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A Rustic Filipino Rest House in Tagaytay

An architect builds his family home using excess construction materials and Pinoy elements

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Original Article: Sunshine Selga Funa Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Issa Villar and Paula de Guzman

Homeowners Raul and Maribel live in a rustic retreat home on a pineapple plantation just off the road to Tagaytay. On sunny days, the couple can sit on the porch and appreciate the postcard-pretty view of rows of pineapple set against a crisp, blue sky. This idyllic setting adds charm to the family home.

Raul, an architect by profession, explains that he acquired the property in 1990. In 2003, he built the 350sqm structure using leftover materials from his various projects. He also made use of things from old houses. For example, the pillar at the porch is made of excess Vigan bricks and the coffee table bases are made from unused rebars. 

Five years ago, the couple started receiving inquiries regarding their rest house. In line with this, they decided to turn a part of the property into a bed and breakfast called Casa Mara. 

For inquires about Casa Mara bed and breakfast, call 0922-831-6341.

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Read the original article ("A Slice of Heaven") in the September 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

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