Verdana: Ayala’s Gateway to the Fine Southern Lifestyle

On May 10, 2008 by noemi

In the past decade, the metro South has become a hotspot for infrastructure development; where once there were only vast green fields of pasture now stands a bustling cityscape filled with culinary, leisure and recreation, and commercial destinations.

At the forefront of this tremendous growth is Community Innovations’ Verdana—a safe, intimate community whose highly networked location makes it Ayala’s gateway to the booming South. Verdana showcases the tranquil sights and tantalizing flavors of a distinct Southern lifestyle by organizing the Verdana Gateway Tour: Secrets of the South, a day-long trip of the finest destinations the vibrant area has to offer.

“There are so many remarkable places to see, visit, and experience in the South,” says Iris Josef, Project Development Group Head for Community Innovations. “The Verdana Gateway Tour reveals these destinations that make living in the heart of the South both stimulating and soothing.”

The Gateway to Delectable Dining
The tour features the various culinary escapades available to Verdana residents, ranging from popular restaurants to gastronomic havens.

The epicurean journey begins with lunch at Bawai’s, an authentic Vietnamese restaurant in Silang, Cavite, that serves a healthy mix of traditional and fusion cooking suited to the Filipino palate.


T House in Tagaytay

The tour continues with the tranquil T-House. The T-House is a soothing Tagaytay retreat for those seeking escape from hectic city living. The peaceful ambiance of T-House enhance the flavors of Filipino delicacies like puto, kutchinta and dinuguan that reflect the culinary heritage of the South.


The Gateway to Wellness and Recreation
Complementing the variety of food locations surrounding Verdana are leisure and recreation sites that alleviate the stress of frantic work calendars.

“The pace of life today has become so fast—families juggle numerous tasks and responsibilities to the point of exhaustion,” adds Josef. “Living in a Southern suburban community like Verdana gives families a chance to take a breather, unwind their thoughts and relish the company of their loved ones.”

Giving this wellness leg of the tour a relaxing buzz is the Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm in Silang, Cavite. Its gentle European honeybees breathe excitement and adventure to farm life and the farm’s products are sweet mementos of this unique destination. In contrast, the lettuce hydroponics and flower farms of Cavite provide a leisurely take on life amidst rolling meadows and sprawling fields.

The tour also includes Yoki’s Treasure in Indang, Cavite, which is ideal for those whose way of loosening up is by artistic endeavors. The artifact museum’s 30-foot giant Buddhas and life-size mammal replicas exude a vibe of creativity and craftsmanship.

The Gateway to Commercial Hubs and Education Institutions
The Verdana Gateway Tour also highlights the South’s largest commercial establishments that are a stone’s throw away from the development. Alabang Town Center is just a 15-minute drive from the development while Paseo De Sta. Rosa—host to the tour’s delectable dinner at Kanin Club—is also within convenient reach.

Verdana’s proximity to these commercial zones affords its residents an enjoyable shopping experience with an extensive offering of top international and local brands.

Aside from these, Verdana families can also enjoy easy access to reputable educational institutions such as St. Scholastica’s College-Westgrove, De La Salle University-Canlubang and Brent International School, which makes Verdana environs a close comfort after a tiring school day.

The Gateway to Nuvali
The Verdana address also sits near Nuvali—Ayala Land’s largest, master-planned integrated community in the Philippines that is set to become the urban metropolis of the South. Verdana’s access to Nuvali and its rising metropolitan area creates possibilities for shorter commutes to work, larger venues for interaction and a more vibrant community.

The dynamic South complements Verdana’s safe and intimate neighborhood that future residents can immediately enjoy. Verdana’s fully completed 2-hectare Central Park replete with sports and recreation venues like the grand clubhouse, swimming pools, basketball court, badminton courtsand biking and jogging trails allow the upwardly mobile to enjoy a variety of leisure activities. Meanwhile, vast open spaces and pocket parks create a relaxing environment for family and community bonding.

The Verdana Gateway Tour is a testament to how the strategic location of Verdana has become one of its crowning glories. Not only does the development have easy access to fine dining and leisure destinations, but is also comfortably close to commercial centers, education institutions and the future nexus of business that is Nuvali.

These advantages together with a community conducive to family and community bonding make Verdana truly deserving of the title: Ayala’s Gateway to the Fine Southern Lifestyle.

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