Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes
LAF's 2nd Annual Sustainable Destination Sweepstakes
Thanks to all who made donations and registered to win the all-expense-paid trip for two to Anvaya Cove, Philippines!
Drawing was held Sept 12, 2010 at the ASLA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The winner, Matt Spidell, receives:
- 6 nights’ accommodation (3 nights at Anvaya Cove, 3 nights in Manila)
- Roundtrip airfare between the US and Manila
- All ground transportation transfers
- $100/day per person meal and entertainment allowance
Matt Spidell of Castle Rock, Colorado has won the week-long trip for two to Ayala Land/AECOM’s award-winning Avaya Cove resort in Morong, Bataan, Philippines! Thanks to all who participated in the 2010 Sweepstakes, raising over $11,000 to support LAF’s research and scholarship programs.
Anvaya Cove demonstrates unique ecological, economic and cultural sustainability features. The trip is valued at $8,200. Special thanks to AECOM and Ayala Land for providing LAF with this generous opportunity.
- Beach & Nature Club with Watersports Pavilion offering snorkeling, kayaks, skim boards, body-boards, and open-air massage salas on the beach
- Nature Camp equipped with eco-trails, obstacle course, zip lines, ropes courses, and campsites
- Children’s Nature Playground and Discovery Classroom educational facilities and low-tide viewing of marine life in tidal pools
- Premium dining at the Piwikan Beach Bar and Grill, Bamboo Café, The Wine Room, and Tower Bar
- Library Lounge with internet access
- Game Lounge with billiards, chess, darts, and board games
- Beautiful sunsets and panoramic views of the surrounding bay and mountains
Key Sustainable Design Features and Approach
- Based core design concept “to return to meaningful family traditions” on the return of the pawikan (Olive Ridley turtles) to lay their eggs and “Anvaya” which means “family” in the ancient Sanskrit language
- Preserved more than 60% of the site as open space to protect viable areas of all ecosystems present in the area
- Sustained a sanctuary for the endangered pawikan turtles who lay their eggs along the beach between November and February each year
- Created the AEFI (Anvaya Environmental Foundation, Inc.) to work on issues such as reforestation and aiding to marine biodiversity through Giant Clam (Tridacna Gigas) seeding programs
- Utilized locally available materials and passive solar energy features for all structures to respond to climatic conditions such as heat, humidity and heavy rains
- Anvaya Cove’s development team worked hand-in-hand with locals and nearby villages to identify new economic development and employment opportunities