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Tagô: A Take on the Modern Bahay-Kubo

A suburban residence employs modern and eco-sustainable comforts within a classic Filipino design


The classic Filipino bahay kubo gets a modern upgrade in Tago properties in Tagaytay City. Tago is a partnership between United Pacific Capital Corporation, landowner of Tago, and Manosa Properties, Inc. (MPI), who spearheaded the design and development of the property.

CEO of MPI Dino Manosa says the Tago homes were inspired by the bahay kubo’s open-plan coupled with distinctive Manosa aesthetics that highlight airiness and ample use of local materials. Located just 300 meters off Aguinaldo Highway in Tagaytay City, the exclusive, close-knit community environment will only have a total of 52 homes, ensuring wide open spaces that showcase the location’s natural beauty.

All photos are from Manosa Properties.

Each Tago home is two-storeys high, each with three bedrooms and a maid’s quarters. Two residential options are offered for homeowners: 12 Ara-al units with 300-sqm homes on 350-400 sqm lots, and 40 Adobe units of 240-sqm on 250sqm lots.  

Tago’s design aesthetics feature the signature Manosa staircase with senorita steps, and a banggerahan, a traditional Filipino ancestral home design where dishes are left out to dry. 

Tago homes feature high ceilings – not only in the living areas, but also even in bedrooms – allowing optimum ventilation throughout the home. 

High ceilings, large windows, and open center spaces allow abundant light and ventilation to flow throughout the home, resulting in minimal energy usage and less use of electrical appliances for cooling and lighting. 

Outside, the surrounding gardens have been landscaped with plants that are edible and endemic to the area.

All built-in modular closets in the bedrooms are in classic Filipino design that utilizes locally sourced natural materials.

To modernize the banggerahan, stainless steel was used alongside natural materials. Each home is built with locally sourced sustainable materials and native elements such as bamboo, coconut, native stones, recycled lumber, farmed and reclaimed wood, and woven mats. This modern bahay kubo is expected to last generations – much like classic ancestral Filipino homes that have withstood the test of time.

Energy-saving light systems, as well as energy-efficient appliances have been chosen, including an option for a gas-powered washing machine-and-dryer system. 

All kitchen countertops are fitted with antibacterial surfaces, while the banggerahan features a double-bowl stainless steel kitchen sink. Laminated modular cabinets in provide ample kitchen and pantry storage.

What truly define these Tago homes are the environment-friendly and eco-sustainable features that define modern home interiors nowadays. Each Tago home fuse nature and technology, easily showcasing the best of green design with thoughtful consideration for the environment. 

The masters’ bedrooms feature rattan mat weave accents for the ceiling finish.

A rainwater collection system, couple with dual/low-flush toilets conserve water, while a zero-waste management program throughout the community is in place.

To keep to its eco-friendly design, each Tago home’s bathroom features dual/low-flush toilets for low water consumption. Ceramic floor tilework and porcelain wall tiles are used in the bath, along with tempered glass shower enclosures.

The Tago clubhouse can accommodate big or small gatherings, while the playground, heated pool, and park with fishpond are expected to attract homeowners with children. 

Homeowners may avail of cleaning, garden maintenance, and butler services via a partnership with Nurture Wellness Village. Spa treatments for homeowners are also available upon request.

MPI and United Pacific Capital Corporation are offering “fractional ownership,” wherein a property may be co-owned or shared by more than two persons through a legally divided title deed that helps cut property and maintenance costs for the homeowners without sacrificing their dream of owning their dream home. 

Tago homes use indigenous materials such as local stones and waterproof elastomeric paints for its exterior walls that need minimal maintenance. Patterned pebble washout floors with paver blocks are used in the garage area, while homogenous floor tilework with similar pebble washout borders finish are utilized in the porch and terrace.

Both the Adobe and Ara-al homes feature varnished solid wood panel doors. 

For more information,

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Tagaytay City, just 300 meters off Aguinaldo Highway
: Total of 52 two-storey units, with three bedrooms and maid’s quarters each. Offers two property types that vary in size: (a) 12 Ara-al homes measuring 300-sqm for main structure on 350-400 sqm lots, and; (2) 40 Adobe homes measuring 240-sqm on 250-sqm l
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