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A Mix of Different Cultures in an Artist’s Home

A well-traveled portrait artist and painter makes a souvenir out of his home by introducing the beauties of his most beloved countries

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Original Article: Sunshine Selga Funa Photography: Jun Pinzon Pictorial Direction: Dagny Madamba

Fluent in Kapampangan, English, Tagalog, and Italian, homeowner Tom embodies a person of multicultural experiences—having traveled Europe and finally settling in Italy 23 years prior to returning to the Philippines. Other than establishing himself as a portrait painter, Tom studied Language and Culture in Siena and even ceramics making in Rome—filling his years with incomparable and irreplaceable memories.

Similar to his mix of interesting stories, his Makati home exhibits a life of travel and global experiences. Furniture and souvenirs from different continental origins adorn his humble home—mostly Italian and Japanese (due to a two-month trip to Japan). Despite embracing the cultures of others, Tom never placed any above his very own. A number of Filipino decorative pieces dot his eccentric space—creating an interesting eclectic mix that works together beautifully. Although Tom is keen towards the aesthetic of other countries, he still returned home to the one he cherishes the most.

Original Text by Sunshine Selga Funa. Pictorial Direction by Dagny Madamba. Photographed by Jun Pinzon.

Read the original article ("Ciao, Japan!") in the March 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at https://summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living.

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