1930s-inspired events hall opens in Taguig

by Jon Carlos Rodriguez, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Oct 06 2013 11:00 AM | Updated as of Oct 07 2013 07:18 PM

MANILA – An events hall inspired by the 1930s era was recently launched by DMCI Homes at the Acacia Estates in Taguig City.

The 3-storey events hall, Casa Real, was fashioned after an old residence owned by the Tuason clan along Sociego St. in Sampaloc, Manila.

Casa Real, a 1930s-inspired events hall developed by DMCI. Photo by Jon Carlos Rodriguez for ABS-CBNNews.com

DMCI Homes' architectural design manager, Rina Soriano, said the home was restored as a tribute to the rich Filipino history and to capture the glamor of the 1930s.

“The property we bought in Sociego had this old house that we didn’t want to destroy, we wanted to preserve the architecture and at the same time it’s a nice spin: we preserve lasting houses. It’s also part of our history and we want kids nowadays to be familiar with history of that era,” she told ABS-CBNNews.com during the launch.

Soriano said around 80% of the materials used to construct Casa Real came from the old Tuason home, including the narra floors and ipil staircases.

“We took out all the materials that can be salvaged like the flooring and the windows,” she said.

Casa Real also used the original concrete balusters and gargoyle drains from the Sampaloc home.

Aside from the woodworks, DMCI’s architectural team also put its focus on the light fixtures to give an authentic glimpse of the 1930s era.

“Since it’s going to be an events place, we want it to be well-lighted. Ano ba ‘yung lighting noong era na ‘yun? So mostly crystal chandeliers. The crystal chandeliers give the feeling of elegance,” said Soriano.

The 3-storey Casa Real located along Acacia Avenue. Photo by Jon Carlos Rodriguez for ABS-CBNNews.com

She also said Casa Real is DMCI’s first foray in property restoration, adding that her team is raring to restore more old homes if the opportunity presents itself.

'Good times'

Casa Real was formally launched on Wednesday, October 2 in an event dubbed “Good Times.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was led by DMCI Homes president Alfred Austria and SVP for finance and operations Ramil Lombos.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony led by DMCI Homes president Alfred Austria and DMCI Homes SVP for finance and operations Ramil Lombos. Photo by Jon Carlos Rodriguez for ABS-CBNNews.com

“The recreation of this architecture is a fusion of Filipino, American, Spanish and Chinese and it was quite challenging for our DMCI Homes staff to rebuild this place here in Taguig. It took months of hard work,” Austria said during the launch.

The events place has two function halls located at the upper ground floor, measuring 250 sqm, and at the second floor, measuring 334 sqm. Kitchens for catering services and balconies are located in the second floor.

The lower ground floor, meanwhile, will serve as a restaurant-bar.

Casa Real is located at the Town Center inside Acacia Estates, a resort-themed community developed by DMCI.