Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Project: First Home Book Launch

We might be familiar of Reality TV's about home renovation similar programs and you might be like me that always gets amazed of the transformation of the homes from ordinary to awesome, or sometimes even starting from scratch but this time we'll have our own version of it which is in a form of comprehensive guidebook that teaches first-time Filipino homebuilders how to build a house from the ground up. Last September 10, 2014 it had its formal bookstore launch in Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street, Taguig. The book, “Project: First Home – everything you need to know to build your house from scratch” is written by John Aguilar, creator and executive producer of the Philippine’s longest-running real estate and construction TV show Philippine Realty TV. The foreword is written by renowned Architect Felino “Jun” Palafox, Jr.

"Project: First Home” takes its inspiration from the same-titled series on Philippine Realty TV where Aguilar documented the construction of his first house – from design phase, construction, all the way to the finishing and furnishing. Chapters include advice on how to find the perfect lot; tips on how to secure a home loan; finding and hiring the design and construction teams; preparing for the design phase with the architect; going through the construction proper; finishing; and interior design. Special chapters also discuss the major construction materials that are used including a chapter dedicated to green and disaster adaptive home designs against typhoons and floods.

The book also features industry expert collaborators interviewed by Aguilar that include Arch. Jun Palafox for architecture; Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Undersecretary Danilo Antonio for property acquisition; Ivy and Cynthia Almario, and Philippine Realty TV host Tessa Prieto-Valdes, for interior design; and Maritess Allen for feng shui, among others. Aguilar, who is a first time author, shared that “When I built my house, I wished that I had a book that would guide me through the entire house building process,” he said, “so I wrote the book for people to have a guide through the complexities of it all since building your home is one of the most important things you will ever do in your life.”

Also launched was the downloadable digital Ebook version which contains bonus interactive tools, videos culled from the Project: First Home series on Philippine Realty TV, and links to important websites of government agencies, suppliers, and organizations. Present at the book launch were the expert book collaborators and industry partners that include Architect Jun Palafox, BPI Family Savings Bank’s Vice President and Product Marketing Head Noel Altamirano, and representatives from Cemex Philippines who were given plaques of appreciation for being the book’s content collaborators.

The book was written in partnership with major sponsors BPI Family Savings Bank and Meralco, with minor sponsors Cemex Philippines, Jackbilt Industries, Phelps Dodge Philippines, Cypress Bomanite, and Megabuild 101. “Project: First Home” is now available in all Fully Booked and Wilcon Depot branches nationwide. The Ebook is also available for download through the Buqo App.
For inquiries and bulk purchases, contact Second Wind Publishing at Tel. (02) 621-4635 or email info@philippinerealtytv.com. Visit www.PhilippineRealtyTV.com for more information on the book and airing schedules of Philippine Realty TV.

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