Aljur Abrenica is a musician at heart.
So when he was advised to buy a Taylor guitar, he did not hesitate even if it turned out to be expensive.
In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), the GMA actor recalled, "One time kinausap ako ni Ogie Alcasid because he knew that I was playing the guitar.
"Sabi niya, 'Aljur, kapag nagkaroon ng pagkakataon mag-invest ka sa gitara.'
"[Sabi ko], 'Ah, talaga, sige anong brand?'"
He purchased one of his two Taylor guitars abroad.
"Kaya nung nagkaroon ako ng chance, nabili ko siya sa Dubai. May show kasi ako dun, 'tapos sumegway ako sa mall para bumili na."
He chose not to divulge the price, but a check with the Taylor website reveals that the guitar on the right costs $3,128 or PHP153,617.
His Epiphone PRO 1-plus Acoustic guitar
The exclusive interview also gave PEP the chance to tour his newly-renovated three-story house in Quezon City, which he purchased in 2013.
When asked about his favorite spot, Aljur answered, "Ang sala ko kasi, kita mo, friendly siya sa conversation.
"Yung vibe niya maganda, it's entertainment, anytime you can watch, or if you want to read a book, convenient siya sa lahat."
Aljur said that the interiors, designed by Kapamilya director Richard Somes, were inspired by a New York loft, described by award-winning interior designer Jason Yung as "a bit raw and with an open plan."
Aljur explained, "Pinakamalapit kasi siya sa hilig ko, mahilig kasi ako sa mga luma, mahilig ako sa kahoy, vintage.
"Kung makikita niya yung style ng bahay, medyo may pagka-sci-fi din siya."
The Kapuso star also wanted his home to be "very laid back."
He added, "Nag-venture talaga ako sa nakaraan. It's a modern classic kind of design."
The brick wall is a common feature in old New York lofts, but is also copied for modern-day apartments.
His kitchen and dining area.
This is where Kylie Padilla, Aljur's girlfriend, usually cooks his favorite adobo with pineapple.
The common powder room on the ground floor
Exclusive interview by Arniel Serato