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PUP's Bahay Kubo, Sari-Sari Exhibit Will Inspire You To Revamp Your Home

Discover design ideas inspired by traditional and indigenous homes

Photography: Gio Oliva

In any aspect of our lives, it's always a good idea to take a step back and appreciate what we have. For the Polytechnic University of the Philippines' graduating class under the BS Interior Design program, it's all about going back to our roots and making use of materials that we have around us. The exhibit entitled BAHAY KUBO, SARI-SARI: Interior Design Innovations through Ingenious Filipino Inspirations shines the spotlight on folk architecture and interior design. It aims to raise awareness and appreciation of Filipino art, design, and culture.

The exhibit features 11 residential spaces that highlight the ingenuity and allure of Filipino design by incorporating elements seen in traditional and indigenous homes into modern designs. It may seem challenging—how can the students maximize local materials while still coming up with contemporary and timeless spaces? The results are beyond inspiring! Here are four more reasons why you need to visit it, too:

1. See the designs of our future interior designers

In photo: Booth 1—Ivatan Living Room

It's always inspiring to see how young minds are able to turn concepts into actual spaces we can live in. The graduating class surely exceeded expectations with the details showcased in each area. From the walls, furniture, and decor chosen—much thought was given to create a unique space that's true to the theme.

2. Be inspired by the ideas found in each room

In photo: Booth 1—Ivatan Living Room

If you've always wanted to incorporate local materials into your space, the exhibit features a bevy of ideas that would encourage you to get started. These elements can be used as accents or even work as a focal point in a room. By simply pairing these with modern furnishings, you can achieve a well-rounded home that would be the envy of guests.

3. Immerse yourself in Filipino culture

In photo: Booth 4—Kalinga Master Bedroom

In photo: Booth 7—T'boli Media Room

Are you familiar with the resources of our country? There are different materials you can experiment with aside from rattan and bamboo. When you visit the exhibit, you not only get a crash course on Filipino design, you'll pick up a few style hacks, too.

In photo: Booth 8—Maranao Home Office

4. Your chosen material can make a huge difference in a space

Looking for alternatives to paint and wallpaper? A trusty banig can function as a wall accent. If you're looking for more ingenious ideas, hop from one booth to another and take notes. You can experiment with planks of wood, woven pieces, plants, and local textiles, too.

In photo: Booth 2—Mandaya Dining Room

The Polytechnic University of the Philippines' Bahay Kubo, Sari-Sari exhibit will run until April 23 at the Square Building, Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is FREE. For more details, visit

Main Photo: Booth 6—Ifugao Children's Room

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