Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines
Hookah Bar, Candy Shoppe
6208 W 87th Street, Los Angeles, California
Design and Rendering by : yours, truly. :)
Here’s my second solo project. :) It’s a hookah lounge in LA owned by my Aunt and we’re now gearing towards construction! Yay! We now have a contractor and I hope the construction goes smoothly. I won’t be able to see the construction first-hand because I can’t fly to LA just yet because I’m prepping for my architecture licensure exams on January. For the meantime, my Aunt now is supervising everything for me. :)
They say that the best trips you make are the ones unplanned. I left home hoping to at least see the Banaue Rice Terraces, but I ended up seeing more. I went by myself but I never felt alone, i gained a lot of new friends from different backgrounds and different ethnic groups. I conquered a total of 12 hours of trekking, something I thought I couldn’t do, but i did, and it is worth all the body pain I feel right now.
Definitely coming back up there.
Kenneth Cobonpue Hive Collection
Our job site happens to be in the same building as Kenneth Cobonpue’s showroom in Makati, so I decided to pay a visit. Most of the stuff on display are from Cobonpue’s Hive collection which he debuted last Manila FAME. Hive is a long shot from his earlier collections which are more serious and are mostly in earth colors. Hive boasts a myriad of vibrant colors and rich textures with of course the a twist of modernism.
Kenneth Cobonpue Opening at The Residences at Greenbelt. It’s like I died and went up to design heaven! #KennethCobonpue #InteriorDesign #design #furniture #modern #Filipino #Makati
Gala - Rodriguez House, Sariaya Quezon
A few Saturdays back, our client invited our team over to present the final scheme of our church design in their ancestral house in Sariaya, Quezon. The presentation went well, everyone was pleased with our design, in fact we secured 3 checks for the funding.
After the presentation, we had lunch with the Bishop of Quezon who’s a little grumpy at that time, the Parish Priest, our client, and some very wealthy donors.<wink>. After Lunch our client offered to give us a tour of their Art Deco heaven, without no pinch of hesitation, I said “Yes”.
The House was built at the turn of the World War 2 by Dr. Isidro Rodriguez as a response to his Ailing wife’s last request, her dream home. Dr. Rodriguez, comissioned the Architect Juan Nakpil, who’s now one of the 4 National Artist for Architecture in the country. The style of the house is Dominantly of the Art Deco style, highlighted by fine French Art Nouveau furniture from the biggest furniture atelier of their time, Don Gonzalo Puyat.
"Maswerte"(lucky) as the people of Sariaya call it, because it was actually bombed 3 times by the Americans during the World War 2 because the Japanese loved the design so much that they made it as their headquarters. They even shot a Japanese Commercial here in the 30’s. The first bomb hit only their fence but luckily the bomb didn’t explode. The second bomb hit a portion of their stairwell and again the bomb didn’t explode. The last and final bomb exploded but it only damaged their backyard, the hole made by the bomb was later on made into a swimming pool.
The other interesting feature of the house is the secret passage way to the bunker where they used to hide the young, beautiful Donya Carmen Rodriguez from General Ashima who, at that time was obsessed with Donya Carmen. the secret bunker is hidden under the floor of their formal dining room which was covered with carpeting to conceal the passage way. Donya Carmen hid there with his entire family during the climax of the World War.
Decades later, The house was passed on to Donya Carmen with her husband Judge Vicente Arguelles. Which later on passed to their only child, our Client, Gladiola Arguelles - Cabunag.
There’s no secret that i love heritage structures, but this one really spoke to me because of its history. It has been bombed several times but it’s still there standing tall in all its glory. The mansion is also a symbol of Dr. Rodriguez’s love for his wife and his promise of a grand home. Our client told me that maybe the reason why the house didn’t fall apart during the war was because it’s a testimony of his grandfather’s love, a love that is stronger than any bomb or grenade or any piece of war weaponry ever created.
Fight Club | Chuck Palahniuk
Seeing your work take shape before your eyes is one of the best feelings in the world; It’s kinda like watching your child grow up. :”) I’m so excited. We are installing the roof trusses this week! yay!
San Sebstian Church
Badong: Salvdor Bernal Designs The Stage Exhibit
A Retrospective of some of the notable works of the Father of Theater Design in the Philippines.
CCP, Juan Luna Hall
Mexicombi Food Truck/Van
The food trucks are gaining popularity in Metro Manila, chefs and restaurateurs are moving out of their professional kitchens and taking their food to the streets; good, easy, accessible food is now the name of the game. One of the newest trucks making a buzz out there is MexiKombi, owned and operated by Franco Malaya (you may also know him as the drummer of the band Pulso). This moustache-d candy red vintage kombi van serves some sick Mexican staples that are packed with authentic flavors. Very budget friendly, good for students and young poor working professionals like myself LOL. You can catch them in food bazaars and major events around the metro like Soderno in Alabang and Mercato Centrale in BGC, and according to a friend, they also bring the Kombi to some of their gigs. To know where they are, you can follow them on twitter (@mexikombi) or ‘like’ them on facebook.
P.S. Try their chicken burrito!!