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RL Spotlight: Architect Gelo Manosa's Favorite Things

This architect, sustainable design advocate, and father of two gives us a peek of what he loves at home

Photography: Paolo Feliciano Styling: Dagny Madamba

Read the original article ("My 10 Favorite Things at Home”) in the May 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

Favorite Area in the House

“My little oasis of an outdoor space! This area helps drop the temperature of the house by a full degree through evaporative cooling and shade.”

Favorite Home Gadget

“iPad. Self-explanatory.” 

Favorite Home Scent

“The smell of my outdoor deck on a rainy day. It’s made from western red cedar wood, a choice I made because it comes from a sustainable forestry.”

For a similar scent, try Fresh Bamboo, P121, Mia Maison, 2/L Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City.

Favorite Travel Destination

“Europe. I love the culture and the architecture. And I also love Aman Resorts. I get to appreciate the level of detail that goes into the resort planning, considerations, and everything that theydo.” 

Favorite Pick-me-up Treat

“Chocolates, because I’m a chocoholic.”

Favorite Home Accessory

“My Michael Cacnio pieces. Every time I look at them, they make me smile.” 

Favorite Object on the Night Table

“Architectural Record. It’s very diverse and it’s very relevant.”

Favorite Recycling Trick

“I do recycle quite a bit in my house—from our organic waste, to floors, up to some kitchen balustrades.”

Favorite Home Design Book

“Beyond the Bahay Kubo by Eric S. Caruncho. It’s a coffee table book featuring my works and the works of my father, architect Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa. Dad has always been connected to the bahay kubo and vernacular architecture. Going beyond the bahay kubo is our way of showing the world that there is the continuity of a ‘family legacy’ in architecture with the second generation.”

Beyond the Bahay Kubo is available at National Bookstore.



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