Villar Leads Church Opening in Vista Land Major Project

January 24, 2014

Vista Land chairman Manny Villar led the blessing and inauguration of the Saint Pio Church located at the heart of Savannah City in Iloilo with no less than Archbishop Angel Lagdameo officiating the thanksgiving mass.

Savannah City Church's patron saint is St. Pio of Pietrelcina who became the most charismatic holy man in the modern history of the Catholic Church. He was widely hailed as a saint during his lifetime and credited with at least 1,000 miracle cures.

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An uneducated Capuchin friar from the town of San Giovanni Rotondo in the Gargano, Peninsula of Puglia, Southern Italy, Padre Pio's most famous sign of claimed sanctity were the stigmata—the Christ like wounds that he bore in the palms of his hands and his side.

"The churches we are building, such as the Saint Pio Church here in Savannah City, 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," shares Villar.

Savannah City, the flagship project of Vista Land in the Visayas, sits on 350 hectares of verdant land, spread over Oton, Pavia and San Miguel in the historical province on Panay Island.

It is a prime example of Vista Land's comprehensive style of integrated master planning. The Savannah City Church that matches the South American theme of community can seat over a thousand churchgoers.

Savannah's grand entrance welcomes one with a wide tree-lined avenue to a graceful rotunda that connects The Crest, The Trails, The Glades, The Glen, The Orchard, and Lessandra — the development's six highly livable residential communities. A great range of home choices are available from P800,000 to P7 million.

Savannah's property valuation has exponentially increased since it opened in September 2000. It is expected to increase further with the introduction of its new plans of development.

Beyond these six residential enclaves and the amenities each offers, the property already has its own school, the Georgia International Academy, offering from primary up to fourth year high school or 10th grade.

Homeowners can walk their kids to school or bike to their daily classes, leaving you secure in the knowledge that they're safe and nearby; and with classmates who are also their neighbors, they can create friendships and bonds that will last a lifetime.

Beside Georgia International Academy is its famous Fifa-standard football field a tribute to the Ilonggos apparent love for football. It was inaugurated in 2012 by the Azkals' James and Phil Younghusband, who, beyond being guests of honor, taught aspiring young football players the basic techniques of the game.

At the main entrance of Savannah is a centrally located transport terminal with 15 shuttle service units that move residents and visitors quickly and easily to wherever they need to go within the property and outside.

A sprawling commercial complex will also rise within the community very soon, which will house retail shops, restaurants and other food and beverage outlets, as well as service establishments so close to home.

In the next few years, Vista Land will unveil other churches in various locations nationwide.

Next in line is the Santuario de San Ezekiel Moreno in Pulanglupa, Las Pinas City. This 700-seater church had its groundbreaking in 2011, and construction is still ongoing.

The following are also slated for early completion: 1,000-seater Santuario Madonna del Divino Amore at Evia in Alabang and a Swiss-inspired church at Crosswinds in Tagaytay.

There will be churches in other parts of Luzon, namely: Camella Provence in Malolos, Bulacan; Maia Alta in Antipolo, Rizal; Camella/Tierra Nevada in General Trias, Cavite; and Plantacion Meridienne in Lipa, Batangas.

Another European architecture-inspired church will likewise rise at the Azienda in Talisay, Cebu.

Church construction is part of Villar SIPAG's (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance) advocacy with churches and religious organizations in partnership with Vista Land, the runaway real estate leader in the country with the widest geographic reach.

The two will construct places of worship in various developments across the Philippines including the Saint Pio Church in Savannah City.

Camella is the subsidiary catering to the mid-market segment of Vista Land, the country's premier homebuilder. To date, the company has won the Reader's Digest Trusted Brand Gold Award, two years in a row, proving that Camella is a real estate brand to be reckoned with in all of Asia.

Camella has long been a familiar name among Filipino families both in the country and abroad. In 39 years, it has built a selection of affordable, high-quality homes and themed communities across our islands. The group has built more than 250,000 homes to date and maintains a strong presence in Mega Manila and 38 other key provincial destinations and 65 cities and municipalities.

Source: The Daily Tribune

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