YEARENDER: 12 big business stories in 2012

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Lala Rimando & Katherine Visconti

www.Rappler.com

2 January 2013

http://www.rappler.com/business/18776-yearender-12-big-business-news-in-2012

MANILA, Philippines – The year 2012 was full of surprises, good news, tension, frustrations and more.

Below is a list of 12 of the biggest business, industry and economics stories Rappler’s business team covered in 2012. It reflects the new policies, partnerships and factors beyond Filipinos’ control that shaped 2012 and will be felt after the year is over.

Read full article here

10. Real estate boom (Article Extract)

Image courtesy of Franz LopezImage courtesy of Franz Lopez

The local real estate market boomed anew in 2012, raising concerns about similarities to pre-1997 real-estate-led financial crisis. Experts and economists allayed the fears of worried Filipinos and foreigners, stressing the boom has two fundamental legs to depend on.

One: the remittances sent by Filipinos abroad that stayed resilient despite slowing global economy. With most buying homes for their retirement needs, real estate consultant CBRE Philippines noted that overseas Filipinos’ home purchases increased 61% this 2012. The growth in sector is obvious in the and even international players like Paris Hilton, Donald Trump and high-fashion house Versace are getting in on the action.

Two: the continuing growth of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) business, which requires vast office spaces. With a doubling of revenues to $25 billion by 2016, Philippine skylines are fast developing to meet demand.

Three: Record low interest rates helped make financing a home purchase and office lease more affordable.

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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