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Batangas resort earns noted green design certification

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PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF THE LANDCO GROUP EDGE-Certified Millennial Resorts operate Aquaria Waterpark at CaSoBe.

Beautiful rustic cottages with an amazing view of the Batangas seascape has recently earned another milestone for the Landco Group. Millennial Resorts, positioned for the young and youthful at heart, has achieved the very first EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) Certification for a resort hospitality project in the country.

The award was bestowed to the top developer group for its Crusoe Cabins at CaSoBe in Calatagan, Batangas. The EDGE Certification was awarded by Philippine Green Building Initiative Inc. (PGBI) which recognized Crusoe Cabins for its eco-efficient design that result in reduction of 34 percent in energy, 57 percent in water and 65 percent in embodied energy in materials compared to local base case.

the Cocoons and Club Laiya.

Erickson Manzano, president and CEO of both Landco Pacific Corporation and Millennial Resorts Corporation (MRC) expressed the company’s pride in receiving the recognition: “We are truly proud of this recognition of Millennial Resorts as the first recipient of the highly-coveted EDGE Certification for a resort project in the Philippines. We share this honor with our relentless team who makes it possible for us to put into action Landco’s long-term commitment to social, economic and environmental sustainability in premium property developments for more than 30 years across the country.

“Being eco-conscious is ingrained in both Landco and MRC’s DNA. We do it, first and foremost, because it is the right thing to do. Millennial Resorts’ EDGE Certification complements our over-all sustainability program at our latest Leisure Tourism Estates in Batangas — 15-hectare CaSoBe and 24-hectare Club Laiya, both of which are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Registered and incorporate water recycling, permeable pedestrian tree-lined walkways and scenic bike lanes around the beachside properties to further reduce our carbon footprint.”

Crusoe Cabins is recognized for its eco-efficient design.

“Millennial Resorts team is grateful for this certification which shows our responsibility to the environment as we preserve the resort lifestyle and the uniqueness of the beach destination of Batangas. This inspires us to continue to find new ways to minimize our impact on the environment and respect the local community,” stated Patrick Gregorio, senior consultant for Hospitality, Landco and MRC.

The EDGE Certification demonstrates the leadership and advocacy of Landco and its sister hospitality group, Millennial Resorts, in green building design with the use of EDGE software.

Chaye Cabal-Revilla, chief Finance, Sustainability and Risk officer, Metro Pacific Investment Corporation (MPIC), noted: “Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) has always championed the integration of sustainability into our business strategy and value creation. We are proud that under the MVP Group, Landco and Millennial Resorts attained the EDGE certification to create a lasting positive impact to the environment and community. This achievement is a concrete example of our holistic and all-inclusive approach to sustainability.”

EDGE, an innovation of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), is an international green building standard, rating system and certification available in 160 countries. EDGE brings about solutions to reduce the use of energy, water and embodied energy in materials.

“Sustainable tourism plays a critical role in achieving a green recovery and I’m proud to see resort properties in the Philippines adopting globally-recognized sustainability standards, which will hopefully encourage other industry players to do the same,” said Jean-Marc Arbogast, IFC country manager for the Philippines.

Millennial Resorts undertakes sustainability initiatives in line with MPIC’s commitment to help achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable; and strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

“Utility savings are not the only reward for a resort’s green credentials, as studies indicate that guests are more loyal to a property, with a commitment to protecting the environment and preserving natural resources,” shared Engr. Leandro Conti, PGBI chairman and president.

“We hope that this EDGE Certification will encourage others to build green resort properties, in the Philippines and in other countries. Only by working together can we create an ecosystem where sustainable resorts are no longer the exception but the norm,” he noted.

Millennial Resorts features unique resort accommodations: Crusoe Cabins at CaSoBe and Costa Azalea and Cocoons at CaSoBe and Club Laiya; and leisure facilities: Laiya Beach Club at Club Laiya and Aquaria Water Park with a three-story giant slide at CaSoBe and Costa Azalea. Its soon to be launched exciting new facilities are: Captain Barbozza restaurant and bar, Canopy and The Isle — venues for events, and Colony, a beachside co-working space. Costa Azalea is located in Samal Island, Davao.

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