writing without framework big application is suicide
Look at PhalconPHP, it is php extension PHP Framework one file dll, pure c, crazy fast
I hope that gdgsoft add this extension in default bundle. If not you have to put this extension in extension folder and enable it yourself
I do not understand why people are so aroused by LARAVEL, this is overrated junk, the whole opinion about him is from the years before he was just beginning, and now he has grown to absurd proportions. The economy around him was created in the same way as around Wordpress. I do not recommend using it.