The art of building dreams

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Malaya Business Insight

4 March 2013

Pursuing your personal dream isn’t easy. But imagine what it’s like for renowned architect Gil Coscolluela, whose passion in life is to build.
As an architect at his family’s firm, W.V. Coscolluela & Associates, Coscolluela is a part of the team famous for being the brilliant mind behind skyscrapers in Makati, shopping malls, and high-rise office buildings and condominiums.

One of the recent projects that Coscolluela and the firm take pride in is the Zuellig Building. Sitting at the heart of Makati Central Business District, this 33-storey building is dubbed as the ‘greenest’ building in town.  It is famous for being pre-certified at Gold level under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Over the years, Coscolluela’s hard work and impressive style caught the attention of several clients who also want to build their dream houses and establishments. Now, Coscolluela has not only established a reputation for himself and the firm, but he is also one of the most sought-after architects in the country.

Because of all his commitments and responsibilities, Coscolluela knows the importance of keeping himself healthy. This is why he takes multivitamins, particularly Pharmaton® with Ginseng G115, and makes it a part of his daily habit.

Pharmaton® is one of the world’s most established multivitamin brands and is the only clinically proven multivitamin formulation with Ginseng G115. A study by Casco Marasco also showed that, compared with multivitamins with no ginseng, Pharmaton® can improve quality of life by 86% more by enhancing critical aspects of life: energy level, satisfaction, social life, immunity, work performance, sleep and relaxation, and sexual life. Pharmaton®’s Ginseng G115 content is “standardized”; the same amount is found in every capsule to guarantee consistent and optimum results for the user.

Aside from taking Pharmaton® regularly, Coscolluela also plays a variety of sports. “With the job I have and the field I am in, I feel it’s very important to stay healthy. Getting into sports is a good way of doing that,” he said, adding that he has been active with sports ever since and has, in fact, won an athlete of the year award when he was still in school.

Orion Support Incorporated (OSI)

Dear Rick,

Following up from my initial request to you for support in finding a new office location for our company, Orion Support Incorporated.   Well, we moved in to the LTA Building on Perea Street, fifty meters or so from Paseo de Roxas this weekend, only a 4 minute walk to AmCham and under excellent terms.

While I think you assigned both Morgan Mcgilvray and Sherdil Rana to support our original request; as you know, Morgan was very tied up with his wife giving birth during the period we identified this location and negotiated with the landlord, Mr. Mike Arroyo. Yes, the former First Gentleman. But in my short interaction with Morgan, I can see that he is a solid, young professional.

With regards to Sherdil, I want to tell you that with 35+ years of interviewing hundreds and hundreds of individuals, I was impressed with his professionalism, focused support and “can-do” attitude  from the point of identifying our potential office space, and through the negotiation stages prior to the signing of our 6 year contract.  I was impressed with his considered opinions, insightfulness with regards to Philippine business culture and his sage advice related to our strategy in the negotiation process.  Sherdil was able to negotiate a rental rate per square meter about 150 – 200 pesos less than the going rate in this area, and with only a 7% increase after 24 months. Add to that, he secured for us three parking slots at no additional cost, two months security deposit versus the standard three, and two months advance rent to be applied to the front end of our contract versus the back end as is the case in most rental contracts. And, he got the landlord to repaint the entire office with three coats of mildew resistant paint at their expense.   But best of all, we were given a 6 year lease, with only having to give two months notice and forfeit only our two month security deposit to move out anytime with no additional penalty!

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