Vilma Santos has reigned as queen of the silver screen as well as mayor of a progressive city. And when she's in the vacation home in Lipa that her husband, Senator Ralph Recto, gave her as a birthday gift, she is monarch of all she surveys.
The expansive land on the Recto property boasts lush gardens and an inviting pool. But all this serves only as a backdrop to a sprawling house with wings that extend in different directions and windows that allow the outdoors to pour in.
A deck that circles the house allows the actress and her family to enjoy the outdoors. A large terrace invites hearty merry-making as well as intimate conversation. And the clean and functional private quarters are conducive to a good night's sleep.
Beyond the farm-like facade and the ranch-style details is a sleek interior with modern rooms and a bold black-and-white color scheme. This is urban sophistication within a laid-back rural retreat.