La belle vie brought into the 21st century. Catering to Manila’s upscale market, Megaworld is developing McKinley West, a 34.5 hectare ultra high-end township on the former JUSMAG property in Fort Bonifacio beside Forbes Park and Manila Polo Club.

The company will spend P45 billion in the next 10 years to build McKinley West. Aside from the residential village where lots have appreciated as much as 110 percent since its launch in 2010, McKinley West will have rows of luxury residential estates with some properties having their own state-of-the-art security features and first-of-its-kind luxury amenities.

The posh residential enclave will be supplemented by a modern business district, living up to the lifestyle of neighboring Forbes Park. With the development of the township, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority has committed to expanding Lawton Avenue, giving McKinley West direct access to McKinley Hill, and more convenient access to Fort Bonifacio, South Luzon Expressway, C5 Road, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the Makati CBD. McKinley West’s unparalleled location and accessibility, together with its complete LIVE-WORK-PLAY-LEARN-SHOP lifestyle concept, make it the most ideal mixed-use community today.

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Abide by the pawlicies. Clean up if they make a mess or you’ll ruin it for everyone
By: Anne A. Jambora
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:06 AM July 03, 2018

Missy Elliot, 13, leads the way.

Our pugs are well-traveled.

They have been to Tagaytay, Baguio, Sagada. They have taken plane rides (on Philippine Airlines), frolicked on the shores of Boracay (where the beach patrol said dogs aren’t welcome on White Beach, but looked the other way after learning we flew all the way from Manila), gone island-

hopping in Puerto Princesa, and stayed at hotels.

When they hit their senior years, though, we knew their plane-ride days must come to an end. Luckily, more and more malls in the metro welcome pets these days.

Our quick guide to pet-friendly malls in the city:

Eastwood Mall

This one’s on the top of our list since it was one of the first communities to welcome pets inside its shopping malls—way before having a pet became a trend.

Like all Megaworld establishments, pets are required to get an ID at the concierge (more on this later). They also opened this year Bark Central, Manila’s first indoor, off-leash dog park. There’s a café, boutique, a private VIP room for special occasions, obedience training, agility courses, a ball pit and facilities for grooming, too.


Bring your pets and clean up after them. That’s as far as Tiendesitas’ pet policy is concerned. To this day, this place is still popular for its rows of pet shops at the Pet Village. Grooming, shopping, supplies—you name it, they have it.

Power Plant Mall

You’ll need to get your dog a Pawsport, available at the concierge on the ground floor (across Mango). They have very reasonable pet pawlicies. Bring an ID photo along with the pet’s latest vaccination record (anti-rabies record must be updated). You can opt to carry your pet, carry them around in a pet handbag, or put them in a stroller. Clean up after them and dispose of their poop in sealed bags. They can go almost anywhere except inside Marketplace by Rustan’s and inside the cinemas.

SM Mall of Asia, SM Aura

Premier, Podium Mall

Just make sure the pets are in their nappies and you’ll be fine. SM MOA allows pets to roam around, but other branches like Aura and Podium require them to be carried around or in a stroller. Best to call first an SM branch and inquire about their pet policies.

Uptown Mall in BGC,

Lucky Chinatown Mall,

Venice Grand Canal Mall

It was pouring hard when we decided to drop by Uptown Mall, so it was not surprising that there were other pet owners at the concierge registering their pets for a Pet Pass. Just present an updated and original rabies vaccination record along with their photocopies, plus two 1”x1” ID colored photo of your furbaby. Fill out, sign, and submit the form and you’re good to go.

You can also download the form at and e-mail it to (You can download forms for any Megaworld Lifestyle Mall and e-mail it to the concierge of the specific mall.)

Stuart, a full-sized poodle, with owner Edward de Guzman –PHOTOS BY CVM

You’ll get a snazzy, free ID of your pet, but you are expected to follow Megaworld’s rules

of responsible pet ownership:

Carry pets when riding escalators, check for golden and silver paw stickers on the door before entering a shop (which indicate your pet is welcome), cover the seats when dining with your pet, clean up after them (make them wear diapers to avoid accidents).

Bonifacio High Street and Serendra in BGC, Circuit Makati, Ayala Triangle

Gardens, Greenbelt, UP Town Center, Ayala Malls the 30th, Trinoma, Vertis North

Anyone who has been to Bonifacio High Street and Serendra knows the place is pet-friendly. Some offer al fresco shopping experiences, perfect for your pup to sniff around and discover new sights and smells.

“Responsible pet owners are welcome to stroll outdoors with their pet pals leashed, but are generally requested to keep them inside strollers, carriers, baskets, or jumpers inside air-conditioned areas of the mall,” Ayala Malls’ director for marketing Eunice V. Acejo said.

Some Ayala Malls establishments require dogs to be in diapers and certain breeds to wear dog muzzles.

Century City Mall

All dogs and cats are welcome at Century City Mall, provided they don’t exceed two feet in height. They are allowed within common areas of the mall—inside and outside. There are color-coded, pet-friendly signs outside shops: Blue pet access means pets are allowed in all areas in the establishment, while gray pet access means limited access to pets.

Owners are required to have their pets on a leash or in strollers within mall premises and must cover chairs with paper or cloth when dining at pet-friendly restaurants. Again, always make them wear diapers and clean up after “accidents.” This will foster trust between you and the establishment. Pets must also be well-groomed and smell fresh.

Even more awesome, Century has elevators marked “pet-friendly.”

Get a Pet Access card by presenting the original copy of your pet’s updated vaccination record plus a photocopy of the first page and the page containing antirabies vaccination, two 1”x1” colored photos of the pet. Fill out and sign the Pet Access form at the ground floor.

You can also download an application form at www. and e-mail the form to When you visit the mall, swing by the Pet Registration booth and claim your card. Booth is open every Tuesday, and Fridays to Sundays, 2-5 p.m.

Estancia at Capitol Commons

There are several restaurants to choose from that welcome you and your pup. Just make sure your dog or cat is wearing a diaper and is on a leash and you’ll be fine. Clean up if they make a mess or you’ll ruin it for everyone. Please.

Evia Lifestyle Center

If you live in the South, this is the place to be with your furry friend. There are pocket gardens, too, where your pet is free to explore.

Molito Lifestyle Center

This place has many restaurants, some actually allow pets inside. There are wide spaces for dogs to walk and play around in. It’s close to Alabang Town Center and Festival Mall, so why not pop in and surprise your little friend? As always, be a responsible pet owner. Make them wear nappies and clean up after them.

From experience, most restaurants in these malls welcome pets in their al fresco areas. Some even have water bowls ready for your furballs.



GETTING to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City from Bonifacio Global City in Taguig by bus should take not more than 15 to 20 minutes in three years’ time—when the proposed bus rapid system (BRT) project for that segment is completed.

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said it expects the BRT system connecting BGC to the country’s premier airport to be completed by 2019 with construction seen to start next year.

“Construction will start maybe late next year, hopefully after the feasibility study [is finished]in March or April,” Vivencio Dizon, president and chief executive of BCDA, said on December 15.

“I think by 2019 we will have the BRT, Fort to NAIA,” he added.

He said the project will entail a two-year construction time for the 10 to 12 kilometers of road network “and we have to tunnel by 15 meters deep, that’s the requirement.”

The project is intended to ensure efficient, reliable and comfortable transport to and from BGC and NAIA as part of the BRT system proposed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

It will take into account the current state of the road network in the affected areas (via an underground tunnel), including Lawton Avenue and the Sales interchange, which have been identified as a key road network that needs to be widened and improved to make the BRT project effective.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the conduct of a feasibility study for this project was signed between China Road and Bridge Corp. (CRBC) and the BCDA during President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Beijing last October.

However, reports have noted that CRBC has been banned by the World Bank since 2009 from participating in all its road and bridge projects funded and executed by the WB after it found that the company had colluded with several Filipino and foreign companies in the bidding process for the first phase of the Philippine National Roads Improvement and Management Program.

The World Bank’s ban was extended to CRBC’s parent China Communication Construction Co. Ltd. (CCCC) and its subsidiaries, including China Harbour Engineering Co. Ltd. (CHEC), in 2011. The ban is in force until January 11, 2017.


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First tower units sold out in just two months; property price already increased by 15-percent

Park Mckinley West Bedroom

Huge demand for residential properties inside the 34.5-hectare McKinley West continues even as prices have significantly increased during the past years.

Megaworld’s third residential condominium development, Park McKinley West, has sold the entire first tower just two months after it was launched in May, with total sales of around P6.5-billion.

“At present, unit prices of Park McKinley West already rose 15% to P250,000 per square meter because of the huge demand for residential properties in McKinley West. We somehow expected this considering the remarkable take-up of lots in McKinley West Village, and the brisk sales of units in St. Moritz and The Albany. McKinley West is truly on a roll,” reveals Noli D. Hernandez, senior vice president for sales and marketing, Megaworld.

Because of this, Megaworld is launching a second tower of Park McKinley West with 478 spacious units ranging from one-bedroom (up to 48.5 square meters); two-bedroom (up to 110 square meters); three-bedroom (up to 212 square meters); four-bedroom (up to 229 square meters); and five-bedroom penthouse units (up to 336 square meters).

Park Mckinley West Living Dining

The 25-storey second tower of Park McKinley West will have the same amenities as the first tower, which include the lap pool and kiddie pool with own pool deck and lounge, fitness center, function rooms, yoga room and outdoor yoga deck, outdoor sitting areas, water features, children’s playground, game room and sky garden.

Total projected sales for the second tower amount to P7-billion. The project is expected for completion by 2023.

Park McKinley West is the fourth residential development launched in McKinley West, which is strategically located in the southern part of Fort Bonifacio beside Forbes Park and the Manila Polo Club.

Megaworld launched the township’s first residential development, the upscale McKinley West Village, which was sold out in just a week in 2010. Prices of McKinley West Village lots have since increased almost thrice to P200,000 per square meter.

St. Moritz Private Estate and The Albany are the other two luxury residential developments that have already been launched in the township. Prices of both developments have appreciated by almost 40% since their respective launches.


Inside Mckinley West, a new project called, PARK MCKINLEY WEST is offered. It is of 24,435 sqm lot area with a huge two-level mall below the residence.

Besides that, it will be just across Mckinley Hill where Venice Grand Canal Mall is, and beside Lawton Avenue which will experience road widening efforts.

Mckinley West is set to house BPO and online gaming offices to support investors with enough captured market.

Watch the short video below for more information on why to invest in Mckinley West.

Come to think of it: the convenience of not having to travel far from home to refresh and relax is just plain attractive. That’s why for condo buyers, one thing that can make or break the deal is the amenity provision. And among all amenities, there’s one feature that is a staple and does complete the condo experience: the swimming pool. So here we round up Megaworld’s best pools—slices of paradise that will convince you to live in today’s most luxurious condos in Fort Bonifacio.

Back to basics: Pools that are simple yet soothing

  • The ideal pools: Morgan Suites (McKinley Hill), Viceroy (McKinley Hill)
  • Highlights: lap pools, sunbathing decks/lounges
  • Best swimming experience: late-night chillout

From above and beyond: Pools with astounding views

  • The ideal pools: 8 Forbestown Road (Forbes Town), One Uptown Residence (Uptown Bonifacio)
  • Highlights: infinity pools, modern design
  • Best swimming experience: during sunsets

All the world’s charms: Pools that give you a glimpse of other cultures

  • The ideal pools: McKinley West Clubhouse (McKinley West), Venice Luxury Residences (McKinley Hill)
  • Highlights: old European architecture, bright colors in sight
  • Best swimming experience: weekend staycations with family or friends

Check out The Venice Luxury Residences

Secret hideaway: Pools where you can find solace amid a busy neighborhood

  • The ideal pools: McKinley Garden Villas (McKinley Hill), Park McKinley West (McKinley West)
  • Highlights: green surroundings, total privacy
  • Best swimming experience: early morning dips

Units are still available in Park McKinley West

Author: Kesiah Alvarez

Kesiah is a Marketing Communications Associate for Megaworld at the Fort. She handles brand strategy, concept development, and media management. She is a graduate of BA Communication from Miriam College. Kesiah is also an avid fan of the local music scene and enjoys watching sci-fi and romcom movies.



Property giant Megaworld is turning over a huge bulk of its residential projects in Fort Bonifacio this year.

Around 2,300 residential units from five condominium developments in its three Fort townships worth P30-billion will be turned over to owners within the year. These include: The Florence Tower 1, Viceroy East Tower and The Venice – Giovanni Tower in McKinley Hill; St. Moritz Private Estate in McKinley West; One Uptown Residence and Uptown Ritz in Uptown Bonifacio.

“This is so far our biggest inventory for turnover in Fort Bonifacio within a year. These projects are primarily located in our three bustling townships where demand for residential projects continues to go up, primarily fueled by the migration of several corporate offices within the Fort district,” says Noli D. Hernandez, senior vice president for sales and marketing, Megaworld.

Viceroy East Tower, The Florence and the Venice Luxury Residences boast of its strategic location surrounding the iconic Venice Grand Canal in McKinley Hill. These three residential developments are also within walking distance from educational institutions such as Enderun, Chinese International School and Korean International School, as well as from several office towers where companies like United Health Group, Wells Fargo, Samsung, Abbott and Concentrix hold their operations.

One Uptown Residence and Uptown Ritz, on the other hand, are strategically linked to Uptown Mall and Uptown Parade in the vibrant district of Uptown Bonifacio. One Uptown Residence, for example, has direct access to the mall via basement walkway. Both One Uptown Residence and Uptown Ritz are award-winning residential developments, garnering the Best Residential Architectural Design (Philippine Property Awards 2017) and the Best Luxury Condo Development for Metro Manila (Philippine Property Awards 2016), respectively.

St. Moritz Private Estate, likewise, is an award-winning development in McKinley West, having won the Best Universal Design in last year’s Philippine Property Awards. It is the first residential tower development to rise in the new township and furnished with European home brands.

Megaworld is the largest single landholder and developer in Fort Bonifacio with four integrated urban townships covering a total of 107 hectares, namely, McKinley Hill, McKinley West, Uptown Bonifacio and Forbes Town.

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3 Branding Success Secrets Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Beyoncé

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It’s been an exciting few months for Beyoncé fans. In April, the music superstar became the first black woman to headline at Coachella. The performance over two weekends was considered to be masterclass, and “Beychella” was so meticulously documented as to have its own dedicated Wikipedia page.

At the beginning of June, she and husband Jay-Z launched their 43 date On the Run II tour. And in the middle of their June 16 London show, the Carters announced that their joint album, Everything is Love was now available.

Over the last few years, fans have learned that Bey is an unrivaled master at the surprise rollout. You never know when new music is coming. Starting from when she released the visual album Beyoncé in December 2013, up to Lemonade and nowEverything Is Love, she has a knack for keeping her efforts top secret until she’s ready to unleash them. Even if you aren’t a fan of her music, you have to respect the sheer amount of logistics and planning that go into secretly filming an intricate music video that essentially is a short film in The Louvre. So how does she do it?

“Every single detail is very intentional,” says Ashley Small, the founder of Houston,TX-based PR and digital marketing firm Medley, Inc. Small says one of the key things that brands can learn from Beyoncé is thoughtful restraint. The press and public rarely if ever factor into her timetable, and when she does reveal something, it is only on her terms.

“So many of our PR clients feel they have to be reactive all the time. I tell them we don’t have to respond to this right now. When we’re ready and we’ve developed our messaging and when we have a plan of actionable items, that’s when we’ll get push something out there,” Small tells Entrepreneur. “I think she’s a great example of a way to manage your press profile without making your brand be too vulnerable.”

Read on for three more strategies that you can pull from the music superstar’s playbook.

Get a trusted team

Small says that if you want to have product roll out like Beyoncé, you need to know that everyone on your team buys into your vision. “You never see leaks of her campaigns. She has a team that understands how important it is that every campaign is executed strategically and thoughtfully. When you want to roll out a new program exclusively, [make sure] the whole team is on board with that.”

Timing is everything

Small notes that brands often feel like they have to be in the public eye all the time, but that isn’t the case. “That goes back to the whole idea of quality over quantity. You never see Beyoncé performing because ‘I’ve got to be here because I told them I’d be here,’” says Small. “And if she is intended to do a one or two song set, it’s always a mini concert. Be strategic about your timing and then whenever you do decide to launch, go big or go home.”

Don’t chase trends

You know it when you see it. A brand tries to stay relevant by making sure to include the latest and greatest thing in their campaigns even if it is immediately apparent that it isn’t authentic to who they are as a company. If you’re looking at the Beyoncé playbook, you look to the future without losing who you are. “She’s always giving us a little glimpse into the latest trends but never losing sight of her roots. When I see her I always see a Southern woman, R&B singer, soul diva. But in her new song you see she’s rapping a little bit. She stays on trend but she’s not trendy. You don’t lose those qualities and those signature performance details that we’ve come to love ever since Destiny’s Child. You get a little bit of who she is at her core in everything she does.”


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Savers may need to diversify their money to keep ahead of inflation

By Pauline Macaraeg |

For most personal or even business transactions, a million pesos is a lot of money. It can buy a good car or even a low-cost housing unit especially outside Metro Manila.

However, if placed in a time deposit account, even for a year or more, it’s not enough to earn interest that will keep you ahead of the rising inflation rate, which hit 4.6 percent in May 2018.

A look at the various time deposit products of the country’s biggest universal banks by assets (and their respective savings banks) shows that annual interest rates on placements of one year or less ranged from only one percent to 3.5 percent as of June 25, 2018. These are way below the latest inflation rate.

Entrepreneur Philippines checked the websites of the country’s 12 largest universal banks by assets and of their respective savings and compiled data on interest rates on their time deposit products. The table on this page shows the data from eight banks that provided interest rates on their time deposit offerings on their websites.

A scatter graph of interest rates of Php1-million deposit across different periods of placements showed that deposits left with the banks for longer periods of time generally earned more in interest rates. However, even deposits placed with the banks for up to five years still earned less than the inflation rate.

On the other hand, placements of less than a year earned even lesser interest rate.

For short-term placements, such as one month, Php1 million can earn from a low of 0.5 percent to up to 2.5 percent. For six months, it can go from one percent to 2.625 percent.

While different banks are expected to offer varying interest rates depending on their financial position and marketing strategy, some patterns have emerged that savers can use when selecting banks where to put their money.

Offhand, the country’s three biggest banks—BDO Unibank Inc., Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. and the Bank of the Philippine Islands—all offer the lowest rates of only one percent. To enjoy higher rates, one must look to the other banks outside the Top 3 biggest lenders by assets.

There is also a discernible difference in interest rates offered by a universal bank and its savings bank subsidiary. For example, while Metrobank offers an interest rate of one percent on a Php1-million placement of one year, its thrift bank unit, Philippine Savings Bank, offers an interest rate of 2.25 percent on the same amount and term. The same pattern can be observed in the case of BPI and BPI Family Savings Bank and BPI Direct Savings Bank, as well as RCBC and RCBC Savings Bank.

Despite these variations, interest rates on Php1-million placement in time deposits are being overtaken by inflation. This suggests the need for diversification into higher-yielding but also higher-risk investments to keep ahead of rising consumer prices.

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Contrary to what a lot of people say against them, millennials are taking adulting seriously in order to fulfill that ideal work-life balance.

In making sure that every moment is spent on the things that actually matter to them, choosing where they live has become one of their major priorities nowadays.

But what comprises a perfect location for this generation of achievers who is aiming to have it all?

1. A world of possibilities within reach – From reputable universities to their workplaces, millennials are choosing locations where they can continue enjoying being in the midst of it all. The search for the ideal location always starts in communities where work and play exist harmoniously.

2. Space for artistic expression – It is crucial that the urban jungle doesn’t stifle creativity. After accessibility, space for social interaction and creative expression is next on the checklist.

3. A sense of balance and harmony – A home with flexibility in design and purpose is a haven fit for people who know that circumstances can change in a drop of a hat and home adaptability should be a priority.

Born from early 1980s to early 2000s, the millennials of today are the kids who looked forward to the release of Harry Potter, Disney, and Home Alone movies. These achievers sang their hearts out to the music of NSYNC, A1, Westlife, and Boyzone during their teens. Millennials have been around long enough to understand that their childhood played a crucial part in shaping who they are and who they wanted to be.

But where are they now? They are climbing the corporate ladder. They are pursuing further studies. By building startups, they are navigating entrepreneurship and blazing a path to success on their own. They may be in relationships, slowly growing their own families, or staying happily single as they hop from one adventure to the next.

As is always the case, the key is in finding the courage to start and the right timing to begin. Millennials will continue to push boundaries and shatter limits. They will be alright.

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