Fans have been requesting YES! Magazine to feature the real-estate properties of actor and heartthrob Piolo Pascual. It has been said that Piolo owned a lot of properties.
Finally, in 2012, the requests were finally fulfilled, more than what they wished for.
Piolo Pascual opened not only one, but two of his houses. But there’s a twist—the houses are both in the United States!
The YES! team immediately booked flights to California and grabbed the chance to see them.
Thus, the two houses were featured in the September 2012 issue of YES!
LAS VEGAS HOME. Piolo’s property in Las Vegas stands in Clark County, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Its total lot area is 10, 500 square feet. And their two-story four-bedroom house occupies 2,800 square feet.
Piolo shared that he and his elder sister Patricia (a.k.a. Bubu) acquired the property in 2006. “Mahal pa noon, kasi boom ang economy ng Vegas no’n.”
But a recession hit the U.S. in December 2007 which lasted until June 2009.
This led to the collapes of the “United States housing bubble,” causing big price drops in the housing market.
Piolo recalled, “At the time na nag-hit ang recession, ’yong value nito kalahati na lang,”
“So we couldn’t dispose of it because malulugi kami.
“And besides, we like the place. Dito na lumaki ’yong mga bata, e—’yong mga pamangkin ko.
“It’s very comfortable here. Secluded ’yong area and tahimik."
He also shared that he prefers to stay in this house than in his Los Angeles home, but his son Iñigo and his mom Amy both live there.
“Ako, one of the reasons why I always go to Vegas instead of L.A., sobrang tahimik dito.”
CALIFORNIA HOUSE. Piolo’s mother Mommy Amy lives in Piolo’s Diamond Bar property in Los Angeles, California.
The property, according to the Kapamilya actor, was a good catch.
He related how he and his sister found the property.
“Whenever I’m here, doon kami umiikot lagi ni Bubu. Lagi ’yan.
“The next day, as soon as I arrive, iikot na kami. Hahanap kami ng houses, hahanap kami ng area, ng mga properties.
“Itong Diamond Bar, we chanced upon it. Foreclosure na ’yon, e. Inaayos pa ng may-ari dati.
“Nakita namin, maganda, may potential. So we grabbed it right away.”
Like the Las Vegas property, Piolo entrusted the maintenance of the property to his elder sister, since he couldn’t stay long. It was mostly Bubu’s effort that turned the place to be impressive.
Piolo’s mother Mommy Amy recalled, “Dati kasi, simpleng-simple lang ito, si Tisay [another pet name for Bubu] ang namahala dito.”
FAMILY VALUES. The Pascuals grew up in the ancestral house of Mommy Amy in Mandaluyong. There, they staged a typical middle-class Pinoy neigborhood.
Piolo said, “Hindi kami mayaman, feeling mayaman lang kami, hehe.
“Kunyari, appearance lang, pero hindi. Hindi kami mahirap, hindi rin kami mayaman.
“Nagdyi-jeep kami—lahat kami. May taxi unit ’yong daddy ko. May kotse kami dati, pero dati naman, isang household, isang kotse lang, e.”
He also recalled how strict and organized his parents were.
“Ang nakuha naming magkakapatid sa mom and dad, ’yong disiplina, ’yong pagka-organized.
“Bawal hindi nakatiklop ang damit. Kailangan, pagtiklop mo, maayos. Kailangan, cabinet mo, maayos.
“Para ngang may Hitler ’yong bahay namin dati, because my dad, siya mismo naggugupit sa amin. Nakapila kami, gugupitan kami ng kuko.
“Bawal magkuwentuhan pag kumakain. ’Tapos, lahat ng pillowcases namin personalized, may pangalan na binuburdahan ng mommy ko ng iba-ibang cartoon characters.
“Saka ’yong daddy ko talaga, strict. Ang sister ko, umuwi one time six in the evening, galing school—pinaluhod sa asin!”
He also added that the family values religion, and that they pray every day.
“Then, every night we pray the rosary. So, bata pa lang kami, kabisado na namin ’yong rosary. Everyone, each one of us, knows how to pray.
“Daddy ko talaga, by the book ’yon, kaya lahat kami, lumaking maayos because ano sila, tutok. Tutok sila pareho.”
Mommy Amy added, “Iyon din ang talagang bilib ako sa asawa ko.”
“He is really a good father. ’Pinagluluto niya ang mga bata, pinag-aanuhan niya…
“Amerikanong-Amerikano kasi ugali niya. Alam mo naman ang mga Amerikano, masyadong family-oriented ang mga ’yan.”
But despite the strictness, Piolo and his siblings are all thankful that they were brought up that way by their parents.
“Sobra ’yong family values namin, and ’yong upbringing sa amin, sobrang traditional.
“Kaya walang spoiled sa amin. Hindi naman nga kami lumaki with the silver spoon in our mouths, and bata pa lang kami, alam na namin ’yong value ng pera, hard work.
“And ’yong family namin, sobrang close. Pag nakita mo kaming magkakapatid, nagki-kiss pa kami hanggang ngayon.
“Sobra ’yong affection namin sa isa’t isa. And it’s all because of my mom and dad, because of our upbringing, because we all grew up together na isang family lang.”