Senator Grace Poe’s Family Home in Quezon City
Built on a 510sqm lot, the senator’s three-storey house is defined by American Traditional and Modern Asian design
With more than 20 million votes to her name, Grace Poe, the only child of Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces, secured the top spot in the 2013 senatorial race. After a long and tiring day at her Senate office, she comes home to a three-storey house that she shares with her husband Neil Llamanzares and their children in a gated Quezon City subdivision.
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Located in an exclusive Quezon City subdivision, the house has an American Traditional style with Modern Asian touches.
The console table is adorned with two vases and two metal sculptures. The first is a sarimanok by National Artist for Sculpture Abdulmari Asia Imao and a mother-and-child statue by Eduardo "Ed" Castrillo.
Grace stands near the entrance of her three-storey home.
The formal living area is a showcase of fine art and quality furniture pieces. On one wall is a semi-abstract sarimanok painting by National Artist Abdulmari Imao.
On top of the grand piano is a framed photograph of Fernando Poe Jr. and a metal sculpture by National Artist Arturo Luz.
One corner of the living room is furnished with a console table adorned with a reclining Buddha, a chrome vase, and a tall plant inside a glass vase. On the wall is a painting of Grace's daughter in a ballet tutu by artist Sandra Feller.
For this photo, Grace Poe is joined by husband Neil Llamanzares and children Brian, Hanna, and Nikka.
The Balang Araw painting is by student Bon Mujeres.
The focal point in the dining area is a 10-seater wooden dining table. Grace says that it is actually two tables joined together. The tables are a recuerdo from her husband’s grandfather, Misael Vera, who was the head of the Bureau of Internal Revenue during President Diosdado Macapagal’s term.
Lighting up this area are ceiling-mounted halogen lights and an old crystal chandelier with miniature lampshades. The Llamanzareses brought the chandelier with them from their former house in Virginia.
Grace likes to prepare dishes for her family, including kare-kare and baked salmon. She also cooks gambas based on her late father's recipe.
In designing her modern Double L kitchen, Grace consulted her architect, Montifar “Monty” Adriano, and her feng shui adviser, Master Aldric, to make sure that the flow of traffic and chi energy would be continuous and unobstructed.
To maximize the floor space, Grace and architect Monty decided to have a double-L kitchen design layout.
Having a double L-kitchen design layout means there are two work stations -- the bigger "L" has the sink while the smaller "L" has the cooktop with a stainless range hood above it.
The informal living room can be accessed through the family den and the dining area. The windows are installed with plantation shutters, which the Llamanzares couple opted for instead of the usual blinds. The shutters cast a soft and warm glow in this space, making it look and feel cozier than the formal living area.
Grace says that she has run out of wall space for her paintings so she keeps some of them stand on the floor. Also found in this space is an artwork by National Artist Fernando Amorsolo.
Grace is joined for a photo by her friend and neighbor, Bernadette "Berna" Romulo-Puyat.
The informal living room is a treasure trove of FPJ and Susan Roces souvenirs. In here, you will find photographs of showbiz’s original royal couple during their younger years together.
Wearing a simple black dress, Grace poses in front of the cabinet filled with photos.
In the family den, Grace can appreciate the view of the backyard swimming pool and garden.
To provide extra seating options, the family den is furnished with a pair of woven black chairs.
The backyard lap pool, which measures no more than 10 feet long, is a perfect spot for the Llamanzares kids to relax and take a quick dip in.
The greenery in and around the Llamanzareses’ property is a testament to the owners’ love of nature. Aside from providing shade, the plants break the stiff and rough vibe of concrete and metal.
At the edge of the pool proudly stands an Eduardo “Ed” Castrillo metal sculpture that Grace acquired at a reduced price. “Sabi niya [Ed], kaibigan siya ng dad ko,” Grace recounts. “So, super, like seventy-five percent discount ako sa kanya.”
This flight of stairs leads to the second floor, where all the bedrooms are. Hanging on the walls are paintings that Grace has collected over the years. She explains that some of her paintings were from the Art in the Park, an annual art fair where the artworks are sold for P30,000 or less.
The stairs landing is decorated with more art pieces.
Although Grace appreciates paintings, she shares that she cannot draw or paint.
Adding an Asian touch to the second-floor hallway is this vintage waist-high Oriental cabinet, which Grace acquired from an old Chinese apothecary.
The cabinet has drawers filled with various knickknacks that they need for everyday use. Grace tells YES!: “In one drawer, you can find cutters, screwdrivers. You also have the measuring tapes in another. Sony camera, and then iPod and iPad chargers and cords, ’tapos USB [flash drives], nandito sa isa.”
A wrought iron chandelier illuminates the space.
Found on the second floor, the family room is furnished with an L-shaped sofa.
One of the photos show Grace being kissed on the cheek by Neil.
This is the room of Grace's daughter, Hanna. Hanna is a high school student at a prestigious school in Makati City.
In Hanna's room, a colorful pop art photo hangs on the wall.
Eldest child Brian's room is filled with different movie posters. One of the posters is signed by American film and TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the man behind shows like The Amazing Race and CSI.
Brian proudly displays trophies and medals that he won in various sporting competitions at the Ateneo.
Brian's interests range from sports (such as fencing and basketball) to international relations and political journalism.