Ching M. Alano

Ching Alano likes to say she’s an “old hand at newspapering.” She landed her first job as a reporter straight out of UST Journ School and spent almost three decades on the Lifestyle staff at Philippine Star. She’s covered the whole range of subjects for Star, from dog shows to health and celebrities; and interviews with politicians, three of whom became president.

Unlocking the value of a Makati Address

Makati is inarguably one of the most coveted prime addresses in Metro Manila.  You know you've arrived in Makati's Central Business District when you look up and...

Make the next best move to buying your dream home

For young, upwardly mobile couples starting a family and millennials treading a new, exciting path into adulthood, buying their own home is a lifelong dream.  It can be stressful, unnerving,...

SMDC builds homes with world-class master planners

SMDC (SM Development Corporation) is an acronym that speaks of luxurious urban living. Those imposing SMDC properties that happily dot the metro’s bustling skyline never cease to amaze. You’ll find...

Creating a new work world as people return to the office

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Patio Madrigal: Where the past meets modern lifestyle

Then and now, if there's one place people would like to live in, it's Roxas Boulevard, home to Manila's elite and today's much-sought-after address. The Roxas Boulevard of my youth...

Dynamic ‘can-do’ lifestyle awaits at Avida’s Centralis Towers

Life in the big city can be a never-ending rat race and being in the middle of the action gives you a competitive edge. Luckily, soon to rise along Taft Avenue...

Future-proofing real estate with fortitude and faith

Nothing could be more down-to-earth than investing in real estate. A wise man shares this gem of advice: “Don’t wait to invest in real estate. Invest in real estate and...

Life is sweeter with Pasteleria at Alviera Country Club

As the crisp cool breeze suddenly caresses you, you know you're no longer in the hot, flat, and crowded city. You're at Alviera Estate in Porac, Pampanga (just one-and-a-half-hour drive...

Trendspotting 2021: Choosing the ideal property in a pandemic

There's a heartwarming quote that says "home is where the heart is." Truly, home is not only where we reside but also where love and laughter reign and beautiful memories...

Intelligent homes: The wave of the future

Can you imagine how life was before the digital age and the internet? For some millennials and Gen Zers or Zoomers, life without the all-important gizmo called the computer or...

Building resilient, livable cities beyond the pandemic

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Buying a home in the time of COVID-19

But with the pandemic lurking in every corner, is it as good a time as any to invest in real estate? More than just a roof over...

Ching M. Alano

Ching Alano likes to say she’s an “old hand at newspapering.” She landed her first job as a reporter straight out of UST Journ School and spent almost three decades on the Lifestyle staff at Philippine Star. She’s covered the whole range of subjects for Star, from dog shows to health and celebrities; and interviews with politicians, three of whom became president.

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