Dr. Andrew L. Tan is the Chairman and CEO of Alliance Global Group Inc., a conglomerate with interests in real estate, food and beverage, quick service restaurants, and integrated tourism industries through Megaworld, Emperador Distillers Inc., Golden Arches Development Corporation, Travelers International Hotel Group Inc., and Global Estate Resorts Inc.
Alliance Global Group, Inc. (AGI) was incorporated on October 12, 1993 and listed its shares on the Philippine Stock Exchange on April 19, 1999. AGI began operations in 1994 as a glass-container manufacturer after it acquired a glass manufacturing plant in Canlubang, Laguna. In 1999, it obtained approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission to broaden its primary business into that of a holding company. AGI is presently engaged in property development; food and beverage manufacture and distribution; quick-service restaurants; and integrated tourism development businesses.
In 2008, the Company entered into integrated tourism development, with gaming activities, by partnering with a multinational leisure, entertainment and hospitality group. In 2011, AGI expanded its integrated tourism estate development outside of Metro Manila, particularly in the Calabarzon and Visayan Regions. In 2013, the Company expanded its brandy manufacturing business in Spain.
AGI's subsidiaries include Emperador, Inc.; Megaworld Corporation; Travelers International Hotel Group, Inc.; Global-Estate Resorts, Inc.; and Golden Arches Development Corporation.
Over the past 24 years, AGI’s one of top subsidiaries - Megaworld Corporation - has emerged as the leader in the real estate industry, acquiring hundreds of hectares of land property geared towards building world-class homes, schools, shopping centers, offices, and leisure facilities while integrating them into large mixed-use communities known as townships. This capacity of Megaworld, which is to fuse the various aspects of life into a single large community, is undoubtedly what makes the company a game-changer in the industry of real estate development.
As Megaworld’s portfolio increases, the Company’s brand of high-class living expands as well. This in turn allows Megaworld to retain the same foolproof formula, marked by its pioneering concept of “live-work-play-learn” and continue to leave the country in wonder as to what greater things are yet to come.
The Mactan Newtown
The Mactan Newtown is a master-planned 30-hectare township of a one-stop destination of your live-work-play-learn by the beach lifestyle that’s changing the face of the Visayas and Mindanao. Conceptualized by the leading township developer and BPO offices landlord, Megaworld Corporation.
The first major township development project outside Metro Manila, The Mactan Newtown marks Megaworld’s expansion in the direction of provincial real estate development, making the company not only a game-changer in the nation’s capital, but also in the country’s lush, developing provinces. The 30-hectare mega-community was declared a special economic zone by PEZA, one of three Megaworld communities to be declared as such by the government and notably the first of the two Megaworld developments outside Metro Manila to be given the special economic zone status. Its closeness to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, known to be the second largest international airport in the country, has made it a prime destination for businessmen, BPO executive, and frequent travelers, something familiar to Megaworld, having previously developed the largely successful Newport City across Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
That being said, it is no surprise that The Mactan Newtown is already expected to become Cebu’s next IT-business hub in the next three to five years. The development, which has allocated 150, 000 square meters for BPO offices, is already home to companies such as Results Manila and EnfraUSA, which specializes as BPO locators. These BPO offices are spread out among the development’s many BPO office buildings, such as the completed One World Center, a five-storey building with over 6,000 square meters of office space, and the Manulife Tower, which in turn will contain 7, 000 square meters of office space. Aside from the aforementioned BPO buildings, The Mactan Newtown also boasts 8 Newtown Boulevard, Pacific World Tower, and Tower 1 Plaza Magellan as developments primed for occupancy by BPO companies. These buildings comprise the development’s aptly-named cyber park.
It goes without saying that the development of the Mactan Newtown also integrates into its plan Megaworld’s well-known concept of “live-work-play-learn,” and has launched various projects in order to ensure this. Recently, Megaworld launched new condominium cluster in the community called One Manchester Place, whose three towers prides itself with various leisure amenities from a swimming pool with a sun bathing deck to a function room , among others. A new learning center is also in the works and joint venture with the Lasallian Schools Supervision Office (LASSO). The Newtown School of Excellence will be built over 7,000 square meter with state-of-the-art facilities such as laboratories, audio-visual rooms, open and covered courts and green spaces. It is expected to open classes for the primary level in 2017. In time, The Mactan Newtown is expected to see the rise of the world-class lifestyle mall as well as a luxury hotel.
Mactan, known for its beaches, also poses as a hot tourism destination, and The Mactan Newtown’s location puts it in between luxury resorts, such as Shangri-La Mactan and Protofino, and the Marcelo Fernan Bridge, which links Mactan to the larger island of Cebu, home to even more sights, sounds, and commercial districts.
McKinley Hill’s key feature is that it is one of the largest development projects in Metro Manila, built over 50 hectares of property. It is designed to abide perfectly with the “live-work-play” concept, integrating as well the aspects of “learn” and “shop” containing not only residential and office amenities but learning institutions and commercial attractions so that the rest of Metro Manila can reap the benefits of this Megaworld community.
McKinley West is another first-of-its-kind township of Megaworld that will soon introduce the cosmopolitan vibe of Europe. Located in the former Jusmag property behind Forbes Park, McKinley West is expected to develop the 34.5 hectares of land within the Bonifacio Global City. Around P22 billion has been allotted for the next 20 years to create mostly residential projects, while a good portion of the township will be used for leisure amenities, access roads, and the wide open spaces with lush greenery . Expect a world-class lifestyle within the township as it will have the sustainability features such as rain water collection, green buildings and tree-lined streets.
Forbes Town Center is a PhP 15 billion, five-hectare mega-township in Fort Bonifacio. It is one of the main landmarks emerging in Metro Manila’s newest central business district. Forbes Town Center has 12 residential towers which house more than 3,500 residential units. The community is adjacent to Manila Polo Club, Manila Golf and Country Club, Forbes Park, and Dasmariñas Village. Residents thus have a panoramic half-kilometer-long view of the Manila Golf Course.
The focal point of activity in Forbes Town Center is the aptly named Forbes Town Road, a retail strip with 37 restaurants and shops that cater to the diverse needs of the residents of the community’s three Bellagio towers, six towers of Forbeswood Heights, two towers of Forbeswood Parklane, and 53-storey Eight Forbes Town Road. This is connected to another Fort Bonifacio landmark, Burgos Circle, a leisure spot with residential condominiums and a small park. These commercial centers along with each of the condominiums’ convenient location and top- notch resort-style amenities form a lifestyle of absolute leisure.