The white and gray walls of the house's façade stand out in a backdrop of clear, blue sky. It is devoid of any adornments: no frilly curtains covering the windows, no welcome mat at the entrance, nor chimes hanging by the doorway. The house is in its basic form, standing starkly against a clear Negros sky, fulfilling its function. Inspired by modern Japanese architecture, it boasts clean lines, straightforward geometry, cast-in-place concrete, and limited ornamentation.

The house breathes of discipline and restraint. There is hardly any clutter—everything is neatly arranged. However, in spite of its modernism, there is an airiness about the mostly open-plan spaces. Light filters in through open windows, and white tiled floors keep everything bright and clean. With its barebones façade of whitewashed walls and bare concrete, this home may appear imposing. But in reality, it’s just a reflection of the owner's reserved and quiet nature.

(First published in the May 2010 issue of Real Living, Real Home section as "Minimally Yours;" photos by Miguel Nacianceno; pictorial direction by Gwyn GS Guanzon; adapted for use in Female Network)

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