When it comes to living space, condos and townhouses are the trend these days. That's why John Prats and the rest of the family decided to go into the build-and-sell business—specifically, putting up a six-unit townhouse compound in Cainta, Rizal.
"Itong lupa na 'to, hati kami ng daddy ko," John says. "Half ng lupa sa amin ni Cams [younger sister Camille], and kay dad 'yong half. Dream niya [dad] talagang mag-construction for some weird reason. Hindi siya nag-aral ng construction, pero naniniwala siya na by reading books, kaya niya."
His dad's dream eventually became John's as well. The young actor invested his showbiz earnings in the project, and from time to time he personally supervised the construction, which began in the last quarter of 2006 and
was finished sometime last February. The whole thing was a family effort, with all of the family members contributing to the planning and the decision making.
The townhouse units come in three sizes-small, medium, and large. "We'll assure prospective buyers na pag pumunta sila rito, they have a choice kung ano'ng kaya ng budget nila, and they have a choice sa gusto nilang sizes ng house," John explains. "We'll help them pa nga if they want to take out a loan from a bank. We'll introduce them to a friend who'll help, para less stress din for them."
Two of the units have already been sold. John says he can't wait until all the houses are occupied. He plans to put up a pre-school next, something that he and Camille—who is expected to give birth in the U.S. this January—are working on.