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Lamudi’s Philippine Real Estate Conference 2019: Startups’ exploration of the sharing economy

Eric Manuel, Jelmer Ikink, Nick Padilla, Paul Rivera, Lars Wittig

Eric Manuel, Jelmer Ikink, Nick Padilla, Paul Rivera, Lars Wittig

Lamudi successfully held The Outlook Real Estate Conference 2019 at the Isabela Ballroom of Makati Shangri-La in Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines on October 17, 2019. The event brought together industry thought leaders from all over the Philippines to talk about the hot topics in the country’s real estate sector.

The Outlook Conference had five tracks. Arch Capital Management’s Eric Manuel moderated the third track titled “Paradigm Shifts: Exploring the Sharing Economy in Philippine Real Estate,” which explored the changing Philippine conditions and the rise of startups that have led to the growth of the sharing economy.

The panelists were MyTown group director Jelmer Ikink, co-founder, CEO and space captain Nick Padilla, Kalibrr co-founder and CEO Paul Rivera and Lars Wittig, International Workplace Group’s country manager for the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and South Korea.

Discussed during this track was the commute as a major pain point for residents who eventually decide to move to co-living spaces. The very young population of the Philippines wants to be measured by their performance, not their timesheet while co-working spaces allow young professionals to expand their network.

Shared spaces answer the tenants’ need to escape the commute. According to Ikink, the future of work, especially its definition, will change over time. To address this, they are working towards a zero-commute lifestyle, which means working, living, and all amenities will be in the same space.

Co-presented by Philippine Daily Inquirer Property and Holcim Philippines, The Outlook: Philippine Real Estate Conference 2019 provided an avenue for insightful discussion spanning a wide range of topics from sustainability to alternative ways of investing in real estate. The major sponsors were the International Workplace Group and SMDC and the official TV partner was Cignal TV.

Moreover, the conference teamed up with event partner SHDA and media partners Philippine Daily Inquirer Property, Business Mirror, Business World, Malaya Business Insight, Manila Standard and the Philippine Star. The event leads up to Lamudi’s Outlook Awards: The Philippine Buyers’ Choice Property Awards scheduled on November 14, 2019 at the Makati Shangri-La where property developers from all over the Philippines gather to celebrate the outstanding achievements that shaped the country and steered it to a greener future.

The winners of the awards are determined by a panel of judges and a survey involving 10,000 active property seekers. To know more about The Outlook Awards 2019, head to

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