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These Palawan Houses Are Rustic And Dreamy

From a Mexican-inspired villa by the sea to an earthy bahay kubo, these Palawan homes will make you dream about island life

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Photography: Ocs Alvarez

Palawan was once called “the last frontier,” and in spite of the recent influx of tourists, it is still considered a tropical paradise. With its beaches and forested areas, the largest province in the country is an idyllic place to set up a vacation house, or a permanent home. Get some island-living ideas from these Palawan homes that have appeared in Real Living.

Build a tree house


Architect Arlene Maslog created the perfect, playful family home in her husband Bong-Bong’s old family house from the 1960s. The tree house/playhouse completes the carefree vibe. Arlene had this made out of leftover wood, and added a swing because the kids didn’t have a swing in Manila.

Up-cycle in island colors



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Most of the furnishings, especially the Ambassador chairs in the living room, and the rattan and mid-century dining chairs in the kitchen, are pieces that came from Bong-Bong’s parents’ and grandparents’ homes. They were just refurbished and washed in a soft aqua color to update it.

Make the most of the outdoors


The house came with a huge backyard, and instead of building another structure, Arlene filled the yard with vibrant Bandera Española blooms, where her children and some pet geese frolic in.

READ: A Colorful And Charming Family Home In Palawan

Get inspo from exotic lands


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This sprawling Puerto Princesa home has almaciga ceilings, Vigan tiles, and narra floor planks, and curved plaster walls reminiscent of houses in Mexico. A combination of masculine leather sofas, teak furniture, and rustic accessories complete the interiors.

Set up living areas inside and out


The downstairs area was supposed to be converted into a garage, but the owners decided otherwise, and created a covered lanai complete with Oriental yoke-back chairs.

Face the sea


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Wicker lounge chairs are set out near the red palms in the yard so that visitors can watch the sunset at Honda Bay.

Create a classic bahay kubo


Instead of building the expected concrete house, the Banzuela family built a traditional bahay kubo within the clearing of their grove of mahogany trees. The classic bahay kubo structure fits perfectly into the laidback vibe of Puerto Princesa.

Utilize Pinoy building methods


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The Banzuela bahay kubo looks simple on the outside, but is complex on the inside. “Experimental lahat ito,” explains Cristine Banzuela. “It took so long kasi labor-intensive.” The family even waited to find a bamboo pole with the right curved shape to make into the stair railing.

Go all-natural


The kubo has an octagonal plan and a large wooden post in the center that supports the thatched ceiling and roof, with intricately woven rattan joining each truss, column, and beam.

READ: An Old Fashioned Pinoy Bahay Kubo In Palawan

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