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The performing arts, while often centered in big public spaces, are just as present in small independent art spaces.

Jojo G. Silvestre



SHANE Fernando explains how three art venues in Wilmington collaborate.

The Rise of Small Independent Performing Arts Spaces” was the focus of panelists’ discussion during the Session 4 of the AAPPAC Manila 2019, this year’s annual conference of the Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres, held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

As a rationale for the session, the program said: “The performing arts, while often centered in big public spaces, are just as present in small independent art spaces. These historically play a niche but vital role providing a platform for closer community engagement and experimentation. Today, they provide alternatives to more established venues, allowing art to be accessible to a greater number addressing issues such as public access, heavy traffic and stressful commutes.”

The discussion thus sought to find out “how performance artists, venue managers and investors are partnering to make the independent cultural space a mutually beneficial venture.”

Actress-singer and cultural worker Cris Villonco, operations manager of Whitespace Manila, served as the moderator. Discussants were Renato “Boysie” Villavicencio, Chairman of the Erehwon Art Foundation; Ken Hayashi, Deputy of the General Manager of Aichi Arts Center in Japan; and Shane Fernando, Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Center, Cape Fear Community College.

Former industrial bakery

Villavicencio explained that the Erehwon Center for the Arts (ECA) is a “renovated four-story building that used to be an industrial bakery, which the owner converted initially into a hub for artist Pfriends, and eventually into an art center with spaces for various art forms.

“The ECA has indoor and outdoor venues for performances and exhibit halls,” he said. “It hosts various dance companies, youth rondalla group, concert choir, jazz orchestra and the Metro Manila Concert Orchestra; naturally building collaborative performances from various art disciplines. It serves the needs of Quezon City residents, mostly senior citizens and young students and artists, mostly from the nearby communities.”

A visual artist, Villavicencio invited the attendees “to consider ECA as a performance venue for foreign artists coming/performing in the Philippines. This is to expose ECA audiences, especially the youth, to “foreign artists.”

Erehwon was awarded the Gawad Parangal Citation for Arts and Culture by Quezon City government in 2018.

BOYSIE Villavicencio says Erehwon serves seniors and the youth.

Warehouse and performance huts

Ken Hayashi said that the Aichi Arts Center) “works with independent art spaces, which vary in their size, funding support and target audience, by organizing workshops and presenting new ideas and concepts for adoption in their respective festivals.”

Of the various independent art spaces that the Aichi Arts Center works with, he mentioned: Kogane 4422, a five-story renovated building with a dance studio and ateliers, operated by a dancer and choreographer; Theater E9 Kyoto is an ongoing community-driven theatre project, a warehouse that was converted into a performance center funded by citizen-donors, after the existing public-funded venues in Kyoto were closed to avoid future debt resulting from Japan’s aging population.

Hayashi shared that Toyota Corporation funded the revival of 84 small theaters established in the late 19th century. Other than funding the rehabilitation of the performance art huts together with the local community, the company also “brought traditional and contemporary shows to these venues in various disciplines to entice people to watch and support the arts. These theatres, which also double as exhibit halls, bring the community together, and allow the people to watch without having to dress up too much.”

EREHWON Center for the Arts in Quezon City.


THALIAN Hall in Wilmington, North Carolina.


AICHI Center in Nagoya, Japan.

Co-existence in Wilmington

Fernando related, the story of three performance venues, different in sizes, funding support and programs, which “collaborate to be able to co-exist in Wilmington, North Carolina.”

Thalian Hall, a historic opera house with a limited budget that, focuses on community programs and some touring activities. University of North Carolina Wilmington, a larger venue with a slightly larger budget subsidized by the university, prioritizes students and touring programs. Wilson Center, connected and funded by the state through the community college so it has a much larger programming budget, functions as a theatre laboratory for students. It has multiple and much larger venues and offers more variety of shows.

He noted that the three venues share programs, responsibilities and costs. He cited the case of “Wilson Center asking the smaller venues to stage a show, while it takes care of the artists’ fees, and the stage venue covering production costs, giving their students residency activities and offering block tickets for their students and faculty.”

The three venues “established an active volunteer program that supports their activities in various ways, including ushering, concessions selling, and bulk-buying and marketing of tickets.” They unified the volunteer system for the three venues so that the volunteers are able to work in any of the venues and are given credit for their work.

Allocating funds

In response to Cris Villonco’s query on how the venues allocate funds for programs, Hayashi explained, “The Aichi Arts Center is fully funded by the government so there’s not much financial problem.”

Fernando said that in Wilmington’s case, “it’s a constant juggling act to allocate funds for all the programs. We use the commercial programs to support the art programs to hopefully make these programs more commercially viable in the future. Each program has its own budget (for promotion), but we use the volunteers and employees and people who love us to reach out to people for support. And this doesn’t cost anything.”

Attracting audiences

To attract audiences, Villavicencio shared, “We initially give them snacks as a come-on. We ask our friends to donate small amounts for us to be able to give the kids some biscuits. We make tanglad (lemongrass) juice for them.”

Hayashi agreed that “food is always a good way to show hospitality. We have artists work with different people and cook for the community, then break bread and talk afterwards about the performance.”

Asked how Aichi Arts Center collaborates with the smaller arts centers, Hayashi replied, “We have like 20 theatres around us that are in-between our theatre and the independent spaces (in terms of size). We bring small companies and tour them around the prefecture.”

(Next on Living Spaces: Arts and Culture Districts in Cities)


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Weekend market inspires community spirit

Vernon Velasco



Necessity and, of course, a lot of creative thinking are what allow social enterprises to thrive in a local community. At Primehomes, Capitol Hills, the challenge is simple: In a pandemic, where everybody is encouraged to stay home, how would it keep its residents safe and its community closer?
The property has spaces, and so its officers asked, “What can we build here?”

A weekend neighborhood market is basic — and timely. In lean times, especially the ones that compel people to be very skeptical about the people they rub elbows with, shoppers don’t just pinch pennies when making a run to superstores and wet markets. They now proceed with a copious degree of caution, say, when buying a jar of hummus somewhere within a convenient driving distance or, because one can’t wait for the pandemic to end, when driving across town to try a new roast beef sandwich.

The rationale is basic: A weekend market that moves its 257 residents of reasons to stay home, that becomes meaningful when it acquaints people in a community and adds a dash of flavor to the neighborhood.

Larossa’s neighborhood market is on a space the size of a premium parking area. Its 14 vendors and owners of independent businesses — all of them Larossa unit owners — deck their shelves with well-curated basic and essential choices.

Products at the Larossa weekend market awaiting neighborhood patronage aren’t remiss in telling their sustainability-minded brand story.


Kape Cordi, for instance, simply dreams of offering better coffee options other than the instant ones.

“We’re reselling some of the products from the Baguio, where we’re from, specifically coffee. Baguio coffee is underrated, which is why we resell to inform our customers in Larossa so that they shift from instant to brewed coffee, especially now that everybody has the time,” Che Grabador said. “Before, this was an online thing that we made during the enhanced community quarantine, and we’re thankful to Larossa because we’re not just able to earn more, we’re also able to make people support local especially on things they can do on our own, like coffee.”

Another vendor, Anikka Palaganas, said that, through the Larossa weekend market, they’re able to bring to the fore Pangasinan’s lesser-known, but best-in-the-world atchara or papaya relish.

“We take pride in the fact that they’re healthy. We noticed that there’s a lack of authentic Pangasinan food here so we wanted to bring the delicacies from Pangasinan to Quezon City,” she said.


Noriza Sadie, who owns a farm in Pampanga and the farm-to-table business venture Farmiza, said her business model fits Primehomes community-supported initiative, saying that Farmiza, like the Larossa weekend market, capitalizes on the time-honored connection between the consumer and the grower. Farmiza added that this paves the way for better customer service and helps in not just giving the neighbor/customers fresh local produce, but insights into their processes as well.


Sadie said putting up a store in the Larossa weekend market doesn’t require a participation fee, and thus it helps them find another source of income.

“I’m really grateful to Primehomes because they’re not just very patient understanding the situation of their unit owners, they also gave us a means of income,” Maritess Sagaran, a Batangas fresh-eggs supplier, said. “We are able to secure a community of customers and market built on connection and trust.

“We follow guidelines when it comes to the setup, such as sanitation installations and registrations. In other weekend markets they have the participant fee. Here, it’s free because we encourage ‘community,’” head of Primehomes Property Management Department, Architect Juris Valencia said. “All our vendors’ products are premium and local. We support local because, who else, in this pandemic, would?”

To inquire about Primehomes, Capitol Hills, visit

The Larossa weekend market that divests its residents reasons to go out also acquaints people in the community and adds to it a dash of flavor.

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Century to finish 2,000 condos by early 2021

Raffy Ayeng



Century Properties Group is geared to build around 500 units at The Residences at Commonwealth in Quezon City. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF CENTURY PROPERTIES GROUP

Since construction firms were given the greenlight to resume operations after six months of lockdown, listed Century Properties Group (CPG) has announced the ramping up of construction activities, targeting to complete about 2,101 condo units by the end of the second quarter of 2021.

In a statement, CPG said they are geared to build around 500 units at The Residences at Commonwealth in Quezon City by the end of 2020, assuming that Metro Manila lockdowns will continue to ease in the coming weeks.

The units set to be completed are in Quirino East and West Towers, the sixth and seventh buildings respectively, in the eight-tower residential community.

The first five towers (Osmena West, Roxas East, Quezon North, Osmena East, Roxas West) are complete, while the Clubhouse has been fully operational since April 2019, while the lap pool, kiddie pool and outdoor play area for kids were completed in the first quarter of 2020.

The CPG is also targeting the completion of 1,600 more units by in batches from February 2021 to April 2021 in Bali and Monaco towers at the Residences at Azure North in San Fernando, Pampanga.


AMENITIES, such as the Club House and the Wave Pool, are expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2021.

While its amenities, such as the Club House and the Wave Pool, are expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2021,” the statement read.

According to CPG president and CEO Marco Antonio, CPG is increasing this progressively as it observes strict safety protocols in its project sites and manage completion timelines to deliver the units to buyers, while the current construction pace and number of workers are less than pre-quarantine levels.

Meanwhile, at the mixed-use development Century Spire at Century City in Makati, Antonio said construction has reached top off levels and façade glass installation has reached the 29th floor.

“The office and condominium tower, designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, is being installed with 33,594 square meters of unitized and semi-unitized curtain wall system with insulated glass units, and a storefront curtain wall system with glass canopies at the ground floor,” said Antonio.

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A steam a day keeps the virus away

Louise Lizan




It’s safe to assume that the ongoing health crisis has heightened everyone’s concerns on keeping their belongings extra clean and sanitized — from doorknobs, countertops, to (online purchases that are yet to arrive) and everything in-between. Most people have gotten their hands on various disinfecting materials and gone through different cleaning solutions to kill a virus that can live on surfaces for 48 hours and reduce the spread of the disease.

According to the World Health Organization, most viruses can be killed in temperatures between 140°F to 150°F — this is how putting food in boiling water or sterilizing utensils after cleaning or steaming clothes and fabrics as a way of disinfecting comes in, given that the temperature is hot enough that the virus couldn’t thrive.

Typically, as said in an article in, steaming can disinfect and kill 99 percent of germs, viruses and bacteria, given that it’s under three minutes of contact at a temperature between 175°F to 212°F. Especially on clothes, which touches surfaces frequented by a lot of people, steaming can be the next best alternative, after washing it with detergent and soap, to make sure they’re 100 percent virus-free.

For double efficiency, the Steam II Q Iron has the power of a hot-plate iron and a steamer in its possession. It works not only to eliminate germs and bacteria on clothes but also pillows, bed linens and curtains. It’s easy to navigate with its freestyle steaming function, allowing the consumers to move freely in any direction and position.

The Steam II Q Iron is available for an affordable price of P1,495 at

Hang and steam
It’s as simple as hang and steam with the Philips EasyTouch Plus, especially with its integrated adjustable pole and special garment hanger that easily holds shirts, dresses, whatever piece of clothing ready for steaming, usually used in malls and boutiques. It comes with five steaming levels for every fabric, equipped with a 25 percent larger steam plate for wider coverage, compared to those of preceding models — all this for P12,495.

The Philips EasyTouch Plus is available at

Philips Steam&Go.

Simple touch
To avoid the hassle of whipping up an ironing board, handheld garment steamers save people from all the work. For the quickest removal of creases with continuous steaming, the Philips Steam&Go is the solution to all woes on the crease on clothes after wash. It’s safe to use on all garments, including delicate fabrics such as silk, coming with a brush accessory that can penetrate through thicker fabrics.

Only for P5,495, the Philips Steam&Go is readily up for grabs at

Philips EasyTouch Plus.

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Revamp your urban sanctuary




Designed for lively dinnertime conversation and post-meal lingering, Crate&Barrel’s Ofelia dining chair indulges with comfy cushioning and plush velvet upholstery. PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF CRATE AND BARREL

Just because health is the priority in fighting the pandemic, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t make your home beautiful. With clunky disinfection spaces as the now normal, staying at home to keep safe has no doubt inspired home buyers to reflect on how to make one’s dwelling space even more comfortable and enticing to stay put in for, who knows, maybe another six months of quarantine.

Leading premium home furnishings specialty retailer Crate&Barrel recently launched its Fall collection highlighting new styles that inspire self-expression among home owners:

Modern PrairieAn update on the aesthetic of the Prairie School of Architects. Be at home with nature, embrace every crafted detail, earthy texture and wooded view in this homage to American craftsmanship. Warm woods and natural materials showcase exquisite quality and craft in this collection.

Urban Retreat Poetic and serene, create an urban retreat where luxury is in the details. You’ll appreciate its soft textures, colored washed hues, sustainable materials and warm silhouettes. Balanced, personal and blissfully relaxed.


Brayton Metal Hurricane Lamps are inspired by a fallen birch tree, create intriguing shadows and a gleaming glow.

New Deco Bold and glam, every piece in this collection is a statement piece.

Trove Energizing colors and striking silhouettes give the modern space a Danish touch. Pieces are flexible, modular and maximize style and function in small or impermanent spaces.

Make your modern quarters an inspired space — not just safe and functional — with Crate and Barrel’s new collections, available at their stores located at SM Aura Premier, SM Makati and SM Megamall. For contactless shopping, order by phone: SM Aura Premier at 09178895667; SM Makati at 09175833573; SM Megamall, 09178704796.

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Pampering pets during grooming time




GIVE the same love and care to your beloved furbabies through proper grooming.

For fur parents, the love and fondness they have for their fur babies go beyond the latter’s looks and distinct smell. So besides spoiling them with treats and teaching them new tricks, owners practice responsible pet parenting by keeping their furry friends safe and cared for.

One of the ways they prioritize their pets’ welfare is by ensuring the latter are always well-groomed. Although certain limitations are barring people from visiting pet grooming salons, there are ways in which they can keep their pets looking sharp and smelling great, even if they’re just staying at home.

Here are some tips dog owners can do to keep their furry friends well-groomed:

Determine their breed. Understand the level of grooming pets would need to help them feel better. According to TopBreed ambassador Dr. Nielsen Donato there are long-haired breeds that need more frequent grooming. There are also dogs with long ears that need more frequent ear cleaning compared to those with erect ears. Ask a vet to know more details.

Practice healthy dog bathing habits. Since the Philippines is a tropical country, the heat can sometimes get really harsh. This can lead to dogs’ glands secreting too much oil, which causes them to feel icky and uncomfortable. To check up on this, one can stroke their dog’s fur and see if there is dust clinging onto it. If such is the case, bathing them once a week with warm water can do the trick. If your dog is of a bigger breed and is prone to heatstroke, bathe them with cooler water instead.

According to Dr. Nielsen Donato, the ideal time to bathe your dogs is during the morning at around 9 to 10 a.m. Regular baths should last for about 15 to 20 minutes starting from the shoulders, then slowly moving on to the back. For the head, it is good to use a wet towel or a sponge. Dogs with erect ears may feel irritated when water gets inside their ears. Apply dog shampoo with slow, gentle strokes, making sure to keep shampoo from getting into pets’ eyes.

Let your pets get used to being groomed by their fur parents. They can try giving them treats when they follow through the bathing area, but if the nervousness of pets persists, it is best to consult with a veterinarian or a trusted pet groomer.

Choose the right shampoo. There are multiple ways owners can keep their dog’s fur shiny and healthy. This can be achieved by keeping them stress-free, maintaining their good hygiene, giving them fish oil for essential fatty acids, and using a shampoo suitable for them. One important tip when choosing a pet shampoo is to veer away from those with strong scents.

TopBreed’s ShamPooch has a mild citrus lavender scent that pets will surely love. Made from organic ingredients friendly for dogs, ShamPooch has madre de cacao and neem extracts, which have antibacterial and antiparasitic properties, and Organic Glycerin that helps moisturize and nourish their skin. It also has Organic Keratin, which revives and protects the smoothness of the dog coat.

Get expert assistance. While it can be exciting to unlock a new skill and learn how to groom a pet on their own, pet owners might find some parts of the grooming routine daunting. When in doubt, entrust complex tasks such as nail trimming and oral grooming to the experts to ensure safety. A pet’s physical well-being can affect their emotional stability. So, fur parents, ensure that your fur babies stay well-groomed and happy!

TopBreed is a pet care brand from Universal Robina Corporation’s (URC) Robina Agri Partners. Aside from ShamPooch, TopBreed also offers dog and puppy meals. To learn more about URC and TopBreed, visit its Facebook pages, @URCPhilippines and @TopBreedDogMeal.

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Luxury quarantine

Pauline Songco




To further curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the government designated hotel properties as safe temporary quarantine facilities for returning travelers and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW). If hotels were often booked for leisure, times have changed as they now serve medical frontliners and returning travelers.

All returning travelers and OFW who are required to attend a briefing upon arriving at the Philippines will be asked to proceed to a Department of Tourism (DoT) and Bureau of Quarantine (BoQ) approved hotel for their mandatory 14-day quarantine. These accredited facilities are classified into two types, a stringent quarantine facility (required for all passengers coming from a ‘high-risk’ area or high-risk vessel as identified by the WHO) and mandatory quarantine facility (for all other arriving passengers).

These accredited covered accommodation establishments (CAE), as stated in the Administrative Order 2020-001-B, shall operate only to provide basic accommodation services to guests. For this purpose, room service shall not be allowed, daily housekeeping shall not be implemented (cleaning and sanitation of rooms shall be conducted only as necessary), only a skeleton workforce or a number of personnel as may be required to provide basic services to guests shall be retained; and ancillary establishments within the premises, such as restaurants, cafés, bars, gaming areas and the like shall not be allowed to operate; provided that CAE may prepare and distribute packed meals for guests who opt for the same.


HOLIDAY Inn Express Manila in Newport City.

Some of the hotels appointed by the DoT and BoQ as mandatory quarantine facilities are Ascott (BGC), Century Park Hotel Manila and Richmonde Hotel (Eastwood). Appointed facilities for stringent quarantine are Manila Hotel, Rizal Park Hotel, The Bayleaf Intramuros, Bayview Park Hotel Manila, Savoy Hotel, Hilton Hotel, Belmont Hotel, Marriott Hotel, Conrad Manila, Sheraton Manila, Diamond Hotel and Ascott Makati.

There are also some hotels that reopened for dine-in services only. Some of them are Grand Hyatt Manila, Manila Peninsula, Shangri-La, The Fort and Raffles Makati. In their operations, these covered accommodation establishments shall ensure that social distancing measures under the Memorandum from the Executive Secretary dated 13 March are observed. Meanwhile, Sofitel Manila’s Spiral restaurant will reopen in October.

The hotels are strongly encouraged to provide the lowest possible rates to guests, especially to OFW and employees from neighboring basic establishments. Some of these spaces include COVID-19 tests in its rates like hotels in Resorts World Manila and Richmonde in Iloilo.

BELMONT Hotel Manila.

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Peace and quiet in Mandaluyong townhome




THE BEDFORD, Transphil’s newest development in Mandaluyong City.

While the pandemic brought significant shifts in consumers’ real estate purchasing preferences, it has also underlined the edge of owning a townhome in Metro Manila. Besides its location and nearby essential areas, home buyers are also seeking to invest in homes with excellent craftsmanship, space flexibility, and favorable cost-to-benefit ratio — all of which are what TransPhil Real Estate has been providing since 1975 and as reflected in The Bedford, its newest development in Mandaluyong City.

“A price point like P22,000,000 to P23,000,000 can only get you a studio-type condo unit in the CBD or at most, a one bedroom-unit with limited kitchen, dining, and living areas,” explains Ramon Garcia III, TransPhil Real Estate president. “But with The Bedford, you get a three to four-storey townhome complete with customizable rooms, bathrooms with multipoint heaters, open-living spaces, and high-quality features like split-type inverter air conditioners, intercom system, heat and smoke detectors, and compound CCTV to name a few.”


ROOMS are customizable, should guests prefer a different look.

As for accessibility, The Bedford’s prime location is the perfect middle-ground for both working individuals and growing families. TransPhil Real Estate’s new development is within distance of the metro’s top schools like Saint Pedro Poveda College, La Salle Green Hills, Xavier School, Immaculate Conception Academy, and Ateneo Law School, in addition to other key areas such as S&R Shaw, Shangri-La Plaza, Ronac Living Gallery Shaw, and other nearby hospitals, markets, and CBDs.

“The Bedford is very well-suited to the needs of a growing modern Filipino family,” says Rafael Garcia, TransPhil Real Estate vice president. “The quality, craftsmanship, and style are something that families now and future generations will value and definitely benefit from, apart from its convenience, accessibility, and safety of the community.”

Only a few RFO units are left. Book a visit today and to discover this quiet but design-driven property at the heart of Mandaluyong City.

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What does it take to be sustainable?

Care Balleras



Sevina Park develops spaces horizontally for less electricity consumption. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF ARTHALAND.COM

Since people became more aware of the climate change and the continuing health crisis brought by COVID-19, sustainability became the topmost target of real estate developments especially for residential and commercial projects.

However, from a property buyer’s perspective, individuals are often misled with the idea that sustainability only comes with doses of greens and high-tech fixtures.

Addressing these misconceptions, American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Inc. (AmCham Philippines) and Arthaland recently took the lead in educating everyone on what it means to have a sustainable structure anchored on the wellbeing of environment, people and efficiency for work.

Fundamentals of sustainability
The high price of getting a sustainable home often gets into the way of why dwellers shut the idea but for Arthaland’s senior vice president for Sales and Leasing Operations officer Oliver Chan, sustainability comes with great exploration of affordable yet effective options.

Proper conceptualization
Chan highlights the importance of “conceptualizing with engineering and architectural consultants” in making a place sustainable. This means taking note of the location providing efficiency for essential errands and of the orientation of the sun.

This is to ensure that every segment of the structure will be in the right place.

Arya Residences pride itself with LEED and EDGE certifications.

Development features
After knowing how the structure will be built, explore the kind of materials to be used. According to Chan, it has to be non-toxic and he also recommends using double-glazed windows that will reduce the amount of heat and noise entering the premises.

Efficient resources
Now that you know what kind of materials to build the foundation of your space, take the time to understand what appliances and fixtures you will rely on when the structure becomes operational.

For lighting, ensure that your house will have sufficient daylight. The mentioned use of double-glazed windows can come in handy. Further, the markets also offer varying options of affordable LED lights.

In the water department, it is highly suggested to use water-efficient plumbing fixtures so you can save 20 percent water usage. And in the air quality section, using energy recovery ventilation, hepa and MERV filters can assure good air quality without splurging too much.


Using double-glazed windows help reduce noise and heat entering the structure.

Benefits of sustainable environment
Climate and health crises may put great pressure on individuals to pursue a sustainable home, but it is definitely the best choice to benefit from even without these challenges.

According to Chan, studies show that “staying in a sustainable environment increases efficiency. 11 percent of productivity for having fresh air 25 percent better memory function 18 percent increase in productivity for having access to daylight and operable windows.“

Now that we know what it takes to pursue sustainable living, it is time to spread the word and take action to fully realize it.

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Investment for the afterlife




The 10-hectare Golden Haven at Cagayan de Oro boasts a stunning recreation of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF GOLDEN BRIA HOLDINGS INC

It’s an inevitable part of the cycle of life. From investing in living spaces, the next inescapable part of is the temporariness of our existence. Not a grim idea but, nowadays, a pragmatic approach to making life easier for the loved ones we’ll leave behind is investing in how we’d like to pass on.

From the memorial service to finding a plot as one’s final resting place, planning one’s gravesite takes on a sensible reality especially with the many memorial companies offering various packages and services. Small wonder then that real estate companies are also starting to explore ventures in resting places for the dearly departed.

Golden Haven’s impeccably designed memorial parks combine elegant architecture with verdant greenery to create a tranquil haven for families who come to visit. In such vast, picturesque settings, the living celebrates the lives of people they have loved and lost while creating new, lastin
g memories with the family. Golden Haven continues to innovate on memorial parks and how to make them not just functional but also aesthetic.

Golden Haven in Amadeo, Cavite, for instance, is the first-ever eco-memorial park development in the Philippines. Besides a beautiful locale with outdoor attractions, it also offers outdoor activities including a butterfly pavilion, various nature trails, and even a miniature zoo.

On the other hand, the 10-hectare Golden Haven at Cagayan de Oro, a fully operational Golden Haven park, boasts a stunning recreation of the famed Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. To boost its international flair, the park is built around the theme, Gardens of the World. Greetings in various Asian languages welcome guests at the park that features themed enclaves such as the Japanese Zen garden, the Gardens of America, the Tuscan Hills and more.

FAMILIES can create lasting memories together in these picturesque settings.

Golden Haven Park in Cebu, meanwhile, is located just a few minutes’ ride from the city. This mountaintop sanctuary can leave one in awe, with its enchanting natural surroundings blending seamlessly with its various Italian-inspired amenities like the Pope John Paul II Memorial Hill, the Garden Plaza, and the Imperial Gardens, among others.

These are just three of more than 30 premier offerings of Golden Haven all over the country, making it the largest and the most striking chain of memorial parks not only in the country, but quite possibly, within the Southeast Asian region as well.

With more sites being built, Golden Haven moves closer to its goal of having a Golden Haven Memorial Park in every person’s hometown, allowing its clientele to enjoy life’s peaceful dusk, in the comforts of familiar ground.

“It is our hope that the vastness and tranquil beauty of Golden Haven’s memorial parks continue to motivate the living in making their visits a regular habit instead of a yearly event,” said Red Rosales, president of Golden Haven. “Weekend visits can afford families the chance to bond safely with each other while savoring memories of the dearly departed.”

Golden Haven’s impeccably designed memorial parks create a tranquil have for all who visit.

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