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Having babies can make a very quiet house into a happy home. The happiness that babies bring to a couple is something worth more than anything. This is what happened to couple Korina Sanchez and Mar Roxas after their twins, Pepe and Pilar came into their lives. As Sanchez puts it, their household is quiet and only lights up when there are visitors around. But when Pepe and Pilar arrived, their house became lively, homey, and busy. Their house now exudes happiness. Pepe (Pepe Ramon Gerardo Manuel Denzel Sanchez Roxas) and Pilar Judith Celia Esther Korina Sanchez Roxas were born in the U.S. on the 12th of February, 2019. They were brought home to their parents’ native country, the Philippines, on the 1st of April, 2019. As Pepe and Pilar’s mommy gives a tour of the house, you can see how she is so much into the twins.

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The happy abode is on the Araneta-Roxas compound in Cubao, Quezon City which used to be the former bachelor’s pad of Mar Roxas and late brother, Dinggoy. Their house is known in the area as Bahay na Puti. The sizes of the first and second floors are the same so most of their things are upstairs where the kids also stay. According to Korina, she doesn’t want to leave the house often so her meetings are usually done downstairs.

Office

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Sanchez describes her office area as a living and dining in one. She explains that this area is where they also entertain their guests and when they want to see their twins, Pepe and Pilar are brought down here. Korina shares that she doesn’t like moving the furniture or making renovations in the house because aside from not being a feng shui fanatic, it’s also hard to follow it. The rule that she follows is changing the position of where she faces and not based on the movements of the furniture in the house. The house looks like it will be approved by any feng shui expert though.

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The area is very spacious and has a wonderful view of their garden. It’s a good spot where the twins can get some sun and air. But the doting mom said that they didn’t dare to bring the twins there during the summer because it can get so hot on that spot.

Twin’s Nursery

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The nursery room of Pepe and Pilar was constructed this year only. The room used to be a veranda where you can get a good view of the garden. Trees can be viewed from the room and the sun gives natural light as it streams into the windows. It’s a very cozy room that is painted in neutral colors which were decided by Sanchez who had inherited her mother’s genes in interior design. This is her favorite area in the house and can actually stay inside the whole day just looking at the babies. Korina wants to have many memories with the twins and almost hates leaving home because she wants to see every development in them. This explains why she holds meetings in the house most of the time.

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Girl-and boy matching items can be seen inside the room but the baby girl has more compared to her twin brother. It was not because the parents buy more for the baby girl but more so because Pilar receives more gifts than Pepe. Korina says maybe it’s because there are more cute styles for girls than boys. That’s probably why she consciously shop for her son. They also grow up fast so she makes sure that the branded items are worn at once. There was an instance though that a friend of theirs gave the twins a Burberry so she had to ask permission to have them replaced. With the amount of branded clothes, you can buy a blanket, diapers and more outfits. Korina is one practical mommy.

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She further adds that all of the Gap brands she bought were on sale by 40% when she bought them in Pittsburgh. Practical that she is, Mar has more discipline in spending and recycling goods. Mar would usually say that they just cut the booties part of the onesies of the twins which she would agree with provided that the kids can still breathe with their clothes.

Library

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According to Korina, the library is where interviews and photoshoots are done. There are numerous books in the area, as expected of any library. Some are the 1st edition books of Gerry Roxas, Mar’s father. She loves this area and feels that there’s a treasure in having old books from a former senator. The room is huge and almost looks like a big bookstore. It’s very elegant looking and everything seemed so neatly placed.

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There are also paintings and photos hanging by the wall and would you believe that there’s a frame of worn-out slippers? Korina explained that those are the used slippers of the children they had given new ones. She collects the old slippers of the children after giving them new pairs. She cleans and have them framed. She can sell them for Php25K per frame and uses the money to buy more slippers. They do it once a year.

The famous Rated K host is known for going to provinces and gathering kids in very poor neighborhoods and giving them a new pair of slippers. Korina had already been doing these for several years now and was able to help countless children whose parents can’t afford to buy them even the cheapest slippers. {source}

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