July 22, 2011

DMCI Homes 1st Sportsfest a Success!

The Philippines Star, Real Estate Section

Engaging in sports activities offer more than the advantage of a healthy body. It also establishes strength in community ties and creates venues for neighbors to interact and feel involved in the community.

These benefits set the mood of DMCI Homes’ 1st Inter-Community Summer Sportsfest, which culminated last June 18, with over 300 residents who participated. This one-of-a-kind community affair recognized and highlighted community talents and skills in the field of sports, and also promoted camaraderie, sportsmanship and team spirit among homeowners.

The opening day affair, which was held at the Celebrity Sports Plaza in Quezon City, invited DMCI Homes’ homeowners to a season-long tournament of basketball and badminton. The sportsfest was conceptualized to reiterate DMCI Homes’ dedication to not only help build homes, but help build lives as well.

The participants were divided into teams representing various communities. These are: East Raya Garden, Magnolia Place, Tivoli Garden Residences, East Ortigas Mansions, Mayfield Park Residences, The Manors at Celebrity Place, Dansalan Gardens, Hampstead Gardens, Riverfront Residences, Bonifacio Heights, Vista De Lago, Ohana Place, Palm Grove, Raya Garden Condominiums, Royal Palm Residences, Rosewood Pointe, Cypress Towers, Mahogany Place Phase 1-2, and Morning Sun/Rainbow Ridge/Spring Lane. 

The event closed with an awarding ceremony held at the company’s Corporate Center Office in Makati City.

Those who were recognized were: Basketball Juniors Division – Royal Palm Residences (Over-all Champion), Mayfield Park Residences (1st Runner-up), and Magnolia Place (2nd Runner-up); Basketball Seniors Division – Palm Grove (Over-all Champion), East Ortigas Mansions (1st Runner-up), and Riverfront Residences (2nd Runner-up); Badminton Men’s, Ladies and Mixed Doubles Categories – winners are from Raya Garden Condominiums, Teams Rainbow Ridge, Morning Sun and Spring Lane Homes and Mahogany Place Phase 1-2.

Residents of these DMCI Homes communities were the first to attest to the success of the activity.

“All of us were able to enjoy the friendship, the fun and challenge of the sports event.  Imagine, 15 adults all from different walks of life, who has their own daily things to attend to, would take time to meet up, share a meal and discuss one common thing “how to get the championship trophy in our community and how important was it for the whole team that we should win the first year,” said Antonio P. Roales Jr., Team Captain of Palm Grove, Over-all Champion in the Basketball Seniors Division.

The sportsfest helped develop each one’s competitive character and the determination to excel while having fun and excitement, as well as recognize the value of fair play.

During the opening ceremony, DMCI Homes’ President, Alfredo R. Austria shared that the company’s vision is also built around the foundation of the young members of the community. The company hopes to make them feel like being part of a bigger group, where everyone has his own importance, and the whole neighborhood can show their support. The activity was launched so the younger residents can learn and develop not only skills but more importantly positive values through home and community experiences.

The junior basketball league is a good opportunity and venue for them to start to learn and appreciate the value of sports, to understand healthy and fun competition and have a complete community life experience.

More importantly, the event signaled the beginning of the homeowners’ involvement and dedication to any community activities whether initiated by DMCI Homes or by their own communities or property management group. It is part of a big plan to participate proactively in future activities and make their own mark in community development.

Values nourished included discipline in game practices, team/community building and effort, sportsmanship, value of sports and fair play. The contribution each of the players made for the team – guidance, motivation, trust, respect as well as leadership, all helped the teams in reaching the finals or their goal in winning.

Likewise, the community assistance, encouragement and support were apparent and very much appreciated. “Community members are updated of your game schedules and win-loss standings, the sportsfest becomes a topic in the clubhouse and they go and watch the team’s games and cheer,” said Noel Panganiban, Playing Coach of East Ortigas Mansions, 1st Runner-up in the Basketball Seniors Division. 

Residents specially enjoyed the home and away format (teams play in other/various communities’ basketball courts), where they got to see and appreciate other DMCI Homes communities as well.

All communities are excited as early as now to join again next year’s sportsfest.