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Unli Babad! Family Builds Foldable, 3-Feet Pool In Their Garden For P10,000
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Wella Joy Panopio-Diola
  • Families have started realizing the value of pools especially now that we are experiencing permanent staycations at home. From DIY backyard pools to rooftop pools, moms and dads are coming up with their own versions.

    Mom Wella Joy Panopio-Diola, a head nurse at an Ortigas hospital, chose a foldable swimming pool for her 3-year-old son, Lucian. On our parenting community, Smart Parenting Village, the mom shared that she decided to have one custom-built since “mala-isda kasi si LO (little one) and mahilig mag-swim.”

    Wella and her husband, Norman, with their 3-year-old son, Lucian.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Wella Joy Panopio-Diola

    Lucian used to have an inflatable pool but because of the pandemic, they decided to go for something bigger so that even the adults can enjoy it. “Wala rin kasi masyadong bata sa area namin kaya need ni LO ng mga additional activities,” Wella shares.

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    This foldable swimming pool has a depth of three feet.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Wella Joy Panopio-Diola

    Wella shares that the pool, which measures 8x10x3 feet is made of high-quality lona (canvas) and steel pipes. It cost around P10,000 and her father-in-law had it built by tent suppliers.

    They placed the pool in their home in Taytay, Rizal. Luckily, they have a garden “na mapuno at mahalaman kaya may ‘summer feels. Nagpagawa din kami ng tent para covered siya and makaswimming si baby ng tanghaling tapat,” the mom adds.

    Their son, Lucian, loves swimming and playing in the pool! Wella says her son swims in it daily.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Wella Joy Panopio-Diola
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    Despite the steep price, Wella likes it because it’s foldable and can be placed in storage when not in use. “Natutupi at nababaklas siya so ‘pag di na summer, pwede namin itago and i-assemble na lang ulit ‘pag gagamitin,” she says.

    The mom says that the pool doesn’t consume as much water because they invested in a filter (around Php2,000 to Php3,000) and a cleaning floater with cleaning tablets (Php300 to Php400). They only change the water twice a month.

    They also bought toys like a mini sand box and floaters for their son. All these were purchased online via Shopee.

    They purchased a filter from Shopee so they wouldn't have to refill it every time.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Wella Joy Panopio-Diola

    Since they purchased the pool, she can also attest that her son lessened his screen time use since he swims between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. That’s why she can say it’s really “value for the money.”


    “Worth it naman kasi for long-term use and matibay,” Wella shares. “Enjoy na enjoy si baby.”

    Want to share your #budgetperofancy home makeover and get featured? Email us at smartparentingsubmissions@gmail.com and tell us about your project. For more home improvement and renovation ideas, click here.

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