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4 Must-See Homes of Presidential Candidates

Take a peek inside this spacious havens


Isn’t it interesting to know how some of our leaders spend their downtime? We can only guess that they’re catching up on sleep, enjoying home-cooked meals, and relishing the feeling of being at home. To give you a glimpse into the home life of some of our politicians, here are four houses owned by presidentiables that we’ve featured in the past:

Grace Poe

The three-storey house that Grace shares with her husband and children features a traditional American style with modern and Asian-inspired interiors. From the outside, it might look like an ordinary home inside a gated subdivision but the art, pieces, and accessories found within it add character to the space and make it more inviting.

After months on the campaign trail, we can imagine Grace spending some quality time in the family den with some snacks and refreshments. This is the perfect spot where the graceful lady can relax and meditate as it has a view of the lush garden.

To beat the summer heat, Grace and her family would most likely take a dip and exchange stories! Since it's surrounded by plants and greenery, this part of the home allows the family to commune with nature and take a break from the hustle of city life.

Photos by Rene Mejia.

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Korina Sanchez and Mar Roxas

Aside from their home in the Araneta family compound in Quezon City, the couple finds refuge in this 400sqm unit in Taguig City. Korina also considers the place as the special home where she can keep some of her belongings and prized possessions.

One of the many reasons why Korina chose this unit is an actual garden where the duo can take a breather. We especially loved the lanai, too! Since it has comfy furniture pieces, it can serve as an extra living room where the owners can enjoy a cup of coffee or even entertain friends and guests.

Photos by Ocs Alvarez and Mike Dee.

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Manny Villar

How can you successfully renovate a huge property? In just eight months, interior designers Cynthia and Ivy Almario were able to transform the old house owned by Manny Villar and his family into an Asian tropical haven. Going beyond the well-selected furniture and decor, captivating works of art make the home truly special.

Given the sprawling space, some may think that it can be difficult to choose one favorite spot. Since a view of the outdoors is always a good thing and can make one feel instantly refreshed, we're placing our bets on the outdoor seating area. It's reminiscent of a rest house and the bahay kubo—allowing the owners and their guests to fully appreciate nature at its finest.

Photo by Jervy Santiago, Melo Balingit, and Eduard Guinto.

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Joseph Estrada

Many of us, if not all, prefer to go out of town to rest and recuperate after a grueling schedule. A decade ago, Former president (now Manila mayor) Joseph Estrada welcomed close friends and members of the media into his sprawling Tanay property designed by architect Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa.

One of the spaces that stood out is the El Ray Saloon—a museum dedicated to his dear friend, the late Fernando Poe Jr. Aside from the warm colors and interesting pieces, the murals of the best friends featured on the walls serve as focal points.

Who wouldn't love spending quiet afternoons in this lanai overlooking a man-made lagoon? It's a cozy area where Erap, his family, and friends can enjoy a casual get-together. Since each table has an umbrella, it's also ideal for days when you simply want to catch up on your reading or admire nature's wonders.

Photos from YES! Magazine's June 2005 Issue.

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