When old pieces are recycled, forced-fit to become walls, floors, doors and window for a new house, a nostalgic and timeless composition is achieved. It perpetuates memories of the past and resurrects ancestral lifestyle into the present. The weekend home of art patron Dr. Joven Cuanang in Antipolo City evokes the ambience of the our Hispanic past into contemporary setting.
According to one of the caretakers, old materials were used in the construction of this weekend home. Salvaged wood were recycled to become doors and beams. Centuries-old bricks from Batac, Ilocos Norte were laid on the interior wall.
The rich culture of the Antipolo town is depicted in the various artworks. A huge Elmer Borlongan painting of a traditional Antipolo Pilgrimage hangs with a Phyllis Zaballero acrylic on canvas in the dining area.
Another Borlongan painting of the traditional Antipolo Marian procession overlooks turn-of-the century furniture including a mariposa three-seat sofa, butacas (lounging chair) and a marble top center table. A Jose Santos III tres marias hangs above the fireplace.
The Cuanang weekend home was designed by Antipolo-based artist Tony Leaño. The architecture is inspired by the fusion of Ilocano and Mexican design tradition or Il-Mex.
Speaking of Ilocano, I am writing this article while spending the last leg of our Ilocos tour in Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte. I’ll be sharing our great Ilocos experience soon.