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RL Spotlight: Project Lunas

See the new and refreshing look of the Mabuhay Deseret Foundation

Photography: Kurt Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions

For more than two decades, the Mabuhay Desert Foundation has been performing around 3,000 free operations per year to correct conditions such as club feet, cleft palate, cataracts, and cross-eye for the poor. As the largest surgical charity in the Philippines, the foundation has Filipino doctors who volunteer their time while local hospitals give discounts on the use of their facilities.

Design 36 – a group of graduating interior design students from the University of the Philippines-Diliman launched Project Lunas, a project for the benefit of Mabuhay Deseret Foundation. It aims to create innovative interior spaces for differently-abled persons and children undergoing surgery and treatments.

The 21-day renovation resulted in a calming space with soothing colors, DIY touches, recycled materials, and intelligent space planning.

Receiving Area

Decked in soothing colors and delightful patterns, the receiving area of Mabuhay Deseret looks homey and cozy.

The reupholstered seats and an open area provide an inviting and inspiring place for the patients.

Added storage

Added storage (in ombre tones no less!) of the books and toys for the kids makes the maintenance of the shelter easier to clean. The oft-overlooked area under the stairs looks neater now with the cubbies. 


Derived from the dandelion, the wall art provides more warmth to the white walls while an old sewing machine is the star of this vignette. A good example of the old things meshing well with the changes. 

A touch of green

Herbs are grown in the planters from old plastic soft drink bottles. The wall garden connects the dining area to the kitchen. 


Fruity chair stools adorn the refitted kitchen bringing a pop of color to the more subdued hues of the space. 

Dining Area

White works well with blue and green -- giving the area a refreshing and cozy look.


The bedroom located on the second floor was also renovated with personal design touches. The bed with additional pullout is perfect for the flexible needs of the users.

Wall accents

The charming accents add character and personality to the space.

Additional corner

They even managed to squeeze a small table in the corner making sure that there is no wasted space. 

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