A Modern Filipino Home in Quezon City

A couple finds contentment in an enclave designed by Architect Francisco "Bobby" Manosa and his children

Original Article: Coni Tejada Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Issa Villar Styling: Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson

For most of their married life, Dr. Jun Sanchez and his wife Dra. Lee lived on a plot of land that has belonged to the Sanchez family since the Spanish-colonial era. Even though some of their neighbors have already moved to gated communities, the couple wanted to stay in Sta. Mesa. However, they changed their minds when they learned of the plans to build an ice plant right beside their house. 

When Dr. Jun and his daughter, architect Arlene Sanchez-Maslog, found an enclave with houses designed by Architect Francisco "Bobby" Manosa and his children, they instantly knew that their search for a new home was over. In fact, although it was only the second property that they saw, the family patriarch decided to buy it on the very same day.

The Quezon City house is now furnished with old pieces from their Sta. Mesa home, including a dining room set, china cabinet, chandelier, and prized pottery pieces. Arlene explains that reusing beloved furniture would allow her parents to feel more comfortable and relaxed in their new space. 

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A ceramic figurine of galloping horsesa highly auspicious symbol in Feng Shuigreets visitors as they enter the front door. 

Living Area

The sofa is paired with intricately carved chests, locally known as a baul. Apart from being a table and storage unit in one, it can also be a safer alternative to the usual glass-topped coffee table.

Living Area

A group of paintings lends color to the side of the living area. Beneath it, another baul with mother of pearl inlay serves as a telephone table.


In the den, family and friends can appreciate the signature Mañosa woven-mat high ceiling. It is also the space where the Sanchezes gathers for their Sunday family lunch. Meals and stories are shared around a glass-topped dining table custom-built to match the antique chairs. 


The den also has a veranda that offers a good view of the entire property. The outdoor space features a rainwater gathering system that allows rainwater to seep through the slats on the floor. The collected rainwater is used to water the plants in the garden. 

Dining Area

Since their eight-seater dining table in Sta. Mesa could not fit into their new dining area, Arlene explains that they used their six-seater dining table from their farm. To provide contrast, she paired the antique dining set with a contemporary lamp. Completing the setup are a low china cabinet and a wall-mounted mirror from the Sta. Mesa house.

Pottery Collection

Dra. Lee’s pottery collection is authenticated by the National Museum. These particular ones occupy the entire built-in shelf in the dining area. 

Third Floor

On the third floor is a shared space between the bedrooms furnished with antiques from the Sta. Mesa house. When the grandkids come over, they do their homework on this table. Behind the table is an antique cabinet that houses Dra. Lee’s pottery collection.

Master Bedroom

In the master bedroom, the bed was originally designed to be right in the center of the space. However, Dr. Jun thought this made watching television difficult, so he placed the bed against the window instead.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom also has his-and-hers La-Z-Boy recliners for the doctor couple. The gray one is a reupholstered old piece from the family's Baguio home while the yellow seat is an anniversary gift from Dr. Jun for his wife.

Roof Deck

The penthouse has a lot of room for family, friends, and guests. “This is one of the things that made my dad go for this place–the roof deck. This is a place where he can entertain, and we always have Sunday lunches here,” Arlene says. Colorful pillows liven up the neutral-hued space.

Angled Window

The angled windowanother feature popularized by Architect Mañosacreates an overhang that keeps the light in and the heat out.


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