Winners Of The 2017 LAMUDI Awards Night

The Philippines’ leading real estate platform recognizes best of its broker clientele in the first annual Lamudi Broker Awards.

Last March 30th, Lamudi successfully held its first annual Lamudi Broker Awards Night at the New World Makati Hotel. Aimed at recognizing and awarding the most active, professional, and responsive licensed brokers in the local real estate industry, the evening also served as an appreciation night for the clientele of the Philippines’ leading real estate portal.

The event was headed by Lamudi’s newly appointed CEO, Bhavna Suresh Chathambeth, and Lamudi Philippines Head of Corporate Accounts, Gilles Hague, who also hosted the show. Philippine Regulation Commission Board for Real Estate Service Chairman (PRBRES) Dr. Eduardo G. Ong and National Real Estate Association Chairman (NREA) Andy Mañalac also graced the event and participated in the festivities by taking part in the presentation of plaques to the awarded brokers.

Apart from Dr. Ong and Mr. Manalac, the Lamudi Broker Awards were also attended by representatives from various real estate developer companies, major media outlets, sponsor firms, and of course, Lamudi Philippines’ esteemed clients and brokers who were the highlight of the night.

“We have seen the hard work of our awardees and their contributions to the property sector that is why we are delighted to be the institution that recognize these deserving brokers and brokerage companies,” shared by the Lamudi Group (Lamudi Philippines, MyProperty PH) CEO Bhavna Suresh Chathambeth.

Individual Awards

Lamudi Philippines awarded Eddie Co as the Lamudi Broker of the Year and the Top Broker for Most Inquiries Generated. Other winners include Evelyn Samaniego as the Top Broker for Most Viewed Properties, Ryan dela Cruz as the Top Broker in the most responsive category and Adrian Timbol the Top Trained Broker for 2016. A loyalty award was also given to Perly Vidad, a loyal subscriber of the online listing site.

Company Awards

It would be remiss to award brokers without also giving credit to the companies who have also had a hand in the continued success of local real estate, which Lamudi also acknowledged as a big part of its own growth and gave recognition during the event.

Lamudi recognized the top company movers of the industry today. My Saving Grace (MSG) emerged as the Lamudi Brokerage of the Year and the Top Brokerage for Most Inquiries. The Top Brokerage for the Most Viewed Properties is JJMO Realty while Lhoopa. Inc. bagged the Most Responsive Brokerage award. The Top Trained Brokerage of 2016 is Capitarize Property Management and Great Empire Realty received loyalty recognition.

Specialty Awards

Last but certainly not least, Lamudi recognizes the role of online home seekers in the continued growth of the company, and understands how brokers have played a key role in bringing these users to its online platform. During the first Brokers Awards, two brokers were recognized for how well they’ve practiced their profession while working with Lamudi, and helping it gain a greater following.

Elisa Namoca got the People’s Choice Award while Jamie Grace So became the Lamudi Broker Ambassador.

The 2017 Lamudi Broker Awards Night was organized by the Lamudi Group, with the assistance of major sponsor Filinvest Land, Inc., and secondary sponsors Amaia Land, Inc., BellaVita Land. Corp., and Avida Land Inc.

Underrated Places To Visit This Holy Week

Take advantage of the long holidays this Holy Week to relax and reflect in these best-kept Philippine destinations.

The next much-awaited time of the year in the Philippines after Christmas is the Lenten season. Many use this time to escape the hustle and bustle of life in Metro Manila and other big cities and just seek comfort and freedom from everyday stress. Combining religion and summer vacation, the Holy Week is the best time to get that much-needed rest and offer a silent prayer.

To help you in this endeavor, real estate website MyProperty has listed down some of the must-go sites this Holy week that might be less crowded and just perfect for the season. Relax and reflect in these awesome places so you’ll get back with a refreshed mind and body.

Siquijor 

The mystical island of Siquijor also boasts various tourist destinations. Some of the most noted are the Isla del Fuego, the pristine beaches in San Juan town and the centuries-old St. Francis de Asisi Parish, which is also the biggest convent in the country built in 1884. Siquijor also have a butterfly sanctuary and breathtaking waterfalls and springs but medical tourism is the real attraction here. The province is known for the alternative healing methods of the locals.

Simultaneous with Holy Week is their yearly Healing Festival. The four-day festival is opened by a Holy Mass and will include healing sessions, exploration in Cantabon Cave and a holy trek to Mount Bandilaan.

Deep Forest Waterfall, National Park Island of Siquijor, Philippines. Photo via Shutterstock.

Tarlac

The Philippines has its own version of the Holy Land located in the province of Tarlac. Just 30 minutes away from the main highway and located at the top of a mountain in Bamban are life-size images that show the mysteries of the Holy Rosary and a number of Bible verses. The local “Holy Land” also has a replica of the tomb of Jesus Christ to complete the experience. It also highlights a 40-foot statue of Jesus on the cross on Mount Golgotha.

Furthermore, Tarlac should be part of anyone’s bucket list as some of the most thrilling tourism experiences can be found here, including the Mount Pinatubo trek adventure and Kart City Tarlac. Museums, waterfalls, and luscious food finds also dot the city to ensure a worthwhile vacation for all.

The Pinatubo Crater Lake. Photo via Shutterstock.

Cagayan Valley

Slowly rising to popularity are the well-preserved white-sand beaches of Cagayan and Palaui Island’s raw beauty is at the top of the list. Once hailed as one of the “World’s 100 Best Beaches” by CNN, Palaui is beyond doubt a magnificent sight to behold and experience.

Aside from its amazing water features, Cagayan has other activities perfect for all especially for the season of Lent. Historic pilgrimage sites can also be found in this stunning province tucked in the quaint northern part of the Philippines. One of the must-visit pilgrimage destinations in the country is the Calvary Hills in the town of Iguig. Life-size statues depicting the 14 Stations of the Cross and the old church of San Antonio de Galica built in the 1900s can be explored here. What’s best is its astonishing location atop a hill, which affords every visitor scenic views of the mighty Cagayan River.

Sunset in Sta. Ana, Cagayan. Photo via Shutterstock.

Mount Pulong Bato in Zamboanga City

Going to a pilgrimage is a favorite Pinoy activity during lent. In Zamboanga City, you can go on a nature trekking while observing religious traditions. At Pulong Bato in Abong Abong Park, the Stations of the Cross commence at the foot of the mountain and end at the peak. Religious images are also scattered and carved into the mountainside.

After hiking and praying, you will surely get a different kind of high spiritually and mentally once you reach the top to rest and just appreciate the picturesque views.

Apart from this marvelous religious place, Zamboanga City is also the home of a large number of natural and man-made attractions to add worth to a meaningful vacation. Carreon, Congo, Nancy, Busay, and Merloquet Falls are just some of the water adventures that are an absolute must-see in Zamboanga City, in addition to beaches and neighboring islands.

Mount Pulong Bato in Zamboanga City. Photo by Zamboanga Historical Landmarks

Iloilo

Take your annual Visita Iglesia a notch higher by visiting the beautiful province of Iloilo. A trip to the centuries-old churches of the province is a must especially for your Holy Week reflection. Be in awe with the historical churches that surround Iloilo, such as the Jaro Cathedral, Molo Church, Miag-ao Church, and Guimbal Church, to name just a few.

After church hopping, neighboring island-province of Guimaras is just a short boat-ride away, which offers a different kind of water adventure for tourists. Forget about time and stress through the various offerings, such as marine sanctuaries, limestone formations, isolated beaches and coves, and a lot more.

Miag-ao Church in Iloilo. Photo via Shutterstock.

Free yourself with stress, feast on the beauty of the country, and observe the true meaning of the Lenten season through these lovely places in the Philippines that offer a total spiritual and mental cleansing.