Building & Renovating

5 Sophisticated Ways To Add Pinoy Touches

You'll be surprised at how easy it is to achieve a Pinoy-style space!

Photography: Paolo Feliciano (Main Photo)

The use of natural materials and having large windows that let in a lot of natural light are among the many ways that can help you create a modern Filipino home. Having maaliwalas interiors and energy-efficient practices are even reminiscent of the Pinoy bahay kubo. But aside from these, you can incorporate Filipino elements more creatively. Here are some ways: 

1. Use rattan to clad the walls and the ceiling.

Architect Gelo Manosa calls this room the “rattan room” because of the prominent use of the said material on the wall and the ceiling. The rattan details even help conceal the air conditioner vent.

2. Use natural materials as headboard.

This can be a Filipino alternative to tufted headboards that are commonly seen in homes nowadays. A headboard made of woven rattan or abaca adds a tropical touch and also makes for a great focal point in the bedroom. 

3. Accessorize with woven rattan floor pillows.

These can complement your outdoor furniture in your lanai or porch. You can even put a banig to pull all the elements together. Find similar woven throw pillows at Grassroots, 3/L Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City. 

4. Furnish your space with Pinoy designer pieces.

If you have the budget to invest in one, by all means, do so. This daybed by Kenneth Cobonpue definitely puts a Filipino stamp in this modern-Filipino home. Visit to check out the designer’s collections.

You can also visit Kenneth Cobonpue’s Manila showroom at The Residences at Greenbelt, Esperanza St. (behind Greenbelt 3), Makati City. 

5. Play around with details and materials.

As the cliché goes, the devil is in the details. It’s hard to miss this banana fiber detail in the glass door that leads to the kitchen at Architect Gelo Manosa’s home. It even adds privacy to both the dining area and the kitchen. You can find similar work by Wataru Sakuma at MASAECO in Tagaytay.

PHOTOS: Paolo Feliciano | Dairy Darilag | Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions | Miguel Nacianceno

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