Paul Parcon: The Classic Traditionalist

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I am filled with jubilation as I write this post – call it high school GLEE! Paul Parcon came by my radar through what else but the ever popular social media facebook/fb. The far reaching social networking tentacles of fb brought me to this wonderfully talented and very creative man via his sister Phyllis who is my high school classmate. She shared with me pictures of a home and this picture below immediately caught my trigger and I asked who is the person that belongs to this very nice ottoman and area rug?





Phyllis’ answer brought me to my knees begging for her to share more pictures of her younger brother’s home. Truly amazed by this man’s gift for interior design I ended up pleading for Phyllis to make a case for me to her brother to give permission to feature him in my blog. At the back of my mind I was already telling myself that I would not take no for an answer. I did not have to reach that point of persuasive desperation. Not only is Paul talented but he is also a very generous and gracious man. Here he is on my blog sharing his home to all of us.


Enjoy my getting to know Paul on a personal level with his classic and elegant home as the backdrop for my interview with him.





Q: If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
A: Maybe working back in the rural areas as a doctor. Rural people are easy to please, generous in thanks even if few in words. Being “needed” is very important for me.


Q: What is something you know you do differently than most people?
A: Pretty much, I am a very normal person. I even reached a point that I felt I was so boring, so predictably normal.






Q: What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back?
A: To be in the Arts, I guess. I love performing arts, visual arts and, yes, interior design. A lot of co-workers and classmates are slowly discovering my talents and have been telling me to change profession. It’s a risk that I can’t afford to make at this stage in my life. I am already in my 50’s with 5 kids to send to College. I’m happy with nursing and I am content to just dabble in my interest now and then.





Q: What are you most grateful for?
A: My past experiences in life: the trials and difficulties. It makes me who I am now. I have been tested and I remain strong in my faith in God and His providence. I remember particularly examination times in High School when most of my classmates have already paid their monthly tuition and had already been given their permits to take the exams. And here I was lining up at the Business Administration Building promising to pay my tuition on such and such a date. It was an embarrassing and very difficult situation for me. But instead of becoming discouraged I was challenged. I promised to myself that this will not happen to my kids.





Q: What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special?
A: Christmas is always my favorite. I love the gift giving, the manito-manita, the family gathering, sleeping in one big mosquito net and banig (straw mat) with my siblings on the floor. We would tell stories until dawn and would be laughing/giggling while our parents would tell us to hush and go to sleep. I remember sharing only one radio and a 12 inch colored TV. These experiences taught us as a family to be considerate with each other. It gave us a sense of being part of one nuclear unit. Most importantly, it ingrained in us that we should not be selfish, we can not always have our own way and have everything we want.





Q: At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
A: When I was in the Philippines 5 years ago I served the Couples for Christ as a Youth Coordinator. My wife and I were in charge of the Youth Ministry, doing youth camps in summer, doing Mission Works in my province, and bringing youth leaders to conferences. I felt so productive during that time and was really passionate about the youth in my hometown. It was a difficult job as it was physically and mentally demanding and more so financially challenging. One had to dig into one’s own pocket to make things happen. It was then, however, that I realized that if it is God’s work you are doing and you surrender and acknowledge that it is beyond you, then God’s hands will take over. I have seen a lot of miracles and transformations that are way beyond my comprehension.





Q: What are you passionate about?
A: I am passionate about my home. I want it to be beautiful not only for me, but for my family. I can drive a second hand car, which I am doing right now. But give me a beautiful home I can come home and relax. It’s where I live so I want it to reflect everything that is good, beautiful, happy and warm.


Q: What are you most grateful for in life?
A: My parents. They taught us to be passionate about education and getting a degree. They are believers of education and its liberating power from poverty. Even if it was difficult for them to send nine of us to school, they managed to do so because of their hard work, their honesty to us about our financial situation, and most of all their faith in God.





Q: What are the most important things to you in life?
A: I am a family man. My family comes first. It is a bit selfish but I do everything for them. I value relationships over other things… To love and be at peace with, most if not, everyone.


Q: What bad habits do you want to break?
A: My being an impulse buyer. If I love something, I can’t wait for a sale. If it connects with me and I love it, I buy it right away.





Q: What good habits do you want to cultivate?
A: Finding time to reflect and reconnect with our God. Taking time to breathe, pause and reconsider things in your life, the essentials and the trivial things, a time to renew God’s spiritual presence in my life.


Q: Favorite country and why?
A: As the popular Philippine Tourism ad goes, “it is more Fun in the Philippines.” But there is more opportunity to succeed here in the US. Right now, I’m happy earning my money here as a nurse and sending it to my family in the Philippines. But I guess when my family will be with me, where they are is where my favorite country is….but I am still thinking of retiring in the Philippines.





Q: What book are your reading now?
A: I am not a book reader. I am a visual person. I grew up with comics as a major staple for reading. I love movies, theater – something that stimulates all my senses.


Q: Favorite color?
A: I love yellow, but lately I am more into oranges and reds, or basically warm colors.





Q: Favorite food?
A: I crave for Chow King’s Pritong Bangus (fried milkfish), Jollibee’s Pansit Palabok (noodles) and Batchoy (Filipino soup).


Q: Best healthy nutrition advise you give to anybody.
A: Everything in moderation.





Q: What exercise do you do?
A: I am bad with exercise. I tried stationary bike, walking and going to the gym. I work hard here in the US and as an ICU nurse you are up and about most of the time. I don’t take the elevators. I use the stairs.


Q: How would you describe your interior design style?
A: I consider myself transitional at this stage in my design style. I love the Classical Traditional genre, but can’t afford the price. So I mix and match modern design with a touch of Classic traditional. I’m ornate and my weakness is doing too much. My sister Phyllis puts it aptly. She says I tend to stuff a lot of things in my house. I guess it is to fill the emptiness I feel inside. My family is still in the Philippines and I basically bought this house for them… and it has been 5 years of waiting.





Q: Best advise as a Dad to fellow Dads.
A: Play with your kids. My living apart from them made me realize how much I miss seeing them grow up. Be real to them, hug them, kiss them even if it looks like too much of a feminine thing to do. All of my 5 kids’ fondest memories of me were the times that we played together. I’m still a child inside…


Q: Best advise you can give to your children as a Dad.
A: I will not always be here forever. We are all mortals. I hope I prepared all of them well for their future lives as a son, a daughter, future parent, and a worthy citizen of this world. Ultimately, and most importantly, as a child of God.
Face your books now, instead of Facebook!





Q: What is usually on your bedside table?
A: My cellphone and/or mini Ipad. I’m a Facebook stalker and want updates now and then before and after I sleep.



Thank you Paul for being such a kind subject for this special post of mine to celebrate a great year that is just closing and to usher in an exciting new one!


I know this article will not only encourage all of us to beauty up our homes and be creative, but through Paul’s insights into his life, this post will serve to inspire us in so many levels: family, home, faith…










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6 Responses to “Paul Parcon: The Classic Traditionalist”

  • Thank you Ana. So honored to deserve a space in your blog. Really I am. Thanks a lot!

  • Thanks for sharing this An. Thanks to Paul for opening up his home to us. I am very impressed and inspired by the way he transformed his home into the beauty that it is.

    Paul, Can you come to California and do our home as well? It is inspiring to see that you are using your God-given talents not only to inspire and help others but to glorify Him as well in your walk. Regards to Phyllis, keep up the great work and I will be praying that you will have your family here in the U.S. soon, so they too can enjoy the beauty and tranquility of your home where they belong…God bless.

  • What a lovely human being… and so beautifully talented! I was especially impressed with his Christmas tree…. a masterpiece. Thank you for sharing.

  • Thanks Cecille and Sancen! I didnt know i am pleasing you all as well. My home is my canvas for now, and just fill it up with things I love and believe will make it a beautiful home for my family.

  • classmate!!

    Ana, thank you for this lovely post!

    Paul!!! awesome!

    I am proud and happy to have been in SUHS together with you two wonderful people.

  • Thank u Classmate Meling! So happy to know i am not only pleasing myself but other people as well. I’ve never been so proud of myself until now….