Ciudades holds 3-day exhibit at Abreeza

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014


NATURE coexists with development.

This was how real estate developer Lapanday Properties Philippines Inc. portrayed its 200-hectare township development in a three-day photo exhibit held at the Abreeza of the Ayala Malls.

The exhibit, opened March 14, 2014, Friday, until March 17, Sunday, was mounted featuring the photographs of the participants who made it to final 15 in the first-ever outdoor photography contest dubbed as "Ciudades Photo Challenge."

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Maria Luisa R. Abaya, sales and marketing manager of Lapanday Properties, said the photographs that were put on display were their means to expose the unspoilt beauty of Ciudades to Dabawenyos.

"We want to showcase what we have in Ciudades that is a township development and the beauty of the landspace and the future development," she said. "This is just a trial and awareness campaign for Ciudades."

The photographers were taken to Ciudades in Mandug where they took photos of the scenic views of the first commercial park El Centro, which serves as the convergence point for commercial, leisure, sports, and recreational requirements of the town.

"Ang lugar na ito is the El Centro park. Magkakaroon ito ng river park. We lack parks in Davao na malapit, That's why Lapanday wants to put something for Dabawenyos," she said.

William Chin took home the 1st prize, followed by Christine Tan who finished on second place, and Dexter Arcenas landed on the third place. Based on Ciudades Photo Challenge Facebook fanpage, the contest listed a total of 60 participants.

Ciudades, a Spanish work for "cities," is the first large-scale integrated mixed-use and master planned township, which seeks to bring in several communities to form a whole new city.

Developers of this township are also looking at decongesting the crowded downtown area of the city. Ciudades, on the other hand, is planning to build the First-Mindandao Business and Industrial Park (FMBIP).

The FMBIP, poised as the town's premiere businesses and industrial hub, caters to the expansion needs of the city's business district.

Located within the 200-hectare unique mixed-use community are areas intended for the Business-Industrial-Residential Estate (Bire), designed for its multi-use features that combine together commercial, production, manufacturing, office, residential and warehousing purposes in one.

Also within the FMBIP, Ciudades has provided a total of 84 lots, of which 34 are for the phase one, 37 for the phase two, and 14 for phase three. Each lot has 800 square meters at a minimum and 2700 sq. meter at a maximum.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 19, 2014.

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