The original land that Ayala Alabang is seated on was owned by the Madrigal Family. In 1972 they offered the land for sale to the Ayala Corporation. In 1975, after much discussion, the Madrigal family agreed to the terms laid out by the Ayala corporation and work could then begin. Almost instantly, the area was a hit with many plots being bought up long before construction was completed.
At this time, the Ayala Corporation had a lot of experience in real estate development. Therefore they knew the best way to develop the village would be in phases. The first phase went on sale in 1977. The first residents to move in were Mr Howard Newhard, Mr. & Mrs. Joselito Santos and Jose Escalante.
Soon after the initial construction was complete, the Barangay was formed with the first chairman being appointed in 1981. This chairman was one Don Enrique Zobel. Over the years the chairman changed fairly regularly, but all of them had the exact same goals in mind, to ensure that Ayala was one of the finest locations in the country, and by and large, they managed to accomplish that goal fairly well.
At the time of writing, Ayala Alabang covers an area of 694 hectares with 40,000 residents. With on going construction that looks set to change at almost any time. People within the area are still enjoying the city life with a fantastic community feel to it.
Located in the area is the ever popular Ayala Alabang Country Club. This was the first club in the country which includes Golf, Polo and other sports. Many people regard this as the biggest sports location in Southeast Asia. Located a short distance away from this is the Alabang Riding School. It is one of the only ones in the country and has been open up since 1980.
Some of the more popular schools in the area include the PAREF Woodrose School and the De La Salle Santiago Zobel School. In addition to this, there are also a number of popular churches including the St. James the Great Parish Church and St. Susana Parish. Within the village, the local corporation manage the Alabang Commercial Centre. This covers an area of 17.5 hectares and is the largest commercial area in Metro Manila. The first phase was opened up in 1982. At the time of writing it includes a drug store, clinics, book store, bakery, a supermarket and various food establishments.
At the moment, the Ayala Group is currently developing employee housing. This is an experiment to create a community where both those on high and low income levels share the same facilities. The houses are being developed in a Mediterranean style.
The residents are able to gather in the Barangay Hall to discuss matters relevent to the community. This is located close to the Barangay Office on Palawan Street.
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