Liv­ing Area

YES! (Philippines) - - Cover Story -

Ide­ally lo­cated near the head­quar­ters of the ABS-CBN and GMA net­works, the bustling Ti­mog Av­enue neigh­bor­hood in Que­zon City has at­tracted many celebri­ties and mo­ti­vated them to pur­chase homes along one of its nu­mer­ous grid-like streets. One of th­ese celebri­ties is Aljur Abrenica, who had his three-story town­house ren­o­vated in 2016. The re­sult is an in­dus­trial-themed home, char­ac­ter­ized by re­claimed yakal and ex­posed brick and pip­ing.

The de­sign is the brain­child of a good friend of Aljur’s, screen­writer-di­rec­tor Richard V. Somes, whose fil­mog­ra­phy in­cludes the movie Yang­gaw (2008) and the TV se­ries Maria la del Bar­rio (2011- 2012). Di­rek Richard, who also works as pro­duc­tion de­signer and art di­rec­tor, en­vi­sioned a home where artists can freely cre­ate and col­lab­o­rate with other prac­ti­tion­ers of the cre­ative arts and crafts.

“That time, hindi pa naka­plano na magka-fam­ily, e,” Aljur sheep­ishly ad­mits, ex­plain­ing the not-so-kid-friendly de­sign of his town­house. “Bach­e­lor’s pad pa no’n, e.”

But the ac­tor is hop­ing that he can keep his “artist’s sanc­tu­ary” as it is.“’ Ta­pos, maka­hanap na lang ng ibang place para sa bata. Pero for now, siyem­pre babaguhin muna namin… Si Kylie na­man ba­hala magde-de­sign.”

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