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See Inside Ivana Alawi's Childhood Home

The seven-bedroom, three-bathroom home is one of the properties that Alawi's late father left her family.
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Ang Lihim Ni Ligaya star Ivana Alawi gives a tour of her childhood home in Bahrain in her vlog on YouTube. Alawi's vlog has garnered more than 13.7 million views at press time since it was uploaded on February 28.

The 23-year-old former StarStruck 6 finalist revisits the Bahrain mansion where she and two of her siblings—Hash and Amira—grew up. It is one of the properties that Alawi's late father, Samier Al-Alawi, a Morrocan, left for them.

The home has seven bedrooms (three on the ground floor and four on the second floor), at least three bathrooms, two living rooms, a pantry, maids' quarters, a garden area, and garage. In her introduction, Ivana says, "Ito ang aking childhood house. Dito ako naglaro-laro. Dito ako nagwala-wala. Dito ako naging baby, alam mo yun? Yung cute."

Alawi says the house was built in 1996, the year she was born.

Photo by YOUTUBE/IVANA ALAWI.
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The Kapuso-turned-Kapamilya talent recalls, "This house is built noong 1996, kung kelan ako pinanganak. So medyo lumang bahay na to, old but good." She adds, "Luma siya pero special pa rin siya, di ba? Kasi dito ako lumaki, dito ko nakasama ang daddy ko."

One of her favorite spots in the house is the living room (picture above) where, she recounts, "Dito ang mga bata, dito ako nung baby. Lagi akong nagtatalun-talon diyan sa sofa. Dito ako kumakain, dito ako nanonood ng TV."

Another go-to spot in the living room is the bird cage-inspired couch.

Photo by YOUTUBE/IVANA ALAWI.

Alawi quips, "Itong area naman, kapag lonely ka, gusto mo ikulong yung sarili mo, sosyal na kulungan."

Alawi describes the second living room as "pangsosyalan."

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She explains, "Pag feeling mo medyo nakaluwag-luwag ka sa buhay, dito ka pupunta 'tapos uupo ka parang, 'Ha, nabayaran ko na yung utang ko dati!' Alam mo yung ganon? Yung wala kang gawi kasi wala ka naman mapapanooran pero feeling mo sosyal sosyal ka. Pero hindi kami umuupo dito kasi hindi namin ma-feel na sosyal kami," she says.

The dining area is simple but spacious.

Photo by YOUTUBE/IVANA ALAWI.

A floor-length mirror is installed on one side of the dining area to make it look bigger. She also mentions that a faux crocodile leather decorates one of the walls for texture.

Alawi says their home is still undergoing some changes, which is why they don't have many amenities at the moment.

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However, the important furniture of the house are preserved, including the chandeliers, beds, dining table, and sofas.

Alawi also gives a tour of the rooms on the ground floor where she and her siblings slept during their childhood years.

Photo by YOUTUBE/IVANA ALAWI.

The Kapamilya star says she bought a new bed for the room she once shared with her brother, Hash.
"Bago na yung kama, kasi mga 20 years na yung dating kama 'tapos bunk bed siya. Ngayon, ginawa na namin single bed... Dati ako, 'tapos si Hash sa taas [na bunk bed]."

Two of the rooms on the second floor have a single bathroom and are still bare.

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Another room has its own bathroom, and the interiors are very much modern.

Alawi currently occupies the master's bedroom, which has its own entertainment area, a walk-in closet, and a huge bathroom.

Photo by YOUTUBE/IVANA ALAWI.

But, like the ones in the other rooms, the entertainment area in the master's bedroom is also bare.

In her vlog, Ivana says one of the first things she'll buy for her room is a TV. "Pag nakaluwang-luwang tayo sa buhay, bibili tayo ng TV at manonood tayo ng Ang Lihim Ni Ligaya. Malapit na malapit na!"

Alawi shows off in her vlog a queen-sized bed in her room, where the "magic" happens.

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"Ito ang kama, dito nangyayari ang magic. Yung natutulog, yun ang magic niya," she says.

The actress also gives her YouTube subscribers a tour of her bar walk-in closet, which has all-white interiors.

Photo by YOUTUBE/IVANA ALAWI.

"Wala pang masyadong damit dito kasi kakadating ko lang at hindi pa ako nakaka-shopping at saka, hindi pa naman ako titira dito," she says.

Alawi's other favorite space in the room is the bathroom.

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Ivana says she had it renovated and retrofitted with marble tiles and crystal stone walls. "Ito, pinasadya ko kasi mahilig ako sa [marble]. So ung makikita mo yung yung phone case ko, lahat talaga marble. Kung pwede nga lang yung buong bahay gawin kong marble, ginawa ko na. Pero mahal," she says.

Watch the full video of Ivana Alawi's Bahrain home tour below.

This story originally appeared on Pep.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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