Give the Best Christmas Present This Year to Your Family

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Nothing beats Christmas in the Philippines. It’s grand, long, and lavish. Thousands of expatriates come home for the season to spend time with their families and friends. However, the celebration also means one thing — a nightmarish traffic.

The Philippines ranks third in the worst traffic in Asia, according to a new survey commissioned by the ride-sharing platform Uber. The same presentation revealed that a commuter spends an average of 66 minutes daily on the road.

There’s no doubt that the holiday season would make it worse. In fact, traffic will build up the entire day, based on the 2016 data gathered by Thinking Machines. Road congestion will still occur during rush hours, but considering the unusually high volume of people and vehicles during Christmas, it will also peak even at noon.

Although the government is finding solutions to ease the congestion and resolve the traffic situation, there is still no viable and concrete long-term plan. For this reason, and other credible review sites highly recommend moving (to a more convenient place) to commuters.

The Developing South Road Infrastructure

One of the biggest advantages of buying a property in the south, particularly Laguna and Cavite, is its reliable road infrastructure. It currently has Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX), a 14-kilometer thoroughfare that connects you directly to the south of Roxas Boulevard.

Meanwhile, another road project called the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) will complement CAVITEX. It will reduce travel time to South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), an extensive network that links Manila to the south, by almost an hour.

More Affordable Housing

Christmas is one of the times when Filipinos are more generous, and nothing is a far better gift than a new home to welcome the New Year.

According to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the country enjoyed a robust real estate economy with prices increasing as high as 8% for areas both inside and outside Manila. Housing costs in key cities such as Makati and Pasig, however, have already been extremely high.

You are, therefore, more likely to buy more affordable properties — from condominiums to detached houses — in the south. For example, a unit in Rockwell, Makati could already cost around 13 million pesos. A similar condominium in Tagaytay, on the other hand, will only be no more than five million pesos.

You don’t need to bear the horrendous traffic every holiday (and for the rest of the year). Instead, you can make the most of the bustling economy, job opportunity, and comprehensive road networks when you move to the south.