Bungalows became popular among architects in the Philippines during the early postwar years because of the suburban development trends across towns and cities in California. These types of homes were spacious and cost less to construct.

The living room of Antonio’s bungalow residence is open and enhances its ‘grand’ feel. Photo from house archives (taken by Tess Puzon Rivera)

When one steps into a bungalow, its open-floor design gives a cozy atmosphere and flexibility for interior design. At the home of Pablo S. Antonio, the wooden beamed and angled roof in the living room help expand its relaxing peripheral views from various vantage points.

Inclined windows are a defining characteristic in Antonio’s architecture. Aside from providing panoramic views, these were designed so rainwater would not enter the house.

Multiple spots for sitting to strike conversations or simply enjoy the space. Photo from house archives (taken by Tess Puzon Rivera).

Moreover, the arrangement of furnishings and functions of rooms have changed multiple times. For instance, the White Room displaying gowns today was originally the kitchen then turned into a bedroom. These actions were mainly executed by the Architect’s wife, Marina.

“It feels like a resort,” Malu Antonio-Veloso, the resident and daughter of the Architect exclaims. Photo from house archives (taken by Tess Puzon Rivera)

Antonio’s take on the structure impressed clients and visitors upon setting foot on the living room. One notable visit was by Jack Manning, who commissioned the Architect to design the relocated Manila Polo Club in 1949. In the same year, he also built Manning’s house, the first home ever built in Forbes Park. For nearly two years, the residence of Jack Manning had no neighbors.

From there, Antonio continued designing many of the original houses in the subdivision such as the Hans Kasten, Perez-Rubio, Marcos Vidal Roces, Villanueva, Brodie, Florence, Gueeslin, and McMicking residences.


Veloso-Barrera, Vicky. “In Search of My Grandfather’s Legacy: Pablo S. Antonio: National Artist for Architecture.” Filnet Art Series, Sylvia Montilla, 2021.

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