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Friday, February 24, 2023

Vista Land Launches its First state development in Bicol

On February 25, 2023, the country's leading integrated property developer, Vista Land, unveiled its first estate development in the Bicol Region, Santerra by Vista Estates.

Santerra sits on a vast 64-hectare prime expanse along the Pan-Philippine Highway in Brgy. Del Roasario,
Naga City.

Held at Vista Mall Naga, the grand launch was graciously hosted by 2019's Miss Kaogma Tourism, and 2018's Miss Bicolandia first runner-up, Krystel Sales. Fittingly entitled, FLOW, an acronym for Fascinating Lifescapes in an Oasis of Wellness, the event perfectly captured all facets of estate living in Santerra, a master planned community envisioned to become a city within a city, surrounded by nature allowing its denizens achieve a well-balanced lifestyle.

Heading the toast to the successful inauguration of Santerra by Vista Estates was Vista Land's Chief Operating officer, Jerylle Luz C. Quismundo, joined by Naga City Mayor, Hon. Nelson Legacion, Vista Estates Division Head for South Luzon, Teresa P. Tumbaga, and Santerra's Marketing Head, Jeremiah E. Pelicano. Revealing the grand master plan for the estate were Vista Land's Concept Development Officer, Engr. Lamar L. Lucena, and Vista Land's MRB Planning Head, Ar. Marga Torres.

Breathing life into the concept for Santerra through powerful production numbers was the award-winning company of D'Mag Dancers, and delighting the guests with a sumptuous banquet was Antigua Restaurant.

Taking its name from the words "sani" meaning "health" or "wellness," and "terra" which means "land," Santerra quite literally means, "a land of wellness." Comprised of horizontal and vertical residences, office buildings, retail and commercial establishments, convention centers, leisure hubs, and other institutions that cater to every modern-day need, Santerra is poised to become Naga City's nature and central lifestyle district.

Santerra is poised to become a central lifestyle district where urban living perfectly intertwines with nature’s best, allowing one to live a well-balanced life.

Wellness is a key theme that is embedded in Santerra's blueprint. Realizing the need for greener, more open spaces, that support a holistic way of living, Vista Land took it upon its shoulders to create these amazing lifescapes in Naga, that not only make everyday living convenient and comfortable, but also nurture a kind of life that nourishes one's mind, body, and spirit, allowing life to flow through every person in a seamless fashion.

Envision yourself escaping a stressful commute to work and, instead, being able to just walk or ride a bike to your workplace, all while breathing in the clean air that surrounds you. Imagine spending an active day with your kids at the parks and playgrounds within the community. Picture yourself enjoying a night out with your family and friends in Santerra’s wide array of healthy gastronomic concepts. Or imagine yourself simply waking up to the sounds of birds chirping and the feel of the gentle breeze emanating from the greenscapes within Santerra. 

Santerra Residences will feature amenities for residents' overall well-being such as a clubhouse, swimming pool, play areas, and so much more.

Allowing people to become the best versions of themselves, Santerra undoubtedly lives up to its name – it is indeed a land of wellness.

Born out of the grand vision of no less than Vista Land’s Chairman, Manny B. Villar, Vista Estates is a collection of prime masterplanned megacities offering unique, premium and sustainable lifescapes, all within a single expansive development. 

Santerra will also become the setting for a world-class civic center where people can converge, and forge links and partnerships.

Ready to aspire for amazing? Visit vistaestates.vistaland.com.ph or follow us on social media https://www.facebook.com/VistaLandAndLifescapesOfficial

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Nissan Navara, Nissan Livina Specs and the Nissan Intelligent Mobility Tour Naga

Nissan Philippines Inc. brings to Bicol the Nissan Intelligent Mobility Tour #NIMTour from February 3 to 5, 2023 at SM City Naga with a one of a kind venue to share to Bicolanos that Nissan is more than just the air-conditioning. Nissan has set up interactive monitors for us to fully understand and imagine what the Nissan Intelligent Mobility features are all about. 

The #NIMtour was also an opportunity for us to test drive not just one but three Nissan units and share to you our experience here just in case you were not able to visit the 3-day activity. There's a whole fleet of Nissan available at the tour such as from the executive and mighty Nissan Patrol, Nissan Terra, Nissan Almera, Nissan Navarra Pro-4X, Navara Calibre-X and the all new Nissan Kicks E-Power

More photos of the event HERE 

Test Drive available: Nissan Patrol, Nissan Navara, Nissan Livina, Nissan Terra, Nissan Kicks E-Power

First off with Nissan's ultimate pickup truck but with a ride full of comfort and safety features. If your journey always calls for adventure at any kind of terrain the PRO-4X (4X4) best fits for you. It's fully boxed and fully capable, ride with confidence and take charge with full strength in any road conditions because you get All Terrain Tires or this unit. 


2.5 L Turbo Diesel Engine

Multi-Link Rear Suspension with Dual Rate Coil Spring (this provides a smoother ride even in severe conditions, provides more comfortable ride even for those seated at the back)

190HP Max Power, 450NM Max Torque

All Terrain Tires

1 Ton Payload Capacity*


Intelligent 360 Round View Monitor with Off-Road Monitor

Forward Collision Warning with Intelligent Emergency Braking

Blind Spot Warning

Lane Departure Warning

Zero Gravity Front Seats

Apple Carplay / Android Auto

Interior Design

Enjoy premium comfort with black leather and orange accent stitching.


Aggressive Grille

Quad LED Projector Headlights with DRL

LED Tail Lamps

17" Gloss Black Alloy Wheels

With 5-Year Warranty or 150,000KM which ever comes first

The Nissan Calibre-X on other hand has the same exact features except that it’s only 4X2, but same Nissan Intelligent Mobility is in your pickup which can also carry 1 TON payload capacity for your business or family needs. The Zero Gravity leather front seats is definitely a game changer and yes both for the PRO-4X and Calibre-X. The price differences of these two units is just because of the 4X2 and 4X4 capability of the units. Up to you guys!

Now let's go to the latest addition to the Nissan fleet which is the 7-Seater Nissan Livina which is very ideal for families. If you are a car enthusiast you'll automatically notice Livina's resemblance to that of the Mitsubishi Xpander. Well, it's a public knowledge that Nissan now owns 34% of Mitsubishi, so it does make sense that they share the same blood by this time. As I have mentioned that we are really looking into considering a 7-Seater Car for our family for quite a few months now. From among the available units in the market in this segment, it was the Xpander that has grown so much into me because I have driven and used it also for quite some time. I have also driven once a Toyota Rush just to get a feels of it and an old Avanza just for reference of which is also a big competitor. I have also seen the new Honda BR-V but no test drive experience yet.

With that said, it's between the Xpander and the Livina VL. Everything is almost the same for these two, and I will say it in Bicol, nakalamang na gayo si Livina VL variant sa 5-year Warranty or 150,000KM (which ever comes first) because Mitsubishi only has a 3-year warranty or 100,000km. Plus PMS of Nissan is only TWICE A YEAR or every 10,000km. That's the better advantage of Nissan this time. Just to add despite this advantage, I just wished that the top of the line variant of Livina has an available roof rail already. Luggages in our roof rack is a feat that comes in handy especially for our family who do a lot of long drives as we want a comfortable seat inside the cabin.

Livina is a reliable partner for any of your activities.

Ideal for families

Multiple Storage Spaces (plus an under-seat shoe tray) 

Large Cargo Space 

Fordable Rear seats with multiple charging ports

Exceptionally cool air-conditioning

Entertainment on-the-go 7" touchscreen display audio with phone link and Bluetooth connectivity


Vehicle Dynamic Control

Hill Start Assist

Traction Control

ISO-Fix System

SRS Airbags

Anti-lock Brake System

Parking Sensors

Rear View Camera

Under-seat Shoe Tray

Just in case you missed the Nissan Intelligent Mobility Tour just visit the showroom

Nissan CamSur

Maharlika Highway, San Agustin Pili, Camarines Sur

I'll be doing a separate post about the Nissan Kicks-Epower but as a quick description as to how does this unit work? This vehicle is 100% electric motor-driven but gas-charged, so you don't plug it in get power from the grid. The e-POWER system offers full electric motor drive, meaning that the wheels are completely driven by the electric motor. e-POWER is comprised of a high-output battery and the powertrain which is integrated with gasoline engine, power generator, inverter and a motor. 

This car may not be solar-powered but I can relate so much into it because we live in a solar-powered home where there is an inverter and a battery. So the Nissan Kicks really got me so interested to learn more about it.