Philippines’ tourism contributes 12.2% (2017) to the country’s GDP. The rationale for the Dept. of Tourism and the selling pitch of “It’s More Fun in the Philippines”. Most foreign tourists use the Metro Manila as their port of entry for the Philippines is synonymous to Manila. Just like Boracay is identified with Philippines Tourism-the white beach destination. Playa Laiya is the “Boracay” South. Thus, Laiya at San Juan, Batangas is included in the expat tourists’ white beach destination due to its accessibility or about 2-3 hours drive from Manila. Metro Manila residents are the natural local tourists of Laiya due to urban high-stress level caused by high air pollution, traffic congestion, working conditions like call-centers, BPO-IT, & unhealthy lifestyle. Overnight weekend stays at Laiya will make a big difference in their daily stressful & very unhealthy urban living.
By the end of 2017, the Batangas Tourism Officers Association (BaTOA) reported that the estimated tourists & visitors of the province breached the six million. The Malvar Shrine, Padre Pio religious shrine of Sto. Tomas, and Sipit Trail & Mt. Malepunyo registered about four million tourists and visitors. Laiya-San Juan, Matabungkay, Punta Fuego, Pico de Loro, and Nasugbu were reported in the Batangas Tourism assessment beach destinations with one million tourists checked-in to the province's hotels and resorts. Definitely, they are coming from Metro Manila Region due to its accessibility thru SLEX, ACTECH, and STAR. The completion of the SLEX TR4 connecting SLEX Sto. Tomas Exit up to Lucena City will decrease the travel time from Manila to Laiya, San Juan thru the Candelaria. The said SLEX TR4 will siphon the Manila residents toward the white beach of Laiya this summer. Same with the expat tourists entering Manila International Airport, the shorter travel time to Laiya will attract them to explore the “Boracay” of Batangas. Full operation of the SLEX TR4 will boost the volume of tourists and visitors of Laiya, San Juan. The increased volume of tourists & visitors to Laiya will affect San Juan’s economic growth pushing up Real Estate prices.
The expected volume increase of the tourists & visitors due the SLEX TR4 and the San Juan's fast urbanization due its economic business expansion (there is Jollibee & McDo at San Juan), the Highest & Best Use of the 1,354 sqm cornered commercial lot at Poto Laiya must be a resort/tourist related vertical project. The property's size and price dictate a vertical project to maximize lot utilization. The property's development is limited to a 3-floor building structure base on its Deed of Restrictions to protect residential areas. It has plenty of parking spaces for the three (3) sides of the lot are facing the road network with a total frontage of 114 meters. The 1st floor can be developed into commercial spaces to provide the basic commercial needs of the expected community; while the 2nd, 3rd and rooftop into serviced apartment facilities. The upper floors development concept is gaining grounds for long staying expats tourists due to convenient, privacy and lower cost per stay. The move of Ayala to convert its SEDA hotel chain into serviced apartments in Makati CBD is reflective of the expats' demand.
Porto Laiya is a 37-hectare pioneer master-planned residential leisure resort developed by Active Group for families to build their own rest house within the white beach of Playa Laiya. Here, families can enjoy year-round summer, bonding with family members and friends, in a special place of their own. It is envisioned as an affordable option for families to experience a serene white sand beach not far from Manila.
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Philippines, Batangas, San Juan, Laiya-Ibabao