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My dream project is a local auditorium where I will incorporate indigenous and contemporary local Capiznon cultures.



Lucille is a versatile artist. is a versatile artist.

A woman of many talents, Lucille C. Manuel plays the piano, composes songs, sings, writes poetry, draws, paints and, of course, designs the interior of homes and public places.

Lucille and I met more than 20 years ago. I stayed in their beautiful home in Roxas City where I had a great time just lounging around and, of course, savoring the local delicacies. Although we have not seen each other for the longest time, we have kept in touch through Facebook. Thus, I have seen, through the years, her many projects that are a perfect proof to her great talent.

Growing up in a family that loves art, Lucille turned out to be an outstanding painter. She attributes her passion for the arts to “a mother who has this great love for beautiful things and a father who was himself an artist, coming as he did from a family of artists and academicians.” She claims that interior designing “comes naturally to me. It is all about creating beautiful spaces.” She adds, though, that “it is a gift as well.”

To hone her talent, she enrolled in a short course in Arts and Design at Central Saint Martins in the early 1990s. “I learned about aesthetics as well as function, and the dynamism of design and branding,” she shares. “I also learned the fundamentals of design, but the bottom line to being a good designer, I realized from listening to the lectures and putting together our own projects, is having a good taste, a good taste and a good taste which, I believe, is really inborn.”

Mantong Oriental Kitchen, the Chinese restaurant in Pueblo de Panay.


Cafe Pueblo at the Plant Farm, Pueblo de Panay.


A room at the Residencia de Capiz Hotel and Residences.


Sigpum Korean Restaurant at the Plant Farm, Pueblo de Panay.

Daily Tribune sent Lucille some questions just so she could share with us her personal views of her art.

Daily Tribune (DT): What was your first professional project after you graduated? What was the challenge and how did you solve it?
Lucille C. Manuel (LCM): It was our home. My mother hired me to decorate our newly-built house. It was quite a challenge though in terms of size and concept. But all went well. She paid me a three-carat heart-shaped diamond and lots of love.

DT: What so far is your favorite project? Why?
LCM: Having turned over 42 projects for the past 12 years, I consider each my favorite. Although there were four that I did which, to me, were overwhelming because I could see how my interior designs have evolved with the lifestyle of my townsmen, and how they have embraced and admired my designs in a small town like Roxas City.

DT: Whom do you admire among Filipino interior designers?
LCM: I do admire Maja Olivares-Co, Yola Johnsons and Ito Kish.

DT: What local materials do you use?
LCM: For one of my first projects with with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Development. Corp. (SHJDC), I used the local fabric RaFina, which is the finest of jute sacks. I used it as a wall treatment like a textured wall paper. Later, I integrated Capiz shells in my design. These materials are abundant in my home province, Capiz, but the Capiz shell industry has been slowly fading.

DT: What inspires you each time you design?
LCM: I always make sure to design concepts that are at par with the designs found in Manila and the nearby places like Iloilo, Bacolod, Cebu and even abroad. Although I have clients from these places too.

DT: What is your dream project?
LCM: My dream project is a local auditorium where I will incorporate indigenous and contemporary local Capiznon cultures. I would love to use Capiz shells cut into different shapes as well as indigenous fabrics and crafts. This will bring pride to Capiznons worldwide as we will showcase our heritage and culture that will remind us where we came from.