Back then, Daniel John Ford Padilla together with his mom Carla Estrada, his younger brother Jose Carlito, younger sisters Margaret and Carmella were renting house in Tierra Pura, a subdivision in Tandang Sora,Quezon City.
But before the Christmas season in 2014, Daniel a.k.a. DJ gave his mom an advance Yuletide gift in the form of a two-story home.
It’s a 1,000-square-meter Modern-Mediterranean home with eight bedrooms in an exclusive subdivision in Fairview, Quezon City.
Thanks to his box-office movies, successful albums, and sold-out concerts, Daniel at age of 19 has already shown his gratitude as a son and brother.
"Masaya, kasi iba na rin ang tinutulugan mo," said Daniel, who slept in rented homes throughout most of his childhood.
"Iba rin ’yong feeling na ang sarap.
"'Yong kasiyahan ko, pati na rin ng pamilya ko, iba talaga. Priceless!”
Carla herself admits that she waited more than 25 years to have a place that she can truly call her own.
"Twenty-five years ako nangupahan. Kasi, no’ng kapanahunan ko naman, hindi talaga kakayanin ang bumili ng bahay.
"Sino lang ba sa mga kasabayan ko no’n ang talagang nakapagpundar ng bahay, di ba?
"Kahit na sabihin mo na mura pa no’n ang condo, hindi pa rin. Pag-iipunan mo talaga siya."
THE LOOK. According to Carla’s architect Mari-Louie Torres-de Leon, a Modern Mediterranean look avoids big, bulky furniture, and excessively ornate adornments compared with traditional Mediterranean interiors.
Even the colors are not "traditionally Mediterranean," Mari-Louie added.
"Di ba, usually bright colors ang gamit, like yellow or orange?
"Ayaw ni Carla [Daniel's mom]. Gusto niya 'yong kulay na makakalma kapag tiningnan mo."
CONSTRUCTION. The house was constructed around June in 2013, almost two months after Daniel Padilla’s jam-packed concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on April 30, 2013.
From the time the family did the ceremonial groundbreaking in June 2013, construction work did not stop until the house was finally done, according to Architect Mari-Louie Torres-de Leon.
The family, most especially Daniel, wanted to have the house built as fast as possible.
Meeting the deadline required a sound, practical strategy on Mari-Louie’s part.
“So, pag bumabagyo, tuloy pa rin kami.
“Nasa loob kami, nagpa-plastering.
“Medyo strict talaga kami sa time. Dapat, walang masayang na araw,” Mari-Louie explained.
Was the house finished on schedule?
The architect proudly responded, “Yes. Na-turn-over ko siya last May . So eleven months ’yon.
"Fresh na fresh pa ang bahay no’ng lumipat sila.
“Actually, kahit no’ng mga panahon na ginagawa pa ito, dito na sila umuuwi.”
Read the original article in YES! Deccember 2014 issue
Original article by Gabby Reyes-Libarios
Photographs by Mike Dee