Cool spaces, interesting people. That’s how you sum up Curious Setting. Founded by Bea Ledesma and Ria Prieto, the site is devoted to finding inspiration in the cool and unusual.


Bea Ledesma
Growing up, Bea was weaned on home magazines, flipping through her mom’s dog-eared copies of Architectural Digest and House & Garden (retro, we know). In the eight or so years she’s spent covering fashion and beauty for the paper, her affection for the subject matter hasn’t dimmed. (After all, there’s only so much to be said about perfume, right?) Now, she spends most of her time fantasizing about improving her tiny one-bedroom apartment on an equally tiny (Lilliputian wouldn’t be an exaggeration) budget.

Ria Prieto
Although she’s been with the paper for almost seven years, Ria was never as comfortable writing as she was styling when she worked for a magazine as a fashion and beauty editor. She feels more confident using her visual skills. What she really loves to do is make things beautiful — whether by styling, putting makeup on her friends, or moving things around in her home. Now she has also invaded most of her friends’ homes, making most wives happy and their husbands furious. In the end, all she really wants to do is make things beautiful and surround herself with beauty.


Edric Chen

Edric Chen is an egg farmer by trade, photographer by passion. “My dad bought a DSLR years ago and I just started to tinker with it,” he tells us. Chen grew up in a 50s home along the old Manila coastline. “It looked really antique now that I think about it,” he remembers. “Our family lived together with our grandparents and relatives. I remember that the home had a lot of rooms which were like little caverns for each and every family.”

Since Curious Setting’s inception, Chen has shot the majority of the spaces. “Wandering around each space gives me the best feeling ever. I always try to imagine how the space would be on any normal day,” he observes. “Every space we’ve visited has been amazing and some have been quirky. I like it.”

Visit to see more of his work.


 Jo Ann Bitagcol

The model-turned-photographer grew up in a modest two- story residence. “We all slept in one room on the second floor — parents and siblings,” she says of the simple cement structure she called home. “I miss it. We had to give it up because of the Pinatubo eruption.”

Since moving to Manila, Bitagcol has grown to love a different kind of cement structure. “I’m attracted to ’70s spaces,” she ventures, “maybe because they’re minimal and spacious or industrial. Like a bodega with French country furnishing.”

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Tammy David does not want to live in a house straight out of MTV Cribs. “This may sound sad but I just want a low-maintenance home that does not require a staff of 10 to maintain,” she says. “Looking at my Pinterest board, my dream house has a lot of gray walls, day beds and a room to store prints and books.”
A photojournalist by trade, Tammy has been exhibited at Palais De Seoul, Seoul; Freelens Gallerie, Hamburg; The Guardian Gallery, London and at the Lopez Museum in Manila. She defines her oeuvre as “the visual diary of a photographer who refuses to shoot poverty.”
Lately she’s been obsessed with two particularly esoteric themes in her photography: “portraits of men and cars that are not parked well.”
Discover more about the photographer at or follow her (often amusing tweets) @tammygdavid.