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An Eclectic Filipino Home in Batangas

An array of treasures and select art pieces find a new lease on life in an unpretentious house in the province

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Original Article: Chinggay Labrador Photography: Ocs Alvarez Styling: Gwyn GS Guanzon

Architect Gil Castillo – together with his siblings Victor and Manny, realized their parents’ home in Mabini, Batangas through recycling. The breathtaking abode is just a stone’s throw away from Anilao, a popular dining haunt in the area.

A petite-sized foyer that is chockfull of furniture welcomes guests as they enter the front door. The family’s eye for art is very evident as various artworks are seen throughout the house. From the foyer, a 16-foot cathedral ceiling living room will surely leave guests in awe. The yellow walls work well with the wooden ceilings – giving the space a comfortable and relaxing vibe. The living area opens up into the dining area which is highlighted by pieces from the family’s ancestral house.

Intricately carved wooden balusters, grillwork, and Capiz windowpanes, as well as art and other objects make up the new Castillo home, which possesses a refreshing mix of the old and new in its richly decorated spaces.

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Original article by Chinggay Labrador. Styling by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez.

Read the original article (“Eye for Art”) in the August 2007 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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