by Maria Eleanor E. Valeros, newmedia specialist
photo from Mitula.ph
CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES — The Riverscapes, nestled on a ten-hectare development in Barangay Talamban promises of environmentally sound compliance.
Mr. Joey Sison, general manager of Camella Homes Cebu, developer of The Riverscapes, in a launch of its model houses for the Riverfront project recently, showed media people at how they have concreted a river bank to prevent it from overflowing and put in place spillways and culverts to make for free-flowing water all the way from upland barangays like Binaliw.
“We are prepared to declog from time to time this waterway because sediments or soil deposits do accumulate there from upland barangays. Since we can only police our area, we make sure that the river won’t overflow,” Sison said when asked how ecologically sound is the entire development.
He also denied they have cut down major trees, emphasizing how they have introduced pine trees to Riverdale, one of five developments embraced by The Riverscapes project.
The others are Riverine (formerly Lessandra), Riverwalk where the Mariana downhill and uphill projects are. Camella Homes Cebu has taken pride of this particular project because it has proven that housing can follow land contour or terrain, and not bulldoze the hills.
The others are Riverview, Riverdale and Riverfront. It is at Riverdale where houses take on an American South architecture.
The Riverfront is the newest of six neighboring residential enclaves catering to the middle-range market. “It caters to a new family, overseas Filipino worker, or retirees seeking an upgrade from their current lifestyle standards,” an overview reads.
The Riverfront will soon be dotted homes inspired by the Camella series of model homes namely the Fiona, Elaisa, Drina, Carina, Carmela, Mara and Marga, “each carefully designed to cater specific needs of homeowners,” Sison explained.
It is Riverfront’s community layout that seeks to afford pleasant interaction with neighbors to form lasting bonds, not isolate, as against some other residential projects that rather discourage congeniality because of either high walls or distance.
For one, the countryside setting amid nature’s bounty makes for restful views and easy conversation. There lies the difference between complaints or stony silence at massive traffic jams and jampacked jeepneys when compared to easy chitchat under the pines and lush vegetation nearby.
“Take note also that Riverfront is the only enclave among the six that would soon house a swimming pool,” Sison added. Casual laps or playful frolics with the kids, at such a social centerpiece albeit unofficial, can’t help but result in quick acquaintances, beyond the usual daily greetings and a wave of the hand.
Add on jogging paths, landscaped gardens, and bike lanes, and you have a prototype of a much sought-after community image where emphasis lies in the house-to-home conversion with fewer complications.
Camella is a brand of Vista Land, an expert in space planning, carefully thought out and sustainable architecture, and an innate knack for selecting the most accessible and attractive locations. It makes sure a project is always close to schools, business centers, transport hubs, and places of worship, entertainment, and culture.
Soon unfolding at The Riverscapes is a convenience store where shops will vary to carry fresh produce and wet products. It has already started Starmall outside of its Camella Homes and Azienda project in Talisay City.
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