MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos are known for making their dreams come to life, no matter what it takes. And a living proof of that is Rosalyn Tai, who now lives in her very own “castle.”
Although she does not have royal blood, Rosalyn lives in a castle-like home with her “king” and husband Peter in San Alfonso in Cavite province. Visitors are welcomed with a sword set in a stone, similar to what is seen in the “King Arthur” legend.
Just a few steps from the sword is a 20-foot tall door, which Rosalyn said is meant to accommodate even the largest Trojan horses.
The interiors are just as luxurious – a dining room with a traditional emblem and wall made of sturdy stones, a living room filled with gold-plated furniture, a red carpet-lined staircase, seven bedrooms, and a bathroom surrounded by a vast collection of pricey perfumes.
In an interview with ABS-CBN current affairs program “Rated K” aired on Sunday, the Filipina owner of the “castle house” said she had always wanted to be a queen.
“Bata pa lang kami actually nagrereyna-reynahan na kami ng mga kalaro ko,” she said. “So alam nila lahat na gusto kong maging Her Majesty Queen.”
If the castle house in Cavite screams luxury, this home in Antipolo City is all about simplicity and sustainability.
Built in only two months with a budget of P500,000, the “kawayan house” of Carolina Jimenez is made of bamboo – from the roof to the ground, and even the furniture.
Complementing the home is a garden filled with bamboo plants.
In an interview with “Rated K,” caretaker Cita Lacdan said Jimenez had the kawayan house built to encourage Filipinos to plant bamboo and explore other options for low-cost housing.
Meanwhile at Araneta Avenue in Quezon City, an odd-shaped structure has been getting the attention of residents for over four decades.
Built in 1965, the “planet house” of Artemio and Mercedes Reyes looks like a celestial body, with the rest of its items and furniture following its shape.
There are four rooms here, each with a bed shaped like a plate. A spiral staircase adds to the home’s “futuristic” feel at the time it was built.
Luciana Gaspar, sister of the owner of the planet house, told “Rated K” that the place used to be a popular venue for parties.