A sunset wedding in Nuvali

Earlier this month, we attended a wedding at St. Benedict’s Church in Ayala Westgrove, with the reception held at Monochrome Events place next to the Nuvali lake.

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The last time I visited this was in early 2013 when it was newly opened, and it was nice to see it dressed up for a special event like a wedding.

Was also so happy my precious Nuvali sky didn’t fail to impress: we were greeted by clouds of glorious pinks, yellows and oranges.

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Nuvali will always be home. 🙂

Around Nuvali: updates as of October 2013

It’s been a while since I posted.  How are you, Nuvali friends?

Took the chance to visit the South over sem break last October 23, and was happy I got to drive around Nuvali for a bit.

The trees seemed taller along Nuvali Boulevard, but it was Mt. Makiling– ever so beautiful and reassuring–  that brought me back to the familiarity of Nuvali:  even after months of being away, it still was home.  🙂

Here’s the Seda Hotel up close– I can count about 9 floors plus a penthouse.

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Curious to know how the market would respond to a hotel in Nuvali. Mostly businessmen clientele, maybe?

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The lake is still quieting and lovely–surely one of the everyday sights I miss.

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As early as May 2013, I already noticed diggings being done on the other side of the Evoliving Center, so it was nice to see the new lake now dug up and filled with water.

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The new lake extends all the way to the office/commercial area, now paved and ready for businesses to come in:

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There’s also a new parking lot across the Evoliving Center.  Maybe built out of anticipated need?

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Last September I saw posters about Green Installations around the lake– glad I got to see at least one sculpture on my visit.

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I drove further in, towards Nuvali Central, and noticed road expansion along Nuvali Boulevard just after the rotonda guard:

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I hope this finally addresses the flooding issue in this area.

Wanted to take a look at the site of the new Amaia mid-rise condominiums, so I turned right towards Xavier School Nuvali and drove all the way to the end.
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There’s ongoing road construction at the end of that street, most likely the alternate road that will connect Nuvali Central and South to Solenad 2:
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Based on this map dated July 2011, this road should be the Evoliving Parkway (Blue):
Nuvali Developments - July 2011 updates

Here’s the Amaia site, boarded up on the left, across Treveia.  Further ahead along the curving road is Xavier School.
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I saw that Xavier had 3-storey buildings, so I imagined having twice as high Amaia condos next to it (the plan is to put up a cluster of 4 to 6-storey residential buildings).

Personally I would’ve preferred to have kept things more horizontal in this area, but I hear that the Amaia project is selling fast, so here’s to having faith that Ayala’s developing vision for this area works out.

In Nuvali South, the Venare gates are looking nice:
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Mirala is also getting leveled and fenced in:
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I was surprised to see very little development on the Miriam College Nuvali site, considering their target school opening is just a little over 6 months away in June 2014:
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Wasn’t able to take pictures of the Woodhill Settings project behind Venare, but also saw initial land development being done on site.

Could’nt help but feel tight in that area though– Avida Village Cerise, Woodhill Settings, Parkway Settings and Venare converging in one area.   I’m already anticipating the high volume of cars that will go in and out of Evoliving Parkway in the South (still the blue road on the map below) once residents start moving in.   Am glad that Parkway Settings has another gate along the main road (East Diversity Avenue) across Republic Wakepark as an alternative entry/exit point.

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There is so much to be missed in the South.  The peace and quiet, wide open spaces, the slowing down that makes you just weed out things that matter less, and cherish those that matter more.

Haaaay.  To those of you who are enjoying this life everyday, a big congratulations to you! Do send us your happy vibes 🙂

Nuvali, stay clean and quiet and friendly please.

Nuvali lakeside at night

Saw recent pics of a wedding held at The Monochrome Events Place in Nuvali — glad to know it’s finally up and running!

Got to visit that area and spend a few minutes by the Nuvali lakeside sometime in December. Stopped and parked the car because I noticed the well-lit walkway fronting the events place– was happy to see people actually passing there at night.

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Hope you all had a lovely December!

Happy New Year, Nuvali friends and neighbors 🙂

Enjoying the Nuvali lakeside

One of the major come-ons of Nuvali for me has always been the man-made lake.

When I first heard about it in 2007, I immediately had a vision of our very own lakeside/ mini-waterfront promenade in the Philippines, similar to Singapore’s Harbour Front/Vivo City.

Forward to 2012, less than 5 years hence, and the lake is still the first thing that catches my eye every time I enter Nuvali.

It now occupies 4 hectares, which is admittedly smaller than what I had hoped for (original plan set it at 8 hectares), but the view, especially when taken in with Mt. Makiling in the background, is stilling.

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Even without thinking about it, I always slow down whenever I drive along this area.

It’s not surprising that others have discovered this quieting spot as well, making weekend picnickers a regular sight around the lake.

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I got to really walk around the Nuvali lake for the first time during the Venare Section J launch last Sunday, and was happy to take in the fresh air (fresh talaga! It was cold and thin, almost wispy–as opposed to being thick and heavy).

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The tented area shows where the Shalani-Roman wedding reception was held earlier this year.

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Think five, ten, twenty years from now, what do you see surrounding this lake?