As published in Manila Bulletin on September 12, 2015
It's hard not to fall in love with life in Manila. The capital has a real and raw charisma that those who choose to live simply and smartly find irresistible. Here, the Old World and modern times converge with bright optimism in colorful scenes, activities and characters. Historical sights stand minutes away from commercial structures. Cars share the boulevard with a kalesa or two. Appguided tourists buy fresh coconut juice from street vendors. Citizens walk cobblestoned paths toward paved roads... Manila has found the middle ground between the past and the present, and it inspires a life that is buzzing with progress and style. Business district, port area, cultural destination and leisure capital it is all of these, an inspiring and intriguing mix of entertainment, education and enterprise. This is why grounded, happy and hardworking Manilenos with an eager eye on the future and an appreciation for where they came from passionately call it their home. Manila, vibrant and free, is a place where they know things get done and people have fun.
Offering access to this unique Manila lifestyle is 8 Adriatico, a new development from Eton Properties. The elegant 42storey condominium at the corner of Padre Faura and Bocobo Streets in Malate is a mixeduse building, providing both residential and SOHO (small-officehomeoffice) spaces to tenants who need to be at the heart of it all. Estimated to appreciate in value in coming years, it makes a profitable investment for future lessors as well. Centrally located and beautifully designed, it reflects the very best of Manila and those it calls its own.
A life to love
At 8 Adriatico, comfort and ease amidst exciting surroundings are promised. Professionals, expats, tourists, students and families living and /working here are always well within reach of malls, hospitals, schools, famous Manila landmarks and other attractions. At present, 8 Adriatico is home to a mix of expats, locals and even long staying tourists. The area buzzes with the energy of the young and old as they do business, go to school, visit places, try new things and make the most out of life.
The options are plenty. A walk amid the storied, crumbling walls of Intramuros and Rizal Park make for an enlightening day of history. Nearby is the National Museum for those who wish to learn more about Filipino heritage. Other closeby educational attractions are the Manila Ocean Park and the Manila Zoo.
Art fans can visit the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the many independent art galleries in Ermita. They may also purchase works by undiscovered talents who sell their paintings, sculptures and other works on the street. And found everywhere in between malls, vintage curio stores, quaint cafes and fastfood chains are evidence of lovely Old Manila architecture. They are found in churches like the Malate Church, San Agustin Church and the Manila Cathedral, government buildings such as the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, bridges, archways, small parks and decorative water fountains.
Across Roxas Boulevard, joggers are silhouetted against the gorgeous Manila Bay sunset and photographers congregate to capture the stunning vista. In the evening, music lounges, restaurants and bars satisfy night life cravings with their gustatory offerings and live performances. Spanish, Chinese and Filipino dining establishments abound, too, offering a heritage tour of their own for the taste buds. And soon, Roxas Boulevard will have its own scene once more, thanks to rehabilitation plans by the local government.
Shopping is a breeze, too, with malls and the markets of Baclaran, Quiapo and Chinatown within reach. Major thoroughfares and the Light Rail Transit (LRT) stations are also nearby, helping residents reach other key destinations with utmost convenience.
A space to own
Approaching 8 Adriatico, one appreciates the essence of Manila even more. Outside, the building's clean lines reflect the modern Manileno taste. Inside, those who call it home or have work quarters here are welcomed by polished marble, wooden panels, mirrors with skillful woodwork and motifs reminiscent of affluent, midcentury Manila. Shared spaces like the pool area and driveway are decorated with woven rattan furniture and tropical plants.
Manila's vibe continues to inspire, with 8 Adriatico's display units incorporating indigenous materials like bamboo into the streamlined interiors. Future owners can adapt the look in their own studio, onebedroom, two-bedroom or office units, or fashion their own. Each space is MoveIn Ready™ and can be combined for extra breathing room.
"Our mindset when we designed 8 Adriatico is to emphasize the trend of minimalism, accentuated with local orna 1 mentation. Through this, we were able to reveal the true essence of Manila, with a taste of both modern and long standing charms," said Nicole Resurrecion Ouano, managing design partner of ROD, the firm chosen by Eton Properties to design the shared areas and model units
When owners need a break from the liveliness of Manila, the amenities on the sixth floor adult and kidsized pools, fitness center, function room and the landscaped garden offer them recreation and relaxation.
As with all developments by Eton Properties, the condominium building is also outfitted with CCTV in common areas, extensive fire and smoke detection systems, and dependable emergency power for tenants' 24hour peace of mind.
Loving life in the city comes without stress or worry at 8 Adriatico. Step out the door and meet the spirit of Manila. The stylish address, strategic location and security features of 8 Adriatico can be affordably enjoyed. Manila with its glorious mix of the old and the new, the fancy and the unfussy can be called home.
The Eton Properties promise
With over 25 properties under its wing, Eton Properties continues to deliver unique developments that meet the residential, office, retail and mixeduse needs of the market. It also brings its expertise in developing, managing and leasing spaces in subdivisions, highrise and midrise buildings, commercial centers, events venues, and even BPO hubs to provide lifestyle and enterprise centers in both prime locations and emerging growth areas.
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