Vista Land and Lifescapes Inc., the country’s largest homebuilder, is ramping up its spending for the development of churches in its residential projects, allocating an investment cost of P100 million for each church.
Former Senator and concurrent Vista Land Chairman Manny Villar said that the company has adopted church construction as its corporate social responsibility (CSR) project.
While the construction of some of its churches is still ongoing, the
group has identified several areas where it will next establish churches such as in Camella Provence in Malolos, Bulacan;
Maia Alta in Antipolo, Rizal; Camella Tierra Nevada in General Trias, Cavite; and Plantacion Meridienne in Lipa, Batangas.
In the next few years, Villar Foundation and Vista Land will unveil other churches in its other residential communities.
Vista Land cited that currently under construction is the Santuario de San Ezekiel Moreno in Pulanglupa, Las Piñas City, while the 1,000-seat Santuario Madonna del Divino Amore at Evia in Alabang and a Swiss-inspired church at Crosswinds in Tagaytay are both slated for early completion.
Villar also recently led the inauguration and blessing of two churches in Vistaland communities, specifically the San Vicente Ferrer church in the Camella Homes subdivision in Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao and the
Savannah City Church in Savannah City, Iloilo.
The 250-seat San Vicente Ferrer church, the first church built by the Villar Foundation outside Metro Manila, stands on over 300 square meters of land and is the centerpiece of Camella Homes’ Village Center.
The Savannah City Church, which can seat a thousand people, matches the Deep South American theme of Vista Land’s flagship project in the Visayas, which covers more than 300 hectares of verdant land, spread over Oton, Pavia and San Miguel in Iloilo province on Panay Island.
“We believe that building communities and providing a place of worship for people is the best way for them to start life in the Vistaland communities,” Villar said.
“The church usually serves as a gathering place for people, and helps residents of Vistaland subdivisions not only to become acquainted with each other, but also to foster community living,” he added.