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