The family den is the nearest room from the main door. It used to be the area where the family members received their guests. But since the house is still a work in progress, this room became a temporary storage space for all the personal paraphernalia that they don’t know yet where to place.
Benjie plans to renovate this room once he has the time and the resources. “It’s mine. Hindi ko pa lang napapaayos. Ang plano ko kasi talaga, man cave. Gagawin para sa akin, parang hangout, kasi may kanya-kanya naman silang rooms na sa itaas.”
One side of the room is a shelf filled with the numerous plaques and trophies that Benjie Paras collected during his basketball career. These awards are what remind Andre to strive harder to become as good as, if not better than, his dad in basketball.
“There’s a lot of reminders here,” Andre says. “Like, these are just a few, I think. There are more plaques and recognitions that Dad has. So it was pretty much everything I see around the house. It’s here, and it’s something to be inspired about.”
Much like the family den, the main entryway, which is actually composed of two swinging wooden doors (opposite page, bottom photo), is due for a makeover. “Medyo maingay kasi paglapat, pagsara no’n, kung mapapansin n’yo,” Benjie says. “Dapat, isang buo lang siya.”