“mAtA­gAl nA Ako nAg-upcycle ng mgA gAmit. At Ang fA­vorite ko nA stores Ay hArd­wAre At of­fice sup­plies.”

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bed-sit­ter. Al­bert’s headboard is com­posed of the back­rests of Am­bas­sador chairs that were for­merly painted white.

“Noong ini-strip, narra pala,” he re­calls.

BATH­ROOM BUDDY. there Are mAny filipino mid-century ref­er­ences in the ApArt­ment, like this 1950s-style shelv­ing unit in­stAlled to cor­rAl toi­letries in the smAll bAth­room. 1. WED­DING GIFT. The Vene­tian glass mir­ror by the main en­trance is a wed­ding gift to Al­bert’s late par­ents, and it even bears an in­scrip­tion of the givers’ names. 2. ABSTRACTED RE­AL­ITY. A beau­ti­ful Lexy­gius Calip ab­stract hangs above the soli­hiya sofa in the se­cond-floor sit­ting room.

3. STILL LIFE. This buf­fet ta­ble and can­de­labra are mid-century pieces. The still-life paint­ing is by Lilia Lao, and the twisted metal “sculp­ture” is a pair of cur­tain ties from Ace Hard­ware.

4. FILE AND SORT. Al­bert be­lieves this vin­tage chest of draw­ers—now lo­cated un­der­neath the stairs— used to be fil­ing draw­ers in an of­fice.

Al­bert is fond of scour­ing sec­ond­hand stores. He found this eth­nic rug from dis­count em­po­rium HMR. The wooden fold­ing chair is but one of the many fur­ni­ture pieces he got from vin­tage fur­ni­ture dealer Effie Saquille.

looks fA­mil­iAr. the un­usual metal door han­dles of the bed­room door is a copy of the han­dles on the door to Al­bert’s gallery in pasay city.

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