A Filipino-Style Cottage in San Pablo, Laguna

Vinya Alcantara, the mother of Casa San Pablo proprietor Boots Alcantara, welcomes us into her two-storey house

Original Article: Coni Tejada Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Gwyn Guanzon

In 1986, homeowner Vinya Alcantara moved into this beautiful country cottage with a pitched roof, brick walls, and crawling vines. Found on a six-hectare land that used to be a coconut tree plantation, this two-storey home is filled with precious antique furniture and other wooden pieces

For a relaxed and comfortable feel, the traditional Filipino items are paired with bright colors, rustic decor, and flourishing plants.

Read the original article ("Bahay ni Lola") in the August 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

Front Door

This charming Filipino-Style cottage is owned by Vinya Alcantara, the mother of Boots Alcantara, the proprietor of Casa San Pablo.

The front door of the two-storey house is marked with blooming hydrangea and other house plants.

Living Area

The most interesting thing in the living area is the semi-circle sofa from Vinya's old 1960s house! The unique shape of the seat makes it easier for family and friends to comfortably talk to each other. 

Saturday Group Paintings

The Saturday Group, a famed artists' circle, gathered to paint this house and the garden. The finished artworks have been framed and mounted on this brick wall

Living Area

This cozy corner near the living area is the perfect spot for enjoying a quiet moment or catching up with loved ones. We especially love the coffee table, which has a solid hardwood tabletop and wrought-iron base.

Dining Area

If you look closely, the dining chairs placed at the ends of the table are different from the other dining chairs. Mismatched chairs (with similar colors) can make your dining area stand out, too.


How can you create a country-inspired kitchen? If you ask us, you may want to consider brick walls, wooden shelves and cabinets, and dainty ceramic pieces


The den is the homeowner's favorite room in the two-storey house because the wide windows allow her to appreciate the view of her own garden.

The space is furnished with an inviting daybed and wooden furniture pieces. A red accent chair and thriving house plants add color to this family room.

Papier Mache Horses

The stair landing is spruced up with brightly hued papier mache horses! These vibrant pieces are whimsical choices for this plain, oft-forgotten corner.


The homeowner's canes are conveniently placed outside her bedroom door.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is furnished with a four-poster bed and a wooden daybed topped with a denim-covered cushion

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is also the best space for a modest home office! The sunlight streaming in through the large windows make it easier for the homeowner to work on her personal projects.


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