The Big Reveal: Baclayon Family


Every year ABS-CBN MagTV Cebu would pick one lucky winner to be the recipient of their Home makeover for over a decade they made one's home a happy place and thus continue to make each family live better and look forward having a happier place to live.

In celebration of MagTV's Home makeover, this year's Recipient is Mr. and Mrs. Ramon Baclayon Jr., a couple with a 2-year-old child named Mara. who lived in a small cozy place in Banawa will be celebrating their Third Anniversary with a Bang and with the successful partnership between Philippine Institute of Interior Designers - Cebu Chapter this design project is made possible by the group of Interior Designers; Emari Grace Pimentel, April Escascinas, Stacy Chan, May Angelique Gonzales, Jid Derecho and  Kyle Ocoy to create a Scandinavian Theme for the Young Family of Three.

Here is a video of the before and after photos of the transition of the Baclayon's Family Abode.

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Watch this Video in  HD settings to get a better look of the design project. Many thanks to the following:

If you want to have a makeover like this one, Send your letter to MagTV Cebu, Next year and who knows you might be the next lucky recipient.

7 Things I learned from A TV Home makeover


When you get what you wished for. I remember back then that I wanted to be on TV as young as I could remember. I had a number of fun experiences auditioning for a talent management and even join a go-see audition because at one point I wanted to be a “celebrity”, a cliché as it sounds but I do.I wanted to be on TV then or maybe I was influenced by how I perceive celebrities back then.

I love watching movies or TV series, I actually binge on them but didn’t last long when I set foot in college. Not until the day, I saw a home makeover then for a Regional TV Show, MagTV Home Makeover.

Read it right, MagTV Home makeover (by ABS-CBN Region 7 Program) that happens every year in partnership with Philippine Institute of Interior Designers – Cebu Chapter. I was given an opportunity to be part of the show and lead the team of Five (5) Interior Designers; Thanks to Mr. Ryan James Mantuhac, President of PIID-Cebu Chapter, assigned me this year’s one of the important task.
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With the insights given by Mr. Adrian Diongzon, the Executive Producer of MagTV, Here are some valuable lessons I learned from him during our crucial meeting.

  • ·         Storyline. The Story of the Client that would tick the hearts of the viewers that they would want to see a happy ending or see the joy in their hearts
  • ·         Theme.  The overall look of the space should be well thought off that will fit the client and their lifestyle which should be pleasing and not overwhelming to the recipient.
  • ·         Designing for TV. Using Bold a Pop of colors what would entice viewers and at the same time showcase the boldness of Interior Designers in using colors and still be able to stick to the theme.
  • ·         Don’t Compromise. Since this is a makeover with a very limited time, plans can change and a lot of things happen along the way and the function should not be compromised despite the changes while making it aesthetically pleasing to the client.
  • ·         Do-It-Yourself. Educating your viewers to do a D-I-Y Activity, in this way you reach out to viewers who love D-I-Y or simply teach them on how existing things can be recycled or upcycled. This gives them a thought of making something out of nothing.
  • ·         Decorate. Showcase something that is Magazine Worthy, simply because it’s something to look forward to the viewers and the owner of the house that they will look forward to each day.
  • ·         Coordination. Designers and the rest of the team who would make the dream space into reality will have to be on one page it gives us a direction of where we will be heading and since we had quite challenging weeks everyone seems to be working its own space with a given value.

With everything was laid out to us, it is very important to know the insights of each stakeholder and how interior designers should come up with a design that will meet all parties the recipient and the TV production team. I am grateful to be part of this year’s MagTV’s 10th-anniversary show and if time permits again, I’d love to be part of this program again. 

New Beginnings


Hi! Everyone,

I had been in a hiatus mode for quite awhile. A journey beyond expectation that I dreamt of. Months of ups and downs. Yet very full filling, it gave me a different perspective of running being an Entrepreneur, as they say when a door closes another door opens.

Indeed true for me my business and life were full of surprises, friends lost and formed, relationship stained and stronger, losing oneself and finding myself along the way. The journey still continues, a hard manifestation of life and a beautiful reality to embrace every beginning of the journey,

Let me begin with 2018, I became full of myself, my overconfidence has brought me to realize which I didn't listen to for those who advised me that first quarter would be a tremendous slow of running the interior design business as people spent a lot during the Christmas break and then will be preparing for the month of March. The first quarter became a blow to me. Honestly,  I've never been worried this month and never thought that this month was such a struggle for both my business and my personal life.

As my business slow down for the first quarter, It gave me time to do the things I set aside, my other to-do personal list and business list, which I have accomplished half of them as of this time. A time to review my business and personal plans that gave me a clearer view of what I really like and what I plan to do. I was drawn to work and proving myself in running the business in 2017 that people knew me barely see me or sit down and talk to me. I'm happy with how things happened to me for my business it gave me a satisfaction that I can't explain. Busy like a bee. It opened my eyes to more challenging work and the fact it gave me an upper hard of adding more knowledge, as every project has its own unique pace of giving me a lesson.

Despite my business was doing well, I didn't realize I was losing a part of me, only realize it after it was gone. I was unreachable then. I've lost some good friends and stained some relationship along with my business. I hate to admit, but personally, I wasn't doing well. I seek for a life-work balance but didn't. It was more of work. work and work. I didn't regret it that I focused on my career all these years that I barely make time for myself. However, I have come to a realization that there are just things that are beyond my control and found myself owning to my mistakes and embracing the change that comes along the way.

March 2018, was my turning point to embrace the things that happened, hard as hell. I found friends whom I lost touch with, found myself to trying to believe to love myself again and put myself out of my own comfort zone. Kiss and Make up for the times I was unreachable. I saw who my friends were, offline or online. I hear the voice of whom I never expect to and be able to see things clearly this time. I'm glad I was in my low point to give me a realization that my life doesn't end there because someone or some opportunities has closed on me. It was a time to know who strong I could be to face harder challenges each day.

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