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Ascott to expand presence in Philippines with Manila property

Ascott to expand presence in Philippines with Manila property

The Ascott has increased its presence in the Philippines by securing a contract to manage a serviced residence in Alabang, a major business district in Metro Manila.

The 150-unit Somerset Alabang Manila is slated to open in 2017.

It will reinforce Ascott’s position as the largest international serviced residence owner-operator in the Philippines with more than 1,400 apartment units across eight properties.

Arthur Gindap, Ascott regional general manager, Philippines & Thailand, said: “We see immense potential for Ascott in the Philippines as the country continues to enjoy strong economic growth and to attract foreign direct investment.

“In 2012, foreign direct investment into the Philippines grew by almost ten per cent over 2011.

“The Philippines’ recent credit rating upgrade to investment grade by Fitch and Standard & Poor’s will spur further growth.

“Ascott already has a strong foothold in Makati City, the country’s primary financial centre, with three operating properties.

“Hence, we are actively expanding in other business districts where foreign direct investment has generated robust demand for serviced residences.”

Gindap added: “With Somerset Alabang Manila, we are well positioned to cater to expatriates and business travellers from the business process outsourcing, call centre, engineering and construction companies in the Alabang district.

“The new property will also allow us to tap on the growing demand from the manufacturing and electronics industries in the economic zones of Laguna, Cavite and Batangas.”

Somerset Alabang Manila

Somerset Alabang Manila has a prime location within the fast developing Filinvest City, an integrated development comprising office, retail, residential and leisure components.

The serviced residence is close to the corporate offices of multinational corporations such as Shell, HSBC and Verizon.

Situated right off the exit of the South Luzon Expressway, Somerset Alabang Manila is just a 25-minute drive away from the airport and is easily accessible from the industrial parks in Laguna, Cavite and Batangas.

Guests will get to enjoy a wide range of amenities near the property, including restaurants, shopping malls, supermarkets, sports and recreational venues and even a hospital with a lifestyle medical centre.

Somerset Alabang Manila will offer spacious studio, one- to three-bedroom residences and penthouse units.

All apartments will come with a fully-equipped kitchen, separate living, dining and work areas.

The comprehensive facilities at the serviced residence include an outdoor swimming pool, gymnasium, residents’ lounge, children’s playroom, meeting rooms and business centre.