Carla Abellana has the means to live on her own in a posh condo.
But the Kapuso actress prefers to live with her mother, Rea, and her sister, Erica, in a Quezon City townhouse.
She told YES! magazine, "I really wanted the house not for myself but for my mother talaga. Siya 'yong unang-una.
"Never. Never talaga.
"Sabi ko, I would stay away with condos—though it seems more practical for me.
“I can be independent, I'm of age already, 'tsaka 'yong for myself lang.
"Pero gusto ko talaga may lupa.
"Pag condo, syempre 'yong maliit lang na space, 'yon na 'yong sa iyo.
"You don't own the earth that it stands on."
And another thing, "Ayoko talagang mag-isa. Hindi ko nga kaya matulog mag-isa, e.
"Takot ako sa dilim, nag-iilaw ako.
“I turn on one lamp shade lang, tapos io-off ko na lang siya paggising ko."
More importantly, the Mulawin vs. Ravena star is happy in her three-storey townhouse, "Masaya na 'ko with this. It's the biggest investment I've ever had."
Here’s a tour of her cosy family home, courtesy of YES! Magazine Celebrity Homes Special 2012.
Carla said her mom designed the whole ground floor, “We didn't ask for help. No help whatsoever from any interior designers.”
The dining area is conveniently situated right next to the well-equipped L-shaped kitchen.
Carla's sister, Erica, who shares a room with daughter Ava, designed their two-in-one room.
Mommy Rea's personal space is the largest area in the three-story house.
Carla herself chose the color scheme that gives it a calming ambiance, "Ang mommy ko kasi ang nag-collect ng swatches. Tapos, namili lang ako."
The actress' room is in pale blue to highlight the white furniture pieces.
Only two furniture in Carla's room are not customized: the antique table and the antique mirror in her bathroom.
Carla's walk-in closet adjacent to her bedroom suits her purpose, "Hindi ako ma-jewelry or ma-bag. I only buy stuff when I deserve it. When I feel like I deserve it."
Read the original article in YES! Celebrity Homes Special 2012 issues. To download a digital copy of YES!, visit Summit Newsstand at http://summitnewsstand.com.ph/yes-magazine.
Original article by: Bam V. Abellon
Photos taken by: Rene Mejia.