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RL Picks: Top 8 Filipino Kitchens

Wooden elements and personal touches add warmth to the heart of these homes


The kitchen is one part of the Filipino home that brings family and friends closer. More than a place for preparing food, it has become the space where people gather for home cooked meals, meaningful conversations, and good old bonding with the people that matter the most.

Looking for design inspirations for your own kitchen? Here are 8 Filipino kitchens that just might interest you.

Travel Souvenirs and Thrift Finds in a Quezon City Home Homeowner Jinky Sembrano decorated her two-storey home with Filipino furniture and accessories. Her taste for the eclectic led her to artists in Luzon and Mindanao such as Agi Pagkatipunan. She paired the handcrafted finds with high-end pieces and precious hand-me-downs for a space that has rustic charm and modern style.

The wall that separated the kitchen and dining areas was torn down to create a bigger kitchen space. Wall-mounted kitchen cabinets and an abundance of drawers create a clutter-free cooking space.
Jinky used open plate racks to allow her to see and use every single item. Her collection consists of plates from Antipolo-based potter Lanelle Abueva-Fernando, Dapitan Arcade, and stores in Davao.

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Nature-Inspired Home in Batangas In some homes, reflecting the charm of nature can be a challenge. But in this property owned by architect couple Mandy and Myrna Mendoza, it was not a problem. Solid walls were removed to achieve a unique vibe in the comforts of the home.

In the kitchen, natural light streams through the big windows. For an organized space, cabinets were built underneath the sink.

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Renovated Condo for a Small Family Homeowner Marcie Go turned to interior designer Grace Reyes to renovate her family home. After shifting a few key areas in the floor plan, Marcie maximized the space and created more areas to make home life more comfortable for every member of her household, including her staff. To make sure all rooms in the house were visited and used, she used glass walls to make every area seem more inviting.

With the help of Grace, Marcie moved the kitchen to the space where the living and dining rooms used to be. Light orange walls provide a soft touch of color in the utilitarian space.

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Tropical Home in Antipolo In the house of Emma and Cesar Gutierrez designed by Divina Mallari, streams of natural light flood every room and a cool breeze flows freely — all lending a relaxed, laid-back air to the home.

With its high ceiling, generously-sized windows, and handcrafted furnishings, the Gutierrez kitchen is a beautifully sunlit dream.
The kitchen has a spacious walk-in pantry where all of the couple’s dishes, cookware, and ingredients are neatly arranged.
The couple makes it a point to highlight the greenery around their home as well as inside—even vegetables get a special place in their kitchen.

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Contemporary Two-Storey Home Filled with Art Pieces Building a new house is already an insurmountable task on its own. Fitting a growing art collection inside the property is equally difficult. Architects Edwin and Jecelyn Gumila rose to the challenge by transforming their 400sqm lot into a contemporary space filled with notable art pieces.

In the kitchen, the cabinets and drawers have a wooden finish for a warm, cozy feel. A bright green wall adds color and vibrancy to the space. The large windows offer a clear view of the lush garden outside.

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Clean Lines and Soft Colors in a Modern Asian Home Aura and Joey Antonio wished for a simple, clean, and an uncluttered home. Based on a modern Asian design, their home is all about clean lines, wide spaces for air to circulate, an open lanai to relax in, and Philippine-made décor.

In this kitchen, an old jeweler’s table is transformed into a modern stove. A pair of pendant lights from Binondo complements the clean lines of the kitchen cabinets, furnishings, and fixtures.

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Eclectic Art in a Modern Bahay Kubo A modern take on the traditional bahay kubo, Lilli Ann and Mol Fernando’s two-storey home is elevated a few steps from the ground. Designed with the help of architect Wendy Regalado, the house highlights generous windows that let natural light stream in, as well as allows cool air to flow through. Lush gardens surround the house. The home is intricately Filipino in design from the wooden slat flooring, neatly carved callados, down to the eclectic mix of antique furniture and Filipino artwork.

The kitchen cupboards have a tree-bark like design, creating beautiful shapes amidst the clean lined kitchen. Funky art pieces continue in the kitchen, like the kettle sitting on a mosquito-like sculpture.
Face sculptures on thin stands decorate the kitchen counter. The hot water dispenser is made of copper with two taps. Finding items in a rush is not a problem with this kitchen layout – even the pots and pans are easily seen as they hang from hooks on a metal grid, looking both decorative and useful.

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Contemporary House with Old and New Pieces Since homeowner Mia Santos loves to entertain family and friends, she wanted a house that was open, airy, and welcoming. To help her create the space that she needed, interior designers Frenjick Quesada and Chako Hirayama worked on the main layout of the house, then proceeded outwards to the main structure, and finally, out to the house’s garden and landscaping.

Since the homeowner loves to entertain, it was only natural that she would choose to have an open kitchen in her home. This set up is perfect, as it flows out to the dining area and the lanai. The walls are lined with green tiles that are easy to clean.

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