Modern Filipino style for a 70sqm Condo

A TV producer fills her studio unit with Pinoy art and travel memorabilia

Original Article: Tisha Alvarez-Angluben Photography: Vincent Coscolluela Pictorial Direction: Dagny Madamba

The right choice of pieces can fill a small space with character and personality. For TV producer Nessa Valdelleon, her 70sqm condo is defined by her love for art, travel, and Real Living Magazine.

After choosing a Modern Pinoy home featured in a 2004 issue of Real Living as her design inspiration, Nessa collected art pieces from artists like Malang, Romulo Olazo and Ferdie Montemayor. She also has sculptures by Jecky Alano and Michael Cacnio. The bachelorette pad is made interesting with a tomato red accent wall covered in stencils of stamps from Nessa’s favorite places, including India, Germany, Spain, China, Czech Republic, and Italy.

Original article by Tisha Alvarez-Angluben. Pictorial direction by Dagny Madamba. Photographed by Vincent Coscolluela.

Read the original article ("As Real as it Gets") in the July 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at


The sofa was bought for 50% off the retail price at a home store sale. She simply replaces the slipcover to create different looks. Hanging on the wall behind the sofa is an acrylic cityscape by Ferdie Montemayor


On one side of the space, a framed Romulo Olazo piece from his Diaphanous Images collection hangs above the secretary’s table.

Have Love, Will Travel

A framed Have Love, Will Travel print from Heima hangs on another wall.


A wooden cabinet is used to store Nessa's personal belongings.


The Coconut Vendor brass sculpture by Michael Cacnio is one of the homeowner’s prized finds.


For a whimsical touch, a painted screen is set against one of the whitewashed walls.


Using the same color scheme unites the living and dining areas. Brown furniture and accessories add warmth to the predominantly white space.


This space used to be a standard-issue condo kitchen but Nessa replaced all the fixtures and asked a carpenter to change all the cabinet doors.


The side of her refrigerator is covered with her favorite photos with family and friends.


Nessa shares that she spent one whole year just traveling. She resigned from her job at one of the country’s top networks to visit all of the places that she has always wanted to go to, including India, Germany, Spain, China, Czech Republic, and Italy. To remember Nessa’s travels, Artist Bedick Rellama stenciled some of the stamps of these countries on a tomato red accent wall.


Wooden slats on the cabinet doors set this piece apart.


A corner of the bedroom has been turned into a cozy reading nook. The Tito Estrada escritoire or writing is the very first piece of furniture that Nessa bought. She used her entire Christmas bonus as a junior producer on The Probe Team years ago on the wooden piece.


The master bedroom is divided into two separate areas: one for sleeping and another for working. A sheer white canopy frames the bed. Nessa explains that the canopy turns the bed into a quiet, restful area where you can’t see anything except for the sky.


In the bathroom, Nessa replaced the “cheap-looking” pink tiles with white and brown pieces. She also installed a luxurious bath tub to create a rest house feel. The paminggalan-inspired cabinets were custom-made by Casa Antigua.


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