Celebrity Homes

Korina Sanchez-Roxas's Eclectic Asian Condo in Taguig

The award-winning journalist furnished and decorated her halfway home in the city

Original Article: Candice Lim-Venturanza Photography: Ocs Alvarez and Mike Dee

Since she has been living on her own since she was 21, journalist Korina Sanchez-Roxas has ended up with a considerable number of priceless artworks and antique furniture. And so, when she unexpectedly fell in love with former Philippine senator and 2016 presidentiable Mar Roxas, she did not know what to do with all of her precious possessions. She needed a place to keep her favorite things and a second home for her and Mar.

Although she initially wanted a house, not one of the 30 houses that she went to in Makati was right for her. Thankfully, she found a 400sqm unit that had more than enough space, an actual garden, and a reasonably priced rent. Her rented high-rise haven is now filled with the special pieces that she has owned and loved for years.

Read the original article in YES! Celebrity Homes 2015. YES! Celebrity Homes 2015 is available at bookstores and newsstands nationwide. Click here to download a digital copy of YES! Celebrity Homes 2015. 

Living Area

Since Korina and Mar actually live in the Araneta family compound in Quezon City, this condo unit is mostly used as a weekend haven. However, they still wanted it to be as comfortable as possible. With this in mind, the couple furnished the living area with a tufted sofa that has a unique shape. Facing it is a coffee table made from stone and wood. 

Living Area

Korina didn't want to rent a condo unit because she wanted to have her own garden. Luckily, this particular one came with a spacious outdoor area! Korina, Mar, and their guests can appreciate the view of this outdoor space from this particular part of the home.

The space is furnished with a small L-shaped sectional sofa and a fully upholstered ottoman used as a coffee table. 

Powder Room

The powder room is completed with framed nude sketches by great Filipino artists. Korina's collection includes artworks by National Artists for Visual Arts Fernando Amorsolo, BenCab, Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, Jose Joya, Onib Olmedo, Malang, and Juan Luna.

Dining Area

To provide her loved ones with the ideal setup for enjoying meals, Korina ordered this square dining table and 12 dining chairs with smooth, curved legs.

Korina adds that she first saw the Brand Van Egmond chandelier above the dining table in Germany. She didn't buy the piece, but she couldn't stop thinking about it. In fact, she couldn't sleep because she knew that it would be the perfect choice for her dining area.

Fortunately for her, the brand's dealer in the Philippines was one of her friends! The sought-after item now holds a place of honor in this special space.


Many condo units have small and narrow kitchens. However, this one is an obvious exception. There is more than enough space where the owner can prepare delicious dishes easily, efficiently, and comfortably. 


The lanai is furnished with a wooden screen, a floor lamp, and furniture pieces meant for the outdoors. 

Master Bedroom

Just like the other rooms in the halfway home, Korina decorated the master bedroom on her own. For a personalized feel, she likes to use old and new furniture pieces.

The master bedroom is furnished with a pair of carved wooden panels above the couple's bed. Beside the bed is a fully upholstered armchair and a wooden side table.

Master Bathroom

The master bedroom is completed with an en suite bathroom that Korina and Mar can use. Since there are two bathroom mirrors and sinks, the couple can prepare for work at each other's side.

Walk-in Closet

Although most of Korina's clothes and shoes can be found in their Quezon City home, the rest of her clothes for everyday use and special occasions can be found in this walk-in closet.

Guest Bedroom

To make the guest bedroom feel warm and cozy, Korina chose different shades of brown. The soothing earth colors add warmth to the personal space.

YES! Celebrity Homes 2015

To see more photos of this home, read the original article in YES! Celebrity Homes 2015. YES! Celebrity Homes 2015 is available at bookstores and newsstands nationwide. Click here to download a digital copy of YES! Celebrity Homes 2015.


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