Celebrity Homes

Danica Sotto-Pingris’s Homey Kitchen Filled With Colorful Collectibles

Cute and charming must-haves complete this cooking area

Original Article: Gabby Reyes Libarios Photography: Cyrus Panganiban

One of the busiest areas in Danica Sotto-Pingris’s family home is the kitchen—and that shouldn’t come as a surprise. The TV host and culinary school graduate’s love for food and cooking started from her childhood. “Maliliit pa kami ni Oyo, ’pag umuuwi kami galing school, nagluluto na si Mommy ng dinner,” she says, describing some of her fondest memories of her mom, veteran actress Dina Bonnevie. “Lahat from scratch talaga,” she adds.

Years later, she decided to pursue a degree in culinary arts and technology management at the Center for Culinary Arts Manila. There, she learned to hone her skills—from food preparation to cooking and plating. But even with her diploma, she says it is still her family and home cooking that inspire her the most. Now married to professional basketball player Marc Pingris and a mom to son Jean-Michel and daughter Anielle Micaela, Danica reveals that her brood keeps her creative in the kitchen. This creativity is not only reflected in the dishes she whips up for them, but also in the design details of the space. A collection of pretty, colorful knickknacks make the kitchen even more personal—perfect for the area where Danica is now making new food memories with her own family.

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While Danica says nothing beats recipes passed on from generation to generation, she also considers her cookbooks as sources of good recipe ideas to try.


This shelf is filled with coffee mugs and cups collected from the Pingris family’s many trips here and abroad.

Wall-mounted, open shelves can help you showcase your collection while avoiding a cluttered look.

Decor Detail

This coffee set serves both functional and decorative purposes in the Pingris’ kitchen.

Kitchen Detail

Danica credits her mom, actress Dina Bonnevie, for instilling in her a love for cooking and eating. No wonder the kitchen remains this TV host’s favorite spot in her own home.

How do you keep the kitchen spic-and-span? Invest in the right storage essentials! Cabinets, drawers, and wall-mounted shelves are the best picks! We especially loved Danica's display shelf with glass doors! It allows her to showcase her collections while keeping everything within reach and in place.


More dainty tea sets serve as practical décor in this young mom’s kitchen. Aside from keeping them inside cabinets or using these pieces as decor, you can also use it as part of a vignette that you can style in one corner of the room.


Serving on these trays makes the plating of food even more attractive. Danica says one of the skills she learned in culinary school was how to be creative with food presentation.

When choosing trays that you can use at home, have different kinds like: glass pieces, plastic ones (for kiddie parties), and ornate ones (for special gatherings).  


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