When one looks over Metro Manila today, say from a good vantage point from any of its high-rise buildings, one sees a city that needs a rebirth to give its inhabitants more dignity, a city with elegant architecture and verdant parks accessible to all, with civic and cultural centers where we can manage our societal affairs and celebrate our soulfulness. There are also no well-defined civic centers or boundaries. If a city does not have either or both, then it does not have a heart, no soul to speak of.

When you look above South Forbes Golf City, the country’s largest fully-integrated and all-themed golf resort city at the forefront of the Metro Sta. Rosa – Tagaytay corridor, recipient of the Best Golf Community Development by the 2007 CNBC International Property Awards, the world’s most prestigious property awards programme, and the Highly Commended Award for Best Development by the 2010 Bloomberg Asia-Pacific Residential Award, there is much one can see in the way of public parks and open spaces to mitigate air pollution or offer active recreation for its residents, where its architecture strives to create humane environments for people, where its environs make you want to live in it and not run away from it.

“Our sole aim in South Forbes is to make our residents proud of their community, a community that provides for their ever-changing needs, respects the environment it is built in, and one that has soul” said Cathay Land president Jeffrey Ng.

House and Garden. A truly unique characteristic of South Forbes’ residential district is its international-themed neighborhoods. This diversity is not limited to the architecture alone but includes as well the types of feature amenities vital to every development. Bali Mansions, Nirwana Bali, and Phuket Mansions will have their resort-themed enclaves with pools surrounded by lush, tropical foliage just like their Western counterpart, the Mediterranean Villas, reminiscent of the Iberian coast. The meditative setting of Tokyo Mansions will be a respite from the constant hurriedness of the outside world while Miami will exude a more vigorous and chic lifestyle.

South Forbes adds to its diversity with two condominium projects: Scandia Suites, a take-off on the uncomplicated, efficient, and innovative style of Scandinavian modernism, more to the liking of business executives, with units that are high in style but low in upkeep, and the Golf View Terraces, set along the ridge of the alluring fairways whose perks are a curtain of verdant trees, the cool, gentle breeze and the subtle scent of the freshly-mown grass.
Parks Galore. The number of parks and playgrounds in a community can raise the fitness level of residents. For example, one study found that there was an increase of 17 more minutes of physical activity for each park within a half mile of a home. In addition, studies have shown that the closer parks and recreational sites are to where people live, the more people use them and the more physically active they are.

Châteaux de Paris has six themed parks all over the enclave. Not only do they provide a venue for physical fitness, but they offer a lot of sensory interest to all its users.
“If people are not going to parks, what would they be doing with that time? Would they be sitting around at home, drinking a few beers or sodas, eating chips, and watching reruns on television,” said Ng. “We want our residents to be leading healthy lifestyles so that they can be better people for their children and the community.”

Move in right here, right now. Call 635-7777 or 631-8855 for a free city tour or log on to www.southforbes.com.

The Philippine Star Business Section REAL ESTATE C-3
Friday, October 19, 2012