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DMCI Homes' Cedar Crest: Upholding traditional family values in a condo-community setting

Mahogany Place III | October 27, 2015

Sophisticated living propositions are seemingly the trend in today's modern world. Although a number of residential communities feature high-rise buildings with state-of-the-art design, still others remain faithful to tradition, upholding values essential in raising a family and in nourishing individual spirits.

One such example of a haven that integrates such values is Cedar Crest, DMCI Home's mid-rise project inAcacia Estates, Taguig. Ideal for those seeking inner calmness and wellness, the 4-hectare development goes back to property ideals that matter one that offers spaciousness, serenity and a unique community spirit.

A closely-knit community

Cedar Crest is a nature-rich condominium that offers elegant amenities, efficiently-planned units and Zen-inspired landscapes which are all neatly enmeshed in a Neo-Asian, minimalist design concept. The simplicity of its ambiance allows its homeowners to just sit back, relax and enjoy meaningful conversations with their neighbors.

One of the very first few unit owners at Cedar Crest, Carlo and Grace Blanca, considers the residential haven an ideal place for raising their two boys, namely Shealtiel (8 years old) and Cyan (6 years old). Carlo is the founder of a company specializing in space marketing, furniture customization and fabrication. Grace, meanwhile, is a doting mother who takes care of their kids and their home. The family has been living at the condominium for more than five years now.

"The environment here is conducive for learning," says Grace. "The children can play around and safely mingle with people of all ages and from various walks of life."The wide open spaces allow ample breeze and sunlight to come in across various parts of the medium-rise buildings, clubhouse and amenities.

"DMCI Homes is particularly generous in giving its homeowners space," adds Carlo. "They removed around 25% of residential capacity to give way to the atriums and sky patios that are present in all the residential buildings."

As a signature building feature in DMCI Homes mid-rise and hi-rise developments, Cedar Crest has garden atriums allowing residents to get a free flowing natural light and ventilation in their units.

The tranquil and unpretentious ambiance of the development fosters a closely-knit community that regularly gathers for activities like Sunday masses, garage sales, feasts and barbecue parties, that are usually held at the clubhouse lounge, swimming pool area, gazebo and picnic area. "Homeowners here are very participative and respectful of each other," shares Grace. "We recently held a novena and procession for our community patron saint, St. Alfonsus de Liguori. After the activity, we held a magic show and feasted on Filipino snacks such as pan de coco, bilo-bilo and other native delicacies from the Banchetto market held during their fiesta. It was fun and everything went very well."

The community's traditional culture reminiscent of that in the provinces has been significant for Grace and Carlo, for they themselves grew up in Nueva Vizcaya and Bulacan, respectively.

"Almost everyone knows each other and helps one another in the way they can," beams Carlo. "For instance, Shealtiel and Cyan like to learn the guitar and hip hop dancing. We get a teacher who just resides nearby and also refers to our neighbour and family friends to conduct lessons.   We also have free summer Catechism classes for the little kids in our community conducted by volunteer Moms. Also, we have car pool for our eldest son's school which caters for our community residents. So you can imagine the family culture that we have here."


A jetsetter's haven

Even foreigners find the family tradition they love about the Philippines at Cedar Crest. Another homeowner, Peter Tobias of Prolitec Inc., has been on business trips around the world since the 1980s. From his previous homes in the USA, Germany and the UK, Peter would always come back to the Philippines, staying not only for business but also to appreciate tourist spots and the hospitality of the Filipino people.

"I first met my wife, Miriam, four years ago in Manila. She hails from Zamboanga Sibugay and, when she became pregnant with our son-to-be, Carlo, three years ago, I knew it was time to settle down," quips Peter. "So we rented a condominium in Rosewood, just round the corner and, lo and behold, after about six months, we found Cedar Crest," he recalls.

For a jetsetter like Peter, the convenience that the development offers in respect of access to NAIA, enhances his comfort whenever he in the Philippines. "I worry less because everything is accessible from home," he beams. "An SM Mall is nearby and major cities are just a few minutes' drive away."

Conveniently located in the heart of Taguig, Cedar Crest is in close proximity to central business districts like Bonifacio Global City, Makati, Ortigas and Quezon City.

Like the Blanca's, Peter and Miriam also like the development's trademark spaciousness that allows comfortable interactions and ample room for movement. "We especially liked how efficiently-designed our 3-bedroom unit is. Here, we can cultivate our own hobbies and interests. My wife grows various herbs in the balcony and our 2-year old son Carlo usually conquers the living room with his toys," shares Peter.

Moreover, despite his busy schedule, Peter finds time to chair the public relations committee of the Cedar Crest residents' council. "We always make it a point to have a holistic approach to the activities so that people of all ages can participate," he says.

Cedar Crest is nestled at the Acacia Estates township which is also developed by DMCI Homes. The world-standard level of craftsmanship and community development that the triple A property builder enables has been borne out of its more than 60 years' worth of experience in creating tasteful environments and distinctive lifestyles.

For inquiries on Cedar Crest and other Acacia Estates' projects such as Ivory Wood, The Birchwood, Royal Palm Residences, Verawood Residences, Rosewood Pointe, and Mahogany Place 1-3, visit or call 324-8888. ### , please call 324-8888 or visit the website: ###


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