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Illumina Residences Manila by DMCI

Location Map

Site Dev't Plan

Grand drop-off / Atrium

Landscaped Atrium


Study Hall


50-Seater Function Room


Amenity Plan

Building Floor Plan

The location puts everything close by. Schools, malls, hospitals and offices are only 2 kilometers near. The T-shaped building allows for grand views of the Metro Manila skyline. The modern minimalist architecture lends a simple yet elegant design offering a fresh, clean atmosphere you want to go home to everyday. Single-loaded corridors, units place on only one side, supports natural light and ventilation while providing for your privacy. You also enjoy the luxury of space in the units, the landscaped atriums, and the building frontage. A complete range of amenities provide life's little pleasures.

Illumina Residences Manila, takes everthing familiar about living in Sta. Mesa and expresses it in a good way.

Building features
- Reception Lounge and Lobby
- High Speed Elevators
- Landscaped Atriums in every five floors
- Balconies in all units
- CATV and Phone Lines
- WiFi for the amenities area
- Ample Parking Spaces

- Function Room
- Study Hall
- Fitness Gym
- Deck Garden
- Swimming Pool

- LOCATED at V. Mapa corner P. Sanchez Sta. Mesa, Manila
- 6,935.50 SQM property
- High Rise Condominium 32 Floors
- 540 Residential Unit
- Units are:
Studio 24sqm Php1.4 - 1.5M
2BR 48sqm, 54.50sqm, 55.50sqm Php2.6 – 3.8M
3BR 66sqm Php3.9 – 4.8M
- Ready for Occupancy 2011
- 40% Down Payment Payable in 42 months - LOCATED at V. Mapa corner P. Sanchez Sta. Mesa, Manila
- 6,935.50 SQM property
- High Rise Condominium 32 Floors
- 540 Residential Unit
- Units are:
Studio 24sqm Php1.4 - 1.5M
2BR 48sqm, 54.50sqm, 55.50sqm Php2.6 – 3.8M
3BR 66sqm Php3.9 – 4.8M
- Ready for Occupancy 2011
- 40% Down Payment Payable in 42 months

Illumina Residences Manila is a modern and exclusive high- rise condominium that provides a comfortable and efficient city living for the carer driven, moderately earning Filipino families. Located in the progressive city of Manila

Proximity to Manila schools and
commercial establishments

A. Educational Institutions
• Don Bosco School – in front of site
• Don Bosco Technical Institute – 1.20 KMS
• Jose Rizal University – 1 KM
• Polytechnic University of the Philippines – 1.20 KMS
• Dominican College – 1.5 KMS
• Aquinas School – 1.5 KMS
• Central Colleges of the Philippines – 1.4 KMS
• Immaculate Heart of Mary College – 1.5 KMS
• Arellano University Plaridel HS – 1 KM
• Educational Research and Development Assistance
(ERDA) – 1.9 KMS

B. Medical Institutions
Lourdes Hospital – 300 MTS
UERM Hospital – 1.6 KMS
C. Commercial Establishments
SM City Sta. Mesa – 1.1 KMS
Fernandos Supermarket – 1.3 KMS
Agora Public Market – 1.6 KMS

Strategic Location and Views of Manila
Located in Sta. Mesa gives residents a view of the Manila
Skyline and puts Old Manila Heights within minutes from the
metropolis’s schools (Across from Don Bosco, PUP, CCP),
Hospitals (Lourdes & Unciano General Hospital), Malls (SM Sta.
Mesa), convenience stores, offices.

Value for Money
IRM offers residents an upgraded quality of living at an
affordable package. Because of its good location and proximity
within Manila, owners may have the option of living in their new
unit or having it rented out to students or employees looking for
a halfway house within the metropolis. Affordability coupled with
strategic location adds value to property thus having high – resale potential.

First Rate Amenities and Open Spaces
With a 60:40 building footprint ratio, residents will enjoy freedom of
space and amenities as compared to other comparable condominium

Efficient Condo Management
To free up your mind on some everyday household tasks, a
professionally trained property management team will be setup to
take care of your daily living needs such as garbage disposal and upkeep of
the property.

Unit Mix

• Studio (24 sqm)
• 2 BR (48 sqm)
• 2 BR (54.50/55.00/55.50 sqm)
• 3 BR (66 sqm)

Other Amenities

• Pool Area
• Outdoor Function Area
• Fitness Gym
• Deck Garden
• Utility Cages
• Residents Parking Areas

Other Facilities & Features
• 3 High Speed Elevators
• Overhead Water Tank
• Balconies on all units
• CATV & Phone lines
• WIFI (Amenities Area)

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aba., unti unti nang nagkaka skyline ang sta mesa ah., :) nice., :) eto pala yung matagal nang binabanggit ng DMCI na katuloy ng hampstead., :)

ganda sana ng location kaso sobrang traffic dito., SOBRA. sakit sa ulo. lalo na kung papunta ka ng boni or shaw., at lalong lalo na pag rush hour., :)

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saw this proj thought it was low rise

oh no with the design it's gonna hit any lrt 8 alignment:eek:hno:

The OC
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Homey living in a high-rise
By Anne Jambora
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Forget the impersonal, business-like hotel atmosphere. A home should be as warm and full of character as the family that resides in it. Bring back that homey air into condo living with this residential high-rise especially designed with the human dweller in mind.

The 32-storey Illumina Residences Manila by DCMI Homes not only has a balcony in every home regardless of size; it also gives everyone a view of the verdant greens right inside the building. Every five storeys, a landscaped atrium is built so no matter what floor you decide to live in, you see your share of a garden. That also means more natural light coming in, better ventilation and refreshment to the eyes.

“What you get are real balconies, not pseudo-ones where all you can do is place a pot of plant,” said Butch G. Berin, project development manager of Illumina Residences Manila. “We deliver to our clients exactly what we promise.”

And that’s a word of honor that comes with an affordable price tag for real middle-income earners. How affordable? Studio units, with floor area of approximately 24 sqm plus a 4.5-sqm balcony, start as low as P1.4 million. The two-bedroom, with 48 sqm plus a 9-sqm balcony, starts at P2.7 million.

Designed with a unique T-shaped architecture, corridors are single-loaded with all units to one side. Residents won’t have to put up with a view of another door right in front of theirs. They will have even more privacy as there are an average of only 17 units per floor.

Located on P. Sanchez Street, Sta. Mesa, Manila, Illumina Residences Manila is in a 6,935.5-sqm land area. Environmental concerns were also considered such that the condominium was designed and built around the heritage trees in the property.

A grand drop-off is located up front so that the building doesn’t open directly to the street below, with a reception lobby inside. Illumina Residences Manila will have a 24-hour security and overhead water tank. It has three high-speed elevators and ample parking space for the convenience of its residents.

With a generous amount of the space devoted to amenities and sprawling greens, children will have more space to run while adults can have the luxury of enjoying the outdoors while living in a high-rise.

Illumina Residences Manila has its own Study Hall, with free Wi-Fi Internet access for its residents. Other luxury amenities include a lap pool, fitness gym, deck garden, function room that comfortably sits up to 50, and a lanai area to spend lazy afternoons on.

“Because we are targeting real middle-income segments, we choose locations that are accessible to schools, hospitals and commercial establishments without having to live within the busy Central Business District itself,” Mary Maylanie L. Precilla, director for marketing, said.

To make it even more convenient to its residents, the building will also offer various services for a minimum fee, such as car wash, water station, laundry pick-up service and newspaper delivery. All these are manned by a team of professionals.

Due for official turnover in 2011, units come complete with finished flooring and ceiling, cupboards and tiles.

DMCI Homes is the country’s first Triple-A builder/developer, that offers modest income-earning families optimum value for their money by providing homes with exceptional features and amenities, world-standard level of craftsmanship borne out of more than 50 years of experience in the construction and development industry.

Studio Unit: approximately 24 sqm plus 4.5 sqm balcony
Two-bedroom unit: approximately 48 sqm plus 9 sqm balcony
Two-bedroom mid unit: approximately 55 sqm plus 13.5 sqm balcony
Three-bedroom end unit, approximately 66 sqm plus two balconies of 9 sqm and 7 sqm.

AMENITIES: Lap pool, fitness gym, deck garden, function room, study hall, lanai

BUILDING FEATURES: Grand drop-off entrance, landscaped atriums every five floors, reception lobby, three high-speed elevators, CCTV, 24-hour security, single-loaded corridors, balconies in all units, overhead water tank, ample parking space

The OC
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Airy, bright, fluid and stress-free
By Anne Jambora
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—A home is a sanctuary, a calm place that stops the noisy babel of the city at its doorsteps. To achieve this, a house’s lines must be clean, accents and accessories are kept to a minimum, and everything is streamlined. A house then should incorporate the functionalities and sleek forms of the Scandinavian design, which is known for its ability to “humanize” a space.

The soon-to-rise 32-storey Illumina Residences Manila, a sprawling residential oasis by DMCI Homes in the heart of bustling Sta. Mesa, showcases the Scandinavian design strength right inside its approximately 48-sqm two-bedroom model unit on P. Sanchez Street. So while the concept of condo living often brings images of cramped, boxed-like living, the Illumina Residences Manila brings back the sun and the view into everyone’s home.

“Long winters and lack of natural light in Scandinavia created a need for sleek and airy interiors that made most of the available light,” said interior designer Sharlyn Javellana, who worked with co-designer Karen Soriano on the project.

The duo used a white-on-white palette, moving only from warmer to cooler white. Splashes of colors appear on accessories and accent pieces so that the design flow is fluid and continuous. Furniture is painted white with wood stains in light silver wood color (grayish), consistent with the theme’s absence of dark colors.

And since the theme is Scandinavian-inspired, everything is movable with product solutions in mind. The coffee table in the living area, for instance, doubles as a storage space. Curves, another distinct Scandinavian design character, appear in accent balls and candleholder stems.

Window treatments are light and airy, said Soriano. The designers opted to put light layers of screens instead of heavy curtains and drapes. A sliding curtain panel with glass curtain over solid curtain, the screens allow the owners to adjust the amount of light that enter the room while still able to enjoy the privacy of their space.

“There is no complete blockage of light so you don’t feel confined in your own home,” Javellana said.

Cotton and linen fabrics, commonly found in Scandinavian-style homes, follow the natural theme, too. Plain or textured, the color scheme is repeated in many areas of the house so as not to distract the eye.

Unique storage solution Ladder-type open shelves, custom-built against a wall in the dining area, also doubles as storage and showcase furniture. As long as owners follow the rule of stacking together objects of the same size or color, this unique storage solution will not create a serious visual clutter.

“Pieces with storage as second function will be very useful for condo living where space is an issue,” Javellana said.

A table for four sits in the middle of the dining area. The furniture is a mix of straight lines with slightly curved details. Legs on chairs are thin and tapered. Neutral color blonde wood, such as beech, ash or white pine, is the color scheme of the furnishings.

Glass works are found in shelves and side tables to add a light ambience. In the master’s bedroom, mirrors and glass make the room glow without creating any shadows. Subtle touches of greens, blues and yellows are the designers’ way of bringing the colors of the landscape outside into the room. A sliding door with a concept similar to the window-treatment curtains leads toward a long, 9-sqm balcony that leads all the way to the child’s bedroom.

The child’s bedroom, said Javellana, is a dual-functional room. It’s scaled with the adult in mind, and only the accessories, such as books and a colorful clock, disclose its dweller’s age. When the child grows up, no major work is needed to adjust the space to his or her size.

A working area to the right of the room, with side table of glass and steel, also makes it convenient for mom to do her work while the child sleeps, Javellana said.

Toilet and bath, located across the living and dining areas, also serves as the home’s wet area, with appropriated space for the washer inside. Small artworks with subtle colors adorn the area, with a long mirror to bring in more light and add space.

The kitchen area, located next to the toilet and bath, has built-in overhead and base cabinets, and granite countertops. Sleek metallic finish with glass jars dominates the area. The kitchen is almost bare, with major appliances like refrigerators and countertop stoves taking up space.

“With the right use of colors and accents you can make condo living more livable. Space can become less of an issue,” Javellana said.

The OC
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Scandinavian Chic

Philippine Star
Friday, June 6, 2008

Designers adopt ‘casual aged’ style with a dash of modernism for Illumina Residences Model Unit and Sales Office.

A trip to Sta. Mesa, Manila usually evokes images of Old Manila and all the things that have become synonymous with the glorious city from the Spanish Era to the American colonial years up to today’s established districts which refuse to heed the call for change. For those who have had the pleasure of navigating its roads and side streets during years gone by, it is this old world charm that has been ingrained into the collective conscience and will forever be identified with Manila and all the districts that stem forth from it.

That will soon change with an inflection of modernism through the latest condomium project of DMCI Homes aptly named, Illumina Residences Manila.

A single tower of concrete, glass and steel that stands to be a beacon for modernism, functionality and innovative design concepts for the condomium market in Manila.

These design concepts and innovations can be seen at Illumina Residences Manila’s new sales office which was specifically designed to showcase the projects features and benefits.

The designers of the Illumina Residences Manila Sales Office in fact looked oceans away for the theme that can best suit this new development by DMCI Homes. Absolute Spaces Partner in Design, Inc. – a collaboration of experienced architects and designers — specifically chose a Scandinavian concept which combines the neutral colors of the Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish landscape for a “casual aged” appearance.

Sharlyn Ann Javellana, managing partner of Absolute Spaces, said that they wanted to create a sanctuary from the busy streets outside this venue. “We wanted to achieve a light and very calm ambience for guests, because outside, everything is concrete and gray, so when they go inside, we want to offer them a restful space.”

This may explain why homebuyers and guests entering the Sales Office feel welcome while lounging around the living area and the negotiation rooms or checking out the features of the model unit. Glass and stainless steel furniture, mirrors on the wall, and neutral shades for the accessories, combine for a light and easy feel. Guests don’t even feel the searing heat from the outside — window panels are covered with roller shades using very light treatment.

DMCI Homes is the country’s first Triple A builder/developer that offers modest income earning families optimum value for their money by providing homes with exceptional features and amenities, world-standard level of craftsmanship borne out of more than 50 years’ experience in the construction and development industry.

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oh no with the design it's gonna hit any lrt 8 alignment:eek:hno:
What exactly do you mean? Does the project need to move to give way for LRT 8 or vice versa? Will LRT 8 run directly in front of it? How about the road widening of P. Sanchez / V. Mapa?

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wasnt DMCI the developer for the Pioneer Highlands because they are using the same design so it appears, nice project but seem like they could easily modify the design to make it look more contemporary

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Granite and Radiation

Concerns are currently circulating regarding the use of granite in residential countertops. Reports suggest some countertops may pose health risks due to radiation levels occuring in natural granites.

Background: Natural Radiation

Granite is a normal, geological source of radiation in the natural environment. Granite contains around 10 to 20 parts per million of uranium. By contrast, more mafic rocks such as tonalite, gabbro or diorite have 1 to 5 ppm uranium, and limestones and sedimentary rocks usually have equally low amounts.

Many large granite plutons are the sources for palaeochannel-hosted or roll front uranium ore deposits, where the uranium washes into the sediments from the granite uplands and associated, often highly radioactive, pegmatites.

Granite could be considered a potential natural radiological hazard as, for instance, villages located over granite may be susceptible to higher doses of radiation than other communities. Cellars and basements sunk into soils formed over or from particularly uraniferous granites can become a trap for radon gas, which is heavier than air.

However, in the majority of cases, although granite is a significant source of natural radiation as compared to other rocks it is not thought an acute health threat or significant risk factor. Various resources from national geological survey organisations are accessible online to assist in assessing the risk factors in granite country and design rules relating, in particular, to preventing accumulation of radon gas in enclosed basements and dwellings.


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Radon Testing of Various Countertop Materials

Radon Testing of Various Countertop Materials - Final Report

by L. L. Chyi
Department of Geology and Environmental Science
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-4101
May, 2008


The testing procedures for radon emanation of granite countertops are designed for normal use of these stones only as countertops. Adapting the 4pCi/L action level as recommended by US EPA as a reference and the house is not in active use, Crema Bourdeaux countertop raises less than 7% of this action level. The second and the third highest radon count stone Tropic Brown and Baltic Brown can add only approximately 1% of this action level. All the other countertops adds only insignificant amount of radon to the house. If normal air exchange rate is applied or the house is actively used, then the radon addition should be much smaller.

The main source of radon emitted from granite countertop is from trace minerals found inside the brown or black minerals known as biotite because of their uranium content. The radon emanation from other minerals in the countertops such as orthoclase and quartz are negligible. If proper resealing is applied once a year or at other frequencies recommended by the industry, the radon emanation can further be reduced.

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Granite, Radon Controversy Continues - Jun 18,2008

The issue of granite countertops and radon-gas emissions geared up in May, as several reports by U.S. television stations, a new not-for-profit group and a couple of scientific reports fueled the debate.
By month’s end, the public discussion led to a new effort by the Marble Institute of America to combat what it sees as unfair allegations.

The current concern about radon-gas emissions came from Houston-based BuildClean™ Inc., a new non-profit group with a stated mission, according to its Website, to educate “consumers and the building industry about safe, healthy and environmentally friendly materials.” All of the information on the site, including links to scientific abstracts, deal with radon and granite.
The group issued a news release n late March concerning possible high emissions by some granite countertops, along with a program to offer free radon testing for Houston-area homeowners, which appeared in a number of online financial-news Websites via a national media-distribution agency.
The issue received more exposure via a May 9 report by KHOU-TV – “Are Granite Countertops Bad For Your Health” – that featured comments by Sara Speer Selber, BuildClean’s president, about the study and examples of granite with high radon emissions, along with a rebuttal by MIA President Jim Hogan that, “there’s no science that indicates or tells us of any stone being sold commercially available to the public for installation that has higher than the four picocures per liter EPA standard (for radon).”
KHOU brought in Dr. Wlliam Llope, a physics professor at Houston’s Rice University, to evaluate a countertop in a Houston home with a tested elevated level of radon. He went on to look at data measured from 95 different types of granite, and then created a hypothetical room, 20’ X 10’ X 10’, with 54 ft² of countertop surface.
Llope’s study showed that 92 of the 95 granite varieties tested emitted little or no radon. Two, however, exhibited elevated radon levels, and one released over the level that the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would consider dangerous in long-term exposure.
On May 14, the MIA released a study by Dr. L.L. Chyi, a geochemistry/environmental geology professor at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio, examining 13 granites that “are believed to represent up to 85 percent of the granite countertop market in recent years,” according to an MIA news release.
The study found all 13 varieties emitting far less than what the EPA considers a dangerous level. Dr. Chyi’s test measured the amount of radon that would be added to a 2,000 ft² normally ventilated home with 8’-high ceilings, again with 54 ft(2) of countertop surface.
WNYT-TV in Albany, N.Y., also visited the topic on May 21 – “New Findings on Radon and Granite Countertops” – including comments by Dr. Michael Kitto of the New York State Health Department’s Wadsworth Labs. Kitto noted that he’s studied 40 granite types and found one sample giving off significantly higher radon levels than the others, and that air exchange is greater in a kitchen than in a basement, where most residential radon tests occur.
“The vast majority of the granites are not likely to be a significant contributor to the radon in your house,” Kitto said.
The KHOU report also noted that the initial funding for BuildClean is coming from two sources involved with Silestone® and Cambria®, two quartz-surface brands in competition with natural stone. On its board of directors, BuildClean’s treasurer is Peter Martin, director of marketing operations for Cambria in Eden Prairie, Minn., and the chair is Hernando Diaz-Arauzo, vice president/operations for Stafford, Texas-based C&C North America, the North American distributor of Silestone and a variety of natural stone from Spanish quarrier/producer Cosentino S.A.

On May 23, the MIA announced the creation of the Truth About Granite Fund to “help finance a campaign to stop spurious allegations attempting to link granite countertops to the threat of cancer,” according to an MIA news release.The Natural Stone Council and Cold Spring Granite Co. of Cold Spring, Minn., each contributed $5,000 to start the fund. The MIA also sent a letter in late May to its members soliciting funds.
The MIA’s Hogan noted the trade group already invested $50,000 of unbudgeted funds prior to the fund’s creation, and that amount may increase by the end of 2008.
“It is important that we have all the legal, technical, public relations and marketing/advertising tools we need to protect the good name of granite and to reassure consumers that granite is as safe as it is beautiful, durable and practical,” Hogan said.
The Truth About Granite Fund will be a special segregated account whose expenditures will be overseen by the MIA executive committee. Contributions can be sent to: Marble Institute of America/Truth About Granite Fund, 28901 Clemens Rd, Suite 100, Westlake, OH 44145.


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Rice Professor: Granite Countertops Emit Dangerous Radon and Radiation

Rice Professor: Granite Countertops Emit Dangerous Radon and Radiation

By Alice Turner
19:21, July 27th 2008

Rice University physics Professor W.J. Llope alleges that according to his yet unpublished research, some granite countertops found in U.S. homes give out dangerous radon fumes and gamma radiation, due to their uranium content. While most stones are not radioactive, a few are, and it appears that nobody tests them.

Professor Llope tested some 55 stones of more than two dozen types of granite bought from dealers in and near Houston, Texas. A few of those could expose homeowners to 100 millirems of radiation in a time span of a few months, which is the annual exposure limit set by the U.S. Department of Energy for visitors to nuclear labs.

Of the more than a thousand varieties of granite sold in the United States, none of them is routinely tested for radioactivity. Meanwhile, Marble Institute of America rushed out a statement which alleges that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) statements reaffirm that granite countertops pose no significant health risk.

The Environmental Protection Agency says radon gas in homes comes mostly from soil gas that is drawn indoors through a natural suction process. The government regulator said that most construction materials made from minerals contain various small amounts of radioactive substances.

The Marble Institute of America also called in the statement Professor W.J. Llope's findings "junk science."

Granite is a high-quality construction material because it is nearly always massive (lacking internal structures), and is very tough. It is an igneous rock and formed from Earth's solidified magma. It is known to contain around 10 to 20 parts per million of uranium. It seems that there is some concern for buildings located over granite, as radon gas is heavier than air and is known to persist in basements sunk into the ground.

The chemical element Radon is radioactive noble gas that is formed from the decay of radium, and some sources allege that it causes 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States alone and is thought the second most frequent cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking.

Most granite quarries are located in Finland, Norway and Sweden, northern Portugal, Spain, Brazil, India and several countries in southern Africa, namely Angola, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.


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Bureau of Product Standards (BPS)

Looking at the turnover specifications of DMCI, their kitchen countertops are actually using granite. I do not know about the other developers but I think they should also publish what they are using. If ever they are using granite as with DMCI, I think it is better for them to secure at least a product certificate of analysis showing their radon emission potential. The Bureau of Product Standards should establish the acceptable level based on international standards. With this, public concerns regarding its hazard can be properly addressed.
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