An 800sqm Resort-Style Dream Home in Makati

The Ligoneses have built their own urban oasis with resort-themed architecture and accents

Original Article: Chinggay Labrador Photography: Vincent Coscolluela Styling: Issa Villar Architect: Joel Muñoz

A home is certainly a place to unwind and relax, and the Ligoneses’ home in Makati City could not be more fitting: A move from the stately neighborhood of Magallanes to a more spacious property closer to the heart of the city allowed Jake and Jennie to discover the design scheme that perfectly reflected their family’s lifestyle and personality. With the help of their architect friend, Joel Muñoz, they settled for a theme that wasn’t just tried and tested for the family’s lifestyle, but was also suited to our climate.

Given the family’s tradition of vacationing in resorts, it only made sense to construct a resort-style haven amidst an urban jungle. “We just love the openness, the landscaping, trees, water features and the relaxed environment,” Jennie says. The actual inspiration of their home’s overall look stemmed from a massive mango tree located within the property. Wooden accents highlight the home’s resort vibe, along with earthy modern touches reminiscent of Zen-inspired spas and the Balinese tropics. The sprawling 800sqm home pays tribute to space and light, with plenty of floor-to-ceiling windows, large openings, high ceilings, subtle dividers, and a carefully thought-out floor plan. 

Original article by Chinggay Labrador. Styling by Issa Villar. Photographed by Vincent Coscolluela.

Read the original article ("Sizing Up") in the March 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Door Detail

All it takes is one exotic embellishment to elevate an ordinary element. In this case, the bamboo door handle works as a cue for guests and visitors that they’re about to step into a resort-style paradise -- setting the scene for guests.

Living Area

Jennie sought out the help of architect Tina Bonoan in decorating the house’s interiors. The expansive living room mimics the feel of a resort hotel lobby, but is made more homey with textured neutrals. A piano sits at the corner of this relaxing space, but the centerpiece remains to be the Milo Naval sofa, which can seat guests on either side, and doubles as the kids’ pseudo-trampoline.

The Feel of Space

A view of the Living Area from another angle --- the space opens up the whole house. The high ceiling and open windows give the home an airy and breezy feel.

Dining Area

The dining area is meant for hearty meals with the family. The use of warm lighting gives the space a cozy ambience meant for family dinners and special occasions. The lighting fixture enclosed in a cage-like piece gives the dining area a modern Asian touch.


Artfully placed plants on a sectioned pebbled floor underneath the stairs create a Zen atmosphere, while glass windows allow natural light to filter in and a glimpse of the garden and outdoor pool.

Master Bedroom

Since the master bedroom is where the Ligoneses spend time the most, comfort is key. But comfort doesn’t equate to banality—the vaulted ceiling, paneled headboard, and Moroccan hues of brown and orange provide drama and style.

Study Room

The study room is like a pocket of peace in the house. An office desk made of glass and a translucent rolling desk cabinet are paired with a refurbished antique office chair. The result: plenty of space for creative juices to flow in. The monochromatic drapes can be drawn to make the study cozier and more intimate.


Feel like you’ve been transported to an upscale spa upon setting foot into this spacious bathroom. Warm and natural lighting mingle seamlessly with wooden elements, making you want to indulge in a long soak after a hectic day at work.

Powder Room

The upscale spa ambience extends to the powder room with its laminated walls and warm lighting.


A hint of green and a lighter shade of orange complements the predominantly brown shades of the patio, while the low benches, custom-made mesh, and silk pillows further project a vacation vibe.


Living in the middle of a chaotic metropolis can make one feel claustrophobic. A strategically placed pond or even a small garden in a quiet corner can lend a sense of calm and serenity to your home.

View from the Outside

The house looks like a hidden resort in the city from the outside. Its raised foundation maintains its resort-style theme. The pool -- located just beside the small garden is a welcome treat after a long day outside.


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