Visita Iglesia and Easter Activity at The Manila Hotel

The Manila Hotel revives pre-pandemic traditions in observance of Lent and to celebrate Easter. With an array of activities for its staycation, dining, and walk-in guests, and even those staying at home, the iconic hotel gives city folk and those who prefer to stay in Metro Manila options for the coming week.

Visita Iglesia 2022

Lenten tradition of Visita Iglesia is a time to commemorate and solemnly celebrate Christ’s passion in prayer and sacrifice. With a stay at the hotel on April 13 and 14, 2022 for a minimum deluxe room rate of only P7,000 nett and suite room rate of only P10,000 nett, guests can register 2 adults and 2 children 12 years old and below to join the Visita Iglesia tour. Walk-in rate for adults is P1,500 nett and 50% off on walk-in rate for children 5 to 12 years old.

Manila Hotel Easter 2022

Stopping at seven churches, namely Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church, St. Vincent de Paul Church, Pope Pius XII Church, St. Pancratius Church, Malate Catholic Church and the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Guidance, the tour includes round-trip shuttle service, in-vehicle guides, bottled water, and a scheduled snack stop at Marcelino Street Café at The Manila Prince Hotel.

Registration for the Visita Iglesia guided tour is coursed through the hotel’s Front Desk/Reception upon room booking or for walk-in guests. For inquiries and reservation please call 85270011 or email resvn@themanilahotel.com.

A Bear-y Happy Easter

The popular Easter Egg Hunt is back this year. The Manila Hotel’s in-house guests and those having Easter lunch at Café Ilang-Ilang can register their kids 12 years old and below for the hotel’s Easter activity at the Fiesta Pavilion on April 17, 2022.

Manila Hotel Easter 2022

Let your kids complete the activities listed in our “A Bear-y Happy Easter” Kiddie Passport on this super fun Easter quest. Let them experience the thrill of finding Easter Eggs at our play area, and even win exciting prizes from the eggs find! Let them join activities like Arts & Crafts, Groovebeats Kiddie Dance workshop, and kiddie ballet; and watch a magic show. The whole family can also get one photo for free at our Family Easter Photo Booth.

To join our Easter Kid Activities, every P5,000 worth of single receipt food bill in Café Ilang-Ilang on Easter Sunday lunch entitles a guest to one (1) complimentary pass (good for one kid with one adult). Additional kid walk-in rate is at P1,500 nett (for one kid with one adult). Discounts are not applicable to the walk-in rate.

For a room bundled with 2 complimentary passes (1 child and 1 adult each pass) to the Easter event, rates start at only P6,000 nett for a deluxe room, which accommodates 2 adults and 2 children ages 12 and below. Overnight package is inclusive of buffet breakfast (for two adults), use of swimming pool and gym facilities.

The Manila Hotel’s A Bear-y Happy Easter event is co-presented by Little Georgia Academy with Kinder City. Participating major sponsors are Make Believe Productions, Wonder Lab, Royal Artisans, Baby Fourth’s Couture, Star Baby Toy Store, Rhyme Lab Learning Center, S’mores Kit PH and Museo Pambata. Minor sponsors are Absolute Sales, DBE Fruits Trading (distributor of DOLE Fruits), ESV International Corporation, Globalinens Worldwide, Inc., RGL33 Fruits & Vegetable Dealer, SLC Agri Farm Ventures, Inc., Trisha’s Cakes and Pastries, and Werdenberg International.

For more information and reservation, please call 85270011 or email resvn@themanilahotel.com for room bookings, and restaurantrsvn@themanilahotel.com for dining reservations.

Healthy Lent and Iftar Meals

Stick to your fast with our special Lent and Iftar (feast after Ramadan) from The Manila Hotel’s M Takeout.

New to our rice and pasta bowl menu: the Vegan-friendly Halal Buddha Rice Bowl [Roasted Cauliflower, Potato with Indian Spices, Vegetable Pakora, Yellow Dhal]; the Svaadist Rice Bowl [Chicken Tikka Masala, and Vegetable Pakora]; the Fish Katsu Curry Rice Bowl [Breaded tilapia fillet, curry sauce, and sesame sauteed beans]; and Vincolo Pasta Bowl [Spaghetti Tuna Bolognese, Zucchini Parmesan Garlic Bread], all at P190 nett. There’s also the Healthy Tofu Rice Bowl [Tofu-mushroom-carrot salpicao, and ginataang kalabasa at sitaw] at only P175 nett.

Manila Hotel Easter 2022
Manila Hotel Easter 2022

The Lenten Specials also include new Solo Meals: Nabati (Vegan)[Okra Masala, Vegetable Pakora, Roasted Cauliflower and Potato with Indian Spices, Vegetable Biryani and Dhal at P330 nett]; Jamila [Aloo Tikki/Potato Cutlet, Chicken Tikka Masala, Garlic Mustard Fish Fillet at P430 nett]; Primavera [Tuna-Cannellini Bean Potato Salad, Parmesan-Garlic Baked Tilapia Fillet, Roasted Cherry Tomato-Basil Fusilli Pasta, Mini Calzone, Italian Orange Cake at P430 nett]; Tagsibol [Ensaladang Talong, Baked Pampano Steak, Adlai, Mushroom Salpicao, Pancit Bihon with Tofu and Vegetables, and Empanada with Heart of Palm and Shrimp at P430]; and Haru [Maki Sushi, Tamagoyaki, Green Bean Gomaae, Saba-O Teppanyaki  and Furikake Rice at P340 nett].

Our Lenten and Iftar Specials are available until May 31, 2022. Check out our Lenten Specials and place your order by visiting our website at https://www.themanila-hotel.com.ph/takeout/. You may also call our hotline at 85270011 or 0998-9501912.

Photo credit: Header image by Mara Rivera on Unsplash

Profile: Manila Ocean Park’s Francis Low

At 8.30 am on Saturday, April 9, while many top executives would be enjoying a leisurely start to their holiday weekend, Francis Low, Manila Ocean Park’s EVP and COO, was already with his team of animal trainers and park staff, getting ready for the day’s activities. After all, weekends are the busiest days for the country’s first world-class marine theme park and premiere educational entertainment destination.

Animal lover

It’s hardly surprising that Low would be hands-on when it comes to park operations, especially animal training and handling, being a certified professional animal trainer himself.

In fact, before eventually taking on the leadership role in Manila Ocean Park, he was first hired as a consultant by the holding company, China Oceanis Philippines, Inc., to conceptualize and set up its Birds of Prey Exhibit and All-Star Bird Show in a bid to expand the park’s attractions.

Manila Ocean Park's Francis Low
Mr Low is a Certified Professional Animal Trainer in birds, birds of prey, mammals, marine mammals, etc
Manila Ocean Park's Francis Low
Mr. Low joins MOP VP for Sales & Marketing Joyce Tarroza in welcoming bloggers

When he started to helm the MOP team, he set about designing the park experience in a way that encourages the same love for animals that he and his team have.

“We designed our attractions in line with three key pillars,” he reveals. “They have to be educational, interactive and experiential.”

With today’s more well-traveled and knowledgeable market for entertainment facilities such as theme parks, Low feels that these pillars help to differentiate Manila Ocean Park from similar establishments. “We try to give park visitors experiences that they can only have here, so they have something to bring home and tell others about.”

One such attraction is the Sea Lion Encounter. While there are similar sea lion shows in other countries, Manila Ocean Park enables guests to interact with its highly trained sea lions as they perform stunts or exhibit their skills. “When guests get up close and personal with the sea lions, they realize they aren’t scary and can be quite fun. These are moments… memories that they will remember for a long time.”

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Yeni, one of MOP’s smartest sea lions
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Yeni going through hoops
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Water Ballet with Yeni
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Getting up close and personal with Yeni

Advocates conservation awareness

Manila Ocean Park’s attractions are also geared to promote animal conservation.

“In the Philippines, conservation awareness is very high,” Low observes. “People’s efforts in saving certain species, protecting marine life and saving the trees, some with the help of LGUs and international organizations, are very noticeable.”

He also notes that since conservation is not a one-off thing but requires continuous effort and resources over many years before results can be seen, a lot of people may not choose to commit to it. “What is important is to make people understand that conservation has long-term benefits for many generations down the line.”

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Photo credit: manilaoceanpark.com
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One of the park’s conservation activities is its “Back to the Wild” program wherein juvenile white-spotted bamboo sharks are bred and raised safely in the park’s facilities, and then released back to the coasts in cooperation with government agencies such as the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, National Fisheries Research and Development Institute, and local government units.

“With the help of NGOs, we scope out areas and ensure that these are ideal for the bambo sharks to thrive, then we release them. We also tagged them to see how they are faring. We hope to hold another releasing this year.” shares Low.

Leads with heart

Low’s first few months after he took over the management of Manila Ocean Park in 2011 was all about getting a feel for the local culture. He shares, “I did not do a lot major changes. I blended in: I tried to understand Filipinos, Filipino culture and the way things are done here. By understanding these, it’s easier to put in certain ideas to my team and get them to support the strategies.”

He is proud of the park’s employees and the concern they demonstrated for the park and its animal charges during the height of the pandemic when the park was closed down and he was away in his home country of Singapore. “There was a time when two of the sea lions got sick but we couldn’t get medicine because all the pharmacies are closed. It was a very scary moment for us. I’m so glad that staff proved to be very caring: they went to the canals, sat beside the sea lions to coax them to eat. Because of their care, the two sea lions recovered.”

This care extended throughout the time when the park was closed down due to the community quarantine, but the trainers and staff simulated shows, despite the absence of audiences, so as not to stress the animals from the break from their routine.

Manila Ocean Park's Francis Low
Manila Ocean Park's Francis Low

He even boasts of how Manila Ocean Park’s security guards expanded their role beyond ensuring safety within the park by familiarizing themselves with the park’s various packages and pricing so that they can recommend attractions to the park visitors.

“I consider myself blessed that I have key leaders and key staff who go all out to make very good experiences for the guests, care for the park and the animals. These are things that money can not buy.”

By 6pm, activities within the park wind down but Mr. Low and his team are still seen up and about, assisting guests or overseeing operations. This routine plays out for six days every week as the park slowly but surely reopens attractions and dining establishments to cater to the public who are ready for new experiences after a long time spent indoors during quarantine.

Manila Ocean Park is located within Rizal Park, Ermita, Manila, open from 10am to 6pm, Tuesdays to Sundays (even during Public Holidays). For more details about the park or to book your tickets, visit its website.

Check out my previous posts about Manila Ocean Park:

Snack food giant Mondelez partners with BEST in championing proper waste management

The journey of waste from your home can sometimes be a treacherous one. Ideally, waste from your home is brought to a Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF) where they are segregated according to type and diverted accordingly. However, according to Department of Environment and Natural Resources, in the Philippines only 35% of barangays have established and operational MRFs. This scenario can lead to waste being dumped illegally or even ending up in the oceans. Thankfully there is something we can all do to provide the best case scenario for waste.

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Starting April 2022, Mondelēz International and Basic Environmental Systems and Technologies (BEST) are partnering to provide you more ways to properly manage your waste. Here’s how you can join:

  • Just go to any of the 11 BEST waste drop off sites in Metro Manila from April to June 2022. You can view the list here.
  • Bring the dry waste from your home like plastic, paper, metal and others. Make sure they are dry, clean, and free from food or other materials.
  • For any type of waste brought in, you can earn environmental points. These points can be used to redeem select Mondelēz International snack products as well as other items and prizes from BEST.

This program will run for three months so you have plenty of time to collect waste at home and bring them to the sites. And you can do it regularly too as BEST runs their waste collection activities all year long! For a list of all accepted materials at BEST sites, click here. You can also redeem different prizes for your points, check out this list.

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Mondelēz International is the maker of beloved snack products like Tang, Eden Cheese, Cheez Whiz, Oreo, Toblerone and Cadbury. The Company aims to empower people to snack right, with the right snack, for the right moment, and with snacks made the right way. “We believe in sustainable snacking, where we are able to produce our delicious products while lessening our environmental footprint, including the impact of waste,” shares Atty. Joseph Fabul, Country Manager for Corporate and Government Affairs of Mondelēz International in the Philippines. “We know that any waste, when not properly collected and diverted can end up in nature, particularly the oceans. That’s why we’re working with organizations like BEST to help support and strengthen waste collection efforts in the country.”

At the end of 2021, Mondelēz International and BEST partnered for a similar initiative where people received boxes of Cadbury Shots chocolate for the wastes they brought to collection sites. This resulted in the collection of 12,893 kilos of plastic waste alone, and the distribution of 10,800 boxes of Cadbury Shots chocolates.

BEST is engaged in contracting and consulting for waste management related businesses. Its primary mission is to provide avenues for comprehensive waste disposal systems, public cleansing, general hygiene and materials recovery that promote sustainable development through proper solid waste disposal and resource conservation.

“We thank Mondelēz International for their continued support to our waste collection initiatives,” ends Jan Vincent Mercado, Senior Vice President for Business Development of BEST. “The challenge of collecting waste is a big one, and we encourage everyone to do their part in ensuring we do not harm the environment. At home we encourage everyone to segregate their dry and wet waste. For your dry waste, bring them to our drop off sites and we can help you to properly divert them so they do not end up in landfills or the oceans. You not only help the environment, but you also receive rewards for the enormous good you are doing the earth.”

About Mondelēz International
Mondelēz International, Inc. (Nasdaq: MDLZ) empowers people to snack right in over 150 countries around the world. With 2021 net revenues of approximately $28.7 billion, MDLZ is leading the future of snacking with iconic global and local brands such as OREO, belVita and LU biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka and Toblerone chocolate; Sour Patch Kids candy and Trident gum. Mondelēz International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor’s 500, Nasdaq 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Visit www.mondelezinternational.com or follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDLZ.

About Mondelez Philippines
Mondelez Philippines Inc. has been providing consumers with delicious snack products for the past 59 years – since 1963. Its product portfolio includes Tang powdered beverages, Eden cheese, mayonnaise and sandwich spread, Cheez Whiz spread, Oreo cookies, Tiger energy biscuits, as well as Toblerone and Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolates. The company employs about 450 people in the Philippines, with a manufacturing facility in Parañaque City. Visit https://ph.mondelezinternational.com/home.

Lumina Homes recognized as Best Affordable Housing Developer in the first Carousell Property Awards

Lumina Homes has grown from a low-cost housing brand to one that provides a Filipino family’s ultimate dream home, but it always looks back to its roots of offering affordable and decent homes to everyone. Several award-giving bodies validate this commitment of Lumina Homes, and recently, the first-ever Carousell Property Awards recognized Lumina as Best Developer for Affordable Housing.

The 1st Carousell Property Awards celebrates the country’s most recognizable real estate developers and their finest developments. The Best Developer for Affordable Housing award is one of the nine categories, some of which were bestowed to Lumina’s sister companies under Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc., one of the country’s leading integrated property developers.

Carousell Award of Lumina Homes

Vista Land has guided Lumina in its 10 years of building more than 100,000 homes for Filipino families.

These Lumina projects are available in over 50 key cities and municipalities in the Philippines such as in Rizal, Bulacan, Laguna, Isabela, Bataan, Zambales, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union, Cagayan, Isabela, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Quezon, Albay, Sorsogon, Iloilo, Cebu, Negros Occidental, Agusan del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental, South Cotabato and Davao del Norte.

Each is strategically located close to major thoroughfares, transport hubs, schools, hospitals, and business and leisure centers.

Lumina also listens well to current market needs, and it has started converting its developments to cater to the demand for bigger living spaces. Due to the pandemic, most property seekers are looking into two-storey house and lots with bigger room provisions, bigger lots, and better ventilation.

“We in Lumina Homes are committed to go beyond what is expected of an affordable housing community. We will continue to maximize and level up our developments’ potential in providing residents the quality home and life they deserve,” shares Engr. Joemi Tan, Division Head of Lumina Homes.

Recently, Lumina “unboxed” eSpacio, its very own amenity center composed of well-thought and functional amenities. Aside from standard amenities such as a multi-purpose hall, mini gardens, playground, jogging path, and a shuttle terminal, eSpacio also boasts of a holistic community center and “Tambayan ni Juan.”

The community center has office provisions for Health Center, Day Care Center, Senior Citizen Center, and Barangay Center while the “Tambayan ni Juan” features an al fresco dining hub with live performers on stage, so that homeowners can have a safer place to enjoy new-normal leisure and entertainment.

But Lumina’s advantage over most affordable housing brands is its push for real-estate solutions early on, even before the pandemic started.

For safer, smoother and faster transactions, Lumina offers efficient virtual home tours and subdivision walkthroughs. It has also perfected online reservation, online appointment booking, and online payment options through digital wallets and digital banking in partnership with national bank players.

For more information and announcements, follow Lumina Homes on Facebook or visit its official website.

Dreaming of living in a greener home? Check out this master-planned development in QC

Now that working remotely is as accessible as ever, many of us are moving outside the city to leave behind the concrete jungle in exchange for fresh air and proximity to nature. A recent Santos Knight Frank survey corroborates this pandemic-driven shift, with 33% of respondents now preferring to live in the suburbs, in search of low-density environments and wellness-related features.

Yet before you pack your bags and turn your back on the city for good, you might want to check SM Development Corporation (SMDC)’s Vine Residences. As the name suggests, this prime gated community lies at the heart of Novaliches in Quezon City, complete with all the amenities for those who wish to live among lush greeneries and quaint spaces. A testament to its world-class features are the awards it won at the PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards in 2021 — Best Upper Affordable Condo and Best Landscape Architectural Design.

Here, you can enjoy basking in the serenity only nature can bring — without having to look far and wide, or to break the bank.

Commit to a Purposeful Lifestyle at the Vine Nature Park

SMDC Vine Residences Amenty Area

Named “Best Developer” in the PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards both in 2020 and 2021, SMDC has been known in the industry for their commitment to sustainability. They exemplify this time and time with developments that provide safe and secure spaces, with vast, green spaces that encourage environmental stewardship and social connectedness.

At Vine Residences, this means various amenities strewn around what they call the “Vine Nature Park” that help you lead not just a healthy, active lifestyle but rather, a fulfilling one. There’s an eco and jogging trail where you can brisk walk or jog safely, day and night. There’s a private volleyball and basketball court too, where you can play friendly or competitive sports matches with your friends and family.

The best part, though, is the development’s very own Camp Hill Site, where you can spend intimate moments with your loved ones, surrounded by priceless gifts of nature. Imagine having long, tireless days of work or school – only for you to retreat in an enchanting campsite, literally a few steps away from your doorstep.

Nurture your family alongside nature

SMDC Vine Residences Sunken Garden

Did you know that living close to nature helps reduce stress levels, improves your mood, and has significant positive effects on children’s emotional, physical, and psychological well-being?

Now more than ever, health is of the essence. This goes hand-in-hand with the Santos Knight Frank study, which noted that open spaces, good air quality, and good views are now among the most important home considerations.

Luckily, SMDC has long been at the forefront of addressing Filipino homebuyers’ needs. Vine Residences boasts of a “Central Park,” where you will be greeted with sunken gardens, and easily, the most captivating landscapings you will ever see in a vertical residential development. Tranquil waters and spaces for meditation await you at the expansive swimming pools. There’s an outdoor children’s play zone too, to help mold and nourish your young ones.

Even more, Vine Residences is located inside the SM City Novaliches complex, giving you that extra exercise as you walk to a plethora of the area’s best restaurants, retail stores, and entertainment options. It’s also strategically located near reputable educational and health institutions, as well as major thoroughfares and transport hubs.

These, all together, make Vine Residences just the perfect place to raise your family.

Nowhere homier than the ‘Home of the Good Guys’

SMDC Vine Residences Lobby

SMDC prides itself as the “Home of the Good Guys,” and it shows in every touchpoint the residents have everyday in the community. From the holistic features of each and every development, to the kind of security, safety, upkeep their property management team provides, to reliable internet connectivity, weekend markets, health and wellness caravans, and job caravans – SMDC encompasses true hallmarks of nation-building.

Choosing Vine Residences as your home, therefore, not only means making yourself privy to the good SMDC is doing for the country. You’re also given a chance to live in a community that empowers you to do more good, day by day.

Now is the best time to invest in real estate

SMDC Vine Residences Model Unit

According to Colliers Philippines, the Philippine property sector is set to see a positive year driven by the uptick in economic activity. “While we saw initial headwinds at the start of the year, especially [with] the spread of the Omicron variant, the gradual return of foreign professionals and turnaround in business and consumer confidence should help fuel the take-up of more residential units,” said Colliers Philippines Associate Director for Research Joey Roi Bondoc said.

Today’s economic landscape, therefore, makes up the ideal environment to invest in real estate. Santos Knight Frank backed this claim by encouraging investors to buy now while many government infrastructure projects are coming onstream. For Vine Residences, the completion of MRT-7 and the Mega Manila Subway not only means added convenience for residents, but rather, a generous increase in property values.

Colliers also reported to expect a rise in rent starting this year, which will be beneficial for those who might want to lease out their units. SMDC offers a worry-free leasing experience for interested  investors with comprehensive leasing management services via SMDC Prime Key Leasing.

Vine Residences is a ready for occupancy (RFO) property, which means you can move right in, or start generating passive income in an instant.

With sprawling green spaces in a well-integrated, cosmopolitan community,  Vine Residences offers a lifestyle you cannot find anywhere else in the metro. 

For more information about SMDC’s Vine Residences, visit their official Facebook page at Vine Residences, Novaliches or their website at https://smdc.com/properties/vine-residences/.

About SM Development Corporation (SMDC)

SMDC is the largest and fastest growing real estate developer in the Philippines. Championing perfectly integrated commercial and residential environments, SMDC provides every Filipino and its investors access to a sustainable and attainable cosmopolitan lifestyle. Through masterfully planned and award-winning, complete developments, SMDC has been providing the dream homes of Filipinos in Metro Manila and other key cities in the Philippines.

Details and images provided by SMDC in a recent press release.

6 relaxing things to do during your stopover at Nuvali Park

If you’re on your way to Tagaytay, or on your way back to Manila while traversing the Sta. Rosa – Tagaytay Road, you will most likely pass by Nuvali Park.

This expansive area is designed to be an integrated self-sustaining eco-city, where various residential communities, commercial and hospitality establishments, as well as schools can be conveniently situated while also highlighting the beauty and importance of nature.

The highlight of Nuvali Park is a four-hectare multi-functional lake. This man-made water feature not on beautifies the park but it also serves as a catch basin for rainwater and a water reservoir. It also functions as a fire reserve and as a means for alternative transport within the park.

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In this sprawling green space, motorists can take a break from their journey to rest and and find some fun activities to occupy their time while allowing nature’s healing touch to rejuvenate them.

Take a stroll. With all the lush greenery and tree-lined designated walking trails around the park, it would be a shame not to put on your comfy shoes and go for a leisurely ramble. It would be an enjoyable way to achieve your 10,000 steps, wouldn’t it?

Work up a sweat. If a more strenuous type of activity is more to your liking, you can always go for a a bike ride around the park (bring your own or rent one at the Lake Evozone for Php60/hour. More adventurous bikers can take a crack at the 50-kilometer mountain bike trails which may provide scenic views of Mount Makiling, Laguna de Bay and Tagaytay Ridge. The post-workout buzz will surely be worth the exertion. Be sure to bring your own safety gear (helmets and pads) as well wear closed shoes. Register at the Evo-living Center concierge with a valid ID.

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Go bird-watching. Nestled within the park is a 17-kilometer buffer zone and open area where migratory birds and other creatures make their home. It’s best to time your bird-watching activity between 6am to 9am or 4pm to 6pm when these creatures are most active and the sun is not so hot. Bring your binoculars so you can watch the birds up close without disturbing them.

Take a boat ride. Take advantage of the awesome views afforded by a scenic boat ride on the lake for Php100 per person.

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Dine al fresco. Here, you can savor a delightful meal while in the great outdoors to refuel you for the rest of your journey. You can have a lakeside meal at one of the restaurants at Nuvali’s Solenad 1, or nibble as you browse through the food stalls every weekend during the Nuvali Mercato Centrale weekend food market.

Feed the fish. The lake is also home to a pod of koi fish who will gamely rise to the water surface for your entertainment when you drop some fish food their way.

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Clearly, a stopover at Nuvali will give you a respite from the stresses of your travel and provide you with happy memories that you can take with you when you move on to your next destination.

I wish you safe travels, dear reader!

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Nuvali is located along the Sta. Rosa – Tagaytay Road, Bgy. Sto. Domingo, Sta. Rosa City, Laguna. For updates on its events and activities, visit its website or follow Nuvali on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

5 things to fix in your bedroom for a blissful slumber

With our very busy lives, we deserve our restful sleep as well.

After all, getting enough sleep has a myriad of health benefits that we simply can’t ignore. These include heightened immunity, prevention of weight gain, as well as improved mood, memory, productivity and heart health.

As a place to rest and restore ourselves, our bedroom needs to be set up and decorated accordingly.

So scan through your bedroom and take note of what you can improve to give yourself a well-deserved blissful slumber.

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Bed.

The primary furniture in the room determines much of your comfort as you slumber. The quality of your mattress, pillows and beddings will greatly factor into your sleeping conditions.

Gadgets.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the use of electronic devices at night tend to delay the time that we fall asleep, reducing the total sleep duration. These devices also affect our brains, stimulating our minds and making it harder for us to doze off. The blue light they emit also disrupts our body’s production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep.

Now, it would be highly unlikely for us to ban all our technology from the bedroom but we can pare down our use of them once we enter our sanctuary. We can avoid using them an hour before we go to sleep, place them in drawers to keep them out of sight and resist the urge to reach for them when we wake up at night.

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Lighting.

Light is the key player when it comes to regulating our circadian rhythm, with the darkest possible room cited as the most conducive to sleep. Darkness also reduces potential visual distractions and disruptions to sleep.

To help make your bedroom as dark as possible, consider equipping the room with blackout curtains and a small, low-power lamp. If you still have considerable light in the space which disrupts your sleep, you may want to purchase a comfy yet close-fitting eye mask.

Ventilation and Temperature.

As we enter the hot summer months, proper ventilation and room temperature become even more crucial to catching our Zzzs. Aside from air-conditioning, you can also help cool your room down by using electric fans to circulate air, and creating cross-ventilation within the home by opening or closing doors and windows.

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Scents.

Don’t underestimate the power of your nose. Some fragrances can help promote relaxation which, in turn, makes it easier to fall asleep and wake up the following morning feeling well-rested.

Clean-smelling sheets have been observed to help in promoting comfortable sleep, as well as the use of aromatherapy in the form of essential oils applied to pillows or placed in diffusers. Lavender, rose, roman chamomile, jasmine and ylang-ylang are among those that have been seen to contribute to restful slumber.

Clutter.

In the same way that messy surroundings impede your ability to work at optimum levels, clutter in your bedroom could also prevent you from getting the sleep you need.

Clear out items that do not help you relax by regularly tidying up your bedroom and storing your electronic gadgets and small items in your drawers. Vacuum your bedroom rugs and mattress regularly to get rid of dustmites that trigger allergies.

Ready to set up your room to give you the best kind of sleep?

Shop for bedroom essentials that will help you get to Sleep Town at AllHome.

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AllHome is the Pinoy’s one-stop shop for all home needs. It offers an extensive range of top-quality home-improvement products such as construction supplies, hardware, appliances, indoor and outdoor furniture, homeware, décor, and even electronic gadgets all under one roof.

Its Metro Manila branches include:

  • Vista Place (Wil Tower), Eugenio Lopez Drive, Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City
  • E. Rodriguez Jr. Brgy. Bagumbayan, Quezon City
  • Starmall EDSA-Shaw, Ground, Epifanio de los Santos Ave, Mandaluyong
  • Worldwide Corporate Center, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong
  • Vista Mall Taguig, Levi Mariano Ave., Taguig City
  • Vista Mall C5 Extension Road, Quirino Ave. Pulang Lupa Uno, Las Piñas City
  • Vista Mall Las Pinas, CV Starr Ave., Philam Village, Pamplona, Las Pinas

You may also shop conveniently online at allhome.com.ph to take advantage of AllHome’s wide array of original and top-quality items, easy payment methods and fast delivery timelines.

In-store photos taken at AllHome WCC and Libis. Used with permission.

The “Nature Park in the City’s Heart”: the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife in Quezon City

With the sweltering heat of the summer permeating the drab and grey streets of metro, it would be nice to go somewhere cool, fresh and green.

Well, wouldn’t you know it! Right in the heart of Quezon City is a place where you can escape to enjoy a bit of nature: the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center.

This 22.7 hectare area located in Diliman, Quezon City is a zoological and botanical garden, named after Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. It is one of the ninety-four legislated Protected Areas in the Philippines under the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (ENIPAS) Act of 2018.

Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center
Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center

It is also dubbed as the “Nature Park in the City’s Heart” being the home of various species of flora and fauna while still situated in a busy metropolis.

Here, park visitors can go exploring on pathways that weave through the park’s trees and open grassy areas, perfect places to jog or stroll while enjoying the peace and quiet.

Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center
Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center
Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center
Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center

With over 3,000 species of trees, some of which are endemic to the country, the park is also one of Metro Manila’s last remaining green spaces, which serve to mitigate urban air pollution and help counter the emergence of Urban Heat Islands (UHIs), metropolitan areas that are significantly warmer than surrounding rural areas due to the daily activities of urban populations concentrated in a small area.

Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center
Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center
Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center
Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center

Aside from enjoying the lush greenery, park visitors can view animals as well. As a wildlife rescue and research center, it serves as a quarantine area and rehabilitation center for wild animals captured while lingering in residential areas, or undomesticated animals confiscated from people involved in the illegal wildlife trade or exotic pet owners who are abusive to their animals.

Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center
Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center
Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center
Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center

The center also serves as a training ground for practitioners and students or veterinary medicine, zoology, botany, biology and natural science.

Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center
Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center
Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center
Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center
Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center
Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center

For park visitors who want to do a bit of sight-seeing or picture-taking, the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center also contains a manmade lagoon which houses various fishes. Within its vicinity is a picturesque Fishing Village which consist of five houses on stilts along the edge of the lagoon. These structures are patterned after fishing villages in Mindanao.

Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center
Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center

The park also houses other attractions which may be rented out:

  • A Tea House that may serve as a venue for workshops, meetings and other small parties
  • A 250-seater Amphitheater for larger gatherings
  • Picnic sheds to shelter people during their visit

For plantitos and plantitas, the Bernie Dizon Botanic Fruit and Techno-Demo Center is also located within the park. Owned and managed by the country’s leading pomologist the garden offers high-quality cuttings and seedlings that will grow into fruit trees for home gardens or farmlands.

Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center
Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center
Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center
Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center

So if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, you won’t have to travel far. Simply visit the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center to enjoy that precious bit of nature.

Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center
Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center

The Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center is located along Elliptical Road and North Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City, open daily from 7am to 5pm.

The following entrance fees apply:

  • Adults: Php30
  • Students: Php15
  • Foreigners: Php100
  • Senior citizens, PWDs and children below seven years old: FREE

For inquiries, call +63 2 89246031 local 236. For more details, visit its website or follow Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center on Facebook.

Share #WomenAtWork photo and win cash from Lumina Homes

In celebration of Women’s Month, Lumina Homes is proud to honor the modern superwomen at the workplace. Whether working from home while donning the multitasking mommy hat or taking the risk to go out and serve the clients in their chosen industry, these women deserve a pat on the back, and more!

Lumina Homes Woman at Work Online Contest

Lumina Homes invites everyone to share on social media a photo of an inspiring woman at work and get a chance to win as much as P5,000 cash!

Here are the steps:

  1. Share a photo on your Facebook or Instagram account of a “woman in action” (not limited to women in the workplace) who inspires you the most. If on Facebook, make sure to set your post to Public so we can view your entry. If on Instagram, set your account to Public also.
  2. In the caption, tell us in a maximum of 3 sentences what inspires you most about this person. Add the official contest hashtags: #LuminaHomes #LevelUp2022 #WomenAtWork
  3. Go to https://www.lumina.com.ph/public-event-upload and select “Women at Work: Online Contest” on the event dropdown. Fill-in the required fields, and on the Message Box, place the link of your entry.

You may submit your entries until March 28, 2022.

Winners will be scored according to Reacts (50%) and Narrative (50%) so make your entries as compelling and heartwarming as the inspiring stories of our superwomen. The Top 3 entries will take home the following prizes:

1st place – P5,000
2nd place – P3,000
3rd place – P1,000

From the nurses and medical doctors braving the pandemic, to teachers navigating the distance education, to your female boss who continues to balance the health and safety of the workforce while keeping the business intact—all these women have the same core values toward their work, and we celebrate them not only every March but all year round.

Happy Women’s Month!

For more information and announcements, follow @luminahomesofficial on Facebook or visit Lumina Homes’ official website at www.lumina.com.ph.

Photo Credit: Ketut Subiyanto on Pexels

4 tips to setup your home office for WFH success

One of the few bright spots in the midst of the global pandemic is the realization that we can work -productively and efficiently – at home.

The concept of Work-from-Home (or WFH) has been around for quite some time but it took the necessity for isolation and limited physical or social contact to make it as widely accepted as it is now.

Aside from ensuring your safety from infection by COVID-19, working from home has allowed you greater freedom and flexibility with your time, saved your the costs of travel, office wardrobe and lunches, as well as provided you with improved work-life balance, hasn’t it?

AllHome Home Officr
AllHome Home Officr

Hopefully, for many of us, WFH is here to stay.

However, this setup is not without some disadvantages, with discomforts and distractions being among the chief complaints among WFH setups.

The good news is that, with a little bit of forethought, these disadvantages can be minimized or eliminated.

All Home Libis Store Tour
All Home Libis Store Tour

Here are some rules of thumb in setting up your home office:

Define the space.

If, after two years of working from home, you haven’t set aside a defined and dedicated space for your home office, I laud your discipline (or pity you for the suffering you put yourself through).

A dedicated (ideally enclosed) area separate from the rest of the household to house your work equipment and provide you with a quiet space for concentration and work meetings will help you work a lot more effectively at home.

Illuminate.

Good lighting is something most people take for granted, but do remember that you need to be able to be able to read from your monitor or notebooks for hours on end. Dealing with glares or shadows while working not only makes it harder to focus on the tasks at hand, it may also cause eye fatigue and headaches, as accidents from momentary blindness as your eyes adjust to sudden changes in lighting conditions.

In these days of Zoom meetings, having enough light to illuminate your face (as opposed to being in shadow in a seemingly dark dungeon) goes a long towards coming across as professional to your colleagues.

If you can’t find a space with good indirect natural light, equip your space with overhead, task and ambient light sources to help your eyes as you do your various activities.

All Home Libis Store Tour
All Home Libis Store Tour

Take a (good) seat.

Your future self will thank you for investing in a good ergonomic chair today as it is designed to support your body as you work while considering your posture, comfort and health.

Sitting in the wrong kind of chair may cause pain in the neck, back and hip areas, as well as distractions due to discomforts caused by poor circulation and posture.

Get organized.

All you need to be able to work should be within easy reach but you also need to keep workspace spic-and-span to reduce distractions and improve your productivity.

This is why using smart storage solutions is a must. If floor space is limited, consider storing vertically through the use of stacking drawers, floating shelves, rolling carts or even pegboards.

So get to work on setting up your workspace. And you can get all you need for your home office at your nearest All Home branch.

AllHome Home Officr
AllHome Home Officr

AllHome is the Pinoy’s one-stop shop for all home needs. It offers an extensive range of top-quality home-improvement products such as construction supplies, hardware, appliances, indoor and outdoor furniture, homeware, décor, and even electronic gadgets all under one roof.

Its Metro Manila branches include:

  • Vista Place (Wil Tower), Eugenio Lopez Drive, Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City
  • E. Rodriguez Jr. Brgy. Bagumbayan, Quezon City
  • Starmall EDSA-Shaw, Ground, Epifanio de los Santos Ave, Mandaluyong
  • Worldwide Corporate Center, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong
  • Vista Mall Taguig, Levi Mariano Ave., Taguig City
  • Vista Mall C5 Extension Road, Quirino Ave. Pulang Lupa Uno, Las Piñas City
  • Vista Mall Las Pinas, CV Starr Ave., Philam Village, Pamplona, Las Pinas

You may also shop conveniently online at allhome.com.ph to take advantage of AllHome’s wide array of original and top-quality items, easy payment methods and fast delivery timelines.

In-store photos taken at AllHome WCC and Libis. Used with permission.

Meet my new bestie: KYLA of SKY!

One of my new besties is a bot and I ain‘t afraid to say it!

It’s not that I’m giving up on humanity; it’s just that she makes my life so much easier.

She’s KYLA, a 24/7 messaging bot designed to provide real-time answers to SKY product or service inquiries by both existing and non-subscribers.

KYLA of SKY
KYLA of SKY

Being a closet introvert, I sometimes get some form of apprehension every time I’m forced into social situations. Yes, that includes interacting with sales associates, retail staff and customer service agents.

Being able to interact with a bot affords me that feeling of ease of not having to worry about how I’m coming across or gauge non-verbal cues as I set about having my questions answered.

KYLA of SKY
KYLA of SKY

If you think that you would not want to transact with a machine and much prefer the “human” touch, guess again. You’ve been doing it for quite some time. Whenever you opted to withdraw cash from an ATM rather than get in line to wait for an actual bank teller to get to you, you have opted to conduct your business with a machine. And why not? It’s so much easier, isn’t it?

That‘s what KYLA does: she eliminates a lot of the hassle and waiting time to get answers or help I need with regards to my SKY service. She answers in real-time, providing me with the info I need right when I need them.

KYLA of SKY
KYLA of SKY

Here are some of the instances when KYLA helps me out:

  • When I had trouble with my cable TV or broadband signal, KYLA provided me with self-help guides so I can troubleshoot
  • When my neighborhood had signal issues, KYLA informed me of when it was expected to be resolved
  • When I wanted to check my bill, KYLA provided me with my account status, due date and payment balance, as well as a list of convenient ways to pay for my SKY bill

If my service concern is a bit more complex, I don’t worry. KYLA can connect me to a live agent with access to my conversation history. So no need to answer the same questions again.

KYLA of SKY
KYLA of SKY

I have started forwarding my family and friends to KYLA for their own service concerns or subscription inquiries, knowing that they’re in very good hands already.

And since KYLA is available 24/7, I don’t have to worry about the time of the day or night when I message her.

Isn’t that the kind of accommodating and helpful bestie you want for yourself?

Well, I’m not selfish, I’ll gladly share my bestie with you so she can help you with your SKY service concerns too!

KYLA of SKY
KYLA of SKY

Here’s how to reach her:

Then select the category of your query. Or you can type in a question in English and KYLA will answer you right away!

It’s so easy, right?

So, are you ready to meet your new bestie? Grab your mobile device and start messaging!

Spruce up your outdoor areas to supplement your wellness goals at AllHome

Summer’s almost here and you know what that means: more time spent outdoors!

During pre-pandemic times, outdoor living spaces such as patios, decks and porches – were used mainly for entertainment and recreation. However, in the past two years, people are increasingly doing activities outside such as gardening, barbecuing, playing with their kids and pets, exercising, or simply relaxing.

AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor

International Casual Furnishings Association executive director Jackie Hirschhaut reported that in contrast to consumer behavior in early 2020 where outdoor spaces were being designed to complement homes and lifestyles, current trends indicate outdoor spaces are now being created to supplement that “supplement our sense of well-being and transform an outdoor area into an outdoor room.”

AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor

Clearly, outdoor areas are being used for purposes that promote physical, social and mental health.

AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor

These include:

  • Having a convenient place to get exposed to enough sunlight to boost vitamin D levels.
  • Providing opportunities for activities that promote eye health such as “screen breaks” – time away from gadgets – and viewing objects at a range of distances – for example, a nearby potted plant and a bird flying at a distance – to manage eyestrain.
  • Having adequate spaces for increased physical activity and movement.
  • Providing opportunities to meditate, be closer to nature to reduce stress.
  • Providing opportunities to spend time with friends and loved ones for fun shared experiences.
AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor

When designing or reorganizing your outdoor areas to support your wellness goals, keep the purpose of the spaces top of mind:

  • Exercise. If increasing physical activity is your objective, then consider the size, mobility and storage of fitness equipment that you will include in the space.
  • Socializing. Families and friends come together over good food so aside from your outdoor grill, consider the spaces needed for convenient food preparation, serving and dining. Including gathering points or conversation pieces such as bonfire pits or water features will also help in getting people to gather up and converse.
  • Relaxation and De-stressing. Nature has a way of bringing down stress levels so incorporate nature into your outdoor spaces through greenery, water features, wide open spaces and the materials of your furniture.
AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor
AllHome Outdoor

Ready to translate these ideas into outdoor spaces that promote health and wellness? Then drop by your nearest AllHome branch today!

AllHome is the Pinoy’s one-stop shop for all home needs. It offers an extensive range of top-quality home-improvement products such as construction supplies, hardware, appliances, indoor and outdoor furniture, homeware, décor, and even electronic gadgets all under one roof.

All Home Libis Store Tour
All Home Libis Store Tour
All Home Libis Store Tour
All Home Libis Store Tour

Its Metro Manila branches include:

  • Vista Place (Wil Tower), Eugenio Lopez Drive, Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City
  • E. Rodriguez Jr. Brgy. Bagumbayan, Quezon City
  • Starmall EDSA-Shaw, Ground, Epifanio de los Santos Ave, Mandaluyong
  • Worldwide Corporate Center, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong
  • Vista Mall Taguig, Levi Mariano Ave., Taguig City
  • Vista Mall C5 Extension Road, Quirino Ave. Pulang Lupa Uno, Las Piñas City
  • Vista Mall Las Pinas, CV Starr Ave., Philam Village, Pamplona, Las Pinas

You may also shop conveniently online at allhome.com.ph to take advantage of AllHome’s wide array of original and top-quality items, easy payment methods and fast delivery timelines.

Outdoor photos credits: Klara Kulikova, Cagin Kargi, Sonnie Hiles and Farhan Abas on Unsplash.

In-store photos taken at AllHome WCC and AllHome Libis. Used with permission.

It’s time to make your move to Lumina Homes

February is the lovers’ much-awaited month to express their emotions toward their special ones. And just as much as the romantic air mesmerizes the lovebirds, this Valentine’s month could also be your longed-for moment to finally make your move into your dream house—and that applies to even the single but happy ones.

Lumina Rosario
Lumina Rosario

If you haven’t taken advantage of the “pandemic discounts” in real estate yet, this is your chance to grab it. Because just like fleeting love, it could be now or never. Grab some tissue, too.

For ready-for-occupancy (RFO) units, Lumina Homes is offering extended down-payment terms for those who will reserve a unit until February 28, 2022.

Lumina Homes RFO
Lumina Homes RFO

You may choose to pay your down payment in two terms:

Option 1. 7.5% down payment payable in 5 months. You will also get a 5% discount when you receive a bank loan approval on or before the completion of down payment for 5 months.

Option 2. 12.5% down payment in 10 months

Lumina’s RFO Homes include the following:

  • Lumina Tanza in Cavite
  • Lumina Bauan, Lumina Batangas (Sto.Tomas), Lumina Tanauan in Batangas
  • Lumina Quezon (Tayabas) and Lumina Sariaya in Quezon
  • Lumina San Jose in Nueva Ecija
  • Lumina Baliwag in Bulacan
  • Lumina Iloilo (Oton)
  • Lumina Carcar in Cebu
  • Lumina Bacolod (Bacolod City)
  • Lumina Tarlac (Tarlac City)
  • The Balanga Residences in Bataan
Lumina Homes RFO

Now a home brand for Filipinos whether in the low- or middle-income households, Lumina Homes takes pride in being present in more than 50 projects all around the country, spreading love with beautiful home and lot model units, as well as condominiums fit for every Juan’s budget.

For full details of the Make Your Move promo, and more information about Lumina Homes, contact (0917) 629 6523 or visit their official website.

Why the Canadian housing market is hotter than ever

In March of 2021, president and chief executive of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Evan Siddall tweeted that the federal agency had erred when it forecast the economic collapse due to the pandemic might cause home prices to plunge by as much as 18 percent. 

Of course, as we all now know, the opposite occurred with prices skyrocketing. In Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond, and Whistler, the benchmark price of a detached home is over $2 million. It’s more than $1.8 million in Port Moody, North Vancouver, and most of Burnaby. As of December 2021 in the Greater Toronto Area, the average selling price was up 24.2 percent over the previous year to $1,157,849.

While you might want to put your house on the market among the homes for sale in Toronto or almost any other city in Canada, there may be some trepidation as buying a new one is proving to be a lot more challenging. There are multiple factors behind this sizzling hot housing market, including these.

An increase in buying investment properties


According to mortgage data, there has been increased activity among two groups of multi-property owners. Some are borrowers with two or three active mortgages, with most likely those who have a primary residence and at least one vacation home. Others that have four or more mortgages are typically real estate investors and they’ve been an increasing part of the equation, accounting for 15 percent of homeowners in the second quarter of 2021 as compared to the same period two years prior. 

The sudden influx of investors is playing a big part in fueling the rapid home price growth, with many Canadians purchasing homes as investment properties. Foreign investors have been doing the same. Canada’s minister of housing Ahmed Hussen believes municipalities should temporarily ban foreign purchases to help ease the affordable housing crunch residents are facing.

High income earners

Another factor is high income-earners as the pandemic didn’t have as much of a negative impact on them as compared to others. In Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, and Ottawa, home price increases were most pronounced among higher-end homes. Many of the people who own them haven’t suffered much from unemployment as they tend to have jobs that can be done remotely. 

Higher earners were able to save more not just because they’re bringing in more income, but due to the restrictions on shopping and travel, they spent less. When combined with the low mortgage rates, homes became the perfect target for spending their money.

Making up for the shutdown

Another reason for the surge in housing demand is due to the period that the market practically shut down during the early part of the pandemic. Those who planned to buy, put off their purchases, unleashing the demand later. Ultimately, buyers outnumbered sellers in many places throughout the country, making it ideal for home sellers.

Housing supply and demand

The low inventory of homes and high demand results in a hot housing market, which is the case throughout Canada, the U.S., and beyond. An interruption in building materials and construction means not enough homes are on the market for newcomers to buy.

The federal government can help correct this problem by providing more funding to build affordable housing and make it easier for the private sector to access public land for building. But it’s not a quick or easy thing to do, which means it won’t have an immediate impact.

SKYBiz guarantees reliable speeds and reliable partnerships to small business owners

The start of the year has been great so far for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) as they have continuously served their customers virtually, and some entrepreneurs have finally re-opened its doors physically to their loyal patrons.

While businesses gradually pick up its pace, it is still a challenge for some MSMEs to fully accommodate their day-to-day activities like logistics, marketing, and customer servicing experience as their chosen service provider becomes unreliable and eventually ends up costly for their business set-up.

With SKYBiz as a partner, decision makers can now have business-grade enterprise solutions that are fully reliable and will keep businesses running — even in these challenging times.

Reliable and Upgraded Speeds

For as low as P2,299 monthly, budding entrepreneurs can enjoy speeds up to 100Mbps with BIZBB PRO which comes with 2 FREE WiFi Mesh units to complete the seamless wireless office setup. Valuing its customer’s trust, SKYBIZ injects Value-Added Services on each subscription with a starter tool kit, personalized account management, and assured 24/7 Technical Support so that businesses can be online and on track even when it’s the weekend or off-hours.

SKYbiz Reliable Speeds, Reliable Partnerships

Just starting to grow? The 50Mbps plan at P1,799 monthly fits Micro and Small businesses perfectly, as they can also enjoy the freebies and perks of having a faster plan with SKYBIZ.

Reliable Partnerships with the Industry Greats

As part of the vision to create a seamless end-to-end enterprise solution to its customers, SKYBiz has partnered with high-value industry partners to make each SKYBiz subscription the best business decision for every entrepreneur.

SKYbiz Reliable Speeds, Reliable Partnerships

Best Customer Servicing Experience with Microsoft 365

Each plan comes with FREE 3 months Microsoft 365 Business Basic for 5 users. This productivity cloud designed to help run your business smoothly is more than just the apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

It brings together these best-in-class productivity apps with powerful cloud services, device management and advanced security in one, giving you a seamless, connected experience.

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Reach your customers and grow your business with ABS-CBN Dash’s digital advertising solution. Get a P1,000 voucher that you can use to advertise on ABS-CBN’s top digital platforms.

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Have your parcels arrive on time and make customers happy with a P1,000 voucher from Grab.

About SKYbiz

SKYBIZ is the corporate arm of SKY Cable Corporation under the partnership between the Lopez Holdings Corp. and STTelemedia. SKYBIZ started in 2013 and has managed to become a 2-Billion business that serves major Hospitality, BPO, Banking, Real Estate and major Corporations in the country. For more information check out SKYBIZ’s official website: https://www.skybiz.com.ph/

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