A day's worth of Living Outside the Box with Terraza De Sto. Tomas| Ovialand

It's been a connotation that to actually "live" your life well you have to go to the metro and experience the exciting city nightlife at least once, and it's also known that the better jobs are located in the metro. But, for someone who has lived both sides, so to speak, I think this really is just a myth.

I mean like come on, even if the lifestyle is good and addicting in the metro, can you really live every day of your life trying to struggle with the woes of the chronic traffic,( #carmaggedon and #MayForeverSaEdsa anyone?)the times where a little drizzle and the roads go a-flooding and of course, the pollution due to over population that will soon be up to par with Shenzen's come 20 years time. And trust me, I've been there and it is really bad.

As these challenges show no sign of letting up, more and more people are asking,

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Untitled this is the traffic situation if you're coming in from the south- 45 minutes worth of your time from Makati(Greenbelt) to Sto. Tomas Batangas. Just the same as commuting from Makati to Ortigas. Damn, that's crazy eh?[/caption]

“Is there an alternative to city living?”

“It’s all about options,” answers Fatima Olivares-Vital, Business Unit Head of Ovialand Inc. “The government is actively looking for ways to make these citywide problems more bearable and one of the options they are looking at is to decentralize the congestion in Manila by directing growth to other areas.”

And Ovialand helped us see the advantages of this option by giving us a proper tour of southern living, specifically in and around Sto. Tomas, Batangas.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Ovialand-Batangas-0261 This authentic Japanese Restaurant is located inside the philippine industrial park in Sto. Tomas Batangas. It's quite accessible as it's very near Microtel which is very near the said gate of the Industrial park[/caption]

“Sto. Tomas has the infrastructure and the resources to support the demands of the modern Filipino. There are hospitals, schools, and entertainment hubs that are at par with those in the metro.”

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Untitled Tempura, Jellyfish Salad and gyoza!!!! YUM!![/caption]

Career opportunities are also transforming the once rural town into a competitive job market. The fast moving growth in technoparks which are home to over 300 multinational corporations—including Canon, Brother, Fortune 500 companies—and the increasing number of large companies relocating to the South set the groundwork for a stable employment environment. (Unilab in Mamplasan exit in SLEX anyone? :3 )

These technoparks doesn't mean just factory work, they also need the white collared ones like Supervisors and such by the way.

Live outside-the-box

Dubbed as the gateway to the Southern Metro, Sto. Tomas offers the best of both worlds. While the city is competitively keeping up with the conveniences of the Metro, it retains a rustic, peaceful charm signature to the Southern brand of living.

Olivares-Vital says, “In Sto. Tomas, the lifestyle starts with the quality of living. Imagine not having to feel nervous every time it rains because of the reliable drainage systems or knowing that you can go home on time to your family because you won’t have to worry about the traffic. This is how you can really enjoy life.”

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Untitled Imagine if you're living in the south, instead of wallowing your time in traffic you can get creative and prepare a little bento box for your kids or yourself like this one. :)[/caption]

I mean thinking about it, when you compare the distance vs time when you come in to, say, Makati to Ortigas(45 minutes-1 hour with the congested traffic of the metro) or Makati to Sto. Tomas Batangas (45 minutes to 1 hour as well, without the hassles of traffic unlike in the metro), then you know that things are going for a crazy turn and it's time to think about the bold decisions and invest in your family's future.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Ovialand-Batangas-0250 Padre Pio Church... This is also very near to the Lifestyle central of Sto. Tomas where you can grab yourself a cuppa starbucks coffee in their lifestyle central. :)[/caption]

Ovialand has also shown us that what you have in the city, is also in the rural areas nowadays like your lifestyle centers, with a bonus of nearby beaches and hiking spots, that are always teeming with activity and are sure to entertain the most outgoing of souls.

Terrazza de Sto. Tomas, a property developed by Ovialand Inc., is a premier development that is set in the heart of these attractions. The 5.8 hectare property aims to provide an exclusive reprieve as well as easy access to the province’s center of activities. The master-planned development is close to industrial parks and companies, schools, churches, and medical institutions.


[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"]OLst-PERS-SD These houses are pretty awesome as they range 1.6 to 4.5 M for a 55sqm to 100sqm house and lot respectfully[/caption]

Olivares-Vital gives one last advice for those looking for a different brand of lifestyle, “You have to look for options. Changing your lifestyle means you have to try and solve the problem using new ways. How we live and how we hope to live should not be different things. Think—and live—outside the box.”




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