Have You Seen Miss Universe Philippines 2010 Venus Raj’s Simple But Very Relaxing Tropical Bungalow House?
Maria Venus Bayonito Raj (born July 7, 1988) is a Filipino actress, television personality and host most noted for being Miss Universe Philippines 2010 and placing fifth when she represented the Philippines in the 2010 Miss Universe.
Venus Raj was born to an Indian father and a Filipino mother, the youngest of five children. As an infant, her mother took Raj to Bato, Camarines Sur in the Bicolandia. Her aunt then registered her as a Philippine-born child. Raj grew up with her mother, a former tenant farmer and dressmaker.
In 2017, Raj completed her master’s degree in community development from the University of the Philippines Diliman.
A few months after winning the fourth runner-up title in the Miss Universe 2010 pageant, Venus went back to her hometown Bato, Camarines Sur. She then started building her dream home in 2011.
It took around a year and a half of construction to complete her bungalow type house.
Venus’ house has become somewhat of a tourist attraction in her hometown of Bato, Camarines Sur. Strangers often stop by this entrance looking for her for a photo op.
The sliding glass doors of the living area open up to the veranda, giving the homeowner great views of the rice fields across her property—something she really values.
“Iba yung feeling na ganyan ang makikita mo pag gising mo. Hindi mo ipagpapalit. Walang kapantay. Sobrang sarap,”
It is also connected to the dining area.
“Malinis, maluwag, tsaka maaliwalas lang, gano’n,”
Venus says to describe this area, as well as the free-flowing layout that she wanted for her bungalow.
These large sliding doors adds a distinctly tropical look to the home and also allows the cool breeze in. The neutral colored curtains complement the rest of the accessories and furniture in the area for a light and airy vibe.
Photographs and portraits of Venus as a beauty queen hangs on the walls of the living area.
The kitchen does not have much decorations on it but they kept clean most of the time. Instead of placing a kitchen island, Venus decided to put a long, sturdy table. They can clean it easily and moved it around as needed as a simpler and more practical alternative.
Venus said that she asked to built the kitchen big enough to accommodate visits from family and friends.
The master bedroom features a sloped ceiling a detail Venus loves. She credits it for giving this room a lot of breathing space and headroom.
Venus’ master bedroom is in fact the very first room that she can call her own. She grew up on a nipa hut (bahay kubo) with only a single room that she shares with her mom and siblings.
Venus plans to have a two-story house built behind the family bungalow. She says she will eventually give this three-bedroom home to her siblings and their children. This is after they complete the house on their backyard.