For his work as “a true industry pioneer”; for “transforming the Manila skyline with quality developments”; and for “drawing the global spotlight not only to the Philippines but to the entire Southeast Asian region with notable brand collaborations” – a Filipino entrepreneur was recognized as this year’s Real Estate Personality in the Southeast Asian region.

Jose E.B. Antonio, Founder and Chairman of Century Properties Group Inc., was proclaimed as the 2012 Real Estate Personality of the Year by the prestigious Southeast Asia Property Awards, held on November 21, 2012 at the Shangri-la Hotel in Singapore.

Antonio is the second recipient of the said award after Ho Kwon Ping, Executive Chairman of the Banyan Tree Holdings, won it in 2011. The Century Properties founder also received the Highly Commended citations bestowed by the awards to Trump Tower at Century City for the Best Residential Development-Philippines category, and Century Properties Group for the Best Developer-Philippines category.
A firm believer in the growth potential of the Philippines, Antonio founded Century Properties 26 years ago amidst one of the country’s most turbulent periods in history—the People Power Revolution. Five economic cycles and two and a half decades later, Century has emerged as a leader in innovative real estate concepts—from creating the first fully-fitted and fully-furnished condominiums in the Philippines to introducing interior design themes into residential spaces.

Under Antonio’s leadership, Century also announced unprecedented collaborations with global brands in real estate and interior design, including Versace Home for The Milano Residences, MissoniHome for Acqua Livingstone, Trump for Trump Tower at Century City, yoo inspired by Starck with John Hitchcox and Philippe Starck for Acqua Iguazu and Ms. Paris Hilton for the Azure Urban Resort Residences Beach Club.

Century Properties Group Founder and Chairman Jose E.B. Antonio
“I believe that Century’s remarkable competitive strength lies in the passion of its people. This has translated into a proven heritage of innovation and product differentiation. We are committed to not just introduce firsts but also deliver quality projects that help transform Metro Manila as a world-class and cosmopolitan city,” Antonio said.

Jules Kay, managing editor of Property Report Southeast Asia magazine, said of Antonio: “Despite such high-profile developments, as a seasoned property professional he remains focused on quality… He is a true industry pioneer. He and his sons have been slowly transforming the Manila skyline, drawing a global spotlight not only on the Philippines, but also the Southeast Asian region.”

In his acceptance speech, Antonio said: “Southeast Asia and the whole of Asia is moving towards the center of economic gravity of the world, and we are fortunate and excited to be working in this part of the world today, where growth will be the major theme.”

Antonio’s recognition is the third major honor of Century Properties this year after being awarded by BCI Asia as one of the Top 10 Real Estate Developers in the Philippines, and receiving the 2012 International Property Awards for Trump Tower at Century City in the categories of Best Architecture and Best Development.

The South East Asia Property Awards (SEAPA) aims to recognize the best of the region’s luxury real estate as well as underscore high caliber work in construction, architecture, interior design and property management.

The Personality of the Year title is a special award and the only one given by SEAPA for a personality’s outstanding body of work within the region’s real estate landscape. The rest of the SEAPA category titles are given to developers, their projects and other real estate consultants such as architects, interior designers and property consultancy firms.

The nominations for the said award are based on the following considerations:  the candidate company’s overall impact on the quality of the regional property market, his or her personal influence on the region’s business development, the candidate’s ability to innovate and introduce creative approaches to real estate growth and his or her commitment to philanthropy.

The South East Asia Property Awards highlights the hard work, passion and vision of real estate movers from property developers, interior designers, architects and agents from around the region, with emphasis on companies and individuals who push the envelope in luxury living.

This year’s roster of finalists comprised developers and projects from Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam, with a total of 38 awards handed out in different development, developer and property consultancy categories.

Source: GMA News Online | November 29, 2012