JANUARY 22, 2017 by RENCE CHAN
0Batangas province welcomed the reigning Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach last January 19 and selected candidates who were not able the join the Davao Fashion Show. This is part of the ancillary event hosted in the country .
Special Security EscortThey were escorted by the Commandos of the Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG), the elite special warfare unit of the Navy who were deployed to secure the Miss Universe candidates and other participants during their trip to a beach resort in Batangas.
M/Y Happy Life that was docked at the Commodore Divino Pier. Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado led naval personnel in welcoming the Miss Universe candidates and pageant organizers, who were accorded military honors upon their arrival.
Miss Universe candidates enjoyed yacht cruise and buffet meal ( Photo courtesy : Department of Tourism )The candidates who sailed from Manila to Pico de Loro aboard former governor Chavit Singson’s yacht were candidates from Croatia, Belize, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, Iceland, Curacao, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Portugal, Panama, Germany, Jamaica, Angola, Bolivia, Georgia, and Romania.
Miss Universe candidates in Batangas port ( Photo courtesy of Department of Tourism )Pico de Loro The candidates went to Pico de Loro’s lush forests and pristine beaches as the backdrops of their pictorial. Pico de Loro Beach Resort and Club is about 90-minute drive away from Manila and has the SM Group as its developer. It is blessed with a view of lush Mt. Palay-Palay and the azure waters of Hamilo Coast.
Lively band greeted the candidates ( Photo courtesy : Department of Tourism , LCS group , Miss Universe )Aside from the shoot, a “sunset dinner” along the shores of the Hamilo coast was also prepared for the beauty queens to enjoy. The candidates were treated to an entertainment of fire dance and song performances from rap duo Yheen and Yuki and the candidates were each introduced to the local sponsors of the pageant .
The candidates feasted on at least 20 entrees including grilled scallops, roasted chicken, beef kabab, and marinated salmon.
AdvocacyHandcrafted neck-pieces, made out of upcycled Coca-Cola pull tabs by the Artisan Women of Tondo, were presented to the candidates during the program.
The group was among the women economic empowerment programs supported by Coca-Cola Philippines under the 5by20 global initiative.
Coca-Cola Philippines vice president for public affairs and communications Adel Tamano said the event was a welcome opportunity for the local artisans to showcase their products.
The girls ended the night with a toast and an invitation from tourism officials to return to the country to enjoy more sights, sounds, and sumptuous meals only the Philippines could offer.
Posted on June 20, 2017
Hamilo Coast is the premier seaside development of the SM Group at the head of the Nasugbu coastline. It’s one of the exclusive beach club in the Philippines. It has the following amenities like infinity pool, billiards, poker area, playground, dining area, tennis area, play station area, basketball court, badminton court, private beach and other water sports facilities. Since this is an exclusive beach club you have to buy a share / condo unit, be a member or you can just book a condo unit via www.airbnb.com in order for you to gain access.
Hamilo Coast is just a 2 hours drive from Metro Manila via Cavitex – Ternate-Nasugbu Road or 3-4 hours drive via Tagaytay-Nasugbu Road. On the way to Hamilo Coast you will past about 2 viewing deck that have a very nice view of the coast line and the Kaybiang Tunnel.
Pico de Loro exemplifies environmental responsibility and sustainability, setting the benchmark for hotels and eco-tourism
Published 1:27 PM, December 23, 2012
Updated 1:54 PM, February 22, 2013
TRUE BLUE. Hamilo Coast is not just about sustainability, energy conservation, alternative energy sources and proper waste management: it is also about making sure the water around it is 'alive' and clean. Photos by Laszlo Lim
MANILA, Philippines - Four years ago, Gregg Yan of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines helped plant 40 True Giant Clams in Santelmo Reef in Hamilo Coast in Nasugbu, Batangas.
True Giant Clams or Tridacna gigas are the largest of the giant clam species, some measuring as big as 47 inches across and weighing up to 600 pounds. But they are also among the most endangered due to centuries of being hunted for their majestic shells and delicious meat.
In the Philippines, T. gigas are called taklobos and have all but disappeared from our waters. For many years, the only taklobosFilipinos have had access to are the dead ones in old churches where they are used to hold holy water.
The 40 giant clams Gregg planted in Hamilo Coast came all the way from the Solomon Islands, and though only a few genetic characteristics away from being native taklobo, they are not exactly the same.
Today, Gregg happily reports, “The clams have practically doubled in size. Each must be at least 25 inches in diameter.”
This is good news not only to environmentalists but to the nearest commercial and residential coastal community, Pico de Loro Cove. A development of SM Land, the coastal community teamed up with WWF Philippines to bring back the taklobos to Batangas waters.
The project is just one of the efforts being done to ensure that the Hamilo Coast development is sustainable and eco-friendly. WWF works with the developers in 3 key areas:
Since 2008, a warden regularly cleans the reef and checks on the taklobos. Obviously, his hard work has paid off.
Minimum impact, maximum sustainability
The Beach and Country Club
Last December 17 to 19, the Rappler team stayed in Pico Sands Hotel for our team-building. While there, we saw some of their eco-sustainable practices in action.
The boutique hotel and nearby Beach and Country Club are characterized by large windows that let in a lot of light and air, minimizing the need for air-conditioning and electric lights during the day. Of course, it also helps that the windows provide a spectacular view of the surrounding mountainside, coves and man-made lake.
The best example of this is the St. Therese of the Child Jesus Chapel, a jewel of a structure made of glass and metal overlooking tropical jungles and the beach below. Designed by architect Carlos Arnaiz, this place of worship is perfect for meditation and reflection as well as being a literally shining example of eco-sustainable architecture.
In addition, all buildings within Pico de Loro Cove — including 4 residential buildings — are low-rise structures to minimize impact on the surrounding jungles.
By the road leading to the coastal community are solar panels which provide a renewable source of energy for the community’s facilities. E-shuttles that rely on chargeable batteries instead of non-renewable fuel take guests back and forth across facilities. Guests are also given the option to bike or walk.
A new brand
The Pico Sands Hotel
Eco-tourism, according to Pico Sands Hotel general manager Aris Alcuaz, is an essential aspect of the Hamilo Coast development.
“Eco-sustainable practices are not only good for a hotel but are also a global ‘social responsibility’ requirement that will also determine [the hotel’s] success, and even survival, in the business community,” he points out.
Gregg of WWF Philippines says this merging of environmental interests and interests of hotels and commercial developments is best exemplified by the giant clam project.
“These clams are good for the waters of Hamilo Coast as they provide a nursery for small fish like gobies, blennies and invertebrates such as crabs and other commensal crustaceans that make up the rich marine life of Hamilo Coast’s pristine waters. They also serve as ‘filter feeders’ that sift planktonic debris from the water, which improves the overall quality of ocean water,” he shares.
Cleaner waters rich with bio-diversity can only bode well for a coastal community that aims to attract guests and members with its surrounding natural wonders.
If eco-tourism is not already being adopted by all hotels and resorts in the country, it should be. Aris observes that eco-tourism has gone beyond influencing how hotels are branded.
“It has become the brand. In the past 2 decades, people ‘buy in’ to what or who is popular and efficient. Nowadays, they ‘buy in’ to what or who is responsible.”
retrieved from: https://www.rappler.com/life-and-style/18437-where-‘eco’-and-‘tourism’-meet
Hamilo Coast, SM Prime’s sprawling coastal community located in Nasugbu, Batangas, is home to diverse marine resources. One of the abundant naval species thriving in Hamilo Coast are marine turtles, particularly the Olive Ridley sea turtles. Though they are the most abundant among marine turtle species, they are listed as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) because of the recent decline in the nesting of female Olive Ridleys.
Just last February 2017, a total of 147 Olive Ridley sea turtle eggs hatched on the pristine white sand beach of Santelmo Cove, Hamilo Coast’s main marine sanctuary. The eggs were laid early this year and were closely monitored by the Hamilo Coast Sustainability Team, until they hatched and were strong enough to swim back to the sea. With its coves as frequent nesting grounds of marine turtles, Hamilo Coast is dedicated to the regular monitoring of these species’ activities as part of its sustainable efforts in marine conservation.
Simultaneous with continuous improvements in its residential and leisure developments, Hamilo Coast puts sustainable practices at the forefront of its vision. Ridge to reef management is given utmost importance to help protect the corals and to continuously monitor and address possible ecological threats. Initiatives include the declaration of select coves as marine protected areas, assistance in the organization of Bantay Dagat units to protect the locale waters from illegal fishermen, pawikan conservation, marine mammal rescue training, and the cultivation of true giant clams.
Together with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in the Philippines, Hamilo Coast has been championing environmental conservation, evident in its operations and the numerous initiatives it partakes within the development and its neighboring communities. Hamilo Coast’s sustainability programs are acknowledged by EarthCheck, the world’s leading scientific benchmarking, certification, and advisory group for travel and tourism, and was awarded the Bronze Benchmarked status, thus making Hamilo Coast the first residential resort development in the Philippines to be awarded such.
retrieved from: http://www.tribune.net.ph/nation/turtle-hatching-season-in-hamilo-coast-in-batangas
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I was invited by Trixie of Nuffnang to attend and support the Pepsi Ayos Pinas! International Coastal Cleanup on September 25, 2010. And since I support the environmental awareness I decided to join this Pepsi sponsored event.
Like preparing for a race, I need to wake up at 3am to prepare for the 5am departure to Nasugbu, Batangas and everyone was to meet-up at Petron in Makati. I went straight to the Pepsi registration booth at around 4:30am and was greeted by the Pepsi team, got my loot bag with the Pepsi Ayos Pinas t-shirt and proceeded to the breakfast booth where a lot of volunteers are already waiting and enjoying their McDonald’s Breakfast McMuffin.
We left Petron at around 5:30am and I slept most of the way till we reached Hamilo Coast at 8:30am where the event breifing took place. The event was opened by Pepsi brand manager Mikey Rosales saying ‘Through Pepsi Ayos Pinas!, we hope to be able to help create positive change for a better Philippines’, followed by Sir Carlos of SM who gave a little talk about energy conservation and solid waste management and their partnership with WWF.
Obel and the WWF Crew
The event continued with Obel Resurrection head of the Environmental Education of WWF discussing about the different areas where the volunteers will do their clean-up, the first is in Barangay Calayo (where I was assigned) which is a public beach where the locals swim, another team is assigned to Barangay Papaya and the last is in Pico de Loro.
After a quick game of Recycle, Reuse and Reduce, the teams are further subdivided into sub-teams focusing on picking-up/cleaning Plastics, Biodegradables and Rubber/Metals/Glass; once the cleaning tools are provided, everyone proceeded to their respective locations for the coastal cleanup.
It’s interesting to see a mix of people from different walks of life that comes together for a common purpose, you can actually feel the energy and enthusiam of each individual. And while cleaning up, if you really looked closely it’s amazing what kind of garbage you can find laying around the beach.
The clean-up ended at the time when the sun is at its peak, so we headed back to Hamilo Coast for Lunch and some needed rest. I also got some time to explore Hamilo Coast and took some pictures of the place while some people are playing around and waiting for the de-briefing and awarding ceremonies.
The Coastal Clean-up event continued with a brief summary by Obel, where a total of 5,727 pieces amounting to 146 kilos of trash was collected by all of the teams and ended by calling each of the 200 volunteers by name to award them with the Ayos Pinas! Certificate of Heroship.
While heading back to Manila, I was thinking if I actually made a difference and helped nature by picking up some 100+ plastics, kinda small to make a difference it seems, then I started to look beyond the amount I have collected and focused on the learning that the program has given to me and to the other volunteers… Trash destroys nature… it’s not easy to pick up trash… and I hate them. And as more and more people become aware, I remembered this basic formula; Small Acts X Lots of People = BIG CHANGE.
retreived from: http://www.pinoyfitness.com/2010/09/pepsi-ayos-pinas-coastal-cleanup-2010-at-hamilo-coast/
I USED to consider Batangas as my provincial home. On summer vacations during my high-school days, my uncle’s wife would bring me to her hometown for a vacation in Cuenca. Later after college, and while savoring my singlehood, my friends and I would go to Nasugbu—in the towns of Looc and Calayo—every time we had a chance to join church activities with the locals.
At that time, there was hardly any electric service in Looc; there was none in Calayo. Transportation by public bus taking the Tagaytay route—which took four hours from Manila—was far from desirable. From Nasugbu proper, we had to content ourselves riding a jeepney jam-packed to its roof traversing rugged roads to be able to reach Looc, while we had to ride a motorized banca from Nasugbu port, in order to reach the coastal town of Calayo.
In fact, the most fearful experience I had happened one summer, when my friends and my family went to Calayo. Our banca nearly capsized in the middle of the sea. Onboard with us were my 8-month-old son and the year-old son of our pastor. We went back to Calayo after three years for the church’s summer camp, when my son was about 3 years old. That was some 20 years ago.
Since then, I had not gone back to Looc or Calayo because of work and time constraints. But I was happy that in recent years, Nasugbu has been included among the popular tourist destinations this part of Batangas province. Most tourists flock to Nasugbu to enjoy the beauty of nature and to visit the Nasugbu beach resorts. Many are attracted to mountain trekking in Pico de Loro, Mount Talamitam and Mount Batulao, and even activities like deep-sea fishing. And with Nasugbu being increasingly urbanized, a lot of residential and resort properties with beautiful amenities are in store for tourists.
Nasugbu Special Tourism Zone
NASUGBU is a first-class municipality bounded on the north by the municipalities of Maragondon, Magallanes and Alfonso in the province of Cavite; on the east by the Batangas municipalities of Laurel, Calaca and Balayan; on the south by the Batangas municipalities of Lian and Tuy; and on the west by the West Philippine Sea. It is the largest town in western Batangas with a land area of 276.33 square kilometers. Because of its rolling terrain and coastline location, agriculture (sugarcane, rice, corn, vegetables, coconut, fruits) and aquaculture are Nasugbu’s main industries.
On August 3, 2007, by Executive Order 647, then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared Nasugbu a special tourism zone, mandating the formation of a private sector-led “Nasugbu eminent persons group” to oversee development. The Nasugbu Special Tourism Zone covered areas included in the Nasugbu Tourism Development Plan prepared by the municipal government and validated by then-Philippine Tourism Authority, now Tieza. With this, SM Investments Corp. (SMIC) was able to construct a 59-sq-km resort, the Hamilo Coast. Also included in the tourism zone are Punta Fuego and Mounts Palay-Palay–Mataas-na-Gulod Protected Landscape, where Mount Pico de Loro is located.
Hamilo Coast: Philippine Riviera
HAMILO Coast is a sprawling seaside sanctuary located within the municipality of Nasugbu. Three coves at Hamilo Coast have been declared marine-protected areas (MPAs), namely, Pico de Loro Cove, Santelmo Cove and Etayo Cove.
The global Coral Triangle is the world’s center of marine biodiversity. Often referred to as the “Amazon Rainforest of the Seas,” it is home to 76 percent of the world’s coral species and 37 percent of the world’s reef-fish species. The Coral Triangle encompasses the waters of six countries, namely, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and East Timor. The Verde Island Passage located between the provinces of Batangas and Mindoro Oriental in the Philippines is dubbed as the world’s “center of marine shorefish biodiversity,” hosting the greatest number of shorefish species.
Last week I grabbed the opportunity to see Looc and Calayo once again and, of course, the country’s Philippine Riviera through the invitation of the SM Foundation Inc.
To my pleasant surprise, going to Nasugbu is now a joyful ride. After passing several towns of Cavite, we reached the well-kept and concrete winding Ternate-Nasugbu Highway with its varying terrains and breathtaking landscapes of Mount Palay National Park. In no time at all, we passed through Kaybiang Tunnel, whose mountain and ocean backdrop is postcard-perfect and worthy of snapshots.
With the Ternate-Nasugbu Highway and Kaybiang Tunnel, traveling to Nasugbu is a breeze. It’s now only a 90-minute drive from Manila.
Pico de Loro Cove
NAMED after the famous trekking spot distinct for its shape, resembling a parrot’s beak, Pico de Loro is one of the 13 coves found along Hamilo Coast, which SM Land Inc. has developed with residential/leisure offerings done in a tropical contemporary aesthetic. The development includes residential buildings, a country club and a hotel, and the facilities include a man-made saltwater lagoon at the center, all blending perfectly with the lush vegetation and the towering mountains surrounding it.
Wesley Caballa, senior manager of Hamilo Coast, said the seaside community has worked with the WWF-Philippines on environmental programs aimed at preserving the quality of its natural surroundings. Since 2007 the WWF has been assisting Hamilo Coast in coastal-resource management, renewable energy, solid-waste management and ridge-to-reef management. This includes the installation of solar panels along selected points of the property, volunteers for bantay-kalikasan boatmen and strictly nonfishing activities in the protected coves, among others.
Hamilo Coast also works with the SM Foundation to implement social sustainability programs, such as the livelihood and skills development programs consisting of fruit-picking, mushroom culture, basketry, skills training center, hog dispersal, training in housekeeping, food and beverage culinary service, and landscaping and grounds maintenance.
Cristina Angeles, assistant vice president for livelihood and outreach program, said the livelihood program has been extended in the communities within the vicinity of Hamilo coast which are Looc and Calayo. The locals have been taken as scholars, had their training at Taal Vista Hotel and eventually are employed at Hamilo Coast’s Property Management Group, the Pico de Loro Beach & Country Club, and the Pico Sands Hotel. Angeles and her team of locals have also included Looc and Calayo for SMFI’s health and outreach programs either donating day care centers or providing medical and dental missions or check-ups for the community. The foundation’s values formation activities such as Hamilo Coast Fun Run and Pistang Pinoy (annual Christmas program) has recently added a summer camp for the youth age 13 to 21 for social preparations, values formation and capacity building to prepare them for better opportunities in or outside Nasugbu in the future.
Pure grit helped Ben Regan of Team Fitness First and Ines Santiago of WU CREW overcome the challenges of both nature and the race course to emerge as the fastest finishers in the Aboitiz TRI2017 Saturday in Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club at Hamilo Coast, Nasugbu, Batangas.
Regan was fastest among the men after a 1.5-km swim off Hamilo Coast, a 40-km bike in and around Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club, and a 10-km run through the resort with a time of 2 hours, 14 minutes and 16 seconds.
He topped the 30-34 division followed by 25-29 champion Mervin Santiago of Sante Barley with 2:17:59 and One Triathlon Team’s Benji Zapanta with 2:21:07.
In the distaff side, Santiago clocked 2:39:22 to win the 35-39 division. 30-34 champion Katelyn Kearney of Fitness First clocked 2:49:21 while 25-29 champion Kriska Sto. Domingo timed 2:53:07.
In the relay competition, Aboitiz Land Team D was declared the All-Female Relay champion with a time of 2:48:17. UnionBank F took the All-Male Relay title in 2:35:53.
The Mixed Relay team title went to AboitizPower 1 with a finish of 2:21:48.
Other champions were Fitness First (Team Competition), Andrea Villanueva and Neil Aynera (18-24), Jethro Karl Ramos (35-39), Bic Ferreira and Roman Menz (40-44), Evangeline Endaya and Simon Mortimer (45-49), Maria Carmina Ilagan (Female 50-above), John Villanueva (50-54), Eduardo Francisco (55-59) and Alfredo Santos (60-above).
September 08, 2017
HAMILO Coast, a vast pristine, coastline that is home to rich marine life and abundant flora and fauna, is the perfect place for birdwatching enthusiasts.
This activity captures the fine beauty of nature and is worth every cent and persistence. Recently, members from the Wild Birds Photographers of the Philippines, an organization that shares the same passion for bird watching and conservation photography, armed with their long lenses and cameras, visited the Coast in high hopes of capturing one of this sustainable community’s fine feathered treasures – species of birds, both rare and common, that mark their home in the area.
Astonishingly, beautiful photographs of these birds in their most candid state were caught in vivid spectacles and featured in a month-long exhibit at the Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club.
The photographers were amazed at the number of birds and the species nesting around the Coast.
WBPP President Wins Paler exclaimed, “Hamilo Coast, a sprawling seaside sanctuary is fast becoming a favorite birding destination of WBPP. It is home to many endemic birds that are nurtured and taken cared of by the management against poachers and hunters that ply their trade in spite of strict government regulations. The property makes it an ideal place for our feathered friends to seek refuge as an alternative habitat where they can live undisturbed with unrestricted freedom. WBPP will certainly be a partner with Hamilo Coast in this endeavor, as part of its
advocacy in helping propagate endemic birds through its conservation photography for future generations to come."
According to Hamilo Coast’s Senior Manager for Sustainability Wes Caballa, “From the very beginning, Hamilo Coast has been implementing a lot of sustainability and conservation programs. Tapping the bird enthusiasts of WBPP is an effective way to show the world our efforts.
Through the birds captured by the lenses of their cameras, we will be able to expose the beauty of Hamilo Coast, since birds are indicators of a healthy environment. What better way to show their magnificence than through photographs."
At the end of a fruitful day, five unrecorded species were discovered through lenses that witnessed marvelous sightings within Pico de Loro Cove.
These photographs continue to bring awe to residents and guests at the property through the exhibit – a reminder that these winged residents form a vital part of what is today the seaside address of beach enthusiasts and those who long for the perfect weekend getaway.
While the preservation of nature remains a priority in Hamilo Coast, it will never fail to make this thriving seaside development the perfect place to witness infinite bounties of nature yet to be discovered.
By Katherine Adraneda | Updated June 16, 2008 - 12:00am
A fresh batch of 40 true giant clams (Tridacna gigas), which were reared at laboratories in Bolinao, Pangasinan, were recently planted off Hamilo Coast in Nasugbu, Batangas, the World Wide Fund for Nature-Philippines (WWF-Philippines) reported yesterday.
The 40 giant clams, locally known as taklobos, were placed in their new homes on Santelmo Reef on May 28.
In November last year, 102 giant clams were planted in the same coast. WWF-Philippine said an additional 35 giant clams are still underway, which would bring Hamilo Coast’s giant clam population to at least 170 soon.
“It’s amazing how fast Santelmo’s fauna has returned. Corals, invertebrates, and even large reef fish are being seen more frequently,” said WWF-Philippines project manager Paolo Pagaduan.
“It is hoped that baby clam recruits will eventually appear to seed outlying areas in Batangas,” he added.
Santelmo Reef is Hamilo Coast’s prized snorkeling site, the international conservation group noted. An area once blasted by dynamite fishers, the group said that Hamilo Coast has long since taken to “regrowth” with the assistance of the WWF.
Now, the group also said, new heads of Acropora and Pocillopora corals sprout alongside giant Porites boulders encrusted with legions of Christmas tree worms in Hamilo Coast.
According to WWF-Philippines, the True Giant Clam, as described by Linnaeus in 1758, is the world’s largest bivalve mollusk. It is the most massive of the seven known giant clam species and occurs in shallow waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
The WWF-Philippines said mature individuals, which can live for over a century, have been known to exceed 1.4 meters in length and weigh in at over 260 kilograms.
Apart from the giant clams, the other large clams present in Hamilo Coast are Tridacna squamosa and Tridacna crocea.
“Resembling pouty lips, colorful clam mantles provide homes for symbiotic dinoflagellate algae called zooxanthellae, which provide clams with food and give them their color. For this reason, giant clams can only survive in shallow, well-lit areas,” the WWF-Philippines said.
An assessment of Hamilo Coast’s initially seeded clams revealed that mantle coloration has considerably improved, Pagaduan noted.
“When we planted the first batch last November, all clam mantles were pale gold. Now, each clam displays vibrant electric hues of blue and violet indicating that the area is conducive to clam growth,” he said.
The WWF-Philippines said giant clams are an integral part of the reef because they serve as nurseries for a host of fish and invertebrate species such as damsels, gobies and tiny commensal crustaceans like shrimp.
It also said that sedentary organisms like sponges, tunicates, corals and algae find giant clamshells perfect substrates for attachment, as most mature giant clams are partially encrusted by other reef organisms.
Moreover, the group said giant clams act as filter feeders, sifting planktonic debris from the water for food, and thus, help improve the overall water quality.
By: Tessa Prieto-Valdes - Columnist / @Inq_Lifestyle
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:47 AM January 07, 2017
Pico de Loro Cove is the maiden community of Hamilo Coast, the premier sustainable beach resort town of the SM Group in Nasugbu, Batangas
Over the holidays, our family enjoyed the sea and sand of several beach properties along the Batangas coastline. Property development in Nasugbu, Batangas has grown immensely through the years.
Hamilo Coast is the premier seaside development of the SM Group at the head of the Nasugbu coastline. Its unique location as the long-established favored seaside address of the country’s elite, makes it the gateway to the “Philippine Riviera”.
The sprawling seaside sanctuary is located near the southwestern tip of Luzon, one of the three main island groups of the Philippines.
Bounded by the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) on the west and mountain ranges in the east, the property encompasses three major mountain peaks and 13 coves, three of which are Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
Only a 90-minute drive from the Philippine capital Metro Manila, Hamilo Coast is envisioned to become the premier sustainable beach resort town of the Philippines, where beach resort living may eventually become an everyday lifestyle choice. It is the closest world-class private beach resort community to Manila.
Travel time to the resort from Metro Manila was reduced to only 90 minutes by car after the Ternate-Nasugbu Road was completed in mid-2013.
Hamilo Coast’s maiden community is Pico de Loro Cove.
The community strives to practice environmental and social sustainability in its operations, through its partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF Philippines) and the SM Foundation.
St. Therese of the Child Jesus Chapel in Pico de Loro Cove at Hamilo Coast. Tom Epperson
The use of alternative energy sources, coastal resource management, ridge-to-reef management, solid waste management, livelihood training and local hiring of majority of staff are just some of the major efforts to achieve this goal.
In 2015, Hamilo Coast was conferred the Bronze Benchmarked status through EarthCheck, the world’s leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group for travel and tourism.
The first residential community of Hamilo Coast’s Pico de Loro Cove is comprised of three main locators—Pico de Loro Cove Condominiums, Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club and Pico Sands Hotel.
Pico de Loro Cove Condominiums is composed of eight mid-rise residential buildings set around a tranquil lagoon, Hamilo Coast’s Pico de Loro Cove Condominiums makes owning a beach home as effortless and expedient as condominium living.
All of the four residential clusters in Hamilo Coast’s Pico de Loro Cove are named after birds that complement the natural environment. Each cluster has two residential condominiums, standing six and seven storeys respectively. Each floor is comprised of a mere 22 meticulously laid-out residential units.
Membership at the Pico de Loro Beach & Country Club can be purchased along with a beach condo at Pico de Loro Cove. The Club gives access to the most extensive land- and sea-based recreational facilities in the Nasugbu area.
Hamilo Coast’s Pico de Loro Beach & Country Club gives you access to a plethora of recreational facilities on both land and sea all in just one club membership. Basketball, squash and tennis courts are steps away from a white sand beach while biking, bowling and billiard may be enjoyed alongside sailing and scuba diving.
Pico Sands Hotel is a tropical contemporary seven-storey hotel that boasts 154 spaciously decorated guest rooms amid the awe-inspiring view of the mountains and the tranquil man-made lagoon.
The hotel’s Rain Spa-fusing traditional and progressive therapeutic practices in health and wellbeing, provides relaxation and renewal. Pico Restaurant & Bar is open to all guests and members.
The entire property management is handled by global real estate services leader Colliers International for long- term value preservation.
My favorite structure is the St. Therese of the Child Jesus Chapel, a striking minimalist structure tucked in a tropical jungle, designed by renowned architect Carlos Arnaiz.
Prominently featuring modern materials such as metal and glass, the chapel has an airy space that lends it a solemn and meditative quality while providing, at the same time, panoramic views of Pico de Loro Cove’s untarnished natural sights.
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