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Seasoned Interior Designer Rosebud Sala’s Elegant Style

In her fifty years of interior decorating, Rosebud Sala’s elegant taste and fine eye have strongly influenced the design of some of the best homes in the city.

This story is taken from our archives. Originally published in Inside Cebu.

In her fifty years of interior decorating, Rosebud Sala’s elegant taste and fine eye have strongly influenced the design of some of the best homes in the city. As a matter of fact, Rosebud Sala puts her stamp on everything she does, whether decorating a house or pursuing a charitable cause. Her second house, located on the crest of one of the many hills comprising Maria Luisa Estate Park, embodies the Rosebud style. The simple layout was achieved in association with the architectural firm of Jacinto and Unson, a long-time collaboration that started in the early ‘70s.

The main level is divided into three parts. The principal living room leads to the formal dining area that opens onto the wide trellised verandah. Amidst the orchids and flowering vines, it is in this verandah that the lady of the house does most of her entertaining, giving everyone an expansive view of the city below. On the other end of the house, next to a quiet library, is the master’s bedroom.

The rooms are distinct from one another; each has its own special feel. They almost give the impression of a collection of unrelated nooks rather a singular home. But pulling all the various rooms together into a unifying whole are the neutral palette of textured fabrics and the layered wood surfaces where the art and furniture inside also follow a coordinated pattern dictated by tastefulness and practicality.

The Sala house is full of surfaces which invite you to touch and feel: a smooth waxed antique table, a Persian carpet and a profusion of silk pillows. There is also a sensuousness in the atmosphere that Rosebud very subtly evokes, by “mixing objects and making associations between different periods, between cultural references, between colors and materials,” as she herself puts it. Above it all, there’s an element of harmony.

For a breakfast setting, Rosebud Sala arranges fresh tropical blossoms and fruits around a typical Cebuano offering of rice cakes and fruit compote. The exquisite china service is a touch whimsical, but it works with the vivid organic colors of the cultural fare. The table is set alfresco and offers a panoramic view of the island.

Eats

Dining Out? This Restaurant in Busay Offers Modern Filipino Cuisine with a View

Balay sa Busay is a new modern-Filipino food destination that offers an unhindered view of the city landscape, providing a pleasurable dining experience.

Balay sa Busay is a new modern-Filipino food destination in Busay, Cebu which offers an unhindered view of the city landscape and ocean view with a cool breeze, providing a pleasurable dining experience.

Specializing in modern Filipino cuisine, Balay sa Busay serves our favorite comfort food, with a taste of home and a unique Cebuano touch. House specialties include Adobong Binisaya ni Bebe, Hamonada sa Among Bukid, and Paboritong Sisig Ni Tatay.

Other bestsellers are the Chickenillo, a tender roasted whole chicken so tender that it can be cut using a platito; Pomelo Salad with toasted coconut with calamansi dressing; Pochero Rice; Banana Cue Ala Mode with sugar-coated cardava topped with vanilla ice cream; and Shrimps in Buko.

Dining with a splendid view
Whether it’s a casual day out or a special celebration with family and friends, Balay sa Busay provides a much-desired breather for busy city folks.

The restaurant is inspired by old Filipino ancestral houses in the province with a perfect blend of old and new elements–a transitional style featuring traditional and modern furniture and fixtures. The spacious interiors give diners the option to dine in the air-conditioned room or open-air veranda which provides a panoramic view of Cebu.

Balay sa Busay has an air-conditioned function room for special occasions, private events, and meetings which can accommodate up to 50 guests and can be split into two and seat 25 each. An open area at the second floor is also available and can also accommodate up to 50 guests.

Balay sa Busay is located at Cebu Tops Road, Busay, Cebu City. It is open from Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Walk-ins and reservations are welcome.

For more information and updates, like and follow Balay Sa Busay on Facebook at @BalaySaBusay. For reservations, private meetings and events, call (032) 354 7169.

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This French-Filipino Family Home Perched Atop a Hill is a Beauty

Zee gives you an exclusive look at this family home owned by French businessman Gilles Pochiet and Filipina wife Cielito.

This story is taken from our archives. 
Originally published in the coffee table book, Inside Cebu.

French businessman Gilles Pochiet and his Filipina wife Cielito, with their three children, have made a home for themselves in the hills of Northtown Homes. When they started with it, they had a few items on their wish list: 

First, he wanted to indulge his passion for art and his penchant for a quiet, cultured lifestyle. Thus, the house had to provide ample and appropriate display space for a continually growing collection of contemporary art. Then the importance of family, best expressed through a close arrangement of family spaces, had to come into the picture, too. And yes, they also love to entertain friends at home. 

Their house, designed by Architect Ed Gallego, took over two years to construct and six months to furnish. Finished almost entirely in white and glass, the exterior of the house cleverly utilizes line, angle, and shape to achieve geometric elegance. It opens to the outdoors through full-length, clear-glass panels and retractable walls, permitting generous amounts of the incomparable tropical light to pour in. 

From the lounge and dining areas, one can enjoy pleasant views of the hills of Cebu. The minimalist theme is emphatic in the dining room, where the square table and the eight chairs around it are enhanced only by water flowing on a floor-to-ceiling stone façade. The sound of trickling water is the perfect accompaniment to life’s best moments. 

At first glance, the house may not seem family-oriented, but that is only at the ground level. The family bedrooms are located on the second floor—all with cleverly designed storage cabinets disguised as decorative framed walls. Each of the children’s rooms has its own carefully selected set of artworks, strongly indicating how their parents would love to pass on to them an appreciation for art. 

The guest pavilion, uniquely located at the poolside, is fully self-contained, and is actually a smaller version of the main building. It shows the importance that the owners place on privacy; they prefer intimate gatherings of their closest friends, where conversations flow over fine wine and good food. 

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The homeowners are totally dedicated to contemporary art. Their collection includes paintings by Ouattara, Lindstorm, and Maryan; carpets by Garouste and Bonetti; vases by Gaetano Pesce, and sculptural pieces by Ettore Sottsas. The white walls set off the artworks. The surprising combination of minimalist sophistication and design savvy is achieved throughout the house.

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Culture

A Pastel-Themed Afternoon High Tea with Kate Anzani

Zee takes you on a journey of elegance and beauty as we look into the fresh themes that Kate Anzani created for her Afternoon High Tea.

Zee takes you on a journey of elegance and sweetness with Kate Anzani’s latest themes for her Afternoon High Tea.

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