Savannah: A showcase of a visionary’s dreams
June 24, 2012 § Leave a comment
March 6, 2012
By: Francis Allan L. Angelo
SENATOR Manuel “Manny” B. Villar does not stop dreaming of the best things for his home province.
With his renewed energy as a businessman at the helm of top land developer Vista Land, Sen. Manny envisions what could be his most ambitious project in the country – to build a new city in Iloilo.
In a laidback talk with the Iloilo media, Villar said he plans to expand the 500-hectare Savannah project which spans three barangays in Oton, Pavia and San Miguel.
“I’m investing heavily now in Iloilo. I really feel that we should all help Iloilo become once again the Queen City of the South. Kasi parang naiiwan sya e, and only Ilonggos can help Iloilo so we can catch up,” he said.
Savannah is a major project of Camella Homes under the Vista Land group. Villar said he plans to expand and make Savannah the gem of his projects in Visayas.
“We have 500 hectares here so far, but eventually it will expand to 600 hectares. This will be the biggest in the whole of Visayas. We have 2,000 homes here, more or less and around 1,700 are already residing here. It’s growing fast and we will put up 200 homes more,” he said.
Aside from the residential area of Savannah, Villar is also keen on putting up a commercial complex to complete his dream of “a city within a city.”
“This would be the biggest commercial area to complement the school and football field we put up. We will also put up a church soon. Maybe this year we can break ground for the church and the commercial area. We want to make this project a full development as we have been here in the last 11 years so we decided last year to make this project a new city. It would be better planned,” he added.
Villar said his grand design for Savannah would be “different and similar to Iloilo.”
“Similar in other ways, but different in some ways because the problems in the city would be addressed here. As you can see, we are more attuned to the environment with the green areas we preserve. More trees and open spaces.”
The centerpiece of Savannah’s commercial area would be the Camella mall which is envisioned to “bring shopping nearer to the homes.” It will also play host to business processes outsourcing firms to bring employment closer to the community.
Aside from going back to their home province, Villar said he is very bullish on Iloilo because of the Ilonggos prudent ways when it comes to money and investments.
“I have big dreams for Iloilo. Ilonggos are very prudent when it comes to their investments. I was proven right by the success of our Savannah project and other developers as well. Ilonggos are more diligent and industrious, thus they are very careful with their investments,” Villar said.
But the founder of Vista Land does not only look after their company’s bottom line. The major developments slated in the coming years are also aimed at spurring all types of industries.
“Suppliers and construction firms make business from projects. The maintenance teams and construction workers find employment. Even the transportation sector and the small carinderias (eateries) outside the subdivision benefit from our project,” Villar added.
As a full-blooded Ilonggo, Villar pledged to redefine Iloilo’s landscape through his Camella projects.