MANILA, Philippines – The real estate development firm of Sen Manuel Villar is adding Catholic churches as one of the features of its projects nationwide.
In a statement on Sunday, July 14, Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc. announced that the Villar Foundation, which the businessman-turned-politician chairs, aims to build at least 10 “houses of worship in various home communities across the Philippines.”
The homebuilder said Villar led the inauguration of the blessing of a church under their mid-market segment Camella brand in Cagayan de Oro.
“The churches we are building, such as the San Vicente Ferrer here in Cagayan de Oro, are among the corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts of our companies. We believe that building communities and providing a place of worship for people is the best start,” said Villar, Chairman emeritus of Vista Land.
He was referring to the newly unveiled church named after the patron saint of the province in Gran Europa, an 8-hectare gated community under the Camella brand. The 250-seat church stands on over 300 sq.m. area and is the centerpiece of its Village Center. It is the first church the Villar Foundation built outside of Metro Manila.
The company wrote that “church construction is part of Villar Foundation’s advocacy with churches and religious organizations in partnership with Vista Land.”
Also in the pipeline are the churches to be unveiled in the following locations:
- Pulanglupa, Las Piñas City: The 700-seat Santuario de San Ezekiel Moreno had its groundbreaking in 2011. Construction is still ongoing
- Evia in Alabang: 1,000-seat Santuario Madonna del Divino Amore
- Crosswinds in Tagaytay: a Swiss-inspired church
- Malolos, Bulacan: Camella Provence
- Antipolo, Rizal: Maia Alta
- General Trias, Cavite: CamellaTierra Nevada
- Lipa, Batangas: PlantacionMeridienne
- Cebu: Azienda
- Iloilo: Savannah
The church designs are largely European architecture-inspired. They will complement offerings meant to create communities where residents can “gather for celebration, fun and leisure.”
Other offerings within the Vista Land’s gated communities typically include a grocery, a DIY store, an amphitheater, retail and dining establishments, a bakery and other amenities a residential community would need.
Other property firms have been expanding features of its mixed-use developments, with like schools, malls and hotels as part of the communities they develop.
Ayala Land recently announced it is expanding into hospital business to add to its service offerings. – Rappler.com