December 12, 2017, 11:13 am
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Nuvali embraces sustainability

LOCATED in the burgeoning Southern Luzon corridor is the country’s first and largest eco-city development, Nuvali. This is Ayala Land Inc.’s largest sustainable estate, built upon the values of economic, environmental and social sustainability.

This 2,290-hectare mixed-use development straddles the cities of Sta. Rosa, Cabuyao and Calamba in Laguna. It is accessible through several exits along South Luzon expressway.

Ayala Land has developed 78 percent of Nuvali’s land area. The eco-community features residential communities, business spaces including the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certified One Evotech, prestigious schools, shopping centers and the 150-room Seda Nuvali.

Nuvali offers nature amenities: a 35-kilometer mountain bike trail, a multi-functional lake, hiking paths, wildlife and bird sanctuary, and Camp N team building and camping grounds.

Business and lifestyle centers, recreational venues and other living essentials flourish in a vibrant environment with over 51,986 trees, 86 percent of which are native species and even more to be planted in the future.

Nuvali has 55,000 visitors per weekend, 6,000 residents, 400 merchant partners, 6,000 jobs and 1,200 students, according to Mark Evan Manundo, Ayala Land project development manager.

The area within and around Nuvali contributes 17.2 percent to the national gross domestic product, making it the second largest contributor in the country. Known as the country’s “industrial belt” with the highest concentration of manufacturing activity, the region ranks second to Metro Manila in the number of small business establishments.

A unique feature of Nuvali is Camp N, a premier incubator hub and team building space with thrill-based and skill-based facilities designed to test one’s physical limits, mental abilities, character and values. In partnership with Specialized Philippines, a 3.4 km winding trail was built with dips, bridges and obstacles to test and train the abilities of bikers of different ages and skill levels.

Meanwhile, lifestyle hotel Seda Nuvali is an integral part of the eco-community. This is the first LEED silver certified hotel in the country.It offers guests stunning views of the lake, evoking a serene, resort-like environment. Seda Nuvali has facilities like function rooms, club lounge, gym, swimming pools, E-lounge, game room and children’s playroom. Its services include in-room dining, spa services, complimentary Wi-Fi, laundry and dry-cleaning, airport and city transfers, lifestyle manager assistance and parking.

Nuvali offers more places of interest such asthe Laguna Techno Park, Nuvali Techno Hub, Solenad dining and retail outlets, The Monochrome Events Place, Republic Wakepark Nuvali, sports zone, wildlife and bird sanctuary, The Lake, Greens and Patches vegetable farm and koi fish feeding.

Combining style, space and function at the heart of a business and commercial destination, it also has an all-day dining restaurant with a medley of international dishes that guests can enjoy indoors or ‘al fresco’ at the poolside.

When in Solenad 3, not to be missed is the MGrill& Banh Café as well as The House of Bawai. 

Recently, Nuvali brought to life the “Magical Field of Lights,” its first lights and sound show. The field is made up of 5,000 pieces of LED lights and features a variety of attractions such as the 50-meter long light tunnel, Christmas trees and dandelion light installation.

Nuvali, a model of sustainability, was awarded as the best mixed-use estate in Southern Luzon. Likewise, it was recognized as a quality model for urban planning and sustainable resource management by the Urban Nexus Project, and was a finalist for the Healthy Places Awards.

 “We are striving to keep the 40 percent an open space,” said John Estacio, Nuvali general manager. “It is actually a paradigm shift for us because of our vision of sustainability such that part of it is to take care of the environment. You have to let the environment as is, so we are adopting a lot of low-intensity development – those that have very little human intervention.”

Estacio noted the wildlife and sanctuary, if developed into a residential space, can make a lot of money, but “we didn’t do it because of the conscious effort of being stewards of the land.”

He also said a portion of the development’s revenue would be invested for the local tourism. “I think our paradigm has changed as an entity; it is not just about making money but also taking care of the environment.” 
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