Tips on entertaining in a condo
Rosalinda L. Orosa (The Philippine Star) - February 23, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Filipinos are tops when it comes to entertaining guests at home but the changing landscape in our living spaces has made hosting house parties somewhat of a challenge, especially for people living in a condominium.

If you’ve stepped inside a deep and narrow condo unit, you know that there’s a big difference between space that feels cozy and intimate, and space that’s just simply cramped. Anuva, SOC Land’s debut residential project located in Muntinlupa City, makes it easier to get into the spirit of entertaining because the community and the unit itself are characterized by generous and efficient spaces that let guests feel right at home.

When having visitors over, it’s important that the space encourages natural flow of movement and conversation. Anuva’s square layout provides increased roominess that’s unmatched by other condo projects in the same price range and area. The square-shaped units facilitate socializing inside the home and give sufficient leeway for thematic styling. The kitchen is designed such that it doesn’t morph into the living room and restrict all the guests in one area; rather, the kitchen and living room are divided by a hallway that serves as part of the living room, so people can make the choice to stay awhile in one section or move between interaction zones.

A buffet set-up is ideal in a condo setting. Kick it up a notch by parking a cocktail bar cart by the dining hall. To save on space without sacrificing the fun, hang a cluster of votive candles or lanterns, party garlands, or a chandelier-style centerpiece. Any of these ideas will work well in a vertical development like Anuva.

Within the property’s 2.4 hectares, a generous 80 percent of the entire development is dedicated to open space for lifestyle and leisure amenities. Intimate and big gatherings like a family reunion or a housewarming party can be accommodated at the clubhouse and function room. At the roof deck in every tandem building, there’s a sky lounge for daytime and evening socials designed with indoor and outdoor areas that offer a lovely view of the city below. Near the lagoon, lake, and ponds, families can organize a seaside-type reception or an afternoon of swimming and BBQ picnic. After some time, big parties break up into smaller groups, and this is when visitors can really experience Anuva’s well-planned spaces: the children will be entertained in the parks, the game room, or playground; the grown-ups can bond over Tai Chi or yoga at the meditation area or themed garden; and mothers and their daughters will be reenergized at the spa room.

Parties these days often involve some use of technology, and since Anuva is a Wi-Fi ready community, residents can live stream all that fun to well-wishers watching from anywhere in the world. Safety is ensured through round-the-clock security and CCTV camera so residents can put their minds at ease and enjoy the company of friends. Each of the eight mid-rise buildings has three elevators to ensure smooth access to the units. Located near the South Expressway in Barangay Buli, Muntinlupa City, the address is easy to find if ever you’re planning a merry get-together at home.

Your hospitality doesn’t have to end once you move into a condo. Anuva makes sure that middle-income families can live the lives they want. That includes giving their relatives and friends a taste of home, and much more. SOC Land hosts an open house every Sunday so prospective buyers can experience for themselves the welcoming space offered in Anuva.

For inquiries, call SOC Land at 553-4070 or 553-4080, or visit their website at log on to


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