A Renovated Weekend Home in Tagaytay

There’s something so charming about the Yonzons’ home that you just want to stay there 24/7

Original Article: Tisha Alvarez Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar and Carlo Vergara

The Yonzons’ Tagaytay brick rest house used to be just that—a weekend family home where the parents would retreat to with their five kids. But then a renovation in 2006 expanded this home so now, it’s also an office, a party place, and a venue for the huge Yonzon clan’s annual reunions.

Because the Yonzons are a sociable bunch, their weekend home is usually filled to capacity with friends and family; thus the need to extend the floor area. It now covers a bigger kitchen, a dining area with a longer dining table, a loft, an extra living area, and a powder room. The huge space is made charming by sampaguita glass, old railroad ties, a smattering of antiques, and art pieces.

Original article by Tisha Alvarez. Styling by Issa Villar and Carlo Vergara. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("Dream Casa Revisited") in the September 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Entrance Boboy and Guia’s collection of decorative owls is perched in various spots in the house, but mainly displayed on shelves by the entrance.
Sitting Area The yellow walls work well with the wood furniture pieces and comfy daybed. Artworks abound in the area as natural light from the windows give the space a warm and cozy vibe.
Sitting Area Detail The windows—through which natural light streams in—are themselves works of art.
A Mix of the Indoors and Outdoors Since the house is home to many friends, extra seating spaces are important. In this part of the house, catching up is made more relaxing with indoor plants and a couple of lounge areas.
Zen Spot In a house that’s undoubtedly full of chatter, a Zen spot such as this one provides some much-needed quiet time.
Dining Area Armed with a longer dining table, the dining area now sits in the extension of the house. Reproduced Vigan chairs make sure everyone finds a seat.
Kitchen Detail Transplants in the much-bigger kitchen are Guia’s old rangehood, oven, and kitchen island.
Hallway This bright hallway serves the Yonzons well when they need extra space for socialization.
Lanai Massive wooden doors—bought at Tiendesitas—open up to a bright and airy lanai.
Recycled Stairs These steps were made from an old set of stairs, placed in a location of the house that’s supposed to be good feng shui.
Indoor Plants Thanks to Tagaytay’s climate, the Yonzons’ indoor hanging plants have no trouble thriving.
Door Detail Originally facing the kitchen, Guia’s quirky watermelon mural can now be seen from the outside.
Spiral Staircase From the living area, a spiral staircase leads up to the loft.
Loft Depending on the need, the loft also turns into the TV area, nursery for Boboy and Guia’s grandkids, and a spare bedroom that can accommodate up to 15 people. Steel bars make sure that there are no accidents in the roomy loft.
Loft Detail One cozy corner of the loft makes sure that you can comfortably veg out in front of the TV.
Décor Detail Because the house almost always has hungry guests, it always has food—even stored in mason jars and disguised as décor.
Quirky Touch In the midst of lush hanging greenery, quirky details—such as this fish mobile—keep things interesting.
Intricate Details Art pieces are great for starting conversations; this piece is just one of those things you just have to talk about.
Recycled Pieces A collection of old wine bottles standing on top of a pretty wooden cabinet just goes to show that in every corner of the Yonzon house, something interesting is sure to catch your eye.
Wood and Art Accents The Yonzon home is never lacking in wood accents and artworks. In this corner, books, flowers, and art are carefully placed.
Modern Art Pieces Popping out of the bricks is a modern painting, tempered by a classic, stark bench.
Powder Room Off one corner of the new living area sits the powder room which pops out because of its bold red color.
Bathroom Detail Tropics-themed wallpaper brightens up the bathroom, which uses a rough slab of heavy wood as the counter.

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