An Airy, Artsy Antipolo Home

This sprawling tropical retreat has been a Real Living favorite since 2004. After many years, it is still lovely and appealing

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Paolo Feliciano Pictorial Direction: Issa Villar Styling: Tala Singson

Wendy and Roy Regalado and their sons Franco, Io, and Carlo reside here. Wendy, an architect by profession, is the daughter of cultural icon and writer Gilda Cordero Fernando, from whom she inherited a taste for the quirky, as well as many pieces from her house and their former antique shop in Malate, Manila. “Even before this house was built, marami akong nakuhang stuff we can use for the house. The grilles over there, galing sa kanya ‘yun. Those old accent tiles in the kitchen, galing sa shop,” Wendy says.

Moving in the illustrious art crowd, Wendy is proud but nonchalant about a valuable piece: a sculptural seat by National Artist Napoleon Abueva, which she grew up with. “That Abueva chair was our first ‘sofa’ in our family house in Quezon City. Iyan lang ‘yung hiningi ko kasi all my kids are boys. I needed furniture that won’t break.”

Wendy’s design philosophy has always been to keep structures open and airy. Her own spacious family home is sensitive to its natural environment.

Ang structure nito, kaya bali-bali, we were avoiding several mango trees.” This harmony with nature extends from Wendy’s own convictions to the way private areas are built across the property. In this sense, they are living their beautiful dream home.

Read the original article ("Tropical Idyll") in the July 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Living Area

High ceilings and huge windows brighten up and ventilate the living room naturally.

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To complete the look of your dream home, make sure you choose furniture pieces that will go well with the theme. This chair perfectly gives off a relaxing tropical vibe.

Seating Corner

An old rocking chair serves as a focal point in this vintage Filipino vignette in one corner of the home. 

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Earth tones keep the one-level spread of a home not only livable but inviting, too.

Common Area

The ceiling with a light blue hue works well with the pieces found in the area. More classic Filipino-inspired chairs are added to the space while the huge windows let plenty of natural light in.


Ordered chaos reigns in this localized kitchen, with antique wood used to organize pans and the rest of the space made utilitarian.

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A model of a native Filipino house sits inside a more modern native Filipino abode.

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Modern white floors and antique furniture harmoniously mix old and new elements effortlessly.

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A native display of produce and materials gives character to a room divider.

Outdoor Living Area

Art and native elements, colorful pillows, Wendy’s bamboo-and-paper lamps make this airy and cozy room inviting.

Snack Nook

One of Wendy’s bamboo-and-paper creations hovers over a snack nook by a big window.

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A local hat stand in the living room welcomes guests and family members home.

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Details like these make art functional, too. An interesting wooden piece is placed by the door so the homeowners can easily locate their keys.

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The home somehow looks like a gallery with native hats and hardwood sungka set on display.

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The single-level spacious abode is bathed in sunlight, with many antique and art pieces.

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To make a house truly a home, you may showcase your likes and passions. Wendy’s love for cats is prevalent in pieces throughout the house.

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Give your space a refreshing touch by adding plants. In this corner, art and nature meet.

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An exquisite sculpture of Wendy by Julie Lluch is lifelike by a big window.

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An intricate glass lamp hangs on a doorway.

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Wood, glass, and metal exist in harmony on a handwoven local fabric.

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To maintain the theme throughout the house, wood is found all over the space.

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Antique wooden reliefs of religious icons adorn the walls.

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An antique bureau and phone come from the shop that Wendy and mom Gilda used to run in Malate, Manila.


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