Allowing for a smart, well-connected lifestyle

By Vaughn Alviar

The technology sector had the Midas touch in 2020, registering big gains against a backdrop of upsets and challenges, while saving other industries from sudden death.

It really isn’t so hard to comprehend why cloud and connectivity services made it to the list of 2020’s big winners. In our stay-at-home world, the safest way to catch up with people has been to go online, the wisest place to work or study has been at home, and the most convenient method to acquire our wants and needs has been through apps and websites.

New ideal homes

Even the property sector benefited from technology. As real estate players migrated some of their transactions online, they also accepted that COVID-19 has forever changed the criteria for ideal homes. Aside from the usual security and creature comforts, buyers and investors now ask if their homes provide enough space for a multifaceted life, if amenities allow for genuine connections and holistic wellness, if processes lower the risks of acquiring diseases, and if units offer the means to do business from home.

Ortigas Land, for one, combines its leadership in real estate with that of a telecommunications giant to deliver an unprecedented offer. Several of the trusted builder’s residences will offer Globe At Home Built-In Plan Broadband Promo, an initiative avouching that connectivity has become a must—not a luxury—for present-day consumers.  

Anyone who decides to live at Empress at Capitol Commons, Residences at The Galleon in Ortigas Center, and Maple at Verdant Towers in Ortigas East will enjoy a free two-year trial of Globe’s internet service with up to 100 Mbps broadband speed, and unlimited data and calls to Globe and Touch Mobile. Also part of the deal is free access to content-streaming platforms and free help in setting up homeowners’ Internet of Things devices. All these are equivalent to over P3,000 in monthly savings for 24 months. Dwellers can opt out any time, only by signing a waiver.

All these three luxurious residential projects are already located in highly accessible, well-connected estates in Metro Manila, but this ingenious offering should boost take-up. The package further pushes Ortigas Land properties that were designed with smart technology—particularly Empress and Residences at The Galleon.

Smart residences

With no-touch solutions linked to a mobile app, the company helps residents lower the risk of acquiring communicable diseases and provides an unparalleled sense of security. Owners can remotely monitor and control their plugs, television, smoke detectors, kitchen appliances, lighting fixtures, airconditioners, contact sensors and temperature scanners. With a reliable home internet, they may turn items on and off as they sit pretty in their unit.

The promo should propel Empress—Capitol Commons’ 56-story stunner—to the top of homebuyers’ lists. It is the country’s first wellness lifestyle real estate, thoughtfully designed to integrate wellness and sustainability. It offers 771 studio to three-bedroom units—providing enough space for exercise spaces, workstations and passion projects.

While Capitol Commons has open spaces, a biophilic Empress allows people to commune with nature and rest amid greens. It also benefits from color therapy. Indoor amenities include a Reading Room, Resident’s Lounge and Dance Studio. You will find Japanese hints in the interiors, and the “yin-yang” concept in the outdoor amenities, delineated into Active and Quiet Zones.

With the Globe tie-up, Empress now ticks off all the criteria for today’s buyers. COVID-19 made connectivity part and parcel of our well-being so Empress—true to its title—adapted to it. This should give Ortigas Land the Midas touch, too.