I celebrated Grand Neighbor Day with my kumare and neighbor with a fresh batch of cupcakes by Avida. It’s a refreshing experience to show appreciation for your neighbors.
Avida Land, one of the leading mid-market real estate developers in the country, held the country’s first Avida Neighbor Day on November 5 to commemorate and give back to its growing community of homeowners. The event aimed to highlight the importance of being a good neighbor as a step towards building better, inspired, and united communities.
It was a full-afternoon celebration happening simultaneously in 11 participating Avida developments nationwide. It was held across Avida Land communities including Ridgeview Estates NUVALI, Avida Parkway Settings NUVALI, Avida Village Cerise NUVALI, Avida Residences Dasmariñas, Avida Settings Cavite, Avida Village Iloilo, and Avida Village North Point.
Homeowners from various condominium developments also participated in the event including those in Avida Towers BGC 9th Ave, Avida Towers San Lorenzo, Avida Towers Alabang, and Avida Towers Cebu.
“We believe that people need social connections, but what truly gives our lives meaning and happiness is a sense of concern for others. Avida fills this need through the communities we create. We started this event because we wanted our residents and communities to form strong friendships with their neighbors, to be proud to call one another Friends Next Door, and enrich each others’ lives with a sense of trust and security. Every one of us is someone’s neighbor, and so we should always be kind and reach out to others,” said Avida Customer Care and Product Delivery Head Nancy Delegencia.
The Grand Neighbor Day began with the unveiling of its art installation, a blank canvas with the event logo, where participants were able to let their creative juices flow in coloring and doodling, bringing the installation to life with everyone’s collaborative effort. Residents were also treated to a line-up of food concessionaires and social enterprises from whom they can purchase throughout the day to support their causes and beneficiaries.
To foster a spirit of sharing and cooperation among its residents, Avida started its program with activities planned by their tie-up with the annual Jollibee Maaga ang Pasko. Residents were inspired to give back to less fortunate communities by donating pre-loved toys and books to partner orphanages of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. They were also engaged to sign up as Jolly Family Toy Scouts, volunteering their time and energy to clean, prepare, and distribute these donations. Afterwards, the spirit of sharing continued with neighbors partaking in a neighborly feast with food prepared and shared by everyone in the Neighbors’ Grand Potluck. Afterwards, teams put their game faces on for a relay race, filling the venue with loud cheers and laughter.
To further strengthen the ties between neighbors, Avida prepared a Good Neighbor Pledge for participants to promise to be good neighbors, espousing neighborly values for a kinder, more mindful, and more caring community to achieve a widespread feeling that every day is Neighbor Day.
The Avida Grand Neighbor Day garnered positive feedback from participants who went home that day with newfound friendships. “We’d like to thank everyone for actively participating and cooperating with one another during the event. Being a subsidiary of Ayala Land, the Philippines’ leading developer of sustainable estates, it is part of our mission to provide dream communities—not just a home to live in, but a happy, thriving, inspired community—as well as enhance the lives of not only the residents but even the surrounding communities outside of Avida. We hope that our communities continue to nurture and strengthen their relationships not only as neighbors, but as Friends Next Door,” Avida Marketing Head Tess Tatco addressed the homeowners.