Slater Young responds to criticisms of Banawe Rice Terraces-inspired condo project


Celebrity content creator Slater Young defended his Banawe Rice Terraces-inspired real estate project after it received mixed reactions from concerned netizens.

Slater revealed the details of his project called The Rise at Monterrazas in his YouTube vlog, which stirred a buzz online after online users questioned its impacts on the environment.

The former Pinoy Big Brother housemate addressed the issue on his Instagram story on Tuesday, Sept. 5, sharing his reaction to the comments about the project.

“I spent the last few days going over your comments about ‘The Rise at Monterrazas.’ We’ve been working on this project for a long, long time. Our team is composed of dedicated architects, a lot of engineers, and sustainability experts,” he started.

Slater said his team had been working on the mountainside condo project for a “long, long time”, saying that it underwent “300 revisions” to make sure it was built in the “best practice possible.”

“When we posted about The Rise at Monterrazas, the response was honestly overwhelming. I appreciate everyone who took the time to comment — we heard all your sincere concerns. Rest assured we shall engage even more expert groups and environmental advocates to look over our plans,” Slater said.

The Rise at Monterrazas will be situated at the base of a mountain in Cebu, which Slater previously mentioned, is a drip irrigation system designed to “collect all the rainwater to a tank down below, and then we have an irrigation system to benefit the surrounding gardens promoting sustainability.”

Additionally, the project will require the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) for its construction which Young has already received from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Environmental Management Bureau. The ECC is a requirement for any projects that might result in significant environmental impacts.

He assured that his team will continue to update about the project, “The goal here is to listen, we’ll post updates as we go and to serve full transparency with this project. We share all your concerns and we will continue to listen.”

Patricia Dela Roca
Patricia Dela Roca
Patricia Dela Roca is a content producer with nerdy tendencies. She tends to lose herself in writing, films, fictional novels, video games, and in her Kpop bias' eyes.