Home is where the heart, the bond of family and of course, opportunity - lives. If that's in the far north, in Cagayan Valley, home can be in a community built by Camella, a subsidiary of Vista Land & Lifescapes. This month, Camella Cagayan will be launched in Tuguegarao City to offer the elegant brand of the homebuilder to those who choose to settle there.
The 13-hectare community will sprawl in a valley that lies along the majestic mountain ranges of the country - the Sierra Madre in the east, the Cordilleras in the west, and the Carballo Mountains in the south. It will be an idyllic landscape that can start - and end - a good day.
Camella Cagayan Valley will be located seven kilometers from the center of Tuguegarao City, capital of Cagayan. The city is the business center of Region 2. It is known as the gate to the famous Callao Caves because of an airport that connects flights from Manila.
Callao Caves, located 24 kilometers from the city center, is a series of caves that present challenges for weekend and professional adventurers. Its most famous cave, the Cathedral, is so named because the rocks have formed a church-like chamber inside the mountain.
This is the valley where Camella has chosen to strengthen its hold in the mid-market segment of Vista Land & Lifescapes, the country's largest builder. It is actually the second Camella project in Cagayan, the first being Camella Tuguegarao, launched in 2009. Today, not less than 200 families have planted their roots there.
Camella has been building a wide selection of homes in the last 37 years, mastering the art of creating themed communities and master planned townships around the country. Its communities are known for their ideal locations, sustainable architecture and space planning that is reflected in the 250,000 houses built in Metro Manila, and 57 cities and municipalities.
Camella Cagayan will recreate a Spanish Mediterraean theme neighborhood, a tribute to a detail in history which recalls that the grandson of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, the famous Spanish conquistador who first set foot in Manila - arrived in Cagayan in 1572, decades after Magellan discovered the Philippines. A Spanish town bloomed in the area, inhabited by the friars, the soldiers and the illustrados of the valley. Camella Cagayan Valley, a 13-hectare community, aims to bring the charming air of that colonial past, on a strip of seaside property.
To bring this ambience in are Camella's popular house models - Reanna, Rina, Marga, Margarita, Marvela, Carmela, Drina, Elaisa, Emerald and Ruby. The houses will color the landscape with hues of pastel, winding along streets that end in cul de sacs and gardens.
A swimming pool, basketball court, playground, and a Clubhouse and will wait for the residents to bring the sounds of life and laughter.
Camella Cagayan sprawls in Barangay Carig along one of the region's most crucial thoroughfares - the Cagayan Valley Road. Institutions nearby are the St. Clare Monastery and the St. Peter Metropolitan Cathedral - the seat of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao; the Cagayan Valley Medical Center; Cagayan State University; Carig Elementary School.
Government agencies in the area are the NFA, DOH, GSIS, DILG, DENR, and TESDA offices, and the Tuguegarao City Hall.
Leisure and shopping options are offered at the Brixton Malls, Mall of the Valley, Paseo Royale Mall, and Citi Mall and the Don Domingo Public Market.
Much history surrounds the new Camella community in Tuguegarao. There is the 300-year old well at St. James Parish Church, and the Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Piat, renowned as the pilgrimage center of the Northeast.
There are the 15-meter tall exquisite Portabaga Falls, as well as the immensely awe-inspiring panorama of the three mountain ranges that border the city. And of course, there's the parents, siblings, cousins who live nearby - and business opportunities which are at the foot of adventure.