February 01, 2018
Tivoli Garden Residences' community love delights young retiree
Retired customer service trainer Richard Dumlao living young and looking young in Tivoli Garden Residences.
One of the misconceptions about
condominium-living is the perceived lack of social interaction because of some
unit owners' tendency to just live in their own bubble.
Young retiree Richard Dumlao is thankful
he never had this feeling living in DMCI Homes’ Tivoli Garden Residences which
he has embraced as his home for the past four years.
“The community here is really something
like what you call a fellowship. They’re all friendly. It’s easy to make
friends here,” he shared in an interview.
Apart from the 2.7-hectare property’s
ideal location in Coronado Street, Barangay Hulo, Mandaluyong City, it was the
community-style of living in DMCI Homes projects which convinced him to buy a
studio unit from the country’s first Quadruple A developer according to Dumlao.
“I don’t want the mall concept. I don’t
want the high end concept. I prefer more of this one, community living,
landscapes, and the amenities not only here but also outside the property. We
have everything here in Tivoli Garden Residences,” he said.
“I also like that there’s a professional
group handling all the needs of residents. I don’t like the ‘homeowners
organization concept’ of managing the property. It’s good that we have a
professional group in the Property Management Office to ensure that the project
will not deteriorate,” Dumlao pointed out.
After leaving the corporate world eight
years ago, the retired customer service trainer in a telecommunications firm
has been busy “enjoying life leisurely with friends” while staying at DMCI
Homes’ modern tropical five-tower community near the boundary of the cities of
Mandaluyong and Makati.
“One thing that attracted me here
actually is the location because it is strategically located. It’s accessible
to churches, schools, hospitals and especially malls because I love shopping,”
he said in between laughs.
Richard Dumlao and his groupmates doing their Tai-Chi pose at the roof-deck of Tivoli Garden Residences.
“And of course, I also like the
resort-inspired amenities which DMCI Homes is known for. The swimming pools,
the deck, among others. And most of all what I like is the property’s one-stop
shop concept because we have the amenities not only for the visuals but also
for the conveniences,” he explained.
An accountant by profession, Dumlao has
been spending his post corporate life reconnecting with old friends as well as
making new ones at Tivoli Garden Residences.
“I’m an early retiree. I retired eight
years ago. Retirement has been more of getting reconnected with friends I’ve
built through the years,” he disclosed.
“I have also made many friends from my
fellow residents here. We have masses here so I have a group for that. We also
have a group for sports activities like for example, we have Yoga. Now I’m into
Tai-Chi,” he added.
Tivoli Garden Residences is the first
property to feature DMCI Homes’ pioneering Lumiventt technology which is an
architectural innovation that involves the strategic placement of open-air
landscaped Sky Patios to maximize natural light and allow better air
With its lush Asian tropical gardens and
patios set amidst the sky, Tivoli Garden Residences is a perfect venue for mind
and body exercises such as Tai-Chi and Yoga.
“We do our Tai-Chi in the deck where the
air is really good at night. Before Tai-Chi, we used to do Yoga. We do Tai-Chi
every Thursday. All my classmates are professionals,” he shared.
With the property’s excellent location,
resort-inspired amenities, and welcoming community, Dumlao is convinced he made
the right decision in investing his retirement money in DMCI Homes’ Tivoli
“I call it a home because there is a
community. There is interaction. I can interact with anybody. The community is
family to me,” the young retiree said.
“I’ve been a resident for
four and a half years, going five. I’ve been here since 2013 and still enjoying
my stay up to this day,” he ended.