Stormbreaker, The Aftermath: What Went Down at Empire East’s 25th Anniversary Concert

Empire East commemorates its 25th anniversary on July 15, 2019, at Xylo at the Palace through bottomless hurrahs (and drinks!), headbangs, chants and sing-alongs. Urbandub and KZ Tandingan made everyone swoon as they join the party and perform their hit singles. The management and employees, and everyone who were present at the event sang their hearts out and danced along to the beat as they indulge themselves in the party atmosphere.

There is no better way to end a hyped-up celebration than to recollect remarkable memories! Just when you thought that a party can’t get more stellar, Empire East jots down the most notable memoirs from the jubilee.

Curious on what went down at the Stormbreaker Anniversary concert?

 

Loud chants and glares

What do you expect from an EDM party? Loud music and blinding lights line up for the “musts.” Employees were welcomed by the sound of pop music as the facade of photos from the past two decades playing on the gigantic screen. Xylo echoed with waves of laughter as they watch and reminisce the tales that are unheard of behind every remarkable photo.

 

What A Feast!

Employees ramp from the bar’s entrance to their tables as they delight themselves with the static sound of EDM. What happened next was a full night of buffet at the bar counter. A vegetable salad with a mouthwatering dressing, soup for the appetizer, pork belly for the main dish, creamy pasta as a tweaker, and mini-cakes for dessert– what a tremendous pre-concert treat!

 

Bashed out with Urbandub and KZ Tandingan!

As authentic as their band name sounds, Urbandub never fails to make a lasting impression whenever they set their feet on stage. They owned the crowd as they sang their hit songs and made the employees feel the nostalgia from the alternative rock era; they warmed-up the celebration as they beguile the audience for almost 30 minutes of the classic Urbandub playlist.

KZ Tandingan rocked the house down with her unwavering charisma and talent. She performed some of her latest hits including her rendition of Two Less Lonely People in the World, Huling El Bimbo, Pare Ko, and her award-winning piece, Rolling in the Deep. 45 minutes have never felt more fun!

 

Departments’ Show-off

Blazing colors and sparkles emerge from the venue as employees flaunt their colorful attires. Representatives from each department showed off their best dance moves and grooved to different music that is related to the music era they represent. Lucky ones who were randomly selected also got the chance to perform and boast their hidden singing skills as they did a duet with the one and only Soul Supreme, KZ Tandingan.

 

Charlie’s Notable Speech

Every company event won’t be complete without the President’s heartfelt notes. Empire East President and CEO, Atty. Anthony Charlemagne C. Yu delivered his anniversary message celebrating all the employees’ contribution to the company. The party halted for a while; employees lent their ears and looked back to what happened over the past 25 years.

 

Fireworks and… more sparklers!

Company’s department heads lined up with Atty. Yu for a celebratory photo holding their own sparklers which were lit up to the beat of Katy Perry’s ‘Fireworks.’ The venue was pounded with applause and cheers– a celebratory sound of 25 tough but successful years.

 

The Stormbreaker was indeed a blast. This year’s bash was not just an ordinary party, but a celebration of 25 years of Empire East’s commitment to providing Filipinos with quality homes and building more sustainable and unparalleled communities. Truly, the storm that blew Empire East for 25 blustering years brewed the company to what it is today– conquerors, Stormbreakers.

 

Cheers!

 

“That is why we call ourselves Stormbreakers. We realize that there will always be good and bad seasons, but for as long as we tighten our grip and our faith from within; we will not easily be blown away.” -Atty. Charlemagne C. Yu, President & CEO, Empire East

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Live at the Center of Metro Manila – Shaw Boulevard

The daily grind has all of Metro Manila professionals, businessmen, students and longtime friends wishing that they could live at the center of everything they need to be in their lives; Such as schools, offices, medical institutions, shopping centers and of course, meet-up hubs and events place!

Besides, who wouldn’t want a convenient way to catch up with friends without spending too much time on the road? Time and again, we ask our relatives and friends to meet us halfway so both sides will have equal amounts of sacrifice and comfort without threatening the peace. In fact, this has been a recent topic in a now viral tweet.

While the “true center” has been debated time and again, with some even saying “Makati”, others, “Cubao,” Empire East defines the true center, technically speaking, as the Shaw Boulevard station of the MRT-3. Literally, with six stations up north and six stations down south, Shaw Boulevard visually proves that EDSA’s midpoint is truly Shaw.

PAD train map

Live at the center of the metro by choosing the Paddington Place located along Shaw Blvd. This 4-tower modern cosmopolitan enclave is only a 3-min. walk to the Shaw Blvd. station of the MRT-3.

Reserve your unit now by calling 8103333. To know more about The Paddington Place, visit www.empire-east.com to know more about this centrally located condo.

How to Afford a Condo When Your Salary Is Your Only Source of Income

Looking to rent or buy your first condo? Don’t worry, It IS possible 

You’ve been eyeing that condo in the CBD with a fantastic view of the city skyline and the rent is even within your salary! Sounds like the perfect deal, but before you jump into signing the contract, study the factors first. If your salary is your only source of income, here are tips that can help you decide if that apartment is the right one for you.

How much can you really afford?

As a rule of thumb, rent should be about 30% to 40% of your gross monthly income. The rest goes to taxes, utilities, daily expenses, and savings. You’d want to live comfortably and worry-free than scrimping monthly just to meet your payments.

But there are exceptions to the percentage rule. Plot down all your expenses in a month and see if renting that coveted condo unit will help you save in some areas, making the rent reasonable. Are certain utilities inclusive of the rent? Is the location near your workplace, helping you save in gas or commute? Do you have a friend willing to be your roomie? Weigh these factors before making a final decision.

Get A Pag-Ibig Loan

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Make use of your Pag-Ibig contributions and get a Multi-Purpose Loan. You only need 24 months worth of contributions in order to qualify. Typically, you can loan 60% of your total contributions. The percentage increases depending on the number of months you’ve been actively contributing.

Accomplish the requirements such as the Multi-Purpose Loan Application Form, valid ID copies, and proof of income. The loan with an interest rate of 10.75% per annum should be repaid in 24 months.

Develop Good Credit Standing

If your goal is to purchase a condo unit, then getting a bank loan is a great option. A bank will look into your history before they’ll hand out a loan, so up your chances of having your loan approved.According to Hoppler, you improve your chances if you’ve been steadily employed for at least two years, have savings, do business with the same bank, have a guarantor (hi, mom and dad!), and pay your debts.Make sure you have good credit standing. Bankrate advises that you eliminate your credit card balances, pay bills on time, and don’t show any kind of money risk like using your card to pay a pawnshop or an annulment lawyer.

Invest Your Money

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Remember this: the more money you have in the bank, the less it earns in potential investments. Financial advisers always point to the smart move of investing a portion of your savings and making your money work for you. It doesn’t necessarily have to go to a business. There are tons to choose from that won’t require your active participation. Look into insurances and stocks. COL Financial’s Easy Investment Program let’s you initially start with only P5,000, which will go into buying stocks that you can keep acquiring for a length of time. The peso-cost averaging methodology will eventually give you a reasonable return of investment in the long run.

If Sacrifices Have to be Made…
What should you cut back on to meet the budget? Go for the obvious, like drinking the free coffee at work than buying your daily cup of joe, car pooling to save on gas, holding back on shopping sprees, cooking your food and baon than eating out, cutting back on smoking and drinking, and lessening the out-of-town trips. There’s more you can hold back on that won’t make you feel deprived. See where your money goes and decide from there.Ready to call that condo your new home-sweet-home? Just follow these tips and you’ll find the perfect match in no time.

 

How to Afford a Condo When Your Salary Is Your Only Source of Income

Looking to rent or buy your first condo? Don’t worry, It IS possible 

You’ve been eyeing that condo in the CBD with a fantastic view of the city skyline and the rent is even within your salary! Sounds like the perfect deal, but before you jump into signing the contract, study the factors first. If your salary is your only source of income, here are tips that can help you decide if that apartment is the right one for you.

How much can you really afford?

As a rule of thumb, rent should be about 30% to 40% of your gross monthly income. The rest goes to taxes, utilities, daily expenses, and savings. You’d want to live comfortably and worry-free than scrimping monthly just to meet your payments.

But there are exceptions to the percentage rule. Plot down all your expenses in a month and see if renting that coveted condo unit will help you save in some areas, making the rent reasonable. Are certain utilities inclusive of the rent? Is the location near your workplace, helping you save in gas or commute? Do you have a friend willing to be your roomie? Weigh these factors before making a final decision.

Get A Pag-Ibig Loan

pag-ibig-logo2

Make use of your Pag-Ibig contributions and get a Multi-Purpose Loan. You only need 24 months worth of contributions in order to qualify. Typically, you can loan 60% of your total contributions. The percentage increases depending on the number of months you’ve been actively contributing.

Accomplish the requirements such as the Multi-Purpose Loan Application Form, valid ID copies, and proof of income. The loan with an interest rate of 10.75% per annum should be repaid in 24 months.

Develop Good Credit Standing

If your goal is to purchase a condo unit, then getting a bank loan is a great option. A bank will look into your history before they’ll hand out a loan, so up your chances of having your loan approved.According to Hoppler, you improve your chances if you’ve been steadily employed for at least two years, have savings, do business with the same bank, have a guarantor (hi, mom and dad!), and pay your debts.

Make sure you have good credit standing. Bankrate advises that you eliminate your credit card balances, pay bills on time, and don’t show any kind of money risk like using your card to pay a pawnshop or an annulment lawyer.

Invest Your Money

how-to-open-a-citiseconline-account.jpg

Remember this: the more money you have in the bank, the less it earns in potential investments. Financial advisers always point to the smart move of investing a portion of your savings and making your money work for you. It doesn’t necessarily have to go to a business. There are tons to choose from that won’t require your active participation. Look into insurances and stocks. COL Financial’s Easy Investment Program let’s you initially start with only P5,000, which will go into buying stocks that you can keep acquiring for a length of time. The peso-cost averaging methodology will eventually give you a reasonable return of investment in the long run.

If Sacrifices Have to be Made…
What should you cut back on to meet the budget? Go for the obvious, like drinking the free coffee at work than buying your daily cup of joe, car pooling to save on gas, holding back on shopping sprees, cooking your food and baon than eating out, cutting back on smoking and drinking, and lessening the out-of-town trips. There’s more you can hold back on that won’t make you feel deprived. See where your money goes and decide from there.Ready to call that condo your new home-sweet-home? Just follow these tips and you’ll find the perfect match in no time.