“Lifestyle Homes” by Dr. Florangel Rosario Braid (Manila Bulletin)

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By: Dr. Florangel Rosario Braid

A concept of a residential community described by author and real estate developer, Grace Eleazar as a “new lifestyle perspective” will soon open in Barangay Neogan, Tagaytay City. The first phase of this project which is situated in a 3.8 hectare development consists of a hotel, fully furnished affordable condominiums, a wellness center, and organic garden will be operational at the end of the year. It is the first of its kind – a mixed-use residential development which integrates lifestyle service and a wholistic approach to health. Over the past year, a monthly open house organic market/ art exhibit is held for the public and future residents.

What is remarkable is that the development of the area was designed in accordance with the philosophy of the developer, a passionate environmentalist and practitioner of the wholistic life. Ms Eleazar had devoted twenty years of her life to the study of consciousness and how to bring about harmony between the two planes – the inner and the outer self. Since 1989, she has been an advocate of alternative medicine. But it is in the area of real estate development where she has been able to put into practice her philosophy of community development. The architecture of La Bella Tagaytay has been purposely designed around the natural terrain without cutting down 30-60 year old pine trees. Thus, one is able to enjoy the lushness of nature since all the structures are laid out against open gardens. The rustic Greek-Mediterranean design of the buildings provides an ideal backdrop for a relaxed and laid back environment. A unit owner is co-owner of the Hotel and will enjoy hotel amenities while earning from his investment.

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We look forward to 2019 when the Lifestyle Homes which are especially intended for retirees and “actively living seniors” will be turned over to the owners. The Project will offer various homecare services including proper nutrition which is focused on preventive healthcare as well as programs and activities tailor-made to the needs of seniors. The Project encourages “inter-generational” occupancy where ownership is open to senior citizens, professionals and entrepreneurs, and retirees from other countries. Thus, recreational facilities and program activities are organized in such a way that residents from various age groups and interests are encouraged to interact, and share talents and skills.

At another real estate project, – a condormitel development – the “El Pueblo in Manila and Quezon City, Grace likewise adheres to her concept of wholism and integration. The Project offers affordable housing under the LIKAS (Lifestyle Integration of Well Kept Affordable Shelter) housing project.

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In one of her books, The Soul Speaks (2002), Eleazar shares in the 10 chapters (The Nature of Mind; The Absolute Reality (Mind as Matter); On Transcending; On Solitude; On Love; On Nature; On the Nature of God; On Freedom; The Now Moment; On Unity of Life, and Whose Way?), and mainly through poetry, her understanding of the principles, the purposes, and the means – the physics- of inner change.

She notes in the Foreword that “a new age is approaching – one where all modalities of learning – science, art, religion, philosophy, the healing profession, astronomy, and mysticism are all merging and are recognizing that underneath all these doctrines, discoveries, and dogmas, certain values and principles interconnect all of them. The increasing awareness of the common truths will hasten the shift to the new age idea of the oneness of life, to alternative medicine, to abstract concept of art..and to all studies that emanate from the innate intelligence….and will give us greater insights and comprehension of the world that confronts us…which will lead us to greater understanding of ourselves and our fellowmen… This will herald what has been called the Golden Age of Man…where man will reach his greatest heights of involution and evolution. Man will not anymore be limited to what the senses can perceive, but will have the conscious use of the inner senses and when he does, he not only reaches for the stars…He becomes the star.

This book and her other publications are endorsed by several critics who suggest that it is a must reading for everyone. Indeed, it inspires, stimulates, and enlightens.

My email, Florangel.braid@gmail.com

Source: Manila Bulletin Online

La Bella Tagaytay Art and Organic Market on August 26, 2017

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La Bella Tagaytay
Art and Organic Market
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Brgy. Neogan, Tagaytay City
10:00AM – 5:00PM

ENTRANCE is FREE!

Acrylic Painting Workshop with Robert Alejandro of Papemelroti

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Kids of all ages enjoyed and learned a lot from the art master himself, Mr. Robert Alejandro. Here are some of the photos of this event last June 24, 2017 at La Bella Tagaytay.

Havens for Book Lovers (Featuring: BODHI Mind and Body Shop)

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This year’s Pinoy Book Stop Tour, spearheaded by the National Book Development Board (NBDB), was held on April 7-8 and visited various locations in Metro Manila, Tagaytay, and Laguna.

Although condensed in two days compared to last year’s three, the 2017 Pinoy Book Stop Tour was able to visit six venues in areas around Metro Manila. The tour gathered 15 participants, excluding the walk-ins at every stop.

Activities were held in each book stop — talks on books, poetry readings, and musical performances — to promote excellent local titles, particularly the recent winners of the National Book Awards and the National Children’s Book Awards. The roster of speakers included Isabela Banzon, Rosa May Bayuga, MJ Tumamac, Ergoe Tinio, Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, Chuckberry Pascual, Marne Kilates, Amy Uy, Jenny B. Orillos, Gerry Alanguilan, Ericson Acosta, Enrique Villasis, and Joselito delos Reyes.

By the end of the second day, almost everyone was carrying bags full of newly purchased and signed books on the way home.

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BODHI MIND AND BODY SHOP
While its name may sound like a spa cum clinic, Bodhi Mind and Body Shop is a two-story shop filled with books on life and all its aspects.

The shop’s owner, 71-year-old Grace Eleazar, told BusinessWorld that her goal was to share her specialized 40-year-old book collection with the public. The topics range from the mind and consciousness, philosophy, religion, mind and body interaction, and the needs of the body both internally and externally.

“These are books on the nature of reality and how to use our mind and consciousness in order to have a better life and a better world,” she said. “This is a bookstore on life itself.”

Aside from the bookstore, Bodhi has a separate store for health and wellness products and a cozy roof deck for those who want to wind down.

For more information, contact La Bella Tagaytay head office at (02) 656-8669 local 107.

Source: Business World Online by Camille Anne M. Arcilla

La Bella Tagaytay’s Organic and Art Market

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Join us for another fun, healthy and art-filled day!

La Bella Tagaytay’s Organic and Art Market
Happening on Saturday, April 29, 2017
10AM – 5PM

It is also La Bella’s Open House
and avail of discounts for Reservations
on the La Bella Boutique Hotel, Residences
and Lifestyle Homes.

Commercial spaces for sale for a convenience store,
deli, bakery and more restaurants.

Available Village Market stalls for organic, healthy veggies and
fruits as well as retail items.

Be a part of the growing La Bella community!

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Pinoy Book Stop Tour Featuring BODHI Mind and Body Shop

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In celebration of the National Literature Month or Buwan ng Panitikan

The National Book Development Board (NBDB)
in cooperation with the
National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA)
and Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino(KWF)

invites everyone to a gathering
of writers, authors, bloggers, book enthusiasts

PINOY BOOK STOP TOUR

featuring one of its stops in the South

BODHI Mind and Body Shop

10:00 AM Saturday, April 8, 2017
La Bella Tagaytay
Brgy. Neogan, Tagaytay City

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