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Finally, A Place to Call Home
by Aileen Clemente
Photo by Roy Van Morales
Published in The Philippine Star, 9 September 2006
It wasn't too long ago that the aspiring homeowners Randy and Nina Kanapi were searching for a place to raise their small family and call home. Randy works as Marketing manager for an electronics firm in Makati, while Nina stays home to devote her time taking care of their young son Rigo. Since it was going to be their first purchase, they wanted to make sure it was something they would carefully deliberate on and not buy in haste.
The South has always been the location of their choice but originally, they were only thinking of the Alabang-Las Pi�as area. However, after searching through the different properties in the district, they were disappointed to find the place to be congested. Moreover, water supply was a perennial problem in most of the neighborhood. That's when the couple decided to go further South, to Sta. Rosa Laguna.
Metro Sta. Rosa has an abundance of fesh air and lush greens. It also enjoys proximity to Tagaytay. Thus, the couple knew their search was over. They knew they have found the ideal place to build their home and watch their family grow. However, they were still not sure of which among the many real estate projects in the area they would like to settle in. Painstakingly, they checked and considered every project in the area, all except South Forbes Golf City.
We got intimidated by the name.� Nina quips. Associating the �Forbes� name with posh villages and luxurious lifestyle, they thought it was �out of their league.� Oddly, the couple didn't even bother to go into the property to look around or inquire.
After considering many options, the couple agreed to purchase a property at another subdivision. However, before the actual purchase was made, Randy found himself driving to Sta. Rosa one morning, alone and without Nina's knowledge. As fate would have it, he just drove into South Forbes.
It was very breezy that morning. I immediately liked the aura, the ambience of the place,� Randy recalls. Soon after, Randy would bring in Nina to see the place for herself. It was love at first sight for both of them. They were also pleasantly surprised to discover that the property was not as expensive as they thought it would be.
They liked that South Forbes represented a combination of the rural and the urban. They also appreciated that each model home at the Mediterranean-inspired South Forbes Villas was constructed with value and quality in mind. They also found the long term objectives of Cathay Land, as explained to them by Cathay Land President Jeffrey Ng himself, to be parallel with their own objectives for their family.
The decision to buy a property in South Forbes came pretty fast for the couple. It just took them a whole week to decide. �We were immediately solved,� they said in agreement, pertaining to the local lingo of being content. Currently, they are looking forward to building their home in about a year's time. They are consulting with a designer to come up with a home that's ideal for their needs, preferences, and personalities.
Though he doesn't play golf just yet, Randy says he plans to get into the sport �by hook or by crook.� Since membership in the world-class South Forbes Golf Club is free to all residents, he plans to take advantage of this perk and enjoy it to the fullest.
In the meantime, he looks forward to biking to Tagaytay and playing badminton with Nina on weekends, or swimming in the clubhouse pool with the bouncy Rigo.
It's best to follow the example of the Kanapis and find your own home at South Forbes Golf City and get a free golf membership in the process.