MMDA opens bike lane in Makati-EDSA

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) opened a one-kilometer bike lane from Magallanes to Ayala Avenue along the Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) on Thursday.

“We wanted to have bike lanes on the roads of Makati to further promote the healthy practice of using bicycles as everyday means of transportation,” MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino told reporters.

“These dedicated lanes are intended to ensure the safety of the bicycle riders who traverse Metro Manila’s major roads”, he added.

Users of the MMDA bikes should present a valid identification card to be issued a plastic card indicating the bike number. The issued card will then be surrendered at the control area where they will exit.

Taguig Risen Against Illegal Drugs

The City of Taguig comes second to its campaign countering illegal drugs contrary to the allegations that Taguig Police isn’t doing a move against the proliferation of drugs.

The Taguig Police are in hot water because of allegations of shabu recycling however to the issued accomplishment Report of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Campaign and Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (SOTG-DAID) of the Southern Police District consist of Pasay, Makati, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Taguig and Pateros Taguig Police have recorded the amount of P1.9M seized shabu or up to 160.55 grams from the month of January to November 12.

According to SPD, based on their report Taguig City will be considered successful in their campaign against illegal drugs as well as its successive operations against drug pushers, also filed cases against 119 individuals arrested 62 in which it big time drug pusher includes syndicate leader named Elia Particle and 45 drug users also. Led in turn to list the Las Piñas Police confiscated a total of 424.70 grams or with a street value P5M.

Atty. Darwin Icay, spokesman of Nacionalista Party-Taguig have defend the city of Taguig to all its critics stating drug related problems got worst in the City.  Icay said that is not true and the accomplishment of the city said to support this.

NAIA-Makati-Fort Bonifacio will be connected by a new train line

According to the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), there’s a new commuter trai line that will soon connect the Fort Bonifacio and Makati central business districts to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Felicito Payumo (BCDA Chairman), said that the government firm was recently approached by a foreign group that studies about the construction of a new monorail system. The project will be pursued through the public-private partnership concept supported by the Aquino administration before it was proposed by the American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham).

If this project will be encouraged, it will address the growing demands of the citizens’ transport system. The new train line will be called the Makati-Taguig-Pasay Monorail Alignment. It will be link to Metro Rail Transit (Taft to North Avenue), the Light Rail Transit line 1 (Baclaran to Roosevelt) and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) system, that cuts across Metro Manila to the Southern Luzon regions.

BCDA issued a statement last Monday from Payumo saying:
The interconnection is envisioned to form a loop around the projected service areas covered by the three rail transit systems.”

They still reviewing the project and more details will be announced once there are certainties in the said deal, like signing the project’s proponents. BCDA didn’t revealed the name of the foreign company that proposed in building the said new train line.

Zuellig Building: A green footprint for Makati’s Commercial Real Estate Market

BY: YVES DE-LUIS

In 2009, Bridgebury Realty Corp, an affiliate of the Zuellig Group, announced that it will be investing 7 billion Peso for the construction of the Zuellig Building.

Zuellig Building - Makati, Philippines

Zuellig Building - Makati, Philippines

The Zuellig Building, to be completed by Q1 2012, is located in the Makati Central Business District, at Makati Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas, on a lot area of 8,285 square meters. The 33 storey structure is a premium, commercial, single-owner office building, with 55,000 square meters up for lease to multi-tenants as well as lease of PEZA office space.

Interestingly, the Zuellig Building will be the first ever Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) pre-certified Gold building in the Philippines.  LEED is an “… internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built, using strategies aimed at improving performance across energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts…”  The LEED certification is meaningful given the increasing awareness and support to “green” efforts and saving the planet. From a business standpoint, the building promises operational savings on utilities (up to 40%) for tenants locating to the Zuellig Building.

Following the global financial crisis of 2008, the Metro Manila office real estate market is starting to stabilize and is now slowly recovering.  Demand for Prime and Grade A office space is expected to pick up in the near term, coming from the positive business sentiment towards the new Aquino administration. According to Michael McCullough, Director of Manila real estate brokerage firm KMC MAG Group, “We have observed an increasing demand in premium office space in Makati, starting late 2010 until now. Therefore, we think the Zuellig Building has been perfectly timed to enter the commercial real estate market in Makati and the Philippines.” – (View KMC MAG Group Office Trends Report for the first quarter of 2011)

First pre-certified Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building in the Philippines

Upon completion in 2012, the Zuellig Building will be the only new Prime building in the Makati Central Business District. For perspective, by 2012, the other Prime buildings will be significantly older:  Ayala Tower One would be 16 years, Philam Life Tower and the Enterprise Center would be 13 years, and RCBC Plaza would be 11 years.  Given that a high-rise would take about three years to complete, no other new Prime buildings are expected by 2012.

Makati Jejomar Binay the new Vice-President of the Philippines?

Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay is sure to be the new vice president. Mar Roxas a.k.a “Mr. Palengke” needs a magical power to overtake him, he says, for his closest rival to catch up with his numbers in the race for the second highest post in the country.

The sudden rise of Binay, said to be the dark horse in the vice presidential race, has stunned a nation that had seen Sen. Manuel Roxas II as the front runner since the start of the campaign until a week ago, when pre-election surveys showed the two tying for the first time.

On Thursday, three days after the elections, GMA Network’s partial and unofficial results showed Binay and Roxas still in dead heat — with Binay getting 13,374,107 votes as against Roxas’ 12,587,596 votes, a difference of about 800,000 votes.

“I am confident that I will win … I will be neck-and-neck [with Roxas], in the sense that there will be a one million [vote] gap or less between us,” Binay told GMA News Tuesday.In a press conference Wednesday, Binay tells reporters the only way he can lose is if his rivals cheat the election results. GMANews.TV

He said he is prepared to be the vice president of Sen. Benigno Aquino III, who is emerging as the clear winner in the presidential race with a lead of five million votes over former president Joseph Estrada, Binay’s running mate.

In his speeches, Estrada repeatedly says he is lucky to have Binay, “the best mayor,” as his running mate. Binay, in turn, showered Estrada with praises.

Regardless of whether his pro-poor image shared with Estrada or Escudero’s “Noy-Bi” endorsement fueled Binay’s take-off, the Makati City mayor seems poised to be Aquino’s vice president.

Parts of Metro Manila experience three-hour brownouts

Daily brownouts lasting up to three hours in some parts of Metro Manila may be experienced in the next five days, energy officials said Monday.

Expected to take place anytime between 10 AM to 10 PM, power outages were caused by problems with two major power plants, Dina Lomotan, a spokesperson for Meralco, said in an interview on dzBB radio.

Among the affected areas include Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Parañaque, Quezon City, Valenzuela, Muntinlupa, Pasig, Pateros and Taguig, a separate Balitanghali report on Monday said.

The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) advised Meralco of problems at the Masinloc and Sual power plants only on Sunday night, Lomotan added.

The NGCP runs the country’s power grid, transmitting electricity from power plants to utilities such as Meralco.

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Mark Bam Reyes shot and killed near his home

Mark Reyes was fatally shot 7 times.

Mark Reyes was fatally shot 7 times. Mark on the mic at Club Bureau.

Bam Reyes as known to over 1000+ friends on Facebook whose real name is Mark Reyes was shot seven times and killed around 5:00am on September 15th, 2009.

Mark Reyes was well known in the Manila Clubbing scene and worked hard making a name for himself.  You may have seen him at work, promoting at Fiama Fiamma on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday nights. **His crew has asked their names to be removed.

Mark Reyes and crew also promoted the new club Bureau at A Venue in North Makati Avenue.  Their nights were Thursdays and Saturdays.

If you weren’t part of the Manila clubbing scene and his face still is recognizable then you may have seen him in one of many different commercials.

Mark Reyes was more than just a promoter, he was also a very talented athlete. He played numerous positions on the flag football team known as the Young Guns. His speed and agility made him one tough competitor even though he would be playing with only a few hours of (or absolutely no) sleep.  Having worked the night before for Fiama Fresh Fridays.

Details of the murder are still under investigation, will post additional information when it’s publicly released.

**Update 9/15/2009 8:36PM**

Mark Reyes was not the only one shot this morning. He was apparently with his close friend and DJ ___ whose name we’ve been asked to keep confidential while he’s being treated at a hospital within Makati.

**Update 9/17/2009 3:34PM**

There’s been conflicting reports on the description of the getaway vehicle, any help from those at the Contact Center across the street might be helpful. Also, the only evidence of this event even happening (besides the gun shots that we heard that early morning) is a flower bouquet that has been laid in front of the condo unit.

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Creamy ‘malunggay’ pesto and ‘laing’ pasta

TODAY’S lifestyle dictates healthy eating, just as it is tolerated to eat “rich” once in a while, especially if the menu is as exquisite as this diner recently had.

Le Bistro

Streetside, Forbes Tower, Fraser Place, Valero cor. H.V. de la Costa, Salcedo Village, Makati City; tel. 4031841.

This is a new venture of partners who used to be actively involved with a popular brand of coffee. Le Bistro is a resto that serves café food and drinks, light meals, coffee and cocktails/refreshments.

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Manny mum on politics, pushes for clean polls

Manny Pacquiao issued a call for clean and honest elections next year even as he shelved his political plans for the 2010 polls to concentrate on his upcoming fight with British champion Ricky Hatton.

In a move that caught everybody by surprise, Pacquiao decided not to read a prepared statement distributed to the media in a press conference in Makati yesterday where the Filipino boxing sensation was supposed to officially declare his intention to run for a congressional seat in the province of Saranggani.

After a brief talk with his election adviser Atty. Romy Macalintal, Pacquiao delivered his message calling for an honest and clean elections next year.

“I am here to call on my fellow Filipinos to help ensure a clean and orderly elections next year,” said Pacquiao in Filipino.

He, however, stressed he is not endorsing a particular candidate at this stage.

Pacquiao also called on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to do its job and prevent cheating in the 2010 polls.

In a chat with reporters, Pacquiao said he is concentrating on his coming fight against Hatton and not the 2010 elections.

But he did give hint at running for a congressional seat in Saranggani.

“I spent years of my life in that province. I have a house there and my wife is from there,” said Pacquiao in Filipino.


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Makati sets tax hike moratorium

“We realize that this is not the time for the city government to further burden our business partners,” Makati Mayor Jejomar C. Binay said in a statement.

“We believe that the city government’s revenues are sufficient at the moment to sustain the level of services we provide our constituents,” he added.

The proposal was said to be part of the city government’s response to concerns raised by business leaders in a crisis conference last month.

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