“Ev­ery man needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in; where Na­ture may heal and give strength, seren­ity, and con­tent­ment to body and soul”.

The hu­man spirit needs places where Na­ture ex­ists. There is plea­sure in tree- lined paths, rap­ture in the rip­pling sound of a brook, and pure bliss in sit­ting in the shade on a fine day where one could feel the spongi­ness of ver­dant grass be­neath one’s feet. This im­agery, and much more, is what one Ce­buano-owned cor­po­ra­tion must have had in mind when the idea of creat­ing a “na­ture- packed” mod­ern com­mu­nity dawned. And when such a clever

-- John Muir

idea trick­led into a “grand’ re­al­ity, when Grand Land, Inc., the real es­tate devel­op­ment arm of the Gaisano Grand Group of Com­pa­nies, laid the foun­da­tion of what could be Cebu’s finest ur­ban com­mu­nity, one could ex­pect only the best --- some­thing as awe­some as Grand Res­i­dences, GLI’s flag­ship project.

The truth is, the winds of de­light­ful change are sweep­ing across Cebu’s sky­line. ( We have seen how high- rise and mid- rise con­do­minium build­ings have mush­roomed on this is­land.) And a wind is def­i­nitely blow­ing on the devel­op­ment scene of a 3.2- hectare prop­erty lo­cated along Gov. M. Cuenco St. in Bani­lad and cross­ing all the way to Pres. Roxas Av­enue in Mabolo --- a per­fect set­ting for a well- crafted “lit­tle city”, or for a beau­ti­fully- de­signed re­sort- themed am­bi­ence, and the ground­work for smart ar­chi­tec­ture and thought­ful de­sign geared to­wards com­fort and style. With all these el­e­ments com­bined to­gether, how can liv­ing not be well and grand? How can any­one fail to cap­ture that “dream” lifestyle that is so elu­sive in a con­gested me­trop­o­lis?

“When Grand Land was or­ga­nized three years ago, the com­pany’s vi­sion was re­ally to de­velop low- priced qual­ity homes that Ce­buano fam­i­lies will de­light in and can eas­ily af­ford so that we made it a point to make the ac­qui­si­tion scheme very flex­i­ble,” Ryan Bernard Go, GLI pres­i­dent, re­veals.

“At pre­sent, we are de­vel­op­ing six res­i­den­tial projects: City Homes in Minglanilla, City Homes in Mac­tan, City Homes in Man­daue, City Homes Pre­miere in Man­daue, Amani Grand Re­sort Res­i­dences in Mac­tan and the Grand Res­i­dences Cebu in Bani­lad and Mabolo. On the draw­ing board is the Amani Grand Re­sort Res­i­dences in Davao and our Con­do­tel and Of­fice build­ing in North Recla­ma­tion Area ( across SM City North Wing) in Cebu. If you no­tice, all these projects have come up with our stan­dard pre­req­ui­sites – strate­gic lo­ca­tion, ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the main hub of eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity, close prox­im­ity to hos­pi­tals, schools, mar­kets, and pro­vi­sion for pri­vate open spa­ces. We are con­fi­dent that with these projects, we can of­fer Ce­buanos and fu­ture prop­erty own­ers, a lease to a bet­ter, hap­pier life. We are not chang­ing their lifestyle, we’re

here to of­fer some­thing new -- one that is so grand and so green, and one that gives us the right to adopt the com­pany’s slo­gan: “My City. My Re­sort. My Home.”

A City in the Heart of the Me­trop­o­lis

Ur­ban liv­ing has been de­fined as mak­ing op­ti­mal use of space as space is scarce, and at the same time find­ing ways to spare the en­vi­ron­ment. Ur­ban liv­ing has no race, no re­li­gion, no sex­ual pref­er­ence, no gen­der, and no age. In essence, ur­ban liv­ing is clean, crisp, and fresh.

In re­al­ity, ur­ban liv­ing is Grand Res­i­dences, with its tow­er­ing con­do­minium build­ings emerg­ing at the heart of Cebu City, the Queen City of the South. Although it is just a short walk from ma­jor busi­ness and recre­ational des­ti­na­tions, Grand Res­i­dences pri­or­i­tized 60 per­cent of its open space for di­verse and es­sen­tial ameni­ties, mak­ing it truly a unique city on its own. The mas­ter plan en­com­passes a com­mer­cial hub that in­cludes a su­per­mar­ket, depart­ment store, an au­to­mated teller ma­chine, restau­rants and shops, med­i­cal and health care clin­ics, beauty sa­lons and spas, laun­dry ser­vice, travel desk, and even concierge ser­vices to at­tend to the needs of home­own­ers and visi­tors. More ameni­ties have been put up not only to make liv­ing easy, com­fort­able and as stress- free as pos­si­ble, but also to make it en­ter­tain­ing and highly en­joy­able. There is a va­ri­ety of func­tion ar­eas where one can chill out with friends, col­leagues, and fam­ily for what­ever oc­ca­sion. There is an­other com­mu­nity en­ter­tain­ment area hous­ing fully equipped karaoke lounges where one can rock the night away or sim­ply have fun singing.

Grand Land cer­tainly thought of ev­ery­thing – well, al­most ev­ery­thing. Be­cause as what Ryan Go ex­plains, “It is our ul­ti­mate goal to bring in the de­sired con­ve­nience to our home­own­ers, pro­vid­ing ef­fort­less ways wherein they can trans­act busi­ness or sim­ply carry out their day- to- day rou­tine. That is why we have teamed up with the best ar­chi­tec­tural and con­struc­tion firms in the coun­try to de­sign Grand Res­i­dences with in­ge­nu­ity and func­tion­al­ity in mind, in­spired by the lat­est state- of- the- art build­ings in Sin­ga­pore.”

A Pri­vate Par­adise of Your Own

Be­cause life is con­trolled by emo­tions, ev­ery­one has his mo­ments of ups and downs. And when neg­a­tive vi­bra­tions strike, one wants to get away from it all, to es­cape to places that will give him re­lief and re­lax­ation, a place where one can cre­ate new and pleas­ant mem­o­ries. One looks for va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tions that will pro­vide enough pri­vacy for soul- search­ing and at the same time am­ple space for pray­ing and play­ing. He will seek na­ture for so­lace, for peace and tran­quil­ity, and pos­si­bly for “ther­apy”. But what­ever one’s rea­sons or needs, where in this part of Metro Cebu can one find such a place? With the completion of the Grand Res­i­dences project, you can be as­sured of your own pri­vate re­sort that sim­ply spells par­adise.

Af­ter three years of painstak­ing re­search and con­sul­ta­tion with the high priests of ur­ban plan­ning and land­scape ar­chi­tec­ture, Grand Res­i­dences has fi­nally un­veiled a themed res­i­den­tial re­sort that boasts of an ar­ray of self- con­tained recre­ational and sports ameni­ties, mak­ing true its prom­ise of pro­vid­ing the per­fect place for re­lax­ation, va­ca­tion, or just a day­time get­away. Its sig­na­ture ameni­ties would be the grand com­mu­nity swim­ming pool, the in­fin­ity lap pool, and the tod­dlers’ swim­ming pools. There would be a size­able club­house and ca­banas and lounges around these places. Fur­ther on is a lo­tus pond that not only per­forms an aes­thetic func­tion but also en­vi­ron­men­tal as well, serv­ing as a catch basin for flood waters. For out­door fun, there is an open am­phithe­ater where you can watch va­ri­ety shows, mini con­certs, and other spec­tac­u­lar events. And any­where you turn, you will see only green, for ver­dant trees abound, lush fo­liage cas­cades in ev­ery nook and cranny, and the grounds are car­peted with green grass.

“Many tourists and visi­tors come to Cebu for our sunny white- sand beaches, to dis­cover our rich her­itage, or to wit­ness the Sin­u­log mardi gras. I would like to be­lieve that, now, peo­ple will have a com­pelling rea­son to come to Cebu --- and that’s be­cause they fi­nally have a place to come home to, the Grand Res­i­dences,” Ryan muses, with a twin­kle in his eyes.

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