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First Eco-memorial Park in the Philippines

Posted by Golden Haven on July 27, 2021
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Golden Haven is not only a memorial park that prides itself in beauty, aesthetics, and is seen all around the Philippines. Right now, Golden Haven is the only Eco-memorial Park in the Philippines.  

As seen through the modern design and structure of the parks, Golden Haven is one of the more beautiful memorial parks in the Philippines. Also, Golden Haven will be found everywhere and will be very accessible to everyone around the country with the 35 and developing branches located in 32 locations nationwide.

In addition to the visually pleasing memorial parks, these memorial parks take sustainability and environmental-friendliness into account. To further fit the bill of “eco-memorial” in the Philippines, Golden Haven Memorial Parks is a 100% open or green space.  

First Eco-memorial Park in the Philippines
Golden Haven Iloilo Memorial Park in the Philippines Drone Shot

Introducing green spaces 

Since it is a fairly new concept, what is open or green space? Open spaces are similar to green spaces but the two have nuanced differences.  

Open spaces made for the public but are not necessarily green spaces include structures like playgrounds, vacant lots, and schoolyards. 

Green spaces are a fairly new term — something still being conceptualized. 

Green spaces  are vast areas surrounded by vegetation according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Vegetation here refers to trees, grass, shrubs, etc. So, to summarize, the delineation between open space and green space is the emphasis on the plant life of that area.  

It is important to note that these spaces are privately owned even if these spaces are made for the public. In the case of Golden Haven, we are a private company but the parks are for the public. This is the company’s shift towards being a conscientious business.  

Cebu Scenic View of Rolling Terrain
Green Open Space

Advantages of green spaces 

Green spaces grant numerous benefits to our overall health.  

First, according to the World Health Organization in Europe, access to green spaces is associated with improving our mental health.  

Lack of accessibility and destitute quality of green spaces may contribute to poor mental health.  

Inversely, being in close proximity to 100% green and open spaces reduces stress and anxiety, improves mood, and helps one relax.  

Second, it is evident that green spaces are beneficial for the environment, particularly its impact on air quality and high temperatures. 

Number one, when it comes to air quality, human activity has undoubtedly polluted the Earth’s atmosphere.  

But for green spaces, considering the focality of tree planting, trees on their own act like air filters. Trees naturally function to absorb Carbon Dioxide (CO2) to produce Oxygen (O2). Man-made pollutants can be filtered out if more trees are planted, which will consequently increase air quality.   

Number two, high temperatures are very evident, especially in the Philippines.  

Not only is the Philippines a tropical country, but more and more “grey infrastructures” — like highrise buildings and factories — are being built, creating “Urban Heat”.  

Green spaces combat these through processes of shading.  

Shading refers to how tall plants like trees serve as a shed that decreases surface heat. This is especially important during summer days or heat waves. The shade becomes a shield for the ground from the sun using its branches and leaves, leading to the dissipation of heat.  

It is important to note that these are just two of the many advantages of green space. To add further, the quality of the green space is of utmost importance — and Golden Haven has taken all of this into account.  

Golden Haven memorial parks have veered towards “green infrastructures” and have emphasized investing in vegetation.  

Our parks are 100% green and sustainable, as well as beautifully designed. Taking all of these into account, along with their respective benefits, Golden Haven should become the best choice for death care.  

Premium on sustainability 

The driving factor that called for Golden Haven to shift to greener, more sustainable, and more eco-memorial is sustainability. This change becomes the company’s contribution to making Mother Earth way better for all of its inhabitants. Another example of being a conscientious business.  

Therefore, Golden Haven builds memorial parks in a way that the construction and operation of the park will not be harmful to the environment, especially in the long run, with companies giving sustainable development much more premium.  

In advertisements of the Golden Haven memorial parks seen around Social Media or the newspaper, one will be given a visual glimpse of the beauty of the eco-memorial parks.  

Sustainable Solar Lights
Solar Street light

All the parks have an array of unique shrubs, sheaves of vibrantly green and cut grass, and trees. Through this, the initiative for a greener memorial park is unequivocal. Also, doing this will positively affect the overall atmosphere of Earth. Every contribution counts. 

A company that cares 

A company that cares about its people and the world it is living in aims to build a business that wants everyone to succeed. It is considered bad business to drag one down to go up.  

So for the Villar group companies, not just Golden Haven, but Golden MV Holdings, and its sister companies and partners, all these companies want to show and prove that we, indeed, care for everyone. We want to show and prove that we are a conscientious business.  

Solely going back to talking about just Golden Haven, building beautiful parks around the Philippines was step one of the process. We showed care by building beautiful memorial parks and offering affordable deathcare services. We wanted to make Golden Haven as common a deathcare provider that everyone will come to trust us. This trust comes from seeing gorgeous memorial parks all around the Philippines.  

Solar Panels installed in Golden Haven Chapels Las Pinas
Golden Haven Offices’ Solar Panels

However, the next and crucial step is in going all-in for sustainability. Being the first and only eco-memorial park in the Philippines is a great start, but it would be far-fetched to call Golden Haven an eco-memorial park as a whole. That being said, the next chapter in Golden Haven’s step towards sustainability and eco-friendliness as a conscientious business begins with building more and more eco-memorial parks.  

First Eco-memorial Park in the Philippines
About the author:
Pocholo “Cholo” Hermoso is an intern at Golden MV Holdings. Currently in his 2nd year, finishing AB Communications at the Ateneo de Manila University.

About Golden Haven

Golden Haven Memorial Park is a subsidiary company of publicly listed Villar-owned Golden MV Holdings Inc. Currently positioned as one of the largest real estate companies in the country. Golden Haven offers premium death care services and prime memorial lots. It is dubbed as the most lucrative real estate investment with an average of 20% annual value appreciation.

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