A Rustic Family Farm in Iligan City

Out-of-the-box thinking, creativity, and hands-on enhancements turned this undeveloped lot into a lush farm and relaxing rest house

Original Article: Amillah Rodil Photography: Anton Sheker

Following a design philosophy from landscape designer and good friend Rodney Cornejo: “Anything that’s in your backyard, you just have to enhance it,” homeowner Jing devoted her energy into developing a property in the outskirts of Iligan City to a blooming farm and a restful place of tranquil relaxation for her family.

The property begins at a gate that opens up to a dirt road, winding through what is now a grove of blooming fruit trees. At the end of the driveway is a two-storey concrete house with a gable roof. Details like slim tree trunks for balcony railings and stone claddings give the house a distinctly rustic nuance and enhance its character. Inside, the living and dining areas are both designed to let plenty of light in, and to showcase the natural view.  From the living area, a wooden deck leads down to a clear stream flowing beside the house. The backyard, once overgrown with cogon grass and boulders stained with moss, is now a blooming farm of trees such as durian, jackfruit, mangosteen, rambutan, pomelo, star apple, and avocado, to name a few.

The interiors also follow the same design philosophy as a wooden deck that leads to a stream is repurposed from an old wharf, the dining area’s light fixture is a repurposed banca and the coffee table was once a horse’s drinking trough. With a little creativity, a little out-of-the-box thinking and patience, Jing has made this place serene and unique – perfect for a family retreat.

Original article by Amillah Rodil. Photographed by Anton Sheker.

 Read the original article (“Water Runs Through It”) in the May 2006 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Facade Tree trunks act as the railings for this two-storey concrete house. The off-white walls let the lush greenery around the house take center stage, with the rustic details like the railings and balusters creating a harmonious exterior with the lawn.
Living Area A daybed, an old karomata from Northern Ilocos, adds a touch of vibrant color to the rustic interior of clay floor tiles, indoor plants, and wooden furniture. A repurposed horse trough acts as a coffee table, where the hollow is used for storing magazines or coffee table books.
Pavilion A pavilion lets the family enjoy a perfect view of the farm and enjoy the cool breeze at the same time. It is reminiscent of a bahay kubo.
Wooden Pieces In this outdoor hut, wooden pieces take center stage -- as seen in the unique chairs and daybed.
Deck A wooden deck, made up of an old wharf, extends from the living room which leads down to a clear stream, clean enough to swim in, flowing beside the house.
Stream Following a philosophy of “Whatever’s in your backyard, enhance it,” Jing helped nature run its course by dredging the mud at the stream to allow the water to flow freely and re-positioning boulders and stones to help regulate the water’s flow.
Hut and Bridge For visitors who don’t want to get wet, a bridge and hut were made so they can still relax and enjoy the view.

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