In an almost-isolated part of Antipolo City, where you can only see a scattering of houses, stands a modern four-story house owned by comedienne Pokwang.
We browsed through the pages of YES! magazine's February 2012 issue to give you an idea of how it looks.
Pokwang’s P8-million home is her first real-estate investment. It has an impressive eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms, plus a covered area in an upper balcony where a prayer room is.
When she moved to this four-story house in 2011, Pokwang says, she was always very excited to get home.
“Lagi akong nagmamadaling umuwi ngayon," she tells YES! "Siyempre, bago ’yong bahay ko, gusto ko namang ma-enjoy.”
Many items in the house, including the Samsung flat-screen TV and the colorful Chico Javier paintings, were already in place when Pokwang moved in.
She didn’t change the design much, “May mga konti-konting busisi na lang.”
Installed in the living room were tall glass windows, facing east, so that the interior would be filled with light when the sun rose.
Yellow is the color scheme in the dining area, which has an eight-seater dining table.
As Pokwang tells it, it took eight months for her four-story house to be completed.
“Nag-ground-breaking kami ng mga May . ’Tapos, noong mga first week of June, ayan na, kinayod na ’yan. Ang laki ng batong nakuha nila, e. Ang laki ng backhoe na ginamit.”
Since the place was quite hilly, Pokwang says that the workers had to build a retaining wall: “Para matibay. Kasi kalsada ’yong taas ko. Kailangan, e. For safety. 'Di mo masabi ang nature.”
Retaining walls, according to Wikipedia, are “built in order to hold back earth which would otherwise move downwards. Their purpose is to stabilize slopes and provide useful areas at different elevations.”
The view from Pokwang’s balcony shows the verdant fields of Antipolo, where a gush of cold wind is a frequent visitor. “Nakaka-relax talaga,” Pokwang remarks.
Pokwang's bedroom is the only room on the entire third floor.
Her bathroom has a Koller shower cabin, which can be turned into a sauna; an American Standard toilet bowl; a sink and a decorative bathroom mirror; a micro-component system by Promac; neatly-piled white towels; and, interestingly, a coffeemaker.
Her chandelier-lit walk-in closet, situated between her bedroom and her bathroom, is where she stores her everyday clothes.
Original article by Bam V. Abellon
Photos by Rene Mejia
Read the original article in the February 2011 issue of YES! magazine. To download a digital copy of YES! Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand or CLICK THIS.