Coco Martin Lives in His Own Private Quezon City Resort
Any home is a product of hard work and perseverance. Would you believe that it took actor Coco Martin three years to realize his spacious sanctuary in Quezon City? Coco wanted to work on the house without falling into debt. “Ang tagal ginawa ‘yong bahay, kasi ipon, ipon, ipon. Kasi dahan-dahan lang, ayoko kasing biglain. Natakot naman akong mangutang sa bangko, kasi alam mo naman ‘yong work natin—minsan okey, ‘tapos biglang mawawala. Sabi ko, pag ni-loan ko ‘to, baka hatakin sa’kin. ‘Yon ‘yong pinakamasakit na mangyayari sa buhay ko,” he shares in an interview with YES! Magazine.
Acquiring the property meant taking baby steps as well. Coco wasn’t satisfied with the initial shape of the house that he ended up buying adjacent lots resulting to a 2,000sqm dream home. Completing the look meant choosing pieces that follow the aesthetic he had in mind, too. From the big pieces of furniture, to the accents and accessories, the actor made sure that each item complements his vision for the space. Just like other homeowners, Coco believes that building a home is a continuous process. “Kasi ang bahay, hindi natatapos sa pagpapatayo lang, e. May mga maliliit na details. Kunyari, ‘yong mga gamit, ilalagay mo na lahat, paisa-isa, e. Parang puzzle, binubuo-buo mo siya,” he relates.
The home’s façade gives visitors an idea of what to expect inside. Healthy trees frame the main door while lush plants add an instant tropical vibe.
Talk about making a grand entrance—the home’s main door is an artwork by National Artist for Visual Arts, Abdulmari Asia Imao. According to Coco, it was the first door the artist made. “Sinabi ko ngang gusto kong magpagawa ng art piece sa kanya. Kung pupuwede, siya ang gumawa ng pinaka-center-point ng main door ko. Siyempre natuwa naman siya,” the actor shares. The main door features a fish, a request made by Coco since his beloved Lola was born under the Pisces zodiac sign.
Adding extra oomph to the home’s entrance is a metal artwork reminiscent of trees by glass and metal designer Miguel Aguas. Coco opted for a work of art instead of using wood cladding to spruce up the posts near the door.
The spacious living area will make guests feel like they’re in a resort. “Bahay siya, pero ‘yongambiance niya, nakaka-relax po, gano’n. Kaysa mag-hotel ka, di ba po?” A captivating work of art serves as the area’s focal point—a horizontal amber sculpture by artist Trek Valdizno. “Para siyang dagta. Ang tendency niyan kapag summer, medyo lumalambot. Kaya ang ginagawa, nire-retouch lagi. Kailangan siyang inaapuyan,” says the actor.
Coco didn’t hold back in terms of investing in the right furniture pieces as well. Two of Vito Selma’s Paisley chairs are placed in between the comfy sofas, inviting anyone to sit back and relax. A beautiful center table gives the space a tropical vibe, with the rug adding an extra snug appeal.
From the other side of the living area, one can best appreciate the airy, spacious feel as natural light stream in through the glass doors and windows. Behind the sofa are more notable works of art, one of which is a piece from brass sculptor Ronald Castrillo’s Balloons in life series. The staircase leads to the second floor where the bar, home theater, and Coco’s bedroom are found.
Luxe dining can be enjoyed in the cozy dining area where Kenneth Cobonpue’s 12-seater Wave dining table and Vito Selma’s Arata dining chairs and Bos mirror take the spotlight. The wooden pieces definitely add warmth and make the space perfect for enjoying meals. To complete the look, Coco personally arranged the Litten hanging lights from Triboa Bay Livingin different heights to add an inviting glow. From this view, one can see how the lines of the pieces are reminiscent of calm waves.
If you love al fresco dining, then you’ll surely appreciate the open kitchen found just a few steps near the pool area. It’s fully equipped with ovens and different appliances, with enough cabinets where essentials can be stored. The built-in niche holding the appliances and the storage units sport laminates reminiscent of natural wood.
Who needs to go out when you have a bar as hip as this? Vito Selma’s work is featured in the space like the design of the ceiling and a customized table. The wall behind Coco is like a gallery of sorts—with different bottles carefully placed in niches serving as accents.
A tufted door leads to the compact yet welcoming home theater where around eight people can relax and watch movies while lounging on reclining chairs. The tiny room boasts of topnotch projection and sound systems and a mechanical screen that can be rolled up when not in use. Behind the screen is Coco’s collections of awards.
Who wouldn’t be captivated by the striking slab of onyx just behind Coco’s black tufted bed? It gives the room a psychedelic appeal, balancing out the modern pieces of furniture in the space. “Sabi nila suwerte daw,” the actor says of the onyx. Aside from the unique bed, Coco also has another prized abstract painting by National Artist for Visual Arts Arturo Luz sprucing up the wall, matching side tables from Kenneth Cobonpue and a gray wing chair.
A corner of the bedroom functions as a compact work area where the actor can read, review scripts, and get things done. To keep the nook from being monotonous, another abstract painting livens up the wall.
We won’t mind staying in this seating area in the veranda for hours! It’s perfect for merienda, entertaining friends, and simply reading a book. It’s completed with a loveseat and two easy chairs from Kenneth Cobonpue’s Link collection. The said collection highlights a clean, minimalist design—with the seating pieces showcasing a lovely modular form.
Without a doubt, Coco’s home can rival any resort when it comes to the relaxing ambiance. You can sit anywhere in the veranda and feel like you’re resting by the beach. The high ceiling, wooden touches, and chosen furniture pieces come together to create a cohesive tropical aesthetic. Since it overlooks the backyard, the veranda is also the ideal place to stay in for some quiet time and reflection.
Hosting a get-together will surely be a breeze for Coco and his family as the spacious dining table can accommodate around 10 people. “Dito kami madalas kumain,” he shares.
Although the gazebo’s ceiling looks like it’s made of abaca, Coco shares that synthetic materials were actually used. “Actually plastic po ‘yan. Kasi, pag ‘yong totoo, nalalaglag siya lagi, e. Nabubulok, papalitan mo,” he explains. To furnish the space, more of Kenneth Cobonpue’s works were chosen. The Croissant set, known for its ergonomic design is the perfect choice, helping create an undeniable beachy feel.
Found at the far end of Coco’s property, the gazebo is built on top of a koi fishpond overlooking the swimming pool and cabana.
From afar, the cabana looks like a mini house. It functions as a guest house when needed. “May bed ito and then may cabinet akong ‘nilalagay. Ang nangyayari sa kanya, parang condo rin,” shares Coco.
The cabana is furnished with a comfy sofa and a sturdy coffee table. The best part? It has a separate bathroom and a well-stocked mini kitchen. Adding pizzazz to the space are two designer pieces—Cobonpue’s Bloom Chair in yellow and Vito Selma’s Paisley Chair.
The actor’s guests will surely have a comfortable stay as aside from having a fantastic view of the outdoors, they also have a huge TV and access to other entertainment essentials.
The mini kitchen features a refreshing accent wall and materials that blend in with the outdoor area. According to the actor, he keeps the kitchen stocked with snacks and drinks.
The home features a beautiful structure with well-thought-out details and materials. If the outdoor area looks arresting by day, it’s equally enchanting at night. The depth of the foold ranges from four to seven feet so that his nieces and nephews can also enjoy. “Actually pati ‘yong Jacuzzi, pinasadya ko for the kids,” he says.
This story originally appeared on Realliving.com.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.