2023 Grand Chamber Awards (GCA) Entrepreneur of the Year Mr. Ray Go Manigsaca

Ray Go Manigsaca

President & CEO, AppleOne Properties Inc.

The Midas touch that further brightens Cebu’s landscape.

AppleOne was founded by Rey Manigsaca and his wife Venus. He credits teamwork, hard work, prudence and integrity for the company’s strong growth over the past 12 years.

After completing his electronics and communication engineering course, Rey Manigsaca indeed jumped straight to working in the corporate world as a salesman of a globally-renowned consumer goods brand, Sara Lee. Driven by passion to succeed, Engr. Rey has covered Mindanao province and within five (5) years, he became the Head of Consumer and Personal Products for the Region.

Recognizing his need and desire to be with his son as he grew up, Sir Rey decided to quit his stable job, joined his wife, Venus and founded Venray Construction in the 1990s both engineers and thus set into motion the business as their own bosses. VenRay Construction is engaged with modestly denominated contracts such as building roads, bridges, and water production facilities. Together, the husband-and-wife team built the company from scratch, leveraging their combined skills and years of saving to lay a robust foundation for their shared dream. Expanding their construction business across Visayas and Mindanao was a testament to their determination and foresight.

Impassioned to help the progress of a better Cebu and elevate the region to be recognized globally, AppleOne Properties, Inc.  first development is the 17-story mixed-used AppleOne Equicom Tower. Following its success, the company ventured into residential development with Cebu’s very first gated condominium — AppleOne Banawa Heights. Sprawling over a 2.8-hectare property, it combines the best of nature and cosmopolitan living. With these developments, AppleOne Properties was cited as “Best Boutique Developer in the Philippines for 2016,” and “Best Condo Development Cebu for 2017.”

With the goal of further diversifying its commercial portfolio and cater to the growing fast segment of co-working spaces in the market, API signed an agreement with IWG, a global of workspace solutions with its premier brand, Regus in Cebu Business Park, IT Park and Regus Festive Walk Iloilo.

During the COVID-19 downturn, the business pivoted and focused on healthcare as AppleOne Medical Group developed under its belt – the Visayas Medical Hospital Cebu, United Shalom Hospital, Tacloban Leyte and Berkshire Medical Center, Davao City.

While  AppleOne established its footing in Cebu, its  desire  expanded to VisMin with  a wide range of property portfolio in residential, commercial, industrial mixed-use properties and development:  AppleOne in partnership with JW Mariott is to build a 5-star hotel in Panglao, Bohol as its third partnership deal with Marriott International, following the successful birth of the international brand’s placement in Cebu through the Sheraton Cebu Mactan Resort and the Fairfield by Marriott Cebu Mactan located within the premises of Mahi Center -, housing a five-story structure with IT facilities, two floors of office spaces, along with three floors of commercial and retail spaces inside the Mactan Export Processing Zone to cater the booming IT industry.

AppleOne Properties, Inc., is also a concerted family enterprise with their son, Ray Patrick Manigsaca acting as AVP of Business Development, and their daughter, Samantha Manigsaca in full immersion, as she learns the ropes of hands-on hotel management. Treating his associates in a “very personable” leadership style like a family member, Engr. Rey encourages open discussions, collaboration, and an ear to listen and most importantly ensuring that the message is get across and is brought to reality.

Enjoying the sweet taste of success from the multiple accolades AppleOne has bagged, one is in awe at how a relatively young couple rose above the competition and continues to carve a reputation as the premier luxury developer in Cebu through its Sheraton Cebu Mactan Resort, which was cited as “Best Luxury Resort Development” and The Residences at Sheraton Cebu Mactan Resort, which was the “Best Branded Residential Development” and placing Cebu in the world map.

Guided by a core principle of infusing passion into their work, AppleOne stands as a beacon for vibrant communities. Ray’s devotion to family seamlessly integrates into AppleOne’s culture, viewing the company as an extension of his own family—a unified entity nurturing talents, fostering strengths, and prioritizing collective welfare under his leadership as President and CEO.