Despite decades of living overseas, many Filipinos still choose to grow old in their native land for reasons that vary from economic to just purely sentimental.
For 78-year-old Sofia Murphy who had lived in Perth, Australia for 40 years, coming home to her native city of Davao for good in 2014 meant a fresh start after her husband passed away due to heart attack.
“After my husband died a few years ago, I wanted a new environment, a fresh start,” Murphy shared in an interview.
Determined to live a worry-free life, she sold their house in a subdivision in Maa and decided to embrace the convenience of condominium-living in DMCI Homes’ three-hectare Verdon Parc development.
“I lived before in a subdivision and I always pass by this place when I go shopping. I really like the area. It’s very close to (commercial) establishments, to the mall, and bus terminals. I think, it is (the) center of the city,” she said.
Located along Ecoland Drive corner Peacock Street in Davao City, Verdon Parc offers excellent proximity to various commercial establishments including malls and markets as well as educational institutions, banks, places of worship, medical service providers and government agencies.
Even though Verdon Parc was not her original choice, Murphy said she is convinced that she made the right decision in picking the DMCI Homes’ leisure-inspired development.
“The first condo that I have looked at, it’s really the kind of condo that I like. I actually decided to buy that one but when I saw Verdon Parc and inquired, I realized that it’s much better here. My original choice was not just more expensive compared here, it also does not have a balcony unlike here in Verdon Parc,” Murphy pointed out.
Murphy moved into her two-bedroom unit early this year and was immediately smitten by the friendly residents and Property Management Office staff at Verdon Parc.
“Everybody’s so friendly. The guards and especially the staff,” she said.
The exclusivity of the development and the presence of 24/7 roving guards and modern security measures make her stay even more enjoyable according to Murphy.
“When I go on travel, I know that my stuff is secured. We also had security in our subdivision before but it is much better when you live in a condo. At my age, I can sleep soundly at night because I know that I’m safe here,” she said.
“It’s like living in a resort”
Consistent with its reputation as the best provider of residential communities designed to create quality lifestyle, DMCI Homes intended Verdon Parc to complement the King City of the South’s abundant and pristine natural resources to create a leisurely atmosphere for Davaoeños.
Fitness facilities, swimming pools, entertainment and game rooms, play areas and leisure zones, are available to satisfy every whim.
Murphy, with all the first-class features of her “retirement home”, could not help but get excited over the possibilities brought by a new life at Verdon Parc.
“It’s like having a holiday every day. It’s like living in a resort,” Murphy beamed.
The country’s first real estate contractor to earn the Quadruple A license, DMCI Homes has been known for building quality resort-inspired communities in Mega Manila, Baguio City, Boracay and Davao City. Built with world-standard craftsmanship borne from D.M. Consunji Inc.'s over 60 years of expertise in the construction and development industry, DMCI Homes continues to uphold its thrust of providing quality homes at best value on or ahead of time.
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DMCI Homes, the country’s first Quadruple A builder-developer, capped the Nutrition Month celebration with a medical mission held last July 22 in Barangay Guadalupe, Makati City.
Through its “Kaakbay sa Kalusugan” Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, DMCI Homes provided free health consultation and medicines to over 220 children and adults from underprivileged families of the community with the support of volunteers and partner organizations.
“This is a big help for our residents especially since we are observing the Nutrition Month. With the assistance of DMCI Homes, we are able to continuously improve the quality of healthcare in Barangay Guadalupe Viejo,” barangay captain Dennis Almario said in an interview.
Aside from the free health consultation, DMCI Homes also donated wheelchairs and canes which were given to several beneficiaries selected by the barangay council.
87-year-old Calinica de Leon fought back her tears while being seated to her new wheelchair. She was being assisted by her granddaughter Margie Oliva, who revealed that they “have been praying for a new wheelchair and now it’s really an answered prayer.”
Meanwhile, Conchita Tuazon, 81, felt elated as she accepted one of the wheelchairs on behalf of her 55-year-old daughter Victoria whose leg was amputated due to diabetes complication.
“My daughter couldn’t leave home because of her condition. She couldn’t work anymore so she sells goods in front of our house and this wheelchair would greatly give her ease in her chores,” teary-eyed Tuazon shared in vernacular.
Other medical supplies including weighing scales, sets of nebulizers, sets of sphygmomanometer, stethoscopes, and even height charts were also turned over for the use of the barangay health and day care center.
DMCI Homes Corporate Communications manager Josephine Cruz, meanwhile, expressed her gratitude to all volunteers and partner organizations for making the medical mission possible.
These include the Westmont Unilab, Generika Drugstore, Makati Medical Center, Insular Health Care Inc., Rotary Club of South Triangle, Riqueza Events Services, homeowners from Stellar Place and Zinnia Towers in Quezon City and DMCI Homes employees.
“While we build quality homes for our own residents at DMCI Homes, we also want to help improve the condition of the community where we belong and that is one of the reasons why we held this medical mission in barangay Guadalupe Viejo where Brio Tower is located,” Cruz said.
Physicians from the Makati Medical Center and Ospital ng Makati as well as independent practitioners affiliated with Insular Life and Generika Drugstore administered the general health consultation to the beneficiaries.
Rotary Club of South Triangle and Riqueza Events Services, meanwhile, gave out snacks and toys that brought cheers especially to the children beneficiaries.
“Kaakbay sa Kalusugan,” which pertains to health and well-being, is under the DMCI Homes CSR program “Kaakbay” that aims to extend global affluence and uphold the well-being of Filipinos.
The program promotes fostering of good relations with the communities where they operate and bring forth social activities beneficial to the Filipino society.
Taking advantage of children’s strong yearning for new knowledge and skills, Zinnia Towers in North EDSA, Quezon City recently held its own version of a play city to allow kids in the community to learn and have fun at the same time.
The DMCI Homes development recently held “Kidzinnia,” a five-day workshop that involved children who lived in the community. Spearheaded by Zinnia Towers’ Property Management Office (PMO), the event included workshops on gardening and recycling activities as well as other fun activities such as games, storytelling, a treasure hunt, and role-playing.
Only 15 to 20 children were expected to turn up at the workshop, but in the end, the event counted over 40 participants – a testament to just how active both the Zinnia Towers’ community and PMO are.
Through the activities, children were able to learn about the Zinnia Towers community, and know more about the roles of the people they interact with everyday, from the DMCI Homes property management staff, to fellow residents.
The kids also learned about taking care of their surroundings, and were oriented on the community’s house rules in an enjoyable and exciting way. With their safety in mind, the kids were also given an emergency preparedness workshop.
The event ended with a hands-on activity that allowed participants to actually experience what it’s like to work in the property management aspect, stepping into the shoes of security guards, housekeepers, receptionists, officers, and property managers. This way, the kids were able to truly learn the value of doing their best, working together, doing the right thing, and making other people happy.
Resident Gerald Sanchez, a parent at Zinnia Towers, said that Kidzinnia was a “great activity”, sharing that he appreciated that it was both informative and fun.
“Keep it up,” he told the PMO, referring to the event’s success.
According to Zinnia Towers property manager Edilyn Perez, the idea for the event came about because they wanted to get children more involved in the community.
“The PMO believes that children have a positive impact and contribution to the community,” she said, explaining that children are a factor to having a safe, clean, and healthy environment.
The workshops according to Perez were designed to teach children how to be better members of the Zinnia community, in an interesting and experiential way. They also aimed to instill values that will benefit the children in the long run, and help them not only at home, but also in school, and with their friends.
For instance, she explained that learning about property management and having that hands-on experience not only made the children more aware of house rules, but because property managers are leaders, the experience also helped instill leadership skills in the kids, training them to be more proactive in the future.
KidZinnia was only one of several events held by the PMO for its residents. They also held a bazaar as well as a Santa Cruzan to keep Filipino culture alive while giving the residents an opportunity to bond, make friends, and have fun.
“We want them to have not just a home, but a community,” Perez said.
Indeed, community is the best word to describe what the residents at Zinnia Towers have. The best part is, their community includes the entire family – especially the kids.
Zinnia Towers is one of the developments of DMCI Homes, the country’s first Quadruple A real estate developer known for building quality resort-inspired communities in Mega Manila, Baguio, Boracay and Davao City. Each of its properties is built with world-standard craftsmanship borne from D.M. Consunji Inc.'s over 60 years of expertise in the construction and development industry.
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