Filipino Masterpieces Adorn This Gorgeous Antipolo Home
The lady of this house proves that age is just a number, achieving her long-time dream of owning the home she’s always wanted at the age of 84. When her husband passed away and with six kids all with their own families, she decided downsizing from their former 3000sqm family home was in order.
Smaller, brighter, and much more quiet, her new house is just the right size for her. “My other house was too big for me—it was a five-bedroom home. My kids eventually grew older and left the nest, I’ve been living on my own since then. I eventually decided that it was high time to build a newer, smaller home,” she enthuses.
“I was very specific with what I wanted: a two-bedroom house with high ceilings and a floor area of not more than 250sqm,” she relates. Her home now stands on a 1000sqm lot in the hills of Antipolo, complete with a spacious garden for her plants and fruit trees.
Before construction commenced in 2016, she met with a contractor friend and planned her dream home from the ground up. “Lahat ito, ako lang talaga ang nag-asikaso,” she explains. “The layout and overall design were all my ideas. For the house plans, we just consulted with an architecture graduate, then had the plans approved by architects from the local government.”
She was very hands-on during the whole process, and directly supervised everything from construction down to the materials and finishes used. “I even picked out all the tiles and swatches myself. The process was a bit of a headache, probably because of all the trips to home depot!” she recalls with a hearty laugh.
As with any construction, however, things didn’t always go according to plan. Adjustments in floor area had to be made in the midst of construction to extend the kitchen and living area, and to make way for a maid’s room. “It’s really not supposed to be this big. We had to go for a slightly bigger floor plan due to all the elements I added in when I discovered new things I wanted for the house,” she laughs. “Which is fine, since I figured that I wouldn’t like a house that was too small anyway.”
After a year of construction, the house now stands on a sloped lot with picturesque views of the city. Stone steps lead to the entry, which opens up to a space filled with local pieces and oriental ornaments. “Our previous home looks similar to this one,” the owner admits. “We just transferred most of the things from our previous home. I didn’t really buy anything to fill this house; I was actually worried if everything would fit because this place is much smaller. Pero actually, mas maganda siya dito. Parang mas lumabas yung ganda kasi all-white lahat at high ceiling.” Some items though, still remain in their old home, which was done by renowned architect Francisco Manosa.
Displayed all throughout the home are woven items and wood pieces that showcase Filipino craftsmanship, which the lady of the house advocates for. “I’ve been collecting woven cloths from the Cordilleras for years now. I’m an avid supporter of local stores and trade fairs like Manila FAME or American Women’s Club. I like helping our local craftsmen, because they need to be supported and showcased, too,” she says.
Aside from her love for local products, she also adores local art. “Hobby ko lang talaga mag-collect. I didn’t even know the value of these paintings would go [for] that much. These works have been on display in my house for ages. Who would’ve thought, right? My children grew up with these paintings,” she shares. Adorning the house are artworks from national artists such as Juvenal Sanso, Malang, Ang Kiukok, Oscar de Zalameda, Cesar Amorsolo, and Romulo Olazo. “I didn’t even know these artists were famous. I bought these paintings because I liked them. My kids would often say before, ’Mommy, ang weird naman, bakit ganyan mga binibili mo,’ but I like it eh.”
Today, the owner’s main source of happiness is her spacious garden filled with fruit-bearing trees. With occasional trips to the gym and the metro to see her children and grandkids, she lives a healthy and happy life inside her new home. “I’m very happy with my new house. There’s nothing more I could ask for,” she concludes.