Filipinize Your Home in 5 Easy Steps

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Do you want your space to look Filipino? You don’t have to replace your furniture pieces with rattan ones, nor should you bring out decor made of capiz shells. Injecting a few Filipino elements here and there can do the trick, and it won’t require a complete overhaul of your space. Pursuit of Passion gives you some ideas on how you can Filipinize your home:

1. Instead of using a shag rug, anchor an area using a rug made of natural fibers.

Rugs made of jute, seagrass, or abaca can add a Pinoy-tropical appeal to any space. They are light and refreshing to the eyes. They also add warmth and texture to a space. You can get these types of rugs at Weavemanila Inc. and Bungalow 300.

2. Display an artwork made by a Filipino artist.

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Fernando Amorsolo, Jose Joya, Vicente Manansala, Ang Kiukok—the list is long if you are looking to hang a piece done by The Masters. But don’t limit yourselves to these. Various art galleries are showcasing works of art done by contemporary artists like painters Justin Nuyda, Charlie Co, and Manny Garibay or sculptors Michael Cacnio, Jinggoy Buensuceso, and Impy Pilapil. You can find works of contemporary artists at Galerie StephanieGalerie JoaquinAvellana Art Gallery, and at Altro Mondo in Greenbelt 5, Makati City.

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3. Use locally made products.

We’re not just talking about the souvenirs you get during your travels to different provinces in the Philippines, but items you use daily, like cutlery, kitchenware, and household products. Marikina-based linen manufacturer The Olive Tree Corporation, for one, boasts design collections that are Filipino-inspired. Take a look at its Paraluman Collection and The Sanso Collection. Meanwhile, Messy Bessy has home care products that are organic and eco-friendly, so you get to love local and save Mother Earth at the same time. ECHOstore‘s home and body basics are also made of natural ingredients and is a great local brand to patronize as well. Visit ECHOstore at Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

If you love to shop online, check out Rags2Riches. Its R2R Living line features home accessories made in collaboration with designer Marilen Faustino-Montenegro. The items are handmade and definitely spell artisanal charm.

4. Play Filipino folk music.

Having a party at home? Instead of having the usual jazz or bossa nova music playing in the background, why don’t you go for folk songs instead? They’re not only for Linggo ng Wika celebrations. You can dig up through your grandparents’ vinyl records, buy CDs of folk music from record stores, or stream them on Spotify (yup, they’re available there!). Type “Mabuhay Singers” on the search box and enjoy well-loved folk songs like Leron-Leron Sinta, Paruparong Bukid, and others. You can even have a little game: the guest who names the most number of folk songs correctly wins a prize!

5. Display photos of your visits to local attractions.

Hang photos of you surfing in Baler or trekking to Mt. Pinatubo’s crater. Go on a photo walk in Manila one weekend and display your shots at home, not just on Instagram. Aside from being conversation starters, these photos can even be a reminder for you to explore more of our own country. Exploring the country will serve as a great inspiration to Filipinize your space.

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HOMEPOSSIBLE is where Pursuit of Passion all started. Originally a series of events by Avida, it encourages and educates the target market to take steps toward an independent life and gives them the tools for an easy home purchase. Through the HOMEPOSSIBLE series, Avida has helped Filipinos to be better informed on how they can maximize life opportunities; inspiring and empowering them to reach their life goals, which includes owning and investing in a home.