Pops Fernandez’s Modern Kitchen and Dining Areas

Bold colors and sleek investment pieces make these busy nooks peg-worthy

Original Article: Gabby Reyes Libarios Photography: Joseph Pascual

In 2013, concert queen Pops Fernandez happily welcomed the YES! Magazine team into her modern Asian multi-level home in Taguig City. While the singer has a talent for whipping up meals, she admits that she didn’t develop the habit of experimenting in the kitchen. After going through a couple of hurdles, Pops finally found time to learn how to cook and even how to bake. Her sons, Robin and Ram, are often her taste testers. “Pag nagluluto naman ako, naha-happy naman ‘yong mga anak ko, because sobrang they appreciate my effort. Plus, it gives us a lot of bonding time together,” she shares.

The trio often enjoys midnight snacks, special moments that the doting mom won’t exchange for anything. “We really love to eat. It’s another way for us to bond, and we love discovering new places to eat. For me, food is one of the joys in life, lalo na when you’re in another place. To be able to experience different types of food, di ba? Some are exotic, some are parang rare. Maganda rin siyang experience,” explains Pops.

Living and Dining Areas

The 300sqm multilevel property features a modern Asian aesthetic that’s dominated by natural light, wooden elements, and glass. It’s safe to say that the house highlights convenience too—aside from being fully furnished when it was bought, it’s also accessible to different key areas around the Metro.

With no dividers separating the living and dining areas, the space looks extra spacious and refreshing—with the picture windows allowing natural light to stream into the space. These windows also give the owners and their guests a calming view of the outdoors.

RL Tip: Don’t settle for small potted plants. To liven up the living area, you can bring in tall indoor plants in bigger vases. These additions can create an illusion of a taller space while turning your home into a resort-like retreat.

Dining Area

One can easily guess that Pops adores the color red. The upholstered chairs were originally in white leather, but when these started showing signs of wear-and-tear, she had it reupholstered with a striking red fabric. It matches the accessories and the red sculpture on the console table against the wall.

Pops wanted to have a square dining table, but after discovering that the rectangular piece that came with the house was from Calligaris, she immediately changed her mind. “What? I love this table,” she exclaims.

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Dining Area

To tone down the red in the space, glass accessories were also put on display. The abstract painting is also the perfect wall accent, as it seems to blend into the wall for a cohesive look. The painting and the sculpture were gifts from Pops’s mother, Dulce Lukban.


Any homeowner would love to cook in this spacious and well-equipped kitchen. While she didn’t have a say in the design of the area, the singer fell in love with it in an instant. “So nice, di ba? Parang nakakaengganyo to cook more. When it’s just the three of us, [Pops and her two sons], I prepare food and serve it straight from here, dito na agad sa counter. Basta, I like the whole flow,” she shares.

Aside from the generous counter space by the window, the kitchen also showcases a U-shaped island—making food preparation and entertaining guests a lot easier.


The wall oven is conveniently installed on one side of the space. It is surrounded by high-gloss black cabinets that provide enough storage while adding a sleek appeal to the cooking area. Even the bar stools follow the home’s color scheme, these come in black and red, an elegant combo.

Meanwhile, the overhead frosted cabinets above the sink are perfect nooks to store dinnerware. Yellow lights were installed inside the cabinets, and when turned on, these give off a warm glow—adding to the sophisticated yet inviting vibe of the kitchen.

Pops takes pride in her pasta dishes, even cooking a Cheesy Pasta for the YES! Team. She also admits that her friends get surprised when they learn that she can prep a few dishes in the kitchen. “Marunong naman ako, my God! Siyempre, pag masyado na akong magaling diyan e parang lahat ginawa ko na, huwag naman,” she shares.


A blank wooden wall separates the kitchen from the foyer. It conceals the cooking area and completes the look of the modern space.

READ: What You Need to Know About Modular Kitchens

Read the original article in the December 2013 issue of YES! Magazine. To download a digital copy of YES!, visit Summit Newsstand at

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