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Learn About Homebuilding From the Experts: Here Comes RealLiving Masterclass!

Get the best design advice from two of the country's top architects.

Photography: Courtesy of Diane Rochelle Cruz

Designing your own home is no easy feat. While there are many online videos and resources you can use for guidance, there is also no denying the value that the advice of an expert, such as an interior designer or an architect, holds. Unfortunately, though, not everyone has access to those. But if this is your dilemma, don’t fret–Real Living Philippines’ new offering is just what you need!

RealLiving Masterclass is a brand new video series where two expert architects survey the design of various homes featured on Real Living Philippines and offer useful tips for those who also wish to create beautiful spaces of their own. More specifically, the hosts will offer their thoughts on the look and functionality of those houses and share advice on how to procure materials and finishes that are both stylish and cost-effective.

The series will be hosted by Architect Gianne Borlongan, RMP and Architect Richard Manlulu Garcia. Ar. Gianne is the owner of Arcborders Architectural Design and Principal Architect of ViDRO Builders, while Ar. Richard is vice president and senior partner at Visionarch, which has been recognized as one of the top 100 architecture firms in the world, and current National President of the United Architects of the Philippines.


The first episode of RealLiving Masterclass, which will air on the Real Living Philippines social media pages on Apr 27, 2023, will highlight the container van home owned by celebrity couple Jennylyn Mercado and Dennis Trillo. The 1,000sqm house has, among others, a spacious outdoor area, a nursery, and a deck where you can view the gorgeous mountain view just outside. (Read more about it here!)

Future episodes of the show, meanwhile, will highlight other stunning homes that have been featured on Real Living Philippines, including this 36sqm home in Naga and this sustainable house in Alabang.

Don’t miss out on valuable design advice and tricks of the trade at RealLiving Masterclass! Make sure to follow Real Living Philippines on Facebook and YouTube.

ERRATUM: This article has been edited to reflect the correct designations of the hosts and the correct premiere date of the first episode of RealLiving Masterclass.

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