The lovely home of Sylvia Sanchez, Arjo and Ria Atayde

IMAGE Rene Mejia for YES! Magazine

Sylvia Sanchez's daughter Ria sees this new home as a sign of a "new beginning for the family."


Sylvia Sanchez and her family used to reside in a gated subdivision in Ortigas City.

But in September 2009, their family house was among those ravaged by the floods brought on by Typhoon Ondoy, aka Typhoon Ketsana.

After that disaster, the family looked for a new place in a "mataas na area."

Two years later, the Atayde family moved into an exclusive hilly subdivision in Quezon City.

Sharing the house are Sylvia's husband Art Atayde and kids Arjo, Ria, Gela (not in photo), and Xavi.

And this new home, according to Ria, also means "a new beginning for the family."

Before acquiring this home, the Greatest Love actress's wish was for her dream house to have a huge garden.

In the October 2016 issue of YES! Magazine, she explained, "Garden, kasi alam ko tatanda ako.

"So gusto ko paggising ko, andun na ako magpapainit.

"'Tapos, doon na rin ako pagdating naman ng hapon.

"'Tapos, ayan na, dadating na iyong mga apo ko, andun na kami sa garden, naghahabulan."

But seeing her family now, she said she realized that she didn't really need a huge garden anymore.

"Ngayon, na-realize ko na kahit walang garden ang bahay ko, dito lang kami sa sala nagtatawanan, okay na ako...

"Basta sa akin, komportable lang, malapit sa mall, malapit sa bilihan, okay na ako doon," the respected actress said.

Here's a tour of their lovely home:

According to Sylvia, she didn't follow a specific theme for her home's interiors, "imagination lang ako."

She did not even take inspiration from magazines and books.

Describing her home, she told YES!, "Simple. Simpleng elegante."

The floor-to-ceiling shelves hold her collection of porcelain art figurines, which she and members of the family buy abroad.


YES! said the look of Sylvia's kitchen looks like "it was built for a cooking show on TV."

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It has a minimalist, modern touch.

A food enthusiast and a chef at heart, the veteran actress considers this corner as her happy place.


The dining area

The tour also showed the twinning bedrooms of showbiz siblings Arjo and Ria.

The latter pointed out, though, that it was her kuya who copied her room.

"I worked on the design of my room, with the help of Mama Reg [fashion stylist Regie Cruz]."

She explained, "Si Arjo, he wasn't very hands-on with the decoration of his room.

"Kaya if you see his room, para siyang copy ng room ko na ginawang pang-boys."

The only difference was the color palette.

Ria's had a touch of pink.


Meanwhile, the FPJ: Ang Probinsyano contravida's room has a darker shade for its furniture pieces.


A veranda on the same floor where Arjo's room is doubles as his personal gym.

It has an elliptical machine, a bench press machine, and a set of weights.


To read the full story, grab a copy of YES! magazine October 2016 issue.

Original story written by: Gabby Reyes Libarios

Photos taken by: Rene Mejia


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