When people buy homes, they don’t just buy a property: they’re choosing the neighborhood they’ll live in, as well. It is paramount, therefore, that they select a community where they can truly belong — one that cherishes the best of the Filipino spirit.
And what better way to observe the Filipino commune than during Christmas? It’s the highlight for many families, after all. So, South Property Sale had its eyes out for developments that make Christmas even more special for its community.
In this 2018 review, Lancaster New City takes center stage. We commend the development for being no slouch on the planning and execution of its Christmas Events celebrations. We truly felt the best of the Filipino Christmas spirit — activities that bring the family together, bright lights, stories of love and hope, heartfelt music, scrumptious food, and, more importantly, the joyous news of the coming of a Savior — in this new development.
Our 2018 Lancaster review focuses on how more than 10,000 guests witnessed the spirit of the season and the unique Filipino charm, carrying the happy Yuletide memories all year long. Read through our experience of the beautifully executed festivities and see that the master-planned development truly is a haven for anyone looking for a genuine Filipino community.
Five Words the Community Lives By
Lancaster’s Christmas Events kicked off with the Santa’s Workshop Christmas Lights Show at the Central Greens, The Square, which is Lancaster’s very own shopping center. It featured Santa’s five little shops, each bearing the five words Lancaster New City lives by: Live, Learn, Work, Play, and Pray. We believe that the community does a good job of espousing this promotional slogan
- Live — The Lancaster neighborhood is one of those communities you can imagine building a future. With all the necessities of modern living, you and your family will love living in this community.
- Learn — Nestled within the development, the community’s school campuses are a safe and convenient option for excellent education.
- Work — The master-planned community takes the hassle of commuting for the daily grind. Residents can find job opportunities at the Suntech iPark.
- Play — LNC offers many leisurely activities, including shopping and dining at The Square and other activities that strengthen family bonds.
- Pray — Faith is at the heart of many Filipino families. The community nourishes one’s relationship with God at the Parish of the Holy Family.
We’re not the only one abuzz over the development. Other people share the same sentiments: the usual feedback for Lancaster New City about the community is that it lives up to these five words.
A Bright, Dazzling Christmas Lights Show
When it comes to the play aspect, nothing beats Lancaster New City’s Christmas lights show. The 15-minute display features dazzling laser arrangements and stop-motion lights set to Christmas medleys. We’re sure that the show delighted both the kids, as well as the young-at-heart.
It was heartening to see all the families and guests filling The Square; some took pictures of the Christmas displays, while others picked out great finds in the nearby stalls. A delicious feast awaited the guests at Dekada Food Bazaar. It was such a success that the organizers might have to include more food options to accommodate the guests’ needs next year.
The festivities didn’t simply stop at an awe-inspiring light show, though; it was accompanied by a great lineup of songs and performers, all singing their renditions of yuletide carols. After all, what is a Filipino Christmas without a bit of music?
Residents and visitors danced together to the beat during the evening’s concert, which featured Rocksteddy, the OPM band behind hits like Blue Jeans, Superhero, Deadma, and Magpakailanman. It also featured performances by Fifth Dynamics, Mackie Cao, and JV Cruz.
A spectacular fireworks display capped off the night, which the authors of this Lancaster New City review are sorry to have missed because we heard that it was a blast.
Stories of Love and Hope: #OpenAirCinemaOneLancaster
We were glad to find out that the Lancaster community understands that Filipinos relish timeless tales of love and hope during Christmas like those featured in the annual Metro Manila Film Festival. LNC partnered with Cinema One and launched the Open-Air Cinema initiative, a free film screening at The Square.
Families enjoyed the cool night air as they watched two Star Cinema blockbuster hits, Love You to the Stars and Back and Can’t Help Falling in Love. The audience had their fill of drama, laughter, and kilig on the sprawling grounds as they rediscovered how love brings people together.
- Love Heals Wounds. Love You to the Stars and Back is written and directed by Antoinette Jadaone, the director of the 2015 hit That Thing Called Tadhana. Young favorites Joshua Garcia (Caloy) and Julia Barretto (Mika) embark on a journey that shows how two strangers fall in love amidst grief, proving that love can heal even the deepest wounds.
- Love Shapes our Destiny. Can’t Help Falling in Love was directed by Mae Cruz Alviar. It stars the powerhouse team of Kathryn Bernardo (Gab) and Daniel Padilla (Dos), as a couple who unknowingly married each other. Bound by their vows, Gab and Dos discover how true love shapes the future, and how two hearts can always choose their happiness.
On this note, we give Lancaster positive feedback; the free local film showing is unique and truly merits a thumbs-up from us. One drawback was the lack of movies that focused on familial relationships, though. We’re hoping that this year’s success would bring in more diverse options for the 2018 Christmas celebrations!
The Star that Led People to the Savior: Christmas Tree Lighting
No Filipino Christmas is complete without a Christmas tree. In fact, every other master-planned community in the country has its own Christmas tree. It is, after all, a season staple. Not to be the odd one out, LNC held a Christmas Lighting ceremony, brightening up the sky with a Christmas Wonderland-themed tree that drew guests to the area.
What made Lancaster’s annual event stand out from all the other celebrations we witnessed this year, we think, were the festivities that followed right after. The ceremony featured another inspired light show, a lively marching band, great musical performances, a special meet-and-greet with Santa Claus, and a grand fireworks display.
The Filipino Family: The Center of Christmas Celebrations
At the heart of a Filipino Christmas is the family, and this is what this Lancaster New City review truly appreciates. We laud LNC for investing in art pieces that represent one of the strongholds of Filipino culture.
The community unveiled a 20-foot family sculpture named Perpetuity, a symbol of the united, happy, and active families in the township. The genius behind the work of art is Merlito Gepte, an acclaimed Filipino sculptor known for combining classical and contemporary elements in his pieces. His sculpture greets homeowners and guests as they pass Lancaster’s main entrance.
On the same day, Lancaster New City unveiled the Denise house model to visitors and aspiring homeowners in the Filipino way: with a traditional ribbon-cutting, house blessing, and coin tossing. The Denise joined the ranks of great Lancaster houses that cater to the lifestyle of every Filipino family.
The Coming of the Savior: Simbang Gabi
This South Property Sale Lancaster Cavite review wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the commemoration of the true meaning of Christmas, the coming of Jesus Christ, through Eucharistic celebrations.
LNC’s Church of the Holy Family held the Simbang Gabi, also known as Misa de Gallo or Misa de Aguinaldo. Celebrated daily during the nine days that lead up to Christmas day, these masses were originally held in honor of The Annunciation, or when the Archangel Gabriel’s proclamation that Mary would conceive the Son of God.
The community’s church truly sets it apart from other property developments. By having its own place of worship, Lancaster allows families to renew their faith, not just during Christmas, but all year long.
LNC: The Family-Friendly City
We’ll cap this assessment for Lancaster New City with a brief description of the place. It is a township development established in 2007 spanning 1,600-hectares of Kawit, General Trias, and Imus, Cavite. The master-planned community is developed by PRO-FRIENDS, which has provided houses, condominium units, and other dwellings for countless Filipinos.
Lancaster has the conveniences that every Filipino family needs.
- The Square — LNC’s commercial hub, The Square, is a strip mall located along Advincula Road, Alapan II-B, Imus City. The mall’s architectural design features luxurious overhangs and louvers, and it offers a unique and relaxing shopping and dining experience.
- St. Edward Integrated School (SEIS) — LNC has three SEIS campuses, private schools that provide holistic education from kindergarten to high school. SEIS also offers academic strands for senior year students, such as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, as well as Accountancy, Business, and Management. Its proximity to the Lancaster residences makes it a secure and popular choice among LNC parents.
- Suntech iPark — This is LNC’s business district, Suntech iPark. It’s the first Information Technology (IT) park accredited by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority in Cavite. It will provide near-work opportunities for LNC residents. In fact, it will accommodate up to 17,500 call center agents.
- Transport Hub — Unlike other developments, Lancaster has an innovative transport system, Transport Hub, that simplifies the commute around the development. It employs the Tap N’ Ride Transport System, which makes traveling to different Lancaster properties a breeze.
- Church of the Holy Family — Lancaster’s place of worship brings together families during masses and other holy celebrations like weddings and baptisms. We commend its unique-yet-modern architectural design and its 800-person seating capacity.
- Leighton Hall — A stone’s throw away from the community church, Leighton Hall is a three-story countryside-inspired clubhouse perfect for receptions and parties. It has an outdoor pool and ballroom that will up the ante for any occasion. Social gatherings, after all, are a key element of the Filipino culture.
More than just these elements of modern living, however, the Lancaster community is filled with the spirit of the Filipino brotherhood. This year’s Christmas celebrations are a testament to that: At Lancaster New City, families create memories and strengthen relationships that make for a happy home.
Overall, we, at South Property Sale, can see why people flock to Lancaster New City. This master-planned community is perfect for those looking for a community that cherishes the age-old Filipino values of family, celebration, and religion, especially during Christmastime.
What’s more, employment, education, entertainment, and convenient transportation are all within reach, and the development is guarded by strict security and a strong sense of community.
For this Lancaster Cavite Review, we conclude that this master-planned community offers the best of modern living in the spirit of the Filipino community.