Kenneth Cobonpue residence to be featured on Powerhouse


After moving to its new house, late-night public affairs program Powerhouse received a warm reception from viewers as it posted an impressive nationwide rating during its premiere last week as part of GMA-7’s Night Shift block.

According to AGB Nielsen’s National Urban Television Audience Measurement (NUTAM) TV household ratings (based on overnight data), Powerhouse led all competing programs in its timeslot with a solid 5.8% nationwide ratings as against ABS-CBN’s Bandila (5.2) and Banana Nite (3.2) and TV5’s Reaksyon (2.0) and Sochi.Ru 2014 (1.5).

Powerhouse even registered bigger margins in the key areas of Urban Luzon and Mega Manila. In Urban Luzon, Powerhouse posted a household ratings of 7.1% versus Bandila’s 5.6% and Banana Nite’s 3.2%. TV5’s Reaksyon and Sochi.Ru coverage only managed 1.9% and 1.5% household ratings, respectively. In Mega Manila, Powerhouse scored 8.1% household ratings beating ABS-CBN’s Bandila (5.9%) and Banana Nite (3.6%) and TV5’s Reaksyon (1.9 %) and Sochi.Ru 2014 (1.6 %)

And Powerhouse is all set to mark another milestone this Wednesday as it gets the rare opportunity to feature the residence of internationally-acclaimed Cebuano furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue.

Cobonpue first came to the Pinoy consciousness about five years ago when Hollywood celebrity couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt brought home a Voyage bed, which he crafted from buri (palm leaf spines) and abaca, followed by red Dragnet lounge chairs and the La Petit Voyage crib for the super couple’s first biological child Shiloh Nouvel.

His other distinct creations crafted from bamboo, rattan and abaca, which are all native materials from the Philippines, made their way into the homes of famous personalities including Charlie’s Angels actress Lucy Liu, Senator Grace Poe, Kris Aquino, Boy Abunda and Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez.

Though he is not a movie actor, celebrity, or director, multi- awarded furniture designer and manufacturer Cobonpue has made it big in the international scene.

He was inspired by his mother, who is also a furniture designer, to use rattan and other local materials in creating his pieces of furniture. His unique way with indigenous materials and his philosophy to highlight the beauty of locally-sourced materials gave him an edge and brought him several accolades from Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

He won the Golden Shell Award, an award given by the President for his creative ideas for Asian Design, as well as being named as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines in 2003 for his contribution in the arts and design.

This year, the foremost Filipino designer made his country proud when he was awarded the first Maison Et Objet Asian Designer of the Year award. The award can be considered as the Oscars of the French trade fair for furniture and interior design.

His works made it to the sets of Ocean’s Thirteen (starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon), Made of Honor (with Patrick Dempsey), and Spread (topbilled by Ashton Kutcher and Anne Heche) as well as in the popular American television seires CSI: Miami Series. Several pieces of his furniture were also featured in Newsweek and TIME Magazine.

While he has been interviewed and featured in several local and international magazines such as Newsweek and TIME Magazine, the Filipino designer is quite secretive when it comes to his personal space. Many are wondering: what does his house really look like?

So for the first time, Cobonpue opens his house to the public through GMA-7’s Powerhouse. With a contemporary and organic theme, his three-story house was designed by designer Budji Layug and architect Royal Pineda. The house has two living rooms, two dining rooms, two kitchens, a gym and a music room.

Where does the multi-awarded furniture designer get his inspiration for his designs? What goes inside the mind of a talented man?

Join multi-awarded journalist Kara David in this special episode of Powerhouse with Filipino designer Kenneth Cobonpue this Wednesday, February 19, right after Saksi, on GMA-7.



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