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The Stratford Residences Holds Feng Shui Night

The Stratford Residences

PR_TSR_Feng Shui Night_PhilStar_B8 Real Estate Section_02212014 Published in The Philippine Star on 02/21/2014, B-8 Real Estate

The Stratford Residences held an open house at Buddha Bar Manila, where guests sought advice from Feng Shui expert/psychic Robert Dass, who eagerly shared tips on how to attract luck as well as his fearless predictions. Dass is known for his accurate forecasts for local celebrities like TV-host/actress Kris Aquino, TV host/actor Edu Manzano and actor/athlete Matteo Guidicelli.

According to Dass, the land where The Stratford Residences stands is blessed with good luck, making the development a lucky investment. “It’s surrounded by a strong positive energy. Even I would want to get a unit myself,” he said. He also predicted continuous growth in the Philippine economy, which will boost both the real estate and construction sectors. “We will be number one in Asia in the next three years. Buildings will continue to rise and more infrastructure projects for transportation, business…

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Innovating Condo Units with Smart Home Technology

The Stratford Residences

Control signifies power. It means making things work the way you want them to. The same idea inspired Picar Development Inc., the premium real estate developer of AMA Group, to design The Stratford Residences with an innovative residential solution that enables its future residents to control their condo unit, also known as the smart home technology.

A specialized system that aims to revolutionize urban high-rise living, smart home allows residents to easily manage and access their living spaces with a user-friendly touchscreen panel or their smartphones. It adopts the concept of home automation and personalization to make it possible to program unit devices like switching on and off the lights.

With smart home, a television set can act as a high-tech interface to access and control the entire unit, while smartphones can be used to adjust room temperature, open curtains, or control other home features. The technology also simplifies audio…

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Achieving World-Class Standards in Real Estate

World-class is an international standard of excellence of the highest degree. Not all real estate developments in the Philippines can be identified as such, only a few have actually strived to achieve the quality worthy of its definition. 

Picar Development, Inc. was established to serve as the premium residential and commercial developer of the country’s leading Information Technology Educational Institution, the AMA Group of Companies. Picar Development Inc.’s commitment is to provide globally benchmarked real estate developments that are focused towards significantly enhancing the Filipinos’ standard of living.

“Picar Development was formed with one strong vision,” shared Picar Chairman Amb. Amable R. Aguiluz V. “Our vision of greater things allows us to innovate and create projects that are at par with several premium developments from various parts of the world.”

Picar Development’s mission to build real estate developments that embody its world-class standard of innovation is evident in all its existing developments as each one was conceptualized with meticulous attention to detail and passion for excellence in mind.

Its flagship development, The Picar Place is located along Kalayaan Avenue in Makati City, now recognized as the new cosmopolitan hub for high-end residential living and global hospitality where sophisticated urban dwellers and expatriates frequent. The Picar Place site used to be part of the former location of the International School of Manila. But now, with Picar’s formidable presence and its unique & vibrant concept of the ultimate world-class residential lifestyle experience, it has transformed this former school campus into an emerging Makati lifestyle hub.

The pride of Picar Place is its premier iconic development, The Stratford Residences. Soon to rule the Makati skyline with 74 floors (312 meters), The Stratford Residences will be the tallest residential tower in the Philippines.  This skyscraper and future national landmark promises the ultimate world-class luxury lifestyle experience by consolidating the comfort & privacy that a home provides, the convenience & security of the state-of-the-art amenities & facilities and unlimited access to sky-high luxury and international five star hospitality at its finest. 

To redefine the concept of residential lifestyle, The Stratford Residences will be an intelligent building that will be completely WI-FI and will have 12 value-added services that were designed specifically for the future residents of The Stratford Residents by Cisco Systems, the world-leader in network service design & manufacturing.

These innovative features will enable future residents access to technologically advanced services, which will be made available via subscription, such as virtual attendants, smart home, child locator, digital signage, safety and security among others.

The Stratford Residences is a world-class real estate development that is proudly Filipino-made.  Its exceptional curvilinear shape design feature has been recognized by BCI Asia — one of the country’s leading construction information service providers — as one of its top featured designs in 2009. Recently, in 2012, The Stratford Residences received international recognition when it was featured as Tallest Structure in the Philippines at the viewing deck display of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France alongside other iconic landmarks from all over the world. 

Picar Place is also home to Buddha-Bar Manila, a three-storey fine dining establishment known for its Asian fusion cuisine, distinct music and very comforting atmosphere. Buddha-Bar Manila is the 13th franchise of the world-renowned Buddha Bar Paris. Picar Development was awarded the exclusive rights to build the 1st branch in Asia and the 13th worldwide.  Buddha Bar is the preferred destination of VIPs, dignitaries & celebrities all over the world with branches in Prague, Monte Carlo, Las Vegas, Dubai among others and the brand’s largest branch in the world.  Buddha Bar Manila boasts of being the largest establishment of the brand in the world

Picar Development Inc.’s vision is to build pioneering global projects that raise the standard for real estate developments in the country. To know more about Picar and its developments, visit or reach us through email at or call +632.822.3443.

Surpassing Expectations with Residential Innovation

The market’s high living standards are tightening the competition further in the arena of real estate. Aware of this reality, Picar Development, Inc., a subsidiary of AMA Group, maintains its competitive edge amid the booming local property sector with innovation.

“To innovate means to introduce fresh residential ideas that are forward-looking and revolutionary. In our case, innovation acts as our key to set our project’s distinction, build what’s never been built before, and exceed the market’s expectations,” said Amb. Amable R. Aguiluz V, chairman of Picar.

Its strong desire to innovate motivated Picar to develop the tallest residential tower in the Philippines, known as The Stratford Residences. Located at Picar Place, Kalayaan Avenue in Makati City, the skyscraper was further enhanced with intelligent residential solutions, which are called the 12 value-added services. These technologically-advanced features, which future residents can later subscribe to, are recommended by Cisco Systems, a worldwide networking product and service provider.

Also, Picar’s good eye for innovation gave rise to a pioneering residential concept with a Wi-Fi connected township project in General Trias, Cavite. The 50-hectare Ara Vista Village is the only one of its kind for being the country’s first Telepolis or a translation of the Information Age Technology into a physically built community development. The project is also a PEZA-accredited IT Park.

Another first is also being developed by Picar along Buencamino St., Alabang, Muntinlupa City. This is The Chelsea Residences, a 32-storey mixed-used condominium touted as the first intelligent building in the south that offers an urban sanctuary for balance-seeking urbanites. Lastly, the joy of customized living combined with exceptional location was introduced by AMA Tower Residences along EDSA-Ortigas.

With construction now at the 20th level, the vertical project is poised to become a 34-storey residential and commercial condominium in the heart of EDSA, where almost everything is accessible. It offers a diverse selection of unit types and sizes, from flats to loft and bi-level units.

“More than the opportunity to build, pioneer, and introduce in order to keep up with the competition, our commitment to innovate helps us improve the quality of our residents’ lives beyond their expectations,” Aguiluz ended.