Urban Revolution headlines FIABCI 2020 World Congress in Manila
The best minds in architecture, design, and real estate come together for the 2020 World Congress of the Fédération Internationale des Administrateurs de Biens Conseils et Agents Immobiliers (FIABCI) for the first time in the Philippines. The Paris-based international real estate federation’s 71st World Congress, with the theme ‘Urban Revolution,’ will take place at the Marriott Convention Center in Pasay City on May 26-30, 2020.
Urban Revolution, as coined and defined by Australian archaeologist V. Gordon Childe in 1930, transforms small and kin-based agricultural villages into large, socially-complex urban societies. “The same phenomenon is happening in the different regions of the Philippines right now, driven by the proliferation of BPO offices, commercial and industrial hubs, and the rise of master-planned residential communities in provincial suburbs around Metro Manila and regional centers in Visayas and Mindanao,” said FIABCI-Philippines president Nestor Mangio. “[This] brings about the so-called ‘next-wave’ of emerging cities like Laoag, Vigan, Puerto Princesa, Zamboanga, Balanga, Lucena, Iloilo, which have demonstrated the ability to generate employment, sustain a healthy workforce, make effective use of land, and provide the necessary support infrastructure.”
Highlighting the five-day event is a conference featuring the world’s who’s who in the construction and real estate industry. They include international speaker Daniel Watch of Harvard University, global design director Anthony Cuthbertson of Topshop London, Roland Schnizer of Foster and Partner UK, and local developers like president Kevin Tan of Megaworld and president Frederick Go of Robinsons Land Corp. among many others. They will be discussing topics on the various facets of today’s evolving and emerging urban transformation worldwide, including the future and leadership in real estate, township and urban development, digital technology’s huge role in transforming cities, insights on the current and looming prospects of the industry, and its many challenges.
Other congress activities include leadership training sessions, exhibits, general assembly, board and professional meetings, and ticketed events as the Prix D’ Excellence, Medal Holder’s Dinner, International Young Members’ Party, Study/Social Tours, and the Gala/Farewell Dinner, each generating business networking opportunities on a global scale for local participants.
“The Philippines has the fastest growing economy and real estate sector in Asia,” said FIABCI-Philippines and FIABCI 2020 World Real Estate Congress chairman Dr. Reghis M. Romero II said. “And we (FIABCI-Philippines) can help make the 2020 World Congress an unforgettable experience, definitely showcasing the hospitality that the Filipinos are known for.”
Romero also revealed that FIABCI-Philippines chairman emeritus Florentino Dulalia Jr. will formally assume the presidency of FIABCI International during the world congress. “It is the first time for a Filipino to hold the reins of this huge global industry organization established in 1951,” he said.
Supported by UN-Habitat, Grant Thornton, Reed Midem, and World Urban Campaign as sponsors, the 71st World Congress is being organized by FIABCI-Philippines to help put the global industry on the best track for urban development while generating momentum along its course. “Thus the Congress theme’ Urban Revolution’,” Mangio added.
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