Baby Valencia’s corner


House of Baby Valencia, on Urban Zone
Back in 2008, I had the chance to spend a day in this beautiful cottage near Tagaytay. This is the home of artist Araceli Valencia. We all call her Tita Baby. She is the mother of fashion designer Rhett Eala. I met her through artist Popo San Pascual.


"grand staircase"
Her garden was endless. I was inspired by creative people like Tita Baby, Tita Sonya (of Sonya’s Garden), Tonyboy (of Antonio’s Restaurant) and Popo to one day own a part of this world and make a home in it.


at her garden
Her garden was so lush. And she had this special Medinilla sp. plant found in the jungles of Quezon province. According to my plant and wildlife expert friend Dr Rico Quimbo, “They’re not cheap. They’re all over the phiippines but the best and showy ones are in the Southern Tagalog area. Saw a truly resplendent representative in the Samar Island National Park.” I love our endemic vegetation.


House of Baby Valencia, on Urban Zone
Her cottage had a beautiful wrap-around porch.


Dining room Her cottage had an open plan. You see the dining area and sleeping quarters all under one roof.


Her bedroom, visible from the living and dining areas.


House of Baby Valencia, on Urban Zone
She surrounded herself with beautiful objects – both created by man and by nature.


Jasmine flowers from her garden.


Still Life
Washed up corals and antique dishes.


Her paint brushes
Her paint brushes.


One of her paintings
And just by her back porch hangs this beautiful painting. (Found this coincidentally! This photo is from 2008).


Baby Valencia A Corner in my Garden_ed
This is the same exact painting she donated to UNICEF’s Auction for Action. Baby Valencia’s “A Corner in My Garden”. Beautiful.


You can keep an eye out or bid on this painting at UNICEF’s Auction for Action here.







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