At home in East Bay Residences, A Rockwell Address in Sucat, Muntinlupa

When Rockwell Land first began developing its flagship community in Makati, it envisioned a neighborhood that provided its residents with a holistic lifestyle— spacious homes that were within reach of everyday needs and leisurely comforts. Soon, more people grew to learn about the Rockwell brand as it turned its vision into reality.

Ullyses Tulid first became aware of Rockwell because of the Power Plant Mall. “I was in college when the developer introduced the Power Plant Mall, and even then, it was already a dream to live in such a community,” he shares.

After previously living in other Rockwell properties, Ully Tulid finds the same sense of comfort and convenience at East Bay Residences

Years later, he would get himself a unit in Joya Lofts and Towers at Rockwell Center Makati, marking the first of his property investments with the brand. “After my stay in Joya, I knew for sure that as a developer, Rockwell meets all my needs,” Ully reminisces. “I later invested in One Rockwell, and other projects outside Makati like The Grove [in Pasig] and 53 Benitez [in Quezon City].”

“Over the years I realized that as you age, you prefer a slower-paced lifestyle,” says Ully. “This, coupled with the recent pandemic, made me look for wider and open spaces.” It was for this reason that Ully moved to Laguna after his time in Makati. But with a business that regularly requires him to still be within the metro, he then sought a convenient address that catered to these needs.  

At the heart of the community is a relaxing Central Amenity area

In Sucat, Muntinlupa City is East Bay Residences, a vibrant neighborhood developed by Rockwell Primaries. Here one will find The Fordham Tower, Rockwell’s first residential tower in the development, which began welcoming residents this year. And among these residents is Ully himself, whose East Bay home adds to his Rockwell property portfolio.

“I found that The Fordham Tower at East Bay Residences catered to everything I was looking for in condo living. It’s a low-density building with units that generally have bigger space to move around,” says Ully. “I also appreciate how secure I feel here, especially in the evening, when the community feels so serene and secure, as though you were in a gated village.”

Units here allow for comfort with spacious cuts

With 60 percent of the property dedicated to open spaces, East Bay likewise satisfies Ully’s need for refreshing areas with plenty of room to breathe. “I truly enjoy the wide open spaces here the most, with the swimming pools and fitness gym in the middle of the property,” he says. The East Bay Retail Row fronting the property also allows Ully to have easy access to his daily needs, a convenience he enjoys.

But most convenient of all is how Ully’s East Bay address fits his work life. “Most of my clients are from Makati and BGC, and Laguna and Batangas. The fact that it is halfway to these places makes my normal route of work easier.” With major roads and highways like SLEX, Skyway Stage 3, and CALAX accessible to its location in KM21 East Service Road, East Bay is truly an ideal home to easily reach both the north and south.

Fronting the property is the East Bay Retail Row, which provides residents with their daily needs like groceries and laundry, among others

At East Bay Residences, Ully has found a home that suits his priorities today. With a balance of relaxing, airy spaces and the proximity to key places around the city, East Bay likewise bears the distinct qualities of a Rockwell community he has been accustomed to. As he puts it, “At this time, it really is the perfect address for me.”

Here’s a Helpful Guide on What You Need to Consider When Choosing Your Very First Condo in Metro Manila

Buying your first condo can be quite the investment. Here’s how to make it a bit simpler.

Here's a Helpful Guide on What You Need to Consider When Choosing Your Very First Condo in Metro Manila

Condo-living may be the closest you can get to achieving the live-work-play lifestyle, especially in Metro Manila. Condos have amenities at arms’ length, are situated in prime locations, and require less maintenance. It’s the kind of environment that attracts young professionals who are striving for independence while making a name for themselves, and are looking for versatile investments that provide value for money.

If you are planning to buy your first condo, here are a few things to guide you in making the best choice:

1. Assess your financial capacity and set a budget.

Shopping for your first condo is an exciting process, and it is important to assess what your budget is for it. but you must also remember to first assess your financial capacity. The cost of getting a condo is separate from the costs for maintaining and keeping it.

Living and dining area at The Larsen Tower by Rockwell Primaries

Apart from your monthly rent, other expenses include be prepared to pay for association dues (paid for the upkeep of the condo), realty taxes, and utilities. When scouting for a condo, ask about these extra fees and the services that entail them. , where they go, and what they cover before you decide if it falls within your budget.

2. Zero in on a location that complements your lifestyle.

Your condo’s location can make or break your daily routine. Make sure to factor in your travel time to places you frequent, like the office or school, and consider your proximity to essential places like supermarkets, banks, clinics, and service centers.

East Bay Retail Row

We all know that traffic is a major stressor, so it’s best to consider your condo’s proximity to your workplace or school, service centers and retail hubs like banks, clinics, and supermarkets, the traffic in the area, and neighborhood security.

3. Research the property developer.

Make sure that your chosen property developer has a solid reputation. Research the developer’s background, financial stability, workmanship quality, track record, and portfolio to determine its trustworthiness.

The Larsen Glasshouse at East Bay Residences

4. Explore the amenities.

One of the advantages of condo dwelling is having leisurely top notch amenities at your arm’s length. That said, decide what amenities you want included in your chosen condo. These amenities can include anything from fitness gyms, swimming pools, badminton courts, function halls, to wide open spaces with lush greenery.

The Central Amenity area

5. Understand the house rules and regulations.

A practical tip is This may sound like a silly tip, but it’s important to ask what rules the condo has in place. These include the maximum number of people allowed per unit, if there is a curfew, and if pets are allowed. Since a condo is a shared space, these rules are meant to keep peace and security for all the residents.

Finding these out will help you see if the condo is the right fit for you and your lifestyle.

6. Determine how resaleable the unit is.

If you’re buying a condo, you should also consider that the unit can be a source of profit in the long-run. In the future, you may decide to lease or sell your unit, and your unit, sell it, or flip it. So be smart about the unit. Factors like its location and its developer can help you determine its resale value.

Located at East Service Road, Sucat, Muntinlupa, One establishment we recommend checking out is The Larsen Tower by Rockwell Primaries. Located within East Bay Residences along East Service Road in Muntinlupa, the condo is minutes away from Alabang, business districts, commercial centers, and prominent schools. It’s also near main thoroughfares to get to the North or South for quick out of town trips.

Rockwell Primaries sets the standard for modern lifestyles in quality homes within reach

Apart from its accessible location, it has a carefully curated Retail Row within its grounds, replete with a grocery, convenience store, bank, nail salon, and food and beverage establishments. with its own supermarket and bank. Exclusive amenities include wide sprawling spaces, jogging path, multi-purpose court, pool, and a fitness gym, among others. It is an ideal home for independent living.

To learn more about The Larsen Tower at East Bay Residences, visit its official website and follow their Facebook page

5 Work-From-Home Essentials for Better Productivity

The year 2020 marked a major shift in our ways of working. Certainly, work-from-home has brought with it a unique set of challenges as the lines between the personal and professional become more intertwined. 


However, more than a year into the pandemic, many valuable lessons have been gleaned. Now we have a better understanding of how to remain efficient, effective, and satisfied even while working from one’s home office. 


In this article, we gathered these best practices and distilled them into five essentials that demonstrate how to be productive at home

Create workplace inclusivity with “Social Boxes”


Work teams are vital to fostering work collaboration but these can also be helpful in solving challenges encountered while working from home. And make no mistake, the challenges that remote employees face can be as unique as their respective experiences and home situations.


If you lead a team, you are likely to have a mix of working parents, single parents, and solo dwellers across generations. Not to mention, a vibrant mix of personalities. According to Canadian remote work advisory firm, Virtira, you can create “social boxes” that bring together employees in your company with similar situations. These “social boxes” provide a virtual space, a work room if you will, where employees can discuss and share insights with colleagues that share the same challenges.. 


When safe spaces that foster collaboration on a more personal level are created, you can help boost morale and camaraderie among your employees or colleagues. That in turn can boost happiness on the job and ultimately, productivity. 


And because every company is a unique mix of individuals, take time to talk to your team or you boss to discuss a work-from-home policy that accommodates everyone’s needs.

Arrange for greater work flexibility 


A study conducted by Microsoft in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group and the KRC Research Group found that working from home actually boosted productivity by 34%, a positive outcome of a work set-up that tends to be subjected to distractions.Think the construction noise of a neighborhood doing renovations or the house pet that won’t stop pining for your attention during a Zoom meeting.


Fortunately, remote work can boost a sense of independence and work motivation, which is why flexibility is essential for results-based operations. After all, if you work remotely, non-office responsibilities will always be factored into your day, whether it’s caring for children, running personal errands, doing housework, or taking the requisite work break to recharge.


Furthermore, with the announcement of the occasional quarantine period, and the stay-at-home orders that come with it, it is certainly in the interest of one’s well-being to have time and literal space for oneself.


This can be as simple as taking breaks to step out of one’s home. If your residence has outdoor amenities like a great lawn, clubhouse or a poolside, take advantage of these spaces for those work breaks. You can even use the change of the scenery to brainstorm for work projects.

Create clear boundaries with a separate work zone


How to be (truly) productive working from home?


Make sure to maintain a clear demarcation between personal and work zones by having a separate room for your home office. In this regard, choosing a property like a condominium unit with the flexibility to accommodate your various needs will be vital to long-term work-from-home productivity.


The next step is to focus on how you set up, organize, and maintain order in your home office.


First of all, set the stage with furniture designed to help you feel comfortable. Ergonomic office chairs now come in a variety of sleek designs. A rising desk is another essential to consider. These desks are effective in preventing the negative health effects associated with sitting down all day including high blood pressure and blood sugar, and an increased risk for heart disease.

And when it comes to hardware for your desktop, let ergonomic design inform your choices as well. 


Finally, good design cannot be stressed enough. Even with highly functional office items, creating a space that inspires your creativity and puts you in the proper work mindset does wonders for productivity. Incorporate decorative items to keep office supplies organized. Choose durable shelves to display books and work files. Regale your walls with art. 


When you step into your home office every morning, you can better transition into the “work zone” without sacrificing the personal touches that distinguish your space–and make it a joy to work in.

….And a separate relaxation zone


Don’t forget that your home office is still located within the larger space that is your residence, so make sure to maintain that sense of home. While productivity is a key goal in one’s professional life, care should be taken not to let that productivity escalate into toxic workaholism. This happens when we become critical of ourselves for “not doing anything” even when it’s time to rest. The result will almost always lead to burnout.


Just as a clear work zone is best for productivity, a clear zone for relaxation can impact your well-being and happiness. This can be as easy as setting clear rules for not doing any office work in the bedroom or other spaces associated with rest,  recreation or socialization.


Another tip is to add nooks in your space that signal your brain to slow down and take it easy. Create a reading corner in your bedroom or living room by furnishing it with a comfy chair and a task light. If you have a balcony in your home, convert this into a small garden where you can tend to indoor plants. Love to create art or do DIY projects with your kids? Designate a well-lit space for painting or crafting. 

Have daily rituals


While flexibility is key for better work-from-home productivity, daily rituals are essential for well-being. 


Before the pandemic, common rituals included commuting to work or stopping by the coffee shop for your morning latte. These seemingly ordinary activities serve to provide structure and a sense of control over our lives, which in turn maintains the safety and security that human beings seek.


There is no reason such rituals should go away in a remote work set-up. It can be as simple as getting up at the same time everyday. Taking a daily walk or run in your neighborhood jogging path. Or even getting breakfast or a drink to go from your local grocery or convenience store


As our personal and professional needs and activities evolve with the shifting of the times, work-life balance becomes more important than ever. And so is a home that is flexible enough to change with you.


At East Bay Residences, whether you choose a 39-sqm one-bedroom or a 107-sqm three-bedroom unit, each unit type offers plenty of space to accommodate growing families, new passions, and shifting needs. 


And with a variety of amenities to enjoy, you can relax and recharge without needing to step out of the community. Shopping for essentials is also convenient, thanks to the retail row located within the development.


Find out more about currently available units by contacting Rockwell Primaries today.

Convenient living At East Bay Residences

By: Iris Gonzales

To live in a community which provides one the convenience of easy access to almost everything—from retail to leisure to recreation—and one which is in close proximity to the essential places such as airports and other key cities in Metro Manila, is one of the best decisions one can make.

It is a fact that Metro Manila has now become one of the busiest areas in the National Capital Region, with growing density of people and traffic congestion, which, these days, is slowly returning to its pre-pandemic volume.

It’s becoming more difficult to find a community where residents can find that perfect balance of having easy access to life’s essentials yet at the same time, enjoying the relaxed and breezy space that is tucked away from the madding crowd.

But Rockwell Primaries’ East Bay Residences in the laid-back city of Muntinlupa offers just that. It is an ideal place for anyone who’s looking to claim his or her first urban home that’s close to the heart of the industrial landscape of Metro Manila.

East Bay Residences is easily accessible to multiple cities via various routes and highways and numerous options for transportations. All the new roads are heaven-sent including the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway (MCX). There’s also the South Luzon Expressway, the newly-opened Skyway Stage 3 for those who need to travel back to the North, and the NAIA Expressway for those who need to reach the airport.

It is also just a short distance from some of the capital region’s most dynamic financial and commercial hubs including Alabang, Makati, and even Bonifacio Global City.

Retail row

On top of the easy access, East Bay Residences becomes even more convenient and enjoyable because of its carefully curated retail row, which provides all the essentials in just a few steps.

The carefully curated Retail Row offers convenience to residents.

There’s The Marketplace for all your quality market needs; BDO, one of the country’s top banks; Lawson, a convenience store that provides imported and locally-made products alike; and Pan de Manila where you can easily get freshly-baked bread. Starbucks Coffee can give you your quick coffee fix while Suds Go makes doing the laundry fun and easy. There’s also Prim and Pretty and RoyceTea.

What this Retail Row means is that residents don’t have to travel far to run errands so they can easily focus on doing what they need to do.


Located in KM21 East Service Road, Sucat, Muntinlupa City, East Bay Residences is also within minutes from other retail hubs and service centers.

Living and Dining Area

In it is The Larsen Tower, which is set to stand 20-stories high, following The Fordham Tower, Rockwell Primaries’ first residential building in the property.

The 7.2-hectare tropical respite is sprawling with lush greenery and open space. Residents can choose from different units—from one-bedroom to three-bedroom condominiums, all equipped with a master floor plan and the essential features of a comfortable home.

Master’s Bedroom

There’s the one-bedroom unit for young and budding professionals, while couples can own the two-bedroom and two-bedroom prime. Families can enjoy living together in the three-bedroom unit where the space is enough for family members to share.


Outside their units, residents can enjoy a wide array of amenities. They can sweat it out at the fitness gym and jogging path, which are perfect for exercise and other wellness activities. They can take a dip in the swimming pool to refresh one’s body and soul. There are also gazebos where residents can create memories with their loved ones.

The Amenity Deck is available for one’s enjoyment

These are just some of the amenities available for the residents to use and enjoy while living in East Bay Residences.

Green city

Muntinlupa City not only provides convenience; it is also an ideal city for investment.

As a progressive and green city, it has been recognized for its local efforts to combat environmental degradation. For instance, Muntinlupa has managed to curb its carbon footprint by implementing measures such as the use of electric public utility vehicles and building green algae farms which will have long-term positive effects for the city.

Living in such a progressive and green environment is a factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Thus, in Muntinlupa, you won’t have to worry about the damaging effects of pollution with the various environment-friendly initiatives being done by the local government and the community.

Add it all up and you’ll see that there are more than enough reasons for living or investing in a property in East Bay Residences by Rockwell Primaries, here in the laid-back yet progressive city of Muntinlupa.


Elevating a modern lifestyle in Kapitolyo

These days, new needs emerge when looking for a home within the metro. Location and space remain to be important considerations, but the quality of life a residence offers has also become key. Features such as amenities and retail areas add to one’s overall experience, and their quality is what makes a home stand out among the options one has in a certain locale.

The Vantage at Kapitolyo is Rockwell Primaries’ high-rise development in Pasig City, making its mark in the city skyline with modern conveniences blended with contemporary living spaces. In its two towers, units range from studios to three-bedrooms. These provide one with options to own a space that suits their needs, whether they’re a young professional in need of a place near their workplace or a starting family looking for a home to settle down in. Amenities such as swimming pools, a function room, fitness gym, and play areas are likewise available to offer places for rest and leisure. Currently, The Vantage West Tower is ready for residents to move in, and the East Tower will soon follow suit.

City view from The Vantage at night

Its central location makes it easily accessible through different modes of transportation. The Vantage is in the midst of the three major central business districts of Makati, Ortigas, and BGC. Travel time to the latter is made even faster with the newly-opened Kalayaan Bridge, linking the cities of Pasig and Taguig and cutting down travel time from an hour to just 12 minutes.

Newly-opened Kalayaan Bridge

For everyday essentials, residents need only to visit The Vantage Retail Row below them for Watsons pharmacy, and dining options like Mos Burger. Starbucks Coffee, Assi Fresh Plaza, Lawson, and Hair MNL will soon be part of this retail mix and have more to offer for the community. Within its immediate vicinity is also a bustling local food destination, and residents can easily satisfy their different appetites with a diverse selection of restaurants and cafes.

Living and dining area

Apart from living spaces and amenities, The Vantage is also backed by Rockwell’s signature promise: an experienced Property Management Team to take care of the development, 24/7 Security for one’s peace of mind, a dedicated Leasing Team for those who invested in units, and 100% back-up power to ensure the property remains up and running whatever the weather. These facilities and more are currently being enjoyed by those who have begun residing in The Vantage, marking the beginnings of its budding neighborhood.

West Tower Lobby

Only a limited number of units are left for one call The Vantage home, and enjoy a holistic lifestyle that suits every purpose. With its completion, The Vantage at Kapitolyo by Rockwell Primaries is ready to warmly welcome those who choose to be a part of this vibrant vertical community.

Swimming pool

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The Best Family Bonding Activities To Do In Muntinlupa

Named by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry as the Most Business-Friendly City in the Philippines, Muntinlupa has seen massive growth despite being one of the youngest cities in Metro Manila. In fact, as of 2019, the city has become home to 15,400 businesses, among them several tech companies located within the PEZA zone.

While it is a major center for commerce, Muntinlupa is also a prime residential spot, thanks to its proximity to key cities, not to mention Tagaytay, which is an hour’s drive away. Needless to say, residents can enjoy a bevvy of family activities.

But despite limitations to movement brought about by the pandemic, a well-planned community can provide residents with all the creature comforts of urban living. In this article we list down five things to do in Muntinlupa that you and your family can enjoy without having to travel far from home!


Visit your community’s green spaces

If your own neighborhood has its own garden, you can maximize these spaces for outdoor activities. Host a laidback picnic with homemade snacks and refreshments; invite the family for an outdoor game of badminton; or simply sit back and soak in the sunshine. 

A development like East Bay Residences is a great example of a community that has “more nature than structure.” You can relax in one of several outdoor amenities like the great lawn, barbecue area, or gazebo, or bond with the family in the playground or tree court.

These simple activities underline the joys of communing with nature within your community, providing a refreshing break from all the time you may be spending indoors during quarantine periods–all without the need to travel far.

Enjoy a home

Staycations usually conjure up images of over-the-weekend getaways in a nearby luxury hotel or bed and breakfast. Nowadays, with restrictions in place, this isn’t always the most accessible or safest way to go on a brief break with family.

However, nothing can stop you from rethinking the staycation on your own terms.

You can certainly set the scene for a relaxing break within the comforts of  home. How to begin? Brainstorm for fun activities that everybody in your household will enjoy. 

A spa treatment is sure to put everyone in a relaxing mood. Play relaxing tunes, then provide spa treatments that you can easily recreate at home: an epsom salt-and essential oil foot bath; a rejuvenating facial with a sheet or clay mask of choice ; a pampering soak using your favorite, foamy bath bomb; or a fun DIY manicure and pedicure. 

If a Netflix marathon is more your thing, level up the viewing experience by inviting the entire family to dress up as their favorite movie or TV characters. In lieu of hotel room service, prepare a themed snack spread. Create a platter of hand-rolled Kimbap, Korean cheese corn, and bottles of Soju to accompany your favorite K-drama. Or put together a Bridgerton-inspired menu of decidedly English treats including finger sandwiches, scones and jam, and the requisite hot tea with a variety of flavors to choose from, like the ones you would usually find in a hotel minibar.

Wish to be taken back to summers in wine country? If you have an all-adult household, organize a wine and cheese tasting session at home. You can even order a curated graze box to accompany the festivities. 

Whether you choose to turn things up with a watch party or wind down with a spa or yoga session, a staycation at home gives you the flexibility to do as you wish!


Order in and relax at home

If dining out is not an option, you can always elevate your at-home family dinner–or lunch or brunch. Now that working from home and distance learning is the norm for several households, having to put together a full meal can sometimes feel understandably daunting.

Cut yourself some slack and order in or take out deliciously prepared meals from your favorite establishments or neighborhood’s grocery. Then take a cue from your favorite dining destinations and set the scene in your dining room. Choose an apt playlist to accompany the meal. Turn down the lights to create a relaxing mood for an evening meal. And lastly, decorate with a vibrant table setting. You certainly don’t need to wait for a special occasion to dine–and bond with family–with extra flair.

Enjoy the signature Rockwell Lifestyle at East Bay Residences

At a development like East Bay Residences, you and your family will always have ideas for what to do in Muntinlupa–and you need not travel far to enjoy yourselves.

Thanks to the condo amenities, you have easy access to various outdoor areas like a great lawn, barbecue area, and playground where you can relax and enjoy. On the other hand, the pool area, jogging path, and gym helps you stay physically fit.

East Bay Residences also features a retail row where you can do your groceries, run bank errands, or take out food and drinks.

Finally, the development features units with generous space for every family bonding activity. Cuts range from 35 square meters for a one-bedroom to 107 square meters for a three-bedroom. Choose a flexible space that fits your lifestyle best at The Fordham or The Larsen Tower.


Ready to find a well-appointed home in Muntinlupa where you can have quality time with the family? Contact us today to learn more.

The Best House Plants for your Urban Sanctuary

One of the most popular home trends to come out of the 2020 pandemic is the inclusion of more house plants in one’s abode. As individuals and families started regaling their spaces with all manner of indoor greenery, the local terms “plantito” and “plantita” emerged as a declaration of one’s newfound love for gardening. And that came in the form of tending to the best house plants for any type of home, whether one lived in a studio or a sprawling bungalow. 

In fact, this growing love for indoor plants was observed across the globe. Alice Vincent, author of the book, Rootbound: Rewilding A Life says, “I’m sure many of us have sought solace and healing from the wonders of the living world during the anxious months of lockdown.”

And as early as 1989, a famous study conducted by NASA’s Stennis Space Center declared plants “nature’s life support system.” The study, which continues to be referenced to this day, resulted in a list of 29 plants noted for their air purifying benefits. This includes chrysanthemum, evergreens, ferns, orchids, as well as the plants in our list below. 

These benefits of indoor plants endear them even more to home dwellers. Not only do they provide aesthetic value, they also help improve health and well-being. If you are interested in bringing plants into your home, we recommend the following varieties for your garden.

Sleep better with snake plants

When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep – or a daytime nap- snake plants are revered for their ability to clean and refresh the air. Characterized by tall dark green leaves bordered by a yellow hue, snake plants which also go by the moniker, “mother-in-law’s tongue,” clear the air of pollutants such as carbon dioxide, benzene, and formaldehyde.

Like many of the best house plants to include in your garden, they require little maintenance. However, one should take care not to ingest the leaves as they can be toxic. So, make sure to keep young children and pets away from this plant.

In addition to snake plants, spider plants are another variety that can help keep indoor air clean.

Alleviate skin problems with aloe vera 

Aloe Vera has long been known for its beauty benefits, but also its ability to heal a number of skin conditions and irritations. Moreover, the plant’s thick gel can be used for managing acne, and healing burns, cuts, and sores. 

There is also evidence that consuming aloe vera can alleviate heartburn, improve digestion, and manage constipation. However reports have shown that care should be taken when drinking aloe vera due to risks for liver damage and stomach cramps. It can also be harmful for individuals with certain medical conditions, so always consult with your health professional before consuming aloe vera juice. In the same vein, if you wish to harvest aloe vera gel for topical use, consult with your dermatologist beforehand. 

As a house plant, aloe vera, which is technically a succulent, is low maintenance. They require bright but indirect sunlight, as too much sun will dry out the leaves. Moreover, watering aloe vera needs to be done only every two to three weeks.

Make a statement with dragon tree plants

The towering dragon tree plant is hardy, eye-catching, and easy to maintain, making them a popular choice for indoor gardens. Originating from Madagascar, dragon tree plants feature tall leaves that resemble swords. Although they grow slow, these plants can reach 20 feet, however they may be pruned to keep their height to six feet. 

Apart from providing visual appeal in your home, dragon tree plants can also help purify the air, even reducing levels of lead particles

Calm down with philodendrons

With several varieties that come in a range of colors from bright green all the way to black as well as pink, philodendrons are a great choice for new home gardeners due to their ease of care and decorative value. The heart-shaped, waxy leaves of philodendrons, which grow quickly, are capable of trapping dust, making them great for improving indoor air quality. 

And as with all plants in this list, philodendrons contribute to an overall sense of calm and well-being. In fact, studies show that plants can help reduce mental stress, a must as we spend more time working or studying from home.

Enjoy your own urban sanctuary with Easy Bay Residences

As many urban gardeners have demonstrated, you can create your own sanctuary at home! Located in Sucat, Muntinlupa, East Bay Residences has everything you need within reach for a home that is both convenient, strategically located within the city, and conducive to relaxation. 

Enjoy a variety of amenities that include sports facilities, open spaces, and a retail row with its very own grocery.

East Bay Residences also features generous cuts in its unit types. The Larsen Tower offers one-bedroom units starting at 35 square meters all the way to three-bedroom units measuring 107 square meters.  On the other hand, The Fordham Tower has junior two-bedroom units at 48 square meters and two-bedroom prime units at 73 to 74 square meters.

Whichever unit type fits your needs, there is more than enough space for living, growing and even accommodating an indoor garden to complete the urban sanctuary feel.

Find out more about currently available units by contacting Rockwell


Self-sustaining Communities: Your Next Property Investment

When it comes to your next property investment, it helps to think about your present circumstances, as well as how you imagine your future living situation. Since the quarantine period was first implemented last year, many workplaces have adopted a work-from-home set-up, causing people to inevitably spend more time indoors.

Because of the extended WFH situation, more and more people are looking for safe spaces that are open and relaxed, so they can regularly get some fresh air and stretch their legs. Additionally, consumers are beginning to see the benefits of living a lifestyle rooted in balance, as they scout for properties away from the excess bustle of central business districts.

Real estate in townships and nearby communities by the fringes of CBDs are gaining popularity because of its proximity to essential establishments and conveniences, while allowing you to escape excessive commotion––after all, living in the heart of a CBD may put you in the center of all the action, but at the expense of peace and quiet.

If you desire a more well-rounded lifestyle that allows you to live life in balance amid WFH, then it’s time to look into properties situated in calmer and greener communities. Many of these townships or self-sustaining communities are located in the south of Metro Manila such as Muntinlupa or Parañaque, offering more lush greenery while still staying close to the metro. 

How WFH has shaped living in the new normal
The remote working scheme has shifted our priorities when it comes to our living situations. While the old nine-to-five schedule might have made proximity to the workplace a priority in the past, distance becomes less of an issue when the work is primarily home-based. 

As people are spending more and more time indoors, they naturally want to be able to breathe, stretch their legs, and safely interact beyond the walls of their homes. As the lines between work and home become blurred, families and residents now prefer being situated in communities that allow them to live a more holistic lifestyle, where a quick jog, bike ride, or even just a breath of fresh air is just minutes away from their doorstep.

Many people are considering a calmer, greener community closer to urban conveniences
Under the WFH scheme, employees and professionals no longer have to brave the daily traffic on their commute to work. This gives them the liberty to move farther away from major metropolitan districts, and settle down in less busier parts of the metro with open, nature-filled environments. 

As people realize the need for healthier lifestyles, families are now on the lookout for green and peaceful communities that give them room to move, work out, explore, and live life to the fullest. Lush lawns, pocket gardens and planned outdoor spaces provide the landscape for residents to breathe and relax, and a secure environment for children to play and make memories. These areas provide them a respite from the urban bustle, while staying close to the comforts of the city. These include malls, banks, groceries, hospitals, and even schools.

A community that can accommodate all their needs

As people continue to work from home, there is a growing demand for emerging neighborhoods that offer a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere while maintaining conveniences at an arm’s reach. These make self-sustaining communities an attractive prospect for families and professionals looking to make their property investment. 

Perhaps you’re planning a family soon, or you want to leave properties for your children. A property that uplifts one’s quality of life within a vibrant community is a worthwhile investment for you and your loved ones and helps secure their future. When deciding on your next property investment, choose premium-quality developments by reputable developers that offer great value for their properties, while providing comfort, security, and a lively neighborhood.

East Bay Residences offers a serene environment while keeping a diverse mix of retail establishments and services within reach. Its location along KM21 East Service Road in Sucat, Muntinlupa, allows families a respite from the metro’s busy nature without venturing far from its comforts. Its strategic location lets you enjoy city conveniences nearby, while its curated Retail Row offers a mix of businesses that cater to diverse and varied lifestyle choices.

Working from home may just very well be the future of the workplace. Hence, now is a good time to plan ahead and invest in a property that can accommodate your lifestyle now and in the future. Work at home does not have to impact your family life––so it’s time to invest in a space that allows you to balance work and play. With wide and open spaces, exclusive condo amenities, and lush outdoor areas, East Bay Residences in Sucat, Muntinlupa, gives you more room to breathe. A self-sustaining community surrounded by lush greenery, East Bay Residences is your new urban sanctuary.

With East Bay Residences, your dream space is now possible. Its newest addition, The Larsen Tower, keeps you close to business centers and city essentials while sprawling amenities and its own retail row allow you to enjoy a signature Rockwell lifestyle within reach.


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What Convinced This Entrepreneur To Get A Condo During This Time

Is there really a right time to invest in your dream space? Here’s what businessman Christopher Castillo has to say.

Owning your own home or property is a dream most Filipinos have. But in these tough times, this dream takes a backseat. Many second guess spending their hard-earned money on most things, let alone big investments.

Investing, especially in your dream space — a place where you can put down roots or transform into a business opportunity — isn’t something to be afraid of.

According to Christopher Castillo, 32, an entrepreneur, real estate property manager, trader, and investor, investing in your dream space should remain a priority, particularly for young Filipino professionals.

There is no space for overthinking in investing

As an entrepreneur, Castillo is very familiar with taking calculated risks and planning for the future. He’s had his fair share of setbacks in his businesses, but he has always managed to learn from them.

Christopher Castillo says that when it comes to investing, “you have to be mentally and financially prepared.”

To Castillo, growth requires grit, or “mental toughness,” and this attitude also applies in investing.

“I personally think that some Filipinos are intimidated to invest because they tend to overthink. They question themselves with negative thought patterns like ‘What if it doesn’t work?’ or ‘What if I never achieve this goal?’ They generally focus more on what could go wrong, rather than what could go right,” he says.

“If you are willing to do what’s easy, life will be hard. But, if you are willing to do what’s hard, life will be easy,” he adds.

Having the ‘right mindset’ is crucial when making investments

Castillo believes that waiting is a common mistake most people make in terms of investing.

“It all comes down to having the right mindset,” he explains. “You just have to be mentally and financially prepared. As the saying goes, when it feels scary to jump, that’s exactly the time you jump. Otherwise, you’ll end up staying in the same place your whole life.”

Castillo also believes that putting your money in real estate, such as a condominium development, right now is a smart move.

He says: “Just like in the stock market, when prices are low, you grab the opportunity to buy. In real estate, the value appreciates every year, that’s why I didn’t hesitate [to invest in a condo last year]. The price was a bargain for me. It’s like buying on a discounted rate, which was a good deal.”

Setbacks shouldn’t stop you from investing in your dream space

Like many Filipinos, Castilo was not spared from the pandemic’s impact. At its height, he felt devastated when he had to shut down three of his food businesses. He took some time to reflect and think of ways to recuperate his losses. And that’s when he noticed that the pandemic did not have a huge impact on the real estate industry.

When he found out about The Larsen Tower, the latest development at the 7.2-hectare vibrant community of East Bay Residences, a project of Primaries, A Rockwell Company, Castillo grabbed the opportunity to invest in his dream space.

An architectural rendering of The Larsen Tower at East Bay Residences

“I’m the kind of person who always plans ahead. I took the chance to purchase the unit because you can never go wrong with a real estate investment. This asset will continue to grow over time even in a recession or other market conditions,” he explains

For Castillo, a unit at the 20-story The Larsen Tower is a versatile investment. He plans to use his condo unit first as a start-up home with his future wife, then as a business opportunity that will create passive income when they start a family.

As a future home, Castillo likes that The Larsen Tower is at a strategic location. The condo is situated in East Service Road, Sucat, Muntinlupa, just minutes away from Alabang. It is near retail and entertainment hubs and service centers, including East Bay Residences’ own
East Bay Retail Row.

What attracted Castillo, too, are the well-thought-out amenities The Larsen Tower will offer. There are lap and kiddie pools, a fitness gym, functions areas, jogging paths, wide-open spaces, and an abundance of nature.

East Bay Residences features first-class amenities, including outdoor pools.

And with the variety of unit types The Larsen Tower has to offer — from one-bedroom units to two-bedroom homes to even three-bedroom residences — it really is the ideal home for independent living, couples, and growing families.

Investing in a condo requires a developer you can trust

When investing in a condo unit, you must consider these important factors when researching its developer: the company’s background, financial stability, workmanship quality, track record, and portfolio.

For Castillo, Primaries, A Rockwell Company ticked all of these boxes. So, when the chance to purchase a unit at The Larsen Tower made its way to Castillo, it was love at first sight.

East Bay Retail Row has a curated array of restaurants, retail stores, and service shops.

“The brand speaks for itself,” the entrepreneur shares. “I have always been a fan of Rockwell properties because of its astounding projects, but I didn’t get the chance to invest before because the prices were out of my reach.”

“When I visited East Bay Residences, … I just fell in love with the place,” he adds.

Things come and go. That’s why when investing in your dream space, it’s best to take advantage of an opportunity, especially if the means are already there. You might even want to check out The Larsen Tower as Castillo did!

Lastly, one final piece of advice from Castillo for those who are thinking of getting their own dream space but feel hesitant: “Think of the bigger picture. Don’t focus on fear, risks, and setbacks. Instead, focus on the opportunities, potential growth, and rewards.”

Know more about The Larsen Tower at East Bay Residences by visiting Primaries, A Rockwell Company’s official website and following its Facebook page.


Accentuating Spaces with Minimalist Design

Open, uncluttered, and expressed in its simplest, most essential form, minimalist design promises beauty that is both deliberate and purposive without much ornament. Its practical approach creates a warm and inviting space, its aesthetic relaxes and soothes the mind, both of which make for a home design that will never go out of style.

So, how do you adopt this design for your space?

Introduction to Minimalism

Minimalism is an approach that centers around expressing only the most essential features of a product or subject, doing away with any excess or unnecessary elements. It’s considering the true nature or purpose of a space, and bringing that to the forefront of the design.

The approach was born out of the modern design movement, and while heavily associated with modern and contemporary interiors, minimalism can easily branch out and be applied to spaces that are more classic or traditional in design. What’s important is that the space feels clean and open with the right balance of accessories and colors.

Keeping your space simple and uncluttered opens it up to more light, gives the now unobstructed views a more prominent role in the space, and allows the architectural features of the home to really shine.

Benefits of the Minimalist Design

Minimalist design sets the stage for better quality living, as it enables those living in the space to focus on what’s important. And while great for the soul, the approach also goes hand in hand with functionality, which gives birth to more practical benefits.

Minimalism is great for making small spaces appear larger. A clean and orderly space with only essential furniture does wonders in opening it up. Getting rid of unnecessary knick-knacks, trinkets, and fluff creates more floor space, volume, and unobstructed views outside the unit. And with a simple mirror, you can take your added space and practically double it.

The philosophy of the approach is “less is more”, so with that comes less spending. Being purposeful with your choices for a certain space will save you on decorations and additional furniture.

Minimalist practices focus on practicality and functionality, and will save you time and effort of completely revamping your home later on. This is a design you can really settle with.

That said, minimalism does leave room for creativity and for those living in the space to be flexible with their decor and layout choices. Because it retains a neutral, subtle, and simple aesthetic, selecting minimalist home design pieces to add on or replace old ones with, becomes much easier compared to other styles that may be trickier to mix and match with. The open space also allows for easier reconfiguration of furniture.

While minimalism is mostly used for smaller spaces, the design approach is ideal for larger spaces like units at The Vantage at Kapitolyo. With expansive units, practical and purposive design, and inspiring views of the nearby central business district to add life, units at The Vantage allow residents to truly maximize all the benefits of a minimalist design.

Minimalism Through Decluttering

A great way to start incorporating minimalism into your home is by decluttering. This practice is simple, easy, and has immediate and positive effects on how a space feels.

First, you’ll have to identify which items are actually essential.

Once you’ve shortlisted your extra accessories, find a proper place in which they can be put away. Invest in simple storage solutions like tables and ottomans with storage. If need be, invest in cabinetry. The key takeaway is to have designated places for all your loose things to be out of sight.

Finally, create a habit of routinely checking rooms and common areas to ensure that no unnecessary items start piling up on your tabletops, couches, or any surface. And just for good measure, make it a point to throw away what you would consider trash immediately (envelopes of bills, packaging, etc.)

Another aspect of decluttering is reconfiguring furniture or doing away with barriers, so you can maximize the space. Literal dividers or consoles placed in the center of a room can reduce its length drastically.

While minimalist design can be applied to any layout, open floor plans are ideal. Many of the units at The Vantage at Kapitolyo, for instance, are open and spacious, giving residents the flexibility to add, reduce, and reconfigure furniture to explore their minimalism options.

Right Materials and Colors for Minimalist Look

Colors and textures you utilize in a space can greatly affect your mood. Blues can calm, while warmer and more vibrant tones like red and yellow can induce warmth, but also hostility.

When considering your color palette for a minimalist look, remember that “less is more”. Neutral or lighter colors are good for capturing the minimalist aesthetic, as these don’t lean too much in any direction. Think whites, blacks, creams, and greys.

Textures add warmth, depth, and richness to your space. Even within the same family of colors, throw pillows, knit blankets, and rugs can create contrast in a neutral space. Your core range of color hues will set the tone, while your furs, hides, and textured textiles create interest.

A good tip when filling a space with minimalist furnishings is to ask yourself if the space is overly stimulating. Once you’ve decided that your space is functional and aesthetically pleasing without being heavy-handed, do you really need to continue?


All in all, the minimalist design is a great way to bring about beauty from simplicity. Start anew and create the minimalist condo unit of your dreams at The Vantage at Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Inquire today!