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2010 Sweepstakes Winner Returns From Philippines Trip

img3901sNow in its third year, LAF’s Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes offers a fun way to support the foundation’s research and scholarship programs. Matt Spidell of Castle Rock, Colorado was the winner of the 2010 sweepstakes and spent the last week of September in the Philippines at AECOM/Ayala Land’s Anvaya Cove resort.

Matt runs his own firm, Natural Design Solutions, Inc., which specializes in commercial development with an emphasis on xeric and sustainable design. He was thrilled to have the opportunity to visit a resort designed and built with unique ecological, economic and cultural sustainability features.

Matt and his wife Michelle spent three nights in Manila and three nights at Anvaya Cove during what proved to be an adventure-filled week, with heavy monsoon rains and Typhoon Nesat hitting the islands on the latter part of the trip. Despite the rain and experiencing their first typhoon, Matt and Michelle insist that they had a wonderful time.


“We so enjoyed our trip to the Philippines! We were fortunate to have the opportunity to fly on a world class air carrier, stay in a top-notch hotel in Manila, and experience the lovely Anvaya Cove resort, which is only a few hours drive from Manila.”

“We enjoyed experiencing the eco aspects of Anvaya Cove, which included recycling, non-potable water in our bathroom, advanced stormwater management, permeable parking, and energy efficient guest units. The resort was designed to provide customers a closeness to nature with indoor/outdoor dining, open air bars, pools and game rooms.”

img3882s“The dining facilities were oustanding with a variety of healthy options, including both American and Filipino entrees. We were equally impressed with the work ethic and customer service of the Filipinos. They made us feel like royalty.”

“We thank LAF, AECOM, and AyalaLand for hosting our trip. We enjoyed the culture, food and tropical environment and will always have fond memories of our time in the Philippines!”

LAF’s 2011 Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes is now underway. Register now for your chance to win one of two exciting vacation packages: a week-long trip for two to Crosswaters Ecolodge & Spa, one of the first ecotourism destinations in China, or a long weekend at the Carneros Inn, a vineyard oasis located between California’s Napa and Sonoma Valleys.

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