• Vista Land to spend P100 million each for 8 churches

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    As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), listed homebuilder Vista Land and Lifescapes will be allocating P100 million each for at least eight churches it is currently building nationwide.

    The company recently inaugurated San Vicente Ferrer Church located at the heart of Gran Europa of Camella Communities in Cagayan de Oro City. The church, named after the patron saint of the province, stands on over a 300-square-meter property, and is the first built by the Vista Land and its CSR arm Villar Foundation. The church has a 250-seat capacity.

    “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 Manuel Villar, chairman of Villar Foundation and Vista Land chairman emeritus.

    Gran Europa, the largest master-planned community in the whole of Mindanao, is a gated residential community and self-contained city project of Vista Land in Northern Mindanao.

    Also slated for early completion is the Santuario de San Ezekiel Moreno in Pulanglupa, Las Piñas City. The 700-seat church had its groundbreaking in 2011, and construction is still ongoing.

    Next are the 1,000-seat Santuario Madonna del Divino Amore at Evia in Alabang and a Swiss-inspired church at Crosswinds in Tagaytay. There will also be churches in other parts of Luzon, such as in Malolos, Bulacan; Antipolo, Rizal; General Trias, Cavite and Lipa, Batangas.

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    1. Smart but not right move to express social responsability, it is in effect paid by the lot- and homeowners in their gated community, so ownership should be the owners association. I believe this move is to get one day the tax exemption granted to relegious groups benefitting Villar only. A right move was to grant 800 million pesos to Gawad Kalinga to build at least 11,500 homes for poor fellow filipino families…….THAT is social responsability!