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8 Reasons To Book A Photoshoot At One Hectare Creative Grounds

The mansion is Instagrammable from every corner!
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PHOTO: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Cenon at Mav, One Hectare Creative Grounds
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Are you looking for a spacious studio in Metro Manila where you can conceptualize the shoot of your dreams? Whether you're a creative, a team looking for the perfect group pic spot, or a celebrant in search of an Instagrammable debut/prenup/birthday pictorial venue, you need to check out One Hectare Creative Grounds.

Located at The Golden Gate on Guirayan in Quezon City, this three-storey spot might just be the perfect fit for your next photo or videoshoot. With several rooms and setups to choose from — ranging from that eye-catching spiral staircase to a 'MARRY ME' sign in the backyard— there's a lot to love about it.

Originally unused for over two decades, this property caught One Hectare CEO and Founder Carel Tan's attention during the pandemic when she was conducting product shoots across various photo studios in Manila. With an architectural background and a passion for real estate and entrepreneurship, she transformed the mansion into a versatile commercial space.

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Cosmopolitan Philippines' October 2023 cover star Pia Wurtzbach with Carel Tan of One Hectare Creative Grounds
Cosmopolitan Philippines' October 2023 cover star Pia Wurtzbach with Carel Tan of One Hectare Creative Grounds. Courtesy of Carel Tan

One Hectare Creative Grounds has half of the space fully operational now, and they are looking forward to opening up more spaces next year. Described it as "the biggest space in the Metro for creativity and celebrations," we listed down X reasons why it should be on your shortlist for photoshoots in the metro.

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8 reasons to do a photoshoot at One Hectare Creative Grounds:

  1. You can rent out the *entire* studio if you need the privacy for a top-secret project!

    This is perfect if you're planning on doing a cover shoot, or a surprise celebration (a proposal, perhaps?). If your concept is an outdoor setup, the exterior of the mansion is also quite photogenic!

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    The Milan Garden is ready for all those surprise proposals! One Hectare Creative Grounds
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  2. There's enough space indoors for a group photo, with many rooms to choose from.

    Whether you need a team photo for work or a new barkada pic for the group chat (or Insta feed), One Hectare Creative Grounds has several options for you. The Amsterdam stage has an enormous couch with enough seats for a formal shot, while the Common Area in the corner (near the coffee station!) is a more intimate gathering space.

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    The Amsterdam stage is truly a 'stage' in its own right—it even requires you to take that additional step up! One Hectare Creative Grounds
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    The cozier Common Area is situated beside the coffee station—a smart move for when your energy is flagging and you need a pick-me-up! One Hectare Creative Grounds
  3. The spiral staircase is giving main character vibes—it's all about that grand entrance!

    Just imagine yourself all glammed up, slowly descending from the top of the stairs to the (im)patiently waiting audience below. Doesn't that sound like every Disney princess' dream come true? Make it all about you and have them play some background music, too!

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  4. We're obsessed with the mansion's two(!) balconies. 
    Choose between the second floor Tokyo Balcony or the third floor Venice Balcony and live your best Juliet moment (who cares if you don't have a Romeo?). Just keep your fingers crossed that the weather is nice and pleasant for your shoot—unless you're okay with getting rained on, ala The Notebook (one Ryan Gosling *not* included, sadly).
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    Look at the exterior facade of One Hectare Creative Grounds (aka the Florence Garden)—you can see the second floor Tokyo Balcony peaking out from behind the tree! One Hectare Creative Grounds
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    Check out the view of the third floor Venice Balcony! One Hectare Creative Grounds
  5. Feel like royalty and book a ballroom all to yourself.

    The Barcelona Ballroom has its own separate small glam area and fitting room, so this is perfect if you need a separate space to get ready. The main room has a formal dining table, a small indoor fountain, and is decorated with lush curtains and elegant furniture.

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    Walk past the dining table and through those doors to find the cozy glam area—and yes, it has its own aircon! One Hectare Creative Grounds
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    Cosmopolitan Philippines shot our October 2023 cover with Pia Wurtzbach in the ballroom, and the team made full use of the space by recreating the set to pay homage to The Princess Diaries. The lounge chair was the perfect finishing touch!

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  6. Looking for a more *classic* vibe? Give the Studio Athens a try.

    The studio has an impressive rock formation wall directly beside its circular entrance facade. If you include the white pillars outside the studio and the marble-like mantel inside, the entire space gives off Greco-Roman vibes!

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  7. There are colorful backdrops galore—and a vanity area—prepared just for you in the Studio Seoul!

    For Pia's October 2023 cover, we went with a pretty in pink vibe for her first layout. You can rent out lights, colored backdrops, and other equipment to lessen the amount of props you have to bring.

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    The vanity area is tucked away in a corner, which makes it useful for either a full-on glam session or makeup/hair touch-ups in between photos. There's a standing aircon as well, so despite the large windows you don't have to worry about the heat in the summer months!

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  8. One Hectare Creative Grounds is pet-friendly!
    As a courtesy all, give One Hectare a heads up prior to bringing your fur baby, but the studio does allow pets indoors! We shot our October 2023 cover with a special guest star: Vincy the miniature Schnauzer! She made herself right at home and was happily running around for pets the entire time, LOL.

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For bookings, you can contact One Hectare Creative Grounds at (+63)917-680-1010 (Viber/WhatsApp), or email them at hello@onehectare.co.

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