Katrina Halili’s House in El Nido, Palawan

Found inside her own farm, the tranquil sanctuary features spacious rooms and an incomparable view of the lush outdoors

Original Article: Candice Lim-Venturanza Photography: Roy Macam

Investing in real estate is one of the many things we can do to grow our hard-earned money. For actress Katrina Halili, purchasing 13 hectares of land in El Nido, Palawan proved to be a wise decision. Aside from building a three-bedroom house within the property, she also maximized the space by taking care of a few animals, having a small rice field, and renting out the piggery to one of the locals. Often referred to as Katrina’s Farm, the sprawling property also highlights a creek, a lush forest, and a never-ending view of greenery.

To say that the house is a serene escape would be an understatement. Not only is it a welcome retreat away from the spotlight, it can also be compared to a secret garden, a place where Katrina can spend precious time with her daughter Katy and her loved ones. While the actress had no part in the construction of the house, her mom Malou took charge of the overall look. It boasts of open spaces, minimalist bedrooms, and a charming aesthetic that’s reminiscent of country homes.


Found on a side of the hill in the middle of the property, the house is surrounded by lush greenery. The structure will remind one of vacation homes and charming country-inspired properties we often see online.


A clear path lined with plants leads to the house. From the outside, it’s easy to see the huge windows that give the owners a view of the farm. These windows also let in plenty of natural light and fresh air into the home. Wood was widely used around the house as Katrina’s mom prefers the said material.


A rustic porch welcomes guests into the house. It features patterned tiles, a trellis ceiling, and repurposed wood as railing on both sides. Adding an idyllic touch to the area are the vines that liven up the trellis.

Living Area

Simple yet sophisticated, the living area has minimal furnishings to highlight the narra floors. The low bench by the window serves as a seating area. Adding warmth and whimsy to the space is the capiz lighting piece and the artificial plants that Malou hung in the corridors.

Find a similar lighting piece at Azcor, 1014-C lmeda Building, A. Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City.


The quaint kitchen is equipped with appliances even if most of the cooking is done in the dirty kitchen in the backyard. It has enough cabinets and drawers where the owners can store their essentials, and we especially love the wooden counter that adds a rustic feel to the space. Malou has a penchant for using artificial vines as she used these again in place of curtains.

Guest Bedroom

A double door in the living area leads to one of the two guest rooms in the house. One wall features a touch of teal, adding to the calming feel of the space.

Guest Bedroom

Similar to the other areas in the house, it has minimal furnishings, with only two single beds and a table completing the look. To add to the old world feel, Malou also used white crocheted bed linen. If you will look closely, you’ll notice that the windows have no screens. Katrina’s mother opted to use katsa as curtains. This material can function as a kulambo or net that prevents insects from entering the house.

Guest Bathroom

Found near the foot of the stairs, the guest bathroom is completed with topnotch fixtures like a bidet and a shower enclosure outlined with wood.


A spiral staircase leads to the second floor of the house. Sprucing up the wall is a blown-up portrait of Katrina, a gift from the men’s magazine FHM Philippines.

Master Bedroom

The home’s second floor is divided into two areas—the master bedroom and the spacious veranda that’s adjacent to it. Although not seen in the photo, the veranda gives a lovely view of the farm. Following the overall look of the house, the master bedroom showcases a minimalist aesthetic, furnished only with a bed.

Master Bedroom

Waking up to a beautiful view, fresh air, and sunlight streaming in will surely put Katrina in a good mood. White linen was used to make the bed more comfortable and inviting.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom also has a high ceiling, allowing air to circulate freely.

Master Bedroom

Separating the bedroom from the bathroom are more artificial vines, another idea by Malou. These vines add a bucolic feel to the rom.

Outdoor Area

This bahay kubo found within the property used to be a hangout for Katrina and her friends. Since it’s unoccupied most of the time, it requires a bit of makeover to restore it to its former glory.

Read the original article in the October 2013 issue of YES! Magazine. To download a digital copy of YES!, visit Summit Newsstand at

More on

James Yap's Sleek and Modern Bachelor Pad

Liz Uy’s Glam Kitchen and Dining Areas

Pops Fernandez’s Modern Kitchen and Dining Areas


Latest Stories

Where to Source Legal Wood in the Philippines?

When building ethically and responsibly, research is key

How To Choose The Right Type Of Area Rug Or Carpet

Take your pick from different kinds of rugs and give your home a more polished, finished look

It's Time To Let Go Of These Old-school Home Furnishings

Do you still have a giant fork and spoon on display? Go for these chic decor furniture pieces instead.

A Restaurant's Old Warehouse Becomes a Modern Art Gallery

The Pancake House's former commissary has been transformed into Silverlens Galleries, a major player in the contemporary art scene

This Sweeping Hack Will Keep Your Home Dust-Free Forever

Dirt never really stays in the dustpan, does it? Rest easy, we've found the solution.

Rustic and Industrial Details Complete This 110sqm Condo Unit

Taking inspiration from Manhattan, New York, this two-bedroom home highlights the exceptional use of reclaimed wood, bricks, and other elements to create a space that is equally edgy and homey

These Instagram Accounts Will Inspire You To Become A Minimalist

It's all about keeping it sleek and simple

In Photos: A Peek at the Renovation of the Metropolitan Theater

If you have been curious about the progress of the Manila Art Deco building, here are exclusive photos of its restoration and how it looks now.

Up Your Style Game With These Woven Wonders

If you are thinking of giving your home a tropical touch, check these out

Make Your Bookworm Friends Happy This Christmas

Find a book that will make them extra giddy this season

10 Can't -Leave-Without-Them Gifts For Travelers

Do you have a friend who is always hopping on a plane or climbing a mountain? Give them these must-have traveling essentials before they go!

Jessy Mendiola’s Bedroom is Chic and Cozy

Discover how you can achieve a similar look for your sleeping space
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!