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10 Things We Love About a Filipino Home

Interior designer Jie Pambid reveals the best things about a Pinoy house

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Photography: Miguel Nacianceno

What comes to your mind when you think about the Filipino home? Surprisingly, in as much as we think about the elements of the traditional bahay kubo, we also remember the many special memories related to this sacred space. We think about the meals on the table and the stories that we share as we gather around it. We think about our loved ones and the days that we spent together as a family. We think about the journeys that we've been on and how we are always happy to come home. 

And, as we reminisce on days past and look forward to those that will come, we have prepared a list of the 10 things we love about a Filipino home.

The Filipino home is unique

History, culture and topography helped shape the Filipino home as we know it today. From the “Bahay Kubo” to the “Bahay na Bato," the Filipino home has evolved into something quite distinct and one of a kind.

The Filipino home is airy

Although we live in a tropical archipelago where the weather is often warm, we don't want to live uncomfortably. In order to allow the air and wind to flow smoothly and seamlessly within your home, choose an open layout and strategically-placed doors and windows. 

RL Tip: In building your dream home, ask your design professional to create an open space with doors and windows that will welcome the breeze.

The Filipino home is warm

Since the Filipino is hospitable and loves to entertain, his home is designed to be inviting and welcoming. The home is planned in such a way that every guest feels like he or she is part of the family.

The Filipino home is textured

Since the Philippines has a lot of natural resources, our designers are easily inspired by the materials around him. This has allowed our homes to be filled with different earthy materialsfrom smooth polished stone to charming woven pieces. 

The Filipino home is well-lit

Filipinos love a home that is bright, especially during the day. We open our windows and draw our curtains to let the light in. The natural light makes our spaces seem even more beautiful. 

The Filipino home is neutral

We are referring to the home's color palette! Because the home is usually filled with natural materials with soothing colors like wood, stone, bamboo, and capiz, the Filipino home has a calming color scheme. 

The Filipino home is relaxed

With its open layout, earth colors, and natural materials, the home is conducive to rest and relaxation. This makes it the best space where one can relax after a day of stress and hard work.

The Filipino home is well-planned

The Filipino home is planned with several factors in mind. As previously stated, entrances and exits, location of doors and windows, and even the direction of the where the afternoon sun shines and sets must be considered.

As a result, the home is meticulously planned with special features to protect the owners from unpredictable weather and rising temperature.

The Filipino home is cultural

Three large island groups, sixteen geographical regions and 7,107 islands comprise the Philippine archipelago and have influenced the culture of the Filipino home.

Inspired by the stone houses of the Ivatans of Batanes to the Torogan of the Maranaw, the Filipino home has turned into a melting pot of local cultures. It has different colors, materials and accessories that make the home special.

The Filipino home is Filipino

It is not Chinese nor Japanese. It is neither American nor European. The Filipino home is 100% Filipino.

For anyone who’s ever grown up in a Filipino home, we know that it is enveloped in traditionthis is ingrained in the consciousness of its occupants. It is inspired by the weather and climate. It is built with materials that are found in its natural resources.  It is designed with the Filipino culture, Filipino values, and Filipino tradition in mind.


Ready for your own makeover? Interior designer Jie Pambid may be reached through his design firm, J.P. Lake & Associates. J.P. Lake & Associates is located at Unit 6F, Tower A, Kingwood Condominium, Vito Cruz Extension, Makati City. You may call the office at (02) 822 0473.

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