Nature Takes Center Stage in this Antipolo House

Incorporating the lush surroundings into their home came naturally for this environmentalist family

Original Article: Sunshine Selga Funa Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Coni Tejada Interior Designer: Divina Mallari

With a landscape filled with beautiful greenery and a stroke of wilderness, it was only obvious for homeowners Emma and Cesar to design a house that embraced its surroundings rather than diminish it. After commissioning Bruno Design’s Divina Mallari and her team, they knew that a natural-looking and eco-friendly place was their top priority.

Once inside the stunning Antipolo home, it’s not hard to see why. Pristine views of lush terrain can be seen all throughout the house, streams of natural light flood every room, a cool breeze flows freely through—all lending a relaxed, laid-back air to the home. To keep within the theme, most of the materials, fixtures, and furniture in the house are vintage—either secondhand or scrapped. Despite all of this good-doing, Emma still worries her home might seem “pretentious.” But looking around, there’s nothing pretentious about it—just a home they knew would sit right with nature and with the family.

Original Text by Sunshine Selga-Funa. Styling by Coni Tejada. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("Green House") in the January 2010 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at


The structure of the house follows the organic slope of its landscape thereby making an interest shape.

Living Area

Emma wanted a certain fluidity in her home so no distinct boundaries were placed. The living room, dining area, library, and kitchen are closely knitted together although they are distinguishable from one another.

Living Area Detail

The wooden console table in the living room was previously owned by cult film director Joey Gosiengfiao. This is just one of the many vintage finds that Emma introduced into her home.

Dining Area

The dining area is simple enough with its mismatched wooden chairs and clear glass top.


High ceilings, open windows, and artisan furnishings, the Gutierrez kitchen is a beautifully sunlit dream.

Kitchen Detail

The kitchen houses a spacious walk-in pantry where all of the couple’s dishes, cookware, and ingredients are neatly arranged.

Kitchen Detail

The couple makes it a point to showcase the greenery around their home as well as inside—even vegetables get a special place in their kitchen.

Library/Work Area

Paintings adorn the walls that lead to Emma’s workspace.

Library/Work Area Detail

The family’s small library houses their collection of favorite reads and intricately designed tin containers.

Library/Work Area Detail

With the help of her son-in-law, Emma has a cozy nook where she can retreat to work on her paintings.

Library/Work Area Detail

Some of Emma’s unfinished work line her desk.


A whimsical bridge connects the kitchen to the couple’s bedroom. Although not part of their original plan, it has become one of their favorite parts of the home. It’s a perfect place to spend late afternoons as a cool breeze flows right through.


The bedroom was built with surrounding floor-to-ceiling windows, an important requisite of Emma to allow sunlight and a cool breeze in. Because the room faces the east, Emma makes use of her sarongs and linens to filter the direct sunlight—adding a personal, rustic touch to the room.


Beautiful wooden dividers were used as doors—concealing the his-and-her toilets in the couple’s open-spaced comfort room.

Bathroom Detail

The couple chose to have the main bathroom open to the outside; allowing anyone using it to get a view of a small river that flows freely into a nearby falls. Instead of tiles, Emma opted to use stones for her flooring for easier maintenance.


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