medical tourism - Century Properties



medical tourism - Century Properties
summer issue 2011
Life, Style And Innovations By Century Properties
365 days of
AZURE summer
for Ruffa Guttierez and Piolo Pascual
in Europe
Philippines’ tallest
building topped out
at Century City
the rise of
+ Amenities that revive friendly
neighborhood living
+ Signature sofa unlike anything
you’ve ever seen
+ Singapore sling: Century
invades the Lion City
we’re just getting started
Message by John Victor R. Antonio
COO, Century Properties
Year 2010 has been a remarkable year for Century
Properties. With the brisk sellout of the first three
towers of Azure Urban Resort Residences shortly after
its launch; the successful completion and turnover of
Grand Soho Makati; and our 40 percent growth from the
previous year, we knew that things could only get better;
not just for us but more importantly – for you.
Acqua Private Residences is the first nature-infused
residential Eden in the center of the metropolis.
A 2.4-hectare masterplanned vertical village with six towers,
Acqua is one of the few remaining parcels of paradise in the
middle of the urban jungle. Transporting a majestic tropical
rainforest into the heart of the city, Century Properties’ latest
masterpiece dedicates an equivalent of two times its total land
area to lush greenery, enchanting water features, an abundance
of amenities and open space. Conceived to replicate a marvelous
symphony of tree canopy with rich, dense foliage, and planted
next to a regenerating body of water, Acqua is an oasis of
serenity and solitude amidst the city’s ever-quickening pace.
This year, as we mark our 25th anniversary in Philippine
real estate, we’ve pushed the boundaries even further. We
committed to create for you life-enhancing homes, and we
are delighted that we are making this happen one building
at a time.
In January, we started the year with a bang as we topped
out The Gramercy Residences (Page 7), the Philippines’
tallest skyscraper with over 70 floors. We also broke
ground for Centuria Medical Makati (Page 8), our
world-class outpatient medical-IT building in partnership
with GE Healthcare, as well as The Milano Residences
(Page 7), the first private luxury residences in Asia interior
designed by Versace Home.
Acqua features The Pebble, a modern-day Country Club by
the Water, where delight and excitement stem from a myriad
of sports, wellness and recreational activities. The Riverwalk
Promenade, a shopping and dining haven, will be located
at The Pebble’s ground floor, accentuated even further by
the soothing sound and visual drama of three magnificent
waterfalls that seemingly flow into the river below.
Gramercy, Centuria and Milano are all located in
Century City, our 3.4-hectare flagship development in
Makati that will showcase upscale residences, a lifestyle
center, outpatient medical center and premiere offices.
Those of you who are based in Manila may have already
seen the busy construction of Gramercy and the second
residential tower, the London-inspired Knightsbridge that
reached 30 floors in April (Page 15). The ‘city within the
big city’ is indeed rising, and we’re very excited to deliver
this to you, our future homeowners, because Century City
was designed for all of us to experience the best of the
world in one place.
Experience a true residential adventure everyday
in your very own slice of uncharted paradise.
We are also proud to announce that APG, one of the
largest global pension asset managers based in the
Netherlands, has invested P2.25 billion to Century. This
investment in the company augurs well as it is a sign of
APG’s confidence in the Philippine economy over the long
term, and APG’s trust in the management, track record
and vision of Century Properties.
In February, we launched Acqua Private Residences (Page
8), a 2.6-hectare development rising in Mandaluyong City
right across the Rockwell Center. This six-tower project
was designed to transport the urban dweller into the
majestic tropical rainforest, provide country club amenities
through the Pebble, regenerate riverside activity through
the Riverwalk Promenade and contribute to achieving the
grand vision of resuscitating the mighty Pasig River. We
successfully sold out the first Acqua tower in two months
since its launch, and we invite you to seize the opportunity
of owning a unit at Acqua’s next tower, Sutherland.
Now that summer in the Philippines is almost over,
with us barely feeling its short-lived presence, there’s no
better time to consider a home where you can virtually
experience summer 365 days a year. Azure Urban Resort
Residences in Parañaque City with its amazing water
features, resort-inspired facilities, modern clubhouse and
expansive man-made beach is the perfect everyday getaway.
Eighty percent of Azure’s 6-hectare land area is devoted
to open space and amenities and it’s located right beside
200,000 square meters of retail space that is SM Bicutan.
In our cover story (Page 12), Ms. Ruffa Gutierrez shares
the reasons why Azure makes a perfect home for her and
her two lovely daughters.
With all these exciting developments, we knew it was the
perfect time to publish the maiden issue of Our Passion,
which goes way beyond your regular newsletter. Allow us
to take you to our journey around the world (Pages 9-12),
where we have personally met with our fellow kababayans
and discovered their amazing experiences and stories.
Above company and project news, this biannual medium
shares what we’re most passionate about – giving you
memorable experiences out of your life-enhancing homes.
Our Passion is dedicated to you, our dearest friends, coworkers, clients and homeowners, whom we consider
as part of our family and our most valuable source of
As we are now a quarter of a century strong, we thank
you putting your trust in us, to create some of the most
groundbreaking developments in the history of Philippine
real estate. We hope that Our Passion will be one of the
many ways we can reach out to you and hear from you,
because in true Century Properties tradition, you can
expect that there will certainly be more exciting things to
I’d be happy to hear your comments, suggestions and
concerns. Send us a note at [email protected]
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Congratulations to the winners of our 2011 First Quarter Sales
Awarding. On June 3, we recognized not only the top sellers of the
company but also those who have taken good care of their clients and
ensured that they are well assisted throughout the entire process of
purchasing their new homes. To our Top Sales Achievers, we salute you!
this issue
Cover Story
14 Summer solstice
Mail. Feedback. Letters
Our featured home owner this issue
Mom, actress, host and top endorser Ruffa Guttierez counts the many ways she can enjoy
resort style living all throughout the year at Azure Urban Resort Residences. Piolo Pascual
also tells us why he loves the beach.
11 Singapore sling: Filipino invasion in the Lion City
Industry news
Global Ambassador Vina Morales joins the Century team in discovering incredible Filipino
stories in one of Asia’s most exhilarating cities
truly versace: From Milan to Manila comes Versace Home
and its creative interior designs for Century’s Milano Residences
GRAMERCY RISING: Philippines’ tallest building topped out at
Century City
CENTURIA: The next frontier in Philippine medical tourism
PIOLO PASCUAL: Wise investor and proud Century homeowner
How our history has ignited our passion to build life-enhancing developments
14 Escape to a residential eden unlike any other
Why Acqua Private Residences should be your ultimate sanctuary in the city
14 HArd Hat
Canyon Ranch amenities revive friendly
neighborhood living
15 Century Properties at 25
Century employees now proud CANYON RANCH OWNERS
Knightsbridge reaches 30th floor
Gramercy Residences topped out
Works continue for Azure’s Rio and Santorini
16 Travel smart for treatment
The Philippines is finally gearing up for medical tourism, and world-class facility Centuria
Medical Makati is envisioned to lead the way in redefining the doctor and patient
18 Must Love
Haute Seat
Check out which of our showrooms is carrying a branded piece of polyurethane in a chic
and one-of-a-kind pattern.
The Pebble
Acqua’s Country Club by the Water where you can lounge, plunge and energize
20 Live the Italian high life
Milano Residences takes you to the lap of luxurious living
Thank you so much for sending for
the update, for the fast construction
of Gramercy. We really appreciate
it, and we’re really looking forward
to seeing the property very soon.
Thanks again and more power to
your job!!
— Janet Bansale,
unit owner
Thank you so much and I wish CENTURY PROPERTIES INC.
and SOHO CENTRAL the best and wish to congratulate Mr.
John Antonio for having such professional and efficient
group of people. I also want to thank Ms. Florian Nunag and
Ms. Mabel M. Miranda who were there when I needed help.
I am now back in New York after a month of hectic and
enjoyable stay in Manila and Soho Central. My wife
and I are going to use our unit as a second home and
as a place to stay for our overseas relatives and
friends who would like to visit the Philppines. We
would like them to see and enjoy a place in
Mandalauyong City called SOHO CENTRAL
Century Properties and world-renowned
fashion-luxury brand Versace held the
groundbreaking rites and unveiled the
showrooms of The Milano Residences
early this year.
Present at the event were Century
officials led by Managing Director
Robbie R. Antonio and Chairman Jose
E.B. Antonio and the Versace Group
CEO Gian Giacomo Ferraris, License
Director Gabriela Saracino and PR
Manager Michele Leoni.
The 52-storey edifice at the 3.4-hectare
Century City, the flagship development
of Century Properties in Kalayaan
Avenue, Makati City, is a stellar addition
to the development’s roster of luxury
residential towers.
Antonio G. Damo
SOHO Central unit owner
Europe’s largest pension asset manager,
APG, invests in Century Properties
BSP tells OFW
families to save
and invest
Century Properties, Inc. (CPI) recently
announced that the APG, one of the largest
global pension asset managers based in the
Netherlands, with EURO 266 billion of
assets under management, has invested
P2.25 billion to Century.
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), through Governor
Amando M. Tetangco Jr., encouraged the families of
overseas Filipino workers to contribute to “help improve
the financial condition of economy” through savings and
investments to “grow their money for the long term.”
Century is one of the most recognized
real estate brands, and one of the most
experienced property developers in the
Philippines, with experience in property
development in the United States.
In a Philippine Star article published in May, Tetangco
was quoted as saying in a policy forum speech that
“while consumption generates economic growth, it is the
allocation of remittances to savings and investments that
will improve the financial condition of households and
that of the entire economy in the long term.”
According to Jose E. B. Antonio, Chairman
and CEO of Century, “The investment
by APG in Century augurs well as it is a
sign of APG’s confidence in the Philippine
economy over the long term, and APG’s
trust in the management, track record and
vision of Century.”
BSP’s Consumer Expectations Survey for the first quarter
of 2011 indicated that “the percentage of households of
overseas Filipino workers that set aside money for savings
has increased to 41.4 percent compared to only 7.2
percent in the first quarter of 2007 when the first survey
was conducted.”
Tetangco said that the “percentage of households that used
part of their remittance for investments reached only 5.7
percent in the first quarter of the year from 2.3 percent
four years earlier.”
“Today, Century is marking a milestone
through our partnership with APG. We
have built reputable developments that
have catered to our discerning clientele
over the past 24 years. Now, as we mark
our 25th year of operations, the confidence
of one of the world’s leading institutional
investors strengthens the prospects for
Century and its various stakeholders.”
“The investment of APG will allow
Century to capitalize on the current high
growth and low inflation environment
of the Philippines, and allow Century to
further expand its business plan of catering
to the premium segment of multiple
markets, through its delivery of innovative
and quality developments.”
According to APG’s Patrick Kanters,
Managing Director Global Real Estate”:
As a long term strategic investor APG
has identified the real estate market in
the Philippines as highly attractive. We
focus on building exposure to quality
companies with a clear strategy, a strong
and reliable management and a well
established track record. Our investment
in Century Properties fits well in our
carefully selected portfolio of Philippine
Real Estate companies. We are confident
that through our investment we contribute
to the Century Properties team realizing
their growth strategy.”
Century Properties, Inc. was incorporated
on September 6, 1983 and started
operations in 1986. Today, through its
subsidiaries and affiliates, Century is one
of the few property firms that offers a
full-range of services, including property
development, sales and marketing, and
property management. As of September 30,
2010, Century has completed 22 buildings
and manages 43 buildings consisting of
1.9 million square meters. Its current
projects include Century City in Kalayaan
Avenue, Makati with four ongoing
projects: the Gramercy Residences, The
Knightsbridge Residences, The Milano
Residences and the Centuria Medical
Tower; Azure Urban Resort Residences, a
6-hectare development in Parañaque City
and Canyon Ranch in San Lazaro Leisure
Park, Carmona.
APG provides asset management services
for pension funds. By investing worldwide,
APG is able to provide for the collective
pension schemes for participants in
the Netherlands from amongst others
the education sector, the government
(civil servants), the construction sector
and housing corporations and utilities
companies. APG works for more than
20,000 employers and provides for
the income of more than 4.4 million
participants. APG manages over 30
percent of all collective pensions in
the Netherlands. With assets under
management of €266 billion (as at 30
September 2010), APG is one of the
world’s largest pension asset managers.
home bound
Lito and Ditas German (Singapore)
Their choice: Acqua Private Residences
Best qualities: Ideal location and idyllic concept.
Reason for purchase: Primarily as an investment, as we believe in the
positive long-term prospects of this property.
Ditas Ger
Lito and
would like to take
this opportunity to thank the
accomodating and for their unselfishness in
assisting me in my needs and for always being
prompt and efficient in their service. I commend
them for being proactive to the needs of their clients.
Why Century: Because of its stellar reputation built on the success of
its numerous projects, as well as for its unbroken record of turning over
properties on time – sometimes even ahead of schedule.
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Century Properties. Mail correspondences
may be addressed to Our Passion,
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LEFT: Century Properties Chairman Jose E.B. Antonio and Managing Director/Milano Project
Head Robbie Antonio with Versace COO Gian Giacomo Ferraris; Above: Balloon raising signaled
the start of Milano construction
PHL’s tallest building
topped out
at Century City
Gramercy Residences rises to more
than 70 floors
In January, Century Properties marked its first event
for the year 2011—its 25th anniversary—with the
Topping Out Ceremony for The Gramercy Residences,
currently the tallest building in the Philippines.
The event celebrated the completion of the building’s
topmost floor, at more than 70 storeys. “This occasion
is a testament of our commitment of delivering our
projects on schedule and in the best quality to our
clients,” said the company’s Chief Operating Officer
John Victor R. Antonio. Officials came in full force
with special guests Mr. Washington Z. SyCip, one of
Century’s independent directors, and Architects Roger
and Roy Villarosa.
Launched in 2007, The Gramercy Residences features
three floors of hyper-amenities called The Skypark,
located halfway up the building and offering spectacular
skyline views; as well as Fully-furnished, Fully-serviced
units with 6 interior design options.
Front: COO John Victor Antonio, Independent Director Washington SyCip, Chairman Jose E.B. Antonio and Architect Roger Villarosa; 2nd Row:
Vertical Projects Head Raul Alvarez, EVPs Carlo, Marco and Robbie Antonio; Directors Ricardo Cuerva and Rafael Yaptinchay, Architect Roland
Rodas, Architect Roy Villarosa and Century Project Management’s Chut Cuerva.
Above: Gramercy and the magnificent views of Makati, Mandaluyong and Manila from the tower’s topmost floor.
GE, DOH, show
full support for
Centuria project
Century Properties achieved
the full support of government
agencies and its partners for the
US$100-million medical-IT
building called Centuria Medical
Makati that it is developing at
Century City in Kalayaan Avenue,
Century Properties Vertical Projects Head Raul Alvarez, Director Rafael Yaptinchay, Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary and
Managing Head of the Board of Investments Cristino L. Panlilio, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Junjun Binay Jr., Century’s Independent Director
Washington SyCip, Department of Health Secretary Enrique Ona, Century Chairman Jose E.B. Antonio, GE Philippines Country Manager
Nilo Cruz and Director John Alcordo; Centuria’s VP for Business Development Jun Amistoso and Century Director Ricardo Cuerva.
In January, the firm broke ground
for the world-class outpatient
centre in partnership with GE
Healthcare Philippines. Present
were company officials led by
Chairman Jose E.B. Antonio, GE
Philippines Inc. Director John
Alcordo and Nilo Cruz, Country
Piolo, Phoem
reveal PHL’s first
residential Eden
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Centuria Medical Makati
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San Lazaro Leisure Park, Carmona, Cavite
Guests of Honor include Makati
Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Jun-jun”
Binay, Department of Health
(DOH) Sec. Enrique Ona,
Department of Trade and Industry
Undersecretary and Managing
Head of the Board of Investments
Cristino L. Panlilio, and
Director Elizabeth Nelle of the
Department of Tourism (DOT).
Mr. Washington Z. SyCip, one of
Century’s Independent Directors,
also graced the ceremony.
The Century One Europe team
engaged Filipinos and investors
in London and Belfast.
Acqua Fever
in Europe
Managing Director
Marco Antonio
addresses guests in
Mitcham with David Pomeranz 2010
Following the successful Vina Morales roadshow of the Century
One Team in Europe in November 2010, a 5-city caravan kicked
off in April to formally launch Century’s newest project, Acqua
Private Residences. Led by Managing Director Marco Antonio and
the team of Century One Europe, the tour started in Paris and
culminated in London.
Hounslow 2010
Hammersmith 2010
ABOVE: Century Global Ambassadors Piolo Pascual and
Phoemela Barranda at the Acqua Sales Launch early this year
Piolo Pascual: The wise investor is a proud Century homeowner
Award-winning actor Piolo Pascual has finally fulfilled one
of his lifelong dreams and he’s proud to share the news with
DPWH opens
new bridge
linking Makati to
“I’ve worked hard all these years and one of my dreams has
always been to have a condo in Makati. It’s so convenient to
live in a condo especially when you’re always on the go or out
of the country,” Piolo shares, recalling the first major real estate
purchase he had ever made.
Piolo’s first unit with Century is a Fully-fitted, Fully-furnished
loft unit at The Gramercy Residences at Century City, the
3.4-hectare flagship development of Century that showcases
a live-work-play environment with luxury condos, offices and
a retail center. Along with Gramercy, which currently stands
as the Philippines’ tallest building, other fast-selling projects
at Century City include the London-inspired Knightsbridge
Residences, the Versace Home interior-designed Milano
Residences, and the outpatient medical-IT building called
Centuria Medical Makati.
A new bridge that connects the progressive cities of
Mandaluyong and Makati crossing the Pasig River
was formally opened to the public on February 11,
Vice President Jejomar Binay, Department of Public
Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio
L. Singson, Austrian Ambassador to the Philippines
Wilhelm Donko, Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay
and Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos led
the ceremonial drive and ribbon cutting at the
newly constructed Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge.
Piolo is also excited about two of Century’s new projects: Azure
Urban Resort Residences and Acqua Private Residences. Azure,
the first residential community in the middle of the city with
resort-style amenities and a full-sized man-made beach, is rising
on a 6-hectare property in Parañaque City. Situated beside
SM Bicutan, Azure’s masterplan allots 80 percent of its total
The 676-lineal meter, P303.655-million concrete
and modular steel bridge will serve as additional
access to Makati and Mandaluyong and vice-versa,
relieving congestion in Guadalupe and the MakatiMandaluyong Bridges. Through the new bridge, it
takes about 5 minutes to reach Mandaluyong and
arrive at Century Properties’ newest masterplanned
development, Acqua Private Residences.
LEFT: Makati Mayor Junjun Binay,Vice President
Jejomar Binay, DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson and
Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos at the bridge
inaugural; Century Properties Chairman Jose E.B.
Antonio and Managing Director Marco R Antonio with
DPWH Asst. Sec. Emil K. Sadain
land area to open space and amenities, and 20 percent to its 9
proposed residential buildings.
extensive research until he found out about Century Properties
and its projects.
The tropical rainforest-themed Acqua, on the other hand, is
dubbed as the country’s first residential Eden. Located right
across Rockwell in Mandaluyong City and accessible via a
new bridge, Acqua sits on a 2.4-hectare property with twice
the size of its land area allotted for open space and greenery;
six residential towers named after the world’s most majestic
waterfalls; a country club by the water called The Pebble; and
a public space of stores and restaurants called the Rivewalk
An active Century Global Ambassador for two years now, Piolo
is proud to represent a real estate company that introduces
innovative lifestyle concepts to its residents. He is also happy to
be a part of the company’s celebration for its 25th year in the
real estate industry.
The lead of ABS CBN’s successful soap, Noah, recalls working
with the ‘Star for all Seasons’ in one of his earlier movies. She
told him that one of the best and safest investments out there is
property—an advice that he still takes to heart to this day.
Piolo goes to Europe
At his second road show in Europe this June with the team
of Century Properties, Piolo shared with fellow Filipinos the
lessons he had learned as a real estate investor.
“With real estate, you buy something tangible. A condo or a
house is something you can use that’s almost always sure to
appreciate in value,” Piolo explained, adding that he had done
“The concept and the projects of Century Properties only keep
getting better,” Piolo said. “I’m very proud to have made a wise
investment choice. I’ve fulfilled my dream and I found my
home at Century.”
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Century Properties Managing Director
brought not just one but two Global
Ambassadors, Piolo Pascual and Phoemela
Barranda, to the launch of Acqua Private
Residences to the company’s sales force
in February. The country’s first residential
Eden, as Acqua is aptly described, features
the two top celebrities in captivating
images and videos of the majestic tropical
rainforest—the project’s concept and
architectural inspiration.
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Piolo with the Century team at the June roadshows in France and the UK
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australia, asia pacific and middle east
contact information
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T: +6581119652
Century takes
Vina Morales
to the Lion City
The Century Vancouver Team
In March, Century Properties Global
Ambassador Vina Morales and COO John
Victor R. Antonio led the company’s first
road show event for Filipinos and foreign
investors in the Lion City.
Calgary was the first stop for Century Properties Chairman Jose E.B.
Antonio in his tour to Canada and North America in April and May. In
his formal presentation of the company’s history, track record and projects
to Filipinos based in Calgary and Vancouver, Mr. Antonio emphasized the
importance of investing in Philippine property.
Guests flocked to the Singapore Expo to
find out about their real estate investment
opportunities with Century, and had
fun posing with friends and family at
the Century photo booth, sharing work
experiences with fellow Filipinos, and
dancing to the tune of Vina’s pop medley
that capped off the event in the evening.
The Century team in
Calgary led by Ramon
Antonio II welcomed
Chairman Jose E.B.
Antonio and Mrs. Hil
da Reyes Antonio
Fellow Filipinos who have purchased homes from Century, including Ms.
Nenita Aguirre and Josie Estoque, also gave their testimonial speeches and
shared how they have become a true part of the Century family.
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COO John Victor Antonio addresses guests at the
Singapore Expo. (Left) Vina Morales entertains the crowd
February and May in
the Emirates
As early as February, Century Properties
led by Managing Director Robbie Antonio
rallied Filipinos in the Middle East to share
exciting news from the company, including
newly-launched projects Milano Residences
and Acqua Private Residences. In May,
Century paid a visit to Dubai and Abu Dhabi
and invited fellow Filipinos to seize their
investment opportunities in Philippine real
Century teams and new homeowners with their prizes from the Middle East events
Century Managing Director
Robbie Antonio
cover story
Gearing up for 365 days of
Azure summer
Century Properties Global Ambassadors Piolo Pascual and Ruffa Gutierrez have found eternal paradise 8 minutes away from Makati
Azure’s exciting central amenity is its man-made beach with fine sand and
waves which Ruffa (left) and her kids look forward to
“My kids and I love the beach, and I’m sure most Pinoys
who are based abroad would like to have a second
home like Azure, where the beach is practically in your
backyard. Most of them yearn for a home in the city
with a tropical environment, unlike the tremendously
cold weather in other parts of the world,” she said.
Azure’s nine proposed residential buildings are in fact named after the world’s
most famous beach destinations, among them Rio (of Brazil), Santorini (of
Greece), St. Tropez (of France) and Positano (of Italy), which are all enjoying
very brisk sales mostly from local residents and Filipinos working and based
abroad. Rio, the first Azure building, is scheduled for completion in 2013, and
Ruffa can hardly wait.
“It truly is the perfect sanctuary to unwind after a tiring day at work, and the best
place to raise my kids. Just imagine coming home to a laid-back environment
complete with fin beach sand, pools and play areas.
She adds: “We don’t need to go out of town that often anymore. And with a
mall right next door as well as the premiere shopping and recreational delights
of Alabang and Makati, I have found everything I have always wanted in a home
in Azure!”
Artist’s rendition of Azure’s man-made beach
Most of us enjoy the glorious
season of summer for only two
months a year, but top celebrity
Ruffa Gutierrez says life in a
tropical paradise can actually
be a year-round pleasurable
The Century Properties Global Ambassador and doting
of mother to two lovely daughters has recently found her
future home in Azure Urban Resort Residences, the first
vertical village in the country with a full-sized man-made
“It’s like coming home to a vacation each and every single
day!” Ruffa gushes over the six-hectare development’s
resort-style amenities, which includes a beach volleyball
area, open park, lap pool with cascading waterfall, poolside
bar, and basketball and multi-purpose courts.
With her all new beach-perfect 36-26-36 physique,
the actress, model and host looks forward to enjoying a
perpetual summer in her vacation-inspired home. She
looks forward to enjoying the Azure’s Clubhouse amenities
with her kids, with its spa, gym, children’s play area, movie
room and function rooms.
“I’ve always dreamt of having a place by the beach, but I
never would have imagined that it could be so close to all
that I love about living in the city,” Ruffa adds.
Ruffa is very conscious about the amount of space available in her home
community, and she is thankful that 80 percent of the Azure property is devoted
to open space that comprises the amenities, man-made beach and lush gardens.
“This tells you that the developers planned the space very carefully, and have
seriously considered the need for a balanced and truly relaxing environment for
its residents.”
Century Properties is known for providing various lifestyle options to its
clients. In Azure, units come with balconies that offer beach and city views in
1 to 3-bedroom units. Ground floor units with individual spaces for parking,
a garden or a porch are also available. And there is an option to get a standard
bare unit or a Fully-fitted, Fully-furnished unit with two interior design themes.
Units can go for as low as P2.3 million or P18,000 a month.
Ruffa pointed out: “What makes Azure exciting is the quality of life it will bring
to its residents. My very busy work schedule for instance will not stop me from
enjoying a beach vacation after a tiring day. With Azure, a perpetual summer
experience in the city is now truly possible!”
The images and details shown herein are intended for illustration purposes only. While the information are
based on present plans, which have been created with great care and effort, the developers reserve the right
to change proposed project features, amenities, prices and terms without prior notice. It is then recommended that the client confirm their accuracy and subsequent changes, if any. Further, the client holds the
developers free from any legal and financial claims resulting from the information contained herein.
Piolo’s new love
The country's top leading man, Piolo Pascual, was recently heard talking about a new love of his
life –Azure Urban Resort Residences, the latest development of Century Properties.
"Imagine living in a beachfront property right in the middle of the city. Who wouldn't fall in love
with that lifestyle?" Piolo says.
The Azure will have a large man-made
beach as its central amenity, complete
with fine beach sand, undulating waves
and water slides. “To complete the resortstyle living, there's a clubhouse and the
residents can also enjoy outdoor activities
such as beach volleyball."
“And for those busy people like me, Azure
is the perfect place to live in. Aside from
its features, its location is just perfect. It's
8 minutes from Alabang, 8 minutes from
Makati and 8 minutes from the airport,"
Piolo asserts.
The Azure Clubhouse
More than sun,
sand and serenity
A private sanctuary to recharge, revitalize and enjoy, Azure Urban Resort Residences affords
you quality amenities to soothe your soul and strengthen your well being.
Surrounding the Azure’s man-made beach
is a host of resort-style amenities:
* Beach Volleyball area
* Open park
* Zen garden
* Grand entrance fountains
* Multiple playgrounds
* Lap pool with cascading waterfalls
* Poolside bar
* Basketball court
* Multipurpose court
Facilities in the modern clubhouse
* Function rooms
* Movie/THX room
* Restaurant
* Children’s play area
* Gymnasium
* Massage and spa facilities
Gramercy Residences topped out >
The first residential tower rising
at Century City was topped
out in January, marking the
completion of the Gramercy
building's topmost floor that
stands more than 70 storeys.
(See related story in Page 7)
The Canyon Ranch Clubhouse features a game room, library, an RC track, a gym, billiards
and darts room, table tennis, a swimming pool and children’s pool, a bsaketball court that can
accommodate two badminton courts and function areas
amenities revive friendly
neighborhood living
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Football at the game room
With concreting works already
complete, the construction
team is now finishing the
installation of electrical and
sanitary pipelines for all
the floors. Exterior painting
works for the Gramercy's
east elevation is currently
underway, as well as interior
paintings and the installation of
balcony railings for all units.’
Knightsbridge reaches 30th floor >
Following the completion of 5
basement levels and brisk rise
to 4 levels in October, Century
Properties’ London-inspired
Knightsbridge Residences
reached the 30th floor of
construction in April.
Concrete pouring is now
being done on the said level
Installation of electrical and
sanitary pipelines are in the
works, and concrete pouring
in preparation for the tower’s
upper floors is simultaneously
being done.
Expected top off for the
building is January 2012.
Works continue for Azure’s Rio and Santorini >
RC track
Busy lifestyles these days have made it increasingly difficult,
if not impossible, to be familiar with the people in your own
A 17-hectare gated community within the San Lazaro Leisure
Park, Canyon Ranch was masterplanned with friendly
neighborhood interaction in mind.
With its earnest desire of fostering lasting relationships and
reviving the brand of warm neighborliness, Century Properties
made sure that its Canyon Ranch development will have
community-oriented amenities to match.
What Canyon Ranch provides is not just a place to come home
to but a community to belong to. All of the components of this
development were carefully studied to render the comfort of a
nurturing community,” relates Century Properties Managing
Director Marco R. Antonio.
The Canyon Ranch Clubhouse has areas for social functions, a
covered court for basketball or badminton, a billiards and darts
room, a game room with foosball, air hockey and board games;
and an adult and children’s swimming pools. Outside, kids
can get busy with the RC track while their parents can enjoy
the foot massage track. The Village Center, which will house
commercial establishments, can be the venue for bazaars as it
will feature shopping, dining and boutique outlets for residents
and visitors.
Reading Room
Century employees now
Canyon Ranch homeowners
Santorini is now at ground
floor level, following swift
excavation works in February.
The foundation footing for
Azure’s second tower is
undergoing slab pouring.
Steel re-barring installation
is also in progress for both
Rio and Santorini’s sixth and
ground levels respectively.
Employees of Century Properties recently purchased homes in Canyon Ranch and were
awarded certificates and symbolic keys on April 5, 2010.
Century Executive Vice Presidents Marco and Carlo Antonio announced the first 8
recipients of the Canyon Ranch Homeownership Program from the company’s accounting,
project management, and legal departments.
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As of April 2011, construction
works have reached the sixth
floor for the Rio, the first tower
rising at the Azure. Pouring
of ground floor slab for Rio’s
East and West wings is now
complete for three basement
levels and the first five storeys,
while the tower’s sixth floor
concete works ar currently
“To have your own employees actually invest the company’s projects is an honor for the
company,” said Marco Antonio. “We hope to encourage more of our people to see our real
estate projects as very good investments.”
PHL medical tourism gets
a boost with Centuria
Medical Makati
Centuria’s exterior architecture is designed by international award-winning firm Broadway Malyan
Centuria advocates the use of tools that will make doctors’
work fast, convenient and efficient, such as the Electronic Medical
Records and Picture Archiving systems
When planning your
next holiday trip to a
tropical destination, how
about throwing in a visit
to the dentist, or perhaps
a wellness expert or
a dermatologist, and
save as much as 90%
on the whole package?
Such is the attractive proposition of medical tourism, in which the Philippines is emerging as an
industry player among other Asian destinations such as Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. In 2010, the
Philippines posted $25.3-million in revenues for the health and wellness industry, with 60 percent
coming from foreign visitors.
US$ 2 trillion Health & wellness industry in 2010
US$ 2.6 billion - Medical tourism industry in 2010
US$ 100 billion - Projected record for medical tourism revenues in 2012
780 million - Projected number of medical tourists in 2012
Centuria will consist of a diagnostic/laboratory floor, suites for patients recovering from minor procedures, a floor for
cafes and restaurants, doctors clinics in various fields of medicine and health and wellness centers
Several factors favor this country of 7,100 islands: the brand of hospitality unique to Filipinos; the
world-recognized medical care of Filipino doctors and nurses; and lower treatment costs. The deal is
further sweetened by the Philippines’ beautiful tropical attractions.
Century Properties, the largest privately-owned real estate firm in the Philippines, is taking part in the
country’s medical tourism revolution through its latest project: Centuria Medical Makati. In January,
the 25-year firm broke ground for the $100-million outpatient medical-IT centre which now offers
more than 500 clinic spaces for ownership to doctors and wellness practitioners, who, more than
ever, need an effective platform to expand their practice and grow their clientele base.
And with modern technology in every heart of quality medical care, the firm has partnered with
GE Healthcare Philippines to provide the latest medical/diagnostic equipment available by the time
Centuria becomes fully operational. Doctors will also get their much-needed assistance from the
optional Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system and Picture Archiving Communications System
(PACS), and the building’s centralized patient-queuing system.
When it opens in 2014, Centuria is expected to provide fast turnaround time for patients, feature
warm and welcoming interiors, provide the option for patients to check in to its recovery suites, and
even have ample parking slots.
The Philippines: An emerging medical tourism player
Up to 90%
Savings that medical tourists in the Philippines can enjoy
compared to Western or neighboring Asian countries.
7,000 tropical islands
For medical travelers to enjoy after their treatments
Most affordable
A 2008 McKinsey and Co. Report
states that 40% of medical tourists
seek advanced technology, 32%
better healthcare, 15% faster medical
services, while 9% seek lower
healthcare costs.
Advanced Technology
Faster Medical Services
Quality hotel accommodations and cost of living in Asia.
Most nurturing
Filipino doctors and nurses, who are the most sought-after
medical and health care practitioners in the world.
Centuria Medical Makati will rise in Century City, the 3.4-hectare flagship development of Century
Properties that comprises luxury residential towers, Grade A office buildings and a retail center, in
Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City, Philippines.
Lower Costs
Filipinos, who are fluent in English and are hospitable.
Outpatient care is the fastest growing
segment of healthcare, and accounts for
two thirds of healthcare spending.
— McKinsey & Company’s
McKinsey Global Institute
Better Health Care
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Haute Seat
Photo by Jay Estaris
As a matter of style, much of the ideas of that make up
the Versace Home collection take inspiration from the
world’s most stylish runway fashions. This Bubble Sofa is
no exception, as it has effortlessly captivated the luxury
market with its quirky silhouette, fancy polyurethane
material and strikingly creative pattern.
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This bold piece of art, albeit an eye-catching one, is not
part of the Maison’s standard collection. In fact, the Bubble
Sofa’s design will exclusively be seen and experienced by
residents of Southeast Asia’s only Versace Home interiordesigned building – The Milano Residences.
Check it out at the Milano Showroom: 4/F The Pacific Star
Building High Rise, Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue corner Makati
Avenue, Makati City or visit
Centuria Medical Makati is the newest destination for health and wellness
in the Philippines, located within the sprawling residential, office, and retail
masterplan of exciting Century City – right in the heart of Modern Makati.
• A striking pattern designed
by Versace Home exclusively for
Milano Residences
• Fancy polyurethane material
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• Clinicownership
• Modernmedical/diagnostic
equipment through our partnership
with GE Healthcare
• OperationalEfficiencywithoptional
Electronic Medical Records System and
Picture Archiving Communications
• Asustainedlocalandinternational
marketing and branding program
• Propertyandleasemanagementfor
clinic space owners
• Latestinformationtechnology
systems available
• Onestopoutpatientmedicalcenter
• Speed,savingsandconvenience
• Uniquehealingenvironmentwith
warm and welcoming interiors
• Recoverysuites
• Ampleparkingslots
• State-of-the-artandmodernfacilities
Lounge, Energize and
Plunge at The Pebble
Acqua’s Country Club by the Water
At the center of the tropical rainforest-infused development that is Acqua Private
Residences is the Pebble, a multiple-level, 3,000-square meter Country Club by the
Water that resembles a gleaming, white and modern interpretation of a smooth river
A large cut out in front provides an almost window-like vista and three iconic
waterfalls that seemingly flow into the mighty river. Within The Pebble is a state-ofthe-art total health, wellness, and fitness center, a 25-meter glass lap pool, a lagoon
pool, a basketball court and juice bar. The walking trails, pocket gardens across
varying levels on all buildings and the rooftop parks complete with rock formations,
treetop canopy, and ponds make a resident’s journey from his unit to any point in the
entire development an instant adventure.
Seize the opportunity. Choose to practice at Centuria Medical Makati at the IT park in Century City. Visit our
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