Duros Land Properties Inc. (DLPI) recently launched Northside Beacon, an PhP8-billion, 200-hectare spread situated in two separate areas in the town of Liloan, 23 kilometers north of Cebu.
The two central amenities are the 18-hole par 72 Liloan Golf Course, and the full-fledged elementary and senior high school called the Divine Life Institute of Cebu.
Other features include a strip mall, the Woodlands Resort Communities with a clubhouse, first phase of a high-end verdant subdivision dubbed Fairway Estates, first phase of the economic housing project, a retirement village, and a supplemental Japanese language learning institution within the school.
Rafaelito Barino, chair of DLPI, declared that the first nine holes are finished but are not yet playable. There will be a total of five different holes no. 1 to accommodate more golfers. Full completion is targeted by December 2018.
“It’s going to be an unusual golf course designed by myself and a Japanese partner. Furthermore, we are not selling golfing rights or shares. Only buyers of the high-end lots and condos will be allowed to play,” Barino said during the launch held at the golf course situated in the hills of Liloan.
Lyds Eco, business director of DLPI, said that 50 percent of the total state is devoted to open space. “Pre-selling of the first 24 of 300 lots divided into 300-350 square meters is currently ongoing. We will also allocate 10-20 hectares for a theme park and two to three hectares for a hotel for tourists and guests,” she said.
Eco added that a Japanese retirement village would consist of 21 villas and five towers. Students of the school will also be trained in Japanese language to help care for the retirees. While players of Brick and Wood Golf Club in Chiba, Japan and Liloan Golf Course will have playing rights in both courses due to a sisterhood golf agreement.
Ikuo Saka, project director of Muerhead Fields, the mother company of Brick and Wood Golf Club, proposed that he would set up sister-city relations between Liloan and Chiba to pave the way for friendship ties and business linkages between the two cities.
Eco disclosed that one may also buy a unit at Padgget Condominium in Camputhaw, Lahug to avail of playing rights in Liloan.
With an estimated completion period of 15-20 years, the township project encompasses all the company’s business lines; real estate, construction, interior fabrication and manufacturing, property management, education, and food business.
Northtown Beacon is envisioned to become the central residential-cum-business district and economic driver in the North for generations to come.
By RICHARD RAMOS