Part of your homework when looking for a new home is to identify who is the developer behind. Whether popular or obscure, the developer associated with the planning, construction and maintenance of your home is instrumental in how your life as a property owner would be shaped.
Although a premium developer name demands excellence to protect a well-guarded reputation, it is also almost always comes at a cost higher than many of its lesser-known competitors.
As the Philippines arguably is amid a property boom — propelled by the so-called golden age of infrastructure and money poured in by overseas Filipino workers — more buyers are looking for properties for investment or settling down at more accessible locations. Although more property developers join the industry, the more popular and established ones, always ready to splurge the right price for the right place, have established a bright outlook in the Philippine real estate scene.
1. Ayala Land Inc.
While only founded as a company merely 30 years ago, the Ayala brand takes back more than 180 years ago, creating a name that is associated with utilities, financial services, telecommunications and, of course, real estate. It is behind the development of some of the Philippines’ most sought-after premier locations, notably the city of Makati.
Notable Ayala brands: Alveo, Avida, Amaia, BellaVita
2. SM Prime Holdings
SM, which began as a shoe store and later a department store named Shoemart in the 50s, is a household name and is synonymous to shopping experience in the Philippines. No wonder its name is renowned because of the atmosphere it built to a typical Filipino family, and evokes happy memories shared with families and friends. But more than just shopping malls 60 in the Philippines and seven in China, SM’s real estate portfolio extends to condominiums, commercial properties, hotels and convention centers.
Notable SM Prime Holdings brands: Tagaytay Highlands, Jazz Residences, Air Residences
3. Megaworld Corporation
Operating under the conglomerate Alliance Global Group, Megaworld Corporation is a real-estate developer with interests in 250 large-scale, mixed-use, planned communities incorporating residential, commercial, educational, and leisure projects, spread across the country. Among its impressive list of projects include Eastwood City, the country’s first IT Park, Petron Megaplaza which was the Philippines’ tallest building upon its completion, McKinley Hill and Forbes Town Center in Fort Bonifacio.
Notable Megaworld brands: Eastwood City, Mactan Newtown, McKinley Hill
4. Filinvest Land Inc.
Filinvest Land residential development began its business as a subdivision developer in Cebu and caters mostly to the mid-market property segment. However, it has expanded to high-rise condominium development as well. Other business interests in real estate include office leasing, retail and commercial, and townscapes.
Notable Filinvest brands: Brentville, The Beaufort, City di Mare
5. Century Properties
Established in 1986, Century Properties is well-known for its futuristic high-rise residential condo units, led by its flagship Gramercy Residences, which at 73 storeys is the tallest residential building in the Philippines, and the elegant Century Spire, whose interiors are designed by Giorgio Armani’s design brand Armani/Casa. It is focused on on high-rise — Gramercy Residences contemporaries Milano Residences, the Knightsbridge Residences are also among the tallest in the country — and mid-rise residential condo units and mixed-use developments.
Notable Century Properties brands: Azure Urban Resort Residences, Knightsbridge Residences, Gramercy Residences
6. Robinsons Land Corporation
Under a conglomerate that has interests in multiple industries such transportation, power generation, food manufacturing and financial services, Robinson’s Land has earned the reputation as one of the more reliable property developers in the Philippines. It has an impressive portfolio of residential condominiums, hotels, shopping malls and office buildings. Its residential arm caters to clientele from affordable housing to luxury options at sought-after addresses.
Notable Robinsons Properties brands: AmiSa Private Residences, Westin Manila Sonata Place, The Radiance Manila Bay
7. DMCI Homes
DM Consunji Incorporated began operating as a private contracting company in 1954. It has since expanded into real estate and has built a solid reputation of both high standard in quality of its projects and ability to complete them within the bounds of scheduled timelines.
With residential properties available across many parts of the country, and wide offering from affordable to high-end, there is a property meant for your budget and lifestyle.
Notable DMCI Homes brands: Prisma Residences, Oak Harbour Residences, Illumina Residences Manila
8. Rockwell Land
Rockwell Land entered the Philippine real estate scene with the launch of its flagship project the Rockwell Center, transforming a former thermal power plant in Makati into a thriving community, earning the reputation as a trusted luxury residential brand. The company has a select few areas of presence — Makati, Pasig, Mandaluyong and Cebu, emphasizing its focus on niche market and consistency in presenting its brand of luxury and lifestyle.
Notable Rockwell Land brands: The Grove, 32 Sanson, Power Plant Mall
9. Shang Properties
From the owner of the renowned Shangri-La Hotel chain that brought the famed hotels into the country, Shang Properties have expanded its reach to residential sector where its offerings are characterized as high-end properties. Although a newcomer in this sector, Shang Properties has no doubt stamped its class within the Philippine market.
Notable Shang Properties brands: The Enterprise Center, The Rise Makati, One Shangri-La Place
10. Federal Land
As the real estate arm of the GT Capital Holdings which also owns Metrobank Group, Federal Homes expanded its reach as it renamed itself Federal Land, leaving an indelible mark with its landmarks the 47-storey GT Tower International in the Makati Central Business District, the 66-storey Metrobank Center and upscale Grand Hyatt Hotel and Grand Hyatt Manila Residences.
Notable Federal Land brands: One Wilson Square, Marco Polo Residences, Park West