the popular hawker centers in Singapore, said Megaworld marketing and business development head Teresa Pesigan Valentino.

Choobi-choobi shellfish

SHELLFISH served by Choobi Choobi.

“We want to help Mactan tourism and this is one way that people will be able to better appreciate Mactan,” she said, citing that foodstrip tenants will be serving lunch, dinner, and possibly beer and other drinks.

According to her, the target is for all 14 tenants to start operations in two to three months.

Alfresco tenants

The following restaurants have opened branches at Mactan Alfresco:

Orange Karenderia

The Alfresco branch is Orange Karenderia’s third in Cebu, said Michael Pato, one of the restaurant owners.

“Opening Orange Karenderia is our way of bringing back traditional local food in restaurants. Seafood like tuna and other deep sea fishes are abundant in our country and we serve them at our restaurants,” he pointed out.

Cebu lechon belly

Cebu is known for its traditional lechon and, lately, the lechon belly variation (above).

Meximama

Chef Dennis Uy, who owns Meximama, said his restaurant serves affordable Mexican food with ingredients imported from Los Angeles and Mexico.

As part of the pioneering group of the Mexican restaurant Maya, Uy said he has earned enough experience in Mexican food preparation.

“What we boast of at Meximama is we make our own salsas, tortillas, and nachos,” he added. Meximama serves chuletas, costillas de cerdo, pollo ala plancha, honey and chilli wings, fried fish fillet, mexicali, nachos en salsa roja, and taco salad.

Meximama has another branch in Marina Mall opened just three months ago.

Manok Bisaya

MANOK BISAYA. Conching serves native chicken dishes like the lechon manok bisaya above.

Choobi Choobi

As a purely Cebuano-owned restaurant, Choobi Choobi takes pride in its homegrown shrimps.

Gwen P. Deri, Choobi Choobi franchise executive, said they serve all kinds of seafood. The restaurant’s shrimps are grown in the owner’s prawn farms in the different areas of Cebu.

Including the one in Alfresco, Choobi Choobi already has four outlets in Cebu. It is planning to put up a company-owned branch in Manila and franchising additional outlets there, Deri added.

Choobi Choobi shrimps

SHRIMPS are the specialties of Choobi Choobi.

Cebuano food

Other Alfresco tenants: Manang Sayong, Mama Linda, and Conching’s Native Chicken.

Conching’s started out as a small ihaw-ihaw stall in Taboan way back in 1968. Its signature dish is the native chicken, which can be roasted or prepared as tinola or stew.

Manang Sayong serves barbecued chicken, pork, liver, native chorizo, and dried pusit, which are staple Cebuano food.

Sizzling dishes of gambas, beef, pork, squid, and seafood are Mama Linda’s specialties. It also serves crab, shrimp, and fish dishes.

Meximama quesadilla

QUESADILLA by Meximama.

Food tourism

Harold Geronimo, Megaworld head of public relations and communications, said Mactan Alfresco is in line with their goal to promote food tourism in Mactan.

“We are positioning Mactan Newtown as a tourism hub. We want people to come here and discover local Cebuano food. We want them to discover how good Cebuano food is. They don’t have to go far to have good food,” he added.

The next big development at the township will be the opening of 8 Newtown Blvd., which is a mixed use condominium with commercial retail, office, and residential components.

Among the other exciting features coming soon at Mactan Newtown: Plaza Magellan, a mall that will feature a museum and connect to the Liberty Shrine of Lapu-Lapu City and the development of its 11-hectare beachfront property that will be home to a beach club as well as boutique and resort hotels.

Mactan Alfresco in the Mactan Newtown

OPEN AIR DINING. The Mactan Alfresco in the Mactan Newtown is inspired by the popular hawker centers in Singapore.

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