Eugene Domingo's 60sqm Traditional Condo Unit With A Twist

The actress feels right at home in her revamped pad

Original Article: Joseph Dayrit Photography: Rene Mejia Styling: Gwyn Guanzon

In 2010, theater, film, and television actress Eugene Domingo decided to push through with a full-scale renovation of her 60sqm condominium unit which she shares with her two Shih Tzus.

For this makeover, she turned to Gwyn Guanzon, former creative director of Real Living magazine. She temporarily moved to another unit in the same building while the project was ongoing. Interestingly, there was a bit of drama behind the scenes, as she made use of her acting skills on Gwyn’s carpenters and electricians, thinking it would help speed things up. “Kunyari, hindi ako na-i-impress,” she relates.

As with her projects, the unit’s new look is a success. Eugene says it best: “Kahit na matagal akong wala, walang tao dito, pagbalik ko, I still feel at home. That’s the most important thing: that you always feel at home when you go back home.”

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Living Area

An exciting combination of the old and the new came about in the living room. In this area, a modern cowhide rug anchors the wooden daybed and the traditional chairs. The floors are also intentionally raw, per Eugene’s request. Gwyn had new cement poured and created a polished yet unfinished look that meets the lady of the house’s liking.

Living Area

Eugene couldn’t recall the type of wood her daybed is made of, but she is sure of one thing—“Hindi siya ka-ranggo ng dos por dos!

Living Area

Sliding doors make for an innovative function in Eugene’s pad, as it is used to separate the living room and the kitchen. A painting of Eugene’s late Golden Retriever, Shakespeare, hangs on one panel.

Dining Area

A Vito Selma dining table takes center stage in the dining area. Its intricate legs are wrapped in tobacco leaves and coated with a sealant to keep its natural look. Hanging above is a chandelier designed by Gwyn, which is made from a bonsai trunk and spray-painted in black, silver, and white. Capping off this unique lighting fixture are bulbs and strategically placed angel wings. A large mirror introduces a dash of glam to complement the space’s warm and earthy vibe.

Decor Detail

On one side table are three Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival trophies, one of which is Eugene’s for bagging the Best Supporting Actress award for 100 in 2008. The other trophies belong to her neighbor and best friend, Chris Martinez, who wrote and directed the aforementioned film.


Eugene spruced up her lanai with a collection of framed postcards from Europe, given to her by her friend, Aureaus Solito, who is also known as an independent film director.


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