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RL Makeovers: A Fresh Look for a Once-Flooded House in Marikina

After typhoon Ondoy, a retired couple’s living and dining areas are transformed into elegant spaces

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Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Dagny Madamba

The home of the Celzo couple in Marikina was not spared from the wrath of typhoon Ondoy which hit the country in 2009. Zenaida Celzo, a retired professor, recalls that they were sleeping then, and they felt something cool on their backs. It turned out that water was already rising inside their house. Zenaida recalls that they had to flee to a nearby house just to be saved from the typhoon.

When they came back, the flood left their house covered with mud, with almost all of their furniture destroyed. As much as Zenaida and her husband Bernardo wanted to renovate her home, they did not have enough money to spare because they were already retired. Since Bernardo had a stroke and is diabetic, while she has a slipped disc, the monthly pension that they are receiving is only enough to cover their medical expenses.

To help them get a much-needed home makeover, Zenaida and Bernardo’s son Edwin wrote an entry to Real Living. When they were chosen, Zenaida was worried at first that they might have to spend for the makeover. But she had nothing to worry about because architect Mia Quimpo and her team, sister and design consultant Joy Quimpo-Ramos, and contractor DB Lagman Construction, gave them a beautiful home well within the Real Living makeover budget. 

Original article by Katherine Lopez. Pictorial direction by Dagny Madamba. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno

Read the original article ("A Storm Weathered") in the July 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/real-living/id553158056?mt=8) now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.  

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