Aqua Boracay by Yoo an idyllic island paradise

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The Philippine Star

08 December 2012

http://m.philstar.com/lifestyle/show/18188b7624b411c4ae80d5d6c1584486&t=d18seldmemqt06g4nau49fkfa0

Aqua Boracay by Yoo (www.aquaboracay.com), the newest luxury beachside residential development in Boracay Island, is set to introduce distinct standards of premier resort living in Asia Pacific. Aqua Boracay by Yoo is the first resort residence designed by Yoo in the Philippines. Yoo Design Studio is based in the UK and since 1999, has been working with international developers on a multitude of residential, hotel, and commercial projects throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa, North and South America, and the Middle East.

Yoo is responsible for the design of over 10,000 homes in 37 cities across the globe. Yoo is co-founded by renowned design giant Philippe Starck and international property developer and entrepreneur John Hitchcox. Master-planned in a 16,000 square-meter property right across a pristine beachfront, Aqua Boracay by Yoo is four-story, low-density and low-rise development with only 134 one-and two-bedroom luxury apartments. The resulting residences are spacious, modern, and sophisticatedly designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding tropical landscape and sea views. The apartments at Aqua Boracay by Yoo are minimalist in design and evoke a simple laid-back, vision of luxury.

Open-plan interiors allow natural flow of air and light. Color palette of creamy white, eggshell and neutral shades adds to the overall feeling of calm and tranquility. Interiors are fully-furnished with locally-sourced materials and custom-made furniture to match the unique design of each unit. Large private terraces allow residents to commune with nature, and make it the star of the show.

Liz Silvestre, CBRE Philippines associate director for Investments and Capital Markets, explained that as the first branded five-star class resort residence on the Island of Boracay, Aqua Boracay by Yoo actually lets visitors experience the beauty of Boracay while also allowing them to look forward to enjoying investment returns in the very near future.  “The real estate landscape of Boracay has positively evolved tremendously. Coming off from a beach destination for leisure and relaxation, it offers a unique real estate opportunity for the residential and hotel investors considering not only a strong capital appreciation but the stable opportunity which lies in the short to long staying local and international guests.

Establishing an international brand presence on the island sets the trend of remote luxury that will take visitors to a new level of rest and invest. Aqua Boracay by Yoo has raised the bar in delivering what the market deserves,” Silvestre said. CBRE Philippines is the exclusive project marketing and sales advisory arm of Aqua Boracay by Yoo. “This is a successful formula,” adds Marco Biggiogero, chairman of Aqua Boracay by Yoo.

Biggiogero’s extensive expertise in real estate spans over fifteen years covering areas such as property management, advance real estate consulting, asset monitoring, portfolio analysis services, and forecasting from Milan, Italy to Boracay, Philippines. “We manage the property and rent it out for our clients, and maintain it once they are not in residence.” Biggiogero managed real estate portfolios of Servizi Immobiliare Banche SIB Spa, a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund in Italy. “I immediately fell in love with Boracay and wanted to bring a high quality product that the island deserves” he says. Biggiogero has been in residence since 2003.   “Boracay is really a product of the mixture of cultures – and that makes the island unique. The island plays host to varied European, American, and Asian cultures,” added John Hitchcox, founder of Yoo.

“Aqua Boracay by Yoo will bring a new level of sophistication to this idyllic award-winning island and whether people come for just a few months or half the year, they are sure of an experience unlike any other in the Philippines.” For information, call 623-9797, (036) 288-1536 or visit  www.aquaboracay.com

Regent Parkway

To all the administrative, security and management personnel at Regent Parkway:

I’d like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU sincerely for all your hard work.Every day we come home to clean, well maintained and safe building, and it is thanks to the contributions of each and every one of you.

I’ve had the pleasure to be a tenant of this building for the last couple of years, and I have never, ever had a single problem, not ever one. Everything is managed with the utter most professionalism, and many times we take that for granted. I know that it doesn’t happen by magic, but because of the effort from each and every one of you.

Unfortunately, I am being relocated to my home country, reason for which I will stop living here by the end of the month. Believe me, if it was up to me, I would never leave; since my stay here has been very happy and fulfilling.

I’ve had the opportunity to live in many places, but the upkeep and operation in this building, together with the warmth from every member of the personnel, are unparalleled.

I didn’t want to leave without sharing with you my appreciation for all you have done for me; your friendly smiles, the cheering in the early mornings when I drag myself up for a run, making me feel safe and taken care of, but mostly, for taking an otherwise ordinary job and making something extraordinary out of it.

I wish you all the best and thanks again.

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