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PHL’s prime property developer woos HK investors

Posted on 11 November 2023 No comments
Ayala's Rex Mendoza (left) says now is the time to buy a prime property in Metro Manila

Close on the heels of Manila being named as the hottest market worldwide for prime residential properties, executives of the Philippines’ biggest property developer, Ayala Land Inc., came to Hong Kong to tell would-be investors why they should head for the country now.

“This is a call for you to make that investment now,” said Rex Mendoza, a director of Ayala Land, during a talk on Thursday night at Novotel in Wan Chai.


Mendoza was speaking to a group of Ayala agents and local residents who had expressed interest in buying property in the Philippines, in the wake of a report by property consultancy Knight Frank which showed that prices of prime properties in Manila gained 21.2 percent in the past year.

This put the Philippine capital on top of the list of major cities abroad in terms of price appreciation for the third quarter of the year, outperforming Dubai, where the average yield was 15.9 percent, and Shanghai, with 10.4 percent.

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Hong Kong with its overheated market fell to the 36th slot, from the 35th place in the previous quarter.

Mendoza said that given the Philippines’ strong fundamentals, investors are likely to gain even more if they put their money in the country. As it is, the Philippines is already among the world’s fastest growing economies, and is even forecast by HSBC to become the 16th largest economy by 2050.

Even in the worst of times such as the pandemic, property prices in the Philippines did not plunge, said Mendoza. 

“As long as the Philippines manages to address its problems with infrastructure it should do even better,” he added.


Right now, he said several major infrastructure projects being carried out in the Philippines have already cut down travel times in many places, including the highways linking the regions of Bicol to Ilocos, and another, between Bataan in the north to Cavite in the south.

Why invest in properties, Mendoza asks with this slide

There are other factors that augur well for keeping the economy robust, such as the country’s booming tourism sector, the ever-reliable remittances from overseas Filipino workers that should bring in $37.5 billion this year, and a nearly equal yield of $35 billion from the business product outsourcing (BPO) industry.


In addition, said Mendoza, the Philippines is in a demographic “sweet spot” because of its young population, meaning those aged 15 years old and below comprise 30% of the total number of residents while those aged 65 years old and above make up less than 15%.

In comparison, many other places in Asia have a rapidly ageing population, leading to lower productivity. In Japan and Hong Kong for example, the number of elderly residents comprise about a third of the total population.


To earn the promised return, however, one needs to invest in Philippine properties that cost around HK$5 million, such as two new developments unveiled by Ronald Galura for Alveo, Ayala’s second most expensive brand.

The introductory price for a three-bedroom condominium measuring between 124 and 126 square feet in Astela in Circuit Makati and Lattice in Parklinks, Pasig City could set a person back by $5.5 million and $4.96 million respectively.

But considering that a small one-bedroom flat in a not-so prestigious address in Hong Kong could already cost this much, it is likely there would be quite a number of takers here, especially among those keen to make a profit after the havoc wrought by the pandemic.



DMW warns against fake employees offering jobs abroad

Posted on 31 October 2023 No comments


The DMW warning against a fake employee 

Even the Department of Migrant Workers in the Philippines has fallen prey to scammers.

An advisory posted a few hours ago on DMW’s Anti-Illegal Recruitment and Human Trafficking Program (formerly of the POEA or Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) warned of certain individuals pretending to be their staff so they can recruit workers for fake overseas jobs.

The post was accompanied by a supposed DMW ID card of someone named Vivian S. Puzon.

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Two years ago, a similar warning was posted on the POEA Facebook page. 

Three supposed POEA IDs in the names of Brett Franco G. Porras, Epifanio Supapo, Jr. and  Roberto B. Bustillo were posted, along with the warning that they were using the name of the agency for illegal recruitment activities.

Fake POEA IDs used by scammers

“Peke ang mga ito, hindi namin sila empleyado,” said the advisory. (These are fakes, they are not our employees).

The DMW advisory in turn said: “Mag-ingat sa sinumang magpapakilala na sila ay taga-DMW at mag-rerecruit ng trabaho pa-abroad - SCAM po yan." (Beware of anyone who introduce themselves as being from DMW and recruit for jobs abroad. That is SCAM).


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Those who know the people whose photos are in the fake IDs are encouraged to report them through email: or send a private message to the DMW Facebook page.



3k fine for 1 overstay, arrest warrant for another

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The two overstaying cases were heard in Shatin Court

A Filipina who overstayed her visa for more than two years got off with a relatively lenient sentence of $3,000 fine, while a recognizance paper holder who had previously overstayed for more than eight years was ordered arrested after failing to show up at the hearing of his case.

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In the first case heard in Shatin Magistracy on Monday, Oct. 30, Acting Principal Magistrate Amy Chan convicted Leizel D. Manago, 33 years old, of violating her condition of stay after she pleaded guilty to the charge.


According to the charge sheet, Manago was permitted to remain in Hong Kong as a tourist only until Jan 23, 2021, but overstayed until her arrest in Tuen Mun on July 6, 2023.

Separately, Antonio A. Aranas failed to show up for the hearing of his overstaying case on the same day and court, so his bail was ordered forfeited and a warrant of arrest issued against him.


Aranas, 51, is in Hong Kong on recognizance, or on the promise that he would remain in Hong Kong and not work or commit any crime while his application for non-refoulement or against being sent back home, was being considered.

He is charged with having overstayed his visa for eight years and four months, after being allowed entry into Hong Kong.

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The charge against him states that he was allowed by Immigration to remain in the city only until July 29, 2007 but stayed until Nov. 26, 2015, when he was arrested.

His application against non-refoulement allows him to stay in Hong Kong until it is decided with finality.



Hindi na kailangan ng patunay na bakunado ang mga pumapasok sa Pilipinas

Posted on 17 August 2023 No comments


Bakunado man o hindi, dapat pa ring mag eTravel pass ang mga papasok o palabas ng Pilipinas

Lahat ng mga papasok sa Pilipinas mula sa ibang bansa ay hindi na kailangang magpakita ng patunay na bakunado sila kontra sa Covid-19, ayon sa pahayag ng Department of Health noong nakaraang linggo.


“Lahat ng mga darating mula sa ibang bansa ay tatanggapin bakunado man sila o hindi,” ayon sa DOH.

Sa pinakahuling patakaran bago ito, ang mga hindi bakunado o hindi nakapagpabakuna ng dalawang beses na edad 15 pataas ay kinakailangang magpakita ng negative na resulta para sa Covid-19 sa antigen test na isinagawa sa laboratoryo.

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Sa kabila nito, hindi pa rin tinatanggal ang patakaran na magrehistro sa eTravel ang lahat ng mga papasok at lalabas ng Pilipinas, bagama’t madalas na hindi na ito hinihingi sa mga paliparan ng Pilipinas. Makukuha ang eTravel pass 72 oras bago ang takdang paglipad ng pasahero.


Pero ayon sa tauhan ng Cathay Pacific sa Pilipinas, mas maganda pa din na sumunod na lang sa patakaran dahil may mga pasahero pa rin na hindi pinapalusot ng mga taga Immigration kapag nalaman nilang walang eTravel ang mga ito, lalo ang mga paalis.

“Sa haba ng pila sa Immigration, may naiiwan ng kanilang eroplano dahil pinabalik ng taga Immigration sa dulo ng pila dahil walang eTravel pass,” sabi ng isang taga Cathay na nasa check-in counter.

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Ang eTravel pass ay ipinalit sa arrival at departure cards na dati nang pinapakumpleto sa mga pasahero na parating, o paalis, ng Pilipinas.

Ginagamit ito ng Immigration para malaman ang bilang ng mga taong pumapasok at lumalabas ng bansa, at para din maitala ang mga detalye ng bawat pasahero na dumadaan sa kanila.

Paalala ng Konsulado tungkol sa bagong patakaran

Ayon pa din sa DOH, ang mga paalis ng Pilipinas ay dapat na alamin kung ano ang patakaran ng bansang kanilang pupuntahan pagdating sa bakuna kontra sa Covid-19 para hindi sila magkaproblema pagdating doon.

Kabilang dito ang mga paalis na overseas Filipino workers na ang destinasyon ay maaring nangangailangan pa ng patunay na bakuna, hindi lang laban sa Covid-19, kundi pati sa iba pang sakit.


Ang Hong Kong ay matagal nang hindi nanghihingi ng patunay ng bakuna o Covid-19 test, kaya ang mga paalis papunta dito ay wala nang kailangang dalhin na dokumento, bagamat katulad ng nasabi na, dapat pa ring kumuha ng eTravel pass para makasiguro.

Katulad ng Hong Kong, hindi na rin obligado ang mga tao sa Pilipinas na magsuot ng mask sa mga pampublikong lugar. Pero ang mga bata, may edad, may sakit o mahina ang pangontra sa mikrobyo ay pinapayuhan pa ring mag mask kapag nasa labas ng bahay.


Ang pagbabago ng patakaran sa Pilipinas ay isinagawa matapos ideklara ng gobyerno noong July 22 na hindi na public health emergency ang Covid-19.

Bago ito ay ilang buwan na ding idineklara ito ng World Health Organization.

Bagyong papalapit sa HK, maaring maging 'super typhoon'

Posted on 24 July 2023 No comments


Pinapakita sa mapa ang paglakas ng bagyo (pula) habang lumalapit sa Pilipinas (Google maps)

Ang bagyong Doksuri ay patuloy na lumalakas habang papalapit sa Luzon Strait at maaring maging super typhoon nitong Martes ng hapon bago dumaan sa Hong Kong, ayon sa Observatory.

Huling namataan ang bagyo sa layong 520 km sa bandang hilaga ng Maynila, at tinatayang tumatahak sa lakas ng 195km bawat oras. Ibig sabihin, maaring maging super typhoon ito habang binabagtas ang baybayin ng Pilipinas patungo sa Batanes.

Ayon sa Observatory, ang bagyong Doksuri (agila sa salitang Korean) ay maaring mapunta sa Taiwan mula sa Pilipinas, o lumihis papunta sa baybayin ng Guangdong, kabilang ang Hong Kong.



Pinag-aaralan pa nila kung dapat bang itaas ang signal no 1 sa Hong Kong sa Miyerkules dahil lalapit daw ang bagyo sa distansyang 800 km papasok ng Hong Kong. 

Kapag lumayo ito papuntang Taiwan ay lalo pa daw iinit sa Hong Kong, pero kapag dumiretso ito sa Guangdong ay maaring dumalas ang pag-ulan na may kasamang malakas ng hangin dito.

Sa kasalukuyan ay nanatiling mainit sa Hong Kong at iba pang parte ng southern China dahil sa mainit na hanging dala ni Doksuri.



Pinapayuhan ng Observatory sa mga nagpaplanong bumiyahe papauntang Taiwan, Fujian at Guangdong na pag-aralan muna ang takbo ng panahon at baka sila maipit sa biglang pagsama ng panahon.

Noong isang linggo lang ay itinaas ang signal no 8 sa Hong Kong dahil sa paglapit ng malakas na bagyong Talim, at tumagal ito ng mahigit 15 oras. Ito ang unang bagyong tumama sa Hong Kong sa taong kasalukuyan.

Philippine fashion accessories take center stage at AWE

Posted on 29 June 2023 No comments


DCG Usudan (in blue) and Mabalot cut the ceremonial ribbon with exhibitors

Trade shows are back as part of the new normal in Hong Kong, and Philippine products are making a strong comeback through the ongoing International Culture, Tourism and Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition at the AsiaWorld Expo.

While the other stalls in the Hall 3 of the venue were still being set up on Thursday, the Philippine booth featuring outstanding native fashion accessories was already fully decked out, in time for a VIP reception for a select few.


On hand to lead the ceremonial ribbon-cutting was Deputy Consul General Germinia Usudan, who is herself a big supporter of native arts and fashion. With her was Trade Attache Robert Mabalot, who put the show together.

The exhibitors from the Fashion Accessory Makers of the Philippines (FAMPh) also took part, led by their president Gina Nebrida Ty, whose own eye-catching creations were on display, including her “agsam necklace,” made of a kind of fern that grows only in Surigao.

Ty's fern necklace was a finalist in the 2021 Design Excellence Awards in New York

Another must-see is what could be one of the costliest ternos ever made. The blue silk creation, adorned all over with intricately-cut mother of pearl beads and must have taken days, if not weeks, to finish, is said to cost Php150,000.

This blue terno with mother-of-pearl inlays costs a whopping P150,000

Mabalot said the exhibit gives the country an opportunity to show the Filipinos’ artistry which many locals may not be aware of.

Having hosted a similar exhibit amid the pandemic last year when a mandatory quarantine made it difficult to get people to come over, he said he was glad that everything is now back to normal.


This time around, participating Philippine businesses will not only be able to display and sell their products, but would also have a chance to explore new markets and forge deals with people from various places.

Ty also welcomed the chance to promote her group, which she said was formed two years ago amid the hardships wrought by the pandemic. 


She said FAMPh, which gathers both veteran and novice designers, was formed after members realized there were already several organizations representing apparels, but not one for native accessories.

“So we thought it was high time that there was also a proper representation of Philippine accessories,” she said.

Delicate silver and gold jewelry adorned with native stones are also on show

The move has proved very fruitful in the short time the organization has been around, as it now gets support from such government agencies as the Department of Trade and Industries, as well as the Department of Science and Technology, which is collaborating with them on reviving the country’s leather industry.

The exhibit, which also features native arts and crafts from different parts of the world, will officially open on Friday and run until Sunday. The Philippine booth is located at B01 of Hall 3 of the AsiaWorld Expo, which is right in front of the entrance to the hall.


A fashion show featuring a collection of different fashion accessories and apparels by Philippine designers will be held at the main stage of Hall 3 on July 1 from 4:30 pm to 5:00pm. Complimentary tickets are available at:

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