Sorry, dear friends, I created this page so this important post will always be on top.
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)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 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. (See the El Rio Eco-Farm & Resort Page here so you will know that we have a plan for it in case we’re not able to sell it this 2018.)
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 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]
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 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: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)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[at]gmail.com
Mobile +63 947 408 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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