The country's first president from Mindanao, President Rodrigo Duterte, has opted to stay in Bahay Pangarap as his official residence in Manila. He is expected to move in next week.
Bahay Pangarap, which is in Malacanang Park across the Palace, was restored by Architect Francisco Mañosa during the Ramos administration. It was demolished and rebuilt in 2008 by architect Conrad Onglao, the former partner of singer-actress Zsa Zsa Padilla.
Bahay Pangarap now has a "contemporary style (retaining the basic shape of the roof as a nod to the previous historic structure), replacing, as well, the Commonwealth-era swimming pool and pergolas with a modern swimming pool," the Palace website says.
Like his predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, a bachelor, Duterte, who is also officially single, does not want to live in Malacanang Palace.
Aquino felt the Palace was too big for him. Duterte, on the other hand, said in May that he doesn't want to sleep with ghosts in the Palace.
The president is expected to shuttle between Manila and his hometown of Davao City during his 6-year term.
His partner, Cielito Avanceña, and their daughter, Veronica, live in Davao City.
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