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5 Design Ideas for a Modern Filipino Home

Building or renovating your personal space? Be inspired by these Pinoy design elements!


Architect Francisco "Bobby" Manosa is best known for his use of traditional Filipino design elements. His projects include the Coconut Palace (the official residence  of the Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines), the Eskaya Beach Resort in Bohol, the Pearl Farm Resort in Davao, and the Amanpulo Resort in Palawan. Now, his signature style can be seen in Tagô, a new residential community in Tagaytay City.

For would-be homeowners that are ready to invest in a beautiful Manosa-designed home, Tagô is a great investment. It also provides us with interesting design ideas for a Modern Filipino space. 

Try electricity-saving measures

Are you spending way too much on your monthly electric bill? There are design choices that can make your home brighter and cooler! For example, you can install wide windows to let in more natural light. 

For an airy and breezy feel, you can also opt for a  high ceiling and a clear center space.

Choose locally-sourced materials

Use locally sourced sustainable materials like bamboo, coconut, mat weaving, native stones, and recycled lumber. It usually takes less fuel to transport Filipino-made items to your home. By doing this, you get to help Mother Nature in your own little way.

When you buy more Pinoy finds, you also help support Philippine businesses.

Opt for a banggerahan

banggerahan is a traditional Filipino dish rack used to dry plates and other dinnerware. This can help keep the kitchen neat and organized. 

“The banggerahan is a standard for all Mañosa homes from the inception of our architectural firm, it is inspired by the bahay kubo banggerahan. We build ours with modern materials such as stainless steel,” explains Manosa Properties, Inc. CEO Dino Mañosa.

Pay attention to details

Instead of choosing plain wooden furniture, look for pieces that have interesting patterns and textures. In this room, the bench has gracefully curving arm rests with solihiya details. The coffee table also uses solihiya material. If you look closely, you can see that even the table lamps have chic woven bases. 

Remember the bahay kubo

Just like the traditional bahay kubo, the Tagô homes have high-pitched roofs with deep overhangs and sunshades to protect the structures from sun and rain. 

Conserve water

In another effort to conserve natural resources, every Tagô home has a rainwater collection system and low-flush toilets. These choices can also help you save on utility costs.

*All photos are courtesy of Manosa Properties.

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