Before moving into a condo unit in Makati City, Anne Curtis used to live in a private subdivision outside Metro Manila, where the houses—all of them American-style—have identical exteriors.
The Kapamilya star told the YES! team in 2010 that she wanted to come home to a Southern suburban place that is away from the frenzy of the metropolis.
“Pinili ko dito kasi malayo.
“Pag nag-Skyway ka, makikita mo ’yong difference ng smog sa Makati area.
“Different ang skies dito at doon.
“That’s why ’yong weather, it’s so hard to predict.
“Ang sunny dito, pagdating ko ng Q.C. parang umaambon.
“It’s totally different.
“I really like the fresh air here.”
On the style of her home, Anne chose a good mix of the contemporary and the traditional.
“Sinabi ko ’yong style na gusto ko—very modern-touch, pero still classic-looking na hindi maa-out-of-date.
"'Yong style na gusto ko, very Victorian but not too vintage.
“They just showed me swatches and designs. Na-achieve nila. Hindi ko mahahanap lahat ng pieces if not for them.”
Putting her own house together proved to be a challenging endeavor for her.
She then recalled how she needed to cut back on her spending just to keep the renovation going.
“During Kampanerang Kuba days—or Hiram pa nga yata ’yon—iniisip ko na lang na nagtratrabaho ako for free, kasi lahat ng ine-earn ko, napunta na diretso sa house.
“Kaya super alaga ako dito, kasi pinaghirapan ko ito.
“The thought na may ibang titira, ’tapos hindi gano’n kaalaga, ang sakit ng thought na may ibang titira dito na hindi kasing-love ’yong house.
“At saka, parang hindi ko siya ma-give up.
“Literal na pawis ko ito saka tears.”
Original article by Analyn Alcala
Photos by Rene Mejia
Read the original article in the 2010 Celebrity Home issue of YES! magazine. To download a digital copy of YES! Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand.