Celeste Legaspi’s Artistic & Airy Home

The OPM singer and her family create a home in perfect harmony with art and nature

Original Article: Chinggay Labrador Photography: Bahaghari Pictorial Direction: Issa Villar

Every good musical starts with a great beginning. And if singer and actress Celeste Legaspi’s home played out like a libretto, its overture would give the audience a taste of what to expect throughout the show. The entrance to her family home is open and inviting—a testament to the tropical design of the structure.

Visitors are greeted by a bold red door, a soothing Zen fountain, and eye-catching artwork. No surprise there as the Gallardos are a family of artists. Celeste’s father was painter and National Artist Cesar Legaspi; her husband is adman and composer Nonoy Gallardo, while her daughters have worked in the painting, music, literature, and design fields.   

A visit to the home would not be complete without a tour of the many paintings by family members and other artists on the walls. “It’s really the artwork of my father that determined our direction of artists,” Celeste explains. “We don’t plan out our paintings, we just let things flow.” Even the doors are decorated with artwork. “We couldn’t really afford expensive doors, so we decided to paint on them instead.”

Each corner of the home is filled with eclectic pieces, and the furniture of various styles create a casual, bohemian look. And through the years, Celeste has learned to live with the artistic jumble, which gives the home a warm and lived-in feel. “Our house isn’t perfect, but we’re happy here,” she says. 

Living Room

The Gallardos’ bright and airy living room opens to a garden lush with trees. Its high ceilings and open shuttered doors allow air to circulate around the house. “We realized that yes, we live in the tropics—it does get hot in the country, but that should be something people celebrate!” Says Celeste.

Low, wooden and woven tropical furniture are juxtaposed against the living area’s high ceiling and multiple art pieces. Celeste and her daughters painted some of the doors in the house. “Why spend a fortune on decorating when you can paint on your walls yourselves?” she says.

The high ceiling of the living room—it opens up to the second floor—helps keep the entire house cool, even in the summer.

Outdoor Area

In an open courtyard, the family’s collection of masks from different Asian countries overlooks the living area. “My good friend, Mitch Valdez, thinks the house is really weird,” says Celeste with a laugh.

Mandala Fountain

“Unlike other mothers, I tell my kids to go ahead and paint on the walls!” says Celeste. “Lala, my daughter, painted the Mandala [behind the fountain] while we were all out of town.”

Head of Siddharta

Celeste says that some guests find the randomly placed sculptures in the garden as odd. In this photo, you can find a large stone head of Siddharta hiding behind potted plants.

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