A View of Northtown with Architect Palafox: On People, Environment, and Design

A View of Northtown with Architect Palafox: On People, Environment, and Design

Three years ago on its 50th anniversary, Alsons Development and Investment Corporation (Alsons Dev) launched its latest project under its Alsons Properties brand—Northtown, a sprawling 116-hectare township in Cabantian, Buhangin, Davao City. The developer looked to Palafox Associates to help them fulfill this daunting task. Architect Felino “Jun” Palafox, Jr. has won numerous awards in the field of architecture and urban planning, and is recognized as the country’s foremost name in green architecture, designing visually stunning and environment-friendly projects. Through Palafox Associates, the firm he founded in 1989, he has continually redefined what it means to masterplan urban landscapes, while ensuring that environmental consciousness and a focus on people remain the driving forces behind any project. Here, the esteemed Filipino architect gives an inside look into the design process and the sustainable features of Northtown. A Values-Based Partnership Architect Palafox is known for being exceedingly selective of his clients, once turning down a million-dollar contract when the project required cutting down hundreds of trees unnecessarily. In Alsons Dev, on the other hand, the architect found a kindred soul.  “They understand our crusade for better developments and communities,” explains Architect Palafox, when asked what drew him to Alsons Dev. “We’re on the same page. We have similar goals, and the same focus on honesty, integrity, and professionalism.“ Designing with nature In developing the hilly landscape of Northtown, Palafox made sure to respect the general topography of the land as much as possible. “By making the most out of the rolling terrain, there are more possibilities for panoramic views and access to natural breeze.” With regard to Northtown’s Tropical Contemporary design theme, Palafox...
Davao City Inaugurates The Country’s First-Ever Integrated Public Safety Facility

Davao City Inaugurates The Country’s First-Ever Integrated Public Safety Facility

In line with Davao City’s continuing mission to be one of the safest and most livable cities in the world, a 2,000 sq. m complex comprised of police, fire and Central 911 stations was inaugurated in Northtown, Cabantian on June 21. It is the country’s first and only integrated safety and rescue facility and was donated to the City Government of Davao by real estate developer Alsons Development and Investment Corporation (Alsons Dev), a member company of the Alcantara Group. The donation included a 322 sq. m two-storey fire station, a 119 sq. m one-storey police station with two detention cells, and a 238 sq. m two-storey 911 station with an infirmary and an ambulance. The facilities are operated by the Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police and Davao Central 911, respectively. Being in one location allows the three agencies to streamline their response to distress calls in the areas of Cabantian, Indangan, Acacia, Tigatto, and other barangays in the Buhangin District, one of the most populated areas in city. The Alsons Public Safety Complex is now fully operational and has responded to several distress calls since April. The donation included a 322 sq. m two-storey fire station, a 119 sq. m one-storey police station with two detention cells, and a 238 sq. m two-storey 911 station with an infirmary and an ambulance. The facilities are operated by the Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police and Davao Central 911, respectively. Being in one location allows the three agencies to streamline their response to distress calls in the areas of Cabantian, Indangan, Acacia, Tigatto, and other barangays in...
The Shoppes at Wood Lane

The Shoppes at Wood Lane

Alsons Properties held the groundbreaking ceremony of its newest commercial development called The Shoppes at Wood Lane on May 15, 2014. Located along Diversion Road near Ma-a Intersection, The Shoppes is envisioned to cater to the everyday shopping and service needs of the neighboring communities and the thousands of motorists who use the Diversion Road each day. This upscale commercial strip will house Choice Mart by NCCC as its grocery anchor, as well as HB1 and Hardwaremaxx. Another locator in The Shoppes is Barrio Bistro, one of Davao’s home grown cafes. Other spaces available are ideal for banks, offices, clinics, fast food, salon and tutorial centers. Executive Vice President Ms. Rosie A. Dominguez, senior managers and employees of Alsons Properties together with representatives from LTS Community Stores and LTS Supermarket of the NCCC Group   led by Mr. Javelin Lim attended the event. After the groundbreaking ceremony, Alsons Properties formally signed the agreement with anchor tenants Choice Mart and HB1. Completion of The Shoppes at Wood Lane is targeted at the end of 2014. Alsons Properties is known for developing premier residential communities in Davao City such as Ladislawa Garden Village, Woodridge Park, Las Terrazas, Northcrest, Fernwood, Eden Ridge, Wood Lane and...
Fresh Beginnings at Northtown

Fresh Beginnings at Northtown

Alsons Properties, the leading home-grown real estate developer behind some of Davao City’s premier residential communities, recently held its first open house event for Northtown, its largest development located in the highlands of Buhangin, Davao City. The activity was timed to showcase Northtown’s newly completed signage, gate and guardhouse, as well as two kilometres of its spine road. These impressive milestones come just a year after the development’s successful launching – a testament of Alson’s Properties fast delivery.   The two-day open house event began with the blessing of Northtown’s impressive signage, gate and guardhouse led by Rev. Fr. Jesus Samaniego; and was followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Alsons Properties Vice President and General Manager Eric de la Costa, together with the company’s Senior Managers and the Alsons Properties Associates Agency Directors. Highlighting how Northtown is designed to promote an active lifestyle, runners of all ages and fitness levels participated in a Sunset Fun Run along the property’s newly completed concrete spine road. After the fun run, guests were invited to the Sunset Grill, a barbeque dinner with burgers and sausages from Backyard Burgers and grilled sweet corns from Sweet Corner. Spanning 116 hectares of breezy hills and lush greenery, Northtown provides inspiring views from many angles. Award-winning local artist Lito Pepito was invited to conduct a Landscape Art Workshop that encouraged participants to capture the beautiful scenery at Northtown. Pinoy games were also held, introducing old favorites such as Luksong Tinik and Patintero to the younger generation while interesting trivia about Filipino history and language were asked during the Pinoy Quiz Bee. Designed in Alsons Properties’...
Nature’s Charm Revealed at the Eden Ridge Clubhouse Opening

Nature’s Charm Revealed at the Eden Ridge Clubhouse Opening

The prospect of weekly mountain getaways is now made more enticing with the completed and feature-packed clubhouse at Eden Ridge, a vacation home community by Alsons Properties. Alsons Properties recently marked this milestone with a Clubhouse Inauguration and Open House event. The one-day celebration attracted a large turnout, with families enjoying fun activities at the clubhouse and other attractions at Eden Ridge. After the blessing by Rev. Fr. Alpio Botero, Alsons Properties Executive Vice President Rosie A. Dominguez led the ribbon cutting. Guests then explored the clubhouse, which features several spaces for different functions, such as the Veranda, which can accommodate up to 100 people, and the Lanai at the lower ground floor that opens up the lawn. The Den is fitted with a KTV and a home theater system. The clubhouse also features a ping-pong table, mahjong tables, and a pool table. With the different recreational facilities and spaces for functions and entertaining guests, Alsons Properties Vice President and General Manager Eric De La Costa referred to ER Clubhouse as an extension of the residents’ living room during his message at the event. In addition to enjoying the amenities at the clubhouse, guests also enjoyed kiddie game booths, food stalls, such as Sweet Corn and Allegro Ice Cream, and a Farmer’s Market at the Village Park. A sumptuous Filipino Buffet was prepared by Leandro’s Specialties and Catering Services for lunch, made even more special with homemade paella by Mrs. Dominguez. In addition to lunch, Sea Green Café, Malagos Chocolate, Marina Tuna and Saranggani Bay provided food and refreshments to sustain guests throughout the activity-filled day. At the event,...
Alsons Properties turns over Northcrest Phase 1 to Homeowners

Alsons Properties turns over Northcrest Phase 1 to Homeowners

Alsons Properties, Davao City leading homegrown real estate firm, marks yet another milestone for Northcrest, an 87-hectare Asian Tropical-themed residential development in Buhangin district. On May 10, 2013, the village management of Northcrest Phase 1 was formally turned over to the Northcrest Homeowners Association Inc. (NHAI)). NHAI President Libbie Pama and Alsons Properties Executive Vice President Rosvida A. Dominguez led the signing of the Deed of Usufruct. The NHAI Board of Directors and Alsons Properties senior managers came in full force to witness this milestone. NHAI officially takes over the subdivision on June 1, 2013. Northcrest is a recently completed project of Alsons Properties, who is also the developer of premier residential projects in Davao City, such as Ladislawa Garden Village, Woodridge Park, Las Terrazas, Fernwood, Wood Lane, Eden Ridge and...