Fifteen years after it was introduced to the property market, DMCI Homes’ East Ortigas Mansions in Pasig City remains to be a vibrant sanctuary for residents looking for a refreshing escape from the stresses of urban living.
Located in Ortigas Avenue Extension, Barangay Sta. Lucia in Pasig, City, the mid-rise condominium community was among the first developments launched by then emerging property developer DMCI Homes when it ventured into the mid-income residential market at the turn of the new millennium.
Businessman Noel Panganiban, who is one of the property’s pioneer unit owners, could not help but feel proud that the resort-inspired community he considers as his home for a decade and a half now, has preserved its allure as an everyday vacation place for its residents.
After all, Panganiban said it was the same charm which enticed his family to buy a unit at East Ortigas Mansions the first time they saw the property during a company outing 15 summers ago.
“I think it was still pre-selling at that time. Ang nakatayo pa lang is the clubhouse and the pool. Parang may isang building pa lang dito out of eight buildings,” Panganiban said of the Mediterranean-inspired condominium development.
“Normally kapag summer nagpapa-outing ako sa mga tao ko so nagpapa-reserve kami sa beach or sa pool. Sabi ng wife ko ‘huwag na, may alam ako.’ Tapos dito niya kami dinala. It was still very quiet. Sabi ko ang ganda rito ha,” added Panganiban who runs a manpower and logistics firm.
Lured by the property’s relaxing vibe, Panganiban and his wife, Mara, who were previously living in a house and lot, decided to move into their modified four-bedroom unit in 2003 and embrace the convenience of vertical living.
“When we transferred here, we were expecting na paano kaya ito, baka magulo ‘yung community o maingay. But relatively, very easy ‘yung pag-transfer namin. When we have visitors, they are always surprised na may ganito palang community na within Ortigas Extension,” Panganiban bared.
“So sulit. Sulit ang pagkakabili namin dito,” he added.
At the back of his mind however, Panganiban was worried then that the property could deteriorate years later if not properly maintained and cared for by the residents.
To prevent this, he and his fellow pioneer unit owners, who were elected officers of the community, drafted rules and regulations to maintain the cleanliness and orderliness in the community.