The Artisanal Blueprint

In the Philippines, artisanal real estate is identified not only on how each living space is carefully built by designers beginning with the big picture up to the smallest of details, but even by how a home reflects the fusion of Filipino craftsmanship and professionally managed properties. This practice was pioneered by MPI, which inspires people to live in a place that’s well built and not value-engineered.

MPI first graced the real estate industry with such artisanal signature through its pioneering residential communities in New Manila, Quezon City—Lantana Lane and Ylang Lane. Defined by green architectural features and iconic Filipino design, the homes manifest the epitome of the bahay kubo’s workings, as well as the firm’s traditions. Their expertise in designing these communities was further heightened by the way they meticulously choose such tucked away locations, completing the exclusive features known to a classic Mañosa design. These hallmarks are also expected to come into view in MPI’s newest residential community in secluded Bonifacio Drive in Tagaytay City—Tagô.

The Modern Bahay Kubo

A development that takes the principles of the time-honored nipa hut, Tagô is an exclusive community which serves as the address of pensively designed living spaces with modern workings to fit the contemporary lifestyles of today and tomorrow. Offering only 52 two-storey homes—13 lots for Tagô House A and 39 lots for Tagô House B—the newest in Mañosa’s residential portfolio promises to uphold the distinction of its existing communities. The dimensions for Tagô House A include a 304-square meter floor plan on a 400-square meter lot, while the dimensions for Tagô House B include a 227-square meter floor plan on lots that range from 240-300 square meters.

A Tagô home is covered by a split interpretation of the high-pitched roof of the bahay kubo, which includes deep overhangs and sunshades to protect the façade from rain and direct solar radiation. Wide windows, derived from the traditional nipa hut, and a clear space at the center, are also present for passive cooling, cross-ventilation, and light paths to penetrate the living space. Contemporary Filipino green design comes alive through the indigenous materials found throughout the property. Bamboo, mat-woven ceilings, and an ara-al and adobe wall made of native stones are used to lower carbon footprint and soften the aesthetics of the home. Additionally, the Mañosa signature staircase with señorita steps are applied, which make it easy for multiple generations to traverse the home.


The Archetype of a Green Community

“Apart from the elements of the bahay kubo, the crisp climate intrinsic to Tagaytay City also served as inspiration for Tagô’s open-plan design. This is why we’ve incorporated green zones, air passages, and wide spaces to bring the invigorating experience of the outdoor setting inside, and allow the homes to breathe,” shares MPI President Dino Mañosa. Embracing the green architecture philosophy espoused by their father, Mañosa explains, “Being mindful of the environment when designing homes and communities is a requisite to organically achieve 70-80% of being green. This includes the consideration of wind directions and sun paths which guide the placements and sizes of doors, windows, and walls. The remaining 20-30% is where technology, such as solar panels and turbines, comes in.”

The second-generation Mañosa adds that this MPI hallmark of designing and developing green communities is heightened by the BERDE certifications of its residential projects, including Tagô. The environmental sensitivities now include a rain water collection system that optimizes the use of water for plant irrigation and other water needs. Additionally, all organic wastes from each home are composted and used in the garden. Meanwhile, the property management arm of MPI is responsible for maintaining Tagô’s overall aesthetics, as well as the function of the entire community’s sustainable attributes.

Complementing the lush and tranquil surroundings intrinsic to Tagaytay City, Tagô’s entry arbor will be enveloped with rich foliage hanging from the property’s trellises. Given this, the ease of heading back to the serene landscape of a hushed home is a feature future residents will look forward to, especially since Tagô is just a short leisurely drive away from the commercial strip of Aguinaldo Highway and the urban hubs of NUVALI, Alabang, and Makati.

Given these distinctions, Tagô further cements MPI’s heritage and expertise in creating artisanal communities in the country. Throughout the community, vernacular forms, indigenous materials, climate-conscious workings, and Tagaytay’s natural charm converge to reflect the sensibilities of living in homes that breathe and flow with the signature Mañosa design.

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