Earlier this week, newlywed couple Angel Locsin and Neil Arce revealed that they were releasing a vlog giving their fans a virtual peek into their new marital home. Angel wrote, “Two years in this pandemic. Looking back now, we can't help but be proud of us all. We're still here. Getting along, as we imagine ourselves running away with our loved ones, for fun and spontaneity. While we try our best to follow rules, we admit we crave human connection today more than ever.
“So, we had this idea to use our platforms and break this invincible wall surrounding us. We decided to open the doors of our home and let you in VIRTUALLY. By sharing our journey, we hope you'd allow us to connect with you, and let us be part of your journey as well.”
The 36-year-old actress and Iba Yan host, also shared the experience of working on making their new house into a home along with her husband. She wrote, “For the past months, it's been our project to turn our new house into a home. Definitely not as easy (haha) as we thought it would be, BUT it was worthwhile! Natutunan namin how to compromise and negotiate our own individual styles, and make OUR touches become more visible in every area.”
In the first part of their house tour vlog posted last August 21, the couple started off by sharing the story of how they found their first home together.
“Ang tagal namin naghanap. Siyempre dapat kumportable kami, okay sa locations ng trabaho namin, kaya ng budget. Nung akala namin wala na kaming mapipiling bahay, dumating naman itong napakalaking blessing na ‘to at in-offer naman ito nung family ni Neil. Ayaw na sana namin tanggapin. Siyempre nakakahiya eh. Ayaw namin umasa pero since only child itong asawa ko,” Angel shared.
“Sobrang laking ginhawa, sobrang laking tipid namin sa maraming bagay. Medyo old house siya. Rinenovate lang namin ng konti. Actually si Angel karamihan nag-design diyan,” Neil added.
Having to decorate their new home was a project that the couple were happy to take. Aside from figuring out how to clean all the spaces, they also admit to having to deal with termite problems and fixing the pipes. “At first ang saya, finally may bahay na kami di ba? Pagdating dito, paano tayo magsisimula? Mahirap din ah kasi ang lakas ng personality ni Neil, ako rin naman meron akong sariling style. Sinong mananalo sa inyo? Ito ang aming simpleng project. Well hindi naman kami mga designers. We decided na kami muna mag-design ng bahay. Mas tipid din (laughs). Except for the bedroom kasi may mga kailangan kami mga furniture na i-restore so we asked our friend’s help, Celine from Simbulan para tulungan niya kami dun,” Angel said.
All throughout the house, art works by local artists can be seen starting by their front door designed by Claude Tayag: paintings by Jett Osian, Azor Pazcoguin, Manuel Baldemor, and sculptures by Ferdinand Cacnio and National Artist Ramon Orlina. Their foyer also featured a framed photograph by veteran Filipino cinematographer Neil Daza.
“Nakita ko siya sa isang art fair online tapos nakita ko ay si Neil Daza DOP sa bansa natin. Kinuha ko ito as remembrance at may pirma niya,” Angel shared.
The couple’s living room area was also decorated with Angel’s personal books taken from her condo when she was single as well as the couple’s gifts to each other when they were still dating.
“We wanted to keep kung ano pa yung puwede pang magamit na maganda naman. In-update ko lang itong mga budol finds ko, mga nabili ko sa online store, mga throw pillows. Nung kinasal kami, dito lang kami nag-reception sa bahay. I made sure to request na kung ano man yung ilalagay na pang-decoration, hindi yung mga bulaklak na nalalanta the next day di ba. Mahilig ako magbasa ng libro. Mga dating gamit ko ito sa condo. Yung mga libro namin dito The Godfather and Alfred Hitchcock.
In the garage sat a golf cart which Neil explained was given by his wife. “Gift sa akin ni Angel ito for my birthday. Favorite ko na gift niya. Halos araw araw ko gamit yan,” he said.
Angel also shared a story about her favorite large black SUV which she already sold. “Ito yung baby. Nag-promise ako dati na hindi ko ito i-le-let go. Darating yung araw siyempre nag-asawa ka na or dumating din yung pandemic ma-realize mo talaga kung ano yung dapat i-keep mo. So kahit sobrang mahal na mahal ko ‘tong sasakyan na ‘to, technically hindi ko na siya kailangan. Actually may bumili na neto. Parang ako ata yung unang babae sa Pilipinas na nagkaroon ng Hummer. Nagamit ko siya nung Asian Treasure days, The General’s Daughter, sa halos lahat ng teleserye ko,” she explained.
Angel also showed her small vegetable garden which also included plants like calamansi, aloe vera, citronella, sweet basil, sili, tarragon, and lavender. The Kapamilya actress and her husband also showcased their garden pool area which is where their parties are held and where OPM artists like Rivermaya, Moira Dela Torre, KZ Tandingan, Parokya ni Edgar, Kim Molina have performed in the past.
Watch the Angel and Neil vlog here: