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CULTURAL POTPOURRI | The Groundbreaking for PHINMA’s Likha Residences in Davao

Likha Davao Residences groundbreaking ceremony (l-r): Ernesto C. Paredes, Francis Z. Villegas, Ricardo G. Hilado, Kristine A. Villapaz, Alicia D. Villanueva, Chakka M. Bakunawa, Pep-C H. Velez, Gemma Velez, Jiolo Velez

“We partnered with PHINMA (Philippine Investment Management) because it is a proudly Filipino conglomerate that seeks to make lives better and build the nation through successfully run and profitable businesses that uphold the core values of integrity, competence, professionalism, and love of country. The PHINMA Property Holdings also foster a close and collaborative relationship with their joint venture partners, working together to provide and exchange best practices. Through this partnership, we can only work together to hopefully make a positive impact and make good contributions to the betterment of our society and environment,” reasoned the respected landowner, Jose Claro “Pep-C” Hizon Velez, with both his charming bank executive of a wife, Gemma, and his unico hijo, Jiolo, nodding in complete approval.

Fr. Evan Esmade blessing the groundbreaking

It was a sunny day last March 8, 2024, when Jose Claro, Gemma and Jiolo Velez joined Chief Operating Officer for Mindanao Ernesto C. Paredes, Chief of Business Management Francis Z. Villegas, Chief of Housing Division Ricardo G. Hilado, Project Development Manager Kristine Mae A. Villapaz, Likha Sales and Marketing Head Alicia De La Pena Villanueva, and Head of Housing for Likha Projects Chakka Luzzy M. Bakunawa in the groundbreaking rites for the Likha Residences Davao. Fr. Evan Esmade of the St. Joseph the Worker Parish solemnized the groundbreaking ceremony in celebration of the first day of construction for the housing development and praying for progress and growth on the Velez property. This is the third project of PHINMA Properties in Mindanao with the Likha Residences Davao “carving out an elite community of only 94 designer townhomes at the northern suburbs situated about eight kilometers from downtown Davao.”


Happy family: Pep-C, Gemma and Jiolo Velez

“Likha Residences Davao is an exclusive community consisting of 94 modern townhomes designed by the respected and celebrated Manosa and Company Architectural Firm. With its thoughtful design, sustainable features, and prime location, Likha Residences Davao is not just a place to live in, but a vibrant community where cherished memories are made…Here you and your family are just a breath away from anything you desire, and conveniently close to everything you require, “ promoted Flordelyn Alagao Saavedra, the Sales Coordinator of Likha Residences Davao at Phinma Properties.

Likha Residences Davao features amenities such as a clubhouse, fitness gym, well-landscaped environs, multi-purpose hall, residents’ lounge, 24-hour security, swimming pool, pocket gardens, underground cabling, to mention some.


The time capsule

“The Filipino Dream is simple—to live a comfortable life. And comfort is found in a place that is close to our hearts and heritage. At PHINMA Properties, we develop homes and communities that give residents access to the finest of Filipino living. Rooted deep in our culture, our values are woven into every PHINMA home—hospitable, comfortable and uniquely Filipino,” so promises the company.

Here’s wishing Pep-C, Gemma and Jiolo Velez all the best in their joint venture with PHINMA Properties on the Likha Residences Davao project. Mabuhay ug Madayaw! Thank you for inviting me to witness your admirable, new project development in our beloved city.


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