Ayala Alabang Village
It was in 1972, when the Madrigal family offered for sale to Ayala Corporation its 420 hectares of land in Alabang. Studies were made in the latter; instead of buying the land offered it expertise in real estate development.
The Madrigal family agreed in principle to Ayala’s proposal in 1975 and actual work on the area started in 1976. Buyers of land started pouring in. Number of buyers exceeded the number of lots for sale and more parcels of land had to be bought from various owners in the adjacent areas.
Drawing on its many years of experience in real estate development, Ayala Corporation developed the village phase by phase. Phase 1 of the Alabang Village was offered for sale to the public in 1977. Regardless of lot size, buyers have to abide strictly to Ayala’s standards and restriction. The first three residents of the village were Mr. & Mrs. Joselito Santos, Mr. & Mrs. Jose Escalante, and Mr. Howard Newhard.
The first to hold the position of barangay chairman was Don Enrique Zobel, who was appointed in 1981. He was followed by Danilo Tolentino and Anthony Abaya who held the post from 1984-1987 and from 1987-1989, respectively. Vicente Chua assumed the post in 1989, together with Oscar W. Antiquera, Alfred Xerez-Burgos, Ramon S. Fernandez, Wilma V. Palafox, Rolando P. Pineda, and Francisco A. Umali as kagawad . Mr. Vic Chua was the first duly elected barangay chairman of Ayala Alabang, being the topnotcher among the Kagawads of the Barangay election held in 1989. He was also elected President of the Association of Barangay Council of Muntinlupa, and a sectoral representative in the Sangguniang Bayan of Muntinlupa from 1989 to 1997.
Ayala Alabang offers the conveniences of modern living outside the busy streets of the city. The village's total area measures 694 hectares, and residential population is approximately 40,000.
Found around the area is the Ayala Alabang Country Club, which is a developed sports clubs as it is the first in the country to combine the features of a golf club, a polo club and a sports club. It is said that it is the biggest and most complete sports complex in Southeast Asia. The Alabang Riding School is also established for people who wish to avail of its equestrian facilities. It is one of handful of schools of its kind in the country and was inaugurated and blessed on December 11, 1980.
Exclusive schools like PAREF Woodrose School, De La Salle Santiago Zobel School, The Learning Child, Institute for Child Advancement, and the Montessori School, and churches such as the St. Susana Parish, St. James the Great Parish, and St. Jerome Chapel can also be found inside the village.
The village also has the Alabang Commercial Center, which is managed by Alabang Commercial Corporation. It occupies an area of 17.85 hectares and is the biggest planned commercial center complex in the southernmost reaches of Metro Manila. Its first phase was opened to the public on May 30, 1982 to cater to the shopping needs of the residents in and around the village. It consists of a supermarket/department store, a drugstore, beauty salon, an optical clinic, a bookstore, a bakeshop, a laundry and dry cleaning shop and various food outlets.
The employee housing project, which is in the process of completion, for the Ayala Group of Companies is Ayala’ s social experiment in an attempt to create an egalitarian community where people of both high and low income levels share the same facilities and services. The architecture is similar to those of the west Mediterranean villages where houses are covered with red brick-tile Tegula roofs and white walls.
The Barangay Hall and the community/neighborhood centers fill the need of residents for an assembly place to plan and discuss matters that are of interest to the community. The Barangay office, formerly located at the Multi-Purpose Hall along Palawan Street, is now located at the Ayala Alabang Village Association (AAVA) Community Center (back of AAVA office) on Narra Street.
- About Ayala Alabang. Accessed 09 May 2009.