A Travel Blogger's Eclectic Filipino Home

Blogger Glenn Martinez showcases his love for art and travel in his colorful three-storey apartment

Original Article: Bubbles Salvador Photography: Dairy Darilag and Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Dagny Madamba and Paula de Guzman

After typhoon Ondoy destroyed travel blogger Glenn Martinez and nine-year-old son Joaquin's bungalow, they moved into a three-storey apartment nearby. Their new home now serves as a tambayan of artist friends and a venue for art events. It was even used as a set for an indie film starring Lou Veloso and Angel Aquino.

Glenn's ceiling is adorned with panels of a wood carved divider purchased at only P10 each. He bought the pieces when he got off a jeepney while traveling to Pila, Laguna. The rest of the house is filled with interesting pieces that each have their own special story to tell. 

Read the original article ("Art Haven") 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. 

Cane Rack

The cane rack or bastonero from the 1920s is used to display Glenn's cool hat collection. Close by is a hunter's backpack, once used to hold souvenirs during one of his many trips.

Woven Balls

On this table, woven balls are placed in a tribal bowl. Find similar pieces at Kultura Filipino.


When they visit, Glenn's artist friends leave sketches and drawings to add to the homeowner's collection.

Dining Table

“When we opened the door to our old house after Ondoy, this dining table was floating in the water,” Glenn recalls. Since the piece is made from wood, it had little damage and he was still able to bring it with him when he moved house. Sometimes, Glenn, Joaquin, and their artist friends would spend hours around this table, sharing stories over native suman and hot chocolate.

Vanity Table

This used to be an old vanity table from Glenn’s dad, now split into two and painted red. Artists Ferdinand Doctolero and Celso Pepito found it interesting and volunteered to paint and sign it.

Third Floor Terrace

Even the wrought iron garden set—a staple in most homes in the ’70s—has a story: “This used to be in our foyer, where my dad would come and drink whiskey with friends. He said he had bought it from Arte Españyol,” says Glenn. 

Third Floor Corner

Sunlight streams in through the terrace doors on the third floor. This area is also filled with chairs, cabinets, sculptures, artworks, and other Filipiniana pieces.

Banca Sculpture

Artist Ral Arrogante used copper wires and aluminum plates to make a banca sculpture. 

Jesus Sculpture

Glenn found a broken sculpture of Jesus and asked artist Lucky Salayog to rebuild the arms using found objects. 

Master Bedroom

Glenn's bed is inspired by a similar kamagong and molave piece at Casa San Pablo in Laguna. On both sides are tables from Puyat furniture makers. The tables are topped with vintage lamps that provide dramatic lighting.

Joaquin's Bedroom

Nine-year-old Joaquin's bedroom is furnished with a a wooden bed and an Obando-style cabinet from Bulacan. The space is completed with a graffiti artwork on canvas by artist Rai Cruz. 


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