VILLAR FOUNDATION: NEW CHURCH INAUGURATED /  BUILDING 8 CHURCHES NATIONWIDE



Villar inaugurates San Vicente Church Published: July 16, 2013 BUILDING COMMUNITIES, PLACES OF WORSHIP — Villar Foundation Chairman and Nacionalista Party President Sen. Manny Villar (left), and Cagayan de Oro Archbisop Antonio Ledesma (right) lead the inauguration and blessing of the San Vicente Ferrer Church at the Gran Europa in Camella in Cagayan de Oro City. The church, named after the patron saint of the city, is among the churches that Vista Land is building across the country – one of the firm’s corporate social responsibility programs undertaken through the Villar Foundation.

MANILA, JULY 29, 2013 (MANILA BULLETIN) Villar Foundation Chairman and Nacionalista Party President Sen. Manny Villar led the inauguration and blessing of the San Vicente Ferrer Church at the Gran Europa of Camella in Cagayan de Oro City. The church, named after the patron saint of the province, stands on over 300-square meter area, and is the first built by the foundation outside of Metro Manila.

The church construction is part of Villar Foundation’s advocacy with churches and religious organizations in partnership with Vista Land, the only homebuilder in the country with the widest geographic reach. The two will build houses of worship in various home communities across the Philippines, including the Gran Europa in Cagayan de Oro.

“The churches we are building, such as the San Vicente Ferrer here in Cagayan de Oro, are among the corporate social responsibility efforts of our companies. We believe that building communities, and providing a place of worship for people is the best start,” said Villar, the Chairman Emeritus of Vista,

Gran Europa of Camella is the largest master-planned community in the whole of Mindanao. It is in the middle of rolling out its Church-Commercial-School (CCS) project. Designed by Architect Arthuro Secuya, the San Vicente Ferrer matches the European theme of Gran Europa. The church, with a 250-seat capacity, is the centerpiece of its Village Center, where the community can gather for celebration, fun, and leisure.

Gran Europa is a gated residential community unlike any other. It is a self-contained city that is set to change the landscape of Northern Mindanao. The six beautifully designed enclaves sit on almost 200 hectares of prime real estate in uptown Cagayan de Oro. Flood-free and accessible by the tree-lined, winding Lumbia Road, the exquisite community recreates Europe in the Philippines with architecture reminiscent of Spanish, French, Italian, and other typical Mediterranean homes.

The project offers its residents the amenities and conveniences of a bustling metropolis, such as the Gran Europa Village Center – a sprawling, eight-hectare dynamic complex that will house a grocery, a DIY store, an amphitheater, retail and dining establishments, a bakery, and other amenities a residential community would need. An educational facility is also in the pipeline.

VILLAR-LED VISTA LAND BUILDING 8 CHURCHES NATIONWIDE

By Neil Jerome C. Morales - Property firm Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc. and its corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm are putting up at least eight churches nationwide.

This forms part of Vista Land and Villar Foundation’s advocacy with churches and religious organizations, the real estate firm said in a statement.

“The churches we are building, such as the San Vicente Ferrer here in Cagayan de Oro, are among the CSR efforts of our companies,” said Villar Foundation chairman and Vista Land chairman emeritus Manuel B. Villar.

“We believe that building communities and providing a place of worship for people is the best start,” Villar said.

Vista Land recently inaugurated the San Vicente Ferrer Church at the heart of Gran Europa of Camella Communities in Cagayan de Oro City.

The 250-seat church, named after the patron saint of the province, stands on a 300-square meter and is the first built by the Vista Land and Villar Foundation outside of Metro Manila.

Gated residential project Gran Europa is the largest master-planned community in the whole of Mindanao. It has six enclaves sitting on almost 200 hectares of prime real estate in Uptown Cagayan de Oro.

Next in line is the Santuario de San Ezekiel Moreno in Pulanglupa, Las Piñas City. Vista Land broke ground for the 700-seat church in 2011.

The property firm is also completing the construction of the 1,000-seat Santuario Madonna del Divino Amore at Evia in Alabang and a Swiss-inspired church at Crosswinds in Tagaytay.

“There will also be churches in other parts of Luzon such as Camella Provence in Malolos, Bulacan; Maia Alta in Antipolo, Rizal; Camella Tierra Nevada in General Trias, Cavite; and PlantacionMeridienne in Lipa, Batangas,” Vista Land said.

For Visayas, there will be European architecture-inspired churches in Vista Land communities specifically at the Azienda in Cebu and at Savannah in Iloilo.

For 2013, Vista Land will launch P30 billion worth of projects offering 15,000 residential units, up from P25 billion and 12,000 units last year.

In the first quarter, profits of the country’s largest homebuilder jumped 29 percent to P1.34 billion while revenues climbed 21 percent to P4.86 billion in the first quarter.

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Building social enterprises from raw waste products.

Entrepreneurship & Livelihood Villar Foundation builds a new generation of entrepreneurs.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.villarfoundation.org/

Poverty continues to be a major development challenge for the Philippines. The awards hopes to contribute to reducing income poverty by recognizing and promoting Philippine innovations in poverty reduction at the community level which created jobs and increased household income especially for the vulnerable sectors. The awards program targets community enterprises owned and managed by local residents having a democratic governance structure with one member one vote system accountable to its general membership. Not subsidized by government or supported by philanthropy, they generate revenues through a wide array of initiatives like trading or by providing services for a reasonable fee needed by various sectors. Any profit or surplus generated is reinvested in the community or distributed among its members.

OBJECTIVES OF VILLAR SIPAG AWARDS:

To recognize outstanding initiatives of community enterprises as models of good practices in income poverty reduction; To document and share these outstanding initiatives through the SIPAG Resource Center; To inspire exchange, transfer or adaption of these outstanding initiatives to other places in the country through action research, capacity building, conferences and symposia;

THE AWARDS SCREENING AND SELECTION PROCESS:

The process starts with either a direct application or a nomination by any individual or organization by submitting the prescribed nomination form. Once nominated, the nominee is informed and requested to fill out the preliminary application form to be submitted to Villar Sipag. Once received, the applicant is assessed for eligibility to apply. If eligible, the applicant is requested to fill up the application form. The eligible applicants pass through a first screening by the screening team using the selection criteria. The first screening produces a short list of potential awardees for site validation by a team of validators. The validated potential awardees will undergo a second screening to identify the twenty finalists who will be invited for final interview by a selection committee to choose the top ten awardees. The top ten awardees (ranked from 1 – 10) will each receive a plaque and cash incentive of TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND PESOS (PHP 250,000.00.) The next set of awardees (ranked 11 – 20) will also receive a plaque and cash incentive of ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND PESOS (PHP 100,000.00) each. The cash incentives should be used to start a new enterprise or expand the existing enterprise.

AWARDS MANAGEMENT

The AWARDS is managed by the Villar Foundation’s Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance), a hub of advocacies, activities and actions to help poor Filipinos.

Empowering the poor and the underprivileged has been a key advocacy of the Villar Foundation since it was established in 1995 by Senator Manny Villar and Senator Cynthia Villar, chairman and managing director, respectively. The Villar SIPAG plays a key role in the foundation’s efforts to combat poverty among Filipinos.

The Villar SIPAG serves as home of all their efforts and endeavors in fulfilling their advocacies. It is more than a showcase of the Villars’ past, present and future efforts to reduce poverty in the country. It is a working hub and a proactive center. Its name alone highlights and promotes the value of hard work as a tool in overcoming poverty. The Villar SIPAG will guide, train, teach and empower womenfolk, the youth, jobless and even relatives of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to uplift their lives as well as enhance their skills and know-how.
 


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