WORK OF ART.

THIS MID­CEN­TURY HOME HOLDS FOND MEM­O­RIES IN THE FORM OF ART, PHO­TO­GRAPHS, AND TREA­SURED FAM­ILY PIECES

Real Living (Philippines) - - Realliving -

This Filipino-style home built in the 1950s is an open book that tells the many in­ter­est­ing sto­ries of a fam­ily of artists.

Ahome that has spanned gen­er­a­tions is a silent wit­ness to the lives of the peo­ple who have made it their sanc­tu­ary for decades. Ev­ery cor­ner, ev­ery piece of fur­ni­ture, ev­ery photo on the wall has its own story to tell. In this par­tic­u­lar abode built in the 1950s, a fam­ily of artists has, through the years, made it a work of art in it­self.

RC, the home­owner, re­calls that he moved here with his par­ents and sib­lings when he was 11 years old. Aside from a few ad­di­tions, most of it is orig­i­nal—from the walls to the pasi­mano that leads into what is now the lanai. The house, with a floor area of about 500sqm, is set on a 1,500-sqm lot to­gether with a smaller house.

RC and his wife Dudi used to re­side in the smaller, two-story struc­ture. The cou­ple moved here only af­ter the fam­ily ma­tri­arch passed away in 2016, ful­fill­ing the lat­ter’s wishes. “Sinasabi niya da­pat lu­mi­pat kami dito para di na kami puma­pan­hik sa sec­ond floor. Nagli­pat-li­pat na kami. Maski nan­dun lang kami sa harap, mata­gal yung li­patan. Ku­lang pa ang books namin, di­nadala pa rin namin dito. Ang unang gabi namin dito was March 17, and we had house­guests

com­ing, so yun ang dead­line namin,” they re­call. That smaller house will be con­verted into a li­brary. Ad­just­ing to a big­ger liv­ing space was no easy feat for the cou­ple. “Sanay kami sa small space. Nung nan­dun kami sa ka­bila, pag wala kam­ing bisita, nasa kuwarto lang kami. Noon, meron pa kam­ing dumb­waiter [a pul­ley that goes straight to and from the kitchen—Ed.],” the cou­ple re­lates. Now, they still stay in the mas­ter bed­room of­ten, but from time to time, they eat at the main din­ing area es­pe­cially when they have house­guests. “Be­cause our bed­room

pho­tog­ra­phy DAIRY DARILAG styling TALA SING­SON & KAMILA GAR­CIA words BUB­BLES SAL­VADOR

“Lu­maki ako, ito ang din­ing set namin,” says home­owner RC (above). An­other din­ing area is set up closer to the kitchen for less for­mal oc­ca­sions. From this van­tage point, you can ap­pre­ci­ate the rest of the home—from the liv­ing room to the lanai.

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