source: VENVI DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
THE CENTER of an Ilocano’s vision
SAN NICOLAS, Ilocos Norte—Almost two years and four months ago today, I had the rare chance of a whole night one-on-one with a young Ilocano business tycoon in their family house somewhere in Ilocos Norte. From midnight thru the wee morning hours, our conversation crisscrossed from personal sharing, business plans, views on governance and development, and other interest areas.
What struck me most was the ideology and principles that ran through each and every shared subject. He said, “Manong, I consider myself made as far as business ambitions are concerned… I am decided to bring whatever fruits of my success back to my homeplace …” The young tycoon added, “I have a vision …great plans for Ilocos and our folks.” Atty. Hilario P. Valdez, founder and head of the Venvi Group of Companies, had just turned forty(40) years old when he spoke his mind that could change the life of hundreds of thousands of fellow Ilocanos.
Today, as I watch men constructing a huge drainage canal at the periphery of a now-developed 20-hectare land at the boundary of Laoag City and San Nicolas town, the message of the young Ilocano registers more clearly in the mind.
“The Center”, as it is dubbed, may as well be a vital part of that vision. Many informed observers would easily say that this center, when finished, would be a one of its kind place in the region. The developer could rightly state that they are bringing a version of Ayala or Ortigas Center to the heart of the traditional and countryside Ilocos.
The marriage of the global class products, amenities and style of life into the rich historical and cultural Ilocano heritage surely tickles the mind.
But most interesting and definitely more varied and colourful would be the local folk’s answer to the question “What would life feel and look like when the world-class mall, high-rise business & condotel buildings, 24-hour convenience, services and amenities become part of your neighbourhood?” Or more precisely so, when you begin to live and enjoy what The Center brings?