A Modern Filipino Home in Antipolo

A mechanical engineer builds a family sanctuary in the heart of nature

Original Article: Sunshine Selga Funa Photography: Dairy Darilag Styling: Issa Villar and Tala Singson

Homeowner Vitty Gutierrez, a mechanical engineer by profession, worked on the concept of this 390sqm property when he was still living in Australia. He put his design ideas to good use in 2012, when he moved back to the Philippines with his wife Marie and their daughters Sofia and Ziva. 

The structure was partly inspired by the house of Vitty's parents Cesar and Emma Gutierrez, which has floor-to-ceiling windows that offer breathtaking views of the lush surroundings. Vitty's home also has a similar rustic-meets-modern feel. The wooden pieces are complemented by vintage touches and metal details.

Click here to see more photos and view the full tour of Cesar and Emma's house.

Read the original article ("Into the Woods") in the October 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. 


You only have to see the Gutierrezes’ house from the driveway to know the effort that the couple had exerted in order to build their 390sqm home.

From the small bridge leading to the main entrance, you’ll be welcomed by a ten-seater wooden dining table that Vitty himself designed. 

Living and Dining Areas

The wooden chairs are from Vitty’s grandparents while the coffee table made of upcycled wood and machine cogs is from Make It Up. The dining area (behind the chairs) is furnished with a custom-made, ten-seater dining set that Vitty himself designed and an elegant white chandelier from Lucina Home

Make It Up is located at The Podium, ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City.

Living Area

The living area is completed with a gray couch with metal studs from Home Matters. Beside the couch is a yellow suitcase turned into a cool speaker from Make It Up. 

Home Matters is located at 222 Medecor Building, Ortigas Ave., Greenhills, San Juan City. Tel. [02] 234-0784.


The modern kitchen stands out in the predominantly rustic home. Since the space is mostly in white and brown, the three droplights hanging over the kitchen island serve as fitting pops of color.


The stairs made from upcycled wood are completed with purposely mismatched machuca tiles from Malaga Tiles. The wall beside it is adorned with a mural by artist Ida Calumpang.

Master Bedroom

A corner of Vitty and Marie’s bedroom has a tufted divan from Home Matters and a white table that the couple borrowed from a school. “We’re not giving it back!” quips Vitty.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is also furnished with a Tempsmart bed covered in white sheets and gray and yellow pillows.

Master Bathroom

Since Vitty always wanted the comforts of an indoor bathroom with the feel of an outdoor bathroom, their master bathroom has all modern features complemented by the warmth of wood. The space is surrounded with clear glass so the couple can cherish the charm of their surroundings.

Girls' Bedroom

Sofia and Ziva’s beds are heirloom pieces from Marie’s parents, who originally used them as matrimonial beds. The couple had them painted according to their daughters’ favorite color.

Above each bed are the girls’ watercolor portraits done by their lola Emma and pages torn from Frankie magazine.

Girls' Bathroom

A wooden door from Sofia and Ziva’s room leads to their spacious bathroom. The first thing that captures the attention is a clubfoot bathtub from MC Home Depot. 

Girls' Bathroom

The bathroom also has a big wooden batya. However, the quirky piece still needs to be watertight before the girls can actually use it. 


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