Celebrity house tours are nothing new and the general public normally finds them a delight. They offer glimpses into the glamorous personal lives of the people we look up to and simultaneously serve as inspiration that if we work hard enough, we just might get beautiful houses like theirs. But former Pinoy Big Brother housemate Loisa Andalio’s house tour didn’t sit well with netizens. What exactly happened?
Loisa uploads the first part of her house tour
A beaming Loisa and Ronnie Alonte, her boyfriend, stood outside the actress’ house poised to give a short tour. She mentions that she was able to build the house after working in showbiz for three years. She also shared that before they had their own house, her family used to live with relatives. Towards the end, Loisa revealed that she didn’t actually live there. Her own home is located down the street which she will also give a tour of in the upcoming Part Two of the vlog. The house was nice enough, so why did it fire netizens up?
It caught the eye of an engineer on social media
During the tour, Loisa mentioned that her family didn’t hire architects to design the house. “Itong bahay na ‘to hindi talaga kami dito nagpa-architect. Kami lang talaga nag-design into lahat,” she says.
This statement drew the ire of a certain Engr. Dion Greg “Dee” Reyes on social media. On his Facebook page called Engineer Dee, he “expressed frustration” that the actress did not seek professionals to build her a sturdy and safe dream home. “It’s not bad to dream to build your own house. But it’s bad to build that house without hiring the right people like architects and engineers,” the post started.
“The absence of the expertise of [architects and engineers] could pose risks to the family that will live in that house. The Andalio family, for example.”
Netizens criticize the house
As of writing, Engineer Dee’s Facebook post has more than 11k reactions and 10k shares. Netizens mostly agree with him. Some criticized the simple exterior of the house while others pointed out that the weak/lack of structural columns might be dangerous when natural calamities like earthquakes occur.
It’s not bashing, it’s protecting a profession
Architects and engineers find Loisa’s statement about not hiring professional help a tad bit disappointing. They’re also pointing out that if she had none of those, who signed the permits and documents in building the house? One even pointed out that Loisa being a public figure doesn’t help since she’s unwittingly sending a message to the public that it’s okay to not hire professionals.
Architect-content creator Llyan Austria even made a video
As expected, the nation’s resident architect slash YouTuber had something to say about the matter. Architect Llyan Oliver Austria released his reaction video, which got more than 120k views on the first two hours of posting. Austria, famous for his educational commentaries (and tito jokes) said that Loisa not getting professionals to work on her house did disappoint him. “Masakit sa damdamin ko na hindi sila kumuha ng professionals pero hindi ko alam yung buong story so hindi ako makapag-comment or makapag-bigay ng totoong professional analysis,” said Austria.
But Austria did remain sensitive to the issue and reiterated that netizens should not be quick to judge the actress.
Why is it important to hire professionals anyway?
Lmao to the people commenting on Loisa’s house tour. Kelan pa naging choice lang kumuha ng Architect to design a house? Mapa-low-cost o high-end man yan
YOU NEED TO HIRE ONE
Mas marunong pa kayo sa batas ah. Do your research before talking. #SaArkitektoSigurado
— ☄️ (@archens__) December 1, 2020
Architects not only help you get the best design solution for your space (aesthetically and economically) we are called the prime professionals for that reason. In the hierarchal ladder of responsibility, engineers are only responsible for structural parts of the plans.
— ☀han☀ (@discounttomie) December 2, 2020
Some argue that Loisa might not have afforded to hire architects and engineers but if you’re building a home and you have the resources, hiring professionals won’t hurt. In fact, Austria says that getting professional help give you that “professional guarantee” which holds architects and engineers accountable if something happens to your house within a certain period. These professionals are also trained to build you a home that’s safe and future-proof. You can rest your pretty little head at night knowing that your structural columns could withstand earthquakes and won’t fall apart easily.
Hey, it’s Loisa’s decision
So here, Loisa built her dream house for their family. And everyone was laughing about it since she didn’t hire an architect and it wasn’t well constructed. But why laugh at somebody’s dream? One may point out flaws but laughing is quite so unkind.
— Laine (@lainelabis) December 2, 2020
On the other end of the spectrum, Loisa’s fans are defending her saying that it’s the actress’s decision and “free will” to not get professional help. People shouldn’t be putting her down when she’s managed to build her dream home after years of hard work. Besides, like Austria said, we don’t know the whole story on why she skipped hiring architects and engineers.
You know what’s funny ? some people who criticize Loisa were not even financially independent, she was able to work hard and build her own home,
Eh kayo ? ano ano napundar nyo ? iPhone ? Jordan Shoes ? Signature Bags ?
— Chriztopher Go (@ChriztopherGo) December 1, 2020
In conclusion, it’s not your house but also, please hire professionals
Klaro kulang uli yung statement ni louis arrange ko maayus para maintindihan…sa true lng nkktouch mga sinasabi ni louis..sge lng bebeh lois love ka ni god at dmi pang blessings dadating s iyo..we love u bebeh kyu ni r2 …keep safe kyu lagi.. pic.twitter.com/Uy4v0LPuci
— LangBacz (@BaczLang) December 1, 2020
Whatever the internet thinks about Loisa Andalio’s house, at the end of the day, they’re not living in it. As of writing, she hasn’t made any statement to address the backlash but her brother posted a comment about it. Although netizens might feel disappointed, especially the architects and engineers in the crowd, we have to trust that Loisa, a responsible adult, knows what she’s doing. But for those planning on building their dream home, the wisest first step is to hire or consult with professionals who can guarantee your safety.
What do you think about Loisa Andalio’s house tour?