Filipino Architecture and Interior Design Wow the World

The Philippines has always stood out as an artistic country. Famous Filipinos, such as the world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, American Idol finalist Jessica Sanchez and international recording artist Charice Pempengco wowed the world presenting their amazing talents.

Recently, the Philippines has started to evolve in the fields of architecture and interior design as more and more individuals showcase their unique artwork and masterpieces in international competitions and expos.

Interestingly, the interior design sector in the country has grown as prestigious colleges and universities started to offer courses and subjects in the fields of design, style and architecture. Job opportunities for Filipino interior designers in the country and abroad are also endless as Filipinos are considered as some of the best in this field.

Surprisingly, Filipino interior design dates back to the time when the first colonizers came to the country in 1521. Kubo, which is a hut made from bamboo and cogon, was one of the first homes made by our ancestors. They also built houses made from stones that were able to withstand weather occurrences such as typhoons, earthquakes and extreme heat.

bamboo hut
© Dagon Hoyohoy/Flickr

When the Spaniards came to the country, Filipino architecture and interior design evolved once again. This time hardwood, capiz shells and other indigenous materials were used to create architecture as well as the aesthetics of a home. As years went by, Filipino design and architecture were influenced by western culture. Indigenous materials were no longer seen in homes and other structures resulting in a loss of Philippine idealism.

Architect Francisco “Bobby” Manosa is noted for using indigenous materials such as rattan and bamboo in most of his projects including the famous Coconut Palace. Thanks to Manosa, the distincts style of Philippine architecture and design started to make its way back to Filipino home aesthetics. Furniture and home decors made from rattan, bamboo, buri, abaca and capiz shells have started to dominate in the homes of many Filipino families.

Coconut Palace
© Simon Schoeters/Flickr

The majority of interior designers and architects are now focused on building and designing homes from indigenous materials in order to preserve Philippine traditions. Filipino style and architecture can be described as elegant, stable and sophisticated. A lot of world-class hotels and resorts, celebrity homes, luxurious restaurants, premier shopping malls and popular bars are starting to adapt the earthy Filipino interior style and architecture because of its minimalistic-style and its suave, refined tone.

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