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Published January 22, 2022, 10:28 AM

by Manila Bulletin

Millennial Resorts achieves the first EDGE certification for Resort Hospitality in the Philippines

TRANQUILITY EDGE-Certified Millennial Resorts feature the Cocoons and Club Laiya

Millennial Resorts has achieved the very first EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) certification for a resort hospitality project in the country, with its Crusoe Cabins at CaSoBe in Calatagan, Batangas. The EDGE certification was awarded by Philippine Green Building Initiative, Inc. (PGBI), which recognized Crusoe Cabins for its eco-efficient design that result in reduction of 34 percent in energy, 57 percent in water, and 65 percent in embodied energy in materials compared to local base case.

“We are truly proud of this recognition of Millennial Resorts as the first recipient of the highly-coveted EDGE certification for a resort project in the Philippines. We share this honor with our relentless team who make it possible for us to put into action Landco’s long-term commitment to social, economic, and environmental sustainability in premium property developments for more than 30 years across the country,” said Erickson Y. Manzano, president and CEO of both Landco Pacific Corporation and Millennial Resorts Corporation (MRC). “Being eco-conscious is ingrained in both Landco and MRC’s DNAs. We do it, first and foremost, because it is the right thing to do. Millennial Resorts’ EDGE certification complements our over-all sustainability program at our latest Leisure Tourism Estates in Batangas—15-hectare CaSoBe and 24-hectare Club Laiya, both of which are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-registered and incorporate water recycling, permeable pedestrian tree-lined walkways, and scenic bike lanes around the beachside properties to further reduce our carbon footprints.”

“Millennial Resorts team is grateful for this certification which shows our responsibility to the environment as we preserve the resort lifestyle and the uniqueness of the beach destination of Batangas. This inspires us to continue to find new ways to minimize our impact on the environment and respect the local community,” said Patrick C. Gregorio, senior consultant for hospitality at Landco and MRC.

The EDGE certification demonstrates the leadership and advocacy of Landco and its sister hospitality group, Millennial Resorts, in green building design with the use of EDGE software.

SERENITY Millennial Resorts also features the Cocoons and Club Laiya

“Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) has always championed the integration of sustainability into our business strategy and value creation. We are proud that under the MVP Group, Landco and Millennial Resorts attained the EDGE certification to create a lasting positive impact to the environment and community. This achievement is a concrete example of our holistic and all-inclusive approach to sustainability,” said Chaye Cabal-Revilla, chief finance, sustainability, and risk officer at Metro Pacific Investment Corporation (MPIC).

EDGE, an innovation of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), is an international green building standard, rating system and certification available in 160 countries. It brings about solutions to reduce the use of energy, water, and embodied energy in materials.

‘I’m proud to see resort properties in the Philippines adopting globally-recognized sustainability standards.’

“Sustainable tourism plays a critical role in achieving a green recovery and I’m proud to see resort properties in the Philippines adopting globally-recognized sustainability standards, which will, with hope, encourage other industry players to do the same,” said Jean-Marc Arbogast, IFC country manager for the Philippines.

Millennial Resorts undertakes sustainability initiatives in line with MPIC’s commitment to help achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable and strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

“Utility savings are not the only reward for a resort’s green credentials, as studies indicate that guests are more loyal to a property, with a commitment to protecting the environment and preserving natural resources,” said Engr. Leandro A. Conti, PGBI chairman and president.

PEACE Millennial Resorts operates Aquaria Waterpark at CaSoBe

“We hope that this EDGE Certification will encourage others to build green resort properties in the Philippines and in other countries. Only by working together can we create an ecosystem where sustainable resorts are no longer the exception but the norm.”

Millennial Resorts features unique resort accommodations: Crusoe Cabins at CaSoBe and Costa Azalea and Cocoons at CaSoBe and Club Laiya; and leisure facilities: Laiya Beach Club at Club Laiya and Aquaria Water Park with a three-story giant slide at CaSoBe and Costa Azalea. Its soon to be launched exciting new facilities are Captain Barbozza restaurant and bar, the event venues Canopy and The Isle, and Colony, a beachside co-working space. Costa Azalea is located in Samal Island, Davao.

Landco Pacific Corp. is a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation. www.landco.ph

 
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