“A dream home.”
That's how Regine Velasquez-Alcasid described her modern three-story house on top of a hill in Quezon City, which she shares with husband Ogie Alcasid and son Nate.
She related, “Ang dream home ko kasi, nasa hill ’yong bahay.
“Apparently, this area was like the second highest in this area, ang highest is the clubhouse.
“Iyong friend ko kasi, malapit ’yong bahay nila dito. Her lolo used to own the whole golf course.
“Actually, part kasi ’to ng golf course, e.
“She toured me. Sabi niya, baka I’m open to buying. Nagpahanap ako ng lugar na medyo mataas."
The house also provides a good view of the 17th hole of the golf course.
The 500-square-meter house forms the letter “R” when viewed from above.
“It’s a beautiful house,” Ogie said.
“Regine really chose this place to be our home, where we will live for the rest of our lives.
“All the open space in our home speaks of who we are.
“We’re very transparent people.
“We don’t really try to hide things from people—just like my wife, who Instagrams every ten seconds.”
Sisters Ivy and Cynthia Almario are the interior designers of this house.
But there have been changes and additions over the years.
Ogie said, “We have contrasting styles.
“I’m more of a traditionalist.”
Among other things, Ogie likes Mediterranean houses with their tiled roofs, mosaic walls, and warm-colored furnishings.
Regine, on the other hand, “likes modern, because she likes trivial things.”
The Songbird explained that she grew up in a house with traditional design, but she didn’t want it for her own home nor did she want to indulge her husband’s taste in home design.
“Alam ko, Mediterranean ’yong type niyang home. Mahilig siya sa mga antiques, kasi parang gano’n ’yong kinalakihan niya, e.”
Regine explained, “Ayoko kasi ng mga unused space.
“Lahat ng space dito is talagang used. Di ba, normally, ’yong sala, hindi ginagamit? Dito, gamit na gamit siya, kasi wala ka naman ibang pupuntahan, e.
“Even the veranda is so used. Most of us, pagka ’yong may party or any family gathering, all of us are in the kitchen.”