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When luxury becomes your lifeline

Set to rise in front of the Capitol Commons Park, the Empress turns luxury into the new necessity

If you were hunting for a home a few months ago, you probably considered the following factors in your selection: location, amenities and cost. With the rise of the Covid-19 pandemic, however, these priorities may have taken a backseat as you realize the new essentials: comfort and convenience. Once deemed a luxury, these elements have become crucial in surviving weeks’ long confinement with your mental and physical health intact.

If you’re still planning to move homes or invest in a project right after the quarantine, consider a residence that ensures you get the best in terms of comfort and convenience. The Empress at Capitol Commons, for example, features several design elements that aim to make you feel happy to stay at home even without the quarantine. Reconsider the elements which you once saw as luxury but which now defines the new necessity. Check out what makes the Empress your ideal lifeblood in times of pandemic and of everyday life.


The therapeutic use of colors in Empress’ interiors provide a visual break from the daily grind.

Uplift mood with color

Color has long been discovered to affect our mental health and moods. With the right palette of hues, your home can turn to a relaxing haven that offers solace during your most stressful days.

The Empress takes pride in the therapeutic use of colors in its interiors. The common areas like the main lobby and the resident’s lounge are washed in neutral and light colors. These shades provide you with a blank slate that allows you to unburden your mind of the day’s worries and recharge for tomorrow. In addition, spots of green areas provide you visual breaks to help you rest your eyes during times of work at home. This is essential to ensure your mental well-being especially if you have to stay home for a while.


The Empress innovates residential design with smart home features.

Minimize contact with a smart home

Nowadays, it pays to go contactless. Reducing the need for touch has been proven to reduce our chances of being infected with viruses or bacteria. Ordinary things like doorknobs, light switches and remote controls have been noted for harboring the most of these pathogens, invisible yet deadly to us humans.

Thankfully, technology has given us a way out. With a smart home system, you can control temperature, light, humidity, air-conditioning and sound with just a touch of your cellphone’s button. This feature is one of the key design features of homes at the Empress. Contact is limited with a keyless entry through a smart door. A home gateway links your devices to an online cloud, which allows you to monitor your smoke detectors, air-conditioners, light switches, motion sensors and temperature sensors. In addition, smart plugs are provided in each unit, allowing you to enjoy television and operate kitchen appliances with minimal use of hands. With a smart home at the Empress, there’s no need to worry about death or disease by contact.

Find nature in biophilic architecture

One of the problems often encountered by urban dwellers is the lack of green spaces in the city. For those of us who are bereft of nature nowadays, that can translate to anxiety, brooding and stress. In addition, having no access to our natural surroundings can limit our attention capacity, creativity and overall connection to the world.

While located in a bustling city, the Empress at Capitol Commons recognizes this human need to be one with nature. It introduces biophilic concepts in its architectural features. By biophilic, we refer to elements which are inspired by natural processes and features. Through various scientific studies, biophilia has long been established as a necessity to improve our health, moods, energy and overall sense of well-being.

The Empress embodies the concept of “yin and yang,” which implies a balance of quiet and active spaces. The interiors take after a Japanese garden, spreading Zen vibes to residents, employees and visitors. Landscaped areas are set to fill the amenity floor, which successfully defines the active zone and space for contemplation. Most importantly, the Empress is situated right in front of the Capitol Commons Park, which offer majestic views of lush vegetation and open spaces to help you breath and settle in.

This model unit of the Empress gives us a peek on the relaxing life waiting for us in Ortigas Land’s latest venture.

Self-sustain with a strategic location

Access and proximity to essential providers such as supermarkets and restaurants are usually touted as convenience features in residential projects. In the light of global pandemic woes, however, this feature has become the saving grace of many, ensuring their security and survival.

Living at the Empress means that you are just a few steps away from Unimart and Santi’s Delicatessen, which offer grocery essential you may need on a day to day basis. The area also caters to the Estancia Mall and its expansion, ensuring that other necessities are met without need for long distance travel. Lastly, numerous cafes, restaurants and bars populate Capitol Commons and its surrounding vicinity. This ensures that you can still access a wide variety of food choices and entertainment options should you need to stay in for long periods of time.


At the Empress, convenience and comfort are treated as necessities and not just mere luxuries. These elements will help you make it through the most difficult challenges you may encounter in life, may it be a pandemic or the daily grind. Developed by established real estate giant Ortigas and Co., you can also be sure that the build and design of the building are up to world-class standards.

Don’t be ashamed to seek out the best if you know that it will help you survive and thrive in the long run. The Empress is set to rise in the city soon, and now is the right time to secure your lifeline for tomorrow.




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