“The Filipino individuality is manifested by the architecture that our ancestors have created: overflowing in light and air, generously embellished and welcoming.”—Maria Cristina V. Turalba Arkiteckturang Filipino A History of Architecture and Urbanism in the Philippines
“Don’t try to be someone else, try to find your own voice, find your own way. You cannot fail because success or failure is judged only by yourself. For me that is the strength that has allowed me to go on.”—
We had our early Valentines Day dinner at My Mother’s Garden last Saturday. The restaurant used to be the house of one of our National Artists for Architecture: Pablo Antonio.
Pablo Antonio’s House is very (for the lack of a better word) beautiful. The design is timeless. Simple and Elegant, just how houses should be. You get to appreciate the beauty of each material he used for the walls, flooring, and ceiling. I think its great that he introduced a diagonal pattern on the walls. The pocket gardens are not in the usual ‘minimalist garden’ style that is the trend nowadays, but its ruggedness actually made it more charming. I love old houses!!! If only I was filthy rich, I’d buy and restore them all! I really hope this is not the last Architect’s house that we get to visit.
Anyway, we met her daughter, Miss Malou Antonio-Veloso and she toured us around the house and told us stories about her father. Every time she would say the word “dad” it made Pablo Antonio more real. I only ever read about him in textbooks, so it was interesting to hear someone talking about him in a very informal way. It made him more human somehow.
Fact about Pablo Antonio I only learned today: He married late. He married when he was 40 years old.
So I guess the way to an architects heart is through the satisfaction of her architectural eye. (Wat???) Oh well, Happy Valentine’s Day!
@ Pablo Antonio’s Residence aka My Mother’s Cafe. 2.12.11 along Zamora St. Pasay City.