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Jonathan Matti’s garden at night —THELMA SAN JUAN

COVID-19 redefines cocooning

‘Exhale the fear and anxiety and focus on taking care of yourself’

The quarantine that has gone on unexpectedly for months is making people rediscover special spots and corners in their homes. These become special spaces where they do their special activities—not only to survive the sudden inertia or the feeling of uncertainty, but also to reflect, recharge. New coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has redefined cocooning, from a term of the ’90s that denotes chilling and decorating up, especially for new condo owners (the new tech money and BPOs), to an inward and inner space for reflection.

Sandy Tan Uy unwinds in the veranda.

Sandy Tan-Uy, art enthusiast/collector: Unwinding

Cocooning in waves.

First wave was weeks of spring cleaning.

By the second month, each member of the family took turns planning special meals, which quickly turned into our lockdown highlight. Soon after, the new treadmill was put to work. Everyone was inspired to get some cardio in.

This al fresco spot on the verandah is perfect for unwinding on windy or rainy afternoons.

We’re trying to find calm in the midst of chaos because I’m certain we will overcome this. From experience, the key is not to go under during a crisis. and with every crisis we rise from, we only become better, stronger, wiser.

Francisco with her French bulldogs
Sandy Tan Uy unwinds in the veranda.

Raul and Joanna (Preysler) Francisco, trailblazers in retail and art: Like each other more

During this period of great uncertainty, one thing is for sure: We have used this time to bond with our children and reconnect with them in a way that would not have been possible otherwise.

Being with each other 24/7 has proven how much we enjoy each other’s company and how we truly like one another. Love is a given, but like is optional, and we actually like each other more after this quarantine.

Before pandemic, a dinner hosted by Jonathan Matti (second from right) for friends (fromleft) Carlo Tanseco, Andrew Gan, Glenna Aquino, Annie Ringor, Babette Aquino-Benoit and Karen Santos —THELMA SAN JUAN

In all things, we give thanks and pray for better days ahead. But we will always be grateful for and cherish this time of bonding, rediscovering and reconnecting on so many levels.

Jonathan Matti’s garden at night —THELMA SAN JUAN
View of Jonathan Matti’s garden from table set after dinner —THELMA SAN JUAN

Jonathan Matti, interior designer: The garden

Cocooning? I go to the office and job sites every day. But I practice social distancing and wear a mask when seeing people. If at home, my favorite spot is the garden. I usually have lunch or dinner in the garden, weather permitting.

Rowell Santiago does his headstand.

Rowell Santiago, actor, director, creative planner: Yoga as guide

I start my day practicing yoga for a minimum of one hour, to guide me each and every day, and end my day doing cardio or a more relaxing yoga and meditation.

During this time, you just have to inhale all the good things and exhale the fear and anxiety and negative thoughts, and focus on taking care of yourself. Because in these times, a strong body and a strong mind are what you need to face all the challenges out there. INQ

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