29 Oct 2016 – 9:30
By Raynald C Rivera /The Peninsula
DOHA: The second edition of the Philippine Property and Investment Show –Qatar (PPIS-Q) kicked off yesterday at The Splash Water Park in Katara.
Organised by the Association of Filipino Real Estate Executives in Qatar (AFREEQ) in cooperation with ALAQAT Events & Advertising company, the two-day expo was officially opened by Charito B Plaza, Director General of Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) and Sharon S Garin , Deputy Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives.
Philippine Ambassador Wilfredo C Santos and AFREEQ Chairman Joseph Timothy Rivera were among those in attendance at the inauguration. PEZA Director General Plaza, Deputy Speaker Garin, Ambassador Santos, Al Nitaq Real Estate Executive Director Sheikh Abdulla Khalifa Abdulla Al Thani and AFREEQ Chairman Rivera spoke at the opening ceremony.
It was followed by a tour of the various stalls of leading Philippine-based real estate companies and financial entities such as Ayala Land International, Megaworld International, Filinvest International, Vista Land International, SMDC, Robinson’s Land, Aboitiz Land, Major Homes, and Century Properties.
The event also featured a lecture on First home buying by property guru Manuel Alleje as well as a sales presentation competition and a charity dinner.
Held under the auspices of Philippine Vice-President Maria Leonor G Robredo, the realty event offers a wide range of investment and business opportunities for Overseas Filipino Workers and potential Qatari investors in the Philippines’ thriving real estate market.
Today will see lectures on Philippine retirement, state funding, stock market investment, foreclosure properties and Housing policies. Among the speakers are Philippine Business Council-Qatar Chairman Greg Laoyon, AFREEQ Chairman Joseph Timothy Rivera, Bernard Andaluyon of Overseas Filipino Investors and Entrepreneurs Movement, property expert Manuel Alleje and Dr Alvin Abainza.