They may not be buying their first home anytime soon, but teaching kids about the value of Real Estate can help secure their future.

Financial advisors always say: “It is not how much you save, but what is important is to start saving early.”

The same goes with teaching Filipino kids about Real Estate: the earlier, the better. All parents want their children to succeed in life. One way to do this is to teach them to appreciate the importance of Real Estate. Although owning a house may not be the most crucial ingredient for being successful, it will sure help them achieve financial independence, not to mention provide security for their future family.

Teaching children about Real Estate early on also allows them to understand the hard work, challenges, and compromises involved in finally affording to own a home, but most importantly the perks that come with it. So when the time comes when your kids have to spread their proverbial wings and fly out of the family nest, they will be ready.

To guide Filipino parents, Lamudi Philippines has compiled a list of reasons why it is important to educate our kids about real estate.

1. They Learn the Value of Hard Work

Many young parents today were raised by baby boomers, who place home-ownership in high esteem; hence, many of them learned that owning a home is not as easy as it seems, but that it is very achievable if they work hard for it. Young people today casually jump from one job to another—or worse, resign from their jobs just because they feel like doing it—and this has huge implications on their financial standing. Many of them take years to finally sort out their finances to get approved for a housing loan, which could have been avoided easily if they understood the importance of job stability very early on.

2. They Learn How to Negotiate

When buying real estate, you should seek the advice of a licensed broker or even a lawyer to get good insight into fair and reasonable price. But then it will be up to the buyer to negotiate the price with the seller. Oddly, many people are not comfortable with the idea of negotiating; however, if you do not negotiate, you stand to lose a lot of our hard-earned cash. By teaching kids about real estate, you also teach them the importance of negotiating. It helps them gain confidence to walk away if a deal simply is not favorable. This will help them a great deal in life as well, as negotiating is part and parcel of our dealings every day (for example, when negotiating a salary at work).

3. They Learn the Importance of Good Credit Standing

In the advent of easy credit, many young Filipinos today have found themselves wallow to the burden of credit card debts, and how many of them were unable to get a mortgage due to dismal credit standing. This prevented many from owning homes. If children are taught the basics of real estate at an early age, they will understand how compromises have to be made in order to remain financially stable, which is the first step up the property ladder.

4. They Learn to Plan for the Future

If parents educate their kids on the importance of real estate, they are teaching them the importance of planning for the future. Although parental instinct pulls most parents to assist their children in any way possible to move up the property ladder, this only teaches them to be overly reliant. What parents can do is nurture their independence and teach them the value of hard-earned money.

Preparing kids with the necessary tools to help them find the road toward financial independence and home-ownership is one of the most valuable lessons any Filipino parent can give. This will in fact be more valuable than cash gifts or financial support, as it will enable them to manage their own finances and stand on their own feet well into the future.

Is Franchising For You?

Take a look in any street in the country and you will likely see a franchised business as more and more people are making the decision to engage in entrepreneurship.

One of the reason franchising has been so successful is that; a synergy is created between franchisor and franchisee. Together the two could achieve things that as individual business people they could not do. While there are many examples of successful franchises, buying a franchise is no guarantee of success. A great factor in franchising success is the personal traits of the franchisee. Here are some traits of successful franchisees.

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Willingness to be a team player

The key to a successful franchise relationship is close cooperation between the franchisee and franchisor. The franchisor must take care of the interests of the franchise as a whole which may require complete cooperation in the part of the franchisee. The franchisee must also follow the system prepared by the franchisor. In the case of Aquabest, it appoints specialized franchise relations officers and customer care representatives to attend to the concerns and continuously build good ties with the franchisee. This means that Aquabest and its franchisees can work as a team to help each other succeed.

Passion for the brand

The adage that work will not feel like work if you enjoy it rings true in franchising. More than good rapport with the franchisor, the franchisee must also be passionate and committed to the brand in order to succeed. Being committed helps one go the extra mile to help the business succeed.

That is why one must take their time and shop around for a franchise that they truly like before committing. With over 700 franchisees, Aquabest owes its phenomenal growth to the hard work and passion of its franchisees who helped it reach its current status as the country’s premiers water franchisor.

Are you eager to learn

Like any other industry, franchising continues to change and evolve with new developments constantly cropping up. To keep up with these developments interested franchisees must always hone their knowledge by attending seminars organized by their franchisors or other organizations. Aquabest holds regular meetings with its franchisees to help keep them abreast with the latest industry developments and trends.

Are you a “hands on” person

One of the advantages of franchising is most of the risks associated have already been encountered and overcome by the franchisors. Like most franchisors, Aquabest offers its franchisees a manual to help them run their business efficiently and effectively. However, the franchise manual that one would receive cannot possibly cover all possible scenarios. That is why one must be ready to be a “hands on” manager so as to monitor and address potential problems quickly and efficiently.

Should you possess most of these traits then franchising is indeed for you. To get started on your journey into franchising one can attend the free franchise seminars offered by Aquabest at their head office. For more information please contact Ms. Lyn Cordon at (02) 371-0478.

Gloc9, Karylle, 1:43 top bill BellaVita free concerts

SOCIALIZED housing development BellaVita Land Corp. will hold a free concert series dubbed as “Ang Saya-Saya Sa BellaVita” featuring popular and emerging Original Pilipino Music (OPM) artists and radio jocks including Gloc-9, Karylle, and boy band 1:43 in Lipa City and San Pablo City this November.


The first concert to be led by award-winning Filipino rapper Gloc9 will be held at the Plaza Independencia in Lipa City on November 29 at 6 p.m., while the second concert with “It’s Showtime” (ABS-CBN) host Karylle will be held on November 30 at SM City San Pablo at 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, 1:43, the voices behind the 5th Star Awards for Music song of the year “Sa Isang Sulyap Mo” and hit songs “Ang Saya-Saya” and “Hayop Sa Ganda” will give sizzling performances in both shows. The band, composed of Anjo Ressurreccion, Gold Aquino, Argee Golding, and Yuki Sakamoto, was named as the Most Promising Group at the 45th Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Award.

Three of the most promising recording artists today namely Fifth Dynamics, JBK, and Neo Domingo will likewise entertain the audiences.

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Fifth Dynamics lead by former The Voice of the Philippines contender Mark Cordovales is a fast-rising band. After winning the Dreams Get Real talent search of McJim Classic Leather, the group recorded the chart-topping single titled “Anyare.”

Vocal trio JBK composed of Joshua Bulot, Bryan Del Rosario, and Kim Nicolas is making waves in the music scene. The group’s RnB infused ballad “Anong Meron Ka”, which was handpicked by APO Hiking Society member Jim Paredes as the  Critic’s Song of the Year in the Dreams Get Real competition, is now getting heavy airplays on major radio stations across the country.

A product of X-Factor Philippines and Dreams Get Real, Neo Domingo topped national and local charts with his debut single “Pagbigyan Mo Na.” It was even named as the Most Wanted Song of 97.1 Barangay LS FM.

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Aside from promoting BellaVita’s new developments, the musical fair is the Real Estate development’s early Christmas treat to the residents of San Pablo and Lipa City including their nearby towns.

“Christmas is just around the corner and these concerts are our early Christmas present to them. We are going to Lipa and San Pablo not only to promote our new BellaVita projects but also to put a smile on their faces this Yuletide season,” said Barry Trinidad, marketing manager for BellaVita Land Corporation.

“Our tagline and jingle ‘Ang Saya-Saya sa BellaVita’ is a glimpse to what they will experience with BellaVita. We will stick to our promise to give not only an affordable housing, but also a fun and fulfilling community,” Trinidad added.

The concert in Lipa City is in partnership with City Mayor Meynardo Sabili and Vice Mayor Eric Africa.

DZMM TeleRadyo and MOR Manila DJ Onse Tolentino, a native of Lipa City, will grace the Plaza Independecia concert while 90.7 Love Radio DJ Nicole Hyala will be the host the event in SM City San Pablo.

BellaVita is a social enterprise project that caters to modest-income families, allowing them to afford their own houses.


Staying true to its mission of giving every Filipino a home instead of renting or living with relatives, BellaVita introduced its projects in Porac, Pampanga; General Trias, Cavite; Alaminos and San Pablo City in Laguna; Pililla, Rizal; Lipa City, Batangas; Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecity; Tayabas, Quezon; and Capas, Tarlac as answer to the country’s big housing backlog. For as low as P2,500, one family can now reserve a home they can call their own.

“With BellaVita, every Filipino may now realize their dream of having a house and lot they can call their very own,” Trinidad said.


Aquabest is proud to announce its support for the 4th Quezon City International Marathon (QCIM).

The company would be setting up hydration stations along Quezon Avenue where it will offer free water to the marathon participants. It would also be giving away awesome prizes and joining the on stage program at the Quezon Memorial Circle. The QCIM is being held to honor and celebrate the 75th founding anniversary of Quezon City.

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The event is expected to gather 9,000 professional and amateur runners at the Quezon Memorial Circle on November 29. This year also marks the first time the global marathon event will be held at night. The run shall cover only four categories; 3K, 5K, 10K and 21K. The race will be held at the Quezon Memorial Circle, and from there, it will proceed to Quezon Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue before going back to the Quezon Memorial Circle.

Amaia Steps Capitol Central: Living with a smile

Ayala Land’s flagship development in Bacolod, Capitol Central is the first masterplanned, mixed-use community in the area. Envisioned to be the growth center of Metro Bacolod and Negros Occidental, Capitol Central stretches across 9 hectares of prime development where history is fused with modern living.

Once named as “Best Place to Live in the Philippines”, Bacolod City is one of busiest and most urbanized cities in Visayas, giving families and individuals a lot of opportunities to succeed in life.

Amaia Steps Capitol Central comes with a Courtyard at the center of development, which is an area where residents can relax.
Amaia Steps Capitol Central comes with a Courtyard at the center of development, which is an area where residents can relax.

Continuing its promise to give an affordable condo living, Amaia, Ayala Land’s economic housing arm, will launch a new property in Negros Occidental on Nov. 15, 2014.

Set to rise right across Capitol Central, is Amaia Steps Capitol Central, a mid-rise project with nine floors and 288 residential units for its North Building. The project is located along San Juan St., Brgy. 8, Bacolod City.

The new property is accessible to most transport stations such as jeepneys, tricycles, and even ferry stations. Bacolod-Silay International Airport is just 13 kilometers away from the project.

With Capitol Central’s developments, homeowners will be just few minutes away from a major mall and hotel, allowing them to have better working opportunities.

Amaia Steps Capitol Central  comes with swimming pools for adults and kids, children’s play area, landscaped gardens, jogging path, and retail shops.
Amaia Steps Capitol Central comes with swimming pools for adults and kids, children’s play area, landscaped gardens, jogging path, and retail shops.

Providing homeowners with a comfortable living in a highly urbanized area, Amaia Steps Capitol Central comes with a Courtyard at the center of development, which is an area where residents can relax. It comes with swimming pools for adults and kids, children’s play area, landscaped gardens, jogging path, and retail shops.

Amaia Steps Capitol Central  comes with swimming pools for adults and kids, children’s play area, landscaped gardens, jogging path, and retail shops.
Amaia Steps Capitol Central comes with swimming pools for adults and kids, children’s play area, landscaped gardens, jogging path, and retail shops.

Future residents can choose from three unit types namely Studio, De Luxe, and Premier and enjoy the view of Talisay and Bacolod City, and, of course, the beautiful scenery of Guimaras Straight.

Like any Amaia property, this project will give you a peace of mind since it is designed with guarded entrance and exits, a perimeter fence and CCTV cameras. There are also two elevators per building and natural-ventilated hallways for homeowners comfort and convenience.

A pocket-friendly buying experience is also ensured since Amaia offers different paying scheme to help you get your dream home easily. Available paying options are cash payment, deferred, PAG-IBIG, Bank and In-house financing.

As with every Amaia project, Amaia Steps Capitol Central is further ensured by the Makati Development Corporation BuildPlus (MDC) and Ayala Property Management Corporation (APMC), both trusted for maintaining a secure and liveable community.

For inquiries, visit or like www.facebook/AmaiaLand or call (034) 441-7546.

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