Basic Things to Consider in Home Buying

Camella Crestwood


Are you seriously considering moving out and living on your own?

After having worked for more than 5 years now, I think it’s time that I get my own place. I have been renting during those 5 years because that time, I was just starting out and my salary could barely meet my personal needs, let alone pay for a mortgage.

Now that I am stable with my job, and at least afford some extra luxuries, I think it’s time to do some long-term investment: I want my own house.

I have been contemplating on it and have been reading a lot about the processes involved in buying a house, so, for the first-time home buyers like me, I’m gonna share with you some basic things to consider:

  1. Location – This is really, really important. Are there no fault lines in the area? Is it not flooded? Also, is it near schools, hospitals and medical centers, churches, shopping malls and leisure centers, government institutions, transportation hubs and main access roads? Unless you’re in hiding and you want to live in a secluded place, you wouldn’t consider this.
  2. Convenience and accessibility – How near is it from your workplace? Is there a public transport you can take to get to your work? Or if you’re driving, is it too far that you will spend so much on gas and toll fees? If it’s very far, then I would think twice. Are there facilities or infrastructures that will make your life easier, a grocery store within the community perhaps?
  3. Safety and Security – How’s the peace and order in the area? Is it a gated community? If it is, are there CCTVs? Are there round-the-clock guards that will ensure your security?
  4. Investment-worthy – Can the house last a lifetime? Are the houses built with quality materials? Is it a profitable investment? After just a few years, will the value of the land appreciate or depreciate? If there are ongoing infrastructure developments and a lot of businesses developing in the area, it’s a good sign that your investment will appreciate in value over time. As more communities are developed, the land value likewise increases, propelling your home investment to profit.
  5. Affordability – Once you ticked all the four items above, the question is: Can you afford it? Are there financing schemes that the developer can offer to make it a little lighter in the pocket?

Camella, Vista Land’s subsidiary catering to the mid-market segment of Vista Land, has been in the business of providing homes for Filipinos for 40 years. They have built an immense selection of affordable, high-quality homes with world-class settings and exquisitely themed communities across the country. To date, they have built more than 300,000 homes and they maintain a powerful presence in Mega Manila and 36 other key provincial destinations and 95 cities and municipalities.

For more information about Camella developments, call their hotline at 226-3552 or 0917-8576494 or visit  




Crown Asia Gives Homebuyers Delightful Options in Valenza

Valenza, Crown Asia’s house and lot development in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, adds three new house models to its already diverse portfolio of homes. Understanding the varying needs of its market when it comes to home requirements – from style to size, it came out with these model houses that are sure to delight homebuyers.

All inspired by romantic Italian architecture, Crown Asia’s latest model homes are Bellini, Martini and Francesco– each offering something wonderful for its future residents.

A very practical design, Bellini was inspired by the Italian opera composer of the same name. You will find yourself singing praises to the generous exterior spaces of this 91 square meter home. This 2-storey house has 3 bedrooms, toilet and bath, a powder room for guests, and a lanai and balcony.



If you’re looking for a more sizable place, Valenza’s 2-storey Martini house model may just suit your taste. It has 3 spacious bedrooms, a toilet and bath for each floor, plus a generous balcony and lanai. This is the perfect residence for you and your teens who want their own space in the house.



Francesco, the largest of the three new model houses, boasts a floor area of 142 square meters. The master’s bedroom is located on the ground floor plus 3 more bedrooms on the second level, and 3 toilet and bath. There is also a spacious balcony for family gatherings.



Backed by several “brand pillars” such as safety and security, a prime investment, affordable luxury, exclusivity, accessibility, and country club amenities, Valenza assures its residents of only the best new developments that are truly worth their investment.

Prime Location

Valenza is in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, a city flourishing with the incessant growth of its tourism, business, and real estate, Sta. Rosa is home to Laguna’s center of economic activity with manufacturing industries and information technology hubs. Lifestyle centers are also sprouting all over Sta. Rosa making it the go-to place for outlet stores and unique finds.

The world-famous Taal Volcano and everything that Tagaytay has to offer is but 20-minutes away from Valenza. Alabang’s commercial center is but 20-minutes away via the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and the near construction of the future Cavite-Laguna Expressway and the Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike makes travelling to and fro even more convenient.

Safety and Security

What makes homes at Valenza even more perfect for homeowners is the privacy that the community offers. With top-level security giving them more peaceful sleep. Each gate has at least two guards on duty plus guards roving the area at all times. Perimeter fences and lush landscaping also keep the community free from the noise and pollution of the outside.

Country Club Amenities

Breathtaking amenities located in the expansive area of Valenza will make your everyday living feel like a luxurious out-of-the-country vacation.



The air-conditioned club room is perfect for holding parties. The sprawling pool makes an ideal spot for developing neighborly ties while the children enjoy themselves in the playground.

A Worthwhile Investment

More than being a beautiful property to own, Crown Asia’s Valenza, is also a prime investment that takes pride in being able to bring nature closer to its residents, which is why it doesn’t come as a surprise that the property is among the most sought-after properties down south. In close proximity to a variety of business centers and commercial districts, the property’s value continues to rise.


In line with the launch of the new house models, Valenza is inviting everyone who are interested in owning a beautiful property in a prime development like Valenza, to join the launch for the two model houses to be held at Valenza, 10 am on Sept. 28, 2014.

Crown Asia brings high quality homes, high quality lives for all. For more information please visit or “like” their Facebook page, You may also contact them through 837-1400.

What type of learner are you?

What type of learner are you?

This made my day! Lol! I think, my type hasn’t been invented yet. hahaha!

Humble Beginning

This is an inspiring story of a man named Nilo, whose hardwork and perseverance made him reach his dreams.

The eldest of five children, Nilo became the breadwinner of the family when his father died. To earn money, he sold fish in the market early in the morning, then drove a tricycle at night. In between, he went to school.

He wanted to earn more so he can help his family better; so, he went to Manila and did a number of jobs – dishwasher, “kargador” or porter, baker, janitor etc.

Even when he was working, he made an effort to become a licensed real estate broker.

One day, he was asked to give out leaflets of Vista Land projects. Unknowingly, he was able to hand out a leaflet to Ms. Elaine Cuneta, former singer and beauty queen, mother of mega-star Sharon Cuneta and wife of former Pasay City Mayor Cuneta. As it turned out, Ms. Elaine Cuneta became his first buyer.

Watch the rest of the story here as Nilo narrates how good training and an ounce of patience, hard work, perseverance and strong resolve made his dreams come true.

World Peace through Inner Peace

mbv in FBAttaining world peace is a lofty dream. As we are surrounded by conflicts in practically all corners of the globe, by violence inflicted by one human being to another, or by suffering brought about by poverty and hunger or by natural calamities, world peace seems a distant reality…but not impossible.

– Manny Villar, Light of Peace in the Philippines 2014 (Oton, Iloilo)


Flaming Hearts, Flaming Image


This is Philippines’ attempt to break Pakistan’s record of the world’s largest flaming image. We did it! We broke the record! The making of the flaming image was such a surreal experience! It was beautiful, serene and very heart-warming! I’m glad I was here!


It’s four days to go before the most-anticipated world peace event at Savannah City, Iloilo, where the largest flaming image using candles will be featured.

I’m so excited because it’s my first time to be part of a Guinness World Record setting event.

The “Light of Peace in the Philippines (LOP) 2014” event aims to raise awareness and celebrate “World Peace through Inner Peace”by gathering at least 100,000 people from different sectors of society who will meditate together for individual inner peace.

The meditation will be followed by lighting of candles to form the world’s largest flaming image using candles, an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record. The image that will be created will show the Philippine map, the Light of Peace logo and motto, “World Peace through Inner Peace”.

image to be formed

“Let us show our genuine will to promote world peace by cultivating in ourselves inner peace. I believe that it’s not impossible to achieve world peace. With each of us being a light of peace, amidst our religious differences, we will be able to unite and attain world peace,” said former Sen. Manny Villar, who will also be attending the big event.

He cited last year’s “Inaugural Light of Peace” in Miag-ao, Iloilo, which gathered various religious leaders – Buddhists, Muslims and Christians, among others – and participants from all walks of life to call for world peace.

Villar, who is representing Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance), one of the major organizers of the LOP 2014 event added, “Peace is good for the economy. If we have peace, we won’t scare our investors; we will be able to encourage more investors to have business in our country, which will create more jobs and drive progress. ”

Volunteers for the Light of Peace 2014 event will be given this beautiful shirt.

Volunteers for the Light of Peace 2014 event will be given this beautiful shirt.

The other core organizers of the event include Thailand-based The Middle Way Meditation Institute (MMI) headed by its Director Venerable Burin Thitakusalo Bhikkhu, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Jaro represented by Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. of the Provincial Government of Iloilo, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog of the Municipality of Iloilo, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the Department of Education (DepED).