Built on green building standards, the EvoLiving Center is located at the heart of Nuvali, a 2,290-hectare development in Sta. Rosa, Laguna which is becoming the most preferred residential site for people living in the area and those working in neighboring cities.
I recently visited Nuvali and got a tour of its sprawling property aboard a cozy shuttle to check out the exhibit at the EvoLiving Center and other attractions at the site. I love checking out places that redefine daily life. Having visited advocacy-driven sites like Sonya's Garden (nature-inspired wellness) and Privato Hotel (endangered bird species awareness), I've learned to appreciate small efforts to take care of what we have. I've also done tree-planting at the San Mateo location which was formerly used for landfill.
At the EvoLiving Center, visitors can see an elevated map of Nuvali, depicting its North, Central, and South sectors which complement the natural lifestyle that city dwellers look for in a long-term living space. There are trees everywhere and I learned that the raw materials used in the boulevards and sidewalks within the eco-community were upcycled materials and permeable cement. Also remarkable is Nuvali's use of the double pipe system wherein white water is transformed into gray water for re-use in toilets and landscape maintenance.
The exhibit also has a lot of installations or displays that compare the old state of the property to photos of what Nuvali looks like now in 2014.
Outsiders will be surprised to know upon their visit that NUVALI’s well-manicured Rain Garden used to be a wasteland. After being transformed into a fitness and wellness enclave for aficionados of yoga, chi jogging, and capoeira, the place has become refreshing to the senses. Open to the public, the park has a manmade rainwater catchment basin which is roughly 3.2 hectares of the total land area of the property. Guests can enjoy the presence of native trees, shrubs, and more than 30 species of bamboo septum.
Nestled in the cities of Sta. Rosa, Calamba and the municipality of Cabuyao in Laguna, NUVALI is just less than an hour away from Metro Manila. To be specific, it’s a 50-minute drive from Makati City, 30 minutes from Alabang, and 15 minutes from the Sta. Rosa Exit. It's more than a green community of city dwellers who escape the hustle-and-bustle of Metro Manila. Its residents appreciate the art of space as luxury which is reflective of the scope of homes and various attractions that also include a team-building attraction called Camp N (N for Nuvali). Existing zones like Soledad 1 and 2 with various restaurants, One Evotech and Evoliving Center, Dirt Weekend Tracks, The Fields, and Greens & Patches are reliable attractions that never fail to satisfy a visit. A unique activity to enjoy in the area is bird-watching in The Bird Sanctuary where about 74 bird species have been identified so far by bird-watching experts to be present. This space continues to be the property’s serious affection to taking care of nature.
Nuvali's EvoLiving Center Exhibit
Large scale map of the 2,290-hectare property
Permeable cement blocks for sidewalk use
More Attractions In The Offing Nuvali residents and guests can also expect to find the convenience of watching their favorite movies in the area by December of this year so that they will no longer have to bother with long journeys to distant malls of neighboring cities. Plus, two more adrenaline-induced attractions will be added soon – the Adventure Tower (catching a high from a free-fall jump in a ravine) and the Rollercoaster Zipline (zip line with a twist).