Prime commercial lot in Dipaculao, Aurora (very near the town's center & marketplace), 388 sqm, perfect for agricultural supply store, bed & breakfast (Dipaculao is just about 25-35 minutes away to Baler and about 15 mins. away to Ampere Beach), dormitory/transient house, rural bank, etc.

Prime lands in Aurora Philippines: WANTED earth-nurturing entrepreneurs

I am entrusted by my Mom to handle the sale of her assets (about 22.28 hectares in 4 locations in Aurora province). Let’s show her some love, shall we?
Property No. 1: DIPACULAO (Commercial lot, Poblacion proper)
Prime commercial lot in Dipaculao, Aurora (very near the town's center & marketplace), 388 sqm, perfect for agricultural supply store, bed & breakfast (Dipaculao is just about 25-35 minutes away to Baler and about 15 mins. away to Ampere Beach), dormitory/transient house, rural bank, etc.

Prime commercial lot in Dipaculao, Aurora (very near the town’s center & marketplace), 388 sqm, perfect for agricultural supply store, bed & breakfast (Dipaculao is just about 25-35 minutes away from Baler and about 15 mins. away from Ampere Beach), dormitory/transient house, rural bank, etc. [Image by M. Velas-Suarin]

A property (at 388 sqm) is a commercial lot in the vicinity of the marketplace and town center of Dipaculao. Of course, many of you know that Aurora is fast becoming a favorite tourist destination especially because of its pristine environmental features and great surf.  Dipaculao is just about 25-35 minutes away from Baler and the lot is about 15 minutes away from Ampere Beach. A beautiful image of Ampere Beach is here (courtesy of Mr. Jap Salem).
This lot is perfect for agricultural supply store, bed & breakfast, dormitory/transient house, rural bank, and other enterprise. The lot is also just beside the corner lot. There used to be a building/house there but Mom had it demolished and so only the floors and some walls remain. This will likely save the buyer some funds as the foundation is still intact (but do consult an engineer for structural due diligence).
Property No. 2: DEBUCAO, Maria Aurora (Agricultural land)
This is among my favorite spots in the whole world! This land borders the clean Diaman River (don't worry, the land is elevated) and perfect for a combined production hub (e.g., timber/bamboo/citrus)  + wellness resort. [Image by M. Velas-Suarin]

This is among my favorite spots in the whole world! This land borders the clean Diaman River (don’t worry, the land is elevated) and perfect for a combined production hub (e.g., timber/bamboo/citrus) + wellness resort. [Image by M. Velas-Suarin]

This is among the larger lands, which are perfect for agribusiness/production (e.g., timber, citrus, bamboo, etc.). This prime lot measures 9.7 hectares, is in Brgy. Debucao, Maria Aurora, and borders a clean and beautiful river, making it perfect also for a wellness resort.
It is a bit difficult (almost heart-wrenching)  to sell this property because this is closest to my heart, among all of Mom’s properties. I have fondest memories from my childhood in this farm. Mom actually gave half of this land to me already (paper works had began but I did not complete them intentionally) so I am sort of “declining” the gift because I want her to sell all of it instead so she can enjoy her twilight years more, travel the world, be as carefree as possible, and experience all comforts that she gave up as she taught in public schools in Aurora.
While this borders Diaman River, the land is elevated. Historically, we have not experienced any flooding here. However, with climate change, I will advise the buyer to build a riprap along a portion of the land not really for flood protection but more to prevent erosion of this part of the land because it is “hugged” by one of the minor streams/channels of the river. Currently, this portion is used by little kids as a “jumping /diving spot” toward the stream–especially during the rainy season when the stream is a bit deeper–so we want them to continue enjoying this spot by ensuring the structure is maintained for future generation of children. So you can imagine how nice it is, below is a picture:
A portion of the land is "hugged" by one of the minor streams/channels of Diaman River so kids normally use this spot as "jumping point" toward the stream (especially during the rainy season). By putting a riprap here, we can ensure that kids (and future tourists/guests who in the wellness resort, which can be constructed here)? can continue to enjoy this cozy spot. [Image by M. Velas-Suarin]

A portion of the land is “hugged” by one of the minor streams/channels of Diaman River so kids normally use this spot as “jumping point” toward the stream (especially during the rainy season). By putting a riprap here, we can ensure that kids (and future tourists/guests of the wellness resort, which can be built here?) can continue to enjoy this cozy spot. [Image by M. Velas-Suarin]

In my “About” page, I have shown how clean the river is. That was taken about 9 years ago. I am happy to let you know that the river is still clean and pristine. Below is a snapshot taken through a camera phone only last March 3 (2018):
The pristine waters of Diaman River, which borders the Debucao Farm. The river could be among the attractions for the farm (and a possible wellness resort in the future). [Image by M. Velas-Suarin]

The pristine waters of Diaman River, which borders the Debucao Farm. The river could be among the attractions for the farm (and a possible wellness resort in the future). [Image by M. Velas-Suarin]

Isn’t that another reason to buy the property? :-) By the way, Debucao is where the famous MilleniumTree is found. It is said to be 600 years old and the biggest Balete Tree in Asia. (The Millenium Tree is roughly 10 minutes away from the farm.) Some facts about it are shared here. Meanwhile, some more images and info on Aurora are found here.
Property No. 3: DIARABASIN, Dipaculao (Agricultural land)
This is also a prime land with a lot of potential--particularly for combined agriculture and timber production. Diarabasin   has a coastal line also so this farm could also host a bed & breakfast-type of business especially that it is just about a 15 to 20-minute drive from the beach. [Image by M Velas-Suarin]

This is also a prime land with a lot of potential–particularly for combined agriculture and timber production. Diarabasin has a coastal line also so this farm could also host a bed & breakfast-type of business especially that it is just about a 15 to 20-minute drive from the beach. [Image by M Velas-Suarin]

This is the largest among all of the properties so it is advisable for an agribusiness and production hub (e.g., combined timber/bamboo production and organic farm). Since it is also near the Diarabasin Beach (about 15 minutes by car), the buyer can also host a bed & breakfast (B&B) in this land. The road network in Aurora has improved over the years so travel to Diarabasin from Baler is also a breeze. Travel these days would take less than an hour (compared with about 1.5 to 2 hours back when I was still in college!). So you can appreciate the location of Dipaculao, here is a map of the municipality:
Map showing Dipaculao in Aurora Province, Philippines. [Image courtesy of Wikepedia]

Map showing Dipaculao in Aurora Province, Philippines. [Image courtesy of Wikepedia]

Diarabasin is a also perfect stopover if one plans to venture toward the northernmost past of Aurora (e.g., Casiguran). Therefore, a B&B is a potential addition to a production hub. As many of you may already know, Casiguran will host the planned Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport. It had been haunted by controversies in recent years but a latest study by NEDA sees its potential as agro-aqua and ecotourism zone. More details are found here. Casiguran is less than two hours away from Diarabasin (back in college, it was about 5-7 hours away, depending on the season!).
Property No. 4: DIARABASIN, Dipaculao (House & Lot)
Bungalow-type house on a 500-sqm lot, very near Diarabasin Elementary School.  This is where I spent my childhood summer breaks! [Image by M Velas-Suarin]

Bungalow-type house on a 500-sqm lot, very near Diarabasin Elementary School. This is where I spent my childhood summer breaks! [Image by M Velas-Suarin]

This is a special house for my Mom because this is where she stayed as she taught in Diarabasin Elementary School, which is where she built her career, eventually becoming its Principal. This is also where we spent many of our childhood summer breaks. Back then, this house is considered by many as “the best” in the small community in terms of design.
It now looks old (as it has been abandoned when Mom was promoted to another school and then eventually retired) but a makeover and some fixing–especially on the roof–will make this very cozy again. It has two bedrooms, one of them in semi-basement.  I do not have the floor plan at the moment but the liveable areas in the bungalow could be somewhere between 65 to 75 sqm. It has two “outer houses”–one serving as the toilet-storage and the other is currently being rented out to a family.  (This could be used as a store, too.)
These four properties could be bought as one package and this is actually the most ideal–so that the buyer can already have a house (in Diarabasin), a store/office (the one in Dipaculao), and finally, production hubs (the two larger lands). It is like a deal “made in heaven”. The lands may also be purchased individually.
We hope and pray for (new) caring owners and investors who would have the heart to nurture the lands cognizant of sustainability principles.  There is a chance that we would be able to sell the commercial lot faster than the others so the earlier we can find a serious buyer (who will buy all the lands), the better it will be! It also lessens paper works because we only deal with 1 buyer/entity.
Aurora is a special province. I would rather that it remains as a “best-kept secret” because the surge of tourists and commercialism may  spoil (hopefully not!) the natural charms and magic of the place. Therefore, I constantly pray that new breed of entrepreneurs who will always find the perfect balance between ecological integrity and profits will be the ones who will inherit the land.
And so, I enjoin you to help me protect this paradise (which some people call as Sanctuary of Nature’s Splendour) by building bridges between these nature-loving entrepreneurs and Aurora!
If you know anyone who might be interested, please let me know through:
Email – daughter.of.aurora@gmail.com
Mobile – 0947 408 6731 (Smart)
I hope and pray that the sale will be sealed soon–while my Mom is still strong enough to enjoy the proceeds and travel the world, with God’s graces.
THANK YOU so much, friends, brothers, and sisters! Let’s celebrate our homes, our mothers, and our Earth-nurturer. Most of all, let us celebrate our LIVES, the gift that only God can give.
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Suffer in traffic or... simply bike or carpool? The choice is yours to make! [Image by JR Suarin]

Thanks, Pasig City for the protected bike lane in Julia Vargas!

This is my first post for 2018 so I want this to be about something that is close to one of my advocacies. :)

As many people close to me know, I promote biking as an alternative mode of transportation for urban areas like Metro Manila and that is why my graduate thesis is about it, particularly about sky (elevated) bike lanes. We are not yet “there” in terms of creating a truly world-class city for both drivers and bikers/walkers but every vision starts with small steps, right?

Therefore, it brought so much joys when I discovered that the previously unprotected/non-segregated bike lane in Julia Vargas Avenue in Pasig City is now protected (well, at least the CBD-bound side)!

Finally, protected bike lane at Julia Vargas in Pasig City [Image by JR Suarin]

Finally, protected bike lane at Julia Vargas in Pasig City [Image by JR Suarin]

While the barricades are not really permanent, this is already a good step, which will hopefully encourage more people to bike especially that Ortigas CBD’s traffic is getting worse each day. (Photos above and below were taken at around 5:30 pm so the traffic was heavier on the other side of the road, with more people driving out of the CBD.)

Let us contribute to the re-creation of our cities into more liveable ones--let's bike or walk to work/school! [Image by JR Suarin]

Let us contribute to the re-creation of our cities into more liveable ones–let’s bike or walk to work/school! [Image by JR Suarin]

The results of an online survey that I had done for my thesis showed that, indeed, many people are particularly concerned about their safety on the road when it comes to biking. (I will blog about the results of my study in one of my future posts.) Therefore, the creation of protected/segregated bike lanes addresses this safety issue.

One thing that the Pasig City government should address though is the perennial congestion in Julia Vargas. I reside in the area so I am very familiar with the horrendous traffic there almost everyday so that we usually simply walk  or take Ortigas Avenue instead if we need to go to the CBD. The provision of the barricades will really be good for bikers but may already be causing some frustration (or exasperation?) to many motorists especially that we also noticed that one lane is now or will be soon devoted to car-pooling (i.e., exclusive for vehicles with 4 or more passengers).

While the car-pooling policy has good intents and must be applauded, the LGU should revisit it because Julia Vargas is a narrow road to begin with. Previously, it was three-laned on each side but with the new policy, it becomes a two-lane road on each side (excluding the bike lane). Here is an image, which I lifted from Autodeal.com.ph.

Illustration for the new carpool policy along Julia Vargas Avenue in Pasig City  [Image by Rio Hondo; with thanks to Autodeal.com.ph also for the article.]

Illustration for the new carpool policy along Julia Vargas Avenue in Pasig City [Image by Rio Hondo; with thanks to Autodeal.com.ph also for the article.]

As you can imagine, a previously three-lane road now reduced to a two-lane one (with restrictions on the 2nd lane) will likely aggravate or is already aggravating the traffic situation in the area. (The non-apprehension phase of the policy began on 28 February.) There are also compounding issues since the policy will affect those who needed to turn right or left and are in the ‘wrong’ lane because of their occupancy. (Pasig City may want to “listen” to public sentiments through online forums such as those in Tsikot.com so as to come to the best proposition for the sake of public good.)

Nevertheless, one good thing with this policy is that it encourages people to really re-evaluate their decisions to bring their cars (especially if the trip is not very far) and if bringing a car is indeed essential, find alternative routes.

As to the bike lanes, my next question is on why the bike lane on other side of Julia Vargas is not protected/segregated. If safety-conscious bikers will now use their bikes to work to Ortigas CBD, then, how can they bike back to their homes (or cars that are parked somewhere) when the other bike lane still feels unsafe?

Speaking of drivers/motivators, a good business model that can be driven by this bike lane policy is the emergence of parking areas in the outer-vicinity of CBDs. For example, the city government together with the private sector can build parking areas–to be rented at affordable fees–near or in the Tiendesitas side so that drivers from outside Pasig City (and those who cannot really leave their cars at home) can simply park their cars there and then bike to work into the CBD.

However, such willingness to bike to work or at least park their cars somewhere outside the CBDs and continue the journey through biking will be encouraged if both policy and structural dimensions are resolved. Therefore, I continue to look forward to more action and innovation from our government (both local and national) and private sector so that, together, we can rebuild our cities into more liveable and healthier ones!

While we and our authorities continue to find ways toward this end, should not we enjoy this protected bike lane even with all its limitations?

Suffer in traffic or... simply bike or carpool? The choice is yours to make! [Image by JR Suarin]

Suffer in traffic or… simply bike or carpool? The choice is yours to make! [Image by JR Suarin]

Come on, bike with me along Julia Vargas! 

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