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Sharon Cuneta’s Elegant Family Home

Spacious, inviting, and with a charming backyard, the Megastar’s abode is the perfect respite away from the limelight

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Original Article: Joseph Dayrit Photography: Rene Mejia

All homeowners will agree when we say safety and privacy are two important factors one must consider when settling in a space. In Megastar Sharon Cuneta’s family home in Mandaluyong, it’s easy to see how much she values life without the spotlight and far from the prying eyes of the public.

Dubbed as “The Fortress” by her close friends, the enclosed property has elegant interiors and an outdoor area that’s perfect for fun and relaxing weekends. Aside from the two-storey guesthouse, what makes this home stand out are the two spacious living rooms, the air-conditioned kennel, and most importantly, how it can be a safe haven for Sharon and her loved ones. A certified homebody, the multi-awarded actress also reveals she doesn’t see the need to go out—as long as she has her DVDs, books, and her kids.

Front Doors

Instead of having thick drapes or blinds, the home highlights the use of bamboo curtains—a sturdier option that adds to the homey feel of the space. On both sides of the front doors are tables and seating pieces.

Foyer

Upon entrance to the home, guests will be captivated by this ornate sunburst-and-cherub scuplture that Sharon bough in Paris. Similar chairs flank the console cabinet.

Grand Staircase

With its marble steps and wrought-iron railing, the grand staircase is a sight to behold and adds to the property's classical feel. Underneath is the area that separates the home's public and private areas. A few steps from the round table holding the tall vase is an elevator.

Art Collection

Music and art come together in this cozy nook. Sprucing up the walls are framed music sheets and a mother-and-child painting by Fr. Armand Tangi, a priest and painter.

One shouldn't miss the precious work of art set on the easel as well. El Dios Pan (The God Pan—god of music in Greek mythology) by Juan Luna defines the area. The said work of art was acquired for Sharon by her friend Claude Tayag in Madrid. Claude also crafted the sleek easel.

The paintings and other works of art in the home were personally chosen by Sharon. In this corner, a painting of horse carriages by Antonio Leano takes center stage.

First Living Room

This living room meant for guests and friends showcase seating pieces in light mocha, paintings, and table lamps that add a warm and inviting vibe. It is where Senator Kiko Pangilinan entertains visitors, too.

First Living Area

The doors near the TV lead back to the foyer, while the sliding doors under the AC units conceal additional storage for food. With its comfy seating pieces, guests can easily feel at home.

First Living Area

Given the size of the house, it's important to have doors and partitions to ensure privacy. While the second living room and formal dining room are situated far from the first living area, the addition of sliding glass doors makes sure that the space will remain undisturbed by the noises coming from other areas.

Second Living Area

Coming from the first living area, the second living area welcomes friends with a bright pop of color. Red is used as an accent color—beautifully showcased in the decor and furnishings. The white walls serve as the best background not just for the mocha chairs and colorful decor, but for the framed photos, works of art, and the travel souvenirs Sharon has collected over the years as well.

Decor Detail

The antique console table with carved rose details defining one corner was flown in from Paris. Completing the captivating setup are pairs of chairs and lamps that give off an inviting vibe. It's difficult not to notice the works of art on the walls, too—these paintings were done by Filipino painted Mauro "Malang" Santos. On top of the console table are more paintings by Anita Magsaysay-Ho, H. Stone, and Malang.

Dining Area

Another precious Paris find, the long dining table that can accommodate 12 people was bought at a weekend market. Though the wood is old, it still adds a unique appeal to the area—it has fleur-de-lis carvings on each corner.

Dining Area

Lovely Murano chandeliers help set the mood in the space

For lighting pieces that can wow your guests, visit Illuminati Technique, 3rd Level, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City. Click here to visit Illuminati's website.

Dining Area

Each area in the home won't be complete without a couple of paintings. In the dining area, two paintings by Fernando Amorsolo liven up the wall.

Powder Room

The dining area has its own posh powder room. It features the use of light-colored marble and glass partitions. Toiletries and hand towels are neatly organized on top of the counter.

Kitchen

A happy place for Sharon and her family, the kitchen is equipped with topnotch appliances. Since Sharon loves to cook and bake, the pantry is always full of ingredients and supplies. Look closer and check out the dumbwaiter near the microwave oven, too. A dumbwaiter is a small elevator that's used in many homes to deliver food and other things in between floors.

Outdoor Lounge Area

Located at the ground floor of the guesthouse, the lounge area by the pool is the perfect spot for quiet time, reading a book, or even afternoon snacks.

Outdoor Lounge Area

To be able to accommodate friends and relatives, the lounge area is furnished with enough seating pieces. On the left side of the space is a bar counter meant for entertaining and preparing snacks and drinks.

Outdoor Pathway

This outdoor pathway defined by tall bamboo trees connects the home's two living areas and the back garden. Not seen in the photo is the air-conditioned kennel.

Swimming Pool

Who wouldn't love waking up to a view of the outdoor area and inviting pool? We're sure there will be good vibes aplenty when Sharon and her family welcome each day with such a calming sight.

Read the original article in the 2012 edition of YES! Celebrity Homes Special. To download a digital copy of YES!, visit Summit Newsstand at http://summitnewsstand.com.ph/yes-magazine.

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