Marco Biggiogero recently received the Cavaliere dell’ordine della stella d’Italia, which is awarded to persons who promote Italy abroad through whatever field they are working in.
The award seeks to acknowledge people who have fostered stronger ties between Italy and other countries.
Biggiogero is the first Italian in the Philippines to receive the award from the Italian Ambassador. He was knighted in a ceremony in Boracay.
Italian Ambassador to the Philippines Giorgio Guglielmino presented the award and thanked Biggiogero for his numerous contributions to promote Italy.
Biggiogero returned the appreciation, saying that while the Philippines is his home now, he will forever be Italian.
The Milan-born property veteran is a recognized leader in the real estate industry in the Philippines. He is currently director for hotel and leisure for KMC Saville and has been based in the Philippines since 2003 when he came over to spearhead a project in Boracay.
Upon setting foot on White Beach, Biggiogero knew that was where he wanted to be. “I planned to visit just for a vacation, but I fell in love with the place and decided to use my property experience to explore business opportunities,” he said.
Boracay has been his home for more than a decade now. He has developed several projects there which continue to be the benchmark for developers coming to invest in the island.
His intuition, foresight and expertise have allowed his projects to gain international recognition, such as the 2010 B.I.D. International Star Award for Quality in Geneva and Tripadvisor’s 2013 Traveler’s Choice, among others.
Boracay, he says, has the perfect mix of locals and foreigners, each contributing to the quirky yet wholesome feel of the place.
In his capacity as a resident and developer, he has made it his mission to incorporate Philippine and Italian designs in his projects.
He says, “real estate prices in Boracay are more affordable than in Phuket or Bali.”
Investors can still aim for an optimum capital gain as well as good rental returns, especially if their investment is properly managed.”