Tour Inside This Filmmaker’s Artistic Home In Cebu!
While most people move out of their parents house to start anew, Filipino filmmaker Joanna Vasquez Arong traces back her Cebuano roots and discovers that the ideal place to start anew is in her hometown. Joanna has lived everywhere in the world, from Washington D.C. to Singapore but she is now back home to build her artistic home at the unused space right below her mother’s house.
The filmmaker’s home is a convergence of her travels and favorite art pieces. The vision of creating an environment of interaction is an ingenious collaboration with architect Rene Ybañez. This artistic home took two years to finish however, the homeowner admits that it is still a work-in-progress. The entire living and dining room is a mix of Filipino furniture and artworks. A set of dandelion lights by Olivia d’Aboville hangs in a corner of Joana’s artistic home.
Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open up to Joanna’s lanai, whose floor is make from old electric posts and offers a refreshing view of the lush landscape. “I love terraces and sitting outdoors to eat or hang out,” the artistic homeowner shares. The lanai is no stranger to the artist’s guests
Joanna initially loved working on the red table but now finds herself more productive on the long table in the dining area. “Maybe it’s because of the air,” she says. “In general, I prefer things to be transparent, so like the fact that my home is completely open. I like fresh air; I like the sunlight,’ the filmmaker adds.
A metal, unpolished bridgeway is lined with artwork, it leads to the artist’s bedroom. The monochrome pieces are by Imelda Cajipe-Andaya, while the colored ones are by Brenda Fajardo.
In the bedroom, Joana’s personal escape enjoys a lot of blue textiles that she cites as a warm and comforting color. The filmmaker prefers her home to be a personal space that retells stories of her journeys, and reminds her of the places she’s been to and the people she’s been fortunate to meet.