DMCI Homes begins a new chapter in historic district with latest property acquisition in Las Piñas

February 23, 2011

A rich vein of history throbs at the old district of Las Piñas, referred to as the city’s “Historical Corridor.” Spanning an area composed of Brgy. Manuyo, Daniel Fajardo, E. Aldana, Ilaya, Pulang Lupa, and Zapote, this district has been preserved and refashioned to reflect a Spanish theme, reminiscent of a well-regarded practice in European countries to preserve their old cities.

As one of the earliest settlement sites during the Spanish era, the former barrio of Las Piñas continues to pay homage to its past through this Historical Corridor. At one corner of Zapote though, a prime tract of land is undergoing its own redevelopment, from a venue for industry into a residential property that will soon host a thriving community of young families.

This 1.8-hectare of land has been acquired by the country’s leading developer of resort-inspired communities, DMCI Homes. The residential condominium project’s name is also a sentimental reference to the Spanish vibe: “Maricielo Villas.”

For the city of Las Piñas, Maricielo Villas is already the developer’s second project after the successful Ohana Place, located on the other side of the city, along the Alabang-Zapote Road. On the other hand, Maricielo Villas will rise on the corner of Quirino Ave. and Casimiro Avenue, to service the prospective market of residents and upgraders around the area.

This is in line with DMCI Homes’ vision of expanding its presence in different areas around the greater metro, to fulfill the growing demand for an inspiring home environment, for the underserved market of young professionals and start-up families.

Reynaldo Salazar, DMCI Homes Director for Business Development, acknowledged that their company is currently enjoying an esteemed reputation in the industry, especially among land owners interested in selling their property. This has become beneficial to DMCI Homes’ initiatives in land banking and acquiring properties such as the present site of Maricielo Villas.

“We acquired this property which was previously owned by Francisco Motors from the bank. We are actually lucky to secure this land because we do not have too many big properties left within Manila. At the same time, the price of real estate has increased by up to 20% in the last couple of years because of the boom in the sector, so we are constantly facing these challenges every time we look for properties,” he explained.

Salazar also attributes the positive image of DMCI Homes to its untarnished track record of more than 10 years in the industry. “The land owners see what we do and they are impressed with our projects. They are confident that we will settle our financial obligations to them unlike some unscrupulous developers,” he added.

“For the last couple of years, we have been fortunate to come across properties that previously housed factories or assembly plants such as Francisco Motors for Maricielo Villas, Columbian Motors for our Siena Park Residences project in Bicutan, Commercial Motors for our East Raya Gardens project in Pasig, and a pipe manufacturer for Tivoli Gardens in Mandaluyong. We are eyeing more areas that are due for redevelopment to explore opportunities of putting up more DMCI Homes projects for our market,” Salazar said.

While the rest of Metro Manila anticipates such projects to emerge in their own area, Maricielo Villas will be starting its own chapter in a historic district. Rising on an 18,522-sqm lot, the development will house five Spanish Mission-themed, medium-rise buildings, blending seamlessly with the establishments in the area all conforming to the motif of 18th century colonial period. Maricielo Villas however will make a statement for distinction. It will be the first medium-rise development in the area comprised of four (4) medium-rise buildings with five (5) residential floors and one (1) medium-rise building with four (4) residential floors. Its charming variety of resort-type amenities will likewise set it apart from other residences in the area, composed mostly of townhouses and subdivisions.

Named after a combination of the Spanish terms “mar” which stands for sea and “cielo” which means sky, Maricielo Villas is a “villa”-type of residence that will remind homeowners of a true vacation home within the city. It will afford them modern conveniences, generous green spaces, and first-rate buildings features, while staying true to the spirit of a Spanish style community that is very much Filipino.

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