Pueblo de Oro Development Corporation has been recognized by two prestigious award giving bodies for its two flagship projects in Malvar, Batangas, and Cagayan de Oro City.
Pueblo de Oro Townscapes Malvar won both the Best Township Development and Best Lifestyle Development awards during the 11th PropertyGuru Philippine Property Awards of the property technology company PropertyGuru Group held September 22 at Shangri-La The Fort, Manila in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. It also received a High Commendation as the Best Mixed Use Development.
“The PropertyGuru awards provide a powerful international platform to showcase their achievements, which include some of the region’s most exceptional industrial developments, mixed-use communities, smart urban projects, and hospitality portfolios,” Jules Kay, general manager of PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards and Events, said in a statement congratulating this year’s winners.
Mr. Kay added that this year’s winners “continue to shape the future of real estate in the dynamic metropolitan and provincial regions of the Philippines.”
The event recognized excellent companies and projects from the country’s most exciting urban and provincial property markets. Around 71 winners earned golden statuettes across 65 categories, representing the finest real estate projects across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
PDO Townscapes Malvar
Pueblo De Oro Townscapes Malvar is a 42-hectare eco-community with a 4 hectare commercial area, Pueblo De Oro Towncenter, and 1 hectare for Institutional / School (Abbas Orchard Montessori School which originated from Cagayan de Oro and owned by Chris Barrameda, a Kagay-anon), at Brgy. Bulihan Malvar, Batangas.
Envisioned as a sprawling, premier, eco-friendly community and safe haven with stunning views, green pockets, and unique outdoor amenities, the PDO Townscapes Malvar is part of a 286 -hectare mixed-use complex together with PDO’s sister company, Science Park of the Philippines.
Master planned by internationally acclaimed architectural firm, Pomeroy Architects and Inspira, the project has a uniquely spectacular view of both Mt. Makiling at the northeast and Taal Volcano with the Tagaytay Ridge at the west. The project’s designs jibes with the area’s natural topography to promote ecological balance, reduced water consumption, and enhanced resilience and biodiversity of the environment.
“We are honored to be acknowledged as among the luminaries in the country’s real estate industry. Our success is attributed to the dedication and hard work of our team,” said Prim Nolido, President and COO of PDO. “However, it is more than just our commitment to creating striking façades and designs, it is rooted in a philosophy that transcends aesthetics.”
Acknowledging how the award serves as a testament to PDO’s broader vision and mission, Nolido said they aspire not to be a mere developer that only constructs impressive structures, but also cultivate sustainable communities and townships.
This inclination to sustainability, for Mr. Nolido, has been the winning factor behind their company’s strategy. PDO Townscapes Malvar exemplifies this commitment to sustainability by embracing the principles of “new urbanism,” and offering a holistic “work-live-play-learn” lifestyle.
“Our approach is marked by thoughtful consideration for the environment and the well-being of our homeowners and future residents,” he adds. “Pueblo de Oro Townscapes Malvar has embraced this philosophy, offering a holistic ‘work-live-play-learn’ lifestyle.”
PDO Townscapes Malvar celebrates open garden spaces as a metaphor for the cycles of life and residents of all ages can play, study, socialize, relax, and contemplate. As a connecting feature to tie everything, it introduced the 1.5-kilometer linear ‘Green Loop of Life park that links all the residential areas with communal facilities.
These communal offerings include an interactive fitness park, clubhouses with connectivity features, swimming pool, multi-sport courts, futsal lawn, kite and frisbee lawn, tea pavilion, yoga deck, rock gardens, activity lawns, playgrounds, and fitness trails.
Mr. Nolido also aims for PDO to continue embracing sustainability as it seeks to develop more projects that are centered on harmonious designs that benefit the entire community.
“We will forge ahead by crafting more sustainable communities that promise higher financial returns for both investors and homebuyers alike. If it is any indication, PDO Townscapes Malvar is already experiencing sales at a much faster rate, compared to those in traditional communities.”
CREBA Pillar Awards
Barely a week later PDO’s pioneering flagship project, the Pueblo de Oro Township in Uptown Cagayan de Oro City was recognized as one of the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Associations Inc (CREBA’s) Developers of the Decade for Mindanao in the Mixed-Use Township Category-Mindanao during the Gala Night of CREBA’s Golden Jubilee National Convention and Housing Expo held September 28 at Conrad Hotel, Pasay City, Metro Manila.
Pueblo de Oro Township
“We are honored to be acknowledged by CREBA as one of the pillars of growth in transforming Mindanao, contributing to the region’s economic growth through our ventures in property development,” said Mr. Nolido. “As the region expands , the demand for safe and affordable housing has become more pronounced and we at Pueblo de Oro Devt. Corporation, the property subsidiary arm of the ICCP Group, anticipate this growing demand.”
Nolido said PDO made the strategic decision to invest significantly in Cagayan de Oro when Chairman and CEO, Guillermo D. Luchangco recognized the city’s potential for global competitiveness as early as the 1990s.
“This forward-thinking approach led to the establishment of the sprawling 400-hectare Pueblo de Oro Township, marking a pivotal moment in the city’s real estate landscape,” he noted.
To bolster Chairman Luchangco’s vision of transforming Cagayan de Oro as a thriving metropolis and propel the region as the international gateway of Mindanao, Nolido disclosed PDO is gearing up its expansion plans which involve an estimated investment of around P13.5-Billion in new projects within the city as the company’s unwavering commitment to the city’s prosperity.
More than a Township
“The recognition given to us by CREBA is so special as it’s given on the occasion of its golden anniversary. I would say it is providential, because our company – Pueblo de Oro Development Corporation, the Oro there means gold,” said Engr. Chrysler B. Acebu, PDO Vice President & General Manager for Mindanao in response to CREBA’s citation of Pueblo de Oro as the Best of the Best Developer of the Decade in the Mixed-Use Township Category-Mindanao.
“On behalf of Pueblo de Oro Development Corporation and the ICCP Group, I would like to express our profound gratitude to the CREBA National leadership and the Awards Committee for recognizing the beauty of our township project,” Acebu said.
“The award is not only for PDO, but for Cagayan de Oro and its people who have received us warmly and is indeed a city of golden friendship and opportunities. Rest assured, that the award will go a long way in terms of inspiring us to do more for our customers, while striking a balance between development and care for our common home – the Earth,” he added.
Cagayan de Oro City rose one rank higher to No. 7 in the Cities and Municipalities Competitive Index (CMCI) for Highly Urbanized Cities for 2023. It was previously ranked No. 8 in 2022.
Cagayan de Oro was ranked Top 2 for the Resiliency Pillar, Top 5 for the Innovation Pillar, Top 7 for both Most Improved Highly Urbanized City & Government Efficiency Pillar and Top 8 for the Infrastructure Pillar.
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