You can still have fun with loved ones while keeping safe. Here are fun family activity ideas to do in your own home in Laguna.
Because of the restrictions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, many get-togethers have been put on hold. Luckily, there are outdoor areas where it is safe to host small and intimate celebrations—we’ll tell you where and how!
At Your Own Backyard
Congratulations! You have settled on Laguna as the location of your family home. Location is one of the primary considerations in a real estate purchase–and one of several decisions involved in shortlisting your options.
As you get closer to securing a property, you might be asking: what else should I consider when buying a family home? Before narrowing down your choices, read our tips to aid you in making a more informed purchase decision.
Choose An Ideal Community Within Laguna
While buyers choose to live in the “Deep South” because of an abundance of green spaces and less congestion, Laguna is also home to several residential communities, each with something unique to offer.
Finding your ideal community requires delving deeper into the location of the development you are eyeing. First question to ask: how accessible is the development to main thoroughfares and key destinations such as hospitals, schools, offices, places of worship, and business and commercial centers?
Calamba City, for example, is an ideal address for your next home because of its proximity to main roads such as SLEX and Daang Hari Road. A key infrastructure project, the North-South Commuter Railway, also known as the Clark-Calamba Railway, will further boost the city’s accessibility and business activities.
The city’s high literacy rate of 98.8% can be attributed to an abundance of campuses that include Miriam College, Xavier School, Philippine Women’s University, and the Lyceum of the Philippines. This also means more choices for your school-age family members as well as for post-grad studies.
And as one of 25 “New Wave Cities” in the Philippine countryside, thanks to a high potential for growth in the IT and Business Process Outsourcing industry, Calamba is bustling with economic activity and is projected to continue bringing in more jobs. The city was also designated as the regional government center of CALABARZON.
When it comes to choosing an ideal community, the potent combination of easy access, development of infrastructure projects, and long-term socio-economic growth, all contribute to a valuable real estate investment.
Consider Your Family’s Unique Needs
Once you are decided on a community to live in, give careful thought to the type of lot you require. First of all, size matters. How much space would you consider comfortable for your family? Is a 600-square meter lot sufficient for the dream home you plan to build? Are there any features you wish to include? Perhaps, you enjoy gardening and swimming and wish to build a generous-sized backyard or a pool. In this case, would a 1,000-square meter lot suit your needs better?
The location of the lot is another consideration. It is typical for developers to zone subdivisions according to clusters. These clusters can have unique features themselves, such as a proximity to amenity areas.
Whichever lot you settle on, always account for your current as well as long-term plans, such as future modifications to the property, as your family grows and as your changes evolve.
Explore The Amenities On Offer
What else must you consider when buying a family home? Amenities.
Amenities are a key feature of residential subdivisions, but some communities provide more attractive features than others. It’s vital to look into what the developer has to offer, as these will have a lasting impact on your family’s quality of life.
Recreational parks provide spaces for you to socialize, exercise, and enjoy open skies, greenery, and fresh air, all of which are vital for health and well-being. Furthermore, inquire about the sports and fitness amenities. Apart from the requisite indoor gym and swimming pool, ask the developer about the availability of covered courts, outdoor jogging paths, as well as a playground.
Lastly, explore the availability of a function room or clubhouse, preferably sizable spaces where you can comfortably host family celebrations, and as a result, create memories in your new address.
Go Over Your Practical Considerations
As a final step, consider the logistics involved in procuring your new home. Your developer will provide you with all the necessary requirements for buying a lot, such as a customer information sheet and government IDs, to name a few. If you intend to pay the selling price in full, developers will usually provide a discount for cash buyers, so make sure to discuss this incentive with the sales representative.
Next, ask about the expected turnover period of your lot. In the construction of your home, timing is crucial. For example, do you have children headed for university in a few years, or are you expecting a new family member? All these will factor in the logistics of constructing then moving into your home by a target date.
Lastly, discuss safety guidelines with the developer. An idyllic home should be matched by a sense of security and privacy.
Settle At Rockwell South At Carmelray
Enjoy the best of the Southern Lifestyle at Rockwell South at Carmelray. With a variety of lots to choose from, sizes range from 650 square meters and all the way to a generous 1,019 square meters.
At Rockwell South at Carmelray, you and your family can enjoy an abundance of space amid a lush, green setting. While the 1.9-hectare Central Amenity provides plenty of opportunities to relax at one of several recreational parks, fitness centers, as well as a retail row.
A year spent at home can have any family eager to go on a trip. But what about planning a weekend filled with activities to do at home instead? Since the quarantine was first implemented in 2020, we have all been forced to stay indoors in compliance with social distancing measures. Family trips and vacations are now hard to come by these days, especially when we want to keep our loved ones safe and healthy.
That said, there is no reason you can’t turn your weekend at home into a vacation of sorts for the family. As they say, “It’s not about the destination; it’s about the journey.” Your home and neighborhood can be a source of joy and excitement for the little ones. All you have to do is help them find wonder in the familiar–by creating a list of fun things to do with the family. Transform a regular weekend into a vacation to remember with these family activities at home.
Ride your bikes around the neighborhood
One activity you can do together as a family is bike around the neighborhood. Your kids will thank you for taking them out of the house, and it gives you all a chance to stretch your legs. Riding your bikes also allows you to get some fresh air while keeping in with social distancing rules.
Want to make your bike ride even more memorable? Plan a treasure hunt, and let your children hunt for clues on their bicycles. Hide these hints behind trees or bushes, as well as in spots that are not too crowded. If you have enough family members, you can even group them in pairs or in teams!
Rockwell South at Carmelray offers a secure and exclusive neighborhood that allows you and your family to explore the outdoors at ease. Aside from wide lawns and pavements, there is also a dedicated Bike Park where your children can make memories and stay active within the comforts of a vibrant community.
Parent’s choice, kids’ choice
Plan for an even more successful weekend vacation by letting your children have a say in your activities. For example, this works when you’re planning events such as family board game night where parents and children take turns in choosing which games to play. You can even challenge them to a rock-paper-scissors game or spin the bottle in order to decide who gets to choose first. Giving them a more active role in planning these family activities makes them feel more valued and allows them to become more invested in the idea.
This also works even for movie night or an arts and crafts afternoon. Here’s an idea for a major weekend project: Work on a family mural together where parents and kids take turns in choosing the colors to paint parts of. See how their imaginations run wild and get to know them on an even deeper level.
Does your family love the outdoors? Channel this into a fun and safe family activity: camping in the backyard. Allow your children to take a more active role by letting them help set up the tent and bring their favorite pillows and blankets.
Take camping night to the next level by setting up a bonfire, so you and your kids can roast marshmallows and make s’mores. You can even sing campfire songs while gathered around, or share stories. This allows the family to experience the home in a new way and lets them feel they’re on a family trip in the woods instead of the garden.
Celebrate the weekend with a feast
If you can’t take the kids to their favorite restaurant, bring the restaurant to them by ending your weekend with a sumptuous feast filled with their most loved dishes at home. Or, take it a step further by cooking within a theme that highlights a foreign cuisine: Take them to Italy with hand-tossed pizza, pasta, and tiramisu; You can also experience Mexico together with tacos and some churros!
This family activity could also be a chance to teach them some valuable family recipes. Request their help in whipping up a family dish, or in baking goodies for dessert.
While a real family trip away from home may not be in the works for now, create wonderful family memories together by taking in the effort to plan family activities that allow you to spend precious moments at home.
Making family moments and providing your loved ones the life they deserve is possible in a community that allows you to live life in balance. Rockwell South at Carmelray brings the signature Rockwell lifestyle to a wide, nature-filled development in Canlubang, Laguna. An hour’s drive from Manila, you and your family can enjoy the elegant pleasures of suburban living while staying close to the city.
Featuring a master-planned estate within hectares of nature, Rockwell South at Carmelray offers distinct amenities such as recreational parks that allow you to live your family life to the fullest. Bask in open relaxation with three hectares of leisure space. Get fit and nourish your mind and body at the Fitness Park, with 2,800 square meters of expanse for your fitness routines, while the Wellness Park has its own meditation garden and paved paths within 900 square meters.
Create priceless memories with your family at the Treehouse Park with a cabin up in the trees looking over 1,700 square meters of greenery, while you can enjoy a weekend grill with your loved ones at the 2,900-square meter Barbecue Park with its own outdoor grill, treehouse, and lounge.
Your children can spread their wings and wander to their hearts’ content with a 1,400-square meter Play Park and a 4,100-square meter Bike Park, with its own outdoor trail. And even your own furry family members have their own place in the community, with a 700-square meter Dog Park where they can play and socialize with other dogs in the neighborhood.
Find your home in the south, and let your family experience the boundless charms of southern living with Rockwell South at Carmelray. Send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit rockwellsouthatcarmelray.com to learn more.
By Ching Dee
Planning on moving to the south of Metro Manila? Here are more reasons to finally push through with your plans
Living in Metro Manila can be a uniquely amazing experience, especially if you love its fast-paced lifestyle. With tons of dining choices and convenient locations near most working districts, it’s the ideal space for young professionals.
But let’s face it, big-city living is not for everyone. While there are lots of things to love about being in the metro, we’re sure at some point you’ve considered moving to the countryside for a quieter, more peaceful existence.
If this sounds familiar, find comfort in the fact that you are not alone. Tons of city-dwellers have made the move to the outskirts of Metro Manila where everything is still accessible (if you need to go back into the city), but when you drive back home it’s every bit as serene as you hoped.
Laguna has always been one of the favorites for weary citizens longing for a nearby escape from the metro’s unending busy-ness. If you’ve ever experienced how much good a weekend getaway to this province of promise can do, just imagine what a lifetime in it could do to you and your wellness.
We’ve listed down four more reasons to finally say yes to those dreams of moving to the south and planting your roots in Laguna.
More space to Build your dreams
Laguna is a breath of fresh air from Manila despite being just a short drive away. There’s simply just more space for you to breathe, live, and thrive in this part of the country without losing quick access to Metro Manila.
Rockwell Land’s first premium horizontal development, Rockwell South at Carmelray, gives residents the freedom and space to build their dream home and their families as well. The developers will allow homeowners to build a home that fits their needs and lifestyle, whether it’s for a newlywed couple, a starting family, or a clan that loves hosting large outdoor gatherings.
And we’re not just talking about the physical possibilities of building a home here. It also gives residents the space to build the family they’ve always wanted in the comfort, convenience, and safety of a well-planned community.
Closer to nature
Living in the south means being a short distance away from wonders of nature like the captivating beaches of Batangas and Cavite, the mountains of Los Baños, and of course the history-laden communities of Nagcarlan, Paete, Pagsanjan, and Calamba itself. It’s also just a quick drive to organic farms located in Tagaytay, Santa Rosa, and Cavite, to make sure you and your family stay fit and healthy while supporting our local farmers.
Rockwell South at Carmelray is also situated in Canlubang within the “Spring Resort Capital of the Philippines”—Calamba. It’s a community that still exudes the charm of a quiet countryside town with conveniences of modern living.
Out of the six hectares occupied by the property, almost a third of it is dedicated to outdoor space. Residents and their guests can enjoy 1.9 hectares of space for sports, fitness, wellness, and relaxation.
Accessible yet peaceful
Rockwell South at Carmelray has exits leading to the South Luzon Expressway, the southerner’s gateway to Metro Manila. This main thoroughfare will give residents easy access to their offices in central business districts of Alabang, Makati, Ortigas, and even Quezon City. With Skyway, travel time could even be cut by almost half.
The property is also accessible from major hospitals, specialized clinics, churches, and even schools within Calamba. It is also home to reputable institutions and is only about 30 minutes away from the University of the Philippines in the “Special Science and Nature City” of Los Baños.
For leisure, residents don’t need to go too far to enjoy themselves at shopping malls with hundreds of retail spaces, country clubs, golf parks, and even outdoor recreational parks. In fact, just a few minutes driving from Alabang and you’ll be transported back home to your exclusive oasis.
After decades of providing access to luxury, Rockwell Land has balanced maximum comfort and efficiency.
In its first gated community development, it gives the residents of Rockwell South at Carmelray almost two hectares of open land sprawling with amenities for the young and old to enjoy.
The Clubhouse is an ideal location for gatherings once time permits. Located at the property’s Central Amenity area, one will also find a gym, swimming pools, and multi-purpose courts at one’s disposal.
If you’re looking to spend more time outdoors, the Treehouse Park is the perfect place to bond with family, friends, and even your furry companions.
The Fitness Park is every fitness buff’s dream. A grand gazebo is available for various fitness sessions, like Zumba, Pilates, or even Aerobics. While a smaller Wellness Park with a yoga nook is just nearby if you’d like to take some time for outdoor relaxation while basking in the sun.
For the kids and the young at heart, the Play Park is filled with activities that will stimulate their minds and muscles. The property is so massive that it even has a Bike Park with an outdoor trail, a grilling area with al fresco dining and a tree house, and paved trails for ease. Pets are also warmly welcomed at the property; they even have their own Dog Park where they can play and socialize with other pets and residents.
Each member of the family—from grandparents to their great grandchildren to their pets—can revel in the moment at Rockwell South at Carmelray. Those looking for a new place to set roots in need not look far with this home in Laguna made just for that.
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For urban dwellers, the prospect of settling down in the South promises a distinct lifestyle from the fast pace of city life. In recent years, Laguna has become an increasingly popular choice. While it is noted for its historical, cultural, and geographical landmarks, the area continues to see a surge in economic activity, thanks to increasing infrastructure, residential, and commercial developments. For these reasons, investing in Laguna real estate has become a viable option to many. Moreover, the promise of wide open green spaces and a more leisurely pace of living makes Laguna even more attractive.
Check out these real estate investment tips to get you started in finding the right laguna property for you.
Your real estate investment goals
Investing fulfills several goals. Perhaps you are an end-user looking for a lot on which to build a home for a growing family. On the other hand, maybe you are looking to build and then later sell or rent out your property? If it is the former, you will be more personally invested in the features of a development and its environs. Laguna offers greater solitude, fresh air, and open spaces. From a lessor’s perspective, these same features will also be attractive for prospective lessees. That means greater chances of renting out your property.
Practical considerations such as the lot size will also inform your decision. Are you a newlywed couple about to start a family? Does your household include both children and seniors? Or are you well into your retirement years with adult children who have since left home to start their own families? Finally, what is your investment budget for the lot of your choice?
Whether you intend to use a property or rent it out, investing in real estate is a smart move. It contributes to a more diversified personal asset portfolio. Moreover, you can also expect your purchase to rise in value over time. In fact, real estate investments can even outperform stocks and bonds during a recession.
On the subject of portfolio diversification and value appreciation, purchasing a Laguna property is a smart option to properties located in the city. Increased infrastructure such as the Cavite–Laguna Expressway (CALAX) as well as the proposed Calamba–Los Baños Expressway increases accessibility, which in turn, will encourage socio-economic activity.
Of course, Laguna’s proximity to Metro Manila remains a strong selling point. The area is currently home to various business centers, as well as a PEZA zone in Biñan. Couple Laguna’s bustling economic activity with the well-appointed features of a community such as Rockwell South at Carmelray, then you have an attractive investment prospect in your hands.
Rockwell South at Carmelray is Rockwell’s first high-end residential community in the South. It sets itself apart by integrating elements of nature through tree-lined roads, walkways, pocket parks, and trails across 60 hectares of lush land.
The value of location cannot be emphasized enough. Location not only affects the value appreciation of a property, but also its convenience for residents. Consider the development’s access to major thoroughfares–and its distance from these. Secondly, look into the schools, business districts, commercial centers, places of worship, and hospitals within reach.
If you are a family relocating from the city center, proximity to these locales means you have everything you need at your disposal. That translates to more options for schools your children can attend, places of work to consider, healthcare facilities that address your medical needs, and leisure destinations to visit.
The location of Rockwell South at Carmelray, for instance, ticks all these boxes. Nearby schools include Xavier School, Dela Salle University, and the Ateneo Graduate School. Lifestyle destinations include the Canlubang Golf and Country Club and Nuvali. Medical City and the Qualimed Hospital are also both within reach. Moreover, it is conveniently located near five exits to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).
A smart investment also requires due diligence. It pays to know the track record of the developer you choose to purchase a property with. Research the developer’s past projects. What features of these communities stand out to you? Do you like the way residential, business, and the commercial areas are laid out within the community? Do the amenities meet your needs? Are there sufficient spaces for living, playing, and working?
Ask about unit features and deliverables. Are the unit finishings and inclusions of impressive quality? Is there generous floor space and ample ceiling height regardless of the unit type?
Discuss the safety and security features with the sales representative. How is the community’s level of exclusivity and privacy–and does it meet or exceed your expectations? If you decide to purchase a property, what level of service can you expect? Does the developer provide comprehensive property management services from your initial inquiry all the way to after-sales management?
Choosing a reputable developer of premiere properties like Rockwell Land means you can expect the same superior quality and signature lifestyle that Rockwell communities are noted for – from the thoughtfully designed units all the way to the distinct living experience.
Make your Laguna investment worth it
Any real estate purchase requires careful planning and research. Investing your money in property is as important as investing time and effort in examining the features that will make your purchase worth it.
With a development like Rockwell South at Carmelray, you can be assured that your Laguna investment will be a smart and well-thought out one. Firstly, you have the flexibility of finding a lot size to suit your needs, starting at 300 sqm and going all the way up to 1,019 sqm. Secondly, an abundance of amenity zones and recreational parks ensures that you are able to fully enjoy the refreshing Southern lifestyle–a major draw of Laguna living.
Finally, the decision to invest at Rockwell South at Carmelray is supported by Rockwell Land’s proven track record as one of the country’s foremost developers.
Now is the best time to build a home in Laguna, and further expand your investment portfolio with prime real estate in the South. For more details on Rockwell South at Carmelray, download our e-brochure.
The home greatly affects the quality of life, as peaceful surroundings can make for a stable sense of wellness. For instance, while living in the metro does have its perks, there are a few trade-offs. Depending on where you live, it might take a relatively long amount of time to get from one place to another. This, among a few others, might cause a reasonable amount of stress if you don’t choose a property that alleviates these concerns.
Veer away from these challenges by choosing a home that addresses them. With Laguna as an emerging district in the south, real estate in Laguna provides promising opportunities With the south’s ongoing development, real estate in Laguna has a promising future. You’ve probably already considered moving there, but perhaps scrolling through pages of real estate listings or going through ocular visits of lots for sale in Laguna can seem intimidating. If you’re not exactly sure where to start, here are four key factors to consider when looking for the right location.
Where we reside and the location of our homes is a crucial factor in helping us manage our time. Living in the city can be particularly challenging if you don’t live in properties that provide easy access to your workplace or other places of interest. This is why there is currently an active effort to develop residential land for sale in Laguna, an area that is rapidly evolving especially with the ongoing construction of the Cavite–Laguna Expressway. Sites like Rockwell South at Carmelray in Canlubang offer a prime location that gives residents peaceful solace while providing convenient proximity to places they need to be.
Wellness and Lifestyle
In this day and age, work-life balance is not just a want – it’s a necessity. In choosing residential real estate, one should consider if it contributes to their overall well-being. The ideal place should be able to keep homeowners calm after a long day of work, so that they have ample time and space to take care of their mind and spend time with their family. Rockwell South at Carmelray offers exactly that with a variety of 7 recreational parks integrated around the property. Residents can enjoy the Treehouse Park the size of 4 basketball courts, a Fitness Park for wellness enthusiasts, and a Play Park fit for all ages. The property has something to offer for every member of the family, as well as their guests.
Above all things, safety is of utmost importance when it comes to residential real estate. A home must give residents a sense of assurance that their family is safe, and that they have nothing to worry about as they fall asleep at night. Rockwell South at Carmelray will have 24/7 security, and an attentive and responsive security team.With the measures they take, residents can freely roam around the village or stay indoors, worry-free.
The value of real estate in Laguna goes beyond the quality of life that it can offer – it also entails the appreciation of its selling price. As Laguna consistently develops, the resale value of lots in Rockwell South at Carmelray will undoubtedly increase as years go by. With budding businesses, rising commercial areas, and schools being built around, it’s quite clear that this area has a promising future. If one is to consider the potential return, these residential lots are definitely a sound choice.
With all these factors in mind, Rockwell South at Carmelray is a great place to acquire residential real estate. Aside from its close proximity to new commercial areas and schools, several business districts are conveniently accessible so there’s no need to worry about the travel time. Being Rockwell’s first high-end horizontal community in the south, it gives homeowners the freedom to choose what they want their home to be, giving them a unique opportunity to make it their own. Most of all, it gives a refreshing break from the busy city life that everyone knows too well.
An exciting future awaits at Rockwell South at Carmelray. Learn more about this new development at https://www.rockwellsouthatcarmelray.com/
What will our living spaces look like in the future?
Over the past year, there’s been a great change in the way we consider our living arrangements. The pandemic, they say, has changed everything—but among the greatest and most palpable changes are those that we feel in our own homes, which have become makeshift offices and schools. This upheaval of the Filipino home, along with the decades-long shifts in our tastes and sensibilities, is defining the home of the future.
Here are a few trends that may come to define your place of living in the coming years.
Minimalism will prevail
Recent years have seen the rise of minimalism as a philosophy and as a way of life. Proponents like Marie Kondo and “The Minimalists” Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus have made it clear to all that accumulating stuff can be bad for you, and that in life, less often is, in fact, more. This naturally extends to the design of our living spaces. Today, the concept of a minimalist home has already gained popularity—people no longer want ostentatious facades and eccentric fixtures. Expect homes of the future to be increasingly pared down to bare essential features—blank spaces in which homeowners may live minimalist lives.
Homes will accommodate nature
The quarantine era has had many defining trends, but few have endured quite like gardening has. This may suggest that the “plantita” trend isn’t a trend at all—it’s a broader shift in the way we think about plants in our homes. We’ve come to value green homes, not just for the hobbyism of caring for plants, but for their more practical benefits, like fresh air. In the future, it will become ever more important to have a home close to nature, where we can grow our own plants or simply live in the presence of plants and trees in our immediate environment.
Space will be managed more strategically
Before the pandemic, many were content to live in small homes. If your lifestyle was such that you were more often out and about, it mattered less that you lived in a cramped condominium. But now that we’ve had to stay in, we’re relearning the importance of space. We’re realizing that our homes must have strategically designed spaces for every aspect of life: work, play, and family. This is why we can expect homes of the future to trend away from the shoebox apartment revolution of decades ago.
The importance of accessible “third spaces” will dictate design
At the height of lockdown, recreational spaces were all but totally inaccessible. This has spurred on a greater appreciation for these public access spaces—biking areas, playgrounds, parks, and courts—where members of a community can gather, not just for recreation, but for civic and social interaction.
Suburban life will lure people out of the city
All of these trends point to one in particular: the pull of suburban life. Now that we’ve all had to adopt work-from-home arrangements, more and more employers are coming to terms with the long-term viability of remote work. As such, living near the office carries much less importance. This allows people to seek other priorities in their homes—priorities like nature and space, which the suburbs typically offer.
Take, for example, Rockwell Land’s first premium horizontal development. Rockwell South at Carmelray is an exclusive community that bears many qualities of the home of the future, situated in suburban Canlubang, Laguna. It’s poised to provide its residents with a lush haven in which to rediscover life amid nature.
Rockwell South at Carmelray is surrounded by essential establishments such as schools, hospitals, retail establishments, retail and lifestyle hubs, as well as rising business districts. It’s also accessible via the Cavite-Laguna Expressway—which makes road trips or family visits a breeze.
With a community that spans 63 hectares, you can have all the space you need and more while reveling in state-of-the-art architecture within nature. From wide roads and walkways shaded by trees to a refreshing waterway, pocket parks, and an expansive amenity complex—there will be plenty of outdoor activities that every family member can enjoy, too.
Lastly, with more security measures in place such as RFID system entry and CCTVs, there will be less to worry about.
Such coveted features are quite likely among those of the Filipino home in the future. And it’s neither too early nor late to start building yours at Rockwell South at Carmelray today.
We all know being near nature is good for us—and it might even help our kids grow up better, too
By : ANDREI YUVALLOS
For a good number of people these days, living in a residential village with individual houses and lots have become a rarity. To save on commuting time and cost, a lot of families have chosen to live in the city rather than the suburbs or nearby provinces. While city living definitely has its advantages, there are still many benefits that can be derived from living in wide open, nature-filled spaces—for you and your kids.
The perks of nature-filled living
Being close to nature is good for everyone, but living in nature is even better. Aside from helping lower stress levels and boosting your mood, constant exposure to nature can also positively affect your physical health.
In a study conducted by the University of Michigan, test subjects were given a 35-minute numerical memory test. After the test, the researchers divided the subjects in two groups: a group that walked in a tree-filled area and the other in a busy street. Researchers discovered that a walk in an area surrounded by trees improved the memory of test subjects by almost 20 percent. The study concluded that being exposed to nature can help improve memory—which can also help other cognitive abilities.
Researchers have also found that the great outdoors can help reduce high blood pressure and even diabetes. Type II diabetes, heart disease, cholesterol and preterm birth can also be positively affected by exposure to green spaces.
Nature can nurture
There are a lot of factors to consider when raising kids. As much as education, nutrition and personal formation can help a child grow up well, the environment a child grows in is equally important in ensuring a holistic upbringing.
In the 2009 study “Childhood Development and Access to Nature,” results show that “access and exposure to, and play in, nature can have profound positive effects on children’s emotional, physical and psychological development and well-being.”
Having room to grow and discover new things is an essential part of early childhood development. Sensory skills and motor function are two important developmental functions that a child needs to hone at an early age. Wide open spaces aren’t always readily available in metropolitan areas and your child touching things like escalator rails or elevator buttons aren’t the safest way to explore their sense of touch.
What children need are grassy areas with trees so they can explore the natural world firsthand.
These days, children are more accustomed to spending time with technology rather than the outdoors, but exposure to nature can also help improve how they interact with others and, potentially, society as a whole.
Prosocial behavior is when people act to benefit others rather than themselves. Examples of prosocial behavior are generosity, teamwork and caring about others. Researchers have discovered that green spaces, like parks and playgrounds, can have a positive effect on developing prosocial behavior in children.
While setting a good example is the first step toward raising future upstanding members of society, doing it in an environment surrounded by trees and fresh air won’t hurt.
A space to grow and thrive
Figuring out where to settle down for a breath of fresh air is a challenge. As convenient as it is to live in the city, vast green spaces are a rarity in Metro Manila. Having long been associated with creating the quality homes in the city, Rockwell Land now expands its repertoire of properties to Laguna, Batangas, Cebu, and Bacolod to help people find a patch of green space they can call their own for nature-filled lifestyles beyond Metro Manila.
Located south of Metro Manila is Rockwell Land’s largest premium gated community, Rockwell South at Carmelray in Calamba, Laguna. With generous-sized lot cuts and seven recreational parks across the estate, there is certainly room for the family to grow. Terreno South in Lipa, Batangas, on the other hand, creates a cool environment ensconced in greenery, with a one-to-one ratio between trees and houses, and thousands of mature trees preserved on its grounds.
In Visayas, one will find The Villas at Aruga Resort and Residences – Mactan along the shores of Cebu. Each villa has its own pool deck, and is just a few steps away from the estate’s exclusive 270 meter beachfront, making it an ideal vacation home. Rockwell’s property in Bacolod will also soon have horizontal spaces, which is something new to look forward to.
Not all green spaces are the same, which is why Rockwell Land has developed different communities for families to call home. For families who prefer cool, forest living or a warmer home by the beach, Rockwell Land’s developments can help create the ideal spaces for families to grow—right alongside nature.
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