• Celebrating the legacies of three Filipino families


    To showcase the legacy of three of the country’s most distinguished families today, Lifestyle Asia magazine and Ayala Land Premier staged a one-night exhibit at the Ayala Museum, Makati City on Friday.

    Lifestyle Asia’s August issue is annually themed “Generations”. This year, RJ Jacinto and family grace the cover

    (From left) Daphne Oseña-Paez, Carlo Calma with his mother, Maribel; Natalia Jacinto; Cheryl Tiu; Jose Juan Jugo; and Wellington Soong with his sons, Marc and Jason

    (From left) Daphne Oseña-Paez, Carlo Calma with his mother, Maribel; Natalia Jacinto; Cheryl Tiu; Jose Juan Jugo; and Wellington Soong with his sons, Marc and Jason

    Entitled Luminous: Legacy in the Limelight, the exhibit presented priceless keepsakes—from family paintings, to vintage cars, to works of art—that the Soongs of Autostrada Motore Inc., the Calmas of Multi Development and Construction Corp., and the Jacintos of RJ group of companies, pass on from one generation to the next.

    Items on display for the day included a Black Glass Orlina Sculpture that Pabling Calma passed on to his son Carlo; a 1960 Fernando Amorsolo painting bearing the family of Fernando and Vina Jacinto with their 10 children, including RJ who now owns the portrait; and Wellington Soong’s two vintage cars, the 1971 Jaguars E-Type and the 1965 Alpine two-seater cabriolet, among others.

    Besides presenting this wonderful collection, the exhibit also serves as the culmination of Lifestyle Asia’s August issue which is annually themed “Generations.”


    The Soong Family’s heirloom, a 1965 two-seater Alpine cabriolet

    “Every year, our magazine comes up with the Generations Issue for August. This year is very special. Our featured families share a piece of their history through the heirlooms which help tell the story of where they came from and how they arrived to where they are today,” shared Cheryl Tiu, associate publisher and deputy editor of the publication.

    As the issue caught the attention of Ayala Land Premier, the idea to work together for the limited-edition exhibit was born.

    “Clearly, it’s perfect timing for us right now to commemorate what we’ve set our sights on, namely some of the country’s most reputable families that succeeded in building legacies and in leaving a mark on their chosen fields,” noted Jose Juan Jugo, head of Ayala Land Premier.

    He continued, “Being in a company that puts much value on commitment, heritage and legacy-building, we are taking this opportunity to celebrate what they’ve contributed to our society and to put a spotlight on how they continue to inspire us to work and to continue our task of developing distinctive communities that complement their lifestyles.”

    Jugo added that the exhibit signifies Ayala Land Premier’s dedication to create premium residential developments—something that the Soong, Calma and Jacinto families can pass on from one generation to the next.

    He cited an Ayala property that best describes this vision which will rise in Nuvali, Laguna. Called Luscara, it is a 50-hectare residential community featuring 36 pocket neighborhoods. Each living enclave aims to offer “a sense of place and space for its residents to call home.”

    Jugo ended, “Ayala Land Premiere is about timelessness. No how much time goes by, it will make a difference to people’s lives. Just like its ancestor, the Forbes Park, Luscara will also outlive its first set of owners.”


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