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Just off the 18th hole of the Sta. Elena Golf & Country Club in Sta. Rosa, Laguna stands Villa Marina, a modernized take on the traditional bahay na bato. It is a masterpiece in wood, stone, metal and glass by Architect Carlos Minana. This majestic dwelling, named after the lady of the house, is home to Bienvenido and Marina (better known as Rico and Nena) Tantoco and their beautiful family. The family owns everyone’s favorite luxe department store, Rustan’s. The architecture, landscape and interiors of this house reflect the architect’s concept of a modern bahay na bato. Standing tall with full height glass windows with wood and stone accents, the structure, though quite minimalist, is indeed a sight to behold Full story

18 June