Sunday, August 12, 2018

Why Living in Pampanga is a Smart and Wise Choice? Birds Eye View by

August 11, 2018 @ Taipan Place F. Ortigas - a group of media bloggers is set on board to travel and discover the rich culture of Pampanga. Along with this tour is our visit to the newest development project the Montana Views. 

Let our trip opens a wide perspective why living in Pampanga gives you an advantage compared to other places.

At 5:30 am in the morning, all attendees gather at our meeting place in Figaro Coffee Shop, Taipan Place. We took our breakfast here and at 7:00 am we are set to go and our journey began.

Even there is Yellow and Orange Rainfall warnings from NDRRMC, it did not stop us from pushing our tour. There was a saying ("Rain or Shine the show must go on.") It was really a non-stop rain at that time but we don't worry because the NorthPine Team is well prepared for this scenario. They provided everything we need throughout our trip.

During our trip, Mr. Richard Burgos tells more about the places we are going to visit and we have fun guessing on the questions he asked because we get rewards for each correct answer we give. Some of the prices they have given are gift certificates, organizers, umbrellas, and traveling bags.

The man of the hour Mr. Richard Burgos - is our facilitator and history guide during our trip. With over 30 years of experience in Public Relations and Corporate Communications, corporate social responsibility, events management, social work research and heritage tourism among others.

Our First Stop Over is the Montana Views

Life shines anew at the Christmas Capital of the country!

Enjoy easy Sunday mornings where you can sleep in or relax at your leisure. Picture yourself living close to nature while enjoying a picturesque view of Mt. Arayat right at your doorstep.  Experience life in leaps and bounds as the great outdoors await you at Montana Views!

A stunning property nestled in between Brgy. Calulut, City of San Fernando and Brgy. Panipuan, Mexico, Montana Views is NorthPine Land’s maiden project in Central Luzon. For over 20 years, NorthPine Land has carved its niche with its landmark developments in the South Luzon and Eastern Manila areas.

Montana Views is a residence of promise with its gorgeous line-up of Modern American Country model houses and attractive amenities such as pocket parks, basketball court and swimming pool.  Amid its soothing environs is its proximity to the city proper which is only 6.5 kilometers away.

The dazzling Pampanga
Pretty sights and radiant places filled with opportunities− this is Pampanga!
With a thriving economy, Pampanga appeals to people looking to buy a property or finding a place they can settle in. Several establishments such as malls, amusement parks and business hubs are abundant here as Pampanga is one of the country’s booming locations outside Metro Manila for business, lifestyle and real estate.

Embrace the new day as you take residence at Montana Views in Pampanga!

NorthPine Land to build Lifestyle Hub at Montana Views in Pampanga

Lifestyle Hub at Montana Views in San Fernando City, Pampanga (Architect’s perspective)

NorthPine Land, Inc. (NLI), a groundbreaker in the real estate industry, recently carried out the Groundbreaking rites for the Lifestyle Hub at Montana Views, the company’s first project in Central Luzon. 

The said ceremony marks the first step of the company to embark on the construction of its newest amenity in the North. The symbolic groundbreaking was led by NLI executives (L-R), namely: Benigno A. Tatunay (VP for Finance), Ferdinand M. Macabanti (General Manager), Wilhelmina E. Fernando (VP for Corporate Services Division), Aileen B. Morales (AVP for Sales Operations), and Paul D. Lamagna (AVP for Technical Management Group).
Ferdinand M. Macabanti (NLI General Manager) and NLI executives spearhead the Groundbreaking ceremony.

“In over 20 years, NorthPine Land remains as a groundbreaker of innovations. We create lifestyle options that enhance the quality of living. This Lifestyle Hub is probably one of the best amenities NorthPine is bound to create. We are very excited to see this rise in the near future.”, NLI General Manager exclaimed. 

As planned, the Lifestyle Hub will include different provisions such as basketball court where homeowners can bring out their athletic side, fitness center which is a place to improve one’s well-being, children’s playground where kids can play safely and swimming pool for pastime and de-stressing.  A WiFi-equipped Lifestyle Center will be its highlight which will house an air-conditioned function hall and multipurpose area where homeowners can hold different community activities and events. It also has kids’ playroom, entertainment room and snack bar for more recreational activities.  The Lifestyle Hub is the first amenity that will even make life shine anew at Montana Views since its launch in 2016.  

Breakaway from life's stresses! Enjoy brighter days away from bustling cities but close to great opportunities. Delight in the scenic view outdoors. Experience the great life in store at Montana Strands.

A pristine and dazzling property located at the heart of San Fernando, Pampanga. Montana Strands is a retro modern-inspired lifestyle community. This is NorthPine Land's second project in the North as it extends its efforts to make more dreams come to life.

Panoramic View around Montana Strand

Very Unique and Attractive Spot at the Entrance calls your attention to take a shot for your Instagram post.

Our tour to some of the model houses available for a site visit. 
The first model house I go around is the RUBY. Good for a small start-up family having two (2) bedrooms, living area, kitchen, service area, porch and one (1) common toilet and bathroom. 
Total Floor Area: 53 sq.m Lot area: 80 sq.m

SANDY is the next model house I roam around with total floor area of 71 sq.m and lot area 90 sq.m
Good for growing family having three (3) bedrooms, living area, dining area, kitchen, service area, porch and two (2) common toilet and bathroom.

Next model house is the TRINITY having three (3) bedrooms, living area, dining area, kitchen, service area, porch and two (2) common toilet and bathroom. 
Total Floor Area: 62 sq.m Lot area: 80 sq.m

Our next Etirinary is the

It's your time to make your star shine!

We got the opportunity to design our own "Parol" to a known supplier of largest parol in the Philippines and also in some parts of the world.

The RolRen's Lanterns and General Merchandise has already embarked on exporting its products to Canada, USA, and select European Countries.

Behind these colorful and dazzling lanterns is its owner Rolando Quiambao who is regarded as the Philippines "Parol King". His rags to riches story will keep you in awe. He was former janitor and OFW before creating and lighting up lanterns that eventually lighted up his life.
Along with me is the man behind the success of the colorful lanterns,  Mr. Rolando Quaiambao

After the Mt. Pinatubo blast, Rolando Quiambao was commissioned by the City Mayor to adorn the city's lamp posts which gave hope to the Pampaguenos.

After 2 spots visited we get hungry so our next destination is to look for our lunch. This restaurant is known for authentic Kapampangan cuisines. A unique dining area which is situated in the middle of the pond. Apag Marangle which means "hain sa bukid".  Just celebrated their 10th year anniversary of serving and sharing authentic taste of Pampanga. This is one of a kind experience you don't have to miss!

Our Next Journey goes to San Fernando Train Station Museum - In 1942, this old train station was the endpoint of the 102-kilometer walk from Bataan to San Fernando during the World War II Death March.  Truly the city of San Fernando is a witness to Philippine history.

Sir James

Now a bare defunct railway station, the place has become a small museum which houses crafts and works of great historical importance.

Jose Rizal has become part of this historical site when he disembarked from this station to visit his colleagues in San Fernando and Bacolor on June 27, 1892. 

This is new to me and I really don't know that the oldest train I know has reaches until here. I was really amazed that they able to preserve this historical place where most millennials don't know about this. "Ang Pambansang Daang Bakal ng Pilipinas" now called PNR- Philippine National Railways.

Our next trip goes to Pampanga's most promising cities through its Clark Museum (Museong Kapampangan) & 4D Theater. 

The museum features a wide array of artifacts, old photography and state-of-the-art paintings which show the rich talent, and culture of Pampanga. 

It is arranged into four galleries giving a bird's-eye view of Clark from its favorable geophysical characteristics, industry & trade, it's American colonial situation, its rise from the ashes story from the Mt. Pinatubo blast, and up to their spirit of bravery and ingenious vision towards the future.

Highlighting the museum experience is the 4D Theatre. It allows visitors to witness the Mt. Pinatubo explosion with breathtaking effects including wind, bubbles, and mist.

Behold the bigger picture of Clark's socio-economic advances and continuing progress!

Our next stop is just a stone's away from the Clark Museum is a uniquely-themed restaurant named Matam-ih Authentic Kapampangan Cuisine.

Matam-ih is aboriginal Aeta world which means delicious and its name says it all. It offers the best and most delicious Kapampangan dishes in town. They have an amiable Aeta staff who go by the names of famous celebrities, so don't be surprised if "Piolo Pasculal", "Gretchen Barreto", or even "Heart Evangelista" server your orders.

If you are into a gustatory adventure, this is a restaurant you need to try. You can choose from great deal of exotic dishes such as crocs, beetles,  and frogs among others. Be in love with its surroundings that bristles with a perfect blend of indigenous and modern vibe. Matam-ih has been continuously making waves in Pampanga since it opened in 2014.

I have eaten already some of the exotic dishes like frogs, rats, and snake but only here I got to taste the crocodile's meat and the cricket.

Have you enjoyed what you saw on our trip? Did you get the points I wanted to point? Well if not, let me do the recap.

First: Get closer to Pampanga's rich history - time travel to our memorable past that brings what we are today.

Second: Indulge with flavourful Authentic Kapampangan cuisine that will make you fall in love with the food they offer.

Third: Pampanga is fast-emerging Metropolis and the government is seriously fast-tracking the development of Clark Airport which means more business opportunity will come along the way.     

I hope that I give valuable information that will help you decide on your future plans.

Special Thanks to Northpine Land Inc. 
especially to
Sir Ferdinand Macabanti (NLI General Manager), to Ms. Myla Miranda-Cammayo (Senior Marketing Manager) and to all staff and crew that accommodate us throughout our journey.

Want to know more about NorthPine Land projects? Check some of these below:

NorthPine Land Opens Kohana Grove Lifestyle Complex in Cavite
New Amenity Set to amplify Homeowners’ Lifestyle
The new Lifestyle Complex at Kohana Grove in Silang, Cavite

NorthPine Land, Inc. (NLI), an innovator of lifestyle residences and amenities, recently launched the Lifestyle Complex at Kohana Grove in Silang, Cavite.

“The Lifestyle Complex will surely provide a more conducive avenue for the homeowners to live life in full bloom. This is yet another courageous move by NorthPine Land as we continuously design and construct lifestyle amenities that improve the quality of life.”said NLI General Manager Ferdinand M. Macabanti. 

An aerial shot of the Kohana Grove community featuring its newly-launched Lifestyle Complex

The luau-themed setup of the event complemented the jovial atmosphere at the newest amenity. NLI heads (L-R) including Ferdinand M. Macabanti (General Manager)Aileen B. Morales (AVP for Sales)Wilhelmina E. Fernando (VP for Corporate Services Division), and Benigno A. Tatunay (VP for Finance) spearheaded the ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

NLI heads lead the ribbon-cutting program.

The Kohana Grove Lifestyle Complex features several provisions: a multipurpose hall where homeowners can hold recreational activities and a viewing deck which will allow residents to witness the picturesque view of the pristine surroundings. A basketball court for sports enthusiasts and a play area where kids can enjoy the giant chess board, slides and other kiddie facilities, are also within the complex. The attractive swimming pool, enhanced by the beautiful greenery, is one of the place’s highlights where homeowners can simmer down and feel one with nature. 
 The Kohana Grove Lifestyle Complex play area and basketball court

NorthPine Land (NLI), a trusted property developer in the Philippines recently conducted its Annual Sales Awards for sellers. This grand undertaking was held to give distinctions to NLI’s top performing sellers who exhibited meritorious sales achievement in 2017.

The magical night took place at Acacia Hotel in Muntinlupa City, Alabang. With the theme “Gone With the Wind”, sellers and distinguished NLI employees were on fleek pulling off their best suits and gowns. The impeccable performances of the opera singer and orchestra further added luster to the night.  
The grand winners are on cloud nine as their rewards were revealed.

Everybody was all ears during the awarding ceremony. The winners looked grateful for the distinction they received. One of them enthused “Thank you NorthPine for this recognition. It means a lot because all the hard work paid off.”

Ferdinand Macabanti (NLI General Manager) concludes his speech with a toast of victory with the attendees.

All special awardees took home rewards while the grand winners received whopping premiums. It was definitely a victorious night for the winning survivors. “NorthPine Land’s tagline is Your Dreams Come to Life and we do that by building the dream house of countless individuals and families. However, it is not only confined to that. We also make dreams of zealous sellers and employees, who are the people behind NLI’s continuing success, come true by recognizing and rewarding them.”, Ferdinand Macabanti, NLI General Manager said. 

The Annual Sales Awards is NorthPine Land’s way to give back to the fervent commitment sellers have devoted for the company. NLI is dedicated to continue this in the coming years to drive more sellers to perform better and to make their dreams come to life. This majestic affair marks the culmination of a lucrative 2017 for NorthPine Land but more than that, it signifies the beginning of a grander and more fruitful year ahead. 

NorthPine Land Recognizes 1st Quarter Top Sellers
One of the country’s trusted property developers, NorthPine Land, Inc. (NLI), recently recognized its top performing sellers for the first quarter of 2018. 
The estimable sellers received cash premiums and other amazing prizes as rewards for their hard work. Sellers and employees alike also got to watch an exclusive preview of Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” leaving them a message that no mission is impossible.  Triune Realty, represented by Laura Macasieb, bagged the first quarter’s Top Broker Award as well as the quarter’s Phoenix Award, NorthPine’s most prestigious tribute given to the group with the most outstanding current account, highest booked account, and biggest cash collections for the quarter.

NLI executives with some of the awardees

The said event took place at The Block in SM City North-EDSA. Leading the presentation of awards were NLI executives (L-R), namely: Paul D. Lamagna (AVP for Technical Management Group), Aileen B. Morales (AVP for Sales Operations), NLI General Manager Ferdinand M. Macabanti, Wilhelmina E. Fernando (VP for Corporate Services Division), Amytis S. Banaag (AVP for HR, OD, and Admin Services), and Benigno A. Tatunay (VP for Finance). 

NLI General Manager Ferdinand M. Macabanti together with NLI executives spearheads the awarding during the Q1 Sales Awards.

During the event, Macabanti stated that “the company is bound to open more inventories both in South and North. This move is the company’s answer to the rising housing needs of its market. This is a positive news especially to the sellers since it will provide them more avenues to offer.”

About NorthPine Land, Inc.
NorthPine Land Inc. (NLI) is one of the country’s trusted real estate prime movers with a prestigious portfolio of projects in Pampanga (Montana Views and Montana Strands), Cavite (Kahaya Place, Greenwoods Village, Wind Crest and Kohana Grove), Laguna (South Hampton), Antipolo City (Forest Ridge), and Pasig City (Lexington). Its distinguished shareholders are: HongKong Land, BDO, Metrobank, and San Miguel Properties, Inc. To know more about our lineup of products, visit or call +632 637.1531

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