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Finding safety in urban homes

In this era of the “new normal,” things that we took for granted in the past have now become essentials. Gardens, balconies and spacious rooms—once considered luxuries in the metro—have become the lifeline of people forced to live in quarantine.

Not all homes, however, provide us a fighting chance to survive the pandemic. As we face a future threatened by disease and infection, how do we choose a home in the city that ensures our health and safety?

Situated in Ortigas East, the Maple tower is just one of several projects making up the grand master plan of the area.

Standards of the ‘new normal’

In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have been forced to rethink our priorities when it comes to house-hunting. Convenience and comfort have become primary factors to consider as we aim to keep our families well-supplied and free from disease amid this crisis.


While the search for a cure against the virus continues, new standards in our living spaces have to be put into place. A sanitation area, an herb garden and an isolation room are all becoming necessary for the family that lives in a city ravaged by a pandemic. A home office and a multi-purpose area are also finding demand among those who need to work, exercise and pursue hobbies at home.


Lastly, contactless technology and smart home devices are gaining popularity in new homes. As pathogens remain present on commonly-touched surfaces such as doorknobs, remote controls and fixture handles, motion sensors have become our allies in the fight against disease.

This artist’s depiction shows the intended green spaces at the Empress.

A home promoting wellness

We shouldn’t compromise on our well-being when it comes to our next home. Whether you’re a newly married couple aiming to start a family or a carefree bachelor pursuing a great career, your home should serve as a sanctuary. Considering the standards of the new normal, you might be surprised to learn that several upcoming projects in Metro Manila actually rise up to the challenge of providing a healthy home.

One such project is the Empress at Capitol Commons. A brainchild of seasoned developer Ortigas Land, the Empress is a 56-storey residential tower that focuses on wellness. Delivering comfort and convenience, the project has smart living features such as contact sensors, temperature regulators and smart plugs inside the homes. It’s also composed of spacious living units which provide you the necessary room for movement or division.

The Empress gives you an opportunity to live in the middle of a green environment even with its urban setting.

Fronting the open fields of Capitol Commons, the residential tower allows you to enjoy the outdoors even if you have to stay at home. With its proximity to retail centers and numerous restaurants, essential items you may need on a daily basis are all within reach.

Providing sustenance for your mental, spiritual and physical growth, the Empress is a home that is responsive to the requirements of the changing times. If you prefer a home in the east, however, another project from Ortigas Land may better suit your preference.


The Maple at Verdant Towers provides residents easy access to retail shops and exclusive amenities.

A private sanctuary

Situated along Ortigas Avenue, the Maple at Verdant Towers offers another kind of escape in the city. With its 33 residential floors, a dedicated retail floor and an exclusive amenity floor, you can be sure that your privacy and your daily needs will be suitably well-taken care of here.

The Maple takes pride in its generous provision of space per unit. From studio units to the three-bedroom bi-level townhouses, most living spaces feature balcony areas where you can breathe in the natural air. In particular, the project offers a two-bedroom bi-level unit with its own private garden for those wishing to cultivate their own herbs at home.

When it comes to the amenities, you also get numerous green spaces. The Gardenwalk, The Landscape and The Gardens (which are exclusively for the townhouses) offer you lush surroundings to relax and unwind. A fitness facility, playroom and several pool areas will also allow you to pursue your physical wellness without having to leave the premises.

The Empress uses color therapy and green spaces to provide a relaxing sanctuary in the middle of the city.

A haven of safety and security

Whether it’s an ordinary day or a day in quarantine, urban homes can provide you everything you need. You no longer have to travel far to lay your eyes on majestic views, enjoy the outdoors with your family, or to stay safe from viruses and other diseases. Even if you stay in the city, there are a lot of premiere homes to consider that offer you the best in comfort and convenience.

Choose one that fits your lifestyle, and even during the “new normal,” you’ll still be able to live your life to the fullest.

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