Villar Foundation Chairman and Nacionalista Party President Sen. Manny Villar led the inauguration and blessing of the San Vicente Ferrer Church at the Gran Europa of Camella in Cagayan de Oro City. The church, named after the patron saint of the province, stands on over 300-square meter area, and is the first built by the foundation outside of Metro Manila.
The church construction is part of Villar Foundation's advocacy with churches and religious organizations in partnership with Vista Land, the only homebuilder in the country with the widest geographic reach. The two will build houses of worship in various home communities across the Philippines, including the Gran Europa in Cagayan de Oro.
"The churches we are building, such as the San Vicente Ferrer here in Cagayan de Oro, are among the corporate social responsibility efforts of our companies. We believe that building communities, and providing a place of worship for people is the best start," said Villar, the Chairman Emeritus of Vista,
Gran Europa of Camella is the largest master-planned community in the whole of Mindanao. It is in the middle of rolling out its Church-Commercial-School (CCS) project. Designed by Architect Arthuro Secuya, the San Vicente Ferrer matches the European theme of Gran Europa. The church, with a 250-seat capacity, is the centerpiece of its Village Center, where the community can gather for celebration, fun, and leisure.
Gran Europa is a gated residential community unlike any other. It is a self-contained city that is set to change the landscape of Northern Mindanao. The six beautifully designed enclaves sit on almost 200 hectares of prime real estate in uptown Cagayan de Oro. Flood-free and accessible by the tree-lined, winding Lumbia Road, the exquisite community recreates Europe in the Philippines with architecture reminiscent of Spanish, French, Italian, and other typical Mediterranean homes.
The project offers its residents the amenities and conveniences of a bustling metropolis, such as the Gran Europa Village Center - a sprawling, eight-hectare dynamic complex that will house a grocery, a DIY store, an amphitheater, retail and dining establishments, a bakery, and other amenities a residential community would need. An educational facility is also in the pipeline.