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Premier retirement village launched in Balamban

| by: Cris Lanie Delos Reyes

Just a few minutes away from the buzzling downtown of Balamban, the first of its kind retirement village called “Amonsagana” stands to offer a combination of nature’s beauty and comfortable home.

The village project broke ground seven months ago with the vision of building a retirement village that embraces the rich traditions of the past while looking forward to the future grounded by the principle of environmental sustainability.

“Amon Sagana is not merely a retirement village project; it is part of a larger strategy to produce multiplier effects as it impacts repulse to local community,”Janice Ngiam-Chong, director of Synthech Properties Inc., said.

Over the next years, one major economy effect will be measured in jobs created through the facility. This demand of jobs will come from maintenance and operations of each project phase, besides the volume of additional business generated by the many local contractors, suppliers and service providers involved.

The Amonsagana’s objectives suit one of the six-point agenda of the Cebu Provincial Government that seeks for a stable development in the countryside to unveil potentials and opportunities in the rural areas.

During the launching, Governor Hilario Davide III emphasized that a retirement community can offer a kind of socialization that older people can participate in and enjoy, which is not normally available in the usual subdivisions or among the younger communities.

“Your future neighbors are about your age and so probably you will enjoy the same music, the kind of food and share the same concerns,”Davideaddressing the future buyers.

Valentino Cabansag, general manager and chief executive officer of Philippine Retirement Authority, said that the country is a premier destination for retirement.

Retirees from Korea, China, Taiwan, Japan, America, India, and Europe, among others have laid their choice to settle and age in the country.

Philippines placed  7th in the 21 countries to have the best place to retire, according to the 2014 Live and Investment Retire Overseas Index. The country also ranked 8th in the Global Retirement Index by Natixis Global Assets Management Core Data and among the top 20 best places to retire in the world (2014), according to Forbes magazine.

Cabansag expressed his support to the concept, saying that PRA is hopeful to witness continuous innovative services, recounting on developers that supports retirement migration agenda by promoting the country as an ideal retirement destination.

Meanwhile, Amonsaga took their concept a little higher, not just by ensuring their retirees to have a happy life but also to have a healthy life as well.

The project is committed to a green and eco-friendly design with every house having an organic and edible landscaping.

“As a responsible and progresssive developer, we instill in our hearts and minds to be at the forefont of being environmental conscious in all our development projects. It is also our hope that someday, developers will seriously implement environmental-initiated projects as well,”Ngiam-Chong added.

Amonsagana is situated in the tranquil hills of Pondol, Balamban, covering a total area of 32 hectares. According to Amonsagana’s website, the project is set to have four phases wherein each phase is named after the four basic elements of nature: Saga Tierra (Earth), Saga Lluvia (Water), Saga Viento (Wind/Air) and Saga Solare (Sun/Fire).

At present, the project is still on its way to phase 1, which offers  66 exclusive houses and lots.

During the launching, Davide’s wife, Jobel Angan-Davide, Vice-governor Agnes Magpale, Balamban Mayor Ace Stefan Binghay, Vice Mayor Rosario Binghay, PB member Alex Binghay, Chairman of the Association of Barangay Captains in Balamban Bernabe Gonzales Jr., Regional Director of the Department of Tourism Region 7 Rowena Montecillo and the municipal officials of Balamban were also present.

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